Wednesday, November 18, 2015

a couple of firsts for a an opinionated little girl

Alexandra is very opinionated and she makes a point of letting you know she's not happy about something. 
She grunts. She grunts and grunts. 
I already wrote about how she grunted her way from tummy to back last week. 
She doesn't appreciate staying on one position for too long. She's also very strong. She'll be sitting in a couple of weeks. 
Last night, November 17, she was not happy being on her tummy, so she was holding herself up with her arms and lifting her head. I thought babies were supposed to take months to do that. 
But then she also thinks it's okay to move my boob around with her mouth. Grunting. And if I pull her too close she pushes me. 
Mom calls her little truck going uphill. I just mock her. 
Meanwhile she grunts everytime things aren't going her way. 

I just make fun of her. Just like I make fun of her wobble  head. But as of last night, she's started holding her head. Wobble head won't last long. 

Dean and I are in so much trouble if she keeps this pattern of grunting and wining and doing things her way. 

Last night while nursing she grunted and moved her arms as if giving out a speech. I was wondering if she was angry bc I didn't have a lot of milk or what the hell she was doing. Maybe she's not happy when I talk. 

Moving away from Alexandra to Dean. He scared the crap out of me yesterday. He made a darth Vader voice in the baby monitor. 
We are all in the living room. Baby piece and parent piece on the kitchen counter. He turns both pieces on so they make that awful microphonia noise and starts darth Vader. 
I freaked out - really. I had no idea what to think. Not the foggiest idea!!!!  ... Until I saw him laughing. That freak!!!! 

If Alexandra learns quickly, between the 3 of us, Dean , Alexandra and I, we will drive each other insane. We will make an evil bunch. 

I know she took after me on a few things. She's a whiner like me. And squealer. What else will she take from me?
Oh she lives to eat. I guess that's normal for her age. But she wants to eat everytime she knows I'm around. She's just like me. I see food or smell food - I want to eat food. 

Last Friday I gave her her second bath. She acted confused. As if wondering - what now?!

Cloth diapering has been going well. Between that and breastfeeding we are saving so much money!!!
I hope Alexandra gets that from us. We are not cheap - we are frugal. ... Well, sometimes I am cheap. I used to be much worse. I've learned a few things. There are things that are worth the money. Others aren't. Live and learn. I'm still the numbers girl. Dean chooses what to spend money on and I tell him wether we can afford it or not. 

A couple of firsts last Sunday. First trip to Yankee candle and first time following someone with her eyes. My mom. 

It must be pretty incredible to figure out that you can focus on things with your eyes. Being a baby is quite an adventure. 

We went out towards Yankee Candle to buy my moms car and also took a trip to Sakura. Alexandra's first trip to a Japanese restaurant. 

Oh, last Sunday we also discovered that she has already outgrown one of her first outfits which was in her going out bag. So bittersweet. And we are still trying to learn how to leave the house on time. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Funny little things she does

Is it bad that I laugh at everything Alexandra does? She grunts. A lot. All the time. When she doesn't like something she grunts. When she is trying to do something she grunts too. 
Three days ago, November 9, I tried to get her out of her crib while she was asleep. She grunted. 
That same night she was on the couch laying on her back. Well, she decided she wasn't going to be on her back anymore and grunted her way to her tummy. First she got 
When she doesn't like the way I'm holding her on my boobs she grunts while adjusting her head - and pulling my nipple along. 
When she tries to poop is the same thing. Well, first she gives a quick smile. Then she starts. Grunts and makes faces and contracts her whole body until you hear that pooping noise. Then she smiles again, victoriously. 

Last night she was on her Moses, grunting and talking along, as if she was too busy trying to do something. Then all of a sudden I heard a EY! as if she had finally achieved her goal. I have no idea what that was about. I was so curious to see it. Regardless, I just cracked up in bed wondering what had led her to that scream. 

Another funny thing is her smiling in her dream. I just got a video of that. She also talks in her sleep. Any guesses as to which side of the family she got that from?

Another funny thing about her is how she gets startled at random sounds. A loud thump of something falling won't bother her, but a loud kiss will. Or a sniffle. Or paper crinkling. Or anything random. Or a sound that previously hadn't startled her. She twitches and winces or just raises her arm in a surrendering motion. We got a video of that

She hiccups a lot. That's not funny. I feel really bad for her when she is hiccuping. It happens when she's cold or anxious. Yes, I do think little babies get anxious. 

In my tummy she did hiccup a lot when I was anxious or upset. Needless to say a lot of her hiccups were bc of Jonathan and his leaving WHS. I think saying I was upset about J's leaving is an understatement. But hearing people say things and not knowing what to think about them was the worst. I wanted to go home and cry. I actually did. I cried at night after Dean was asleep bc I didn't want to make him upset. He already knew I wasn't taking J's leaving easily. He knew I was apprehensive about going back to work to a new principal while not knowing why the guy who hired me (and whom I trusted) up and left. Dean knew I was still upset even after having met the new guy. But there was nothing he could do to help me other than hold me while I cried. So he didn't have to know people's comments were getting to me. There was nothing he could do about it. It would only make him miserable for not being able to help me. And it was enough that just one of us was miserable. But Blobby knew it - and she got the hiccups while I cried in my pillow.