Dear Aubrey – 1 Year

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Dear Aubrey,

I never thought we’d get to this moment–celebrating your first birthday. And, then again, it feels like the year has gone by so quickly. One year ago we were waiting for your arrival, whether your momma was ready or not!

And just like your birth day (which was 8 days early), you have definitely done things your way this past year. You already have such a sense of self and want to do things your way in your time.

Your first birthday smash cake!

Your first birthday smash cake!

In this last month as a “baby” (though you’ll always be our Baby Girl), you’ve grown more proficient in your crawling, finally crawling more on your hands and knees than army crawling. You’re walking everywhere with everyone–you’ll grab our fingers and start walking, whether we were ready or not. You’re pulling yourself up on everything (including your crib), can get on your riding toys by yourself, and get off.

You’re eating three meals a day, plus a snack after your afternoon naps. You easily transitioned off the bottle to drinking your milk in your sippy cup. Yep, you’re transitioning off the formula onto all milk just fine. Your favorite foods include blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, red and green bell peppers, macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, scrambled eggs, broccoli, and black beans. You love foods with seasoning (like Mexican or Italian). You don’t like us trying to feed you, so we’re going to start trying to teach you to feed yourself things like applesauce (your favorite) and tomato soup.

Your naps haven’t been as consistent as in the past, but you’re still doing two naps a day (most days). You still have trouble sleeping through the night, and we don’t know if it’s because of teething, or what.

Fun times with daddy: Playing "boat" with a box from your Christmas presents.

Fun times with daddy: Playing “boat” with a box from your Christmas presents.

Speaking of teething, you now have two teeth! I didn’t think you’d ever have any teeth pop up, but they finally have.

No major holidays in January, you just spent the month playing with all your toys, reading tons of books (the ones with peekaboo flaps are your favorite), playing with the dogs, and following us everywhere in the house.

Everyday you go through your book baskets, find the books we've read, and then read them to yourself.

Everyday you go through your book baskets, find the books we’ve read, and then read them to yourself.

I’ll write a separate post about our entire year together, but it’s definitely been one full of many lessons, mostly sleepless nights, lots of smiles, a few tears, lots of laughs, and one remarkable little girl. You’ve definitely filled our lives with so much joy.

Sometimes the best presents are the ones we didn’t know we wanted…and I’m sure happy that I got you.

Giving Lark a kiss before we turn her out for the day. I hope you become a horsewoman like your momma.

Giving Lark a kiss before we turn her out for the day. I hope you become a horsewoman like your momma.

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Dear Aubrey — 11 Months

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Dear Aubrey,

I can’t believe that in less than a month you’re going to be 1-year-old. You will have been on this Earth for an entire year, blessing your mommy and daddy’s lives, as well as so many other people. Do you know how loved you are??

December was a big month–we celebrated your first Christmas! We were so excited to celebrate the season with you. We wanted to show you the lights and such. Mommy and daddy took you for a road trip to Lexington, Ky., (your birthplace) for a weekend. We were hoping to show you the Southern Lights at the Kentucky Horse Park and visit with friends, but unfortunately you wound up being very sick on the way down. Your temp spiked when we arrived, so we stayed in the hotel room the first night. We missed out on the lights, but don’t worry…we plan to continue our yearly tradition next year.

We did take you to see Santa. You didn’t mind him…until mommy walked away from you and Santa. Then you cried. And cried. We had then pose as a family with Santa, and you were a little better then.

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You were so spoiled on Christmas–everyone wanted to give you toys and celebrate. Your favorite toy was probably the rocking horse momma and daddy got you. As soon as we put you on it, you started rocking it! Definitely a little equestrienne in the making!

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You’re still doing your swim classes, and you still love them. I hope we can continue your classes for a while.

You started to get your first tooth this month. It hasn’t fully popped out, yet, but it’s there.

You are talking so much now, it’s a lot of fun! You say “Mom-Mom”, “Dada”, “Neigh Neigh”, “Hat”. Plus a lot of other babble sounds. You’re army crawling like a crazy girl and starting to get into so much stuff!

A couple rare warm December days meant doing one of your favorite activities--swinging!

A couple rare warm December days meant doing one of your favorite activities–swinging!

You spend a day or two with “Aunt Brooke” while mommy’s at work, where you get to play with Claire (who’s just a couple weeks older than you) and Kendal (who’s 3). You always have lots of fun.

