Nolan’s Birth Story

I’ve essentially stopped blogging.  Life.  It’s been busy.  Between taking care of Aubrey and our fixer upper, on top of daily events there is just nothing left in me at the end of the day to sit down and blog… but we just had a baby, and I don’t want to forget the details.  So here I am.

My whole pregnancy I just had a feeling I wasn’t going to make it to 40 weeks.  I don’t know if it was intuition, or wishful thinking, but I didn’t. Nothing happened the way I had it planned out in my mind… do they ever? 🙂

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Starting some time during my third trimester my feet got super itchy, specifically right before bedtime.  I never thought to bring it up to my doctor during appointments, because it was one of those out of sight out of mind things, and I really thought I just had dry skin or something.  So every night I put lotion on my feet, and they itched but it was manageable.  Then one morning the itching wasn’t stopping, and my hands felt itchy and swollen… so I googled.  Which led me to discover a pregnancy condition called Obstetric Cholestasis, and it can be fatal for the baby.  Reading this information freaked me out, and I called my doctor.  They asked me to go to Labor & Delivery for some blood work, because they will get the results faster than the doctor will.

So I gave Paul a call, and he came home to watch Aubrey while I headed to the hospital.  As I get to the hospital, I check in and give the receptionist my information.  The girl behind me in line, says, “Oh I am being induced for that on Thursday.  You probably do have it based on your symptoms.” I took what she said with a grain of salt, in my head this just wasn’t something that happened to me or my baby.  So I went back into triage, peed in a cup, gave some blood, and was hooked up to a fetal monitor.  Then I sat there… for a few hours waiting for lab results.

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Finally, the nurse came back and said “Aly (my doctor and the midwife on call at the time) wants me to check you, because she thinks we need to go ahead and induce you”.  Say what?  I am incredibly against medical intervention during childbirth, unless medically necessary for the health of mom or baby.  I truly believe God created our bodies for childbirth. So here I was 38 weeks and 3 days pregnant, 50% effaced and 1.5 cm dilated, and they wanted me to have my baby, and I panicked.  The thought of induction terrified me.  What if it lasted days? What if I didn’t respond to the medicine and needed a C-section (which terrified me even more)?  What if I couldn’t handle the pitocin induced contractions and needed an epidural?  I’m sure a lot of this sounds crazy, because women safely have babies every day through induction or c-section for all sorts of reasons… but it was foreign to me.  Neither my mom or sister ever had to be induced, and it was a complete 180 from my labor with Aubrey, and my plans for this labor.

Finally Aly came in to talk to me (and she is my absolute favorite, so I’m incredibly grateful she was on call that day).  My urine test and blood panel came back completely normal, but the labs for the bile salts, which would determine if I had Obstetric Cholestasis, would take about 4 days to come in.  She explained that most women with this condition are induced at 37 weeks, and since I was exhibiting the symptoms and I was full term she believed induction to be the best choice for me.  She explained that this condition affects your liver.  Normally bile flows into your intestines, but with this condition less bile flows into your intestines and begins to back up in your body, which causes the itching.  The back up of bile is more annoying for me (and severe for some women), but it could potentially poison my baby resulting in fetal death.  She assured me Nolan was fine now, but she didn’t want to risk waiting 4 days for labs to come back.  She said fetal death in these cases could come on very quickly, and often times its too late for them to do anything.  Going against an induction at that point, would require me to sign against medical advice, and put my baby at risk.  So with tears flowing, I asked if I could go home first and get Aubrey settled for the night, and come back with Paul.  She told me to go eat dinner, and come back between 6-7 that night.

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I headed home and called Paul, and he called my Mom to have her head over after work to take care of Aubrey.  I got home and speed cleaned my house, packed up the last minute things I needed, and we ate dinner.  Then off we went to the hospital.

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We got to the hospital around 6:30,  and we were brought to the same delivery room where Aubrey was born, which we both thought was kind of fun.  Then the waiting began.  They finally gave me the cervadil at 9pm, and I was to keep it in for 12 hours.  Around 11 they gave me ambien to help me sleep… except it was 5mg and I was totally unable to sleep with the machines beeping and hooked up to a fetal monitor and anticipating how this whole process would go.  I just kept praying and asking Paul to pray that my body would respond to the medicine, and that this wouldn’t be a drawn out process and our baby would get here safely.  He kept telling me our baby would be here by noon, to which I would roll my eyes and say, “yah right”. Negative Nancy party of 1 over here.  So I finally fell asleep sometime around 12-12:30… only to wake up at 2:30 with contractions.  So there I sat having contractions laying down.  By 6:30 I woke Paul up because I couldn’t do them by myself anymore.  I couldn’t lay down through them, and I needed to be moving, but I had to be hooked up to the fetal monitors.

