Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Sadie {6 Months}

Our precious Sadie is half a year old! Time has seriously flown by and I know we're going to be celebrating her first birthday before I know it! Sadie has been such a sweet, happy baby and I've kind of been waiting for the day when it all just stops, but she is still just the sweetest, happiest little ray of sunshine! We love her so much!

 
22 Weeks

23 Weeks

24 Weeks

25 Weeks

26 Weeks/6 Months {and starting to get a little better at sitting up!}

- We went to the doctor last week for her 6 month checkup and are so thankful that she is a healthy, growing girl! She weighed 17 pounds, 15 ounces (75th percentile) and was 27.5 inches long (95th percentile). Her head circumference was 16.75 inches (50th percentile).

- She's wearing 6 month, 6-9 month, and some 6-12 month clothes. Her 6 month pajamas will not last much longer and some of her 9 month ones fit. She's still wearing a size two diaper.

- Her hair is really growing and it's still reddish/strawberry blonde!

- She is still a great eater! She's eating 7 ounces every 3-4 hours. She goes 4 hours between feedings almost all the time now.

- Speaking of eating...we gave her oatmeal for the first time the day before she was 6 months old and it was hilarious. She did not like it one bit. She made terrible faces and gagged! We gave it to her for four days with pretty much the same reaction every time. Her doctor said we could take a break from the oatmeal and give her some other foods, so we're going to try that this week.



- After her doctor's appointment last week, we reduced her Zantac to one time a day. After some time with just one dose a day, we'll try going without it. We'll see how it goes!

- She's a great sleeper most of the time! She was napping with one arm still in the swaddle, but I started leaving both arms out a few days before she was 6 months old and she's done great with it! Now that she's completely unswaddled all the time, we put her in a regular sleep sack for naps and bedtime.


- On a typical day, Sadie will wake up between 7:00-7:30, stay awake for two hours, take a nap that's usually 1.5-2 hours long, eat, stay awake for two hours, take another 1.5-2 hour nap, eat, stay awake for two hours, take a short catnap, play, eat, and then bedtime around 7:00-7:30. The timing of everything varies every day depending on when she wakes up, but the order stays the same. We've even had a couple of days where she'll sleep until 8:30 and then we'll skip that third nap. And then there are some days that she wakes up at 6:00 and we definitely have the third nap! It just all depends. But she's usually pretty happy no matter what, so I'm thankful for that!

- She loves her feet and grabs them to play with them a lot! She even likes to chew on her toes! I also noticed that she stares at her right hand a lot. She'll put it up in the air, look at it, and spin it around and around.


- We have reached the stage where everything goes in her mouth. She reaches for anything within grabbing distance {including our faces!}. When she reaches for something, it's like she's trying to give it a big hug. And then she puts whatever it is in her mouth!

- She's not crawling at all yet, but she can scoot and roll all over the place to get things she wants! She moves all over her crib at night!


- She loves to play in the exersaucer and the blocks on the green alligator are her favorite. I'll put them all in front of her and then she plays with them until they're all flipped back over on the side and we'll do it all over again!




- She is making lots of sounds {no mama or dada yet!} and one of them sounds just like Chewbacca! She does it all the time!


- There are days when I think she's for sure teething and then other days when I don't think so at all. She drools a lot and blows bubbles with her mouth, but no teeth yet!

- Her favorite sound is the crinkly sound. She has a crinkly book and there are some crinkly toys on her kick and play piano and exersaucer and she loves them! The Minnie Mouse crinkly book is definitely her favorite! {And I love this crinkly nose smile!}



- She is laughing a little more often, but still not even close to how much Emery laughed at this age. It's weird, because she's so happy, but she just doesn't laugh that often! Daddy and Emery are the best at making her laugh, and Emery *loves* that!



- We have this book called "Mommy and Me" and it has a little fuzzy elephant in it. She loves that elephant and grabs it the whole time I'm reading! And when we make the elephant sound, it gets her to smile every time. We took some pictures for our Christmas card the other day and I made that elephant sound so much that I made myself laugh at how ridiculous we all looked!

- She gives kisses!! It seems crazy, but she really does! I noticed it a few weeks ago that she seemed to be leaning toward my face and she's kept doing it! She gave Vanna lots of kisses the other day at Thanksgiving. It it the sweetest, cutest thing!


- Sadie went back to the nursery a few weeks ago and has been doing great!

- We had some fall fun with a trip to the pumpkin patch and Halloween!





- Sadie *adores* Emery {the feeling is mutual!} and is always watching her when she's around. I never really thought it would happen this early, but they sort of play together a little bit. Emery loves to give her toys and make her laugh. She'll sit by the exersaucer when Sadie is in it and play with her or dance in front of the swing when Sadie is swinging.



Emery also loves to go up to Sadie's room by herself {this makes her feel super grown up!} right after Sadie wakes up to give her her paci and talk to her while I make her bottle...and she also usually loads up Sadie's crib with all of her toys. It is just so cute! She's such a great helper, too. She never hesitates to go upstairs for us to get a bib, burp cloth, diaper, etc... Just this morning I was changing Sadie's diaper downstairs and I said that Sadie had just a little diaper rash. Without me even asking, Emery said, "Oh! I'll go get the diaper cream!" It was just precious. 💕 Seems so small, but I never want to forget that sweet moment. I love these girls so much!

