14 December 2013

Aila is 5 Months

Aila rolled over for the first time this month! Not long after her 4th month mark, she started rolling over from tummy to back with the help of a pillow to lie on to begin with. She isn't rolling all over the place yet, but its a start. She is also trying to get mobile now, so she'll being her knees up to her chest and kind of face skid/squirm forward lol. So much fun watching her achieve her first goals in life! She is very textbook. I say this because every time I get my monthly updates from babycenter.com, she is for the most part right on pah with what is being said. I will get an update on how my baby might be developing and a week later, she is right on track! For example, raspberries. In my last update, the newsletter said that it is a good way to develop speech, I think, and she has been at that non stop for the past couple days. She is also very vocal and will just talk or laugh to herself. She falls asleep watching me exercise. Hmmm.... Not sure what to make of that yet.

Her laugh is so funny because her facials don't change at all, but the sound comes out. She is also very ticklish on her chest. Reia was ticklish on her lower back but didn't like being tickled there. She also finally found her thumb to suck on! Usually she would suck on her fist or fingers and make a slobbery mess, but she finally found her thumb! She has always hated the dummy and would chew on it rather than suck. I would rather she didn't make a habit of it though.
Her favorite game is definitely peekaboo with a blanket. She gets a rush from the wind, which can be a but too much sometimes, but when it's with a blanket she is a very happy girl. 
She has definitely grown since last month, weighing in at  9kg! Every week at church, I am told how much bigger she has grown since the last. I thought for sure that she would be my skinny Asian baby because she had the skinniest legs at birth and was so tiny looking even though her and Reia weighed pretty much the same weight. But that soon changed! I'm glad she has these chubby cheeks and chubby thighs. She is so much more cuddley :) 

What's amazing to me is how different every baby is born. They are each born with their own little personality! Even though I am raising my two girls pretty similarly, they are such different spirits. I used to think that a persons personality was the result of their upbringing in the home, which may be partly true. But what amazes me is what the child brings to the home first. I love watching my girls interact with each other and seeing their individuality shine through. 

Jun and his parents come to New Zealand from Japan next week! Exciting to be together again! We can finally have a Christmas in New Zealand in the summer time together with a REAL Christmas tree and daylight until 9 at night! Haven't had one if these since 2008 so I am loving it :) 

Merry Christmas from us!

Aila is 4 Months!

Aila is now 4 months and is showing a lot more control. She can go longer between feeds and is so much more alert of the things going on around her. She has started looking at her hands and will just stare at them lol. She knows Reia's face now and definitely mine and will cry if I leave her. She still has the most chubbiest cheeks! When she is on her tummy, she will lean to the side which is a good sign that she may roll over soon! It amazes me how Aila is so curious and is eager to explore her surroundings.

She still wakes once a night, which is fine with me. I would get plenty of sleep if I didn't stay up until 2am enjoying my free time watching movies. There are days when I cannot cope with the tiredness and headaches which makes being in NZ with my family such a blessing. We Skype with Jun as much as we can but still don't get to talk as much as we'd like to. When I wake up, he is fast asleep, and when I go to bed, he is coming home from work. So it is a bit hard but sometimes we catch each other right before he takes off to work.

Aila has developed a bald patch on the back of her head from turning side to side. Not so cute lol. She  also, since she was born, balls her hands into tight little fists which requires constant cleaning. She still hasn't taken to the dummy or bottle very well and would much rather prefer the real thing. She sounds just like her Aunty Ric when she was a baby!

I noticed that she has quite a low and wide frenulum (the tissue connecting the top lip and gum) and am slightly concerned that it may interfere with her adult teeth and speech development in the future. An ENT Specialst said that its nothing to worry about and that it corrects itself, but I am going to keep and eye on it anyway and hope he is right!

Aila is full of smiles and giggles and will just light up when she sees my face or hears my voice, it is adorable! She is pretty generous with the smiles when she is being held by her grandparents too. I see her being a little social butterfly in the future :)

Reia's English has improved so much since we have been here. Being surrounded by the language really worked wonders compared to living in Japan. We took the girls to McDonalds and Reia made a freind with a cute Indian girl who helped her down the slide. I was so glad to finally seeing her play with other kids! It was funny watching her interact though. If another kid would come on the slide the same time as her she would shout "Share!" and run away. I'm not sure if she meant for them to share of if she wanted to share. The phrase she took away from the play ground was "You can't catch me!" as all the kids chanted that playing tiggy. She also likes to say how about .........., or try it! She has started stringing long sentences together and speaks with such conviction, but it usually just sounds like bla bla shoes bla bla bla outside! If I tell her off or say she can't do/have something she pouts her lips and sighs "why me!" LOL She got that from The Emperoros New Groove.

As for me, I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight, Aunt Flow is still on vacay and my hair is starting to fall out :( The down falls of post pregnancy! But still doing great. Having my family here to help me out has been such a blessing! I am so glad that my girls get to bond with my own family before we take off to Japan because we may not be visiting again for a while. 

One more month to go in the land of the long white cloud!