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Seven Months

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Piper Stats:

  • Closing in on 20 pounds.
  • Eating ALL the foods! She’s been upgraded to breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with her normal bottles. She is loving all of the purees and just started eating actual solids too. We had lunch at Golden Corral last week and she ate off of my plate!
  • Has ONE tooth. Which still blows my mind, since Juliet didn’t get any teeth until after she turned 1!

Piper LOVES:

  • She got a toy laptop from the Easter Bunny and loves to mash all of the buttons and play like a big girl!
  • Bouncing! ALL THE BOUNCING. Her sitter got her one of those jump up toys that you hang in the doorway and she is wearing herself out!

Piper HATES:

  • The process of getting teeth. Poor thing had the grossest runny nose for an entire weekend and then BAM the tooth popped out. Looks like a second is going to break through any day now, so I’m standing by with the nose sucker and boogie wipes.

I’m a little bit in denial that she’s already on the downhill to turning 1. The rest of her first year is going to fly by and I am not ready for it.

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Six Months

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Halfway to one year already. My how time does fly when you’re the happiest baby in the world.

Piper Stats:

  • 17 lbs, 14.5oz (80th percentile)
  • 26.5 inches (73rd percentile)
  • Head Circumference 17 inches (76th percentile)
  • Eating 6oz of milk 4-5 times a day with the added benefit of REAL FOOD usually around dinner time, but also anytime she’s just RAVENOUS
  • Two naps a day and sleeping through the night. We had our first wake up in the middle of the night about two weeks ago bc she was STARVING but other than that, she’s happy to sleep from 7:30-6:30 every night.
  • She’s sitting up on her own down with very little wobbling and she’s starting to flip herself onto her belly when she sleeps.

Piper LOVES:

  • Food, GLORIOUS food. We haven’t found a single thing she doesn’t like yet. Bananas, squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, apples, pears, peas, green beans, strawberries. But far and away, her favorite food is baked beans.
  • Crinkly toys. She has a set of blocks, half of them crinkle and the other half have bells in them and she couldn’t care less about those bell blocks, give her the crinkle blocks! She discovered the paper at the doctor’s office today and I had to pull it out three different times bc she kept destroying it.

Piper HATES:

  • Shots, duh. She took today’s shots like a champ but she’s still not too happy about it.
  • Anytime Juliet isn’t within sight. Those two are inseparable, though I did witness the very first exasperated, “Piperrrrrrrrrr” yesterday. Many more of those in my future, for sure.

No more doctor’s visits until July. Can’t wait to get this baby in a swimsuit this summer. We talked at length today about sunscreen and water safety. I think we’re in for a pretty fun first summer!

Five Months

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This happy, joy-filled baby, you guys.

Piper Stats:

  • Weight: approximately 16 pounds
  • Height: well over 2 feet
  • Eats 6oz of milk 4-5 times a day and just upgraded to eating solids! She’s had a bit of grape, some mexican rice, apple sauce, sweet potatoes, and bananas. We just started spoon feeding and it took her all of ONE day to get the hang of that.
  • Sleeps from about 7:30pm to 6am. Naps are not as routine, some days she takes two 3 hour naps, others she takes a 30 minute morning nap and a long afternoon nap, others she takes three 1.5 hour naps. This kid is very shruggy guy about naps.

Piper LOVES:

  • Food! Srsly this kid is like “OMG YOU GUYS DID YOU KNOW THAT IF YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH THEY’LL PUT FOOD IN IT?????”
  • Anything Juliet. We’re in the belly laugh stage and nobody makes this kid laugh more than her sister.
  • Playing in her exersaucer. She’s got one at home and at the sitter’s now. She loves being a part of the action!

Piper HATES:

  • I honestly can’t think of anything she’s hating this month. She’s just been the happiest damn baby.

I don’t want to talk about how next month she’ll be on the downhill to being ONE. Not to mention, 6th month shots, which are notoriously the worst in terms of amount of shots. Poor baby’s 6 month check up is scheduled for April Fool’s Day too. Sorry kid, those shots are not a prank.

Four Months

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Ack! My happy baby. She is the sweetest and happiest little girl. Even when she has a stuffy nose. Which, she currently does. No worries, she just snot rocket sneezes and all is right in her world. (Wish Mama had that kind of resilience)

Piper Stats:

  • Weight: 14 lbs, 8.5 oz (57th percentile)
  • Height: 24.25 inches (38th percentile)
  • Head Circumference: 41.9 (84th percentile, girl’s got a healthy dome)
  • Eats 6oz about 4-5 times a day depending on her naps
  • Most days she takes two large naps and goes down for the night around 8 and gets up around 6:15. But here’s the fun thing, on the weekends, even if she goes to bed at the same time, she doesn’t wake up until after 7. Did I get a weekend sleeper? Can she teach her older sister this trick?

Piper LOVES:

  • All the usual things, Juliet, Daddy, Mommy. Her Papa can get her to belly laugh but I only get to hear it from a distance. Didi got her to belly laugh last weekend by kissing her toes. So regular belly laughs aren’t too far away! (Hell, she laughed at me yesterday while I was coughing up a lung)
  • She LOVES to watch wrestling with Daddy (and you know he’s thrilled)

Piper HATES:

  • Shots. She got two yesterday and was pretty cranky for the rest of the day. I don’t blame her, they’re not my favorite thing either.
  • When people get all up in her face. She gets overstimulated very easily and aside from general hungry/tired/dirty diaper crying, when she gets overstimulated is really the only time she’ll cry.

Doctor gave us the all clear to start “baby bird feeding”. Which is exactly what it sounds like. But told us to hold off on real solids until closer to 6 months. Fine by me! It’s been hard enough going back to work and having to figure out a routine. I don’t think I could handle carving out precious time right now to basically just get the baby messy.

