Saturday, February 9, 2008

Always doing new things!

Our little Laurel is a busy girl! She's doing new things almost everyday. Yesterday, she rolled over one way for the first time. I've had her on tummy time at the shop quite a lot. Finally yesterday, she was laying on her playmat with some toys and heard a bonk and thought maybe she fell...but wait, she was already on the floor, how could she fall? No, she rolled over onto her back! And to test her, I put her right back up and she did it again. She also did it two times at home. It takes her a while and almost seems like she tilts her head over and the weight of her noggin carries her:).
We also took our stab at baby foods. I think it may be turning out that she's not ready. We started with rice cereal and she was very unimpressed and actually unhappy about it. After a couple of unsuccessful sessions of that, I tried the oatmeal yesterday. Again, not wanting it. She pushes it back out with her tongue, makes fussy faces and refuses to open her mouth for the spoon. I even have her eat with me at breakfast...mommy eats oatmeal too! But nothing. So today in my last ditch effort, I moved her straight on to sweet potatoes. The rice and oatmeal are mixed with breast milk and pretty much tastes like milk and nothing new. So, I had hoped that a new flavor would intrigue her. Nope. Uninterested and pushed a lot of if out of her mouth. She's still learning the reflex which allows her to move the food to the back of her mouth and swallow. But after several feeding sessions, she's not getting it and doesn't seem ready. I'm going to take a break for a week and try again.
I show Laurel her reflection in the mirror every day. I talk to her about the baby in the mirror and lately she's taken to reaching our and touching that baby:). She smiles and giggles at the baby like she's seeing a friend. She even gets silly and bashful and turns away into my shoulder. It's pretty darned cute!
I think she's also grown again! It was just a couple of weeks ago that we started putting her down to play with her little gym. There's pieces that hang above her head that she plays with and a ball that hangs by her feet to kick. Not long ago, I remember her struggling to reach the ball. And today I was watching her kick the ball and her feet are right under it now! She's grown longer again already!!

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