Monday, June 14, 2010

Rollin', Rollin', Rollin

This was an amazing weekend! Smug-Baby
rolled over from her back to her stomach for the first time on Saturday (June 12, 2010). I spent some time shopping with a friend on Friday and her son is rolling over and scooting around a bit and I told her that I felt that Smug-Baby was really close to rolling over and it would probably be very soon.

Well, I took her to a mom and baby yoga class on Saturday afternoon and she was lying next to this other baby and they were checking each other out and Smug-Baby
rolled onto her side, which she has been doing for a week or so. Then she and this other baby grabbed hands and both tried to her the others hand into their respective mouths. This created something for Smug-Baby to pull on and she flipped over onto her stomach. The other few mothers, the teacher of the class and I all clapped and whooped (scaring the one poor baby boy in the class). I had my phone handy and had been snapping shots of their interaction, so I was able to catch most of the action!

Then during the class, I had her in between my spread legs while stretching and she rolled herself over again! After the class, I took her to my dad’s place where Smug-Hub and he were watching the USA vs. England World Cup game. I put her on a blanket on the floor and she flipped right over again!

Sunday she kept rolling over but got frustrated as she has apparently forgotten how to pull her arm out from under her body once she is on her stomach. I also think that she is either having a growth spurt, teething a bit, or both as she spent Sunday nursing, chewing on my hands and sleeping.

All in all, it was a wonderful weekend. Dad and I took Smug-Baby on a bike ride Saturday morning (us on bikes, her in a trailer…sleeping). Then we all went to breakfast and met up with Smug-Sister. We also walked around a bit downtown at the market. Then there was the yoga class and more time with family. Sunday was relaxed with just a bit of time spent cleaning out some of Smug-Baby ’s things that she no longer has use for and passing it on to Smug-Sister and others. We watched the World cup games and made a run to the grocery store. Not overly exciting Sunday, but nice all the same. Again, I am so grateful for my life and all my blessings!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The best start to a day ever!!

It was so sweet this morning, Smug-Hub's hose fell out of his CPAP mask about 4 and since I have to get up at 4:30, I was already starting to wake up a bit. Anyway, the sound woke Smug-Baby and I knew when she woke, but I kept my eyes closed. I could hear and feel her moving around a bit and then I felt her little hand reach up and touch my face. I opened my eyes and looked down at her, she had her head all tilted back and her arm stretched up and was touching my face and looking at me. When we made eye contact, her whole face lit up with this huge grin! I smiled and gathered her close to my body and held her and kissed her whole face! It was the best way to wake up!!

She is changing in small ways every day and while there is so much that I am looking forward to as she grows, I am really trying to cherish this time too. She has started to be able to get her toes up high and she grabs them with her little hands and, of course, brings them right into her mouth! It is so cute to watch. She is also starting to bite and gnaw on my finger when she can get a hold of it, so I feel like teething is in our near future.

I think all the time about the kind of person she will be. Smug-Hub likes to say what she will be like and that bothers me, I like to imagine what she can be and allow her to develop into her own personality without expectations. I think that he is just thinking his own thoughts in his way, but I hate when he says “She will be kind” or “She will play soccer” I personally want to see what she becomes without pressure from me to become what I want her to be.

I think that she is a really secure baby. She can wake up from a nap, where I have laid her in her seat or on the bed and not be scared, she knows that she is safe and I’m close at hand. She sometimes will cry out a bit when she can’t see me and then she is calm and waits for my face to appear and to hear my voice. This isn’t to say that she is never upset or never wakes crying, but it is rare.
I don’t think of her as this alien baby, I think about her as a person; how would I feel if I were helpless, counting on others to fulfill my needs and understand what I was going through. I want her to always feel safe and secure and know that I am doing everything I can to make sure she is safe and happy.