Tuesday, September 17, 2013

7 & 8 months

Our little girl has turned 8 months! Wow, baby girl is busy! She is full on mobile and likes to explore. I can't believe how close she is getting to turning ONE!

She is such a sweetheart. She loves to laugh, coo, blow raspberries and smile. Just a sweet, sweet baby, and has the cutest personality that she is showing more of each day.



With each passing month comes so many firsts! She is now holding her bottle for herself, clapping her hands, and crawling. Our sweet girl is still wearing 6 months clothes and size 2 diapers.

Our eating adventures are still ongoing. Her favorite foods are sweet potatoes and bananas. She's not a fan of texture yet, so things like chicken are of no interest to her. She loves her mixed purees and seems to favor veggies over fruit. Recently we gave her a dill pickle spear and she absolutely loved it.

Elle still loves her bath time! She gets so excited as we're waiting on the bath to fill, she will bounce in my lap waiting to be allowed in. Once she's in, it's full on kicking and splashing mode.




Elliet is still a great sleeper. We listened to advice of sticking to a bedtime routine and it sure has paid off. We are in the bath around 6:30pm followed up with a massage of coconut oil before getting into her pj's and sitting in the rocking chair for her last bottle before bed. Her room window is darkened and we use a white noise machine. She sleeps from about 7:00pm to 6:30/7:00am. I love entering her room in the mornings, she is always so happy to see me! I get the sweetest, biggest, toothless grin and it melts my heart. She is also a decent napper, we can see stretches of sleep during nap time that can last 2 hours, but on an off day, can be as short as 30 mins. She normally takes two naps per day.

Her favorite toys consist of anything that was not intended as a baby toy. Ha. She loves empty water bottles, always wants the TV remote or our cell phones (although we don't let her have those, yuck!) and oh, Paisley's dog toys. She loves watching Paisley and enjoys pulling her beard, even though Paisley isn't as fond of this activity. However, Paisley is starting to come around and notice that she may just have a new playmate on her hands. She has started to take her toys near Ellie knowing that Elle will crawl towards them. If Ellie is quick enough to grab the toy, Paisley enjoys taking it away from her! Ha.

We are still waiting for the ever looming first tooth to arrive. I've been watching and feeling for it, but it has yet to appear.

We took our first "trip" to the Gaylord Resort in Grapevine, Texas to celebrate Aunt Sheila's 50th birthday. It was a great time. We took Kaitlin with us to help with Elle in the evenings and it worked out great.



I am so proud of this little life we've created. I stare at her in awe often. We love our sweet girl so so much. 


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Six Months


Where does the time go?! Six months, already! I know I'm behind.. by almost a month, but hey, what's a busy Momma to do? 

I'm not sure there are another six months of my life that can rival the change that this past six months have brought. In a six month period, our little girl has learned to breathe, cry, eat, sleep, smile, laugh, kick, roll over, squeal, shake toys, grab things with her hands, bounce her little body, sit quietly in her carseat, eat rice cereal and all kinds of vegetables, grab Mommy's hair, adore her Daddy, coo at Grandma, pet our dog, sit on her own, look at picture books, love the water, and enjoy some of her favorite toys. And that's just the tip of the iceberg! 
                       
At six month this little beauty is in the 92nd percentile for height, at 27.1 inches and she is in the 43rd percentile for weight, at 15 lb 8 oz. She is healthy and strong and still we await the signs of teeth. She is in six months clothes and wearing size two diapers. She has such strong legs!



Your first trip to the lake was a success! You really enjoy the water. You love grandma's pool and you love splashing the water during bath time. 

She loves watching Paisley play with her chew toys and will laugh hysterically at her, however, she also loves pulling Paisley's hair. We hoped we've remedied that issue by having her hair cut very short during her last trip to the groomer. 


I love spending my time our little 'boo bear.' I am the president of her fan club and I soak up all her snuggles and coo's. Her babbles often include, "mmamamma," and even though she doesn't know what she is saying, I'll take it, it's close enough to "mama" for me!


Until next month... which is officially only 8 days away.. oops. 

                                                     

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

4/5 Months

 
Oh our sweet Elle! She is just growing and changing and happy, happy, happy. At her 4 month appointment she weighed 14 lbs. Recently, she turned 5 months and we had to visit the Dr again (poor baby girl has eczema), she's gained 1 lb since her visit a month ago, she's now weighing in at 15 lb 1 oz.

