Friday, October 10, 2014

It's been too long

I'm sitting on the couch, Lyra is in my lap asleep and its 1:30 am.  I'm not sure what to do with myself as she usually doesn't go to sleep until like 3:00 or 4:00 am... I'm used to it now and tonight I'm not exhausted yet so I'm wondering if I dare risk moving her, which inevitably will result in her waking up feeling rested though its been only 15 minutes... Or if I steal a few precious moments to myself.  Most nights I do get to watch some tv in the background while we play... But rarely do I get quiet time to concentrate, and especially not on the iPad as she at just 10 months is already addicted and will steal it away to play itsy bitsy spider or fish school... Her two favorite apps.

I should be updating quicken since I discovered today it seems I have not done that in an even longer time then my last neglected blog update... But I dislike windows whatever it is on my new laptop and since my old laptop broke I can't unplug it to bring it to the couch... Plus there is that getting up and waking the baby thing... So instead... Here I am.  Maybe this will be the start of a new habit, the baby naps, I write a quick blog update.... It could happen...

So what's new?

Well Lyra is doing great... Sort of.. Somehow it seems my good eater, the child who eats everything all the time is somehow not eating enough.  She is healthy but she went from 10% to 4% in weight and is only 16.5lbs this doesn't take into account she was 3.5 weeks early but her weight gain has dropped compared to her height which jumped to 37% though I was told that measurement is subjective and therefor not as important.  Yes the baby who eats like 6 cherry tomatoes, a banana, and a string cheese plus puffs, Cheerios, grapes and whatever other random food is around in one sitting needs to eat more.  I think the pediatrician was more concerned that she doesn't sit down for regular meals but snacks all day long on whatever we are eating at any given time... So my new plan is to strap her in three times a day to feed her, her own food in addition to whatever else we are eating randomly all day long...

Today she had a packet of broccoli and apple and this morning it was pumpkin, pear and spinach... I upgraded to the 4 ounce pouches from the 2 ounce containers and when she gets fussy and distracted I push for her to eat a bit longer.. She prefers to feed herself but it seems she isn't getting enough calories with finger foods yet. I also realized she often eats half my yogurt but its low fat low calorie yogurt instead of the full fat baby stuff, so I need to be careful of that... I think I'll order avocados from Farmigo again this week and see how she likes them.  Last time she was picky about the flavor vs ripeness... I really expected her to weigh like 18 pounds the way she eats... But she is super active and scooting and cruising all over the house now so she is burning the calories too.  The other day at Costco they had food samples, one was a pita bread with ham and pesto 1/4 sandwich. I intended to give her a little nibble of the bread but she grabbed the whole thing and ate it all up.. Next was a cheese burger and she ate a 1/4 piece of that and last was a cup of yogurt.

But it's not really a major concern just something to keep an eye on.  Developmentally she is doing everything she should be... And with her sister teaching her even more.  She even initiates games like bringing  you the blanket for peek a boo or high fives or handing you the squeeker friend to nuzzle her, she moves my hand to tickle her and turns my face to look at her if I'm distracted.  Daddy and Holly were playing Legos with Lyra and building towers for her to knock down but instead she tried to put them together. She is clapping, grasping, kind of pointing and the other day she was hiding her princess doll under her pop up toy as if she was playing peek a boo with it.  Although she is not crawling traditionally (holly never did either) she scoots all over and pulls up and cruises all over.. She even uses toys, bins, and boxes as push walkers and tries to climb up on them to reach higher... Holly is adorable and now that I let her pick Lyra up (under the armpits around her chest) she transports her around the house whenever she is naughty and sneaks into Holly's room or the bathroom which I will embarrassingly  admit she discovered the toilet is fun to splash in when I had my back turned making lunch for like 2 minutes. So now holly is responsible for helping mommy watch sissy when I leave the room.

