Monday, January 29, 2007
She complains much less about being on her tummy.
She sits up by herself to play!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
I've been doing a bit of research and there are compelling studies that show that babies who are put down to bed while awake learn to put themselves to sleep. The only trouble is, being put to bed awake usually means crying, at least in Vanessa's case. So, over the past two days, when she is really tired and needs a nap, instead of feeding her and then putting her down for a nap, I put her down by herself and let her cry for 10 to 15 minutes before she falls asleep. Then I feed her when she wakes up. The couple of times that Vanessa cried for longer than 15 minutes, I picked her up, checked to see if she needed burping, held her for a few minutes, and set her back down.
Last night, we finally cut the apron strings and had Vanessa sleep in a different room from us. I put her down when she was tired at about 10 PM, crossed my fingers, and after 10 minutes of crying, Vanessa slept through the night for the first time and woke up at 5AM.
There are several reasons why I think this is good for Vanessa. First of all, if I put her in bed to sleep when she's tired at 10, she won't be up until midnight and be so tired and grouchy that she can't get to sleep. (I think I've actually been keeping her awake past her bedtime by trying to comfort her for two hours.) Second of all, if Vanessa can learn to go to sleep on her own, she'll have an easier time going to sleep as a toddler. Third, she'll have an easier time adjusting to a daily schedule, getting her sleeping and eating rhythms to follow a predictable pattern, and should eventually take her naps without much fussing at all. As an added bonus, mommy and daddy will get a good night's sleep too.
In the meantime, 10 minutes is still a long time to hear a baby cry! I hope she learns to nap without crying soon. I think in any case, she'll get used to putting herself to sleep before I'll get used to her cries. We'll try this for a week or so and see what happens. But no matter what, we're definitely going to keep the crib in the other room!
Monday, January 22, 2007
Vanessa and mommy playing.
Revie likes the piano too.
Vanessa likes the piano so much she wants to eat it!
Vanessa's playing with her very first Starwars toy. It's a stuffed light saber!
Vanessa's also discovered the keyboard. I thought I might let her type a little message too all of you out there in bloggerland.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Nana came over to see all the new things her granddaughter was doing. Oh, plus it was my birthday.
Vanessa wears her VT outfit in support of the VT men's basketball team. Go Hokies!
I love this picture. Look at how Vanessa puts her hand on top of daddy's to learn how he plays.
Vanessa fell asleep during her piano lesson (about 2 minutes after the previous picture was taken).I am so impressed with the way Vanessa plays with her baby piano. Not only does she like to play the keys and turn the plastic music pages, but she also uses the piano as a standing support. If she's sitting (as she so often does) on my foot for a stool, she can pull herself to a standing position and support herself there.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Just before New Year's, we were really excited to get a visit from my Aunt Teri and Uncle Bob, and cousins Brett and Danielle. I've hardly had a chance to get to know Brett and Danielle before. It turns out that they're much fun and quite talented at all kinds of things (Brett especially at math, and Danielle especially at singing and acting).
Vanessa stayed up nearly until midnight on New Year's. We went to a casino night at coworker Scott's place. Vanessa had lots of admirers, and was held by many. She was good luck at the craps table -- James came in second place in the evening's winnings. Hopefully she didn't enjoy all the gambling too much.
We're also excited to have seen Vanessa's uncles Zak and Terry, Aunt Heather, and Grandma Satterlee yesterday. Zak and my mom visited my brother Jake and his family in Texas over the holidays, and I loved hearing all the stories about my nieces Katelyn, Jadyn, and Bryn.
Vanessa gets to meet her second cousins and her Great Aunt Teri.
Uncle Bob came straight from work, so he's still in his pilot's uniform as he gives Vanessa a big hug.
Vanessa looks cozy with the lovely and stylish Danielle.
Vanessa and Daddy just chillin'
Vanessa loves exercising on mommy's tummy. (Only four months ago, that preposition used to be 'in.')
Vanessa can support herself to sit up with the help of her Boppy pillow.
Daddy reads Vanessa a story. "Where is my cat?"
Grandma helps Vanessa play a tune. Vanessa hasn't had lessons yet, so her fingering is a little off.