9 Months!

Baby girl turns 10 months in 10 days, so it goes without saying that I’m a little behind in posting this update!

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Quinn officially has been out as long as she was in! I don’t know how most other moms felt, but I felt that my pregnancy lasted FOREVER! I’m definitely in the camp of women that don’t mind being pregnant … but I would rather not be.

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These past 9 months have simultaneously flown and crept by. It feels like ages ago that I was laying in the hospital cuddling our new baby girl. But it also feels like just yesterday we witnessed her first smile and were fist-pumping when she sat up on her own.

Early on it felt like we’d go weeks without too much change. Now, it feels like there is something new each week. Either a tooth, a new trick, etc.

ACTIVITY

Although she still has yet to crawl or walk, she can roll everywhere. Our favorite thing to do is lay her on one side of the room and I’ll go to the other and hit the floor and say “Come here!!” She starts giggling and starts rolling to me. The more she rolls the more she giggles. It’s the absolute best part of my day.

As for crawling she will only get on her hands/knees from a sitting position. Then once she’s there she’ll rock back and forth a couple of times then shoot her legs out so she’s on her belly, then roll over to her back. I’m still not 100% sure if she’ll crawl or not.

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Her favorite thing to do is stand up. That’s all she wants to do. If we stand her up against the coffee table, and lay a remote a little ways from her, she’ll take a step or two towards it (aka – cruising). She has taken a few tumbles because she is fearless and doesn’t think she needs to hold on and will take off and just eat it.

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So, we do quite a bit of walking with her holding onto our hands. She loves loves loves this.

She is also starting to pull up on things. Scott has seen her pull up from a sitting position once. But, any time I’m around she tries a couple times then looks at me like, “Help me out here, mom!!”.

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She is definitely an energetic baby. She is constantly moving .. either kicking her feet, or moving around in a circle or shaking something. She loves hollering and being loud. Sometimes Scott and I have to tell her shhhhh!! because she is SO loud.

I know lots of parents say that you don’t want your baby to walk sooner than they have to, but she is at a stage where she is such a wiggle worm and wears us out! Case in point: if she’s on the floor she wants to be picked up, but as soon as we pick her up she starts wiggling trying to get out of our arms. She wants to walk so badly and she gets the biggest grin on her face when we finally stand her up. BUT, I know that we are NOT ready to baby-proof and have her getting into stuff around the house!

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PERSONALITY
Boy, does she have a lot of this! For being late to the game when she flashed us her first smile, she is one smiley kid now. I can get her to giggle just by making funny faces at her. I love hearing her talk to herself and just jabber.

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She definitely has to know what’s going on. If either one of us leaves a room she stops what she’s doing and will watch for a little while before going back to playing. Even when she’s eating, if someone/something is blocking her view she will lean to one side, or push someone out of the way to see what’s going on. Little Nosy.

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In addition to being observant, she is also very curious. She always trying to get into things she doesn’t need to be in. She likes to play with hangers, fingernail files, the lotion bottle, anything crinkly … like plastic bags, cups, water bottles, and pretty much anything else that is probably a choking/suffocation hazard.

SLEEPING
She is still sleeping from 7 p.m. until about 5:45-6 a.m. She takes about 3, 30-minute naps each day, but if we have her at home, she’ll take 2, 1-hour naps or longer. Lately she has been requiring more butt-patting to get to sleep, but I know she can go down by herself. We are just spoiling her. 🙂

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She definitely sleeps the best in her bed or car seat. We know she’s tired when she starts rubbing her eyes, yawning and sucking her thumb. But, when we lay her on her belly, she immediately gets this burst of energy and flips over really quickly and starts smiling and kicking her legs. I can’t help but laugh, so this is where the butt-patting comes in. I’m like, “I KNOW you’re tired. Just go to sleep!” And then she’ll just fight and fight it … then will zonk out and sleep for two hours. WTH?

She also LOVES having a blanket on her. It has a calming effect and she loves feeling soft fabric. She’ll rub it between her fingers and then rub it on her face.Or twirl her hair in her fingers. She also loves to feel her eyelashes while sucking her thumb. Definitely a texture kid.

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EATING
She is still guzzling the breast milk and takes 5, 6.5 ounce bottles each day in addition to eating 3, 4 ounce servings of pureed baby food with 1.5 tablespoons of oatmeal each serving. Big Momma. This may also be why she is in the 90th percentile for weight!

