Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Schwartz's vs the Johnny Jumper

We've put Sarah in this from time to time and she tolerated hanging out there but never really jumped. It seems like just this week she's figured it out. So between this and the exersaucer I should be able to get things done around the house...right?

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Schwartz's vs Sophie's Homecoming

Ah, it's good to be home.

Our friend Cameron has the patience of a saint and has secured her spot in heaven after enduring our cat for 7 weeks.  Let me share some of the things Sophie did while she was there.  But first, I must emphasize how much we love our cat and that she really is a good cat.  She sleeps on our bed every night and generally wants to be in the same room as us.  She plays fetch and greats us at the door when we come home.  She really is a nice loving cat...to us.  But to others, well, it was a trying time for Cameron.

First, let's start with the anger pooping.  Sophie welcomed herself into Cameron's place by anger pooping just outside the box.  I guess she didn't like the idea of sharing her box with 2 other cats.  But that's not the anger poop I'm talking about.  No, my cat decided she needed to do something to put Cameron's geriatric non-confrontational dog in her place.  So Sophie marched into the kitchen, aimed, and anger pooped in poor Irish's food bowl.  Take that dog.     

Then there was the refusing to eat out of the food bowl the other cats used.  Sophie had to have her own in a separate location.  Brat.

Cameron was treated to the purr then bite your face that Sophie likes to give out.  (However, we actually think this is her way of showing affection.)

But the pièce de résistance, when Sophie crawled up in Cameron's bed at 4 in the morning and barfed on her leg.  Nothing like sharing a hair ball with her temporary mommy.

So welcome home Sophie.  We missed you bunches.  Oh, and while you were gone, Sarah learned what animals are.  Good luck with that!

Sarah's excited to see Sophie, but I don't think the feeling is mutual.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Schwartz's vs the Veggies--Squash Edition

Now don't be frightened by the title, I don't plan on blogging about each time Sarah tries a new veggie or fruit. I'm not saying I won't end up doing it and by the time she's 5 y'all will be tired of reading about what Sarah had for dinner, I'm just saying I don't PLAN on doing it.

That being said, Sarah tried squash for the first time a few days ago. When we went to the doctor on Tuesday for her check up we got the green light to start giving her food with flavor. (I can only assume rice cereal has none because it looks like something that lacks flavor.) Dr. Catherine said that we had to wait 3 days before introducing a new food. I had no idea this rule is because it would take Sarah 3 days to eat one little thing of squash baby food. And at one point, I only got her to eat it by tricking her and mixing it with rice cereal! I put some squash on the spoon and then scooped some rice cereal so that if she looked (and thought about it) she might think, "hm, I know that white stuff" and then WA-POW squash right behind it. It worked well enough, though near the end she began to distrust me and the spoon so I ended up just giving her spoonfuls of rice cereal that she gobbled up.

So here is the photo documentation of our first encounter with flavored foods.
Yum! It's people food time. And daddy's feeding me...Awesome!

I'm being such a good girl opening wide and not trying to grab the spoon and cram it in my mouth.

Wait a second! WHAT IS THIS STUFF!!! Where's my pasty rice cereal!

And for your viewing pleasure because I've suddenly become addicted to the movie mode on my digital camera.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Schwartz's vs the "Advanced" Baby

What your 6 month old doesn't do this?

First, sorry she's only in her diaper. See, I put her down sitting in front of her music table to play while I picked out an outfit for her 6 month picture and turned around to this. (I tried to video it, but she started playing shy so I'll have to get that some other time.)

Now, since she's my first and I'm prone to be extremely competitive and slightly crazy I'm trying hard NOT to check all the baby sites to see what she should be doing. I try not to ask my friends about what their kid did at such and such month so that I'm not worried if Sarah's not doing this or that. I'm just trying to let her grow as she does and assume everything is normal and on track. 

So we went to the doctor yesterday and she asked the normal developmental check list questions. Is she babbling? Yes, all the time especially in the car or when I give her her Who-doll. Is she passing objects from one hand to another? Um, I'm not sure, I've never noticed. So the doctor hands Sarah one of those popsicle sticks and says put it in the other hand. (This was one of those perfectly timed things that will never happen again.) But just as Dr. Catherine said that sure enough Sarah put it in the other hand. Too funny! So yes apparently she does that. Sarah was sitting up at the time so Dr. Catherine said that was good. Then Sarah grabbed my arms and pulled herself up to stand on the table. I could have scrapped Dr. Catherine's jaw off the table (well not really but her eyes got pretty big) and she said, "well, that's advanced". Is it? I don't know. She's not crawling yet, but she does like to stand up and will pull herself up on just about anything, me, the couch, her music table... Then Dr. Catherine said we look for pulling up around 8 or 9 months. But it seems like Sarah is going to be one of those kids who is an early walker. She may even start walking by 9 months. 

