Saturday, June 25, 2011
The instructions stated 2 adults could blow it up in 20-30 minutes. Hmmm yeah.
Instead I used my new home air compressor. Not just any air compressor, a Dewalt 90 PSI 2 cubic foot per minute compressor. It's nice.
I had it inflated in 5 minutes.
Natali then played in it for about 10 minutes. I then spent 15 minutes taking it down. We did this two days in a row.
Beyond her first pool her speech is developing. She will say "Hi" every now and then. Lots of "Mama's" and "Dad Das"...but neither one directed at any certain person.
She can totally stand unassisted....if she wanted. When we let go of her while she is steady, Natali will slowly lower herself to the ground. She just needs more confidence.
When holding on to the couch or entertainment center she will walk left and right, she gets the concept. She will climb on or over anything in her way. This morning she crawled over to her feeding chair and sat down.
The times when we leave the baby gates open Natali will cruise right over them.
We mailed off a huge box of new toys and gently used clothes to our friends Jason and Jackie who are expecting their first baby in August (also a girl). I really love my Fedex discount (75% off!). Next too free flights, Fedex is the next best perk.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Natali is moving about very well. She is often sneaky about it. She will start off with a slow crawl. Then the moment we look away she kicks it into turbo and zoom!
Her confidence in standing on her own is getting better. She will climb up on anything and let one hand go every now and then.
We are both surprised at how much Natali loves books. She will crawl over to the entertainment center where her books are stacked and pull them down.
Whenever we pick up a book, no matter where Natali is in the room, she will smile and QUICKLY crawl over to us to be read to.
Her words....err...sounds are getting more varied. She makes the ma ma, da da, ba ba and sssss sounds. She looked at Kelli last week and said, "mmmma ma, mmmmmma ma" over and over. Probably a coincidence....but Kelli enjoyed it.
Yesterday Natali learned a new trick. She realized that whenever she cries, the dogs will howl. So Natali started fake crying to get the dogs to howl, stop, then start fake crying again. Cute...but annoying.
We couldn't ask for better sleeping habits. She is able to put herself to sleep with minimal fuss.
Whenever she is tired we put her in her crib and she will either go right out or cry for 20 seconds, realize she is tired and go to sleep. Rarely much more than that.
She averages two naps a day and sleeps 8PM till sometime in the 6AM hour.
As much as I love her....I still and totally fine with having just one kid.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
To a Pilot's Son
Though my job takes me to far-away places,
Far from home among many new faces,
Enjoying rich, glowing sunsets and brilliant sky blue,
The sad part is it takes me away from you.
But to a pilot a plane is a mixed blessing,
Like cold, sleepless nights and 4 o'clock dressing,
All the nights missed tucking you in bed,
Too many bedtime stories that won't get read.
Cobalt blue sunrises followed by fiery red sunsets,
The scale of privledge balanced with regrets.
My job pulls me here to Timbuktu, but
The heart of me is always with you.
Missed days and nights filled with great joy and laughter,
Too tight of schedules running here and thereafter,
To earn a living, son, this is what I do;
I miss every minute separated from you.
If a king's ransom I had, I'd be a stay-at-home dad,
Every night rubbing your head and tucking you into bed,
Long walks on the beach to take,
Seeing your smile when I wake.
So, son, keep in mind as you grow older,
A strong healthy body and oh so much bolder.
All those days and nights and days away too long,
I miss you every minute I'm gone.
If God should send me for that final flight west,
Don't be sad, don't protest.
Keep your head and body strong,
To win the challenge long.
And remember as you gander at the sky above you,
That forever in time I will always love you.
-Captain Rick Kerti
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
In other news I think it is time to get rid of a couple of baby items. Our living room is getting way too cluttered (much like the rest of our house). I am not sold on the only 1 kid thing, but Darren still maintains that Natali will be an only child. With that in mind I would really like to get rid of things and not store them anywhere. We have a baby swing and a bouncer seat we need to get rid of and also a plastic infant bathtub and a lot of old clothes. We have a bassinet too, but the base for the bassinet was converted into a toy box that I will not be getting rid of. I guess we will keep the bassinet until we are ready to do away with the toy box too. I would love to have a garage sale because I know I could find a lot more things around this house I would like to sell. Darren would have a fit though. I could put it all on Craigslist, but it would take several different listings and I think it would all go really quickly with a garage sale. I will think about it a bit more. If anyone around the Dallas area is in need of a baby swing, bouncer seat, infant bathtub, or infant girl clothes from newborn through 6 months, please let me know. :-)
Monday, June 6, 2011
Natali finished her 22nd flight over the weekend. She does travel like a champ. Never cries much....just sits back and relaxes. I do wonder if there is a record for number of flights before a baby is one year old.
She has gone from crawling slowly to Need for Speed Full Bottle. Wow. She is very sneaky about it.
Natali will start slowly inching toward a door and then take off.
Her speech is developing. When she is in the mood she will mimic what she hears. Just the sounds of course...no real words...beyond "da da".
Natali has learned to clap and kinda wave two different ways. She will either wave both of her arms up and down and squeal with excitement or slowly open and close one hand...but only if we do it first.
One of her really cute little new things is licking her lips. Not sure where it came from but if she sees someone licking their lips she will start doing it over and over again.
Her diet has grown exponentially over the last two weeks. Natali has had wedding cake, frozen yogurt (with peanut butter bits from Kelli!), fruit snacks and graham cracker cereal.
Natali's sleeping habits are finally becoming routine.
In the past we used to wake her up around 9PM...feed her and put her back to bed hoping she would sleep till 6AM. Now we just feed her around 7:30PM and put her to bed just after 8PM. She normally sleeps till about 6:20AM. Not too shabby.
Finally....a simple Natali video....