This week I officially got spring fever! There were a few sunny days that I thought we might go for a walk but changed my mind when the Weather Channel said it was 44 degrees. Between taking care of Brad and the cold weather, we barely left the house all week! I think he is finally getting over the mono, but he has been one sick puppy and is just worn out. My mom was here most of the week, so it was great getting to see her enjoy Mary Ella so much. One good thing about such slow days is that you really get to sit back and appreciate every little thing the girl is doing. Mary Ella loves to be standing up now (with help of course)! She just straightens her legs, sticks her chest out, and grins the biggest grin like she is just so proud of herself. She is really rolling around on the floor now. She doesn't know what she's doing, but by flopping back and forth, she can reach toys and end up off her palate. She is pushing with her legs and reaching with her arms like she wants to crawl, but she hasn't gotten up on her hands and knees yet. She ate green beas and peas this week. She definetely favors peas over the green beans. I started with vegetables so hopefully she will be a bigger fan of the healthy stuff than I am. But as I was feeding her the yucky light green peas I wondered, "Why am I trying to get her to like them? I will never cook peas in this house. I hate the little round things." Oh well, if she likes those she will LOVE Pa's yummy zipper and purple hull peas. Those will definetely be on our menu as long as he grows them in his garden. What else? Oh, she loves the game "throw my toys on the ground so I can hear them crash and Mommy will pick them up for me." It is an automatic thing in her high chair and more recently at church too. She is getting squirmy too! When she is sitting in my lap and sees her toys on the ground and wants to get down and play, she starts trying to wiggle out of my arms and get down there. This makes me a little sad! As for the sleep training, week 2 of using the Ferber/Jessica method has been rough! I think she has cried more in the last 2 weeks than she has her entire life! If it's not really important that your child be able to self-soothe and put themselves to sleep and if it doesn't really pay off in the long run, please someone tell me and I will stop! It's getting better though. I was beginning to think we might have a strong-willed child on our hands. Rita, do you still have that book or did you just beat Brad with it? Ha! She has thrown some nasty fits! But she has gone from crying for 20 minutes to 15 to 5 to less than 5 if at all. I hit it hard this week with naps and bedtime. We rock and sing until she is almost alseep, and then I lay her in her crib awake. I pat her and sing a little more and then walk away. At first she had this look of sheer terror, but now she is more calm and just fusses a little bit. This week I might try letting her cry it out when she wakes up during the night. She has been doing that alot since we started this whole thing, and it is wearing Mommy out! I'm also trying to get her attached to some little something to soothe her (besides her paci because it obviously falls out when she's screaming). We have tried her stuffed pig, a lovie, and a little monkey. I think the monkey won...
How sweet is that!?
She looks like her daddy when she sleeps and when she wakes up. And EVERYONE has been saying she looks like him now! What about me?
I took this picture right after she woke up from a nap. Can you see the handprints on her face? Sometimes she insists on sleeping face down in her crib, which freaks me out! I go in there and turn her head to the side, and she turns it right back down! I'm still only letting her sleep on her tummy at naptime, but who knows how she'll sleep when she learns she can turn over in her bed.
Silly grin and I did not buy that bib. It was a gift! Green vegetables make for nasty spit-up!
Fancy hairbow from Mia
Brad was able to work a little Thursday and Friday, and Friday night he came home with dinner, dessert, and flowers from Fresh Market. When I asked what the flowers were for he said they were "because I had to leave my hydrangea bush in Mississippi." What I really think he meant was, "You are the best wife and thanks for taking care of me when I'm sick even though I can be a pain." Ha! Mono is hard on an old boy!
One of my favorite flowers
This is what we did on Saturday when I got bored-played dress-up! This sweet outfit and bow were made by my high school friend's mom. It's just precious! She also made matching shoes, but I couldn't squeeze ME's feet in them anymore.
Starting to fuss