Monday, May 11, 2015

Sydney {Month 11}

Last Saturday, Sydney turned 11 months old!  Her 10th month was a BIG one.  So much has happened.  Let's start with the big ones - she learned how to go from laying down to sitting up on her own.  This happened right after her 10 month birthday.  And soon after that, she got herself up on all 4's and a few days later, she finally started crawling.  She has taken off and is all over the place.  We now are seeing her get into downward dog, up on her knees and trying to pull herself up to standing.  It's only a matter of time.
On the move

Her first tooth broke through on May 6th!  Bottom right.  It's just a tiny corner of a tooth so far, but we're counting it.

Sydney is currently obsessed with books and peas.

She especially likes "lift the flap" books, and can sit with Dear Zoo for a really long time, flipping the pages and lifting the flaps and pointing at the animals.  Pointing is also new this month.  She will go from book to book, opening them, pointing and babbling away.  Her other favorite books right now are Hand, Hand, Finger, Thumb (She pounds the ground in rhythm (her rhythm) of the story), and Close Your Eyes (the only book she'll sit totally still for - I think she likes the pictures of the little Tiger).

And the peas, she loves them.  There have been several days that she had peas for part of all 3 (or 4) of her meals.  She is still eating everything we give her - I'm prepared for this to change at some point but I'm holding onto the tiniest bit of hope that she will always be a good eater.  In Hawaii, I fed her a few times from chopsticks and she got a big kick out of it.  She also started smacking her lips when she sees food, or when we're getting her ready to eat.  It's adorable.

Speaking of Hawaii, we just got back from a week in Maui with The Lederman's (aka Bama & Papa).  What an great week we had and are so grateful that Sydney was able to spend so much time with her grandparents while Brian and I were able to sneak off to the pool, go on a bike ride, snorkel and have a date night.  Sydney loved watching the ocean and birds, swimming in the pool and dining al fresco.  Thank you, thank you Robin & Richard.  It was the perfect break, we can't wait to do it again.

Here are my favorite photos from the month:
Just after she turned 10 months at VBJ Winery with Danielle and Sophia.
The morning after she learned how to sit up on her own, I saw her on the monitor sitting in her crib.
It shocked me, I ran in, and she was just sitting there waving to me.  Too cute.
Our good friends Julie & Brandon from Portland came to spend the night with us with
their kiddos Clara and Gus.  I really couldn't get any of them to look and smile -
 but we LOVED having their company for the night. 
Sydney finally started to love the swing.
The higher we push her, the more fun she has.
My parents were back down for a week visiting.
I think this is just a really cute photo of Sydney.
Loves her bouncer
Mom put Sydney down for a nap and she fell asleep sitting! Silly peanut. 
With MarMe and Grandpa Billy 
Cousin Billy & Sydney are best buddies - enjoying dinner together
Cousin Nate & Connor help Bama blow out her Birthday candles.
crawling is amazing!
Hi MarMe! to Maui.  I took a lot of photos and here are most of my favorites:
Sunset from the back patio - not a bad view for the week 
Papa's tradition of being the first to dip the grandkids toes in the ocean.
Sydney was a tough critic
Brian trying to get her to enjoy the ocean
Toys and all, she just wasn't a huge fan
She preferred bouncing on Dada on the beach
Or rolling over Mama
Papa getting some good snuggles from a tired baby
Pool time with Bama
This is the life!
Drying off
Oceanside talks with Papa
Just a cute one
Family photo - take 1
with Bama
More pool time
Family pool selfie
Pool transportation
*disclaimer - the pool was less than 1/4 mile from the house which is all in a gated community.
We would never do this otherwise - it was just quicker than walking
Flowers in her hair
Family photo - take 2

Date night 
Sunset view from our dinner at Honu
Papa, those are my glasses!
At dinner the last night 
Family photo - take 3
Love this one with Bama & Papa
11 month couch photo
We had the best month, and Sydney is making us laugh and smile daily.  I can't believe the next post I'll write, Sydney will be 1 year old.  We're looking forward to celebrating her 1st year with family & friends.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sydney {month 10}