We’re already making plans for your first birthday. It just boggles my mind that you’re soon to be one. You enrich our lives so much, baby girl.

Love you!

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Dear Aubrey – 10 Months!

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Dear Aubrey,

You have definitely started to be your own little person, and I love it. You’re getting to be such a big, beautiful girl it fills my heart.

You’re now 10-months (I know, I’m more than a week late, but I had good reasons)! You’ve finally started army crawling all over the place, and you’re pretty quick about it, too. You’re getting close to being on your hands and knees, it’s any day now. And let’s talk about your walking–you’ve had a lot of fun walking around the house while you hold onto someone’s hands. You’ve got your little push-walker that you’ll push, too, but you definitely like standing more upright when you hold our fingers.

You experienced your first official snow. It had snowed after you were born, but you were too little to go outside in it. I don’t think you were too impressed with the big, wet snowflakes. It’s been a pretty warm December so far, but hopefully we’ll have more snow soon so you can play in it.

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Mommy got a full-time job before you turned 10-months. She gets to work in the office three days a week and work from home two days, so that means you’re starting to be watched by other people. Grammy had knee and oral surgery and so did your Aunt, so “Aunt” Brooke stepped up and you’ve been spending the day with her, Kendall, and Claire. I think you’re really enjoying it because you are “talking” a lot more. You come home with funky hairstyles and little projects. Who would have thought a 10-month-old would have enough hair for pigtails?

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You celebrated your first Thanksgiving. Your highchair was placed at the dinner table so you could eat with us and you enjoyed turkey, roasted sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and some bread. You loved it all! You even had a little of mommy’s pumpkin pie.

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We’re preparing for your first Christmas and I’m very excited about it. I may or may have not taken you shopping on Black Friday with me to help pick out some of your presents, but I don’t think you’ll remember.

I’m excited for the months to come–Christmas, New Year’s, and your first birthday! I can’t believe we’re nearing one year now.

You make so many people smile and happy, it’s amazing to me. How can one little girl help turn tears and frustrations into smiles?

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Dear Aubrey – 9 Months

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Dear Aubrey, 

You are getting so grown up! You are now 9-months-old and probably at least once a day I say I can’t believe you were the same tiny baby, whose eyes never opened (because you slept the whole time) and we thought we’d never get to grow.

You’re still such a happy girl. You love everyone, but especially your family. Mornings are so nice because we spend quiet time together reading while you have a bottle, then you play for a little bit before breakfast and the craziness of the day begins. You still do daily trips to the barn with momma, most times in your Lile Baby Carrier (on the back), but sometimes in your stroller as well. You’re still enjoying swim class, and every week you get better and better, even starting to swim towards momma!

Remember when you were tiny, and you maybe made the 15th percentile in weight? Well, at your 9-month doctor’s appointment, you’ve blown those small numbers out of the water!

Height: 29.5 inches (97th percentile)
Weight: 20 lbs 6 ounces (82nd percentile)
Head: 44.5 cm (68th percentile)

You got to decorate your first pumpkin for your first Halloween! We decided it’d be best if you painted instead of us carving, so I made some finger paint that would be alright if you tried to eat it (which you did). You had fun getting your pumpkin, and yourself, all colorful.

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Your Uncle Jerry finally found a swing so you have a swing at home, and you love it! We try to go out everyday to swing, even if just for a few minutes, because momma believes the fresh air is good for the soul, and you just have a good time. I’ll push you while we play tennie with the dogs–you love watching them play and bark all the time.

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Speaking of play, you’re finally starting to get the hang of your play dates with Claire. We try to go over to Brooke’s house once a week so you and Claire can play with each other, and momma and Brooke can chat.

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October has been a pretty quiet month, as far as events and things. Daddy’s been home more, which you’re enjoying (and so is mom). We’re getting into the holiday season, so we’re already trying to figure out how to decorate while you’re getting more and more mobile (you’re so close to crawling!). But I can’t wait to share the holidays with you.

You’re saying “Mom-mom” and sometimes “ba-ba” for words, and you understand the sign language when I ask if you want a “ba-ba” when you start to get fussy. You’re eating solid food now–anything and everything! You like to feed yourself, so it’s hard to feed you anything unless you can grab the spoon and “help” us feed you. But that’s OK. You seem to still love your sweet potatoes and green beans, plus chicken and scrambled eggs and blueberries. Mandarin oranges are a new fave, as are roasted red bell peppers.

