Friday, November 7, 2014

Five on Friday

It's been a crazy week and I could not be happier that it's the weekend :) It means I get to "sleep in" till 7am, spend time with my family and get some things done around the house!

ONE: Jeanette had her 9 month pediatrician appointment yesterday.  She's 18lbs, 5oz (50th percentile) and 30 inches long (99th percentile).  She's my tall, skinny girl!  They were already out of the flu shot dose she needed so I have to call back next week and make another appointment.  She didn't need any other vaccines at this visit and she doesn't go back till February for her ONE YEAR appointment.  How is that even possible?!?!

TWO: I ordered my Christmas cards this week.  There was a sale on Shutterfly and I didn't want to miss out!  This is the design I chose and I will post the card with our photos once I get them in the mail to our family and friends.  I wanted to be able to use several of my favorite photos from Jeanette's 9 month photo shoot as well as a few of her newborn pictures since I didn't send out a ton of birth announcements.

Image via Shutterfly
THREE: Last Monday the 27th it was two years since we adopted our cat Bradley from Cat Welfare here in Columbus.  He has been such a great addition to our family and is slowly learning to tolerate Jeanette.  I love his night time snuggles, sweet white paws and laid back personality.


FOUR: I ordered a play yard for Jeanette.  I really needed to find a solution to block of certain areas of the house and in a month or less, the Christmas tree.  Since we live in a split level house and have lots of stairs it's become difficult to have too many permanent baby gates.  I liked the idea of the play yard because it can be easily moved around and put away after she goes to bed at night.

Image via Amazon
FIVE: Two of my friends had babies this week, my friend Megan had her son on Monday and my friend Carrie had her daughter on Wednesday.  Both mom's had perfect labors without any complications, which is such a blessing!  For now, the baby boom among my friends is over and now the fun begins!  Lots of play dates are in the future :) 

Monday, November 3, 2014

A weekend of milestones

I cannot believe that it's November already and so much has already changed.  We had our first killing frost of the season here in Central Ohio and it now officially feels like winter weather could arrive any day.....I hate winter.  I would give my left arm to move to warmer climates, maybe someday we will but for now I will brace myself for the cold.

We didn't do anything for Halloween and that was fine with me.  We went out to dinner and came back home to relax.  Jeanette had been sick earlier in the week, I'm not sure if it was just teething or what was going on but she had a fever, congestion and was having a hard time sleeping.  She is still cutting her eye teeth on top and I know those are some of the most painful.  By Friday she seemed fine, but I figured we should probably try to just stay at home.

On Saturday morning I went to a local craft fair with my mom and grandma and had a nice time.  I got a few Christmas gifts as well as some custom ornaments for our family for the tree this year.  When I arrived home Andrew looked like he was ready to rip his hair out.  Let me preface this by saying he was home with Jeanette for two days this week while she was sick and she wasn't much fun.  But when I arrived home I discovered that she had learned to pull herself up to standing......um what?!?!  She had done this twice while my mom was watching her during the week but I thought maybe it was a freak thing till she did it again, and again and again!

By Sunday she was trying to climb the stairs and was even cruising a little.  I was in shock at how quickly it seemed this milestone had come.  It seems like the crawling took her a few weeks to master, but now here we are well on the way to walking!

I wasn't ready for this milestone!

And standing at the door.

And trying to climb the stairs!

Sunday morning may have been one of the few times she
wasn't trying to climb something.
Now I'm trying to figure out how to further baby proof the house.  I've had to take most of the stuff off our our end table and I ordered straps for the TV stand so she can't pull the TV onto herself.  I need to figure out something for the stairs because we have this trim work that goes up the stairs making it a bad place for a baby gate to stay stable.

I'm also not sure what to do about a Christmas tree for this year, Andrew says we shouldn't have one (um that is so not happening!) but we can put one in the bay window and maybe block off the area with a few baby gates.

I cannot believe how fast Jeanette has grown and that she will likely be trying to walk pretty soon.  People aren't kidding when they say that the time goes by fast.  The days are long but the years are certainly short as a friend told me over the weekend.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Jeanette - 9 months old

It's so hard for me to believe that my little girl is 9 months old!  The other day Andrew said he was looking at her baby pictures and couldn't believe how much she has changed.  People aren't kidding when they say that time flies because it really does!

Jeanette was 9 months old on October 23rd but I have not had time to post her update!!!

Height:  I can't find my measuring tape but I know she's gotten longer.  We will find out at her 9 month appointment next week.

Weight: 18 1/2lbs as of Thursday, she's getting so big! 

Clothes/Diapers:  Jeanette is mostly wearing 9 month clothes and 12 month pajamas because she needs the extra length.  I still need my mom to take in most of her pants because they are too big in the waist but she needs them to be longer.  She's still in a size 2 diaper and again, I don't see that changing anytime soon.

