Kaiya’s First Year: Week 27
This week has been all about teeth, teeth, teeth! She’s officially pushed two more teeth through this week, and has another that is already half-way there. Between sore gums and having developed a cold (think lots of snot, a raspy voice, and congestion in her chest), she’s been a fussy kid over the last couple of days–clingy, whiny, and tired. Throw in her mounting frustration with her inability to keep up with the big kids and you can imagine the fun we’ve been having at home. I found the best remedy for her is being outside. Whether it’s just sitting on the grass in front of our apartment, swinging at the park, or analyzing the dogs down at the beach, it’s like all of the discomfort and irritation that are grating her simply melt away. She laughs and smiles, and somehow the snot stops pouring into her mouth. It’s really quite lovely. And a big ‘Thank You’ to the weather gods for giving us sunshine this week so that we haven’t been stuck inside. I probably would have gone insane.
Up until a few days ago, Kaiya had been sleeping on a pile of blankets and foam on the floor next to our bed. But with her increasing mobility, it was becoming a safety issue with her silently disappearing in the middle of the night only to be found playing under the clothes hamper or scoping out the dust bunnies under the dresser. So our friend Kerri loaned us their travel crib to help contain Kaiya a bit more until we can set up a space for her that is more baby friendly. I wasn’t entirely sure that she was going to take to it very well, but honestly those 4 mesh walls have worked a miracle. At night, we can now put Kaiya down without any crying and during the day when she’s tired, she’ll hang out in the crib singing to herself, sucking on her blanket, and eventually puts herself to sleep. It’s glorious.
The other big news, which most people have already heard about thanks to Facebook, is that we are moving! In terms of distance, it measures about as far as when we moved from one end of the cul-de-sac to the other when my family found out that my mom was pregnant with my sister. We absolutely LOVE our neighborhood and weren’t willing to compromise on location. We weren’t even looking all that seriously because down here in Fairfield, there aren’t a lot of affordable places. But with Vibhu’s parents coming to stay with us for 2 months this summer, our charming one-bedroom apartment suddenly began feeling very cramped. It seems our lucky stars have aligned though and come May 1, we’ll be living across the street in an equally charming 2 bedroom apartment. What I love most is that we’ll have a storage locker, a place to put our bikes, and even a bit of grassy area for Kaiya to play in. Oh yea, and that second bedroom, I love that too!
Kaiya’s first day of swim lessons
Practicing her latest party trick, standing!
Hanging out at Willows Beach
The helmet that totally fits, haha!