Vanessa has definitely bonded with the teddy bear that her Aunt Jessica gave her. Sometimes all she needs is to brush it against her face to go to sleep.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
About 5 minutes into the lesson, I wasn't paying enough attention to what I was doing, and I let Vanessa get a face full of water. She wasn't too happy about that, and I could tell she got water in the wrong place and that she really had to burp but couldn't. It was stressing me out! As the lesson progressed, Vanessa and I were getting more and more miserable. By the end of the class, our instructor had had us dunk our babies in the water twice, and we were both more than ready to get out. Vanessa was crying loudly as we got out of the pool. But she soon got her burps out and was fine afterwards.
So her first swimming lesson didn't go as smoothly as I had hoped, but I'm still really excited about the next one. We did really enjoy the beginning of the lesson, after all, and I think I just have to be careful about Vanessa swallowing too much water. I'm thinking I might not dunk Vanessa for a few more lessons, though -- not until I'm really ready to.
If it so happens that Vanessa doesn't end up liking swimming, we have a hunch that she'll like soccer!
Vanessa has been just a little grabby lately. It's her way of saying I love you (or perhaps I want to eat you, the two meanings are very similar in baby-ese!). Here Vanessa gives her Aunt Heather a squeeze at lunch today.
James and I just learned that we'll get to host my brother Zak for the summer while he works as an intern near here. I can't wait to have Zak around!
While I'm on the topic of family, I have to say that I am really missing my brother Jake, my sister-in-law Jessa, and my nieces Katelyn, Jadyn, and Bryn! I have been thinking about them so much lately. I finally added a link to their blog. http://jessicakaylor.blogspot.com Most people who check this blog also check theirs, but just in case you don't, you should check it out. They're a great family and you won't be able to help yourself from falling in love with them!
Vanessa and I took advantage of the beautiful weather to have an outdoor concert for Vanessa. She played some very modern atonal music for a very small audience (just her parents).
James holds Vanessa during a game of Settlers of Catan. Vanessa has become a little more advanced at her Settlers playing, now able to pick up cards and to make her parents scramble to keep her away from the tiny game pieces.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Lisa got Vanessa to smile for the camera. I don't know why I seem to think she'll smile bigger if I make a ridiculously big smile!
Aunt Heather and Uncle Terry came over to help Vanessa celebrate her first St. Patrick's Day. Yay!
Vanessa has been very fascinated lately by the fact that other people seem to have mouths.
Uncle Terry seemed to have no problem avoiding making funny faces, but he did have a little trouble holding on to the spoon...
Feeding Vanessa is definitely fun, but I always get excited when I have help! Vanessa's Nana fed her just a couple of days ago (and expertly -- hardly any mess at all, how does Nana do that?). Vanessa is so lucky to have so many friends and family to help her grow up!
Friday, March 16, 2007
Vanessa evaluates the taste of Aunt Heather's watch compared to Uncle Zak's.
Vanessa says, "Uncle Zak's tasted better!"
Vanessa just loves this toy, as you can probably tell from its recurrence on the blog!
Vanessa discovers what it feels like to be a hat.
Vanessa and Heather did some dancing to a Latin beat. Vanessa loves dancing!
Vanessa fell asleep in her stroller on a walk when the weather was beautiful last week. (There's snow and sleet on the ground outside tonight -- what a quick change in weather!)
Monday, March 12, 2007
Now that she's becoming a little more mobile, we decided to put up a safety gate to keep her out of the fireplace and the entertainment center. You never know what she'll decide to do next!