She’s also eating more and more table food. At first I was going to go the whole baby-led weaning route, but I don’t think she’d get nearly as much food. So, what works best for us is to start with table food: shredded chicken, shredded cheese, sweet potatoes, banana, etc. and let her get her fill, then I follow up with pureed food/oatmeal mix. This month the biggest milestones were her perfecting her pincer grasp and getting two teeth!

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At first we thought the two bottom middle teeth were the ones that had come in, but it’s actually a bottom middle and the one next to it (so, a central and lateral incisor). And those are some sharp little suckers!! I can only imagine what it would feel like to be breastfeeding a baby with teeth!

She rocks drinking from a sippy cup and when we’re home on the weekends, she’ll usually drink around 5+ ounces of water.

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Favorite table foods are: green beans, shredded cheese, shredded chicken, greek yogurt and puffs. She likes fish and eventually warmed up to broccoli. We have yet to try beef, mainly because we really don’t eat much red meat at our house. Maybe we’ll try spaghetti with meat sauce one night.

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She also knows how to sign “all done”! We’ve been working on different signs and she’s got this one down. The first time she got it, her eyes lit up because she knew that we understood the same thing. It was precious.

LIKES
– Kicking her legs (all. the. time.)
– Bath time
– Music (favorites are Scott’s guitars and classical music)
– Swinging in her swing outside
– Banging on her high chair tray
– Throwing her sippy cup
– Rolling all over the place
– Grabbing faces/glasses
– Clapping
– Standing up and banging on anything
– Getting kisses from mommy & daddy
– Playing catch and counting to 10 with Scott
– Any time we open the fridge (she specifically likes grabbing the lime juice)

DISLIKES
– When we walk out of the room
– Having her nose sucked/wiped
– Getting dressed
– When we try to see if she has new teeth
– Being put to sleep (even though she’s tired!!)

We love this baby girl so much and as much as I don’t want her to get any bigger, I seriously enjoy her personality and watching her learn new things!

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8 Months

Untitled design (1)Baby girl turned 8 months old a couple week ago, so I am WAY behind on this update. Quinn is Miss Personality these days as she tests the waters with different emotions which brings out different reactions in Scott and me.

We haven’t had her officially weighed since her last well baby visit at 6 months, but she’s about 21+ pounds and is wearing 9 month and some 12 month clothes, size 3 diapers, but she’s about to outgrow those.

SLEEP
In the morning she has been waking up around 5:30-6 a.m. Gone are the days of the 6:45 a.m. wake-up. Le sigh. She still is hit or miss on her naps at daycare. Some days she does really well, while others it’s a complete joke. However, when she’s home with us on the weekends, she definitely plays catch-up and will take 3-4 hours worth of naps PER DAY. She’s just a social butterfly and wants to be in on the action at daycare.

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She’s still a belly sleeper, but as soon as she stirs, she throws her right arm in the air and reaches back behind her back to roll herself over. Scott and I usually try to rush in there to roll her back over and pat her butt before she gets too awake and sometimes that can buy us an extra 45 minutes of sleep.

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This works about 20% of the time. Reason being … she’s a little trickster. When we’ve rolled her back on her belly, she crosses her arms and buries her face. After 5 minutes of butt patting … when we think she’s fallen back asleep and are creeping out of the room … she pops that head up, whips herself over and starts kicking her legs and smiling real big.

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It is the most precious thing, and you can’t help but laugh, until you realize she’s definitely not going back to sleep. SO, Plan B. We take her in the guest bedroom and one of us (Scott) will lay with her and sometimes we can get back to sleep. I can’t complain too much since she pretty much sleeps 11 hours straight. Plus, I would be lying if I said I didn’t love the extra snuggles.

FOOD
She’s eating more and more solid food. At daycare she puts down about 3 tbsp of oatmeal in the morning and at night we do 1.5 tbsp of oatmeal with 2 tbsp of a veggie/fruit. This next month (aka now since this post is late!) she begins the food program at daycare and is given 2 meals (grain/fruit in the morning and a grain/veggie in the afternoon) in addition to her three, 6.5 oz bottles.

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So far she has tried: avocado, banana, peas, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, summer squash, pumpkin, apples, strawberries, pineapple, mango, peaches, pears, blueberry, carrots, spinach and turkey.

All of this has been pureed, but I think I’m going to start moving toward soft, bite-sized foods, like: pasta, egg yolk, diced soft fruits and veggies, soft cheeses (chedder, jack, gouda), shreds of meat, multi-grain cheerios and yogurt/kefir.

