Brynn: 11 months

Oh my! Is my baby really already 11 months old?! Usually the time between Christmas and summer seems to go so slowly. This year, it has just raced on by. And my sweet little baby Brynn is on the cusp of toddlerhood. Crazy!

11 months

My little peanut has a serious case of separation anxiety right now, to the point where I cannot set her down on the floor without tears unless I join her on the floor. She’s really into exploring the world around her but would definitely prefer that mommy join her on her explorations.

Here is the story of Brynn at 11 months old!

FOOD: Still doing great with solid foods. She’s eating pretty much anything that we give her. I’ve been making myself cauliflower rice recently and she ate it plain. At our family’s Passover seder this week, she even devoured chopped liver. She makes quite the mess when she eats, and recently got spaghetti sauce on her forehead. Impressive. As for her nursing/bottle routine, with my supply tanking, we’re just hoping to make it to 12 months. She had a few days of fussing at the breast, but it seems like we have moved past that issue. She had also been really hurting me with her teeth, but that seems to have improved over the past few days. Maybe she is getting used to having top teeth.

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SLEEP: This is the best month of sleep she has had yet, likely due to limited illness. She goes down between 7 and 7:30 and for the most part has been sleeping until I wake her at 7:30 on weekdays. Naps are the same as last month – great at home (2-3 hours) and horrible at school (0-30 minutes). Since she doesn’t sleep at school, she always passes out for our 15-20 minute drive home.

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TEETH: As I alluded to above, she’s now up to 6 teeth! The top 4 teeth came in quickly. Haven’t noticed any additional on the bottom yet but they should be the next to come through.

TALK: Still no words, although she is making new sounds every day it seems. She can now say the “mmm” sound and is saying something that sounds close to “mama” to go along with the “dada” that she says. She also is doing a great job at imitating and will have raspberry conversations with anyone who makes that sound to her.

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MOVEMENT: While she still isn’t 100% knee crawling, she’s now mixing in knee crawling with the army crawling that she’s been doing since she was 6 months old. The funny thing that I’ve noticed is that she seems to knee crawl when she has the intention of pulling up. So she’ll knee crawl halfway across the room if her destination is the stairs or my legs. Brynn is pulling up everywhere, cruising when she feels like it, and has taken her first few steps with a push toy. She still seems pretty far away from walking, but that is ok by me! She loves the stairs and has gotten up a few of them on her own. She still wants to go down the stairs face first, which means keeping a close eye on her when we are on the second floor!

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FUN: Lots of fun events this month. We traveled to Cancun where she had a blast splashing in the pool every day and eating chips. She had her International Party at school where she got to dress up with her classmates and “dance” on stage. We all made the trip to Philly to see my family and celebrate Passover. We took advantage of the location and made her first trip to the Philadelphia Zoo (a childhood favorite destination of mine).

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It’s time for me to get on the ball and start planning her first birthday party. Wasn’t she just born though? It feels like yesterday and forever ago all at the same time.

Brynn: 10 months

This little lady is 10 months old!

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March has been a fun and busy month. Brynn is developing at rapid speed now and is suddenly not feeling like as much of a baby. She is all over the place, but if she is on the floor, mommy needs to be near by. She is still a little peanut, but with two friends having had babies in the past month, she is suddenly seeming so big! I’m pretty sure this is about when baby fever started creeping back in after Bella, and I sort of feel the same now, except for the fact that we’ve already decided that we are two and done.

Anyway, here is more about Brynn at 10 months!

SLEEP: This has been a good month for sleep, especially in the past week where Brynn is suddenly sleeping all the way to 7:30-8:00 am. As sleep goes in the first year or so, I’m sure we’ll regress back into something worse, but for right now, she is sleeping like a champ. Naps at school are still pretty short, but naps at home are typically a good 2+ hours. She has been transitioned to one nap a day for a while now, and we’re loving it.

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FOOD: She may be underweight, but this girl is all about the food, especially food that she can eat with her hands. She is loving pretty much anything right now, so we’re trying to add him some healthier foods to go along with all of the pasta and cheese and “you need to fatten her up” foods that we started the month with. Its so nice that now during dinner we can plop her in the high chair next to the three of us and she can eat right along side of us. She’s still nursing the same as before, but my milk production is really decreasing. I’m hoping we can make it through 12 months, but we’ll have to see what happens. Apparently when I’m not around, she drains her 4 oz bottles pretty quickly!

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MOVEMENT: As I alluded to, Brynn is all over the place. She is still just army crawling, but she is super fast. About two weeks ago, she started pulling up to her knees, and three days ago, she started pulling up to her feet. Today she even tried to cruise a bit. Yesterday, when she didn’t want to nap, she pulled up in her crib for the first time. It’s funny how happy and proud they are when they learn new skills. It’s so much fun to watch!

