September 6, 2014

Lily is 3 Months Old

Big Events 
  • 8/8-10 - Celebrated Great Papa's birthday in Mount Vernon
  • 8/13 - 2 month doctor's appointment and first round of vaccines
  • 8/17 - DeWaard family pictures with Jennifer and Todd
  • 8/19 - Helped move Amanda in at ISU 
  • 8/21 - Visited Amanda on campus
  • 8/23-24 - Celebrated Mom's birthday with family
  • 8/28 - Hung out with the Waids
  • 8/30 - Farmer's market with the Goodmans
  • 9/3-5 - Went to Missouri with Dad for work
  • 9/7 -  Three Months Old!

Typical Daily Schedule: 
I get up for the day about 9 am. I eat and then hang out in the living room while Mom pumps. Then I eat at about 11:30 and nap most of the day, eating every 3 hours and then spending some time smiling and playing before napping some more. I'm awake from about 7-8:45 and then get my bath. Then I eat until about 10 and sleep until 8:30 or so, waking up 2 or 3 times to eat.  

Things I Love:
  • Ceiling fans
  • My bath
  • My play mat
  • Watching any screen I can - especially at church
  • Dancing with Daddy
  • "Laughing" at the funny noises Mom makes for me

This Month's Milestones:
  • I'm a super drool-er
  • I "talk" with Mom and Dad a lot more
  • I'm starting to sit up with support
  • No more swaddling to sleep at night
  • First time in the pool - just my toes though, the water was too cold!

Highlights of the Month:
  • Falling asleep on Mom's hand when she burps me sitting up at night.
  • My first major blowout - for Dad after almost not pooping for 3 days - warning photo ahead!
  • I can eat without the shield, but it's easier with it and Mom's lazy lately. 
  • My pajamas went from a little too big to way to small overnight - Mom thinks I grew at least a 1/4 inch!
  • Dad got a full body shock from me playing peekaboo. 
  • I either crank my head WAY back or flip onto my belly from my side to sleep
  • Was a champ for my first set of vaccines, but then was pretty cranky for a few days after.
  • I'm trying really hard to figure out sucking my thumb, but mostly I just suck really loudly on my fist. 
  • Since I found both my hands and my tongue, I try to pull on my tongue, and then when I gag myself I look at Mom and Dad like "why did that happen?!?"

Rocking out Poolside

With Great - Papa at his birthday party
Mom and Dad's wash cloths covered my whole body
Visiting Amanda on campus
Oh you!

Mom and Dad don't understand how this can be comfy.
"Sitting up" with Daddy

With cousin Madeline
Yoohoo... big summer blowout! 

Trip to Missouri for Dad's work

Getting ready for pictures
Poop face
Three months old!

August 30, 2014

15 Minute DIY Nursing Necklace

Lily has hit the stage where she has to hang on to something while she nurses, either a necklace or my skin. My usual necklace was thin and dug into my neck and her razor blade thin fingernails scratched up my chest like crazy. Enter the nursing necklace! I got the idea searching Pinterest, where I found links to ones on Etsy that looked great, but I didn't want to spend $20+ or wait for it to ship, so I made my own. It cost about $7 in supplies (with left over rings and beads) and about 15 minutes. I say 15 minutes, but I also had to change my bobbin and re-thread the sewing machine, so it could probably be even less!

What you need:
  • 5" wide strip of fabric (by however long it comes on the bolt, usually 44")
  • Wood ring (came in a 5 pack, with the knit/crochet supplies)
  • 1" diameter wooden beads (6) 
  • Coordinating 1" ribbon (two pieces at least 12" long)
  • Sewing machine and thread 

  • How to Make your Necklace:
    Fold your fabric in half lengthwise with right sides together (like the picture). 
    I recommend choosing a fabric with a simple, non-linear pattern so that it folds nicely around the beads.

    Sew the long side to form a tube. I did two passes about an eighth inch apart for strength, but it was probably overkill. When you're done, trim the fabric close to the seam and turn your tube right side out. Iron flat if you want, but I'm to lazy :)

    Fold your tube in half and thread it through the ring. Put both of the ends through the loop and pull tight, straightening and flattening your knot as you go.

    On each side, tie a knot and pull tight. Slide a bead into the tube and knot tight. Repeat three times on each side. 

