Addilyn Grows – 8 months!

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  • can crawl.  She can get anywhere she wishes and FAST
  • can pull up on pretty much anything.  I feel like this happened really fast, one day she just started doing it and hasn’t stopped since!  The couch, toys, boxes, bumbo, Mom, Dad…anything!  If it is a couple inches off the floor, she will use it to stand her cute little self up.
  • she has been saying this for a while, but she says “mama” very well and very often!  Especially when she is upset about something.
  • she can say “bye”, “ball” and “mama”
  • she can sign “bye”, “milk”…working on “sleepy”, “all done” and “bath”
  • has tasted some of my green juice on occasion, loves her green super food puffs and pretty much has rejected purees altogether.  Unless she can feed it to herself, she doesn’t want it.
  • Sleeps in her CRIB *hallelujah chorus*.  The transition was so much easier than I thought it would be.  In November when we did all that traveling, I used that as my transition time, so the two weeks we were home in November, she slept in her crib for naps and never in the cosleeper and it got easily phased out.   Now she is in her crib for naps and most of the night, when she does wake up I usually bring her in bed with us.  She still wakes SO frequently, it’s just too much of a pain to get up and feed her in the nursery and put her back, so in the bed with us she goes.
  • wakes every 2-3 hours at night to nurse
  • loves music!  Anything with a beat is right up her alley and she goes nuts!  Dancing and swinging her arms around–she is a hoot!  She loves our upbeat worship services at church and she even started lifting her hands during some of the songs!  I recorded her lifting her hands and I think Scott and I have watched it 3,000 times.  It makes me cry because I feel so blessed to have such a special little girl that loves to worship Jesus already!  Gosh I love her!
  • she loves to crawl into the kitchen every chance she gets to try to get Lily’s dog food.  She also loves Lily and thinks she is hilarious
  • very much dislikes having her diaper changed.  Not really the act of, but the fact that she has to lay on her back for 30 seconds.  She is a girl on the go and apparently, doesn’t have time for diaper changes 😛IMG_3251 IMG_3098

We can’t get enough of this girl.  She is way better than we ever dreamed she would be!

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Addilyn Grows – 7 months!

 

 

Addilyn’s seventh month was a pretty big one!  She went on two big vacations, met TWO of her Great Grandmothers for the first time, added 4 new teeth to her mouth and started pulling up on everything in sight!
IMG_1953At 7 months, Addilyn:

  • rode an airplane for the first time!  We flew all the way to Texas with a short layover in Charlotte, Nc and she was an angel!  She made friends with everyone around us on all the planes and “cracked” everyone with her contagious smile.  I caught even the toughest{looking} of men cracking a smile at her.  The plan rides home weren’t quite so smooth, but she still did exceptionally well, considering we were stuck in a tiny seat for 4+ hours.
  • she continued to army crawl her way around her Great Granny’s house in San Antonio
  • met her Great Granny Washam for the first time!  We stayed at her house in SA for a whole week with Scott’s Dad and Jill and Uncle Mark.  We had so much fun.  Addilyn did so well and the time change didn’t even bother her.
  • she started taking a few crawling ‘steps’ while we were in texas
  • she cut not 1, not 2, not 3 but FOUR teeth while we were in texas!  Four teeth at once, can you believe that?  We only had one rough night, poor girlie.
  • sits up completely on her own, no help needed, never falls over.
  • by the end of the month she was crawling like a pro.
  • she went to Corolla, NC for the first time with my side of the family.  We stayed in the beach house for a week with 18 other people.  Addilyn loved every minute of it.
  • she met her Great Geema Hancock for the first time too!
  • she started squealing…I think she picked this up from her cousins in Corolla 🙂
  • she can pull up on things, still falls a lot, but is learning
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My sweet little turkey on Thanksgiving!

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Addilyn and her Great Granny in SA

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Addilyn and her cousin, Jacob in Corolla

Her seventh month was a fun one.  We are loving watching her grow and explore.  Sometimes we wake up and notice changes in her overnight.  Like her understanding of words and concepts and interactions are constantly being developed.  We LOVE watching her experience this awesome world.

Addilyn Grows — 6 Months!

Wow am I behind or what?  Addilyn just turned *gasp* 9 months yesterday!  I won’t even get in to all the excuses I have for not blogging, ha!  But I really, really want to get back in to it.  I just love documenting our lives, so I will never forget how much fun we had.

