Marching On, Part II

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As promised, here’s a post with more photos of March, and better ones…

One of the days we were in Austin the week of Spring Break, I took Maisy with me to the office. I’d had good luck with her most days I’d brought her to work, with her sleeping most of the time or hanging out contentedly in the baby carrier while I had meetings. This particular day, though, was pretty much a total waste. Maisy fussed and cried and fussed some more, causing me to become increasingly frustrated as I tried unsuccessfully to get the time-sensitive work done that I had to do that day. Babies seem to sense frustration a lot more instinctively than some adults read other adults’ emotions, so my tense mood only exacerbated the problem and I decided it would be better to just leave and work later that night instead. When I got home, Nate and I decided we should use the remaining daylight to get some pictures of Maisy in the bluebonnets. Getting Maisy outside usually clears up her fussiness, but that afternoon the fussiness lingered and she was very stingy with her smiles, mainly wanting to eat the flowers. To make the experience all the more pleasant, I stepped in and then unknowingly proceeded to kneel in a big pile of dog poop while squatting to prop Maisy up. Thankfully my mom went with us to dance and wave her arms around like a crazy octopus to get some good smiles out of our girl. And thankfully Nate’s camera battery lasted long enough for him to shoot some real gems (because after he started taking photos, he realized his battery was almost dead). You’d never know it was sort of a rotten day by looking at the pure joy of Maisy’s expression here:

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Maisy had her first solid food, which was rice cereal, on Sunday, March 25th, so she was almost 4.5 months old. Solids, if you can call cereal mush and pureed food “solids,” were a big hit for a couple weeks, but then girlfriend seemed to seriously lose interest so we took a break for a couple weeks before coming back to it. In those early days when Maisy was experiencing all new foods, we learned that she’d eat basically anything we’d give her except apple sauce and do it with enthusiasm. We also learned that when her skin came in contact with cinnamon, she’d get a contact rash. She doesn’t get them as bad now at 13 months old, so we’re hoping she’ll eventually grow out of it, because life without cinnamon would certainly be less tasty. Here are some good moments of baby Maisy’s first solids captured by Nate:

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Before the remaining potpourri of March photos, some stats: At Maisy’s 4-month doctor checkup at 4 months and 5 days old, she weighed 13 lbs. and was 24.75 inches long. In March, I nursed for 97 hours and 46 minutes, and Maisy took a bottle 14 times. We changed approximately 186 diapers in March, and the longest night I slept was 8 hours and 5 minutes, although for more than half the days the longest I slept was less than 5 hours. Such is life. Now the photos… A few more at the rodeo fairgrounds:

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More in Waco, whaling on the piñata:

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Maisy having a conversation with Uncle Jesse:

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Sucking on her gloves:

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And sucking on my nose:

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Bedtime colors:

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Some of the last days in her swing:

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Cheers!

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