We learned a couple months ago that our family will grow right after the new year. It’s so interesting how each pregnancy feels different. I was more tired during the first trimester this time than I recall being while I was pregnant with David or Brooke. I took a power nap 6 days a week. Part of the tiredness could also be attributed to taking care of an active two-year-old and one-year-old. Thankfully now that I’m out of the first trimester, the extreme fatigue has seemed to subside. We will learn the gender of the new baby at the end of August.
Our spirited little girl turned one in February! We had fun celebrating with family. On the Sunday before her birthday, we had a joint birthday party for Brooke and my sister Melissa. Their birthdays are three days apart (and a *few* years haha). My mom and aunt Diana were in town. The Wagners (my aunt, uncle, and cousins) and Keri also joined in for the celebration.
On Brooke’s actual birthday, our little family headed WalMart to pick out some toys for Miss Brooke and then to Cracker Barrel for a celebratory dinner. They have great food options for toddlers and pre-toddlers. However, our food took forever to be brought out to our table and both our kids got tired of waiting (plus it was close to bedtime). So, truth be told, it was not the most fun experience. We didn’t even end up eating as a family. Brooke was screaming. So, John and I took turns eating while the other took Brooke outside.
Fun facts about Brooke at one-year-old:
- She mimics lots of words we say and sounds we make.
- She loves to say “hi, hi, hi” and “uh-oh” and “no, no, no.”
- She very much enjoys bath time.
- She’s quite social. She’ll wave and smile at anyone.
- Her hair is beginning to get a little curl in the back.
- She is a super speedy crawler.
- When we start to sing “If You’re Happy and You Know It” she claps her hands.
- She still wakes up once a night. (We’re working hard to stop this!)
- She loves to eat rolls and chew on sliced red apples.
- She immediately pulls out any bow or headband I put on her head (almost always).
- She refuses to hold her bottle so we switched her to a straw sippy cup with handles. I saw these sippy cups at Target and figured we’d give them a try.
Last month, Brooke hit her year mark! I never wrote a post about her at 11 months, so I’m playing catch-up. I’m hoping to have her one-year-old blog post up soon! Side note: Life has been a whirlwind for me the last few months between keeping our house in Charles Town in pristine condition while it was on the market (while living there with two kids under two), packing up our house, moving, unpacking at our new house, hosting company, two sick babies, a one-year-old who doesn’t sleep through the night, negotiating home sale contracts (the first one fell through…womp), and having it be my “busy season” for the part-time work I do at home. I’m hoping to do lots of blog catch-up here shortly.
Fun facts about Brooke at 11 months:
- She crawls SO fast.
- She has the cutest laugh.
- She loves to play peek-a-boo. She especially loves to play it when we take her out of the bath and are putting on her pajamas. She loves to cover her eyes with the towel and pull it away quickly.
- Her smile is adorable.
- She loves to stand in the bath (which we discourage, but she doesn’t seem to care haha).
- She knows how to hold her bottle, but refuses to do so.
- She loves to wave and say “hi.” She often mimics the words we say.
- She knows how to clap.
- She still wakes up once a night for a few ounces.
- She is still a picky eater and always takes her bib off when we feed her.
- She loves to pull bows out of her hair.
Miss Brooke turns 11 months in a few days. I wanted to make sure I got up her 10-month blog post before she turned 11 months. So, with a few days to spare, here it is! Below are facts about Brooke at 10 months.
- She says “oh wow” (often in a whisper), “hi,” and “uh-oh.”
- She is a master crawler.
- She loves to move all around (which makes church super fun haha).
- Her four upper teeth are all coming in at the same time.
- She smiles at everyone. “Stranger danger” has not kicked in at all for her.
- She wears her heart on her sleeve. We always know how Brooke is feeling.
- She’s still a picky eater. She’s still not a fan of greens, but does seem to enjoy a pureed apple and kale mix.
- She still wakes up once a night. She started consistently waking up once a night in mid-October (prior to that she was sleeping through the night). I hoped it was a phase, but she hasn’t grown out of it yet. She seems to want a little snack in the middle of the night. I give her two ounces of formula and thankfully she goes back to sleep.
