Don’t Wait!

I’m so glad we lowered Mila’s crib last month, (February 28th, really – at 7 and a half months). We didn’t want an accident and with her moving around so much and it was just a matter of time before she figured out how to sit up on her own or pull herself up and out of the crib entirely.

This morning, as is our typical routine, I got out of the shower and went into my room to dress. Mila is usually asleep still, and this morning I saw her on the monitor wake up and begin to move around. She wasn’t fussing, just moving around on her belly. I watched her as she sat herself up, (oh my goodness – that’s a first!!), leaned over, grabbed a stuffed bunny and stuck it in her mouth. She sat there, (as I sat in the other room watching), playing and talking to herself and waving to the dim and quiet room. I thought it was so cute I couldn’t tear myself away from the monitor to get ready!

When I was ready, I went into her room to get her ready. She still wasn’t crying or fussing at all – just sitting there playing. This is what I found:

My good little girl…

Sleepyhead

Mila’s 8 and a half months-old now.

Breaking The Habit

Mila never really wanted to be in our bedroom and for that, I’m thankful. At about 2 weeks-old, Mila fussed until I moved her from the little cradle next to my side of the bed into her crib. Once in her crib, she gave me no problems. I think it goes back to her not liking to be strapped or confined into anything. Either way, I’m happy that wasn’t a problem. Getting her to sleep, on the other hand…

It’s been one week since I started an attempt at breaking Mila of her sleeping habits. She’s used to getting a bath, a bottle and then being rocked to sleep before she goes into her crib. Her naps are sporadic and are usually on the couch or on us. Now that Mila rolls over very easily, we can’t just lay her on the couch and walk away.

I’ve written about it briefly before: Mila doesn’t like to nap, especially in her crib. Since last Saturday, (March 25), I’ve been trying to get her to nap in her crib or in the pack n play downstairs.

Licking the pack n play. Guess it's better than screaming!

I’ve also been trying to get her to sleep at night without rocking her. I don’t want a 7-year-old that I still have to rock to sleep!

So, I read an article about breaking sleeping habits and decided to put it to the test. First, and foremost, I had a lot of convincing to do to get my husband on the same page. His biggest offense: holding Mila while she napped. He would spend an hour or more sitting on the couch holding her while she slept. BIG no-no.

Next, I tried the crib for naps. I already have heavy curtains on the window to block the sunlight and I put on her radio, since we usually have this on at nighttime, too. I rocked her just enough to calm her down, then laid her in her crib. She, of course, cried and fussed because it wasn’t bedtime, darn-it! I soothed her for a bit, then left the room.

The hardest part with this tactic is letting her cry. She got hysterical and attempted to climb out of the crib, using her bumpers to lift herself. As a new mother and never having experienced this before, I was a little freaked out.

After 5 minutes, I came back in, soothed her and tried again. This went on so often that I finally gave up and brought her back downstairs.

Mila 1, Mom 0.

That night, I gave Mila her bottle then rocked her for just a bit while I burped her. Once she was good, I put her in her crib. She screamed, I soothed, then after 5 minutes, I left. I let her cry for 5 minutes, then came back in and soothed her. I did this, on the first night, 3 times until she finally fell asleep.

The next night, I did this routine and re-entered her room twice until she fell asleep. On the third night, I didn’t even have to go back in! I didn’t want to jinx this, so I kept the results quiet. As the days went on, I have not had to go back in to calm Mila and in fact, she’s getting to sleep faster and calmed down within 3 or 4 minutes instead of 5. I was shocked. I think she’s just so tired come 8pm that she doesn’t have the energy to fight sleep. She may cry a little after I first leave the room, but she’s asleep after only a minute or two.

Mila 1, Mom 1

On the nap front, however, we’re still working on that. Dan has gotten Mila to nap most often in her pack n play. I’m ok with that. He’s also getting her used to it by letting her play in there. She even fell asleep on her own one day!

I’m excited this is going so well and I really hope I don’t jinx it now!

The “Aww” Moments

From the time I went back to work up to just a couple of weeks ago, I’ve had to cradle Mila in my arms to put her to sleep. She used to lay on my chest and fall right to sleep. When it was no longer just me watching Mila, I guess it was easier for others to cradle her. And that’s how it went…

Not too long ago, I gave Mila her bedtime bottle and lifted her up to burp her on my chest, (something I always do before cradling her down and rocking her). She instantly laid her head sideways on my shoulder and fell asleep. Needless to say, I ate it up. I loved and savored every moment thinking it wouldn’t come soon again. I was wrong. For the last two weeks, I have rocked Mila in this fashion and she’s fallen right to sleep. Hopefully writing about this won’t jinx it.

