weight & height: 20.6 pounds and 27 (ish) inches long. According to these numbers not much has changed since last month, but we've heard that the growing slows down a bit the older I get so we'll take it! eating & sleeping: I'm still going to bed around 8 at night and will usually sleep until about 8:30 the next morning. Along with my two bottom teeth, I also have a total of 4 new teeth coming in up top, so lately I've loved trying more solid foods in addition to my regular baby food and milk. My favorite "solid" treats so far are the Happy Baby yogis (freeze-dried yogurt and fruit snacks) but puffs are a close second. exciting firsts/milestones: Along with my four new top teeth coming through, this past month I reached a really big milestone by starting to crawl! On the morning of March 12th, Daddy was playing toys with me and was setting up a tower from my stackable cups. I thought that it needed to be knocked over, so I pushed myself up and crawled right over to it to knock it down! Since that morning I've gotten really fast at it and am constantly crawling and trying to find new things to explore! things I love: Since learning how to crawl, I've really loved getting into everything that I can. This includes garbage cans, electrical cords, the "on" button on Daddy's xbox, and the shelves on the entertainment center. Mommy says that I've been working really hard to help her see all the places in her house that she thought were baby proof that actually aren't. 😉 I also love playing with toys, talking and playing with people (as always) and anything that lights up and/or makes sounds. I've also learned how to clap my hands, and love doing that whenever I feel like it's appropriate. things I don't enjoy so much: Overall I'm a pretty content baby, but one thing lately that I haven't loved very much is having to get clothes put on. Whether it be my outfit for the day or my pajamas for bedtime, I'll squiggle and squirm as much as possible and try to get away from Mom before she's able to get the clothes over my head. I also don't care for wearing socks or shoes, and will usually kick them off of my feet within two minutes of them being put on. At this stage of baby life, I've found that a diaper and bow is really all I need, and I'm still trying to get Mommy and Daddy on board with my mindset. 😜 mom & dad's biggest parenting lesson so far: This past month my friend H got a new baby sister, so while he spends time with her and his mommy, me and my Mommy have had the chance to have a lot more one-on-one time together. Daddy also had his spring break from school, so on top of getting more time with Mommy we also had the chance to spend more time with Daddy as well. It's not so much a lesson this month, but Mommy and Daddy both have talked this month about just how much they appreciate the family time that we've been able to have together, and just how much we want to make sure that we don't waste a single second of it. ❤️
emery's bow: sweet little soul
So..... the past five days or so it has been literally freezing cold in Kentucky. Like chill you to the bone, too cold to breath or even think about going outside to even check the mail cold. I'm not really sure what the deal with the weather is since we had weather into the 60's all throughout February, but this last week of freezing temperatures put me a little out of spirits and made me a major hermit. I finally decided that I needed to get out of my rut, but since going outside obviously still wasn't an option, we decided to bring the fun indoors with some finger (or in Em's case full body 😉 ) painting! This was Emery's first time finger painting and I was soooo happy that she actually liked it and enjoyed getting into the paints! She was a little apprehensive at first, but I think that once she realized that it was okay for her to get messy in the paints she went to town on it and had a blast! We had a few of her baby friends over and had a blast with diapered babies and messy paints for a whole afternoon! The best part about these paints in that they are 110% safe for babies to use and are even edible! We made them straight from everything in our kitchen in less than 5 minutes and were having fun immediately after! I figured that I'd include a quick DIY in here so that if anyone reading is itching to have some fun you can give it a try! I hope you all enjoy! Happy DIY-ing!
skill level: easy | total time: 5 minutes | cost: free!
And that's it! Easy peasy and provides a ton of fun for you and your little one! Just as one last note, because the paints are made out of food, these definitely aren't the types of paintings that you'll be hanging up on the fridge once they're done (we just tossed the garbage bags and paper in the trash when done for quick cleanup) but it does make for a great sensory activity for babies and can also be great to work on colors with toddlers. Hope you all enjoy!
