Monday, December 20, 2010

Lots of Fun

One thing is for sure: Bianca has an enormous personality. It is so much fun watching her grow into her own person!

Here is just a glimpse of our Little One:

~ She likes to sit in the refrigerator. Any time we open the door, she runs right over and tries to climb in. She loves to press the button that makes the light turn on and off. She also likes to try and close the door on herself. Luckily, she hasn't been successful with that one yet!

~ She loves to help. If I'm cooking dinner, she wants to help stir. If I'm doing laundry, she wants to help transfer the clothes. If I'm putting dishes in the dishwasher, she wants to help load them. This may come in handy when she's older!

~ Her two favorite hobbies are dancing and reading. Any time a song comes on that she likes (it could even be a commercial), she can't help but groove to it. She also loves her books. She has no problem listening to the same book over and over. And if you happen to be reading too slow for her taste, she will turn the page for you to help move you along!

~ She loves electronics. She is fascinated by remotes, cell phones, and laptops.

~ She likes attention. If we are at the store, she will smile and wave at strangers. If they aren't paying attention to her, she will call to them in her baby language. She is probably saying something like, "Hey you! Look at how cute I am!"

~ She has the best facial expressions. One of my favorites is her smile when she poses for pictures. She lets her whole mouth of teeth show.

~ She gets really upset when she doesn't get her way. It is usually followed by screaming, crying, or both.

~ She has been biting. She bites my knees, my shoulders, my fingers - pretty much anything within her reach. Yesterday I was lying on the couch, and I closed my eyes for a minute. I was quickly woken up by teeth being pressed into my forehead. I really hope this is just a phase that will quickly pass. (Along with her incessant need to pull my hair!)

She is just an amazing little person (the good and the bad!) I feel so blessed to have her in my life!!

15 Month Check-Up

I took Bianca to the pediatrician last Thursday. This was the worst appointment we've ever had.

First, she was tired (aka - grumpy). Second, I think she realized where she was. Before Dr. Fireman ever came into the room, she was wailing. I held her, rocked her, sang to her...but I couldn't comfort her. I was honestly worried that someone might think I was abusing her.

Third, we had a wake-up call concerning her weight. BiBi has become quite the picky eater lately, and I was honestly wondering if she was getting enough nutrition. But I decided not to worry too much about it, because Kristen said that Damian went through the same non-eating phase. Kris told me that if I got too concerned that I should just give her PediaSure.

I had planned to bring up my concern with Dr. Fireman just to be on the safe side, but he brought the topic up first when he looked at her growth chart. He was a bit concerned because she has only gained 1 pound in 3 months. (She now weighs 19 lbs) The fact that she is below the 5th percentile in weight wasn’t the disturbing part. It’s the fact that the curve of her rate of growth is starting to decline. Dr. Fireman gave me some suggestions on how to get her to eat better. If in four weeks she hasn’t gained any weight, he would like for us to meet with a pediatric nutritionist.

Dr. Fireman had a difficult time examining her. She just cried and screamed as he listened to her heart and looked in her ears. He ended up cutting the visit short because she was so upset.

Once Dr. Fireman left, the M.A. took blood from her arm and then gave her two vaccinations. Of course, she screamed and cried even harder than she already was. Her face turned shades of red and blue, and I just felt so, so awful for her. When it was time to leave, I was never so glad to be done with a doctor's appointment. I know BiBi shared my sentiment.

As of this morning, our Little One still isn’t eating like she should be, but she seems to be doing well with the PediaSure. At least I feel better knowing she is getting vitamins and minerals.

Here's a confession: Harry and I are both overweight. I can’t help but wonder: Did I subconsciously stop feeding her because I don’t want her to be fat like us? I honestly feel like I'm failing as a mother.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010










Hello Again!

As I reflect on 2010 and set my intentions for 2011, I realize that I want to do a better job of keeping this blog up-to-date. Especially because I'm sure Bianca will be doing lots of fun things this year that need to be recorded for prosperity's sake. And I know that our out-of-town relatives would love an update on BiBi more than once a quarter!

I will dust off this blog and try to tidy up a bit. In the meantime, I will post some long overdue pictures for you! Can you believe how big our Little Miracle is getting?!?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Aunt Dot Sent Me This Picture

Bianca enjoying some marshmallow!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

First Steps!!

