{our baby story… again}

If you remember, it took us an incredibly long time to have Alice. Two years. Two years is such a long time to wait, and hope, and count the days until you can start the whole waiting and hoping all over again.  So almost as soon as Alice was born we talked about when we were going to start trying for #2 – maybe we even talked about it before Alice was born…. That’s how crazy we were.

We decided that Christmas was our “go date.” Alice would be 9 months old and they would be 18 months apart it worked right away.  We figured, 18 months is doable and was our minimum for age in between babies. So we started right after the new year. I was really optimistic.  I 100% had the impression that that damned clear blue fertility monitor was magic and would work right away again.

After a failed first month, we were a little disappointed, but ok. 18 months is actually pretty scary. Gahhhh… Two babies at once?! No thanks.  So we tried again the next month and BAM. BAM! Pregnant. Wow. We couldn’t believe it. Really?! Ok.  Now I’m convinced that fertility monitor is magic.

I think it took me a while to really process the fact that we were going to have another baby… already!  When we’d tell people and they’d ask if we were excited, I would hesitate. It’s not that I wasn’t excited, I was. Really. But early on I was more terrified than anything else. Two babies. Alice will only be 19 months when this baby is born (in the beginning of winter by the way…).  19 months is still a baby. Yea yea, she is a toddler, but in the scheme of life as a whole, 19 months is still a baby. Scary.

So after weeks of really processing everything I started to feel a lot more excited.  I’m still nervous, but not terrified anymore.  I guess that’s good, right?

So Alice is going to be a big sister! How exciting! November 6, 2015. Hopefully this one will come a week early like Alice so we can have a Halloween baby!

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We decided that we were going to find out the sex for this baby. Derek really wanted to know and I was on the fence. I just remember reaching a point in the pregnancy with Alice near the end where I completely wished I knew if I was having a boy or girl. Like, would have done anything to find out. I didn’t want to feel like that again, so, what the hell?! Let’s find out.

Derek really was hoping for a boy. I was really hoping for a girl. I don’t know what to do with a boy… What do they like? How do you raise one? They have…. penises… I don’t know….

The more I thought about this baby the more I convinced myself it was a boy. Maybe to emotionally prepare myself in the event it was. You know, the more time I think about it, maybe the more ok and relaxed I will be with the idea of having a boy. Right…? Right.

When you are pregnant a second time (and I assume all the other times after that, too) people like to always ask if your pregnancies “feel the same.” I don’t know…. I think so….? Things have been going pretty similarly to when I was pregnant with Alice.  Nothing too different, except I was dead tired during the first trimester.  Like being depressed without the depressed mood. I was 100% apathetic toward everything. I couldn’t even manage to text people back (too much work), I slept all the time, I couldn’t muster up the energy to get off the couch to go to bed, I would just sit and stare. I pretty much was just a blob of a person existing on my couch… Then one night I slept for like 15 hours and never felt that way again. Done. Thankfully. It was awful.  But really, that was the only difference with Alice and this one – and maybe it was only because last time I didn’t have to take care of a 12 month old…

We decided that when we got the ultrasound we would have the tech write it down, go out to dinner, and open it alone so we could make it special and really enjoy it.  I was 99% convinced we were having a boy. I’m usually pretty accurate with my guesses, I’ve only been wrong one other time.  I’m pretty good at this. 

We went to the ultrasound and then went to dinner at a small bistro in Zeeland to open the results. 

GIRL! Girl! Yay!

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It took me a while to really process it, but I’m so so so so excited! Like beyond excited! Two baby girls! Ahhh! Yay! Also, girl names and girl clothes are wayyyy better than boy names and clothes. So, score! AND – two girls are cheaper.  Hello, hand-me-downs! Sorry, baby.

Derek is a little sad we aren’t having a boy, but we want to have lots of kids, so hopefully he will get his wish at some point.  I admit, a small (very small) part if me is sad we aren’t having a boy, but I am loving the idea of having another girl!

We also decided that once we pick a name, we aren’t telling anyone. So don’t try to pressure me.  Be patient.

baby-proofing 101

I decided that today we were going to hang out in all of the house while I did some chores. Alice has spent minimal time outside of the den and kitchen because it is so cold in the house. But it was a little warmer today so I thought we could venture out.

Result: Other than the den, this house is not child-proofed even a teensy tiny bit…

She pulled all the jewelry out of my closet, took everything out of the bin I had in the closet, emptied grocery bags full of cans were are too lazy to put away in the 20 degree pantry, went for the pet water 100 times, tried to climb through tables…

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and her favorite : CLIMB THE STAIRS AT LIGHTNING SPEED.  And I mean LIGHTNING speed.  This kid can climb stairs probably faster than I can. 

