January and February 2009 - In Review

The last two months have been a total whirlwind! 

Ophelia hit her 18 month mark in January. Her doctor was duly impressed with her progress. While still tiny, she is in perfect proportion and the picture of health. She is eating well, 3 meals a day and 2 snacks, drinking whole milk, and still nursing once or twice at night. Her vocabulary is easily 50-60 words at this point and she as about 30 or so signs to add to that. She still loves reading her books and now she's really into puzzles and stacking blocks and playing with legos. She still tries to eat her crayons, but we're working on that!  She sure is a spitfire. We call her Goose on the Loose! 

By the end of January, her vocabulary literally exploded! And at the end of February, her words are multi-syllable and she is making phrases on a regular basis. She knows all of her shapes and colors and can identify all of her letters and numbers 1-10. My mom and dad sent her a toddler table and chairs, so we started again with crayons. She is still tasting them on occasion, but mostly just trying to draw with them! We also introduced Play-Doh. Not totally thrilled with it yet, but we're getting there! 

We have been going to Books and Babies at the library again as well. And the last 4 weeks, we have also been going to Mommy and Me Yoga once a week. She is really flowering socially, and is interacting with the other kids pretty well. She's pretty reserved, but definitely interacting. 

At the end of January after another prenatal visit where I was advised to wean Ophelia from breast feeding, we did exactly that. She was only nursing at bedtime and if she woke in the night (which seemed like most nights since the molars started coming in in December), so I didn't think it would be TOO traumatic. Well, weaning threw sleeping right on it's ear. Several weeks of screaming, a Twilight Turtle (thanks Beeba!), and a new bedtime routine later, I think we are finally back to having a normal sleep routine. Better actually, because she is sleeping through the night 5-6 nights a week now. 

She is still eating like a champ, thank goodness! We usually have oatmeal, eggs, or waffles with fruit and sometimes yogurt for breakfast. She love ham (pronounced 'am'!) and smoked turkey, peanut butter, roast beef, cheese, and all manner of fruits and vegetables. The only things we have a hard time with are the carbs, but she likes O's and crackers and will eat toast and rice on occasion. Oh - and she loves cheesy noodles too!  Here she is on pancake day - once a month I make yogurt pancakes with blueberries. This day she ate 7 pancakes AND a banana! 

In February, Ophelia and I went to the Wild West Winterfest. It's basically a winter fair. There was a quilt show, a 'mercantile', a Chili Cook Off (yum!), lots of animal events, and most importantly, a petting zoo! It's amazingly difficult to capture a toddler at the petting zoo, by the way! Here she is snuggling both a sheep and a goat!

Jim's debate season was in full swing until mid-February. They were undefeated the whole season right up and until the State Tournament, where they came in second. He then went on to qualify 9 kids to go to Nationals in Birmingham, AL in June. 

I've been going up to Big Sky for Volunteer Ski Patrol several weekends a month. I am working in the First Aid Station, and even though it's fairly light duty, it makes for a long day. The rewards are worth it though. I love using my EMT and helping people that need it and we also get free ski passes out of the deal as well!  Jim has been able to ski most weekends and we have been able to give a few passes to some friends as well. 

For the past week I've been battling a cold. Started last Sunday and I'm finally feeling a little better, but not 100% yet. We all know being sick pretty much sucks, but when you are pregnant that also means that every time you cough or sneeze you pee your pants a little. Oh Joy!! Ophelia had a fever on Thursday and Friday, but never developed any of the symptoms that I had. And now she seems to be doing a TON better! 

Pregnancy Update: The morning sickness finally subsided sometime at the beginning of February. Although, I still don't really have an appetite. At my January appointment I got the results of all of the blood work - everything is normal! - and got to listen to the heart beat, which was 160 bpm. I also got the annual 'probe' and everything was normal up in there as well. At my February appointment the heart beat was 150 and my uterus was growing according to the master plan. Everything looking good so far! Also - while I had gained 1 pound from my previous appointment in January, I was still DOWN one pound from my very first appointment back in December. In March I will be seeing a Perinatologist to see if there is any need for specialized prenatal care. This is due to the fact that I delivered Ophelia 6 weeks early. I will see my regular OB that same day for another basic check of weight, heart beat, and growth. The following week we will have a Level 2 Ultrasound, which is used to measure the baby and check that it is anatomically correct in all aspects. We will NOT be finding out the gender at this time, although a lot of parents do. 


Alexis said...

Hilarious about the peeing when you cough or sneeze. I don't think people get that once you have delivered a baby, the phrase "that's so funny I might pee my pants" takes on a whole new ring of truth!


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