10 months with P!

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What She’s Wearing: Osh Kosh Top (here) & Osh Kosh Pleather!! Skirt (here), oh & her hair clips (similar here)–all from Target!

Clothing Size:  Definitely 12 months now, I can squeeze her in some of my  9 month favorites but def more on the 12 month size. She’s a butter ball, it’s all I ever hoped for!

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Diaper Size:  4’s, I try to make it easy on myself and give myself more to work with when changing a diaper on a squirmy baby. It’s so funny, not that I would ever bring up poop in a conversation, but here I am, bringing it up, it’s super funny when she poops! She just stops in the middle of whatever she’s doing, like STOPS & makes sure to look you square in the eye & then poops. Maybe it’s even accommodated with a grunt or loud noise. As for her poop (am I really having an entire conversation about this?), it’s getting to the stage where cloth diapering is  going to be MUCH easier. I’m coming back for you, clothies! Safe to say, I’ve only had to buy maybe one or two boxes of diapers since girlfriend grew out of newborns, so even if I’m failing on cloth diapering, I’m still #winning. /PoopRant

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Milestones: Okay, she says “da da” and means Sergio. I’m so bummed it wasn’t mama first :(. I’m still not sure if her “mama” means me, since she usually only says it when she’s crying and chances are I’m the one tending to her because I can’t handle it when she cries. Oh, I tried the cry-it-out method to see if she would go to sleep on her own (& lasted a whole :38 seconds). She has also begun to use P’s to say Papa and I think she can say “yay” and “hi,” obviously she’s babbles and makes a lot of “dub duba dub” sounds. As for other milestones–she’s def about to walk, she pulls herself up on anything/everything and crawls like a maniac. She’s too fast! Like so fast, I don’t know how I’m going to get anything done. As for her next milestone, we’re still working on waving and high fives, because to me that’s more important than  animal sounds people. She also dances (to Harry Belafonte)–not sure what that’s about. Cue: Jump the Line.

Sleeping:  She naps (2-3x day) and still doesn’t sleep through the night. We just bought a temperpedic cover for her crib mattress, I am hoping my pretty penny will help her sleep through the night now. Her stroller and our mattress are temperpedic so I think she’s been spoiled & I hope that it will work. The nice thing about her getting older is, even though Presley has yet to sleep through the night, people FINALLY stopped asking me whether she sleeps through the night the second they find out I had a baby. “If I had a dollar for every time..”

Teeth:  She’s definitely still teething, just not sure what teeth to expect next. She has her same FOUR top and TWO bottom, but she’s back to ear itching and drooling so I imagine something’s happening below the gums. Usually I don’t notice until her teeth poke through. Bless her teething necklace.

Talking:  Girlfriend is definitely talking up a storm! She screams (mostly she competes with loud noises/noisy places) and makes all sorts of sounds otherwise. She mimics people & sort of has conversations with people (cue hand signals). Very Italian of her.

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Favorite Activities: Mean mugging (see picture above). She likes to be out & doing things. Doesn’t matter what things, she’s even perfectly content with being outside (& it’s a kajillion degrees in AZ right now). We went to the children’s museum earlier today–I think as long as she can be entertained, she’s happy. This past month we went to a baseball game. She had so much fun until that dreadful 7 o’clock hour when she begins to turn in to a pumpkin (which means we left after the 50/50 raffle & had to skip the fireworks). Other than that, girlfriend LOVES the water (swimming, bath time, splash pads, etc). She loves to dance (to Rastafarian 70’s music nonetheless)! She just likes to be with people, as long as “her people” are around (stranger danger in full effect), overall, this little one is a happy camper.

Foods: Presley pretty much eats it all. She loves yogurt, eggs and oatmeal in the morning. Snacks usually involve fruit, cheese, veggies or meat and dinner is usually whatever her grandmother makes her (or what I happen to be eating). She’s still nursing & drinking formula. At this point, I’m ready to be done nursing (so ready), but I figure what’s another 2 months? I don’t know. I’m going to see how the temperpedic helps (see above) & then I can have a little more freedom.

Mom Brag: I’m first to admit, I don’t have it together. Kudos to you moms who do. Since I was about 6 months pregnant, I have been making a photobook for P of my pregnancy and as of 10 months postpartum, I have finally completed it. YAS! For all you expectant mothers, you should look in to making one here. I just hope it doesn’t take you as long as it took me!

8 Months with P

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What She’s Wearing: Gap Baby Top (similar here)  Gap Baby Bottoms (similar here) & Headband (Hobby Lobby)

Clothing Size:  Only buying 12 mos now, she’s growing TOO fast! Although girlfriend’s shoe size is still not quite a 2, yeah as in 3-6 mo size, which means she’s basically a size 1 still. True def of baby feet.

