Chloe Lately

31 Aug

Chloe is nearing 8 months and is becoming more fun every day!  I am so lucky to get to spend every day with her.  

ImageGetting ready to go to Jonesborough for a family lunch.  I love these jeggings!

ImageUp and ready to play (a little to early, I might add).  Her wakeup time keeps creeping earlier and earlier.

ImageNana got her some stacking cups that she loves!  She unstacks them and then cries for me to stack them back.

ImageEating kale and mushrooms with Mom and Dad.  I plan to do a post on how Baby-Led Weaning is going next week.  I’m so excited about it!

ImageWe finally made it to the park and played in the baby swings.  She loooooved it!

ImageI’m trying to make up for the tummy time I didn’t force on her.  She hates it, so I never made her stay there for too long.  Now she won’t crawl and I’m pretty sure that’s why.  

ImageOne way to get her to stay there for a few minutes with out turning over is to turn on Elmo.  Call me a bad parent, but I don’t think 3 minutes of Sesame Street is going to hurt her.  She giggles and smiles and it’s precious.

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7 months!

16 Aug

Little Chloe turned 7 months old on the 7th and I’m just now getting around to writing her update.  Not too much has changed since her 6 month update, but she’s definitely learning and growing every day!

I weighed her on a home scale last week (weighed myself and then weighed me holding her) and she weighed 18.8 pounds.  I’m not sure how accurate that is, but there’s no doubt that she’s packing on the pounds.  I swear she gets longer every day.

  • Food:  She is doing great with Baby-Led Weaning.  Just in the past week or two she’s started really eating instead of simply inspecting her food.  She still isn’t eating a lot but she’s getting the hang of it.  So far she has had: banana (not a fan), sweet potato, apple, peach, pear, orange, melon, green pepper, brocolli, asparagus, spinach, kale, onion, tofu, greek yogurt, blueberry (her favorite), raspberry, strawberry, cheerios, puffs, lentil stew, soup beans, cornbread, mushrooms, toast with hummus, scrambled egg yolks, potatoes…and a few more that I’ve forgotten.  Her pincher grip is awesome now so she can eat small things now which makes it much easier for her to swallow.  BLW is exceptionally messy though!  Here are some pictures of the aftermath:

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  • Sleep:  We recently, like…last week…dealt with what I’m now certain was a combination of a sleep regression and teething.  Girl would not sleep.  She was up more than she had been since her first couple weeks of life and wasn’t interested in going back to sleep.  Thankfully, I think it has subsided.  The past three nights have been back to “normal.”  Bed between 7-7:30, up between 4:30-5, back to sleep until 6:30ish.
  • Naps:  Naps are still touch and go.  I’ve accepted the fact that my baby doesn’t take long naps.  I read about all of these Mother’s who have babies that take 2 hour naps during the day.  What?!  I’ll occasionally get an hour out of her but most of the time its 30-45 minutes.  She still naps at 9, 12 and 3:15.
  • Breastfeeding:  Still going strong.  I have to say that I’m really proud that we’ve been able to keep it up for this long.  My goal was to make it to one year and we’re over halfway there.  We still haven’t decided how long we’re going to continue after that, but we’ll see.  It just depends on how interested she is at that point.  I have officially stopped pumping though.  Chloe never took a bottle and it was just getting frustrating.  Right now she’s just drinking water from her sippy cup, but eventually, we’ll try to get her to drink breastmilk out of it.  Then almond milk.  And then we haven’t decided if we’re going to do cow’s milk at all…. oh the woes of being semi-hippies (me) and crazy paranoid about chemicals (Hunter).
  • Teeth: She has her two bottom front ones and they are adorable.  She’s currently working on the top two on and off.  Hopefully they’ll come through soon.  Teething is no fun for anyone.
  • Mobility:  She can finally roll both ways.  Tummy to back and back to tummy.  She’s figured out that she can roll to get things, but rarely does it.  She’s gotten up on all fours a few times but honestly, she seems content to sit and play.  I see all these 6 month olds that are crawling and I get paranoid that she’s behind, but I know that every baby develops differently and I need to cherish this time because soon I’ll be chasing her all over the house.