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At 8, I gave up.  I wanted drugs.  I wasn’t mentally prepared to have a baby unmedicated in this situation (and child birth is totally a mental game).  I didn’t know how long this would last, I didn’t know if my body was progressing or if these were just contractions from medicine.  Low and behold, God answered my prayers from before labor.  My nurse, Marilyn, and the new on call midwife, Donna  knew I had previously had an unmedicated birth, and that was my plan again.  They were not quick to give in to my request.  Their first plan of action was to take out the cervadil an hour early, and check me.  I was 80% effaced and 2.5 cm dilated… nothing much happened.  They told me to try and labor in the tub.  They would check me in an hour, and if I was progressing they would let me labor how I wanted.  If I wasn’t progressing, they had to start with the pitocin.

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So I got in the tub, and immediately I could tolerate the contractions again.  So I laid in the tub, while Paul fed me breakfast and I turned into a prune.  My mom got to the hospital, and the atmosphere was totally calm.  We were joking, and laughing and she didn’t even know I was in labor… neither did I really.  I kept joking that I was taking the hippy approach, and with each contraction I was trying to relax through it and allow my body to ‘open’ instead of fighting through the pain.  Since my contractions were still fairly consistent every 3-4 minutes, they didn’t make me get out. So there we sat, and then all the sudden mid contraction I felt a pop on my left side… it literally felt like a water balloon popped inside me.  Then Paul goes, “uh there is stuff coming out of you”.   So we let the nurse know, and she wanted me to get out of the tub so she could check me.

This time I was fully effaced and 6 cm dilated.  I actually didn’t believe her.  I repeated 6 in total shock, because just 2 – 2.5 hours earlier I was only 2.5 cm.  From there they wanted me out of the tub for a while, but the contractions immediately became so intense after my water broke I could hardly stand it.  I wanted to get back in the water, and I felt like I had to go to the bathroom.  Which I knew from having Aubrey just meant I was about to have a baby… very soon.  So even though my nurse did not want me in the tub, my mom and Paul started filling it up for me… I think just to appease the girl in labor.  While I waited for the tub to fill up, a few contractions later I told the nurse I was pushing.  They literally had to force me to sit down on the bed because I did not want to lay down during these contractions.  From the time my water broke, I had probably 6-8 contractions before I was pushing. Three big pushes later, and our little boy was here!  Our world was forever changed, and we were so incredibly happy and in love.

Once we settled into life at home, I called my doctor to see if I actually had the condition they induced me for. Come to find out the hospital never ran the blood work so we will never know for sure, but I am so incredibly grateful to God that Nolan arrived safe and healthy, and He answered so many of our prayers, in just a few hours.  God is good.

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The Bedtime Battles

It’s been no secret that bedtime with Aubrey has been nothing but challenging since we transitioned her to her crib (that was at 5 months old).  Every night was different.  It took anywhere from 45 minutes up to 2 hours to put her to bed.  Once we figured out what worked, our little princess changed her nighttime demands.

It was exhausting.  It gave me anxiety.  We never left our house, because if her own parents couldn’t get her to sleep, there was no way I was leaving her with a babysitter to have them attempt the bedtime battle.  That thought made my anxiety sky rocket.  I knew while I was out somewhere she would be at home screaming.  I couldn’t do it.  I think I’ve left her possibly 2-3 times at bedtime.

Once we did finally get her to bed, she woke up… constantly.  The first wake up was always about 30-45 minutes after she fell asleep.  Approximately 1 sleep cycle.  From there, she would wake up anywhere from 2-5 times a night.  Every. Single. Night. The wake up I hated more than anything in the world though… was the one 30 minutes after I fell asleep.  I’d been asleep just long enough to feel like a zombie, and actually feel angry as I stumbled out of bed and down the hall to nurse her back to sleep.  I stopped going to sleep at my normal time, and started waiting until she woke up at 11-11:30 so I could put her back to sleep.

There were a couple times where she would sleep through the night.  A full 12 hours, and I would get all excited and hopeful!  We made it through! We’ve reached the light at the end of the tunnel! Only for the sleeping to revert back a week later.  Talk about a buzz kill.