weight & height: 20.4 pounds and 27.5 inches long. Since we didn't have an appointment this month those are just good guesses, but the one thing we are certain about is that I'm growing fast! eating & sleeping: I really love baby food and have enjoyed every single one that mommy has given to me! I also tried a teething wafer this month as my first real "solid" food and wasn't too crazy about the texture; I made a face every time I tried to take a bite of it so that Mom & Dad would know exactly how I felt about it. Sleeping is going well; I'm officially moved into my flat bed and I love that it gives me more room to stretch out. Sometimes I'll wake up because teething is rough business, but as soon as I get my pacifier I go right back to sleep! I also started going to bed a little bit earlier this month, which Mommy & Daddy seem to like because it means that they get a little more free time and can get to bed a little earlier too! exciting firsts/milestones: This past month all of that teething pain finally paid off and my bottom two teeth finally popped through! I'm still getting used to having them in my mouth and have become quite the drool bug from trying to chew on everything I can get my hands on, and I'm constantly giving a crooked little smile to try to show them off. things I love: There are very few things that don't make this list right now, but if I had to narrow it down to a favorite five, I'd say that my most favorite things would include reading books (especially before bedtime), playing pat-a-cake with mommy, growling, playing outside, and my #1 favorite thing continues to be playing, talking, and laughing with my friends. Since I'm extremely sociable, I tend to make friends pretty much wherever I go! 😉 things I don't enjoy so much: Right now my least favorite thing is getting things taken away from me while I'm playing with them, especially people's cell phones. I've gotten quite good at throwing what Mommy calls a "big girl tantrum" whenever it happens, and Mommy & Daddy are continuing to try and figure out a way to make electronics less enticing (with so far no success). I've also become really empathetic of my friend's sad emotions, so if I happen to see H or another baby start to cry, then there's a pretty good chance that I'll start crying too. mom & dad's biggest parenting lesson so far: This past month Mommy had a lot of big plans to do lots of fun things and then takes lots of pretty pictures of all the fun things and then write about all of them on her blog. We had lots of fun adventures and did all of the fun things, and time and time again Mommy found herself in a situation where she got so caught up in having fun that she either forgot to take pictures completely, or maybe got a couple with the cell phone but none with her big camera. She found though that as nice as it is to have nice pictures of adventures, that the adventures themselves are the most important part, and that as long as everyone is having fun, it will always be ok to be more present than perfect or pretty. ❤️
Thank you so much for reading our little monthly update on Emery! We're at the tail end of these now, and it's a bittersweet feeling knowing that I'm already thinking about her first birthday party and realizing that I'm very soon going to have a very mobile baby/toddler!
As always, so much love to you all!
So, my No Spend New Year is coming to a close, and even though for the most part it's been a lot of fun, it hasn't been without it's temptations and challenges. One of said challenges has been Target's Dollar Spot, and this month it was especially hard to avoid because they had all of their Valentines decor up and it was seriously giving me a case of the love bug! I knew that I'd be so mad at myself if I broke my New Year's resolution on a $3 Valentine's decoration, so instead I set to work to create a fun little Valentine's craft/activity that I could do with H & Emery! I already had all of the supplies needed at home so it was completely free to do, and it makes for a fun little way to save my kid's artwork (or for H's mom to save his since she'll be getting his card soon 😉 ) . For me the biggest challenge was getting the right shaped heart cut out of the paper and free handing the "LOVE" on the front, so to make it easier for anyone reading that wanted to do this with your kids, I've also included a FREE card template that you can print at the bottom of the tutorial so that the hardest part is already completed for you!
skill level: easy | Total Time: 1 hour | Total Cost: FREE
And.... that's it! I know that it's not the most ingenious craft ever blogged about or created, but hopefully at the very least it'll provide a fun afternoon with the kiddos when it's too cold to go outside, or maybe even a cute, handcrafted Valentine to give to grandparents or moms/dads!
Hope you all enjoy! Thanks for reading & happy crafting!
weight & height: 19.8(ish) pounds and 26.75 inches long. We didn't have any doctor's appointments this month so these are just close guesses! eating & sleeping: Along with rice cereal, I've now officially moved into the realm of baby food, and so far I love it! I've only tried sweet potatoes so far but think they're delicious, and ever since learning how to eat from a spoon solid foods have been going well! Sleeping is still going pretty well; I'll still go for about an 11-12 hour stretch at night, and mommy & daddy are currently working to transition me into my flat bed from my rock n' play. exciting firsts/milestones: This last month I had a really exciting first with my first word which was MAMA!!!! Mommy was SO excited to hear that I'd made that my first word of choice, and even though Daddy is excited about it too, he's been consistently trying to get me to say "dada" ever since. 😉 things I love: Right now I love pretty much everything, but a few things that make the top of my list are talking to anyone who will listen, playing with toys, reading books with Mommy & Daddy, and chewing on anything that I can fit into my mouth. I've also gotten quite good at throwing things while sitting in my high chair, and if given toys to hold will throw them off almost immediately. things I don't enjoy so much: The thing that I enjoy the least right now is having to wait longer than a couple of minutes for anything that I'm wanting. Whether it's food, a nap, or just some attention, I've learned how to make quite the scene when I feel like I've been waiting long enough for something. mom & dad's biggest parenting lesson so far: Since I got all better from my cold in December and croup in the New Year, Mommy has noticed that she is feeling like she's finally getting a better routine down that allows her to spend lots of fun time with me, but also allows for her to do things for herself sometimes like reading a book before bed, exercising, or washing her hair & shaving her legs in the same shower. 😉 As hard as it can be for her (and a lot of moms from what I hear) to admit, sometimes taking a little bit of "me time" is exactly what is needed so that a mommy can have the energy needed to do everything she needs to for her kids.
I can't even believe while writing this that our little girl is already more than halfway through her first year of life. I've been flipping through her newborn pictures lately and wondering how on earth our baby has grown up so quickly! As always, thanks so much to everyone for reading and following along on her little journey, your love and support mean the world to us!
I'm Chelsea. I'm a wife, mommy, photographer, and lover of life's little adventures. Join me here to celebrate the beautiful things in people and life.