Renly Mae | 11 Months

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Renly,

Where oh where has the time gone. It’s all fun and games until the big 1 thing approaches. I can’t believe you are almost one. You are really blossoming and I really can’t say I have a “baby” anymore! Time goes way. to. fast.

 

Clothes: 6-9 month, a few 3-6 month still.

Eating: There isn’t anything you won’t eat. You eat lemon without batting an eye, which frustrates your daddy. He is still trying to find something that will make you second guess what you are eating ;). I was so thankful to nurse you, I didn’t think I would ever want to be done. In fact I was dreading the year mark because I knew it would be time to start weaning. I am shown over and over as you grow, God has a way of saying it is time to be done with this stage. I am thankful for that. I didn’t think I would ever want you out of our room, then I was ready. I didn’t think I would ever want to make you cry it out, then I was ready. I didn’t think I would ever want you do be done nursing, I am {almost} ready. I was contemplating starting to wean before we left for Florida, but I didn’t want to start anything dramatic right before vacation. You were nursing at 7, 11, 3, and then 7. The 11 and 3 feedings were rather frustrating. You messed around a bunch, and then started to bite. By the end of our vacation, I said I am ready to be done. Fighting you just isn’t worth it. Currently you nurse at 7 after you wake up, have a bottle of frozen breast milk at around 1:30, then nurse again at 7. I dropped one feeding and only actually nurse you twice. It seems to be going well. I thought I was ready to try and drop one nursing and replace it with a bottle feeding, but I think as of right now we will stay with what we are doing. You haven’t bitten me as much lately ;). As for table food, you eat 3 meals a day and whatever we eat. You have been wanting to do exactly what we are doing, so you at times want silverware, and try and swipe at big chunks we haven’t gotten chopped up yet. You also are very opinionated on what you would like next. You point until we give it to you.

Sleeping: You still go to bed at 7 and sleep until around 7. You nap around 9:30 for about an hour, then again at around 2 for another hour. You are doing much better about not crying every single time you wake up. You even wake up happy sometimes now!

Development: You have added a few words to your vocabulary. You say Hi, nana (banana), pla (play), and I am pretty sure we hear other things randomly but can’t say for sure. I say frequently where’d he go, I am pretty sure you said a baby form of that one day when watching chickens. You are an attention seeker. Whenever we go out in public you make eyes and wave at absolutely everyone. You don’t give up either, if someone doesn’t wave back  you keep trying tactics to get them to notice you. The other day at a restaurant a few waiters were giving you tons of attention. One walked by and smiled at you, you instantly raised your hand in anticipation for a high five, which you of course got. You are pulling yourself up on absolutely everything, including my legs making it very hard to move around the kitchen. You love exploring under things like couches and beds, and then get stuck. You love giving me hugs, not just me, but my arms and legs as well. It is so sweet. You are developing a temper, yikes, don’t take anything away from you! You also can’t handle being told no, it breaks your heart. When you are sad you put your hands up over your eyes like your life is pretty much over. Can we say drama queen? You are so smiley and sweet, we love watching you grow and change!

Things you love:

-Baths

-Dancing

-Eating

-Going outside

-Greeting daddy when He comes home.

-Giving hugs

-Waving at everyone (including someone so far away they would never notice at the park)

-Pushing back from the table. You tilt your chair, so I have to constantly watch you because you push it so far it looks like you can push yourself right over backwards.

 

Things you don’t so much love:

-Getting told no, or something taken away.

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Renly Mae | 10 Months

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Renly,

You just keep changing and growing more and more into your personality. We love watching you grow and learn. You bring so much joy!

Head: 17.25″

Weight: 16 pounds 12.5 ounces (8 percentile)

Height: 26.75″ (12 percentile)

Clothes: 3-6 month and 6-9 month

Eating: You still love food. You eat whatever we eat for breakfast, lunch and supper. You have started getting demanding when you see something you want. You will refuse to eat what is in front of you until I either hide the food you want, or give you some ;). You love cottage cheese and grapes. If you see those two foods it’s all over until you can have some. You make an absolute mess with cottage cheese so I usually reserve that for bath night! We recently decided to have you drop your 5am feeding. I just got this feeling like it was time. Then a couple mornings later, you slept until 6 and I let you cry a bit and you went back to sleep until 8. Since then you wake up anywhere between 4-6 and cry around a bit then go back to sleep. You are pretty stubborn, so we are guessing this will last at least a week or two! Besides that you sill nurse at 7, 11, 3, and 7 again.

