Saturday, January 31, 2015

Brooklyn - Four Months

Brooklyn - Four Months

It can't be….


Weight: 12 lbs 12 ounces

Height: Not sure on this one. We go back next week!

Nicknames: Baby B, Sweet girl, sassy pants, B, Baby Girl, stinky (still-haha)

Eating: She usually eats every 2.5-3 hours and is at least eating 6 ounces when we de-thaw milk in a bottle. Otherwise I have no idea how much she eats. haha. Praise the LORD we are finally weaning off of the shield. THANK YOU. It has been a little transition for both of us, but we are getting there. Moral of the story: Sista likes her FOOD. She is definitely her father's child.

Sleeping: Still stinks at naps, but she does sleep all night. I am forever and ever thankful for that. Please baby don't change that. I may or may not cry! She usually sleeps anywhere from 8:30-10 to 6 ish. Sometimes she gets all fired up and wakes up at 5:30. I can definitely tell an early bedtime is better for her because if not she is annnnngry at night. Like whoa. So I've been trying to stick with bedtime around 8:30 or 9 if possible. She still only naps on me, which isn't ideal but I do love her cuddles. Hopefully she learns to love her crib in the very near future. 


Diapers: Just switched her to size 2. 

Clothing: She wears 3-6 month clothing and has fit into a few 6 month shirts. After having a really frustrating appointment about her weight, I'm so thankful to see physically that she is growing. Grow baby grow.but not too fast :)

Social: This one gets so much more fun every month. She has changed SO much in this department. She is rolling over, giggling, talking up a storm, grabbing things and putting them into her mouth, getting really strong in her upper body, eating everything she sees, and gosh so much! She loves when anyone reads, talks, or sings to her. Loves it. It's so funny when I play country music and sing to her, she smiles from ear to ear. She also loves looking at herself in the mirror, she sure thinks she is pretty cute. I have to agree. She has just recently discovered her feetand eating them. Mmm mmm, tasty. She always wants them up by her face though. They are her new bff. She has just started sitting in the bumbo, which she is still pretty wobbly in. I put the tray on it but don't really like how she leans all over so I don't let her stay in it long. Same with the exersaucer. She does love it for the time she is in it thought. Lastly, she likes being outdoors and will stop crying the second I go out there with her. If only it was nice enough to go on more walks! Thankful for the few days lately we were able to. I'm sure there is a million things I could say  but I'll stop :) She is just too flipping fun.

Dr. Apts: We just recently went to the doctor because she has been spitting up an abnormal amount and had a low grade fever. Come to find out she may be allergic to dairy and/or other things so we are trying to get that figured out because it is affecting her weight. I was a mess after finding all of that out but am going to try eliminating all things dairy and see how that works. Everything else seems to look good, which I am thankful for. Let's fatten you up child!



Likes: She likes eating (duh) sucking her hands, eating her feet, her play mat, being read/talked/sang to, Sophie, anything that makes noise or music, grandpa's motorboat noises, holding on to things, grabbing for her toys, kicking her little feet, sitting up (assisted), TV (somehow she always finds it), taking her binky out, baths, and I will stop there.

Dislikes: Being overtired or hungry, her car seat right after she eats, being in something for too long

Mama: I seriously just fall in love with that child every second of every day. Well, most seconds. :) She is just everything I hoped for and more. She is my little sidekick and I'm so thankful for her. I say it all the time, but it's seriously true. I cannot believe that I get to be her mom. Her mom needs to start working out though. That is a fact. I feel like I can but gosh I am TERRIFIED of losing my milk supply. Terrified. Maybe I'll be able to figure it all out. 




Daddy: Daddy is a professional cuddler and loves his little girl. She is pretty fond of him, too. Thankfully for us he is not a worry wart like me and always calms me down when I get all fired up over something. 

Milestones: Baptism - 1.25.15,  First trip to the lake and Roaring River, rolling over, giggling, lifting herself up on her arms more than usual, grabbing toys, eating her toes (does that count - ha), control of head for the most part



What we're looking forward to: Every day, the doctor saying she has gained weight, continuing to feed her with no shield, Valentine's Day, spending time with grandparents, watching her grow.



