Amelia’s Nursery

I wanted to capture a few photos of Amelia’s nursery — just so we could preserve our memories. It’s a sweet little nursery, and I’ve loved spending so much time in it with our Amelia girl.

When we moved into this house in 2014, we painted the small bedroom next to the master a pale mint green, thinking it was a great gender neutral color for a nursery. When we found out we were having another little girl, I decided to mix in some grays, pinks and even a little black and white to the color scheme. I love how it all turned out, and I think Amelia likes it too!

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This is the same crib and bedding we used for Charlotte. Even the mobile hanging above the bed is the same. However, I did switch out some of the fabric scraps to match Amelia’s “color palette.”

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Changing table station. The gallery above is a mix of things off of Etsy, primarily. My favorite is the print that features 1 Samuel 1:27: For this child, I prayed. Though we prayed for Charlotte, praying for Amelia was a true test of waiting and wanting God’s will for our lives. I also embroidered the dragonfly on fabric to the lower left, which was a skill my grandmother taught me. I love that there is a little bit of her in this room.

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This is where Amelia and I spend a lot of our time! Her glider features my baby blanket as well as the quilt Ryan’s friend, Katie, made for her. Above are our family photos we took while I was pregnant with Amelia.

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Finally, we have her toy/book nook along with shelves that feature some keepsakes we’ve been given for her.

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I love how this room came together — it was so much fun to make it piece by piece. Though she may not remember anything about this room, at least she’ll have these photos that tell the story of her very first room.

Amelia: 7 Months

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Dear Amelia,

Another month has come and gone! Each day, you seem a little bigger, and our little infant Amelia is disappearing right before our eyes. It’s a good thing we know that this raising a child gig only gets better — otherwise, we’d be heartbroken. It’s going by too quickly!

You are such a loving little girl. Not only do you love being held, but you love snuggling down on our shoulders when you’re being shy, coy or tired. When you’re not laying sweetly on our shoulders, you’re crawling all over us, grabbing our faces or pulling hair.

Your relationship with Charlotte grows every day too. You used to just sit and watch everything she did. Now, your face lights up as soon as you hear her voice (even from the other room), and when she’s nearby, you just want to be near her, touching her. Charlotte loves this newfound attachment and is interacting with you more and more every day as well.

You are still a most excellent sleeper, though you don’t love having to sleep somewhere else. Your crib is very clearly one of your favorite places — which I totally understand. Going to sleep is my favorite too! This has been a month of trying new things as well — like real food and drinking from a sippy cup.

Right now, your laugh is pretty much our favorite thing about you. You crinkle your nose and laugh through it, making a sort of huffing noise. It’s the cutest! And we love to see this more humorous side of you.

Keep growing, baby girl! We’re loving each new phase and getting to know you a little more. You’re the sweetest, Amelia Rose!

 

Love,

Mom and Dad

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Weight: 16 lbs
Height: 26 in
Clothing size: 6 – 9 month clothes mostly but she can still wear some of her 3 – 6 month clothes.

Amelia Likes: iPhones, sleeping in her crib and sleeping on her side, sucking on carrot sticks, putting everything she comes into contact with in her mouth and playing with Charlotte.
Amelia Dislikes: Trying to swallow real food, falling asleep somewhere else, being fed baby food by other people and eating baby food, in general.

Firsts: First visit to DePauw, trying baby food, trying real food and drinking from a sippy cup.

Diapers: Still doing medium cloth diapers at home, and she’s moved up to size 3 disposable diapers.

Sleep: Like I said earlier, Amelia is still sleeping really well. She goes to bed around 8 or 8:30 and wakes up at 6:30 or 7 (very rarely she’ll sleep until 7:30). Also, she still takes three naps a day. These naps range in time from an hour and a half to two hours. We have experimented off and on with a four hour schedule and only feeding her four times a day. This means some of her naps have been two and a half or three hours, even. She is not consistent with this four hour schedule, and I’m not necessarily rushing her yet. But those four hour days are preeeeety nice!

Feed: Amelia is eating four or five times a day, depending on what she wants to do. After three of those feedings, we attempt to give her baby food so that she’s eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. She does not love baby food, unfortunately. Occasionally, she will have a “good” meal, but most of the time, we’re shoving a couple of spoonfuls of food in her mouth until she acts so totally over it (i.e. crying and shoving the spoon away). While we gave up on the bottle, we will not give up on feeding her baby/real food. You can’t survive on breastmilk alone forever, kiddo! She seems to want to eat real food, but her gag reflex is so bad that she can’t actually swallow what little pieces we’ve given her. I’ve read that kids with reflux have a hard time with real foods initially — so we’ll keep working on it bit by bit and talk to the doctor about it at our nine month appointment.

