And another baby makes 4

(and no more!)

Kids Update

She is almost 14 months old already!  She is such a sweet girl.  She is always making us laugh.  She often has a babydoll in her arms, rocking them, sitting with them :)  She loves shoes and has a bag she carries around as a purse.  I suppose she's all girl.  She's slower than Kaiden was on words but here is a list:
Up (i think she said this the other day)
Ne (New this week)
Bop/Bob (that's what it sounds like for Pa)

We went to a free zoo the other day and they had wallabies.  She tried to call for them (patting her side) like they were dogs and would come to her :)  She's also done this with birds and the chickens at Ne and Pa's house.
She is smitten with her brother and he is wonderful with her (most of the time)
She eats very well with eating utensils.
She has no fear which can be scary at times.
She is finally sleeping better (most nights)
I think she is going to be super smart like her brother :)
Food:, loves berries.
Green Beans
Not big on bread right now....except crackers.

I am such a luckey momma to have 2 wonderful, smart, beautiful children!


His imagination has taken off.  He tells stories all the time.
He learned how to spell his name the other day (Ne and Pa taught him :)
He watches over his sister like a hawk. He's very protective and doesn't want her to get too far away.
We went blueberry picking yesterday and Neil and I were talking to the owner about his farm and Kaiden was chatching with his wife. After our conversation, the lady told us that Kaiden was a well behaved and polite kid (*beam).
He just radiates and people love him, love to be around him.
Energy, that kid has energy like no other and he NEVER quits talking/making noise. I mean, never.  Makes me crazy, hope it's just a phase :)

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We co-sleep and she does not cry it out.

She fights naps.  Screams with her eyes closed.  Takes really short naps.  Is in a constant state of "tired."  At night, she wakes up 9,999 times a night usually mad/screaming. Sometimes I can nurse her right back to sleep and others she just cries until she falls back to sleep.  My son was a horrible sleeper, but she even has him beat :\

Did my baby girl really turn 9 months yesterday?
I can't believe how fast time has gone by.  I presume b/c I have 2, I really don't feel like it went this fast when Kaiden was a baby. 

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At almost 5 months exactly, she cut 2 bottom teeth.

We started baby led weaing around 5 1/2 months. She had baked sweet potato fries first.  Since she has had broccoli, apples, pears, peaches, green beans, carrots, potatoes, plus some baby cereal when others are watching her.  We've tried purees a couple times and she doesn't want anything to do with it.

She's been army crawling for a while. Now she gets up on her knees and rocks but falls to her belly.  She does use her arms and legs to scoot.  Yesterday she pulled herself to standing at Kaiden's train table.  She loves to stand (with help).

Her favorite toy is a Fisher Price mailbox.  She loves to spin the spinny thing on it.

She still naps horribly!  Doesn't sleep too bad at night though.

Two weeks ago tomorrow, she was diagnosed with an ear infection.  She had a fever for 4 days then on the 5th day broke out in a rash.  I called the peds office and got blew off.  It wasn't any worse/better on Monday, Tuesday it was gone, then Wednesday when I went to pick her up, she was covered from head to toe in a welted rash.  Called ped office again and got blew off so we took her to the ER where they diagnosed her with a Penicillin allergy and she still had the ear infection so they changed her antibiotic.  She didn't sleep for the next 3 nights because she was itchy and miserable.  We go back for a checkup tomorrow and I plan to tell her doctor about the doctor that blew us off twice (not that it will do any good.)  She is suppose to get her vaccincations tomorrow since she was sick at her well baby visit, but I'm not sure I want to tomorrow since she's not been well that long (I can't take another sleepless night this week.)

Also, at her 6 month well baby check, our doctor said she had severe femoral anteversion but it will correct itself.  That explains why she sits all crazy.

