Adelie and Staley's World

Adelie and Staley's World

Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat

Luckily Staley felt much better today and was able to enjoy an evening of trick or treating fun.

The cutest little football ever.

Happy Halloween

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Snotting and Sneezing and Fevers, Oh My

Unfortunately, we are experiencing another first for Staley...her first illness (including a low-grade fever).  And although her nose is constantly running and her eyes are glassy and her cheeks are flushed, Staley is being a trooper.  Napping is difficult since it's hard to sleep when you can't breath well, but not sleeping well and not feeling well hasn't seemed to keep Staley down too much.  Staley has generally been her happy little self.  A little more subdued and a little more sensitive, but happy nonetheless.  Missing her first Walles family Halloween party was a bummer, but I guess staying home all day with mom and dad, reading books, and even getting to watch a Baby Einstein video hasn't been all bad.

Remedy for illness:  Cuddling on the couch with Daddy and a good book

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Transitioning to Sit

I think Staley is out to prove me wrong.  After her pulling to stand success this morning (see previous post), she then proceeded to transition into sitting on her own three times this afternoon and evening. 

Pulling to Stand

I guess Staley was a little offended by my post yesterday with the mention of all the things she's not yet doing on her own.  So this morning she decided that she no longer needs help to pull herself up to stand at her activity table.  She did it all by herself, and of course was so proud.  Then, being the mean mom that I am, I made her do it by herself 6 more times.  (Like I've mentioned before, I want to be absolutely sure before I declare something a first for Staley.)  But now you can officially  retract my statement from yesterday--Staley no longer needs help to pull herself up to stand.  And if a blog mention is all it takes to motivate Staley to start doing something new, maybe I should mention that she's still in diapers and not yet potty trained.  : )

Friday, October 28, 2011

One Step Forward

Although Staley has yet to discover how to make her arms and legs work together for crawling, she has realized that the legs working alone are easier to control.  So what is Staley's new favorite activity?  Walking!  (With help, of course.)  She is still doing her inchworm crawl, although much faster and more efficiently.  She is almost transitioning into sitting and pulling to stand, but she still needs a little help.  But really, who needs those foundational skills?  Walking is way more fun!!

Notice the look of intense concentration.

With her walking toy, Staley will walk across the living room (about 6-7 feet) with someone keeping her walking toy from getting away from her.  She's not a speed walker and she occasionally steps on her own feet or stops to wave at the cats, but she loves to practice. And although as an occupational therapist, I should probably insist on equal practice time for her crawling and pulling to stand, when Staley looks at her stroller, signs 'more', and says 'up', I just can't help myself.  I guess proud mom trumps practical therapist this time. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Cute New Skills

Top 5 Cute Things Staley has Started Doing This Week:

1.  When we ask, "Where's your tummy?", she pats her tummy.
2.  When we ask, "What do the fishies say?", she opens and closes her mouth repetitively.
3.  When we put out our hand and say, "Give it to me," she will hand us what she's holding.  Then she smiles big as we thank her and waits expectantly for us to hand something back.
4.  When we sing the 'Clean Up' song and hand her a toy, she will put it in the container.  Of course, then she will often try to remove another toy from the container.
5.  She gives high fives.

Top 1 Not-So-Cute Thing Staley is Doing This Week:

1.  When we feed her something she doesn't like (vegetables, plain cottage cheese), she opens her mouth, sticks out her tongue, and shakes her head back and forth until the food falls out of her mouth.  Effective, but not so cute.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Happiest Man Alive

Zach is the most wonderful father!  His love for Staley is so evident, and she enthusiastically loves him right back.  Zach makes sure to fit in lots of Staley time in the evenings and on the week-ends (not to mention the days he takes off work, just for a little more family time.)  He can always make her giggle, giving the best horsey rides, making the most realistic animal sounds, and making the silliest faces.  Dancing time with Daddy is a part of the bedtime routine, and Staley loves play time, running time, and reading time with Daddy too.  (And I also love all the feeding time, changing time, getting ready for bed time, putting down for a nap time,... that Zach is so willing to do as well.)  So last night, Staley gave Zach the biggest gift she could.  Staley started saying 'Daddy'.  She said it 4 times last night and twice more this morning.  And her proud, doting, loving father could not be any happier.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Working For It

When you work hard for something, you appreciate the end product so much more.  You are more proud of the 'A' you got on the paper you spent so much time on for the really tough teacher.  Giving the gift that took you hours to make brings a touch more excitement than handing over the one from the store.  The view from the top of the mountain is more amazing after you've spent the last 3 hours hiking to get there.  The great campfire meal tastes that much better because you made it without kitchen conveniences...well, and because you just spent the last 6 hours hiking to the top of a mountain and back.

