Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mary-Margaret at 7 months

Mary-Margaret is 7 months old!  Here's what life looks like for her now:

-  She nurses every 3 hrs., and is trying solids 2-3 times a day.  She eats much more solids in the afternoon and evening, and barely wants anything in the morning. She still has not taken a bottle, but is learning how to use a sippy cup with meals.

-  She takes 3-4 naps a day about 1.5-2 hrs. after waking and nursing.

-  She just started sitting up independently.

-  Her eyes are big and bright blue.

-  Hatley-Grace can still make her smile no matter what!

-  She has discovered her hands and feet.  She watches her hands like she is checking out her nails, and likes to chew on her toes.

- Like big sister, she is content when we are out and about.

-  She has tried avocado, peas, sweet potato, butternut squash, carrots, quinoa, pears, oatmeal
apples, and some table foods as well.  No real preferences yet but peas are usually a hit.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Mary-Margaret is 6 months

We have had our baby girl with us half a year now!  Time goes so much quicker with the second baby, and yet she still seems so small compared to big sister.  

Her daily routine pretty much still follows a 3-3 1/2 hour schedule of nursing, playing, sleeping when we aren't out and about.   She normally sleeps from 8pm-7am with a dream-fed around 10:30.  I have been so much more relaxed about MM's schedule as we can't be home for every nap time, but she is adaptable.

She is 14 lbs. 9oz (16%), 25.5 in long(24%) and head is 43 cm (65%).

She continues to love her sister, and even on the fussiest of days HG will always make her smile!

She discovered her feet and likes to chew on her toes.

She is content in the nursery at church and is happy when we are out and about.

Mary-Margaret joined me on the women's retreat this month because she is not interested in the bottle at all.  She slept a total of 45 min all day, but was happy to let all the women snuggle her and dote on her.

MM can sit supported and roll over.  She is starting to push off her toes and try to reach toys, but not on her knees yet.  

She is a thumb sucker.

She has tried avocado, peas, sweet potato, oatmeal, raw cucumber and carrots.  She is still just learning and tolerating foods this month.  

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mary-Margaret at 5 months

Time just flies by with baby #2.  Mary-Margaret is still sweet as can be.

She is nursing every 3-31/2 hours during the day.  Because we are out most mornings, she has settled into a routine of waking around 7, a nap from about 8-9:30, we are usually out btw 10-12 and she make cat nap.  When we get home she will nurse and take a longer nap from about 1-3:30/4.  Then she will still cat nap around 5:30 or so, and bedtime is around 7:30.

She rubs her eyes, talks louder and louder and sucks her thumb when she is ready for a nap.

She rolls over onto her belly, but has forgotten how to roll to her back.  She will cry for help after being on her belly for too long.

She loves the jumperoo.

If she is awake at mealtime, she sits in her highchair like a big girl with us.

She is interested in everything going on around her, and has quit napping while we are out and about.

She is happy in the car seat, and has been a trooper on two road trips to see my parents which is about a 6 hour trip with a stop.

I think she looks like me more and more.

She loves her big sister, and Hatley-Grace can always make her smile.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

4 months

Mary-Margaret is 4 months old.
She is so attentive to what is going on around her and loves watching big sister play.  She talks to us by cooing and making sweet little noises.  
 She is drooling and chewing on her hands a lot this month, teething?
 She can roll over in both directions.  Right now she rolls onto her belly most of the time, and then will cry because she gets stuck there.

 She smiles and kicks her legs when I get her up from naps.
 She nurses about every 3 hours, and takes 4 naps a day.  Her first afternoon nap is the longest.  She usually goes to bed around 7:30, and needs a little dream fed around 10 and then sleeps until about 7.
 She can grab onto some toys and her paci now.
 She loves to suck on her thumb to soothe herself to sleep. 
 She loves being outside and went swimming for the first time in Mimi and Pop's pool.  She enjoyed the water and kicked her legs.  
Mary-Margaret is just a happy content little girl right now.  Her eyes are still bright blue and a little blond hair is coming through some of the darker hair.  

Stats from the doctor:

Friday, June 16, 2017

Mary Margaret: 3 months

Mary Margaret at 3 months:
- She smiles constantly.

- She nurses every 3 hours during the day and is awake for about an hour-hour and 1/2 before wanting to nap.  Naps have been less consistent than with HG since we are on the go a lot more, but if we are at home she naps in her crib.

- She is a fast nurser.

-  When it is time to sleep, she needs to be rocked standing up and she fights it by crying for a few minutes before she accepts the paci and passes out quickly.  Every single time like clockwork.

-  She is settling into sleeping through the night, 10pm-7am, but has occasionally woken at 3 to nurse.

-  She can roll from her tummy to her back.

- She coos along with singing or has a conversation by cooing.

-  She loves HG and smiles when she hears her voice.

-  She is mostly in 3-6 month clothes.  

Mary-Margaret's Baptism

Mary Margaret was baptized at our church, Sycamore Presbyterian Church on June 11, 2017.  She wore the same dress HG was baptized in. 

It was a beautiful day of celebrating the goodness of God who promises to love His people from generation to generation.  Baptism is a sign and seal of those promises upon Mary-Margaret as a covenant child of our God. 

We wanted to celebrate this special day with the entire church family in some way and decided a cupcake bar would be a fun way to rejoice in God's goodness with our church family.  

After church we had a simple lunch of chicken salad sandwiches and strawberry pecan salad.  We indulged in blueberry crisp for dessert before our parents had to head home.   

Sweet girl snuck in a snooze during lunch. 

Happy Birthday Hatley-Grace

We celebrated Hatley-Grace's birthday last Friday night with a simple cookout with family and friends.  My parents were already coming to town for Mary Margaret's baptism so we celebrated HG's birthday a few days early.

She requested a purple princess party, so we reused decorations from last year's princess party and incorporated purple flowers, table cloths and streamers.  Of course, the cake had to be purple.  I accomplished this by cooking blueberries and straining them to color the buttercream icing.  I used the same white cake recipe from last year, and it was just as yummy as I remember.  It may turn into the "birthday cake" in our family.

My in-laws gave HG a kids trampoline which was the hit of the party.

We also had tons of dress ups, bubbles, moon sand, water table complete with Captain Hook and Ursula, and old Amazon boxes stacked like a castle to decorate.

The weather could not have been more perfect!  It was so fun to host our first outdoor event in our backyard.  Memories like this make our new house feel more like home!