Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
We waited until Mr. Mustard got home from work for her to open up the box, and it was definitely worth the wait. She was so excited when we pulled the car out of the box. It took some assembly to put it together, and Paprika was very patient through the whole process. As soon as it was set up, though, it became very obvious that she wanted to go for a ride!
We have never seen her so happy about receiving a gift. She even kissed us both to say thank you. Now when she rides in the car, she doesn't want to get out--ever! Riding around the block in her very own car is definitely her favorite thing to do! She honks the horn, listens to music, turns the key, shifts the gears, and puts both hands on the steering wheel. It's pretty awesome!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Today was Paprika's very first Kindermusik class. It's a music class for infants and toddlers where we sing songs, dance, and listen to music. She loved it! Today there were three other babies Paprika's age in the class, so she had fun playing with them. One baby was even chasing her around the room. So much fun!
Paprika is now taking a few steps at a time. She still prefers to crawl to get places quickly, but she also loves being on her feet and cruising. When she gets a little bravery worked up, she takes a few steps here and there!
In other news, we are exploring the very real possibility that Paprika may be allergic to something (or someone) in our house. She is exhibiting all the signs of having a pet allergy- watery eyes, stuffed up nose, sneezing, trouble breathing, etc. We have already bought an air purifier and are doing our best to make our home as dust and dander-free as possible. I am also going to eliminate dairy from her diet (right now she eats yogurt and cheese), to see if that will help. It's pretty miserable in that she cannot breathe through her nose, which makes it hard for her to sleep and nurse. We're hoping that she's not allergic to Meg or Hauser and that the problem will go away soon. I will keep you updated!
Friday, September 14, 2007
I put her down to go to sleep at 8 p.m., her bedtime. At about 9 p.m., she woke up crying, so I went upstairs and got her, brought her downstairs, and let her play quietly while Mr. Mustard and I finished our dinner. A few moments later, she crawled over to the table and was holding onto the edge of a chair. Mr. Mustard was seated a few feet from her and said, "Paprika- walk to me. Can you walk to daddy?" She let go of the chair and walked over to him! It was amazing!
We got out the video camera and took a little video of her taking a few more steps throughout the evening. Then, she rubbed her eyes, signaling us that she was tired and wanted to go to bed. I took her upstairs at about 10 p.m., and she was out like a light!
I think she wanted to wake up to show us she can walk. This means big changes in our lives and hers. It's very exciting!!! :-)
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Paprika is so close to walking- she now stands on her own for good stretches of time (10 seconds, maybe) and loves holding both our hands and walking. She can also cruise really quickly between pieces of furniture and can walk holding on one-handed.
Paprika is starting to eat a little more solid food on a daily basis. She is still nursing about 10 times/day, though! She is nowhere near ready to give that up. Her favorite solid foods are bagels with cream cheese and banana yogurt. That's basically all she wants to eat. She's not a fan of fruits or veggies- so I am getting creative about how I offer them to her. Thank goodness we're still breastfeeding so much- at least I know she's getting great nutrition from that!
I took these pictures yesterday- when she decided it would be fun to crawl into her toy bin by herself. Then she got stuck and couldn't get out! Luckily, mommy was there to rescue her!
Uh-oh, I'm stuck!:
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Yesterday I took Paprika back to the indoor, air-conditioned playground in our neighborhood. She got so excited when we walked in the door- she really wanted to play! She has a favorite toy there- a cool, red convertible- that she LOVES to drive.
She loved honking the horn, playing with the stick-shift, and moving the car Fred-Flinstone-style by moving her feet really fast! There were lots of other babies about Paprika's age at the playground, and she loved interacting with them. The only time she got upset was when it was time to leave!