This past month has sometimes seemed like it's been all about the teething--poor Tesla is in so much pain and it's taking it's toll on all of us. She celebrated turning 9 months by cutting one tooth, but her symptoms haven't subsided, so we're hoping that second one will hurry up. When she's teething hard, she refuses to eat baby food (though I'm afraid this might be a permanent rejection of baby food)--she'll pick at solid foods a bit because I think the action of chewing helps--here's her with a green bean in her mouth:
She also doesn't really nap during the day (I keep telling myself that it's because of the teething because I really need to believe that!). She's exhausted all the time, but will still fight sleep until the bitter end--we were shocked on night at dinner when we looked over and she was sleeping--this is the first of hopefully many times she will do that!
We've had a couple decent snowfalls in March and we have a good little sledding hill right near our house. The first time I took the kids myself--it wore me out, trekking through the snow pulling Lennon in the sled and holding Tesla in my arms. I love the look on Lennon's face that says, "Really, Mom"--it makes me smile.
Such a great big brother--making sure his sister is okay and trying to get her to have some fun.
The second snow was on the weekend--the day after the snow was a high in the 40s, so it was fun not having to bundle up.
One tired little girl:
The boys having a snowball fight:
Lennon is not a natural daredevil, so he had some anxiety about falling off the sled, but once he was on his way, he had fun.
Tesla started clapping this month--so fun!
Lennon and I had a little date the week before his birthday--we went to paint pottery. After a long time deciding what to paint, he ultimately chose the alien/monster bank. Though I did most of the painting, he told me exactly what to do. The little guy turned out great--he's speckled green with black numbers and letters all over and polka dots.
One Friday the weather was in the upper 70s so we ventured to the zoo, which was what everyone did as well--it was packed. We met up with Jared, Beka and Jordon and had a great day together. Here's Tesla as we're waiting for the Freeman's at the entrance--she didn't mind the sunglasses at all!
Lennon was having a hard time staying patient waiting for them to arrive so that we could enter the zoo:
Lennon riding the bear on the carousel:
With Uncle Jared on the train--the last few times we've been to the zoo the train was down for maintenance, so Lennon was thrilled that it was running. However, because of the crowds, we had to wait in line while 3 trains came and went--Lennon was not a patient boy during that time.
Beka and Jordon:
Tesla's favorite game is peek-a-boo. She initiates it whenever she has something in her hands. She also likes to combine peek-a-boo with trying to get dressed, something that Lennon used to try to do all the time!
Tesla is keeping us on our toes--she gets into so much more trouble than Lennon ever did: she puts everything in her mouth, she plays with outlets and the plugs in outlets and she will go right back to doing the same thing that she was told she couldn't do the second she thinks she's in the clear--none of these behaviors had to be addressed when Lennon was a baby....we're in trouble!
She doesn't like to be stopped--she wanted to crawl off the chair and I wouldn't let her...
And this is what happens when she doesn't get what she wants...very dramatic!
Tesla has also mastered climbing up the stairs. There are times we forget to put up the gate at the bottom of the stairs and we hear squealing up in the bathroom (she usually heads straight for the bathtub). There was one morning when I was emptying the dishwasher and Lennon was playing in the living room. We both heard her, and both immediately said "uh-oh" and ran up the stairs to get her. We are still mastering going down backwards--there will be a lot less urgency to get her when she gets that down!