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Month 5

Month 5

Here’s the month’s picture with Jessica! Grace is working on her surprised look here. This was in between bouts of giggles– I managed to catch the down time between two smiles. Oh well; she’s still bigger than last month, and that’s the real purpose of these photos; to show how much our girl is growing!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

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Our little sweetheart!

Our little Valentine!

Our little Valentine!

Today at day care, Grace gave out Valentines to her teachers and friends. She hopes that you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day too!

Such a sweetheart!

Such a sweetheart!

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Size 2 shoes

Today at daycare, sans shoes

Today at daycare, sans shoes

So today we tried to put on size 1 shoes– turns out, Grace is getting to big for them! So it’s on to size 2 shoes, as well as 6-12 month clothes (in Carter’s, we’re already in 9 month clothes!). She’s growing so fast, it’s hard to believe!

We’re also getting ready for Valentine’s day. We got Valentine’s Day cards for her class yesterday, but no treats, as most of the babies in the class aren’t eating ‘real’ food yet.

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Growth spurt?

So Mama has finally gotten used to the fact that Gracie sleeps through the night. Surprising, but wonderful. She goes down between 6:30 and 7 pm and then wakes up in the morning about 6:30. As soon as Mama starts banking on that sleep schedule, however, last night Grace woke up not once, but *twice* to eat. When she came home from day care today, Ms. Fiori had written a note asking if she might be going through a growth spurt because she seemed very hungry and very sleepy, both good signs that she might be growing. I don’t know if that’s what caused the night waking or not, but I can say that I’m hoping for more sound sleep tonight!

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Class of 2026

So today I signed up for Upromise, a program where a percentage of the money we spend on groceries and other items can begin saving up to finance Grace’s college education. As a part of the sign up, however, I had to write down when Grace will graduate from high school. I did the math, and she’ll be 18 in 2026, but I’m not sure when she’ll be able to start school, so I am not positive if she’s the class of 2026 or 2027. No matter how you slice it, that seems like an age away.

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5 months old!

Gracie in her Bumbo seat

Gracie in her Bumbo seat

Grace likes her Bumbo seat; it allows her to get in on the action and sit up all by herself. At 5 months old, she’s almost able to sit up by herself, she’s a champ at rolling over, she’s drooling as if she’ll cut a tooth any day (although we still don’t see where it might be) and she’s pushing up as if she might crawl at any point. She seems in such a rush to move on to the next developmental milestone, and I seem to lag behind, in awe of what she’s doing, but sad to watch my baby become a little person more and more each day.

Speaking of little people, here is a funny picture I took this morning at day care. I call it revenge of the little people.

not such good odds for Ms. Fiori!

5 against 1: not such good odds for Ms. Fiori!

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Praying for Daisy

Grace was happy that her uncles Alex & Chris could come to visit this weekend, but she is sad that they are visiting because their friend Daisy Yates has been diagnosed with CML (Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia) and is on the ICU at Duke Hospital.

She took full advantage of the new folks to play with, and drastically lifted spirits based on her grins & giggles. She was very happy to hear that plans are already in the works to see Uncle Chris & Uncle Alex again next weekend! She hopes that Daisy feels better, and said a little prayer with Mama that Ms. Daisy, who was so nice to her, would feel all better very soon.

Grinning with Uncle Alex

Grinning with Uncle Alex

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Grace was more interested in her flower shaped teether than in the conversation; however, there is an interesting discussion of crinkly things which Grace likes, vs. crumply things which her Uncle Alex (nickname Crumplestiltskin) likes. Unfortunately, Grace is not yet old enough to stick up for Alex, but she is sure that one day she will.

For now, Grace likes things that are crinkly, and uncles who are crumply. She thinks that Mama’s suggestion of wrinkle releaser for Uncle Alex is needlessly biased towards things un-crumply, and that Uncle Alex’s crumply clothes make her feel better about her spit upon clothes (see previous post for an excellent drool spot)

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Bite, Growl, Bite.

Grace was bitten at Day Care.

Makes you think — why do people bite each other? The developmental psychology speaks at length of indetermined expression, anxiety, inability to represent feelings of frustration, etc. Some references even maintain that it’s a sign of affection. Hmmm.

It is indeed a threatening thought to consider one grown-up biting another grown-up. Barbaric. It’s an especially scary thought to think that one child chomped on your daughter’s leg. That’s a gentle, loving, blissful, delicate, and touching craft of flesh, left wrenched and torn, by the razor sharp canines of a malicious troublemaker. …Well, maybe that’s just a dad’s viewpoint?

