First of all, I have to say that I'm really liking this private blog thing! I didn't know if I would, but I do! I have been overwhelmed and pleasantly surprised by the emails from MANY of you who read this blog faithfully but hadn't yet made yourselves known. So, that part's been really fun! And even though I don't know if it will change how or what I write, there's a peace of mind in knowing exactly who my readers are :)
We just came out of a rather dismal long weekend. The weather was cold and rainy (thank goodness we weren't camping!) and all of us were sick at one point or another. It seemed to manifest itself in different ways for each of us and I was the least affected, but it made for a pretty low-key weekend. We did manage to get some things done around the house again though which is always nice!
Potty-training is going mostly good. Peeing on the potty has been a breeze and we are pretty much accident free. I have ventured out of the house with Micah twice now when he's just been in underwear so that says a lot about how he's doing. Doing the ol' #2 seems to be the tricky part. Yesterday he managed to make it to the potty but he still gets quite upset over the whole ordeal!
The above picture is from the other day when I tried to coax Micah to stay on the potty by setting up the laptop and turning Hermie on. (Take note of the new floor, paint and baseboards in our bathroom - our place is starting to look like it's finished!)
Now, for a reason to celebrate... Our baby girl is half a year old today!
The most significant change this last month was in Keziah's sleeping. I worked on teaching her to sleep better & longer - cutting out night feedings and those extra wakings for her soother. We haven't completely cut out the soother but she is no longer waking me up every hour at night to replace it, so I'm OK with that! She is able to settle herself back to sleep without it in the night. There have been a couple of times when I've put her down without it only to go in later and see she's found one in the crib and put it in herself! Fine by me! I think I'll let her hang onto it for a few more months and then take it away completely by cutting of the tip.
Now she goes from about 7 pm to 7 am without a feed and often without waking at all! Yet even though her night-sleeping is going so well she is still a weird napper. I've always had trouble keeping her napping for the proper length. She is an incredibly light sleeper. I put a fan on in her room and yet I still find myself tip-toeing past her room when she's asleep. And if Micah wakes up in the night crying she will for sure wake up too.
Here she is the other day when I woke her up from a nap. Nobody likes a bright flash in their face when they're sound asleep!
I've started supplementing with formula a little more as I'm sometimes unsure about my milk supply, especially in the evening. I could probably build it back up if I tried hard enough, but I don't really mind. I'm not ready to cut out breastfeeding entirely, but this may be the start of a very slow weaning process. Keziah is a very distracted feeder and almost impossible to nurse without dead quiet, so public feedings are just easier with a bottle. She is eating 2 servings of cereal a day now (rice and oats) and I've added the odd serving of sweet potatoes into the mix this past week. It's definitely taken her longer to get into solids than it did for Micah. She is only now starting to get excited when she sees the spoon approaching her mouth :)
As for her developmental milestones, Keziah finally started rolling over a few weeks ago. She mostly does tummy to back but has also done the reverse once or twice. She's not interested in standing at all and never straightens her legs when you hold her up on your lap. I'm not sure if this is lack of leg muscle or just lack of interest... She's also sitting more and more now. Not super stable yet, but getting there! Even though I put down blankets on our new laminate it still feels like our floor is a lot more unforgiving than carpet! And speaking of sitting, I think our bumbo-sitting days may be coming to a close. When I put her in it now she arches her back enough that she almost pops right out!
I can't say that Keziah has been a very contented baby in the last month. She has actually been a lot more fussy than I remember Micah being at this age. I'm not sure what to attribute it to other than teething. The tooth I mentioned over a month ago has not budged from its position directly beneath her gums. I imagine it doesn't feel too pleasant and I hope that it breaks through soon!
Keziah is happiest when she first wakes up. She rarely cries in those moments, but just starts talking - sometimes loudly. Erik says some of her sounds remind him of a barking poodle. I'd have to agree. I'll try to record her sometime so you can hear it for yourselves :) But, yes, she can be quite vocal. Sometimes even in the middle of the night I'll hear her squealing and squawking away before she drifts off again.
OK, this post has been long enough! Time to sign off for the day and tend to my still-sick kids... I hope you're all having a fantastic week so far :)