Tuesday, April 28

First Food: Avocado

Last night, Jourdan, Violet and I took a walk to Nugget market to get dinner. I've been on a tomato/basil/mozzarella kick lately and I wanted to give Vi a chance to try solid foods. Dr. Lee had suggested fruits and vegetables so I picked up an avocado to try out.

However upon arriving home, Violet was asleep which worked nicely so Jourdan and I were able to get our dinner ready while she slept. When she finally woke up she was hungry so I excitedly got the avocado mushed in her plate while Jourdan set up the high chair. And then I got the camera set to capture the moment. All this hype, I was just so excited. But the chair, the camera, the bowl and spoon proved to be too much new stuff for Vi. She just wasn't really digging it (although I did get some great footage!) so we took her out of her chair and just let her sit on my lap while we watched TV together. She started getting restless during the middle of the show so I pulled her high chair tray over to us and moved her hand to the blob of avocado and just let her play. And play she did! Somehow she got green goo on her forehead, arms, feet, belly and ears!

Finally I put a bit on my finger and she grabbed it and pulled it to her mouth. I realized later that she's very used to putting our fingers in her mouth and that it might be easier to introduce foods to her like this for a little while and introduce the spoon slowly. I'm happy to say she gobbled the bits of avocado down and seemed to really be enjoying herself.

Jourdan kept reminding me what Dr. Lee had said about just letting her play with her food for the time being and not to focus on feeding her. Once I relaxed and just let her have fun then she decided she'd like to eat.

Food outside of Baba?

Vi was very interested in Sedona's lunch. Solids soon?

Jackie texted me today to mention that during lunch Violet was very very interested in Sedona's apples and pears. To the point that Violet was leaning closer and grunting at Jackie.

Sunday, April 26

Rolled Over 2.0

Violet just rolled over from her back to her tummy. She had this priceless "How'd I get here?" look on her face. Dr. Lee asked me if she was able to roll from back to tummy and tummy to back on Friday. At the time she was only rolling back to tummy and teasing Jourdan and I with the possibility of back to tummy. But she has decided to upgrade and recently downloaded the rollover 2.0 patch.

Saturday, April 25

Sleepin' at my Crib

It's official Violet has slept in her crib the entire night through. Jourdan had the great idea of taking advantage of her super tired state (after having her shots) and she slept like an angel. She only needed her 2 a.m. feeding but then she was back to sleep. Dr. Lee said our next goal is to get her to sleep the entire night through without a 2 a.m. baba. We shall see, but this is indeed monumental progress.

On a side note: I did sleep so well. I'm so used to the cooing and the noises she makes that sleeping without them was tough. I realized this was the first night in a year that she and I haven't slept in the same room. She really is growing up and I'm so proud of her.

Friday, April 24

4-month Well Baby

Violet went in for her 4-month well baby appointment today. She currently weighs 16 pounds (95th percentile) and is 26 inches long (97th percentile) and her head circumference of 17 inches (75th percentile). Dr. Lee asked who was the tall one because apparently Violet is going to be taller than just 5'9" like Jourdan and I. He also commented that Violet has amazing muscle control and is developing quite well. He recommended we start working on her sleeping through the night and to cut out her morning 3 hour nap to assist. Also we can start giving Violet solid foods in a few weeks when she's better able to lean back in her high chair. (Mommy is very excited!) The best is Violet is not only perfectly healthy but she's perfectly perfect as well.

Wednesday, April 22

More Pictures of Miss Crazy Hair

She got a bath at daycare (after a major blarg and poop) and Miss Jackie didn't know that Violet's curls have to be brushed down when her hair is wet.

More cuteness here.

Rolled Over!

Violet rolled over for the first time....well that we've seen. Apparently she's a rolling over maniac at pre-school. So instead of putting her on her playmat, I made like KangaKare and put a blankie down with a few toys and hen "Thar she rolls!!"

