{15 Months}

P1120263Jane is just blossoming lately.  She learns so quickly that we are really going to have to start watching the things we say and do around her.  She can now point to all of the features on her face, as well as her toes.  She can do “so big”, raises her hand when I ask “Who’s the cutest?”, and can show you how old she is.  Her fine motor skills have also really improved and anytime she sees socks or shoes, she tries to put them on.  Our serious girl has discovered her inner goofball this month and she is constantly cracking me up; she really is so much fun!

Height: 30.5 inches (50th-75th%-ile)

Jane loves Mickey and Minnie!

Jane loves Mickey and Minnie!

Weight: Apparently our scale is off from the pediatrician’s, they weighed her at 23 pounds, 4 ounces (between 50th &75th %-ile)

Shoe Size: 4/5

Diaper Size: 4

Clothing: 18 month

20140921_131530Sleep: Well, we’re night weaned now, but she still wakes up several times at night.  After the first waking she comes to bed with us, and then after that I play a lullaby CD which usually puts her right back to sleep.  In fact, she usually wakes up and then points at the CD player!  She still takes two naps, but sometimes I can push it with just one.

P1120254Milestones: Not a lot has changed since last month, but she continues to learn her body parts (newest addition=knee), and she climbed up on to the couch for the first time.  She’s just an all around sweetie!!

Nap

Jane and I took a nap together today for the first time in many, many months. We slept for nearly an hour and a half and it was heavenly! I had grand plans about what I would accomplish today during her afternoon nap, but the housework will still be there tomorrow. And although it gives me anxiety to look around and see the messy state of my house and piles of laundry and dishes, I treasure this time with my sweet baby. My baby is growing so fast and someday she won’t want to snuggle with me as she sleeps, so I do my best to enjoy her and give myself a break on the housework.

Plus, naps are nice!

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Easier Said Than Done

I am a huge supporter of breastfeeding, in fact, it’s become a passion of mine and I am even going through training this week to become a certified breastfeeding counselor.  I love seeing women nurse in public, and I feel so empowered when nursing Jane in the ergo.

But.  If I don’t have the ergo with me, I’ve discovered that I’m a hypocrite.  Twice in the last week I’ve had to breastfeed in public and I was so incredibly nervous and tried to distract Jane so that I wouldn’t have to.  No dice.  The first time was at a restaurant in Winter Park, where I did manage to nurse.  The second time was at the DMV yesterday.  I’ve always vehemently said that I would never feed my child in the bathroom.  But I did. Standing up.  Then she wanted more milk after we left the restroom, so I tried to be discreet.  But when she lifted my shirt almost to my face, thereby exposing me to the world I told her no and stopped.

Even now, I’m so frustrated with myself.  I’m frustrated that I didn’t bring my ergo because it allows me complete comfort nursing in public; I’m frustrated that I didn’t plan well.  And I’m frustrated because I let myself and Jane down.  I guess I’m not as brave as I thought I was.

Night Weaning: Take Two!

Last weekend when Andrew was out of town, I restarted the process of night weaning.  Just as before, that first night was pretty terrible, and we stayed in the first stage of Dr. Gordon’s method for six nights (much longer than the plan calls for), and then moved on two nights ago.  And I don’t know if it’s the night weaning or the fact that Jane has learned to walk, but her sleep is so much better now!  Usually when I put her down for the night, she’s up again every hour until I bring her into bed, but lately she has gone down easily and stayed asleep for 4-5 hours!  We’re not “there” yet, but I definitely see sleeping through the night on the horizon!

{13 Months}

20140724_104908I think that I say this every month, but time is moving along at warp speed and my baby is becoming less of a baby every day and is growing more and more into her own person.  I am so thankful for the gift of being her mom, and I am constantly in awe of that fact.  Jane continues to be an absolutely delightful little girl who loves her parents, her doggie, playing in the water, reading, getting into absolutely everything, and dancing.  The last month has been filled with little outings here and there and time with family… and loving every minute!

First time on Disney property!

First time on Disney property!

Height: 29 inches (between 25th & 50th %-ile)

Weight: 23 pounds (between 50th & 75th %-ile)

Shoes size: 3

Diaper size: 4

She loves watching Daddy do yardwork

She loves watching Daddy do yardwork

Clothing: 18 month, but all of her swimsuits are 12 month and I refuse to buy bigger ones!

Sleep: No better than before.  We went on a staycation with my family and they all got to observe up close and personal how interrupted our sleep tends to be ;)  But, I also spent my first night away from Jane and got a whopping 8 uninterrupted hours of sleep, courtesy of my amazing husband.  You can read about it here.

Milestones: Closer and closer to walking!

Read This Book!!

