The Adventures of Sloane

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Mommy and Daddy are Halloweenies

We were so excited for Sloane's first Halloween that we bought her a costume back in August. She was going to be a little chili pepper and it was going to be so incredibly cute.



Only, when we tried on the costume last night, we realized that even though it was listed as size 9 months, it was made for a short, fat baby with freakishly long arms. Sloane is anything but a short, fat baby. Suffice it to say, this costume did not fit. We were in the midst of a Halloween Disaster since today is the Halloween costume party at day care, and Sloane would be the ONLY child without a costume - bad, bad parents!!

Luckily, daddy rode in to save the day and made a run to Babies R Us with about 10 minutes to spare until their 9 pm closing. And, on top of that, since it was the night before Halloween and they were already frantically putting out their Christmas decorations (I know!), all the costumes which were listed at $19.99 each, were on clearance for $3. So, we got two to see which one was cuter.

Say hello to Sloane the Crawfish:





And also, say hello to Sloane the Funky Chicken:





And, finally, here is the outfit she's wearing today at school so that she's not too hot in her costume:





Tune in later tonight for pictures from the party at day care and trick or treating (we'll be answering the door in costume).

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Snow Princess









Monday, October 29, 2007

Happy Girl in Overalls

Lolli's diarrhea seems to have abated and she is eating well again (3 ounces of bananas in one sitting, with lots on "mmmmm" noises, followed by 2 ounces of multi-grain cereal, followed by 8 ounces of formula). Her runny nose is better too.

Dr Coy thinks that it could be any one of three things:
1. teething (this is what my daycare provider thinks it is)
2. her little body adjusting to fruits and veggies (she's had cereal since about four and half months old because of reflux)
3. a virus

If the diarrhea and general fussiness don't get better by Wednesday, I'll take her in for a stool culture, but based on the fact that she's so much better today, I'm guessing it's #1 or #2. Dr Coy suggested that we only give her rice cereal and bananas this week to help with the diarrhea, so that's what we're doing.

On a side note, I had been eyeing a pair of adorable overalls at Gap Baby for a while now, but couldn't justify spending that kind of outrageous money on clothes she'll outgrow in three months. This weekend, on our monthly blood letting at Babies R Us ($260 on the trifecta of formula, diapers, wipes and now baby food!), I saw an even cuter pair of overalls on clearance in the boy's section for $9.99. Score. Though, I have to say, I am shocked that the disparity in women's and men's clothing prices begins even with baby clothes. And... I couldn't resist the free shipping offer at Bobux and got her three pairs of their shoes (brown with elephants, blue with soccer balls and lavender with princesses on them).







Sunday, October 28, 2007

Weekend Update

Sorry for the light posting, but it's been a somewhat rough week.

After our pediatrician's visit on Monday, Sloane's various symptoms have gotten worse. She's had mild diarrhea since about Wednesday, coupled with her first case of horrible diaper rash. Her cold is not getting worse, but it's been lingering without getting much better all week. On top of that, she hasn't been sleeping well or napping well and has been cranky and fussy for the last two days. Then, today, she's basically refused the bottle. Out of what is normally three feedings of 8 to 9 ounces today, she's had a total of ten ounces. She has had an ounce and a half of carrots and two ounces of pears, so she is eating. And, yes, we do have a call in to the pediatrician and are waiting for a call back.

She's been crying a lot, which is completely not like her. We're hoping it's just the teething or her body adjusting to solids that is causing these symptoms, but we are somewhat worried. Luckily, she has not had a fever at all this week.

Still, we had a nice weekend - playing a lot yesterday (it was rainy) and going out with our friends Evan and Nichole and their two beautiful boys, ages three years and three months to wander around Maplewood's charming downtown. We had brunch at the Maple Leaf Diner where we had a Triple Poopie Disaster -- all three kids had poopies at the same time and there was no changing table at the restaurant and it was too cold outside to just change them in the park on a bench. Plus Evan and Nichole's stroller got a flat tire. So, the lovely afternoon had to be cut short. Ah, the joys of kids!

Last night, John and I had our first night out with a babysitter watching Sloane. The babysitter came very highly recommended by a mom friend of mine and she was terrific. She's a little older than I and teaches autistic children at Montclair State. We were very nervous to leave Sloane with a stranger, even one so highly recommended, but for our sanity, we need to have a little adult time. We've agreed that she will sit for us one Saturday a month going forward.

The weekend in pictures:

This outfit was gift from John's Aunt Evelyn in Manchester, UK. Isn't it adorable?








Flashing gang signs in her sleep:


Tackling mommy:






Sleeping in mommy's arms:




Friday, October 26, 2007

DaDa

John's birthday was yesterday and for his birthday present Sloane began saying "da-da." Before everyone's heart melts with the cuteness and sweetness of it all, it must be noted that everything is "da-da" now -- he's da-da, I'm da-da, her feet are da-da, the cats are da-da, the window is da-da, and so on and so forth.

