Emma Kate: Month 9

It recently dawned on me the other day, that before long I will need to start planning Emma Kate’s first birthday party! Mind blown. Also, this week marks her 39th week of life, which is the same amount of time I carried her. Weird to thing she has now been out just as long as she was in.

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Summer has officially arrived in the south, so we haven’t been getting to walk as much as we were last month. Even at 7:00 in the morning, temps are already in the mid 80’s! We had gotten to sit outside under the fans on the back porch, and we made our first attempt at playing on a splash pad which did not go over well.

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Sleep is going well, and I think it’s finally safe to say she is used to her crib. For awhile, she was waking up at 5:30 until I discovered that we had started making her bedtime go from 6:30, to 6:45, then to 7:00 or even later. We backed her up to 6:30 or 6:45, and she is back to sleeping until sometime between 6 and 7 every morning. We take two naps a day, ranging from 30 minutes to two hours, although most are between 45 minutes and an hour and fifteen or so.

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Her two top teeth have finally come down all the way for a grand total of four teeth.  Eating took a leap this month, and she now loves puffs and yogurt melts where she wouldn’t even touch them before. We are experimenting with finger foods but she still loves for me to feed her from a spoon.

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We made some huge leaps this month in what she can do physically as well. It’s crazy how one day I felt like she was never going to move, and then instantly it all changed! We went through a week long period where she kept flipping herself onto her stomach and then crying because she couldn’t flip back, to her now flipping all over the crib. about ten days ago I went in to get her after a nap and she was sitting up in her crib, it scared me to death! We lowered the crib mattress after that one! She started LIKING being on her stomach and sleeping that way, and also pulling herself onto all fours and wanting to crawl SO badly, but getting scared and then backing herself up into a sitting position. She still manages to get around by flattening herself up, turning around and sitting up again, but no traditional crawling yet.

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Emma Kate still babbles “mama” and “baba” a lot, but hasn’t said “dada” yet much to Bobby’s sadness. She loves to sing though and makes a ton of noise. It seems her wanting only me to hold her was short lived, and she will go to anyone again (I think we were in the middle of a leap during her last update). She puts her arms out when she wants to be picked up and will pull on your pants leg as well.

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Emma Kate Loves:

– making noise with anything. Banging measuring cups, toys, etc. on hard surfaces

-Sitting up in her crib. You can tell she is SO proud of herself when she does it, it’s so cute!

-Pulling bows out of her hair (sad mommy)

– Eating!

– Going to Daycare. The teachers are always telling me how happy she is and how she loves watching the other babies.

– Puffs and yogurt melts

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Emma Kate does NOT like:

– Not being able to crawl/get around

– Having her face or nose wiped

– When I don’t feed her fast enough

Not a whole lot of dislikes right now, she is generally very happy and we are in a good place as a family. She is so fun to be around at this age!

I caught some sweet baby giggles on camera while I was feeding her the other day. LOVE it.

Emma Kate is still in size 3 diapers, and pretty much exclusively in size 12 month clothes. I can still squeeze a few size 9 onesies on her depending on the brand. She had her official stats recorded at the doctor yesterday, and she weighs a whopping 21 pounds 10 ounces (92nd%), and is 29 inches long (93rd%). Her head is in the 90% in circumference. She’s a big girl! The doctor seemed pleased with her progress and we will see her again in 3 months at her ONE YEAR checkup!

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We are in a great spot right now as a family. Emma Kate is really happy and hardly fussy at all. She is content to play and people watch and isn’t very needy. She laughs all the time, I think we have a little comedian on our hands! It blows my mind she has, to the DAY, today been out in the world as long as she was in my tummy. Time sure does fly.

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39 weeks, 1 day in….39 weeks, one day out!

QOTD: What is your favorite “baby” age? When should I start party planning?

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Emma Kate: Month 8

Another month gone by! It’s no secret I really struggled with getting used to motherhood when Emma Kate was a newborn, but these past couple of months have gotten so much more fun as EK continues to show more of her little (or should I say BIG) personality.

