Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sloane Marie | Six Months

What's new?
She is no longer swaddled for sleeping, we have been using the Baby Merlin Sleep Suit instead
No longer in a bassinet in our room, she is in her crib in her room down the hall
Rolled from back to tummy and now is rolling all over the place. She can roll from tummy to back, but tends to forget and ends up getting stuck.
Responds to her name
Will reach for our food when we are eating and has spilled a few things in the process
Can sit for a few minutes while supported, but usually ends up face planting
Gets bored quickly, and usually wants someone with her to play
Actually enjoys her toys and will roll onto her tummy and reach for things
She started going to childcare for an hour and a half once a week
She started sitting in her highchair

I don't want to forget the way her smile takes over her whole face. The look she gives me when I go to get her out of her crib. Her eyes when someone takes her to hold her instead of me. Her little giggle when I tickle her. How much she has really changed this month. The way she went from barely moving to rolling and moving all over the place basically overnight.

Weight: 13 pounds 10.5 ounces. At Birth: 5 pounds 6 ounces. This puts her in about the 9th percentile. My pediatrician is not exactly worried about her weight, but she wants to make sure she does not continue to drop percentile. We have another weight check in a month and she wants me to try to increase my supply to see if that is an issue.

Height: 24 inches (2nd percentile)  At Birth: 18.5 inches

Hair: Light Brown

Eyes: Still holding blue!

Clothes: She is officially wearing 3-6 month clothes, but definitely still fits in 0-3. We still have 0-3 pants in the mix since they fit her best.

Diapers: Still loving cloth. She is wearing the smallest setting in her Grovia one size diaper.

Nicknames: Homegirl, Princess, Beautiful, Sloane Baby

-Being held by mommy or daddy
-Smiling and laughing. She is much more willing to do that for us. But only for us, she mostly just stares at everyone else.
-Holding people's faces
-Looking at screens and gets distracted by them while eating
-Going exploring! Wether its a walk, grocery shopping or a Target run, she is entertained for hours.

-Waiting to eat
-Getting buckled in her carseat

Eat: Eating has been going really well. I think she has been hungry more often so I have been feeding her a snack right before she takes a nap. This has been helping her sleep longer and better for nap time. I think this is definitely a sign she was ready to start eating more food. I will update on solids next month.

Sleep: Oh sleep. It has been an interesting month for sleep. It started when she started fighting the swaddle hard core and was really close to rolling over in the swaddle. That was when I realized I needed to transition her out of her swaddle. I knew she was still wanting to be snug so we got the Baby Merlin's sleep suit as a transitional swaddle. When I would try to let her sleep without the swaddle her arms would flail about and keep her awake. The sleep suit worked great but she still had to adjust to being less snug while sleeping. I also noticed that she was getting heavy for her bassinet and it would tip so that her feet would end up above her head slightly which I am sure was not that comfortable. So with her new sleep suit, she started sleeping in her crib in her own room. The first night was awful and after nearly two hours of on and off crying and me going to comfort her, I gave up and brought her back into our room and she slept. I kept doing nap time in her crib and she was fine with that. Over the next week or so she fought the crib less and less until she finally adjusted and now sleeps mostly through the night again with a few wake ups here and there. Also, we are still in the process of dropping a nap which works some days and not so much other days. Home girl loves her naps. But she started sleeping less overnight because she was sleeping too much during the day so we are slowly working towards a two nap day.

Her schedule is pretty similar to what it was last month, but we are working towards one nap in the morning and one nap in the afternoon and a cat nap in the evening. She usually has her last feeding of the day at 7:30 pm and down for the night by 8 pm. If she wakes up before 7, it is really hard to keep her to only two naps. So I just call her first really early nap a continuation of her night sleep. We will get there eventually.

