Monday, February 22, 2010

8 months old... a day in the life...

Cute right? :) I failed to realize until we were done with our photo shoot that her shoe was half off... life's a beach. Anyway... I decided to tackle this month's entry as a day in the life kind of go. I've got a couple of extra fun things to mention to, but we'll get to those in a few. Here we go!

Little booger has been waking up earlier and earlier these days. I remember this phase with Reese. She would wake up, and we would let her talk and play herself back to sleep, which she did beautifully. Emma has become pretty good at that same scenario, however, sometimes she gets unruly, and I'm afraid she'll wake up monster #1, so she gets away with getting up earlier with me. We hear her stirring first around 5. That ain't happening. We ignore her, and she usually gets herself to sleep and wants to get back up around 625. I finally crawl out of bed around 645, go downstairs, start a fire and warm her bottle (6oz).
My original plan with breastfeeding was "if I can make it 6 months, we'll call it a success!" I made it 6 months and decided to keep going because it was going so well. Then the goal was to just take her until May. I have enough of a stash of frozen milk in the freezer to last quite some time, and it would have been plenty for the entire month of May and into June until she turned 1. HOWEVER, I got such a wonderful opportunity to go to California with my girlfriends from high school, and I COULD NOT PASS IT UP. I haven't been away from Reese for more than 4 nights in her entire life and not a single night from my Emma Grace, so as much as it kills me to leave them... I NEED this break... especially after this time Bryan has been out of town. We're headed out the second week in April... that put a kink in my nursing schedule. I was having anxiety about the whole thing, and then little precious Emma started to get a little rough and ugly with me and made the weaning early scenario a little easier to swallow. So needless to say I have a little over a month to wean my wee one. Last week I started giving her a bottle of formula in the morning (while I pump, which I'll continue doing until the second week in March). Yes I have milk in the freezer, but I need her to get used to the taste of the formula because she'll eventually have to have it, and she's uber hungry in the morning and will eat just about anything I'm pretty sure. :) We'll start taking nursings away and replacing them with bm/formula mixtures, and then eventually have her on formula... but not for long because then she'll move on to sippy cups of whole milk (we're gonna switch her all at once like Reese to save too many acts of drama). I'm not making my second goal, but we both gave it a hell of a go, and it was a HUGE success.

She'll play with Reese and I, and even some by herself (but not for too long because she is literally attached to my hip and cries and cries and cries if she can't see me or feel me), until she's ready to eat again around 9ish. I'll give her some EB oatmeal (with bm in it... she WILL NOT take it made with formula) by itself or mixed with EB mixed fruit breakfasts. She usually sleeps about an hour and a half to 2 hours... until it's time for her to eat yet again. :) I nurse her, and then she's up to play for about 2 more hours until... you guessed it... she's ready to eat again. For lunches she gets either a homemade fruit or non green veggie and a nursing. Then it's naptime again. She'll nap again for about 1.5-2 hours until she eats again... just nursing. We play our little hearts out until 5/6ish when she has a nice green dinner (or sweet potatoes... which are one of her favorites) and a nursing before bed around 630-700. That's 6 meals... 3 milk only... and 3 solids/milk meals. The goal by the time I leave is to have 4 6oz bottles and 3 solids only meals.
When it comes to foods she likes... just about anything. :) She hearts peas, green beans, broccoli, sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, squash, pears, apples, blueberries... she hates avocado, banana by itself (if it's mixed in with something she's fine), and I discovered after finding her crib covered in vomit that she doesn't fancy mangoes either. :) As far as finger type solid foods, she likes puffs and yogurt melts, but she can't feed them to herself yet. I've given her arrowroot cookies and mum mums, but she's not all about working for her food yet.
We've discovered she can in fact roll from her belly back over to her back... she just doesn't. Argh. She does it all the time in her crib. She is however desperately trying to crawl. She can get all the way up onto her pelvis and rotate completely around. We've constantly found her further back from where she originally started on her play blanket. It cracks me up how they move backward before they can figure out how to go forward! Today I caught her rocking herself to get her butt on top of her legs. Reese started the downward facing dog around this time too before she started to crawl, so we're curious to see if EG will follow suit.
Emma Grace is a very quiet little thing in general, but can really let out some adorable giggles. She's been doing the gaga's, mama's, and baba's. I posted a video of her clucking with her tongue... she's just so sweet and special. Before we know it she'll be 1! I've also started planning the party already. :) Crazy? Perhaps, but I remember being so bent out of shape over Reese's 1st birthday party... I know I'll need the extra time. Hint... think luau! :) Until next month... ooooh... when we finally have some measurements! :)

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