Penny: Ten Months Old

We’ve hit double digits!!!!!

Happy 10 months, Penelope! Okay, well, technically your 10-month birthday is tomorrow, but we’ll go ahead and count this one a day early. You love to clap, can officially cruise along the furniture, and you’re still our little chatterbox. You mostly still babble incoherently, but you can say “mama,” “dada,” “hi,” “bye,” and “more” when you want to! And you’ve just recently started saying “da” while pointing at Daxter, so I’m pretty sure that’s you either trying to say “dog” or even call him by his name!

You are just the happiest, most wonderful, most sociable bundle of energy these days. Somehow, you seem to have skipped straight over the very idea of stranger danger, and seem to make new friends wherever we go! Always on the move, you’re crawling everywhere, pulling up on anything, and cruising along everything. The whole world is just so interesting to you, and you’ve just got to explore it all!

Being such a busy little bee, you don’t really have the patience to breastfeed much during the day anymore. You’re still nursing first thing in the morning, but most days that’s just about all I can get with you these days. You’re just too distracted and way too busy to bother with the boob anymore! You simply refuse to be contained, hehe — exhibit A:

 
Anyway, while I’m still pumping to try and keep up with your milk needs, it’s been a bit of a challenge these past few weeks. Between the decrease in nursing, my tendency to lose track of time between pumps (my own fault, I know), and the way that traveling to San Francisco messed with our stress and rhythm, my supply has unfortunately tanked again. It’s looking like we might be headed towards the end of our breastfeeding journey together, and I admit, I have very mixed feelings about it.

On the one hand, I still cherish our nursing time together so much, even if it is only once, maaaaaybe twice, a day now. And I want to keep that going as long as possible. On the other, I have grown so resentful of pumping and I’m so over stressing over my milk supply and just all of the anxiety that goes along with that. And logically I’m totally aware of the fact that formula is nutritionally great, you do fine on it, and it’s sooo easy to prepare. (I even shell out extra dough for the fancy organic stuff, haha!) But for whatever reason, I am still really attached to the idea that I’m “supposed” to breastfeed — or at least give you breastmilk — for a full year. I think it’s mostly social pressure that’s made me so fixated on this relatively arbitrary length of time, though. I mean, you’re already the size of most one-year-olds, so I’m not really sure what has me so worried about switching to formula. Ah well, I’m not sure whether I’m going to have much control over how things play out soon anyway, so I’m trying to maintain a c’est la vie attitude about it. It’s just still a bit emotional.

While we’re on the topic of eating, though, it bears mentioning that we certainly don’t seem to have any problems when it comes to the real stuff! You must be your mama & papa’s girl, because you loooove to eat. You’re amazing at feeding yourself now, and can take down anything from chicken to pasta to veggies with ease. Eggs, peas, and naturally, bread, remain particular favorites of yours, and lately yogurt, cheese, and chicken have been topping the list too.

You actually haven’t gained any weight since your checkup last month, so I guess all your rapidfire growing has finally — officially — slowed down. But as much as I might protest against you growing up too fast, I definitely still want you to keep getting big & strong, baby girl, so eat up!

I can’t believe we’re just two short months away from celebrating your birthday! Good thing I’ve already been planning your party for 4 months, eh? Hahahahaha. You are the very best thing that has ever happened to anyone, ever. I call you my Lucky Penny, but goodness knows that we’re the lucky ones!

Penny: Nine Months Old

Today you are NINE MONTHS OLD, Penelope Spencer!

I can’t believe we’re 3/4 of the way through your first year of life! Nine months just sounds so… monumental! It’s bittersweet, but that there really is no stopping you growing up, sweet pea. You weigh nineteen pounds, ten ounces and are 28.5″ long (75th and 84th percentiles!). You’re stretching out and starting to lose some of your sweet, squishy rolls. Thankfully, your delicious cheeks remain!

As my last humblebrag post detailed, you’ve reached some seriously incredible achievements this past month. This period between your 8-month and 9-month birthdays has honestly been jaw-dropping! You’re now crawling for-reals-for-reals, you’re pulling yourself up to standing, trying to cruise (!!), pushing yourself up from laying down, reaching for toys, trying to kill yourself by rolling off of every surface I try to change your diaper on… you’re just always on the move! Which certainly made trying to get these photos a bit of a challenge. This was my view most of the time:

My milk supply has gotten back to normal after the severe dip I struggled with last month, and you’re back to nursing & eating like a total champ. We’re working on self-feeding techniques — you’ve got your pincer grasp down, and even get your food into her mouth like a solid 75% percent of the time! You’re a meat-lover like your daddy right now. Protein!

