Fourth Month Update

Right now, Miss Virginia is growing and learning things at a very rapid rate. She recently had her 4 month check up and measured an amazing 27″ long .. that’s 7 inches since birth and it puts her above the 100th percentile for her age. She weighs almost 17 lbs (above 90th percentile). All of that growth has been fueled by breastmilk (some have suggested Wendy spikes it with Miracle Grow). Auntie Dawn tried to tempt her with punkin pie and whipped cream during the Thanksgiving Holiday, but she’s gonna stick with the high octane fuel for now.

When she was younger, a few months ago, her best friends were lights. She’d stare up at the ceiling, cooing and smiling, flirting away at the light fixture. Since then Virginia’s discovered that people are also fun to flirt with, she’s learned to smile and laugh and get excited to match the mood of those she’s with.
Over the last few weeks, she’s learned that her hands can do more than just flail around randomly. At first she needed to use both hands in order to get one of them into her mouth. She’s now a pro at one-handed, unassisted finger sucking. Not content to rest on her laurels, she quickly progressed in the Grabbing Things category, discovering that she can get her hands to bring other things to her mouth for analysis. This has opened up a whole new world for her and we’re introducing toys little by little.

Speaking of flailing, Virginia used to practice her swimming strokes — with one hand — while nursing. when on her left side, would breast stroke with her right arm, when on the other side she was doing freestyle. That progressed to doing freestyle with both arms and now she just pets Wendy or holds onto her shirt.

She’s also very close to being able to sit up on her own, so we’re giving her time in the boppy. That allows her to work on it without completely falling over everytime. Her core body strength is impressive and she’s able to pull herself from an incline into a full sitting position or from a seated forward fold. Her legs are also very strong, with a little balancing help, she can stand for a long time and really enjoys showing what a big girl she is.

down…. and UP! from wendy morissette on Vimeo.

We’re having so much fun watching her discover more and more of the world around her. For a while, her very best friends were her feet, watching her ‘discover’ her feet and play with them. She smiles and giggles and looks around to see if we’ve noticed how clever she is. At about the same time she figured out she could use her hands to grab things.

Along with objects that can be grabbed, she’s paying more and more attention to what we’re doing, especially when we’re eating and drinking. The look of intense curiosity on her face as she tracks each bite and drink is hilarious and endearing. The soda cans are always mesmerizing, however, whether we’re drinking or not. Sometimes she’ll just be staring, transfixed, at a shiny, shiny Diet Coke as if waiting for it to move on its own, or start talking to her.

We don’t know how much time we have until Virginia can roll/crawl across the floor , but she’s beginning to figure out some of the basics. She rolls from side to side with her feet in her hands (classic happy baby pose) and does a reverse inch worm – arching her back and moving slowly away from her original position. We’ve watched her do a combination of those motions and go in a complete circle, with her head as the center point.

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Harlow, May 1991 – November 2009

This morning the time had come for our grand ol’ dame, our one-eyed wonder. She had been getting more and more senile over the last year and her hips were all kinds of wobbly and her kidneys were starting to go. It was a very difficult decision, as she was still very alert and seemingly happy. She spent most of her days curling up with Libby (with lots of ‘spa time’) and purring whenever anyone in the house got near her. Her wobbliness was at times funny, at times distressing, and sometimes not present at all… her leaps from couch to ottoman continually amazed us.

She will be dearly missed… she’s the last of an era. I got her and Jordan within a two-week period when they were around 8 weeks old, way back in 1991. With her passing, I no longer have a cat who’s “mine.” Libby isn’t really attached to any single one of us and Walter is definitely Hazel’s cat.

We’ll be burying the old girl in our designated pet cemetery in our backyard, right next to her best-buddy-in-life, Jordan.

Here are a few shots from her last day.

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Pioneer Elementary Fall Festival

We went to the Fall Festival at zel’s school last night and had a great time. Virginia was able to wear her “costume” that the Kennedy’s sent (with perfect timing!). The pic is a scan of a polaroid, so not great quality, but we’re glad they were there, as we didn’t get a picture before leaving the house. It was going to be just zel and virigina, but miss v got cranky, so camey had to join the pic.

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big tall (giggly) girl

camey was lifting up virginia and plopping her down, over and over, to lots of giggles on virginia’s part. I managed to catch a round of it, and at the 19-20 second mark, virginia makes a weird little sound that you can hardly hear on the video, but got camey really laughing.

big tall girl from wendy morissette on Vimeo.

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Virginia rockin her leg warmers – 11 wks old

I got some leg warmers for Virginia to extend her summer wardrobe into the fall and I love how they look! Her chubby thighs are fabulous. I caught several different facial expressions in this sitting.

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Virginia the bro-ette

Here’s Virginia with her first Harley outfit from her Grannie Annie and Pepere. Check Zelly’s page for more pics with the two of them from this sitting.

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here’s virginia doing her very best Bubba impression:

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Virginia hanging out with Harlow

this is a fairly common site: virginia chillaxin on the couch with harlow. libby will join in, curling up on virginia’s feet, when there’s a blanket over miss v.
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A conversation with Virginia

Virginia is starting to interact with us a lot more and getting quite vocal! Here’s Wendy talking with Virginia about her day.

conversation with virginia 10/4/09 from wendy morissette on Vimeo.

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Virginia finds her hands

Last week, Virginia started really working at getting her fist in her mouth. Sometimes, it takes both hands working together to get just one in her mouth, but she makes it happen.

Virginia finds her hands from wendy morissette on Vimeo.

As you can see, she’s still a bit erratic with her movement and occasionally bonks herself in the eye or the cheek or the forehead… which amuses us, though I hope she doesn’t give herself a black eye! She does scratch herself in the process sometimes, so I have to be vigilant with keeping her nails trimmed!

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