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We had some great weather this past month, so we spent a lot of time outdoors. We walk at the park 1-2 times a week, swing on the swings, and just hang out in the backyard. I am also starting to do stroller runs with Emma Kate facing the “big girl way” now that she is 8 months old.

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We are down to two naps a day, with the occasional 3 nap day if she is up really early and only takes a short first nap. Crib sleep is going well, most nights she sleeps 11-12 hours with the occasional middle of the night or 5 am wakeup. Naps are still hit or miss, but I think she is starting to lengthen them out. Some are still 30-40 minutes, but some can also be as long as 2.5 hours!

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Mother’s Day out has ended for the summer, so Emma Kate has been going part time to a local daycare and it’s a great arrangement. I can still get things done for work, and she gets to go interact with other babies. They have a webcam which is a blessing and a curse!

Baby girl does great out in public and behaves so well. Recently we have taken her with us out to eat a few times and she doesn’t make a peep! She loves people watching (Bobby says she is nosy like me. Thanks, dear.) and hanging out with us.

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Mom I am SO over that headband!

We are super solid with sitting for long periods of time and rolling onto our tummy, but we get stuck trying to roll back the other way. She isn’t crawling yet but wants to badly and gets very angry still when she can’t reach something. She kicks her legs like crazy but still won’t move her arms. She can go on all fours and just stay there, but can’t move forward.

Eating is going ok, she is a little piggy and eats a lot but doesn’t like anything with chunks in it or things like puffs, etc. She wants me to feed her purees all day long though but she’s just not ready for the next step. I offer her puffs and chunky food often but she just gags and spits it out. Her top two teeth have barely poked through and we think that explains some general crankiness of the past week or so.

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I’m not about to smear your board…

Emma Kate now says “mama” and mostly when she is mad or upset, so it’s pretty pathetic sounding. She also has gotten very clingy for only me. When my parents came last weekend to visit, at first she only wanted me to hold her and doesn’t like when I leave the room (but she is fine when I leave her for school). She is always turning her head to see where I am.

Emma Kate Loves:

-singing songs

– playing with her friends at school and in the church nursery

– watching Bella

– eating (loves bananas!)

– Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

– my phone (constantly trying to take it from me or get to it on the floor)

– people watching

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Emma Kate does not like: 

– when mommy leaves the room

– when she can’t reach a toy

– food with chunks in it/food she has to chew

-getting her face wiped or nose wiped

-being in her car seat or stroller for too long

Just this past week we have experimented with her standing up on her own while leaning on something and she did pretty well! She is so long I know it’s awkward for her to hold her whole long body and legs up. We got her an activity table similar to this one,(Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Puppy and Friends Learning Table) and she loves it! It helps her learn to stand but also distracts her so she actually stands up for longer because she is playing.

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She is holding steady around 31/32 ounces of formula a day, and eats solid food 2-3 times a day. We are still in size 3 diapers, but are in size 12 month sleepers. Her clothes range from 9-12 months, but certain 9 month things she is growing out of. She is getting really heavy and I estimate she is around 21 pounds or so. One more month until her next well visit and we will find out!

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QOTD: Did you have problems with your baby not liking chunky food? Any tips?

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Emma Kate: Month 5

Another month has come and gone! Emma Kate turned five months old while Bobby and I were in Disney last week for the Princess half marathon. I don’t feel she was as different between months three and four, but has made HUGE leaps between four and five.

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This month, Emma Kate loves:

– Reaching for things. It started with her bottle, now it’s my face, her toys, the dog, anything. She finally learned she can extend her arms out and is grabbing at things out of reach now.

– Playing with her feet. She figured out she can reach them and even put her toes in her mouth, so now whenever she is put on her back her legs immediately go up in the air towards her hands.

– Singing to herself. When she wakes up from a nap or in the mornings, now she will lay in her crib and just talk and sing until I go and get her. It’s so funny to hear her carrying on conversations with herself!