Fast forward to today.  Here we are, and she is 16 months old.  Bedtime is a BREEZE!! Literally, it’s like Aubrey is a totally different kid.  Our night has been going as follows:

6:30ish – Bathtime

7:00-7:30ish – “Aubrey, are you ready for bed?”  to which she responds “bed” while shaking her head yes.  (WINNING)  Then we head to her room, and Paul says a prayer.  Then she leans forward, gives Paul a kiss then pushes him out and says “Bye” so I can put her to sleep.  It literally CRACKS US UP!! Then I nurse her for a few minutes and within 10-15 minutes I’m free, and shes asleep!  She wakes up 1 – 2 times a night still, but it feels heavenly in comparison to 3-4.

While you’re in the thick of it, people saying “It will get better” can drive you crazy.  Then at some point, it does get better and you don’t even realize it until you’re on the other side of it.

Happy 1st Birthday Aubrey Joy!

One year ago today, they placed you in my arms for the first time.  I was in love with you the day I found out we were expecting, but the day I held you for the first time that love multiplied more than I could have ever imagined.  My heart was going to burst it was so full of joy.

Now you look totally different than the day we brought you home.  You’re 24.2lbs (95th percentile) and 30.5inches (85th percentile).  You have 8 teeth, and your hair is getting so much thicker and lighter.

You eat anything, and watching you eat is just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.  You truly enjoy food, and it’s adorable.  We successfully made it to our goal to nurse for 1 year, and now that we’ve made it I honestly don’t see you weaning anytime soon.  If you do, I won’t know how to get you to bed at night.

You take 2 great naps a day, and if only bedtime was as simple as nap time.  Every week changes and you go through a new bedtime phase.  It takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours to get you to sleep at night and that’s when I put you to sleep.  Sometimes you wake up 1-2 times and sometimes we wake up in the morning surprised that it’s morning and you slept through the night.

You’re on the go constantly.  You took those first steps at 10 months, and for a few weeks that was the most you would do.  Then overnight you got the courage to walk, and you haven’t slowed down since.

You love playing in the kitchen cabinets, with the dog crate and the dogs (much to their dismay), and you love cords and outlets (much to our dismay and now Paul calls you Sparky).   Absolutely EVERYTHING goes in your mouth.  You love biting fuzz off blankets and stuffed animals.  You dance all the time to music.  You look peek a boo and when we chase you.

You say “mom” and “dad”, and we are pretty sure you’ve tried to say “hi”, “ya” and “amen”.  You have learned how to shake your head “yes” and it cracks us up.  You answer our questions with a head nod, and 90% of the time I feel like you really know what we are asking you.

You started signing “all done” at 11 months, and now you tell us when you’re all done with everything. All done in the stroller or all done with bath time.  I’m trying to be more consistent with other signs (like more, eat and milk) so you will learn those too.

Here we are one year later, and that love has continued to multiply. Your smile is infectious, and your laugh is contagious.  Your kisses are sloppy and sweet, and your snuggles are my favorite.  You’re dramatic and determined.  You’re curious and strong.  You’re smart and sweet.  You’re active and stubborn.  You’re the most perfect gift from God.  Happy 1st Birthday Aubrey Joy!

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Happy 10 Months Aubrey Joy!

Each month I feel like I am literally seeing you grow right in front of my eyes.  I absolutely love it, and then I break down and cry about it because you’re my baby and I think I tell you everyday you’re almost 1 and I just can’t handle that! (How’s that for a run on sentence?! Don’t read my blog for grammar… I suck at it)


LOVES

  • Dancing to music
  • Putting EVERYTHING in your mouth
  • Playing in water
  • Walker
  • Food

HATES

  • When mom or dad walk away
  • Car rides exceeding 30 minutes or around bed time

You’re wearing 12-18 month clothes right now… leaves me a little curious as to what size you’ll be wearing when you’re actually 12 – 18 months.

  
The teeth count is holding steady at 6, but I am pretty sure tooth number 7 will be coming in pretty soon.

  
You LOVE music!  As soon as you hear it you start bouncing and dancing.  It doesn’t matter how many times we see it, it brings huge smiles to our faces.  My favorite is when you’re mid crawl and you hear music… you dance by wiggling your whole body.  Just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

  
You’re solid as a rock when you’re standing and you take 1 step, but we are working on taking multiple steps.  I’m pretty sure you will tie your daddy and be walking when you’re 10 months.  You’ve mastered your walker.  Before you got angry when you used it, because you only knew how to go backwards and it was not the direction you wanted.  Now you’ve got it mastered, and you fly around the house.  You can follow us anywhere we go and you think it is the greatest thing.

