[The hole that our house will be filling]
[Our little pond]
[View from the pond up to our neighbor's house on the left, and our house/hole on the right]
[Josie supervising the dig]
All sorts of stuff happened with Josie this week. After her bout of hand, foot, and mouth disease, and a cold or two following that, she is finally healthy again now. She no longer consistently falls asleep after nursing, so after floundering around a bit the last couple of weeks, we're starting to figure out how to deal with this turn of events. We now nurse, cuddle for approximately one minute (when it usually becomes obvious that Josie thinks it's playtime), and then Josie gets moved to her crib - awake! - and then I pat her back (or whatever body part I can reach), if needed, until she falls asleep, which has been happening within 10-15 minutes. This is a fairly big deal (to me, at least), since she used to always have to be put in her crib completely asleep, since she would get really upset immediately after being laid down in her crib if she was put down awake, and although she sometimes cries a bit at first now, she has been settling right down and going to sleep well.
The bigger problem is when she wakes up overnight, since she is still waking once between 2-5am, and since she's normally awake after I nurse her now, I had been putting her in her swing for the rest of the night (since she falls asleep quickly in it, and seems to sleep more soundly than on her own). But now that Josie has realized she can pull herself to sitting, the swing has become pretty unsafe for her since she's trying to sit up and fling herself over the sides. So the swing has been retired, and I now have to try to get her back to sleep without any props, which is not usually a quick or easy process :( Also probably overdue for retirement? Her exersaucer and bouncy seat.
[Just lounging around, waiting for me to finish getting ready in the morning]
Josie's second top tooth came through this week, and she also has started "mmm"ing while eating, nursing, etc., which is super cute but has led to Ryan and I repeatedly finishing her thought by saying "... it does go well with the chicken" (yeah, old school Beastie Boys reference ;) ). Josie has also gotten more into broccoli, strawberries, and snap peas this week, and even shared her food for the first time, by feeding Ryan a snap pea. Snap peas have actually been a great diversion for her, since if we need to keep her entertained for a while, we can give her one and that will keep her going for 15 minutes or so. It's just unfortunate that the sound she makes while chewing it also sounds remarkably like the sound she makes when she grits her teeth, which is like nails on a chalkboard for me...
[Walking, with some teeth gritting towards the end]
[No pictures yet of her new top teeth, but her two bottom teeth have to be getting close to being fully out now]
After not being too into walking one-handed the last couple of weeks, Josie got back into it again this week. And she even took a couple of steps by herself! Ryan was walking towards me with her and let go of her hands when she was almost to me, and she took the last couple of steps all on her own. After I got all excited, Ryan then told me that she has taken a couple of steps on her own previously with him, but since he didn't enter it into the record book (i.e., my notes or blog), I'm counting the "official" first steps for Miss Josie as occurring on June 23, 2012 ;)
[Begging for some of my dinner, and then pulling herself to standing]