Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Haddie-Lynn: eleven months

Dear Haddie-Lynn,

My little miss, you are eleven months old! You are such a beautiful little bundle of joy. The happiest baby about 95% of the time. Always smiling, laughing, clapping, and babbling. Your favorite song is "If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands!" You adore you big brother and he adores you just as much. You are his baby. 

You are sleeping from 7pm to 7am nearly every night. There are still the occasional middle of the night wake ups, but they don't happen too often. You sometimes nap at daycare, but definitely nap for mama at home. You typically will take a 2 hour nap right after lunch and then you are ready to go go go again.

You are doing really well with eating like a big girl. You haven't refused much although you are definitely starting to show preferences. Your favorite foods are fruits. Mama has to hide the banana if she wants you to eat anything else first because once it's locked into your sight, game over. You have three teeth now! You'll be eating cheeseburgers in no time, hehe.

You still nurse first thing in the morning and right before bed, but the times in the middle are a little all over the place. You'll nurse at least once in the middle of the day but you are such a busy body that it's normally not for long. In general though, you are a much faster nurser than your brother ever was. Even when you are sleepy, you are done in about 20 minutes total.

You are wearing 6m, 9m, and 12m dresses (ahh the beauty of a dress), but definitely only 12m footie pajamas. Those footies aren't going to last much longer either. You are a tall girl for sure. We will have to see how much you have grown at your 1-year check up. We did open up your diapers all the way right as your turned 11m, so you are on the longest stride and two rows open around the waist.

You are starting to understand the word no, and let's just say you aren't a fan. You have quite an opinion on things and if something doesn't go your way, you let us know. We keep reminding bubba to keep his toys out of your reach because they are the first things you go after. When you do manage to grab one, prying it out of your grasp isn't fun haha.

You still aren't crawling in the traditional sense, but that doesn't stop you from scooting across the room in the blink of an eye. You can still get around and get into trouble. If you fall over, you've finally realized you can push yourself back up. If you cry just right though, bubba will come to your rescue and help you up. He hates to see you stuck. You love love love your jumperoo. You may not like to stand up with help, but you'll jump your little heart out.

We all love you so so so much. You are our princess, our baby girl, our sweetness. You make our family complete. You're full of sass and full of love.

Bubs and sissy at eleven months

All my love,

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Haddie-Lynn: ten months

Dear Haddie-Lynn,

My little love bug. Ten months! How has it been ten months?? I'm starting to plan for your first birthday and I can't believe it. I truly could not imagine life without you in it. You have my heart forever baby girl. 

Food, food, food, you love food! You are an eating champ. We are starting to move from purees to cut up food like bananas, strawberries, chicken, potatoes, etc. You are a wonder at feeding yourself. You can gobby down a whole banana in the blink of an eye. Since you are eating so much now, your bottles have decreased to 4oz in size. While I still love nursing you, mama is more than ready to be done with pumping for daycare bottles.

The sippy cup is not your favorite. Well, let me rephrase. It's very fun to play with, but not so much to drink water out of. I put a smoothie in it one day and that kept your attention! Perhaps when you are ready to switch to milk, you'll like the sippy more.

No official stats this month, but you are wearing 9m and 12m clothing and 12m footie pajamas. The 9m footies are no more. Since we are in the season of dresses, these sizes should last all the way until it gets cool outside. Your hair is long enough to put bow clips in. Sometimes you'll leave them in and other times you'll grab and pull them right out haha. Your diapers are still on medium stride with two snaps open around the waist. Mama is having to replace all the elastic in your diapers. After being used on big brother, it was stretched out too much and causing leaks on all your pretty bubbles. We can't have that!

You are doing great with sleep! You still go to bed after your 7pm nursing and you sleep until 6:30-7 the next morning. At daycare you take little 45 minute naps in the morning and afternoon, but on the weekends you typically take one 2-3 hour long nap after your 12pm nursing. It's quite nice to have some quiet time where both you and your brother rest in the afternoon. Everyone wakes up with big big smiles.

No developments in the crawling department. In fact, you are quite stubborn about the whole thing. If we try to put you up on your knees you scream and cry. Oh well. 

You had your first trip to the beach this month and you were born to be a beach girl. You had a blast playing in the sand and letting the waves wash over you. I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself. 

