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

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Marigold, Seven Months

19 pounds of pure, wonderful chubbiness.

At her 6-month appointment on October 8, she was 27.75 inches, aka 96th percentile!

^^Our first attempt at her 7-month pics, in which she would only stay on her back if she was distracted by her brothers' cars.

Sleep has been bonkers amazing the past month!! We have a loose schedule everyday, and I can't even tell you how happy I am that we sorta have a schedule to the sleep madness finally!

Wake up around 8am.
First nap around 10:30am.
Second nap around 2:30pm.
Get ready for bed around 7:30pm.
In crib by 8pm.
Asleep by 8:15pm.

Occasionally there's a middle-of-the-night feeding or an early morning wake-up around 6am. But most nights, it's 11+ hours of blissful, uninterrupted sleep for Miss Marigold. We're here for it.

Other things to note about sleep. It did take a whole month for the naps to work themselves out, but she's officially taking a 1.5-to-2.5-hour nap in the mornings and a 1-to-2-hour nap in the afternoons. When we started with the schedule, sometimes she'd take a dinky 45-minute nap in the morning and that would throw everything off and result in a 3-nap day. I'm sooo thankful to finally be past that! The only downside is that my kids trade naps all day long now. Margo naps in the morning and late afternoon, Jude in the middle of the day at 1:30pm, and John Paul just officially outgrew the nap. But I'm not complaining! It feels so good to have well-napped, well-slept kids and parents.

-Army crawling SO fast across the whole house.
-Absolutely trying to real crawl. She can get up on all fours and rock, but hasn't moved the hands or knees forward yet. SO SOON!
-Eating all the big girl foods! More on that in a sec.
-Consistently sleeping through the night! *happiest of all happy dances*
-Babbling "dada!" Her favorite version is using her high-pitched screamy voice.
-Trying to copy sounds we're making, like shhhhhh, and gestures, like fist bumps and "all done" hands.
-Repositioning from sitting to laying on the floor with relative ease, although there is still the occasional head bonk when she doesn't have full control.
-Popping her first tooth! And it seems the second is soon to follow.

Margo, Margs, Sis, and Margsy are the most used.

-On the first day of her 7th month, we arrived in Rhode Island for a one-week trip to visit my family. My siblings hadn't met her yet, nor my extended family, so it was great fun to show her off all week. The boys obviously loved the adventure as well. And because we had gotten her on a sleep schedule the two weeks before we left, her sleep was basically unaffected, even with all the traveling and sleeping in new environments. So as it turns out, she's an awesome travel baby. See following pics for some of my favorite moments in RI.

^^ My sister made this troll doll hat for Margo and it's hilariously cute.

^^These "baby holders" in public restrooms are quite hilarious and possibly not all that safe. 🙈

-Marigold got to start solid foods this month! Her first food was cucumber, and from there we've given her little bits of what we're eating, so long as it's not too salty. She's tried avocado, bread, carrots, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, chicken, steak, eggs, apples, strawberries, hummus, peanut butter, and so on. Of all my kiddos, she's figured out food the fastest. She's not swallowing much yet, but she's so excited to try, can basically pick up and get anything she wants up to her mouth, and she's getting enough to change the consistency of her diapers. Eep! It's so fun to watch her explore this new world!

-Sis continues to love playing on the floor, and now that she can army crawl, she loves it even more. She will move all the way across a room just to get her hands on a toy. I've even seen her "chase" after John Paul, who was crawling around and away from her. It was the most adorable game of tag I've ever seen.

-Miss Margo is still sleeping in our closet, but will soon be updated to her own bedroom. Our hold-up is that we wanted to get her room painted before we move her over. So we've been mulling over colors for weeks, and finally settled on the perfect pink for her ceiling and a creamy white for her walls. I'll be sure to include some pictures in a later post, once it's finished.

-Marigold has had croup over the past week. John Paul had it first, probably picked up from school, then Jude had it, and now Margo is finally recovering from it. She has sounded pitiful, like an old smoker when she babbles and cries. But she was never miserable, and it didn't interrupt her sleep much at all. What a trooper!

^^ Marigold really interacting with her cousin, Gus, for the first time. He's only 4 months younger than her, and we live 5 minutes down the street from them. They're going to be thick as thieves.

-The boys continue to enjoy having their little sis around. There are certainly moments where they don't enjoy how much of our attention she requires. And there are occasional comments like, "I want to throw her away." Yikes! But more often than not, they love to do things to make her giggle, and hold her, and play on the floor with her, so I'm almost positive they will be theee best of friends, as soon as she stops demanding so much of mommy's attention. ;)

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