Thursday, September 30, 2010

Just Cuteness

I don't have much to report today. It's been a pretty routine week for Rose so far, which is a good thing after all the travels and adjustments she's had to go through this month. She has been a little fussy at night and rubbing her mouth a lot, so I won't be surprised to see a tooth appear in the near future. Though, it could just be that she's been extra tired at the end of the day. Napping at daycare is still not her forte, yet. She's asleep before 7pm most nights. Here's some cuteness from this week, I thought I'd share.

Smearing her rattle with some rice cereal:

 Full belly:

 Thinking about grabbing the bear:


Monday, September 27, 2010

Home Sweet Home

After all our travels last weekend, a stomach virus for me and a fever for Rose, I was excited to spend this weekend at home playing with my girl, straightening up the house and making some social calls. Friday night, Rose and I had a dinner date at Deschutes Brewery with Jamie, Kirk and Sam. I was a little nervous about how the evening would go, since I hadn't taken Rose out on the town past her bedtime (7pm) since she started day care. On the way to dinner she was already looking a little tired, but she seemed to enjoy the stroller ride.

There was a bit of a wait at the restaurant, but once we were seated, Rose had a good nursing and was quite content for most of dinner. Towards the end of the night, as I held her to my chest, she rested her head on my collar bone and slowly zonked out, not to be woken until we got home. And we were all able to sleep in a little the next morning. 

Saturday morning, Rose had some time with Papa before his work retreat, most of which was spent discovering what chest hair is really all about. Is it really attached to Papa? Or did he just put it there to block latching on to his nipple?

It feels like every week that goes by, I can see Rose growing up a little more. This weekend she was completely content sitting on the floor with her toys while I scurried around cleaning the house. She chewed on them, talked to them, reached for them, and squealed at them. She would look up with a big smile if I waved at her and said "Hi Rose!". She worked on pat, pat, patting them. And shake, shake, shaking them. Her newest trick is a Rose version of clapping. I say "Clap, clap, clap" along with the motion, and she follows by waving her two extended arms toward each other and making contact with her hands. Clap, clap, clap. I have no idea if there is intent or purpose behind these claps, but she's pretty pleased with them (as am I).

Saturday afternoon, Rose had a long overdue walk with her buddy Grady (who is getting his first tooth already!). Sunday, Rose helped me clean out all of her clothing drawers, putting away the 3 month clothes and organizing the 6 month clothes. Sunday afternoon, we all went out to Grandma and Grandpa Livingston's house, where Rose got some much needed QGPT (quality grandparent time). And mom and dad got a much needed quiet Sunday dinner together.

I 'll leave you with a little cheer Rose used to get psyched for the Beaver game Saturday evening: 

 Go Beavers...
 Go Beavers...
 Got it?

Friday, September 24, 2010

First "Sick" Day

Yesterday around 2pm day care called me at work to tell me Rose had a fever of 101. I let them know that it was probably a reaction to the vaccinations, but the day care policy requires kids with fevers to go home until they are symptom free. I have to admit that I was a little excited to get part of the afternoon off to hang out with my baby girl. When I got to day care, Rose was fast asleep in one of the teacher's arms. Her head was cuddled onto the teacher's shoulder as the she swayed back and forth. She woke up as she was transferred to my arms and gave me a sleepy, rosy, glazed look, and then fell back asleep. Once home, she went straight to bed for a good nap and woke up cheerful and almost refreshed. She had a good chew on her red crab.

Later we played peek-a-boo, which involved me jumping out from the bedroom closet over and over and over. The giggles it elicited were a delightful reward for my aerobic efforts. I would do anything to hear that laugh! Here she is waiting for me to disappear into the closet:

And here is the end of a giggle I was able to catch after leaping out and yelling "peek-a-boo!":

Silly Mommy!

Rose woke up this morning with a reduced fever of 99.2 and a very sunny disposition. She seemed content to be back at day care this morning, flashing a smile and waving her arms for anyone who was looking.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Six Month Check-Up

Yesterday, Rose had her six month check-up. The report from Dr. Gopal: "She is doing just great!"

Here are her stats:
Weight: 14 pounds, 9 ounces
Height: 27 inches

Rose is in the 23% for weight and 89% for height. Long and lean, for now.

She also got a round of vaccines. Three shots in her thighs and an oral dose. The shots resulted in immediate screaming (more mad than anything else), but as usual Rose was easily comforted. The tears stopped as soon as she got a good cuddle. She had a long nap when we got home and a good sleep after her nighttime routine (a little rice cereal, a bath, PJs, nursing and bed). She was a bit fussy and warm this morning, but hopefully she is feeling better as the day goes on.

Rose continues to enjoy day care. When I arrive at the end of the day to pick her up, she is usually sitting up playing with toys, other babies or one of the teachers and always has a big smile for me. Earlier this week, when I arrived she was in the process of rolling across the room. This was a first for me, but her teacher didn't appear surprised at all. It seems Rose has figured out that rolling can be used as a form of locomotion. Hold on to your hats!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Saying Goodbye to Grandma

Rose and I have arrived safely back in Portland from our journey to the Quinn family cottage on Canandaigua Lake. Many tears were shed on this trip, but none on the plane. Rose was a stellar flight companion. Though, she was stopped at security to be tested for bomb residue and got us kicked out of the airport bar for being underage. Rose got a little frustrated with the TSA woman for continuing to touch her with her interesting toy, but refusing to hand it over for investigation. When we arrived at the gate, it was overflowing with passengers waiting to board the plane, and at the same time it was eerily silent. Rose announced her presence with her perfected dolphin squawk, and 100 heads turned our way. I saw more than one set of eyes narrow with dread at the possibility of sitting next to a six month old for a red-eye flight. But Rose slept most of the flight, and even caught a little shut eye during our layover in Newark.

