Dropping your baby off at daycare

Dropping your baby off at daycare

Back when I was 25 or so weeks pregnant, we toured daycare facilities.  We went one afternoon after work and hit our “top 3” (based on location, mostly) without prior notice.  I liked the idea that we would just show up and see how things were.

One place was nice, but seemed too stuffy.  Too political.  A little too fancy.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved the beautiful murals on the walls and the fancy music class and the baby sign language. But it wasn’t the right fit.

Another place felt all wrong from the start.  The workers were a little too lax (wearing pajamas!! and it wasn’t a pajama day) and I just wasn’t at ease.

But then, in true Goldie Locks fashion, we found the one that was just right.  We ended up at a place where Tyler actually went as a child. The same woman still runs it, and several of the same workers are there (yes, 25+ years later!). It’s not new with all the bells and whistles. But it’s clean and the kids looked loved. I felt at ease. I actually cried when we left because I realized these would be the people to care for our sweet baby.

Fast forward to her arrival. We continued to just drop in a few times and I always found the kids to be clean and happy and the teachers attentive. I felt great about our choice. I loved that I saw the teachers playing with the kids, doing silly dances. I love that an older lady makes all their food from scratch every day.

And then the first day came. I still felt a peace about her going. Remi was ready. She reaches out for other kiddos, she loves watching them play in the nursery at church. But it was a little hard.

Walking her in, handing her to a “stranger” (yes, I had met the teacher before, but ya know. She wasn’t family), and then driving away. I cried. I prayed that they would form a bond and that the teachers would care for her and figure her out quickly.


Then the most amazing thing happened.  The sweet teachers (there are 4 different ones in her room) all sent me texts and pictures on the first day, reassuring me that she was doing great. They helped me know that we made the right choice.

And you know what? Nothing was sweeter than the smile I got when I picked her up.


Baby’s First Easter

Baby’s First Easter

We had an eventful Easter!

On Saturday, we had a wedding shower to attend, so it was one last opportunity to wear the cute bunny outfit.  She was so sweet with her rosy cheeks that I had a little photo shoot. 🙂

I mean, I can’t even with the cuteness.

Saturday evening, we dyed eggs with the cousins.  Remi didn’t do any dyeing, but she sure did watch! We gave her a hardboiled egg to play with, and of course, it went right for the mouth.

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Easter morning, she got her Easter basket. She was all “What is this?”

She’s getting too big! She got this book like 50% out of the basket then I helped. She was so excited about it!

She got two books and two little rompers.

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She spent the morning at my mom’s since I had to sing in the choir and Tyler worked. Then they brought her to the second service.  I didn’t get to see her in her cute Easter dress until after! So sweet! img_3028

We spent most of the afternoon getting her to nap and then her sleeping for a couple hours – so she missed the egg hunt.  But I know next year she’ll be all up in there!


Week 27 Highlights

Week 27 Highlights

Oh Remi, you had a FULL week this week!

We started with the weekend. We started sleep coaching and were focused on naps. But she napped like a CHAMP at Daddy’s friend’s house on Saturday.  Ty took the day off, so we spent the day with friends. She slept amazingly in the Ergo on and off all day.

And she looked like a Diva out in the sun.

Sunday was a different story. I had to sing in all three church services, so she was “off” and we ended up leaving after I sang to go home and nap.

Monday evening, we all surprised Tyler’s grandpa for his birthday by showing up to the singing.

He was SO excited to see his girl. He’s smitten.

She loved the live music! Mama even got in on the action and sang some Patsy Cline songs with the band.

She’s still eating great!  She hasn’t loved a couple of foods (I mean, she eats them, but not with the crazy voracity of some others), but she CHOWED DOWN on some blueberries. I put them in the mesh feeder and she crushed them to a pulp. (It’s a great distraction while I cook! Win, win!)