Bubs and sissy at ten months

All my love, 

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Haddie-Lynn: nine months

Dear Haddie-Lynn,

My little miss sassy pants. I love to call you that, but truly you don't sass all that much. You just have a big personality for a little bitty girl, always smiling and giggling. You are our little ray of sunshine and light up the room. 

You are eating like a champ these days! I send a total of 16oz of food to daycare each day and not a drop of it comes back home. I can't list out all you've tried because there is just too much. So far the only thing you've truly refused after multiple attempts was sausage. No matter what I mixed it with, you were not having it.

You got your second bottom tooth just a week after the first one had popped through. All the better to scarf down cheerios, puffs, and cereal bars with haha! All this eating has definitely lead to some growing. You are 27.25" long (34.5th percentile), weigh 16lb 2oz (16th percentile), and have a head circumference of 18" (92nd percentile). For comparison, your brother was 27.5" long (17th percentile), weighed 16lb 13oz (3rd percentile), and had a head circumference of 18.5" (87th percentile). You are wearing 9m clothing for the most part. Six month footies are definitely a thing of the past, but some rompers and onesies still fit. It won't be for much longer though! Your diapers are still at the medium stride with two rows of snaps open. 

Your nursing schedule has been modified a little. You are nursing/having a bottle at 6, 9, 12, 3, and 7 now. Instead of 6 then 8, we split the difference and then you go to bed right after. It's been wonderful! I don't have to nurse you to sleep like I did your brother. Sometimes you fall asleep while nursing, but if you don't I can just lay you down in your crib anyway. You may fuss once or twice, but you suck on your fingers and snuggle with your lovie and blanket and are out within minutes. Hallelujah!

You still don't want to crawl. You like to sit on your play mat with all your toys and watch the world around you. If something rolls out of your reach you will stretch and lean just as far as you possibly can to get it back. Sometimes this backfires, you lose your balance, and end up falling on your face. You definitely don't appreciate when this happens haha.

We brought you into the pool for the first time this month. You loved it! I know you'll be a water baby just like your brother. You float around and splash the water, completely content. You're such a good sport when Bubba accidentally splashes you or makes waves with all of his jumps.

I'm very thankful that you don't show many signs of separation anxiety. As long as we give you a few minutes to feel someone out, you don't seem too afraid. You do so well during daycare drop off or in the nursery during church. Everyone marvels at just how happy you are! 

Bubs and sissy at nine months

Look at my girl grow!

All my love, 

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Haddie-Lynn: eight months

Dear Haddie-Lynn,

Another wonderful month with our wonderful girl. Your personality is a little sassy and a whole lot of sweet. You really do smile nonstop. Everyone loves to tell us what a great baby you are and I couldn't agree more. 

We've got a good little routine going on these days. Feeding is the same as last month, with nursing on the 3s and two 4oz servings of solids per day. We've added a few new things: spinach, chicken, and oranges. You also have your first tooth! You'll be chomping down food in no time.

You are starting to grow out of some of your 6m clothing. Things that snap like footies and onesies are getting a bit tight. You are a long and lean little girl. With the warmer weather, you've been wearing more dresses though, so those will fit for awhile. You've also moved up to the medium stride in your cloth diapers. 

Bedtime has changed a little bit. We've pushed up your last feeding to 8 and then you are down for the night. Mama was noticing that after your 6 o'clock feeding you were falling asleep in your mamaroo and then I would wake you at 9 to eat and go to bed. Why not wake you at 8 to eat and go to bed? This way mama and daddy have a little time before they need to go to bed too. You seemed to adjust to this no problem.

Another bedtime development is that you are now in your crib! It's only been about a week but you seem to be doing just fine! You fuss just a little bit until you start sucking on your fingers and then you just go right to sleep. I still can't believe that you are a finger sucker. You flat out refuse any sort of passy at all. It makes me a little sad. I loved the passy days with your brother.

You don't really show any desire on becoming mobile. No signs of crawling and you won't even bear weight through your legs yet. Anytime someone tries to stand you up, you tuck your little legs under your bottom. Oh well, no need to rush this sort of thing. You'll do it when you're ready. You are becoming really good at sitting up unassisted though!