Photo Dump:
^^So many smiles!^^
^^(Right) Running errands with mom and someone thought she was a boy...I guess they did not see the bow?^^
^^She loves mirrors!^^
^^Apple picking!!^^
^^House divided! Vikings and Packers outfits in the same day.^^
^^(Right) I left her on her back and found her like this.^^
^^Library story time!^^
^^First time sitting in her high chair and walks around the new neighborhood^^
^^She loves Paisley, but it is not reciprocated.^^
^^She loves when I tickle her!^^
^^The many faces of Sloane^^
^^Happy half birthday baby girl^^

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sloane Marie | Five Months

What's new?
Started wearing cloth diapers. So far so good.
Really started enjoying her different toys.
Moved across the country with mommy and daddy.
Visited the Minnesota Zoo, twice.
Swam in Grandpa and Grandma Chambers new pool.
Met my new cousin!
Traveled to Madison for a family wedding.
Am super close to rolling over from back to tummy.
First trip to Minnesota State Fair

I don't want to forget the way her little arms flail around unintentionally. How when she looks in the mirror at herself she always smiles. Her constant happy chatter. The way she can always spot me across the room. How much she looks like her daddy. The way she throws her head back when she is really upset. How she lets us know when she does not like something. The way she jumps a little at a loud sound.

Weight: Not sure and my scales are currently unavailable, ha. At Birth: 5 pounds 6 ounces

Height:  Will get an official check next month. At Birth: 18.5 inches

Hair: Light Brown

Eyes: Still holding blue!

Clothes: She really should be wearing 3-6, but since we have been moving they were packed. Soon.

Diapers: Still in size 2. As of this week, she is wearing cloth diapers full time!

Nicknames: Homegirl, Princess, Princess Warrior, Beautiful, Sloane Baby

-Sucking on mom or dad's fingers
-Pooping in her carseat (seriously, it has magical powers)
-Looking at herself in the mirror
-Being around people
-Being swaddled for sleeping
-Feeling daddy's beard

-Having the sun in her eyes
-Waking up from a nap
-Being left alone for too long
-Sudden loud noises

Eat: Eating is still going great! She eats every 3 or 3.5 hours. She is definitely starting to notice our food when we eat so we are starting to think about what we will be doing for starting solids. Geez that happened fast. We decided to wait until at least six months to start solids, but the preparations have begun.

Sleep: This last month has been a little rough in the sleep category. Since we have been in transition, Sloane has been having a harder time sleeping. It comes in waves and she will sleep great a few nights and then not so great after that. It is a work in progress and now that we are in our house hopefully it will get better again. She is still sleeping with her swaddle in her bassinet in our room. She is about to grow out of her bassinet so we will probably be transitioning out of that in the next month or two. As soon as we actually get the nursery set up...

6/7am She normally wake up sometime between 6 and 7 and she eats.
8 am She goes down for her first nap of the day. She usually sleep pretty well at this time of day.
10 am Wakes up from her nap and eats.
10:30 am Play time. I try to find things to keep her occupied so that we can length her awake and happy time.
11:30 am Back down for a nap.
1:30 pm Wake up and time to eat.
2:00 pm Play time again. I usually run errands during this time if I need to do something.
3:00 pm Nap time
4:30 pm Wake and eat.
5:00 pm Playtime.
6:00/6:30 pm Cat nap. Sometimes she needs this sometimes she doesn't. It depends on how well she sleeps throughout the day.
7:30 pm Final feeding of the day.
8:00 pm Pajamas and bedtime. Most nights she sleeps through till morning, but sometimes she wakes around 4am for a quick feeding and goes right back to sleep.

^^The start of cloth diapers. So cute.^^
^^She will always chomp on our fingers if they are close enough.^^
^^Hanging out with mommy's friend Paloma.^^
^^Last day in the old house.^^
^^(Left) Airport delays means bassinet for the win. (Right) First time swimming in the new pool.^^
^^Happy faces <3^^
^^First time to the Zoo! Perfect outfit!^^
^^She's getting so close to rolling over!^^
^^Meeting her new cousin! Grandpa and all his grandkids.^^
^^(Left) Hanging out with the other grandpa. (Right) She loved the feeling of dad's beard.^^

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