October 7, 2014

Lily is 4 Months Old!



Big Events 
  • 9/7 - My first morning in the D6 nursery
  • 9/9 - Hung out with 2nd Cousin Courtney
  • 9/11 - Grandma Sherry came to visit
  • 9/13 - Watched ISU win my first CyHawk Game!
  • 9/16-18 - Went to Minnesota for Great-Grandma Hilarion's funeral (5 hours each way!)
  • 9/19-21 - Cornerstone had its 20th Birthday celebration
  • 9/23 - I started flipping from my belly to my back
  • 9/26-27 - Went to Mount Vernon to visit Grandma and Grandpa Grunder 
  • 10/4 - Went to Ellie K's 2nd Birthday Party
  • 10/7 -  Four Months Old!

    Size/Percentile: As of 10/14/14
    • Weight: 12 pounds 5.5 oz (10th)
    • Height: 24.25 inches (33rd)
    • Head Circumference: 16.46 inches (79th)

    Typical Daily Schedule: 
    My schedule is about the same as last month. I sleep about 11 hours at night (10pm-9am), waking up twice to eat (3:30 and 7 am). Then I hang out with Mom for the day. I usually nap for a few hours in the early afternoon and then wake up in time to see Dad get home. I may or may not take another nap in the evening, but sometimes I just snuggle instead. I would like to eat from about 6:30 to 9 pm straight, but instead Mom feeds me around 7 and then Dad gives me a bottle of formula at 8. Bath time is still at 9 and then it's time to sleep for the night!

    Things I Love:
    • Mortimer the Moose
    • Anything that can go in my mouth
    • Exploring different textures
    • Snuggle naps
    • Watching any screen I can - I love the Top Gear guys!

    This Month's Milestones:
    • I flip from belly to back
    • I'm still a super drooler and talk a lot.
    • I sit up with support
    • I love to stand on laps
    • I got my first cold and was very stuffy for almost 2 weeks!

    Highlights of the Month:
    • I go to the nursery at church on Sundays. The ladies love me... until I get hungry!
    • I blew out three times in 2 days (including during Great-Grandma Hilarion's funeral!) so I've moved up to size 2 diapers
    • I eat completely without the shield, and am doing pretty well eating from a bottle - I just have to be pretty calm to get started.
    • I'm still figuring out laughing- right now I smile, almost giggle and then screech like a pterodactyl. 
    • I still wear almost all 0-3 month clothes, but the 3 month outfits are starting to fit. 
    • I get cranky if I can't flip to my belly to sleep, so mom and dad put me on my side. 
    • I will suck on any and all fingers except my tongue. A favorite is 3 from one hand and 2 from the other... at the same time.
    • Aunts Melissa and Amanda come play with me every Sunday night while Mom and Dad host connection group. 
    Hanging with Mom after my 3 month pictures
    Taking up the whole bed
    Hanging out with 2nd Cousin Courtney
    Lunch with the Grunder family minus Grandpa
    Success!
    Rocking my scarf from Great Aunt Penny S.
    ISU wins!! Cyclone State!
    Very excited for church
    On the way home from Great Grandma's funeral
    Napping after getting back home
    Practicing flipping during tummy time with Daddy

    Practicing taking a bottle from Daddy
    Found myself in the phone screen 
    Love "standing" on Daddy's lap
    Really I just love hanging out with Daddy
    Rocking my gifts from the Sitzs - scarf and moccasins 
    4 Months Old!
    4 Months Old!

    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!