Some crawling videos

We finally have a mobile baby! She is just army crawling, but she can finally get where she wants to go.

This first video is long, but this is from her first day crawling. We finally got her to move for some cheerios! We put them on the floor and she worked her hardest to scoot her way over to them.

The next video is from today. She is making a lot of progress and will now crawl for something other than cheerios.

She is having so much fun with her new found mobility. She is also doing a ton of standing holding onto tables, although she can’t pull herself up yet. Her legs are quickly getting stronger though, so it will all continue to progress.

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Halloween

When you’re a kid, Halloween is one of the best days of the year. A parade at school, hanging out with friends on a weeknight, and all of that candy! In high school it gets a bit blah, but then you get to college and its a whole new ballgame of parties and fun. After graduation it is back to blah. I’ve gone to parties here and there, but it just hasn’t had the excitement for me for many years. Last year, while I was on bed rest, we turned the lights off and pretended we weren’t home!

Now, with a baby – albeit one that had no idea what was going on – Halloween is fun again! There was a parade at Bella’s school and we had friends and their baby over to help us hand out candy. Just as joyful as I remember the holiday being and I can’t wait to plan more exciting activities as Bella gets older.

So first up was Bella’s daycare parade. They also did a “trunk or treat” (which I had never heard of prior to this week) with all of the older classes, and it was nice to see the older kids have their fun.

Bella and a few of her classmates

Bella and a few of her classmates

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Vaca Bella!

Vaca Bella!

The Abejitas class

The Abejitas class

In front of one of the "trunk" or treats

In front of one of the “trunk” or treats

After school, we came home and took advantage of the beautiful weather with a lot of outdoor photo taking of Bella in costume.

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A few minutes after we took pictures, our friends came over with their little boy. We’ve all been so busy that we’d been struggling to find a time to hang out, so we figured what better than to get together with the kids in cute costumes.

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moms and babies

moms and babies

We stood in the driveway and handed out candy to all of the earlybird trick or treaters. It was such a fun time and it will surely be quite different next year when she might have an idea of what is going on!

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10 months

I know. I need a full post recapping Halloween. But Bella is ten months today! So the Halloween recap will have to wait until tomorrow.

10 months

October was yet another month that kept us busy. In fact, Lance and I did not spend one weekend home together for the entire month! For Bella though, it was a month of learning and travel. She had a lot of new experiences, including her trips to San Francisco and Penn State, and got to spend time with most of her grandparents!

So how did things go during this month?

SLEEP: Right now, we are in a pretty consistent sleep routine. Still going to bed with no problem around 7 pm, and then waking around 6-6:30 am. I usually nurse her for around 10 minutes and then put her back down so that I can get a little more rest, and on a weekend, she’ll typically sleep until close to 8 am after that 6 am snack! We did have a rough week or two when she back-to-back cut two new teeth and got her first cold of the season, where she was waking around 3-4 am, but thankfully that has passed.

passed out in the rental carseat on the way home from Sonoma

passed out in the rental carseat on the way home from Sonoma

FOOD: We’ve really been trying to expand what Bella eats these days. As long as it is minimally processed or we’ve made it, we’ve been letting her give it a try (minus obvious avoidances like peanuts and honey). She is now eating pasta, waffles/pancakes, fish, chicken, and even got a small taste of pizza! Of course, she loves everything. I can’t remember the last food that we offered that she wouldn’t eat. We’re trying to give her more table foods and foods that she can feed herself, but she will still occasionally get pureed peas and sweet potato because its an easy way to get her some good veggies. I think in the next month though we will start eliminating her purees!

happy to munch on a whole banana

happy to munch on a whole banana

loves toast!

loves toast!

don't worry...we didn't let her eat our creamery ice cream

don’t worry…we didn’t let her eat our creamery ice cream

MOVEMENT: We still don’t have a crawler, but she seems to be getting much closer. She walks forward as far as she can with her hands, and now loves to go from laying on her stomach to sitting. On the changing table she will now try and get from her back to her stomach to sitting! I think all of this increased motion means that she’ll figure out a way to crawl forward this month. Her backwards scooting is getting pretty fast, and she seems to be getting a little frustrated that she ends up going backward when trying to get something she wants that is in front of her!

i can't walk or pull up, but i can stand for a few seconds at a time

i can’t walk or pull up, but i can stand for a few seconds at a time

Oh, and if dance, counts as movement, Bella is now a dancing machine!

TEETH: Bella’s top middle teeth came in.  So we are now at 6 cute (and painful for mommy) little teeth!

you can't see them, but there are 6 teeth behind that smile!

you can’t see them, but there are 6 teeth behind that smile!

DEVELOPMENT: Bella had a big milestone last week when she started waving bye bye! When I leave her classroom at daycare and we say “bye” or “adios” she will wave her whole left arm. It’s really cute and I need to capture it on video!

SPEECH: She has now added “buh” sounds to her constant “dah” and “ahdah”. Still no m’s, but I work on “mommy” every day hoping that she’ll pick it up! I may actually be “buh” to her – I need to pay more attention to when she is using those sounds.

LOVES: Putting her arms up or out to the side to get picked up. Sliding around the kitchen floor trying to pick up Titan hairs and stick them in her mouth. Any time outdoors. Sitting in a highchair at restaurants. Getting squirted by the turtle in the bath tub.

OTHER: Last weekend, Lance and I went to a wedding half an hour away and Grandpa Steve and Grandma Beth babysat overnight. It was the first time that Lance and I both left her for the night at the same time. It was the perfect opportunity since it was less than 24 hours and in case of emergency, we were nearby. Everybody survived, although Bella’s cold made things a little harder than necessary on her babysitters!

Before mommy goes to a wedding!

Before mommy goes to a wedding!

you mean I can't stay here with you mommy and daddy?

you mean I can’t stay here with you mommy and daddy?

 

With Grandpa Steve and Grandma Beth

With Grandpa Steve and Grandma Beth

Bella was asleep at home while we attended a wedding!

Bella was asleep at home while we attended a wedding!

November isn’t really going to slow down for us, although we are really enjoying a relaxing weekend at home right now. Bella is having so much fun these days, and it is so much fun to watch her develop. I’m looking forward to new movements, different babbling sounds, and maybe even some more hair in her month ahead!