Some New Things

Lily has been doing so many new things lately. We could hardly keep track! It seems like she is growing exponentially. She’s getting geared up to start her first solid foods — rice cereal — pretty soon. We’re making it a day o’ fun for her. Nana Sylvia will come over to witness the awesome event, and it’s going to be so darn cute. I bought her first utensils and bowls and containers yesterday (I had to wait till I get paid before I could do so), and I’m so excited to use them!

Some things she is doing that seems to have appeared out of nowhere:

  • She’s bouncing a LOT. She is always bouncing. Boingy boingy boingy. Before we got the jolly jumper, that was her main source of entertainment. She wanted us to hold her in an upright, standing position and off she goes — bounce bounce bounce. She really likes exercising those strong legs of hers. Now, we can’t get her off the jolly jumper. She cries! She even tries to do the bouncing motion while she’s feeding!
  • She’s giggling and laughing at anticipation. This is AWESOME because we recognized that she was giggling when we tickled her. Then, after a while, she would start giggling knowing that our hands were coming near. I’m trying to get a video of it because it’s SO DARN CUTE! “Here comes the ticky ticky finnggeersss…!!” and out comes those cute little baby giggles and these big, wide grins on her face. She squeaks and squeals at the anticipation of being giggled. That is SO awesome. Cause and effect, baby!
  • She is “making strange,” as Nana Sylv puts it. She is on the timid side when out of the home, even at family gatherings. Sometimes, she won’t even let Daddy hold her — only Mommy! Now, she is getting better, especially since over the holidays, when we had lots and lots of family gatherings and family events. Separation anxiety is pretty big right now. I’m trying to take her out more to help alleviate her timidness — out on my errands and stuff like that.
  • We took her to the allergy pediatrician on the 29th, and after a series of tests, we have determined that she is VERY allergic (and I mean, VERY — hives and all) to eggs — both egg yolk and egg white. She’s mildly allergic to cats (dander and saliva). So, now I am completely off eggs (grr), and the doc gave me strict orders to de-clutter the house and vacuum more often and shave the cat. Okay, just kidding. But we do have to give Tink more baths. Boy she’s going to love that. I also have to get back on a meat diet because I can’t eat eggs, and have to limit my nuts intake. Need more sources of protein.
  • She’s recognizing our sign language practices more and more regularly now. Especially “milk” and “hungry.”
  • She is really much stronger on her tummy, lifting both arms straight up to hold herself up. She likes doing this and squirming around to see where she can go. She is still trying to flip from her back to the stomach.
  • She’s finally gone from a “small” to a “medium” size in her cloth diapering. It’s cute. She’s only 13 pounds, solid, and it’s already been 5.5 months! We started moving her up to the “medium” size in her BumGenius 3.0s when we realized she was leaking more and more out of the small sized snaps because it was too small for her.

I know there are more, but I don’t remember them. Heh. Meanwhile, on my end, I’m going to be gradually decrease my pumping/breast feeding. It’s time to start using the savings supply we have in the freezer. I think about another month and a half or maybe even two, I should be able to completely stop breastfeeding and pumping altogether. She’s taking the bottle very well now (as well as the boob whenever I give it to her). I have enough frozen BM in our freezer to last at least a few months, especially when she starts eating solids and being introduced to other sources of sustenance outside of just breast milk. This is great, as I am really hating pumping. It’s tedious, annoying, and sometimes makes my back hurt because I have to bend over like a crooked old lady while I pump so that the milk doesn’t pool and puddle around the nipple area. Someone should get on it and make better pumps so that at least we can pump with dignity, darn it!!

Here’s how much is stored in our free-standing freezer. We had to get a freezer just for breast milk because I was overflowing our refrigerator freezer after just a few weeks. There are actually THREE levels to this freezer. You are seeing the first two levels, as the last level is completely full of breast milk. Time to start using up this supply.

It’s crazy to think that my two B-sized boobs made all this milk in just a little over 4 months. :P Crazy, huh?

Here’s a video of Lily Bean laughing and giggling away while my sister is holding her. We learned just a couple of days ago that Lily loves when we make farm animal sounds. So we were trying to figure out which animals would make her laugh. It was hilarious the expressions she gave us.

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I can’t believe how much milk you have!!!! That is sooo crazy! I bet you are going to have some engorged boobs as you start to decrease! Bummer about the eggs! Just get some good organic grass fed meat. It’s sooo much better! She is super cute in the video!

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