Likes: Removing each toy from her basket one by one, cell phones of any kind (but iphones are the best), running with Mommy in the jogging stroller, drinking water out of her sippy cup, plastic cups, still loves Sophie the Giraffe, music, music by Fun, Gotye, Adele, Rihanna, etc,. (all of this much to her Father’s chagrin…I need to start playing a lot of classical stuff during the day so that he’s happy), being outside, rolling around, baths, yogurt, blueberries, when Daddy comes home, watching people brush their teeth, dogs (Dixie particularly), cats (Charlie), puffs.

Dislikes:  Getting her diaper changed, putting on clothes, going to bed, her 3:15 nap, being by herself for more than .2 seconds, getting wiped down after meals.

I have a great video of her giggling but can’t figure out how to post it into this (any wordpress users who can help me out??). But here are some pictures from the past few weeks:

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Ready to run!

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Hanging out at Stir Fry

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Drivin’ Around in my Automobile

21 Jul

ImageHunter brought this push car home from a friend’s house.  I was sure she was too small for it. 

Obviously I was wrong.

ImageShe gets her road rage from her Momma.

ImageDon’t teeth and drive. (We have a tooth, by the way!)

 

 

 

 

6 Months and Back to Blogging

16 Jul

I obviously took a bit of a break from blogging.  The husband was home for the summer and family time just seemed more important.  He’s gone back to work and I plan on picking back up and posting 2 or 3 times a week.

Chloe turned 6 months old on the 7th!  How is that possible?  My tiny, crying baby is so full of personality.

Here she is playing with the paper at the doctor:

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Her stats from her 6 month check up:

Weight: 17.4 lbs (75%)

Height: 27.25 in. (93%)

Head: 43.5 cm (85%)

So…she’s growing.  A lot.  

Everything checked out well with her and we don’t have to go back until 9 months (no shots that time, yay!).  She got her 6 month shots and I spent a night and a day with a crying, fever ridden kid.  But we survived unscathed.  

Her personality has really come through.  She laughs when she thinks something is funny.  She cries when she is sad/wants something. I feel like in the past month I have finally become a confident parent. I can generally figure out what’s wrong with her and fix it.  When she was little, I was so nervous that I was doing things wrong.  Now, however, I go with my gut and don’t worry about the “right” things to do, etc,.

Here’s a brief update of Chloe’s fifth month of life:

Sleep:  Still sleeping all night.  7-4:45, eat, 5-6:30.  She does wake up occasionally at night, but usually puts herself back to sleep quickly.  We’ve had a couple of weird nights here and there where she doesn’t sleep well, but that’s to be expected.

Naps:  We have a pretty good schedule going.  She naps at 9, 12, and 3:15 for 30-45 minutes a piece.  I was concerned about the short naps, but the doctor told me that some babies temperaments lean toward cat naps rather than 1 or 2 long naps. Ideally, I’d like her to take a short nap in the morning and a long nap in the afternoon, but I’ll take what I can get.  It’s predictable and it makes life so much easier!

Breastfeeding:  Still going strong.  I feel very fortunate that this aspect has gone so well for us.  She eats 5 times a day (4:45, 8:45, 11:45, 3, 6:30) unless she’s going through a growth spurt (then she pretty much wants to nurse all day). 

Solids:  I want to do a whole post on this, but we did end up starting solids about a week before she was 6 months old.  She’s had a whole lot of different foods and is just now getting the hang of actually eating them.  Baby Led Weaning seems to be working for us and I couldn’t be happier about it.  It’s so fun to watch her discover new foods.

Motor Skills: She can sit up really well.  She only falls over when she loses interest or gets tired.  She’s also trying to crawl.  She gets her butt up in the air when she’s on her tummy and pulls her legs under her. 

Language:  She’s the babble queen. She can say dada and mama, nana, rayray, yaya and others.  It’s really precious.  When she’s eating solid food she has to tell you all about it.  It proves to be rather complicated when she tries to talk and eat at the same time.  I guess I’ll have to get to table manners later.

She’s in 9 month clothes, although some of those are almost too short.

She’s the love of my (our) life and I’m so thankful that I get to spend every day watching her learn and grow.

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Lemons and Limes

28 Jun

As Chloe approaches 6 months, she seems to be changing more and more every day.  It’s amazing to watch.  

We haven’t started her on solids yet–I’m trying to wait until the recommended six months (and I’m also trying to keep her a baby, haha)–but we have been giving her food items that she can’t really “eat” just to get her used to it.

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Celery. She seemed to like this more than a carrot we gave her the night before.

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Lime. This was hilarious. She just kept going back for more.