  

You officially cry when Mom/Dad walk away.  Even if you’re with one of us.  If I’m holding you and Dad walks out of sight you cry for him, and vice versa.  You just love us so much 🙂

  
You are an excellent napper, but we are still working on that night time sleep.  You’re typically up 1 – 2 times a night, but more often than not you’re up twice.  If I bring you into our bed, you think it’s time for a dance party, and then none of us get any sleep.  Sometimes I can’t do it and out of sheer laziness, I ask Daddy to just bring you into our bed so I can nurse you back to sleep while I sleep.  Selective co-sleeping.

  
You are babbling up a storm and working on talking.  You are saying “Da-Da” and “na-na” and other random consonant noises… still working on “ma-ma”.

  
We celebrated our first Easter together, and you were just as cute as could be.  I am a sucker for little girl dresses… they make up a good chunk of your wardrobe.  Good thing we go to church every week to give you a chance to wear them.  (I’ve officially cut myself off from buying anymore… unless they are size 2T and up.  Good thing I plan ahead).

  

  
 You LOVE LOVE LOVE the water!  You went in our pool for the first time, and you had the biggest smile, despite the fact that the water was still a little chilly.  We also crashed a Disney hotel to hang out with your cousin, and you loved the little kid pool.  You stuck your face in the water a couple times, and now it is a nightly occurrence during bath time.

   
   
You love food, and you crack us up while you eat.  Our meal times often turn into a happy screaming war.  You scream/squeal to hear your voice, and then I copy you.  You laugh and tilt your head sideways, and then the process begins again.  Your favorite things to eat are oranges and grapes, but you pretty much eat any meal we make.

   
  
 Those newborn snuggles passed way too quickly.  You don’t snuggle but for a millisecond.  We joke every time you lay your head on our shoulders to enjoy it, because it is the most fleeting snuggle sesh ever.  The only time I get to snuggle you for real is when I put you to sleep.

  
You are just the sweetest thing.  Watching you grow up is so bittersweet.  As much as I love seeing you master new skills and your personality continue to come out, I am so sad it’s going to quickly!  We love you more than you can ever possibly imagine Aubrey!

Happy 10 Months Aubrey Joy!

 

 

Happy 9 Months Aubrey Joy!

You’re 9 months old!  Sometimes I look at you and I can’t believe how big you’re getting.  I swear we just brought you home from the hospital a month ago, and now you’re growing and you have this amazing little personality that makes us laugh.

 
LOVES

  • Standing
  • Playing with the dog crate (of all the toys we have, and you like the dog crate)
  • Your elephant toy
  • Oranges

DISLIKES

  • Being restricted (which means you love being in the car)
  • When you can’t see mom or dad

Today at the doctor you were 21.8 lbs (93rd percentile) and 28.25 inches (75th percentile).  You’re clothes are all sorts of sizes now depending on the brand.  You’ve grown out of most of your 9 month clothes. You wearing mainly 12 month clothes.  Old Navy was having a baby sale (Old Navy is basically my favorite place to shop for you) so I bought you clothes in bigger sizes for you to grow into.  One of those sizes being 12 – 18 months… and they already fit you.  So much for growing into them!

You have 6 teeth and they make you look so grown up.  You officially don’t let us brush your teeth, because as soon as we try to brush them you grab the toothbrush and bite down to knaw on it… makes cleaning teeth pretty difficult.

   

You LOVE to eat!  You eat just about anything we put in front of you, but we know when you’re over it because you throw it straight on the floor.  You don’t want it in front of you.  You’re favorites are oranges, bananas and blueberries.  I’m pretty sure you would eat an orange at every meal if we gave them to you.  You’ve moved on from roasted veggies and fruits, to eating pretty much whatever we are eating (as long as it is healthy).  Baby Led Weaning (BLW) for the win!  I did cut dairy out of your diet though to see if it helps with your eczema.  It’s better, but we’re still battling it.

 

You’re throwing us for a loop again at bedtime.  This entire month has been all over the place.  Some nights you go down easy as can be.  There was a two week (or longer) stretch where you would be sound asleep when I laid you down, and you would immediately wake up and cry.  So then Daddy and I would take turns rubbing your back while you laid down, and you would just stare at us or your mobile or look like you were asleep.  The second we took our hands off of your back you lost it.  It was a REALLY long bedtime process.  I think 2.5 hours was the longest… the upside to the really long bedtimes was that you slept through the night like 5 times!! WOOHOO! It’s not consistent, and you haven’t done it in a few days, but they were great when they happened.  Even if they left me waking up in the middle of the night panicking.  I think one night I actually asked Paul if you were alive. This week you’ve now started waking up a lot (especially in the beginning of the night) I’m going to blame it on the 8-10 month sleep regression.. but I can’t be sure. 