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LANGUAGE: Brynn’s first attempts at language were “ah dah”. Now she is verbalizing a lot more, including some “dah dah”. I still wouldn’t say that she has had a first word yet, but she is pretty reliable to “talk” back to us now when we talk to her.

FAVORITES: Still with the dangling off of the edge of everything. She thinks its hilarious to go face first off of the couch or bed or stairs (with us holding on so that she doesn’t actually fall of course). Shoveling food into her mouth. Bobbing her head to the music or when her tummy is full of food.

RANDOM PHOTOS: 

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Love this little girl. Can’t wait to see how she develops this month!

Brynn: 9 months old

Our little nugget is 9 months old!

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Here’s a little look into Brynn at 9 months old:

GROWTH: Brynn had her 9 month check-up yesterday. And as expected, she is still a shrimp. Like, really a shrimp. She’s only 25 inches in height, which is the first percentile. And she’s 14.0 lbs, which is off the charts. She was the first one in our family to catch the awful stomach bug going around, and spent all day Friday vomiting. Her pediatrician says she could have lost up to a pound with that virus, so she’s choosing not to be too concerned on her weight. But wow, so small!

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SLEEP: Still doing well with nighttime sleep! Brynn’s been either sleeping all night or waking once. The one time is typically between 5-7, and if she sleeps all night its around 7-7. On the weekends, I put her back down and she’ll usually sleep until after 8 which allows us all to sleep in a little! For naps, she’s napping between 0-30 minutes a day when at school. But on the weekends, she’ll nap 2-3 hours! Girl just likes her naps to be dark and quiet.

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MOVEMENT: We’ve got a fast army crawler now! Still no interest in knee crawling, but she can suddenly fly across the room with an army crawl. She tries to pull up from laying on her stomach and is getting close to being able to do so. Brynn’s also fascinated with the edge of everything. She peers off of the edge of the stairs, her chair, or anything else. We have to keep a super close eye on her. I’ve been debating putting a gate at the top of the stairs (we have one at the bottom), but for now she’s never on her own upstairs so it isn’t a problem. We’ll see!

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EATING: We’re holding steady at five bottles/boobs per day. She’s getting four ounce bottles when I’m not around, and nursing for around 15-20 minutes with me. As for food, she’s getting as much as she wants and at this point we’re letting her eat most table foods. Her favorites are meatballs, lasagna, rice, and scrambled eggs. But really she likes anything that she can eat with her hands!

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DAYCARE: Daycare is still going great. She has her little crew of babies her age and its so cute when they all sit around and play together. Love this age when they can sit there and play before are mobile enough to steal each others toys.

OTHER RANDOM PHOTOS: 

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these little coins are her favorite thing ever

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airplane with daddy and Bella

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peering over the edge…a favorite!

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Love this little girl so much!

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Brynn: 8 months old

A day late over here, but Brynn is 8 months old!

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Our little peanut is growing up so fast! Here are a few updates on her last month of life.

EATING: At Brynn’s last doctor’s appointment, her pediatrician said that we need to keep trying to get her to gain weight. So we’ve been trying to up her solid intake as much as we can! She is nursing or getting a pumped bottle 5 times a day right now, unless she wakes at night and then she gets fed then too. We’re then trying to do 3 purees a day on top of that. The purees are mostly a rotation of oatmeal, peas, sweet potato, butternut squash, and avocado. Some of those have to be mixed with either applesauce or pear puree (girl has a sweet tooth!). She’s starting to do better about eating finger foods, but not at the point where we can rely on them for their calories. So the finger foods are really more of an added bonus! Just the other day, daycare started adding in a few finger foods from the school menu, so hopefully we’ll be able to get some more variety in her diet soon. Her very favorite finger food is her puffs. We put a container in her Christmas stocking and she has been enjoying them while we eat every night!

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trying some baby led weaning

trying some baby led weaning

Feeding Brynn a bottle is exhausting

Feeding Brynn a bottle is exhausting

SLEEP: She woke up with a cold on New Year’s Eve at 11:50 p.m., and has spent all but a week of this month with a cold. As soon as the first one ended, she spent a few days healthy and then came down with another. For the most part, her sleep wasn’t severely effected by the colds – maybe waking 1-2 times per night. Last night, she slept a solid 12 hours straight until I woke her up, which made for a super happy mama! As for naps, at home she is generally just taking one 2-3 hour nap per day.

happy when she wakes up!

happy when she wakes up!