Brooke’s personality is blooming, and we adore her! She’s becoming more interactive and it’s so cute. We especially love watching Brooke and David together at bath time. They both love to splash and giggle.
Facts about Brooke at 9 months:
- She can push herself up to a seated position.
- She’ll say “oh wow” if she hears someone else say it. It’s one of David’s favorite phrases, so she hears it a lot. She often whispers it.
- She eats all types of pureed food but still doesn’t like green vegetables. She’ll eat them if they’re mixed with something else like applesauce.
- She likes to eat Cheerios.
- She started waking up once a night (between 1 and 3 a.m.). She’ll eat two ounces and go back to sleep. We’re trying to wean her of this, but no such luck yet. She used to sleep through the night.
- When she’s done with her bottle, she pushes it away.
- Her top two center teeth are starting to peak through.
- She hasn’t quite learned to crawl, but she loves to roll to get from point A to point B.
- She still loves to squeal, especially when we’re in quiet places like church haha.
- She smiles more at other people (“stranger danger” has not kicked in).
- She’s a great napper in the afternoon but seems to be getting away from taking a morning nap.
Brooke hit her 8-month mark back in October (right around the time we made the decision to move). Consequently, I’m playing “catch up” here on the blog.
Facts about Brooke at 8 months:
- She’s been sleeping through the night consistently until about a week before she hit 8 months. Around that time, she started to wake once a night and would want a couple ounces of milk.
- When she is hungry, she let’s us know haha. She’s a somewhat picky eater. She is not a fan of green vegetables. She’s gotten better at eating a variety of pureed foods.
- She hasn’t learned to scoot or crawl, but she does like to lay on her stomach and push up with her arms.
- She laughs more than she used to.
- She is a daddy’s girl and absolutely lights up when John enters the room.
- She’s really good at pushing herself backwards and getting stuck under couches or chairs (she can’t move forward yet).
- She can sit up without support when we spread her legs apart to keep her balanced.
Brooke just hit eight months, and today I realized that I never did a seven month blog post for her.
Fun facts about Brooke at seven months:
- Her bottom center teeth started poking through.
- She loves to smile but it’s hard for me to catch on camera.
- She has an adorable giggle, but doesn’t laugh super often.
- She is not very cuddly. When we hold her, she loves to bounce and arch her back.
- She’s not loving pureed foods. She tends to gag when we serve her anything but rice cereal.
- She’s a great napper.
- Recently, she’s been waking up once a night but goes back to sleep when I put her pacifier in. She generally sleeps 7 to 7/7:30.
Brooke hit the six-month mark right before we headed to Myrtle Beach to visit family. I tried to take some six-month pictures a couple of different times, but I couldn’t get Brooke to smile when I pulled out the big camera. She LOVES to smile, so the pictures I got are not a good representation of her. Below are facts about Brooke at six months.
- Brooke continues to smile and squeal. She makes the cutest high-pitched squeals. Sometimes her squeals are so loud that we have to step out into the hallway during our sacrament service at church.
- She has great head control and loves sitting in the bumbo.
- She has such cute giggles.
- She is becoming much more coordinated with her hands. She can pick things up and move them to her mouth.
- She rolls over from her back to her stomach quite often. But she doesn’t roll the opposite way very often.
- We started feeding Brooke solid (pureed) foods. Her first food was butternut squash. We’ve also tried peas, pumpkin, and apple sauce. She loved the butternut squash but hasn’t liked anything else. She gagged when she tried everything but butternut squash. I’m wondering if it’s a texture thing?? I stopped feeding her fruits and veggies and started serving her rice cereal once a day to get her used to the texture of pureed food. Next week, we’ll start adding fruits and veggies again.
- Brooke recently started waking once a night. I switch her from her swaddler to her sleep sack, so I’m wondering if that’s why she’s waking up. While we were in Myrtle, I put her in her swaddler while she slept, and she slept through the night every night. Last night she was back to the sleep sack and woke up twice.
