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!