I am very, very excited to announce that Bianca took her first steps yesterday!! (And if these aren't her first steps, I thank Aunt Dot for letting me believe they are!) At first, she took one step towards Harry. We were so excited about that! Then a few minutes later, she took one step towards me. We were cheering at that point. Finally, about a half hour later, she took FIVE steps towards me!! They were tiny, wobbly steps, but she was walking! We shouted and clapped and gave her a HUGE hug! She has been cruising a while now holding onto furniture and walls, but she's been hesitant to let go. It was so exciting to witness those first steps on her own!! I am SO GRATEFUL that I was there to see it!

Our Little One had her one-year appointment on Friday. She weighs 18 lbs 13 oz and is 29 inches long. That puts her in the 50th percentile for length and the 15th percentile for weight. Dr. Fireman isn't concerned about her growth, though, because she has been below average in weight since 6 months. Plus, she has a nice chubby belly to go along with it!

We are now supposed to be transitioning her from formula to milk. I don't think we'll have any issue there, because she had no problem drinking the milk out of her bottle or her sippy cup. In fact, she followed her first sip with "mmmm"!

Dr. Fireman also wants us to start breaking her of both the bottle and the pacifier relatively soon. We have decided to start with the bottle. We are going to ease her down to two bottles a day - one in the morning and one at night. The rest of the day, she will use her sippy cup. We have also decided to try forgoing the middle-of-the-night feedings. If she wakes up, we will let her cry for 15 minutes. If she doesn't sooth herself by then, I will go in and hold her. If she still doesn't go back to sleep at that point, I will give her a bottle. She did really well last night. She whined three different times, but each time, she was able to put herself back to sleep relatively quickly. Harry suggested we turn off the monitor now, but I'm not quite ready for that yet! I definitely want to hear her if she cries.

My baby is growing up too fast!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Almost Forgot...

On Sunday, August 1st, BiBi had the first bits of a tooth pop out! It's still just a tiny little shard, but now when someone asks me "How many teeth does she have?" I don't have to pout and say "zero." Very exciting! Hopefully one day when it is more visible, she will let me take a picture. Until then, you can enjoy this one!

New Feat!

I really would like to update this blog more regularly. Perhaps one day when I am in a much more enjoyable, flexible job and when the majority of my free time isn't spent on school, studying, or homework....

Anyway, I just wanted to share Bianca's latest accomplishment. She climbed two steps this morning! Luckily, Harry caught her at that point, so she didn't get close to falling back down. But it looks like it's time to break out the baby gates!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010





Way Overdue Update

So much has happened in the world of Bianca the past few weeks!! Perhaps the biggest and most exciting news is she is crawling!! Ok...so it's not exactly a crawl...its more like an army crawl, where she slides herself around on her belly....but, man, can that girl get around!! Which is proving to be a bit of challenge. First, she loves electrical cords and wires of all kinds. She wants to put them in her mouth or give herself a hug with them. Not good! Next, she loves to pound on Daddy's laptop that sits on the floor. We originally had it up on the table, but she almost pulled it down on her head while playing with its power cord. She also loves to play with the cable box. She has already had a stack of DVDs fall on top of her, and she has been very close to pulling down our rack of TV trays. Looks like Mommy and Daddy have some major baby-proofing to do!!

BiBi is now 9 months old. I can hardly believe it!!! She did really well at the doctor's this month, although they didn't have to give her any shots. She is 27" long and weighs 16 lbs, 14 oz. She is happy and healthy, so we have nothing to complain about there.

She loves to dance. Anytime she hears some music that she likes, she bobs her head to the beat and smiles.

She is also doing better with standing. She still can't quite pull herself up yet, but when she starts out in standing position, she can hold herself there (while holding onto something else) for a while.

She went swimming for the first time ever at Samantha's graduation party on June 12th. We were at Rocky Ridge State Park, and we took her to the little beach. She didn't like going out too far, but she loved sitting down at the water's edge. She splashed and smiled the whole time. At one point, a big wave came and crashed over her head. I thought she was going to cry. But all she did was sneeze and then smile. Since then, she has gone swimming several times in Aunt Dot's pool. Aunt Dot says she loves it. She is definitely going to be a water bug!!

She still doesn't have any teeth yet, but she definitely has more hair. It seems to be coming in blond, but sometimes I think I see a tint of red in there.

I know I sound like a broken record, but I can't believe how fast she is growing up!!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Please Forgive Me

Yes, I realize that I am horrible at keeping up at this blog. Yes, I do realize that I am WAY overdue for an update. I've just been having some personal internal struggles lately. But enough about me.

