Friday, June 26, 2009

The Roll -- Written by Bel

Today we hit a big milestone...Kayleigh rolled over for the first time!!! She did it twice!! I saw it about to happen & I grabbed the camera as quickly as I could - This is the best I could do for now. Hopefully I'll be faster in the future :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Our Little Screamer -- Written by Bel

Kayleigh has gotten increasingly more vocal over the last few weeks. She is definitely playing with sound & discovering new noises every day, most notably her little baby scream. Right now we think it's very cute & we love hearing it, but if it gets any louder (and I am sure that it will), I don't know if we'll find it so cute anymore. She's also getting more control over her legs & tries to "stand" whenever she can. She dances & bounces in her exersaucer & tries to stand when you're holding her. And if you hold her in a sitting position, she tries to pull herself up on her own, but of course she can't yet. She is definitely getting stronger & stronger!

Yesterday we went to Grandma & Grandda's house for a visit & Kayleigh showed them all her new sounds! She also had a blast in the bouncer that Grandma got for her from her friend Rosa. She had such a good time that she pooped herself out & took a little nap in the moses basket that Grandma has.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Morning Cuddles -- Written by Bel

Almost every morning while Laura is getting ready for work, Kayleigh & I usually take a quick nap for a while (I know, we torture Laura). Even if we don’t get to sleep, we get some good cuddle time in to start off the day.

This morning she was very chatty with me & tried to eat the sheets for a while!

Kayleigh’s 4 Month Doctor Appointment Updates -- Written By Laura

We took Kayleigh for her 4 month appointment on Friday. Bel & I were both very concerned because we knew she was going to get shots again, and last time was pretty horrible! She was definitely upset for the rest of the day and into the next day last time. That was two months ago, and now Kayleigh has a lot more personality than she did at 2 months. Needless to say, we were not interested in a repeat of last time.

I had done a little research trying to find out if there was anything we could do to reduce the pain of the shots, and we came up with two very simple steps: first, we gave her Tylenol before we went to the appointment instead of waiting until afterwards. Second, I took a pacifier and dipped it in sugar water, then gave it to her a few minutes before the shots were given. I don’t know that it helped, but whatever. I read in a magazine that this silly trick had tested incredibly well in very young children, and seemed to distract them enough with the pleasant taste that the impact of the shot is not felt as drastically as it would have been without it.

Well, who knows what worked and what didn’t, but all I can say is my little girl was fine! You might actually think they put a little “happy” in those shots, because she basically stopped crying before we even got her to the car, and was smiley and talkative all afternoon! We had smiles, squeals, giggles, and all! So it looks like Kayleigh has gotten better with coping with her shots.

Here’s the skinny on Kayleigh’s growth to date! She is 14 lbs, 5 oz right now! She’s in the 75th percentile with weight. What is probably more shocking is that she is 25 ¼ inches tall, putting her in the 90th percentile! So she’s pretty tall and a good weight. That’ll be my luck, she’ll be taller than me by the time she’s 5 or 6! I guess we’ll see what happens.

So, our little girl was a perfect angel and did very well! I’m very happy that things turned out the way they did. Yay Kayleigh!

(I didn't know this video was being taken - I was on the phone with my mom giving her the updates as you'll be able to tell from the background conversation)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Our Little Weeble -- Written by Bel

This weekend was very fun! We spent Friday morning playing in her bouncy seat. Seemingly overnight, Kayleigh has mastered the art of bouncing & wobbling in her bouncer. Last week, her feet barely touched the floor in it & now she's a pro. She's also gotten very proficient at holding up her head during tummy time.

Since she loved Kira's exersaucer so much, we ordered Kayleigh one of her own. She wasn't too sure what to do with it at first, but then she LOVED it! On Saturday we put it in front of the mirrored doors of the buffet in the dining room, and she had even more fun chatting with herself! Turns out all we really needed were the mirrors :) LOL

But what we love most of all are the giggles. We've been trying to get them on video for a while now, but as soon as we pull out the camera she starts paying more attention to that than anything else and stops giggling. Today, Laura was able to sneak up on us at the tail end of one of Kayleigh's giggle sessions. Mostly, all you'll hear is a short squeal, but there are a few laughs in there. Maybe one day we'll be able to get the full thing, but until then...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Kayleigh & Kira, BFF -- Written by Kayleigh

Well today was certainly interesting!! We started off our first few hours without any power, so it was kind of hard to do much of anything at first. Poor Mommy had to shower in the dark! But then we decided to go visit my BFF, Kira. When we first got there Kira was sleeping so I played in her exersaucer until she woke up.

When she did wake up, we played for a little bit & Kira gave me kisses. It was nice because she's my BFF!! Then Liz & Camp Lauren stopped by for a while too - it was nice to seem but I was so tired already that I ended up taking a nap for most of their visit. I hope I get to see them again sometime soon!!

Then we headed off to visit Grandma & Grandda for dinner and Great Auntie Carol & Nanny (my Great-Grandmother) were there too!! Kristin & Kira also came by for dessert and then Uncle Matt came too. I saw a whole lot of people today!! But I really missed my Marmy. She was at band rehearsal so she couldn't come. Maybe next time she will. Thanks for a fun day everyone!

Monday, June 1, 2009

The Sounds Of Kayleigh -- Written by Bel

Kayleigh has been making some ooh's & aah's for a while now, but recently she has discovered that moving her mouth creates different noises. I also think she discovered her tongue & is playing around with that too. Here's what she had to say while we were waiting for Marmy to get home:

Kayleigh also really likes all kinds of music. She loves all the CD's that her friends & family have given her (thank you everyone!), she perks up at church whenever there is music being played, and she especially loves whenever we play music for her at home.

This one song was written out of sleep deprivation - I'm sure we've all been there. Pacing the house at 4am trying to soothe a crying newborn to sleep. I don't think I've ever sang so much in my life! And all of them are ridiculously simple 2 line-ers made up on the spot - basically whatever comes out of your mouth at the time. Luckily, she is a much better sleeper now, but we still sing some of those songs to her, and Laura has added guitar to some of them as well. (Don't judge me, I know I'm not a singer. LOL.)