IMG_0642At 6 months, Addilyn:

  • sits up on her own, though still tips over on occasion
  • still sleeps in the co-sleeper next to me at night and wakes every 2-3 to nurse
  • scoots along the floor pretty well, it takes a while, but she can get to where she wants to go
  • laughs a lot, especially at Daddy
  • loves bath time still
  • we have been working on sign language since she was 3 months old.  she can now sign ‘milk’ and we are still working on ‘bye’, ‘bath’ and ‘all done’
  • has two teeth on the bottom and loves to brush them.  The pediatric dental assistant in me is determined to keep her from having to endure cavities and fillings and all that mess!
  • top gums are swollen and I am sure she will get those 2 up top very soon
  • naps are hit or miss, she is still on her morning and afternoon nap schedule, just some of the naps are 10-20 minutes, others are an hour
  • she had her first taste of avocado and banana!
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First time trying avocado

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Second time trying avocado, I think she liked it better the 2nd time 🙂

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First time trying avocado. LOL!

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She is full of joy and life and her Daddy and I are incredibly thankful for her!

Addilyn Grows – 5 Months!

How it is possible, I’m not sure…but Addilyn is just a day away from being 6 months old!

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At 5 months, Addilyn:

  • can roll over exceptionally well!  She uses it as her main method of maneuvering around the floor.
  • loves playing on the floor!  We spread toys and tupperware containers all over the floor and she has a ball!
  • her favorite toy right now is a tupperware container filled with large plastic ‘coins’ that go to another toy.  She shakes the container for hours…haha!
  • has two teeth on the bottom, they popped through her gums just a couple days before she turned 5 months.
  • loves to ‘dance’, especially with Daddy.  She lays on the floor and Daddy stands at her feet and dances and she wiggles and kicks her legs and swings her arms while giggling, it’s the cutest thing!
  • is very playful and goofy, she will do almost anything to get us to laugh at her.  And when we laugh, she laughs, I love it!
  • visited Bergey’s dairy for the first time
  • went to the pumpkin patch and pet piglets and goats
  • went to the zoo for the first time, though she was more interested in the kids we were with than the animals!
  • sitting up really well, we can’t leave her because she does tip over, but for the most part she can hold herself steady
  • suddenly isn’t interested in books.  She gets really frustrated that she can’t eat the book the entire time we are reading it…so we are taking a little break from books, but will keep trying!
  • won’t fall asleep on her own, in a crib.  I have to walk her around, wear her in a wrap or sling or nurse her to sleep.  We are working on it though…
  • had her first injury 😦 We were eating lunch while Addilyn was scooting around the floor and somehow she scooted her way over to the bookshelf, we were watching her, but she lunged forward right into the edge of it and once she discovered that it hurt, she kept pushing her head into it trying to scoot backwards, so she ended up hitting her head several times before I could RUN over to pick her up.  Once I got to her, she was already in the crying-so-hard-I-can’t-breathe stage and let out quite the holler when she caught her breath 😦 I felt HORRIBLE!  She had a tiny little red mark for a few hours and then it went away.  I can’t even describe how fast my heart sank when I saw she was hurt.  Poor baby.
  • wakes 2 times at night to nurse, usually around 2am and 5am.  Then goes back to sleep until 7:30ish
  • nurses every 2-3 hours during the day
  • has recently learned how to squeal the highest pitch squeal I have ever heard, lol!  It’s really funny
  • is definitely showing interest in crawling.  She scoots forwards and backwards, but hasn’t quite figured it out just yet.
  • has decided naps are not neccesary…ha!  Seriously, she is taking two 10-20 minute naps during the day.  Not cool in my book.  I’m hoping this improves.  I’m going to start working on trying to get her to sleep in her crib for naps, rather than the pack n play downstairs.  Today was our first try and it didn’t work :-/  I’m not in to the cry it out thing, so I have to find another way

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Happy 5 months Addilyn Murray!  You light up our world with your endless giggles and contagious grins!  We love, love, love you Addi!

Addilyn Grows – 4 Months!

Now begins the transition from weekly posts to monthly posts, I knew life would get in the way 🙂

Once again, time got away from me and Addilyn is 1 week away from being 5 months old.  Can’t believe it!  I’ve started educating myself on the introduction of solids and it seems so crazy that I will have a 6 month old before we know it!  Speaking of…I would like to have her 6 month photos taken professionally, so if you have any(reasonably priced)photographer suggestions, let me know!!