It's still adorable, though.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Leaps and Bounds

We went to see Dr. Coy today because I was worried about the rash on Sloane's neck and chest and also because she has a bit of a runny nose. It turns the rash is nothing to worry about - a side effect of dry skin exacerbated by teething drool - and the runny nose is just that, a runny nose. Sloane was her usual sunny little self, smiling at everyone and generally being sweet.

Every baby development book I've read (and I've read a lot) tells me that babies do not reach developmental milestones in a straight line progression, but rather in fits and starts. I had been concerned about a few things that were in the "should be able to" column for a six month old. Dr. Coy allayed my fears that Sloane is well in the normal range for the two things I was concerned about (sitting up unassisted and consonant sounds).

The funny thing is that when we got home today, she not only really "got" the whole eating-from-a-spoon thing, opening her mouth wide for every spoonful, swallowing and saying "mmmmm" after each bite, but she also surprised me by holding her own bottle and feeding herself (for a short amount of time), and by announcing loudly "babababababa, dadadadada, googoogoogoo" -- lots of those repeating consonants that I was concerned she wasn't saying!

Oh, and Miss Giant Amazon Baby weighs 17 pounds, 15 ounces and if she had not just had a poopie in the car on the way to the pediatrician's office, she would have probably topped 18 pounds!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Lazy Sunday

Well, actually, it was an active Sunday, but it was lazy in the sense that we neglected our chores. On average, we get two hours a day with Sloane during the week - 6:30 am to 7:30 am and 6 pm to 7 pm when she goes to bed. So, our weekends are precious and it's hard to tear ourselves away to do any needed housework or yardwork (hence the status of our house and yard). Our house isn't a complete disaster thanks to Isabel, our wonderful housekeeper, but it's not in my usual state of orderly perfection - there are several months of unread magazines piling up, the CDs are completely out of order on the rack, there are bank statements and tax info that is piled up on my desk to be filed and so on and so forth. The yard, is a completely different story - it is an unmitigated mess. Oh well, such is life with the World's Most Wonderful Child.

Today, we went to the newly refurbished Verona Park, in the town where John grew up. We can't believe how fabulous it is and why we hadn't taken Sloane sooner. It was a little kid's paradise. Sloane really enjoyed the 10,000 other kids there and the baby swings.









We also discovered the Sloane's new favorite thing (besides apples -- oh boy, does this child love apples!) is shakin' her groove thing. It's hard to tell in these pictures, but she loves to hop up and down (with mommy or daddy's help, of course), while jiggling her little caboose and laughing like a little mad woman. We were both practically crying, we were laughing so hard.





Saturday, October 20, 2007

Supermodel

I personally would never let my child model - I just think it's an unhealthy, warped thing to do to a small child... that being said, I get a bunch of parenting magazines and baby clothes catalogs, and I'm sorry - I know I'm biased, but Sloane is much more beautful than any of the baby models.

I give you exhibits 1 - 18 (I know it's a ton of pictures, but these came out so good, I couldn't resist posting the vast majority of them):



































Friday, October 19, 2007

Just Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want

Sloane has discovered that by turning over and over and over, she can get to where she wants to get to much more efficiently than by attempting to shimmy on her tummy (commando crawling). Her Royal Cuteness is super fast and can go tummy to back and back to tummy in a flash of an eye.

Now, where's that toy I want?


Oh, yeah... there it is!


Mommy didn't get pictures of the multiple maneuvers that it took to get there, but...


Back the other way...

(and yes, somewhere in this sequence I took off her babylegs because she was getting too hot from the exertion)

Hi, Mommy!


Trying to grab the camera


Bonus fashion pic of the outfit before she was changed at daycare (they usually change her mid-day because her clothes get wet from the teething drool):

A Very Special Outfit

My friend Robin, in addition to being a great friend, is a lawyer, a marathon runner, married to rock star and an extremely talented artisan. When she found out I was pregnant, she offered to make something for Sloane. Seeing the beauty of her baby bedding, blankets and clothes on her on-line store (click here to see and buy her handmade, gorgeous stuff), I had to take her up on her generous offer.

...And last night I got the package. I cried when I opened it. Not only is it beautiful, but it's all hand crafted with love. Even the details are gorgeous - note the pearly buttons and the pretty lining.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Robin. This outfit is a treasure.

Check back over the weekend to see some pictures of Sloane in the outfit.







Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Blowing Raspberries











Tuesday, October 16, 2007

mmmmmm... Carrots











who needs food when your feet are so darn tasty?

Monday, October 15, 2007

Half Birthday

Dear Lollipop,

Today is your half birthday. I know I say it so often, but you seem to have changed the very laws of science - time has sped up since you came into our lives. It seems like just a few weeks ago that we came home from the hospital with this teeny, tiny little defenseless creature in our arms. In just a few short months, you've transformed -- our lives, yourself and everything that you touch.

