Monday, July 19, 2010

Four Month Doctor's Visit, Hand in Hand and A Weekend Away

Today, I took Addi to her four month check up.  She weighs 17 lbs. 6 oz. (97th percentile) and 26 inches long (91st percentile).  Because of her previous stomach infections he wants to keep her on the Alimentum until her 6 month visit (Sept. 7th).  He said maybe a few weeks before that visit I can try to give her some rice cereal.  I can't wait until we start with baby foods b/c I feel bad feeding her just formula.  If it was me I would get sick of it!  I know that's all she knows, but she has to be ready for something new.  My mom said that all I ate was formula until I was one.  I guess all doctors have different opinions about when you should start feeding them baby food.  Addi's situation is a little different though.  I'm glad we are taking extra precautions to ensure nothing happens that shouldn't.  Apparently we are also in the market for a new car seat.  The one she is in now has a max weight of 20 lbs.  The doctor said she should stay in a rear facing car seat until she is 20 pounds AND a year old.  I thought it was one or the other, but I guess I was wrong!  I'm going shopping for one this weekend.  I also have to buy more pj's for her.  She's outgrowing them so fast.  She's so long that she needs size 9 or 12 months b/c the others are way too short. 

Last week, Addi's physical therapist came to work with her.  She got a GREAT report!  I'm so thankful she has the opportunity to work with Hand in Hand.  It's actually something good that came out of everything that happened.  Her therapist always gives me little exercises I can do with her.  The little tips she gives me would probably be good for any parent of an infant. She also lets me know how she should be developing.  As a first time parent, I'm not really sure what milestones she should be reaching and at what age she should be reaching them.  So, the therapist is a good resource for me!  For instance, Addi found her feet at about 4 months old and the therapist told me that was really great because that is really something most babies do at 5 months old.  That made me feel really good to know Addi is marching right along with meeting her developmental milestones!

This past weekend I went to Atlanta to be with some of my very best friends.  We had so much fun!  I love that we can go months without seeing each other and then when we get together it's like no time has passed at all.  This was Brad's first weekend to keep Addi all by himself.  I trust him more than anyone to take care of her, but I was still a little nervous.  When I got home I expected to see the house a wreck but instead he had cleaned our bedroom, washed all the dirty clothes and organized our closet!  I was so surprised!  And Addi was all in one piece! 

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Summer Lovin'

One of my favorite things to do during the summer is going swimming!  I was lucky enough to stay with my Mamaw who had a swimming pool and I'm pretty sure I swam every day during the summer months.  Today, after church we decided to venture into Wal-Mart and we found Addi a baby pool!  Because it was so hot this afternoon, we waited until about 4:00 to set the pool up.  I put her in her little bikini *the cutest thing EVER* and floppy hat and she was ready to go!  She LOVED it!  Every time we splashed her with water she started laughing - it was so cute!  After about 15 minutes in the pool she started to get fussy.  So we went in for her bath and bottle.  She's sound asleep right now :)  Here are a few pictures of our afternoon...

Saturday, July 10, 2010

New Tricks, Toys and Decorations

There has been a lot going on in the Alston household lately!  First of all, Addi has been rolling over! She rolled from her back to her tummy first.  She's only done it twice, but I was so proud!  I've lost my video camera during our move, but I will try to get it on video once I find it.  But here's a picture of her in the rolling process :)
This week she has also discovered her feet for the first time!  Every time I lay her down the first thing she reaches for is her feet.  It's so cute

Her nana and pop also bought her a jumper. She LOVES it.  There is a little frog that spins on the jumper and she doesn't take her eyes off of it. 

This past Monday I was off work and my two WONDERFUL Aunts and my mom came down to help me decorate.  I'm NOT a decorator and I really have no clue where to start when it comes to decorating a house.  Thank goodness they know what they are doing.  Today, I finally finished hanging a few remaining pictures and Brad hung some blinds that I bought.  I still need some candles for the mantle and a rug.  Also, I can't decide if something needs to go behind my chair. What do you think?  Here are a few pictures.

This is a picture of a buffet I had in my dining room of the old house.  My aunts moved it in my kitchen and I think it looks really good. Thanks Aunt Donna and Aunt Sissy! I love y'all very very much! :)

I'm going to leave y'all with a picture of Addi that just cracks me up.  Brad had just fed Addi and was trying to burp her when I took this.  It's so funny!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Four Months

My sweet girl is four months old today!  She is growing way too fast.  Her little personality continues to shine through more and more each day.  She loves to laugh and "talks" all the time.  All you have to do is look at her and smile and she starts laughing.  Here are some things that I want to remember about Addi at four months old:
* She eats 6 ounces every four hours
* She wears 9 month clothing (some 6 month still fits her)
* She sleeps through the night.  I put her to bed around 7:30 and wakes up around 6:00
* She takes mini power naps through the day.
* She LOVES her passy and giraffe blankie
* She rolls from side to side, but still isn't rolling all of the way over.  I think she will roll from her back to her tummy before she rolls tummy to back.
* She has really good head control and likes to sit in her bumbo seat.

My baby is growing way too fast.  I love her more and more everyday and I'm so thankful that God chose me to be her mommy.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Movin' On Up

Sorry it has been so long since my last post.  We have been without internet and cable for the past week.  We moved into our new house! We still have a few odds and ends left at the old house, but we are getting there.  One thing we have learned from this moving experience is - the next time we move we are hiring someone!!  Brad and Chad worked their hiney's off in the blistering heat.  So far, I love living out here! It takes me about 10 extra minutes to get to work so it's not too bad. 

I have some updated pictures of Addi, but during the move I have misplaced my card reader.  Once I find it I will update!  She is doing great.  I am constantly amazed at how good of a baby she is.  The ONLY time she cries is when she's hungry.  I lay her down to sleep around 7:30 and she sleeps until about 6:00.  The past few days she has been wide awake when we go in there to wake her up.  She just lays there looking around until we go in there.  She will be four months old tomorrow so I will give a full update then!

I hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July!