Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Brooklyn {Eleven Months}


Say it ain't so? How can we really be nearing her first birthday? Bennett's first year went by fast, but wow Brooklyn's went by that much faster. I don't really think of her this old. I still feel like she is so little. But, maybe that is how it will always be, our baby girl.

I have started to plan her party. I am so excited for her to turn one, but also so sad. Bennett FELT like a one year old. Brooklyn just doesn't feel (almost) one to me.

Length, Weight, and Percentiles: No updates here. We have her 12 month appt. next month. She seems to be average sized, but my kids always have the littlest feet.

Features: 7 teeth, with another 1 or 2 popping through. Bennett hardly had 2 teeth but she has been a champ. Still no hair and no signs of it growing in either. We are going to have a party the first time I am able to put some pig tails or pony tail in this girls hair. But, at this rate, it won't be until she is 8 years old. Brooklyn has the cheesiest grin and can almost always be found smiling. She wakes up smiling and goes to bed smiling, she is literally the happiest girl in the world. Such joy! Who can blame her?! 

Clearly, neither kid wanted to actually look at the camera. The struggle is real

Sleep: Going to sleep between 7 and 7:30 PM and sleeping 12 hours. She typically wakes up at 7 AM (or earlier if we wake her). She naps twice a day, one 2 hour morning nap and one 2-3 hour afternoon nap.


Diet: She loves loves loves fruit, yogurt, applesauce, puffs, basically anything sweet. She also still likes peas and carrots most. She is a bit more apprehensive about veggies. She usually eats whatever we have for dinner but would rather be fed than eat herself, although if she just sits in her high chair, she will slowly eat it and play with it. She tends to spit alot of food out at first, but once she gets used to it, she will eat. She is also eating 7 ounces of formula 2-3 times a day. She is slowly transitioning away from bottles and formula and expect to transition her fully to whole milk by the time she is one.

Clothes and Diapering: Still fitting into some 6-9 month clothes, but mostly wearing 9 month and 12 month clothes. She rarely wears shoes, but when she does they are 6-12 month Old Navy shoes (I am not even sure what size those correlate to, 2?) Wearing size 3 and 4 diapers during the day and night.

Social: She is so happy and easily excitable. She is repeating sounds, but not sure she has attached meaning yet. She can repeat "Dada" "No No" and "Mama." She thinks it is absolutely hilarious when I say "No No" because she knows it is something she shouldn't be doing, so that is one I think she understands. She also repeats "Dada" around Josh, so I also think she might be getting that one too. Other than that, mostly just babble, but adorable babble!

Brooklyn loves to dance, play peek a boo, bounce, run up and down the stairs, play outside, go on walks, bang together toys, and explore. She can usually be found investigating outlets, or anything plugged into outlets, under the table, trying to get into our wine rack, or attempting to climb stairs. She has become quite curious this past month and now crawling so well that she can get just about anywhere. We also have to remind Bennett to keep the basement door shut since she tends to want to look over the stairs down to him. 

She is also already noticeably more sensitive, but also so tough. Depends on the situation and/or how tired she is.

Some of the new things Brooklyn is doing this month: Repeating No no, climbing stairs, Standing for seconds on her own, walking behind her walker, 

Likes: Blocks, building towers, puzzles, exploring, banging things together, dropping food/toys from up high and watching them drop, her fuzzy blanket, books

Dislikes: being left with a stranger, new people, hats

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Brooklyn {Nine and Ten Months}

Woops! Completely missed a 9 month update. Actually, once I realized I missed it, we were already so close to 10 months, that I just let it slide. Brooklyn turned 9 months a few days after Christmas. With the holiday and the busy-ness, I just forgot......oh well.

9 and 10 months have not proven to be much different though. Miss Brookie started crawling, consistently, right around Christmas which is the biggest update. She really didn't care much about presents, or wrapping paper, or Santa. She did not like sitting on his lap much at all though!

Length, Weight, Percentiles: Brooklyn visited the Pediatrician right around Christmas for her 9 month check up. She weighed 18 lbs 7 oz. and was 27.5 inches long. She is in the 55th percentile for weight and the 45th percentile for length.

Features: She is up to 7 teeth now. 4 top teeth and 3 bottom teeth. Her 4 top teeth sprouted all at the same time and she handled it like a champ. She still has very little hair, and has to rock a headband on that bald little head of hers consistently. I just want her to have some hair! It appears to be dirty blonde though, what I can see of it. 

