Wednesday, September 25, 2013

6 Months Old

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I can't believe that my baby is already half a year old.  It doesn't seem like it's possible.  In some respects it feels like she was just born yesterday but in others it's like I've know her my whole life.  It's been a little hard to come to grips that Maggie is now closer to being a one year old then she is a newborn.  :(  I had plans to celebrate this milestone with a little cake (just for grownups) but didn't get around to it.  I guess it's time to start planning her birthday party.  Ha!  But at the same time, it has been so fun to see her grow, learn new skills and start to develop her own little personality.  Every stage comes with new challenges but they also packed full of fun surprises.

This past month I feel like Maggie has really developed into a baby rather then a newborn.  She started to sit up right at the beginning of her 5th month and now has it pretty down pat.  She still hasn't made any real effort to try and be mobile yet (which I'm ok with).  At her 6 month appointment, her doctor called her a "lap baby" because she's pretty content just hanging out.  She will go for toys that are within reach but doesn't care too much about the ones that are farther away.  I've been trying to help her along by showing her how her legs can go under her and letting her push on my hands to try and move.  I know we will get there.

She is still teething but no teeth have popped through yet.  Luckily, she not to the point her she puts everything in her mouth yet.  She does some but it's not bad.  I'm just trying to enjoy every stage for what it is because I now know how quickly they pass.  I will be excited for her when she starts to become mobile but I know that will bring on a whole new set of challenges!

This past month was filled with trips to Kansas City (per usual), Wichita, Ryan's home town and Hutchinson for the State Fair.  Our good friends Matt, Kara & Greta came to visit as well.  Maggie also went to her first baby shower.  Ha!

Now on to the monthly photos.
Showing off her new sitting up skills.

One of my favorites!

The tongue is out on a regular basis especially when she's excited.  She also does this little huff and puff noise too.  It's oh so cute.

Apparently I was boring her.

Here are just a few pics from this last month.
I brought out some of my baby clothes from when I was little to put Maggie in.  This was my outfit I was brought home from the hospital in.

Had to throw on one of my bonnets.  Let's bring these back please!

We visited my old coworkers for a farewell luncheon for a guy that was leaving.  The above pic is of my two bosses with Mags.

We traveled to Wichita to visit with some friends and had a fun play date.

Michelle & Henri

Maggie & I

Just a short video of Maggie's first ride on a slide.  Not too eventful.  ;)

Ryan & David with their babies.

Grandpa & Mags

Then we headed to Hutch for Maggie's first State Fair experience.  Her pants came off pretty quickly as I realized it was warmer then expected.

Maggie's Grandparents introducing her to the different farm animals.

This quickly wore her out.

And she crashed on her Meme.  Couldn't you just eat her up?!

She is one lucky little girl to have these two in her life.

Back at the farm, Meme was showing Mags the vegetable garden.  She was pretty impressed!

Maggie has also been introduced to her first Kansas State football season.

This maybe a building year for us but Maggie still loves them!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Current Schedule

I don't know about you but I am always curious what other moms and their babies schedule look like.  I've been wanting to document our schedule for awhile now but it was never consistent nor could I really call it a "schedule".  It was definitely a free for all for the first few months.  We were both trying to figure each other out.  I, for some reason, really put pressure on myself to get Maggie into a routine.  However, it left both of us pretty frustrated.  I don't think she was really ready to follow much of one until about 4 months.  Ever since then our days have been pretty consistent other then a few off ones here and there.  I know as soon as I write this down it will change (like everything else), but it will be nice to look back on to remember, especially if we ever have any more kids.

It was really hard for me to find a routine.  It took a little bit of what worked for me and what Maggie was wanting/needing.  Everyday always varies a little bit depending on what we are doing but I have a basic idea of when she needs to nap and eat.  So here's a little sample of a typical day.

7:30am - I wake up to pump and get Maggie's bottle ready before she wakes up.  Sometimes she will wake up before me so then I will just breastfeed her, and then pump afterwards as I am usually still pretty "full".

8:00am - I go in to wake Maggie up, change her diaper and then feed her a bottle & give her vitamins.  She is usually still a little sleepy so we will cuddle or she'll play on my lap.  She is so sweet in the mornings and I like to soak that up (and I kiss her a lot). :)  Once she's a little more awake and active we will either play in the jumper or on her activity mat.  We always work on her sitting skills and include tummy time.

9:00am - Since Maggie turned 5 months old we started introducing solids.  Around this time I will give her a little bit of oatmeal cereal and whatever veggie or fruit we are trying out.