Monday, Grammy took her to the library for story time, and I took an early lunch and joined them.  Even though it’s geared for 2 and under, she was a bit small for the stories and songs (lots of hand movements and stuch).  However, girlfriend was enamored with the bubbles.  She was thinking “Toys just keep falling from the sky!”

The rest of the week was full of early bedtimes (hello sleep coaching!). She’s doing great though. It’s NOT a cry-it-out-method – in fact, it’s very responsive to her needs. But it’s teaching her self-soothing skills.  She’s so alert and active that sleep comes difficult to her. It takes her a long time to settle and naps were a struggle. But she’s improving SO quickly. She’s a smart kiddo, she’s shown us that before, so I know she will figure out this sleep thing fast.

 


6 Months Old

6 Months Old

I can not believe we are here at her half birthday! This last month has seemed so transformative for learning and growing!

She weighs 16 lbs, 4 oz. and is 26 inches long. She’s still 50th percentile for weight, and is now 75th percentile for height! She is still wearing size 2 diapers and 3-6/6 month clothing usually. We’ve moved up to the 6-9 sleepers so they aren’t too fitted during nighttime. However, shoes are officially an issue. Her feet are narrow and tiny. The only shoes that really fit are the custom ones I’ve ordered on Etsy. I did find a pair of TOMS sandals that have a bunch of velcro straps that I can make work….but that’s about it. She has a TON of cute shoes, but I feel like we are gonna be waiting a while to wear them. The shoes have to have velcro so I can make them fit her little feet.

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She was eating 4 tablespoons of cereal at a time and has started solids the week she turned 6 months. She’s done all the different kids of cereal – oatmeal, rice, wheat and multigrain. She also has had some Mum Mums, which she eats like a champ. Her favorite thing is feeding herself and then sucking on the wet washcloth after a meal. We’ve started solids and she’s had sweet potatoes, peas (her fave!), blueberries and bananas (not a huge fan). She eats five or six 4-5 ounce bottles a day. She also will drink water from her straw cup during meals (it helps, um, her “system” work well to add in some water). She took right to the straw cup quickly the first time we gave it to her. We will work on sippy cups a bit once she can maneuver them. I don’t want her to use a sippy a ton, but I know they will give them at church and stuff…so she needs to know what to do with them.

She’s started rolling both ways, but thankfully, she hasn’t rolled and gotten stuck in her sleep yet. She prefers sleeping on her side or tummy now (like her mama).

She is sitting up assisted, but I prefer her to be either in her playnest or in between our legs so she can safely wobble.

She LOVES when mama sings to her. Baby Bumblebee and Wheels on the Bus are her current faves.

She’s been going to bed around 7:30 every night, and she will sleep until about 6:30-7. She has slept through the night several nights, but most nights she’s up a time or two. She’s moved out of the Merlin suit (just in time to start rolling) and is now sleeping in a Zippadee Zip sleep suit. Essential oils at night really help her settle quickly. We diffuse Valor II from Young Living or Nighty Night from Plant Therapy.

She’s had some days of teething trouble (pretty certain), but no teeth popping through yet. We’ve tried an amber teething necklace and Frankincense oil on her gums, and both seem to help.

She is loving bath time now that she can sit up and have the water a little deeper. We can wash her hair in the bath again – that doesn’t make her mad anymore.

Her nicknames include: Roo, Roo Bear, Bunny, RG Lee.

She still loves outside – walks, swinging, even just going on rides. Get this girl out of the house!

She is so close to sitting up in high chairs at restaurants, and she had her first ride sitting up in a buggie at Target! Getting so BIG.

Her favorite toys are her bell rattle, the train, Beat Belle, and her pony. She loves her jumper or jumping on our laps. This kid loves physical play.


Remington, your dada and I are so in love with you. We are so proud of every new thing you learn and discover. You bring us so much joy and laughter. I can’t believe you’re half a year old! But I’m not sad. I’m excited for all of the things we will learn together and all of the adventures you will have! We love you more than you’ll ever know!