Dear Sweet Brooklyn,

4 months…really?! Gosh little miss, how I love you so. Every little inch of you. I examine your little ears, your tiny nose, your growing brown hair that likes to stick up in the back, and every other part of you while you are laying in my arms and I love it all. Every part of you is completely perfect. I hope you always remember that. You are perfect the way you are. Never let anyone tell you any different. I'm so proud of you this month and all you've been learning and discovering. Life is just way more fun with you in it. Thank you for eating with the shield, momma is extra happy about that! Your personality continues to shine and I know you are going to the a sweet, fun, sassy, and adventurous little lady. I just love watching you grow baby girl. Love it more than anything in this world. Thank you for this gift of being your mom. I will never take it for granted. Happy 4 months! Can't wait to see what each day brings :)

Love, 
Your Momma

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

In my big tan chair

(I hope you just thought of Kenny C when you read that)

This rocking chair has gotten as much use as I could have ever imagined. 

I remember the day we were in Nebraska Furniture Mart with my mom and dad and Jeff searching for the "perfect" rocking chair for Brooklyn. I actually think my little brother was there too. Come to think of it, pretty sure it was his 21st birthday.

Anyway, I remember bee-lining (is that how you spell that? Who knows?) it straight to the baby/kid furniture. I was so excited about the dang chair. We were in and out of chairs rocking back and forth trying to imagine which one would be best in the wee hours of the night rocking and rocking, feeding, and rocking. I told Jeff the rocking chair pick was his, we needed daddy to be comfy ;) 


Pretty sure the first chair we sat in we both didn't want to get out of. Oh my lanta it was comfy. No other chair compared to that big ball of fluff. 

Sadly, we left without it. Thank goodness we couldn't get the chair out of our head and months later we ordered it online. 

Now I'm sitting in said chair rocking Brooklyn and keep thinking how even though she literally won't sleep anywhere else but right here on me, it's my favorite part of the day. I get nothing done and I always feel guilty about that, but I just love staring at her.

Her growing thick eye lashes, her hair growing over her little ear, her hand on my chest, and she is burrowed in tight. I think I've memorized it all. Trying to remember each little figure, as I know it will only be little for so long.

Maybe I should start typing more while she's sleeping. I haven't used this blogging app in forever. Maybe that'll change, maybe not. But for now I want to capture it all. Remembering these quiet moments together in her room. The room we (okay maybe more Jeff and my parents) worked so hard on to make perfect for her. The one room that relaxes me more than anything else. 

I love you Baby B, thank you for making all of my dreams come true. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Brooklyn - 3 Months

Brooklyn - Three Months




Three months…3.5 months…whatever you want to call it :) I did type this closer to three though…I'm just now posting it. Whoopsie!

Nicknames: Sweet girl, baby girl, brook-trout (lol, from my dad and niece), Baby B

Eating: She is still eating around every 3 hours. Almost on the dot really. I'm not sure how much she drinks because I breastfeed her, but she was eating 6 ounces while we were away for Jeff's Christmas party. Whoa girl! I heard this may be too much but she screams after 4 so I'm not really sure on all of that business. She LOVES her food though. That is a FACT. Always has been. Don't mess with a girl and her food.

Sleeping: Sleep during the day is AWESOME.ONLY when she is sleeping on someone. Otherwise, no sleep. It's the weirdest thing. So therefore momma gets  nothing done but she gets snuggles for days so I'll take it. I can't complain about that. 

She does sleep all night though and I still am SO THANKFUL for that. I did hear at 4 months that will probably all change. Nooooo. She usually sleeps anywhere between (9-11) to (7-8). Our schedule is called follow Brooklyn's lead. This probably isn't the recommended schedule but it works for us. She is on a eat play sleep "schedule" though and therefore I usually always know what she wants and when she wants it. Girl is getting some sass in her these days trying to tell us what she wants. Too funny!