It’s been so fun watching you grow and learn. I know I say that every month. But I can’t wait for the next few months with you!

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Dear Aubrey, 8 Months of Smiles

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Eight months ago, a scrawny little baby girl came into my world and changed it in so many ways. She’s no longer scrawny, but finally a happy, healthy girl! Aubrey, you’ve grown so much, and continue to grow and learn!

Where should we start? We’ve run two 5K races together, and they’ve been a blast! The first was the Colts 5K, which had me pushing you around downtown. Then a couple weeks later we ran a 5K at a local winery, where mommy even improved our stroller time! I really enjoy running while pushing you in the stroller because it’s something that gets us both outside and I hope it teaches you to live a healthy lifestyle. As the days grow shorter and get cooler now, I’m not sure how much longer we’ll be able to enjoy our stroller runs together this year.

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You’re loving eating like a big girl. We’ve been feeding you lots of homemade foods, and we even started feeding you some of the same stuff we’ve been eating, like our spaghetti squash baked spaghetti (with ground turkey, spaghetti squash, tomato sauce, and zucchini) and chicken and noodles. At first you weren’t too sure about the foods, but I think you like them better than plain veggies and fruit!

You’re not crawling, yet, but you’re having a good time standing when we hold you up. You think it’s a blast to climb out of our laps in the chair, then wiggle yourself to the floor where you can stand up. You’re bouncing a lot more in your ExerSaucer, and we have one of those door bouncer things that you are still getting used to, but needless to say, you love to be on your feet. If we’re not holding you up, you’re rolling everywhere you want to go. There are times we think you’re going to walk before you crawl, but we’ll just see how that goes.

Speaking of modes of transportation–you’ve been having more fun riding the horses and ponies lately. Brooke, mommy’s friend, has a pony riding business, and one of the ponies stayed at the farm one weekend. You got to ride around on her one evening when mommy was doing her chores. Then you visited the ponies for more rides. I can’t wait until we can get you a pony of your own and you can start leading it around and learning to ride!

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We took you to the local apple/pumpkin farm where you got to choose your own pumpkin, ride on a tractor ride, and, of course, ride ponies. We know you probably don’t really get what all we’re doing, but it’s still fun to take you and let you experience new adventures.

Fun times at Stuckey Farms!

Fun times at Stuckey Farms!

You’re mostly wearing 9 months clothing, some 12-month pants, and a few 6-9 shirts. We’re trying to get you outfitted for colder weather, which means actually wearing socks/shoes, jackets, etc. Grammie says no more naked feet when it’s cold out!

I promise your 9-month post won’t be so late next month! Love you, baby girl!

Dear Aubrey – 7 Months

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Dear Aubrey,

Seven months!! We’re on the downward spiral to 1 year old! I laugh when I say that. But, really, I can’t believe we’re already at 7 months. You continue to grow and change everyday, and you’re really starting to become your own person.

Last month was a big one as far as action for you. We had your official 6-month photos taken on Grammie & Grandpie’s farm, and you were such a little trooper and a ham in front of the camera. Dally and LaMesa even got into the photos a couple of times, which makes my heart swell.

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We took you to the Indiana State Fair, where you got to see so many cool things, and even rode the carousel with momma for the first time. You weren’t too sure when the carousel started moving and the horse was going higher and higher, so I held you through the ride, and you were OK with that.

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You’ve been sitting in high chairs when we go to restaurants, and you like it so much better. Because of that, we’re starting to let you try to feed yourself and work on picking up things with your fingers. It takes you a while, but you’re getting the hang of it. Meanwhile, you have fun making a big mess.

Eating-wise, you’re still doing well. We’ve been trying so many new foods, and you haven’t really had a problem with any of them.

