Monday, 5 December 2011

Jasmine @ 5 months

Another month down and Jasmine is now 5 months by calendar months or 22 weeks. After two months of lots and lots of changes, her development has now slowed down. We're finding that she is refining what she's already learned rather than developing any new skills. Routine has gone out the window and every day is "your guess is as good as mine" as to what's going to happen during the day!

At 5 months, Jasmine:

  • Weighs 6.8kg and is 65cm in length at best guess! I haven't been to the Community Health Center to get her measured as yet.

  • Has been testing her vocal chords and voice range. Unfortunately, she seems to be favouring the high pitches and shrieking is her favourite noise at the moment.

  • Is learning how to self-settle herself to sleep. So far so good, but unfortunately, the hour or two of sleep she gets during the day (and at least 8-10 hours through the night) is often preceded by 12 mins of whinging and screaming. :( The whinging I can live with but the screaming is very unsettling. Ear plugs anyone?!? Very rare is the time when I can put her down and she goes off to sleep with a few soft whinges. It happens, but is very rare!

  • Often goes to sleep as in the above photo - with foot in hand! She does eventually let go of her foot to lie properly. LOL (BTW, the above photo is a screen shot from our "surveillance camera" aka baby video monitor. :D )

  • Is definitely a Mountain baby as she doesn't like the heat. She normally generates quite a lot of heat (for such a small body!), but we've had a few days and nights where the bedroom temperature has been over 25C and she can't sleep, having only short naps during the day and waking almost every hour through the night. We don't have an air-conditioner in the bedroom, although it has been very tempting - at least for us to be able to get a good night sleep!

  • Is learning to use her hands now and reaching out to touch or grab everything within reach. Including daddy. :D

  • Still comp feeding. I haven't tried her on solids yet as she is watching us eat, but doesn't really seem interested when I give her any food or even a spoon. I'll probably wait another two weeks or so and try again.

  • Is finally starting to enjoy tummy time. As long as she's distracted with a mirror or a toy or me lying in front of her. Average length of tummy time is still only 1-2 mins, although there have been a few 5 min sessions. Yay!

  • Has stopped rolling all the way over and is now only rolling onto her side and then back again. When she is lying down, she does have a habit of bending her head and shoulders around. I'm not sure if this has anything to do with her learning to roll?!?

  • Likes to suck on her toes! LOL I keep trying to get a photo of this, but everytime she sees the camera, she drops her foot. :(

  • She's still halfway between 000 and 00 clothing. Some of the 000 is now too small to wear, but some of the 00 is still too big!! Just a matter of trial and error and ear-marking those outfits that she can fit into.

  • Is still putting everything into her mouth, and thoroughly enjoying it!

  • Can sit up by herself for all of 3 seconds, but mainly on grass, as she did this the two times I was out at a park, but she hasn't been able to do it at home yet!

  • Got to wear her first pair of shoes. Aren't they cute?!?

  • Is starting to look towards the source of a sound. Not necessarily when we talk to or call her, but other sounds like when I'm filling up a glass or when the dogs bark. At least I know there's nothing wrong with her hearing!

  • Had her first ride in a shopping trolley with a child seat. And yes, as you can see, I was stocking up on nappies and wipes. LOL

  • Is now sitting in the Smart facing forward. We found she prefers this as she likes to look around and take everything in. She got sick of looking at mummy or daddy in the rear facing position!! LOL

  • Has a Bumbo seat now and doesn't mind sitting in it, as long as she has toys to be distracted with!

I'll leave you now with a few more photos. :D


Saturday, 5 November 2011

Jasmine @ 4 Months

Jasmine is 4 months today - wow! So much has happened in the past month. Lots of "firsts", lots of developmental changes, and lots of getting out and socialising! She has well and truly moved away from the Newborn stage and is starting to fill out and look much older. I think it's the hair. :D

At 4 months, Jasmine:

  • Weighs just over 6.5kg and is 64cm in length. She is definitely starting to look AND feel much bigger!

  • Has finally been moved into her cot! Only this week did we set up the cot knowing that she was almost getting squashed in the bassinet!