Bianca has been doing absolutely wonderful sitting up. She will literally sit up for hours at a time if she has a toy to keep her occupied. Standing, on the other hand, is a task she doesn't like to do. Aunt Dot says she has "Lazy Legs." Although her legs do appear to be getting stronger every day, she would much rather fold her legs into a sitting position than try to straighten them out.

We don't think she has any real interest in learning how to crawl either. This fact was proved over the past two weekends, when her cousin Harley was staying with us. Harley likes to get up on all fours and rock. She even scoots backwards a bit. Bianca, on the other hand, is perfectly content to just lay on her belly and roll over when she feels like it. She is pretty much just laid back and relaxed. (Not that that's a bad thing!)

On Saturday, she said "Daddy" for the first time. Last week she started saying "dee" over and over. Saturday she added it onto her "Da." It was pretty incredible!!! Harry was sitting right next to her, but he didn't hear it, and she hasn't said it since. I'm sure it won't be the last time, though!

She has a few new toys that she enjoys. The first is a bucket full of shapes. Even though the goal of the toy is to have the little ones put the shapes through their corresponding holes, Bianca hasn't quite grasped the concept. Instead, she likes to take out the shapes and chew on them or throw them. She also likes to tap the shapes together and make music. I sing "tappity-tap" and she clinks them together. It's so precious!!

Another toy she likes is the one where you stack the rings on a little cone. Again, she doesn't quite understand how to stack the rings, but she certainly has no problems taking them off and throwing them across the room. (As a side note, Harry was a baseball pitcher. I think she may have gotten his arm!)

Finally, my mom bought her a toy where little animals pop up if you press, twirl, move a button. (Not really sure what it's called, and that's the best way I know how to explain it.) She hasn't figured out how to make the animals pop up yet, but she loves to push them back into their boxes. She gets very excited when all of the animals go away!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

An Update is On the Way...

This past week has been full of excitement for our Little One. She had her first trip to the beach and she enjoyed her first Easter. I have some great pictures that I need to post. Unfortunately, I am utterly exhausted from work. I can barely keep my eyes open, let alone compose a decent update. I need to go to bed, but I just wanted to leave a quick note to let you know that the Martins are alive and well. I will do my best to post an update very soon. Love you all!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bianca and Gavin Meet

My Pink Papaya Launch Party went well this weekend. One of the highlights of the afternoon was getting to meet our new baby cousin Gavin for the first time. My family has been saying how they can't wait to get the two Little Ones together. We assumed they would meet for the first time at Easter, but we were all pleasantly surprised that it happened a little earlier! Here are a few pictures of the momentous event:



Monday, March 15, 2010

More Mobile Than Ever!

We really need to keep our eyes on Bianca. It has been part of our morning routine to lay Bianca on her Pack-n-Play changing table while Harry and I fix our lunches and take care of any last-minute tasks before we leave the house. This morning was no different....except for the fact that BiBi tried to climb out of the changing area. I think she was attempting to roll over, but in the process, her right leg was hanging off the table. Yikes! Luckily I saw her and grabbed her before she fell, but ohmigoodness. We are never leaving her there again!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'

Bianca isn't anywhere near crawling, but that doesn't mean that she hasn't found a way to get around. She has decided that she really, really likes to roll. Harry put her on her tummy, and as usual, she rolled over onto her back within a few seconds. But then she decided to roll back onto her tummy....and then back onto her back. She kept rolling until she reached her exersaucer and couldn't go anywhere else. (She has only learned to roll in one direction so far!) We put her back on the middle of the floor, and she repeated her rolling feat...until she reached the fireplace and got stuck. I wasn't able to catch it on video, but it was definitely funny to watch. Maybe next weekend we can catch her in action...

I should also mention that BiBi turned 6 months old today! I can't believe she is already half a year old. I've said it so many times, but I still can't believe how fast time is flying.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Bad Mom

Ok…I admit it… I feel like a bad mother. Bianca has a big scrape on her head. It’s been there for about a week. My sister asked me last night, “What happened to her head?” I didn’t know how to answer her, because I honestly have no idea how it happened. I don’t know if it happened while she was at home or while at Aunt Dot’s. And I never even bothered to ask. I just saw it, said to myself, “Poor baby has a boo-boo,” and let it go. Now I can’t even recall the first day I saw it. I feel like if I was a good mom, I would have better tabs on my Little One. Right now, it almost feels like she's an afterthought, and I absolutely hate feeling that way. Harry says we are giving her a better life with me working. If that were true, how come it doesn't feel that way?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Welcome to Swing!

