Thursday, March 9, 2017

GL is Seven Months Old!

This sweet little thing is seven months old! We are loving seeing her personality bloom more each day. She is mellow and happy and loves to smile and laugh. We love having her as part of our family!

March 8, 2017

She is a very curious little explorer - always grabbing and reaching for things that catch her eye. And once she gets something interesting in her hand, she doesn't give it back easily! She is not crawling yet, but we are beginning to see some signs that it is not too far away.

She has been sitting unassisted for a few weeks now. She is getting fairly stable and much less likely to topple over. She seems to love the new perspective that sitting up brings for her. One of the things she really enjoys is to sit in front of her basket of toys, with it turned on its side so she can see the contents, and she reaches in and pulls out a toy one-by-one to examine.

Seven Month Info

(weighed and measured @ home)
15lb 8oz

Right before she turned 7 months old, we started a very gentle method of sleep training with her to get her sleeping in her crib. She has taken to it well and is now sleeping nights and naps in her own room in her crib! She is now generally only waking once or sometimes twice a night to nurse, which means we are both getting many more consecutive hours of sleep. We are still working to figure out a daily nap schedule that will work for her, as she seems to be very sensitive to being overtired.

She has started solid foods! Applesauce and banana have been her favorites so far, but she has not been super interested overall. We usually try to sit her in the high chair and "eat" once a day. She lasts about 15 minutes before she is ready to be done. She does love to play with the spoon and bowl I put down for her but prefers to eat off my finger rather than use the spoon to eat. Otherwise, she is still nursing on demand which works out to around 7-8 times a day.

She is wearing 6-9m or 6-12m sizes in clothes, just depending on the brand - with plenty of room to grow.

"Eating" solid foods!


MC was home sick from school on the day I took GL's seven month pictures, so of course she wanted in on the action. She is so proud to be a big sister and is so loving and patient with GL.


And just to keep it real...

Six Months

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Two Months

One Month

Monday, March 6, 2017


Here are some recent pictures of our girls. These pics are from Jan/Feb 2017. MC is 4.5 years and GL is 5-6 months.

Dressed in one of her Valentine's outfits on the day she turned 6 months old.

So proud to be sitting up all by herself!

Sometimes a quick photo snapped to send as a thank you for a gift turns out to be a super cute picture!

GL's motto on a sparkly onesie.

So many toys to choose from!

Our neighbor gave us chocolate pancake mix as a gift, and they made for a fun & festive breakfast.

MC seems to prefer vanilla flavor over chocolate, so she asked if we could have "vanilla hot chocolate." I found a recipe for vanilla steamers, and they turned out really yummy!

Reading books with Daddy while MC eats supper on the couch.

MC loves to set up a tea party in the kitchen for her dolls and animals.

Out for a walk in our borrowed double stroller on a chilly, gray day.

MC asked to get her hair cut again "for the summer" in January. She wanted it cut short "above her neck" so Ms Kristie gave her another adorable chin length bob.

This was the first time she sat in the booster in the big chair; she's always sat in my lap in the chair before. She's getting to be such a big, brave girl!

Performing a show with her finger puppets in her homemade theater  (i.e., a cardboard box out of the recycle bin).

We have a neighbor who is a train lover, so I took this picture of her shirt to show him.

She can't even with this walk today!

Out for an afternoon date with GL while MC stayed home with our fun babysitter.

Soooo snuggly when she first wakes up from a nap!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

GL's First Solid Food

Since GL is 6 months old, it was time to start trying out some solid foods! She was very proud to be sitting up in the high chair like a big girl! (In fact, I think that was her favorite part of the whole thing, haha!)

We decided to start with sweet potatoes, so I baked it in the oven and then mashed it until it was smooth.

I put some sweet potatoes down on her tray for her to feel with her hands.

She took a few bites off of the spoon. She mushed it around in her mouth but most of it came dribbling right back out. At least she got some flavor and practice with the texture!

This face kinda sums up her thoughts on the experience - not quite thrilled with this situation.

She's also had avocado, banana, and applesauce. The apple was her favorite so far.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Going for a Bike Ride

Santa brought MC her first 2-wheel bike for Christmas. She has spent the last 2 months riding the bike around inside our house before she was ready to take it outside. It worked out really well because she built up a lot of confidence on the bike while riding inside, so when she was ready to go outside with it she did really well and had lots of fun!

She needed a little help from Daddy to get started on our sloped driveway.

But it only took her a few minutes to figure out how to control her speed.

And off they go down the street to play at a friend's house!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day 2017

Happy Valentine's Day from MC & GL!

We did not have any fancy plans for the day, but we did a quick little outdoor photo shoot to capture GL's first V-day.

MC had a party at preschool and came home with lots of cute cards & goodies from her friends. She gave her friends a mix of Minnie Mouse & Disney princess valentines and included a Valentine themed eraser in the envelope - all selected and decorated individually by her for each friend.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

GL is Six Months Old!

Our little GL has been here with us for six months! BD and I keep looking at each other and saying, "How did she get so big?!" It seems like she's only been here for a heartbeat and also like she's always been a part of our family. We all just love her sweet, happy personality.

February 8, 2017

She babbles and "talks" to us constantly. She has definitely discovered that she gets our attention by making noise. She will babble, babble, babble and when we look at her she stops and gives us a big grin.

She loves to laugh and smile when we make silly faces or tickle her. But she lights up when she sees MC. She will crane her neck and twist her whole body around to see MC and watch her around the room.

We got the baby jumper out of the attic this month and discovered that she loves to jump and bounce. She will happily bounce and play in there for quite a while.

GL continues to look a lot like MC did at the same age, so I put their 6 month photos side-by-side for a quick little comparison. You can definitely tell they are related!

 Six Month Info

(weighed & measured @ Dr's office)
14lbs 10.5oz

She is currently sleeping naps & nights in the rock n play in her room. She generally wakes at least twice a night to nurse, some nights more often than that. Soon we will start to transition her to crib sleeping, so fingers crossed that process goes smoothly. She usually takes a morning and afternoon nap in her room, and she takes a little catnap in the car around noon when we drive to pickup MC from preschool.

Still exclusively breastfed. We got the go-ahead from her pediatrician to start solids, so we will do that soon. It will be fun to see what she thinks of all the different flavors & textures!

All her 6 month sizes are starting to get too short in the arms & legs, so she is moving up to 9 month sizes.

Sitting up! She is not yet super stable, but she can sit up unassisted.

Five months

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Two Months

One Month

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Water Babies

After the snow storm, MC's preschool was closed for a few days, so we had to find ways to entertain ourselves. By the last day that school was closed, we were bored at the house and most of the main roads were passable, so we decided to head over to the indoor pool where MC does her swim lessons. It was GL's first time swimming!

The water at this pool is fairly warm, and GL did good for about 30 minutes before she got cold. After that she and I wrapped up in a towel and sat on the side while MC swam.

GL will start swim lessons with MC in a few weeks so I've ordered her a swim shirt to help keep her a little warmer in the water. She loved splashing her hands in the water and watching MC swim and play around us. However, she did not like being splashed directly in the face!

I am so glad that MC has become such a good little swimmer over the last year. It makes having 2 kids with 1 adult at the pool more manageable for me. We are already looking forward to a fun summer!