We also ran in our first 5K together in August! Momma pushed you in your stroller for the Colts 5K in downtown Indianapolis. You handled everything so well, and we finished in around 31 minutes, which is a great time! While we waited for your Uncle Jerry and daddy to finish, we took photos, fed you a bottle, and even had to change your diaper in the end zone of Lucas Oil Stadium–how many babies can say that? 😉

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Just last week we took you on your first long car ride (longer than 3.5 hours) as we traveled to Savannah, Ga., for mommy’s cousin’s wedding. We took two days to drive out there and two days to drive back, staying in hotels along the way. You handled everything so well. There were times you hated being in your car seat, because you had been in it for so long, so I can understand. And when we’d put you to sleep in your pack and play, you slept so well for everything going on. I took you to Tybee Island, where we traveled up the lighthouse (such a great workout for mommy, haha) and you got to see the ocean and the beach for the first time! There were storms and rain in the area, so we couldn’t stay long, but you were able feel the sand, have the waves crash against your little chubby legs, and watch the seagulls flying around. I know your daddy wished he could have been there, but we know we’ll return sometime soon.

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You’re recognizing important people in your life, and smile whenever you see them. You haven’t said any real words, yet, but when you’re crying for me it’s like you say “Mim” instead of “mom”, which is cute. You’ve really started rolling around now–remember when I said that after your 4-month birthday you rolled once and that was it? Well now you roll over all of the time. You love your Zippy for sleeping, which makes us happy.

No teeth, yet, but you’re back to slobbering and sucking on things a lot, so time will tell.

I love your little hugs you give me all the time, your laughs and giggles. You’ve figured out how to fake coughs and sneezes because you know you’ll get a reaction. Your personality is growing more and more.

Love you, baby girl!

Dear Aubrey-6 Months!

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Dear Aubrey,

We’ve made it to half a year! It’s amazing to think that you’re already 6 months (26 weeks) old! When I look at photos of you your first week and then look at you now, I can’t believe that you’re the same baby girl.

"Mom, I am NOT a kettlebell!"

“Mom, I am NOT a kettlebell!”

Your 6 Months Stats:
Length: 27.25″ (93rd percentile)
Weight: 16 lbs 4 oz (52nd percentile)
Head circumference: 42.5 cm (58th percentile)

You’re growing so much in so many different ways every day. You’ve really started watch and appreciate the animals. You’ll reach out to LaMesa for pets and then giggle when she starts to lick your hands and toes. When she and Dally start to play, you watch the excitement and have even started really laughing at them. You like to reach for the cats, too. We’ll have to keep an eye on you, as you’re grabbing and pulling a little on their fur, and while our puppies and kitties have been pretty good about it, you never want to test them.

You love to eat! We’ve been feeding you for about a month now, now eating three times a day, like your momma. We’ve been doing oatmeal with prunes in the morning, then something for lunch and dinner. For the most part, mommy’s been making your food, trying to keep some things chunky to help you start to learn to chew already. Grammie even made you homemade applesauce, which you liked better than the Gerber apples.

Foods you love: sweet potatoes, peas, butternut squash, pears, peaches, prunes, applesauce

Foods you don’t love: beets, green beans (but if I mix them with the food you love, you’ll eat them right up), plain oatmeal

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I really want to do baby-led weaning, which allows you to pick up small chunks of food yourself and feed yourself, but we don’t have a high chair at the moment. I’m looking forward to discussion things with your pediatrician at your 6-month appointment later this week to make sure I’m doing everything alright.

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We finished Water Babies at Stony Creek Swim Center last week. It was sad to find out that that was your last class, but you’re now moved up to Little Swimmers 1 and we’ll hopefully be starting that class soon. You just love swimming. Even on your worst days (total grouch face), you totally change when we get to the pool and you smile and laugh the entire time. We had started dunking you under water, and learning to push off the wall, and you’ve been doing great. You also loved when you floated in the shark floaties for more tummy time.

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We took you to your first county fair, where you got to meet cows, goats, rabbits, sheep, and pigs for the first time. You weren’t sure what to think about the pigs and the cows, but  you were a trooper in the heat. We’ve also gone to the farmers’ market a couple of times, and you just hang out the whole time.

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The past week or so, you’ve really started teething, even to the point of waking up screaming sometimes. It breaks your momma’s heart to see you hurting like that, but you’ve been as good as can be about it all. We got you some more teething toys, like your “Chew-Dog” and Chew Beads for your pacifier and you really like those. Teething is not fun!

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Loving our “Chew-Dog”

Daddy’s been gone a lot lately, but when he’s home he pours so much love over you! And so does momma. I’ve enjoyed these couple of months of being a stay-at-home-working-mom because I’ve gotten to see you grow and change so much. You’re sitting up on your own now, and while you haven’t rolled over much, I’m realizing that’s OK–you’re still pretty strong and loving life.

