August 21, 2016

Adelaide is 7 months old.

7 Months
July 19th - August 19th
Adelaide:
  • I love chunky babies. She's certainly surpassed her sister's size at this age. I am already pulling out 18-month clothing and she's now in size 4 diapers!
  • She loves sitting up, although I still have to spot her. 
  • Unlike Genevieve, Adelaide is showing signs that she may actually crawl (Genevieve just scooted). Adelaide loves to get on all fours and rock and push backwards. I bet by next month we will have a super mobile baby!
  • She's been saying "Mama" but now she is adding more consonants: "Ga ga ga". She loves to chat.
  • I thought 6:30am was an early wake time but this stinker has started waking up at 4am ready to go. She wants to roll around, rock, and talk all morning. 
  • We still nurse about every 3 hours around the clock. I don't see "sleeping through the night" happening any time soon. Oh well. 
  • She's trying more and more food, although no more than just a taste at a time. We are in no rush to introduce solids. 
  • She is so happy! At least for me ;) She is content just sitting in the bumbo or playing on the floor for 30 minutes at a time. And she could watch Genevieve play for hours!
Genevieve:
  • I love her. It's so fun right now. She's learned how to play imaginary games so we are playing doctor and Peppa Pig on the regular. It's amazing to watch her brain work.
  • I have the cutest waterbug. She LOVES the water - lake, river, pool - we try and find some water time at least once a week. 
  • She started waking up once at night calling out for us. This is new. And hopefully just a very short phase. 
  • We attempted potty training this month. Wasn't quite successful so we will attempt again in a few weeks. 
  • She loves Peppa Pig and Doc McStuffins. Like obsessed. We've moved on from Daniel Tiger. 

Ahh! I put a snap chat filter on Genevieve and she looks 16!!

Other Happenings: 
  • I am officially applying to the Nurse Midwifery program at Vanderbilt. This means I take the GRE in a few days and start night classes for my science prerequisites on the same day. My life is about to get crazy but I am so excited! And grateful for the support I have from my family. Now I just need to get accepted into the program ;)
  • My dream is coming true! My girls love hanging out together. Although Adelaide isn't old enough to really play together, they have a deep love for each other. Both of them light up when they see each other. 
  • Tea parties - all day, every day. 
  • We had a wonderful weekend at my parents' house while Michael was out of town at a conference. It was so nice to have my mom's help and Genevieve absolutely loves Bibi's house! I am so blessed for that type of support. 
  • We went to Long Hunter State Park and Rutledge Falls. We haven't been going on as many outdoor adventures as we would like but every time we get to go out and explore it's amazing!
  • Our lives are about to get very very busy with me in night classes, running a doula agency, and managing an Airbnb, but we are so happy and ready to take on this huge challenge!
My Dear Adelaide,
 Gracious, you are the sweetest. Every time I look at you I just can't believe how cute you are. You definitely are a mama's girl and I don't mind so much. Because you still don't take bottles and you nurse around the clock, I can't be away from you for more than 4 hours at a time. And because our lives are about to get pretty intense, I am just loving the connection. I am loving co-sleeping with you, baby-wearing every day, and nursing all the time. I feel incredibly attached to you and I wouldn't trade the dependency you have on me for anything! And now you are growing leaps and bounds. You will be crawling soon! Oh it's so much fun. You are growing so fast but I don't feel sad. I am just taking it one moment at a time and taking it all in.  
Love, Mama 

July 19, 2016

Adelaide is half a year old!

Month 6
June 20th - July 19th 
Adelaide:
-She is getting HUGE. She weighs just about 20 pounds and is now in 12-month clothing. I have a chunky girl! I feel pretty proud of it since it's all from me. It's still so amazing to me how incredible our bodies are and that I not only grew Adelaide inside of me, but I am her complete source of nourishment. 

-Speaking of food, she has officially tried her first solids. So far she has had a bite of hummus, baba ghanoush, and avocados. She seems indifferent about the flavors. Praying I have an easy going baby in the food department. Genevieve is so picky and I'd love to avoid this battle with Adelaide, fingers crossed. 

-She can sit up for about 5 seconds at a time! I bet by the end of the week she will be sitting up all on her own. 

-She is still so squirmy. If I lay her down she will roll all over the place. She likes to push herself up when she's on her belly, like 'cobra pose' in yoga. And at night she rolls all over the place. I remember these movements when she lived inside of me ;)  

-She certainly looks like her sister but her eyes make her her own little person. Michael and I are totally obsessed with her. I could stare at her all day. I love her crooked smile and her bright eyes! See the picture below - Genevieve on the left and Adelaide on the right.

-Sleep, oh sleep. She sleeps about 2 hours at a time at night. She's been doing this for months. So long now that it is not even worth complaining about it or trying to fix it. We survive because we co-sleep. I truly have no idea what it would be like to sleep through the night, a solid 8 hours seems so unreal. But I am choosing not to stress and I am just pouring myself an extra cup of coffee. We will get through this. 
Genevieve:
-She LOVES to swim. She is my little fish. I love that I have a child that could hang out in water all day. She really likes her float and does so well in the water. We try and get to the pool, river, or lake at least once a week and I've so much enjoyed it. This makes summer really feel like summer!

-Being 2.5 is hard some times. And it's hard to be a parent of a 2.5 year old, too ;) She can be so stubborn, screeches when she's upset, and has incredible selective hearing. Learning how to discipline in a way that lines up with our family values and works for our child as an individual is CHALLENGING. Some days we feel like we did perfect, other days it is a complete failure and we have to cuddle and apologize to our daughter. This is where I feel like I need so much grace! 

-Our favorite thing this month and will likely be our least favorite soon is the question "why?" I knew it was just around the corner and we have hit it full blast. Just about everything we say to Genevieve is followed with "why?" And her vocabulary is growing rapidly overnight! 


Other Happenings:
This was a pretty slow month but I am so grateful for that since our lives are about to get busier!

-I attended 2 out of the 3 births I have this month. It is so weird to be back on call! It's been so wonderful to get to go to births again and I am also grateful that it won't be like this every month now that I have a little one and I am running the company. But man, I love attending births!

-For the 4th of July we explored Beaman Park. Creek stomping may be one of our favorite activities. And we spent many many days by the pool hanging out with family. We also celebrated cousin Ingrid's first birthday and Uncle Scratchy's (Evan) birthday. It's been a slower month, which has been so nice. We are really enjoying this summer. 

My Dear Adelaide,
You are the cutest. The chunkiest and the cutest. I giggle every time I look at you because I think you are just so cute. We hit major milestones of independence this month. You are almost sitting up on your own and you have started to eat solid foods. It's bittersweet to no longer be your sole source of food, but it has been so fun watching you explore new things. You continue to be enamored by your sister and I love that! I really do think you two will have a special bond. I also love that you still sleep right next to me every night. I don't want to rush that or wish it away. I will miss having you so close once you're ready for your own space. I am glad you are still my little baby but goodness this year is flying by. I'm doing my best to soak it all up!
Love, Mama