08/27/14
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Zoe: 6 months

Hello!  Time to blog again and share about Zoe!

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Poor girl got skipped out on her 4th and 5th month updates.  #secondchildproblems.  But now she’s 6 months and definitely changing!  First, a look through how she’s grown month by month.

Birth

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1 month

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2 months

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3 months

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4 months

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5 months

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6 months

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EAT

Nursing is still going wonderfully.  During the day she nurses 5 times, then 0-2 times during the night.  She nurses at pretty consist times each day (give or take about 30 minutes): 7am, 10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm and 7:30pm.  If she wakes (which she normally does) it’s at midnight and/or 4am.

I had my first night away from her this past weekend and she did great taking bottles.  We had to work hard to get her to take them without trouble, but now she’s a champ.  The key was a very warm bottle.  Picky little one!

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We’ve started having her at the table with us and beginning to taste foods.  We’re going to use the baby led weaning method again since it worked so well with Hunter, so instead of spoon feeding, we just give her soft big pieces (to start) of food.  So far she’s tasted (but not really eaten) figs, strawberries, pineapple (3 favorites), avocado, banana, steamed carrot, cucumber, roasted yam and chicken.  Pretty much whatever we have that’s soft enough for her to gum is fair game!

At her 6 month check up she weighed 13 pounds 10 ounces, in the 10th percentile for weight and I can’t remember her height but she was just about 50th percentile.  She’s going to be a slender little girl I bet.

WAKE

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Her wake time is so much fun!  She’s one happy girl and is rarely fussy.  If she is sad there’s normally a reason – tired, hungry or poopy.  She is now rolling from back to belly, and has just a couple times rolled the other way.  She’ll sit by herself unsupported, but eventually falls over.

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Books are a favorite, as is her brother.  She thinks he is the funniest kid ever.  He is pretty funny. :)

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I switched her diapering system about a month ago to prefolds and covers and have been so much happier.  We were having major leaking issues and I just couldn’t take it anymore.  Good diapers make for a happy mama.

She is a total thumb sucker.  As I’m typing this she’s laying in her boppy about to fall asleep sucking on her thumb.  It’s pretty stinking cute.

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SLEEP

Even though I haven’t shared about her sleep in the past few months, it’s been pretty consistent for a while.  And the consistency is that it’s all over the place.  Sometimes she sleeps through the night, sometimes she wakes once or twice.  I’m thankful that from the get go she’s put herself to sleep, so that’s not an issue, just that when she wakes at night she doesn’t really go back to sleep by herself.

One big change is that Hunter and Zoe started to share a room about a month ago.  But she’s really only been in there half the time.  She is SO loud when she wakes, that Hunter really wasn’t getting the best sleep even if he wasn’t actively waking.  I could tell from his behavior and also him telling me that he was tired shortly after waking.  And to add in, our bedroom shares a wall with the kid’s room, so when she’s crying it is majorly loud.  We’ve been having her switch between her crib in their room and the pack n play on the other floor to give everyone some better sleep.  I’m thinking she’ll be in the pack in play until she is consistently sleeping through the night again.

This too shall pass… and then I might drink less coffee. ;)

She naps 3 times a day: 2 short 30-40 minute naps around 10am and 12:30pm, then a longer 1.5-2.5 hour nap in the afternoon around 2:30pm.

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That’s the latest with our happy little girlie.  We just love her so.  And her wild hair, please stay crazy forever.

What were your kids’ favorite first foods?

Happy days!

Heather

PS: I’m hoping and planning to get back into blogging more frequently than every couple of weeks!  I’ve had so much I want to share, I just never get around to actually sitting down at the computer.

PSS: Read more of Zoe’s past updates on her page!

07/11/14
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I choose love

Parenting is hard in so many ways. The sleepless nights that last longer than you wish they would, dealing with a screaming toddler at the grocery store, throwing of foods, hitting phases (it’s a phase, right?), poop getting everywhere, the unexplainable laundry piles that appear basically right when your child is born, judgement from other parents and the general feeling of not knowing what you’re doing half the time. There are a lot of things that are hard, but I think one of the hardest, and most important, is raising a good kid. A kid that has (some what) good manners, seeks God, is happy, confident, smart, kind and most of all loves them self.

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Kids are so impressionable. Hunter is at that stage where he repeats everything, so you better watch what you say and do. He also takes in our feelings and can totally sense when something is off. I feel like both my mood and Jacob’s is reflected in him.

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Zoe is still super young, but I find it even more important for me to be a good role model to her. She’ll be looking up to me to see how she should treat others, deal with stressful situations and how she should think about herself. I want so badly to instill a sense of self love for herself. That she thinks about herself in a positive way, that she believes in herself and has confidence. That she looks at herself in the mirror and instead of looking for flaws, she sees her beauty on the inside and outside.

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But that all starts with me. So I’m going to choose love. I choose to love myself in my strengths and weakness. I choose to love myself when I’m stressed out and feeling like everything is going wrong. I choose to love myself when I’m tired and my pants don’t fit and on the inside I’m bummed about it. And I choose to thank God for all of it, because he had blessed me and given me the strength to make that choice. The choice for love.

Who was your role model growing up?

Heather

06/26/14
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Hunter: 2 years

These are a few of my favorite things.

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Cuddly hugs when Hunter wakes in the morning. Needing a mommy kiss to make an owie better. The way he says diaper (dowper). The way he’ll mimic our awesome English accents. How he loves his baby sister. The kisses and hugs he gives her are the cutest. His sweetness. Although he likes to take, he loves to share and does it in such a kind way. He’ll randomly ask for a cookie out of nowhere.

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How he fixes things with his tools and proudly says “screw this daddy” – of course referring to his screw driver. His cute belly. How he imitates me when I’m pumping by grabbing a funnel and pulling up his shirt. Wanting to do things by himself, even when he struggles with it.  Watching him read books.

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How he blows bubbles into water. Being fearless but cautionary at the same time. Swimming in the bathtub. How he brushes his 10 pearly whites, and then wants to suck all the water off his tooth brush. How all he truly needs during a tantrum is a change of scenery and love. Lots of love.  The joy he gets from jumping, falling down on purpose and telling us he’s instantly okay, just to do it all over again.

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Letting me sing my favorite bedtime childhood song to him while rubbing his back before bed. How he sings and knows the sound of music ‘doe a deer’ song. The way he punches the air when we’re practicing combat. How he prays at dinner. How he is always thankful for all the people in his life during his bedtime prayers.

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The obsession with having his nails trimmed. The joy he gets from his big boy bed.  The uncontrollable laughs he gets, the snuggly times on the couch together and tearful times too.

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All my favorites. I just want to bottle them up and never let them go. These two years have been the best and I know they’ll get even better and better, although it’s hard to imagine.  My mommy heart is so full.

I love you Hunter, happy (very) belated birthday!

Mommy