meanwhile, back at the ranch...

My last post sounded a bit glum. And although I'm a fan of embracing sadness (we all need a good cry sometimes), I can't stay too gloomy with a giggly four-month-(almost-five!)-old in the house.













Baby girl certainly has some reasons to be happy this summer:

#1. Her reflux is gone! Mostly, anyway. For a while, she wouldn't nap in any position but upright. And she cried while she was a awake with a why-does-being-alive-hurt-so-much-and-can't-you-do-something-about-it-for-me-Mom sort of cry. But these days, she eats like a champ and doesn't spit up so much that we have to use a receiving blanket to catch all of it.



















#2. Summer=outdoors. This girl would spend every minute outside if she could. While we wrangled reflux, she only calmed down when we took her out on the porch to look at trees. So, we've taken her on bike rides and hikes and walks. And when we've actually had to get something done around the house, we've just opened the door and set her in front of it.



















#3. Trees are her favorite things to look at. Books are her second. (And—I feel like a horrible parent—I think the TV might come in third. She stares and stares when we turn it on. I think her favorite show might be Glee.)


















#4. Being a baby is just plain fun (aside from the spitting up, lack of motor control, and crapping yourself a few times a day). I've told her a hundred times that she's fun to play with, that she has a cute face and a tasty thumb. But she just needed a summer to figure those things out for herself.























11 comments:

eden said...

what a little cutie! i'm glad her life isn't as hard as it was before. (:

ke said...

This post might have made my day. She is a-dorable.

Genevieve Beck said...

What a cute girl! Five months was my favorite age with Timothy because that's when he learned how to sleep and life became wonderful. I know what you mean about the television--I just wish there was something equally as engrossing for them when I'm trying to fix dinner. I absolutely love the tummy time/mirror picture. She looks like she couldn't be happier to see her little friend!

Anna and Stephen said...

What wonderful pictures. She looks adorable. And I love the look on your face in the picture where you're throwing her in the air. You look happy and like you are enjoying life. I love you very much, and I love seeing lil' girl's beautiful smiling face!

Cassie Keller Cole said...

Oh! She is so darling! And I'm glad things are looking up. Sometimes it does feel like you're the one with a diaper on your head (at least it does for me) and it's always nice to remember that you can pull it off!

andi said...

Oh, I know what you mean about reflux! We put our burp cloths away around 8 months and crisply JUST started letting him wear white! But every month gets better an more fun!

faith said...

What a cutie! They really do grow up fast, don't they? And it just gets faster and faster with each one. I'm glad you're done dealing with reflux. I haven't, but it sounds rough.
I, too, love the mirror picture. Very cute!

Bryson and Tara said...

She is so adorable. I love all these pictures of her smiling and laughing!

I'm so glad things are getting better. I can't imagine how exhausting it would be having a baby who won't sleep. Yikes. I'm so sorry!

When can I see you???

Ali and Brian said...

These pictures are amazing. I love the mirror and reading the book one. And I love what proud parents you are. Your writing and smiles show how happy you guys are. We love you all!

AixelA said...

That niece of mine is so cute!

Anonymous said...

and she has made some grandparents very happy in the process.

This was a great post Kathy. Thanks for the pictures too.

Love you, DAD