This month has been full of surprises. Your adorable, charming, funny personality has really blossomed in these last weeks.

You've taken notice of the cats - much to their chagrin - and now lunge for them whenever they are in fur-pulling distance. I don't know if Frank and Cali will ever forgive me! You are very aware of your surroundings and take notice of everything. This month, you learned to hug and kiss and now brighten my day (not that you didn't already) by throwing your little arms around my neck, burying your head against my clavicle and mushing your lips all around to give me "kisses." I absolutely adore it.

You laugh a lot now and smile even more often. Everyone comments on how happy and cheerful you are. Your happy demeanor belies a strong will, though, and your determination to get what you want - whether it's a toy that you have dropped and I have been too slow to retrieve, or whether it's a different vantage point from where you may be at that moment - is unlike any baby I have seen. You have my stubborn streak - woe is us when you are a toddler, or (shudder) a teenager.

Your daddy and I have our three year anniversary tomorrow. Last night, as we sat talking, we both agreed that this is the happiest either of us has ever been in our entire lives, and it's because of the joy that you have given us.

Thanks for being the most wonderful little girl in the whole world, Lolli. Happy half-birthday, my sweetness.

love,
your mommy





Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Longest Eyelashes Ever











I would be remiss if I didn't mention the baby mohawk that Sloane is sporting in these pictures - we did not style her hair -- it did this all on its own.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Debut of Oatmeal and Bananas

The moment everyone's been waiting for: the first spoon feeding.



















Sloane's first expression (unfortunately, not captured by camera) was priceless. She was confused, surprised and freaked out all at once. But she pretty much took to spoon feeding by the next mouthful and particularly enjoyed the bananas. She actually swallowed a few mouthfuls of both the oatmeal and the bananas and kept pulling at my sleeve to give her more until she finally had enough. All in all, a very successful first try.

Buzz....

After literally months of research (who knew there were so many options and so many price points!), we finally settled on the Quinny Buzz stroller. Quinny is a brand from the Netherlands and the Buzz is an "urban terrain" stroller -- mixing the big wheels of a jog stroller, with the manueverability of a lightweight. Plus, the Buzz has a pneumatic self-folding system, a lightweight aluminum frame and looks like a spaceship:







Eskimo Baby

It's pretty chilly this morning (low 60's), so we're really bunded up.







But, while Mommy and Daddy were getting dressed to go for our Saturday morning stroll, someone fell asleep...


Friday, October 12, 2007

Concentration

















Thursday, October 11, 2007

Girlz in the Hood(ie)

Last night all three of us went to the West Orange Public Library for their weekly infant story time. It was a lot of fun, with stories, bubble blowing and folk music. Sloane was the youngest baby there, though she was the same size as most of the 11 and 12 month olds. She was mostly interested in watching the other children walk and crawl since she's not really doing either yet.

Plus, now that it has finally cooled off, she got to show off her adorable fall hoodies:






(at the library)

Monday, October 8, 2007

Milestones

We start solids this weekend...





Sunday, October 7, 2007

My Daughter, the Contortionist

She has not only discovered that her toes are delicious, but also... that they move. All. By. Themselves.

All kinds of wonderment ensues.













...and a lagniappe picture for everyone, showing off Sloane's new pink cargo pants.

Big Girl Car Seat

We had to take the new big girl car seat out to readjust the harness. It's all re-installed and both seats (my car and John's car) have been duly inspected by the nice state troopers - we even got a goody bag for our trouble!





Saturday, October 6, 2007

Swing your partner, do-si-do....









(we were actually listening to Mary J. Blige and then to Fugazi when John snapped these pictures... what can I say, Lolli likes her hip-hop and her punk rock!)

Friday, October 5, 2007

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who's the prettiest girl of all?





Wednesday, October 3, 2007

RacheLegz

This woman Rachel, that I know via the web, totally understands my obsession with Baby Legs. She has started making her own baby legs from women's knee socks and she made three pairs for Sloane. Yay, Rachel.

Behold (excuse the mismatched outfit, they had changed her at day care because of all the drool):



Monday, October 1, 2007

Great weekend

We had a wonderful weekend as a family. The weather was perfect, we walked a lot and laughed a lot and just generally enjoyed being together. Yesterday, we went down to Maplewood village and walked around and then had brunch. Sloane charmed everyone in the restaurant, with many people coming up to our table to tell us how pretty she was.

The best part of the weekend,though, is Sloane's burgeoning sense of humor. She now gets the concept of "funny" and will laugh uproariously at certain things - like the way I always make a HONK sound when she grabs my nose or when I tickle her. She cracks up at funny faces and funny noises - she's a very happy little person.