9 Months Old

9 Months Old

This has been our most fun month yet. She’s on the move, she’s talking, she’s interacting and playing more. We love everything about life with our girl.

Remington weighs 18 lbs, 2 oz and is still 27-28 inches long (she hasn’t grown much lately). She’s around 50th percentile for weight, but is now dropping on height and is like 10-15 for height.  Doctor says she could just be waiting for a growth spurt. He said he’s not ready to say she’s gonna be short. ha! Her head circumference is also in the 10-15 percentile. Our tiny girl! She’s wearing size 3 diapers and anywhere from 6-9 to 9-12 month clothes depending on how it fits (she’s tall, so onesies have to be bigger). She can finally wear her newborn shoes!!

She’s eating 5 5 oz. bottles a day, and eating 3 meals and a snack. Aside from being sick, she’s still a great eater. She prefers hand grabbing her food, but will let us spoon feed her (when she does it, it’s a HUGE mess, so only at dinner at home).

This month, she tried: tomatoes, cottage cheese, pineapple, pork, plums, salmon, cinnamon, vanilla, sage, rosemary, basil, garlic, eggplant, tilapia, green peppers, cucumbers, pasta, cauliflower, coconut, chickpeas, onions, cherries, Goldfish and Cheerios (and probably some things I forgot).  She also got her first ice cream (from my friend Danielle at a church function) and cupcake (at daycare for a kid’s birthday).

Her favorites are still berries and green veggies.

She loves school. Big smiles when we arrive. Thank goodness, no separation anxiety yet. She’s all smiles at drop off at school and church and happily goes to “strangers” (aka people at church functions).

This month she sadly got another ear infection and her first stomach bug. She is still so happy and smiley even during sickness, though.

She’s napping AWESOME- at school for 2 hours or at home for several naps on the weekends. She puts herself to sleep for naps and at bedtime. She sleeps 11 hours straight at night. She goes to bed at 6:30-7:30 depending on how tired she is and sleeps until 6 a.m.

She is BIG girl crawling now. AND FAST. She is a bit wobbly getting from crawl to sit and sometimes falls over. She’s sensitive when she falls over, even if she doesn’t bump her head.

She still LOVES being up in the baby carrier. She naps great in it and smiles big when I get it out and put her in it. Baby wearing is amazing for our bond and being on the go.

She says Mama and Baba very clearly and on purpose now. She’s said “Da” but just as a noise. LOTS of babbling and talking.

Her hair is getting longer and I often have to pin back her bangs.

She LOVES bath time. She crawls around, plays with her toys, splashes, tries to drink the water and eat the soap. She loves water time.

She’s just so fun. She smiles at everyone grocery shopping, she’s easy to run errands with. She is so easy, laid-back and flexible. She’s happy and her “fussy” is so mild. Strangers mention her smile, her hair and her eyes. They always say she’s a good baby- and she is.

Her favorite toys are ones that play music or spin rattle. She will spin the rattle on her activity table over and over and over and over.  She loves rolling the ball now.  She still loves her Hamilton Mix Tape “My Shot.” It’s our go-to happy song. She also loves fun noises and when we dance.

Still just the two bottom teeth. Those top two have been all month coming in, and still nothing.

Her nicknames include Bug, Roo, Roo bug, Remi Grace, RG, Punkin, Doodlebug, Doodles.

Remington, you are the best thing that ever happened to us. Each day is an adventure and a blessing. We pray to teach and guide you well. Your smile and giggle just melts us, and your determination (though sometimes is tough to deal with) is impressive and will serve you well. We love you, baby girl!


8 Months Old

8 Months Old

What a transformation-full month for our girl! She’s on the move, she’s eating 3 meals a day, she’s learning so much!


This month, Remington weighs just over 17 lbs (she was 17 on the dot a week ago at a doctor’s appointment) and is 28 inches long (home measurement). She’s still wearing size 2 diapers (but will move up when we finish what’s open), 6 month and 6-9 month clothing. Shoes are still a struggle. Tiny feet. Most of our infant 1s still don’t fit. We have a few pairs of shoes that finally work though, thankfully.


She’s eating 5 ounces about 5-6 times a day, along with three meals. She’s handling everything from purees to dissolving solids (Mum Mums, yogurt puffs) to soft foods (berries, cooked veggies).  She eats LIKE A CHAMP. She is letting us feed her most days (with the purees) but she will grab the spoon and feed herself some too. She loves foods she can grab and feed herself with her hands. But truth, it’s so much less messy when we feed her. She has been getting fork mashed foods and pieces of fresh fruit and cooked veggies, so she does well grabbing foods and feeding herself.


This month, she’s tried: oranges, strawberries, zucchini, lentils, chicken, raspberries, kale, broccoli, watermelon, cheese, turkey, grapes, egg, asparagus, black beans, papaya, black berries, spinach, pumpkin, peanuts, passion fruit, beef, guava, beets and cantaloupe. We have a few more puréed flavors to try, but we are also working on adding in new textures and more real food as we go. She’s a great eater.


Her faves are still green veggies like peas and green beans and avocados. She also loves berries and gets some every night while they are in season. We’ve been getting berries from Wild Things Farm, so all of these berries are locally grown at a place she will love when she gets bigger.


