Well, she’s eight months old folks, going on 15. She has decided that crawling is out of style and walking is the way to go. She can push herself up to stand independently for quite some time and even takes a few steps before falling down. If she has a piece of furniture to pull up on, she’s up in a flash and cruising alongside of it. I often walk out of the room for a second and leave her sitting only to come back in and find her standing. Everything seems to be about motion now and she rarely stays in one place long. Up, down, up, down, repeat. The WMD and I are both ecstatic about and terrified by this new development.
Little E is also babbling away like there’s no tomorrow, so she better say it today. Her favorite is the mamama sound, much to the WMD’s chagrin. No dadada yet, but lots of bababa, gagaga, nanana. She LOVES other babies and young children and talks to them nonstop when they are around (and tries to climb them like they’re Mt. McKinley). She’s also has become quite the comedian and loves to make us laugh, as well as herself, which she does on a regular basis. She loves to be in a sling or the Beco carrier for walks, shopping or while I’m cleaning around the house. She is playing more independently for longer periods of time now, which is nice because it allows me to get more done, like typing this out. She finds it hilarious to hit things together to make noise and to “clap, clap, clap.” She is still not that interested in solids, although we have tried a variety of foods with her. We don’t force the spoon in her mouth and instead prefer for her to explore and try food out at her pace and let her self feed. Avocado, yogurt and hummus are favorites right now, probably because they are so messy and fun to play in. We’re okay with her slow pace since food before one is just for fun anyway. And no teeth yet, which I’m a-okay with since she is getting most of her nutrition from nursing.
Little E had a rough month in February. She was hospitalized the last few days of January for a high fever with vomiting, which turned out to be from a kidney infection caused by a severe UTI. After a lot of tests, poking, prodding and appointments with all sorts of doctors, we were told that she has urinary reflux, which means her ureters are allowing urine to flow back up into her kidneys, bringing bacteria with it, which can cause kidney infections and, if left untreated, kidney damage. Apparently this is the most common type of birth defect and a lot of kids outgrow it by age 5. Little E’s doc said that she has a 50-80% chance of outgrowing it. Otherwise, it’s surgery when she’s older. She has to be on a daily antibiotic to prevent infection, which can lead to its own issues. We have her own a probiotic to try to counteract the negative effects of the antibiotic. We also have her on a supplement called D-Mannose, which helps prevent UTIs naturally. We’re grateful for a diagnosis that is not horrible and easily treatable.
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4,500 mothers bury their children EVERY day due to lack of clean water. As a new mom, I can’t imagine the agony of this. For $10, we can provide one person in Africa with clean water for 10 years. TEN years! So, this year for Christmas, as new parents who can’t imagine losing a child due to lack of clean water, we’ll be giving water- life- to those who need it most. Won’t you too
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Little E is now 26 inches long (95 percentile) and 13 pounds (28 percentile). So basically she’s long and skinny, although she’s getting some nice chub around her thighs. Even though she dropped in percentile for her weight, her ped said that she’s right on track for an exclusively breast fed baby and we should keep on doing what we’re doing. She also said that there isn’t a need to start solids until 6 months, so we’re choosing to hold off on them since breast milk gives her everything she needs at this point and her growth rate is fine.
She hit growth spurts at 12 weeks and 16 weeks and has hit a lot of new developmental milestones. She rolls like a pro from back to belly, but still has trouble from belly to back. The doctor was surprised that she’s already grabbing objects out of our hands and stuffing them into her mouth- especially mom’s hair! She was also pleased to see that she holds her head really well and laughs, coos and talks so much. Basically, she’s as good as they get at this stage, which we are so thankful for.
She’s sleeping longer stretches at night, which is a relief to me. The first time that she slept for 5 hours at a stretch, I didn’t know what to with myself. After I fed her, I was wide awake at 3am since 5 hours of sleep is what I was used to getting total in a night. It was a weird feeling, but has been remedied and I have no problem sleeping those long stretches right along with her.
Little E enjoyed her first flight in October when we went home to Michigan to visit family. She did pretty well considering she was only 3 months old and I was grateful for a short flight and my Beco baby carrier. I couldn’t have done the trip by myself without it. She’ll have her second flight at Christmas and I’m grateful that the WMD will be joining us on one leg of the journey so that I will have an extra set of hands to hold her.
