Whitlee Says

I started out a long time ago reading a blog called Dear Baby (now called Brave in Love) It’s written by a woman named Melissa and when I originally found it she was pregnant with her first baby, Everly. I actually went back to the beginning and read the entire thing, all through her pregnancy and birth with Everly and then kept reading through her second baby, Arlo. I can honestly say the way she wrote about motherhood was a turning point in my life where I went from unsure if I wanted children ever to “I must absolutely experience this love”. She’s an awesome writer and you should read a bit of her blog of you get a chance. (She has no idea I exist.. Just to clarify this isn’t a sponsored post or anything.) Annyyway, one type of post she does is “Everly Says” and it’s one of my favorites because her daughter is adorable and hilarious. They’re quick little excerpts from conversations with her now kindergartener. 

Now that Whitlee has started to say real words I wanted to start doing this as well but what she said two days ago deserves its own post. I’m sure with two smart mouth parents, we’re eventually in for some real treats. 

But first, the day I think my heart exploded. There are special moments that stick out in my mind with this girl, her first cry (I also cried), her first laugh (I cried again), when she said her first word “Da Da” and then later “Daddy” but two days ago on September 1st – she finally said “Mama”. Shut. The. Front. Door. 

She’s been doing this thing when she’s upset where she whines and wants me to pick her up saying “Mmmm” and occasionally it would turn into “Mmmmaaaaa” (reminds me of “Maa! The meatloaf!!” on Wedding Crashers) but never really “Mama”. Well after her bath on Tuesday, I had her on her changing table for a diaper and jammies and she was looking at mine and Nolan’s picture on the wall above her. I told her, “That’s Daddy and Maa Maa” trying to encourage her to say it. And she smiled and looked back at me and said “Ma Ma”. I seriously squealed and started yelling for Nolan and she thought it was hilarious and said it a couple more times for good measure. 

Now picture me doing a happy dance every time she says it and telling everyone I know. I’m that mom. 🙂

  

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Whitlee | 9 Months

Well, hello again guys. Jaime here, momma to a 9 MONTH OLD. What even. I mean she might as well be a teenager. I remember posting her 7 month update, saying that it seemed like Whitlee hit 6 months and just took off on the milestones. Well 8 months met us with nothing majorly new, just getting really good at everything she was doing. And then 9 months hit. Man oh man, 9 months has left me in the dust. Milestones on milestone on milestones.

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Stats:

We actually had her 9 month appointment on the real day this time (the 25th) and Whitlee is now weighing 17 lbs 9 oz (46th percentile) and is 27 1/4″ tall (36th percentile). The neonatologist and pediatrician both told us that she probably wouldn’t be fully caught up on development and size until 9 months, and at this appointment they told us that she is officially “caught up”. Finally! Such an exciting moment!

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Eating:

We’re still doing our normal bottles, but is seems like she has reduced back a little from her normal 6 ounces to closer to 4-5. We’re also doing breakfast, lunch, and dinner normally, with snacks occasionally in between. Originally, the pediatrician had said to mix her bottles at a 22 calorie ratio until 9 months, and at her appointment they said it was up to us whether we dropped back to 20 calories or not. We decided to keep with what we’re doing since she is used to that consistency and she tends to be weirded out by any changes. She’s still eating a bottle in the middle of the night about half the time. If for some reason she is awake at 11 or so and I’m still up, I’ll go ahead and top her off for the night and she skips that 2 am wakeup call for another bottle. This is our normal eating schedule:

4:30/5:00 AM – 1st bottle (4 oz)

7:30 AM – Breakfast (usually baby yogurt and cheerios or tiny pancakes)

9:00 AM – 2nd bottle (5-6 oz)

(snacks after nap sometimes, usually puffs, lil crunchies, or fruit)

1:00 PM – 3rd bottle (5-6 oz)

1:30 PM – Lunch (usually a Stage 3 baby food or one of the squeezable pouches)

5:00 PM – 4th bottle (usually a fairly small bottle.. 2-4 oz)

6:00 PM – Dinner (Stage 3 baby food or whatever we’re having. I use this time to let her try new things.)

7:30/8:00 – 5th bottle (5-6 oz)

11:00 PM or 2:00 AM – little bottle (2 oz)

Also, her likes and dislikes for food seem to have become more pronounced. If she acts like she doesn’t like something, I’ll usually try it again in a few days, but after that I let it be. She knows what she likes and will open her mouth up instantly. If it is something new or something she has decided she doesn’t like, she’ll clamp her lips shut and actually shake her head “no”.

