Amelia: 10 Months

We’ve been experiencing some technical difficulties with our Macbook lately, which is why posts are so, so, so late. That — and the fact that time is passing way too quickly with two little girls. Sigh.

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Dear Amelia,

Happy 10 months, baby girl! Just like months’ past, time is flying by too quickly — as evidenced by the fact that I cannot keep up with these blog posts. You are getting so big, so fun and so uniquely you.

Life slowed down a little bit in September. Charlotte started school again, and you and I were able to get back into more of a routine. You do, however, have days where we’re out and about and you don’t get a morning nap — but you’re doing fine with that! Fortunately, you’ve gotten more flexible as you’ve gotten older, which you need to be if you’re going to hang with this family.

You’ve also become more like a little kid than a baby as evidenced by the fact the you can find your own things to entertain you. You love playing at the library or at The Urban Chalkboard, an indoor play area for little kids. When we’re out and about, you’re also a big people watcher.

Two days after you started crawling, you began pulling up and cruising around furniture. You LOVE to cruise along the furniture, but thank goodness, you’re still a slow-moving crawler and cruiser.

We’re so looking forward to your birthday that’s just around the corner.

Love you big girl,

Mom and Dad

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Weight: 16 lbs, 14 oz
Height: 28 1/2 in
Clothing size: 6 – 9 and 9 – 12 month clothes

Amelia Likes: Cruising, playing with toys, turning pages in books and exploring EVERYTHING.
Amelia Dislikes: Still getting ready for bed and not getting her way.

Firsts: Cruising and attempts at talking by saying “Dada” and “Mama.”

Diapers: Amelia is still in medium cloth diapers at home and size 3 disposables.

Sleep: We’ve officially dropped the third nap — Hooray!!! Amelia sleeps from 7:30 or 8 p.m. to about 7 a.m. She also takes two naps a day that are anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours. This girl LOVES her sleep, goes down right away and doesn’t make a peep all night.

Feed: Still nursing four times a day! We have introduced a sippy cup, and she doesn’t hate it. She just needs to work a little more on perfecting her technique. In addition to nursing and baby food, Amelia has really been experimenting with our food. She still has a pretty bad gag reflex so we’re just waiting that out.

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I just can’t even with these monthly updates and photos, Mom.

Amelia: 9 Months

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Dear Amelia,

What a month! It hasn’t just been crazy for us; it’s been crazy for you too! But despite all of the changes and moving around, your personality has completely blossomed. You are super happy these days, pretty laid back and curious as ever. We’ve obviously noticed a big change in you but so have others that you see pretty regularly.

We spent most of your ninth month on-the-go. First, we headed down to Nashville for Uncle Josh’s 30th, then to Evansville for Daddy’s work and a day trip to Holiday World. After, we flew out west to Montana to explore Glacier National Park. And last but not least, we made our way back down to Evansville to see your aunt, uncle and cousins that were unexpectedly home from Guam. Of the 30 days of your ninth month, we were gone for EIGHTEEN!

While we’ve been on-the-go as a family, you’ve been doing a lot of moving on your own too! You started crawling just a few days before you turned nine months and began pulling up on us just two days later. You’re still moving slow, thank goodness, but we’re so proud of you, baby girl!

As always, we love watching you grow and learn new things, but I’m getting a little sad that it’s all happening so fast. I wish I could keep you a little nugget for a while. We love you so much, Amelia Rose!

Love,

Mom & Dad

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Weight: 16 lbs, 7 oz
Height: 28 in
Clothing size: 6 – 9 month clothes

Amelia Likes: Crawling, laughing, flying on airplanes, playing with Charlotte’s big girl toys, remotes and phones and pulling all of her books off of her bookshelf.
Amelia Dislikes: Getting ready for bed, being woken up and being in a car seat for too long.

Firsts: Airplane ride, Knight summer vacation and crawling!

Diapers: Amelia is still in medium cloth diapers at home and size 3 disposables. Like I said above, she is such a little nugget!

Sleep: She still sleeps from about 7:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. and takes three naps a day. We are hoping to drop that third nap sometime in the next month though!

Feed: We are still nursing four times a day, followed by baby food at breakfast, lunch and dinner times. We’ve tried introducing real foods for the last few weeks, but she has a TERRIBLE gag reflex and sometimes throws everything back up. It’s at least getting better, though. She is able to do puffs and yogurt melts really well now — so we’re moving in the right direction!

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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: 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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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!”