Months 4 and 5 have been so fun. There have been so many changes it seems there is something new everyday.  She wants to sit up on her own so badly, I don't think it will be long before she accomplishes this. Her laughs are the sweetest sound! She still loves bath time and sleeps very well. She will sleep through the entire night but most often she will wake once to eat and go right back to sleeping soundly.
 
 
 

 
Upon her 4 month checkup, Dr. Keller suggested that we introduce food. We began with rice cereal and added apples, bananas, green beans, carrots and sweet potatoes. She seems to be a lover of vegetables and we have dropped the fruits out the mix for now. Sometimes I just can't feed it to her fast enough and she's so frantic she gets angry! Other times in between bites she will smile and give an excited "mmmmmmm." Did I mention we also get messy?
 
 
 
 
Tummy time is becoming more of an acceptable activity for Elle but she has yet to roll over. She enjoys being outside and getting fresh air. We sit on the back deck often and she looks around and has started to take more notice of Paisley. She also enjoys going for walks in the stroller.

 
 
 
She has found her thumb and started to suck on it every now and then. While it is awfully cute, especially when she curls her pointer finger around her nose while doing so, I hope it does not become a habit. She loves to chew on her Sophie giraffe, although, her favorite of all toys would be the IPhone or IPad. She really likes to rewatch herself after being recorded!
 
We celebrated Fathers Day recently by sleeping in and spending time just enjoying our little family.
 


 
We love, love, love our baby girl!
 
 
 

 

 




Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Five... things I want to teach my daughter

1. Never hold onto anything tighter then your holding onto God.

2. People learn how to treat you based on what you accept from them.

3. Collect moments, not things.

4. We all fall down. If you fail, get up and try again. Those who never tumble never meet their potential.

5. Focus on the good, be thankful for what you have and give all the glory to God.



Sunday, May 5, 2013

3 Months Old

Sweet Brown was right, "ain't nobody got time for that!" This new Mama is quickly learning life with a little one leaves little time for much else .. sooo I'm a few weeks behind, but better late then never, right?



I think we've hit the golden age of babyhood... happy but not yet mobile and getting more predictable. She's such an easy baby {and I'm pretty certain that I will not be this lucky with her siblings}. She's becoming so much more interactive, she is full of smiles and she loves to talk {about whatever it is she's babbling about}, our conversations are the highlight of my day! She is so much more alert and curious, she loves to flirt with the fan {as most babies do} and examine her surroundings.

 


She's a good little sleeper. She is still sleeping in the bassinet of her pack n' play in our bedroom. I haven't had the urge to get her into her crib, I enjoy her being close. She has slept through the entire night a handful of times, however, it's normal that she wakes up just once for a diaper change and to eat anywhere between 3 and 5am. She falls right back to sleep as soon as her belly has been filled. I don't mind waking up with her, she is always so excited to see me arrive at her bed side, I get the biggest grin.

 


She still loves her hands. She loves to suck on them and examine them. And it's not only her hands that she loves putting in her mouth... rattles, blankees, mommy and daddy's fingers... nothing is off limits.

 
Elle spends her weekdays with her G-Ro. Grandparents are so special and we are so thankful Elle is so loved and gets to spend so much time with her grandma.
 
 
All tuckered out from a hard day of play! =)




Saturday's and Sunday's are our favorite days, we try to make them as lazy as possible. We snuggle in the mornings with Dad and spend our time hanging out and giving kisses.
 
 
 
Month three has been so much fun. We love watching our precious girl learn new things and reach different milestones. I can't wait to report back about month four!



Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Settling Into Motherhood

Motherhood so far has been a constant adventure. It is overwhelming, wonderful, terrifying, and phenomenal all in the same day!

It's become clear to me that the person who wears the pants in our family is the person who wears a diaper underneath them... and I am totally fine with that! Life before Elle was measured by quiet moments at home with Ryan and our spoiled pooch Paisley, those TV shows I just couldn't miss and lazy Sunday's. Now, I couldn't imagine a life that wasn't gauged by the sweet smell of baby skin, little grunting noises at 3am, tons of cuddle time, the curling of her little toes, and those big toothless smiles that I'm now paid with. {How did I survive so long without her?}

In the beginning I was pretty overwhelmed. I struggled with decisions, and when I made them, I still wasn't confident in them. I'm definitely more confident in my decisions now, even when others question them. Plenty of baby experts out there disagree on the 'best' ways to raise a child, as mom's we just have to trust that we know best what works and doesn't work for our babies and ourselves.

