Happy First Birthday, Baby Girl

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Happy First Birthday, Lexi. You are a ray of sunshine and full of spunk all at the same time. It’s still crazy to look down and see a mini version of myself staring back at me.

The morning of her birthday, Cayden and I went out and ran a few quick errands to a bakery and a stop to get balloons. I was tickled to be able to get the exact same cake as Cayden’s first birthday from a local bakery nearby our house. She wasn’t quite sure what to do with the cake, and the first few tastes actually made her gag. But soon she found that she liked the sprinkles and had fun picking those off the cake.

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Later on she got into the cake and found that the icing did taste good.

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The aftermath.

She did pretty good even though she never got to the actual cake part of the cake. But that’s okay. After the photo op and we got her cleaned up and down for a nap, I cut myself a nice healthy slice of that cake because 365 days ago I birthed you and that is a celebration!

 

2 Months Shy of a Year

I’m not sure how this happened but I blinked and this little girl is already 10 months old. She’s been out in this world just as long as she has been baking inside. Which brings to light that I have either been pregnant or nursing a baby for the last 20 months.

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At 10 months, Lexi is…

:: A peanut. She’s 5th percentile in weight and 50th for length. She was a little over 14lbs at her 9 month checkup.

:: Eating solids and purees like a champ, and I’ve been a lot more adventurous in the combinations (read: whatever veggies I have in my fridge mixed with whatever fruit I happen to have on hand) and a big shout out to the Beaba Babycook gadget – that thing has been great at making babyfood.

:: Nursing is still going strong. Morning, before naps, after naps, bedtime and late night snacks. I love the cuddles. She loves the boob. Win win.

:: Sleep. She was a rock star at 4 months and was sleeping through the night consistently which I was absolutely loving though my boobs disagreed. Then around 6 months, a growth spurt, some teething and such threw her off and she was waking up twice at night, once around 2am and again around 6am. I’d go in to her nursery for a quick nursing session and some cuddles and she would fall back asleep. Now at 10 months, she’s been waking up just once at 5am to nurse and fall back asleep.

:: Lexi is actually a great napper during the day and takes a good solid 2-3 hour nap  everyday and due to our schedule of activities, school pickup and drop-off for big bro, her naps get interrupted a lot, but she goes with the flow. #secondbaby

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:: Blowouts are a thing of the past. Thank God! Now we are much regular… TMI?

:: Loves to sit and pull toys out of her bin or grab any toy that belongs to her big bro. She has a few favorites, but overall she loves any type of animal figurine that is small enough to hold in her hand. She also loves tags, whether that is on a blanket or on a toy, that is her favorite thing.

:: No crawling or anything yet. And I am in no hurry. She can pull up on her crib rails and peek over, but in general not as motivated to move around as Cayden was at her age. Which again, I am in no hurry. I love this age and stage where I can set her down and she stays put.

:: Hates sneezes. Doesn’t matter who sneezes, but if she is nearby she will break down in sobs. Every time.

:: Loves going out for runs & being outside. This girl just eats up evening runs with Daddy in the double BOB stroller, and especially with big bro sitting next to her. It’s comforting hearing Daddy’s footsteps and the numerous songs Cayden will gladly sing as we run around the neighborhood.

:: Has stranger danger. I forgot about this stage where I can no longer just hand off the baby to anyone to hold. There’s only a few people she is really comfortable with and doesn’t fuss when I am not holding her.

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:: Adores her brother. And he is pretty sweet on her too (when he isn’t ripping toys out of her hands) Cayden will even remind us to keep our voices down because “baby sister is sleeping. Shh!” He will gladly fetch diapers, socks, clean up toys, or anything if it’s for her. And nobody can make her belly laugh like he can with all of his antics.

It’s hard to imagine that she’s only been here for the last 10 months, feels like it’s always been like this with these two kiddos running around.

 

4 Month Update

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This month has been pretty good, we battled her first mini-cold brought home from Cayden which I’m pretty sure he got at school. She wasn’t too miserable, just a runny nose and was good after a day or so. Cayden’s lingered a bit longer but overall it wasn’t too bad, and thankfully I didn’t really catch it.

The weather has slowly been getting warmer which has allowed us to venture outside a bit more. Anything above a negative 18 is good for me.

This last week we ordered and got our double BOB stroller with the intent of jogging with both. And by jogging, I mean Daddy. That thing is a beast to push and quite so with two kids in tow. But both love being in the stroller and she is bundled up in her carseat which then attaches to the BOB.