Staley experienced this same feeling of satisfaction while playing this evening.  After spending about 5-10 minutes (which in 9 month old time is the equivalent of about an hour) trying to remove a box of rattles from her shelf, Staley then spent the next 15 minutes playing with the very same rattles that hold her attention for about 30 seconds when they are handed to her.  There is definitely something to be said for enjoying the fruits of your labor.

Monday, October 17, 2011

If You're Keeping Score...

...then the top teeth are definitely winning.  Staley just cut another top tooth two days ago (top right), so now she has 4 top teeth and 2 bottom teeth.  And true, this picture has nothing to do with teeth (since she is keeping them under wraps), but it can be tied into the theme of winning (since the Bears won yesterday).  And who doesn't love to see a cute little girl in her Bear's outfit??  (I bet even Aunt Jill can't deny that Staley looks good in orange and blue!)

Go Bears!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Nine Months

Yes, she is.  As hard as it is to believe (and trust me, it's hard), my baby girl is already nine months old.  At her 9 month check-up this morning, she weighed in at 17 lbs, 14.5 oz (33rd percentile) and was 26.75 inches long (23rd percentile).  She is in her size 3 diapers and her 6-9 month clothes.  She shows off her 5 teeth when she smiles.  She now takes her baths in the big tub, eats her meals in her high chair, and thinks she's big stuff riding in shopping carts.  Staley nurses 4 times a day, eats 3 meals, takes 2 naps, and sleeps for 10-11 hours at night (8 pm-6:30 am).

Likes:  Staley is still a very happy baby.  She likes being around people, especially other kids.  She enjoys swinging at the park, going for walks/runs in her stroller, looking at animals, and watching parades.  Wind in her face apparently is a great feeling.  And, of course, she loves to smile and wave to the cute baby in the mirror.  Her favorite toys are her activity table, her toy kitchen, her Little People Noah's Ark, and her monkeys in a barrel.  She still is most interested in 'toys' that don't belong to her--cell phones, laptops, magazines, sunglasses, CD cases.  And much to my delight, reading remains a favorite activity (both by herself and with us).  Staley loves all her books, but ones with babies and animals still seem to be the best.  Staley is a good eater, and favorite foods include fruits, Cheerios, Puffs, and toast.  (Like her mom, Staley doesn't love her veggies.)  She gets giggly with tickling, peek-a-boo, and when Daddy acts crazy.  Mommy and Daddy remain her two favorite people, and Jake and Elwood remain her two favorite cats.

Dislikes:  Staley is getting a little more vocal about things she doesn't like.  She is primarily fussy when she is tired or hungry.  She does not like being strapped in her carseat, getting dressed or undressed, lying down for diaper changes, going down for naps, or having her face wiped off after meals.  Veggies (especially broccoli) often get spit out, and meat hasn't been a big hit either.

Skills:  Staley is making changes on a daily basis.  She is now forwardly mobile, doing her inchworm crawl--hands and knees, hands and feet, lunge forward onto stomach, repeat.  She can transition from sitting onto her hands and knees, and is getting close to transitioning from hands and knees into sitting.  She tries to pull up to stand, but still needs a little help.  She loves to stand, and is starting to practice lifting one leg and then the other, although she doesn't actually go anywhere.  Staley is getting good at opening and closing things, putting toys in and taking them out, and activating her toys.  She can activate push buttons on her pop-up toy and on her toy kitchen consistently.  She picks up small objects with her thumb and index finger, and loves to examine tiny things (like pieces of hair, fuzz balls, lint--it's amazing what she finds!).  She feeds herself Cheerios/Puffs/toast (and the occasional leaf, stick, or carpet fuzz), and will hold her own sippy cup to drink.  Staley has perfected the art of removing her socks and hair bows, which also apparently taste very good.  Staley will sign 'more' and 'drink'.  Her current favorite word to say is 'up', although not always used in context.  She will also say 'mama' and 'mum' (for more), although not as consistently as she used to.  Staley has also said 'hi', bye', 'kitty', 'book', 'bath', 'papa', and 'apple', in context but not consistently.  She LOVES to wave.  She still claps, plays 'so big', and covers her face for peek-a-boo.  Her understanding is amazing to me.  She knows that bows and hats are on her head (because when you say the word, she reaches up to her head.)  She knows apple is fruit (because when eating fruit she will say 'apple' if she wants more.)  She knows that signing 'more' gets her something she wants.  Telling her it's nap time will sometimes prompt crying.  And I love when I ask for a hug and Staley puts her head on my shoulder.  I sometimes feel sad at how quickly Staley is growing up, but a sweet head on my shoulder and a toothy grin makes my heart fill with joy...every time.