 
You do not stop moving.  Grandma says you’re head is on a swivel, because you have to look at everything and you can’t sit still.  You’re crawling everywhere, and all you want to do is stand up.  I’ve barricaded you in the living room a few times this month (I was sick and Dad was out of town), and you figured out an escape each time.  You figured out you can crawl through your exersaucer so that didn’t work.  Then you figured out how to climb over the car seat box I was using to block you in.  So needless to say, to keep you in one area, you go in the pack-n-play… you aren’t a fan.  You started pulling yourself up and letting go to test out your balance.  You actually seem pretty steady, and I honestly don’t think walking is too far off.

  
   

Ignore the mismatched doors and focus on the standing baby! The doors are on the to do list!

You absolutely love the toy elephant your Aunt Jen gave you for Christmas.  You push the button and bounce with excitement.  As soon as it ends, you press it again.  

  
 

You love to play with the dog crate, much to my dismay.  You’ve already figured out how to open it. I thought it was a fluke but you open it everytime I lock it.

    

We upgraded your car seat (at least in Dad’s car… the other one is still in a box in the garage.  We’ll get to it before you hit the weight limit on your infant seat) and it makes you seem so grown up not seeing you in an infant seat.  We really hoped this meant you would like the car, but we were wrong.  Car rides with you depend on how tired you are and how willing you are to just fall asleep in the seat.  Sometimes you are happy as could be an just pass right out, other times you’re exhausted and just scream.   Needless to say, I’m a little anxious/terrified for our trip to Destin this weekend. (Feel free to pray for us!) 

 

You’re laughing SO MUCH MORE!  It makes me so incredibly happy!  You are such a serious baby, but  You give the biggest smiles.  Trying to get you to laugh is so hard!  Lately, you laugh so much more easily and I think there are very few things in life that will ever give me as much joy as hearing that belly laugh.  You learned how to wave and give high fives this month.  Sometimes it takes you a while to decide to do them, but you’ve got them figured out! 

 

You’re babbling up a storm, and you’ve got your dad convinced that “Da-Da” is your first word.  I think first words don’t count until you actually make the connection that he is Dad and you’re not just making consonant noises (Sorry honey!)… I also may just be holding out that you say “Mom” first. 🙂

  
I know you’re only 9 months old today, but soon you’re going to be 1.  I think about it every day, and as excited as I am to see you grow up, I wish I could figure out how to slow down time.  You hear it all the time while you’re pregnant and even now, “Enjoy it – they grow up quick”, but I can’t believe how incredibly true it is.

  
Happy 9 Months Aubrey Joy!  We love you more than you know!

Happy 8 Months Aubrey Joy!

I started this blog post early (at the same time I did your 7 month post) in attempts to get this one done on time and apparently I’m successful!  Today Aubrey is 8 months old!

 

These pictures were easier to take before you could move around everywhere!
 
You are just the most entertaining little chunk!

  
We brought you to the doctor this month, and you were 27 inches long (70th percentile) and wait for it… 20lbs 8oz! Which puts you in the 95th percentile for weight!

Your top two teeth have cut through, and while I was changing your diaper this morning I discovered another top tooth cut through.. which means you now have 5 teeth and I had no idea.  Teething does not seem to bother you.  You don’t drool (like at all which most people think is really weird), you don’t get super fussy all day, you don’t wake up a ton at night…I’m not complaining.  You started grinding your teeth, which I’m hoping is just because you’re getting used to the new ones that have come in.

  
This month was a developmental whirlwind!  Last month you crawled a little bit before you plopped onto your belly.  Now you’re crawling all over the place!  There is no keeping you in one place.  You pull yourself up to stand like it’s nothing.  Occasionally when you stand you’re already letting go to try and balance. I’m pretty sure you’re going to be an early walker… which is slightly terrifying for me.  Grandma walked at 8.5 months, and your dad walked at 10 months.  Apparently you’re going to take after them, because you’re already trying to walk.  You walk along the couch, your crib and if we hold your hands.

  

  
You figured out how to blow air out, and you are always blowing air.  You LOVE knocking down block towers.  Any time I stack them, I rarely get past 3-4 blocks before you knock them over.

