Moments with Danah

Danah has grown so fast. She now eats (a lot), has more antics, recognizes people, gets jealous of people, and she is becoming more active and beautiful.

I just got really busy with work so pardon me for leaving this page outdated. I will post updates over the weekend! πŸ™‚

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It felt like it’s just yesterday when I posted my first entry to this page. Danah has now grown to be a playful little girl.

It felt like it was just yesterday when Danah used to cry for milk, and latched, and be cradle-carried. Now, she’s screaming and blabbering, playing with the odd-looking stuffed toys in her crib, choosing whom she wants to play with. She’s now five months old.

We had to put her in her crib since she’s getting more playful. Last Sunday I just found her on the floor and although the floor is covered in rubber puzzles, still, she could have been hurt. The thing is, she turns over and moves so fast that sleeping on the mattress is not safe for her anymore.

So far she likes to crib. She has lots of musical toys in there.

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She quite dislikes her pediatrician. Doc said Danah now recognizes her clinic. She has tantrums everytime we go there as if she knows what’s gonna happen. Her ability to recognize people is apparent now.

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We’d like to thank everyone who greeted her and sent her Christmas gifts. Happy New Year to all of you!

Danah is too young to be wishing for Christmas so I’m making her a list based on her needs, wants and the things she still lacks. πŸ™‚

Godparents and those who plan to give Danah something for Christmas, this list will definitely help.

1. Learning books – Danah now appreciates images like drawings and pictures. She needs learning books so we’ll have more to share to her during playtime and even before she sleeps at night. πŸ™‚

I have no book titles in particular but Danah would love books with colorful pictures and drawings.

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2. Hats – Danah has a few hats already, but adding some more would be awesome πŸ™‚ January and February are gonna be cold months so Danah will find it really useful if you could give her warm hats (knitted or thick ones) that can cover her ears. LIke me, Danah gets cold easily so these hats could be her weapon against the coming colder season.

We have no preference as for the design but we hope it’s not blue πŸ™‚

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3. Weaning materials – Danah might start eating solid food next month but as early as now we’re practicing her with her spoon and tumbler. Materials such as water-proof bibs, soft spoon, and bowl would be very helpful.

P.S. It need not be Avent but the brand will greatly be appreciated, hehehe. πŸ™‚

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4. MP3 Speakers – Danah is in need of a pair of speakers for her iPod. She loves music a lot and she now listens to educational albums and nursery rhymes. The pair need not be Altec Lansing but we’ll be happy if it is so. πŸ™‚

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5. High chair – this is a big part of her weaning stage. Danah needs a high chair even in her first year of age. It will also help her become independent in the future, by learning how to eat by herself.
The high chair will become her best ally since she will be using it a lot if she ever has one. πŸ™‚
P.S. Foldable/portable high chair would be better.

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6. Soft toys – every baby needs soft toys for safety. We are in deep search of soft toys that make sound (ie, hammer rattle with a bell inside) for distraction. Danah, like other babies, loves to put things inside her mouth and soft toys are safer than the hard ones.
Danah prefers red, green and blue, but pastel colors would also be useful.

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7. Baby accessories – we haven’t bought Danah much accessories since we focused on her clothes, which is why she is now in need of stuff that could make her cuter: headbands, hats/head gears, etc. Please keep in mind that Danah is still follically-challenged so ponytails could be of no use yet.
She prefers pink/red and anything that could make her look like a baby girl. She has been mistaken as a baby boy in malls and public places. Let’s make her a cute baby girl. πŸ™‚

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8. Sailor dress – Dave and I actually think that sailor dresses are really, really cute. Danah has one but its not much of a navy dress since it’s cream in color and doesn’t have much emphasis on the ribbon. We are really searching for a good sailor dress but we couldn’t find any.
We love the sailor dress exactly as shown here but the dominantly blue over white color could also be awesome.
Danah’s size is for 6 months since she’s quite tall, but she isn’t chubby.

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9. Warm clothes/frogsuits – as said earlier, January and February are gonna be cold months so Danah needs more warm clothes. Rompers or frogsuits are most welcome.
Her size is for 6 months but stretchable frogsuits for 4 months will be okay.
P.S. The pink frogsuit shown here is really cute. πŸ™‚

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10. Baby shoes – every shoe is unique for Danah, which is why it now becomes my collection for her. Since she now fits into her infant shoes, she will be cuter in them.
Danah’s size is ‘1’ (for Chicco and other brands) but generally, the smallest infant shoes will mostly fit her).
Since we are not in Manila, you can just tell us if you’re giving something for Danah this Christmas and we’ll make a way. πŸ™‚

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Danah has been a nice girl. Santa, please grant the wishes, hihi! πŸ™‚

When Dr. Resa told us that Danah’s weight and height is ahead of her age, we were already thankful. She has been a very active baby ever since and it sort of surprised us that her weight gain is consistent (and good).

Doc said she already recognizes people and places. Danah had tantrums when held by Dr. Resa. She was not comfy in the clinic (so we did all sorts of distractions). She was already crying on her first few Rotarix drops and she cried more on her HiB vaccine. Not surprised.

Doc said Danah’s behavior is way too advanced of her age too.Β  Some kids would learn to be picky and recognize people at eight or nine months, but Danah, at four months already chooses her toys, and the people she will cry on (huhuhu she doesn’t really like me).