So I had to bust out a gate. If you are in the market for a gate, for the love of all things holy, don’t buy the wooden ones.  Yea, they are cheaper, but good grief, how do they work?! I can’t tell you how long I have spent trying to get one to fit a doorway. But since our good (and user-friendly) gate is in permanent use to keep Burt from snacking on cat turds, I had to use the devil gate.  I gave up trying to get it to work properly and “installed” it the best way that you can install a shitty gate like this… I laid it on the stairs and called it done. Don’t judge.

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Needless to say, Alice was pissed (yes, pissed is the best word to describe her emotions, even if she is only 11 months old) that I put an end to her climbing adventures.  Sorry, kid, but I’m not interested in you falling from 5 stairs up and bashing your nog open. I know, what a mean mom…

{our house story}

We bought our first house in the fall of 2009.  We searched forever for a house that fit our budget and ended up with a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1000 sqft house in Jenison.  We definitely weren’t *in love* with it, but it fit us for where we were at in life and the area was good.  It needed a lot of work and we spent 5 years completely re-doing everything.  We changed every single light fixture, all the flooring, painted every room, renovated the bathroom.  Everything.   Every time we did a project we swore at the previous owners for half-assing their work before us, making every project one hundred times harder for us.  Seriously.  The proper way to install a light fixture is NOT (I repeat, NOT) to just secure it to the ceiling with four layers of paint and no screws.  Just in case anyone was wondering… Don’t do it.

I have lots of before and after pictures, but I’ll have to post them later because they are hard to find… Seriously, Laura, get it together and store your photos in an organized manner….

About two years after we moved, the AMAZING historic home across the street from us (which had been for sale for two years) had an estate sale.  I (and probably everyone else in the area) went for the sole purpose of looking at the inside of the house.  I don’t need your crap, I just want to wander around your home.  I fell in love.  LOVE.  I made Derek go back with me later that day and we pretended to shop but we were actually just falling in love with the house.  We contacted our realtor and ended up putting in an offer.  But since we had our house, it had to be contingent on us selling.  They accepted our offer and we put our house on the market.  I spent forever on Pinterest looking at home decor pictures.  I saw us living in that house.  It was ours.  OURS.  You couldn’t have convinced me otherwise.  After all, it was on the market for TWO years.  Then my world collapsed.  Another family put in an offer and it wasn’t contingent.  Our offer was taken off the table and we lost it.  Who knew you could be so emotionally attached to something that wasn’t even yours.  I cried and glared out my front window (because yes, you could see it from our living room, to add insult to injury) at the new owners as they got inspections, moved in, and lived in MY HOUSE.  My house.   After a while, reality set in and we came to the acceptance that we wouldn’t be living there.  If you ask Derek about that, he will tell a different story (“I told you I would buy that house for you.  I never gave up.  You gave up.” – This is Derek’s reality).  Because seriously, who buys THIS house and doesn’t live there forever.  Crazy people (just kidding, Matt and Katie – if you ever happen to read this!).

We knew that we wouldn’t be able to live in our house much longer, but pretty much made the decision that we would stay until we had a second kid.  We’d stay there long enough until our second baby didn’t need to sleep in our room anymore.  But we knew that if we wanted a historical home with lots of character we couldn’t live in the area of Grand Rapids that we wanted.  Jenison and Hudsonville are newer areas with lots of ranch style homes or new builds.  Those are OK, but not the kind of home I saw myself living in forever.  I knew that I would always dream of having a cool old house with wide, wood trim and character.

THEN! When Alice was about 8-9 weeks old, someone stopped at our house.  We were in our pajamas (hello 10-12 week maternity/paternity leave!) sitting around watching TV.  Derek went outside to talk to this guy I have never seen before.  When he came back in, he told me that it was the people who bought our dream home.  He said that they wanted to move and knew that it was our DREAM HOME (yes, he used those words!) and wanted to offer it to us before he put it on the market.  WHAT?!  NO. WAY.  We went to look at it the next week to make sure we still wanted it and talk with the family (who are amazing people, by the way, and I feel guilty about how much I hated them for buying *our* house).  They needed to move by the end of the summer because of issues related to their children. They shared the circumstances related to them buying/selling, which made me feel EVEN MORE guilty about being so upset they bought it.  I won’t share their story because it’s not my story to tell, but it made my heart hurt for them.

We put our house on the market and by the end of the week we had an accepted offer.  It’s so amazing how life works sometimes.  Our house sold to a wonderful girl who wanted it the last time we had it on the market.  She told us how disappointed she was when we took it off the market and how excited she was when we put it back up two years later.  It’s it amazing how each of us ended up getting the homes that we wanted under the same circumstances.  How lucky?!  It’s nice to know that a normal person bought our house.  It makes selling it and living across the street from it so much easier.