Sleeping: You still go to bed at 7 and sleep until 7. Other than waking to cry around since your night feeding was dropped, you sleep really good at night. Naps are another story. Some days you nap 1-1.5 hours each nap, others you maybe sleep 45 min if I am lucky. It goes in chunks. I am like hooray you are napping good! Then the next minute you are refusing to nap and are over tired. But it is all a stage so I just let it go. I do my best, but can’t force you to do anything! You normally nap around 9 and 1.

Development: You for sure went through a wonder week recently. You have started to point at everything. You also get around very well now and like to explore. You no longer need me in sight anymore. Your favorite place to try and escape to is Kina’s room. It is a goldmine for all the little barbie shoes and polly pockets that you just would love to eat. I have to keep her door shut while you are around. If I forget and see you heading that way, I head after you and you just pick up the speed determined to make it before I catch you! You are pulling yourself up on things now. You normally either get “stuck” on your knees or get “stuck” when standing and aren’t sure how to get down. This month you have really started to get excited to see daddy. You have always loved him, but now you get really excited to see him and want to be with him. You love to laugh at your sister and even though she beats up on you, you love being with her. Many times you both play very good with each other. You love to clap, do so big, and dance at absolutely any type of music. You say mama, dada, ni ni, nom nom, ba (bath), and tayto (thank you). You love handing us things and saying tayto then asking reaching for it back. You notice if something is hidden from you and try to find it. You just play and play and play. You absolutely love toys and exploring.

Things you love:

-Baths

-Dancing

-Eating

-Putting everything in your mouth (sigh)

-Watching me and Kina blow bubbles

-Copying everything and everyone.

Things you don’t so much love:

-Stroller rides. You tolerate them, but aren’t super excited about them and get fed up pretty quick.

-Having your diaper changed, you wiggle and squirm trying to find something to play with. It is nearly impossible to change you sometimes. Not even kidding.

-Sitting still for pictures. Note the sub par pictures this month ;).

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Renly Mae | 9 Months

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Sweet Renly,

You are still such a happy baby. You are constantly smiling at everyone when we are out and about. We absolutely love your joy and can’t get enough of your happiness!

Weight: 15#

Clothes: 6 Month

Eating- Nursing about every 4 hours, eating solids at every meal.

Sleeping: 2 naps, sleeps from 7pm-7am

Eating: Oh my, you are quite the little eater all of the sudden. When you were on pureed food, you couldn’t hardly handle any type of chunks. Now you really don’t want anything pureed, only chunks. I would say you eat average amounts for breakfast and lunch, but when supper comes back up the truck and drop all the food on your plate. You mow down. I know for a fact you eat more than Kina does! You nurse at 5-5:30 am then again around 8, 12, 3-4, then again at 7 before bed.

Sleeping: You normally go to bed at 7 and wake up between 7-7:30. You take two naps around 9-10 and around 1-1:30. You started getting teeth and going through some developmental changes so you started sometimes going to bed later and getting up earlier. Along with sometimes only taking 20 min naps. But I think we are finally through that and you are back on a more normal schedule. Sometimes you will wake up before 5 and fuss around for awhile before going back to sleep.

Development: The beginning of this month you started crawling, and now you have it completely mastered. You can sit from a crawling position which is so nice. Before you would get mad and I would come and help you back into sitting. You stick your butt way high up in the air, it looks like you are doing the downward dog pose in yoga. Its like you could almost just stand up! Your bottom two teeth popped through this month. They are not fully in yet but I can see them! You are very much a copy cat. Kina will do something and you will copy her. You love raising your arms up like so big. You love making the Indian noise with your mouth. Pretty much anything we do you can copy, you copy. You do the more sign in sign language to get more food. And you still love love love sitting and playing with toys.

A few things you love right now:

-Baths. Absolutely love them.

-When Kina blows bubbles at you. You laugh so hard.

-Playing with Kina

-Smiling at people and tilting your head when you do it.

-Food

-Riding in carts.

-Copying people.

-Your mama, you are still a total mamas girl. I love it.

-Dancing

A few things you are not loving:

-Getting your face wiped after meals

-Stroller rides (sigh)

You are such a happy go lucky girl. We love you more and more everyday!

Kina 9 Month Update 

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Renly Mae | 8 Months

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Sweet Renly-

You have really changed this last month. I really can’t say you are laid back anymore. You are very hyper anymore! You make us smile with your big happy smiles and belly laughs. You make us so thankful that you are a part of our little family!

Sleeping: 2 Naps a day, 1 hour for first, about a half hour for second.

Eating: Baby food 3 times a day, Nursing 5 times a day.

Clothing: 3-6 Month, Some 6-9 hand-me-downs fit.

