Monday, April 21, 2014

the mommy of a 6 month old.

My sweet, sweet baby is now a 6 month old. How and when she turned 6 months, I don't know. Ryan and I have been talking all week about how surprising it is that we now have a baby who is a HALF OF A YEAR old! It just amazes me how quickly it has all flown by.
 
6 Months





 
 
Developments
 
My, my..where to start...
  • In the last couple weeks she has absolutely mastered rolling...like, she rolls all over the living room now! She has figured out that's how she can get from Point A to Point B and she's loving it. Today she knocked over a picture frame and messed with leaves, so I am afraid baby proofing is near.
  • She also thinks she's little Miss Independent and now holds her own bottle most of the time. When she is really tired she struggles with it though, and at night time she still lets me do it, but day time it's all her! She sometimes wastes milk with messing around with it and of course that makes this mama cringe but I know it is practice for her. Her tiny bottles she even one-hands like a pro!
  • She isn't able to sit up on her own quite yet, but we've been working on it and she's getting there! She can sit assisted very well and tripod every once in awhile.
  • I mentioned this last month but she is definitely watching her daddy and I and mimics everything we are doing. Her latest is grabbing whatever we are drinking and pulling it up to her mouth and trying to drink from it as well.
  • She isn't crawling yet..or really even close to it, but she is certainly wanting to! She will get on her belly and pull herself around by digging her fingers into the blankets, carpet, or whatever else is strong enough. She will also lay there and flop like a fish out of water with her arms and legs moving, thinking that's going to get her somewhere :)
  • She is still on her "mommy only" kick but this month she has a bad case of Stranger Danger that has developed. It first happened when Tammy was holding her and went to show her off to someone working on the house...she immediately started crying the moment he LOOKED at her! As soon as I got her though, she relaxed. From then on, its been like that with almost everyone except Ryan, Bob, and Tammy really. We even go to my grandma's a couple times a week and she will lay on the floor and just flirt with Grandma the entire time, but the minute I give her to Grandma the waterworks start! And then the minute I take her back, they shut off and the smiles come back. She even started crying when Abigal picked her up and she was 2 feet from me. Ay ay ay.
  • Overall, I would just sum her up this month by saying she is much more "busy". She is ALWAYS grabbing for something, trying to get somewhere, watching something intently, making noise, kicking her legs, etc. She is never just sitting still and relaxing.

Temperament
Can I just start by saying...I NOW HAVE A HAPPY BABY!!!! I have said each month that things have gotten better and better and she's less fussy. Then last month I even said the fussiness was gone, but now? Now, I have a HAPPY baby! You know, those babies who smile at everyone, laugh at everything, and love life?? I have her :) I am just SO happy that that baby showed back up :) She is absolutely a joy to be around and makes me smile and laugh every single day.

Sleep
I am happy to say we have improved on the sleeping! First, she has been in her crib (all night!) for 4 or 5 weeks now! She literally has not ended up in our bed at all, so now, I think I can officially say we made the transition. As for her sleeping pattern, it too has improved. We are getting about a 3-4 hour stretch out of her most nights and then from then on out its kind of unpredictable. One night last week she only woke up TWICE throughout the night so I know the little stinker has it in her. She has also turned into a full time belly sleeper. Once I lay her down, she immediately flips to her belly! Even in the night when I flip her back over, I leave the room and look at the monitor and there she is, butt in the air, laying on her belly! She's growing and changing each day and I'm sure we will get there at some point. For now, I'll take the changes we have already seen!

As for naps, they are still taking place in our bed, with me by her side. I kept telling myself I needed to change this and get her sleeping in her crib for naps and one day I decided to test the waters. We failed miserably and then once I began to think about it, I decided we're fine doing what we are doing anyway. All I would do if she laid in her crib to nap was go to my bed to nap so why not do it together? She enjoys it, I enjoy it, and we both get rest. Don't fix it if it isn't broken, right?
 
Breastfeeding/eating
I don't talk about this much, mainly because everyone has their own opinions about it, but I'm rolling with it today. Originally I had only planned to breastfeed her 6 months. I wanted my body back (not in the physical, beach bod type way, but more my personal space) and didn't want to feel like a milk factory for a year or more. Well, 6 months has come and we're doing ok, so I am going to keep going! I am so dang proud of myself over this. It was h-e-double hockey sticks for the first few weeks and even afterwards, she's never been the easy to feed baby, but we've stuck it out. Anyone who has breastfed knows that it is HARD and it definitely takes dedication. Sure, Michelle Duggar can probably handle it no problem and Suzi Homemaker who doesn't leave her house probably handles it with no problem, but that's not my lifestyle and toting around a pump to every outing isn't desirable but I'm doing it. The way I look at it now, every month I keep going is just bonus at this point, we made it to our goal. And I'm pretty confident I have enough saved to get us through several weeks/a couple months even after I stop.
 
