October 20, 2016

Adelaide is 9 months old.

Month 9
September 19th - October 19th
What an exciting time! I think this is my favorite baby age - around 9 months. Babies are gaining so much personality and learning big skills like crawling, cruising, and eating. I've loved watching Adelaide hit those milestones!

This month Adelaide:
-has learned to crawl and actually move around the house. She was rocking on all fours and taking one 'step' here and there for a couple of months but now she is officially on the go. It is so strange to see a baby crawling on all fours! Genevieve never did that so it's fascinating for me to watch.
(Also, her 9 month picture was IMPOSSIBLE because she does not sit still, ever)

-is pulling up to standing and walking assisted. What!?

-still has no teeth. This makes for trouble eating. Genevieve had a bunch of teeth at this age so this is different. But Adelaide is doing a great job gumming at all sorts of food like - sweet potato, avocado, banana, and humus.

-still does not sleep. Like seriously, waking every 1-2 hours at night. We have not encountered any sleep regressions because she has NEVER slept. But the beauty about it all is that I have not once googled, "my 9 month old is waking every hour" like I did with her sister. I am not trying to fix it. I am just nursing and surviving and it makes me not miserable. One day all her teeth will appear and she will sleep through the night and I won't know what to do with myself.

-is starting to get stranger anxiety. 97% of the day she is ALL smiles and totally content. She giggles at her reflection and is simply loving life. But 3% of the time she sees someone who is not me and drops that lower lip and loses it. It's actually quite adorable :)

Our days are full of tea parties, coloring, bubbles, play dough, blocks, i-pad games, and Peppa Pig. All day every day, Peppa Pig. She will shake it up with a little Doc McStuffins in there but she loves her Peppa. And she's even picking up some British words which is so cute, like instead of saying go outside she will say she wants to go to the garden or instead of "ready, set, go" she says "ready, steady, go". It's precious. 

The 'fall' weather, or really the extension of summer, has allowed us to play in the sand at the nature playground behind our house. It has become her favorite outing. She asks to play in the sand every morning. We also try to play with her cousin Nora at least once a week and those two are truly sisters. I have loved watching their friendship grow. Whenever they are together they hold hands. They simultaneously fight and have each other's back. It is a very sweet friendship. 

And I can't believe I am saying this but she will be 3 years old in a little over 2 weeks! How is that possible!?!?

Other Happenings:
Guys, my life is insane. It's so insane. I am full-time caregiver to my two children under two, I run our Airbnb and flip the space 3+ times a week, I am running a doula agency which has really picked up in business, I've been writing all my essays and statement for Vanderbilt's Midwifery application, and I am taking night classes. My brain is mush most days and I am either going at 110% or barely able to get off the couch. It's insane. But I am doing it. And I am trying my best to care for myself while I am in this crazy season. I treated myself to a float and it was exactly what I needed. I went to Float Nashville a few times when I was pregnant but I had never gone not pregnant. It was as amazing as I remembered :) I felt like I reset. I am also getting help with our Airbnb space and extra childcare help as well which is making my life so much more manageable. And I officially submitted my Vanderbilt application which feels like I am done with one of my part time jobs, what a relief!

Besides the absolutely craziness of life going on, we took a trip to see my dearest friend, Karlie, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Michael had a work conference in Louisville so I met him up there with the girls on the last night of his conference. We spent a day in Louisville, a night in Charleston, West Virginia, and then a couple of nights in Charlottesville. It was actually the perfect road trip. I wasn't sure how the girls would do but they were amazing.

In Virginia we got a sitter and went out without kids. It was one of my favorite nights! We ate incredible food, danced to reggae at an outdoor music festival, played games, sat outside by the fire, and talked late into the night. The next day we hiked a mountain (I am so out of shape!) and enjoyed the beautiful outdoors of Virginia. It was the perfect time to get away and enjoy my family and friends. 

My Sweet Adelaide,
You are my joy and my delight. You smile SO MUCH. And my heart aches when I look at you because you are just so cute. You love exploring and discovering new things and you're proving to be more adventurous than your sister at this age. Now that you are pulling up and crawling all over the place, I am getting glimpses of what it will look like when you are no longer a baby. I will always be so grateful for the love that you and Genevieve have for each other. I hope that bond will run deep. Don't worry, if another kid gets anywhere near you Genevieve yells, "no that's my baby!" She won't let anything happen to you. This next month let's see about getting a tooth or two and maybe a 3 hour stretch of sleep at night? ;) I love you dearly my little boo and I am so glad I am your person. 
Love, Mama 

September 21, 2016

Adelaide is 8 months old.

Month 8
August 18th - September 18th

  • She is mobile, but not really crawling. More like doing the worm across the floor. 
  • No teeth and no sleep.
  • Smiles every time anyone sings, "The Itsy Bitsy Spider".
  • Finally takes a bottle!
  • Thinks Genevieve hung the moon.
  • Is a total mama's girl :) 
I love that she is growing. Even though she is likely our last baby, I love watching her get bigger and bigger. I was more sad about Genevieve growing older but with Adelaide I am just loving each stage. The only thing I am sad about is when she starts acting like a toddler ;) She is so sweet and innocent right now and can do no wrong in my eyes. Once the tantrums start, I'll miss my baby. But I know that comes with development. So I am just cuddling her all day, every day! 

  • As she gets older the tantrums are slowing down and the communication is increasing. She is still not super verbal but every day we feel like we are understanding each other more and more, and what a difference that makes! 
  • She loves smiling for the camera, cheesing really
  • She is back in school, finally! I am so happy and she loves it!
  • Potty training is still not successful. I am sure one day she'll be out of diapers. 
  • The tantrums have decreased but the curious behavior is on the rise! Like sitting in the toilet giving her toys a bath. Trying to foster her imagination while still having a sane household. 

Other Happenings:
Biggest news, I started school. Crazy. Night classes as an adult learning are so different than undergrad when I was 18 and had no responsibilities. I am loving having those 6 hours a week to focus my brain on Anatomy and Physiology instead of diapers and nursing. It's A LOT of studying but I am really enjoying it. One step closer to midwifery school. 

It was mine and Michael's birthdays this month which means we also ate so much good food! Butcher and Bee, Nomzilla, City House, and 5th & Taylor were all so incredibly delicious. This was also the second year we did the InterNASHional Food Crawl, a restaurant tour of 6+ ethnic restaurants off Nolensville Road. If you haven't done it, you should!

And we had lots of family hang time. My daughters love each other so much. It is one of my most favorite things in the world. I mean, they both beam when they see each other. I want that love to grow as they get older. I just love watching the two of them interact. 

My Sweet Adelaide,
Well, you aren't getting better at sleeping. Somehow you are getting worse. I didn't think that was possible! Maybe this month you can sleep longer than 2 hours at a time? It seems that 3-5am is your favorite time to play with your toys. But at least you are finally taking a bottle! That makes going to class so much easier on me. I just adore you and how you smile every time you see me. I want to bottle up this feeling where I am your whole world. I know that is not forever, but I am LOVING it right now. And watching you explore as you learn to crawl has been so much fun. You are turning into a little girl before my eyes. Before long you will be one! What?! I love you precious one.
Love, Mama