I can’t believe we’re on the downward slope to your 1 year. Can time slow down a little?

Love you, baby girl!

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The Move: Struggle, Tears, and Changes

I had started writing this more than a month ago, and I should have posted it before now, but life has just been way too crazy for me.

Flashback to May…and I, along with the help of some family, packed up our entire home into a Budget Rental truck and we set out for a new beginning. We moved from Lexington back up to Indiana. It was time to be a family.

You see, M had started a new job up in Indiana in mid-January. There was no way I was going to move nine months pregnant, nor with a newborn, and I needed my job for the insurance, so I stayed in Lexington. After Baby A&W was born, M was able to spend two weeks in Lexington with us before he had to return to work. Since I had four weeks of maternity left, and a baby who needed to be fed every two hours (which included 30 minutes nursing on me, plus 30 minutes of me pumping, then 20 minutes of feeding baby the bottle…repeat the process 40 minutes later), I temporarily moved back to Indiana with M and my parents so I had some help. At the end of my maternity leave, I moved baby and the dogs back to Lexington and started to live the life of a pseudo-single mom. When M wasn’t traveling on the weekends for his new job, he’d come down to spend a couple days with us, then he’d return to my parents’ place and I returned to being the lone wolf.

How I coped on my own many evenings freelancing at night with a baby...it's all about multi-tasking.

How I coped on my own many evenings freelancing at night with a baby…it’s all about multi-tasking.

It was like that for 3.5 months. And it was hard. It sucked. It was lonely. I don’t know how single parents do it everyday for 18+ years! I had so many breakdowns, so many rough nights, and all I could do was cry in the phone to my mom or husband as I struggled with just about everything. But, yet, I still worked out every morning, dropped my daughter off at daycare, worked 9 hours, picked her up, then we’d walk the dogs, and I’d feed her and make bottles for the next day, put her to bed, and then maybe I’d eat dinner around 9 or 10. I got it done. I had to. I had no other choice.

Then in May, reality hit us. The cost of rent on our house plus daycare each month was more than what I was making at work. Add to that a (HUGE) mistake by my HR with my FMLA paperwork, which meant I went five weeks without any income coming in at all, and we needed help. The only option we really had was that I moved up to Indiana earlier than planned. I had hope to find a job before the move, so it’d be an easier transition, but things weren’t panning out that way. So we set a date for Memorial Day weekend and I gave my final notice to my boss, which sucked.

Let me tell you, packing and moving with a 3 month old is not fun, nor do I recommend doing it when it’s 80+ degrees out, and you’re dealing with your parents and your in-laws, and are totally emotional because you don’t want to move. It was one of the hardest weekends ever for me. While I was happy to be able to finally have some help with Baby A&W (since we were moving in with my parents to help us get on our feet again), I didn’t want to leave Lexington. Lexington has been my home for eight years, and I built such a life, with friends, work, hangouts, dog training, Man O’War CrossFit, etc.

But, I knew it was for the best. M and I needed to be together again, and he needed to be able to be a father to Baby A&W more than just a couple days every couple of weeks. And I needed help.

While the accommodations are tight (four adults, one baby, three dogs, and four cats under one roof), I know it brings my parents great joy every morning to hear A laugh and screech with joy. M and I are crammed into my childhood bedroom, while A’s crib is in my dad’s office. Most of our belongings are in storage in my brother-in-law’s garage next door, so if I’m needing something (which is most of the time), I walk over there and dig through tons of boxes and hope I can find it (to date I’m still looking for flea/tick meds, bottle brushes, dog brushes, and I think something else). I’m thankful for my family to be such big help.

One perk to living back on the farm: Baby A&W gets to grow up around horses like me! (See how thrilled both she and my old barrel horse is?)

One perk to living back on the farm: Baby A&W gets to grow up around horses like me! (See how thrilled both she and my old barrel horse is?)

I’m going on a second month of still looking for a job, and it’s hard. It’s hard managing being a stay-at-home-working-mom with my freelancing. I feel like my entire life/identity is gone and I’ve lost myself in the move. I can’t do CrossFit everyday like I used to–I miss my boys at MOWCF like crazy–but I do it maybe twice a week with the local police department until I can afford a new membership. I’m trying to get back into running, but it’s hard with a fussy baby (most of my runs are with the stroller because I have to have A with me). And I just miss working…it might sound weird, but I do. But I know I need to cherish this time with A, as she’s changing everyday, and I do. But my sense of worth has drastically declined, though I know that’s stupid for a mother to say.