The temperature reached 58 degrees in Baltimore today. The sunshine and relative warmth had everybody in a good mood today. Aunt Dot made sure to take advantage of the nice weather and took the girls to the park. Bianca was able to get on the swings for the very first time! Apparently she had a lot of fun.

I really cannot believe how quickly she is growing up! Harry and I bought her a cute little shirt yesterday. The biggest size they had was 6 months, but it was so adorable, I couldn't pass it up. She wore it today, and already I can tell that she won't be able to wear it much longer.

She's been doing really well with sitting up. She doesn't even need her Boppy anymore, and she doesn't fall over to the side like she used to do. She's not my little baby anymore!

We take her back to the pediatrician on the 18th. I can't wait to see how much she weighs and how long she is. She is so heavy and looking so long! Pretty soon she won't be able to fit in her car seat anymore.

I really do have to enjoy every minute with her. Time is flying by so much faster than I ever imagined it would.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ahh....The Weekend!

It's a peaceful Saturday morning. Harry is at school and Bianca is sleeping. I figured now would be the perfect time to sip on a cup of hot tea and catch up on this blog.

The first thing my Dad asked at Harry's basketball game this week was, "Is she doing any more tricks?" I'm sure all of you are wondering the same thing. As far as I know, she isn't doing anything new, but yesterday Aunt Dot told me that she laughed liked she's never laughed before. Lucy was apparently doing something to make Katie laugh, and the more Katie laughed, the more Bianca laughed. I'm so sad I missed it. I've heard her laugh, but it hasn't been anything like that. I wish someone would have been able to tape it for me, but I guess that's the way it goes for a working mom. It's inevitable that we're going to miss a lot.

Keep that fact in mind as you read the next part.

Some of you know about my dream of running my own business. The vision of Circle's End came to me in 2002 while I was doing yoga on the beach in San Diego. It would be a place where women come to heal and refresh. I dream of using massage therapy along with other activities such as journaling, collages, and women's circles to help hurting women see that they are special, they are loved, and it's never too late to make their dreams come true.

The first step in getting to Circle's End is to become a massage therapist. Harry and I decided that it possible for me to go to school part time, starting this summer. The issue is I am already $40,000 in debt from school. It doesn't seem prudent to go into more.

So...To help pay for school and to pay down that debt, I have decided to become a Pink Papaya consultant. I will be selling spa products that are made with 100% natural oils and completely manufactured in the USA. They also smell really good! I don't think I'll have a problem promoting products that I really love.

I will be joining the company on March 1st. I'm asking for everyone's prayers that I do well with the business. Harry and I talked about it, and he said that if I make and save enough money, there is a possibility I can stay home with our next child. Nothing would make me happier. Being a work-from-home mom would be a dream come true!

Don't worry: I'm not quitting my job at UMB. (That was my Mom's concern.) I'm just hoping to supplement my income a little bit.

Anyway, don't be too offended if you happen to receive an email asking to help me spread the word about Pink Papaya products. I just really want to do well so that I can be home with our next baby. I don't want to miss the things with him/her that I'm missing with BiBi.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Not Me! Monday


I found out about "Not Me Monday" from my friend Dawn's blog. I always thought it would be so much fun to participate, but sadly, I never had anything fun to say. Luckily, after spending ten days with my Little One, I can play, too!
~ I did NOT cut Bianca's finger while attempting to trim her fingernails. Harry was NOT the one to discover the incident when he saw blood all over her bottle. I did not feel so, so horrible!
~ I did NOT have to go to the bathroom so bad when feeding Bianca that I ended up feeding her while sitting on the toilet. Nope, not me!
~ I am NOT so obsessed with Yo Gabba Gabba that while attempting to film a video of Bianca, I ended up taping a part of an episode with my camcorder.
~ I did NOT have to throw Bianca in the bathtub two different times because she had two huge poopy diapers leak up her back. While getting her ready to get in the tub, she did NOT put her foot in one of said diapers and then try to put her foot in her mouth. Nope, she didn't!
~ Bianca did NOT give herself a tiny black eye after whacking herself in the head with her butterfly toy.
~ Bianca has NOT been pulling my hair every chance she gets. I have NOT been finding my hair everywhere. I most certainly did not find a piece of my hair coming out of her butt!