NEW TRICKS
Laughing
– Quinn is pretty stone-faced. But this month we have really seen her open up and smile A LOT more. We can find her tickle spots pretty easily and lately, if someone is laughing, she’ll start laughing too. Scott still is the best at getting her to laugh! I love her little gummy smiles.

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Yelling – This is her newest communication method. She’ll do a short burst “Ah!” or do a yell/grunt and then look at us. If she doesn’t get a response, she’ll do it again. She definitely likes to be loud.

Waving Bye – A couple weekends ago she started to wave bye. We first noticed it when I was feeding her dinner and she would wave her fingers and say “buh”. One of the daycare girls told me she started doing it there too. She’s not 100% consistent, but we’re getting there!

TOYS
We are definitely in the thick of favorite toys. It’s funny because we went on vacation and only brought a handful of toys for her to play with. Then, once we were back at home and she had access to ALL her toys again, she lit up like a light bulb. “There you are!!!” Below are her current faves.

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  • Sophie the Giraffe – This is her favorite teether. She loves to gnaw on the head. Also, for some reason we missed that the giraffe’s name is Sophie and have called it Zuli this whole time. I have NO idea where Zuli came from!
  • Kitty Rattle – These were a gift from her aunt and she LOVES them. They are actually from Ikea. They are machine washable and I end up throwing them in with her clothes all the time.
  • Baby Einstein Musical Toy – I can’t remember where this came from, but we got it at one of our baby showers and just recently brought it out. She is obsessed with this thing! I honestly don’t mind it either. It’s not one of the annoying toys … I’m looking at you Vtech Beep Beep Baby Keys!!!! One, two, three start the engine, turn the key, we’re going on an adventure, just you and me! I’m a yellow car! [gaaaahhhhh! So annoying!]
  • VTech Sit-to-Stand Walker – Quinn loves to stand and she gets the biggest grin when she’s holding onto this thing. It also keeps her entertained for a long time so I can do a quick load of laundry, or get ready in the morning.
  • Jungle Mat – This is one toy that she has loved for many many months now. It’s so easy to tote around since it folds flat. She loves looking at herself in the little mirror, as well as standing and slapping the top of the green thing.
  • Fisher-Price Jumperoo – Mimi scored this second-hand and Quinn’s little legs are finally long enough to reach the ground on this thing. And now that she can reach the ground she is a jumping machine! It also cracks us up when she holds onto objects to spin herself around in it. Haha! This is another toy that buys us 15 minutes to make dinner, eat, etc!
  • Sassy Sensory Ball Set – Aunt La La gave these to Quinn for Christmas and she has loved them ever since. The middle “blue ball” is a favorite for playing catch with daddy and the right “hard ball” is the LOUDEST rattle ever. She absolutely loves loud rattles, so we bring this one out sparingly since it drives us crazy!
  • Indestructibles books – My friend Robin introduced these to us and they are awesome! Quinn can chew on them and they are machine washable! They still feel like a book and are great to bring to church or when we go out to eat. She loves chewing on them and crunching the paper.

OUTSIDE
This past month the weather warmed up quite nicely so we’ve been trying to be outdoors as much as possible. We ventured to our local park and also added a swing to the back yard.

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Also, if it’s nice in the evenings after work, I’ll grab our picnic blanket and we’ll just lay and play outside.

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Or hit up the hammock in our screened-in back porch!

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LIKES
– Standing up. She gives us a puppy dog wimper any time we are near her and she doesn’t want to sit anymore.
– Kicking her legs
– Clapping
– Bath time (in the big tub!)
– Music (especially Scott’s guitar and mandolin)
– Banging on her highchair
– Yelling

DISLIKES
– Getting dressed
– Having her nose wiped
– When I try to see if she has any teeth yet! (Still none!)
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When we walk out of the room

FIRSTS
This month held a couple of firsts. Quinn experienced her first trip to the grocery store and LOVED IT. Haha! So much to look at.

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Easter was this past month as well. The day before we had brought her to the doctor who told us she had an ear infection. So, the next day she was still not feeling the best. Hence “Quinn the Easter Grump” look in all the photos. 🙂 … also in her defense, she had just woken up from a nap and wasn’t quite ready to be social.

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She also experienced her first STL Cardinals Opening Day! Last year at this time I was just starting to show.

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It’s amazing the difference one year makes! We might have to make this photo an annual tradition. 🙂

That’s about it for this month. Other than going to the doctor the day before her 7 month birthday, we haven’t had to go back (knock on wood!). We’re hoping this trend continues! I’ll go ahead and leave you with this pic …. I love her eyes. They are the most beautiful things. Also, don’t mind the food on her face. We never do seem to get it all off!