  
You make a bee line for bags/backpacks and shoes.  Zippers and laces are right up your alley, right there with remotes and phones.

  
You crack us up when you see yourself in the mirror.  You always turn your head completely sideways and hang there looking at yourself.

  
Right now you’re a momma’s girl and you love being close to me.  You’ll go to other people for a few seconds (maybe minutes) before you’re reaching for me again.  (I’d be lying if it didn’t give a little bit of joy every time you reach for me… but just so you know I won’t pass you off to anyone who doesn’t love you so it is okay to be with other people).  We are working on getting you adjusted to being away from me for little periods of time.  You successfully made it in the church nursery today without getting kicked out! (we dropped you off after the worship, so that may have helped).

  
You dropped from 3 naps a day to 2 naps a day this week, and it has actually been a very smooth transition.  We had to move your bedtime up to compensate for the lost nap, but you seem to be handling it well.  You go to sleep around 6:45 and wake up around 7.  You wake up 1-2 times a night, but the last few days it has only been 1 time and you slept through the night.

  
You are currently battling eczema, and none of the things we are using seem to be helping.  We have you on a prescription from the doctor, but it doesn’t seem to be helping much It’s taking over the back of your legs, and your back.  Hopefully it goes away soon, but fortunately it doesn’t seem to be bothering you.

  
We took you to the park and let you play on the swings, and you LOVED it!  You had such a big smile, and you were bouncing up and down.  It’s your new favorite thing to do.

   
   
You are so serious, but you’re laughing more often.  You laugh at things that I don’t plan on you laughing at.  When we actually try to make you laugh, you stare at us.  Then we do something random (like throwing a block up to catch, and when I miss it bounces off the wall and you die laughing).  I LOVE hearing you laugh, and I love that you’re laughing more often.

  
I love watching you grow up, but it is so bittersweet. Happy 8 Months to my favorite girl!

  

Happy 7 Months Aubrey Joy!

You’re already almost 8 months by the time I post this, and half of this information is different now, but here is what was going on when you turned 7 months! 

  
Another month has passed, and a million more smiles that you’ve put on my face.
LOVES

  • Bathtime
  • Outside
  • Standing up
  • Dogs
  • Food

DISLIKES

  • being in the car longer than 20-30 minutes
  • missing naps or napping in new places
  • letting mom look in her mouth for new teeth

You’re still in 9 months clothes, but at the rate you’re gaining weight it won’t be for long.  The last time we weighed you, you were 20 lbs and 4 oz.

You still have two teeth, but it won’t be long before the top two pop through. 

You are developing so quickly!  Right after you turned 6 months old you mastered sitting up on your own, and within a few days you were pulling yourself into the crawling position and rocking.  A few days after you put yourself into the crawl position, you figured out how to pull yourself up and stand!  I cry every time you do something new for the first time.  I’m not ready for all of this growing up!  You are becoming so mobile!  You pull yourself with your arms, you roll around, and you just figured out the crawl motion.  You plop back to your belly after a couple movements, but I’m sure that within the next week or two you’ll have crawling mastered.

  
Bedtime goes so much more smoothly now, and I am so thankful for that.  I used to put you down, and then you would wake up 2-4 times before you finally fell asleep.  I felt like I was constantly in your room. Then you would wake up 3 times a night.  It was exhausting.  Now after you go to sleep, you stay asleep and I can actually run around and clean the house! You go down around 7 and wake up around 7-7:15.  You wake up 1-2 times a night, and a couple of times you would wake up once before I fell asleep, and then sleep until morning.  That was a glorious night of sleep for me!

 

We celebrated your first Christmas, and it just made me so happy.  I looked around on Christmas morning and just felt so incredibly blessed.

   

  

  

 

You try desperately to pet the dogs anytime they are near, but they are learning quickly that you yank on their ears and tails.  Occasionally sweet Daisy will give in.

 

You got to hang out with our family from Virgina, and you and Jackson just melted my heart.

     

We gave you a sippy cup for the first time, and you aren’t really sure what to do with it.

  

Bathtime is your favorite.  You are splashing all around and we couldn’t keep you still if we tried. (I love your bath tub pictures, but I won’t be posting your adorable little behind on the Internet) 

You’re personality is coming out, and it just cracks us up!  We are so looking forward to every day with you!  We love you sweet girl!

Happy 7 months Aubrey Joy! 

 

  
   

 

 

 

 

 

Happy 6 Months Aubrey Joy!

So I’m about a week late, but better late than never right?? This month flew by in a whirlwind!


