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

August 21, 2016

Adelaide is 7 months old.

7 Months
July 19th - August 19th
  • 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!
  • 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