Diaper Size:  3’s for now–but I’m sure I could do 4’s anytime. I installed a sprayer to wash the cloth diapers, hoping that it makes it easier–still a hybrid diaper mom. I think it just depends on the day.

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Milestones: She makes kissy sounds,  says “mama” and “dada” but her “mamas” are always mixed in with  her cries. She can stand up, but bareeeeeely pulls herself up with help from a person or with pillows. She hasn’t crawled yet but she leans down and stops because I think it scares her, & she cannot sit still (hence these in-motion snapshots).  She babbles, sings, and knows how to kiss (with an open mouth). She really likes the mirror & seems to gets sassier by the day, I love it.

Sleeping:  She’s been pushing her bedtime and waking up earlier. I set my alarm for 5:30 and sometimes she wakes up with me or quickly thereafter. I try to tell her about how amazing sleep is, but she continues to wake up early 😦

Teeth:  TWO bottom teeth! They are just adorable (but sharp as hell) and making me want to quit nursing. As for now, I’m pumping at work so the idea of pumping exclusively sounds exhausting. Oh, also, warning to new moms: trying to teach a 7-8 month old not to bite is tough, I’ve made her cry a couple times and then I’m left feeling like a jerk because I know she’s just in pain from teething.

Talking:  She talks, about what, I’m not sure. She screams, too. She’s very vocal. Today, she had a class and she was the only baby chatting and singing in the class. I hope she always stays fearless.

Favorite Activities:  She loves the water, in fact, she’s been swimming a lot with her Mimi! It’s super hot in AZ so it seems like she really loves splash pads, the waterpark or playing in any kind of water (bath time, too). She’s also a frequent visitor of the zoo, aquarium, and Children’s Museum–she’s very active in Phoenix. I work full-time, so her Mimi (or grandmother) takes her to all these fun places.  She still loves animals, & tries to feed them so they love her just as much. Oh and speaking of, she loves eating!

Foods: She’s had every fruit/veggie I could think of (today she had beets) and I’ve introduced yogurt and cheese. I have yet to try meat, but I bet her meals will change a lot in the next month once we introduce “meals.” She loves apples & pears, so I usually mix those with everything (beets, kale, carrots to name a few), she finally gave in to peas, has yet to like green beans though. She seems to eat anything we give her. We give her celery to teeth on, and I think the funniest thing I’ve seen her eat is pickles! SHE LOVES PICKLES! She also enjoys those yogurt snacks, kale teething biscuits, & those O snacks. It’s the best to try and watch her feed herself. Sprouts has amazing/healthy/organic snacks, I buy most of her food there.

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5 months with P

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What she’s wearing: Carter’s Collection (here) on sale! 

Clothing Size: 6 months, but I’ve been shopping lately so I’ve been getting her a lot of 9 months so she can grow in to them rather than grow out of them. I’ve officially tossed aside all of her 3 months clothes.
Diaper Size: 2, but she’s using cloth 90% of the time. We only use disposable when I take her out, since it’s easier on me but I imagine I’ll be using disposable less & less. Cloth is super easy, I’m still trying to figure out which brand I like the best.
Milestones: Gosh, she’s developing a BIG personality. She is getting to know familiar faces, she really loves her dad (not going to lie, I’m sort of jealous).She loves her exersaucer and is just learning that she can jump on it for more fun. She loves her fur brother, Ace and is always reaching out for him when he’s close and laughing at him, while our other pup is still boycotting the baby, ha. She loves being outside (as long as she’s out of the sun), and loves to have conversations. She can roll over back to tummy, but has yet to roll back. She can sit up fine with her bumba but it still not 100% at sitting up by herself.
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Teeth: No teeth, but you can tell she’s bothered by them shifting around underneath her gums and she’s always wanting to chew on a finger (hers or yours)
Routine:  Our routine is a little out of whack right now, I go back to work next week so we’re trying to find a schedule we can stick to once I start.
Sleeping: She has yet to sleep through the night, and not in the nursery yet. I’m working on it!
Eating/Feeding: She is still breastfeeding exclusively. I think we’ll introduce foods next month, what should I give her for her birthday?? Judging by how easily she takes probiotic/vitamin D supplements/infant Tylenol/gripe water, I think she’s going to LOVE food.

Fun Moments: We went to a day game (albeit it was a little too warm), but she got to see the Giants play. She’s also gotten to go a lot of places, since she’s a super easy wing-woman for me. I’m trying to squeeze in as much play dates before I go back to work.

