Sunday, June 21, 2015

11 Months

Height: 30.25 inches
Weight: 23 pounds

Hello, my sweet girl! Good thing we only have one more of these monthly photo shoots left because you're on to my monthly sticker trick....

AND you are constantly on the move these days! Climbing on (and off) of furniture...

...and even scaling furniture!

You also LOVE to cuddle. Anytime you see a stuffed animal, or pillow, or blanket you give it a big hug and bury your head in the coziness. It's so cute!!

It ended up taking three rounds of antibiotics to finally get rid of the ear infection that I mentioned last month. Both times we went in to get your ears re-checked both the doctor and I were shocked that they were still infected because you still seemed as happy as could be. The first time I had them checked just because we happened to be at the doctor with Jackson for his asthma and an ear infection. (I don't know why you guys have been sick so often this summer!) I was so thankful when they finally cleared up because it sounded like tubes would have been the next step. Hopefully, that's the end of them (at least until winter).

Not only were you dealing with a never ending ear infection all month, you also broke some teeth! Your bottom right tooth broke through first, followed by the bottom left. I can also feel a little peak of a molar on your top left. (I often have my fingers in your mouth fishing out random items you've found around the house).

Despite all of that, you had a pretty fun month. You're still not quite walking, but you have taken a step here and there. You are an extremely fast crawler and furniture cruiser (and climber), so I just don't think you're all that motivated to walk. You can also stand up completely on your own now (instead of always having to pull up on furniture).

Your vocabulary consists almost entirely of the word "hi" which you say to just about everyone that crosses your path (accompanied by a wave). You also occasionally say dada. You babble constantly and have also started to nod your head yes (I have not encouraged or taught you to shake your head no!) You also love to give kisses and are always puckering your little lips up, hoping to catch a kiss from someone...

We've been on so many fun adventures this summer. You just love tagging along and have even started to do some exploring of your own (although you are quite entertained just keeping an eye on your brother). We went to Lake Harriet a couple times and you got to explore the band shell for the first time.

Jax also showed you the fountains.

We took another trip to the Children's Museum and you ventured out of your stroller to check out all the the toddler room has to offer. Your favorite were the mirrors!

Another highlight was a trip to the Walker Art Museum. You wouldn't think that an art museum would be a very fun place for two little ones, but the first Saturday of the month they offer free admission for families and have several child friendly activities. You and your brother had so much fun exploring all of the nooks and crannies of the museum that we didn't even make it to the kid stuff!

Whew! How is it possible that in just a month you will be one? My hear can hardly handle it!

Happy 11 months, sweetheart!

Love, Mom

Thursday, May 21, 2015

10 Months

Height: 29.25 inches
Weight: 22 pounds

Another month has flown by! Even though I hate how fast the time goes, it is so much fun to see more and more of your silly and sweet little personality come out!

You've developed a mega-watt grin, complete with a crinkled nose, and sound effect (which is a mixture between a pant and a hiss). You do it when you're really excited about something- whenever you see food coming your way, when daddy gets home from work, and when you hug your favorite toys...

Although you are not quite walking yet, as predicted, you are very close. Nowadays, when you're not able to cruise around furniture, you crawl more like a gorilla than a human baby...

I seriously believe that walking would take less effort, but you seem to like traveling around this way. I like it because it keeps your clothes clean, especially when we're outside... You've also just started to stand on your own. One of the first times you did this was when we were at the Arboretum. Jax and I were holding your hands and then let go and you stood all by yourself for several seconds!

Jackson had to tell everyone that we passed, "My baby sister can even stand all by herself now!!" He is such a proud big brother!

Unfortunately, it has been a little bit of a rough month. Not only is teething in full effect, you have been battling an ear infection and cold.

When I brought you in to the doctor, I thought for sure that you had pink eye because you woke up with your eyes completely crusted shut. It turns out, it was just from your extreme congestion. The doctor checked your ears and said they were on the verge of being infected so he prescribed an antibiotic right away (I was so thankful). After a few days, your crusty eyes cleared up and you seemed much happier.

