Thursday, March 5, 2020

Marigold, Eleven Months

Marigold is 11 months old!

21 pounds!

Still my awesome little sleeper. :) I can tell she's getting close to dropping down to one nap . . . her two naps are getting shorter, her own doing . . .  but we're not quite there yet.

7:30am - wake-up
10:30am - nap 1
3pm - nap 2
8pm - bedtime

It's so nice to have such a great schedule!

-Walking!! She can take about 6 steps on her own before plopping down on her bummy. Go, girl!
-Finally popped that 2nd top tooth!
-Eating way more; can demolish an entire banana in approx. 1 minute.
-Gives kisses when you ask for kisses! Wide open, slobbery wet kisses!
-One time said, "more more more more" when she wanted more blueberries.

Margsie, Margs, Margo, Sis, and Margo Go are the most common ones. But we've also started calling her Margzilla this month, since she's super into her brothers' toys and destroys their creations all the time.


-Current favorite foods: blueberries, mango, banana, oranges, grapes, peanut butter, bread, pizza, pasta . . . we're showing signs of a typical toddler diet all of a sudden. AKA fruits and carbs are awesome, veggies are ignored. :P

-Margo is suuuuuper clingy lately. I'm guessing it's the 3 teeth she's popping. She wants Mama all the time. She will occasionally tolerate other family members, like Daddy or Nana, but only if I'm out of sight. And the second she can see me again, she will start crying hard until she's in my arms. Sweet peanut.

-As seen above, Margsie got a huge head bruise this month. She fell and bonked her head on the coffee table and ended up with a good size egg + bruise after that. Then, the very next day, she fell while walking and didn't fully catch herself in time, bonking her head straight on the floor, and the egg on her head doubled in sized. Took a solid week, maybe two, for the bruise to finally go away.

-Marigold loves to play! When she's not in super clingy mode (about 50% of the time), you can put her down and she'll wander away and play with anything. She especially loves our barn toy, freshly folded piles of laundry, floor food that hasn't been cleaned up yet, or whatever her brothers are playing with.

-We have a walker! She's my earliest walker to date. She was just shy of 11 months old, so basically 10 months old, and she figured it out. It makes sense. She's got her brothers to keep up with, so she was highly motivated! At this point, it's still just a few small steps and then a plop to the floor and crawling the rest of the way. But I bet after another month of practice, she'll be walking a ton more.

-I am shocked, yet again, at how quickly this year has flown by. My sweet little lady is about to be 1! In true parents-of-three fashion, we've decided to forgo the big party this time and are just planning dinner and a cake with family and her Godparents to celebrate her first birthday. Leaning toward a unicorn theme, but would that be too cliche of me? Ha! Do I really care?

Happy 11 months, Marigold Claire! We love you, silly girl! 

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Marigold, Ten Months

Marigold is 10 months old!

20 lb 3 oz

^^It is so hard to get her monthly photos now because all she wants to do is rollllll to get off her back.

Still my awesome sleeper.

8am - wake up
10:30am - first nap
3pm - second nap
8:30pm - asleep for the night

And we don't hear from her until 8am the next morning. Best li'l sleeper there ever was.

^^Daddy is her wardrobe manager. ;P

^^Attempt numero 2 for 10-month pics, and all she wanted to do again was rollll and stand.

^^Christmas morning at our house with my parents! <3

-Standing unassisted for many many seconds.
-Climbing the stairs all by herself (with a parent supervising right behind, of course).
-Cruising around furniture SO FAST.
-Walking while pushing her cart.
-Signing "all done" if we sign it at her first.
-Repeating more sounds: mama, dada, and bro bro.
-One top tooth, for a total of 3 teeth. It's a hilarious smile she's got these days.
-Sleeping in her big girl room all by herself!

Marigold Moo, Margsie, Margo, Margs, Sis, Sissy, Hairibow Meergs (don't even know how that one happened)


-As seen above, my parents visited for Christmas this year! They flew in on Christmas Eve and spent several days with us. It was such a treat to have them with us while we celebrated our favorite holiday.