We were also advised not to have her earlobes pierced. She can now scratch her body parts and piercing her lobes might be harmful. We’ll have to wait til she’s six years old because Doc said that’s the time when little girls would just sit while being ear-pierced and they probably would request you for that.

We’re ending Danah’s vaccine sooner than scheduled. Even though the vaccines are pricey, we want to be assured that Danah gets all the immunity she needs and that the injections will not traumatize her.

Her pedia also told us that if her weight gain next month is good, she’ll start taking solid food at five months. We think she will be ready for that since she now appreciates the food wee eat. Whenever Dave and I eat and she’s watching, she makes munching sounds as if she wants a bite. For her first solid food, we’re getting mashed potatoes without salt, pepper or butter. Tasteless food, as some people believe, makes kids less picky.

We’re also switching to Similac Plus since that’s what Abbott released in replacement to the regular Similac. It has more nutrients so it’s better.

Danah is 62cm tall, 6.1kg heavy and has not been sick so far. Thank God! πŸ™‚

Danah’s 4th month celebration blog to follow…

Some people ask me how come I take awesome pictures of Danah. I’m flattered, actually, because I am no professional photographer (not even aΒ millimeter next to Anne Geddes). I just tell them that I am very patient in capturing Danah’s moments.

Babies are not like adults whom you can instruct or tell what to do during a photoshoot. You don’t tell them what to do and instead they tell you. Photographing babies may be tricky since you really have to keep your eyes open lest you miss a moment but capturing that very moment is already a trophy for you, especially if you’re the mom of the subject.

I do not have a DSLR. I just use a Canon Powershot S3IS and sometimes a Sony Ericsson phone. Sometimes I use a reflector and a black satin cloth (for background). Dave makes Danah smile or laugh and he tries very hard to coach her (no matter how impossible that is). All post-processing ad enhancements are done with Adobe Photoshop CS3. There are times when editing is minimal (when the lighting is good) but due to lack of resources, I have no choice but to edit each photo.

I do not take a photo everyday, which is why I made the project on a week-by-week basis. I make sure I took at least three photos in a week, edit them, and then upload them on Facebook where my friends vote for the best photo (by ‘Liking’ each). The best photo becomes my primary picture. It also appears on Danah’s baby book.

Photographing Danah and uploading the better photos is like a way of life to me now. I am not obligated to complete the 52 weeks but I am very inspired and determined to do so. It’s been only Week 17 but the space is not enough for all of Danah’s photos to fit in an album (studio photos not included). Β Indeed, a friend is right: Danah is the most photographed baby she ever know.

The Project 52 will be concluded on Danah’s 52nd week, which is sometime before/after her first birthday.

I know updates are getting more seldom but I try, as much as I can, to make up for the outdates.

November 22, 2010 at 1:57pm, Danah had her first real laugh. Dave made her giggle so hard on her baby hammock.

Whatever magic Dave has, I’m happy he has it. He’s the only one who can make Danah giggle so hard that she gets hiccups afterwards. She’s so full of energy, as always.

One thing I’m kind of sad about is her being snobbish and ill-tempered. Maybe it’s just a phase. She had several tries of sleeping on her side but she always ended up rolling, and so she cried. A few hours ago we found her succeed:

Danah on her right side

Danah on her right side

Danah on her right side

Danah on her right side

One more thing she loves is making her voice husky as if she were a monster. She loves “scaring” us. It’s so cute:

Dave and I have long been discussing about giving Danah the things she wants and needs. We do not intend to spoil her by giving her lots of things she could only want for awhile. However, this afternoon at the mall, we sort of had second thoughts about that. I showed Danah different kinds of stuffed toys to give her a good mood (she has been in a totally bad mood since lunchtime since she lacked sleep.)

The first toy I showed to her was a red Chinese bear. She cried a bit, which meant she hated it. I showed to her a white elephant (with all sorts of kiddie dialogues and puppet gestures) and she again cried. I showed to her a maroon doll, a beagle, Winnie the Pooh, and she made the same reaction. I was about to give up on her bad mood until salespersons took out stocks of Christmas dolls.

I asked the salesperson if I could take one doll off the shelf. When I showed the doll to Danah, she smiled and reached out to the doll. She held the doll’s hand. Dave and I looked each other and agreed to buy the doll.

We just couldn’t resist Danah. She’s so young (she’s only about to turn four months) and we can see her preferences already. She may not need a doll, but the way she showed love to that doll tells us that it now becomes her first. I want her to love that doll and so we have to control ourselves from getting her more dolls (stuffed toys are an exception, hehe).

I got really addicted to buying Danah dresses and gowns. Some of her clothes don’t fit her anymore and sadly she has only worn them once or twice. Seeing her angelic face just makes us feel like we’re gonna give her everything aside from our time and love. By the way, I really get drawn to the infants’ section of every mall we go to and I cannot leave without anything for Danah, be it a pair of pajamas or a pair of cute booties.

I don’t have any idea on Danah’s preferences. I see this as another milestone though. πŸ™‚

The doll is now wrapped. Danah will play with it tomorrow. It’s such a cute doll. πŸ™‚