Sleep: Brooklyn is sleeping through the night consistently now. She occasionally wakes up in the middle of the night but after whining for a few minutes, puts herself back to sleep. She typically goes to bed around 7 PM and sleeps until we wake her up at 6:45 AM on weekdays or until 7-7:30 AM on weekends. She naps twice a day, typically for 2 hours. Her morning nap is around 2-3 hours after she wakes up in the morning and then her afternoon nap is around 1 PM, after lunch. She sucks her thumb to put herself to sleep and it is just the sweetest to see her sucking on it! Most mornings I find her sleeping on her chest, with her little butt up in the air. I just love that! Occasionally, she will fall asleep sitting up, hunched over with her head in between her legs. It looks awful, but it doesn't bother her at all!


Diet: Brooklyn will eat what we have for dinner most nights. She much rather prefers us to feed her over feeding herself. Lazy girl. She tends to be quite picky and not open to trying new things. Some of the foods she loves are veggies (peas, carrots, corn, green beans, avocado), fruits (strawberries, blueberries, mandarin oranges, bananas-occasionally). She prefers food that has sauce or more flavor to it over just plain noodles, chicken, or ground beef. She still loves baby food and if we have something spicy or something she won't eat, she will always gobble up baby food. She is eating 6-7 ounces of formula 4 times a day. 

Clothes and Diapering: Wearing 9 and 9-12 month clothes and size 3 diapers during the day and size 4 diapers at nighttime.

Social: So easily entertained. She gets so excited to see us! She loves peek a boo, playing with Bennett, bouncing on my knee, and airplane. Now that she is mobile, she is enjoying her toys much more. She crawls around checking everything out. She really enjoys Bennett's toys, much to his dismay. 

Brooklyn just adores Bennett. She thinks he is just so hilarious. Sometimes he can get a little too rough with her and it upsets her, but for the most part, she lets him pretty much do whatever he wants with her. She is so tough with him. 

She is starting to imitate sounds and "words." She consistently repeats mama or dada. 

She is definitely experiencing some stranger danger. If Josh or I am around, it takes her a bit to warm up to new people. She also does not like it when we drop her off at daycare or church nursery. But, she gets over it quickly once we are out of sight. 

Some of the new things she has been doing in the past two months: crawling, pulling herself up, lowering herself down, walking along furniture or toys (very little, maybe a step or two to transition to a new area), taking a few steps behind a walker at a time, getting more food actually IN her mouth rather than on her lap.....but she still prefers we feed her.

Likes: Peek a boo, sucking her thumb, boingy thingy's by doors, puzzles, books

Dislikes: getting dressed after a bath, waiting for a bottle, not getting attention

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Brooklyn {Eight Months}

What a little ham. This little ball of happiness just smiles and smiles. I cannot say it enough, she seriously is the happiest, easiest baby. If I was guaranteed all my babies would be like her, I would have 25 of them......but, I won't. I honestly just don't want her to get any bigger. I love her so much at this stage!!!

Length, Weight, Percentiles: Still don't know the answer to this one. 9 Month check up is next month!

First Halloween!

Features: Little miss still has her two bottom teeth. I can feel a third, top tooth trying to pop through. We also have been experiencing a little crankiness, rosy cheeks, runny nose, and messy diapers-so I KNOW she is teething. Slllllooooowwwwllllyyy growing some hair on top of that little bald head of hers. Don't worry, I put alot of bows on her so everyone knows she a little girl. Brooklyn is so long. She has legs for days, just like her Aunt Brittany! She looks almost identical to Bennett at this age too.

Closer look at those little teeth (after eating some baby food)

Sleep: Getting better and more consistent! She has been sleeping through the night, most nights.....she has off nights here and there but for the most part sleeps from 7:30pm-7am. She naps most days 2 times a day, morning and afternoon. Occasionally she will fall asleep in the car on the way home from daycare and it will be a short evening catnap.

Diet: She is eating more and more baby food. She loves eating baby food. I try to feed her more, but it is so hard to remember (ahhh second child probs). No table food yet, she can't get those little fingers to grab. We have been trying some baby puffs with her lately and she enjoys eating those. She is getting better with eye/hand coordination to get them into her mouth. Still eating 5-6 ounces of formula every 3-4 hours.

She is trying SO hard to crawl, just can't figure it out......yet!

Clothes and Diapering: 6 and 9 month clothes and size 3 diapers. No changes here!

