day-to-day pregnancy

[ Tuesday, May 31, 2005 ]

Last week we had great news from Physical Therapy: Kate's torticollis is gone! Her head and neck are perfect and now we just need to work on her arm strength. When we sit her up now she can stay there on her own, sometimes leaning forward with her hands on the floor.

[ Thursday, May 26, 2005 ]

More of Kate's favorite things:
6. Baby Einsten's soft cubes (the green frog in particular)
7. "Itsy Bitsy Spider"
8. mirrors of any size or shape
9. aquarium screen saver
10. her nanny Teresa

[ Monday, May 23, 2005 ]

List of Kate's favorite things, in no particular order:
1. her pink bunny/blanket
2. mashed carrots
3. Pooh mobile
4. car rides
5. Daddy's watch

...more to come.

[ Friday, May 20, 2005 ]

And here is Kate "wearing" some carrots.

We had been bragging about how strong Kate is; she hadn't been sick since birth, despite (or perhaps because of) our insistence that people did not need to wash their hands before touching her, that she could be held any time, and that her toys are never sterilized. This week, however, we had to rush her to the doctor twice because of a viral infection that attacked her throat and left her uncomfortable and refusing to eat. Today she seems much happier, although her appetite still hasn't returned.

[ Tuesday, May 17, 2005 ]

I almost forgot. Kate gave us her first full laugh a couple of nights ago. We discovered that she is slightly ticklish on her ribs. David was kissing her belly when she surprised us with a loud laugh, quite different from her usual giggles and squeals. We've gotten her to laugh a few more times since then but it is a real treat and doesn't happen very often.

Since that first apple taste, Kate has moved on to mashed carrots. Once we determined that she was interested in solid food, our next step was to buy rice cereal, which most pediatricians recommend as first food. Well, she didn't like it. After a few frustrated attempts, we offered her mashed carrots... and she turned into an eating machine. Of course, she wears most of it but her technique is improving. David and I take turns feeding her because it is so much fun!

[ Thursday, May 12, 2005 ]

Last night Kate had her first taste of something other than milk. She has been mouthing whenever she sees us eating, but we were waiting for her 6-month pediatrician visit before feeding her solids. Yesterday David and I were sharing an apple when she started mouthing and I couldn't resist. I put a very small piece in front of her and she just took it as if she had been doing it all her life. We documented the occasion and now I am in charge of finding and buying a good highchair.

[ Monday, May 09, 2005 ]

Kate is now 5 months old. She started "talking" a lot more often in what sounds like long sentences of "ahhhh" with consonant variations ("baaa", "paaa", "maaa"). Her squeals are hilarious and getting pretty loud. She is not rolling over as often but I think it's because she is determined to sit up and is now concentrating all her energy on that.

[ Tuesday, May 03, 2005 ]

Yesterday I realized how few developmental toys Kate had... so we took her to Babies R Us for a shopping spree. Among other things, we got her two funny rattles, a collection of soft blocks, and a couple of trilingual booklets. She already seems to have taken a preference for one of the rattles.

[ Sunday, May 01, 2005 ]

Kate's new milestones: she's started to pass objects from one hand to the other; she also now sticks everything in her mouth, including all fingers at once. She is grabbing her toes but hasn't managed to put those in the mouth yet. Last night she was squealing and giggling every time I smiled at her.