Diapers: Size 1 diapers - pamper swaddlers. About to switch her to 2 in the near future.

Clothing: She has been wearing 0-3 and 3 month up until now. She has outgrown 0-3 almost has outgrown 3M. On to the 3-6 month we go!

Social: Gosh this one just keeps getting more and more fun! She is really starting to show her sass and personality these days. She lets us know with a high pitched squeal if she doesn't want to sit somewhere for too long or just isn't happy in general. She would much rather be held and sitting up rather than laying down chilling like her newborn self used to. She loves to explore and I just cannot get enough of all that she is taking it. She particularly likes when people talk to her and talks back like she knows what the heck you are saying. I cannot believe some day they will be real words! She is getting so much stronger and can hold her head up, ROLLED OVER (that I caught while snap chatting a friend), and getting better at grabbing toys. When she locks eyes she is focused!




Likes: She likes talking, smiling, laughing (SO fun), cooing, motor boating, spit bubbles, kicking her feet 110mph, grabbing toys on her play mat, looking at herself in the mirror, being read to and sang to, Sophie the giraffe, LOVES baths, her vitamins, sitting up (assisted), looking all around (especially trying to find the TV).

Dislikes: Being overtired or hungry, being in one spot for too long, laying sideways or laying down in general, naps, loud sudden noises. 




What we're looking forward to: Every single day we get to spend with our sweet girl! Her baptism and many more exciting things coming up!





Dear Sweet Brooklyn,

Oh Brooklyn, so many words…so little time. I think I say the same thing every month, but they are always so true. I can't help but love you more and more each day. You are developing quite the personality little lady! Your smiles melt my heart and your laughs are the best thing I've ever heard. You think a lot of things are pretty hilarious! You are starting to get a mind of your own and tell us a lllll about it. Too funny! I can tell you will give us a run for our money and I.can't.wait. Each day is better with you in it and I will continually to thank God for you all of the days of my life. You are the best blessing and I can't even imagine what life was like before you. YOU are the light of our life. The pep in our step. Thank you for being my greatest little love. I pray you always know just how much you mean to us and never forget it! Happy 3 months baby girl!

Love, 
Your Momma

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Christmas 2014

Brooklyn's First Christmas is now in the books!

I've always loved Christmas, but having her took it to a whole other level of awesomeness. It was so special to share such a wonderful holiday with my baby girl.


We actually got to spend two weeks at home with my mom and dad while Jeff was away for work. Those were two very, very special weeks that I will hold near and dear to my heart. Seeing them with Brooklyn melts me. They love her maaaaybe more than me. (They totally do.)





Of course I started this post right after Christmas and here I am in January "attempting" to finish it. We shall see if I succeed.

How I'm writing looks a little like this:

-Non-washed hair and same clothes from yesterday
-Dog on my legs
-Rocking Brooklyn
-Typing with my only free hand 

Girl  doesn't nap on anything but me so this is about as productive as I get! I can't complain about all of the snuggles though. Even though I don't get a "nap" break, they are actually my favorite part of the day. Sleeping babies = heavenly.

Oh yeah, I was posting about Christmas….


On Christmas Eve we went to Jeff's mom's house and enjoyed a little Christmas time with his brother and kiddos. We also went to a little prayer service as a family which was so neat to do and really captured the true meaning of Christmas.


It ended up taking an hour longer than planned & B was 45 min. past her feeding time. Insert terrified mom here. As we were praying she started wiggling all over and I just knew she would start screaming during the very silent & peaceful prayer. Praise God she kept her cool and made it back just in time to feed hungry girl.

We always spent Christmas Eve with Jeff's family and Christmas day with mine so after the prayer, food, and presents….we headed to my hometown and got ready for Santa.


Jeff brought down Brooklyn's toys and it made me giddy to think of when she will actually be waking up to them with excitement and awe. Obviously she had no clue what was going on, but it was too fun for us!

She also woke up to a very special present from Grandpa Santa. Santa is real folks ;)



I couldn't believe he got that one past me. So excited for her to use her chair and always think back to her first Christmas. My favorite gifts of all!