Like many moms, I struggled with breastfeeding. From the day I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to breastfeed, for numerous reasons of my own so there was never a question in my mind. I sought out all the information that I could regarding the topic. I {surely} annoyed friends with my countless questions, I read blogs for days, I joined the Le Leche League group {the army of mom's with uber knowledge on the subject}... I was needless to say, determined. Due to my c-section and high blood pressure I spent 4 {long} days in the hospital, each and every feeding I had a lactation consultant by my side. Elliet had the most difficult time latching and even though we tried syringes with colostrum, nipple shields, etc. we were unsuccessful in our attempts. I was under tremendous pressure from the nurses and the pediatrician to give her formula, but I refused. I wanted to provide her with the best, and that was my milk. So... I decided I would exclusively pump. For five long weeks, I lived my life around a machine. On top of the ridiculous pain, I ate lactation cookies, took Fenugreek pills, and drank more water then I had in all my life! I was pumping every 2-3 hours, 24 hours a day, to increase my production. After feeding Elle, I had to pump to tell my body to produce more, by the time I was finished pumping, cleaning all of the parts and storing the milk in the fridge, it was time to feed Elle again! I was exhausted. This was the hardest, most challenging time in my life to date. The stress and pressure I was putting on myself was robbing me of my joy! Finally, after hearing several times that "formula fed babies are healthy too" and that it wouldn't make me any less of a mom to give Elle formula, my guilt ridden feelings finally began to subside and I started to incorporate formula into her diet. My sweet pea is now a formula fed baby, and she is a happy and healthy growing girl!

When the magical 6 weeks came, the week I was returning to work, I was sad. The first day away was the most difficult, I cried. I like my job, but I love watching my baby grow. I am so very thankful that Elle is able to be in the care of her grandma while I am away. I remember the bond I had with both of my grandma's and I am so happy knowing she will enjoy that same relationship.

I'm guessing for many new mom's as it is for me, it is easy to take all the care for the baby, yourself. They have been a part of us for over nine months... giving our fragile creation over to another's care {even her daddy} can make me feel almost negligent. Having things done right {meaning my way of course} is important, right? But I'm trying to stay cognisant of this behavior because I know she needs that bonding time with the others who love her too {just not as much as I do, ha}. But I'd rather abide by the "look but don't touch" rule we learned as kids {I say this with a grin}. Basically this has been my biggest struggle with motherhood so far. Letting other's enjoy her as much as I do. It's not with everyone and it's not all the time, but it is often... unfortunately.

Since there are no online courses for Baby 101, we are creating our own path in the Rempe household. It's been beautiful and hectic, crazy and smile-inducing and I look forward to a lifetime of it!






Monday, March 18, 2013

2 months!

I guess the old expression, 'time flies when your having fun' holds true for our family this month! I'm also going to guess that is going to be a running theme of my blog because time is truly flying by!


She is such a content baby, she really only cries when she's hungry or sometimes when she gets too sleepy. She's a hands-on kinda girl, she's always got her hands going. She gave her first real smile on February 21st, I'm paid in smiles so I get excited with each one! I get the most smiles in the morning.. unlike her daddy, I think she's a morning girl!

One thing we are really working on this month is implementing a routine, most importantly a relaxing bedtime routine. I am very routine oriented so I'm sure Elle likes routine by genetics. There are so many suggestions when it comes to getting a newborn to sleep through the night... Baby Wise, the Sleep Whisper, etc. I feel like I've taken suggestions that work for us from each and I'm running with it. Since predictability can aid in better sleep we are doing a bath, lotion massage and bottle before going down to bed by 9:00pm. I am also working towards the Baby Whisperer's EASY routine = Eat, Awake, Sleep, Your Time. It doesn't work perfectly all the time but I do it when I can. We have also started naps in her crib to help with the transition from her bassinet in our room when Mommy finally feels the time is right. =) 



Elle is enjoying her play mat more, she really likes to stare into the mirrors {like father, like daughter} and she realizing she can bat her hands at the hanging toys to make them move.

She loves to fall asleep on my chest {Mommy loves that too} and she makes my heart melt when she looks up at me while her head is on my shoulder with those beautiful eyes. Those are my favorite moments with her.  


Last week was her 2 month check-up which included the dreaded 2 month shots. She was not happy about this and neither was I. She was very clingy and fussy for the remainder of the day. She is now 11 lbs and 6 oz and 23 1/4 inches long.

Yesterday we celebrated St. Patrick's Day!



She is growing and changing so much, so fast. I am trying my best to live in the moment and soak up every sweet moment of newborn-ness that I can. I can't wait to see what month three holds for us. I am hoping for more smiles and maybe a laugh! We love our precious little girl!