There was a lot of nonsense with the bank approving the purchase of dream home because there are no comparable homes in the area.  This house is one of the three original homes in Jenison and everything else in the area is so different in terms of age, size, structure – everything.  There was a period of time where we sold our old house but the bank wasn’t sure if they were going to back a mortgage on a house they couldn’t find comparables for.  We freaked.  We looked for other houses and FREAKED.  We thought we might end up losing this house AGAIN and would have to move somewhere else (since we already signed off on our old house).  But, in the end, everything worked out.  I have never been so relieved as I was the day we signed the papers to buy this house and knew everything would be OK.  I am so thankful that everything worked out in the end.  I am thankful that the previous owners were kind enough to come to us first.  I am thankful we did everything “by owner” and saved tons of money.  I am thankful that the girl who bought our house loves it and will treat it with kindness.

Moving was great.  If you move across the street, you don’t really have to pack things up.  Throw them in a flat bed trailer.  Have lots of amazing friends drive your stuff across the street and carry it into your house (because Derek still had a broken thumb/wrist and couldn’t do much).   Bam.  Done.

We got possession of the house on September 6, 2014.  It was a great birthday present for me! We will live here forever and make amazing memories with our children and grandchildren.  And when we die, we plan to will the house to our favorite child.  They can earn points throughout their lives for doing things for us.  Alice has a head start on all her brothers and sister.  Go Alice!

Saying goodbye to our old house was much harder than I anticipated.  In all honesty, I never really liked it.  I complained about it all the time.  But there are so many memories there.  That’s were we lived as adults.  When I think of being an adult, I think of being there.  That’s where Monster lived.  That’s where we brought our baby home.  None of our other kids will have pictures there.  It’s sad to think about.  It’s also kinda weird to live across the street from your old house.  I see her update stuff (like take a hideous evergreen our) and get a twinge of … I don’t even know the emotion… and have to say, “Laura, you hated that bush, too.  Check yourself.”  Or know that she is painting, and think, “I know the best paint colors.  How dare anyone change it.”  WTF, Laura…. get it together, you weirdo.  Bethany, don’t worry, I’m not judging! Promise!  And hopefully your landscaping brother can fix the disaster of a front yard we left you.  Sorry!

Saying goodbye!

Saying goodbye!

Alice's last time in her first house

Alice’s last time in her first house

Bye, House!

Bye, House!

Family picture.  We walked through the house one last time and talked about lots of memories and changes we made.

Family picture. We walked through the house one last time and talked about lots of memories and changes we made.


Here are some pictures of BEAUTIFUL home!

They are from a realtor’s website from when it was for sale the FIRST time we tried to buy it.  The owners before us did a lot of painting – which we are VERY thankful for.  No more pink everywhere.

DREAM HOME

DREAM HOME

A drawing of the house from a LONG time ago.  It was built around 1860.

A drawing of the house from a LONG time ago. It was built around 1860.

Still can't believe this is ours!

Still can’t believe this is ours!

Gorgeous

Gorgeous

Formal front entrance

Formal front entrance

Formal front entryway.  It's not pink anymore.

Formal front entryway. It’s not pink anymore.

Gorgeous main stairs.  The carpet is really cool actually, but thankfully the walls are a neutral brown.

Gorgeous main stairs. The carpet is really cool actually, but thankfully the walls are a neutral brown.

Landing/sitting area at the top of the main stairs.

Landing/sitting area at the top of the main stairs.

Formal living room.  Unfortunately, the yellow walls, gross border, and weird "curtains" were still there.

Formal living room. Unfortunately, the yellow walls, gross border, and weird “curtains” were still there.

Formal living room with huge fireplace.  This room has super high ceilings.

Formal living room with huge fireplace. This room has super high ceilings.

The den.  The border is down and it is a beige color now.  But the green carpet is still there...  We use this as our living room since it is close to the kitchen, has doors to close it off and is smaller - since we have like zero furniture to fill the house.

The den. The border is down and it is a beige color now. But the green carpet is still there… We use this as our living room since it is close to the kitchen, has doors to close it off and is smaller – since we have like zero furniture to fill the house.

Wet bar in the den.

Wet bar in the den.

Dining room.  The walls are brown now.  We replaced the light fixture (90s anyone?) and have my grandmother's dining room furniture.

Dining room. The walls are brown now. We replaced the light fixture (90s anyone?) and have my grandmother’s dining room furniture.  And the closet on the right has normal (updated doors).

Kitchen.  Definitely needs to be renovated.

Kitchen. Definitely needs to be renovated.

Kitchen.  Through that closed door is the breezeway to the garage.

Kitchen. Through that closed door is the breezeway to the garage.

Insanely huge breezeway.

Insanely huge breezeway.

Upstairs bathroom.

Upstairs bathroom.

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Master bedroom. It’s a dark brown and thankfully all the floral, magenta, and border wallpaper is down.

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Fireplace in the master bedroom.

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Can you tell this was updated in the 90s? It’s a beige color now, but the brass and forest green still lives on.

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One of the four bedrooms upstairs.

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View from the cupola. It is so cool up there!

