I think back to when Julia was little and how effortless she made it seem to progress through the typical baby stages - cooing, holding head up, laughing, sitting, eating, crawling backwards, cruising, crawling forwards, walking, eating table foods, drinking from a cup. I now know how complicated each of these actions are and think babies are brilliant since they usually acquire these skills in the span of a year or 18 months.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Emma has been trying so hard lately to crawl. She has the desire to move, but her arms don't cooperate with her too much. Well, yesterday Emma was on her back on the rug and I turned around for a moment and when I looked at her again she was on her belly! This is only the third time ever she has turned from her back to her belly, so this is still a HUGE deal for us! Then, she started to shimmy her way up the floor. I ran and grabbed the camera after she had gone about a foot. This all happened at the same time that Emma's occupational therapist had just arrived, so she was able to join in the fun of encouraging/helping/watching Emma crawl!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Yesterday I was a bit grumpy. No real reason except that I'm tired. The good news is that Emma's teeth are starting to poke through, so sleep is starting to return to normal. Nothing is better than an uninterrupted night of sleep to help you start the day out right.
- Martha Stewart Living magazine. In a weak moment I subscribed to this magazine for a year. I've decided that I HATE this magazine and will definitely not renew the subscription. The people in that magazine have way too much time on their hands and I don't need it rubbed in how unorganized and crazy my life really is!
- Comments on how lucky I am that Chris is so good with Emma. We really are lucky to have each other - I know that. I just wonder how often Chris gets told how lucky he is to have me. I think it's just awful that society considers the woman lucky when the man sticks around in tough situations instead of challenging the men who walk away from them.
- People who look at me with pity when I'm out and about with the girls. Don't look at us with pity. My girls are amazing. I love having them in my life. If you see me struggling with a door - please open it for me. Be useful but please don't pity us.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Emma had her first appointment for Craniosacral therapy on Tuesday. This is usually considered an alternative therapy, but many people use it as a complement to traditional therapy techniques. The therapy is based on the work of William Sutherland, D.O. and Dr. John Upledger and is a hands-on approach to enhancing the craniosacral system which is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
Labels: alternative therapy
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I have an on-again, off-again relationship with my prayer books. There are certain prayers I invoke all the time, but others I dig out based on where I'm at in life. Recently, I dug out my St. Elizabeth Ann Seton prayer book and, instead of mindlessly turning to the page I always read, I flipped through the book and decided to read a couple of new prayers.
Monday, August 3, 2009
It's been a while since I've written about all the things that are going on here and, well, the girls just seem to be getting So. Much. Older! Really, when did the get so big? Emma completely lost whatever baby look was left to her and, at well over 3' tall is almost as big as Julia. In fact, they can pretty much wear the same clothes. When did my baby grow up?
- Julia has a favorite imaginary cat named Connie that also has a sister. Julia is the therapist for Connie's sister and writes notes about her progress. She is very busy traveling to see all the babies and doing therapy sessions. Julia has the biggest heart of any 3 year old I know.
- Julia loves camp/school and is upset every Thursday and Friday morning when she finds out she doesn't go to camp that day. It's great that she loves camp and I've really seen a huge difference in Julia since she started in that she isn't as shy anymore, but I miss her on the days she is at camp or school and look forward to the days when "just us girls" get to hang out together.
- Emma ROLLED OVER! from her back to her belly - twice. The first time was July 20th (Mom, add that to the book) and the second time was on July 30th. Both times she did it like she's been rolling from her back to belly her whole life rather than us working on it for well over a year! GREAT JOB, Emma!
- Emma has recently showed a huge interest in crawling. She is making progress on comando crawling when I put my hand at the bottom of her foot so she can use it as leverage to push her foot off and move forward. When she is laying on her belly, she can bend her legs at her knees and keep her feet in the air and even try and reach for items. What progress! We'll continue to work with her and hope that she becomes mobile and we have to childproof the house - can't wait for that!!!!!