Merry Christmas

I didn’t order enough Christmas cards this year, so from our home to yours, Merry Christmas!  May your Christmas and New Year be blessed!

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“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah,the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” Luke 2:1-20

Hold the phone, Jane is SIX months old!!

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Jane wearing a dress that my great-grandmother smocked.

Where have the last six months gone?  It is absolutely astounding that the first half of Jane’s first year has already whizzed right by.  So far, parenting has taught me many things, not the least of which is the value of time.  I only have this one day with Jane, and want to make the most of it.  I want to soak in her sweetness and enjoy each milestone and stage.

It feels like we’ve packed a lot into this month, but that’s probably just because we’re extra tired.  We took a cross country trip to Portland for Thanksgiving, and the prep and readjustment from that has taken up most of our month.  Oh, yeah, and getting ready for Christmas.

P1110080Weight: 20 pounds, 5 ounces (just under 98 &-ile)

Length: 26.5 (75%-ile)

Head circumference: 45 cm (off of the charts)

Sleep: Ugh.  We have hit major sleep regression.  It started at four months, but when we got to Portland, Jane was going to bed at 6 pm & waking at 5 every day until two days before we left.  When we came home, she decided that 11 pm was her bedtime.  She also decided that she needed to go back to cosleeping while we were away and we have had to continue in this.  Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it.  This is definitely not what I want to be doing long term, so I’ve started reading The Baby Sleep Book by the Drs. Sears in hopes that they will have some helpful tips.  Jane is waking between 3 and 6 times every night, so I feel like I have a newborn again when it comes to sleep.  In addition to our plane trip, Jane also got her first immunization last week, and I’m pretty sure she’s in a growth spurt.  It also seems that she’s hitting a new milestone every day, so hopefully once things slow down after Christmas she will start sleeping better.  Fingers crossed.

She is still taking 4-5 naps a day and still can’t decide if she’s ready to give up her evening nap.  This girl keeps us guessing!

P1100846Clothing: Jane is solidly in her 6-9 or 6-12 month clothes.  I’ve kept some of her 6 month onesies around that are personalized, but they are a pretty tight fit.

Shoes: 2, but I think she will outgrow them before the end of the month.

Diapers: I’m stuffing her into 3s at night, but when we run out I will buy 4s.  On a side note, I really love cloth diapers!  I am a pretty lazy person, but for the most part I haven’t found laundry and stuffing to be burdensome.  I would highly recommend it!

P1100868Milestones: Jane can pass things from one hand to another, sit unassisted (although I need to be close by because she will occasionally tumble), reach up and down for objects that she’s interested in while sitting, jabber jabber jabber and with consonants.  She is very interested in our food and reaches for it; last week we discovered that she can drink from a straw so we will start using that for breast milk when I work.  She has also started to show a bit of a stubborn streak by throwing an occasional short-lived temper tantrum when we are switching from what she deems are very interesting activities.

Successes: I feel so much more comfortable taking Jane with me on errands now.  Now that I’ve learned how to nurse in the Ergo, I am very confident about nursing in public and being able to keep her comfortable and accommodate her naps.  It is so liberating!  Also, Jane did amazingly well on all of our flights to and from Portland.  We received many compliments on how well behaved she is.

Challenges: See “Sleep”

Celebrating an early Christmas with my family

Celebrating an early Christmas with my family

Jane's first Christmas is coming soon!

Jane’s first Christmas is coming soon!

Jane is Five Months Old!

For some reason I thought that I drafted this post, oh, a month ago.  Turns out, I didn’t!  So even though Jane is now actually six (yikes!) months old, here is her five month update.

In the pumpkin patch

In the pumpkin patch

Our sweet baby girl is growing and changing so quickly these days.  She can sit on her own for a few seconds, watches everything, is very into Harrison, discovered her toes, and she loves her jumparoo.  She continues to delight us with her sweet smiles and laughs, and has become a little bit chattier.  We stayed busy this month, but we were not slammed with activity; she celebrated her first Halloween, went to Sea World, celebrated Daddy’s birthday, and went to two of Uncle Stephen’s football games. 

Height: 26 inches

Weight: 19 pounds, 6.5 ounces

At Stephen's football game.  He was crowned Homecoming King!

At Stephen’s football game. He was crowned Homecoming King!

Sleep: Jane generally falls asleep between 9 & 9:30 (though I would love for her to go down about an hour earlier) and wakes up 1-3 times to nurse.  She still takes about 4 naps, but she hasn’t decided yet if she’s ready to give up her evening nap.  Some days yes, some days no.  Most of the time she nurses to sleep and then I can place her in her crib, and she also sleeps in the crib most of the night.  Some days I bring her into bed in the middle of the night if I’m just too tired to sit in the recliner.

Clothing: I continue to stuff her into her 6 month clothes, but some of her 9 month outfits fit very well.

Shoe size: 2, I think… she never wears shoes!

P1100763Diaper size: 3

Milestones: Jane can sit independently for about 3 seconds, she can grab and chew on her toes, has started to show some signs of separation anxiety.  She is incredibly interested in our food and has become a very distracted nurser.  If I am eating drinking, or talking to Andrew, she pops off and looks intently at whatever I’m doing.  Cute, but a little aggravating, too.

P1100796Challenges: Housework, cooking, exercising, and errands continue to get pushed to the wayside.  I try not to let it bother me too much because I will never be able to give one baby so much of my attention, and I only have this day with her once.  Every day is so precious!

Post partum: Some things will just never be the same again.  I suppose that one sentence speaks for itself.

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