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View of the back of the house. There used to be a hot tub out there behind that little fence off the deck.

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Big backyard. The swing set stayed! Alice will love it.

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Big backyard. It needs some landscaping, but it’s private and huge.

{five months old!}

Our baby is FIVE MONTHS OLD!

 

five whole months!!

five whole months!!

 

adorbs

adorbs

 

big girl

big girl

This is still her 0-3 month onesie from last month… still pretty baggy…


 

eighteen weeks old {july 19}

eighteen weeks old {july 19}

nineteen weeks old {july 26}

nineteen weeks old {july 26}

twenty weeks old {august 2}

twenty weeks old {august 2}

twenty-one weeks old {august 9}

twenty-one weeks old {august 9}


Here are a few highlights from her fifth month {july 15-august 15}

ON. THE. MOVE!  She can’t be stopped!! We lay her down on her play mat and BAM – she’s rolled across the room.  Like that.  This morning Derek laid her down, turned around, and she had made it across half the room.  She used to DESPISE tummy time, now she loves to flop over on her tum and lift her upper body up.  She moves her legs like a froggie, like she knows that will make her move, but she just doesn’t have the muscles for it.  Soon, baby girl… soon.

She has been eating foods since her 4 month appointment.  Our pediatrician said she could start around 4 months if everything else was going fine- which it was.  So we started her with rice cereal.  She loved it, duh.  We knew she would.  Then after a few weeks we gave her peas.  She loved those, too.  Then we hit the secondary milestone that comes with eating foods…. poop.  So. Gross.  And prior to the poops were a day or two of the smelliest toots ever.  I swear, if those toots had been colored, you would have been able to see the toot clouds lingering in the air around her for minutes.  MINUTES.   How can such an adorable baby be so smelly?  Now we understand the stereotype of the parent (usually the dad) going in to change a diaper in full HazMat gear.

peas, please {august 9}

peas, please {august 9}

Grabby Grabby.  Anything that you have in your hands, should be in Alice’s hand.  According to Alice.  Very curious child we have here.  In hands, inspected with eyes, then inspected with mouth.

Still a tiny little thing.  She’s still in size 1 diapers.  We just bought more today, so she’s not moving up yet anyway!

Remember from the 4 month post when I wrote this:

There has been lots of talk on various posts in the group about the dreaded period of “four month sleep regression.”  AKA: your kid was sleeping through the night, taking regular naps, becoming a predictable and wonderful sleeper then, BAM see ya later sleep.  I was DREADING this.  We even chose not to transition her to her crib yet because she was getting close to being four months and didn’t want to chance this being an issue (plus I don’t know if I am ready to have her leave our room).  About two weeks ago her sleep started getting off-track.  She wouldn’t take naps at her regular time, she would wake up at 3am (on the dot) every night to get changed and eat (and maybe play), she wouldn’t go to bed at her regular time (staying up until 11 or 11:30p)…  Then all of a sudden she stopped.  She became more predictable again, taking naps, going to bed at her normal time, sleeping through the night.  I don’t know if this was the sleep regression or because I went back to work and things were different for her, but either way, it wasn’t nearly as bad or tough as I had prepared myself for.  Although, I like to think I have a very flexible view/mindset about infant sleep, so that probably helped with how I perceived/handled things.

BAHAHAHA!  What a SAP.  Her sleep went RIGHT.DOWN.THE.DRAIN.  She wakes up all the time.  Sometimes she goes back to sleep, other times she’s up for two hours.  TWO HOURS, guys.  All this on top of me working every day and Derek breaking his thumb – leaving me as the primary baby-wrangler — on no sleep.  Oh, Alice… Sometimes, too, I’d go in there in the middle of the night when she wakes up and she is just WIDE AWAKE with a HUGE smile on her face.  So happy to see me.  Go to sleep, kid.  Your little smile melts my heart, but seriously, sleep.  She’s starting to get a little better, so we might be on an up-swing.  But be on the lookout for my retraction statement on next month’s update.  I’m sure it will be there.

On a positive sleep-note: she has been sleeping in her crib since the day after she turned 4 months.  The first night was rough – on both of us – and after 45 minutes she ended up back in her rock’n’play in our room.  The next night she did GREAT!  And since then the rock’n’play has been folded up in her room.  She’s a rockstar.  I thought that it would be much harder, and the first few nights definitely were, but after that I was so glad that we moved her.  Now I am looking forward to having a different house layout where her room isn’t pretty much in the middle of all our living space, so we don’t have to be so quiet at night and in the mornings.