My sweet little pumpkins!


Getting ready to go to the Christmas parade!






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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Sadie {5 Months}

FIVE months! Sadie is almost halfway through her first year. It's so bittersweet. She is such a good baby, so sweet and happy almost all the time!


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21 Weeks

- We haven't been to the doctor since her 4 month checkup, so I'm not sure where she is for her height and weight. She's growing like a weed, though!

- She's wearing mostly 6 month clothes, but some 3-6 month things still fit. All of her pajamas are 6 month and some are even 9 month. She's wearing a size two diaper.

- She's a great eater! She's eating 7 ounces every 3-4 hours. She goes 4 hours between feedings a little more often now. She tries to hold her bottle herself, but usually just ends up taking it right out of her mouth.


- She's still taking Zantac. Her doctor said we might try going without it at 6 months so I'm sure we'll talk about that at her next appointment.

- Sadie is doing great with bedtime and naps, too! She was sleeping with one arm out of her swaddle last month, but she's sleeping in a sleep sack with both arms out now and is doing great! She almost always rolls over and sleeps on her side or on her tummy. She's still sleeping with one arm tucked in a swaddle for her naps, but we'll start leaving both arms out for her naps soon. I want her to get really accustomed to it at bedtime so it will hopefully be an easy transition for naps. She's napping really well now, so I don't want to mess that up!



- She did have a little sleep regression around 4.5 months where she would wake up several times a night and was napping terribly. Thankfully, it only lasted a few days and she's back to consistently sleeping well most of the time!

- On a normal day, Sadie usually wakes up around 7:00-7:30, she'll eat and stay awake for close to two hours, then take a nap that will last about 1.5-2 hours. Then she'll eat again, stay awake for about two hours, and take another 1.5-2 hour nap. Then she eats, stays awake 1.5-2 hours, and will take a short 30-45 minute nap. Then she's awake for another hour or so before taking her last bottle and going to bed around 7:00-7:30. She still has some short naps sometimes during the day, but we can usually count on at least one good, long nap every day.

- Sadie loves bath time and kicks the entire time she's in her little tub! 💦



- She has found her feet and *loves* playing with them and putting them in her mouth! It's so cute! She also kicks one of her legs up when she's in the car seat or the swing. She'll just be sitting there with one leg sticking straight up! 😂


- She still likes her swing and is pretty content there, but she doesn't nap in her swing anymore. If Emery is watching something on TV, Sadie will lay in her swing and watch, too.

- Any time we lay her on the floor to play, she almost immediately rolls over to her tummy. She loves toys that light up and play music and she still loves her crinkly Minnie Mouse book. She also still likes to play in her kick and play piano, but she doesn't stay on her back for very long.





- Sadie loves her paci, but really only has to have it if she's getting sleepy. It definitely soothes her if she's even a little bit fussy. We always give it to her when we lay her down, but usually she goes to sleep without it. As of a few weeks ago, she can get it in her mouth by herself sometimes. I remember being so excited when Emery learned how to do that!



- She tries to click her tongue and loves it when I do it to her. She always tries to do it back and it's the cutest thing ever! She sticks her tongue out and makes smacking noises.



- She's blowing bubbles with her mouth pretty much all the time and can be pretty slobbery. I don't know if that means a tooth might be on the way?

- She hugs my arm when I'm changing her diaper and stares at my ring the whole time. Anytime it catches her eye, she stares at it!

- We tried her in the nursery at church a few weeks ago and she was not a fan. It was in the late afternoon and she hadn't napped well that day, so it could have been that she was just tired. She wouldn't sleep or eat and I had to go get her. It was so sad. She really is so happy all the time as long as she's with people she knows really well. We're going to try her in the nursery again this week and hopefully it will go better!

- Sadie loves being in the Baby Bjorn which makes being out and about easier. We used it when I took the girls to the McWane Center and she even took a nap in it. We also used it at the pumpkin patch and she was as happy as she could be! She loves to be close to Mommy and Daddy.


- She still hardly ever giggles!!! For being such a happy baby, we just can't believe we haven't gotten any really good laughs yet. We've gotten a few little giggles, but they are few and far between! She really is so happy and absolutely loves it when someone talks to her. Really all you have to do is look at her and she gives the biggest smiles! Even right after she got her last shots, she stopped crying when I picked her up and then gave the nurse the biggest smile! I'm extra thankful for all of her sweet smiles since we're not getting many laughs yet! 💕



- Emery is still such a sweet big sister. She doesn't love it when Sadie gets a hold of her hair or kicks her while she's kicking her little legs, but she's pretty patient most of the time. She loves to talk to her and make her smile, and is quick to want to help give her a bath or give her her paci or a toy. If Sadie is upset in the car, Emery will try to sing to her or say "shhh shhh shhh" gently to get her to calm down. {And sometimes she'll tell me, "Mommy! Sadie won't calm down! She's crying over and over and over again!" in a frustrated voice. 😂} This morning before school, I heard Emery talking to Sadie in her swing so I peeked out to listen and heard her say, "It's okay, Sadie. I'll be back soon. You be a big girl for Mommy while I'm gone, okay?" It was such a sweet little moment. 😢💕





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