– Bella. She is obsessed with watching her every move. Bella could care less about the baby, but EK follows her with her head/eyes around the house all day long. It’s funny because she has been there the whole time but is just now realizing it!

– Jumping jumping jumping. Last month she loved her jumper but would just kind of wiggle around and step in it, but this month she figured out how to bounce really high and she does it nonstop, typically only on one foot.

– Still obsessed with chewing on her hands, her toys, anything she can put in her mouth.

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She does NOT like:

-Taking her zantac. Before, I could squirt it in her mouth and she would make a face and swallow it. Now she has learned how to spit it back out at me! it’s made for some interesting days.

– When she is trying to sit up and you help her

-When she tries to pick up something and can’t/gets frustrated.

-Water from the bath getting in her face

As you can see, the list of her dislikes is different and shorter than last month. I feel like this month she has calmed down a lot and is more chill. She doesn’t get as upset or have as much as a temper as last month, so I hope this lasts! She is a genuinely happy girl who smiles and laughs a lot. She still gets cranky after her last nap/before bedtime, but other than that she is very cheerful. It is really funny when she does get mad though, she has the most fake cry when she gets frustrated, I call her my big faker,

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Emma did great while Bobby and I were out of town, and she got to hang out with both her grandmothers for a few days. I got lots of photos and videos and status reports. The day we traveled home, she caught a bit of a stomach but which was then passed on to Bobby and my mother in law. My dad has it now but we think he got it from somewhere else. I spent the weekend bleaching the house and have been washing my hands non stop hoping I don’t get it! The baby was only sick for about 10 hours and bounced back very quickly, unlike her father ha.

We had a week or so of not as great sleep (4 month sleep regression we are guessing) where she woke up once a night every night for a week. Now she is back to only waking up once a night every 7-8 days around 3-4 am to eat. She typically sleeps between 11-12 hours and takes between 2 and 3 naps a day depending on when she wakes up. her naps are typically still very short, 30-45 minutes with the occasional one hour. She knows her routine now for naps and sleep, and barely even cries when we put her down and typically goes right to sleep. I am always watching for tiredness/cues from her, so i try not to let her get overtired to where she would get fussy or have a hard time falling asleep.

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Sleep training is going great and she takes all her naps in her crib. She is in her swing at night, but as soon as we go home this weekend from my parents we are moving her to her crib at night (we had briefly put her in the crib at night but then she started waking up, and with us going out of town we decided to delay night time crib sleep until after our trip). I have stopped using the sleep sack during naps and only use it at night now or when it’s really cold outside.

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The baby drinks around 31/32 ounces of formula a day (more on days she wakes up in the night to eat once) and is still in size 2 diapers. She is growing so much taller though and is in 6-9 month sleepers and pants, but can still fit into some 6 month onesies.

She can ALMOST sit up unassisted (she can for a few seconds but then falls over so I don’t count it) and can occasionally roll but not consistently. She can’t figure out what to do with her arm when she tries to roll over but she can kick her hips and legs over.

She is constantly scanning the room looking for me when she is on the floor or in her bouncer or jumparoo, and she is so much more aware of what is going on around her. She is such a good baby and I love getting up in the morning to see her because she is always so smiley and happy! I love my crazy girl!

QOTD: Did/do your babies get frustrated when they can’t do something they are trying to master?

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Emma Kate was way more excited about the cute packaging than the shoes themselves.

If I have to pick my favorite thing about Freshly Picked, It would be that they have SO many colors to choose from. I had a really hard time deciding! The baby wears a ton of pink so I thought these adorable neon pink ones fit her perfectly.

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I also ordered them a size bigger than needed so she could wear them for longer.

If I hadn’t gone with the pink, my next choice would have been Heirloom in cream and gold or the birch ones.

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The moccasins are made of genuine leather, and have elastic at the opening making them easy to get on squirmy babies, and stay on them! I also love that these items are made right here in the USA. You may have heard of them before from the ABC hit show Shark Tank, as well.

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I love how cute they are and can’t wait to add to EK’s collection soon!

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