Events from Month 5

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We didn’t do a post about it (maybe we will in the future), but Derek was in a golf cart accident on July 19th.  A golf cart tipped on top of him (only minimal rough-housing was had) and he broke his left thumb and wrist.  Do you know what this does to a small family with a 4-5 month old?  It incapacitates them.  He couldn’t do anything related to Alice.  He couldn’t hold her, change a diaper, pick her up, watch her while I was at work, nothing.  Nothing.  And this happened right about the time I started working EVERY day and Alice stopped sleeping.  It was awful.  We are beyond thankful for his family and my family for all their help and support.  I honestly don’t know what we would have done if we didn’t have family around us.   He’s still in a brace/cast but he can do so much more now.  I am thankful that stressful time in our lives is coming to a close.  It was awful.

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all bandaged up

 


Here is a collection of cute Alice pictures from the last month:

 

i will not sit down...

i will not sit down…

 

outta here!

outta here!

 

yawwwwwn {july 16}

yawwwwwn {july 16}

 

look at my toes.  look.  {july 17}

look at my toes. look. {july 17}

 

this was probably the last day of wearing cupcake jams.  they are clearly too small.  we were clearly trying to pretend like she was still a little baby.  thanks, sarah, for letting us borrow you adorable clothes!! {july 19}

this was probably the last day of wearing cupcake jams. they are clearly too small. we were clearly trying to pretend like she was still a little baby. thanks, sarah, for letting us borrow you adorable clothes!! {july 19}

 

she loooves to play on the keyboard.  loves i.  {july 25}

she loooves to play on the keyboard. loves it. {july 25}

 

finally accepting that she loves aunt katie.  this was a successful visit!  {august 9}

finally accepting that she loves aunt katie. this was a successful visit! {august 9}

 

eating books.  {august 12}

eating books. {august 12}

 

so adorable {august 13}

so adorable {august 13}

 

she is a cuddly kid and likes to just hold my hand to fall asleep.  {july 19}

she is a cuddly kid and likes to just hold my hand to fall asleep. {july 19}

 

baby toes {july 19}

baby toes {july 19}

 

this was her adorable face after she puked in my eye.  motherhood.  {july 22}

this was her adorable face after she puked in my eye. motherhood. {july 22}

 

toy --> mouth  {august 1}

toy –> mouth {august 1}

 

arrrg {august 1}

arrrg {august 1}

 

rolling everywhere.  she's a lady on the move.  {august 8}

rolling everywhere. she’s a lady on the move. {august 8}

 

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this kid loves animals. she watched burt all the time and just wants to get her fingers in the cats’ fur. the cats aren’t as pleased but are so desperate for affection that they are taking what they can get at this point. {august 10}

 

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so grown up {august 14}

 

 

I know I didn’t post this until 2 weeks after her 5 month.  Yea yea.  I changed the timestamp so in the future I will look back and think that I was on top of things… until I get to the wayyyy bottom of this post.

milestone alert!

We had to reschedule her 4 month appointment for about 9 days after she turned 4 months old.  I am always looking forward to her doctor appointments because I love to see how much she weighs and because I love her doctor.  I feel like we get so much good information at her appointments and it really feels like everyone in the office cares about Alice.  Plus, I was EXTRA looking forward to this check-up because Dr. Alt had previously talked to us about starting foods at 4 months, so we were waiting for a “go-ahead” on trying foods – which we got – yay!

waiting for the doctor {july 24}

waiting for the doctor {july 24}

Here are her stats:

11lbs 4oz

23in

She is still in the <5th percentile.  I guess that’s OK, according to the doctor, because she has always been that small and hasn’t dropped on the growth curve.  She’s just a little baby.

After we left the appointment we stopped at Target to pick up some rice cereal because I was too excited and COULD. NOT. WAIT. to try foods.  I have been waiting for so long for this!  She LOVED IT!  Gobbled it all right up.  Made a huge mess but we all loved it.  What a fun milestone.

let the fun begin!! {july 24}

let the fun begin!! {july 24}

she has no idea that we are about to blow. her. mind. {july 24}

she has no idea that we are about to blow. her. mind. {july 24}

LOVING IT! {july 24}

LOVING IT! {july 24}

trying cereal day #2 {july 25}

trying cereal day #2 {july 25}

cuteness {july 25}

cuteness {july 25}

 

So adorable.  I just love this kid.

{four months old!}

Our baby is FOUR MONTHS OLD!

 

i'm how old?!

i’m how old?!

ahhh!  so happy!

ahhh! so happy!

adorable baby girl

adorable baby girl

We had to get a new white long-sleeved onesie for these pictures.  This is a size 0-3 month.  It is so baggy on her… She’s just a tiny little thing.


 

fourteen weeks old {june 21}

fourteen weeks old {june 21}

fifteen weeks old {june 28}

fifteen weeks old {june 28}

sixteen weeks old {july 5}

sixteen weeks old {july 5}

seventeen weeks old {july 12}

seventeen weeks old {july 12}


Here are a few highlights from her fourth month {june 15-july 15}

TOES!  This kid LOVES her toes.  And EARS!  She’s figuring out that she has body parts and it’s adorable.  She grabs those toes and rolls around like a little bug on her back.  We’ve also started noticing that she grabs her ears when she’s hungry and tired.  At first we were worried that she had an ear infection, but I think we’d know if this kid was sick.  She would tell us… loud and clear.  So now we know that pulling on her ear = tired and hungry.

