Friday, November 20, 2009

Half Birthday

***Post was written on November 13th. Pictures just now added!


Today is Caroline's half birthday - Friday the 13th! I look at Caroline and I'm in awe. I can't believe how strong and beautiful she is. I love seeing her personality and learning more about her. She does new things everyday which keeps me on my toes. This month seemed to be especially filled with new things.

Here are some of her new tricks:
Recognizing the bottle (she gets really excited when she sees it)
Holding the bottle all by herself (at 5 months and 3 weeks old)
2 teeth (at 5 months and 1 week old)

The only proof of the teeth we have on camera. 



Sitting in a high chair and shopping cart
Sitting alone - completely unsupported (at 5 months and 2 weeks old)



Eating cereal, pumpkin, green beans, and apples (started at 5 months and 2 weeks old)



Grabbing her feet (at 5 months and 3 weeks old)
Recognizes her name (I'm really not sure when this happened - I just know she does.)

Personality

Caroline laughs more and more everyday. She always lights up with her big smile. And she is very affectionate. When I pick her up from my aunt's house she smiles really big at me and then buries her head in my shoulder. She'll do it over and over again. I absolutely love it.



She's begun to experience some separation anxiety - mainly when she's tired. She's gotten scared a couple of times this month too and each time only Mommy or Daddy could comfort her.

She's a big splasher in the tub. We've been bathing her by the kitchen sink since birth because of the nice spray hose we have there, but not anymore. After drenching the kitchen floor several nights in a row we moved her to the big bathtub (her infant tub sits in the bathtub - still not ready to just put her in the big tub).

Caroline has started playing with toys more. She loves the stackable rings, her colorful ball, and her stuffed Elmer. She will sit on a blanket on the floor and play with these toys for 30 minutes! She loves to kick them just out of reach and then grunt or moan until I come over and put them back in front of her. In some ways, I'll be excited when she is a little more mobile and can do this herself. But I am mostly dreading mobility. I love that she stays put.

Caroline with her favorite toys! 



Stats

As far as size goes, we are learning we have one big girl! The day we brought her home from the hospital she was 6 pounds even having lost a little weight after birth. Today at the doctor's office she weighed 18 pounds and 1 ounce!! We couldn't believe it. She is in the 87 percentile.

What's more is that she is 26 and 3/4 inches tall. The doctor couldn't give us a percentile for her height because it is off the charts! Caroline sure has come a long way. She is now in size 3 diapers and wears mostly 6-9 month clothes. We still have a few 3-6 months that work. She also seems to have skipped a shoe size. We are in size 2 shoes. I'm not sure what happened to size 1.




Food

Caroline has entered the world of solids now! After a fierce growth spurt, she is now eating solids 3 times a day. We've only been at for 2 weeks so she doesn't eat a big variety yet, but so far she likes everything. Her favorite (of the 3 we've tried) is apples. Interestingly, she prefers apples and green beans to pumpkin. She was a rock star at learning to eat. We were nervous at first and very impatient since she was waking up twice every night to eat. Sleep deprivation will do a lot to a person, but I was so proud of her. By day 5 she was opening wide for every bite! She's a member of the clean plate club for almost every meal! For breakfast, she has 2 cubes of a fruit with 2 tblsp of oatmeal. For lunch, she eats 2 cubes of a vegetable with 2 tblsp of oatmeal and for dinner it's 2 cubes of fruit, 2 cubes of vegetable and 2 tblsp of rice cereal.




She also gets only 4 milk feedings a day. We are still very new to this schedule and still figuring out all the kinks. Napping has been thrown off a lot. Hopefully we will figure out when the best time is to eat and nap in the next few days. Any moms have schedule suggestions? I'm just not sure where you fit 2 long naps in when she is supposed to eat 7 times in one day (4 milk, 3 solids).

Other Random Stuff


Caroline has lost a good bit of hair this month. I joke that we are losing our hair together. I guess all of my pregnancy hormones are finally wearing off and it seems like all of my hair is falling out. Caroline is also going through this transition. She has new hairs growing in behind the old and they appear to be the same strawberry blonde color, but it is hard to tell.

She's also had trouble sleeping since her growth spurt 2 weeks ago, but we talked to the doctor today and were reassured that she's getting plenty to eat during the day and shouldn't be hungry. The doc just says that this behavior is normal at 6 months so we are going to try some different methods to help her soothe herself back to sleep.

Loving the walker this month!


So pretty


Dressed up for church.


Some days she has to bundle up.



Playing at the park.


Our pumpkin.




Since she's not old enough to eat candy, Caroline passed out candy to all the kids who came to our door.


Reading with Daddy.


Yup, six months old!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

New Adventure

I'm starting a new adventure - a website to be exact. Currently the website is in the form of a blog. I have a vision of it becoming bigger, but we will see what happens.

The blog is called "Mommy of the Year". The idea is that all moms have their Mommy of the Year moments (MOTYM) - a time when you do something stupid, forget to do something important, or try to do something and fail miserably =) As much as we want to get it all right all the time, we can't. I wanted to create a place where we can share these MOTYMs to laugh at ourselves and each other, and in the end ... to encourage each other.

The site also has a running post of Moms in the News. I search out inspiring stories about moms everyday and post them for us to read when we have a free second (yeah right!) just to get an extra boost of encouragement.

I have a couple of other ideas in the works so please check back for those.

On Friday, I will have a poll set up for everyone to vote on their favorite MOTYM of the week. Right now I have posted 3 of my MOTYMs so it's looking like I'm going to win this week ;) If you have a great MOTYM, send it my way ashleybeam@gmail.com and I will post it to the blog.

Please also pass the word on to your friends about the site. The more input we have, the better the site will be.

Check out the site: http://iamthemommyoftheyear.blogspot.com/

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Yum yum

It seems like at every step of Caroline's development I have not been ready, but she tells me she is. The same was true for eating solids. I was a true hold out. I wanted to wait until Caroline was 6 months old - more so for me then her. Caroline has been eating 4-6 ounces 6 times a day for close to 3 months now. I love that this was one thing that was staying the same. We had the hang of it. We knew how to do it.

Over the last 2 months, Caroline has begun to show signs that she is ready for solid foods. She holds her head up with confidence, she has been showing an interest in our food, she is a great sitter (UN-supported now!), she doubled her weight a LONG time ago, she has great hand to mouth coordination proven when everything goes in her mouth, and she lost her tongue thrust reflex. BUT, she seemed satisfied with her liquid feedings so I held out.

Slowly over the last week I began to lose sleep in that Caroline started waking up earlier and earlier to eat. It got as early as 4:30 am - and I still held out. I'm quite stubborn when I want to be =) But, my Thursday and Friday started at 2:30 am. This was unacceptable, thus we started rice cereal Friday night. My sis was in town and she has 2 little ones so she was able to help us through the process.

Without further ado, here is our cute video of our little girl's first bite.