LOVES

  • Teethers
  • Baby Einsteins Music Toy
  • Watching Mommy cook
  • Rolling all around the floor
  • Playing with food
  • Bathtime
  • Going for walks
  • Chewing on a shoelace (I’ll explain…)

HATES

  • The “Witching Hour” starting at about 6:15pm
  • Bedtime
  • Having her nose wiped

You are the cutest little chunk I have ever seen!  You weighed in at 18 lbs and 9.5 oz and 26 1/4 inches.  You are in the 90th percentile for weight, and the 75th percentile for height.  You’re rapidly outgrowing all of your 6 month clothes, and you’re wearing 6-9 month clothes in almost everything.  You’re in 12 month pants, but I blame the cloth diapers.


You just LOVE rolling around the floor with your activity mat and exploring all of your toys.  You’re figuring out you can move, and you love it.  Of all the toys we’ve given you, you love a shoelace (it’s clean!).  I used it one day to tie your baby einstein toy to your high chair because you kept dropping it.  When I put you on your activity mat, you grabbed the shoelace and brought it with you.  Now you play with it and chew it all the time.  You also love to play with tags you find.


The dogs absolutely mesmerize you, and you so desperately want to play with them.  Brody doesn’t really want anything to do with you, but Daisy has more patience.  She will lay and let you yank pet her.  We have to sit with you and protect them from your strong grip.  When Laila comes back for Christmas, I think you’re going to be blown away by her.

  
We are on a solid 3 nap schedule, and you go down so easily.  You love the mobile in your crib, and we know you’re awake when we start hearing classical music playing.  You wake up and start to play, and you learned to turn your mobile on by yourself.


Aubrey is officially sleeping in her crib!  We REALLY struggled with bedtime for about 2 weeks.  I would put her down to sleep and she would wake up withing 15 minutes, and LOSE it.  She would scream so loud and so long until she threw up.  There was nothing we could do to console her. No amount of walking, rocking, singing, or nursing helped. Once we got you to sleep, you were fine, we just had to get over the screaming bit.  It lasted about 2 weeks, and I DREADED bedtime.  All of the sudden, it stopped.  The last week or so that you were in your 5th month, you decided maybe bedtime wasn’t all that bad.  You still wake up 3 times a night (between 11-12, around 2am, and between 4-5am).  This makes for 1 tired Momma.   When your dad goes in at night, you lose it.  He doesn’t have what you’re looking for.  We also started putting you in a Zip-a-dee Zip when you go to sleep, and I’m pretty sure it’s magical.  If you weren’t swaddled, you wouldn’t go down in your crib, but you were getting close to rolling over while swaddled and it was time to say goodbye.  When we started using the Zip-a-dee Zip we discovered you’re a stomach/side sleeper (like your mommy :)).


 You got your first teeth this month!  You have your two bottom teeth, and they came in 1 right after the other.  Teething didn’t seem to affect you too much other than wanting to gnaw on EVERYTHING.  There was a weekend I thought it was really bothering you, but I think you were actually sick (I blamed the symptoms on teething).  Seeing your little teeth when you smile makes you look so big! Now that you have teeth we added a step to our bedtime routine!


Church falls during your nap time, and so you usually get kicked out of the nursery every week for being a sleepy monster.  You get so stimulated while we are there, you refuse to take a nap.  One day I’ll be able to sit through a church service again.

We started Baby Led Weaning (BLW) a week or so before you turned 6 months.  You really don’t eat much right now, but you are LOVING getting to play with the food and taste everything.  You freaked your dad out a couple times by gagging yourself (there is a difference in gagging and choking), but you’re getting the hang of it.  You’ve tried sweet potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, red peppers, avocado and banana.  So far you’re a fan of food, and the dogs are a fan of you dumping everything onto the floor for them to eat.



Bath time remains one of my favorite times.  You love being in the water, and sucking on your toes or the wash rag.  You are so much more aware and you try to steal the cup out of our hands when we are trying to rinse the soap off.


You love reading books, but it is getting more difficult to read them to you.  The whole time you try and grab the book and eat it.

You are sitting up for a few minutes with your hands in front of you, but you still end up toppling.


You’re so happy, but it’s very difficult to get belly laughs out of you.  We do everything we can to hear that little chuckle, and it is like music to our ears when we get you to laugh.


We always heard people say, “Enjoy it! They grow so fast!”, but I don’t think you really realize that until you’re going through it watching your baby learn, reach milestones, and grow!  I feel like we were just in the hospital, meeting you for the very first time, and now you’ve been in our lives for 6 months!  We love you so much sweet girl, and we are so excited to continue watching you grow.