Sunday, April 19

Newsletter: Month Four

Dear Violet,

Month four has been time of growth, physically and emotionally for all of us. For starters, you're growing like a little violet and getting stronger and smarter every day. You're also much more social though only for a limited time (mostly after naps and morning). Speaking of being social, you can be quite the charmer when you are so inclined, in fact you can charm college kids into cooing at you from across the room.

And you needed little to no social prowess, to charm the pants of your Grandma and Grandpa Spears when they visited at the end of the month. Just like your me, you promptly wrapped us around your smallest finger with the slightest coo or eye flutter. It was easy to see that my weakness towards you is inherited; when Grandpa couldn't even let you cry yourself to sleep. You were held constantly by both of them, which you adored, and enjoyed sleeping on Grandpa's chest instead of the crib. Seeing you with my parents was really a blessing and was the first time I understood how wonderful it could feel so see my family love you.

Month four was also a chance for your father and I to grow and support each other as you started daycare. April first, two thousand and nine will always stand out in my mind, for so many reasons, both happy and sad. Leaving you at daycare even thought it was with Jackie, who made the day significantly easier by being so supportive and understanding, was really tough.

March was tough in a different way, leaving you then was me acknowledging that the "you and me" time was coming to an end. But it was comforting to know that your "you and dad" time was just beginning. March was bittersweet but I adjusted quickly, but April was tough in a new way. Knowing that neither your dad or I would be witnessing every smile, every giggle and dirty diaper (yes, I miss those too!) was tough. Every day is so precious to me and not witnessing every second of that time is quite an adjustment.

But we're all growing and learning and now at mid-April I'm learning too! I'm learning NOT to message Jackie 15 times a day as well as that you're better off not spending every moment in the momma or daddy bubble. You love daycare and I'm starting to accept that our special "you and me" time is now a cherished memory but there are so many more to come that I can't really be sad. And that is quite a bit of growing for the both of us!


More pictures from Easter & Steph's 30th

Check out more pictures here.

Saturday, April 18

Mom's Birthday

Violet was not only a wonderful party guest, but she was also quite the entertainment (in a good way). I always count my lucky stars when Violet is as good as she always is in public. Part of my fears that the rug is going to be pulled out from under me one of these days, but not today. We went to Amici's and then to Fenton's and for the entire 3+ hours, Miss V was so well-behaved. The only time she cried was when she was hungry and after we finally figured out what she wanted, she was good to go. What a wonderful little baby we have.

Being at Fenton's made me dream of when we'll be able to take her out for ice cream the first time. I will have to get the camera ready!

Thursday, April 16

Keep on Rollin'...or At Least Try to

A week ago, Violet rolled over while with Jackie at pre-school. Since then she hasn't attempted to roll or even considered it...until tonight she she would roll to her side and just stay there. No amount of coaxing, toy teasing or cheering convinced Miss V to roll tonight. But we have our video camera poised and ready for when the rolling starts....any day now.

Sunday, April 12


We got up early Easter morning, after a day of pulling ivy from the backyard, to meet the Easter Bunny at Caffe Italia. Before we left the house, I dressed Violet up in her "First Easter" clothes along with her bunny jacket. She looked so adorable that upon seeing her Jourdan went to get the camera and Violet obliged us with tons of smiles and giggles. Violet was so surprised and happy to see the Easter Bunny. Her eyes lit up and she smiled brightly.

Later that evening, we met with Jourdan's family for Easter dinner. Violet dressed in her Easter finery, aka her Pooh dress and jacket. She blarged all over it but still looked amazingly cute.

Wednesday, April 1

1st day at Kanga Kare

Now that Jourdan is done with paternity leave and headed back to work, Violet has started going to preschool at Kanga Kare. We're so lucky that Violet is staying with Miss Jackie now. Jackie is so understanding and emails me pictures of Miss Vi during the day as well as responds to my many text messages.

The first day of leaving her wasn't easy but Jackie's texts and pictures made it so much better for me.