Greetings from America! Aya and I made our way to Boston a few days ago. It was a VERY long trip (to say the least) and she had just started to have a cold before we left so of course it got much worse during the course of the 24+ travel hours. We flew through Turkey: first flight to Istanbul (7 1/2 hours) she did great, layover (3 hours) she did great, second flight to Boston (10 1/2 hours + 2 1/2 hours sitting on the plane before take off because of a broken fuel pump at the airport) she did not do so well at all. Who could blame her?!
One of our first stops in America was to visit the pediatrician yesterday. Aya weighs 17.6 lbs (75%tile!!) and is in the 85%tile for her length as well. She got several vaccinations and a flu shot - which was a necessary evil but didn't necessarily help her feel better right then! It was great to have a nice long talk with the doctor here, who we love!, because I had been communicating with her closely when Grace was very sick. She was thrilled with how well and healthy Aya is. She asked me, "So she can roll over back and forth?" I was like, "Um...yeah...she's crawling everywhere!" Our most "advanced" baby for sure.
Aya loves the sound of her voice and makes really funny noises to hear herself. She loves to watch herself (laugh at herself, talk to herself...) in a mirror. She is a quick crawler now and is increasingly trying to pull herself up to standing with a few successful attempts already. The other day when Kristoffer came home from work, she crawled right over to him with a big smile and he was thrilled for the first time that she officially greeted him.
Aya continues to adore adore adore Grace and Noah. She also really loves Oliver, our nanny, who she hangs out with a long when I'm on carpool duty for the big kids. Musical toys and balls seem to be among her favorite things. Also small pets - cats and dogs! She likes cruising around in her walker or playing in her exersaucer. She still likes her bath a lot and enjoys swimming some of Dar's very warm pools. She is eating a little bit more - trying new things and wanting to feed herself rather than being fed. The doctor said all the feeding guidelines in America have changed and babies can now eat ANYTHING from 6 months old (except raw honey!). So her meals get more interesting now that there are no restrictions :) No teeth yet - please come soon!
It's hard to believe that another month has come and gone, and that we're already in America to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. It's my first time celebrating Thanksgiving at home in 7 years - before Kenya! Before Kids! That was another life for sure. After this quick trip Aya and I will head back to Dar for a little while before our whole family goes to Denmark for Christmas. It's been so wonderful to have these holidays to look forward to.
Great job to Aya for continuing to be an awesome little baby (despite still not sleeping through the night - ACK!) and for continuing to make us all so happy (just can't wait until we're happy AND rested!). I'm hoping that in the next few days she'll warm up a little bit more to my parents - she is not yet interested in being removed from my hip but they sure would love to hold her a bit more (without the crying!). Here's our sweet girl...7 months old, jet-lagged, and perfectly snotty!