The toughest part of the plane flight was my sore tush from the added weight of a sleeping baby and sitting as still as possible for five hours.

Having Nellie accompany us was invaluable. She was amazing in the many roles she played (nanny, pack mule, companion, shoulder to cry on, and skinny-dipping instigator, to name a few). I was so proud of my light packing at the beginning of the trip, but somehow the minimal baggage we started with kept multiplying every step of the way. We were practically buried under it by the time we arrived back in Portland. 

During our first day at the lake, Rose enjoyed some sun and playing in the grass while sporting her new vest from Nana and Grandpa. She's looking very much the Portland girl that she is.

She also had some time to hang out with Grandpa Barry and Nana Barbara.

And she met her great grandmother Mary for the first time. It meant a lot to me to see the two of them together. And grandma really seemed to enjoy having Rose around.

Rose also enjoyed meeting her Uncle Chip and Aunt Pam for the first time and hanging out with Aunt Beth again. She especially loved the boisterous story telling by the Quinn clan and all the cuddles and kisses. She was full of dolphin squawks all weekend.

Rose experienced a lot of new things this weekend. She tried avocado and gave it a thumbs up,...

a bath in the sink,...

 multiple black dogs,...

 a new teething ring...

and turning six months old...Happy six months baby girl!

The hardest part of the trip, and the most significant for me, was saying goodbye. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to see Grandma one more time, to sit with her and Rose for a while, to see them holding hands, to watch them observing each other, to tell her I love her and to say goodbye.   
And Grandma's parting words I'll take to heart, though it will be hard at times: "I love you.", "Have a good life.", and "Don't spoil her, Jada."

Rose, you were a superstar this weekend. You brightened rooms with your sweet presence and soothed hearts and minds with your generous love and cuddles.

In remembrance of Mary Jones Quinn (September 25, 1916 - September 21, 2010)


Friday, September 17, 2010

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Tonight Rose and I are headed to New York to visit my Grandma Mary, Rose's great grandmother, at the Quinn family cottage on Canandaigua Lake. This will be Rose's first airplane ride! Unfortunately (or fortunately, I can't quite decide), it's a red-eye. And, definitely unfortunately, it includes a three hour lay-over in Newark, NJ at 5am. We're traveling sans Papa and we will miss him! But luckily, cousin Nellie has generously offered to fly with us and lend a helping hand. She's even offered to change diapers. What a sport! We hope for lots of sleep for all of us and minimal crying (for all of us).

I'm looking forward to spending time with my grandmother and introducing her to Rose. Rose and I are also excited to see Grandpa Barry and Nana Barbara!

Wish us safe and happy travels!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

This Little Piggy

Last night Rose had her second run in with rice cereal. This time it was more of a real meal, and less of an experiment to entertain her parents. Though, we were still thoroughly entertained. She was just as enthusiastic as last time, if not more so, diving at the spoon before Trevor could get it to her mouth.

She ate until she was full and too cute to eat any more.

Then followed this meal with a bath and the best sleep she's had in weeks. Thank you rice cereal. And thank you Trevor for insisting that Rose needed more to eat before going to bed at night. Looks like papa was right!

Here's a picture of Rose waving "Hi" this morning while waiting for her parents to get dressed for work. This is her newest "trick". I put this in quotes, because she's not doing it intentionally yet, but she will soon. I see a glimmer of understanding as I respond to her with a wave back and an exuberant "Hi Rose!".

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Physical Therapy Update

I took Rose to her physical therapy appointment this morning. Three weeks ago, at her last appointment, Rose was working on sitting up, but still toppling over if she didn't have a little support. Trevor has been working a lot with her on her sitting and standing muscles and we've seen a lot of improvement. Here's our little lady sitting proud:

Even though Rose is making leaps and bounds in some areas, the torticollis is still a major issue. Rose's neck is still very tight on the right side. Our PT sternly instructed me today that our number one goal over the next few weeks is getting that neck loosened up. She sent us home with lots of good stretching instructions. Our second goal is to work on building strength in Rose's right shoulder, or in other words, lots of baby push-ups!

Rose is still dealing with her first cold, which she has kindly shared with her mom and dad, too. We're a snotty, sleepy house right now.

I'll leave you with a picture of Rose Marmalading (as the Livingstons would say).

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

First "Solid" Food

This weekend Trevor fed Rose her first "solid" food. A splash of breast milk mixed into rice cereal hardly qualifies as solid food in my book, but I suppose the purpose is to introduce the concept of adult eating - sitting up, using a spoon, taking bites and swallowing. Rose was a pro from the start. I think she's been taking a lot of mental notes while watching us eat.

The spoon may have been a bit of a surprise.

But she trusts her papa, and soon realized the spoon was part of the deal.

 And the food, apparently, was pretty tasty.

 All done.


I've decided to start this blog in an attempt to record our adventures with Rose. I've been remiss in keeping her baby journal updated and thought I might be more successful at blogging. With this online journal format, I can share with family and friends the stories and pictures of Rose as she grows. Check back for more updates. Enjoy!