Since I’m taking a break from the research posts I publish on Saturdays, I figure I should still write a short update on what Jia’s been up to. These posts are a lot easier to write since I don’t have to go digging through research journals, evidence-based practice recommendations/best practices, etc.
What she’s been doing in the past week:
- She starts kissing the doggies by smacking her lips and chasing after them while making her kissy noises. So cute!
- Poor Puggies. Pug kisses aside, she is starting to find entertainment in pulling the pugs’ tails and grabbing their feet – Kona is particularly perturbed by this new activity, but he’s a good boy and knows when to walk away.
- She can stack her wooden tower (cover photo) finally! Before, she would just remove all the wooden parts but now she’s discovered she can stack them onto the peg. No they’re not in order, but baby steps!
- She knows the word “rabbit,” so when I say “where’s your rabbit?” she’ll look around the room and grab this squishy little light-up rabbit toy my grandmother got her for Easter, and bring it over to me.
- My mother-in-law bought Jia an inflatable Spray ‘N Splash pool from Buy Buy Baby on sale for a cheap $14 and I finally blew it up yesterday since it was a hot upper 80s/low 90s day out and I didn’t want to drive anywhere. So I filled it up with the hose out in the front yard and she had so much fun splashing and going down the slide! At first she hesitated because it was strange, but after a few tries, she soon wasn’t eager to hold onto my hands and would try to thrust herself down the slide on her own. The zebra on ours sprays when hooked up to the hose, but I detached it soon after we had it going, since the spray was a little much (I’d already filled the pool, so additional spraying would over-fill the pool. Anyway I highly recommend this pool, with a manual air pump it was exhausting but way worth it! Don’t try to inflate it with your mouth, you’ll pass out I’m pretty positive.
- Eating is getting better. Broccoli, mango, pot roast, chicken shu mai (from Trader Joe’s), and really getting used to smoked salmon in her eggs. She also loves toast with breakfast, because we usually have toast, so I butter hers up with some unsalted Kerry Gold organic and give her a half of a piece. We have to give her white whole wheat bread, because I think she may struggle a bit with our high fiber bread… and she poops enough!
- Weaning: finally on full concentration cow’s milk, but we’ll continue to give her breast milk that I have frozen, for during meals (mixed with a little cow’s milk). Still nursing in the morning and before bedtime, but I’ve finally stopped pumping before I go to bed, which completely is a relief to me! I love not having to pump! So exhilarating being able to just go to bed without having to stay up to pump at 11 PM. (It was my own doing, requiring myself a pre-bedtime pump session)
- Continuing looking for jobs. I’ve applied to about 10 jobs now, so far. Looking for Case Manager and Quality Improvement RN positions. No word yet about the retiring nurses from our pediatrician’s office, will call when I’ve applied to “enough” other jobs.
- This age is really endearing, she’s starting to go through a “daddy phase” (did I already mention this last week?) which is so exciting. After 15 months of your baby preferring you at all hours of the day/night, it’s nice to have her get upset when Jeff goes downstairs. Ha! You take her! =) I love you Jia, but it’s nice for you to want someone else too!
- This weekend will be the first time Jeff and I are away from Jia (where she won’t have one of us). We are going to Miami for our friends’ wedding and Jia will be staying the night at my in-laws’ house from Thursday til Sunday (we’ll be there Thursday night with her, to hitch a ride to the airport). It’ll be a nice getaway for us, but since Jeff doesn’t get to see her very much, he’s sad he misses the weekend with her. Me on the other hand, I’m ready to party!
OK that’s all for me, I’m done for the week! Over and out.