9:30am (Sometimes before this) - I will put Mags down for her first nap.  I just look for her cues like rubbing her face, yawning and/or getting a little fussy.  She can only make it about 1.5 to 2 hours between naps still, and less in the morning.  She will nap anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half.  So that will also dictate our schedule for the rest of the day.  During this time is when I will shower and get ready for the day and eat breakfast.  I will also pump.

11:00am - This is when I usually change her into her daytime clothes and then we play some more.  If the weather is nice we will go for a walk.  Most days Ryan will come home for lunch and play with Maggie while I make us some sandwiches.  If he doesn't then I wait until she goes down for her next nap to eat.

11:30am - Feed Maggie her bottle of breast milk.  She eats about every 3.5 hours now.  If I try to do it any sooner she will just "snack" feed.  This is also when I will give her probiotic drops.

12:30pm  - Maggie goes down for another nap.  This is when I will either eat, clean up, blog or do what ever I was needing to get done that day.  I will also pump.

2:00pm - This is typically when we will run errands if we have any.  If we have no place to be then we will play music, sing songs, read books, work on developmental skills and go outside to rock in the glider or swing.  I will also give Maggie a little bit of independent play time while I get some house work done like vacuuming which is hard to do when she's napping.  But she is always in my sights!

3:00pm - Feed Mag's her bottle.

3:30/4:00pm - She goes down for her 3rd and final nap.  This is typically her shortest nap for the day.  I pump and relax a little bit.

5:00pm - I always make sure she is up by 5 so it doesn't mess up her bedtime.  I will also offer her another bottle.  I sort of cluster feed during the evening to get her nice and full before bed time.  :)  

5:30/6:00pm - Ryan gets home and plays with her while I figure out dinner.  He will also feed her her evening solids.

7:00pm - We start her bedtime routine.  We give her a bath every other night.  She loves this time and we let her play a little bit in the water.  Then we change her into her pj's, dim the lights and feed her the last bottle of breast milk.  

7:30/8:00pm - We put Maggie to bed.  Then it's mommy & daddy time!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

4 & 5 Month Favorites

4 - 5 Month Favorites

1. Aden + anais Muslin Sleeping Bag - There for awhile, after Maggie was done with swaddling, I used the Aden + Anais swaddle blankets to still wrap up the lower half of her body.  When she just kept kicking it off I transitioned to these sleep sacks, and she LOVES them!  They are thin and breathable so she will not get too warm at night.  Plus she loves to grab and play with the material.

2. Aden + anais 2 Pack Muslin Issie Security Blanket - Once I realized how much Maggie loved the material of her sleep sack and seemed to be soothed by it, I decided to try out these security blankets we received as a gift.  She immediately took to them.  She always searches for it in her crib and likes to drape it across her face, which totally freaked me out at first.  I tried to move it a couple of times but having it near her face soothes her to sleep.  The fact that they are completely breathable, and she is able to take it off her face when she wants, helped reassure me she was fine.

3. Fisher-Price Luv U Zoo Jumperoo - I put Maggie in this jumperoo pretty early.  She loved to just stare at all the colors and the light up feature on it.  Now, she loves to jump her little heart out.  She is even grabbing at the hanging toys and trying to figure out all the gadgets.  I used to keep a pillow under her because she wasn't quite tall enough to reach the floor.  She is still not totally there yet but now I just put a little square foam floor under her.

4. Sassy Crib & Floor Mirror - I swear this child has loved this mirror since she was a newborn.  Now she likes to squeal at her reflection.  She also likes to try and locate mommy, daddy and the ceiling fan in the mirror

5. Motorola MBP36 Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor with 3.5-Inch Color... - This was the third monitor we tried before we were finally happy!  We started out with the iBaby because you could use your iPhone or iPad to monitor your baby.  I really wanted it to work and it had great picture quality.  However, it kept loosing connection with our wifi and the app continued to have glitches.  Then we tried a D-Link home monitoring system and hated it.  I really wasn't designed to be a baby monitor.  We finally went back to BuyBuyBaby, and the sales lady recommended the Motorola.  She said it was their highest selling and least returned monitor.  So we gave it a go, and so far (knock on wood) we have been really happy with the quality.  You can talk to your baby, play her lullabies and it's so easy to take with you on trips (big bonus for us).

6. Baby Feel and Learn Soft Book - This is her favorite thing to play with, and I swear she knows how to turn the pages.  She loves the crinkle noise and all the different textures she can scratch and pet.  I ended up buying her a bunch of these types of books, and it was definitely money well spent.