My writing has totally slacked, especially with this blog, and for that, I apologize. There’s been quite a few things that I’ve thought “I need to blog about this” but then I don’t because my “me-time” is only so fleeting, and I have so much more that has to get done besides blogging (i.e., laundry, caring for the horses, taking care of my parents’ house, interviews, transcribing, writing articles I actually get paid for, etc.). I’m going to try my best to be better..about everything.

For now, this has been Life on Planet Marsz….coming to you from Indiana.

Dear Aubrey – 5 Months

Working on your ring rows, keeping your nickname "Baby CrossFit" legit!

Working on your ring rows, keeping your nickname “Baby CrossFit” legit!

Dear Aubrey,

It’s rather ironic, but your 5-month birthday was also the day that we told your grandparents we were expecting last year! 🙂

Once again, we’ve had a lot of firsts this month!

You attended your first agility trial with mom competing at the beginning of the month. Mom brought you along to a trial your Grandpie puts on, so we had to be very busy. You walked the courses with me in your carrier, so I’ve already been teaching you about front and rear crosses and what the different obstacles are called. When momma ran, someone offered to hold you so you could watch me run Dally and LaMesa. You loved it. You only fussed once, and that was when the judge accidentally bunked you on the head. The next day you spent the day with Aunt Erin and Uncle Jerry, and then you got to witness history–American Pharoah, the horse that you watched win the Kentucky Derby, won the Triple Crown–a feat that hadn’t been done in 37 years! Your momma was so excited, because she’d never thought she’d see the day.

Representing "Team Stump Kids" with your Corgi onesie at the agility trial!

Representing “Team Stump Kids” with your Corgi onesie at the agility trial!

When daddy finally came home from a long trip, we went on a road trip to see his friends Matt and Sophia, who were celebrating their wedding. You were such a little trooper! Then we celebrated your daddy’s first Father’s Day. Mommy had you help her make little hand and footprints for daddy and Grandpie, however you were more into grabbing the dough than making a print.

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You started swim lessons, too! We had so much fun in your first lesson–you’re a natural in the water, it’s amazing to your momma! You loved to splash the water and you were already dunking your face in! We would sing songs while momma held you with your belly in the water and floating on your back. You’d reach for toys, and do tummy time on a floating mat. It’s so much fun to see you having fun, and I’m thankful for Stony Creek Swim Center to be offering the Water Babies class for free.

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We’ve been working on trying to get you to nap better this month. We’re still only able to get you sleep for longer periods of time if you’re swaddled, but now we’re starting to put you to bed when you’re still awake so you can start putting yourself to sleep. So far, so good…but you’re still fighting nap time and hate to see your swaddle. You still like to cover your eyes when you’re sleeping, either with a towel or your hands.

We started feeding you solids at 21 weeks. For a few weeks you’ve been watching us eat with great attention, grabbing our plates, and just drooling at the look of food. We started with some homemade oatmeal, but you weren’t a big fan of that. Then I tried giving you chunks of banana, but you’d quickly spit that out. Pureed bananas, on the other hand you’re starting to like. We’re only feeding you solids once a day right now, but it is helping satiate your appetite and you don’t seem as hungry after you’ve had some. You’re still eating 5-6 bottles, with a 6 ounce bottle before bed and 5.5 ounces the rest of the time. You’re a growing girl!!

You can watch the video of your first bites of oatmeal.

Grammie and mommy packed up all your newborn and 0-3 clothes the other day. I kept a couple of the cute onesies that I loved, but it was time to make room for your 6 months clothes! You can still fit in some 3 month clothes, but it’s mostly 6 months, with a few 6-9. Your legs are long, so sleepers have to be long enough for your legs!

The corn is Aubrey-high before the 4th of July!

The corn is Aubrey-high before the 4th of July!

We celebrated your 5-month birthday along with Grammie’s birthday at Joe’s Crab Shack, and with that you got to ride on the slide for the first time. Grandpie is going to re-do the swing set he built for your momma so it’s ready for you when you’re able to swing and slide.

You still love your walks and you love when we go for runs in the stroller.

5Month

This coming month will be fun for us with more swimming and more summer activities.

Love you, baby girl!