She moved up to the crawler room at daycare. They are such bigger kids in there (some are walking/talking!) but they are way more her speed than the babies in the other room. She plays great, naps ok (some days great, some days she won’t stop playing to nap) and is super happy at school. She was mad in the bigger room when the kids ate and she didn’t, so she started eating breakfast, lunch and snacks at daycare. I love packing her lunches.

She spent her first night away from mama while I was gone to Hanson Day- and she did so well! She was a little clingy for like an hour or two when I got home, but settled down just fine. I don’t think she was stressed at all over the weekend (which is nice to know if I have to be away or if we want to take a little getaway trip. Marriage first, ya know?)

She is still sleeping 11 hours a night (barring a sickness or something like that). YAY for successful sleep coaching.

The comments we hear from strangers (or like people at church) are that she is so happy, so easy, and such a good baby. I totally agree!

She’s on the move! She was elbow crawling, but has moved up to her hands. She can crawl on all fours but often drops to her tummy and hands because she’s faster. Red knees are our new look. She’s also starting to get frustrated with us when we take things from her (oy!).

She’s babbling a TON. In the car, at bedtime, in the mornings- so much “talking.” I think she’s trying to say Mama and “baba” (bottle), but I don’t think we’ve had a clear communication yet.

She is loving all of her toys. She’s the best at playing- either with us or by herself. I love that I can leave her surrounded by toys and she can play independently for a while. She LOVES her Beat Belle still, but she also lovess when I stack the blocks and let her knock them down. She is very interested in balls, her rattles and her drum. She will beat the drum and look to us to say “Yay!” I love it.  She also LOVES when we play a mimic game, where we do what she does.  She will go flat on the ground, sit up, get on all fours and we do the same…and she just laughs! Love it!

She enjoys bath time and splashing around, and she’s getting better when she splashes herself in the face. She also loves playing in the running water.

She still loves Hamilton Mix Tape “My Shot” but she’s also LOVING Hanson’s “I Was Born.” She responds very happily to both of those songs.

Still two teeth.  The top two feel SO CLOSE to coming in. We started brushing her teeth nightly and she LOVES it. She giggles through the whole process. It’s adorable.

Her nicknames include: Roo, Bug, Remi Roo, RG, and Remi Grace.  We are doing more of calling her by name since she responds to it.


Remington, you are the best thing in our lives. We love spending time together, teaching you things and seeing the world through your eyes. This summer will be the best one of our lives yet- getting to experience it with you! We think you’re just the happiest, best, most fun baby ever. We love you so much!

 

 


Seven Months Old

Seven Months Old

This month has been amazing. I say it often, but this month she’s learned and adapted to so much. She’s become SUCH an easy baby. Everyone comments on how good she is, how happy she is (unless you’re trying to make her sleep for naps. Girl doesn’t want to miss anything and fusses at nap time).

This month, Remington is 16.5 lbs. We (unfortunately) just had a doctor’s appointment for a virus, so we got weight then.  She’s wearing size 2 diapers and 6 and 6-9 months clothing (the 3-6 tops still fit, but any shorts or onesies are too short).

She’s still eating 5-6 5 ounce bottles a day, and solids once a day. She LOVES to eat. She was feeding herself, but in the last week, has just let me feed her. But she gobbles up her food. She loves getting fruit in the mesh feeder and does great holding her own spoon. She usually gives it back after bites or when I say “Can mama have?”  She’s had: sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, green beans, corn, blueberries, avocado, prunes, bananas, peaches, potatoes, apples, apricots, mangoes, squash, yogurt and pears. She didn’t love the bananas, but has loved everything else.

She started daycare this month. They adore her there, which makes me feel great. I’m so happy with our daycare decision. The teachers (even the ones that aren’t hers!) speak to her by name, talk to me every time I’m around, and are just so caring. I had some fears and sadness on day 1, but that was it. The daycare owner and manager is the same lady that had the facility when Tyler was younger. She said to Tyler that Remi was so good that “You better not have another. They won’t be wonderful like this.” ha!

She is happy when I drop her off. She smiles at her teachers. I love that she gets so many new toys and opportunities there.  One day I picked her up and they had her sitting in front of this cool mirror to play- something I hadn’t thought of! So they are doing such unique things with her!

She has started making smacking noises, like kisses.  She also is “giving sugars” or leaning in open mouth to kiss us. She won’t do it on command, but she does it when I think she wants to kiss you! It’s the sweetest thing!

She loves music- music on the radio, music when mama sings, music from her toys.

Her favorite toys are Sophie the Giraffe, Beat Belle, and her rubber blocks. She does the funniest sucking noise on the corners of the blocks!

She’s up on her knees rocking, so I’m sure crawling is just around the corner. She can sort of pull with her arms and roll and turn, so she’s pretty mobile. We were playing in the floor and she basically scooted from one play mat to the next without crawling. When she crawls, I feel like she will be all over the place.

Her first two teeth broke through this month! They’re not all the way in, but are coming in strong. She had some stuffiness and fever from the teething, but was otherwise great.

She’s sleeping through the night 11-12 hours. (Praise hands. Sleep coaching works!).

Her names include: Roo, Roo Bug, Bug, Remi Grace, Bunny.  They call her mama at daycare.

Remington Grace, you have no idea how much you’re loved. We just laugh and smile at you. We love watching the world through your eyes- feeling grass, seeing new things, hearing new noises – it’s all amazing. You’re so smiley and happy and you bring us such joy!


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!