This kid is a playing fool!  She loves her keys, her oball, her blankie, anything that hangs from her play mat, and Spike the Unicorn.  I was OB-sessed with unicorns when I was younger (then transitioned into being even more obsessed with Hanson).  My WHOLE room was unicorns – unicorn wallpaper, unicorn Lisa Frank everything, unicorn figurines on every horizontal surface of my room…  I also just recently found a story that I wrote in elementary school about unicorns.  It was quality.  Why I didn’t pursue a career as an author of many unicorn themed novels is beyond me, and what I would consider a loss for readers everywhere.  So naturally we needed to start Alice early with her unicorn-love. My mom bought her a cute purple sparkly unicorn at Binder Park Zoo to help ignite her passion for these majestic creatures.

unicorn love {july 15}

unicorn love {july 15}

We started using her bumbo seat more often and she loves being able to sit up on her own.  I can’t wait until she actually does sit up on her own – it is so weird to think that my tiny little baby will soon be big enough to sit up by herself…  That’s crazy talk.   Buuuut it would be nice to give the back of her head a break so her hair can grow back because she definitely has a big bald spot back there.  Speaking of bald spots – you lose A. LOT. of hair after you have a baby.  Like tons.

This kid is tiny.  She’s in size 1 diapers.  Newborn jammies.  And 0-3 clothes.  She weighs something like 11 pounds.  She goes to the doctor on the 24th for her 4 month check up so we will see her official weight then, but she is sitting pretty securely in the 5th percentile.  That means that 95% of babies her age are bigger than her.  Wow.  We get comments all the time about how little she is.  It only bothers me because I feel like sometimes people are judging.  Especially when she was younger.  We went to Tulip Time when she was 7 weeks old.  We forgot to bring the stroller because we suck, so she was in the ring sling the whole time.  Someone said, “Wow, what a little baby.  How old?”  — “7 weeks.” — “Oh wow, I would have thought 7 days.”  Now come on.  I am not going to bring my week old baby to Tulip Time in the cold.  Seriously.  We are not crummy parents.  She’s just little.  And just naturally little.  Because, believe me, this kid eats.  Every two hours.  You could set a watch by her fussiness.  She starts to get a little fussy… oh, look, it’s been an hour and forty-five minutes since she ate.  Silly kid.

I went back to work more regularly during the last month.  It’s kinda sad that you get to be home full-time with you baby and as soon as she gets to a fun and interactive developmental stage – bam – you have to go back to work and miss everything.  It breaks my heart.  I love my job a lot, but I would also love to be independently wealthy and not have to work so I could stay home with her.

She loves watching screens.  I know.  Terrible parents here.  But seriously, she loves them.  Sometimes the only way we can get her to fall asleep at night is if she sits on Derek’s lap while he plays games on the computer.  He’s really sacrificing, I know.

loungin' {july 14}

loungin’ {july 14}

captivated {july 14}

captivated {july 14}

Her favorite thing to watch is Baby Van Gogh.  Who.  Makes.  These.  Things??!  Have any of you watched them??!  I am CONVINCED that a 7th grader in a graphic design/film class made this with weird stock clips from the internet.  It is AWFUL.  Awful.  But Alice is mesmerized by it.  Here it is for you all to see in case you were wondering.  But, I guess it’s better than having to watch Yo Gabba Gabba like other parents I know …  Although it doesn’t have the catchy, yet informative/educational, songs like, “Don’t Bite Your Friends” that Yo Gabba Gabba has…

THIS month has been my favorite so far.  I know I said that last month, but I lied.  I like this month.  Lots.  She’s so stinking adorable, playful, sweet, cuddly, and wonderful.  I just can’t get enough.

She loves to stand up.  It’s super cute.  She has a fun routine with me that after every diaper change I stand her up on the changing pad and she gets to bounce around for a while.  She laughs and giggles.  She’s seriously the best.

So I am a part of this amazingly helpful mom’s group on facebook.  I added a lot of you because it’s a fabulous group with wonderfully supportive moms.  There has been lots of talk on various posts in the group about the dreaded period of “four month sleep regression.”  AKA: your kid was sleeping through the night, taking regular naps, becoming a predictable and wonderful sleeper then, BAM see ya later sleep.  I was DREADING this.  We even chose not to transition her to her crib yet because she was getting close to being four months and didn’t want to chance this being an issue (plus I don’t know if I am ready to have her leave our room).  About two weeks ago her sleep started getting off-track.  She wouldn’t take naps at her regular time, she would wake up at 3am (on the dot) every night to get changed and eat (and maybe play), she wouldn’t go to bed at her regular time (staying up until 11 or 11:30p)…  Then all of a sudden she stopped.  She became more predictable again, taking naps, going to bed at her normal time, sleeping through the night.  I don’t know if this was the sleep regression or because I went back to work and things were different for her, but either way, it wasn’t nearly as bad or tough as I had prepared myself for.  Although, I like to think I have a very flexible view/mindset about infant sleep, so that probably helped with how I perceived/handled things.

