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 – 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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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!

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Dear Aubrey-Happy 3 Months

(Month 1, Month 2) A-3Months Dear Aubrey, Three months have come and gone so quickly, yet it seems like you’ve been in my heart forever. Everyday I grow deeper in love with you, even on those trying days… You and I are starting to figure each other out and get a routine down. On days that mom works, we’re pretty rushed in the mornings, but I always take a few moments to enjoy the morning with you because you are such a delight in the mornings–hopefully you stay that way and don’t become a grouchy bear like you daddy is in the mornings. We’ll play and talk, you’ll smile and kick your feet a million miles a minute. You’re starting to sleep longer stretches at night, which lets mommy sleep a little longer, so we’re both happy.

Morning snuggles are the best

Morning snuggles are the best

You still love daycare, and I love that you love it. Your favorite toy is a piano you can play with your feet, so as a little “3-month-birthday gift” I found one for the house and you’ve been going to town on it ever since (even while mom needed to wash the car and trim the bushes in front of the house over the weekend).

Mommy can multi-task pretty well now.

Mommy can multi-task pretty well now.

Daddy was able to come home a couple times during April. You’ve recently discovered the television and you’re just infatuated with watching things like car racing, and horse racing (as I discovered on Derby Day). Your daddy’s excited that he actually might have someone to watch car racing with him. Whenever the races would go to commercial, you’d voice your disapproval, so we’d find another car race on TV. Daddy-race Your hair is getting longer, so it’s settled down and not as crazy right now. It’s still a lighter brown, so we’re not sure if it’ll stay that color or change. Your eyes are a dark blue/gray and can be so expressive and big! A-RaceCars You must be hitting a growth spurt right now, because you’re demanding more than your usual four ounce bottle when it comes to meals. We’re still doing half breastmilk and half formula, and you’re finally putting on weight–at a doctor’s appointment a few days before your 3-month birthday you weighed 10 pounds 8 ounces! You’re wearing all 0-3 clothes now (and size 1 diapers), and even some of your 0-3 pants are getting short. It’s a little sad to be putting away all your newborn clothes to sell–there was a time that I thought you’d never grow out of them! You’re really starting to get strong, already starting to hold yourself up on your elbows when we do tummy time (though you get tired of it after a while).

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Baby Yoga

You met your great-grandmother on a trip to see your daddy’s family one day. She said seeing your photos helped keep her spirits up while recovering from a stroke, so you’re already an inspiration to someone (besides your momma, of course)! You’ve watched your first Kentucky Derby, visited friends at your first dog agility trial (but mom didn’t compete), and felt the grass on your feet for the first time. Firsts I’m excited for even more firsts to come this summer, and I look forward to sharing more of my world with you in hopes you’ll be the same horse-dog-workout-run-crazy girl like your momma. HappyMornings

Starting to Grow! Dear Aubrey-Two Months

(If you’d like to read my letter to Baby A&W on her 1-month birthday, you can read it here.)

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Dear Aubrey,

Your second month of life has been vastly different from your first. During February, you mostly slept…boy did I think I had it easy from there on out. March was a completely different story as you started discovering the world you were born into, and that you could see so much if you stayed awake.

You finally started gaining weight and gaining ground in growing–your 2-month doctor’s appointment saw you tipping the scales at 8 pounds and 14 ounces, a full two pounds heavier than when you were born (in the 15th percentile). You now measure 21.75 inches long (21st percentile) and your head measures 37 centimeters around (20th percentile). You’re not the biggest girl, but that’s alright. Dr. Wilson (your pediatrician) says you’re going to be long and lean, like your momma. You are constantly moving–the only time I see you still is when you’re sound asleep at bedtime. Because of this, Dr. Wilson says you’re constantly burning calories–truly living up to your “Baby CrossFit” nickname given to you before you were born by mom’s CrossFit coach.

Mid-March we moved back to Lexington–momma went back to work and you started daycare. You’re in the “minnows” classroom at Tot’s Landing and they absolutely love you–they call you “Lil Bit” just like your mom and dad do because you’re the smallest member of the room. You spend your time at daycare either sleeping in the swing, tummy time, or playing with the foot keyboard.

