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 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, 
Mama



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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


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,
Mama

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Haddie-Lynn: five months

Dear Haddie-Lynn,

Oh my sweet sissy girl. Another month flown by in a snap. Your personality is just shinning through. You can see it in these pictures. You are my happy girl. You will give nearly anyone a big smile, but your biggest smiles are reserved for your daddy. You just light up when he's near. Make no mistake though, when you aren't happy you make it known. The bottom lip quivers, the tears flow, and the crying is LOUD. 


You are fully in 6 month clothes and I have had to pack away even some of the smaller 6 month footies. My long little girl! I'll be so excited when it's warm outside so I can put you in a dress and call it a day. You are my little sock houdini and seem to be able to wiggle out of all of them.


Nursing has been a bit confusing this past month. Sometimes you nurse for just 7-8 minutes on each side and you are quite content. Sometimes you nurse for 20+ minutes on each side. Then other times you nurse, pop off, cry, nurse, pop off, cry not knowing exactly what you want. Mama doesn't know what to do really so we just keep on keeping on. I wonder if this has anything to do with the lip and tongue revisions, but there's no real way to tell.


The four month sleep regression has hit you hard baby girl. I guess I should rephrase that because it's mama that is the one hit hard. Nearly every day this past month you have woken up between the hours of 2 and 4am. I nurse you back to sleep and then you fall back into your normal schedule of 6, 9, 12, 3, 6:30, and 10. You do sleep between your 6:30 and 10pm feedings, but that is the time slot when mama tries to get everything done for the next day. I am praying that next month will bring back my little girl who sleeps through the night.


You are starting to show more interest in toys, especially if big brother sits on the floor and plays with you. He's another one you give big smiles to. You are starting to grasp things, so rattles and Sophie the Giraffe are favorites. Pretty much anything you can get to your mouth makes you happy. I've even caught you with a foot in your mouth.


Little signs of separation anxiety are starting to pop up. When I hand you to someone you don't know your smile quickly disappears and the tears flow. Church nursery drop off has to be quick. I'm told your tears stop soon after I leave so I try to scoot out the door as fast as possible.


You are our little finger sucker. The first two of your left hand seem to be the favorites. I keep trying to give you passies and you keep spitting them back out with disgust, ha! It's cracks us up when you get ahold of your fingers because you suck with such gusto we swear you are going to gag. 


Bubs and sissy at five months

We love you to the moon and back sweet girl.

All my love,
Mama


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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Haddie-Lynn: four months

Dear Haddie-Lynn,

Four months old! That sure was quick! Even though it's gone by in the blink of an eye, it also feels like you've always been a part of our little family. You fit perfectly and complete us. 


You are still eating every 3 hours starting at 6am then 9, 12, and 3 with your last two being slightly modified to 6:30 and 10pm. I believe you might be hitting a growth spurt because there have been some middle-of-the-night wake ups here lately that aren't part of your norm. You take a 5 oz bottle at daycare and suck it down in about 10 minutes while our nursing sessions are at a more leisurely pace of 30-45 minutes.


At your four month check up you weighted 13 lbs (22nd percentile), were 24.75" long (59th percentile), and your head circumference was 16.125" (58th percentile). For comparison sake, your brother was 13.5 lbs, 23.75" long, and 16.5" head circumference.

Your length fully explains why you no longer fit into your 3 month clothes, ha! Three month footies are definitely a thing of the past. I keep trying to squeeze you into your three month outfits but even the two piece ones are looking a bit ridiculous. Mama had to purchase some six month winter clothes since most of your hand-me-downs are dresses and rompers for spring.


You are doing great in the sleep department (except for the recent growth spurt mentioned). You actually go to sleep after your 6:30 feeding and mama wakes you up at 10 for another feeding before she goes to bed for the night. On the weekends where we don't have to leave for daycare, you will sleep until 6-7am and then go back down until your 9am feeding. It's wonderful!


Your teachers at daycare have told us that your little personality is starting to shine. You are just the happiest baby. You love to give all of us big big dimpled smiles, especially towards big brother. He loves to talk to you and tell you stories. He also asks to hold you, watch Baby Einsteins with you, and play toys with you, although that last one is more of him playing with the baby toys and you just watching. You enjoy your new play mat and daddy pulled down the exersaucer this past weekend. Mama needs to clean it up and we'll give it a go. You adore sitting up and are now strong enough for the bumbo. It's the perfect contraption to keep you happy while mama works in the kitchen.


Looking back at your brother's updates he started drooling a lot around this time too, but teeth didn't pop through until several months later. We'll have to see if you follow in his footsteps. 

Just a couple of days ago we had your tongue tie and lip tie revised. Mama is hoping this will help with your latch a bit and not cause her as much pain when you chomp down. You weren't happy with the actual procedure, but your happiness was not subdued afterwards. 


One, Two, Three, and Four Months


Bubs and sissy at four months 

You bring such joy to our lives. You full on giggle now and how can we not smile and giggle with you. Daddy, bubba, and I all love you to the moon and back!

All my love,
Mama

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Haddie-Lynn: three months

Dear Haddie-Lynn,

Three sweet months with my very sweet girl just like that. Your little personality is starting to peek through and we just can't get enough. You smile and have started to coo a little bit. It's music to my ears. 


You're eating every 3 hours, 40 minute nursing sessions with mama or a 5 oz bottle with daycare. The length of your nursing session doesn't surprise me because your brother was the exact same way. You are starting to become a bit more interested in the world around you though and will get distracted.


We don't have any official stats this month, but you are barely hanging on to your three month clothes. Footies are pretty much maxed out and mama is going to have to face the music and just let you jump into the next pile of clothing.


Your sleeping has remained pretty great, except for a small bout at the end of November. You'll have your last feeding at 10pm and then wake up around 6am the next morning. Those few bad mornings you'll wake up around 4am which is just killer for mama. Hopefully this phase won't last very long. You are still sleeping in your swing.


During your two month check up the doctor noticed you seem to have a preference on head position. This is starting to cause you to have a flat spot on the back of your head. We've started taking you to physical therapy and have been told to do lots and lots of tummy time. Lucky for us you don't seem to mind it too much. You're very good at holding your head up high so we think the flat spot will round out pretty easily.


You are such a happy, easy going baby. We are so so thankful! While your cry is much louder than your brother's ever was, you don't wail too often. When you do it's mainly for attention as you'll give us a big goofy grin as soon as we go and check on you.


We had lots of exciting events this month including, big brother's 4th birthday, Thanksgiving, and your baptism. Christmas is right around the corner and then it'll be the new year in no time. 


Bubs and sissy at three months

We love you to the moon and back sissy girl.

All my love, 
Mama


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