Sophia moves out (into her nursery)

Sophia had a big week this week. She started sleeping in her big girl crib in her Chicka Chicka Boom Boom room. It has gone fabulously; she has gone to sleep well, slept through the night (for the most part) and hasn’t seem bothered at all that we aren’t sleeping right next to her. She seems to like having the extra room, although she is still strapped into her Danny sling because of the incline, so she can’t really move around that much but at least she isn’t hitting the rails when she tries to roll around. She’s at the max weight (18 pounds) for the Danny sling, now, but her “Kerry Kuddler” should be arriving by the end of the week. We bought two crib mattresses while we were at it, and it turns out it works well to use both of them in Sophia’s crib so I don’t have to bend down so far to pick her up! Moving into her own room hasn’t solved the napping problem (still 20-30 minutes at a time), but I think that is more related to reflux. Her teachers were sweet and suggested that it was because we were too much fun, that she didn’t want to miss anything, but I highly doubt that’s the case.

All of Sophia’s teachers came over on Tuesday for her mid-year conference. They were very positive about her progress (even telling us that it was great that she let food get all over her face, because she wasn’t bothered by that sensation–now that is “glass half-full thinking”!). They agreed to double her services (now we’ll have twice a month OT and twice a month PT) since she is at a point where she can benefit from it. I think the big focus for the near term will be helping her sit up unsupported, consistently. That should help her with other developmental goals, including eating.

We did have another appointment this week with the speech therapist for feeding assistance. He continues to think that she is open to eating new foods, but will likely wait to take in more volume until her reflux is under better control. She tried a “meltable”–big honey comb “Gerber Graduate” snack and seemed to be interested in that. We just continue to expose her to new tastes and textures and try to get her to let us get the spoon further back onto her tongue.

Sophia finally got to spend some time outside again this weekend with the heat wave (it got to 40 today!). She really likes getting out of the house. We ran some errands on Saturday, and she got to meet our favorite pharmacist (I’m sure she can’t wait until she gets pennies for gum balls from him).

Today was an especially big day of “firsts.” Sophia got to scribble for the first time and make a little drawing. We got those big round crayons for little hands, and she had fun (mostly with teetering the crayons and throwing them off of her high chair and watching John retrieve them for her).

Then she was serenaded by her little friend Hillary, singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” She also got to try out Hillary’s Johnny Jump Up and seemed to really like being upright on her own. She usually doesn’t like to put much weight on her feet, so hopefully this will give her some more incentive and practice. She also loves to bounce and swing, so I think she’ll enjoy it. Her PT was torn about whether it would really be very good for her (she can’t see her feet and her legs are spread apart, when we are trying to get her to hold them together more), but we decided that it would be alright in moderation.

At the end of the day, Sophia got to meet her big cousin Mason for the first time. She tried some mango sorbet, but didn’t like the coldness of it. We’ll have to really keep working on the ice cream…

Since Sophia continues to get a fever each afternoon, we’ll be checking in with the doctor again this week to see if there is anything else we can do for her. We really hate to keep giving her Ibuprofen, but also don’t like to see her uncomfortable.