Sunday, July 29, 2007

She's mastered using sippy cups!

This past week, Isabella has figured out how to use sippy cups consistently and well. She's only allowed to drink water, at this point. Of course she's more than welcome to drink breast milk out of them, but she's not interested in doing that. She wants it fresh, from the mommy. At any rate, she's good at drinking from sippy cups made by Gerber and Nuby.

A breakthrough! She took a two hour nap today


After lunch, on the way home, Isabella fell asleep. Not too long after getting home, I took the wise advice from many, and took a nap at the same time she did. I slept a little over an hour. This little munchkin slept about two hours. In the Changley household, that's a record nap time. Isabella usually naps twenty to thirty minutes. Speaking of breakthroughs, she took three naps today (technically yesterday, since it's after midnight).

Closing her eyes tight and showing her Cheerios


For about a week now, Isabella has had fun closing her eyes tightly. Pretty darn cute. And, here's a shot of one of her favorite foods in her mouth, Cheerios.

She plays Peek a Boo, waves 'hello,' claps her hands, and knows how to sign milk

A-gong and A-ma (the maternal grandparents) taught Isabella how to clap while they were here for a few days. In fact, tonight, while I was putting her to bed, every so often, she had to clap her hands. When I affirmed what she was doing, she smiled ear to ear.

She loves to show off her tricks all together sometimes, play Peek a Boo, wave 'hello,' and clap her hands.

Oh, and one other note, Isabella knows how to sign 'milk.' That's done by opening and closing one's fist, with the knuckles perpendicular to the floor. She signed 'milk' at church this morning, when she was in the nursery, waiting for Mommy to finish singing and nurse her. Maxine bore witness to the request. Then, again, at church in the evening, Isabella again asked for milk, but I somehow was oblivious and didn't do anything. Shame on me. I fed her not long after I got home from church.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

She fed me Cheerios!



Yesterday afternoon, while I was holding Isabella, she fed me three Cheerios! Took them and put them in my mouth, she did.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Crap, the bridesmaid dress doesn't fit!

I've shopped at at least a dozen stores in the Valley to no avail. I'm to be a bridesmaid in Haiying (one of my college suitemate)'s wedding Labor Day weekend. I saw this dress on sale, better yet, on clearance, at It fit the description - color, style, and fabric material - that she wanted. So, I took a gamble. I checked their size chart carefully before making a decision. A Petite 6 should fit.

It came via UPS this afternoon. I tried it on less than an hour ago.

My concern was that it wouldn't fit in the waist. After all, I had a baby ten months ago. It fit there just fine. Where it didn't fit was in the bust. My chest is WAY TOO BIG! Perhaps this is due to the fact that I'm still nursing five times a day. Maybe the dress is also cut a bit small in the chest. CRAP! Don't know what to do. Labor Day weekend is just a month and a half away. As she drinks less milk, my breasts should shrink, but by how much?!

Sleeping is overrated, or maybe not

At 8:15 or 8:30 this morning, Isabella decided that she was done sleeping. And, she made this crystal clear to Troy and me. She was making lots of noises and moving around a lot. She tried to climb and grab me in ways that weren't very comfortable. Eventually, she started screaming. So, we dragged our lazy butts out of bed, at the late hour of 8:50 AM.

Now, Troy's trying to give me a little break, before my lunch date, to do some writing. I'm hearing a little one scream at the top of her lungs, and she's been screaming for some fifteen minutes. She badly needs to sleep, and she's fighting off sleep desperately. Soon, sleep will take into dreamy land.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Cauliflower, leek, and sweet potato, all together

She tried cauliflower, leek, and sweet potato pureed together! A friend of ours, Katia, made it for the two babies who had a play date this morning. Katia's little one, Naomi, is 3 months older than Isabella. She also tried some shredded mozzarella cheese, her first taste of cheese. Loved it!

Isabella is 10 months old today



Isabella's 10 months old today. Can't believe how quickly time passes.

What is she doing these days? She's been waving. Still loves to play Peek a Boo. She's copying in gesture and making noises. She likes to dance, waving her belly, when she's on all fours.