Finally, this month we celebrated your baptism. You were the only one being baptized that day, so you had your own little private ceremony while daddy, Jackson, and I watched. Your godmother (Aunty Nicole) and godfather (Uncle Sam), Great-Grandma Idell, Grammy Ginny, Grammy Mary, Papa Tom, Uncle Tim, Aunty Selina, and cousin Bradley were there to celebrate with you, too! You looked like such a little angel that morning in your gown (which was the same gown Aunty Nicole and I wore for our baptisms).

Happy 10 months, sweetheart!

Love, Mom

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

9 Months

Height: 29.25 inches (92%ile)
 Weight: 20 pounds (81%ile)

Another month has just whizzed by! Look at how big you're getting. I can hardly stand it. And to think we'll be celebrating your first birthday in just 3 months?! I can't EVEN!

Just look at that sweet little face! Anyway, as you can probably tell from the pictures, you are a girl on the go! You prefer crawling and cruising around furniture to cuddling these days. Both your pediatrician and your ECFE teacher think you'll be walking by 10 months! Your favorite pastime is climbing the stairs, which has become an issue because daddy and I have yet to find a baby gate that fits the bottom of our stairs properly. You knocked over and scaled the first one we attempted and climbed right under the bench I tried to use... This look says it all, "Just try to stop me, mom..."!

I think your perseverance and tenacity has a lot to do with trying to keep up with, and be like, your big brother... We're starting to hear a lot of the same words that people use to describe him, to describe you. Words like busy, independent, confident, outgoing...

Of course, everyone comments on how cute you are, too. Seriously EVERYWHERE we go people stop us to tell me what a beautiful baby you are and what gorgeous big blue eyes you have.

You seem to enjoy the attention because you love saying "hi" and waving at people passing by. Speaking of, you are up to three words now: dada, mama, and hi! I can't tell you how excited and happy it makes me to hear you say mama! I just can't get enough, even when it's coming from your room in the middle of the night!

You continue to eat like a champ, even though you're still a toothless wonder. You've gradually started to eat more and more finger foods and less purees. You haven't met a food that you dislike! I'm not sure if it's due to the extra food intake or your disinterest in sitting still, but I've been nursing you less often these days... You typically nurse really well first thing in the morning and just before bed, but during the day, I really struggle to get you interested for longer than a couple of minutes. (Minutes in which you are climbing all over me and trying to keep an eye on what's going on around you. You've even figured out how to nurse standing up!) Even though it breaks my heart a little bit, I think the weaning process has begun. I'm still planning on continuing until you're a year, but instead of nursing 5-6 times a day it seems we are down to 3-4 times a day...

The month started out with the biggest snow storm of the season. I bundled you up in your brother's old snowsuit and we went out to make a snowman (your first snowman ever and Jax's first of the season). You were not amused. (I promise that I had mittens on you, but you refused to keep them on your hands). I think you share my dislike of winter (especially winter in April)...

Thankfully, the snow melted quickly and we've finally started to enjoy some warmer days. The nicer weather has brought more playdates! You've loved getting out and exploring parks with your little friends and brother.

Last week, we had our last Baby & Me class for the year. We had a great class and I really enjoyed the little bit of one-on-one time it provided us. (And Jackson enjoyed playing with all of the big brothers in the next room).

We also celebrated Easter! You observed while Jackson dyed Easter eggs...

Easter morning you and Jackson had fun searching for eggs and playing with all the goodies the Easter bunny brought.

That afternoon, Papa Tom's side of the family came over. You had so much fun entertaining everyone that you had to go take a nap about an hour into our party!

I can't wait to see what the next month has in store for us!

Happy 9 months, sweetheart!

Love, Mom

Monday, April 13, 2015

And Then We Snapped | Weeks 12-15

I'm so excited to join my talented friends in another round of And Then We Snapped! The past few weeks have been a flurry of spring activities and my little one is fully on the move now (which means that down time is scarce these days). Here's a little of what we've been up to!

My littlest little is not so little anymore...

Easter crafting...

Easter egg hunting...

Those rolls, those eyes, that little smirk...


Up close and personal...

Next, be sure to continue the circle and check out my sweet friend (and awesome photographer) Ally of Allyson Wasmund Photography! Thanks for looking!