IMG_9174First of all, this edition of “Addilyn Grows” is particularly special because of the adorable dress Addilyn got to wear.  My Addilyn is the second ‘Addilyn’ to wear that dress!!  Thanks to my sweet friend Ashley and her Addilyn, they passed this dress onto my Addilyn!  So sweet, right?  I just love it and it is so special to me. ❤

At 4 months Addilyn:

  • loves faces!  Looking at them, touching them, grabbing and pinching(ouch!)  She is fascinated!
  • laughs, still not consistently, but usually if Scott or I laugh, she will join in, it’s adorable!
  • found her toes and feet and cant get enough of them!  She wants to grab them constantly!  Those piggies have even found their way to Addilyn’s mouth a few times!  HA!
  • has gained so much strength in her back and has sat up unassisted a few times!
  • has started scooting herself forward and in circles on the floor.  She uses her feet to push, not on her knees yet…though I did catch her on her knees once!  She can scoot a good ways towards a toy and can maneuver herself in circles quite effectively!
  • is teething.  Those two bottom teeth are making their way up and she is coping pretty well.  We have good days and bad days, but are managing.
  • loves Lily!  Smiles and laughs at her and loves to touch her when she can throw her hand out at the right time when Lily is passing by!
  • grabs EVERYTHING!  Whatever you are holding she wants to feel it.  So we let her.  I ‘wear’ her when we go grocery shopping and she gets to touch everything before it goes in the cart, I usually give her a quick description of what she is feeling, “cold”, “wet”, “hard”, “soft”, “crunchy”, “noisy”, “apple”…you get the idea 😉 She really loves my iced coffee cups, the noisy ice, the cold and the wetness are a favorite of hers!
  • has been waking 2x a night to nurse.  Usually around 1-2am and 5-6am.  Gets up for good around 7am.
  • gets a bath most every night and loves it! She kicks and splashes and doesn’t want to get out.
  • goes to bed around 8:30 at night, nurses to sleep and then I take her upstairs to the co-sleeper.
  • I’m not sure what you call this,  but the other night she was laying on her back and swinging her arm back and whacking her head/a pillow behind her and she was grinning and I started laughing because she was doing it repeatedly.  She recognized that I was laughing at her, she started laughing too and kept doing it!  She would pause, smile and I would freeze, then she would start again and we would both laugh.  It was hilarious!  I literally had tears because she was cracking me up.  Such a little goofball and I love it!
  • rolled fromt front to back and back to front in the same day!
  • loves the VA Aquarium.
  • loves going on our nightly 3 mile walks with Grammy and Aunt Alison.  And has graduated to the big girl stroller, no more carseat for her!

More from her 4 month shoot 🙂

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I think she looks like a little doll in this one!

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This girl has got eyelashes for daaayyysss…

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We have a lot of fun taking these pictures! She knocked her headband down and struck a kung-fu pose all in one move! HA! Love that girl!

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rollie-pollie arms <3!

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She is everything.  Better than I ever imagined or dreamed she would be.  I love watching her discover the amazing world around her and it seems as though she discovers something new every day!  I love her to the moon and back.  Praise God for our beautiful, happy, healthy 4 month old girl!

Baby-Wearing 101

One of my favorite things to do and talk about these days…baby-wearing.   (thanks for those of you that asked me to write about it!  You must know I love it:))

Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Basic wearing/wrapping fabrics and devices(least expensive to most expensive):

Moby(or other ‘stretchy wraps’)

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It’s very long and made of a thick material. I bought one and only used it a couple times before I realized it was way too hot for us. The thick material traps in our body heat and Addilyn and I would sweat in it…no fun. It’s also not very supportive and as your baby grows it will start to become unsafe.  You can NOT do back carries with a stretchy wrap, it is not safe for your little one.  You can find these used for really cheap, I got mine brand new on CL for $10.  I think they retail for $45+

Ring Sling

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These are wonderful! I made mine out of 100% linen. The ease of use is unmatched. You just toss it over your shoulder, tighten it up a little and pop baby right in! Easy as can be, I love it for quick trips to the store. I would suggest purchasing from sleepingbaby.net if you choose this option. She makes awesome slings, I have friends with them.  Depending on the fabric used, these will run you $50+  Or if you make your own-$20 🙂

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goofy picture, but you can see the RS in action…I’m vacuuming, minding my own business when I look up and see a camera in my face! lol!