It seems that Waldo has become your kitty of sorts. Every morning he comes into your nursery with me and waits by my feet as your nurse. As soon as your done and I sit you up, he hops into my lap so you can pet him. It's equally adorable and strange haha. Waldo has always been our unpredictable cat, but he seems to love on you no matter how much you might grab at his ears or tail.

Daddy and bubba still get the best smiles out of you. You get so excited to see your boys and start flapping your hands up and down. In the morning, I take you into bubba's room to wake him up and you both start the day with big smiles when I do. I adore seeing how much y'all love each other. Bubba and daddy both love to make you giggle. It is the sweetest sight.

Bubs and sissy at eight months

We all love you so so much baby girl!

All my love, 

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

30 by 30: final verdict

The finals on my 30 by 30 list.

Have 2nd baby.
2013 - Haha! God willing not anytime soon. I'd say closer to my 29th birthday.
2015 - Right on schedule, baby girl is due this September.
2016 – Haddie-Lynn made her debut September 9th.

Get current with scrapbooking. I'm working on 2010 right now {and by working I mean that's where I stopped right before I had Quinn...}.
2013 - Ummm haven't touched it. I keep trying to get the room cleared so we can paint and organize and I'll have my space again.
2015 - Allison and I were skyping on Thursday nights and then back in February did a marathon weekend. I believe I am now halfway through 2012.
2016 – Allison and I had another scrap weekend and I finished 2012.

Get 2nd holes pierced in my ears. I want to be able to wear the diamond studs the hubs gave me everyday.
2013 - Nope, still chicken.
2015 - Annndddd, still not doing it. Probably should just cross this one off the list.
2016 – Still nope.

Establish a workout routine.
2013 - Doing it! I'm working out 6 days a week following the Bikini Body Mommy Challenge.
2015 - Well I had joined Planet Fitness and was trying to go minimum 3 times per week. I was mildly successful until I got pregnant. Now I'm trying to find the energy to start again.
2016 – Try, try, try again. I have a new fitbit and am logging my food in my fitness pal.

No credit card debt.
2013 - Two of my three cards are clear!
2015 - There's a little something on all three cards…whomp whomp. 
2016 – One card is clear and working on the other two.

Visit five new places.
2013 - Nothing yet, but we are planning on going to Savannah for our anniversary.
2015 - We did end up going to Savannah and we just returned from Beaufort this past weekend.
2016 – Savannah and Beaufort ended up being it.

Read the Bible.
2013 - I'm still following She Reads Truth on and off.
2015 - Fell off the bandwagon completely. 
2016 – Started Bible journaling and really loving it.

Own a beach house or have an awesome rental.
2013 - We are trying a new rental on Isle of Palms this summer. Fingers crossed we'll want to use it again the next year.
2015 - We switched to Hilton Head last summer and we are renting the same condo this summer.
2016 – Going to HHI again this summer but trying a new condo.

Join Junior League.
2013 - Nope.
2015 - Still nope and probably not likely with a baby on the way. 
2016 – Still a goal but more likely in another year or so.

Maintain a size 8 figure {almost there already!}.
2013 - Done! I actually fit into size 6 jeans and size 8 dress pants.
2015 - Before pregnancy I was teetering between an 8 and 10 soooo not the best. Hopefully I can do better after baby comes. 
2016 – Giving myself grace after having my second baby, but working towards eating healthy.

Sew ten projects for me.
2013 - Does pinning ten new projects count? No?
2015 - I'm fairly certain I accomplished this goal. I made a ton of appliqué shirts for myself, a tote bag, and some things for Quinn that I wanted to do. I'm about to sew new bedding and curtains for baby girl's nursery too. 
2016 – I did get to sew all of the nursery bedding/curtains plus a coming home outfit along with some monogramming and applique.

Create the perfect craft room {I feel like this will be an always ongoing project..}.
2013 - Now that I have my card catalog, I've got another piece of the puzzle!
2015 - It's done! Now it just has to be moved, ugh. Current craft room will become the nursery and current guest room will become a new combo room. We've ordered a sleeper sofa, which should be ready end of this month and then the rearranging will begin.
2016 – The craft room was successfully moved and organized and now it’s having some slight tweaks in preparation to be a shared office with the hubs.

