Thursday, 21 April 2016

Watch Me Grow - Ten Months


How can it be that my baby, my baby of all my babies, is going to be ONE in less than two months. Cue all the tears and all the wine. Please and thank you. I can't handle it.

Crawling has taken on a new life of its own. It didn't take this girl long to pick up speed and start moving around the house like it was her job. Constantly chasing big sister, she's crawling at full speed. Oh, and starting to crawl up the stairs. And also pulling up to standing. MAKE IT STOP! I thought for sure that I would be blessed with a late walker considering Kaitlin took her first steps at 10.5 months. I dont think Lauren will make it there quite that early but man she is learning fast. She is already pulling herself up to standing using furniture, toys, even just the wall or door. And climbing stairs - yup, she learned that one real fast!

Also, I know I say this every month, but she is literally the happiest baby ever. That smile, man oh man. It just melts us. She's still working on getting those top teeth to come it - that puts the tally at SIX teeth so far. Slowly but surely they are making their way in. 

As to be expected all of the crawling and standing and motor developments have disrupted her naps. I'm so glad that I can be a *little* bit more relaxed about all of this the second time around. I guess being the second child is good in that aspect :) She is still waking up once a night to eat, but the time is getting later and later so I am hoping that she drops that soon. I thought about sleep training her but honestly, at this point, it's easier for me to just go in and feed her and then everyone can go back to sleep. I love sleep. Did you know that? I need all the sleep I can get. 

Speaking of eating, solids are still going well and she is quite the good eater! We got the OK from the pedi at 9 mos to go ahead and try solids but we haven't done it yet. I'm nervous she is going to have a bad reaction and also I dont want to hurt her tummy if I dont have to. I will get there, but for now I'm just leaving it alone. I have given her a couple of things made with dairy (waffles and pancakes) and so far so good...hopefully that is a good sign! She continues to LOVE all fruits and all vegetables, even oatmeal (real, not baby) and some kinds of beans. Roasted chicken is her jam....let's hope she stays this way in the long run :)

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Watch Me Grow - Nine Months

Booooooo. Such a bad mom. I totally and completely forgot to write a nine month recap for Lauren. I'm sorry Lauren, such is your fate for being the second child. Let's see how much I remember from two months ago.....

Lauren FINALLY was able to get rid of her ear infections. It took another round of antibiotics but we finally kicked that sucker to the curb. The ENT actually didn't find anything during our appointment with him, but two days later wouldn't you know it - it was back. Luckily we have been ear infection free since then.

Lauren got TWO more teeth during her ninth month, and they broke through right as Auntie Colleen came into town to watch the girls while Mom & Dad took a little trip away! Good for us - bad for Auntie Colleen. The drool that comes out of this girl when she is teething is just amazing. Bibs for days, people. Bibs for days. Her front middle teeth just barely popped through as she turned nine months old. Another big accomplishment on the eve of her nine month birthday??


She finally did it!! By her nine month birthday she had JUST started taking a few little crawling steps here and there. Take a couple, sit down. Take a couple more, sit down. She also discovered that she LOVES standing up. It's like as soon as she started crawling she realized there was a whole new world of mobility that had been opened up to her. Mind = blown.

Lauren celebrated her very first Valentine's Day. Unfortunately all she got was to watch her sister inhale candy and a valentine card that called her a "chunk-a-monk" - which is our favorite nickname for her. Hopefully she lucks out a little better next year.

She also got to graduate to big girl toys. I finally noticed that the rattles and stuffies weren't really doing it for her anymore and decided to break out some new toys for her to play with. Current favs are Kaitlin's Sofia the First castle, activity cube and a medicine box full of random blocks/toys that she can sit and sort through for a solid 30 minutes. I'm so glad I remembered that that kind of toy was a hit with Kaitlin, she absolutely loves it!