Napping has gotten much longer and more predictable (when you’re at home, that is; it’s a total roll of the dice at daycare, lol). You’ve been giving us pretty solid 1.5 – 2 hour naps more often than not! You also do a very solid 11 – 12 hours overnight, so I’ve actually gotten to the point where I’m Googling “is my baby sleeping too much?”. I know some babies just need more sleep than others though, and that a lot of other parents would kill for a baby that sleeps as much as you do right now, lol. I’m chalking it up to the fact that your little brain is doing SO MUCH right now, and that it’ll probably lessen as you master all of these brand new skills.

It’s really fun to see you play with toys so much more purposefully and intently. Your current favorite toys are your Sit-to-Stand Walker and your Rock ‘n’ Glow Unicorn, and your favorite way to play with every other toy you own is to pull them out of your toy bins and throw them all across the living room, hehe.

You also finally (FINALLY!) seem to really like the dogs. And since you keep tossing your food down to them when you’re done eating, not to mention just straight up feeding them your teething crackers, they’re finally starting to really like you too. 😉

We love you so incredibly much, you funny, sweet, wonderful little thing, you!

Penny: Eight Months Old

Our little Lucky Penny is eight months old today! And I gotta say, she is certainly not seeming quite so little anymore! She weighs in at 19 lbs, 3 oz, and is 27 3/4 inches long (78th percentile for both!). Eyes are still blue and hair is still red!

Penelope continues to bring such joy and light to our lives! She’s a little lovebug, giving us pats on the back and lots of super gross and amazing open-mouth “kisses” all the time. She loves music (especially “The Happy Song” by Imogen Heap!), her new Crawl-Around-Car toy, and looking at herself in the mirror (she really must be my child.) Naps are still pretty unpredictable (girl loves her 40 minute power naps), but she sleeps aaaaall night long (usually 7 – 7) in her crib, so we’re certainly not complaining!

She’s total chatterbox, has her “Ma,” “Da,” “Ba,” “Na,” and “La” sounds down pat, and has recently discovered how fun it is to GASP super loudly without warning (making it seem like she can’t breathe and not freaking me out at all NO SIRREE). She does say “Mama” and “Dada” all the time now! Which is, of course, made slightly less special when you consider that she says “Mamamamama” to everything from Daxter to her sippy cup… but you know what, once in a while she’s GOTTA BE referring to me, so I’ll take it.

Despite the issues I’ve been having with my milk supply lately, Penny is still a very good little eater. She’s getting better and better at feeding herself little bits and pieces, and her favorite foods right now include scrambled eggs, peas, rice, and bread. (What can I say, girl loves her carbs.) And she can drink out of both a sippy cup and a straw cup now!

She also continues teething like a little fiend, but despite the drool, rosy cheeks, and chewing on ERRRRVERYTHING, she still has no teeth to show for it! I think I can feel one of her bottom teeth juuuust below the surface though, so it could make its appearance pretty much any day.

And speaking of any day now, this little mover and shaker definitely seems like she’ll be crawling at any moment as well! She spends most of her time flipping onto her tummy these days (such a difference from those days of whining through tummy time!), getting up on her knees, rocking back and forth, and scootching herself backwards (until she gets half-stuck under the couch or coffee table, that is!)

She’s always wants to be on the go — reaching for toys and silverware, wanting to see all around her, rolling and flipping and twisting. Having her be so interested in moving and grooving is amazing, but admittedly it’s already putting a crimp in our previously non-mobile style, haha. You just have to be so much more on the ball in terms of where you put her down — she 100% cannot be left on the bed or couch anymore — and I’m always on the lookout for things she can bonk into. Also, trying to change her diaper these days…

…well, it’s a challenge. And I know this is just the veeeeeery beginning, too. She’ll only get more mobile — and faster! — from here. In fact, I’m researching top-of-stair baby gates and babyproofing as we speak, haha.

Of course, I wouldn’t have it any other way. It makes me so, so happy seeing her learn and grow and develop. It’s already hard to imagine that she’s the same scrawny little lump of a babe that popped out 8 months ago!

We love you to the moon and back (and then back again), Penelope!

Penny: Six Months Old

Happy half-birthday to our Lucky Penny!

Well, technically, she doesn’t really have a half-birthday, since she was born on the 30th and there are only 28 days in February. Which deeeefinitely threw me off my game, because yesterday rolled around and I still hadn’t taken her monthly progress photo! Here is my feelings on said failure, as demonstrated by Penelope:

WOMP.