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Amelia: 6 Months

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Dear Amelia,

Well, baby girl, we’re officially halfway through your first year! Time is totally flying by, and I’m so thankful that I get to be home to experience every new thing you do. Otherwise, the speed at which things are moving right now would be totally overwhelming to me.

I would say that the biggest thing that defines you right now is — well, me. You are a Mama’s girl through and through. I can’t get anything done when you’re awake because you want me to hold you. I’m the only one that can get you to laugh easily at this point. And I’m the only one you’ll really snuggle with. I know that in time, this will change (and that I won’t really be living in your college dorm with you as I sometimes joke), and I try to remind myself often that you won’t always be my baby girl that loves to lay her head on my shoulder. So I just need to soak up the Mommy, needy phase.

You love your Daddy and sister too. Thankfully, you will go to your Dad anytime and are content to let him hold you, play with you and walk with you around the backyard. When Charlotte is around, it’s apparent that you’re itching to join her! You smile at her, talk to her and try to grab her anytime she’s close enough to let you.

In addition to loving us, you love Darcy, making lots of noise and sleeping. You also seem to enjoy being outside and going anywhere that’s different from what you’re used to. I get comments all of the time about how huge your eyes are and how observant you seem to be. You definitely love to experience and watch the world around you.

Developmentally, you are getting heavier every day — but not too heavy! You are rolling from tummy to back and back to tummy, almost sitting up independently and starting to eat solid foods.

We know that the next six months are going to fly by even faster, and we can’t wait to experience it all with you. We love you so much, Amelia Rose — we wouldn’t be us without you!

Love,

Mom and Dad

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So Amelia would not cooperate with the foot photos. They all looked a little like this.

Weight: 15 lbs, 1 oz (obviously, our at-home scale is a little off — 27th percentile)
Height: 25 3/4 in (39th percentile)
Clothing size: 6 – 9 month clothes mostly but she can still wear a lot of her 3 – 6 month clothes.

Amelia Likes: BEING HELD, Mama, Daddy, Charlotte, being outside, riding in the car/stroller, swinging, grabbing everything, trying real foods and playing with her toys.
Amelia Dislikes: BEING PUT DOWN. Also, she still doesn’t love baby food — in fact, she wants our food instead. Finally, she was pretty sick for the first time around Mother’s Day, and it.was.awful. She did not like it; we did not like it. Ugh.

 

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Firsts: Rolling from back to tummy, swing at the park and real cold.

Diapers: Still doing medium cloth diapers at home, and she’s moved up to size 3 disposable diapers.

Sleep: Amelia is still doing well in the sleep department. Most nights, I feed her and have her in bed by 8:30 p.m. She is waking up at around 5 or 6 a.m. (which Babywise says happens around this time) and just talking. We just go in her room and turn her sound machine on. She falls back asleep within minutes and then wakes up officially at around 7 a.m. She’s currently taking three naps a day. Sometimes, she shows signs of being able to extend her schedule to four hours between feedings, but other times she doesn’t. So we’re kind of in this awkward time where most days she’ll nap three times, and I’ll feed her five times throughout the day. On rare occasions though, she’ll go four hours between feedings, nap twice and nurse four times.

Feed: Like I mentioned, Amelia started baby food. She doesn’t love it, but I know she’ll learn to. At her six month appointment, I told the doctor that she still won’t take a bottle. Our doctor said that if she’s not taking a bottle now, she likely won’t ever. So looks like we’re doing this whole breastfeeding thing for the long haul! It’s ok, kid — you’re worth it!

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Happy baby!

Amelia’s Dedication

On May 15, we dedicated Amelia Rose to the Lord at our church in Indianapolis, College Park. We do not believe in infant baptism, given the fact that we believe baptism should be a choice made once an individual has chosen to follow Jesus. As it is an outward declaration of one’s faith, we believe it can’t be imposed on someone through infant baptism (sidenote: we do not judge anyone for baptizing their baby. The tradition is a sweet one. This is just our personal belief).

So with that, our church/denomination dedicates children to the Lord. This requires parents to present our children to the church and to make a public declaration that we will strive to raise this child so that she knows Jesus and has an opportunity to choose to follow Him all of her days. We do it in front of the church so that our friends there can hold us accountable to the promise we made, but it also implies that they should be personally invested in the outcome of childrens’ faith that attend the church.

