Wednesday, July 20, 2011

8 Weeks Later

8 weeks doesn't seem like very long, does it? And yet it feels like forever. It's funny how our lives just wrap around these changes and we become accustomed to the new normal. I feel like I've known her my whole life. We fit together perfectly. She is without a doubt my favorite person on the planet. 

And she's accomplished a lot since I met her in Nanchang just 8 weeks ago today.
She's eating solids like a champ. We're still just exploring the baby food world right now as I make sure she doesn't have allergic reactions to things. So far I haven't found anything she's just flat out refused. But I have figured out which things she likes more than others. Green beans and apples are just okay. But I can't shovel in the pears and any orange veggie fast enough. Squash, sweet potatoes, carrots. Loves 'em all. She's doing so well that as soon as we finish up our supply of Stage One foods, we're moving straight to Stage Two. 
 She's also been practicing with water from a sippy cup. And actually swallows about 5% of what ends up in her mouth. The rest just runs right out as she lets her mouth hang open. Not quite getting the concept. LOL! Mommy still holds her bottles. But she's been trying to figure that out, too.

In addition to her two upper and two lower teeth, she now has another one on the top right poking through. I think I can see the top left about to explode soon also. I gave her a carrot stick to gnaw on thinking it was too hard for her to actually bite through. I was wrong. She nibbled a little piece off. Sadly for her... no more carrot sticks as teethers.

She's still commando crawling. But she gets up on all fours and rocks. Occasionally, she'll propel herself forward by dragging both knees together. Sometimes she just "takes a step" with one. But she hasn't figured out what to do after that and will drop back to her belly to get where she's going. Which she's gotten super fast at by the way. She can almost beat me across the kitchen as she goes for the dog's water bowl.
 Last week, she learned how to get herself into a sitting position from being flat on her belly. She also gets back down. She's trying to pull herself up on furniture but so far only gets to her knees. But suddenly, she's decided she wants to get on her feet and has started her own "downward dog" position.
Today we were reading a baby signs book and came across a page for "dog". She turned her head completely to the side and looked directly at our dog. I swear I didn't imagine it. She knew exactly what it meant.
 Unfortunately, we've gotten nowhere on our actual signing. I keep doing it and adding new words. But she's completely stopped doing her "more" interpretation. Instead when I ask if she wants more...she'll arch her back and bang her head backwards on her high chair..almost like she's saying "yes". It's strange. But somehow we seem to get each other. 
At her pediatrician appt last week, she'd gained a pound from our June visit. She's now a whopping 24 solid pounds! And 28 inches long. That's the 65th percentile for height on the American charts and 99th for weight! That theory that Chinese babies are not necessarily true. I've moved to buying only 18 mth pants. It was too hit or miss with the 12 mth sizes. Some fit. Some wouldn't budge over her healthy thighs. So I gave up and went bigger. She's also in a size 4 diaper now, too.

We've gotten a referral to see an opthamologist. I've noticed her eyes seem to turn in on occasion. She may have a little strabismus. We'll see what the doctor says. Our appointment is at the end of the month. Otherwise, she's quite healthy. And her pediatrician thinks she's right on target developmentally for her age. Which is all such a blessing. 

Her babbling is constant. She repeats syllables over and over. I've heard "ma", "da", "guh" and "buh" most often. She also has learned to do a "th" sound which makes her smile. It starts as a quiet "th" as she puts her tongue to her top teeth and ends up being a full blown, spit flying raspberry by the time she's through. That cracks her up. We've been working on "bye bye". Sometimes she gets a sort of wave going and starts the "buh buh buh". Kinda sounds like bye bye. She also loves to whisper. That's something she just started recently. Another game that makes her smile. I'll get right in her ear and whisper back which starts up the giggles.
She's getting better with controlling her hands. She practices the "pincer grasp" with the dissolving puff treats. Griffey has learned to stand under the highchair when he hears that can come out of the cupboard. Because 30% or more end up on the floor. But she's getting better. She learned to clap her hands last weekend. She thinks she's hot stuff with that one and is constantly applauding herself now. Little diva. 

She hates laying still for a diaper change. That one we battle over. But she'll help me get her shirts on and off. I start working her arms in or out of the sleeve while saying "arm in" or "arm out". She'll either pull her arm out or push it through the sleeve. Which makes it much easier for mommy. She did it at the doctors office when I had to undress her for the scale. The nurse was surprised and said "Did she really just pull her arm out when you asked her to?". She seemed impressed with that. Maybe that's not normal for a 9 mth old? I have no idea. Mia is definitely a smart girl. 