 

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4 Months with P

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Weight: 14 lbs 8 oz Height: 25 in

What she’s wearing: Peek Kids: Spring Training Jersey (here) and Baby Cozy Pant (here) Headband (here)
Clothing Size: She is definitely 6 months, but I’m in total denial as I continue to squeeze her in 0-3 clothes where her pants look like capris and her tops look like crops.
Diaper Size: 2, but we’re switching to cloth (or trying to) next week. Don’t fret, there will be a post to follow my success or absolute failure on making the switch.
Milestones: She has rolled over 3 times now, but mostly she just looks like she’s exercising demons as her neck goes one way and her body another. She hits things (me) a lot, and has a super strong grip (especially when she grabs my hair–ouch) but it’s the coolest thing to watch her as she discovers the world.
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Teeth: No teeth, just lotsssssss of drool & by lots, I mean A LOT of drool, oh & there’s chewing on her or my fingers—so they’re definitely making a debut in the next couple months.
Routine:  She wakes up anywhere from 7:30 to 9:30, and will want to nap within an hour of waking. She’ll nap around 10-11 and again once or twice in the afternoon. She falls asleep around 9 to 11 pm, but it seems to be getting earlier. I call her toy story because everything major she does is when no one is watching, or when a camera is out of reach.
Sleeping: She has yet to sleep through the night, but I think we’re finally ready to put her to sleep in the nursery.
Eating/Feeding: She is still breastfeeding exclusively and feeds around 4-5 times a day but I think my supply is dropping. I guess this is a normal thing at 4 months, but gah–it still feels like defeat.

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Fun Moments: It’s never a dull moment when you have a baby! Family comes and visits you all the time, it makes me wish I had done this whole baby thing sooner, ha. Last week, my family from Canada came to visit & little one met her cousin who was born just hours after her. They got their ears pierced together, since my sis and I both felt guilty getting it done, we needed the push from each other. P also went to her first Phoenix Suns game, it was definitely awesome running around town with them! The week before she got to meet her aunt, playing tourists in Old Town Scottsdale.

I can now say that I have finally become a pro taking her places & my diaper bag is officially ready for any given scenario.

 

3 Months with P

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Weight:  12.15 lbs     Height: 23.5 in

What She’s Wearing: Tucker + Tate Empire Shirt (similar here)

Clothing Size: On the cusp of 0-3m & 3-6m, she’s definitely tall enough for 3-6m but she’s still barely at the weight so I am struggling to dress her in her 0-3 clothes one last time. She’s wearing a 6m dress in the picture, but I rolled up the sleeves since they were a little too long.

Diaper Size:  1. Invest in good diapers. We’re lucky in the sense we haven’t had to buy a lot of diapers since we were given tons at our shower, but some brands we’ve had maaaaaybe one or two blowouts for the entire box while other brands we seem to have one on the daily. So far, Pampers and Seventh Generation for the #win. I’ve heard amazing things about Honest but I haven’t had to buy any diapers yet, so I’ll get back to you on the diaper review.

Milestones: She can finally hold her head up without support! She’s just starting to grab other things other than herself (& her shirt). I just bought this toy which is perfect for her milestones right now & I’m definitely more excited than she is about it.

Sleeping:  She fights sleep, which obvs she didn’t get from me. She goes to bed around 9 pm and will wake up anytime between 7:30 and 10 am. She’ll wake up to feed, but will sleep through it or fall asleep quickly after.

Teeth:  No teeth & just small amounts of drool so I don’t think any are coming.

Talking:  More like singing & she loooooves to sing. I love her songs.

Favorite Activities:  She’s starting to hate tummy time less, we read and sing a lot. Her dad takes her on a ton of walks and she loves to hear funny voices. Also, she seemed to really like the Seahawks when they played the Packers last week, so go Seattle?

What’s it like for us: Leading up to this point, I had to hold her for what felt like 23.5 hours a day. She didn’t take to a swing, wrap, carrier or MamaRoo–so needless to say it made motherhood overwhelming. It was a constant balance of having white noise playing, a swaddle on demand and having a bottle sitting nearby (If I couldn’t feed her). So now that she’s discovering everything, we’re finally sort of getting our groove as parents. I’m now able to shower, do my hair AND makeup (sometimes) and I’m confidently able to run errands with her, take her places without fearing a total meltdown. New Parents, it gets easier (for now).

A Note to Her: When you were born, you made my heart so full–I loved you even if I knew that love couldn’t be returned. Now that you’re turning in to a mini-human, it’s brought me more happiness than I could describe. You smile, you sing and laugh (even though it sounds like a hiccup) and I just can’t wait to discover the world with you little one.

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