Oh sweet girl. You are simply the best. You are happy, oh so stinkin' happy and you are MOBILE! This month you figured out how to pull up on EVERYTHING and you just won't stop. It is cute to see your little legs hold you up.
To be honest I am struggling a little bit with how big/old you are. I wanted a baby for so long and then it took SO long to get pregnant and now you are here and I feel like the baby stage with you is already over. Ugh. But then I remember that you are here . . . here, here because we finally got pregnant, thanks to God's plan being bigger than my plan (hello moving to Stockholm and doing IVF twice for free). You've been here for 11 months plus the 9 months in utero which means for the last 20 months you were here instead of being longed for and cried over. So yes, it kind of sucks that you are no longer tiny and my chest is running out of room for you to sleep on but that is because you are growing and healthy and here! Every time I think about our journey to you it just chokes me up to think that you are actually here. I get to see your smile and kiss your cheeks and watch you grow and for that I am so very thankful. So yes time is speeding by but at least you are here with us.
Here is what you've been up to this month!
I'm going to guess you weigh about 17 lbs and you are 29-30 inches long. I do know you barely fit into the box this month :).
You finally have teeth! Which means you can eat more big girl foods! You are still nursing 4 times a day (7:30, 11:30, 3:30 & 7:15) but you don't nurse for that long. You nurse for about 8-10 minutes in the morning but the rest of the sessions are between 3-5 minutes total.
When you are done eating something you like to throw it over the side of your high chair and say "uh oh" which is cute and messy.
Towards the end of your meals you usually go through the pocket on your bib and feed yourself food that you dropped. It is hilarious but oh so helpful!
Thankfully you returned to normal sleep habits this month. You nap for an hour in the morning from 9:30-10:30 and then in the afternoon from 1:30-3:30 and then at night from 7:30/7:45 to 7:15 the next morning. Sometimes you wake up before 7:15 but you will usually play in your crib until your dad comes in to get you dressed.
Your morning workout apparently includes waving and squats.
We've been talking about when to take your paci away. You only use it when you sleep. If you see it (or can reach through the slats in your bed and grab it) you will put it in your mouth but if we take it away you don't put up much of a fuss. We switched you to your monkey paci to possibly transition you to sleeping with a stuffed animal instead of just a paci but I think we will wait a little while until we take it away. I don't want you to switch to your thumb and you aren't very dependent on it so I'm hoping we will be okay.
You are wearing 9-12 month clothes. Almost all of your long pants are 12 months but shorts are 6-9 months. You need the length of 12 months but the waist needs to be smaller for your shorts. Your grandma took in a few pairs of shorts (just like she did for your mama when she was little).
You have some super cute dresses, rompers and other summer outfits! I've been getting most of your clothes at Children's Orchard and Once Upon a Child which are used kids clothing stores. The clothes look great (no stains, etc) and they aren't very expensive which is great since you aren't in them that long and you tend to get them dirty now that you can feed yourself.
You started wearing footed pajamas at night which are super cute. When you slept in a sleep sack we felt like your feet were warmer not being in footed pjs but just in a sleep sack. Now that you can stand and it seemed safer to have your legs free from the sleep sack.
You still love reading books to yourself.
There are a couple of toys that you put balls in and they spin around and come down and you love playing with those.
Hugging your cousin Paislee . . .
playing with a light saber.
I feel like we are getting into a nice groove for our days/weeks at home. We've had at least one play date each week which definitely helps keep me sane.
Your new favorite face is your scrunchy face. Since you wouldn't smile I decided to join you.
Our days are definitely best when we have some kind of outing or activity scheduled. Running errands isn't much fun because you aren't as happy sitting in your car seat/stroller/shopping cart as you used to be. Now that you can crawl quickly and pull up on things you like to explore instead of just watch although you do like all the people oohing and aahing over you at the store. You are also really good a waving hi and bye now without much delay.
We were able to get together with our new friends that we met at Rhyme Time at the library. All of you are within a month of each other and it is so fun to see you girls play together.
I also started doing regular cleaning each week. On Mondays we usually take it easier since our weekends have been so busy. On Tuesdays I do Toilet Tuesday when I clean the bathrooms (not just the toilets), desk and mint (a financial and budgeting website) day on Wednesday, Lesson/Meal plan day on Thursday and Floor Fridays. I felt like I was always cleaning dirty bathrooms and floors until I started this schedule and now instead of feeling like they are always dirty I can stay on top of it instead of feeling like I'm always behind. I don't actually plan lessons on Thursday :) but that was always our team meeting day when I was teaching so now I fill out our calendar for the next week, plan meals and do online grocery shopping on Thursday so it is taken care of before the weekend. This has CHANGED my attitude and productivity in HUGE ways!
Activities and Outings
At the beginning of the month we met Erin McGonigle in Downtown KC for First Fridays. We walked all around, ate food from a food truck and then the plan was for you to fall asleep in your stroller. Well you had other plans. You ended up staying awake until 10:30 that night. You were happy as could be as long as we weren't trying to get you to sleep in your stroller. You loved looking at the lights on the side of the hotel and watching the fireworks.
Bedtime? Why would I sleep when I can look at the fountains and climb Erin's stairs?
Roommates Reunion! Man, I am so lucky to have my college roommates as some of my best friends! Emily and Jami and their families were able to stay at our house one weekend. We had a blast with 6 adults and 5 kids. Kelli and Ryan weren't able to come and they were definitely missed! We went to Deanna Rose Farmstead and to Fritz's for dinner. You LOVED watching the train go around the ceiling.
We met Okalani! She is super cute and I have a feeling you are going to have all kinds of fun with Okalani and Zion in the future.
We went to Chelsea and Kyle's wedding in Topeka with your grandparents. You napped at Connie's house (which was awesome! Thank you Connie!) during the wedding but you went to the reception. You danced with your dad and I think the father of the bride speech and the father/daughter dance caught your dad off guard. He was not ready to think about all those big milestones so quickly!
All the grandparents spent the night one night. You are a well loved little girl!
My first Mother's day and you wouldn't smile for a picture. The girl who is always smiling. Little stinker! You made me a mama and I wouldn't have it any other way!
For American Mother's Day your dad made Swedish pancakes and for Swedish Mother's Day we went out for brunch because we thought it wouldn't be so crowded and it was great! Yes, we celebrated both Mother's days and as far as I'm concerned we will continue doing that!
Pulling up and telling me stories.
At Chelsea's wedding you stood for a few seconds without holding on to anything.
We caught your first few steps on video! Your dad was showing you how to pull up behind your walking toy and the next thing we knew you started pushing it and walking! Now you walk all over the living room with it.
I can't believe we caught your first steps ever on camera, hence the yelling!
You might have a little bit of your dad's adventurous side.
You can say "uh oh." Sometimes you will say it in the correct context (when you/we drop something) but other times you will say it when you purposefully throw your food on the floor or randomly when you are playing and nothing actually happened (although that is rare).
I want to remember you crawling over to me and then up my legs and then trying to crawl/climb onto my lap.