Events from Month 3

Growing up

Geez… I guess I haven’t updated much this last month… whoops.

4th of July!  We didn’t do much except spend some time with Derek’s family.  Burt was terrified of the fireworks that were going off in the neighborhood, but Alice couldn’t care less.

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happy 4th!


Here is a collection of cute Alice pictures from the last month:

loving on that baby {june 18}

loving on that baby {june 18}

Alice and her baby! {june 18}

Alice and her baby! {june 18}

We were out running errands and Alice was SCREAMING in the back because those darn rings WOULD NOT fit in her mouth.  then she passed out. {june 20}

We were out running errands and Alice was SCREAMING in the back because those darn rings WOULD NOT fit in her mouth. then she passed out. {june 20}

the only way Derek loses in bags is if he is holding Alice {june 21}

the only way Derek loses in bags is if he is holding Alice {june 21}

she has an expensive baby carrier but loves to look forward so we had to borrow a forward-facing one so she would be content ... for about 2 mintues {june 23}

she has an expensive baby carrier but loves to look forward so we had to borrow a forward-facing one so she would be content … for about 2 mintues {june 23}

"best friends share their toys" - Harper {june 24}

“best friends share their toys” – Harper {june 24}

amazing ladies {june 24}

amazing ladies {june 24}

look at this cute girl.  look at her! {june 26}

look at this cute girl. look at her! {june 26}

ahhh!  adorable hat - thanks Connie!! {june 26}

ahhh! adorable hat – thanks Connie!! {june 26}

soooo mad but soooo cute {june 27}

soooo mad but soooo cute {june 27}

snuggles with her mama {june 28}

snuggles with her mama {june 28}

cute little monster after a bath {july 1}

cute little monster after a bath {july 1}

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couch naps {july 1}

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sleepy {july 1}

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get in my mouth toy {july 3}

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beautiful {july 4}

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these newborn pants were HUGE on her when she was born. we couldn’t find preemie-sized pants so we had to make do. now they are way too small. she’s getting so big. {july 5}

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hanging out with dad {july 5}

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making sure dad puts the bumbo toys together properly {july 9}

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ahhh loving the new toys! {july 10}

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one cute baby {july 10}

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grandma and grandpa came to visit and couldn’t get enough of her {july 12}

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played too hard and passed out {june 30}

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nakey baby {july 1}

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bahahah grins {july 12}

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goof {july 12}

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hello world {july 13}

 

growing up

Today we officially retired her first pair of baby jeggings… They were starting to lean a little too far to the legging end instead of the jean end of the spectrum – and becoming more like capris… This actually makes me really sad.  Goodbye adorable jeggings. Goodbye newborn sized baby Alice.

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{three months old!}

Our baby is THREE MONTHS OLD!

 

so big

so big

adorable girl

adorable girl

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Interesting facts about these pictures:

1. This is the same white onesie that she has been wearing in all the monthly pictures.  It’s getting pretty snug, so this will probably be its last appearance – which makes me really sad, actually.

2. She puked ALL OVER this onesie just minutes before taking these pictures – then started crying… It wouldn’t have been a huge deal but this is her only white long-sleeve onesie and I wanted to get this post up TODAY… soooo, the show must go on, people…

 


 

nine weeks old {may 18}

nine weeks old {may 18}

ten weeks old {may 24}

ten weeks old {may 24}

eleven weeks old {may 31}

eleven weeks old {may 31}

twelve weeks old {june 7}

twelve weeks old {june 7}

thirteen weeks old {june 14}  finally in size 1 diapers!!

thirteen weeks old {june 14} finally in size 1 diapers!!


Here are a few highlights from her third month:

We have reached the put-everything-in-my-mouth part of childhood.  I know it might start to get frustrating later when she is picking things up off the ground and putting them in her mouth, but right now it’s adorable.