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Baby’s first CrossFit WOD

Our days during the week are crazy: We wake at 5 am for mommy to pump and you to eat your bottle, then around 6 we head to Man O’War CrossFit so mommy can get her workout on (you mostly sleep through the workouts in your carseat). After our workout, we rush home so I can get ready for work, and you demand another bottle before we leave for daycare and work. After work, I come pick you up and we head home to walk the dogs–you love going for pup walks in your carrier, and I hope soon we can get a stroller so we can go for longer walks (and start running together now). Then it’s time to get things ready for the next day (your bottles at daycare, mommy’s lunch at work) and we hope to relax a little for an early bedtime.

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Your daddy’s been traveling a lot for work–he’s still spending the week in Indiana with your grandparents and, if he’s not traveling, he comes down to spend the weekends with us in Lexington. You love falling asleep on your dad’s chest in the recliner.

You’re really developing a personality, learning to make lots of new noises and faces everyday, and trying to take in as much as possible. Your eyes are now gray, and we’re hoping a little green will start to appear. And your hair…ohh baby girl…your hair is cray cray (that’s 2015 slang for Crazy)! It’s long and wild, and that’s made even worse when I blow dry your hair. But, everyone loves it. You’ve got momma’s thick hair and your daddy’s cowlick–so you won’t be able to have bangs or short hair, sorry.

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LaMesa loves her little sister.

 

You’re holding yourself up more and more with each passing day, proving that though you’re tiny, you’re mighty. The dogs love you–everyday we come home from daycare they have to check you out and give you little kisses, just to make sure all is well.

You received your first shots, which was upsetting for you for just a few minutes, but nothing too horrible. You also had your first cold, most likely daycare germs, and shared your germs with mommy–thanks.

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Warmer weather and new adventures await us in the coming months!

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One Month Ago Life Changed–Dear Aubrey

It’s hard to believe that it’s been one month since Aubrey joined this world and changed my life forever. It feels like it’s been longer than a month, but then again, it’s like “It’s already been a month??”

1 Month Old!

1 Month Old!

One of my favorite bloggers, Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean, recently had a baby as well, and I love what she does to commemorate each passing month of Chase’s life, so I thought I’d steal her idea (I hope you don’t mind, Lindsay!). Every month she writes a letter to Chase about his month of growth, which I love. I’d hope that one day Aubrey can read these letters…

Dear Aubrey,

I can’t believe it’s already been one month since you joined me and Daddy’s world. All the preparations we did leading up to your arrival didn’t prepare me for the roller coaster ride that is new motherhood.

You’ve already proven you’re like your mother in the fact that you’ll do what you want when you want. Right now, it’s mostly been sleeping–you’ve slept away most of your first month on this Earth. If only I could say the same for myself. I only hope you’re able to sleep well the rest of your life!

Your momma conquered changing diapers pretty quickly, though there are times that I forget to put a diaper under you as soon as I remove the dirty one…and then we have to wash the changing pad. Oops. We’ve had a few blowouts, but nothing horrible.

We’ve had our struggles with your weight, and with momma trying to breastfeed you. But I think we’re starting to get things figured out. After dropping a full pound, you’re now up to 7 pounds 6 ounces! At your last doctor’s appointment, you were 20.5″ long, but I think you’ve grown at least an inch since, because your legs are too long for Newborn-sized sleepers.

Lots of feedings!

Lots of feedings!

My saying for the first month has been: “First time mom + first time baby = not a good combo”. Thankfully you’ve been pretty forgiving. I just hope you’re this forgiving later in life…

We’ve spent most of your first month living with Grammie and Granpie in Indiana–Daddy had to start his new job two weeks after you were born in Indianapolis, so that I had some help, we temporarily moved up to the family farm with your puppy sisters. I think you’ve enjoyed your stay–you get spoiled by not only Grammie and Granpie, but also your Aunt Erin and Uncle Jerry. Win-win.

We’re in this together for a lifetime, and while the future is still scary for me to fathom, I’m happy I have you as my little partner in crime.

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