Our Last Day

Even though I am not normally a fan of snow, I'm so grateful for this storm that allowed me to spend amazing quality time with Harry and Bianca since last Friday afternoon. Today is our last day together, as tomorrow we go back to the grind. Harry is ready to go back to school and get back to basketball. I, on the other hand, am not looking forward to work at all. This week has been wonderful, and I really don't want it to end. I've heard lots of people on the news say that they suffered from cabin fever last week. Is it bad that I haven't felt an ounce of it?

Bianca has been babbling so much more. She particularly likes the "b" sound. On Friday night, she said "mama," though she had no idea what she was saying. She hasn't said it since. (And believe me - I've been trying to get her to repeat it!) On Saturday night, she said "dada" twice. Again, we don't think she had any clue what she was saying, but it was extra special because Saturday was Harry's birthday.

To celebrate, Mom, Kris, Damian, and Tony came over with a yummy lunch from Bill Bateman's to eat during the Maryland/Duke game. I hadn't seen them for three weeks between Miami and the weather, so it was quite nice to be with them, even if for a little while.

BiBi has also gotten much better with eating her rice cereal. We have been feeding her little bit each night. In the beginning, she was getting more cereal on her bib than anything, but now, the majority of the cereal is getting into her belly. She still makes a grossed-out face when she first tastes it, so we think we will be introducing her to oatmeal relatively soon to see if she likes that better.

Yesterday, Bianca turned 5 months old. She decided to celebrate the milestone by learning how to roll over. Even though she has rolled over sporadically in the past, she rolled over 10 different times yesterday. It's almost as if a lightbulb went off for her. Here is a peek at her accomplishment for your viewing pleasure:

video

Monday, February 8, 2010

A Day in the Life of Bianca

Playtime in the Exersaucer

Tummy Time

Yummy cereal

Getting Ready for a Bath

Bath Time


All Clean!

Story Time
Bed Time

Snow Pictures

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Snow!

I apologize for not posting an update lately.  Ever since I've gotten back from Miami, work has been crazy.  I've been staying late, bringing work home, and pretty much getting an ulser over my job.  I've barely had time to spend quality time with Bianca, much less write a blog about it.

I have a confession.  Some days I wish Aunt Dot was keeping this blog.  That way, I could read about what my daughter's been doing.  It's sad but true that I feel like I'm not the best person to be posting updates.  The majority of the time I'm with BiBi, she is sleeping.  I feel like a horrible mother.

Luckily, we are in the middle of a blizzard.  We will definitely be snowed in this weekend - possibly the entire week - so I'll have lots of extra time to spend with our Little One.  (And write about any cute things she does.)  Right now, Middle River has 23" of snow, and it will continue to fall for at least a few more hours.

Harry and I are about to go back to bed for a morning nap, so I'll close for now.  I promise to write more later.  Until then...enjoy this cute little face!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I forgot to mention in my last post that yesterday was an exciting day for Bianca. She had her first bites of rice cereal. From the looks of her face, she really didn't like it. We took some cute pictures of her with her messy face. I'll have to post them when I get home.

She also played in her exersaucer for the first time yesterday. She liked it, but she's still a bit too small for it. Her feet don't quite touch the floor yet. It seemed as if the monkeys were her favorite toy because she played with them the longest.

I don't want her to grow up too quickly, but it is fun watching her do so!

Missing Home

I am writing this post while sitting alone in the hotel restaurant. I've only been in Miami for a few hours, and already I am homesick. I long to be home with my husband and my daughter.

Isn't it funny how things change when we become parents? A few years ago I would have gone on this trip with enthusiasm, eager to explore a new city. Now I'm just counting down until Friday. I long to hold BiBi, look into her big blue eyes, watch her stick her tongue out, and breathe in her smell as I cover her in kisses.

I also want to be at Harry's basketball game. No, I haven't turned into a sports fanatic overnight. I just long to be where a coach's wife should be: on the bench supporting her man. I'm sadder than I thought I'd be missing a game.

I also regret not being there for Damian's surgery. I talked to Kris and know he's doing fine. I just really wish I could have been there.

Perhaps my lack of sleep last night combined with traveling today has my emotions up a notch. After dinner I plan on taking a hot bath and reading until I fall asleep.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

4 Months!

It's hard to believe it, but our Little Miracle turned 4 months today!  We celebrated this milestone by visiting Dr. Fireman.

Bianca did so well.  The appointment began with her getting weighed and measured.  She is now 24" long and 13 lbs 3 oz.  Dr. Fireman said she is growing nicely, although he did not give me a percentile this time.