In the last few weeks of her third month, she started to actually play – not just look at things, but really play.  Her favorite toy is her oball rattle.  This kid LOVES that thing.  Loves it.  It has been really amazing to watch her learn how to grab and hold on to things, and the oball was really how she learned.  In the beginning we would have to open her hand and close it on toys for her to grasp it.  She would keep her fist tight, the toy would stay in her grip and she would shake her hand, but she wasn’t really playing, yet.  After a while she would reach out and swat at toys hanging from her play mat but couldn’t really grab them.  Then she went through this awful 48-72 hr fussy period just before we left for Wisconsin (where she was a BEAR!!!) and after that she was reaching out, grabbing things, shaking them, and actually playing.  I know these are all normal developmental milestones, but it is so cool to be able to see your kid clearly starting to figure out the world.  So now she is playing, and that oball is the.most.amazing.toy.ever – according to Alice.  She could play with that things all day.  They only downside – it refuses to fit in her mouth – no matter how hard she tries.

tries so hard {june 12}

tries so hard {june 12}

 

WHAT?!?! She’s no longer wearing newborn-sized diapers?! You mean my 3 month old baby can wear regular sized diapers now?!  The ones that family stocked up on while I was pregnant.  So we don’t have to keep buying diapers every few days (because they don’t sell newborn sizes in bulk…)?!  YAY YAY YAY!  Although, she is still wearing newborn-sized clothes (and slowly entering no man’s land where she is too big for newborn size and too small for 0-3m…).  That’s OK though, because we don’t go through 15 of those in a day.

Alice went on her first out-of-state trip.  I wouldn’t really call it a vacation, just a trip.  Derek had a conference in Wisconsin for work so Alice and I tagged along.  You can read about it here: (coming soon – I promise!!).  It was on this trip that we used our LAST newborn diaper.  So many milestones.

This kid is a TALKING MACHINE.  Once she gets started, she just talks and talks and talks and talks.  She had been making more and more noises at the start of this month, but after her fussy few days (aka: growth spurt) she became a nonstop talker.  It is by far the most adorable thing ever.  Ever.  You CAN NOT get any cuter.  Check out the video page for some adorableness.  Just be careful – you might reach cuteness overload and explode.

This has been my favorite month with her so far.  I know that it probably won’t be my favorite overall, but it definitely is so far.  She is so much more fun.  She smiles and giggles.  She watches us and is interested in looking at things around her.  She loves to play and can lay on her play mat kicking toys and talking forever.  She still snuggles and loves to fall asleep in our arms.  She wakes up with THE BIGGEST smiles in the mornings.  She can hold her head up really well and is starting to be able to sit in a bumbo seat.  She is generally in a happy and smiley mood (which is quite a big change from when she was just a little baby and was Queen Fussy Face).  I just love it.  Love it.  Love it.  Love it.

Also, cuteness alert: she loves smiling at the cute baby in the mirror.  Melts my heart every time.  When we were in Wisconsin, she was reaching out to touch the mirror baby.  ADORABLE.  Adorable.

"oh, hello adorable baby!"

“oh, hello adorable baby!”

 

Events from Month 3

Stomp Out Stigma walk

Derek went back to work

Wisconsin Trip (coming soon)

Father’s Day


Here is a collection of cute Alice pictures from the last month: get ready, there are lots this time.

cutest faces {may 17}

cutest faces {may 17}

beans is less than pleased at the addition of this baby into our lives {may 18}

beans is less than pleased at the addition of this baby into our lives {may 18}

went for a walk in the park, alice loved the tula and burt loved sniffing out bunnies {may 19}

went for a walk in the park, alice loved the tula and burt loved sniffing out bunnies {may 19}

dangerously adorable pouty lip {may 19}

dangerously adorable pouty lip {may 19}

babies in sunhats, anyone?? yes, please {may 20}

babies in sunhats, anyone?? yes, please {may 20}

love it {may 20}

love it {may 20}

i eat this? {may 24}

i eat this? {may 24}

aunt katie visited! {may 26}

aunt katie visited! {may 26}

hating tummy time.  hating it {may 28}

hating tummy time. hating it {may 28}

she took a FOUR HOUR nap this day.  four. hours. {may 29}

she took a FOUR HOUR nap this day. four. hours. {may 29}

loving on sophie {may 30}

loving on sophie {may 30}

playing... how do i look so pale next to a kid that has literally been in the sun for 10 minutes in her whole life?!  {may 30}

playing… how do i look so pale next to a kid that has literally been in the sun for 10 minutes in her whole life?! {may 30}

unhappily snuggling with the seahorse {may 31}

unhappily snuggling with the seahorse {may 31}

burt laid next to her and she starting feeling his ear.  how cute?!?! {june 1}

burt laid next to her and she starting feeling his ear. how cute?!?! {june 1}

this is her face when you turn on the forward facing camera so she can see herself. {june 2}

this is her face when you turn on the forward facing camera so she can see herself. {june 2}

amazed by her own face {june 2}

amazed by her own face {june 2}

hanging out in the yard with her puppy {june 8}

hanging out in the yard with her puppy {june 8}

i must eat this {june 14}

i must eat this {june 14}

loves to play before bed {june 15}

loves to play before bed {june 15}

playing with burt {may 28}

playing with burt {may 28}

i eat this, too {may 31}

i eat this, too {may 31}

happy faces in the morning {june 9}

happy faces in the morning {june 9}

she was so fussy even grandpa was no match for her {june 6}

she was so fussy even grandpa was no match for her {june 6}