I can't believe it.  Double digits.  Sydney turned 10 months 10 days ago (oops).  She is now triple the weight she was when we brought her home from the hospital (18 lbs).
Double digits - 10 months and 10 rolls!
She continues to be an excellent eater.  We feed her pretty much what we eat with the exception of sweets and salty food.  Right now, there isn't anything she doesn't like.   We are enjoying this as much as possible.  It's also obvious now that she is drinking less milk and getting more calories from food.  We got her a little sippy cup with a straw and she quickly learned how to drink water from it.  She loves it.  She drinks about a cup of water a day mostly with meals.  At the very, very end of the month, we started mixing some formula in with her milk.  It's been a long time coming.

This month we celebrated Passover and Easter.  Passover was dinner with all the Lederman family.  For Easter, our neighborhood had an Easter Egg hunt for the kids, and we had some neighbors down for Easter brunch.  It was pretty low key this year.

Right now her favorite toys are her stacking cups, her wooden toy car, her maraca and piano.  She thinks it's hilarious every time the car crashes into the walls.  Daycare kept telling me how much Sydney loves the toy pianos they have, so we bought her one.  It's true, she loves playing it and also her maraca.  She'll just shake, shake, shake the maraca, take a break, put it in her mouth, then go back to shaking.  Other things she really likes right now are flipping her light switch to turn off the light in her room, and being held upside down. Once you hold her upside down once, she'll lunge backwards so we'll do it again.

Her legs are getting stronger, and she is standing at her play table for a while.  She can pull herself to standing if she is slightly elevated from the ground to start with (like sitting on my foot or leg).  What she hasn't figured out is how to move her legs and feet to get balanced so sometimes she is in a ridiculous stance but she is happy.

I don't think I've mentioned this before, but we hired a babysitter, Aine.  She is a neighborhood girl who has come to watch Sydney 2 times now.  Basically, we put her to bed, then Aine comes over and hangs out while we go out to dinner and a drink.  Hiring a babysitter is one of the only things that makes me feel old and grown up.  It's so different than having family watch her.

Ok, on to the good stuff, here are my favorite photos of the month:

Love the belly sticking out

I mostly love this because this is her making a very high pitch scream
Just a quick little burst, and it's so cute

And one more from that day
Little mohawk.  Can't wait for her to grow more hair
Looking pretty cool in her Babiators.
St. Patricks Day
Cousins in green
playing? fighting? sharing?  you decide 
Great big kiss
Just looking cute
She loves banging things together.
Easter/Passover photo
At the neighborhood Easter Egg hunt - there were a ton of people there
but with the angle of this photo, you would never know
Toes in the pool.  She loved it and we can't wait for her to get fully in.  She loves water in any form.
In a glass, coming from the faucet, in the bath, in her sip cup.  She is going to love the pool.
This month we also did a Lederman family photoshoot.  These are just the photos the photographer took on his iPhone.  We are all excited to see the rest.
The whole family
Looking at the cute baby 
One of Sydney's favorite activities is taking apart her play mat.
Usually she just takes the edge pieces off and chews on them.  She will just go around the mat taking each piece off, chew on it, then go to the next.  Occasionally she gets a big piece.  And I happen to be sitting across from her this time.
At Passover, Aunt Adina and Uncle Sean gave Sydney an Easter Egg (I know, holiday confusion).
She was pretty excited about it - it had some teething toys in it.  Thanks Adina & Sean.
Passover seder - reading the haggadah - well, the kid version
Grant joined us for Passover too, cutie pie
Sydney was actually really sick when I took these photos,
but I was able to get a few good ones. Headbands come off pretty quickly if she isn't distracted.
10 month chair photo
10 days into being a 10 month old, she has already hit some exciting new milestones.  I can't wait to share that with you in the next post.