GROSS MOTOR: Brynn started army crawling two weeks ago! She doesn’t go very far, but she is typically motivated to get to anything she can stick in her mouth. She still isn’t getting up on her knees, so we are probably a ways away from real crawling, but this development came pretty fast. She’s a great sitter and starting to walk herself forward with her hands to try and get things out of her reach.

DAYCARE: She’s still happy at daycare and amazingly, she is the second oldest in her class now on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and the oldest on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Her class is so young! I’m still going at lunch time to nurse her and I love the break in my work day. Her teachers are super wonderful. We are at the same daycare but she has different teachers than Bella had (the lead teacher was Bella’s teacher in her 12-18 month class). She’s not napping much at school though – today she only napped for 35 minutes!

TEETH: Still just the two bottom teeth, but they are fully through now.

FAVORITES: Puffs. Anything mixed with applesauce. Sticking everything in her mouth. Being held. Watching everything her sister does.

 

her favorite sight!

her favorite sight!

And a few more photos from the past month.

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Love this little peanut and how much joy she has brought to our lives.

Brynn: 7 months

Hope everyone had a great time over the holidays! We have been enjoying this ridiculously mild weather and have been spending a ton of time outside over the break. A holiday recap is coming, but for now, Brynn is 7 months old!

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SLEEP: We have been in a pretty good sleep groove this month. She goes to sleep between 7 and 7:30 pm and for the most part, wakes between 6 and 7. Some nights she’ll wake up before 6, but we’ve pretty much been at one wake-up per night this whole month, and she’ll usually go back to sleep for a little bit. Napping on the other hand, has been a bit more challenging. At daycare, she is generally napping less than an hour per day. Some days, she will only take one 30 minute nap there. I’m not sure if it is the noise that distracts her there or what, but this month they’ve had a ton of trouble getting her to nap. Her teachers aren’t too worried because they just tell me that she is “too busy playing” to want to sleep. Now at home over the past few days, she has napped just fine for the most part – so I’m trying not to be too concerned. Overall, we’re pretty happy to have another good sleeper on our hands thus far *knocks on all of the wood*.

not sleeping...but cute!

not sleeping…but cute!

EATING: Brynn is still doing great with nursing and bottles. She can hold the bottle on her own now and apparently sucks down her 4 oz in like 5 minutes. My pumping amounts are still declining, but I do an extra pump before I go to bed that helps bridge the gap between what I pump and what she needs. The real problem is when I travel, but with only 5 months until she can start getting whole milk, I think we’ll be able to make it. She is also FINALLY starting to eat her solids. She is definitely a bit picky, but she’ll now eat oatmeal mixed with applesauce, plain applesauce, and sweet potato. Occasionally she’ll eat banana, but I can only get in a few spoonfuls of carrot and squash. We’re going to try peas this week and maybe pear? I also put a container of puffs in her stocking and she was able to sort of get a few in her mouth. Mainly if I hold them in my hand, she will actually pull my whole hand towards her mouth rather than grab them out. Silly girl!

eating is more fun when being held!

eating is more fun when being held!

sitting in a high chair for the first time

sitting in a high chair for the first time

LANGUAGE: I’d been feeling like Brynn was slow to verbalize, then suddenly in the past few days she has a lot to say. A lot of “dah dah dah” sounds mostly, but just generally a lot more noise coming out of her mouth. I’ve been so in love with toddler language that I forgot how cute first baby babbles are.

TEETH: I hadn’t really thought at all about her teeth coming in since she hasn’t really shown any signs, but today I noticed that both of her bottom two are poking through! They aren’t fully out but they’ve at least cracked the gum line. We’ll see if the grumpiness follows but I’m hoping that maybe we got lucky and they didn’t bother her!

GROSS MOTOR: Her sitting has gotten really strong! No more toppling over and she can sit for as long as she wants. She hasn’t really shown any desire to crawl, although she can spin in 360 degree circles with ease. She also loves to bear weight on her legs.

look at me sit!

look at me sit!

look at me stand!

look at me stand!

welp...time to give away the rock and play

welp…time to give away the rock and play

FAVORITES: Sticking everything in her mouth. Laughing with her mouth super wide open. Being held (especially by mommy). Watching everything Bella does. Spending time in the ergo.

riding in the ergo is the best!

riding in the ergo is the best!

everything in the mouth

everything in the mouth

toes are delicious!

toes are delicious!

more sister love!

loves her sister

she loves her sister!

more sister love!

With Thanksgiving and Christmas falling in this past month, time absolutely flew by. Hard to believe we are on the backside of her first year now. Can’t wait to see what excitement this next month brings.

Brynn: 6 months old

Has it really been half a year already?!

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A few updates on the past month with this little lady.

