Elizabeth’s 8 Month Update!

20140611-065928-25168988.jpgElizabeth is 8 months!  Another month down… can’t believe it.  Here’s what she’s been up to for the last month!

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Height/Weight | As of her last doctor’s appointment a few weeks ago, she’s cruised over the 15 lb mark (19%). She also apparently has shrunk, now at  25.4″ (8.5%).  I think the height thing is the HARDEST thing to measure on a wiggly baby.

Routine | Elizabeth is starting to SLIGHTLY change her routine.

  • 6:30-7:00am – Wake up, diaper change and bottle.
  • 7:30am – Play time!  Right now she loves her farm animals and a dolly.  We’ll also head out on a walk.
  • 8:30am – If it’s Monday, Wednesday or Friday, we do a bath.  She’s enjoying baths a little more, but leaning back to rinse her head is still “scary”.
  • 9:00am – Down for first nap of the day, and usually finishes off whatever was left in her bottle.
  • 10:30am – Wake up, diaper change and into her clothes for the day, and then bottle.
  • 11:00am – If we’re running errands, we go now.
  • 1:30pm – Down for the afternoon nap, and finishes whatever was left in her bottle.
  • 3:00pm – Wake up, diaper change, and bottle.
  • 4:00pm – She plays while I start dinner.  Right now she loves sitting on the floor playing.
  • 5:00pm – Husband’s usually home by now, and we all three sit down for dinner.
  • 6:00pm – Get ready for bed!  She changes into jammies, and gets her final bottle.
  • 6:30pm – Lights out and asleep!

Sleeping | Still sleeping amazing *knock on wood* with a full 12 hours at night, plus two naps.  She’s in a phase right now where she’ll wake up in the middle of her nap and play.  Then back to sleep again.  It’s so cute listening to her on the monitor.

Eating |  She’s still eating 6-8oz of formula each bottle session (there are 4).  All’s fine there.  Baby Led Weaning is still going on.  Elizabeth has a protest of bottles a few weeks back, and we had to do three meals of real food for a week. That tapered off, and now we’re back to 1-2 meals a day.  Her favorite foods are avocados (still), corn on the cob, and rice and beans.

Sizes | Elizabeth is still between sizes. She wears 9 month PJs and pants because her legs are long, but they are still big in the body.  She rocks 6 & 9 month dresses.  She has now moved up to Size 3 diapers (as of Sunday).  Too many blow outs (that’s the sign)!

Milestones | There are quite a few to report!

  • She is officially able to sit on her own, without supervision (meaning, she doesn’t topple over immediately)!  HUGE and makes play time a lot more fun.
  • I swear Elizabeth knows how to crawl, but she just refuses to do it.  She leans forward, almost on to her knees, then sits back up.  She’s so stinking close!
  • She did, technically, crawl a few steps, but won’t replicate it.
  • She also took a few steps while holding onto my fingers!
  • Elizabeth does love to roll around though.  That’s her current way of getting around.
  • She had her first trip to the zoo!
  • Elizabeth can wave… when she’s in the mood for it 🙂
  • In the food category, she mastered using a straw sippy cup, and has enjoyed a few baby snacks (we’re testing a few to see which ones we should take with us on our plane trip in a month).
  • Her favorite toys right now are her farm animals and her dolly from Target.  She also loves her two blankies my friend’s mom made for her.
  • Elizabeth starting smacking her lips.  Not sure what it means…
  • One of her favorite games is sitting on the back of the sofa and having mommy hop her up and down, so she can see herself in the mirror.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from over the last month!

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Elizabeth’s 7 Month Update!

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Elizabeth is 7 months!  Holy schmoly.  Where has the time gone?  Does it always zoom this fast?  I swear, tomorrow she’s pulling out of the driveway to go to college.

Anyway, our little ham posed for her 7 month pictures on Mother’s Day, and it took all of 2 minutes to snap about 15 pictures.  They were all a hoot!  I couldn’t pick just one to share.

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Height/Weight: As of last week, she’s 14 lb 13 oz (16%) and 26″ (35%).  Following her little growth curve perfectly!

