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!

SB2K16 Continued…

Sorry for the super long hiatus. After trying to launch my last post, I was notified by WordPress that I had run out of room!!! This blog is three years in the making, and I debated giving it up for good. I’m not the best at maintaining it — BUT it has served as a pretty nice virtual scrapbook of the girls’ younger years and months. I want them to have something to look back on, and I’m DEFINITELY not the type to spend years of my life haunting the scrapbooking aisles of Hobby Lobby and working late into the night on cutesy little pages.

This is much faster and easier for a 21st century mama.

So now that I have tons more space, here are even more photos of our Florida trip.

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An annual tradition to take a photo on the big chair at Back Porch — so they obviously chose a big spring break week to repaint it. Good move, guys.

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One of our favorite weeks of the year — spring break! Since I was a little girl, my family has been making the trek down to Ft. Walton/Destin area, and for a while now, we’ve made it our spring break destination. Charlotte and I have gone on our own for the past few years (though Ryan did come down for two days last year), but this year, the whole family went!

I was a little nervous to travel with Amelia. When Charlotte was this age, we went to West Palm Beach, and the trip wasn’t exactly relaxing. Because of that, I decided against going with my family to Florida for that spring break. So I was taking a chance by hauling Amelia down there.

However, she did great! Though her naps were a bit fitful, she slept through the night like a champ. And because Ryan was there, we were able to trade off between being in the condo with her during naptime and enjoying beach/pool time.

She traveled in the car pretty well — though she would fall apart about an hour before we reached our final destination both ways. She definitely wasn’t the only one in the car who felt that way, but her complaints were definitely the loudest.

Again, it was a great week! I already can’t wait for next year — Little Amelia will be at such a fun age!

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Amelia: 4 Months

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Dear Amelia,

Well, I called it — time is flying by now! This fourth month was a total blur, probably due to the fact that we were gone for 10 days of it. It’s evident that you went through a growth spurt while we were gone. You seem so much bigger now!

You are showing more and more that you are Miss Particular. You still won’t take a bottle, love your swaddle sack and are very partial to Mommy. If someone tries to mess with the balance of what you love and want, it’s over and there is little to do to console you. You definitely experience all of your emotions at a very deep level.

With that, though, you have the BIGGEST smile when you’re happy. Your mouth gets as big as possible, and we’ve even heard a few little giggles from you this month.The happiness you exude is contagious, and our hearts almost can’t take it.

Every day, you get more and more curious. Your eyes are huge enough as it is, but when you’re watching the world around you, they get even bigger! You clearly can’t wait to be a part of it. You’re constantly kicking your legs, flailing your arms and arching your back. Some day, I think you’re just going to hop off my lap and walk away!

We made our first big road trip to Florida with you this past month. You did amazing on the car ride there and back — until the last hour of each trip. On the way down, you screamed for 40 minutes on and off until we arrived at the condo. And on the way back, we had to stop an hour away from Evansville because you were totally and completely over being in the car. Like I said, when things aren’t going your way, you let us know just how mad it makes you. But the rest of vacation went very smoothly with you — MUCH better than it did the first time we took Charlotte anywhere. And I only had to leave the restaurant dinner table once to feed you, little stinker.

In addition to your first vacation, you rolled over for the first time! We thought it was just a fluke, but you’ve done it several times in recent days too. You also giggled for the first time, and it was adorable — of course. Now, I try my hardest to get it out of you.

Amelia Rose, it’s like you’ve always been a part of this family. We love you so much, and for being so small, you’ve already added to our hearts and our lives in a big way. We can’t wait to watch you grow this next month — we know it will pass in the blink of an eye!

Love,

Mom and Dad

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Weight: 13 lbs, 10 oz (31st percentile)
Height: 24 3/4 in (52nd percentile)
Clothing size: 3 – 6 month clothes

Amelia Likes: Opening her mouth super wide when she’s happy or excited, being nuzzled, eskimo kisses, swimming in the pool, playing with crinkly toys, standing up, rolling over from her tummy to back, being outside and people watching.
Amelia Dislikes: Taking medicine after medicine after medicine, being woken up, the last hour of a long car ride, being awake longer than she should be and getting into her car seat.

Firsts: Vacation, road trip, laugh, dip in the ocean, St. Patrick’s Day and roll from tummy to back.

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

Sleep: We are in the process of moving Amelia’s dreamfeed (10:30 p.m. feed) back a few minutes every night to prepare her to drop it. I think she’s ready, but of course, I’m nervous that she’ll wake at 4 a.m. super hungry. But she’s still doing an amazing job sleeping until 7:30 each morning. She’s still taking three long naps a day, although these weren’t so great while we were on vacation. Her last nap of the day is starting to be hit or miss. Sometimes she’ll nap for 20 to 40 minutes; other times, not at all. And she’s typically pretty cranky at this time regardless — thanks, witching hour.

Feed: We are still breastfeeding six times a day. In terms of progress on the bottle, not much has been made. But she has at least taken a few suckles from one each time we’ve offered. Maybe she’s close???