-Marigold has had a boogery nose for weeks now! I think she's gotten back-to-back-to-back colds. Whew! She's mostly been in good spirits, despite the faucet of a nose she's currently rocking. But if we could cool it with the booger bugs, that'd be great.

-Her favorite foods right now are blackberries, blueberries, oranges, grapes, cheese, pizza, and balsamic chick peas.

-Margo is soooo close to walking! She's even tried taking a step, but she never quite gets her foot off the ground. I'm pretty positive she'll walk before one, but we'll see. All signs point to it: standing unassisted, cruising so fast around tables, walking behind her push cart. It's only a matter of time before she puts all her skills together and takes that first real step. Super exciting!

^^She was obsessed with this snacking pepper. She just wanted to crawl everywhere with it.

^^Marigold's big girl room! Complete with pink ceiling and a gallery wall of female saint portraits by Studio Senn.

-Right before the new year, we decided to move Margsie into her own room. She has done so well with the transition and we're all sleeping better because of it! So now we officially have a boys' room and a girl room and I have to say, that's pretty much a dream come true right there.

-Margsie still nurses 7 times a day! I think she's still getting a lot of her calories through breastmilk, but she's also eating like a champ. So in summary, she's chubby and I love it! :)

Happy 10 months, little lady! We love you like crazy!

Monday, January 6, 2020

Marigold, Nine Months

Marigold is 9 months old!

20 pounds, baby!

28.25", 60 somethingth percentile!

We are pleased as punch with Marigold's solid sleep schedule. Again, still variations here and there, but in general it's:

7:30am - wake up
10am - nap 1
3pm - nap 2
8:30pm - bedtime

Knock on wood, but there's rarely a night when she needs a night feeding! And her naps are long and good, most days. Now if we could just get her brothers on board with uninterrupted night sleep, we'd be golden. :P

^^Side note: that's the outfit I wore as a 1-year-old on Christmas Day 1987. GAH! Sah cute!

-Dancing to music!
-Standing without holding on to anything for approximately 0.2 seconds.
-Climbing up things, like onto the dishwasher.
-Copying us when we say, "All done!" Hers is more like, "Aaah Duuuh," or sometimes just, "Aaahh!" I swear she's also copying, "Hiiiii!" sometimes and, "Yeah!"

Margo, Margsie, Margo Moo, MARGS!


-I wrote a nearly identical comment when Jude turned 9 months old, but Margo is into everrrythinggg! The dishwasher, trash, newly folded clothes, the basket of kids socks on the bottom shelf of the changing table, little specks of anything she finds on the floor (fuzz balls, old dried up food, MUD . . . ughhh), shoes, your hair. Seriously, anything is fair game.

-One of her silliest tricks is fussing in the high chair during meals enough so that we clean her up (which she haaaates, btw), let her get down to play, and then she proceeds to snack on the food that fell from her tray just minutes before. Like she was done being in the high chair, but still wanted to eat. It's pretty silly and only mildly gross (floor food, bleckkkk). 

^^Her first Christmas tree picking outing!

-Current favorite foods are cheese, bread/crackers/carbs, oranges, steamed apples, all the meats, and peanut butter. She'll try almost anything you put in front of her (including the celeriac we served her today . . . loved it!), but she has gotten a little more selective . . . and it tends to be the carbs that have won her chubby baby heart. But overall, still v pleased with how good of an eater she is!

^^ Cousin Christmas pics. No babies harmed, promise.

-Margsie has been so clingy lately, and we're pretty sure it's teething-related. She especially wants mommy, mommy, and only mommy, and she isn't all that content being put down for long, which is really out of the norm for her. So she has earned the right to sing, "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth!" Spoiler alert: one popped through a few days after Christmas. ;) 

-Btw, the boys call her Margsie all the time and it's bonkers cute. You don't know cute until you hear your 2yo and 4yo casually squeal "MARGSIE!" at the baby, 20 times a day.

