It has, again, been so long since I have updated here…primarily because of time constraints. Here is a little update on things in our corner of the world.
Congratulations to Christy for the arrival of her beautiful daughter, Olivia!
June was a busy month and we did quite a bit of weekend traveling. We went to Washington D.C. to visit my cousin and his wife. Their daughter was due about 3 weeks before Jenna, and was born just 17 short hours after Jenna was born. It was our first visit since the girls were born, and it was pretty awesome. It was so fun to see the girls interact with each other. Jenna, being every bit her father’s daughter, immediately tried to tackle her cousin. Our big outing was a trip to the zoo. The girls looked at a few things, but for the most part, it was pretty much still beyond them. It was pretty hot, so we didn’t stay more than a couple hours. We’re hoping to try again next fall for their second birthdays, at which point they should be completely wrapped up in everything going on there, and it should be much cooler than it was in June.
The following weekend we went to Queens (and spend more time on waiting to cross the G.W. Bridge than I have ever spent waiting to cross the bridge) for a first birthday party. Jenna got to meet a few new friends and was re-introduced to a couple friends that she had already met.
Outside of these two trips, life is life. Things are busy, and Jenna makes herself even busier. She has been pulling to stand at the couch for about a month and at all of her floor toys for a couple weeks longer than that, and she finally started crawling about 3 weeks ago. Now she crawls everywhere and chases the dogs and cats, and she is starting to stand in front of her tall floor toys without support for 5-10 seconds while she manipulates a toy in her hand. With her new mobility, we had to set up super fun baby jail in the living room. We leave it open when we can directly supervise her and she moves in and out of it at will. She cruises along the edge and stands at the gate when she’s had enough time in lock-down. I’m sure it will only be another week or two before she manages to open the gate (that it took me about 20 minutes to figure out and manage to open).
We still only have 2 teeth, and there doesn’t seem to be any sign of more coming any time soon. We finally put her baby tub away and are doing baths in the regular tub, which she loves. We go swimming a couple times a week, and she loves it! She’s even put her face in the water (by herself) a few times and didn’t seem to mind it (nor did she seem to inhale any water!) We’ve added a few more foods, and have started to add a few ounces of regular whole milk (mixed with breast milk) each day. I had a pump issue, as well as a clogged duct, that led to a decrease in my supply a few weeks ago. I am keeping up a little better now, but I’m still not producing enough on a daily basis to keep up with her. Our freezer stash is dwindling fast, and she won’t take formula at all, so going with a little bit of whole milk mixed into the breast milk was pretty much our last option without finding a milk donor. Luckily, we haven’t had any issues doing this. She's making the cutest noises these days; she has a specific noise that indicates that she sees an animal, and she has started cooing when she sees the birth announcements hanging on the fridge.
All in all, things are great, and it’s so hard to believe that she will be a year old in just two months. Some days it feels like she has been here forever, and some days it feels like she was just born yesterday. Hoping that all is well with all of you. As always, here are a few more pictures of my happy girl.