Archive for July, 2009

1 year checkup

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

weight: 18.75 lbs.
height: 30 3/4″

We went for Lulu’s one year check up the other day. Since her last appointment she grew an inch and a half taller but gained less than a pound. Part of this I attribute to the fact that she has all four molars coming in all at once and hasn’t felt like eating much over the past few weeks.

On top of that, we made the switch to whole milk on her birthday, and let’s just say that it hasn’t really been kind to her tummy. The doctor suggested switching her to soy milk for a while to let her stomach settle down and then slowly introducing whole milk into her diet.

She’s becoming a bit of a finicky eater. She definitely knows what she likes and what she doesn’t like. Corn is in, but carrots, green beans and broccoli are out (I have to sneak veggies in other ways). She seems to be allergic to bananas and she *hearts* cheese! A LOT. I will just have to be more vigilant in putting different foods in front of her until we find things that she likes and make sure she snacks more frequently during the day. We have to go back for a weight check in a few months.

snacking in the park

As of the week before her birthday: NO MORE BOTTLES!  She seemed a little resentful of the sippy cup for the first few days, but that didn’t last too long. I miss the quiet time we spent in the mornings while she had her bottle, but those moments don’t last forever.

She’s doing really great pulling herself up to standing and “cruises” around all of the furniture. She loves when we hold her hands so she can walk, although she does look like she’s goose stepping. Her balance is getting much better. She frequently stands on her own until she realizes that she’s doing it, and then she wobbles and falls over.

nice hat, dudette

Most of the time she is still sleeping great, although lately she is waking up in the middle of the night (must be the teeth and tummy issues). She typically goes to bed around 7:30-8pm and gets up around 7:30-8 the next morning (sometimes even 9-9:30! We love those mornings…). On the flip side, she is down to one nap a day, which means less “free” time for me. Still thinking of putting her in daycare for 1-2 days a week so that some of my time can free up and so that she can be around more kids her age.


While we keep trying to encourage her to learn how to say new words, “hi” is still dominating. I really thought this morning I got her to say “mumma”, but she could have just been making mumumumumum sounds. We try “daddy” “spooky” and “I love you” and I do think she’s really trying to form the words but just can’t get them out.

Everyone tells you in the beginning how fast they change and this first year it’s been amazing to see all of the changes she’s gone through in one little year!

little bug
little bug

1 Year Old!

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Lulu’s birthday was just over a week ago. At first we were thinking of spending a quiet day together, just the three of us. But as the day got closer, everyone in the family expressed excitement about seeing her that day so we ended up having a party at our house. Even though we kept it just to family, our family alone is quite a lot of people.

She had a great time seeing everyone and I think her favorite part was when everyone sang “happy birthday” to her!

She was not about keeping her birthday hat on and luckily we got plenty of pics with her while it was still on her head. Everyone, as always, was very generous with all of the wonderful gifts! Thanks to everyone for coming up and spending the day with us.

See all of the photos here!


Monday, July 27th, 2009

I plan on writing a large post about Lulu’s birthday, progress and her recent Dr.’s appointment. There are many photos to go through and lots of things to write (and these things take time). So here’s a little tease until I get it together.

Happy 1st Birthday, Lulu!

Happy 1st Birthday, Lulu!


Friday, July 17th, 2009

The lack of posts means we’ve been out and about lately going visiting, hanging out locally and most recently we’ve been going to the beach!

The first 10-15 minutes after getting there is always a bit frazzling for me. The combo of laying out a blanket, slathering her with sunblock from head to toe (and then myself) and the constant tug of war with her to keep a hat on her head can be a bit frustrating.

Lulu *LOVES* the water! She jumps up and down in the waves and yells “wow whoa wow whoa“! It fun to watch her get a little more daring as she inches deeper into the water (deeper being hip high on her and ankle deep on me!) and lets the waves splash her belly. I’ve also brought her a little deeper in while I hold her and dunk her legs into a wave as it breaks. Obviously the deeper the water, the colder it is, so we don’t stay deep very long.

She is very much an observer and really loves people watching (much like her parents). She especially loves other kids and gets excited when she sees them running and playing in the sand. Deep down I know she just wants to jump up and join them, but she just isn’t there yet. Soon!

We typically stay for 3-4 hours and toward the end of our day when she’s getting tired, she’s content to sit with me while I coax her to munch on snacks and hydrate herself, while we listen to the surf and watch people stroll by.

sitting pretty

sitting pretty

her shirt says "call a vet, cuz these puppies are sick!" (courtesy of Auntie Mel)

her shirt says "call a vet, because these puppies are sick!" (courtesy of Auntie Mel)

nice smile with those crazy chicklets

nice smile with those crazy chicklets

staying warm with Mum

staying warm with Mum

Independ(ence) woman

Monday, July 6th, 2009

After a month of rain the weekend of Fourth of July turned out to be mild and sunny. Lulu donned her stars & stripes for the day and we headed down to Grammy and Grampy K’s house for a cookout and to celebrate Uncle John’s 21st birthday.

As always, she was amazingly well behaved all day long and gave out lots of snuggles to everyone. You can see all of the pics from the day here.

Lulu & (birthday boy) Uncle John

Lulu & (birthday boy) Uncle John

That night when we got home we headed down to Pickering Wharf to watch the Salem fireworks. We didn’t know how she would react to all of the different factors: lots of people, being up past her bedtime and loud fireworks. She did so great you could have knocked us over with a feather. She loved all of the different colors in the sky and would occasionally clap. Considering we thought we’d have to leave before the night even started, we ended up having a great time.