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Monday, February 27, 2012

Craft 3 of 5

I [finally] made Sophia's curtains. While making them, I thought about my plans to have them done before she was born. Her being born 3 weeks early led to me getting the curtains done 4 months later. I've literally had the fabric since July. Anyway. I wish I wouldn't have put them off for so long because once I got going, they were actually really simple to make.

Some mornings when Sophia gets up but I try to put her back down, she'll crane her little neck around to look out the window and see if it's light outside. I'm sure it's all in my head, but somehow I feel like she knew it was morning and was therefore trying to tell me she shouldn't have to go back to bed. A few weeks of that was enough motivation to get those curtains done. I hung blue curtains we already had behind the white to block out the light.

 Now her room is just about complete! Here are some pictures of the rest of the room:
Sophia's closet with current clothes, plus 6 of the 8 boxes of her other clothes (from newborn to 12 months)
Her crib and very colorful bedding. Also her bff lion. If she wakes up too early, sometimes I just put the lion on her and she'll play with it/eat it for about 10 minutes.
Sophia modeling her changing table (I still need to hang up the bow holder)
I hate to admit that Sophia really hasn't wanted too much to do with rolling since that night last week when she wouldn't STOP rolling. Instead she poses as a cute little tummy time model.
I love her big eyes and cute little nose!
Also, Sophia has become quite good at unswaddling herself while she sleeps. When she does, she sleeps with her arms above her head, just like she did as a newborn. It's adorable.
We sure do love that little baby!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'

Sophia is rolling consistently now (as opposed to sometimes rolling but mostly crying during tummy time). She hasn't rolled from her back to her tummy yet, but she has been trying. Tonight when I was trying to take pictures of her rolling, she did it so often and fast that I had to hold her down until I got the camera ready. We're so proud of our little cutie!
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 Here she is modeling the stages of rolling for the camera:

A couple weeks ago she also started grabbing and exploring her hanging toys. It's so fun to see her learning new things.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

4 Months

We have a 4 month old on our hands! She has reached a magical age where she is on a great schedule, is fun and playful, but can't move or get in to anything! Another great thing that's happened since last month is I can discern what she wants/needs about 95% of the time when she's fussy. We love our sweet baby girl! Here are her 4 month stats:

Height: 24.25" (50th percentile)
Weight: 12 pounds 12.5oz (25-50th percentile)
Head: 15.4" (10th percentile)

I had a hard time choosing between those first 2 pictures, but realized the one of her chewing her hands is an accurate representation of her at 4 months old!

She was really good about her 4 month shots - as she was with her 2 month ones. She happily gulped down the oral one and was babbling away. After the first prick, she looked very confused for a split second before the tears came. By the 3rd prick, she was crying so hard that her tiny head was shaking back and forth, her face was bright red, but no sound came out. When she finally did get the screams out, she was very cuddly and she stopped crying even before we went to schedule our next appointment, and she fell asleep on the way home.

At 4 months, Sophia:
  • just in the past week or so has grown out of most of her 0-3 month onesies, but the 3-6 month ones are HUGE!
  • takes 3 or 4 naps a day (usually at least an hour - longer in the afternoon and shorter in the evening)
  • LOVES putting her hands in her mouth, babbling, taking baths, and smiling at people other than her parents (we have to work hard for her smiles)
  • gets complimented most on her big blue eyes
  • laughs most while changing her clothes and when she's being held like she's flying. Her laughs are hard to come by, but SOOOO cute!
  • goes to bed around 9 and wakes up anywhere from 5 to 7am. Then she'll eat and go back to sleep until about 8:30 or 9:00. 
  • has some formula every day because I just can't keep up! In fact, I am producing even less than I did 2 months ago.
  • cries less than she ever has in her life. She hardly ever cries when we put her down for naps (I credit babywise for that one), and is much better about handling her gas. She'll often be sitting in her bouncer, and I can hear her grunting for all she's worth :)
Sophia is getting more interactive, which made for a fun photo shoot. She'll smile at me, but as soon as she sees the camera, she gets a deer-in-the-headlights look. Here she is having a good time with her lion...
In the act of backhanding the lion. She did not want it to steal her spotlight.
Once she realized she was going to be in this picture with the lion no matter what, I laughed while she wrestled with it for a good 30 seconds until she got it into her mouth.
Happily chomping on her hands.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Craft 2 of 5

When I was pregnant, I said I wasn't going to get very many of those baby headbands and flowers/bows. That was silly of me. Sophia doesn't wear them very often (mostly because her head is still too small for most of the headbands I have), and they are so cute when she does. I made a simple hair bow holder before she was born, but it was not nearly big enough. I searched etsy and pinterest for hours, and almost bought one. I'm SO glad I didn't because I LOVE how the one I made turned out.
It's still not quite big enough for all of her bows, but it's very cute. The best part about it is that I could personalize it with her name and the same fabric I'm using for her curtains and crib skirt (2 more of the 5 on-going projects).

This project was so much cheaper than it would have been if I bought one. I just got a canvas, fabric, ribbon, and hot glued it all together. I was going to put hooks on the bottom to hang headbands on but decided it might look too cluttered. We'll see how long the hot glue holds up, but it seems very sturdy - a lot more than I had expected it to be.
I first tried using an iron-on....stuff for the name, but it was causing me grief so my friend, Sara, graciously helped me use her silhouette to cut Sophia's name out of vinyl. I think it looks very classy.

PS I think the person who invented hooded towels is a genius. Babies look SO sweet in them! (Can you tell she's a little mesmerized by the camera?)

PPS The picture below is my version of Goldilocks. Daddy. Mommy. Baby. :D

Friday, February 3, 2012

Craft 1 of 5

I planned on doing one big super-post of all of the craft projects I have half-finished for Sophia. I finished one this week, but despite my best intentions, I find myself kicking back and relaxing most days after work while Sophia is taking her afternoon nap. I'll show them off one at a time, starting with her Christmas ornament.
Tying bows is NOT one of my talents. I think I'll need my mom to fix it sometime when she comes to visit.
I originally got the idea from Pinterest, and although it's not perfect, I like my version a little better. It was very easy! Glass balls from Hobby Lobby, strips of pink scrapbook paper, a little pink tissue paper (to fill in the holes), letter stickers, and ribbon. Now I just have to make one for every child I have. :)