Sunday, May 10, 2009

7...8...9 Months Old

Welcome back to my blog!

I'm excited that Mommy has decided to fill you in again.

Maybe it's because I wrote her a sweet Mommy's Day card.

Ready to read?

What are you waiting for?

Ok...maybe just one more pic of me before you read!

So many things have happened since the last time I posted. When I went to post for Isabella's 7 month update, I typed out a long blog post all about Isabella's first concert experience and then it deleted! And then month 8 came along and went full of business with graduate school for me. I will not make apologies but I will sure is tough being a mom, a graduate student, a wife, a friend and an employee all at the same time. Sorry for not updating sooner. (Oops. I said I wouldn't apologize.)

The second week of March Isabella finally began sitting up on her on. It seems like she's an ole pro at this now. I anticipate that she will start crawling shortly. She loves to stand and can pull up with some assistance so sometimes I think that she may skip crawling and go straight to walking.

Isabella spent her first night away from Mommy and Daddy on my birthday. Jacob suprised me with a "stacation" by taking me a to dinner and a night at the new Hyatt. So, Isabella stayed with Jacob's parents nearby.

Isabella attended her first concert when Jimmy Needham came to campus to play. Her second concert followed shortly after when Dave Barnes came to the crawfish boil on campus.

chatting with Jimmy N.

Isabella also travelled with us on her first Spring Break trip and no trip to Georgia is complete without a stop at the Varsity!

We celebrated Isabella's first Easter and Isabella got her first Easter basket.

I think she was more interested in chewing on her new sippy cup than actually drinking from it.

And you may not be able to see them well in the next picture but Isabella cut two bottom teeth at the same time in April. We had several low grade fevers and one grumpy girl on our hands.

not grumpy any more!

The last couple of weeks Isabella had one bad diaper rash. Thank goodness for something called Triple Paste! Other than that she has settled into a wonderful routine. In the morning she gets up at 9:00. After she nurses she'll have fruit and cereal or sometimes fruit and yogurt. She enjoys the YoBaby organic yogurt. Isabella loves banana, pears, and apples but she's also tried peaches, cranberries, avacado, blueberries, cherries, plums and prunes. The bananas, apples and pears are easiest to make so that's what she gets most often.

Isabella loves to play after breakfast. Sometimes she will just sit and "talk" to her toys. Piglet must "talk" back the most because she always seems to have the most to say to him. At 11:00 Isabella goes down for her nap and sleeps till lunch at 1:00.

Lunch time is usually when Isabella tries a new food. I try to introduce something new every few days. Lately she's been trying meats appropriate for her age. She's had pureed turkey and pureed lamb so far. At lunch Isabella will also eat some veggies. Her favorite vegetables include peas, butternut squash, sweet potato, potato, and carrot. She's not too fond of broccoli or green beans but she'll eat them. She'll even eat a little asparagus. Cauliflower literally makes her gag and spit up. I'm not sure if this is an allergy or just a texture thing.

After lunch Isabella and I will usually run errands. They know us all to well at Kroger! Some days we'll take a walk around campus or go up to the residence life office to take care of a little work.

At 3:00 she naps again and then gets up around 5:00. Daddy usually feeds her dinner while I make dinner for the two of us. Dinner usually consists of more fruits and veggies. Sometimes she'll have yogurt if she didn't have any at breakfast. Other times she'll have a biscuit made of barley if she didn't have cereal at breakfast. She loves these biscuits. She just started having them when she turned 9 months. I hope they will help with the soon transition to more solid type foods. After dinner Isbella attempts to drink some watered down juice, apple or pear, from her big girl cup (see Easter picture). We're still working on that one.

After dinner Isabella hangs out and plays until bed time. Some days she takes a bath during this time. Other days baths are in the afternoon. She nurses at 9:00 and then goes straight to sleep.

All in all, I think she's doing pretty well. She is a blessing and a joy and I can't believe she'll be one in a few short months.