Cups and Teething and Rolling Over, Oh MY!!

Miss Ophelia is definitely making progress in all aspects of her development. She is currently actively teething - I can actually feel the sharp edge of a tooth on her gum (it's the bottom right one) and the other one looks ready to pop any day now as well. She has done very well with the teething and we only had about 4 days of the screaming teething mimi. And only about once a day at that. Don't get me wrong - the screaming episodes were a big deal - but we haven't been up all night or screaming all day by any means. If what I hear about the first set of teeth being the worst - we are darn lucky!!

Ophelia is still doing a pretty good job with eating like a big girl as well. We try to have at least 2 meal attempts every day. We try fruit or vegetable around lunch time and cereal with fruit or vegetable at dinner time. She still loves her high chair and will usually take about a dozen good bites at each sitting. While she is doing well, she is definitely not eating any real volume of food at this point. On a really good day she may eat 1-2 tablespoons of cereal and maybe a tablespoon of fruit or vege - maybe. Sometimes I think eating off a spoon is just plain tiring!!

We bought Miss Ophelia a new cup last week as well, so now she has the purple one and a new NUK one that's red and has a soft spout (like a bottle nipple shaped like a sippy cup). She really likes her cups! We have only been putting water in it - and she drinks about 1/2 to 1 ounce a day. As you can see, she has definitely gotten the hang of drinking out of the cup all on her own. She also likes to drink water out of mommy's big cup of ice water. I hold it up for her and she dips her lips in the water and then makes a funny face and most of the water ends up on mommy as she raspberries it all back out again. It's a real hoot!

Ophelia is getting very good at sitting as well. She rarely falls over anymore and is very good at reaching out to the front and sides while sitting in order to grab things that she wants to hold and then put in her mouth, which includes everything from toys to cups to paper to mommy's hair. While she has rolled over before, she is pretty 'anti-tummy' and she hasn't been doing it with any regularity up until this week. I've been trying to get her on her tummy more and more (despite the unhappy screeching) and she has been rolling from her tummy to her back every day this past week. In fact, she did it three times while I was talking to mom on the phone this morning!! Next step - crawling or scooting or something along those lines! (Sometime in the next two months, according to 'the books').

The last big development we've had just in the past week is that I've been able to get her to take a nap without me having to lay next to her on the bed or hold her in my lap. She took 4 big girl naps this past week and that is HUGE!! She sleeps really well at night - although she IS sleeping in our big bed still. As the weather warms up, we are going to transition her back to her own bed again. We think the main reason she started really liking sleeping with us initially was that she was getting cold at night all alone in her crib. It may be wishful thinking, but that's the plan!

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