Three Months

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Piper Stats:

  • Weight: 13ish pounds
  • Height: 24ish inches
  • Eats anywhere between 4-6 ounces every 3-4 hours
  • Officially sleeping through the night for almost two weeks! She’ll go down between 8-9 and doesn’t get up until around 6! It was my favorite Christmas present!

All measurements in “ish” since she won’t have official measurements until her four month appointment in January.

Piper LOVES:

  • Still loving ALL things Juliet.
  • Loves to smile at Daddy every morning.
  • Loves to smile in general. She is the happiest baby.
  • Her “bugz” these little velcro bracelets that rattle and jingle. She enjoys discovering them every play time.

Piper HATES:

  • Being overstimulated. With Christmas in the rearview mirror it’s clear that while Piper loves being held and doted on, she really prefers it in small amounts. When there are a bunch of people hovering and cooing over her, she loses her mind. Her distressed crying is admittedly the most heartbreaking sound, but it’s so rare that it makes me laugh a little. Luckily she’s easily calmed down when you whisk her away from the hubbub.
  • While she still loves baths, she is NOT a fan of being dried off after her bath. We discovered that her changing table is not so conveniently located right beneath the air vent. Whoops.

I go back to work on the 7th. I am NOT thrilled. It will be so weird having to go through a routine and not being at home with the girls. Because of the snow, Juliet will go back to school on the 3rd instead of the 7th, so I will have two extra days of just Piper/Mommy time. Piper will be going to the same sitter Juliet went to and I’m thrilled. The sitter’s house is also conveniently located right around the corner from Juliet’s new afterschool program. I’m really excited for both girls and their new places of fun!

Two Months

IMG_4066Two months. How? This sweet baby still feels brand new and like she’s always been with is all at the same time. (Probs going to say this every month. #sorrynotsorry)

Piper Stats:

  • 11 lbs, 10.5 oz Up exactly two pounds from last month
  • 22.25 inches. Up two inches from the one month measurement and officially above that weird at birth measurement of 21.7 inches.
  • Eating 4 oz of milk every 3-ish hours. Except at night when she eats 5 oz.
  • We put her down between 8 and 9 every night and she wakes up once, usually around 3, to eat and get her diaper changed and then happily goes right back to sleep until around 7.
  • Is sleeping in her own room, which means I’m sleeping in my bed again!

Piper LOVES:

  • All things Juliet.
  • Still loving bath time.
  • Her llama lovey
  • The bouncy seat I keep upstairs for when I need to take a shower. Don’t know if it’s the seat itself of the warm and steamy bathroom, but she’s never not unhappy when she’s in it
  • Smiling and cooing at all of us, but especially sissy

Piper HATES:

  • Shots. Holy hell. She got her two month vaccines today around 9:30 and 9 hours later is still mad about it. This is something new. Juliet always did the silent scream when she got shots, but she moved on from them after about 10 minutes.
  • Still not loving diaper changes but thanks to Boudreax’s Butt Paste her bottom at least isn’t ANGRY anymore

Hoping she’s fully sleeping through the night by the time I go back to work in 6 weeks. We’re going to start the transition from sleeping in the Rock n Play to sleeping in her crib. Fingers crossed that doesn’t suck.

One Month

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It’s hard to believe the little kid has already been here for one whole month. On the one hand, it’s like she’s always been a part of this family. On the other hand, sometimes it takes me by surprise that I have two kids. Fun story: The big kid came home from the NICU 7 years ago on this day and now the little kid is one month old on this day! I love things like that.

Piper Stats:

  • 9 lbs, 10.5 oz. Up almost two whole pounds from birth!
  • 20.25 inches. Which is slightly hilarious bc either they measured her incorrectly in the hospital (or at the doctor) or my baby has shrunk. (According to the hospital she was 21.7 inches at birth.)
  • Eating 3-4 ounces of milk at a time.
  • Sleeping really well so far! It is kind of one of her three main features right now. But we put her down for the night around 8 and she doesn’t start to stir until after midnight. And from there she’ll typically sleep for 2.5-3 hour stretches.

Piper LOVES:

  • Baths. Oh my goodness does this kid love to take a bath! It’s so weird bc Juliet still gets weird about getting the shampoo rinsed out of her hair. Meanwhile, I forgot how to wash a squirmy, not well balanced, tiny human and get water everywhere and Piper is just straight chilling the whole time.
  • Being held. Look, if you’ve ever had a baby and have asked me for advice, I always say, “Put the baby down, and walk away.” And truly, it is great advice. Bc sometimes you need to remember to take a break. However, Piper loves to be held in a way that Juliet never did. I actually purchased a baby carrier bc she prefers that method of travel right now over the stroller.
  • Juliet. My GOD does this tiny human, who has no real eyesight to write home about, ADORE her big sister. And vice versa. Juliet will come downstairs every morning and pick out Piper’s outfit. She gets home from school and makes a beeline for her. When Piper is cranky, Juliet is the first to try and get her calmed down.

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Piper HATES:

  • Diaper changes. This probably has more to do with the fact that she has terrible diaper rash combined with a chemical burn that has made her butt blister. It’s impossible right now to get this cleared up bc all this kid does is poop. And she LETS YOU KNOW when she needs her diaper changed. SO far, it’s really the only time she cries.
  • The car seat. Or, rather, getting strapped into the car seat.

Piper is the happiest and gruntiest baby. Every time we go to the doctor they comment on her grunting. It’s super cute during the day, but can be a little distressing in the middle of the night.

We’re hoping she starts smiling this month. I’m pretty sure she’s going to have dimples on both cheeks!

And no, there’s still no verdict on hair color. Some days I think it’s red, and other days it looks like it will be like Juliet’s. Guess I just have to be patient! (I’m not good at that.)