Dear Aubrey — 11 Months

20160106_115350.png

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.

Santa

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!

FirstChristmas

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!

20151225_155419.png

Advertisements

Dear Aubrey – 10 Months!

20151211_115634.png

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.

20151121_112916.jpg

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?

FullSizeRender1

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.

20151126_185110_resized

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?

20151121_094535.jpg

Dear Aubrey – 9 Months

wpid-20151108_223531.png

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.

wpid-20151108_223935.png

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.

wpid-20151022_174227.jpg

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.

wpid-20151108_223802.png

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!

1-Month-Old
2-Months-Old
3-Months-Old
4-Months-Old
5-Months-Old
6-Months-Old
7-Months-Old
8-Months-old

Dear Aubrey, 8 Months of Smiles

wpid-20151012_214358.png

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.

12045790_888344874584549_7325648337304335447_o

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!

wpid-pony.jpg

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

wpid-img_20150904_085954.jpg

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.

11140116_10100962645977059_4037399956790741391_n

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.

carosel

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? 😉

Savannah

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.

Tybee Island Beach

Tybee Island Beach

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!

 wpid-20150803_223048.png

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

FirstFoods

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.

wpid-shark.jpg

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.

graduate

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.

CountyFair

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!

Loving our

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!

1 Month
2 Months
3 Months
4 Months
5 Months

wpid-20150803_222924.png

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.

wpid-20150222_113712.jpg