8 Months Old, Better Late Than Never

Monday, April 30, 2012

Where did April go? Between Easter, Jonathan taking boards, going on vacation, my 10 year high school reunion, and hosting bunko, every week just flew by. BUT--I don't want to let Juliette's 8th month go undocumented. Thank you for indulging me (but you don't have to).

April 10, 2012

Dear Baby,

I'm sorta bummed, because this is the best photo we got of you at 8 months old:

And no bear!  :(

This is all you wanted to do...


and move ...

and move!

You've mastered the art of sitting this month, and are working on transitioning from laying down to sitting up...

You love walks, being outside, and are also loving to PLAY with toys and explore!

In what Daddy calls your "modeling" pose.

You like to hang out and play this way sometimes. Hey, whatever works, right?

You got your first cold this month since being sick. Mrs. Debbie and AJ took good care of you for those few days you were sick, and you fought off your cold very well!

Before starting school again, you said "dada" for the first time (and still, EVERYTHING and everyone are da-da), and added your third solids meal, breakfast.

(sweater knitted by your great-Granny)

(You'd woken up hungry for a few nights, and once we added breakfast about mid-month, you started sleeping all night again. Yay!)

Your other big trick this month was your rolling/army crawl mish-mash that made you mobile! You can make your way across a room pretty quickly! It's made things like getting ready in the morning or running to do that-one-thing in the house a little more challenging. I can no longer just set you down and trust that you will stay exactly put.

Sitting in your first restaurant high chair:

You returned to school on April 2nd and have done a great job! Your teachers have been so sweet and happy to see you, and all your little friends are moving and grooving all over the place! There are a bunch of fun toys to play with, and you can explore as much as you like! Your napping-in-a-room-full-of-noise-and-light skills are not superb, but you have maintained your agreeable and happy personality despite the catnaps.

(Also for school, I got you a new pair of shoes! They are so cute!)

First day back:

Uncle Scooter came to visit from sunny CA!

We went to the zoo and saw elephants.

Your Grandad, teaching you to "find middle C, Jules."

Then, all of a sudden, it was Easter!

At our church's egg hunt on Saturday (photo by "Uncle" Grant)... LOVE that little expression...

(and that little dress we got her last year in Roma, while she was still incubating)

And later that day at Grammy's...


The next day, Easter Sunday (and Mommy's birthday) was a wonderful day! You looked so adorable, and we had a wonderful morning celebrating our risen Savior!

Easter basket:

(Yes, the chocolate bunny is purely for looks.)

With your BFF Elliot (are these little faces killer or what?):

With your great-Granny:

It was a wonderful day!

For posterity (yes, that again): you're wearing a size 3 diaper, and mostly 9 month clothes and a few 12 month items (!!!). You nap about an hour in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon (while not at school), go to bed around 7, and wake up anywhere between 6-7, for the most part. You're still bathing in your whale tub, and by the end of the month, eating 3 meals of solids. You're still nursing once in the morning, taking two 8 oz. bottles while Mommy is at work, and nursing right after work and right before bed. 

Your favorite food is still bananas, and we gave you some puffs this month, which you're starting to like more and more. You also love apples, pears, pumpkin, and prunes, and dislike mango, homemade squash, or anything green. 

We lowered your bed (sad!). You weighed 19 lb 4 oz. when we took you to see Dr. Bubba during your cold (on March 22). Your hair is still looking so light and is getting longer and longer on top and over your little ears (hehe). You love when we sing your theme song, "Little Sprout," or any music Daddy plays you on the guitar. You also love the books "Little Feet Love" and "Kiss, Kiss."

You're our little ray of sunshine, and we love you to the moon and back!

See you in about 10 days for next month's...whoops! 

It's Hard (briefly)

Monday, April 23, 2012

(I'm going to stop apologizing for writing about my baby. She's the biggest thing going in the life o' Leslie.)

She's ch-ch-changing. She crawls (!), pulls up, babbles, got her first tooth, has a will... but right now, she is throwing us for a loop.

She won't nurse right now (at all!) since yesterday, and cries fervently (fervently) when left in her bed to sleep, completely brokenhearted. How wonderful it is that she knows us...but she now knows that she can miss us, too. My little baby who formerly wanted to be in her bed, now wants me. Not such a bad thing, but hard for a mommy and daddy who are not co-sleepers.

The little easy-going baby, who would go to anyone, smile at anyone, laugh and "talk" with anyone, who played hard and slept hard, has wised up. While still very friendly and engaging to all, she can now really discern who is holding her, keeping her, caring for her... and while I'm thrilled to watch her develop, it's so hard to watch her little heart break when we aren't there. She has changed so much, so quickly! (And the nursing thing...I'm hoping it's just a "nursing strike" that lasts a few days, since it was such an abrupt refusal. Thinking positively. Advice accepted.)

That's what's on my mind.

*Editor's note (on 4/24/12): the nursing "strike" is over (at least for now!). Thank the Lord! 

*Editor's note #2:  A certain someone wanted me to clarify that mommy & daddy are co-sleepers with each other, just not with babies.

6th Anniversary

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Since it's the year of the instagram, here's the instagram version of some old faves from our wedding day, April 22, 2006.

Sister asked me today what it felt like, being married for 6 years. I said it felt at once surreal and like the most normal thing in the world. On the one hand, I cannot believe it's already been that long. But on the other hand, I have been Jonathan's wife for my entire adult life. This version of myself I do not know apart from that role. It's a beautiful thing.

So young! (So skinny!)

Happy Anniversary, my dearest dear. I love thee.

5 year post
4 year post
3 year post (none, whoops)
2 year post
1 year post

On Vacation

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

That's where we've been. Be back soon!

Back to School

Friday, April 06, 2012

Just a quick update on Jules, to those who are curious.

As I've mentioned before, we were advised to keep Juliette out of day care through the rest of the winter, after her illness, so she'd have time to beef up her little immune system again. For the last three full months, she has been under the supervision of the most wonderful group of women ever! Susie, Martha, Cindi, Jamie, Jenny, and Debbie, with some pinch-hitting by my mommy and Laura R. and Cindi P.

This week was her first week back at day care! She did so great! Monday-Weds. she went for half days (thanks to Nana/Susie and Cindi), and a full day yesterday. She loved loved loved playing with all the toys and the other babies and looking at everything! She was happy, smiley, and there were no tears or fears in sight (except for Mommy's).

Only problem is, no naps for the first several mornings (led to crashing in the afternoons/evenings), and two 30 minute naps on her full day. But, she is still happy and smiley and not at all fussy from it. I don't know how long this will go on...will she be able to get used to sleeping in a room of lights, noise, and other people?  We were home today (Good Friday), and she took some good naps. Will she be able to make up on the weekends? Could this really be it, from now on? She has always been a really good napper. I'm trying not to worry, especially since she is still so happy...but eeesh.

Happy Easter weekend!

I Deliver

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

(I know, I promised "soon-soon" photos of our front flower bed...sorrrrrry about that one.)

Here's the empty/wretched before (those arborvitae just waiting for some buddies):

And here's the after (!!!)... George L. Tabor azaleas in front, some laurel variation behind them I can't remember the name of at present, and a pretty little dogwood tree on the far right. I hope to add some hostas and hydrangeas later on, as well as something to the right of the path.

A million kajillion thanks to my parents for the LOVELY and appreciated birthday gift of plants and to Uncle T-Bone for planting them!

Also need to fill in with some annual color...  It's so much fun driving up to my house now with the pretty flower bed!

On to the front door/shutter project...
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