Emerson is Seven Months

Thursday, August 31, 2017

I'm going to be straight up honest. I've been trying to write this post for weeks but I couldn't get my laptop out of my nightstand drawer because it was too full and got stuck. That's a true story and it took me nearly 45 minutes to get it open after emptying every single drawer and literally shaking it out. Ugh. 

Anyways. Emerson is 7 months old and this has probably been her biggest month as far as milestones go. She is such a happy baby and is constantly smiling and laughing. It just melts my heart. 

Andrew and I took our first vacation away from her. We went to San Francisco and Napa for 5 days. We went with some of our close friends and had the best time, but I'm not going to lie, it wasn't easy being away from her. Between my mom and MIL, she was well taken care of but I missed her like crazy. I pumped the entire time there and brought my milk back with no problems so if anyone has any travel questions while breastfeeding, let me know! I also went to NYC for work last week and brought my milk back too. This was Andrew's first time with her alone for 3 straight days. They did well but I think they were both happy to see me come home. And, I was happy to be home.  

So, her biggest "accomplishments" so to speak this month have been:

Sitting up on her own with no support
Pulling up on things and standing with support
Army crawling like crazy
Clapping her hands
Saying "Dada" and "Mama"
We introduced fruits (bananas and blueberries) and she loves them! 
We took her golfing for the first time and she loved the golf cart and being outside. 

Y'all. This picture below has the sweetest story. I legit starting crying when her teachers told me that she was crawling around the floor, found our family picture and went straight to it and wouldn't leave it. She just stared at it and smiled. Proud mama moment. 

Andrew was out of town a few weeks ago (she was right at 7 months) and Emerson and I were hanging out in the living room. She was on her play mat just playing with her toys and all of a sudden, she tried pulling herself up on one of her seats. She was holding on to the edge of her seat but was completely standing up on her own! I immediately called Andrew and he told me to go lower her crib. I'm sorry, what? He was going to be out of town for 2 nights so he thought that if she can pull herself up then she could probably do the same thing in the crib and fall out. So, I pulled out the drill, took apart the crib and then lowered it but then realized I needed another set of hands to put it back together based on the awkwardness of the length of the crib. I called one of Andrew's best friend's who happens to live two doors down and he came to my rescue! So the most logical thing to do that night was to stay up late and baby proof the house. 

She can say "dada" and 'mama" and "hi!" 
I will have to admit that she said "dada" first, but what kid doesn't? (I actually said mama first when I was little). But, dada is so much easier to say. She doesn't use the words in context or know what they mean, but she has said them. 

She is obsessed with remote controls and cell phones. She'll crawl any distance just to get ahold of one. 

She loves playing in her exersaucer. She would bounce in it for hours if we'd let her! She is so strong and it's so cute to see her little legs jumping up and down. 

She is OBSESSED with the baby pool at school. It's not a real pool, but that's what they call it and they keep little toys and balls in it. 

Playing is hard work! 

She's still sucking her thumb and I don't know how to break the habit. 

All of these pictures below were taken by my mom when she kept her while we were in California. How sweet are the pictures of her during the children's sermon at church? 

Just playing around at school! 

This picture makes me laugh every time. She actually really likes avocado but you probably can't tell from this face! 

We will miss Ms. Natasha! She is no longer at E's school, but we loved having her as a teacher. 

She has grown so much and this was probably my favorite month thus far. She is such a happy and loving baby and she is just becoming so alert and fun! 

Emerson is Six Months

Sunday, July 30, 2017

We are HALF way to our sweet girl's first birthday. How is that even possible? I feel like she has changed so much lately and while it is so fun to see her go through all of these milestones, it definitely brings tears to my eyes to see how quickly she's growing. 

We had her 6 month check up at the pediatrician's office last week and she is just over 15 pounds which puts her in the 27th percentile which is huge since she has been anywhere from 7th-14th percentile previously. She is 26 1/4" which dropped her from the 90th percentile to around 60th...so I'm not sure how accurate that is. 

Our pediatrician thinks her blue eyes are here to say, and I am so thankful for that! For someone who is brown haired, brown eyes, this makes my heart happy to have a blue eyed baby. We don't have anyone on my side or Andrew's side that has blue eyes so we don't know where she gets it from! Her once very dark hair has turned blonde but is beginning to darken up a little. Who would ever think I'd have a blonde hair, blue eyed babe? Not me!

We are transitioning her to size 2 diapers but she's mainly still in 1's. She's still in a lot of 3 month clothes but we are transitioning her to 6 months. Tiny girl! 

She is a thumb sucker and I hope that doesn't stay around for long. She really only sucks her thumb when she is really tired and fighting her sleep. She's never really taken a paci and there are days that I wish she would take that instead of her thumb. You can always take a paci away, but not the thumb. 

She is crawling! Well, I say "crawling" but really it is an army crawl on all fours and she scoots back and forth (and rocks) but can definitely get around. We'll put something a few feet away (she loves fetching our phones) and she'll shimmy her way to it and grab it! 

So far, she's eaten oatmeal (her absolute favorite), peas (her absolute least favorite), green beans, carrots and sweet potatoes. Our pediatrician recommended that she try peanut butter. I had always heard that you were supposed to wait until they were one, but she said that has changed and now the earlier they are introduced to it, the least likely they are to have the allergy. Emerson likes it okay but not as much as I thought she would! She's only tried it twice but I'm sure she'll grow to like it more. At school, she doesn't always seem interested in eating her veggies but as soon as one of her teachers starts feeding another baby, she'll eat. Copy cat. 

She doesn't nap that much at school and I believe that's because she's still extremely nosey. She is too interested in the activities around her and it distracts her from sleeping. I'm okay with that because she's sleeping through the night so she gets plenty of sleep at home. She's been sleeping through the night since she was 9 weeks old and I can't complain about that! She currently sleeps from about 7:30pm-6:30am. 

We absolutely love her teachers at "school" and Emerson is always sad to leave them in the afternoons. I love getting all of these pictures from them throughout the day. It makes me feel like I'm there with her.