My 9 month old girl

Monday, October 10, 2011

Unceremonious Entrance

I have heard horror stories about teething.  I've had friends who have dealt with sleepless nights, screaming, runny noses, fevers, and very fussy babies.  Luckily, like most things in life so far, Staley has taken teething in stride.  Yesterday as Staley was looking up at Zach and laughing, I caught a glimpse of a new tooth.  Upon further examination, we realized that she had cut yet another tooth recently.  (On the top left next to her front tooth, for those of you keeping track.)  Apparently it just slipped right in without us realizing it.  And I'm just fine if all the rest want to sneak in the same way.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Big Girl Bath

Yesterday, Staley graduated from her baby bathtub into the big girl bath.  She loved it!!  More room for toys, more water for splashing, and more opportunities for me to take pictures.

Feeling proud in the big girl bath

Cheese!

Who thought bath time could get even more fun??

Friday, October 7, 2011

What's Not to Like?

I love fall.  I've always loved fall.  The start of a new school year.  Cross country.  Changing leaves.  Jeans and hoodies.  Bonfires.  Hayrack rides.  Apples.  Football.  Crock pot meals.  Thanksgiving.  And now I can add a new reason to love fall...super cute fall picture opportunities.  On Wednesday, Zach took the day off work and we had a fun family day that included a trip to Tanner's Orchard.

Pumpkins are awesome!

Riding the tractor with Daddy is fun...

...but so is going solo!
(Waving at the other kids is fun too.)

I know this picture just begs for a cheesy caption about quality time with mum(s), but I'm not going to do it.

Ride 'em, cowgirl!

Wild hair.  Cute smile.

Worn out, but still holding her super-fun McDonald's cup.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Learning Something New...Every Hour

At least that's what it seems like Staley is doing.  I can hardly keep up with all the new things she's doing.  Just in the past few days Staley has exploded with new skills.  Crawling is one of the new skills that she's working very hard at.  As of last night, with hard work and motivation (think cell phones, laptops, TV remotes), Staley can move herself forward about 3-4 feet.  It's not fast.  It's not pretty.  It's not efficient.  But it's forward movement nonetheless.  She gets up on her hands and knees, then on her hands and feet, and then she sort of rocks and lunges forward.  Repeat.

Talking may not require as much physical effort as crawling, but Staley is working hard on that too.  Her current consistent words are 'mama', 'mum' (for more), and 'up.'  We have also heard her say (in context) 'book', 'hi', 'bye', 'papa', and 'ki-e' (for kitty), although some of these have only been heard once or twice.  And she consistently signs 'more' and 'drink.'

And my favorite of her new skills is her continued understanding of words and the world around her.  She definitely knows mommy, daddy, kitty, and Cheerios.  When we ask her to clap, wave, shake it (rattle), bang, do 'so big', and splash, she generally does it.  (Zach is working with her on high fives.)  When we say "where's your bow?", she reaches up and grabs her bow off her head.   She turns off the light switch in her room, imitates putting a cup on her head like a hat, and covers her face for peek-a-boo.  She can even play a game where we hide a toy under one of 3 different colored bowls, rearrange the bowls, and she will lift the correct bowl to find the ball.  Pretty impressive, right?  As overly proud and doting parents, we are impressed on a daily basis with our incredible little girl!!
 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Family Pictures

We had family pictures taken with Zach's family in August.  Kara (who also did our pictures with Staley back in May) once again did a fabulous job!  Or maybe we are such a photogenic family that it made her job easy.  : )

The whole fam

Zach's parents
(I love how Olivia is looking up at Staley and holding her foot.)

Uma and Papa with the grandkids

The cousins

Zach's sister and her family

Two proud parents and...

...one sweet, sweet baby girl!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Joining The In Crowd

Staley is now an official member of the 'in' crowd.  Staley has long been proficient at taking (or dumping) objects out of containers.  However, over the past two days, Staley has started putting objects in...and then taking them out...and then putting them in.  I think a certain yellow monkey spent about 10 minutes straight going into and out of his barrel this morning.  She may not be putting her toys into her toybox or her clothes into her hamper yet, but putting the yellow monkey into the barrel is enough to make me proud!