Host a fancy dinner party using our wedding china.
2013 - Hmm, not exactly. Christmas Eve dinner we ate off our wedding china, but we also were in our pjs, ha!
2015 - Still not yet BUT we did tons of renovations on the dining room/kitchen area so it's ready for a party now.
2016 – No dinner party, maybe soon.

Read 30 books.
2013 - Yikes, haven't even started this.
2015 - Sigh, no, but I predict the kindle will get some major usage once I'm breastfeeding again. 
2016 – Still haven’t started, but going to work on it.

Find a church we love.
2013 - We started going to St. Paul's. TBD if it's the perfect fit.
2015 - St. Paul's has become a perfect fit and of course I find out today our pastor is being reassigned. Sigh. 
2016 – We love our church and we love our new pastor.

Visit my great-grandfather's grave at Arlington.
2013 - Nope.
2015 - Still nope.
2016 – Nope again. 

Go out on the Sky Walk at the Grande Canyon.
2013 - Nope.
2015 - Still nope. 
2016 – Nope again.

Start a college savings account for Quinn.
2013 - Nope.
2015 - No…hides shamefully. I did try but then I got mad at the bank and closed the account.  
2016 – Done, for both kids.

Have a family portrait taken every year {we already have a session scheduled for this year with my fav girl, Erica!}.
2013 - We had pictures taken in November, so I plan on having them done again this November.
2015 - We have kept this tradition alive! Erica took two family sessions last year plus our baby announcement pics and she'll be doing maternity pics this summer. (Then newborn pics…I'll be keeping her busy for sure.)
2016 – Still going strong with Erica.

Create five family traditions that we repeat yearly.
2013 - This past Christmas I started a tradition of the Christmas Eve box. Everyone received Christmas pjs and there was a movie and hot chocolate included for later.
2015 - the Christmas Eve box is still going strong. We also added Toodles the Elf on a Shelf into the mix. I can't think of any others though.
2016 – Christmas Eve box, Toodles and Sprinkles the Elves, and that’s about it.

Start a prayer journal.
2013 - Nope.
2015 - Kinda bummed I forgot about this one. Must remedy.  
2016 – I started Bible journaling instead.

Start a vegetable garden.
2013 - Nope.
2015 - Uhhh no. We might be getting closer though. We are putting in a pool this spring and hubs has suggested adding some garden boxes. 
2016 – Danny is working on the deck with garden boxes currently.

Visit Yellow Stone.
2013 - Nope.
2015 - Nope. 
2016 – Still nope.

Establish a yearly party {4th of July maybe?}.
2013 - Nope.
2015 - Does Quinn's birthday party count? 
2016 – Giving up on this one.

Bake a cake from scratch.
2013 - Ha! Box mixes forever.
2015 - Still rocking the box mixes and I might be ok with that. 
2016 – I’m just going to be a box mix girl.

Get my concealed weapons permit.
2013 - We have our class scheduled for this October.
2015 - Done! 
2016 – Check.

Catalog our Christmas ornaments.
2013 - Was going to do it this past Christmas, but didn't.
2015 - Still no and I might give myself a pass on this one.
2016 – Still passing on this one.

Learn how to can the vegetables from our garden.
2013 - Nope.
2015 - Got lots of goodies that will help me with the process, but have yet to actually follow through. I'm thinking this one might go more hand in hand with when we actually have a garden. 
2016 – Feeling guilty that I have the stuff but haven’t buckled down to do it.

Learn how to crochet.
2013 - Nope.
2015 - No…and do I really need to add in another craft hobby to my arsenal??
2016 – Think I’m going to pass on this one.

Find my signature drink.
2013 - Nope.
2015 - Nope. 
2016 – And nope.

Final tallies:
Complete – 10
In process – 14
Decided to pass – 6

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Haddie-Lynn: seven months

Dear Haddie-Lynn,

Another sweet month with my sweet girl. You fit so perfectly into our family that it feels more like 7 years instead of 7 months. You are the perfect addition to our family!

You've had some firsts this month, namely, food! You've started eating purees and shockingly LOVE it. You gobble up 4 oz twice a day! You've had: applesauce, pears, green beans, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, bananas, zucchini, carrots, broccoli, strawberries, and avocado. I'm so happy that you have loved all of it so far. I'm also happy you haven't shown any signs of food allergies yet.