  • Babbles a lot now, especially upon waking first thing in the morning. She can lie in her cot and babble away until she realises that no one is paying her any attention and then she starts to whinge! In her swing seat, she will babble away at the mobile hanging above her and does the same thing when she's lying on her playmat - she will babble away at the toys I've strung up above her. The babbling is soooo cute and is often punctuated by one or two very loud "words", causing us to wonder what on earth she's telling off or if she's trying to get the attention of the toy (or us?!?)!

  • Played with her first rattle. The first time she did shake it around although I think it was more from just flailing her arm around rather than any intended shaking of the rattle. LOL Still, it was awesome to watch her discover this new object!

  • I'm still comp feeding and thankfully she is still taking both breast and bottle. However, her bottle feeding has been all over the place this past month. We're never sure just how much to feed her as her bottle feeds can now be anywhere between 140mL and 210mL. There doesn't seem to be any consistency anymore which gets confusing for us as we never know how much formula to prepare! She can be fussy with the bottle too - if the bottle is removed for any reason before she's finished or had enough, she will refuse point blank to continue with that bottle or any other bottle. If she's finished the bottle and still wants more, she will also refuse to take another bottle preferring to suck her hands and whinge than to take another bottle!?!?!!! I hope this isn't a precursor to her being fussy with solids! :O

  • Started classes at Gymbaroo (a kindygym) and loves it. I also love it (it's lots of fun!) and learned other ways to give her "tummy time" so that she tolerates it (I’ve still yet to get her to ENJOY it! LOL).

  • Following on from above, she has now learned to roll from her tummy onto her back. Frustrating for me as that means she can get out of tummy time by herself just by flipping over. The surprised look on her face when she realises she's just rolled over all by herself is really cute!

  • Has discovered her feet and likes to grab hold of her toes when lying down.

  • Has graduated to wearing size 00 clothing! Some size 000 still fits but is getting a little tight. It's starting to get warm enough now that she can wear her summer outfits and boy does she look cute in her summer rompers!

  • Was read her first book and loved it! The book has pop up animal faces in it and she really enjoys reading it.

  • Still going through one bib a day! The drooling hasn't stopped... yet!

  • Went for her first walk in the new (well, used actually) Mountain Buggy pram we brought off eBay (for a princely sum of $68!). The Mountain Buggy handles the "off-road" terrain around here much better than the other pram we bought, giving her a much smoother ride. The other pram (Phil & Ted Smart) will still be the everyday use pram for use in "city" situations, ie. smooth paving or shopping centres.

  • During the week of 15-21 October, she had a lot of firsts:
    • First holiday away - we went to Culburra Beach and even took the furkids. That was much easier than we had anticipated!

    • First time on a beach!

    • First time in a cot! The place we stayed in had a travel cot available for use. She slept in the cot without any problems. :D (We're still kicking ourselves that we didn't get any photos of this. :( )

    • First time seeing whales! We saw lots of them and she would have too if she'd been able to see that far out to sea and actually know what she was looking at! LOL

    • First stay in a luxury hotel. We stayed in the Hilton Hotel for our Tenth Wedding Anniversary on the 20th and boy was that AWESOME!! (Again we're kicking ourselves that we didn't get any photos of her in the hotel cot. Put it down to being awestruck at being in one of the best rooms in the Hilton!)

  • Likes to sit in the high chair now and watch us as we eat our meals. She looks so very small and cute sitting in it!!

  • Is starting to want to sit up and is building up her ab muscles by doing crunches whenever she can! Finding her toes has kinda helped with this. LOL

  • Is starting to put things into her mouth. So far it's just been her toys or her bib (or her hands or mummy or daddy's fingers!). We haven't given her anything else and she hasn't really been able to grab anything else.

I'll leave you with a couple of really cute photos. :D


Monday, 10 October 2011

Monday Giggles

Welcome to another Monday Giggles! Hope you had a good weekend. Enjoy today's giggles!


