Monday, February 24, 2014

Growing Up Fast

 Adaryn is now 1... I cannot believe it.  I try to take photos to capture it all but it is still not enough!
 We are starting the weaning process which makes me want to bawl my eyes out.  I love nursing, I thought I would hate it but it is some of my most special time with her and oh so convenient!
 Her personality is definitely starting to come through...
These are some goofy shots of her birthday weekend.
 She is looking like a little girl these days!

 She loves yogurt...
 And snow!  She had such red hands from snow!
So, there is an update...if there is still anyone out there!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

Ready for Christmas!

This photo taken by my pops.  :)

Friday, December 06, 2013

Big Teef!

We have uppers and lowers now, folks.... :)

Monday, December 02, 2013

December is Here!

November f l e w by.  I started another position at work (Case Manager) and now take care of 55 clients, so my days went from "full" to "insane".  My brain is on overload from 5:30 am to 9:30 when I go to bed.  And, if I am awake in the middle of the night, I am often trying to problem solve situations for my clients and balance our budget and meal plan.  It is a wee bit much, but I am hanging in there. 

Adaryn is such a joy, but also can be a handful at times!  She gets overstimulated so easily, so now we are at Christmas time and all the lights and sounds make it hard for her her gear down for naps and at night! 
One thing that works great for her afternoon nap is going on a walk at lunch time. I live only a few minutes away, so it is great if we can get outside for a bit.  She is a crawling queen, starting to pull herself up, saying more words (in babble speak) and pointing at things.  It is so cute!

My only goal for December is to get a Christmas card/thank you out.  Because I am 9 months behind on Thank you's, I thought I would just combine them!  SO bad, I know.  I have zero spare time though.  If I am not working or caring for her, I am cooking or cleaning or some other chore!

Now, to take a moment and remember the Reason for the Season.  Ahhhhhhh....

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Tooth!

A little bud is poking through....:)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

8 Months Old!

 Guess who also started crawling this week, too?
 Yeah, we are freaking out just a little bit.
 This girl and her little noises...I need to post video soon!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Her Pink Hat

We found one that she can't yank off! :)

Monday, September 30, 2013

An Autumn Stroll

The colors are changing 'round these parts.  I love autumn!

I vowed not to dress her in head-to-toe pink, but goodness she looks so cute in it.  I need to find a pumpkin patch and a corn maze come October. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Our Parent-Led Routine

 Oh this girl.  We finally, seven months later, figured out a routine that works for us all.  Yay!!
 I need time with her in the morning before I leave for work.  So, not to force her into being a morning person or anything, but I wake her at 6:30 so I can nurse and change her and such.  I leave for work at 7:15.  Nana and Daddy take over (he works from home, Nana is often at home to help!)
 She goes down for a nap at 9am.  The strategy with her bottle, since she kept only taking half of it anyway, is that we offer her half of it before her nap and she has the other half when she wakes up.  She sleeps 1.5-2 hours during her morning nap.
I come home at noon for lunch.  After I nurse her, we all sit at the table and eat.  She gums on stuff off our plates or enjoys a steamed veggie I put though the Baby Bullet (thanks Veronica! Awesome gift!!).  Then we  play until I have to go back at about 12:45.  I am SO spoiled to get to do this everyday - I know this.

She goes down for her afternoon nap at 2pm with the same strategy of a bottle before and after.  (Usually it is about two ounces each feeding.  This girl is a nibbler, like her mom - I grazed through my entire pregnancy as full meals did not sit well with me!).

I am home by 4:45 and we nurse right away and then all go out for a family walk or run.  Walking means she is in a carrier, and a run = jogging stroller.  It is awesome - she loves being outside, especially if there are doggies around.  She squeals with delight if she sees a dog!  So funny because we don't even have one.

Same routine around the dinner table at 6, and bath at 7.  She is put in the crib at 7:30 on the dot.

So far, so good.  It was a bit nutty there for awhile when she was taking naps  here and there but never at set times and she was sometimes asleep when it was my lunch hour.  We are grateful to have such a happy, healthy baby.  She is not too interested in food yet but little by little we are trying new things. 

How is it possible that it is almost OCTOBER?!  Time flies.  The nights are long but the years are they say...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

My Favorite Part of the Lunch Hour

This girl!  Getting so big.  Sniff Sniff.

Friday, September 06, 2013

These Days...

 She had her first hike.  LOVED it.  Conked out the whole last two miles back to the car!
 She plays with toys consantly.  I cannot even nurse her within an eyesight of a toy.  Too distracting!
 She loves her jumper while mom is cooking or daddy is doing dishes!
 Six months old!
 Wants to figure out crawling, but we know once she gets mobile, life will change quite a bit for us.
 She is more curious!  Always watching us...
"If I Don't Sleep, Nobody Sleeps" - this is fitting.  She is teething so, you know.  I love her thighs!!

She keeps us on our toes and we are over the moon in love with this girl.  I am reading lots of parenting books thanks to a dear friend that sent me a stack of 'em.  A great gift indeed!

We have had longer stretches of sleep at night lately, on her own.  I will take it! :)

Autumn is my favorite season, so I am so excited. Wahoo!

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

This Girl...

...does not like to eat much during the day.  It is an interruption to play time... so, she makes up for it at night!  (insert my long yaaawn here).

...has started to giggle when tickled - big huge belly laughs.  We love it!

...totally lights up when her daddy walks into the room - and she gets shy too! It is adorable :)

...has started to grab food off our plates.  A piece of whole wheat pita bread disappeared from my plate last night.  She nom noms on it a bit, but doesn't swallow yet.  Thank goodness - I want to start her on veggies first!

...LOVES going in the jogging stroller.  We went out for a hot 3 mile run yesterday.  I think the change of scenery, fast pace, doggies running by, people smiling at her, and the sound of mommy and daddy in conversation is fun for her.  That and we let her slurp on my water bottle when she is done.

...has never met a stranger that she did not love and reach for.  She loves to be held and played with by anyone and everyone.  No signs of separation anxiety, but she does cling to me when I get home from work.  I love it...

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Oh Hai!

In every picture lately, she has her right hand in her mouth.

Matt is left handed, I am right - we are still wondering which will be her dominant hand...

A happy, silly girl that lately has been waking up at night more often = tired parents.  We hope it is a phase...