|Goodbye newborn-size clothes!|
Moving on, here's some more of what we've been up to for the past two weeks. For starters, she's been interacting with us a lot and she seems to recognize our faces and voices. As you can tell, she's also been smiling a lot which has been so fun!
|Yeah...smiling is my favorite.|
|Dad knows how to get me smiling!|
Her legs have been getting stronger each day and when we hold her on our chest she tries very hard to use her legs and stand up. Here she is laying on a pillow and using her legs to push up. Once this girl starts crawling, I have a feeling she's going to be unstoppable!
Nothing really to talk about with this one, just a cute picture! Thanks for the dress Grandma Cheryl!
|You guys like my dress?|
|I love talking to my Dad!|
|Panda makes me pretty happy too!|
|Pushing up to see Daddy|
You can she her increased neck and upper body strength here during tummy time as she lifts her head and shoulders higher and higher...while looking at one of her favorite animal picture books. Aside from holding her head up higher, she can also hold it up longer, such as for several minutes at a time. It sure is crazy to see how much she changes in such a short amount of time. I can remember only a few weeks back when she was able to hold it up for 10-20 seconds and being so excited about that...and now she's up to several minutes!
Lately, tummy time has also morphed into "Book Time" and after we do some work on our tummy, I flip her over and she lays on her back as I read her some books. Her favorites seem to be animal books (like the one shown in the picture above), or other books with real pictures (especially things with black, white and red). Here you can see that she was quite happy during "Book Time" one day as she smiled at a page about farm animals.
|This book is so fun!|
I meant to post back in week 5 that I had attempted something that took a lot of courage...I drove by myself with Avery in the car! Yes, I know that probably does not sound like that big of an accomplishment, especially for you moms out there with more than one kid. But for a new mom like myself, this was a big deal! In the earlier weeks I'd been out and driving with Avery, but always with my mom in the backseat with Avery ("Backseat Buddies" as we call them). But I knew the time would come when I would need to drive with her on my own. Basically I was worried that she'd be crying or upset and there would be nothing I could do to help her...to make matters worse, I couldn't even see her face since her car seat faces the backseat! This led me to Google things like: "Tips on driving in the car with an infant/newborn...". Unfortunately, there wasn't much advice out there, other than..."just hope they get used to it." And although there are some fancy mirrors you can buy, they seemed a bit complicated, and I wondered if they would just distract me even more from my driving.
One day I was tired of stressing about it, so I got up the courage, made sure she was fed, changed, and happy, and drove over to my parent's house (only 10-15 minutes away). How did she do? She did great...actually she fell asleep, but I'll take it! I think I talked to her so much that she fell asleep to tune me out-lol! Since then, I have way more confidence in driving with Avery by myself. I always try to make sure she's been fed, she has something to look at (like a soft little book I prop up in front of her or something hanging down from her car seat handle), and she seems to be happy. There's been a few times that she's got a bit fussy, but usually talking to her..."We're waiting at the stop light, when will it turn green?" "We're almost home and then we can see Daddy! Are you going give him a big smile? It's almost time to start cooking dinner, can you help me cook when we get home?" You get the idea...and this seems to help calm her down. On top of this I always crank up one of my favorite artists, William Fitzsimmons, and she seems to really like it since his music is very chill and relaxing. Now I'm sure there may be times in the future when she's crying out of control or she grows out of "liking rides in the car" phase and when that happens I'll deal with it, but for now she's one happy, backseat-riding girl...and I'll take it!
|I'm proud of my Mom!|
Here's my mom, or the "Backseat Buddy" I mentioned earlier...I don't know what I'd do with out her help, thanks mom!
|Hanging out with Grandma Karen|
|Sitting up with Mom.|
So that wraps up week 6 and 7...we'll be seeing you for week 8 real soon! ( :