Thursday, May 18, 2006

Bon Voyage

Aerin is 5 months (adjusted) today and weighs 14 pounds even. She has discovered her feet and is so athletic that she is doing perfect heel stretches already. She is very into rattles and knows to bat and shake them to make noise. She can also drag objects to her. Aerin is a little chatterbox and always has something to say. Andrew and I both heard her say, "Hey, Momma!" and I heard her say, "Thanks." Getting her to say all that again is proving a challenge, but I'm confident we'll be hearing a lot more very soon.

Mother's Day was fantastic, btw. It was so different from last year, when we were in the middle of my very troubled pregnancy and wondering if we'd have cause to celebrate this year. Andrew and Aerin gave me a special mug that they had made and flowers and balloons and cards. We had a lovely lunch and Aerin fell asleep so that Andrew and I could eat at the same time. Oh, and Andrew bought me a new car, which I think is a pretty neat gift.

We're hitting the road early tomorrow morning and heading to Bethlehem. I'm excited and nervous - this will be a travel litmus test for us and I really hope Aerin does well.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Partial Update

Aerin is now 8 months old! I know I say this every month, but I can't believe it. Medically, she's doing great. We've all had colds these past couple of weeks. Aerin is now big enough for a decongestant and that really helped her. Our pediatrician told me that it would make her either hyper or make her sleepy. I was pretty nervous about giving it to her because she's on such a great sleep schedule, but, luckily for all of us, it makes her tired. It was just a head cold - I know because I listened to her chest every day. I was worried, but not to the degree I've been in the past. Aerin needs to get colds to strengthen her immune system and we're out of RSV season, so pneumonia isn't a threat at this point. We will have to go underground this coming winter, but it will be the last one, as preemies usually catch up to their peers by age 2.

Aerin is a gifted athlete and contortionist. Every night I put her to sleep at the foot of her crib. Every morning she wakes up either at the head or facing the opposite way or perpendicular to where I set her down. We had an incident where Andrew was changing her and I was preparing the bottle in the kitchen. I heard Andrew shout and I looked over at them. Aerin was on her tummy on the changing table and both she and Andrew had stunned expressions on their faces. Then they both turned to look at me with identical expressions of shocked bewilderment - it was hilarious. Apparently, Aerin had done some kind of backflip or somersault. Andrew still hasn't recovered.

Aerin is mellowing out somewhat. She still insists on being held most of the time, but she is going in her bouncy chairs and swings more and more. She loves when I sing to her and she absolutely loves peek-a-boo. I think she's going to like rollercoasters more than her mother because she loves to be "thrown" up in the air (it's more of a push - we don't let go). Her smile is truly the most glorious thing I have ever seen.

This weekend is a big milestone for us - our first out-of-town trip! We're headed to Bethlehem, PA to visit our dear friends Jim and Amy and their lovely daughter Emily Anne. Amy is hosting her annual tea and I've been looking forward to it for months. Our other good friends, Byran and Corina, will also be there with their twins Tristan and Aidan. This will be the first time Aerin has been around other young children (almost 2 and 3.5) and I'm very interested to see how everyone reacts.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Our First Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!

It's a really special day for someone who couldn't deserve it more. She fought for so long and sacrificed so much to give us Aerin. Everyone is proud of you, Kira, because you're a wonderful mother.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Aerin's Video Debut

A real post is coming soon, I promise.

In the meantime, to tide y'all over, here is a video of Aerin with Momma singing. Keep in mind that I am recording as I sing and I am getting over a cold.