Sleep:  Jeanette has had a few days were she did not want to take a morning nap and others where she did not want to take an afternoon nap.  She still sleeps well at night, from 8:30pm to 7:00am most days.

Feedings:  We are still doing three bottles a day and solids three times a day.  She loves to eat and is starting to express to me that she is ready for more finger foods.  We have been doing the puffs and have also tried pieces of banana and some unseasoned, baked french fries too.  She loves that she can feed herself!  We tried meat once and she almost threw up so I've decided to wait and try again.  I haven't given her juice or cows milk yet and plan to ask the pediatrician about when/if I should do those things.  I also made her some baby food pancakes today and she LOVED them!  I stored some in the fridge and freezer for later :)

Worst Moment(s):  Teething has not been fun!  Poor girl has four bottom teeth and I think her top eye teeth are going to come through soon.  It's hard for her to nap on the days her teeth hurt and she sometimes wakes in the night and needs rocked back to sleep.  We also found out that our sitter won't be able to watch Jeanette anymore after mid-November and have had little luck finding someone else.

Best Moment(s):  Watching Jeanette's little personality develop has been so much fun.  She changes by the day and it's amazing to watch her learn and grow.

Development:  Jeanette is crawling well on her hands and knees, she can pull herself up on the couch and chair onto her knees but hasn't gotten on her toes yet.  She can clap her hands, say mama, dada, baba, caca, and dat.  She can pass objects from one hand to another and her pincer grasp is getting really good.  She can put food into her mouth without much effort and can recognize the faces of her family members.

Jeanette Likes:  Eating is probably her favorite thing on earth right now along with music, bath time, chasing the cat and dog, ripping up papers, moving to music, being snuggled and clapping her hands.

Jeanette Dislikes:  There aren't too many dislikes besides the failed attempt at trying meat.....

I wanted to get some outdoor photos of Jeanette in her Carhartts
and finally did this weekend.  She's such a ham when the camera
comes out and it's adorable! 




I only managed to get one good photo with her belly sticker
before she ripped it off and tried to eat it!  



Friday, October 17, 2014

Five on Friday

It's been one hell of a week!

ONE: I found out on Tuesday that as of November 6th, our sitter will no longer be able to watch Jeanette.  I don't want to get into the details, but I am devastated because we love her and she takes such good care of our sweet little girl.  I have been on care.com and asking friends for suggestions as well.  I can't stay home with her so we have to figure something out.  Please keep us in your thoughts as we find a new care provider.  I haven't been handling this well emotionally and have been up half the night for the last three days with anxiety and stress issues.  

TWO: I am OBSESSED with the song "Dirt" by Florida Georgia Line.  I have to turn the radio all the way up when it comes on, unless of course Jeanette is in the car.  I don't want to damage her hearing :)


THREE: I have to get back into some kind of workout routine.  I have been feeling very stressed and need a release in the evenings.  It's been a little crazy this month, but next week things should calm down so I hope to start working out after Jeanette goes to bed.  I have a doctor appointment in December for a check on my anxiety/stomach issues and want to have lost some weight before my appointment.

FOUR: Jeanette cut another bottom tooth this week and has two more that are close to the surface.  She also has a top tooth that might be coming through soon.  The last time she cut a tooth she got terrible diaper rash and it's back again.  Poor thing was miserable for most of the week but napped well yesterday and "helped" me do some laundry.  


FIVE: We don't have any concrete plans this weekend (other than Andrew going hunting) and I'm happy that we will most likely be spending the weekend at home!



Sunday, October 12, 2014

A successful surprise party!

So the big secret around here was the surprise party we threw for Andrew's mom and dad yesterday.  They both turned 70 on October 3rd and it's so neat that they have the same birthday!  I have been planning and sneaking around planning this party with Andrew's sister and sister-in-law.  We invited about 25 close family and friends and no one blew the surprise!

We told his parents that we were all meeting at his sisters house and then going out to dinner, but when they pulled in the driveway and saw all of us standing outside clapping and saying surprise they were shocked!

Andrew's sister hosted the party and we all made lots of food and treats for the guests.  To say they were shocked was an understatement and I am so glad we were able to keep things a secret.

We also took a few family photos to give them as a gift last weekend and managed to keep those a secret as well.




The party was really fun and I know Andrew's mom and dad enjoyed visiting with everyone for the afternoon.  Jeanette was a little fussy since she didn't take an afternoon nap, but she made it through the day without too much trouble.  




Andrew's sister made this awesome sign for the party (I saw the idea on Pinterest).  The 7 is all photos of Andrew's dad and the 0 is all pictures of Andrews mom.  She also made each of us a book with some of the photos along with a book report Andrew's mom did in the 6th grade about her life.

 It was a great day filled with lots of family and friends and I'm glad we managed to pull off such a great surprise!