Thursday, 6 October 2011

Jasmine @ 3 months

Well hello there! It's been a while, hasn't it? I'm sorry this blog has been a bit neglected. I've been out and about quite a lot lately in an effort to keep the "black dog" at bay. So far so good. When I AM at home, I'm feeding Jasmine or playing with her or trying to settle her because she doesn't want to sleep, or finally giving up and sleeping with her. That pretty much makes up about 90% of my day. The other 10% of my day comprises of feeding myself, a quick half hour or so online, cooking the evening meal and other things that would be TMI! So therefore this blog, other blog reading, forums, the numerous online scrapping/ card-making classes that I was insane to enrol in, household chores etc. have all fallen by the wayside and long since disappeared from the rear-view mirror!

But enough about that. It's that time already to give you an update on my precious little girl. Can you believe we've already hit the 3 month milestone (on Wednesday to be exact, as this post is a bit late. :D)?!?

At 3 months, Jasmine:

  • Weighs just over 6kg and is 60cm in length.

  • Likes to talk to mummy and daddy (who she had a great conversation with one day!), although her goos and gaas are few and prefers to be talked TO rather than doing the talking. We were ecstatic when during one conversation she actually copied one of our "ah goo's" - only that one time, but once was enough to make us happy! :D

  • Is starting to notice her hands more, and finding that they're great for stuffing in the mouth when tired, hungry or just because!

  • Sleeps through the night now, at least 6 hours. Yay!

  • Still feeds roughly every 4 hours, although some feeds have stretched to 6 hours. I'm still supplementing, and she's drinking between 130-150mL of formula. For the past two weeks or so she's been a bit fussy and not wanting to take the bottle from daddy which means that mummy now has to do all the feeding. :( Neither of us are happy about that, but we don't have much choice really!

  • Has big smiles when mummy and/or daddy come into view and can now watch and follow us from across the room. I'm still baffled at what she smiles at in her sleep or when attached to the breast! LOL

  • Still doesn't like tummy time, although if I catch her at just the right time, she will tolerate it for longer than 30 seconds. I even tried putting a folded up muslin wrap underneath her chest, but she still didn't like it. However, despite not having a lot of tummy time, she surprised us one day by lifting her head up to almost 90 degrees. Yay! We think it's because we give her "tummy time" in other ways such as carrying her on our shoulders a lot or putting her across our legs.

  • Has been sleeping in the pram bassinet at home, but had her first outing in the pram seat. She doesn't love it, but is happy to sit in it. It gives her the opportunity to look around and take in all the sights rather than just staring at mummy or daddy's chest when strapped in the carrier. She's had two full days in the pram now (we visited the Better Homes & Gardens Show and the Baby & Toddler Show) and was happy to sleep in the pram most of the time. People think that because the seat is molded plastic, that it's uncomfortable, but if she can sleep in it, I don't think it would be that uncomfortable otherwise she'd let us know!

  • Has graduated to wearing size 000 clothing. Onsies are still the staple outfit!

  • Goes through at least one bib a day - such a drool monster!! Not sure about all the bubble blowing though...

  • Likes to be placed in the carrier looking out now, but we swap her around again when she gets tired of all that looking around and wants to sleep.

  • Is only just starting to swipe at objects hanging in front of her, and also learning to grab/hold objects in her hand. The very first time she grabbed an object was a bit of a laugh, as it just happened to be a mushroom off daddy's plate one morning at breakfast! LOL

  • Is very animated. Her hands are always moving and kicking is a favourite exercise, especially on the change table.

  • Had her first play in a ball pit, although I'm not sure she really enjoyed it all that much! LOL

We're well and truly passed the Newborn stage and her development is starting to ramp up. Whereas she was changing weekly during her Newborn months, she's now changing almost daily! I'm not sure I can keep up! LOL

I'll leave you with a couple of really cute photos. :D


Monday, 3 October 2011

Monday Giggles

Good morning! How are we at the beginning of another week already (not to mention the beginning of October too!!)?!? Anyway, I hope today's giggle helps ease you into another Monday.



Monday, 26 September 2011

Monday Giggles

Hey there! Welcome to another Monday Giggles. Hope this brings a smile to your day! :D


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