Tonight, before I could even get Mila up to burp her, her head bobbled over and plopped on my chest. Poor baby was exhausted! It didn’t take long to get a burp and for her to fall asleep on my shoulder. I can only hope this lasts a while longer, because I’m a happy mama!

Mila’s 7 Months & Time is Flying!

February 22, 2012.

 

 

Mila’s got pig-tails! Mila has always had a lot of hair and now it’s long enough to pull up!

 

 

 

 

By 7 months, Mila has started her fifth letter sound.

M: “mmm” turned into “ma”, then “mom” back at 4 and 5 months.

B: “ba-ba” and “bee”. Dad’s been trying to get her to say “binky”

D: “dah”, “da” and “da-da” finally came just before turning 7-months. Dan didn’t believe that Mila had said this previously and when he finally heard it (coming from the back seat of the car while we were driving) he grinned from ear to ear!

K: “Kkkeee”, “keekee”. The second was said in response to me continually saying “kit-ty” while pointing to the cats – Mila loves the kitties.

And at 7 months, 1 week, Mila’s started the “t” sound – “titi” or “tee-tee” has been most often heard.

Watching “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse”
before heading out to grandma’s.
February 16, 2011.

Mila has begun to mix all of her new sounds and usually she cries “mama, mummm” when she’s upset and laughs “dada” when she’s happy. I’m not sure how to take it, but I’ll take it. Maybe she sees me as the comforter. Or maybe I’m just a sucker and always come running.

Mila loves to stand and has never liked to be confined. She was only swaddled in the hospital, (which she usually kicked apart) and when she came home, she spent maybe two weeks in zip-up swaddles before she’d had enough. Now that it’s cold out, we have been putting a coat on her and she doesn’t care for it at all. She wants to be free – no socks, no shoes, no coats, nothing!

Mila has taken a trip to grandma and great-grandma’s this month. She has shared her binky and her puff treats with grandma. She’s such a good girl.

Mila has developed a neck (so long rash!) and has begun to whine. She definitely takes after her daddy. By mid-7-months, she has started to squeal consistently…for fun.

We’ve lowered Mila’s crib. It was a sad day of realizing that she’s getting bigger.

Mila tends to wake up in the morning, cry a bit, then occupy herself by playing with her stuffed animals. She’ll find her binky half-way through the night and stick it back in her mouth.

Statistics: coming soon

6 Months: My Rock Star!

It’s Mila’s half-birthday!

Six months was amazing; so many new things! At this point I really can’t pick a favorite age – every month has it’s new joys. By the time

Mila was 6-months-old, she was reaching for things, rolling, and stretching. Mila could sit up on her own and actually preferred it.

We’ve started watching SproutMickey Mouse Clubhouse and Backyardigans.

Mila responds to her name, occasionally.
“Mom” went away and then came back, and Mila finally said, “dah!” We were driving and out of the backseat we hear “da-da!” I looked over to see Dan smiling, ear-to-ear. There was the true sense of that expression at that moment and everything shifted.

Mila has acquired the desire to stand. One day when I came home from work, Dan showed me how he taught Mila to “1, 2, 3…stand”. She loved having her arms lifted and scrambled to a standing position all on her own.

Mila’s first try in a shopping cart seat.
February 10, 2012 (4 days shy of 7 months).

Mila has started scooting, or more precisely, bouncing on her bottom to move around. She’s like an upright bunny!

At some point this month, we stopped using the 3-6 month clothes and her jungle mat was neatly put away for another baby, another time.

Mila’s eating more solids and has attempted a sippy cup and done great! Of course, at the time of writing this, she hasn’t quite done as well since.

Mila drools like crazy, (like a ‘kitchen faucet’, if you ask Uncle Dave P.) and began to mock-chew. I got her puffs and she loves them. Watching her with these is very amusing.

January 28, 2012

I remember thinking back to Mila at only a couple of months old, her head laying on my chest, as I rocked her to sleep. There was one time that I thought, “one day she won’t do this”. Before I knew it, I had to cradle her in my arms to put her to sleep. There is only an occasional, few-and-far-between time that Mila will lay her head on my chest or shoulder and I eat it up!

January 13, 2012

She has started lifting her arms to let us know she wants picked up/out of her bouncer. She puts her own binky in her mouth — even when she’s sleeping.

By the end of six months, Mila was spending more time on her belly and moving in 360 degree circles to get objects she wanted. She’s trying harder and harder to crawl.

I have been back to work for 3 months and the best part of my work day is coming home to an excited, kicking Mila! The whole world disappears when I see that smiling face.

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Mila has a puff treat (February 4, 2012):

Mila’s 5 Months!