Happy 6 months Aubrey Joy!


 

Happy 5 Months Aubrey Joy!

So I am almost a week late, but life has been insane!  I think this month has flown by, but it has been so incredibly fun with you!  You keep us laughing, and we love how interactive you’ve become!

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LOVES

  • Putting EVERYTHING in your mouth
  • Looking at yourself in the mirror
  • Playing with your feet
  • Any activity toys
  • Sitting up
  • Outside
  • Bath time

HATES

  • Bedtime.  Womp. Womp.

You’re weighing in around 18 lbs, and still wearing 3-6 months clothes. When people meet you, the first thing they say after they find out how old you are is, “She’s a HEALTHY girl!” AKA you’re a little chunker, but it’s just the cutest!

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There was a week this month, where you learned something new almost every day!  It has been so fun watching you figure things out!  One day you figured out a new screeching sound you can make, then you figured out how to blow spit bubbles, and then you found your feet!  All within 3 days!

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You roll over both ways and scoot all around when we lay you down.  You’ll be crawling in no time!  You can also sit up for a brief second before you start to lean.  Sooner or later you won’t need our help.

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I am FINALLY seeing a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to spit up! (Praise God!… Literally!) you are still spitting up, but a fraction of what it was before.

You are starting to really notice the dogs, and you just stare at them as they play.  You try to pet them, but instead you just hit them.  We’ll work on it.

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We’ve officially reached the point where you drop EVERYTHING on the floor.  I know you’re learning, so surprisingly it doesn’t bother me…yet.

Along with dropping things, you’re a grabber!  You see something you want, and you’re quick!  You’re favorite thing to grab is my hair… it’s not my favorite.  You’re really determined when something is out of your reach. You try nonstop until you reach it or we hand it to you.

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You don’t have any teeth yet, but it’s just a matter of time.  I can see both of them under your gums, so it could be any day now that they break through!  Maybe we’ll sing, “all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” for extra encouragement. 😉  The weirdest part is, teething doesn’t seem to be upsetting you.  I think other than excessive drool and chewing on everything it doesn’t seem to be phasing you.  I didn’t even know your teeth were coming in until the other day when I caught a glimpse in your mouth (which is NOT easy to do, because as soon as I try to look your tongue starts searching to suck on my finger).

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You’re working on dropping from 4 naps a day to 3 naps, but sometimes you just need that extra catnap before bedtime.

Before we moved, you were sleeping in your own room and it took be about 10-15 minutes to put you to sleep.  Then we moved… And bedtime crumbled.  You’re back in our room because yours has been under construction since the day we closed.  Now it takes about an hour and a half to get you down.  If I stop nursing you, your world comes to an end as you know it.  So my nights are basically spent laying in bed with you.  I go back and forth between absolutely loving the snuggles, and wishing I had the freedom to get stuff done and have our room back at night. We are almost done with your room, and then we will transition you into your room… And the crib.  I’m seriously dreading this, and I fear there may not be a lot of sleep for us during this transition. (Since I’m late on posting this, you started sleeping in your crib this week!  But that will be in next month’s post).

This month you got to spend time with 2 of your great grandmas, and you’ll meet Grams next month!

You were such a good baby during our move.  It was a long weekend, but you just snuggled with whoever was holding you.  IMG_8970

I love when you get excited, because you’re whole body wiggles. It cracks me up!

Other than bedtime, you are just the happiest baby.  Your little giggles are the sweetest, and your daddy and I will do just about anything to get you to laugh.  We absolutely love you sweet girl!

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Happy 5 Months Aubrey!

A Place to Call Home!!

As of today, Paul and I officially purchased a house together!! We still own Paul’s house in Tallahassee, but this one is one that we bought together, and has both of our names on it!  We made this decision together, and we prayed about this together.  It was the answer to a dream we’ve had since before we got married.  God could not have made this decision more clear for us!


After we move this week, we FINALLY have no plans of needing to move in the near future! We can settle in!  We can call this home! We can DECORATE AND MAKE IT OURS! Finally the years of watching HGTV will pay off!  (Can you tell this REALLY excites me!) Aubrey will have a place to grow up and call home, and I pray that we have MANY years of happy memories in our new home! Bring on the never ending house projects in the life of a homeowner!

God has truly perfectly orchestrated each and every part of this process!  He is so good!  (I’ll share the story at a later date – right now I’m just too excited…and also busy moving!)