We did the same with Charlotte at our church in Chicago, and we were so excited to have this special moment with Amelia too. Both of our parents joined us as well as two of my sisters. Amelia was a sweet, interested girl during her dedication, even listening intently as the pastor prayed at the end of the ceremony. Each child is also given a baton with a message from the church about living for God. For 18 years, the parents hold on to this baton as it is our responsibility to help start and nurture a child’s relationship with the Lord. However, at age 18, we pass the baton to our children — because the responsibility of their relationship with Christ passes to them.

Amelia, we wish so many good things for you — happiness, health and a life without pain and misfortune. But more than all of these things, we pray that you come to know Jesus as your Savior. With Him as the focus of your life, everything else becomes small. We hope that you live for Him and others over yourself. And we pray that you get to experience His saving grace, promises of life and assurances of hope and peace in whatever you face in this life. With Him, anything is possible.

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Thanks to my awesome friend, Sarah, for taking these snapshots for us! We can’t wait to share this special day with Amelia as she grows older.

Amelia: 5 Months

Given that Amelia is six months TODAY, I figured I should get this officially posted! Oops!

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Dear Amelia,

Hey there, big girl! It’s been a full month of milestones for you — from dropping the dreamfeed and the swaddle to eating some real food. You’re growing up so quickly! Part of us wants time to slow down, but we’d also be lying if we said we weren’t ready for all of the fun stuff that comes in the next few years. Charlotte especially — she talks all of the time about the things you’ll do together when you “grow up.”

You’re becoming a little more social, although you save your smiles and laughs for family. Usually, if a stranger approaches you, you give them a “drop dead” look until they grow uncomfortable. Looks aside though, you’ll go to anyone and let them hold you. Until you want Mama again — sometimes, it’s 20 minutes and sometimes it’s more like two. We’ve started taking you to the nursery at church. They say you either don’t make a peep — or you’re screaming your head off at pickup. Again, you are our child that feels all of the feelings!

You grow sweeter and sweeter every day. You love grabbing faces and “giving kisses.” Most nights, you snuggle on me after your last meal. It’s such a sweet time together, and I’m pretty sure I take a photo every time, i.e. I can’t get enough of it. I love that even though you’re only five months old, we know just how much you love us. I hope you know how much we love you back, baby girl.

Love always,

Mom and Dad

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Weight: 15 lbs, 12 oz
Height: 25 in
Clothing size: 3 – 6 month clothes and a few 6 – 9 month clothes

Amelia Likes: Making noises of any and every kind (cooing, giggling, blowing raspberries, growling, squawking), reading books, grabbing EVERYTHING (loves her feet, especially), exploring her toys and being naked.
Amelia Dislikes: Still hates being woken up and is just kind of “meh” about her first foray into foods.

Firsts: Easter, nursery at church, arm-free-swaddle-sleeping and bites of food.

Diapers: Still doing medium cloth diapers at home and size two diapers when we’re on the go.

Sleep: We dropped the dreamfeed! This means Mom is indulging in a glass of wine after bedtime. Woohoo! Amelia takes her last meal at around 8:00 and sleeps until 7 or 7:30 a.m. Thank goodness this girl loves her sleep as much as her parents do. She is taking three naps a day as well, each about an hour and a half to two hours long — and is awake for roughly an hour and a half each time. We also transitioned her from being swaddled while sleeping to arms-free. It was honestly not as bad as I envisioned it. Her naps for a few days were rough, but the nighttime sleep was still pretty great. She now sleeps in a sleep sack.

Feed: Because we dropped the dreamfeed, Amelia is now nursing five times a day. After her third nap, I nurse her and feed her a bit of baby oatmeal mixed with the tiniest bit of baby food for some flavor. She doesn’t hate baby oatmeal, but she is very far from loving it. Sometimes, she will eat for five minutes. Other nights, she won’t even take five bites. Aaaaand still no progress on a bottle. We’ve honestly kind of given up on that altogether. So you win this one, Amelia!

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He is Risen!

Easter was the last weekend of our spring break trip so instead of making the trip home to Indianapolis, we stopped in Evansville for a few days.

We definitely missed our buddies, Jack and Ruby, but Charlotte still hunted eggs. She and Amelia also got spoiled by the Easter bunny.

But this weekend was more than just eggs and Easter baskets. We are so thankful to know and worship our Heavenly Father, whose Son died for us in order to bring reconciliation between God and man. We’ve done nothing to deserve this salvation and the fulfillment of His promises in and after our lives, yet He lovingly gives them through His grace and mercy. It is our daily prayer that our daughters grow to know this and believe in it so that we can share an eternal life with them in heaven.

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I mean, when the baby can fit in her Easter basket, you kind of have to…right?

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Happy Easter!