Eating: You nurse at around 5-5:30, then at 8, then 12, then 3:30-4, then finally at 7. You eat breakfast with us a little after 8, lunch around 12:30, then supper at 5:30. You were a total only baby food type of girl up until a couple days ago. I would randomly give you a few tiny chunks of soft food but you didn’t really seem to interested. Well now you are very interested, so interested in fact that you get mad when I give you baby food. You are like where are my chunks?! The other night you picked up the chunks of food so fast you had a mouthful. I had to start giving you one chunk at a time you were too excited to wait until you swallowed your first bite! So far you have really liked anything I give you. Eggs aren’t a huge love, but you will eat them.

 

Sleep: From birth you have had a dock a tot style bed. You love nuzzling your face in the corner. We decided it was time to get rid of the bed. We have tried a few times, but you are pretty attached to it and normally throw a fit. But with you getting older, we decided it was either bite the bullet and take away the bed, or let you stay attached to it and have to buy the bigger size when you grew out of this one! We decided to bite the bullet. Two nights in a row you have woken up crying in the middle of the night. The first night it was around 30 min second night it was around 20. I am hoping it continues to decrease and you give up needing your bed! Other than that, you normally sleep all night until around 5-6 when you nurse. Then it is back to bed until around 7-8. You take a nap around 9:30 that lasts about an hour, an hour and a half if I am lucky. The afternoon naps you go down around 1:30-2 and they range from 20 min to 1 hour. Lately the norm is 30 min. Sigh.

Development: Oh my, like I said this month has been a big change! First off, you poor thing still aren’t crawling. You have been trying for 2 months now. You just get mad anymore. I feel like you are so antsy I keep hoping one of these days you will crawl! You started giving high fives and waving this month. You really love when we praise you and say good job Renly!! You get so happy and squeal and laugh! I tried putting you in a the walker because you want to move so bad, but you unfortunately are still too short and can’t make it go. Kina pushes you around in it. It is fun seeing you two play together! I am pretty sure your bottom teeth are very close to being ready to pop through! You have been pretty fussy and clingy these last couple days.

A few things you love:

-Your feet being played with

-Being told good job

-Yelling or talking loudly when someone else is singing or talking

-Tags

-Splashing in the bath

-Playing with your toys. You looooove sitting and playing.

-Watching Kina

Kina 8 Month Post

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One Day There Will Be a Last…

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Being a mom of two littles, I have been having a hard time finding where God wants my focus. I have this strong desire to pull away from everything and be fully a mom and wife. But God keeps nudging me to share my heart for others to read. I recently started an Instagram account @hellojesusco and that is where I share most of my thoughts. It is hard for me to find time to sit down and write blog posts anymore, so maybe I will just randomly share a favorite Instagram post on here. If you like what you find on my blog, follow me at @hellojesusco for much more frequent posts :). Here is a recent post I shared that I picked to share on here:

One day…
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There won’t be anymore dirty floors two seconds after I clean them. I will get a full nights sleep. The days won’t seem so long and mundane. I won’t have to change diapers. I won’t be spending half my day carrying a toddler to time out. There won’t be slobber marks and finger prints all over the windows. My house will be mess free and organized. I won’t have mounds of laundry. I won’t wear spit up as perfume.
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With that day there will also be…..
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No more tiny feet pattering down the hall. No more baby snuggles. No more warm toddler hugs. No more baby squeals. No more sweet toddler “I love you mama bear’s”. No more innocent grins and sheer delight over the tiniest of things. No more plastic food served, no imaginations running wild. No more snuggly footed pajamas on the cutest kids ever. No more gummy grins and fat cheeks….
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One day we will do something for the last time. We won’t ever get time back. Being a mom can be hard. Caring for tiny people constantly can be draining. But the sweet moments that come with it are priceless. It is easy for me to wish away certain things. But with those wishes, I manage to wish away all the good moments as well. Time goes fast enough as it is. I pray daily that I can hold on to these precious moments knowing that one day there will be a last baby snuggle, a last toothless grin, a last sweet I love you from toddler lips. There will be a last whether I want it to happen or not. My babies will grow up far faster than I want them too. I pray any of us who are young moms can find the beauty of the everyday because one day, we will realize we have experienced many last times with our sweet kiddos.

Renly Mae | 7 Months

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Our sweet Renly-

You have really blossomed this month. I keep saying it is crazy how you just seemed to turn into a little person overnight. I absolutely love this stage, seeing how much you learn and grow amazes me. You are such a happy fun loving girl and bring so much joy to us!

Sleeping: 2 naps a day. Bedtime at 7, wakes up around 7 for the day.

Eating: Nursing every 3-4 hours and eating solids 3 times a day.

Clothing: 3-6 month and a few 0-3 still.