With that, we have now officially begun our baby food adventure. We are attempting "Baby Led Weaning" but if it doesn't go well, we will switch to homemade purees. So far she has had: sweet potatoes, avocado, banana, and oatmeal. I will keep this updated on how it is going!
 
Sizing
This is the same as last month. She is still in 0-3 month and 3 month clothing and size 2 diapers. I still keep trying to move her into 3-6 clothes but they are just too big at this point, they look sloppy. I think in the next few weeks she will be into a majority of them though as she is soooo long! I don't know her exact numbers yet, her 6 month appointment isn't until the 24th, but I will update when I do!
 
Likes
jumping in her Jumperoo
rolling around the living room
baths
the puppies (still)
chewing on anything she can get in her mouth
swimming
 
Dislikes
getting ready for bed
sleeping
getting her face/hands wiped off
 
 
































 
Each day I love this little thing more and more and each day I think "there is no way I could ever love her more than I do right now" and then I surprise myself with the amount of love I have for her the following day. She is my entire world all wrapped up into 14lbs; my heart could just explode with how full it is with her in my life. Every night as I rock her to sleep, I am fighting tears just looking down at her. I know she was meant for me, and me for her. Every single bone in my body and curve on my hip was created to make this sweet little baby.

Friday, March 28, 2014

attempting this whole "housewife" thing again, starting with cooking!

 
 
Crocpot Chicken Phillys
 

Ingredients:
3 green peppers
1/2 onion
4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 bullion cubs
garlic powder
Famous Dave's steak seasoning (you could use any seasoning you prefer)
hoagie buns
shredded mozzarella
 
1. Dice up green peppers and onion.
2. Place green peppers, onion, chicken breasts, and bullion cubs in the crocpot with 1/4-1/2 cup of water and place on low. Let cook 6 hours or until chicken is cooked.
3. Take out chicken and shred between two forks.
4. Readd it to the crocpot and add a little bit of garlic powder and steak seasoning to taste. Let cook another hour.
5. Place on buns with shredded cheese and dinner is served!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

THAT mom...who got her baby's ears pierced.

Yes, I am officially THAT mom that got my child's ears pierced.
 
I know everyone has opinions about it, even my best friend disagrees with it, but I'm ok with that.
 
I always knew if I had a little girl that I would pierce her ears almost immediately. I got mine pierced when I was just 6 weeks old and never have had any problems with them when I was little or now. I still have the same piercings that were done then and I still wear earrings almost daily. I am hoping for the same outcome with Milania.
 
So Ryan and I have been discussing "when" exactly to get them done for the last few months. At first I always thought when she was a newborn, then I thought when she was a few weeks, then at a few weeks I would look at her and think "no, she's way too young." Then when she got a little older I decided when she could hold her head up, well...that came and I still didn't ever get it done. Finally Ryan text me one day at work and said "let's get her ears pierced tonight, I'll be off early." and that was it.
 
We took her to the mall last Tuesday and I told Ryan before we even walked in...
 
"If the girl working is 16 or looks incompetent for any reason we are leaving!"
 
Well, we showed up and she was easily in her 30's and looked competent so we decided to go through with it.
 
Ryan offered to hold her and I planned to take pictures, but when it came down to it, I got too nervous and was in mommy mode, not photographer mode.
 
The lady cleaned Milania's ears and then drew the dots. I had her readjust them 7478585 times and it took every bone in my body not to just say "give me the pen, I'll draw them!" but I kept the control freak in me under control and she finally got them right where I wanted them. :)
 
During the whole dot drawing though, Milania was being feisty. She was crying..lord only knows why. The dots don't hurt, neither does the cleaning solution.
 
Finally the lady lined up the gun and pierced the first ear, then the second.
 
Honest to God, she cried less than minute after both piercings were done. She cried A LOT longer during the dot drawing and cleaning. I almost thought it was too good to be true (I'm sure it did hurt!) so I walked around with her for a minute but sure enough, she was fine! We decided just to head home and we were in the car about 5 minutes and she was asleep!
 
It went waaaay better than expected and so far so good! I have to clean them 3-4 times a day and twist them around and push them in and out a bit but she doesn't seem to mind. She lets me do it each time I change her diaper and so far, no problems! They aren't red at all or anything and she has yet to notice they are there...I think that comes with older age? So I'm happy!
 