- She is becoming a happier baby overall.
Little Brooke is over five months now. We love watching her personality blossom. She is a girl that lets you know exactly how she’s feeling. When she’s hungry, we can tell. When she’s tired, we can tell. And when she’s content and happy, we can tell. Ha!
Facts about Brooke at five months…
- She’s beginning to giggle, and it’s adorable.
- She’s finally getting the hang of how to bounce in the bouncer.
- She loves laying on her activity mat and reaching for the toys that hang down.
- She’s becoming more coordinated with her hands.
- She sleeps through the night from about 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. I feed her before I go to bed around 9:30/10 p.m.
- She eats four times a day; about 6-8 ounces each time.
- She likes to shriek when she’s tired or wants to change activities.
- We haven’t given her solid food yet, but we plan to start with rice cereal next week.
Life right now is fun, tiring, silly, loud, sweet, and chaotic all at the same time. I feel so many different emotions all in one day. Some moments of the day seem so hectic as I try to feed a crying, hungry baby while I simultaneously teach my 21-month-old that he needs to wait for me to get him out of his high chair and not try to climb out himself. Other moments seem so serene as I cuddle with my sleeping baby while watching my favorite HGTV television show or as I lay next to my toddler in his bed and read him books before nap time or bed time.
We just switched David to a normal bed a couple weeks ago. We kind of did it on a whim. He was sick for a couple of days prior to the switch, and we let him lay on the bunk beds in his room and watch Under the Umbrella Tree on my iPad (we normally don’t allow him to watch anything on our iPads). While he was sick, we still had him sleep in his crib. After he got feeling better, we decided to see how he would do sleeping in the bed. So far he’s done great! He’s excellent at staying in bed, which was a concern of mine. Previously, David loved playing in his crib before he fell asleep. So, I was afraid he’d struggle to stay in the bed since he was no longer “trapped” by crib walls. But so far so good. We have a baby lock on the outside of the door, so he can’t come out until we come into his room to get him. He’s been great about waking up and looking at books in his bed until we come get him. Unfortunately, I accidentally locked myself in the room with David and my neighbor had to come undo the baby lock to let us out ha! Thankfully Brooke was napping at the time it happened.
In the spring time, we loved going on walks. Now that the weather is hot, we don’t go on quite as many walks. Thankfully the playground in our neighborhood sits up on a hill (which is a doozy to push the double stroller up), so there is always a nice breeze there. I’ve taken the kids to the pool twice. There’s a pool about 25 minutes from where we live that has a great section for toddlers and is open in the mornings. There are two pools closer to where we live but they don’t open until the afternoon, which is nap time at our house. David seems a little tentative when we’re there and likes to stay right by me. I’m hoping he’ll get more comfortable as the summer goes on. Yesterday, we almost left the pool after being there for only 20 minutes because it was one of those times when both kids were crying. Brooke was tired and hot, and David didn’t like wearing his puddle jumper. Thankfully, Brooke fell asleep and David got over his discomfort.
In the mornings, I try and focus on kid stuff 100 percent of the time. Afternoon nap time (approximately 1-4:30 p.m.) is my time I try to clean, organize, meal plan, do volunteer work, do consulting work, and anything else I need to do. The evenings are our family time. It seems our dinner time has become “whine time” for at least one child recently. I’m not sure what is up with that haha. Bath time is around 6:30 p.m. and the kiddos are generally in bed around 7 p.m. This gives John and I time to connect in the evenings, which I appreciate.
One of my favorite things about the stage of life we’re in right now is watching Brooke and David grow and interact. Brooke loves watching David wherever he goes, and David will come over to Brooke and say hi (which sounds like “hi-eee”). David also treats a lot of his stuffed toys similarly to how we treat Brooke. He likes to hold them on his shoulder and pat them on the back like he’s burping them. He also likes to put them in Brooke’s car seat or bouncer.
I’m really grateful for life right now. As I said in the beginning, I can feel so many emotions all in one day. Even in the hard times though, I would not have it any other way.