Happy 6 Months, Hadley!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Weight/Height/Head:  19lbs 9oz, 27" long (95%/75%)

Hair:  Still dark brown in the very back and sides and coming in blonde on top.  Looks like it might have a little wave to it?

Eyes: Bright blue 

Diapers: Size 3

Clothes: Definitely varies.  In Carters she can still fit in 3-6 mo onesies but we're getting ready to retire those for the next size up.  She's wearing 6-12mo at Baby Gap and Old Navy, although onesies/tops in those sizes are a little loose on her still.  Our BabyLegs are getting a little too small for her chunky thighs!

Eating: We started her on solids this month!  We decided to follow the Baby Led Weaning approach and I've really liked it.  She has ate red peppers, squash, quinoa, pasta, chicken, bananas, avocados, pear, mangoes, plain greek yogurt, baby pickles, hummus on veggies and banana pancakes, just to name a few.  I will occasionally spoon feed her the little pureed pouches by Ellas Kitchen or Plum, but mainly use those to mix into her yogurt.  I'll mash up a banana on her tray and give her a spoon and she will mostly play in it but definitely eat some.  We've not had ANY choking and it is really neat to see her spit back out big bites.  I watch her like a hawk, though, and am never ever far from her when she's eating solids on her own.  We are mostly still doing formula (which is good cause that's technically all she needs to get her nutrients right now!), anywhere from 8-10oz 4x a day.  

Sleeping: Six months has not been her best month for sleeping!  While we were all sick she slept terribly, obviously.  Woke up a ton in the middle of the night, didn't nap too well.  We just started her in the Pack and Play so we can transition her to the crib (which we had started right before she got sick and it went really well, so hopefully we won't have to do this for long!) and it's been pretty terrible, if you want to know the truth.  She goes down really well, I don't do any rocking or coddling to get her to sleep.  Unfortunately she just wakes up a ton at night and while she's napping.  And it's not the kind of waking up where you just let them fuss and they go back to sleep, it's like she's waking up crying.  Seems to also be when her dang Sleep Sheep turns off.  I think we need to get a sound machine that runs all night long!  However, napping is getting much better now that I can just put her down and she'll go to sleep.

Milestones:  So many this month!  

  • Sitting up unassisted
  • Recognizes her name
  • Scooting on her belly backwards
  • Pushing up onto all 4's and rocking
  • Shows recognition for people she knows besides Brad and me
  • Eating all sorts of food
  • Drinks from a sippy cup
  • Starting to hold her bottle (although it's not for long)
We are seriously so in love with her and are always talking about how much we love being her parents!  She's got the sweetest little personality, is very vocal and I have a feeling she's not going to be afraid to tell you what she wants (which I love but we may have to work on redirecting that, ha).  My favorite part of the day is waking up in the morning and she's got a smile on her face and we sit on the couch and snuggle.  There are not enough words in this vast English language that could begin to describe how thankful I am for her.  I always think to myself, I would love other babies and know that I would love them just as much as I love her....but if I am only ever blessed with Hadley, I will live my life so gratefully fulfilled because being her Momma has been my greatest joy.  I pray every night that God will help us to love her in the very best way we can and that we will always try to lead her to Him!

The worst time of year

Friday, March 15, 2013

note - I just noticed that my last post was titled "the worst month EVER". see, I'm not lying about my general state of mind, haha

I'm living in it right now, folks.  

I wouldn't say that I'm a "rainbow and sunshine" kind of person.  I can tend to think in "glass half empty" terms if I'm not careful.  I get annoyed more easily than I should.  These are on my good days, people.  

This time of year, though...I am the above x 1000000.  Seriously I am the most annoying, bad-attitude-having, negative, grouchy person.  And I would like to thank the terrible weather and never-ending gray days for being the source of all my misery.  

I can't even begin to tell you how much it DRIVES ME CRAZY - CRAAAAAAAZY - to see people on FB, Instagram and blogs start proclaiming the "beautiful weather!" and wearing sandals and shorts this time of year, and posting pictures of green leaves and blooming flowers.  Because today?  I put on leggings, tall socks, boots, two shirts and a winter coat.  I had to tromp through snow to get to my car.  Our thermostat is at 72 and half the time I'm still chilled.  Our warm-mist humidifier is running.  My hands are dry and cracked and seriously don't get me started on my nails.  I usually don't give two cents about the state of my fingernails but right now they are a mess of splits and breakage and that's a problem cause they're always snagging on my SWEATERS.  

I'm sure what makes this difficult for me is that I grew up in Illinois, and around there, spring started towards the end of March.  By May 1st, it is beautiful.  I have memories of being in school at the end of May/beginning of June (back when they made you go that long into the summer!) and wearing a tank top and shorts.  In northern Wisconsin in April, you're still getting big snow dumps.  Shoot...I remember getting a dump of snow in May in Minneapolis one year.  But even worse than the snow - I can handle that, it usually is pretty and melts really quick that time of year - is the lack of sunshine.  It seems that every year around the beginning of March, the sun must go on Spring Break to Florida or something.  For like the whole month.  Cause we hardly ever see it around here.  