We’ve also given her a carrot, an apple slice and a lemon.  All were very entertaining.  If she could sit well unassisted, I would probably go ahead and start solids but she’s still working on that.  

She’s also decided that it should be tummy time all the time!  Well…sort of.  If you lay her down, she immediately rolls onto her tummy.  She’ll play for a bit, but then the screaming begins.  The good news is that she seems to like it a little better.  She plays and kicks her legs (getting ready to crawl??) until she lets us know that she’s done.

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And then it ends like this

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Hopefully she’ll learn to roll back over soon.  

She has also figured out how to scoot the bumbo around the floor to get where she wants to go.  She can only go backwards so it’s pretty funny to watch.  Even though she isn’t mobile really yet, I’m already having to watch her pretty closely.  While I was baking cookies today, she scooted herself over to a bag of potatoes and was taking them out one by one.  Sneaky little girl.  I fear I may have my hands full once she gets going.

Her favorite toy right now is my “happy spoon.”  Or any utensil from the kitchen.

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And when I asked her how much she loved me, she said:

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This much!!

 

Water Baby

20 Jun

Blogging fail.  I don’t see how people do it full time.  Perhaps if I was getting paid, I’d have a little incentive?  I promise I will try and do better so you guys don’t miss out on little Chloe’s life.

Since I last wrote, things have been mostly the same.  We’ve been having a few night time sleep issues (she wakes up and whines a lot, but I never have to go in there because she puts herself back to sleep) and naps are still irregular, but we’re surviving.  Anybody else have this happen?  She never cries but there is a lot of whining going on.  My Mom thinks she’s hungry, but I sort of feel like she wouldn’t go back to sleep if this was the case.  We’re trying to hold off on solids until she’s officially 6 months.  In like two weeks (!!!). We did give her a carrot to gnaw on the other day (uncooked, so she didn’t actually eat it), though.  She put it in her mouth (like she does with everything) and then made a really funny face.  I think she liked it though.

She can now roll to the left and the right from back to tummy, but not from tummy to back.  She’s tolerating tummy time better these days.  It’s still not her favorite activity, but we’re working on it.

She’s loving having her Daddy home for a month.  Seriously.  This girls face lights up when she sees him.  It’s precious.  

Here are some pictures from the last week:

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High chair time!

We’re trying to get her used to sitting in it while we eat meals.  That way, once we do start solids, she’ll be ready.

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Her new favorite way to sit in the stroller. Leg propped up.

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Kiddie pool!

We tried this a couple of days ago and she hated it.  So… we put less water and let it sit out in the 90 degree heat all day and it was a hit!

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New swim diaper!

Sticking with the cloth diaper route, we wanted to get one for her to swim in.  We ended up with this Charlie Banana one that is adorable.

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Babbling Away

13 Jun

I apologize for the lack of blogging, but WordPress was acting crazy and wouldn’t work.  Everything seems to be back in order today.  I know you were all very thankful biting your fingernails in anticipation of my next post.

Things have been going on as usual around here.  Chloe’s nap schedule seems to be more solid and she’s made some fun developments over the weekend.  

She is now “speaking” in “syllables.”  Dadada, nanana, yayaya, and ray (?) have been flowing out of her mouth abundantly.  I guess this means that Hunter and Nana won that bet.  These aren’t her first words, though, right??  Obviously she doesn’t actually associate anything with them.  

She’s also rolling over all the time now.  But only to the left and only back to tummy.  I really wish she would learn to roll tummy to back so the screaming when on her tummy would stop.  

Also, she insists on putting herself to sleep at night.  It’s actually really funny because everyone was so adamant that I was creating a bad habit and spoiling her by rocking her to sleep all the time.  She decided that she was ready and is very serious about it.  I would be lying if I said it didn’t make me a little bit sad.  But my selfish cuddling agenda aside, I know this is a very important (and helpful) development.

She’s really like a little person now.  Jibber jabbing away and letting me know what she wants.  She’s becoming really interested in watching us while we eat, which means she’s getting ready for solid food!  I’m going to try and hold off until 6 months, but I’m excited to watch her experience real food.

Here are some pictures from the past few days:

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She seems to have rekindled her love for Mr. Caterpillar.

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Loves sitting in the recliner and eating the remote!

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Hunter was trying to get a picture of her leg rolls.

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She crosses her legs just like her Daddy.