Thursday, December 11, 2008

Magical Moments and Milestones...

There are too many to even try to put down here, and at the risk of sounding like a complete cliché, I have to say that these special moments with Emma are unforgettable -- I know, I know, it's getting old, hearing all the Proud Momma statements, but I just can't resist! Emma's 4th month has officially become pretty eventful, as we found her first official tooth yesterday morning -- yep, my suspicions were confirmed! I had thought she had been acting a bit strange lately, not quite herself, what with the general fussiness, not just in the evenings, as usual, but at other moments during the day. And then there was the drooling and the chewing on darn near everything -- not just Sophie La Girafe! Thanks again, Linda, for that wonderful gift -- I don't know what we'd do without it these days! She gnaws on that famous giraffe enthusiastically, until it drops out of her hand and she gets frustrated wondering where it has gone until Momma picks it back up for her again. She hasn't yet hit that stage where she does it on purpose just for the fun of it -- BOY are we looking forward to that one! I remember my little brother doing that...

Already last month, at her 3-month check-up, I mentioned to the pediatrician my suspicions about possible teething, and she said that of course all babies at her age are discovering things by putting them in their mouths, and of course drooling pretty regularly -- which I do realize is true. But the accumulation of signs just led me to believe that more was going on, and that our little peanut was going to be precocious in the tooth department in any case! Last weekend she had a low-grade fever and inexplicably fell asleep on her activity mat in the early evening, not long after waking up from a nap... Another sign! Plus, she has been nursing differently for the last week or so -- her behavior has changed, and I know that this is pretty normal as well, depending on the baby's mood, etc. She has been pulling away at my breasts while nursing and then pulling off pretty regularly, looking up at me like she doesn't understand what's going on -- as if I could explain it myself! As it turns out, I read that when a baby is teething, he/she has pain when nursing, as the sucking puts pressure on the gums as well...

So when she grabbed at my fingers yesterday morning in bed and started sucking away at them, I let her go at it, until I felt the sharp stab in the front part of her mouth -- YIKES! That's when I went in for a closer look and, lo and behold, discovered the tooth! And it even looks like the one next to it is coming in as well. Bottom front, of course. Poor thing...

Right now she's been going through a lot of moodiness, which is understandable, and I do hope we'll get through this pretty fast... It can vary from one baby to the next, and I know the teeth all come in gradually, so I just hope it will be in spurts and not constant months of teething pain!

Just the other night we had one of those magical moments that I had to write about as well: after her evening bath in the kitchen (how incongruous does that sound? But we don't have a bathtub...), I usually get her dressed and finish up all the little toiletry stages, including cleaning her ears, nose and eyes with saline. Sometimes I'll use some lotion on her, but in general I try not to use too much in the way of "extra" products -- she really doesn't need them! She smells good, baby-good, just the way she is, if you ask me, without the help of any products. I turned her over on her belly for a moment and put her arms forward, as I've tried to do on occasion on her tapis d'éveil, and whereas usually she flails her arms out to the side as if she were swimming, this time she lifted her head up high while pushing on her arms and looked at me. I clapped my hands and said, "Bravo, Emma Bear!" And she burst out laughing, so proud of herself! It was just perfect.

I've tried to capture some of the "lifting up" on camera, but it's been pretty tough so far... I managed to score one, but unfortunately it was blurry. We'll keep trying!

Yesterday's 4-month visit with the pediatrician went well, and Emma was a champ, as usual. I half expected her to be fussy, precisely because she hadn't been doing so well lately, and on top of all that, she hadn't had a real nap since early in the morning, and after falling asleep in the stroller I had to wake her up to see the doctor... But she smiled and sailed her way through the exam, so I worried for nothing... She's weighing in at nearly 16 pounds now (7.150 kilos) and is 68 centimeters long -- she's getting bigger and bigger! She hardly flinched for this month's first shot, but did cry a bit for the second one. Luckily next month there won't be any more vaccinations before we leave for our trip to the U.S. -- thank goodness! The doctor confirmed that she has two teeth sprouting, and we discussed other little concerns of mine... When we left, Emma fell back asleep in the stroller and Momma ran her around the neighborhood for some errands -- I was about exhausted as she was by the time we got back home!

The days are just flying by... And at this point, I still can't see myself leaving Emma at home. I'm not sure what the future is going to bring, but I have some tough choices to make in the next couple of weeks... I know that for the moment, yes, my blog is one of those blogs, but -- well, that's my life right now! So please be patient and bear with me.

Oh, and I know I did get tagged AGES ago by my dear Lauren and Meredith at Poppy Fields as well, but I wonder if I should even bother taking my turn at this point? It's been so long...

11 comments:

Mary Ann said...

I don't think anyone could fault you for not having time to blog. I really enjoy reading your updates, just blog when you have a little time to keep us up to date with Emma. I envy you this time with your little one, the years go by so fast. I wish now I had enjoyed my four more when they were babies. It was such a hectic time, I was just lucky to make it thru the day with a 4 yr. old, 2 yr. old and infant twins.

Pardon My French said...

What a sweet post! Sophie was a lifesaver and I send one to all my US friends who have babies (oooh, that reminds me, I've got one more to send out).

I practically threw a party for ourselves the day I found the first tooth -- wasn't expecting it all down and literally jumped up and down with all the excitement. Who knew the joy a tooth could bring?

And my blog is now totally one of *those* blogs but I've finally decided to accept it, lol. Congrats to Emma for all that hard work growing teeth and lifting up!

screamish said...

hee hee so cute. you know my so called pediatrician claims that kids dont teeth properly until 10 months, and that the

screamish said...

oops sorry babies crying back later!!!

Elisabeth said...

A very happy new year to you and your family. Think of how different Emma will be in just a short 12 months!

May 2009 bring you its very best!

Smart Socratics said...

Hey, I read As My World Turns and Elisabeth said I should come here and congratulate you about your baby, so Congratulations! I too have a baby. She was born on July 12th. She was 3 mos early, but its nice to see the things Emma is doing as Jadyn is almost doing those same things. At any rate, congratulations again!...Sue

screamish said...

hey, its been a month or so, how are things? i lost the will to blog after i lost my templae and links, but slowly getting back into it. Hows the lovely emma? where were u for the cold snap, in the capital or away visitng family? it snowed a heap down here, the girls saw snow for the first time; too young to know of course!

take care and post soon!

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Yoli said...

I am enjoying your blog and the fact you are a late bloomer like me. Take care and enjoy this time.

The Franco Fille said...

Hope all is well! Miss reading your posts.

avec amy said...

Hi Alice, Great to hear from you! I figured I hadn't written in so long I'd have no hope of receiving any comments. I really appreciate it. I've been checking in w/you every so often to see if there is anything new going on, with Emma, I'm sure you have lots of other fun things to keep you busy. I'm doing well. Finished the intensive French classes at the Sorbonne a few months ago, took a trip back to SF so didn't enroll in the following semester, but need and want to, will probably start again in summer. Also, started working again, PT from home so I'll still have time to go to class. Hope all is well with you :)