January 29, 2006

Sleeping Successes

It's been a huge week for us in terms of sleep! Gloria has been a pretty good sleeper for a while now, but has made some excellent progress this week.

First, a confession. Until last Saturday night, we had been letting Gloria sleep in her car seat placed in her bassinet. Last weekend, we finally got her a proper crib and she has been sleeping well in it all week. I was very nervous that she would not make the adjustment well, but have been very pleasantly surprised. Our new problem is that the cat likes sleeping in the crib when Gloria isn't in it. He moves quite quickly when he sees us bringing her to it, though.

Last night, we also decided to try to put Gloria in the crib while she's still awake. It's only been two nights now (and tonight is still young), but it seems as though it's working!

Gloria has also been enjoying her high chair quite a bit. She is eating "food" three times a day now and gobbles it down quite well. She seems to like anything we give her at this point.

Gloria is still making lots of noise. She has really discovered her voice. She continues to be pleasant most of the time, which is wonderful. Some days/nights are tough, but she's usually good. She continues to work on rolling over and sitting up. She will roll in one direction repeatedly until she runs out of room. It's funny to watch (though she has only done it in front of me once). She can sit for longer stretches of time now, but is not ready to pull herself to sitting.

All fellow STEN and GORM lovers should appreciate this.

January 24, 2006

Why Homeschool? #2

Because I'll never have to submit to a iris scan to pick up Gloria from school:

When a parent arrives to pick up their child at one of three grade schools in the Freehold Borough School District, they'll need to look into a camera that will take a digital image of their iris. That photo will establish positive identification to gain entrance into the school.

Funding for the project, more than $369,000, was made possibly by a school safety grant through the National Institute of Justice, a research branch of the U.S. Department of Justice. "The idea is to improve school safety for the children," said Phil Meara, superintendent, Freehold Borough School District, on Monday. "We had a swipe-card system that operated the doors, but the technology was obsolete."

No, the federal government won't be testing out surveillance techniques on my children under the pretext of "school safety".

January 13, 2006

A New Year & A Half-Birthday

Christmas with Gloria was wonderful. She was not very interested in opening presents, but liked all the shiny things and boxes.

New Year's Eve was Gloria's first night away from Marc & I. We all survived. It made me very nervous to be away from her for the night, but her grandparents took good care of her. Also, a few nice glasses of champagne helped calm me down.

Gloria has been eating more and more food lately. She now eats rice cereal, sweet potatoes, carrots, bananas and peas. She has also (sort-of) rediscovered napping recently.

Last week, Gloria had her 6-month check-up. She now weighs 13 pounds, 12 ounces and is 26 inches long. This puts her in the 50th percentile for weight and the 90th for height.

This week, Gloria turned six months. This officially moved me from the WebMD newborn-6 month board to the 6-12 month board. She celebrated by FINALLY rolling in both directions!

Gloria's latest amusing trick is making tons of noise, but not necessarily moving her mouth along with the sound. She is very much like a dubbed movie now. It's really cute. She keeps herself pretty amused now, too.