Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Baby Girl Emma: Month Six

 

What's new? I know I say this every month, but each month is more fun than the last!  Emma is now so interested in the world around her, it is truly a joy to spend our days with this little girl.

Stats: Emma was just under 18 pounds at her six month visit.  I'll come back and update this with her exact stats!

Hair: Emma's hair is still reddish and brown.  It is a very unique hair color and she gets compliments from strangers on it all the time.


Eyes: Big blue eyes! 

Clothes: Still squeezing into some 6-month, but lots of 6-9 and 9 month clothes already.

Sleep: By the beginning of Emma's six month, she was down to only one dream feed, and usually one short lived fussing wake-up a night.  I started to wean the dream feed around 5 1/2 months, and by just after six months, she was sleeping 7pm-6am.

Feeding: Emma will be starting solids soon!  We plan to do a mix of table food and purees to begin.  Avocado will be her first food!

Likes: Emma loves to "dance" in her Exersaucer/Jumper, sit up on the couch and play, and she loves her Marina the Mermaid toy.

Dislikes: Being overly tired - she is really such a good baby, most of her fussiness is related to her being sleepy.

Mama Update: Mama is doing great!  I finally feel like I sort of know what I'm doing.  I am, by no means, an expert - but if feels good to not be so completely green.

Milestones:

5.21.14: Rolled, back-to-belly, for the first time!

6.15.14: First time in the pool!

Looking Forward To: Starting food, and our family vacation with my parents and sisters next month!

Nicknames: Chicken, Chicken Girl, Angel Baby, Sweet Girl

Friday, June 6, 2014

Baby Girl Emma: Month Five


 
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What's new? Emma is such a sweet soul.  She is always smiling, laughing, and looking at people.  She likes to watch TV (a little too much), but likes to watch people talk even more.  I can't believe she's been in our lives for almost half a year already!

Stats: No pediatrician appointment this month, but I think she's probably around 18 pounds.

 
Hair: Staying auburn, but she's losing hair!  Makes me so sad to see my little lady's bald spots!

Eyes: Still a blue-eyed girl - I think she might be keeping these stunners!  Who knows.

 
Clothes: She fits perfectly in her 6-month clothes, and even some 6-9 month and 9 month!

 
Sleep: We did sleep training a few days after her 4-month "birthday", at the suggestion of our pediatrician and one of the neurologist sleep specialists I happen to work with (we used the book, Sleep Easy Solution).  It wasn't fun, but it wasn't nearly as hard as I imagined and Emma's nighttime sleep is pretty awesome now.  She goes down at 7, currently has an 11pm dream feed, and then up at 6am.  Naps are a whole different beast...

 
Feeding: Emma still loves to eat, and I marvel at what a 180 breastfeeding did.  I went from literally wanting to count down the days until she would turn 1, to enjoying it and feeling so strongly about it.  More to come on that!

Likes: Playmat, sitting up in her Bebepod seat, hanging out in the kitchen in her high chair while Mommy cooks/does dishes/makes bottles, walks in her stroller

Dislikes: She doesn't seem to love facing forward in her stroller yet.  I'm wondering if maybe once she really masters sitting up on her own she'll be a little more comfortable.
Mama Update: Doing good!  I hate that I don't get to see her very often during the week, but love spending all weekend with her.  An earlier bedtime has also done wonders for our marriage (we actually have alone adult time again)!

 


Milestones:

First time sleeping through the night (except for dream feeds) - thank you, Sleep Easy Solution!

Looking Forward To: Father's Day!  We will be taking Emma in the pool for the first time!  Also looking forward to (and simaltaneously terrified of...) starting solids after she turns 6 months!

Nicknames: Chicken, Chicken Girl, Angel Baby, Sweet Girl

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Baby Girl Emma: Month Four

  So super overdue, but have to share!  5 Month update coming soon, already!


What's new? Every month with Emma is more fun than the last.  She is so alert and interested in the world now.  She smiles huge when I pick her up from my Dad's house on Mondays and Wednesdays after work, which makes me so happy.  She has started grabbing for toys, and especially loves the star rings on her playmat that hang from the elephant.  She definitely knows who her Mommy and Daddy are, cause she is always staring at us when someone else holds her.

Stats: 15 lb, 9oz (75% percentile!  She was in the 5th when she was born!); 24 inches (27% percentile...Emma is short and round apparently, good thing she's cute!)


Hair: Getting more and more red, but still not as red as her Daddy's.

Eyes: They have lightened a little around the pupils, but still blue.

Clothes: She still fits in most of her 3-month clothes, but the onesies and pants are a little on the snug side.  6-month onesies fit great for the most part, pants and other outfits a little loose.  I anticipate she'll be in 6-months through the majority of the summer, because her growth has definitely slowed down a little bit, as expected at this age.  I have so many darling outfits for her in 6-month size, I'm excited to put her in them over the summer!

Sleep: This month was all over the place.  There were weeks she slept 2-hour stretches the entire night, and weeks she did a great long stretch at the beginning.  By the end of the month, she seems to be back to a 5 to 6-hour stretch at the beginning of the night, but we'll see what next week holds for us.

Feeding: Breastfeeding has changed so drastically.  I actually enjoy it now, as it is our time together to snuggle and it can calm her down easily sometimes.  Since I went back to work when Emma was 3 1/2 months old, I've been pumping so she can stay on exclusively breastmilk.  Currently pumping three times a day, and bringing home more than she needs, so stockpiling a little bit each day.

Likes: Watching TV (like mother, like daughter), being held in a sitting straight up position, holding on to blankets or her skirts (her holding on to the bottom hem of her skirts and dresses with both hands is maybe the cutest thing I've ever seen)

Dislikes: Being left alone, staying in one position for too long


Mama Update: Being back at work has proven to be both harder and better than I thought.  I really underestimated how much I missed my job, and I hate that it feels taboo to say that.  Like it means I don't love my daughter as much, if I also love my work?  I don't know, I am glad to be back because I enjoy it and it makes my time with Emma more special.  It also helps that Emma gets to spend time with family while I'm at work, instead of going to daycare.  I do miss my girl, though, and plan to take days off here and there just to spend time with her.

Milestones:
3.24.14: First giggle fit, laughing at Daddy playing with her in our bed.

3.26.14: Rolled, tummy-to-back, for the first time!

Looking Forward To: Going in the pool for the first time in a couple months, and some fun days I'm taking off to spend with my girl in May!

Nicknames: Chicken Girl, Little Love, Buns, Bunzo, Angel

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