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Since Eden is quickly approaching her 8th month I figured I should probably document her seven month accomplishments. She is growing and learning new skills so quickly that I have to get these down before I forget!
Bed time around 6:30 each night. She generally wakes around 1:30am for a bottle, then again around 5:30ish, finally waking around 8:00. It is still a bit flexible. I had her sleeping through the night (no 1:30 feeding) but she has been so miserable with teething that I have been taking pity on her and going in there to give her Motrin. She is a one-napper. She goes down around noon and wakes around three.
In addition to what I listed last month, Eden is eating: peas, green beans, butternut squash, pears, mangoes, and asparagus. She tried scrambled egg yolk and loves it. She gobbled it up as soon as I put it in front of her. She knew exactly what to do! She is also a pro at picking up and eating Gerber Puffs. She is drinking water out of a sippy cup and can also hold her bottle. She still has a bottle at nap time, bed time, and when she wakes at night.
Is still comfortably in her 6-9 month clothes. She is 16.5 pounds and has the cutest chubby little thighs. I've had to really watch her lately when she has bows in her hair because she likes to take them out and chew on them.
-On the day she turned seven months old, Eden started making the K sound. She does it all the time and loves it when you make that sound back at her. I am thinking her first word may be kitty. We'll see.
-Eden now has TWO teeth (bottom center.) The second one broke through just before her 7th month.
-Eden went in for her first eye exam and guess who is getting glasses? Yep. Miss Eden. Not right away, because she is so young, but probably around the time she turns one. She has the exact same diagnosis as Zoë. Far-sighted and a lazy eye. Thankfully it hasn't been noticeably turning in.
-I swear she is practicing crawling in her crib. I find her on all sides, twisted on her back, tummy, wedged in the corner… you name it, I have found her there. Silly girl.
-We bought Eden a green blankey identical to Zoë's purple one. (We think green is her favorite color.) Eden got a hold of Zoë's purple blankey one day and just loved it. She nuzzled right into it and kept rubbing it on her face. She now falls asleep with green blankey snuggled next to her face.
-I had to drop her crib down to the middle setting because she was holding on to the railing and trying to pull herself up.
-She LOVES bath time. She especially loves running her hands under the faucet while the tub is filling up.
-We bought her a Sing Along Stage to give her something fun to play with now that she is a sittting-pro. She LOVES it. She will play with it for almost half an hour. Her latest trick is pressing the piano keys with her feet. What can I say? She's got skill.
I can finally spill the beans, Tiffany Tillman asked me to be one of her template guru's, and of course I said YES! Tiffany and I were on Christy Lyle's creative team together a few years back, before she went and got all famous. I am a huge fan of her work and am so thrilled to be apart of her team. You know how I like my templates. If you have never seen her work, make sure to check out Tiffany's templates at Little Dreamer Designs.
I mentioned a few days ago that I have been a busy little scrapper, and it is true. One of my new favorite templates (by Tiffany) is perfect for the framework pages in my Library of Memories. For those who don't know what those are, framework pages are similar to chapters or section dividers. For instance, in my "Things We Do" album you would find this framework page at the beginning of my "Everyday Life" section. Make sense?
Here are some other framework pages that I finished up as well. The colors correspond with my album colors. Who doesn't love color coordination?
Click HERE for credits.
Just when I thought I had Zoë's school all figured out, the stupid school district had to go and throw a monkey wrench into my plans. At the Parent's Coffee Hour last week we were all informed that there would only be one 1/2 day kindergarten class next fall, and that it may or may not be an AM class. Oh, and that they would let us know sometime this summer what their decision would be.
Why is this a problem? Zoë still naps. And trust me, her little body needs them. She is truly a joy to be around, unless she is tired, then you better watch yourself. Needless to say, school from 12:30-3:00 is not a good idea for her.
I was also frustrated to hear that the goals for the kindergarten class were: learn their ABC's and the sounds they make, counting, and writing their name. Zoë can already do all of those things. She has been able to do them for over a year.
So picture if you will a tired Zoë, going into a classroom with roughly twice the number of classmates she is used to, already tired, and being "taught" all of the skills she already knows. I don't see that going well. In fact, I can see her very quickly deciding that she doesn't like school, much like her father did when HE was in kindergarten.
We honestly don't know what to do. I spoke with the head of admissions at her current school and do still have a few openings in the 1/2 day kindergarten class. The catch? We have to sign her up NOW because the class is almost full, and if we do that then we are committed to TLS for the 2009-2010 school year. Then what happens if it turns out that the public kindergarten is an AM class? Ugh.
I am STRESSED OUT.
What else? I took Eden in for allergy testing a few days ago. I am happy to report that she does not have any allergies to milk, wheat, soy or nuts. So why does formula make her break out into a full body rash or turn into a tomato? The doctor said that she is probably formula "intolerant" very much like adults can be lactose intollerant. It isn't necessarily an allergy, it just doesn't agree with her. Not very helpful is it? Nope. His suggestion was to try soy formula and see what happens. We shall see. I really don't want to test that out on her for fun, you know?
On to happier news, Becky is going to be with our family indefinitely. WHOO HOO!!! That almost deserves a post of it's very own. We all adore her. The thought of her leaving practically brings me to tears. Kelly decided that since he has gotten into the habit of working until about 4am every day and is essentially no help, that we should just keep her. He is the bestest husband EVER.
I'll be back soon! I've been scrapping up a storm and have some exciting news to share! For now, my disaster of an office requires cleaning.
We had a very lively Easter at our house, full of family and candy. Kelly was very sweet and let me host Easter brunch at our house. I was very excited to have an excuse to use our formal dining room for the first time. Whoo! Ryan, Janice and the kids came down for the day, and Tom, Mimi and Justin came up from Tacoma AND Rob and Brett came. I think we may have had a larger Henry family gathering in Seattle than they did in Spokane! Here are a couple of my favorite pictures from the day.
We are big fans of the Easter bunny at our house. He does bring chocolate after all. Who doesn't love that? (Except maybe me, but I'm definitely the odd man out on that one.) Zoë eagerly anticipates her trip to see the bunny every year and this year was no different. In fact, after the picture, she sat on his lap and chatted with him for a few minutes while I paid for the photo. I wasn't sure how Eden would do but I am happy to report that the gigantic furry bunny didn't phase her a bit. She had a huge smile on her face the entire time. She loved him! So, the bunny love continues. I present to you, our 2009 Easter bunny photo.