The only thing that makes me feel better is the prospect of a beach trip, which this year we're unfortunately not doing.  BUT we are going to see my family in Georgia, so the prospect of 65-70 degree weather is very exciting to me.  The other thing is online shopping.  Ha.  

And this little lady can usually put a smile on my face, too -

The worst month EVER

Monday, March 11, 2013

No, really.  The last 3-4 weeks have been just terrible, cause our little family of 3 was hit with every imaginable flu/bug/cold out there.  Here's what it looked like - 

Saturday (a few weeks ago?) - Brad comes down with a 48hr stomach bug
Sunday night - I feel a cold coming on
Monday-Friday - I've got a full-blown cold, with a sore throat, sinus pain, headache, etc
Friday - Hadley starts coughing a little.  We had her 6 mo appt that day so Dr listened to her chest but all was good. I'm feeling better but starting to get a nasty cough
[Weekend was decent, we ventured outside a couple times to get some fresh air.  I am having coughing fits at night and Hadley is sleeping like crap, though.]
Monday - notice Hadley's eyes are gunking up a lot
Tuesday - Hadley's definitely got something going on with her eyes, looked like it could be pink eye but I was certain it wasn't cause where would she have gotten that??  Tuesday afternoon she's running a fever so I schedule a Dr appt for Wednesday
Wednesday - Find out Hadley has pink eye.  In both eyes.  Turns out that if they have a cold their congestion can come out in their eyes and it's a form of (contagious still) pink eye. BUT - Brad and I are feeling good, so I get her eye drops and figure we'll clear it up and move on from sickness. 
Thursday - Brad calls from work and says he's coming home early cause he feels achy and sick.  This is significant cause Brad NEVER EVER misses work.  EVER.  I literally cried on the couch cause I was so worn out from sickness.  Then I make him go to the Dr to make absolutely sure he doesn't have influenza.  Definitely an overreaction but I am bound and determined to not expose Hadley to it, if that's the case. Plus Brad and I didn't get flu shots and we didn't get it for Hadley.  He goes to the Dr and doesn't have the flu but  they give him amoxicillin for...something.  Still not sure what.  (Sending a man to the Dr and trying to find out what they said is like sending a 5 year old, in my opinion.)
Friday-Monday - Brad still doesn't feel great but is better
Tuesday - Brad's feeling better!  I feel good!  Hadley's eyes are cleared up and she's not coughing much! 
Tuesday night - I start feeling nauseous and just....off.  All night long feel like I need to vomit
Wednesday-Saturday - I have the stomach bug.  I felt nauseous, headache-y and worn out.  No appetite.  
Sunday - Finally...all 3 of us are feeling better!  

So that brings us to today.  I woke up with a bit of a headache, but I will happily take that.  I am not kidding, I have NEVER in my life gone through anything like that.  And believe me, I know how fortunate we are to have this be our "big ordeal", many millions of people struggle with much harder things.  But truly, sickness can just be the most discouraging thing to deal with.  By this last week, I was going crazy, telling Brad we needed to have the air quality in our house tested and inspected for mold or all sorts of nutty things.  (Keeping in mind that 90% of our town has been going through all of this for the last month).  I think another thing that contributed to my craziness was a lack of sleep.  We had moved Hadley to her room early in all this sickness stuff and I know I didn't sleep well those nights, and then when she got sick and was waking up a lot we moved her back into our room, and she was sleeping terribly so that obviously affected me.  But we're all cleared up now, so back in her room she will go.  

All that is to say, I am SO HAPPY we're over this sickness crap. I've been opening the windows to get some fresh air in the house and washing our hands like crazy.  I'm not a Lysol/bleach user but if I were...I would be going nuts with the stuff, ha!  

Happy 5 Months, Hadley!

Friday, March 8, 2013

side note - I'm behind!  We're currently 6.5 months, ha...6 month update should be coming soon :)

Weight/Height/Head:  Unofficial weight was 19lbs (just on our scale).

Hair:  Dark brown in the back and sides but growing in light brown/dark blonde on top.  Sooo...guessing it will be a light brown color?  Still not sure.  Definitely has a bit of a wave to it.

Eyes: Bright blue, just  like her Daddy's

Diapers: Size 3

Clothes: Shoot, this is where it's hard to do her updates a month late.  I'm pretty sure that at 5 months we had moved her up to 3-6 month onesies, and she was wearing mainly 3-6 month clothing.  Sometimes it's hard to tell what her size is cause I honestly don't shop much for her, only when I get to Minneapolis or Duluth, and even then I tend to buy her clothes that will fit her RIGHT NOW and then I get them home and end up complaining the next week that they're too small.  So I need to work on that.  

Eating: At 5 months we were still doing all formula and little bit of baby oatmeal.  Towards the end of the month I started giving her pieces of fruit or avocado slices.  She was eating around 4 8oz bottles every day, give or take a few ounces. 

Sleeping: The girl was a great sleeper at 5 months - going down at 7:30ish and sleeping until 7am the  next day, not even waking once.  She was still in our room at 5 months (in her Rock N Play)

Milestones:  Unfortunately I'm not remembering too many right now, so I'm just going to skip this section for this month :(  I'm definitely going to start writing things down!

And maybe one of my most favorite pictures of my sweet little lady (with her cousin, Micah):

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