On one hand I'm thinking, "wow...already?!?", but on the other hand, this last month I have been thinking it feels more like 9 months! I feel like she has progressed so much quicker with her skills, in comparison to Lyra, so it makes me think of her as a few months older. I was looking back at her pictures on my phone from when she was born and I suddenly missed her as a little tiny baby that I could cradle in my arms, hold her close, and rock her to sleep. Now she fights me if I try to cradle her because she wants to be held up to see everything of course, but I can still cradle her to nurse her to sleep so that makes me happy.
And while we are on the topic of nursing...yep, still doing that! I didn't nurse Lyra, so when I decided I wanted to give it a better try with Elyse, I figured at most I would only be committing to three to six months...at most! Little did I know that my child had a different plan FOR ME! We are at eight months and still EXCLUSIVELY nursing. I stopped trying to give her a bottle after she turned 6 months and she still didn't want anything to do with it. I decided to just stop stressing out about it and accept that this was going to be a much longer commitment than I anticipated. Yes, it's still hard on me because I am the sole food provider, for the exception of a few solids here and there, and it sure would be nice to get a break when I REALLY need it, but it's actually a ton easier than dealing with formula and bottles. So, I'm just going to stick it out for the next four months and when she turns a year old, I'll attempt to give her whole milk and see what happens. On a good note, she has been doing much better with drinking juice/water from a sippy cup. She just recently began to actually "suck" from it. Before she would only chew on it as if only a teething toy. What I have found to work best is the "Take and Toss" sippy cups because they don't require as much sucking action to drink from.; consequently, it spills easier, so I have to keep a good eye on it. As far a solids, she usually has a small portion of whatever I am eating or Lyra is eating. I had began to use the Baby Led Weaning method last month because she would take from a spoon or eat any baby food, but I have gradually been attempting to feed her myself by hand or spoon and she has been doing well with it. I couldn't handle all the messes of her self feeding, so I have been giving her foods such as cheese, bananas, and muffins and anything thing else she will immediately squeeze into her by hand. I'm a clean-freak, I can't help it. Ha.
*Sigh* Still not going all that well. The last month has been the worst. After a two week fail of attempt at sleep training, I caved in and brought her into bed with me. It worked out pretty well at first. It took a while to get the hang of it, figuring out the best way to sleep, but it proved to be more beneficial that getting in and out of bed. The last month has been the worst because she wants to wake up every half hour or so to either nurse or use me as a pacifier, so I spend most of the night tossing and turning and of course don't feel rested at all. I actually began to feel bad about complaining about waking up every two hours when she was sleeping in her pack and play before!! What I would give for a FULL TWO HOURS! lol! So...I knew it was time for another attempt at change. I figured I would put her back in her pack and play by the bed in hopes that she would wake up less if I was less accessible to her. The first night went better than expected, waking up several times, but I only picked her up to nurse a few of those times and the other times she only fussed for a minute and fell back asleep. Last night was the second night and she only woke up four times which is pretty good for her. I ended up nursing her three of those times because I was just to tired to fight the fight. And since then, (because I am still adding to this post a few days later), she has only been waking up once or not at all. It's been great. Now if only my body can adjust to being able to sleep without waking so much. My hope is that each night gets a little better...key word "HOPE"! Most ask me often how I do what I do, you know, getting so little sleep. Honestly, I have no idea. I guess my body has just become accustomed to surviving on such little sleep. Yes, I'm absolutely exhausted each day as I hit the ground RUNNING trying to keep up with my two girls and I'm ready to pass out at 9pm at the end of each night, but I'm still thankful to be at home with my girls. Just like everyone says...these days won't last forever and I WILL get to sleep through the night again. Just not right now. lol.
THE GOOD STUFF -
Alright, enough of the complaining, right?!? There is always something to complain about because Motherhood is the toughest job in the world and it's the complaining/venting that gets us through it...BUT it's also the most rewarding job that allows me to brag non stop about my precious girl because in spite of all the hardships, I love her more than words can ever express!!
As I always say, she is the SWEETEST baby. Not many would know this because she won't let anyone else hold her, seriously, not even Aaron sometimes. Everyone always wants to hold her and I give them a chance with the preface that she WILL cry...and she does. lol. That girl will not let me leave her sight. Yes, I am definitely guilty of spoiling her with my attention and not leaving her with other people, so I'm definitely enabling her, but so be it...I LOVE HER! LOL!
I have no idea how much she weighs, but I bet she is pretty close to Lyra by now. For being an exclusively breast fed baby, she looks well fed and actually looks a little chunky...for being one of my kids. I think she takes after her Daddy and will be built like a "Robilotto"...those Italians like to eat! Ha! She's wearing size 6-9 month clothes and a size 2 shoe. She mostly wears all of Lyra's passed down clothes, but lately I have had to buy her a few more things because the seasons of Lyra's clothes aren't quite matching up. I just recently moved her into a size 3 diaper and now both girls are wearing the SAME size...funny and awesome! It's nice to only have to buy one size diapers now.
And last, but not least....my baby girl is MOBILE, yep, crawling! A bittersweet milestone of course. I miss the days of her staying in one place when I put her down, but it's also nice that she can move herself to get where she wants to go so that I don't have to carry her as much as before. She hasn't quite figured out that she has two knees that she can crawl on so she has only been scooting on one, but it works well for her! It won't be long before she is standing on her own...she is trying SO HARD! I just know she wants to be a big girl like Lyra!
I love that she is growing up, giving her a little more independence, but I also already miss her as a tiny baby :( Before I know it, I'll be planning her first birthday...crazy!
|Loved her outfit on Thanksgiving|
|Thanksgiving fun in The Woodlands|
|Pretty in Pink|
|Play date at City Centre|
|Play date at Great Play|
|Christmas party at Suzanne's|
|Tis the season for Xmas PJs!|
|On the verge of tears...|
|On the move!|
|Determined to conquer the ottoman!|
|Big girl carseat!|
|Mac and Cheeeese....they're favorite!|
|Lyra is a big help, sometimes ;)|
|Photo op before going down the slide|
|It was a slow walk back to the house from the park. lol!|
|Christmas morning...waiting for Sleeping Beauty to wake :)|
|Bed head and PJs...just a typical morning in our house. lol.|
|They loved this at Randalls!|
|Happy New Year!!|