Saturday, December 26, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
We weren't sure if she'd try to pull it down once we got it home, but even with all of the decorations she hasn't done much with it. She points to it every morning when she first wakes up, but otherwise just ignores it.
It was also very nice to spend all weekend with Daddy. Here is a cute video we shot:
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
When your baby has mastered the knack of picking up and manipulating toys, she's ready for the surprise silliness of this captivating challenge.
Appropriate for: 9 to 18 months
Skills developed: Fine motor, hand-eye coordination
What you'll need: A piece of contact paper, tape, and a few small toys
Take a piece of sticky contact paper, the kind you use for lining drawers and shelves, and place it, sticky side up, on your kitchen floor. Then tape it down securely along all four edges. (You can put some wrapping paper down first for extra floor protection.)
Gather an assortment of small toys and arrange them on the paper, pushing down on them to make sure they're firmly adhering. Then show your baby the toys and encourage her to pick them up – or try to. You'll both get a good laugh as your baby figures out how to get them unstuck.
Once all the toys are rescued, help her press her hands onto the contact paper. She's likely to be fascinated with the sensation of the sticky surface pulling at her palms as you help her lift each finger and put it down again. Of course, if she doesn't like the sticky feeling, don't force the issue.
Remember: Each baby develops at a different pace, so if yours isn't quite ready for this week's activities, don't worry — just try them again in a few weeks
Thursday, October 8, 2009
For the first game of the season, we traveled to Dallas to with OU take on mommy's most hated college football team:BYU
Here is another picture from before the Idaho State game. It ended up being rainy for Alex and I but Josie hung out nice and dry with Thomas
Monday, October 5, 2009
I went online to see what I was doing wrong. I found a few good tips on www.babycenter.com and also this website I found extremely helpful: http://tinyurl.com/yddvlna
Basically, I need to relax and keep offering a wide variety of food. I found out it was normal she's less interested in baby food and that I need to give her an easier time with eating because it's all new to her.
I've decided on a new strategy. THREE. I'll offer her 3 things at every meal. One that I feed to her. The other two will be finger foods, one that she normally likes and one that is new or she hasn't liked yet. She can eat as much of any of them as she wants. I'm also going to stop buy puffs because of their low calorie and nutritional content. Cheerio's and other whole grain cereals are better I think. I'll stick with the whole wheat cookies and yogurt drops though.
When she chews up food and spits it out I'm going to say "no" and then walk away. When she eats I'm going to go over the top in praise. I'll try to offer juice a couple times a week but so far juice and formula in a cup is widely unsuccessful, she just loves water.
Wish me luck.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
When we went over there on Tuesday GG had a Christmas present that she wanted to give Josie early. Three months early? Ha! That's GG for you. Anyway, nobody is complaining, Josie loves it:
We named the horse "Boomer" and Josie loves him. It occupies her attention for a full 10 minutes sometimes (and if you know my daughter, that is almost an eternity for her).
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Here are Thomas and Jocelyn hanging out in Norman. They are two months apart and quite a cute couple!
Apparently, Thomas and Josie became fast friends because here she is giving him kisses on his head. I wonder what he thought?
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Although she's still about a week and a half shy of 9 months, we had her check up today. I usually go to the doctors just a little bit excited. I like going place and so does Josie. She loves interacting with new people. I left, however, a bit sad.
First, Josie is too little. The doctor is concerned and I have to start giving her formula with every feeding. The doctor thinks Josie is having to work too hard nursing and gets bored and wants to go play (which, is how she acts)
Second, Josie had a double ear infection. What!?! I was really shocked. She has no fever, she doesn't cry and never messes with her ears. The only thing is she has been waking up in the middle of the night a little more, but I figured that was a phase. Now she's on antibiotics for 10 days.
Third, Josie got a flu shot. I was excited that this checkup there were going to be no immunizations. It's heart wrenching for me to watch her get shots.
So, now I have to go back again in 2 weeks to check on her ears and then again 2 weeks after that to get her flu booster.
The doctor did say that she was really strong for her age and also seemed impressed that this was only her first ear infection. I guess.
Her Stats at 9 months:
27 3/4 inches = 74th%
15 lbs 10.5 oz = 10th%
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Appropriate for: 8 to 18 months
Skills developed: Understanding of object permanence, fine motor
What you'll need: Cardboard, pens, scraps of cloth, scissors, glue
Remember that page in Pat the Bunny where you can lift up a slip of cloth and see Paul's face? Taking this as inspiration, make your own peekaboo pictures, using different characters and facial expressions.
On several sturdy pieces of cardboard, draw simple sketches of people, each with a happy, sad, or grumpy expression. Or cut out pictures from a magazine instead. Then cut rectangular pieces of cloth a little taller than each figure. Use glue to attach the cloth just above each picture, creating a flap that lifts up. When the glue is dry, show your baby how to raise the flaps. Make up a story about the person underneath, and end it with your baby "finding" the face.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Josie is interested in everything that I do and has always been fascinated when I brush my teeth. So after her bottom two teeth came in I bought her a toothbrush. It's Dora The Explorer. She loves it.
Now, in this particular set of pictures she got a little confused at which end to put in her mouth. But usually she is really good at brushing her own teeth. I brush them first and that always produces a huge smile. Then I hand her the toothbrush. She sticks it in her mouth and looks at me as if to say "see, I can do it too Mama".
Yesterday after I brushed her teeth and handed over the Dora toothbrush I started to brush my own teeth and sat down next to Jocelyn so she could watch. With her own toothbrush in her mouth she started moving her arm back and forth as if she was really brushing! She did it with this look on her face that was a mix of both determination and eagerness to show off. She is such a funny girl.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
She pretty much loves the remote.
And the cell phone:
Oh and she loves the computer too. She likes to bang on the keys. Josie also goes after the headphones, though she mostly likes to chew on them, this morning she let us put them on her ears.
It's going to be depressing the first time I hear "Geez Mom, how do you not know how to work the...". Until then, she's a pretty fun little baby.