Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Roly Poly

These days babies tend to spend most of their "laying down time" on their backs, as a result of all the data and studies out there surrounding SIDS.  Because of this......
- Kids cant hold their heads up for an entire day at school because their necks aren't strong enough, and so they rest their heads on their desktops for a break 
- Little one's get flat spots on their noggins and sometimes have to sleep in interesting positions or wear helmets at night to avoid this
- Rolling over can be difficult and delayed as many babies don't spend much time on their tummies
- Babies scream when you put them on their tummies....for even the shortest time (that was my kid) 

Due to all this, "Tummy Time" is all the hype for the little peanuts.  And let me tell you- at least for Miss Vivian- we had to get real creative in making this time even somewhat enjoyable.  .....on the changing table...on our outstretched legs......on the floor with Mommy and/ or Daddy right in front of her face to somewhat entertain her.....with a pile of toys in front of her......on a Boppy pillow.....laying on our backs with her on our chest.  I mean whatever we could do to keep her even the slightest bit satisfied for one minute was a miracle.  I hate to hear the girl scream, but I definitely don't want her to have to raise her hand in class and ask the teacher if she can rest her neck.   So, after a couple months of the battle, we've finally "trained" her to be happy on her tummy for several minutes.  

And by the way, we were at our hotel in MN in this picture, and she loved this round pillow.  We found her scooting herself backwards while she was on her back and landing on her head (on the bed of course).

And this morning she decided to do her first roll from tummy to back!  Warning: You might want to turn down your volume....I didn't realize how loud I was talking :)

And FYI, before your judge :), she was laying on top of a rug, and she definitely didn't hit her head on the hardwood floor.....but she did get close to the hardwood.

Now to sitting....if we could just get her interested in something other than her feet, she may not do a head dive forward every time she's in her Bumpo chair!

You see the pattern?

I can't believe she's starting to roll over- it happens way too fast!  When I saw her at the daycare last week in a exersaucer/ jumperoo I was slapped back to reality.....this little girl isn't slowing down for anything!

I'll leave you with one of my recent favorites.  I loved to do this as a kid.  It made me feel like I had long hair, and let's face it, Miss V is flat out bald, so it seemed like she loved the feeling as well!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

On a Jet Plane

We had a wonderful, first family vacation to Stillwater, MN.  It was Vivian's first time staying away from home, first time on a plane and first wedding.  She really did a great job.  She wasn't the screaming kid on the plane, which made Mommy and Daddy VERY happy and relieved.  Of course she had a few things to say, but we were able to keep her entertained.

Isn't it amazing how much a 13 lb baby requires for three days? 

Of course I didn't take nearly enough pictures, but I got a few good shots.

Dressed up for the wedding!

Sleeping in after a long night....I was impressed that she slept through all the loud music at the wedding.

When the weekend was over and I had a chance to catch my breath, I was feeling really bad about not getting a picture of the three of us all dolled up. THEN the bride sent me this little gem from her photographer.  What a sweet little angel.

It was a long weekend and she met lots of new people, but she did a great job.  Next vacation- just a month away.  She'll be a professional traveler by the end of the year :)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Take me out to the ball game

A few weeks ago our friends invited us to a Rockies game.  It was the first time Vivian attended a game, and she loved it!  She whimpered a little the first time she heard the crowd roar, but after that she was all smiles.

Earlier that day we got some yard work done while the little gal soaked up some sun.

And do you think someone is feeling left out?  She must think if she sits under the gym like Viv does, we'll ooh and aah over her. 


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Three Months

Our little Vivian Girl turned 3 months old.....about twelve days ago.  Yes, I'm a little behind.  Life has gotten a bit crazy since I've gone back to work and Viv's started daycare.  But, no excuses!  Here are some of our favorite moments from her third month:
2 month doctors appointment

First time wearing a tank top

First time in the Bumpo seat
Happy Birthday, Mom!
Very happy to celebrate my birthday :)

Getting sleepy

Bottles may be no big thing for many of you...but for this stubborn little thing it was a HUGE accomplishment!
First time wearing jeans!

One of her favorite things is kicking this basket above her changing table.

This was a month of lots of firsts, as you can see, and lot of smiles.  It is so fun getting to know her little personality and watching her make new discoveries.  She's so lovable!