    Roll in the end of your tube to make a clean edge and insert the ribbon. Fold and tuck the ends of the tube around the ribbon to make a nice edge and sew. 
    Again I did two passes, for strength.

    Repeat on the other side. Tie on with a bow and decide if you want to trim your ribbon. When you like the length of the ribbon, carefully melt the ends with a lighter to keep the ribbon from unraveling. 

    Put that necklace on and enjoy baby having something other than you to yank on while they eat!

    August 7, 2014

    Lily is 2 Months Old!

    Big Events 
    • 7/7 - 1 month old. Girls' day with Mom while Dad was in Illinois for work
    • 7/11-7/13 - Trip to Mount Vernon for Mom's class reunion
    • 7/12 - Met Great Grandpa and Grandma Grunder
    • 7/20 - Slept through Reiman Gardens with Jenny, Tyler and Ben. 
    • 7/23 - Met new Cousin Madeline at the hospital on her birthday!
    • 7/24 - Slept through the night (6 hours) for the first time
    • 7/25 - My first bath in the tub
    • 7/29-31 - Spent the night at the hospital when Dad got his appendix out
    • 8/2 - Aunts Melissa and Amanda babysat while M&D went to CPR.
    • 8/7 - Two Months Old!

    Size/Percentile: As of 8/13/14
    • Weight -  9 lbs  10.5 oz (7%)
    • Height -  22.25 inches (30%)
    • Head -  15.4 inches (65%)

    Typical Daily Schedule: 
    I usually sleep from about 10 or 11 pm to 3:30 am and then wake up, eat, and go back to sleep until about 6:30, eat again and sleep until 9:30. Then I eat and am awake while Mom finishes getting us ready for the day and we go down to the living room. This is my happiest time of day. I eat again at about noon and Dad and I cuddle to help me get to sleep again while he's home for lunch. I eat again at about 3:30 and again at 7, but I sleep in between. Then I like to be awake for a while and play with Dad until I have my bath at 9. Then I eat and eat and eat until about 10 or 11 when I fall asleep for the night.

    Things I Love:
    • Boob. Of course.
    • Baths! I cry the 10 minutes before bath time every night and calm down as soon as I hear the water running.
    • My giraffe sound maker in my crib. 
    • Having my arms swaddled to sleep, but out if I'm awake
    • When we drive on gravel or bumpy roads
    • Touching Dad's beard
    • When Dad whistles to me
    • I think I like the swing but I'm not quite sure.

    This Month's Milestones:
    • I started smiling on purpose at 5 weeks old.
    • I went on my first trip - Mount Vernon for Mom's class reunion
    • Major growth spurt at 6 weeks - Mom's excited for a break from those for a while!
    • I slept through the night (from midnight to 6 am) on July 24th! Usually I only sleep 4-5 hours, but I have slept up to 6.5 in one night!
    • I had my first bath in the tub on the 25th.
    • I "talk" a lot and am trying to figure out how to laugh like Mom and Dad do. Right now I just kind of wheeze.
    • I blow bubbles and I found my tongue at 8 weeks old. 
    • I recognize and let Mom and Dad know when my diaper needs changed.

    Highlights of the Month:
    • I met my new cousin Madeline at the hospital on her birthday (7/23). She was already heavier than me. 
    • We got a stroller from Aunt Jenny and Uncle Tyler, so Mom and Dad take me on lots of walks so they don't have to buckle me in my car seat which I don't like much.
    • I still rarely eat without the shield, but we're practicing. I don't like it but Mom sure is excited to be done with it.
    • I moved up to size 1 diapers, but only because I could really fill the NB sized ones - the 1's are really still too big on me. 
    • Mom had to put away my Carter's brand NB outfits because they're too short, but all of my other clothes are too wide, so nothing really fits me right now. I'm working on filling out the rest of my NB and 0-3 month clothes.
    • I usually sleep in my crib or car seat now, but sometimes Mom is still too lazy/tired to put me back after I eat in the night, so I sleep with her. 
    One of my first smiles 
    Ready for Grunder Campout - my 6 mo shirt is huge!
    Snuggling my duck
    My eyelashes came in this month!
    Meeting cousin Madeline
    Man that flash was bright!
    First bath in the tub!
    Loving the swing we borrowed from Mary and Jon 
    Upset that Grandma went home...
    but she came back the next day for Dad's appendectomy
    Sitting with Daddy so that I can't kick his stitches
    Happy to be home!

    2 Months Old!