The rest was spent at my grandma and grandpa's and my cousin's for our big family Christmas. I also stillllll lost the cookie contest and there were only three people. #notcreative



I've said it a million times but this Christmas was so special and I know it will only get better.



Cheers to that and a new year!!


Friday, December 12, 2014

B meets Santa

12.9.14

Brooklyn got to meet Santa for the first time on Dec. 9th at our local elementary school. 

It was a first for us seeing a Santa hanging out in a blow up chair. Coolest Santa I've seen! He forgot his glasses though, too bad. 

She obviously had no idea what was going on, but didn't seem to mind laying in some strangers lap. She did lose her binky RIGHT before it was her turn and Jeff and I both looked at each other like ooooh dear. Jeff mentioned to stick her thumb in her mouth (lol) and I was just going to get ready to take a screaming picture. Thankfully she was fine and enjoyed taking Santa's beard with her as a keepsake. 

She makes these little things so much sweeter. I have never been so excited to see Santa in my life! So much fun to be had with this little one. It's only beginning...





Saturday, December 6, 2014

Our Life Saver

I had the pleasure of having my mom stay with us the first week Brooklyn was here on this big Earth.

I really had no idea what the meaning of that would be until she walked out of our door.



You see, my mom and I are extremely close, always have been. Well, other than when I turned her head gray in HS with all my nonsense. But she is my best friend. Very best. I knew it'd be nice having her here, but as tears streamed down my eyes for hours and hours after she left…it was much more than just enjoying her company.

She saved our life.

Seriously.



I can't put into words what went on in that week, but that were some of the most special memories to date.

She rode the emotional roller coaster with me as I went from happiness, to terrified, to frustrated, to happiness again. She was there through it all. Even at 1,3,5,7 o'clock in the morning.


I will never be able to tell her how forever grateful I am for those days. The days of her helping me feed Brooklyn even though it was extremely painful and hard. The times she would take her so we could get a few hours of rest. The look in her eyes as she held our sweet,  beautiful girl and rocked her. The diapers…oh the diapers. She never skipped a beat. And somehow she managed to cook, clean, and do laundry too. I have no idea how she did it. I always knew she was wonder woman, but she took that role into a whole new world.


I pray with all my heart I get to experience such a thing with my daughter someday. Because it meant the world to me. It still brings me to tears. I know Brooklyn may not remember that week, but I want to always remind her of that special week for all three of us. She is so lucky to have her as a grandma, and I'm more than lucky to have her as a mom.

I can't wait for her to experience life with her by our side.

We love you mom/grandma!

Neewollah 2014

As you can tell, I am a little on the late show on these posts. They are from a month ago, but I wrote them in a little private blog I have. I decided to share some of them here and continue to write in this one and keep more "private" things on the private one.

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On November 1, 2014 we headed to Indy for Brooklyn's first Neewollah.


We had been scouting out the weather like hawks a few days before and were bummed to see it wasn't looking very promising. High 52 Mr.Weatherman predicted.

The big parade started at 11 and it was supposed to be a whopping 40 degrees. Hellllllo freezing weather. I do not welcome you! Needless to say, we didn't make it to the parade.



We did, however, make it to Neewollah for a good couple of hours. I was bound determined to start little B's first tradition. I remember going to Neewollah as a kid and we wanted her to do the same.



The only slight problem we had was...someone, I won't name any names it was me, completely forgot the stroller at home. Kind of hard to walk around with nothing to put little miss in.



Stephanie to the rescue! She let us borrow her stroller to cruise around time. Unfortunately it wasn't the same brand as our car seat so Brooklyn was rocking the streets sideways. Literally. Poor girl. Thankfully Jeff wasn't as embarrassed as me and manned the crooked stroller for us. I may r=or may not  have stayed a few steps away. haha.

Mom fail number….let's not keep track.


We ended up just grabbing a few foods of fried deliciousness (mustard only corn dog please) and walked around the streets people watching and searching for the sun.

We can officially say she went to Neewollah! One down, a whoooole lot to go.
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