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7 Months

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This last month hasn’t brought too many changes but with each passing day, Quinn’s little personality grows more and more. It’s so funny to see things that she never learned from us, but will do exactly like us. She may look like me, but she definitely has a lot of her daddy in her.

The way she sleeps. I find this hysterical. Quinn and Scott sleep the exact same way … on their belly with the right arm down by their side and the other by their face. She also sleeps with her arms down by her sides, which makes it look like she’s flying! Haha!

She is shy. Scott is definitely an introvert, but the most correct term to describe them both is: outgoing introvert. They can be social and like being around other people … until they don’t, and then you better leave them alone! Quinn likes to look around and take everything in. She is very observant. However, too much interaction and she can’t take it anymore. She just wants to play by herself. These two are already peas in a pod, and I look forward to seeing their relationship grow.

Her toes. Granted this is not a personality trait, but her toes look exactly like Scott’s. EXACTLY!!!

Her smile. This one she gets from me. She isn’t a grinning baby. She is a mouth wide open, big eyes, excited, panting little girl.

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She likes to talk. Lord have mercy. We call her our little jabberwocky because she just jabbers and talks and squeals and grunts and on and on. If you knew me as a child I never stopped talking. Lord help us once she actually starts talking in full sentences!!

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She LOVES the water. This one she got from her daddy. Since day one she has always loved bath time. She gets SO excited when we turn on the water. When she’s in the bath she just likes to lay back and relax. I daresay bath time is her favorite part of the day.

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Other things we’ve noticed over the last month:

  • She knows her name! I don’t know when this actually started, but WE finally realized this month that she knows she is “Quinn” (or Quinnie or Quinnie Pumpkin Pie) and will look at us when we say it. 🙂
  • She loves to clap! After every bite of food … clapping. When she wakes up in the morning and she sees us … clapping. When we change her diaper … clapping. It’s hysterical.
  • She can stand while holding onto something. Scott dropped in at daycare one day and played with her for a little bit. Her stood her up against one of the toys and let go to see what she’d do. She stood there holding onto the toy. I have a feeling she might skip crawling and go straight to walking.

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  • She definitely notices when we are out of the room. In the past if I was switching over loads of laundry or going to the bathroom, I’d leave her in her room or bouncy toy for a quick minute and she’d never notice. Now she does. Sometimes she fusses or cries, but most of the time she stops playing and just watches until one of us comes back.
  • She likes to give kisses. Granted they are of the open-mouthed, slobbery kind, but I wouldn’t have them any other way!
  • She’s obsessed with Scott playing his guitar. She will lay on the floor and listen to him play, then she’ll pop her head up and give him the biggest smile. This goes on and on for a while.

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As for food we have tried: avocado, peas, butternut squash, bananas, pears, peaches, pineapple, strawberries, sweet potatoes and apples. Surprisingly she loves the veggies more than the fruit. Well, except for bananas and apples. She LOVES apples. Howls it down and I can’t feed her fast enough She really likes peas and butternut squash.

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We did have a freak out moment when she woke up covered in hives one morning. We are pretty sure it was an allergic reaction to pineapple. She had been eating it all week and she had a diaper rash (when she really doesn’t get diaper rash), but I didn’t think anything of it. Well, I guess she had enough of the pineapple to completely break out. It’s all good now. And we now have an oral steroid just in case it happens again.

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At daycare she eats 2.5 tablespoons of oatmeal in the morning and at night we feed her 2 tablespoons of oatmeal with a half tablespoon of a couple different foods from above.

We’ve also introduced a cup to her. She looooooves the cup. She still isn’t sure about the water. She’ll drink it, but always gives me a surprised face like, “What is this, mom?! It’s not milk.” She loves to play and blow bubbles/backwash into the cup and then dump the water on herself then throw the cup. We’re working on it! I’m introducing these two transition cups to her to see how she does:Transition CupsShe still …
… is sleeping through the night (thank God!)
… loves stroller rides
… loves when we sing to her
… is ticklish on her legs and by her neck
… loves to grab hair and feel or scratch everything
… is sitting like a champ
… has no teeth!
… says “dadadada” all the time
… loves to blow raspberries
… sucks her thumb when she’s sleepy

She weighs about 19.5 pounds and is approximately 27 inches long. Big momma as we call her! 🙂

Over this next month I think we are going to have a mobile baby. We will have to start baby-proofing the house for sure!

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