I asked him once again about her face.  He said that he truly believes that she just has extra sensitive, dry skin.  He wants us to run the humidifier in her room every night, continue using the Aquaphor, and start putting Vaseline on her face before we go outside.  He thinks that we will see a big improvement in her skin during the summer.  He doesn't want to give her a prescription cream, as it will most likely thin out her skin, and she will have permanent scars.  I don't want her resenting me as a teenager, so we'll just stick to our current routine.  If it doesn't get any better this summer, I may ask about other options.

He also said that we can start her on solid foods any time we think she's ready.  Overall, she is extremely healthy.  She is just a tad behind developmentally, as she hasn't started rolling over yet.  He said that we aren't giving her enough tummy time, and if we do so more regularly, she will catch up in no time.

She did really well with her shots this time.  I made sure she was sucking on her pacifier, I held her hands, I kept my face close to hers, and I whispered to her.  She cried, but she didn't scream in pain like last time.  And as soon as I picked her up, she calmed down.  I was so proud of her! 

Of course, all of this sounds so silly when I think of my friend Dawn's brave little daughter Natalie, who is currently recovering from her second open-heart surgery.  I would never be able to give her story justice, so if you'd like, you can read all about her here.  From the updates Dawn has been posting on Facebook, Natalie is doing really well, but I'm sure any extra prayers you're willing to spare would be much appreciated. 

Friday, January 8, 2010

This Forward Made Me Cry

A Newborn's Conversation with God

A baby asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?"

God said, "Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you."

The child further inquired, "But tell me, here in heaven I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy."

God said, "Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy."

Again the small child asked, "And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don't know the language?"

God said, "Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak."

"And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?"

God said, "Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray."

"Who will protect me?"

God said, "Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life."

"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore."

God said, "Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you."

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, "God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel's name."

God said, You will simply call her "Mom".

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Doing Better

It seems like Bianca is back to her old self....at least for now.  She slept through the night last night, and Aunt Dot said she has been an absolute angel the past two days.  Guess she's definitely feeling better.

At the moment, she is sitting on the couch playing with her "Fluffy Chick and Friends" book and watching Dora the Explorer.  I'm not sure if she is talking to the book or the television, but she certainly has a lot to say!  I love listening to her "talk."  The sound of her voice is like music to my ears.  I can't help but smile when I hear it!

One funny thing that she's been doing lately is blowing raspberries.  She sticks out her tongue and spits.  It's really funny watching her do it.  She also managed to find her thumb this week.  Previously, she would try to put her whole hand in her mouth.  Lately she's been putting in just the thumb.  I really don't want her to get into sucking her thumb, but I have to admit that she is just so adorable when she does it.

In other news, we found out today that BiBi's cousin-to-be is a girl.  Bella Marie is due on May 31st.  Congratulations Aunt Beth and Uncle Jason!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Posting From My Blackberry!

Technology is pretty neat! It is allowing me to blog without having to be near a computer. Kristen just felt Bianca's gums. Apparently her top gums are getting hard, a first sign of teething. Guess this is just the beginning of Cranky Bianca!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Cranky Girl

I have a tendency to say that we have a very pleasant baby, and for the most part, it's true.  The last few days, however, have shown us a different side to our Little One.  She has been cranky with a capital C!  For the majority of her waking hours, she has been crying nonstop.  Holding her doesn't help.  Lying her down doesn't help.  Putting her in her swing doesn't help.  Her bottle doesn't help.  Her favorite paci doesn't help.  She hasn't even been sleeping through the night.  Last night, she got up three different times.  I read that babies start to cry less when they reach four months.  For whatever reason, Bianca seems to be crying more.

In good news, it seems like she is doing better today.  (Knock on wood)  She woke up around 6:00 for a bottle.  She then went back to sleep until around 8:30.  She was feeling a little warm, so I gave her some Tylenol.  About an hour ago, she started crying again, but she calmed down pretty quickly when Harry held her and fed her.  She has been acting pleasant ever since.  

I'm wondering if it's her teeth that are bothering her.  She has been drooling like crazy and she constantly chews on her hands.  I thought that it was too early to begin teething, but my mom and sister said babies can start showing signs of teething before the teeth actually pop out.  I felt her gums last night, and I don't think I felt anything different.  Then again, I don't exactly know what I'm feeling for.  Perhaps I'll ask Kris to check tomorrow.

I also wonder if she misses Aunt Dot.  During the week, she spends more time with her than with us.  Harry has been off all week, so she's stayed home with him.  Maybe she is just tired of spending so much time with us.

I hope everyone is having a happy New Year so far.