First Thanksgiving at Grandma Sara's

Social: Such a ham. She loves smiling and the attention. She has been imitating sounds more often lately. Josh will "cough" and she will "cough" back. She babbles and loves to "talk." She loves when you sing to her, dance with her, or make silly noises.

Her and Bennett are just too much for my heart to handle. She adores him and he is such a big help with her (although we really have to reiterate "gentle!" with him). She will watch every move he makes and she is so tough with him, although I would prefer him be a little easier on her. He can smother her, lay on her, roll over her, etc and it will barely phase her (again, second child probs). She rarely gets overwhelmed with him, which is shocking to me because I am almost ALWAYS overwhelmed by him!

She is comforted by being held and almost always wants to be held now (or at least up high so she can see what is going on!). I have to be careful not to be seen by her at times. She has become quite attached to both Josh and I, especially when she is around new people. Developed a little bit of stranger danger, but I think it is mostly when she is tired.

Some new things Brookie is doing: rocking on her hands and knees, launching herself forward (can't quite get those hands to move to crawl yet), pushing herself backwards, she is just about pulling herself up to sitting position from laying down, rolling back and forth across the room to get to something (crawl, girl, just crawl!)

Santa Train to the North Pole!!!

Likes: Songs, Eating Baby food, Patty Cake, New Toys, Bennett's toys (much to his dismay), Sucking her thumb

Dislikes: Bath time, being constipated (I mean, do you blame her?), when she is tired and wants to go to sleep, getting dressed after a bath, having a dirty diaper, being left to sit (when she wants to be held.

Brooklyn {Seven Months}

Length, Weight, Percentiles: No new update here. Next Dr. visit is at 9 months



Features: Baby blues, long legs, and her hair is finally growing in! Barely.....but it is coming in! Still has just the two little baby teeth.

Sleep: Brooklyn goes back and forth between sleeping all night and waking up once a night. She might have 2-3 good nights and then wake up a few nights in a row. We can't quite figure out how to get her to consistently sleep through the night. Sometimes it is just easier to get up and feed her. She sucks a bottle down in 5 minutes and we are usually only up for 10 minutes max. We occasionally let her whine and cry lightly on and off, depending on how tired we are. Sometimes she falls back to sleep and goes in and out of sleep for a couple of house, which can be good and can be super annoying if you stay awake while she is doing it.

She goes down at night easily between 7-8 PM. She naps 2-3 times a day for an 1-2 hours. She can put herself to sleep and most mornings we wake up and she is already bright eyed and smiling in her crib. We rarely wake up to her crying and crabby.


New friends at Iowa games!

Diet: She is eating 5 oz of formula and 1-2 servings of baby food a day. We have noticed that as she eats more baby food she rarely wants a full bottle of formula at night which leads to LOTS of wasted formula. But, the moment we don't give her a full bottle, are the times she sucks it down and wants more. So hard to figure her out!

She loves eating solids. Her favorites are peas, which blows my mind since momma DESPISES peas. I can hardly even feed her peas, it grosses me out so much.

 Clothes and Diapering: Wearing mostly 6 and 9 month clothes and size 3 diapers.

Some daycare pics-our last days at Melissa's!

Social: Little missy has become quite the little scaredy cat lately. She is developing stranger danger and prefers mom or dad over strangers. She hates seeing people in hats and gets more scared of males than females. She gets more scared at evening than in the morning, mostly probably due to her being tired. She also recognizes when I leave the room and does NOT like that either.

She does a great job sitting up and playing with her toys. This is my absolute favorite! I love that she is so easily entertained and is not quite yet mobile. She is working on crawling though! She gets up on her hands and knees but can only seem to move herself backward by sliding.

She rarely cries and has absolutely no issues with Bennett jumping on her, hugging her, laying with her, although it looks quite overwhelming. She is so tough. Guess that is what having a big brother will do for ya.

Some of the new things Brooklyn is doing: sitting up, grabbing for toys, picking up little puffs (although she has a hard time getting them into her mouth still), pulling herself into a crawling position, moving herself backwards

Likes: Still loves songs, dancing, patty cake, peek a boo, examining anything and everything, Bennett's toys, and this is a weird one but she LOVES having her nose sucked (I mean, who wouldn't enjoy breathing?!)

Dislikes: when her diaper is dirty, trying to go #2 (little miss has quite the #2 issues),  being tired, surprisingly baths are also not a super favorite, she would rather get in and get out quickly.