At 5 months, Mila has started grabbing everything – including noses, faces, ears, necklaces and earrings! She’s pulling hair, throwing stuff and takin’ names!

Mila has said her first word, and the first time she’s said it clearly: mama. Yay! I’m loving it.

Mila’s responding more effectively to our voices and even her name. She has figured out how to launch her binki out of her mouth (with a big ‘pffft’). It usually goes flying and there have been times where it’s gone completely missing. She throws her toys, (maybe she’ll be a softball player after all) and grabs my phone and tosses it.

She’s begun to reach out to people. During the holiday party at work, Dan brought Mila in for a visit. As we walked around the building, stopping at different offices to show-off, Mila would reach out as if to say “hi”. Mostly she would grab hands and fingers that would reach out to her open hand.

December 21, 2011
Sitting up on her own for one of the first times.

Mila has begun to shift her toys from hand to hand and holds her bottle on her own. She’s also taken up tilting her head to one side, (like I’ve seen with cats and birds), and she can sit on her own!

Statistics: coming soon.

3 and 4 Months (‘Cause I got confused)

October 16, 2011
3 months

Mila has found her feet! She bends in half, grabs them and opens her mouth. She has yet to actually get her feet in her mouth, but if she’s anything like her mother, she’ll have her foot in her mouth most of her life.

Her coordination has become steadier and everything goes into her mouth. She reaches and grabs and has figured out how the little blue bird pulls down and vibrates back up. I have one attached to a seat and one attached to her carrier. She’ll sit there and pull the bird, let it go up, pull again, and over and over.

Mila’s really taken to watching us eat and drink. It’s funny how her little head goes from the plate to our mouths as we fork in the food. Mila watches intently as daddy walks around the house. She pays attention to the TV, so I’ve started a “favorite” list for her. There isn’t a particular show she shows interest in quite yet, (I’m sure it’s the colors and sounds that attract her).

November 14, 2011
Mila and Uncle Ryan

Mila watches everything we do and sometimes gets lost in staring at whatever it is. So much so that a simple call from daddy startles her. Mila loves my phone and has learned how to push buttons and swipe the screen. I have a few baby apps downloaded just for her.

She has begun to “talk” in her sleep. No surprise there. As much as Dan thinks Mila will be a quiet child, I know who her parents are.

November 14, 2011

She eats rice cereal with little mess, and I believe not long after I started this list, Mila started on a few more solids.

Mila screams when I read to her. Hmm, sounds familiar. (My mom tells the story of when I was little and she would read to me. I would cover her mouth.)

She sits and stands (a bit wobbly) with little help. She’s always been a standing kind of girl. I remember in the hospital we were all shocked at how she stretched her legs out and stood on me.

October 31, 2011
3 and a half months.

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Large crowds don’t scare her, they seem to intrigue her. She has fallen asleep at the mall and a bowling alley, where I can only guess that over stimulation caused her to close her eyes and nod off. Other than this, Mila still doesn’t like to take naps…unless they are on mommy’s chest.

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Mila is still trying to figure out how to crawl. She’ll get on her belly and wiggle back and forth. She can also lift her head really high while on her belly, she just can’t lift that belly.

Mila’s also starting to hold her bottle by herself. And she drools like a faucet runs.

November 19, 2011
4 months

4 Month Check-up Stats:

Coming soon!

November 14, 2011
(She really does smile, promise!)

“Lemme See Your Tongue!”

I’ve been slacking in my blogging world lately, if you couldn’t tell. I have been thinking a lot about what I want to write next, document and share. I’ve even been writing brief notes in my trusty little note-keeper on my iPhone. Today, however, is different. I just had to share some fun pictures and video of Mila and Me playing.

"Happy baby!"

"Show me your tongue"

"There's your tongue!"

We did this for a bit until I clicked on the video camera…

Not sure how going back to work next week is going to be. I just love being home with Mila. And who wouldn’t? 🙂

Grandma Visits & Mila Turns 2 Months

September 10-14, 2011

My mom and grandmother live in sunny Florida, 1,060 miles away. It’s not often that my mom gets to visit. In fact, she’s been here twice in the last few years, once when I had Mila and once right before Mila turned two-months-old. We were so excited for her visit that we planned a trip to Atlantic City, (which she hadn’t been to in a decade or more), special dinners and Mila got a pretty dress. We had a blast and can’t wait to visit Florida next month so Mila can meet her great-grandma!

Mila & Grandma chattin'

Mila's so relaxed with grandma

Mila's 2 months! And she looks confused. haha

At two+ months, Mila’s growing strong!

  • 13 lbs 11 oz; 98th percentile
  • 23″ long; 50th percentile
  • Head diameter 40.8cm; 90th percentile