With all this eating, you've done some growing too! We went in for a weight check and you are now 15lb 8oz (25th percentile). You are in 6-9 month clothing and with the weather turning warmer it'll be a lot of rompers, bubbles, and dresses in your future. I'm so excited!

You still nurse at 6, 9, 12, 3, 6, and 9. When you're at daycare you take 5oz bottles for the 9, 12, and 3 o'clock feedings. We may have had our rough patches in the beginning, but you are such a great nurser now. Mama is so thankful! We're also thankful that you're a much faster nurser than your brother. You take 10-15 minutes per side and then you are a happy camper.

A big change for you happened the beginning of April. You started at St. Paul Preschool! You now go to the same school as your brother and everyone is so happy! While you were doing just fine at Sunshine House, St. Paul had a slot open up and they agreed to use your cloth diapers. It is so much easier on all of us to only have to go to one place each day.

Some other firsts were your first Easter and your first trip to the zoo. Both were pretty standard affairs ha. At the zoo, you were very content to sit in the carrier so you could look around at everything. You are a very curious girl.

You are starting to get better at sitting up but still tumble over without support. I bet by next month you'll have it though! For now, you love to sit in your bumbo surrounded by toys. Bubba will hand you all sorts of things and you squeal with delight when you can bang them together. You also give your brother all the best giggles. He must be pretty hilarious.

You've been doing much better with sleeping through the night again. Mama really appreciates you sleeping from 9:30 to 6 the next morning! You are still sleeping in your swing. We might try to move you to the crib here soon. I think you are starting to get too long for the swing and would like to stretch out. You love you mamaroo too still. It allows you to stretch a bit more. 

Bubs and sissy at seven months

You are such a happy girl. Truly you smile all day long. Keep being the light in our lives!

All my love,

Mama and sissy

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Haddie-Lynn: six months

Dear Haddie-Lynn,

You my little sass-pot are half a year old! In these past six months you have changed so much. You are still a very very happy baby but have your moments where you cry out. I'm so thankful you are easy going 90% of the time. 

You were eating at 6, 9, 12, 3, 6, and 10 with a random middle of the night wake up, so we switched things up about half way through the month. You now eat 6, 9, 12, 3, 6, and 9 and no more wake ups!! You are also settling back into a less confusing nursing session where you just do your thing and are happy about it. You are taking 5 oz bottles at daycare for your 9,12, and 3 feedings and we were told to start feeding you solids twice a day.

At your six month check up you weighed 14lb 1oz (14th percentile), were 25.5" long (34th percentile), and had a head circumference of 16.625" (49th percentile). For comparison sake your brother was 14.6lb (5th percentile), 26.5" long (45th percentile), and had a head circumference of 17" (46th percentile). Since your weight dipped down some in percentiles, that's why the doctor wants you to have baby food twice a day. I'm not too worried about it. Your brother did the same thing.

Your six month clothes seem to be fitting you just fine still. I'm not sure the footies will last too much longer, but they are ok for now. I'll be so happy when we can put you in rompers and call it a day. The warmer weather is just around the corner! Your diapers are still on the smallest rise and two rows of snaps are open around the waist.

You are showing much more interest in your toys now. You love the play mat that Memere and Papa gave you for Christmas. I hang all sorts of things on it above you and you love to grab and reach. You consistently flip from your back to your tummy but somehow get stuck that way. That doesn't stop you from squirming completely off the mat and into the middle of the room though. That's when the wailing starts, haha. I cleaned up the exersaucer and put you in it for the first time. You hold your feet tucked up under you while in it though hehe.

You love to sit up to look around and be nosey, but show no interest in trying to sit on your own. If I let you go, flop! The bumbo is the perfect solution for now. I plop you in it and have you in the kitchen with me where you will shake your toys and tell me stories.

You did come down with a yucky sinus infection this past month. It was so bad that gunk started oozing out your eyes. I just felt terrible for you. Thankfully some amoxicillin cleared it up in a jiffy.

We traveled to Georgia for Kailyn's first birthday as well as to North Carolina for a trip to Biltmore. You did beautifully on both trips. So glad both you and your brother like car trips. You slept in the car 90% of the time. When you would start to fuss, you would quickly find your fingers and start sucking away to self-soothe. 

Bubs and sissy at six months

You are our sunshine.

All my love,

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