-The way Marigold bounces and yips when we go get her from her crib after a good nap is just the best part of my days. It's a full body bounce. Like she's laying down, and she's pumping her arms and bouncing her legs off the crib mattress, and it's obviously pure Marigold love coming out through every inch of her body. This mom gig ain't half bad.  

-And when she's not in her grumpy teething mood, she's the most content, chill baby, and she loves to be put down so she can crawl and explore and climb and take in the vast world around her. She'll play on her own for, IDK, 30 minutes to an hour? I just love it. 

Happy 3/4 of a year, Margo Moo! We love you!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Marigold, Eight Months

Marigold is 8 months old!

19 lb 8 oz. Half a pound gained since last month!

^^No babies were harmed in the snapping of this photo. 

^^She was all smiles the second daddy picked her up.

We finally have a solid sleep schedule! There are still little variations, by 30 minutes to an hour here and there, but overall it's:

7:30am - wake up
10am - first nap, typically 1.5-2 hours
12:30pm - first nap cut-off!
3pm - second nap, typically 1-2 hours
4:30pm - second nap cut-off!
8pm - in her crib for bedtime

And then Little Miss typically sleeps through the night!! She will occasionally wake for a middle-of-the-night or early-morning feeding, but that's only about 1-2x per week. 

Sleep, glorious sleeeeeep! 

-Real crawling!
-Pulling to stand!
-Cruising on furniture!!
-First two teeth!
-Way more hair! Still not sure if she's going to be a red head tho. *shrug*
-Really figuring out how to eat food!
-Picking up and eating every last speck off the floor. GROSS.
-Figured out object permanence! As a result: extra clingy to momma.

^^She never gets any attention. ;)

Margo, Margo Moo, Margs, Margsie, Hairibow Claire

-Marigold is a champ eater. I've never had a kiddo take off so fast on solid foods. She's great at bringing the food to her mouth, moving it around in her mouth, mashing it with her gums, and then 50/50 on swallowing vs. spitting it out. She seems to be getting a ton for an 8-month-old. And she pretty much tries everything we put in front of her. Favorites include cucumber, pear, soft carrots, sweet potato, egg, cheese, avocado, and bread.

-She will soon be moved out into her new bedroom! We're just working on getting blackout curtains hung. I bought the curtain rods and curtains over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend, so it should all be up soon. For now, she's still enjoying her time sleeping in her crib in our closet. Our wardrobe is not doing as well, as we can rarely get in there between her naps to put clothes away. So currently it's all unfolded and strewn about the bedroom floor. Don't judge plz. Our life will be back in order soon. Hahahaha jk. But maybe our clothes will be.

-Margs is SO good at pulling to stand, but SO unbalanced once she's up. She has fallen and bonked her head/cheek/chin/you name it more times than I can count. Doesn't matter if we are right next to her because it all happens so fast. Breaks my mama heart every time. Hopefully she gets sturdier on her feet soon!

-I wish I could capture all her noises and post them here to keep forever. She yips and screams and occasionally tries to copy short phrases from us. It's so dang cute! My favorite Margsie noise is when I get her from her crib in the morning or after naps. She yips and squeals and pumps her arms and legs in excitement. Gah! Can't handle all the cute!

-John Paul and Jude have officially warmed up to their sister. They've loved her since day one, but they've also shown us BIG feelings about adding a new family member over the last 1/2 a year, usually coming out sideways as unrelated tantrums and button pushing. But now that's pretty much out of their systems and for the first time they're saying things like, "I like Margo now!" and, "I love having a sister!" :) She's obsessed with them, so it's a good arrangement. Looking forward to many more years of sibbie love. It doesn't get much better than hearing a 4yo and 2yo call their baby sis "MARGS" all day long. Lolz.

Love you, sweet girl! You're pure awesome. <3

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