Soft Structured Carriers

We have an ergo, mostly for Scott, as I’m not a fan of it.  It’s too bulky for me. The trick with these are being sure that they have a nice wide seat. You want the fabric to stretch from knee to knee, otherwise it doesn’t properly support the baby’s hips and impedes development(yikes!). Also, you never want to carry your baby forward facing, in a carrier or a wrap for the same reason. Ergo and Boba are two really great ones and are made properly. The Bjorn and Infantino are notoriously rotten for the baby’s hips, you will want to avoid those.  These are  around $100+

Woven Wrap

(my personal favorite!)

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These are so versatile and come in many different fabrics and lengths. I like them because they are super soft.  I have woven cotton which is breathable and light. These wraps are made for wearing infants all the way through toddlerhood. From front carries to hip carries to back carries. These come with a bit of a learning curve to get the hang of wrapping, but I just watched a bunch of youtube videos to learn how.  Most people suggest starting with a size 6, which is a lot of fabric–15 feet I think. But it gives you the options to do a LOT of different carries to figure out which are your favorite.  Depending on the size, brand and fabric, these will easily cost $100+  (the really cool thing about wovens, is that they sometimes sell used for more than you pay for a brand new one.  a broken-in wrap is more sought after than a brand new stiff one, so you can make your money back easily if you end up not liking your wrap).

I love wrapping with my cotton wovens because it feels like I’m just giving her a big hug!  The fabric is so soft and Addilyn loves it.  She gets excited and starts kicking her feet and squealing when I pull out one of my wraps–I love it!  Besides the fact that they are soft…they are gorgeous!  There are hundreds and hundreds of colors and patterns to choose from–there is something out there for everyone!

The rainbow woven above is a ‘girasol rainbow springs’ and the wrap below is a ‘kokadi erna im wunderland’

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The list of reasons I love ‘wearing’ Addilyn is long.  But the gist is that I can still hold my girl close, just like she needs, but also get things done around the house and go grocery shopping with two free hands.  It’s a no-brainer and I honestly don’t know how Mom’s do without ‘wearing’ their babies, especially once you have a toddler and new baby!

Yes, wraps are kind of expensive.  But the woven wraps are specifically made and tested to be really safe and that is so worth the extra money!  Whenever I want to purchase something expensive that isn’t necessary, I sell something that I have and don’t use anymore.  To get my Erna, I sold 3 coach bags on ebay and came out with an extra $30…score!

I will leave you with one of my favorite pictures.  I seriously look at it everyday because I can’t get over how much Addilyn has changed and grown.  I love it and I love wearing my sweet girl!

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A few helpful links:

Want to join your local BWI Chapter?  http://babywearinginternational.org/pages/chapters.php

Confused about the different sizes of the wraps? http://paxbaby.com/paxbabys-woven-wrap-guide/

Want to learn about all the different carries?  Youtube it!  There are hundreds of instructional videos!  My favorite carries are ‘front wrap cross carry’, ‘kangaroo carry’, ‘front cross carry’, ‘poppins hip carry’ and ‘robins hip carry’, all in a woven wrap 🙂

Happy Baby-Wearing!

Addilyn Grows – 14, 15 & 16 Weeks!

Whew, time gets away from me these days!  I am still taking weekly photos of Addilyn, which is surprising 😉 I thought I would have given up weeks ago…but I really enjoy looking back at these and I hope to continue it for as long as possible 🙂

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At 14 weeks Addilyn:

  • has started recognizing when she doesn’t recognize someone.  She sometimes get upset if people talk to her in stores and we have even had problems with family members holding her, which makes me sad 😦 I think it’s just a phase…
  • Never cries.  Seriously.  The only time she has cried in the past 2 months is when someone other than Mommy or Daddy holds her…it takes her a few seconds to realize it, but once she sees Mom or Dad else where in the room…she starts balling.  Tears and all.  Breaks my heart.
  • is the best baby.  Still super calm and cool.
  • is developing such a goofy personality!  As you can see in the photos below 🙂
  • smiles all. the. time.  Her grins are so contagious and she makes our home a very happy place.

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Cloth Diapering 101

Hello! I have moved this post to my new blog CLICK HERE to be redirected to my new site. Thanks!! cloth diaper. happiness

Once you start cloth diapering, you will soon realize how true the above statement is.  There is just something special about choosing to put these quality, cotton diapers on your baby–rather than the full-of-chemicals-and-synthetic-materials-disposables!  It gives me this super-mom high and it makes me feel like I am choosing what is best for Addilyn.

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