12 Months Old

12 Months Old

Well, it’s official. She’s a year old! I’m a little sad, but I’m mostly happy because I know the older she is, the more fun we can have together.

I may keep doing monthly updates, but they may be a little shorter just to keep track of everything that’s changing and fun.

As of yesterday’s one year checkup, she weighs 20 lbs. 2 oz and is 28.5 inches (finally getting taller! yay!). She’s sized up to size 4 diapers just this week and is now wearing mostly 9-12 and 12m clothing. We do have some 18m items as well (baby clothes are sized so crazy from brand to brand). She’s grown out of her newborn shoes finally, and is wearing mostly 2s still.

She’s still a champ eater. We are struggling a little at meal times with her pushing food off her tray, but we are learning together and working through that. Her favorite foods are bananas, macaroni and cheese, green veggies, and pasta. She started on whole milk and drinks it well. We are weaning off bottles and formula and I’m not the least bit worried about her getting the nutrition and hydration she needs since she drinks well. It’s probably best that we are ditching bottles. She would get so distracted while eating bottles that we were singing songs for the nighttime bottle so she would stay focused and still.

We are working on normal sippy cups (I took the valve out of one to work on), but she does well with straw cups and the 360 cups. We are also slowly working on spoon use, but it’s messy and time consuming, so it’s not as frequent as I’d like (real life, yo).

This month she had a bad diaper rash that required a prescription cream, but thankfully, it healed up well.  She also had another ear infection (eye roll). But tubes are coming!

We took our first beach vacation (and a very long car ride) and she did great. She is a routine kid, but she adapted to a new schedule easily.

She is pushing every toy (and even things that aren’t toys) everywhere. Boxes, baskets, her push walker, her play table….everything gets pushed around. I know she could walk if she tried but she won’t yet. In her own time, I know.

One of my favorite things this month is that she pants when she gets excited. She also checks me for necklaces and earrings in the morning. She will push my face to the side looking for earrings. We are working on being “sweet” and “gentle” and using touch kindly. She has a tendency to be a little aggressive. ha!

She is doing a tongue clicking, which is SO CUTE. She loves it. She does it all the time to us.

She interacts with strangers and almost shows out if they don’t acknowledge her.  We were shopping and the man in the shop didn’t say anything to her, so she was making cute noises and clapping and looking at him waiting for him to talk to her. He never did. Wah wah.

She is now waving hi and bye (more for hi, currently) and is cruising everywhere. She is giving tight hugs, which are momma’s favorite! She still does GREAT at drop-off at school and daycare. No tears, yet! Daycare and school both say she’s just a happy good girl.

Still 6 teeth, but one just cut through yesterday (but it didn’t happen by 12 months! ha) A couple more bulging gums, but I know from experience they can take a while to break through. She still just laughs when I brush her teeth.

She still loves being thrown around for physical play. Upside down, tickles, swinging….she also loves when we chase her. LOTS of giggles when we do that.

Her nicknames are just about the same: Remi, RG, Roo, Bug.

Remington, we can’t believe how fast and slow this year was. They say the days are long, but the years are short, and that has felt true. We have all grown and learned so much together. We love the little person you are becoming! Momma and daddy love you so much, bug! We can’t imagine life without you in it! Happy birthday!

11 Months Old

11 Months Old

To quote one of my favorite musicals, Rent, “How did we get here?” I can’t believe it’s the home stretch on this first year. I’m feeling it. There are days I just squeeze her tighter and smell her baby smell (can I make her use baby shampoo until she’s a teenager so she always smells this way?). And there are days I’m so proud of how she’s growing and learning and can’t wait for more.

This month she weighs 19.5 lbs (we were at the doctor about a week ago – ALL THE EAR INFECTIONS) and she was just over 19 lbs, so I’m sure we are halfway to 20 now. She’s still hanging steady at 27 inches or so.  She’s still solidly in size 3 diapers. I tried moving her up and the 4s were too big. She’s wearing anywhere from 3-6 month clothing to 12 and even a few 18m things. Her pajamas are now solidly 12m (except the feet are HUGE ha!).  She can wear size 2 shoes or 6-9m shoes. But she likes chewing on her shoes, so we don’t wear them foten.

She is still eating 5 bottles a day, but she’s sort of weaning herself as there are a couple bottles she doesn’t finish completely. She eats great. The only foods she doesn’t go to town on are eggs and bell peppers- otherwise she LOVES all food. She loves meat, berries, green veggies, pasta, cheese…girl loves her food. Still not very interested in sippy cups but loves straw cups.

She still hasn’t had any issues at drop off (school or church) and loves going to people. She is happy as long as other people are around. Her sweet teachers say she’s just a joy (and we would agree!)

She gives high fives now, which is ADORABLE. She can throw/roll the ball and is playing with the dogs and their toys. She LOVES the dogs. She gets so happy when they come in to wake her up in the mornings.

She pulls up on everything and even free stands for several seconds at a time. LOTS of babbling. She still just says mama, baba, dada, and up. No new words yet.

Her favorite toys are balls, her dolly and her play table. She spends LOTS of time walking around it and playing with everything. She’s bobbing to the music more now, too, which I love.

Still just 6 teeth, but her doctor thinks her molars are coming through. I dunno, but I do feel one lower and one upper hard under her gums. She still loves getting her teeth brushed.

She loves when she lays her head down on us and we say “Aw, so sweet!” She’s realized that’s a bit of a game. She also still loves physical play- upside down, tickling, movement.

Strangers always comment about her beautiful eyes, how observant she is, and her sweet smile.

She is just the most fun. We love every moment with her.

Her nicknames include: RG, Remi, Roo bug, Bug, Bunny. Narrowing them down. ha!

Remington, I can’t believe in a month you’ll be 1! We will cherish this last month of babyhood but we look forward to you growing and becoming who God made you to be. You are the light of our lives. We look forward to your sweet smile when you wake up, your silliness, and watching you experience life. We are so proud of you and are so thankful you’re ours.

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!