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Food Likes:

Cheerios

Strawberry Yogurt – favorite!

Chicken Zuchinni Orzo (Gerber Stage 3)

Pork Roast (shredded bites of what I was eating)

Puffs

Lil Crunchies – Ranch flavor

Broccoli

Hot dogs (cut super small)

Pancakes (plain, no syrup)

Food Dislikes:

Most Fruit

Whole Green Beans

Tuna

Mashed Potatoes

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Sleep:

Well, we’re still battling this one. Back when she was swaddled, we did a loose version of “Cry It Out”, and it worked amazingly. Fast forward to the months when her little personality is starting to shine and we have figured out that CIO is just not going to work. There are a handful of kids that it just doesn’t work for and I think Whitlee is one of them. We have figured out that she has her momma’s attitude + her daddy’s willpower, and I’m telling you this girl brings a whole new meaning to persistent. She will literally CIO for hours if I’d let her. H O U R S. On the flip side, we have figured out that she’s much better with our presence, so I can get her to fall asleep in her bed if I will just sit by her bed and let her see me, but I don’t talk to her unless its to calm her down, I don’t touch her unless she’s hysterical, and I actually pretend to sleep myself and usually she’ll go right on to sleep. Last week though we had a rough weekend and she was awake every hour in her bed so I finally just brought her to bed with me, only to spend the entire night with her tossing and turning and kicking and flailing – all while asleep. The next day I noticed her top front teeth were super close to breaking through, so I chalked it up to teething and let her sleep with me. Plus she is learning to walk behind a walking toy and it got the best of her last Sunday and she hit her head pretty hard. There wasn’t any blood, swelling or vomiting, and her eyes were dilating normal, but she cried pretty hard and for a good while before she calmed down so I wasn’t about to make her cry for hours trying to go to sleep on top of it. I recently read The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley and we’re currently trying a different route on getting her to sleep better at night. Right now she sleeps in her bed for usually an hour or so and then I’ll let her sleep with me. I’ve been trying to get this post up all week but she usually wakes up about the time I sit down to work on it.

She takes two naps consistently now – one morning nap about 9:15 and an afternoon nap about 2:00. Both are usually an hour and a half to two hours. 

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Milestones:

She learned how to do so much stuff this month and is on the move now, so she’s into everything.

-Finally crawling really well, and really fast

-Pulling up on everything if she can reach it

-Also pulled up in her crib, so we had to lower the mattress

-Cruises around the furniture

-Will walk behind her walking toy (slowly, but she’s getting the hang of it for sure)

-Eating a lot of “big people” food

-Crossed from the coffee table to the couch

-Can stand holding on to something with only one hand

-Can stand unassisted if her butt is against something (like the wall or the couch or my legs)

-Can stand fully unassisted for about 3 seconds

-Waves “Hi”

-Waves “Bye Bye” (different wave from “Hi”)

-Claps her hands when we say “Yayyyyy”

-Does a hand motion for “Come Here”

-Says full on “Daddy” (not just “Da-Da”… still no Mama yet)

-Shakes her head “No”

-Dances

I’m still expecting those front teeth any day. She has pretty much outgrown all 6 month clothes and is in 6-9 and 9 month outfits.  And her swimsuits and pajamas are 12 months! We’re still in size 3 diapers and probably will be for a long time. I’m even going to exchange a couple of boxes of 4’s and 5’s because I have doubts that we’ll ever grow out of size 3.

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Likes:

Her likes are becoming increasingly unique.

-watching Daddy mow the yard

-watching Momma sweep the floor (she’ll chase the broom around)

-A n y t h i n g with water (tub, pools, lake, the sink)

-Other children, especially her cousin Tyner

-Being outside

-Getting down from being held. Wants “down” all the time.

-Sitting/Standing in the grass

-Dogs

-Remotes/Cell Phones

-“The Hot Dog Song” on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

 

Dislikes:

-Diaper Changes

-Clothing Changes

-Getting her face wiped after eating

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Another month down, another month of this sweet little life. She is becoming so smart and so big, it kills me. But also makes me so proud. I can’t wait for the next month because I feel like walking and “mama” are in our near future. Whew…time to babyproof! We love you so very very much, Whitlee Bug!

 

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