Truth is: one of the little ones got excited and applied his mouth to Grace’s ankle. No, no damage done. No broken skin. Redness, once iced, then dissipated back to baby-toned flavor. We really couldn’t see a mark – much less a gaping wound of shredded flesh. Per regulation, they are not permitted to inform the victim’s (read: “bite-tee” as opposed to the biter) family of the incident beyond what happened. No names. Frankly, I’d be astonished and embarrassed if my child committed such an act of violence. (said in context) My first inclination is to apologize to the other parents and send a get-well-soon card. I wonder if Hallmark offers,

“Sorry my kid bit yours. It seems such a shame.
Yet he bites in the shadows. You’ll know not his name.
The feelings of youth can’t truly be known.
Let’s hope he quits this, before he is grown.

Were tears of regret shed for your child?
Not really because the redness was mild.
No marks, no holes, no blood was drawn.
A stealthy strike then the ninja was gone.
All in all, my son feels awful. — know what? He really doesn’t. Tell your kid to wear thicker socks.”

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Desktop image of Grace (from 1.3.09)

Desktop image of Grace (from 1.3.09)

Every morning for the last month, this smile has greeted me when I turn on my computer. It’s really cute, however, Grace has changed since we took it. She can almost fully push up on her tummy (and often flaps her arms alongside– her ‘Superman’ pose, according to Ms. Fiori) and so it’s time to replace the picture with something new. Greg also mentioned that the photos on his desk have grown old and dated… They grow up so fast….

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So Grace is getting a little to large for her baby bathtub. She’s also beginning to sit up just fine, so a reclined position is no longer important. Based on these facts, we decided to move her into a big(ger) girl bathtub which quacks. She hasn’t completely adjusted to the new tub, and so isn’t quite as splashy as usual, but I figure it’s a matter of days. She did smile a few times in this video, and shows that recently she has become quite taken with her own toes. You can also see the video here.

It should also be noted that Daddy blew up the bathtub all by himself. Mama tried her hand (mouth?) at it, but almost passed out and passed the task off to Daddy, who has more hot air to share 🙂 and the end result was a very well inflated duck that will be much fun for months to come, I’m sure.

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Tights

Grace isn’t sure about tights. Sure, she likes having warm toes, but really, the process of pulling on tights in the morning is not her favorite. To be perfectly honest, when Greg helped me pull on maternity hose and said “No one should ever have to help another person pull on a garmet that makes them look like a sausage”, I think he was right. He thought that having to help me put on maternity hose was silly (and it was) and I am saying that pulling up Grace’s tights made me realize that the whole sausage thing is true. I should not try to put my girl into something that makes any part of her look like a sausage. She’ll have ample opportunity to do that to herself in the years to come. I do not need to start making her aware of the rolls on her legs– she’s got years to develop her own insecurities. For now, however, I do also admit that she looks cute in tights….

Showing off her tights

Showing off her tights

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Day care is FUN!

Ready for another fun day!

Ready for another fun day!

Guess that about says it. Gracie cracks a big smile when she sees Ms. Brandy (who was working on a paper for class today as she sat at the front desk) in the mornings. She’s been known to giggle when Ms. Fiori says good morning. We’re so glad that she’s happy to be in school, and to know that she’ll be happy to come home too.

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So it seems that there will be more winter in store. Grace is okay with this idea, because Mama & Daddy have made sure that she’s got coats (one for play time and one for church) and Mama’s advisor and Gammie & Pee-Paw both made sure that she’s got a snowsuit. Of course, Gracie points out that yesterday she was perfectly happy in leggings and a light long sleeve onesie.

Welcome to North Carolina, my love, where you will learn to wear layers at all times to be prepared for this fall-winter-spring thing that happens from October to March. Just because you wore a coat yesterday doesn’t mean that you’ll need one today; today could call for short sleeves!

Ah, you have so many wonderful new things to enjoy my little one…

For now, we’re just into enjoying rice cereal in a bowl…

eating cereal

eating cereal

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Go Steelers!

So Mama & Daddy say that there’s an important football game on today. Gracie’s not even sure exactly what football is, because when she’s watched it, it doesn’t seem that there is very much interaction between anyone’s foot and that ball. Ah well, name aside, Gracie’s not sure that she is to interested in football, but her Mama & Daddy say that she should cheer for the Steelers. So, “Go Steelers!”

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