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I could go for a walk. It’s a nice afternoon and it would be healthy.
Or, I could stay in and eat this (it’s underneath all that whip cream, really):
And watch this.
Considering this little snuggle bunny is sitting next to me on the couch, I think I’ll go with the latter.
And yes, those socks are her Halloween costume. I know, I know, but I promise that next year she’ll be a pirate to make up for it. And they ARE cute socks, after all.
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Little E hit the three month mark last week. Along with that came a growth spurt that brought even more talking, grabbing at objects and the biggie- rolling over! She did not have a 3 month appointment, so I’m not sure how big she is, but she’s growing, I assure you!
We spent the last two weeks in Michigan, so the grandparents were able to witness some of these new skills firsthand. She and I flew home while the WMD stayed in NC, supposedly to do schoolwork, but I think just about everything else was done out of homework avoidance. I was excited to come back to a beautifully refinished kitchen floor (we discovered hardwood underneath the nasty vinyl) and the extension of the brick pavers and rock wall in front of the house.
Little E certainly keeps us busy, but we’re slowly getting back into the swing of things and learning how to juggle a baby with school, housework and work. We’re enjoying every minute (or at least 90% of them!).
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As one family member put it, the chair is shrinking!
Little E hit the two month mark on Monday, September 7. It’s hard to believe that it’s been two months already, but at the same time, it feels likes she’s been with us forever.
We’ve adjusted pretty well to being a family of three. The WMD started school two weeks ago, so that has been another adjustment to make as he is swamped with five classes and a full work schedule. But, we’re cheering him on as he finishes up his undergraduate degree in December. We’re so proud of him for making it through such a tough program in 3.5 years. He’ll start his Master’s of Divinity in January, so right back to the grind, but we’re hoping that the smaller class load at the graduate level will give him a little more free time to spend with us.
Little E is doing great! She had her two month appointment with her doctor this morning and he said that “you can’t grow babies much more perfect than this.” I take it that that’s a good thing. She’s up to 10lb 12 oz now, which keeps her at the 50 percentile, but she grew over 3 inches in the last month and is now 24 inches long, putting her in the 75 percentile!, up from the 40 percentile! Looks like she’s going to take after her daddy in the tall and skinny club. Her head also grew and is in the 75 percentile as well. She gets that from me! The doctor was pleased with her strength and attentiveness. She did have to get a few shots, which she wasn’t happy about, but as is the case most of the time, I think it was harder on me than it was on her!
In the last month she’s become quite the talker and loves to have conversations with her daddy and me about anything that’s on her mind. The WMD commented that she’s going to be really talkative some day. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not in his mind! She’s also a little wiggle worm and doesn’t stay in one place for long when she’s laid down. I often put her facing one direction in the crib and when I come back in to check on her, she’s usually flipped herself around 180 degrees, so her head is where her feet were. She loves looking in the mirror to smile and talk with the baby looking back at her and is captivated by new faces. She has had the chance to meet several friends at the WMD’s school as well as my former coworkers and enjoyed getting to see new people beyond just mom and dad. She and I are slowly starting to emerge from the house more often to make errands and visits and it’s not as much of an ordeal as I’d feared- yet!
We haven’t mastered a schedule yet, but we’re not pushing one either. We have general patterns and routines each day, but are remaining flexible as far as the clock goes. She let’s us know when she’s hungry and tired and we go from there. It’s working well for us.
We’ve posted her most recent 2 month photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yankee_belle/
And a few videos, one with a conversation she and I had, here: http://www.vimeo.com/user2219729/videos
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It’s hard to believe it, but our Little E is one month old already! She’s growing like a weed and is the joy of our home right now, despite the fact that her nights and days are still a bit confused. It’s amazing to see how much can change in a month. Our tiny baby has gained almost two pounds; she can hold her head up on her own pretty well; she likes to practice standing on our laps and she’s fascinated by the toys hanging over her play mat. We can’t wait to see what the next month brings!
More photos can be found on my Flickr site, which is accessible through the widget on the right.
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