Sunday, June 22, 2014

babyproofing...yikes! {8 month update}

Our sweet Miss Milania Mae is now 8 months old! Crazy, right?! I feel like she should still be my little cuddly babe that won't let me set her down but let me tell you..those days are GONE. This girl is B.U.S.Y. This last month has definitely been the month of the most change so far. The best way to put it is... she really just blossomed this month, learning all kinds of new tricks.

The biggest: SHE LEARNED TO CRAWL! At 7 months and 1 week, the little miss went from being immobile to movin' and groovin'. Less than a week prior to that she began getting up on all 4's and rocking back and forth and then face planting. I knew crawling was on the horizon but I had no idea it would just be a matter of days. From the time she started moving until she had really mastered it was literally about 3 days. Now? She is EVERYWHERE and she is FAST. I literally go the restroom and come back and have to play "where did the baby go?" every time. Usually? The dogs' dish.
The other "oh my": She can pull herself up on anything..and everything. Apparently the little miss wasn't content with just crawling places; once she began crawling she immediately became interested in bigger and better things and started to pull herself up. This was less than a week after she began crawling! Is it just me or is that crazy?! So now, you can find her standing most of the day, usually banging on something like her play table or clearing off a coffee table for me.
She's also really started to "talk" more this past month. She makes a lot more sounds that are more defined, yet not quite words.
If you hold her hands and walk with her, she will take some very wobbly steps along with you. Her legs aren't near strong enough for walking on her own but she certainly knows what to do.
She will get mad or cry if we take her away from things she's playing the food dish. This is new because she used to just go onto the next thing, now she is mad!
She will "help you" set her up after a diaper change or when you unbuckle her from her carseat or highchair she knows to squeeze her arms out and sit up.
She has really started to copy things we are doing at this point. If you pound on something she will do it, if you open and close your hands, she will do it. She is certainly taking everything in.
Pincer grasp: girlfriend has got it.
Along with that, this last week, she has really taken off with food. Her favorite? Toast with apple butter. Tonight we had pasta with red sauce and she really liked that also.
She is still a happy girl! We take her everywhere with us now and never have to worry about the full blown screaming that we lived with 24 hours a day for a few months. I am so thankful for that and have really learned to appreciate being able to do mundane things with her that weren't possible before.
She is still on her "mom only kick" and I'm afraid to say, it's getting worse. When I go too far or really even let anyone else hold her she starts hyperventilating like she can't breathe. She literally acts like someone cut off her oxygen dramatic. It's gotten to the point where she won't even let Ryan be the one to get up with her at night (he used to help me once a night), so that's awesome.
Girlfriend weighed in at 15lbs 4 ounces about 2 weeks ago, so she is definitely gaining. She is still such a little peanut though; she is wearing about half 0-3 or 3 month things, and half 3-6 or 6 month things. All sleepers are 6 months and diapers are size 2. Shoes are still 0-3 and those still seem to be big so that won't change for awhile.
..........zzzz.............doesn't happen.
I could go on and on about how precious she is but a few things that absolutely melt my heart:
When she gets tired she tugs on her ears and the entire time she is falling asleep whether it be nursing or sucking on a pacifier she is tugging away on them. I don't know why but it is just so sweet. Her daddy and I both know its a sure sign of nap time when we see the ear tug start.
As you know, she has loved Dezi and Bella since before she was born. With her new found freedom of crawling, this love has become a full blown obsession. I am not kidding you, she chases Dezi around allllll day. The best part? Dezi is a hard sleeper and 9/10 times Milania will get within a couple inches of her and she is so happy that she caught her that she will let out a squeal or start laughing hysterically, which then leads to Dezi waking up and running away. If she would only be quiet... (Cassie's dog Oscar was a good sport last week and let her catch him several times. She literally laughed for about an hour chasing him around their living room!)
I don't think I mentioned this before but she had a hearing screening done a couple weeks ago because she was "high risk" for hearing loss because Ryan had tubes several times as a kid. She passed!




One of my very favorite pictures of her

She's too busy for outfit pictures now :(

Some of the great-grandkids at Grandma's

Not the best picture, but her first time in a high chair at a restaurant


Fan gazing


Monday, June 2, 2014

weekend recapping!

I have been so bad at blogging lately that I have made June my comeback month, officially. I will probably never put up daily posts like some bloggers, but I am trying to make a commitment to write at least a couple times a week! I would love to write every day, but that just isn't reasonable for me. There just aren't enough hours in the day as it is, so a couple times a week is my goal. Hold me to it, folks!

Moving right along...

This past weekend was one of the best weekends we have had as a family in quite a long time! Ryan really got the short end of the stick on Memorial Day weekend and ended up working quite a bit, including going in on the holiday. With that, he decided to take a comp day and took this past Friday off instead, so we were able to enjoy a 3 day weekend together.

Friday we spent the day down at the lake. We have been searching for a life jacket for Miss Milania for quite some time and finally tracked one down at Menard's (weird, right?) just a few days prior. Tammy also tracked one down at a boating store nearby, so we got lucky and actually had two for her. With that, we decided to brave the water and take her out on her first boat ride.

Surprisingly, she did very well. She was interested in the water coming out of the back of the boat while it moved and kept her eyes pretty much glued to that. Before too long, she was getting very sleepy and kept trying to nurse. I thought there was no way she would be tired or even consider falling asleep on there but sure enough, about 25 minutes into it, I had a sleeping baby!

With rain  in the future, we docked the boat and headed back to the camper. Tammy had met a new dentist in town, his wife, and their little boy who is a couple months younger than Milania (they are our age) and with them knowing no one, she kind of set us up on a blind date. They came down for dinner and we rode the golf cart around the campgrounds and just hung out. After doing that for a while we needed to get back home and get to bed..we had a full day on Saturday coming up!!

Saturday morning Miss Milania woke us up at the crack of 5:30. We just decided to get up and get ready right out of the gate as we were headed to Des Moines to the Farmer's Market for the first time that day!

We got near downtown and realized we had made a huge mistake on the day to go...the Dam to Dam race was running through downtown that day also. Nearly every road was was a huge mess. We finally made it despite having to run through a run and were so surprised. First, it is huge..way bigger than I imagined. Second, it was PACKED!! I had no idea it would be that busy! At times it was even hard to see things because it was so busy.

We spent the morning walking around there and getting a few things, including breakfast. I felt like the worst mom alive because we didn't even think to take sunscreen (rookie move) so we had to be careful in moving Milania's stroller shade with the sun and keeping her legs covered with my cover up. She did so well though and loved people watching!

After a few more stops in Des Moines, mostly looking for a sun hat for her, we were on our way back home. Ryan golfed and then Curt came and spent a little bit of time with us that evening.

Sunday was just relaxing..we went to Bob and Tammy's for dinner, but really did nothing all day. We had a full weekend and wanted to chill.

It was definitely one of the best weekends we had had in a long time and my heart was so full afterwards. These are the types of weekends I always pictured having with a little baby and I loved every minute of it!