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. ūüôā

  
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!

Baby M – 36 Weeks

Bump Analysis?¬†Just when I thought I couldn’t get any bigger… Welcome to 9 months pregnant! ¬†I mean really this is just a 5 week difference! ¬†This almost makes me okay with my 4 lb weight gain last week!


Month/Trimester?¬†9 months [36 weeks ‚Äď 40 weeks]¬†/ 3rd Trimester! ¬†Did you read that?! 9 MONTHS PREGNANT!!!

Fruit of the week? Aubrey is the size of a Honeydew Melon!  She is 17.2-18.7 in and 4.2-5.8 lbs!

Development? She is getting closer to being able to breathe on her own.  Her skin is getting smooth, and her gums are rigid.  Her liver and kidneys are now fully functional, and her circulation and immune system are basically good to go!

I have literally breathed a sigh of relief with each passing week as she continues to develop and grow as strong as possible before delivery. ¬†As of today, if I were to go into labor they would not try to stop it! ¬†Meaning, we could literally be meeting our little girl any day now! ¬†She will be considered full term next week though (it has been changed from 36 weeks to 37 weeks), so I am perfectly okay with her staying in there a little longer! ¬†I also feel like she’s going to make me wait, and she will take her sweet time making her debut.

Movement? She is just bouncing around in there, and getting pretty cramped at that.

Name?¬†Aubrey Joy ūüôā

Testing?¬†I have a doctor appointment on Friday, and they will test for Strep B. ¬†If I test positive, they would put me on antibiotics during labor. ¬†Also, I’ve officially reached the point where I’ll be visiting the doctor EVERY WEEK, because in case you didn’t know I’m about to have a baby!!! Holy. Smokes.

Weight Gain? 1 lb this week… Totaling 31 lbs.

Symptoms? 

  • Anxiety/Heart Palpitations/Shortness of Breath
  • Tingly/Numb leg sensations on my right leg
  • Dry Nose/Nose bleeds
  • Excessive pee breaks
  • Tailbone Pain
  • Heartburn
  • Swelling – I’ve been waiting for this to happen… Say goodbye to feet and ankles, and hello to fat sausages.

Cravings?¬†Nothing really that I’m craving.

Aversions?¬†Buffalo Chicken Dip, and I don’t think this is an aversion, but I really have no interest in vegetables. ¬†They do not sound appealing at all.

Sleep? Aside from a couple restless nights here and there, I think I’ve been far too busy to keep myself awake at night. ¬†Since Thursday I’ve been passing out at night, and only waking up 3-5 times to go to the bathroom. ¬†No staring at the ceiling for me!¬†¬† I also have a killer sore throat and stuffy nose, I am not sure if this is my body telling me to relax since the last 3 weeks have been insane, or if I’m just overdue for a cold. ¬†Either way, I want to lay in bed and sleep.

Maternity Clothes? ¬†Same old, same old. ¬†I’ve actually got a couple maternity shirts that my belly is actually hanging out of…

Exercise?¬†I had work in Orlando this past week, and we walked to dinner each night. ¬†It was usually about half a mile or so, which is about a mile when I walked back to the hotel. ¬†It may not have been intentional exercise, but I’m counting it. ¬†I’ve also decided I’m just going to have to suck up the numbing/tingling in my right leg that makes it feel like it weighs 1000 lbs and just go walking. ¬†So for the next 4 weeks, Paul is going to pull me out of the house to go walking… right honey?

Wedding Rings? ON!

Stretch Marks? No change here… Still using Burts Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter and BioOil.

Preparations for Baby? This week was busy for Paul and I. ¬†He traveled for work, and I had an event here in town for work Thursday – Saturday, but the fact that we’re having a baby in a few weeks is still at the forefront of my mind all the time. ¬†So this week I got the hospital bag officially packed – aside from some last minute items we will throw in before we go (i.e. toothbrush, deodorant, etc). While I was working all weekend, Paul finished the rocking chair for the nursery! I’ve got a pillow coming in the mail, and then it will be done!! So happy! ¬†I am also slowly taking baby items out of boxes to get them assembled. ¬†Aubrey now has a bouncer to sit in, and this week I’m sure I’ll make my way to the Rock n’ Play and the swing!

The preparation that made it feel the most real though, was installing the car seat in my car (which also made it VERY apparent we are first time parents – so this coming week we will be getting it inspected for proper installation). ¬†I have a car seat in my car, and it isn’t because I’m going to have one of my nieces in the car with me… it’s for our baby! ¬†Every time I see it in the back seat, it feels real all over again!

We know the safest place for the car seat is in the middle, but unfortunately with the way our center seat sticks out it is very hard to get your fingers in there to release the car seat.
Labor Signs? Braxton hicks

What I miss?¬†I’m far too anxious to meet my daughter at this point to miss anything. ¬†Give me the back pain, excessive bathroom trips, and kicks to the ribs any day. ¬†In about 4 weeks I will be holding my little girl!!

Looking forward to? A long three day weekend spent with my husband before we become parents!