Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Nine Months Old

Since living in the South, I've heard it said, "The bigger the bow, the better the mom". I am not much of a big bow person, but this month I busted out the biggest bow I had to take pictures of this NINE month old. She also looks appropriately Spring-y and Easter-y for the warm temperatures we have upon us. I love those baby thighs in shorts!

9 Month Stats
Height: 28" (75th %)
Weight: 17lbs 6oz (25th %)
Head: 17.25"

(compared to Sophia: I'm surprised that Sophia was 3/4" taller and almost A POUND heavier than Grace! Maybe it's because Sophia wasn't mobile yet at this age because both girls have *monster* appetites!)

Sophia said, "Hey. I'm dressed. I want to be in pictures." Obviously she remembers last month when I wouldn't photograph nakie Sophia.

9 Month Old Grace...
  • tricks include: waving, clapping, pulling herself up on everything, holding her own bottle, putting in her binky, imitating us when we say "uh oh" and "buh buh" (for "bye bye"), and playing crawl fetch with herself (crawls to a ball, she accidentally hits it so it rolls away, crawls after it, repeat)
  • continues to love eating. I usually have to give her baby food + finger foods because she gets impatient when I spoon-feed her and wants to feed herself also. 
  • in the space of one month, is now almost exclusively drinking formula.
  • has 2 teeth
  • currently has her 3rd cold in the past month. :(
  • her hair is getting thicker again, so it looks darker. Not nearly as dark as when she was a newborn, but enough to give me some hope she might be a brunette.
  • will give us a solid 10 hours most nights (7:30pm-5:30am). I decided to try crying it out earlier in the month when my mom was here, and she was sleeping 7:30 to 7:00!!!!!!...then she got sick and it was daylight savings... and she fell back into the habit of waking up somewhere between 5:00 and 6:30. Generally, I feed her and she goes back to bed until about 8:30, which is nice. At least once a week, she wakes at night and cries for up to an hour before finally giving up and falling asleep.
  • and I are doing a mommy & me gymnastics class. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it's pretty adorable. She also surprised me with how much she liked it. She especially smiles and laughs as we do stretches, flips, bubbles and things that involve pulling herself up (bars, rings).
Often while I'm making dinner, Russ plays with the girls in Sophia's room. One evening Grace came crawling out. Russ watched her crawl all the way to my bedroom, where she immediately started to cry. She often comes crawling to look for me (ya know, in a rare moment when I'm not already with her), so we think she started crying when she didn't find me in my room. What can I say? I'm her fav. :)

 Grace was the example baby for a flip. Unfortunately, about the time I got the camera out, she realized I wasn't the one holding her. She was NOT okay with that. ;)

 babies on a parachute - can you spot Grace?

So proud of herself for being big enough to "play" at the playground 

First (of many) day of summer clothes! wahoo!

Chowin' down on some delicious homemade baby food. Yum!

 I'm so glad Grace is getting old enough (aka not as fragile) to play with Sophia!

Crawl fetch !

 Russ taught her to hold her own bottle. At first she'd only do it when he fed her (stinker), but now she'll hold it all the time.

Russ gave Grace a bath and did her hair after. I laughed, took a picture, then re-combed it. :) 

Love this girl.

She doesn't love sitting with us and being read to, but she likes these kinds of books

Waving to me when I came in the room...and more crawl-fetch

Russ's birthday a few weeks ago :). I sure love my little family!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Eight Months Old

Grace! You are loved and adored. Right before I put you in bed, I put you in your sleep sack, give you lots of kisses, and you give me lots of giggles. It's one of my favorite times of the day.

 Left: She learned to clap her hands (well, she mostly claps her fists). That's her "I'm so proud of myself" face!
Right: Head is getting to be better-shaped all the time!

 It's getting harder to take pictures now that my baby model can crawl away...and is miserable from getting 2 more teeth and having a cough at the same time.

This was a big month for Grace! She hit lots of milestones as a 7 month old! Now, our 8 month old:
- sits up and crawls! She started sitting and crawling at virtually the same time.
- cut her first tooth
- is so, so much easier and happier
- gets very offended when: her food is gone, a toy gets taken away from her, she doesn't get picked up when she wants to be held and when she's left with strangers
- has 3 meals a day with an extra bottle right at bedtime. I had to start supplementing her with a bottle of formula each day in addition to the bottle I pump every night before bed. She also has solids at least twice a day (breakfast and dinner). Yesterday while  sharing a banana with Sophia, I looked over and saw Grace looking at me with the biggest look of excitement/anticipation. I got all excited and smiled back at her but realized she just wanted some banana, too!
- is on a very similar schedule as last month. She wakes up once a night to eat, eats every 4 hours during the day, takes 2 or 3 naps (depending on the day), goes to bed between 7:00 and 7:30pm.
- has always been very social. Ever since she was very little, she's happiest when we're in public and if I even try to hold her so she faces me, she wiggles and squirms so she's facing out.
- responds to her name

It warms my heart to see how much Grace and Sophia love each other. Before I had kids, I daydreamed about what they'd be like and I always hoped they'd be friends as they got older, but it's already obvious Grace knows Sophia is a special person in her life just like Russ and I are. It's hard to explain, but it's something so cute, and something I never really thought about. When we go to the playground with Grace in the carrier, I'll use Grace's hands to push Sophia on the swing and she laughs the ENTIRE time. The other morning we played hide-n-seek (Grace was awful to hide with, by the way, always gave away our position with her baby noises! :D) and every time we were found, she got SO EXCITED. We also often play tag, running around our apartment while I hold Grace, and she gets so happy when we do that, too.  Things like that or the times I'm doing my hair and hear Sophia playing and sharing toys with Grace in the next room make me feel SO LUCKY to be their mommy!

Baby's First Valentine's Day

Most of my baby clothes came from my big sister. Here's a onesie that Savannah and both my girls wore when they turned 8 months old. Grace has always had a round face, like her cousin Savannah as a baby. At 8 months, Sophia LOVED solids but took a long time to crawl, so she chunked up for a couple months. Ironically, Sophia at her chunkiest is Grace normally because Grace has been a good eater all her life.

 "Look Mom! I crawled backwards!...Now I'm stuck."

We were twirling like ballerinas. She loved it! 

Borrowed a jumperoo from a friend in the ward. Thank goodness! It's so nice to be able to put her somewhere where she can entertain herself for a few minutes. 

 This girl loves eating paper.

 She sits!

 Mardi Gras party animal!

The only picture I got of the girls together on Valentine's Day.

 Grace photo bomb!!!

 What Grace thinks about swinging at the park.

"I'm so big, I can sit on my own chair at church!" (there's her proud face again :D)

As a baby, Sophia was very into credit cards and cell phones. Gracie loves remotes and my cell phone. 21st Century girls and their technology...