9 MONTHS!!!! I don't know how I feel about that. I mean, it's not like there's anything I can do about it. Sarah's going to do what she wants. I blame Chris, who by the way thinks this is funny since he won't be chasing a 9 month old around the house all day. Ever since she could hold her head up he's been making her stand on his lap. And recently I've caught him trying to help her "walk". I don't know why it bothers me that Sarah may walk so early. I think it's because my mom is from the school of don't let them walk until they are 12 months old and will tell anyone and everyone that she pushed us down if we tried to walk before then. She thinks crawling for longer will help you notice the details in life since you spend more time looking at every little speck in the carpet. I think I just don't want her that mobile yet because she's my little baby girl. I wouldn't mind an early talker. I find myself already saying "use your words!" to her. And I definitely wouldn't mind an early potty trainer (good bye diapers!). But an early walker--it just seems too independent! I just want my little cuddly baby back.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Schwartz's vs the 6 Month Old

Sarah you are 6 months old today. Wow, that went by fast! So here's what's new with you:

* You weigh 13 lbs 10 oz and are in the 10th percentile.
* You are 26 inches long and in the 50th percentile.
* You can sit up on your own, but still have a flop over from to time. We can tell when you fell over accidentally because you fall backwards. When you fall over on purpose, you throw yourself forward.
* Your favorite toy is the tag. It doesn't matter what the toy is or does, you like the tag the best.

* You've been to the pool a few times now and you like to go and splash. We take a bath toy with us and you chew on it and watch the other kids.
* You are a busy busy BUSY little girl and want to get into EVERYTHING. You want to crawl so bad, but you haven't quite figured it out so you mostly turn circles or go backwards. When you get your feet against something you kick and push yourself forward.
* Everything goes in your mouth.
* You have two adorable, and ridiculously sharp bottom teeth and at your check up this morning Dr. Catherine showed us that you have one coming in on the top.
* You are a good eater and lean towards the spoon for your rice cereal. So today we got the go ahead to start offering you vegetables.
* You don't like to cuddle anymore, there's too much to see and do for you to want to cuddle with mommy. But you still like it when we pick you up or sit with you in our lap to read books or play with toys.
* You're a good girl and let others hold you, but as soon as you get back to mommy or daddy you cling to us and put your face into our necks or shoulders. Mommy pretends like that's a hug and a kiss.
* We still have to swaddle you to sleep. Grandma Smith made you big swaddle blankets because you've outgrown all the little baby ones. We've tried putting you down without swaddling you. First you'll play for a little. Then you'll talk. Then quickly you'll start screaming like you're saying, "Hey guys I'm tired, can I get a little swaddle in here!" So we wrap you up and you're out within about 3 min.
* You still love it when mommy sings. But we have narrowed it down to a few songs that are your favorites. #1, Little Einsteins (opening and curtain call), #2 Baby Shark, and #3 Little Ducks.
* We love you so very much!

And for a little out take. Here's why the sign is above and behind her or crammed under her.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Schwartz's vs the First Fathers Day

Almost 6 years ago you married me for time and all eternity and I didn't think I could love anyone any more then I loved you that day.  Almost 6 months ago, you made me a mother and I realized just how wrong I was.  Sarah has expanded my love exponentially, and somehow made me love you more.

So my wonderful husband, you've been a father for about 6 months now and here's how you've grown.

You smile all the time even when you are changing the most disgusting poop filled diaper the world has ever seen.  You like to get up and go to work early so that you can come home sooner.  This even included getting to work by 6:30 last semester because of one of your classes.  You are the most adorable father ever and really like it when Sarah and I come up and have lunch with you.  You beam with pride as you show her to your coworkers and proudly say "This is my daughter Sarah."  You've gone from saying you'd never wear a pink dress shirt to gladly donning one to show off your pride about having a little girl.  You really enjoy taking Sarah to the pool, and your favorite thing to do in the evening is go for a family walk.  You just can't seem to get enough of holding her, playing with her, cuddling her, or even just looking at her.  On Saturdays you get up and bring me Sarah to feed her, and then play with her and put her down for her first nap letting me sleep in.  You like picking out hair bows that match Sarah's outfits.  I really think you like picking out what Sarah's going to wear because you enjoy dressing up your little baby doll as much as I do.  Anything that says "Daddy's girl" or something to that effect is your favorite thing for her to wear.  You are amazing, kind, and patient and the best husband and father we could ever have asked for.

Thank you for encouraging and supporting my desire to be a stay at home mom.  Thank you for this beautiful little girl.  Thank you for being an admirable patriarch and wonderful head of our household.  And while I'm not saying I want another one any time soon....I am looking forward to having many more beautiful babies with you and watching you grow even more.

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Schwartz's vs the Splash Down

We took Sarah to the outdoor pool at the Y this week.  We've been members at the Y since we moved out to Atoka back in 2006 and I've secretly always looked forward to taking my kid(s) there.  I have appeased this each summer by offering to take friends who have kids so I could pretend and think about how much fun it would be.  So taking Sarah for the first time was a big check off my mommy to do.  Auntie Em was in town and she actually mowed our grass during the 100 degree heat so that Chris could come to the pool with us for Sarah's first trip.  (He was going to mow that evening.)  She enjoyed splashing in the pool, but really liked looking at all the people!

She's trying so hard to sit up on her own but just isn't quite ready yet.  Sometime she can do it for a few seconds but for the most part she needs something or someone sitting behind her for a little support.  She also really wants to start crawling so the next time I look her to the pool she kept flipping on to her belly over my leg that she was leaning on.  But that kept putting her face a little too close to sea level for my comfort.  Speaking of sea level, I'm dreaming of a beach vacation.  Perhaps by the end of the summer when she's 8 months old she'll be big enough to take to the beach.