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Amelia: 3 Months

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Dear Amelia,

We hit the three month mark! You are officially no longer a newborn, and I feel as if we really got to experience all aspects of newborn life. Time wasn’t flying by, but as I recall with Charlotte, it was the same with her. Things didn’t start speeding up until the fourth month or so.

Though time has seemed to stand still during these first wintry months with you, you’ve grown so much! You sleep through the night, wear 3 – 6 month clothes and really interact with us through smiles and coos. I know you are itching to join all of the fun because you’re constantly moving around and lurching forward as if you’ll hop down and run away.

We know now that Charlotte was our even-keeled baby, and you are definitely more emotional. When you’re happy, you’re super happy. And when you’re mad, you’re definitely mad. Any other time, you are on the proverbial “edge of your seat” watching life happen around you. Your limbs flail and your eyes get huge; you’re so excited!

So far, you seem a little shy around anyone but us. While you ham it up for us, you’re not yet smiling at strangers or extended family members. Rather, you just give people a wide-eyed look.

Things are really starting to get fun with you. Undoubtedly, we fall more in love with you every day and with every new thing you do. You are such a sweet girl, and your smile could probably melt anyone’s heart. We can’t wait to see what the next month brings!

Love,

Mom and Dad

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Weight: 12 lbs, 12 oz
Height: 24 in
Clothing size: She’s wearing a mix of 0 – 3 and 3 – 6 month clothes right now.

Amelia Likes: Funny noises from Mommy and Daddy, sleeping, being naked, taking baths, laying on her changing table or on a blanket on the floor, standing up, books, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, watching the three of us do anything (Charlotte play, Mommy cook and do laundry, Daddy get ready for work) and Love To Dream Swaddle bag.
Amelia Dislikes: Reflux medicine, cradle cap, putting onesies on, being woken up and her fourth nap of the day.

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Firsts: Swimming in a pool, Valentine’s Day and coos and laughs. Hopefully, the weather gets warmer soon, and we begin adding way more firsts to this list as the year goes along. We’re kind of secluded to the house as we work hard on making a good sleeper!

Diapers: In addition to moving up a size in clothes, we’ve also moved her up to the next size cloth diapers and disposable diapers (size 2).

Sleep: Amelia is consistently sleeping eight hours at night and has been doing so since she was 10 weeks! Woohoo! She’s still taking four naps a day, and they range in time between 2 and 2 1/2 hours. Her fourth nap, though, is TERRIBLE. Most days, she’ll snooze for 20 minutes, and very rarely, she’ll sleep like she’s supposed to. There are only two hours between the feeding before and the one after so it’s really not a big deal. Plus, this is the first nap she’ll drop in a few weeks.

Feed: She’s currently breastfeeding six times a day and still won’t take a bottle. I’m convinced she’s never going to take a bottle, but everyone keeps encouraging us to keep trying. It can be discouraging if I dwell on it too long — but at the same time, if she never takes a bottle, we’ll all survive. It’s just a year — or nine months, at this point.

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This is the face Amelia made each time I disappeared behind the camera. “Don’t leave me!”

3 Years: Q&A with Charlotte

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I meant to ask Charlotte these questions closer to her actual birthday, but with baby prep and arrival, it  got away from me. Nevertheless, the questions have been asked and answered. I hope to make this a tradition with both of the girls (once Amelia’s old enough to verbalize).

It was fun hearing Charlotte’s answers, especially when I thought I knew the answer but she surprised me by saying something totally unexpected. Her answers just go to show that she’s her own person, marching to the beat of her own drum. I love that about her — and I love getting to know her a little more each day.

I may be in the minority by saying this — but three has been my favorite age so far. She loves to cuddle, randomly tells me that she loves me and really shares experiences with Ryan and me. We can have real conversations, she has her own independent thoughts and she’s constantly surprising us. It’s so much fun, and we can’t wait to see what the next few months bring with our Charlotte girl.

  1. How old are you? Three
  2. What is your favorite color? Purple and pink
  3. What is your favorite animal? Lion
  4. What is your favorite book? Little People Christmastime is Here flap book
  5. What is your favorite TV show? Bo on the Go
  6. What is your favorite movie? Brave
  7. What is your favorite song? Dancing in the Dark by Rihanna (It’s from the soundtrack to a kids movie — not letting my daughter listen to Rihanna albums — promise!)
  8. What is your favorite food? Quesadilla
  9. What is your favorite drink? Milk
  10. What is your favorite breakfast food? Cereal and a muffin
  11. What is your favorite snack? All kinds of different candy!
  12. What is your favorite outfit? This one *points to yellow shirt*
  13. What is your favorite game? The Color Game
  14. What is your favorite toy? Stuffed Stegosaurus
  15. Who is your best friend? You *points to Mommy*
  16. What is your favorite thing to do? Feed my baby
  17. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Dig
  18. What is your favorite holiday? Valentine’s
  19. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Steggie — Stegosaurus
  20. Where is your favorite place to go? I don’t know! Target!
  21. What is your favorite restaurant? Chinese food
  22. Where do you want to go on vacation? Chicago
  23. What do you want to be when you grow up? Dorothy (from the Wizard of Oz) — a few weeks ago, it was a ghost.
  24. What did you do on your birthday? I turned three and I blowed candles out and I ate the icing!