Monday, July 12, 2010

Re-cap; long overdue

Good Morning Tootsie! Sorry about the blurriness. But she is SO happy when she wakes up. Well . . sometimes. She's really happy to see the boys in the morning though, every morning.
Thinking: " How can I get her to pick me up . . . I know . . . !"
And then there are morning's like this. When she's not too happy.
Wait . . . there's more.
I know, sad isn't it?!
She snaps out of it pretty quick, though.
This is her staring-out-in-space look. Helloooooo!?
Our first fishing trip. She did AWESOME. It was really high elevation (10,000+) and she wasn't effected by it at all. I wondered, but she did great. I made sure she had A LOT of liquids.

Daddy and Miss Joye. She's all decked out in her team colors to support Bubba's last Baseball game. Daddy was third-base coach.
Here's the lot-o-liquids part I was talking about. Same fishing trip. :)
OK, we all know this girl has a lotta hair, but seriously - it's uber long too. Can you believe it?!!

This was after the crying theme, at the beginning of this post. See the moisture in the one eye, from the cry-fest? After I took this picture I picked her up, put that crazy hair up in something and we ate breakfast.

So. . . it has been like TWO WHOLE WEEKS since I have posted. So sorry. I really don't know where the time has gone! Let's recap.

For the 4th: We celebrated the 4th of July by going to our yearly parade and we were able to show lil' tootsie off (on Saturday). That was fun. I dressed her up in her little Red, White and Blue outfit that I got her, but forgot to take a picture. I know, what was I thinking?

Sunday we went over to my Grandma's house for supper and then watched the Fireworks from her driveway. Joye did great. She couldn't hang in there for the Fireworks and fell asleep on me.

Then Monday we went fishing. Again, she did great.

Since I left you, we were having trouble with her sleeping. That was the need for the boundaries, right? Yeah well, THAT is what we have still been working on. The girl fights, fights and FIGHTS sleep. And she hates it even more when you tell her that it's nigh night time. If she get's tired and doesn't have a nap - it's worse. I thought at first that she just didn't require a lot of sleep. Well- that proved to be NOT true. She needs her sleep - the trick is convincing her of the idea. She will play for HOURS if you leave it up to her. She even resorts to pulling her hair out of her head to derail the sleep train. Seriously! I wish I was kidding!

After many naps and nights we have finally got her number. I lay down with her and have to keep telling her "no, it's nigh night time" over and over and over. She cries, screams and just get's plain mad, but eventually relents and falls asleep. The time to get her to fall asleep is getting smaller and smaller. We are making progress. She is sleeping more at night with less wakings and having longer naps. YAY!

Eating: This girl is an EATER. She eats anything and everything you put in front of her. She loves everything! And the quantity - YIKES! I seriously don't think my boys EVER ate this much when they were her age. She LOVES butternut quash, noodles of any kind, any fruit you can come up with, prunes - LOVES prunes. If I listed all what we have given her and all that she has eaten, I would be here all day. She has one formula bottle at night (100cc) and the rest of her calories are consumed with regular food.

What She's doing: She is babbling more and more. We've caught her saying "bubba" "do" (short o for dog), and when I rock her she will say "nigh nigh." She also says "mama" A LOT. But she said mama in Korea and it means food. So I really can't decipher if that's me she wants, or food. The things (other than "nigh nigh") have been completely out-of-the-blue and we really aren't connecting them to the things that they mean - yet. Her babbling has changed to a more 'word' sound, if that makes sense.

She's not quite walking. She pushes stuff around the house and stands more. She also cruises the furniture more. She stood the other day and then like spun around and then latched onto the ottoman. She's getting her balance more and more each day.

No new teeth, but I'm pretty sure she's cutting some. She's been a lot more 'cranky' and sleepy lately and has had a runny nose. If I were to guess, I would say that is all linked to her teeth. She should be cutting her molars and the rest of her bottom teeth.

Overall Disposition: Extremely happy and full of joy (no pun intended.) Literally. She is just so much fun to be around. She mimics EVERYTHING you do. Cough, sneeze, yawn. She is SO. STINKIN'. SMART! I am amazed at what this little girl can catch onto at her age. It's unbelievable! You do things once and she's got it.

She came home doing hi-five. Foster Dad taught her to do it when he came home from work. It's was really cute. The boys were all over it, too, they loved giving her hi-five. But when you did it, she would just barely touch your hand. Well, since day one, the boys 'slap' their hands when they do hi-five. They don't do it really hard, but they just smack her hand and say "ha." Now when you say "hi-five" she slaps your hand pretty hard and says "ha." It is THE cutest thing EVER. And when she doesn't have anyone around to reciprocate her hi-five, she does it to herself. Kinda like practice. She smacks her own little hand and says "ha."

Then the other day we were watching the Rockies and when they scored the boys and Daddy all lifted their hands and went "yay!" and then what do you know - little Tootsie lifted her cute little hands in the air and says "aaaaaaaaay." Priceless. When she's real happy and wants a reaction she will do it and get everyone to do it with her. I LOVE it.

Hopefully it won't be long until I post again. ;)


Christy said...

Hurray! What a cutie! Love the pouty face. :) Sounds like things are going pretty well! That's great. Hope sleeping becomes a bit easier soon! Hugs and prayers!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely adorable!! So glad to hear everyone is adjusting so well. She definitely looks like a "joy" to be around.

Brittany said...

Wow Jayme, I'm so glad everything is going so well. Joye seems to be adjusting wonderfully. One question, when you give her lots of liquids are you still doing that in a bottle? And only formula at night? ( sorry that was two) We are having trouble getting Samara to drink from a sippy cup she only wants the bottle.

Larsen Family said...

Sounds like she is adjusting fairly well.

Those mountains looked gorgeous.

Our sleeping has gotten better, too. And our little miss has gained 2 lbs since being home she loves to eat, too. She fell last week on our fireplace hearth and had to get 5 stitches; NOT FUN!!! But, other than that we are doing good. I don't write on my blog too much either. I just get too busy. Maybe I'll post this week. :)

Michelle said...

So glad to hear that she's fitting in and doing well (aside from the sleep issues). I can't get over how adorable her little face is! It's perfect! Even when she's crying, it's adorable. And the hair!!! WOW!!! Love the tub shots with the faux-hawk. Thanks for the update, it's been a joy :)

Allen and Kala said...

It's wonderful to hear from you. I'm so glad for the update. LOVE the bathtub shots! She's adorable :)