Obviously I wasn’t just going to let SIX MONTHS pass us by without properly commemorating it, though, so I rallied and snuck in a quick little photoshoot before her second nap yesterday, hehe.

 
At six months, our beautiful little girl weighs in at 17 pounds, 13 ounces, and 26.5″ long. She’s in the 80th percentile for both height & weight. Her eyes are still blueblueblue and her hair is still like a red-brown-blonde, if you can believe it! She’s wearing 9 month clothing, and is still wonderfully cooperative in letting me dress her up everyday, hehe. I hope it lasts!

She sits up like a total rockstar, although seems to have pretty much given up on the whole rolling thing, lol. Oh well, maybe she’ll be one of those babies who just skips crawling altogether — I can see her being a little butt-scooter pretty soon, and she loves assisted standing, too!

 

She loves to eat real food, and so far is a big fan of:

  • Sweet potato
  • Avocado
  • Peas
  • Pears
  • Banana
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots

Strawberries and mashed potatoes, however, not so much.

She’s a real little chatterbox these days, too, and is so expressive! She is OBSESSED with her feet, always trying to pull her socks off and playing with them. Still no teeth, although she’s been teething (drooling, chewing, little red cheeks) for what feels like forever already!

Sleepwise she’s made it solidly through the night several times over the past month or so, but it’s very inconsistent. We know she’s capable of going all night without eating, but sometimes she still wants to nurse around 2 or 3 AM. Still not too shabby! She seems to have a big preference for side-sleeping whenever she can, so we’re going to be working on transitioning her out of her Magic Sleepsuit (*deep breaths*) over the next month. I’m hoping that once she has a little more control over her sleeping position (and once she can get her pacifier back in her own mouth — she’s been getting better at this lately too!), we’ll have the sleep thing locked down for real!

All in all, we couldn’t be happier with how our little girl is continuing to grow, change, and thrive. It’s bittersweet though, of course, since if the first six months have passed by so quickly, what does that say about the next ones? I’m not ready!

We love you, Penny!

Penny: Five Months Old

Happy 5 months, darling!

Penelope is just about 17 pounds and in size 3 diapers. She can still fit a few of her 3-6 month outfits, but she’s mostly in 6-9 month stuff now. I gotta figure out a good storage solution for all the clothing she’s outgrown! I’ve started the process of KonMari-ing the house, which means I’ve taken a machete to my own wardrobe and have like 10 bags of stuff to donate (and sell on Poshmark), but I don’t really want to get rid of anything of Penny’s as we plan to give her a sibling (one day… far from now… lol) and I mean, hey, we’ve got a 50/50 shot of it being another girl!

Anyway, our little lovebug has been continuing to grow and develop in leaps and bounds. She can:

  • Roll from tummy to back
  • Roll from her back to her side
  • Suck her thumb (and, uh, her entire hand)
  • Play with the toys on her activity center
  • Take out her paci and put it back in
  • Put everything and anything in her mouth
  • Grab the hair at the nape of my neck with, ahem, vigor (::cry::)
  • Sit up unassisted for short periods
  • Stand with assistance
  • Make it all night without eating (12+ hours!)
  • Almost sleep through the whole night without waking (usually cries for her paci sometime between 3 – 5 AM)

Basically, she’s a rockstar! We’re working on completing the roll from back to tummy, as well as figuring out how to get her to nap for more than 30 – 45 minutes at a time, lol, but we couldn’t be more proud with how our little bean has been doing. She’s just such a chill, patient, and joyful baby! We really got lucky with this one, I tell ya.

She really seems to enjoy playing with toys these days, which is so much fun for us. She loves watching us eat, trying to eat her hands, her stuffed unicorn (she strokes its mane every night before bed — it’s SO FRICKIN’ CUTE), taking baths, and kicking — hard! She also seems to love music, which is wonderful. She’ll smile and gurgle and laugh when I sing to her… which is pretty much all the time since she reacts so adorably when I do! Hopefully that means she thinks I have a good voice. 🙂

She’s still breastfeeding like a champ, and we’re thinking about starting her on solids soon. Our doctor gave us the go-ahead to start playing around with solid food last month at her four-month checkup, but we just haven’t felt like it was necessary. Which, arguably, it’s still not (there’s a saying that goes, “food before one is just for fun”), but I think she’d enjoy it! So, we’ll see. I got some organic baby oatmeal, as my pediatrician recommended baby oatmeal for a first food (as it’s iron fortified), but I also like the idea of having her first food be, well, a “real” food, like sweet potato or banana. I’m doing more research, and obviously I’ll be blogging about it, so stay tuned!

Unfghhh, we just love you so much, little one!