She is all over the place with sleep. Some nights she’ll wake up once around 3am to nurse and then falls back asleep. I was about to sing her praises until the next few nights she woke up every 2 hours to snack, cuddle and then fall back asleep. Which now she is loving the co-sleeper (whereas Cayden screamed bloody murder if he was set inside it) next to me at night. I set her SnuggleMe pillow inside the co-sleeper and it created a nice little nest for her to snooze in. Last night I ditched the SnuggleMe and let her sleep on the co-sleeper and she did pretty good, except she is so wiggly that she broke out of the swaddle twice during the night.

Day time naps have been pretty good, and she is usually sleeping while Cayden is up and once Cayden goes down for his nap, she is up. The sweet vicious cycle of naps that is keeping me trapped in this house. We did manage to go out for a walk yesterday and hit up a few parks along the way.

 

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Oh this girl.

Her official non-official weight was about 12lbs at our last Milk Club visit. This great studio in Boulder hosts a weekly Milk Club (breastfeeding and formula) were you can bring baby to hang out, chat with other moms and of course weigh your baby. We have her official check up later this week so I’m excited to see how much she weighs.

She has also found her voice this week. We went out on Valentine’s day for lunch and she chatted and squeaked the entire time. Then promptly crashed as we walked out of the restaurant and snoozed the entire way home.

 

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She giggles and is overall a pretty happy baby. She is so close on rolling over and it’s just been pissing her off in the evenings when she is doing floor/tummy time.

Cayden adores her and constantly asks where she is when she is not in sight. And slowly he has learned how to talk quietly and softly when she is sleeping but we are still working on that.

 

 

A complete meltdown, and there was also a Super Bowl Game

Last weekend was the Super Bowl, but apparently only Seattle Seahawks showed up to the game because the Broncos were murdered. But that’s beside the point and I’m not a big football fan anyway.

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Sunday morning was spent in the kitchen prepping and making a big batch of potato skins to take along to the party. Great idea in theory and it seemed so simple watching the Pioneer Women make them, but it took quite a bit of work but in the end they were delicious and disappeared quickly. By 3pm, we were making it out the door and into the car to head over to our friend’s super bowl party. I had showered, and I quickly nursed Lexie before plopping her in the carseat and loading up the other kid.

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At the party, Lexie was great and so chill. She hung out with Daddy while we chatted, ate and sampled the liquid refreshments.

After about 2 hours, I took Lexie aside, snuck into a quieter room in the house and prepared to nurse her. Now this girl loves to nurse, and from day 1 she has been a great nurser. Until today. She flat out refused. All the while screaming her poor head off. So we rocked and walked around until she calmed down, and tried again. Nope. Screams ensued. So we left the room and went back to the party. Daddy tried to calm her down and she was just so worked up. Finally after a bit she calmed down and fell asleep for about an hour without ever eating. By the time she woke up, I figured she must be ready to eat and would be starving. Tried again. Nope.

By now the game was pretty much done, we were in the 3rd quarter and the Seahawks were surely going to win. After another failed attempt to nurse her, we decided it was time to call it and head home. Perhaps she just wasn’t feeling it and plus it was way past the other kid’s bedtime. The one who kept sneaking cookies off the dessert tray in the kitchen and giggling with glee as he ran away.

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Lexie slept on the way home, Cayden stayed awake – maybe it was all the cookies? Once we got home, it was divide and conquer. Daddy took Cayden up for a quick bath and got him ready for bed, while I attempted to feed my sweet almost 4 month old baby who has not eaten since 3pm. It was now 9pm. She refused. I frantically googled  “4 month old refusing the breast” and read everything from being sick to breastfeeding strikes, to dehydration in little babies, and how to offer formula. In-between trying to calm her down and “researching” I had to stop and pump. Because she hasn’t eaten in 6 hours! I offered her some in a bottle. She didn’t take it. Finally around 11pm, and after hours of crying, she passed out. I set her down in the swing, fully expecting her to wake up in a few hours, but instead she slept through the night. She didn’t make a peep until the next morning around 7am. I, on the other hand, woke up several times during the night to either pump and to check to make sure she was still breathing and had a pulse.

By morning, she woke up happy and was ready to nurse. All was well in the world. She played it cool, and acted like nothing even happened.

Just to recap, last Sunday she went 16 hours without eating yet managed to sleep through the night for the first time. My mind is blown.

To all the moms out there dealing with colicky babies, my heart goes out to you. By no means is Lexie colicky, as this was just a wonky day, but I was completely shaken by how much crying she did. And that nothing I could offer her would calm her down most especially the breast as that is my go-to method to soothe her.