Friday, November 21, 2008

Cold Snap!

I am so glad that I went looking for a coat for Samantha a couple of weeks ago, because we really needed it last weekend. And then this morning it actually got to freezing so we needed it even more. Old Navy was the first store I went to and they had a cold snap sale. All outerwear was 50% off, and I found such a cute coat! Samantha's not much into the getting bundled up part, but she doesn't protest too much. And once everything is on, she is happy again.

There were hardly any mittens to be found, but Target did have this cute monkey hat that came with mittens. And it goes so well with her coat! The best part is that Samantha doesn't mind wearing it all. She is so good about leaving hats, bows, etc completely alone. Yeah!

And we had these lined overalls in her closet, so her legs were warm, too. I do realize that with the overalls and her short hair and no pink to be found on her that she looks a little more like a boy than a girl. But you have to admit, she is still adorable no matter what. You can also see that she loves her books. That is something she definitely gets from both of her parents. :)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Movin' and Groovin'

Samantha has been hitting milestones like crazy this week! On Thursday she crawled for the first time. On Friday she got her 6th tooth. On Saturday morning she sat up by herself for the first time, and Saturday afternoon she pulled up for the first time. Thankfully, we lowered the mattress in her crib as soon as she sat up in the morning so we didn't have to worry about it when we got home last night.

Today, she discovered the window in our room. Since she loves to be outside, it's not surprising that she just wanted to lean up against the window and stare out for quite some time. I couldn't get the pictures to turn out exactly how I envisioned, but I thought these came out OK.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

And She's Off...

Here's what Samantha learned to do today.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Oops, I missed the 10 month post!

It occurred to me that in the excitement of Samantha's weight gain on Friday, I forgot to write about her being 10 months old, so I will write it now. And speaking of her weight gain, if you are wondering, she was 15 lbs 1.5 oz on Friday. She had gained 8 oz in 11 days! Woohoo!

On her 10 month birthday, which was Friday, Samantha had 4 teeth. On Saturday she got one more and she is very close to having a 6th one as well. Maybe today, maybe tomorrow...we'll see it soon I am sure!

Samantha is still exerting her independence. She decides what she will eat and is very adament about not taking anything else. Usually that means that she will eat her jarred food for a little while, then maybe a biter biscuit, puffy stars or wagon wheels, but ultimately, the only thing she wants is her yogurt melts...and only if she is the one putting them in her own mouth. She will even pick out the yogurt melts from a pile of yogurt and stars, leaving the stars behind.

Samantha loves to laugh, and will sign "more" to ask us to keep blowing on her belly, which then causes her to laugh even more. Her laugh is adorable! She has a beautiful smile, and smiles at nearly everyone. She does act shy around strangers, though, and will snuggle into my shoulder as she smiles at someone she doesn't know. She has found her feet again and loves to play with them when she is getting her diaper changed.

She still blows rasberries all the time, and has added kissing sounds to her repetoire. She figured out how to do this while sucking on a yogurt melt, and will continue doing it even after she has finshed the yogurt, but she can't figure out how to do it without the yogurt to start. I'm sure inspiration will strike soon and then we will hear constant baby kissing. :)

One of her favorite games (besides peek-a-boo) is making sounds and having Brent or me copy them. She thinks that is hilarious! She loves to dance and will crack up as I dance around the living room with her in my arms. She will also dance on her own if she is sitting up when she hears music that she likes.

She still gives baby kisses to Brent all the time, but she ducks her head away rather than give them to me most of the time. She is most definitely a Daddy's girl, but at bedtime, it is Mommy she wants. Bath time is her favorite time of day, and she is very good at splashing, which she thinks is a wonderful pasttime.

We have an extremely mobile baby! She does an army crawl all over the place and when she gets tired of that, she starts rolling again. She has gotten up on her hands and knees and rocked back and forth several times. Then, yesterday, she actually moved her knees and hands a couple times before going back down into an army crawl. We weren't fast enough to get a picture or a video, though.

Yesterday was also a first for how much she was exploring. In the living room, she got herself under the wingback chair with just her head sticking out and had a great time until we pulled her out. Then she crawled under the end table and found lots of things that we had to quickly move out of her way.

A little later, I put her into her room to play. Normally she will play with her toys, and move contentedly around her room for quite some time. While she was playing, I folded some laundry in the living room and then went to put it away in my room. When I walked out of my room to go back to the living room for more clothes, I was startled by seeing Samantha in the hallway, crawling toward our room. It is definitely time for some serious babyproofing!

And finally, here are some more sleeping baby pictures as previously promised. You can't see them in all the pictures, but lambie and blankie are there every time. She will actually search for these two favorites as she is sleeping in her bed, throwing other things to the side as she looks, then snuggling right to sleep as soon as she has them.

Friday, November 7, 2008


Samantha has been struggling with weight gain. Not gaining very much, that is. At her last doctor appointment she had only gained one ounce since the week prior. She dropped of the bottom of the growth chart for weight at that point, and the doctor almost decided to have us come back for a weight check. Her last doctor appointment was 10/27/08. 11 days ago. We went back today for her RSV vacinne and to have her ears checked to see if the ear infection is gone. I am VERY excited about the gain and she gained exactly the amount that I told the nurse I would be estatic about if she gained it. And the doctor was very happy about it, too. Brent laughed when I called and told him.

Anyone want to guess how much she gained? Leave me a comment with your guess and in a day or two I will give you the answer, and let you know who came the closest to the right amount.