Monday, July 16, 2007

She's finally feeding herself Cheerios

Everyone has milestones at their own pace, and I know loads of babies Isabella's age or younger have been shoving food and everything else in their mouths. She does put things into her mouth, but she hadn't mastered putting Cheerios into her mouth. She'd hold some in the palm of her hands or even hold some between her thumb and index finger, but every time she brought it into her mouth, she had a death grip on the Cheerios and they would never make their way into her mouth. Until yesterday. She fed herself several Cheerios!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Crawling on to the futon and toppling off

Hey guys, when Manda & Johnny were over for dinner, all of the sudden we looked over and Isabella was entirely on the futon! Moments later, she toppled off, head first. No injury and no crying.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Tongue fascination

4th of July was great. Spent time with the family - Troy & Isabella. Also, got to spend a great deal of welcomed time with the Huddles. The boys went to see "Transformers," while Manda came over and hung out with Isabella and me. She got to witness the tongue fascination. Sounds strange, I'm sure. Isabella was laying on me, belly to belly. I stuck my tongue out and stretched it in different directions. For whatever reason, Isabella found it funny. She even tried to have a taste of it. Yup, it was like a French kiss. . . She attempted to do tongue exploration by sticking her tongue inside my mouth. No guys, I did not return favor. Then, she thought my face was so interesting, she took my nose into her mouth a few times and even took a bite!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Briefly woke up, not even an hour after we put her down for the night

poor, poor, isabella. she's been having so much trouble lately. i think she's just having a tough time because so many teeth are making their way through her gums. ouch. troy worked his daddy magic, and she was asleep before 9:30 tonight (tuesday night). but then, before it was even ten-thirty, she was crying and moving around her crib.

though i'm afraid of starting bad habits, such as getting her used to being picked up when she's crying in her crib at night, my instincts told me that she was not feeling well. so, i picked her up. i laid her down on the twin bed and started reading "goodnight moon" to her, while laying next to her. her head was resting on me, and not moments later, she was asleep again. i was able to put her in the crib without too much fuss.

i noticed, though, that a circle, larger than her head, of the crib sheet was wet. probably drooling a lot. i don't think she's run any fevers, as a result of teething, but if she's in such discomfort and pain, i may give her some infant tylenol if she wakes up in the middle of the night. we'll see!

Another difficult night

Last night, well, Monday night, Isabella had a bit of a rough night. I heard her stirring around 4:30 AM. But it wasn't until 5:15 that she really cried.

Daddy went to the rescue, to my surprise. In my grogginess, I was getting myself ready to nurse her. At first I heard whimpers, but not long after that, it was silent. And Troy didn't exactly return. I took a peek. Isabella fell asleep on her daddy, who was laying on the twin size bed, in her room.

Again, to my surprise, Troy returned about half an hour later. Isabella was in her crib, sleeping. I was so tired that I dropped back into deep sleep, until I suddenly woke up in a panic. It was after 8 o'clock in the morning. I hadn't nursed Isabella since 9 the night before, and I needed to nurse her one more time before going to teach. Latched her on the right side and fell asleep again, until 9 o'clock or so. Nuts! I didn't mean to fall asleep for an hour. Switched sides, and then nursed her about an hour or so later.

Monday, July 02, 2007

The Mommy Test

A friend, Martha Carbajal, sent this to me. I couldn't help but laugh when I read this. Enjoy this, to all you moms out there.

I was out walking with my 4 year old daughter. She picked up something off the ground and started to put it in her mouth. I took the item away from her and I asked her not to do that. "Why?" my daughter asked. "Because it's been on the ground, you don't know where it's been, it's dirty and probably has germs" I replied. At this point, my daughter looked at me with total admiration and asked, "Mommy, how do you know all this stuff? You are so smart."I was thinking quickly. "All moms know this stuff. It's on the Mommy Test. You have to know it, or they don't let you be a Mommy." We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but she was evidently pondering this new information. "OH...I get it!" she beamed, "So if you don't pass the test you have to be the daddy." "Exactly" I replied back with a big smile on my face. When you're finished laughing, send this to a Mom.