Catch up on the previous months:

Month 1
Month 2
Month 3
Month 4

Four Months of Smiles – Dear Aubrey

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Dear Aubrey,

We’re a third of the way through our first year of life together, can you believe it?? It’s amazing to think it’s already been four months, but then again, it seems like it’s been a long time (I know, I think I say this every post I write, but it’s true!).

When I look through photos of you from birth to now it’s amazing to think about how much you’ve grown and changed. Your first month you spent mostly sleeping, while I barely slept, and we fretted over just trying to get you to gain weight and I was so full of anxiety over how small you were. Now we’re both sleeping pretty well…at night. (During the day, however, is another matter when you’re with momma–you don’t like to nap with me!) And you’ve grown by leaps and bounds! It’s amazing. At your four-month check-up with Dr. Wilson, you had grown almost three inches in two months!

Your stats at 4 Months:

Weight: 11 lbs 9 oz (22nd percentile)
Length: 24″ long (50th percentile)
Head circumference: 39.75 cm ( percentile)

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You’re still wearing some 3 months clothes, but also 3-6 (tops) and some 6 month bottoms. You’re legs are getting so long, but the waist in some of the longer pants are too big for your thin torso. You’re still just as active as ever. You finally rolled over for the first time today–on your 4-month birthday!! The doctor said not to expect you to roll from back to front because you’re just too interested in everything, why would you want to roll over to look at the ground?? Yep, you definitely already have your own agenda, and we better follow it!

Rolling over for the first time. 6-3-15

Rolling over for the first time. 6-3-15

You’re discovering so much now, it’s so much fun to watch your face light up. You love watching your “puppy sisters” run around, as well as fun things on television (horse and car racing for the most part), and you love to look out the window at the birds or trees. Your eyes get so large and just shine. Oh, yeah, and your eyes are a gorgeous shade of gray right now.

You’re also starting to grab onto your toys…and put them in your mouth. Everything goes into your mouth right now. You started growling the last couple of weeks, and then you’ll “bite” something–whether it’s your burp cloth, your hands, a toy, or our hands/arms. You started that over Memorial weekend, and it cracks us up, but we know when you get teeth it won’t be so funny. 😉 Almost everyday you make a new noise…and I love hearing them.

You still are sensitive to having a gassy stomach. And we still struggle with daytime naps when you’re with mommy–too much stuff going on you don’t want to miss out.

Many firsts: First time feeling sand on your toes, first time watching volleyball & playing with one, first time at a German restaurant/bar when you visited Marikka's.

Many firsts: First time feeling sand on your toes, first time watching volleyball & playing with one, first time at a German restaurant/bar when you visited Marikka’s.

We also made a big life change–over Memorial Day weekend you and mommy moved up to Indiana to be with daddy. But before we moved, I took you on a tour of some of mommy’s favorite places in Lexington so people could see you and me before we left. Your Grandma W came down to help pack up and clean the house, followed by Grammy and Grandpie A and Uncle Jerry. It was a long, hot, rough few days, but we got our house packed up in a large Budget rental truck, and mommy said goodbye to her best friend and the best place she’d lived. It was pretty hard on mommy, but I know it was for the best for our family. For three months it’d been just me and you, baby girl, and there were many hard, lonely times. Moving to Indiana meant moving closer to mommy’s family, and being with daddy. We’re currently living with Grammy and Grandpie A on the farm–it’s a little cramped, but we’re making due. You’re bringing everyone so much happiness during some tough times, it’s worth it.

You love going for walks in your carrier if you are facing out so you can see everything.

You love going for walks in your carrier if you are facing out so you can see everything.

Since moving to the farm, you go down to the barn with mommy almost everyday–I wear you in your carrier and we put the horses out in their pasture and we clean stalls. We’re already talking about getting you a pony soon, and I cannot wait to get you in the saddle already.

Of course moving meant no more daycare at Tot’s Landing, which was hard. I’m sure we’ll find another great daycare facility in Indiana, but the women who cared for you in those short couple of months were so great, it’ll be hard to match them. I hope you love the next place just as much as you did Tot’s Landing.

This month will be full of just as much action and growth, I’m sure. But I’m looking forward to experiencing every minute with you. Watching you experience life for the first time amazes me, and makes me appreciate things I might have taken for granted before, and for that, I’m grateful to you. I love you so very much!

3 Months

2 Months

1 Month