I’ve been hearing about Jim Gaffigan’s book Dad Is Fat for a while and just recently picked up a copy.  I’m so glad that I did!  It is hilarious and heart warming and rings so very true!

Jim and his wife Jeannie have five kids.  Yup, five.  And they live in a tiny apartment in New York City.  They had all five of their babies at home and practice attachment parenting.  But even if none of this sounds like you, that’s okay!  Because the parenting difficulties in the USA are pretty much universal regardless of your actual method of parenting, this book will be funny to almost every parent out there.

Gaffigan is a funny guy, in fact, he’s a stand up comic.  But he’s not your run of the mill raunchy comic, he’s someone who is truly hilarious, but you don’t feel like you need to clean your ears out with soap after listening to his act and he brings that brand of hilarity to his book.  He talks about the funny things his kids do, the annoying things his kids do, the dumb things he does, and about what an amazing woman his wife is.  One of the great things about this book is that while it’s funny and he does complain about his kids, woven through each story is such deep love for his children.  Sometimes in this culture that we live in, the dumb, useless, uninvolved father is all that we see, but Gaffigan shows us that it is possible to be a completely flawed human being, yet still totally in love with your kids and involved in the day to day happenings of their lives.

“Of course, I don’t think I’m God, but I am a little godlike to my children.  This is what I’m going to miss the most.  Even though they don’t view me as the tyrant I’d hope to be, to them I’m all-powerful: I’m their creator and provider.  They love me and kind of fear me.  They want to be in my arms when they are scared.  They want my forgiveness after they’ve done something wrong — ‘Daddy, are you happy at me?’  They want to be with me. I know this won’t last.  The expectations have been set too high.  It’s only a matter of time before they are totally disappointed when I fall off that lofty pedestal and they realize I’m just a giant kid myself.  It’s at that point I’ll run into some dad with a toddler gazing at him in wonder, and I’ll say ‘You’re going to miss this.’ And he’ll say, ‘Hey, aren’t you the Hot Pocket guy?'”

So help Jim and Jeannie get a bigger apartment.  Buy this book.

The Gaffigans

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Time to Celebrate

With Mommy and Daddy

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We were able to have Jane’s birthday party on her actual birthday at a park practically across the street from our house, and celebrated with close friends and family.  Before I had a child, I always thought that first birthday … Continue reading

{One Year Old}

This post is long overdue for two reasons.  One, I just haven’t had a good chunk of time to sit down and write it.  And, two, I’m in denial that my baby is now a year old.  How did this happen?

At the dentist.  She's fine... for now...

At the dentist. She’s fine… for now…

Our sweet girl is more and more a toddler everyday and precariously close to walking by herself, although she is very particular about how she will walk.  She wants to hold on to a finger from each hand while we walk behind her and complains emphatically if we deviate from normal.  We did two weeks of swimming lessons this month, and although she didn’t totally love them, she does enjoy being in the water if I’m holding her.  We also had a pretty traumatic first: a dental/surgical visit.  I have known for a while that she had a lip tie, but started to suspect that she had a posterior tongue tie as well, so we traveled to Lakeland to see a dentist who uses a laser and who doesn’t use general anesthesia.

P1110987Height: 29 inches (50th %-ile)

Weight: 22 pounds, 12 ounces (75th %-ile)

Head circumference: 47 cm (95th %-ile)

Happy Fathers' Day!

Happy Fathers’ Day!

Shoe size: 3

Diaper size: 4

Clothing: Mostly 18 month, some 12 month

Sleep: Well, we started and stopped night weaning because it was hugely unsuccessful.  I think we gave it a good try, but she just isn’t ready and no one was getting any sleep.  So we’ll try again in August (probably).  She wakes up hourly until we bring her into bed with us, and then it’s usually every 2-3 hours until 7:30 when she’s up for the day.  I know this sounds ridiculous.  It sounds ridiculous to me, too, but we actually do function pretty well, even with interrupted sleep and I love waking up to her every morning.  She has tried to give up her morning nap, but I’m not throwing in the towel yet!  I love that she takes two naps a day and I’m no where near ready (and neither is she, really) to go down to one.

20140524_113031Periodically I get asked if I will do things differently with the next baby and my usual reply is that I’m sure I will.  I’m not married to anything but my husband, and we will do what works best for our family as our family grows and changes.

janeNerinMilestones: She says doggie, daddy, book, ball, Tracy, bye bye, and hi, and she can sign please, more, food/eat, and all done.  We are working on asking for things nicely, and she does a good job (for a one year old) of saying please.

Challenges: Night weaning and getting her to actually put food in her mouth instead of on the floor!

Celebrating Stephen's graduation

Celebrating Stephen’s graduation

Successes: We have navigated this first year of parenting without killing each other (haha! but really) :)