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 ūüôā

  
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!

 

 

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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. ūüėȬ† 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!