I started Celexa less than a month ago and it has done wonders for my Post-partum depression plus it helps my anxiety/OCD.  I've never been one to depend on medicine, but I feel I really need it now, at least for a while :)

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Maeli is pretty much sitting unassited. It only lasts a minute or two and then she falls over :)  She rolls around now.  Found her chewing on the cell phone charger yesterday.  Time to re-baby proof. 
Nap time was great today.  She slept in bed without somebody holding her several times today.  I still wish she would take 2 long naps and be done with it.  She'd rather sleep off and on all day.

4 months

1) Your name/ Baby Name and Age: Deanna and Maeli 4 months 1 day
2) Weight/length/clothing size being worn:  18.10 lbs (with clothes) She’s wearing 6-12 months depending on brand. Size 3 diapers
3) Food! Formula? Breastmilk? Combo?: BF
4) Sleep habits:  She is still a horrible napper. She sleeps very well at night. We co-sleep and I don’t really have to wake up. She’ll nurse a few times in the night.
5) Is baby on a schedule? If so describe: Absolutely no schedule.
6) What's driving you crazy, if anything:  Lack of schedule ;)  Still can't have dairy, because she can't tolerate it.
7) Milestones:  She finally rolled from belly to back yesterday! She loves her feet. She is interested in toys. She grabs them and puts them in her mouth. The last couple of days, tummy time hasn’t been so traumatic for her. She’ll actually stay on her tummy for a while, where before she was screaming within seconds.
8) How are you doing in general:   I’m a little tired, and a little sad at times. But in general I’m pretty good.
9) Are your health and weight loss concerns going well?:   Still holding on to 6 lbs. Definitely not coming off like it did with my first :\
11) Pictures:  Feeling lazy, I'll have to do that later.

Maeli 15 weeks 1 day
Got to her your first real laugh tonight.  Daddy had you chuckling while you were outside swinging.  So cute!

What the...
Ok, I just grew an 18 lb baby in 3 months then my supply totally tanks.  What gives?

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1) Baby Name and Age: Maeli 13 ½ weeks
2) Weight/length/clothing size being worn:  She is 18 lbs! And about 26” long. I have giganto baby. 6-9 month clothing and size 3 diapers.
3) Food! Formula? Breastmilk? Combo?: BF
4) Sleep habits:  She sleeps a lot still. But it seems her awake periods are starting to stretch out. She sleeps pretty good at night.
5) Is baby on a schedule? If so describe:   Not really. It changes from day to day.
6) What's driving you crazy, if anything:  Her 3 year old brother can not be quiet during nap time…makes me crazy! I can’t drink milk, and have to severely limit my dairy intake. It makes her extremely gassy, poopy, and miserable. I sure could go for a Dairy Queen Blizzard right about now in this 90 degree weather.
7) Milestones:  She sits in her Bumbo, she is starting to reach for toys. She is starting to hold things. I’ve noticed the last couple of days she will be holding onto her dress (and my hair :\ ). Found a pacifier she likes, NUK Genius. It’s super flat, but after trying about 5 different ones, it works. I have mixed feelings about pacifiers, mostly I just don’t want to have to deal with weaning from it, but I am happy I’m not the human pacifier like I was for her brother. In the long run, it helps me and whoever watches her. She only wants it when she is going to sleep. She doesn’t want anything to do with it if she is up and “playing." She loathes tummy time, so none of that rolling over or lifting her head up stuff ;)
8) How are you doing in general:   Doing well. Went back to work last week. I’m working four, 5 hour days. Daddy watches them on Monday and my grandma watches them the other 3 days. She is starting to take a bottle a little bit better. I’m hoping one of these days to work a couple longer days so I only have to work 3 days/week.
9) Are your health and weight loss concerns going well?:   Still hanging on to 9 lbs. I feel disgusting a lot of the time. It’s all in my belly, I’m thinking tummy tuck ;)
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Kaiden says "what is that freakin' thing" *great*
and as he's putting on sunscreen he tells me we need to get some "moon screen"


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