Speaking of Holly she is a wonderful big sister, entertaining Lyra to no end, playing games with her doing princess, dolls, blocks, and has endless patience with her sticking fingers in her mouth, pulling her hair, and stealing crayons for snacks (see I really must feed her more ;-) they are each other's biggest fans and they only get cuter together the older Lyra gets.  And of course Holly is busy as ever... She is a first grader now with Daily homework, a math sheet and three books to read, and she is such a good reader.  Lyra loves reading too and listening to sissy read to her is a favorite.  Holly reports that first grade is hard and its no fair that they don't get free choice time anymore but she still loves school and almost everyday is filled with one extra fun thing thing like music, art, gardening, PE, and of course nippy time... The pet Guinnie Pig who I'm sure we will be babysitting one of these holiday weekends. Holly is also now taking three Afterschool classes, Ceramics, Toyology, and Cooking.  This week she made a giant yoyo with two bowls and washer and bolts.  Last week she made a robot helicopter that dances with wire and a battery circuit to turn on and off.  In cooking they have a different theme country each week... Last week was Latkes from Israel and they told a story about the Wise Fairy Frog.. This week is Burma... And though she didn't eat the food she saved some for Lyra and had a great time slicing and dicing and even did the onions though they made her eyes burn a little.

Inspired by cooking class she announced last weekend that she was making brownies and so she did!  We also have swimming weekly and sometimes ice skating.  Right now we have Tuesdays free and try to spend those afternoons either playing with old friends of arranging play dates with classmates which the kids scheme on their own and later inform me of the plans, luckily its pretty easy for me to comply even last minute as long as her friends parents don't mind.  This week we joined one of her classmates in her Ballet Class.. It was some where between strict practice and open play, in the end of course  she said she loved it and wants to sign up, though I'm not sure if I want to add something else permanent to the schedule. The school allows us three trials so if I take her every few weeks this fall I  can postpone the commitment till the spring class (after cooking, ceramics, and Toyology end) and make sure she is serious. I was worried because when we arrived she got suddenly very anxious hid behind me and even cried.  Insisted I stay in the room.. The teacher was very sweet and accommodating, but it was a brand new place with 7 girls she didn't know and her one school friend, but her school friend knew the other kids and her school friend is a new kid who just moved to Berkeley from Paris, so they've only known each other 6 weeks.  Ava jane was running around paying and it was hard for Holly to join in.. It had been a while since we went somewhere completely new so of course it's easy to forget how bad her anxiety can be... But with humor she over came it.. The girls were sitting in a circle reviewing the class rules with the teacher and one said, "absolutely no climbing on your friends heads". Holly went from anxious tears to giggles... A few more funny comments later she gave me a thumbs up and then about 5 minutes into the bar practice doing Pliés she said mommy I think I've got it now, you can go. So Lyra and I went to the waiting area and she enjoyed the rest of class.. Afterwards she said she learned the nutcracker dance.

This week we also had the treat of getting to babysit Mimi for an hour while her mom was at a meeting and then all went out to dinner together.  Now that we aren't doing gymnastics weekly, not seeing Mimi has been especially hard.  But we make an effort to get together, last month the girls had a sleepover which was a nice treat.  She was excited to see all her old playgroup friends recently at a Head Over Heels kids night out.  In some cases it had been months since our last get together which we are all sad about, but with every one of us at a different school on different break calendars and school hours its hard to find the time.  Even this week Holly has Monday off for Columbus Day / Staff Development but her friends had Friday off instead. 

This weekend she is excited to go to Disney on Ice, it will be the first time they are doing the Disney Fairies, and should be a lot of fun.. Though she would never admit it and doesn't even realize it there is some regression and typical new sibling jealousy.. This shows the most at bedtime where she insists mommy puts her to bed now though it had been daddy's job for years now and when she is really tired cries to sleep in our bed.  She adores her sister but I know subconsciously having to share all of her time with Lyra must be hard... This weekend Disney on Ice will be a Mommy and Holly only date, we've had a few... A movie, the circus, but I really want to do it more... Not that I have time to fit it anywhere in the schedule, but she's figured out that at bedtime she has my undivided attention and since I'm much less strict then daddy we often spend twenty minutes chatting about her day in the dark, it's a precious time and its when her fears and worries come out which I so great full she can express and articulate them to some extent and is willing to share them still one day she might not be so forthright... But for now we will pretend that she will never be a teenager :-) its also when she shares her hopes and dreams.. So while sometimes at the end if the day it's hard to do and I'm tired and Lyra is whining its definitely worth it.... And with that I bid you goodnight... Lets hope Lyra stays asleep as I transfer her to bed as tomorrow she is hosting a baby play date while Holly is in Cooking class.

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