Saturday, June 23, 2012

7 months old!

Amelia is 7 months old and amazes me everyday!

And man have things changed around here...

watch out world...we have a mobile baby on our hands!

I feel like I say this every month but so much has happened in the last month! Amelia now sits totally unsupported and can reach for toys and steady herself without automatically falling! She does still tumble over from time to time but sometimes she tumbles on purpose because she can now "army crawl!" That's right, Amelia is mobile! Just last weekend she started making the motion to move but within a few days she has it all figured out. She isn't officially crawling and she really isn't even using her legs but shes moving pretty swiftly. She basically uses her arms to drag her body forward and most of the time her tummy stays on the floor but she is starting to lift it sometimes and I'm sure the use of legs and true crawling are not far behind. Every day I am shocked and amazed by how much she has grown up. She isn't a little newborn anymore!

This past weekend was Father's Day and Amelia gave Eric a pretty great gift, she now regularly says dadadadada! (I'm only mildly upset that dada beat out mama as her first word) :) She started around 6/10 say dah.....dah....dah and within a few days that turned into dadadadad. Although it is her only word and she says it all the time whether Eric is around or not I do think she knows he is dada. If we ask her where dada is she looks immediately to Eric and she says dada with a lot more excitement when she sees him. I'm working on mama...

6-7 months has been an awesome age. They say as babies grow each stage will be better than the last and be "your favorite age" until you reach the next. So far that is absolutely true for our little family. We love that Amelia is more independent and can play by herself but we also love how much we can interact with her. I'm sure it only gets better from here!

Amelia, Cooper Cheek and Mackenzie Mannix

Other than her major milestones above, here is what Amelia is up to at 7 months:

  • weight: (as of 6/19 -- unfortunately we have ANOTHER ear infection!) 15 lbs, 12.5 ounces (not sure of height and head, next appointment at 9 months...hopefully)
  • still in size 2 diapers, mostly 6 month clothes, starting to fit the 6-12 month variety and some 6-9 month clothes
  • nurses (or gets a bottle of breast milk) 4-5 times a day depending on her naps
  • naps 2-3 times a day...would love to get it to two long naps!
  • (knock on wood) Goes to sleep around 7:30PM and wakes up between 6:30 and 7:30 AM. (knock on wood!!!)
  • eating two meals a day in addition to nursing...usually oatmeal and fruit for lunch and fruit, veg and sometimes yogurt for dinner. We are starting to give her some finger foods as well.
  • working on that pincer grasp but we arnt quite there...she tried some organic baby puffs but they were a little two small for her to figure out how to get them in her mouth...she loves the Earth's Best Organic Pop Snax as they are a little larger and easy to manage.
  • LOVES baby Mum Mum rice crackers...simply devours them! :)
  • Rides in the stroller, sits in a highchair and sits in a grocery cart like a big girl! She loves her cart/highchair cover that Grandma Wagner made her!
  • Loves books, links, keys ......cell phones, remote controls...:) and everything goes immediately into her mouth!
  • Loves running with mom or dad in our new BOB Jogging Stroller!
  • She has really started noticing and interacting with Elle! She laughs like crazy and talks to her and smiles at her...she also grabs her hair, her tail and her eyeballs...good thing Elle is very patient and doesn't seem to mind!
  • She has also started noticing other babies or little kids when we are out and about and she loves them!

Amelia is growing up, this month we are officially closer to one year old than birth and I cant believe it. We love our sweet girl more than words can even express and we can't wait to see what the next month holds!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Amelia giggling!

Amelia is such a giggle monster these days. She absolutely LOVES it when you tickle her and even does the anticipatory laugh! Enjoy this video!

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Belmont Stakes

We had a great time partying at Kim, Geoff and Cooper Cheeks for the Belmont Stakes! 

We dressed up in our Derby-esque best and had a blast. 

All the kiddos had a great time, Amelia can't wait to play with these cuties when she is a little older!

Needless to say Amelia was pretty pooped by the end of the night!

6 months old!

(yes I am aware she is almost 7 months old...but here is her 6 month update!)

How is my sweet baby girl 6 months old already?

Time has flown by. It is honestly getting hard to remember the early days...and labor is a blur...I think that's god's way of helping us want to have more children. :)

Amelia is growing like a weed, at her 6 month well visit she was 15 lbs 3 ounces (26th percentile) and 26 and 3/4 inches ( ?? percentile). She is still so long and lean! People are surprised when I tell them she is 6 (and a 1/2) months old, one woman even asked me if she was a preemie! I tell them no, she is just destined to be a super model, tall and thin! Despite her low percentile in weight she is as chunky as ever! She has the perfect little chunky baby thighs and the rolls on her arms are perfect!

We have had quite a month! Several firsts...some good and some bad.

  • first ear infection (4/27/12)
  • first trip to the ER
  • first solid food (4/28/12) -- at this point she has had avocado, banana, oatmeal cereal, yogurt, applesauce and watermelon! This week we are trying carrots and pears! All the fruits and veggies have been homemade except the applesauce and she has really enjoyed everything!
  • first baby pool experience
  • first zoo trip

Here's what Amelia is up to at 6 months!

  • wears size 2 diapers and mostly 6 month clothes, still fits a few 3-6 month pieces and we wear a few 6-9 month pieces but they are really a little too big!
  • nurses 5-6 times a day...occasionally only 4 on the weekends if her naps extend
  • Sleeping pretty well (knock on wood), nurses for the last time around 7 and goes down around 30 minutes later and sleeps until morning...sometimes that means 5 and she eats and goes back down and sometimes that means between 6 and 7 and she is up for the day. We have the occasional night waking but its more the exception than the norm now! (fingers crossed I didn't just jinx it!!!)
  • 2 teeth! (bottom two)
  • LOVES solid food... eating lunch and dinner everyday, lunch is usually oatmeal and fruit and dinner is usually veggies and fruit and sometimes yogurt!
  • LOVES Mickey Mouse Clubhouse....(whoever invented that show must have a degree in child development because she could care less about TV but then we put on Mickey and her face lights up and she smiles and coos...its crazy!)
  • sucks her thumb and pointer finger (together) on the regular...its crazy, its never her thumb by itself...
  • on that note...completely refuses the pacifier, unless to use it as a toy
  • sits up like a champ, shes not perfectly stable just yet so we usually stick the boppy behind her, she sometimes tips over if she gets really excited or if she has to reach extra far for a toy. She is getting better and getting herself back to sitting when she leans back on the boppy
  • laughs and giggles like crazy...we got a great video I need to post
  • Loves Peek-a-Boo...I have yet to catch this on video but I really need to, she is so good at it!
  • talks and laughs all the time, we are working on dadada and mamama but no luck just yet!
  • Loves keys and links...but loves cell phones and remote controls even more...
  • Loves going to daycare at Grandmas, she smiles as soon as we walk in the door and it makes it a lot easier to leave her everyday knowing she is happy and safe!
  • Had a great visit with Grandma Wagner...we are getting sooooo excited for our Tenn lake trip over 4th of July!
  • Not crawling just yet but I would say its not too far off, if you put a toy just out of her reach you can see her little mind working hard trying to figure out how to get to it! (if she can roll to it she will!)

We are really enjoying this time in Amelia's life!