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Eliza profile: nine months

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Favorite hobbies: creeping / army crawling all over the living room extremely fast; standing at her musical play table; chasing the cats; reading with mom or dad; playing peekaboo with Dad; clapping, sometimes for no reason whatsoever; pulling her own hair (because it’s there); splashing in the bathtub; putting things inside bowls, buckets, baskets, etc.

Favorite books: all lift-the-flap books she can get her hands on. Some of her absolute favorites are by Karen Katz (Where’s Baby’s Mommy? and Where’s Baby’s Belly Button?, for instance). She also likes the Caldecott winner First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger and Go Away, Big Green Monster, by Edward R. Emberly. And absolutely anything by Sandra Boynton, although Opposites, read in silly voices, is one of thebiggest hits.

Favorite foods: What’s not to love? It’s food. She eats pretty much anything, although she still prefers pureed to chunky. We’re working on that. Accidentally had her first Ritz cracker the other day (long story) and thought she had died and gone to heaven.

Favorite toys: She is into a stuffed animal phase. A little soft tiger, her “Ugly Dolls,” and a teddy bear with a red ribbon that her Pop gave her are her most beloved friends right now. Also enjoys playing with everyone’s shoes (even at daycare), pieces of paper that she can crinkle / tear, spatulas and other stuff from the kitchen, and “roll arounds” from Fisher Price.

Milestones and more: Has two top teeth as well as two bottom teeth now (whew!); just had her first cold and survived; can pull up onto just about anything from seated position; is still working on her sounds (she is trying out ga ga ga now).

Lots more fun to come!

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Um, is this the same baby?

Just wanted to give some perspective here. Look how much Eliza has grown. First picture = little E at 10 days old. Second picture = Eliza in same chair, 5 months old (22 weeks, to be precise). I can’t believe how much she has grown and changed in so little time.

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Long legs

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Eliza’s one-piece outfits are quickly becoming too short. Time to go shopping soon. It’s kind of hard to find clothes for baby girls without the following annoyances:

  • ruffles (especially on the butt!)
  • a collar that constantly sticks up, rubbing against her face
  • gendered words like “princess,” “precious,” and “angel”
  • bows and flowers that stick up (why??)
  • pastel colors, especially pink
  • stretchy bow headbands (YIKES! you’ll never catch Eliza dead in one of those)

All we want is simple: soft, comfortable, functional, cute but not cutesy, easy to take on and off, easy to care for clothes made out of good quality cotton, fleece, or terry. Eliza is not a doll, she is a kid. She wants to feel good while sleeping and playing in her clothes.

Ok, I’m done ranting now.

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Growth spurt #2

Eliza has had three fussy days/nights in a row, which is highly unusual for her.  She’s usually a very peaceful, calm baby who is rather routine-oriented already. But for the last few days, she has been grumpy, refusing to nap, and crying as soon as we put her in her crib at night. After doing some reading, it seems like this might be a classic growth spurt. Apparently, they often happen around 3 weeks and again at 6 weeks. I remember the last one, and she was similarly fussy. It has been a rough few nights, but she should pass through it soon and hopefully return to her “old” self. On the positive side, she is smiling and cooing a lot more now. This is supposedly a big couple of weeks in terms of development; I can’t wait to see what each day brings. I just wish the nights would go back to normal!