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Monday, November 06, 2006

New Toy

Let me just say that I continue to HATE daylight savings time. I was never a fan of it and strongly opposed to Indiana switching to it whatever time zone we aligned with, but now that it is here and probably here to stay it continues to give me nothing but problems. Hannah absolutely cannot adjust to this time change. Her routine is still all out of whack! I've been trying and trying to slowly adjust her schedule so that she will be comfortable again, but it's just not working. If anything she's getting worse! Now, instead of waking up at 8:00 which would be 9:00 in her head, she's waking up at 7:00 and then struggles and struggles with going down for her morning nap. She gets so tired and cranky, but just refuses to fall asleep. I feel so bad for her.

Hannah had a very busy weekend this past weekend. To start off, on Saturday she got to go be the poster child for perfect adoptions at our adoption agency. Kyle and I went and gave a talk to prospective adoptive parents and got to show Hannah off. It was lots of fun and Hannah did not disappoint them. She was in her usually bright and bubbly mood and was too cute for words. Just seeing her is enough to give hope to those dreaming of someday having their own family. Then, after our IAC talk we went to Babies R' Us to get Hannah a big girl car seat. While there we also ended up buying her a new toy. It's a cross between an Exercauser and a Jumperoo. I'll post pics of it and hopefully a video too! She LOVES it even though she's really still too young to play in it. She is supposed to be able to sit up unassisted before playing in it, but we just supervise her in it and don't let her stay in too long. We tried it out in the store before we bought it and she was so cute that we just couldn't resist! At Babies R' Us Hannah also got to meet her cousin Olivia for the first time. Olivia was SO CUTE, but very tiny. Hannah looked like a toddler next to her! Then, on Sunday Mamaw and Papaw Like came to visit her and she wore herself out being cute for them!

I'm back now and it's Wednesday and Hannah just got back from her 4 month doctor's appointment. She got wonderful reviews from all of the nurses and the doctor and is indeed still growing like a weed! She is officially 16 lbs and 0 oz and 27 1/2 inches long and her head circumference is 17 1/4 inches around. That puts her in the 90th percentile for weight, the 99th for head circumference, and past the 99th for length. Her length isn't even on the growth charts for her age! She's as long as the average 9 month old (50th percentile) and has the head of a 9 month old and weighs as much as the average 6 month old! With this newest length measurement she has officially graduated out of her infant car seat. Thankfully Kyle thought to bring her new car seat with us to the appointment just in case because she had to ride home in it because she exceeded the length limit on her infant seat by an inch and a half! She got her next round of shots at this appointment as well and really she did better in the crying department, but the doctor said that this round of immunizations are generally worse than the 2 month shots and she could possibly have stronger reactions to this set. That does not make me happy given how miserable she was for several days after the last set of shots. Poor baby! One new thing we found out at the doctor was that Hannah can now begin eating solid foods, well sorta solid anyway. We get to start her on cereal now and it should be interesting. She's definitely interested in food as she watches me while I eat very intently and often tries to swipe food right out of my hand. All these new things that keep happening makes me both happy and sad. I'm glad Hannah is developing normally, but sad that my little girl is growing up. She's so active now that she rarely wants to just sit and cuddle anymore. :( I miss that.

Another of Hannah's new interest is sucking her toes. She has become almost obsessed with them. She constantly has her feet up and is chewing on her sock or her toes. It's quite cute, but it does make it hard to keep dry socks on her, especially since she doesn't have many socks left that fit!

Since her first attempt at rolling from her back to her belly Hannah has become quite accomplished at this new trick although she really only rolls one direction. She's begun to use it as a means to get around however and uses it to get to things that she wants such as a toy or the cats! The poor cats are really in for it now. She LOVES them and reaches for their soft fur any chance she gets. Once she can chase them around they are doomed! Now that she's spending a lot of time on her belly of her own choosing she has learned two more related tricks. First, she has learned how to push herself up on her chest and rotate her body a quarter turn in either direction to face the object that she wants. Second, she has begun to draw her knees up under her body while she is on her belly and wiggle her butt around and actually scoot forward a few inches. She's pretty funny because she hasn't learned how to push up with her arms yet at the same time so what she does is plant her face into the ground, push up with her heels onto her knees and shoves herself forward and then straightens her head back out! Along with these new methods of getting around comes sleep disturbances for Kyle and I. Hannah now gets herself stuck in her crib in the middle of the night from all her moving around and then starts crying for me to come save her from the crib bumper and put her back in the center! These middle of the night rescue sessions are becoming more and more common and let me just say that I am ready for her to be able to save herself (at least when it's 1:00am!). Finally, now that Hannah is in her big girl car seat she got to ride in the big girl portion of her stroller during a walk for the first time the other day. She really seemed to enjoy the view! I'm a bit sad that I won't get to see her beautiful face facing me while we walk anymore, but I am glad that she seems to like the new position so well.

To see a video of Hannah playing in her new toy for the first time just click on the link below.

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