I've been researching childcare. The arrangement I'd planned is no longer an option. So I've been scrambling to figure that out. I go back to work August 15th. I get tears in my eyes every time I think about it. We have a few good possibilities. I should have a plan in place soon. I think once we get through the initial transition phase, which I expect to be rough since we've not been apart at all for 8 weeks, she'll do very well in either of the places that are my two front runners. Both of them are private in home daycare. One person I already knew and the other came highly recommended from a friend who sent her children there for many years. But I'm dreading this. Leaving her breaks my heart. I knew the day would come though... and it's fast approaching.
Her sleeping is still going great. Down around 7:30-ish. Up once for a diaper change, small bottle and some rocking between 1-3am. But now I've got that routine down like a Nascar pit crew. I can have her back asleep in 15-20 minutes. She actually never fully wakes up. I finally figured that out ...which is why I have to move fast before she does. Every morning she wakes with a smile. Even when she gets grumpy later ... she still starts her days happy.
She still takes at least two naps a day. Morning and afternoon. Sometimes she takes another short cat nap late afternoon if she didn't nap long enough during the other two. Which is what you see below. Just ran out of steam and trapped me on the couch until she woke up. LOL! The afternoon nap is in her crib. Morning nap varies. If mommy wants to nap or just snuggle I put her in my bed. My days of having that luxury are ending soon with my return to work. So I've been reluctant to give it up just yet.
 We made a lot of progress this last week. There have been some breakthroughs in addition to all the other new things Mia is tackling. She's started to let other people hold her. That didn't happen prior to last week except for a few select people. She would always turn back to me and start that pathetic whimper. That seems to have stopped. She's getting more confident and social. But we've only tested the theory with me close and with her knowing she can come back when she decides. That still should help as she transitions to daycare. I'm hoping anyway.   
All in all everything is going very well. Much better than I ever expected it to. And I'm grateful for that. I think she attached to me pretty quickly but I can definitely see the difference in that bond now 8 weeks later versus those early day. As time passes, I can also feel myself getting more comfortable and confident in this new mommy role. It's becoming much more natural and instinctive instead of so clinical and textbook. I love watching this beautiful girl blossom and grow. She continues to amaze me every single day. I'm really excited to see what our future together holds.


MotherMotherOcean said...

She is so cute and happy. It makes my heart melt to see that. Crawling is not needed for development. And Combat may be all she can due to her size or development. Dont worry about that one.

AandAsMama said...

SInce the carrots don't work anymore as teeters do you have one of these?

They are wonderful for giving babies pretty much everything. We put in all kinds of meat, fruits and veggies. Even an ice cube for frozen fruit is good when they are teething. Or you could freeze baby food in an ice cube tray and put that in it. It gets wonderfully messy! My boys both loved anything I could put in them. I lot of the time I would save it for after they finished eating dinner and then give it to them while I sit to eat my dinner. It's lots of fun!


Carrie said...

Love your updates. My name is Carrie. We have an adopted daughter from China. She had..."Healthy thighs" also. She was 24 pounds at 9 months. Our daughter is now 4 years old and those healthy thighs are not as chunky.
I will keep on checking in on you and your beautiful Mia!

Janice said...

Krista, it sounds as though Mia is doing just beautifully. It is hard to believe she has only been with you for 8 weeks...seems much longer:) I look forward to watching her grow..she is so so beautiful. Enjoy the rest of the summer sure has been a hot one!


Joannah said...

She is so beautiful! I'm glad you have seen so much growth in the time you have been together. It's amazing isn't it? Michaela changes all the time, and I just can't believe it. I return to work on September 1st, and I'm dreading it, too. I could easily be a stay-at-home mom. I'd love to homeschool and just be with her all the time. Sigh... I guess I should buy lottery tickets! ;)

Diana said...

This just made me smile:) I have followed you forever waiting to read a post like this and each one I read makes me happy..Mia is beautiful and you are a great mommy!!

China Dreams said...

You are a lucky mommy! All that cuteness, curiosity, and intelligence in one little package. Good luck with the daycare search and the transition. I know it's heartbreaking at first, but then you have so much to look forward to at the end of each day!


Anonymous said...

Love keeping up with you and your babe. She's such a sweet and good natured girl just like her mommy. Dottie

Carol L said...

Such a great update. Thank you!!! I'm sorry I didn't have a chance to catch up at the park. I'm hoping to have another opportunity. Know that I think of you often and hope things go very smoothly for you.
By the way, we never mastered sippy cups. Kate was much older, but frankly, she seemed to get the straw cup right away and we bypassed sippy. Makes eating a restaurant much easier anyway!!
Glad to hear you are well.

Sarah in MT said...

And people think all babies do is play! This little girl is working hard all the time, growing and learning. And you are great at documenting even the little changes - it's wonderful to watch. Clearly, this is a child who knows she's loved. Good job, Mommy!

Daniella said...

So much trouble commenting... hope this works :)
Mia is so beautiful and wow how she has grown and changed in 8 short weeks!

dawn said...

I always love your posts but this one is beautiful. You are such an amazing person.

Robin said...

Mia looks so happy and beautiful. Her hair has grown a lot, too. I especially love the downward dog. Man, is she strong! You both are -- and that will get you through the daycare transition. We think of you all the time. Hugs to all, Robin

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