Thursday, November 20, 2008

More Quiet...

The first picture nursing at home.

And the most recent. How those eyes have changed and yet...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Nourishment in the Quiet


Swim class started off really well - the instructor insisted that Lucy was heads above other babies she had taught. I radiated with her praise, thought "I'm doing a great job getting this kid comfortable in the water." And, yes, she loves the water.

She splashes - not minding at all if her face gets wet, sticking her tongue out to catch the rivulets of water as they run down those baby cheeks. She squeals with delight at the wetness of it all.

She plays with the toys she is given - mostly sticking them straight into her mouth. But she is at home in the water. Well, she was at home in the water... but she seems to be getting less comfortable in it. The first day she was on her back, no problem, floating around and smiling. Now, she clings to me, grasping at my bathing suit. We got her used to being on her back in the water by nursing - perhaps that is what she expects now - but somehow I think the folks at the public pool might not smile on a nursing infant. Unfortunate.

We had a really great day when she finally conceded to what we'd been working on - blowing bubbles. And then, she decided to inhale. Now it seems nearly every time her face comes into contact with the water she gasps. I wish I could explain that it's supposed to go the other way.

Today she was really unhappy until I finally got her back in water that was shallow enough that she could touch. Then, she seemed at ease again - began blowing those raspberries that are the precursor to bubbles. So, we ended on a positive tone. Until next week, I think we'll do some nursing in the bathtub.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Bedtime Stories

What we're loving now: "Who are You, Baby Kangaroo?" and "I Took the Moon for a Walk" such beautiful artwork. Lucy love the pictures and as part of her bedtime routine, she has no doubt about what comes next - nursing and sleep and music: The Dreamland CD

Both the books are available through Barefoot Books - a wonderful company - please read more about them: Mama Goose

Today has been a good day - now that the election is over, I think I can finally relax.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Get out and cast your ballot. Not much to add to that - just a friendly reminder for the slacker generation. Today can be the day that history was made.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Swim Class

And what did our little fish do today? We started swim class. She's always loved the water - tried to crawl in the tub last night - but she was simply too excited today.

The class was excellent - a gentle introduction to the water with no "dunking." However, Lucy wasn't really in to taking direction today. She splashed and reached for the balls and was generally very happy to be in the water. When it came to kicking and blowing bubbles, she could have cared less.

I was impressed with the easy, guided approach, the excitement over each accomplishment and the praise that came from the instructor.
It was a bit strange to see my little girl in sposies for the class - she seemed so trim.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

A Closer Look...

In our haste to get things done yesterday, I didn't get to focus on the actual froggie dress as much as I wanted to. So, here's another look.

The pattern was constructed from an existing dress and slightly altered. The buttons are found items.

The warts were created by tracing circular objects - tubes, etc - then the circles were cut, hand-stitched and stuffed with poly-fil for dimension.

I love the pattern - I'll continue to use and alter it (to be larger) for other dresses for Lucy.