I think they're just cute as a button on her and I don't regret it one bit!

The night we got them done

Still cute even when she's mean muggin' me :)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

braggin' on my main gal. {5 month update}

My sweet, sweet baby has turned yet another month old. We are now at 5 months and I can hardly believe it! She still seems so young to me, yet she is such a different baby than when we brought her home..or even since last month! It's crazy how quickly they change, isn't it?!
 
 

 

Developments

A few weeks ago she finally found her feet! She randomly discovered them during a diaper change and now she is always tugging and pulling on them and has her toes in her mouth every chance she gets. She has also learned how to pull her socks off which is an ongoing battle throughout the day to keep them on! Sometimes I put socks and booties on her to trick her into just pulling one off...it doesn't work ;)

Something else she has recently learned is how to make SEVERAL more noises, one being a very high pitched squeal. And I don't know if all babies do this, but once she learns something new she does it over and over and over and over and over. Basically, it sounds like a pterodactyl is dying in our house 24 hours a day.

This past month she has also started to really mimic what we are doing. If we are drinking she will tilt her head back and open her mouth bringing anything up to it, doing exactly as we are. She has started to do this with food recently too but she has a teething toy in her hand instead..it is just so cute. She also will "talk" back to me in either a high or low pitch imitating what I am doing and sometimes if I start whispering she will try to copy that. It is so cute to see her take everything in like a little sponge!

I don't know whether this is necessarily a "development" per se but this past month especially she has really become attached to me. She has always preferred me over everyone else but recently its become a lot worse. She will even start to fuss if I leave the room now and instantly stop the minute I return. On one hand I love that she wants/needs me and that I can literally get her calmed down instantly, but on the other hand I don't like that it makes it hard on her and anyone else watching her, including her daddy. Ryan and I joke that "she needs plugged back in" or that "her cord wont stretch that far" if I'm too far away from her, insinuating that she is still connected by an umbilical cord :)

And then, I'd say her biggest accomplishment of this past month was that she learned that her legs can "bounce" her. Anytime we're holding her up now she is constantly bouncing whether it's in our arms or standing on the changing pad. She got so good at it that I decided maybe she could actually use her Jumperoo and as soon as I put her in it, she put two and two together and has been bouncing ever since!

Overall, I would say she has really just become more "alert" and seemingly a lot older with each month that passes. Everyone has always commented on how alert she is but she really is, she takes in EVERYTHING. I guarantee she knows if a picture frame is off center in this house she has analyzed everything so much! Along with becoming older, she has also started to develop opinions about a lot more things. She knows where she wants to be laid down, whether or not she wants to swing, which side she wants to nurse on, etc. She has an opinion about it! She is just so curious about the world and how she interacts with it and that doesn't seem to be slowing down, nor do I hope it does!

Growth

I'm not exactly sure how much she weighs as we don't go back to the Dr. for another month but I'm guessing somewhere between 13-14 pounds. She is still wearing all her 0-3 month clothes (I'd like to burn them all I have seen her in the same few outifts so much!) and wearing size 2 diapers. I can tell her little feet are growing though because several of her socks are now too small yet we bought her a pair of 0-3 month shoes that I cant even see her toes in they are so big on her!

Fussiness

I said this last month but we are definitely past this! Just when I thought we couldn't survive another day, she basically just stopped being a fussy little monster. We literally hadn't gone anywhere in a couple months at one point and I thought I was going to pull my hair out so I am SO thankful to be through that. Heck, we even went to Menard's this past weekend and she rode in the stroller taking in everything like a big girl!  So thankful.

Sleep

What?

No really. It's still horrible. She is literally awake around 20 times a night now every..single...night. Do I want to die in the mornings? Yes. But then I open my eyes and see that gummy smile looking up at me and I find energy I didn't know I had! I always tell people, I never actually knew what being tired was until I became a mama! We're working on it though.

Loves

She still LOVES her puppies...like, she is obsessed with them, Bella especially. She thinks Bella is the greatest thing on this planet! Bella used to be too quick for her to track everywhere but now she's got it and hardly takes her eyes off of her all day.

She also loves to scream or squeal. She will just chatter away as loud as her little voice will allow for long periods of time!

Putting anything in her mouth that she can get her hands on, especially Sophie (her teething toy).

Bath time..still.

Getting her diaper changed, but she doesn't like getting her clothes changed at all!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
One of my favorite pictures ever
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




 
 
This little peanut is the greatest thing that has EVER happened to her dad and I and I couldn't be more proud to be her mommy or more blessed than to be able to be with her every step of the way.