SLEEP: This month hasn’t been so great for sleep. Only in the past few days has Brynn gone back to sleeping through the night. Between traveling, a cold, and a new developmental milestone, she started waking up 1-2 times every night for a few weeks straight. The past couple of nights she has gone back to sleeping 7:15-6:15ish, and then since I’ve been off of work I can get her to go back to sleep until a little after 8 so I can get some rest. So while it has been a “rough for us” month of sleep, I know it could be far worst. At home, she is basically down to two naps per day in her crib. Some days, she goes straight down for a nap without a peep, other days she cries for a few minutes before falling asleep. But we’ve pretty much settled into a weekend routine where she gets one longer 2-3 hour nap and then another that is closer to one hour and we usually end up waking her up so that we can go do stuff. It is definitely much harder to balance her nap needs with Bella’s schedule!

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She is a full-time tummy sleeper, literally rolling over as soon as I place her down!

MOVEMENT: Brynn is sitting up! And she is strong, sitting for a good 15 minutes at a time. She still loves rolling all around too. Part of me is now wondering if her struggle to gain weight is due to how active she is. She thinks sitting is hilarious. And she loves taking toys and grabbing them and putting them in her mouth.

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WEIGHT: She is still struggling with the weight gain. She had a little rash last week that daycare wanted her pediatrician to check out (it was nothing…just a little viral rash from a cold…although the resident that did the exam was totally stumped by it until our dr came in and made that diagnosis in about five seconds), so with that check-up we found out that she has gained 7 ounces in about three weeks. So with the weight she lost between 4 months and 5 months she has only gained 1 ounce in almost two months. She has her 6 month check-up on Monday so we’ll see how things are progressing. I’m hoping she tells us not to worry about it since we looked back at Bella’s growth chart and Bella did the same thing between 3-6 months. But it does seem concerning that she is 6 months old and not even 13 lbs.

FOOD: Because of the slow weight gain mentioned above, her pediatrician wanted her to start on solids a month early. We originally tried oatmeal mixed with formula, but she hated the taste of the formula. So we’ve since tried mixing it with water or liquified peaches instead. She definitely seems to like it better than way but its still a struggle getting her to eat more than an ounce or two of food per day. I’m excited now that we’ve hit 6 months to start experimenting with a lot more foods besides oatmeal!

OTHER: Brynn is generally such a happy little girl. She loves playing in her exersaucer and being outside. She is happy being held or sitting by herself playing with a toy. We went to Disney World this month (a whole other story!) and she was amazing. She was either in the stroller or the Ergo and she slept a ton in the Ergo while we walked around. I think she loved feeling like she was being held by mommy or daddy essentially all day long! It stinks that she has had at least a cold per month since starting school, especially knowing that it’ll likely continue through the winter. But at least since she is our second baby, we know that it’ll pass and the colds will start effecting her less eventually. And someday she’ll even be able to blow her own nose!

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Brynn: 5 months old

Growth issues aside, this little peanut is 5 months old today!

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Yet another month has flown by, and it is hard to believe she is already five months old.

SLEEP: Brynn is continuing to sleep like a champ. She generally goes down between 7 and 7:30 and sleeps until 6 or 7. I’ll usually then nurse her for a little bit and put her back down. On the weekdays I wake her up around 7:30 to get ready to head to daycare and on the weekends she’ll usually wake back up between 7:30 and 8. We’re definitely fortunate, although I think we may have another cold coming on and those usually mean 3 wake-ups a night! We’ll also see what happens with daylight savings this weekend.

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Big sister loves to do wake ups!

Big sister loves to do wake ups!

DAYCARE: Brynn’s teachers continue to love her since she has been very easy for them since she learned how to take a bottle. She naps well there – often taking one 2-3 hour nap for them! They tell me often that she plays for a bit on the floor and then sometimes falls asleep after playing! Her teachers have been wonderful and I feel so comfortable leaving her there with them while I work. I love nursing her on my lunch breaks and those cuddles where I can give her all of my attention are such a wonderful part of my day.

No daycare pics...so this is just a fun random

No daycare pics…so this is just a fun random

MOVEMENT: Oh movement. So much movement. Brynn is all over the place! She’s been rolling over since she was 3.5 months old and now solely sleeps on her tummy. I put her down on her back and she is over within seconds. She has also gotten better on rolling front to back as well although she definitely prefers tummy time! She can turn pretty well in circles and it is almost impossible to change her diaper since she won’t stay still.

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FIRSTS: Pushing up and locking elbows. Briefly sitting. First hay ride. First pumpkin patch. First bit of oatmeal. First time in the ergo.

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We love this little girl and with every month it becomes more and more fun watching her interact with her big sister!