I’m ashamed to say it’s been so long since I’ve posted an update on our sweet little girl, that I had to go back and see how old she was when I wrote the last one. If I couldn’t remember that for myself, then I know all of you Mataya fans are wondering what’s going on. So here’s the scoop on Mataya Alexis, along with some pictures for your enjoyment.
Mataya has been officially mobile now for the last few months. She has quickly moved from sitting up to rolling to scooting (by that I mean an unofficial crawl consisting of a series of rolls and belly flops) to officially crawling and using whatever she can get her hands on to pull herself up to standing position. Trust me, the girl is fast. I turn my head for a second, look back and she’s gone. It won’t be long now before she’s walking. She has also been mobile in the sense of travel. In December, she took her first ride on an airplane when we went to Georgia to visit family.
- Carried thru airport by Daddy
Below w/ Great-Grandmothers in GA Lounging @ the Log House Cabin
She’s flown once more since then and we are planning another trip this summer, before her 1st birthday. She seems to be a natural traveler and has done great on the flights. There’ve also been a couple of road trips here in California, one to a cabin in 3 Rivers and another to Santa Barbara. Again, she has done great. Since the last update, she experienced her 1st major holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day, and Resurrection/Easter Sunday were all fun.
OK, we celebrate Resurrection Day, not Easter. But doesn’t she make a cute bunny?
In the food department, Mataya is fully weaned and has her new little sister/brother to thank for that. I was unable to continue nursing her due to my pregnancy. Since she never would take a bottle, she went straight to a sippy cup. She recently sprouted 2 bottom front teeth, and I should add that she did it with minimal fussiness. We started her on solids at 6 mths and her response has been shocking, in that she seems to like anything we give her. She weighed 18 lbs at her 9 mth check-up with her height, weight and head circumference landing her at about the 50th percentile on the growth charts. It’s funny though because when most people see her, they assume that she’s big for her age. What can we say??? She’s a healthy looking girl.
Mataya’s still sleeping through the night in her own bed. Although, now she sleeps in her own big girl bed (a crib, not bassinette) and she sleeps for much longer. Her new bedtime is 7:30 and she doesn’t wake up until that same time the next morning. That’s 12 hours, and boy it’s nice! She’s got a head full of hair, which is so long now that I’m forced to comb it before we go out (when she’ll let me, anyway). On most days, I keep it simple and let her go with it loose in a small wavy afro, but now on special days she sports cute little curly ponytails.
Check Out the Pigtails
Mataya has declared a favorite parent, and I’m sad (although, not really) to say that it’s not me. She 100% a Daddy’s Girl, but I guess it’s to be expected since most people say that she’s Terrence’s spitting image anyway. And I know he just eats it up inside. It is so sweet to watch her cling to him and to see them play together. She continues to fill our home with precious laughter, giggles & now many silly expressions (see below)- the kind that bring joy to your heart and a smile to your face. We are blessed to have had her with us for almost a year now, although it’s hard to believe it’s been that long. May the Lord’s peace be with you until you hear from us again. Blessings!