Friday, January 31, 2014

January Updates

Wow, has it really been a month since I last did a blog post? In the last post, Emma had just turned 4 months and next week she is already turning 5 months! Here's what we've been up to the past month:

Emma started giving us huge gummy smiles and giggles. Although, she's still figuring out the giggles, sometimes it sounds like she's crying or choking.

Emma made a new friend and I realized how gigantic she has gotten over the past few months!

We joined a CSA near us and have been enjoying fresh, local, organic produce every week. It's been fun having a surprise basket of produce ready for us every Saturday and I love experimenting with new stuff.

We "weaned" Emma off of the swaddle (we really just went cold turkey). We figured we had nothing left to lose since sleep was at a 2-3 hour stretch max anyways. She actually started sleeping better after we unswaddled her! We are now doing gentle sleep training and she is doing so well with it! More updates on that as it progresses.

We had some family come to visit from Minnesota and Emma got to meet her great-grandparents (Grandma Joyce, where Emma gets her middle name). We feel very blessed that she got to meet her great-grandparents! A few of my aunts also were in town and it was so great to see them too!

Emma is constantly rolling now and can roll across the room! We missed it the first few times she rolled on to her stomach, but she does it all the time now. She has even started sleeping on her stomach...and shoving her face into the mattress. She knows how to scare mommy!

She now plays with toys and is reaching for things all the time (including my hair, face, glasses, shirt, anything she can get her hands on). Of course everything goes in her mouth, so we need to get some good silicone teething toys.

I can hardly believe how many developmental changes have happened since four months! More updates in a few days with the 5 month pictures. :)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Emma: 4 months

Date: January 3

Stats: 13 lbs. 11 oz., 24.75 in long

Sleep: This entire month has been a huge struggle with sleep. She has suddenly "woken up" and is very aware of her surroundings. She's doing 2-4 hour stretches and wants to feed every time. It's been tough on mommy!

Feeding: Exclusively breastfed. Eating every 3 hours during the day. She has become very efficient with feeding, but is also highly distracted. Takes the bottle really well (yay, date nights!). Two more months until solids.

Clothing size: Fits well in 3-6 month clothing, but also wears her 6-12 month clothes she got for Christmas. Yikes, what will she wear at 6 months then?!

Likes: talking ALL THE TIME, looking in the mirror, sucking on her hands, trying to suck on her toes (it's the cutest thing ever), Christmas lights, music, funny noises mommy and daddy make at her, her owl rattle, seeing her family, bath time, massage time before bed

Dislikes: putting clothes on, getting slathered up in lotion at night, getting the snot sucked out of her nose (who would like that though?)

Biggest changes: We feel like she has changed so much since last month and is truly an infant now! Her hair is coming in thicker, she's getting chubbier and she holds her head up really well now (still not great in the Bumbo seat though). She really interacts with us and knows who we are and it seems like she may be starting to know her name. She can grab toys and bring them to her mouth. She rolled over front to back a couple times, but we're not sure if she really realized what she did since she hasn't done it since. She is starting to push herself up with her legs and scoot around a bit...this is kind of scary, it means she is close to crawling! Emma is constantly drooling, blowing bubbles and the spit up is at an all time high lately.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year's Goals

I'm feeling pretty lucky that this New Year's I'll be celebrating with this little girl and will be kissing those giant cheeks. No party and no staying up till midnight and I'm ok with that! 2013 was our favorite year ever, but I have a feeling 2014 will be (almost) as good.

A few of my resolutions/goals:

- Balance life: I really want to work on balancing work, staying healthy and being a good mom and wife. I feel so grateful to be working from home and it allows me to do all the above things, but it can be quite a challenge to balance since my work time and family time aren't divided up.

- Keep working towards a healthier lifestyle: We've made some changes last year, but there are still things we'd like to switch up. We just signed up to be a part of the Agritopia Farm Winter CSA (located just down the road from us) and will be getting fresh, local, organic produce every week. Emma will be starting solids in a few months and it's important for us to teach her about healthy eating habits. I'm also trying to take Emma out for more walks and maybe even move into a walk/run routine for myself. I'm finally feeling ready to start some kind of fitness routine (I think). I have about 12 lbs left to go until I'm at pre-baby weight, but really the goal is just to feel healthier, stronger and to maybe fit into my old jeans. 

- Turn off the tv and pick up more hobbies: We'd prefer Emma not watch tv until she's at least 2, and even then we'd like her to not have "her shows" to watch every day. This habit really starts with us. I'm getting into Project Life, but once we have our backyard I'd also like to start gardening again. I always say I want to read more books, but I'm so sleep deprived right now, if probably just fall asleep. 

- Keep going with the budget and saving: We did so well with this in 2013 and want to keep the momentum going in 2014. We just finished up a full emergency fund, so now we are starting the next baby step (saving for retirement, then Emma's college fund) and working towards a backyard fund. We'd love to have a backyard in by the time Emma is walking, or even sooner if possible. We have very detailed goals and plans with our finances for the first half of the year. For me, that is the key to success with saving and sticking to the budget!

Usually these goals are difficult to stay motivated with but now with a daughter it's a bit easier. We've realized we are her example and that we need to be a good one.

Here's to a happy 2014!