well things have been crazy around here. Finley is 9 months old and growing up fast. She is getting around quickly and slowly working on pulling herself up to a standing position. She is more engaged with her toys and loves pressing buttons and feeling different textures. And most exciting is that she finally has one tooth, which makes eating a lot easier. Her favorite foods are still pretty much the same....liver, cheese, eggs, hummus, any kind of fruit, pasta, beans, and sweet potatoes.
The biggest change has been me going to work full time for training. I will eventually be working part time from home, but not before I complete 2 months of training in downtown Seattle. I am gone for 10 hours a day. Its a huge change. My day used to consist of errands, playing, diapers and house chores and cooking. Now Im on the bus by 7 am, at work by 8 am and then home and a mad rush to get everything done in a very short amount of time and spend as much quality time with my baby as possible. Its tiring.
Luckily Finleys Gran and Grandpa have been here to take care of her all day and make sure she is having a great time (daycare starts next week). I have been able to continue nursing her. I only have to pump once at work and she only gets a 5 oz bottle while Im gone. I feed her once before I leave and then when I get home and before she goes to bed. Four feedings a day seems to be enough for her, which is great because I couldnt stand to pump more than once a day.
I am excited to go to the part time schedule because I love some parts of working. I love going downtown and being amongst of the chaos of working people and of course there is the salty air coming from the water just a few blocks away and the incredible view of the city and the mountains in the background. I have been starting to read again on the bus and enjoy that time to myself. I also feel like Im missing out on lots of things that are happening with Finley and I hate that. I think about her all day long. There is nothing better than seeing the excitement on her face and the huge smile she gives me when I get home.
Our weekends have been packed with everything that normally gets spread throughout the week. My priorities have been spending time with Finley and the dogs, going shopping at the farmers market, going to the YMCA and lots of cooking and cleaning.
Regular photos and video have not been happening as much as I would like. I do have some that I will try to post later today. For now you just get words.
I slacked on the blog during most of the holiday season, but now I am back! Lots of changes going on with Finley and our family.
Finley is now 8 months old. She is still breastfeeding. My goal is 1 year. She is also eating lots of solid foods. She eats three meals a day and really enjoys trying new things. She rarely doesnt like something we offer her. She has a bit of eczema on her legs, so I might try to remove some allergenic foods from her diet and see if it clears up. We are giving her a combination of pureed foods and foods that she can feed her self. One of her favorites at the moment is cucumbers dipped in hummus.
She is still a sleeping machine. 12 hours every single night. It is awesome. The past few days she has been a napping machine too. I think she is fighting a sickness that both Ben and I have had. She is getting around faster and faster with her army crawl and often does real crawling too. She can almost put herself in a sitting up position, but not quite. Her desire to reach things high up motivates her to keep trying. This morning she crawled into the bathroom, grabbed a towel, took the towel out the bathroom and then emptied a box full of paper recycling in the kitchen. Of course this is all while there are toys surrounding her.
We are also hearing some babbling, lots of dadada, bababa. Sometimes her mouth makes the motion of talking, but nothing comes out. Its pretty cute.
She experienced her first non-family baby sitter the other day and did well. But I think we are all going to be in for a shock when she starts full time daycare. We have been planning this for awhile, but now it will be necessary because I was just offered a job that I will probably take. The training will be full time for 2 months and then I will be working from home in the evenings. When I start working from home, we will probably take her out of daycare or find one that offers part time.
In way less fun and exciting news, our car was broken into at 1 am last Saturday. Ben heard it all go down and by the time he looked outside the guy was running down the street with our GPS. The deductible on our car and home insurance won't cover either. Oh well, it could have been worse. The window is fixed and The Shryocks are giving us their old GPS.