Head: 16.5″

Weight: 13 pounds 7.5 ounces (3 percentile)

Height: 24.12″ (3 percentile)

Eating: You normally wake up at 5 to nurse then go back to sleep. We start your day with another feeding at 7-8 after you wake up. From there your eating schedule is normally around 11, 3, 7. Sometimes there will be another feeding in there somewhere. You are doing pureed food at breakfast, lunch, and supper. I tried giving you mashed up avocados and you can’t handle any sort of texture. You let it sit at the top of your mouth with your mouth hanging open and make lots of faces. I am a little worried I am never going to be able to introduce chunks to you! Other than avocados and bananas with slight texture, you eat anything we give you.

Sleeping: Night has pretty much stayed consistent. You go to bed at 7 and wake up around 5 to eat then go back to sleep until around 7-7:30. You were randomly going until 6:30 then getting up for the day. You did go through a phase where you were crying at bedtime and we had to rock you, or you would wake up randomly through the night and cry and we had to help you get back to sleep. But I think it was because you wanted to learn to crawl, and hit a sleep regression. Eventually we made you cry a few nights. You cried off and on for about 20 min each time then started sleeping normally again.

Development.: You started sitting up completely by yourself a couple weeks after you turned 6 months. It is pretty nice just to plop you down and you sit and play! About three weeks ago you really started trying hard to crawl. You moved you arms and legs as hard as you could but obviously couldn’t move. Then you started pushing up with your hands. Now you get on your hands and knees and try to move. The other day I saw you up on your tip toes and hands with your butt high in the air. You tried to move your arm and fell on your face. You are getting so close to crawling! This month you started saying mama and baba. Kina calls me mama bear and you have said mama ba random times and times when prompted. You do lots of squealing and babbling besides the actual words. You are very intent on what you want as well. If you see something you try to hard to get it or get mad when it is take away from you. You love watching your sister and playing with her. You have a defense of a loud shriek when Kina beats up on you!

A few things you are loving right now:

-Your mama. You are a total mamas girl and I am soaking it in! In the evenings when you are tired and daddy takes you, I have to stay out of your sight or you get mad. If I walk into the room and then leave you start crying. If I walk back in you stop! You do fine with other people when you are not tired, but when you have had it, you just want me.

– Chewing on toys

-Banging toys

-Getting into everything you not supposed to

-Sticking out your tongue and spitting

-Smiling/laughing

-Splashing in the bath

-Wiggling and scooting during diaper changes making it almost impossible to change you!

-Spitting up (sigh)

-Daddys attention and love

-Your “Dock a tot” type bed. Not sure how we are going to get rid of that :0

A few things you are not liking:

-Chunks of food

-Being scared or roughed up by daddy

Kina 7 month update here.

Picture overload, this kid is so easy to take pictures of!

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Renly Mae | 6 Months

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Renly Mae,

You are so sweet, we all love you so much. You always have a smile on your face and brighten our day.

 

Eating:

We started you on solids around 5 months and 2 weeks. I know doctors suggest waiting until 6 months, but you wanted food so bad. You smacked your lips and tried grabbing the spoon. We ended up just giving you a little bit to see if you were curious, or actually wanted the food. You instantly ate it and reached for more. So far you have had applesauce, carrots, green beans, bananas, and cereal. You favorite by far is applesauce. Carrots are probably a close second. You may be eating green beans nonchalantly then I give you a bite of applesauce and you instantly change demeanors. You start panting and yelling for more. It cracks us up. You aren’t a huge fan of bananas. I am thinking it is more the texture. You will eat it fine until you hit a chunk then gag and make faces. As far as nursing, you eat anywhere between 3-4 hours through the day.

Sleeping:

You still go to bed around 7 and wake up to eat at 5 then go back to sleep until 6:30-7ish. Naps are so random. You normally take 2-3 naps a day. More often two if they are good naps. They range from 30 min to 2 hours on a good day. More often though it is around 1 hour. When you go to bed late and are overtired you normally wake up earlier than 5, but if we keep you well rested and in bed at 7 you most always make it to 5.

Development:

Your sitting balance is really good, but you don’t sit all by yourself yet. You can roll all over and have tried scooting forward when on your belly. You absolutely love toys, and Sophie the giraffe is a favorite. You love eating anything and chewing on anything you get your hands on. You are very obsessed with faces and like to grab them. You also randomly like to suck on our chin :). You love watching your sister and like to giggle and laugh when we get you excited by kissing your cheeks. You know what you want and get mad when you can’t get it. Like Kina was at this age, you too are obsessed with your lamp on the changing table. You scoot your way up on your back and try to grab at the lamp.

A few things you are loving:

-Watching your sister

-Your mom

-Smiling/ laughing

-Applesauce

-Grabbing faces

-Baths

-Being naked

-Chewing on things

Kina’s 6 Month update 

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