Makenzie and I spent the last week together while Brian was traveling for work in Panama City, Panama. He left on Monday and returned home Saturday night. A couple of first’s happened for Makenzie this week that I was pretty ecstatic about.
1- Monday night I laid her in her crib while she was wide awake and she fell asleep on her own. No crying it out (which I hate anyway), no bathroom fan, just a kiss on her forehead, me saying I love you, and turning off the light.
2- When Brian got home on Saturday night I wanted to discuss starting solids. We really wanted to try to wait one more month but our hungry little girl was drinking like a fish at daycare. On Thursday alone she took 3 bottles for a total of 18 ounces! The daycare ladies told me that out of all the 5 month olds they have, Makenzie is the smallest baby but the only one that can take down an 8 oz bottle. That’s my girl! 🙂 So back to the story at hand, Sunday rolled around and we gave rice cereal a whirl. She pretty much reacted like every other baby does when they try solids for the first time, serious gag fest. Poor girl. The good news was that she didn’t cry/scream like someone I know did when they were little (me). Instead of putting her in her highchair (which we have tried before) we decided to let Brian hold her in the living room while I tried to spoon feed her and take pictures at the same time. We have a huge tv, think 55+ inches, and football was on. She’s just like her mommy and daddy, easily distracted by football and it’s quite possible that she was gagging on the mere fact alone that the Packers will not be in the Superbowl this year.
3- The last few weeks we have been working on “sitting”. She has super strong legs and always wants to stand but sitting is another story. Just last week the 3 of us were sitting on our bed testing out her abilities. Major fail. She just tipped to one side or the other, clearly not ready for it which is OK since that is a 6-7 month milestone. Fast forward to tonight, Makenzie decided that she was going to sit up on her own while playing with one of her new toys. She went for a good minute before tipping over and taking a digger into the side of her daddy’s leg. That didn’t stop her though, she continued to sit by herself for a good couple of minutes, we are so proud of her!
It was nice to have Brian back home on Saturday night considering he was gone the week before in Arizona as well! Being alone with a little baby is tough work, I give all single parents out there a huge pat on the back! On Sunday, Brian wanted to get his Makenzie fill so while he was doing that, I finally got around to baking him Christmas cookies. Yes, I said Christmas… Poor guy. We were so busy the month of December with me going back to work and the 3 of us trying to get into a new schedule, him traveling a week for work (2nd week in December), Makenzie being sick most of December, yadda yadda yadda the excuses go on and on. I’ve been staring at those darn Hershey Kisses (sorry mom) for a month now and decided there is no time like the present. So the Peanut Butter Blossoms that were to be Christmas Cookies turned into Peanut Blossoms for Martin Luther King Day. 🙂
One of our New Years Resolutions was to spend more time together doing Brian and Stacy things. We have gone out to eat while we have had family in town but were never gone for more than 2 hours away from Makenzie. So today, we decided that we would let Makenzie “sleep in” (she was up at 6:30 and than went back to sleep until 8:15) I would feed her, we would take her to daycare and the two of us would have a day date. So we did just that! We dropped her off at daycare at 9, went to the gym, came home, showered, went right back out and watched the movie Lincoln, went out for lunch, came back home and just relaxed (wouldn’t you know, Brian tweeked his neck at the gym that morning so he wasn’t feeling very hot). But it was so nice just to spend time together and talk about things that didn’t involve baby poop, naps, spit up, etc. Don’t get me wrong, we talked about Makenzie (a lot) but we also just laughed and talked about other things too… it was so nice and SO needed for both of us.