Routine: Elizabeth is still on the same routine she was a month ago.  FYI – I’ve been loosely following Moms On Call’s schedule app since the day we brought her home from the hospital.  I’m not sure if the schedule helped her sleep well and stick to a routine, or if she’s just naturally a routine person.  Who knows!

  • 7:00am – Wake up, diaper change and bottle.
  • 7:30am – Play time!  Right now she loves her bead maze.
  • 8:00am – If it’s Monday, Wednesday or Friday, we do a bath.  We used to do baths in the evenings, but we’re both so tired in the evenings, it wasn’t pleasant for either of us.  She’s still not a bath fan.
  • 8:30am – Down for first nap of the day, and usually finishes off whatever was left in her bottle.
  • 10:30am – Wake up, diaper change and into her clothes for the day, and then bottle.
  • 11:00am – If we’re running errands, we go now.
  • 1:00pm – Down for the afternoon nap, and finishes whatever was left in her bottle.
  • 3:00pm – Wake up, diaper change, and bottle.
  • 4:00pm – She plays while I start dinner.  Right now she loves sitting on the floor playing.
  • 5:00pm – Husband’s usually home by now, and we all three sit down for dinner.  We do Baby Led Weaning!
  • 6:00pm – Get ready for bed!  She changes into jammies, and gets her final bottle.
  • 7:00pm – Lights out and asleep! She’s usually in bed and lights out earlier, but this is the absolute latest she goes down.

Sleeping: Still sleeping amazing *knock on wood* and a full 12 hours.  When she’s fussy, it’s usually because she’s tired.  And she doesn’t like to be messed with when she’s sleepy.  So at nap and bed time, we read a story, bottle, and right to bed!

Eating:  She’s still eating 6-8oz of formula each bottle session (there are 4).  All’s fine there.  Baby Led Weaning is still going on.  We’re really only doing one meal a day, and it’s usually dinner time.  Sometimes it’s a little bit of what my husband and I are eating, and other times it’s a batch of roasted vegetables I’ve pre-done.  Her favs right now are carrots, avocados, and eggs.

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Sizes: Elizabeth is still between sizes. She wears 9 month PJs because her legs are long, but they are still big in the body.  She rocks 6 & 9 month dresses.  She also is wearing size 2 diapers.

Milestones: Each day Elizabeth wakes up and has something new to learn! It’s awesome!

  • She loves sitting on her own now, and enjoys a laundry basket as a fun play area.
  • She tried the first the swing for the first time and loved it!
  • Elizabeth doesn’t really enjoy tummy time still, and doesn’t really show an interest in crawling.  But she enjoys trying to stand up!  We may skip crawling and go straight to walking.
  • Peek a boo is a sure-fire way to get her to giggle.  And she’s started to cover/uncover her own face, whether it’s on purpose or on accident!
  • Again, Elizabeth is such a ham!  The minute she sees my phone pop out, she knows it’s time to pose for a picture.
  • AND she seems to know her name is Elizabeth. At least that’s what it seems 🙂
  • She seems to be more vocal.  She loves blowing raspberries, laughing, and this pterodactyl-like screech.  That last one is awesome at church.
  • She had several firsts this month – first tornado warning (see pic below), first vacation/stay in a hotel (well technically, hotel closet.  Her pack-n-play fit perfectly in the closet, so she had her own little room), and first fire drill (at previously mentioned hotel).


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Hey Hey! It’s Friday!

Yippee!  Friday!  Here’s some highlights from this week.

1.  Our little one decided she was comfortable to sit up on her own!  It’s pretty exciting, but makes us realize how quickly she’s growing.

2. I did a smidge of shopping.  I was on the hunt for a Spring dress, and was striking out all over town (went to my tried-and-true stops: Target, Ross, T.J. Maxx…).  I finally found a dress (not necessarily spring, though) at Old Navy.  And all the dresses are currently on sale, so I scored this one for $15! Stripes are my favorite obsession right now!cn7667839

3. I’m officially obsessed with the Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Pretzel Slims.  Pretzels covered with dark chocolate.  Yum!  I’m so obsessed, I had to buy two bags this week.  I was trying to be strong and save the second bag for our road trip today, but I couldn’t hold out.

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