Piper’s Four Months!

Piper turned four months old on Sunday, so we did her typical monthly photo shoot (see below). Today we went to the doctor for her four month checkup and everything looks good. She’s doing great developmentally and growth wise. Here are her stats:

Height: 25″/75%

Weight: 13 lbs, 7 oz/25-50%

Head: 16″/25-50%

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Developmentally, she is rolling (see previous post) and Ruoyun said she scooted about five feet yesterday, but I’m not sure if that was assisted or not. It’s a very exciting time to see all these firsts! Honestly though, the only thing we’re really hoping and praying for is the day she starts sleeping all the way through the night.

Our doctor also gave us the green light to introduce foods. He said waiting until six months is really a thing of the past and they’re starting to find evidence that introducing foods earlier, around four months, may actually be beneficial for food allergies, etc. He also said sometimes when parents wait until six months the baby has lost interest in solids, but that’s not super common.

We had a vaccine today at the doctor appointment and it was so fabulous! Oh, is that an oxymoron? I know it’s weird, but I nursed her while they gave her the shot and she didn’t wince or cry. It was wonderful. I hope she doesn’t get a fever or have any side effects. When we dropped her off at her daycare, Ruoyun told us she would give her some massage today – that makes me so happy!

Here is her four month photo and a compilation of every month until now:

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Piper’s First Roll

Wow, a busy week thus far! Piper has been working very hard to roll from her back to her front for a few days now and today she accomplished her mission. I didn’t get the first roll on video, but I set her down and she did it again, so I set her down a third time and turned on the camera. 

While this is wonderful and joyous, especially being that she did this on my last day of maternity leave, there are some unforeseen downsides. Like now all she wants to do is roll over. And by all, I mean ALL. I think this girl might be some sort of perfectionist. I’ve gotten her all the way to sleep several times. I put her in the crib, I hold my hand on her belly to make her feel secure and comforted and she falls into a deep sleep. Then about 15 minutes later, she rolls over. It would be fine if she stayed asleep, but of course that is not the case. I think sleeping in a sleep sack took Ellie a couple of days to get used to, so maybe that’s what we’re dealing with here. Now that I see her doing this in her sleep in the sleep sack, it’s apparent to me that she has been trying to roll for the last several nights in her swaddle, which is why she’s been waking up and I’ve been getting up so frequently. Argh…an awesome beautiful thing, but still with it’s challenges. At the end of the day, I will just keep reminding myself how happy I am I got to see this milestone for the first time and how excited I am for her that’s she’s reached this stage in her development. 

Piper turns 3 Months

Piper turned 3 months old on Sunday, the day the Hawks won the Superbowl! 

She’s all smiles all the time now and all she wants to do is sit up or stand. She seems like she’s trying to talk to us all the time. She’s very amused by funny noises, so every once in awhile we make baby noises and funny faces. Outside of that she sleeps, eats and poops, just like your typical 3 month old. 

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Since we’re from and live in Seattle, we are obviously very excited about the Seahawks winning the Superbowl. We were fortunate to catch a family pic on game day of everyone in their Hawks gear. 

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Last but certainly not least, Ellie is having so much fun at school and she’s very fond of her classmate Lucy. Her teacher took such a sweet picture of the two of them hugging, which I just had to share.

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18 months old and 33 weeks pregnant

I have to say this is my favorite age so far. I guess ever since Ellie hit about 14 months it’s just been so fun. If I weren’t 33 weeks pregnant (see below), I think I would love it even more because I could be more active with Ellie, but that will come in a few months.  This pregnancy really has just flown by, but I’m hoping we can savor the last 7 weeks and really focus on relaxing and getting ready to welcome our second little girl into the world. 

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We’re planning a home birth, just like last time hopefully. Our midwife lives in Ballard, so it will be a little more of a trek to get to our new Issaquah locale, but hopefully she will make it out before the baby is ready to come out…or not; I might be okay with that too!  It’s funny to hear people respond when I tell them I’m having a home birth. I don’t offer it up to many people because they usually look at me like I’m from another planet, but occasionally it comes up in conversation.  Brian found this awesome clip from Jim Gaffigan, whose wife also had home births for their four kids and I thought it was just so hilarious I had to share it.

I can’t help but laugh every time I watch this clip! 

Every time Brian and I go on a vacation, we come back with some revelation, which is partly why we love traveling so much. Seeing a new part of the world and taking time away from “the hustle and bustle” allows us to reflect and look at our lives with a new perspective. For me this vacation really brought me back to a place of gratitude. I’m not going to lie, the past year and a half has been really difficult. It’s also been incredible and fulfilling and amazing and wonderful and yada yada, but challenging and difficult at the same time. The acclimation to parenting is not easy, at least for us, but I’d like to say at the end of the day we’re happy with the job we’re doing and we feel like we’re good parents. Spending a week away from Ellie made my heart ache a ton and it was so nice to come home to such a happy baby who had been so well taken care of while we were gone.

Ellie’s vocab the last few weeks has just skyrocketed and the other revelation we came to while we were on vacation is that we’d really like to get her into an environment where she’s learning, playing and socializing as much as she’d like. We started talking to other parents and people in the community who have knowledge about our options and decided to investigate Issaquah Montessori. Brian visited first and fell in love. He was so ecstatic I knew it was going to be the place for us. Ellie started her integration on Monday. A lot of the kids have trouble when they start school because it’s an unfamiliar environment. They sometimes cry a bit when they arrive because they miss their mommy. Ellie on the other hand, cries when she has to leave! That makes me feel really good about her experience there for sure. Here is a pic of her on her first day (yes, our front door is heinous) and then with one of her classmates outside “mowing the lawn.”

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At Montessori, they teach her how to eat properly without throwing food on the floor, how to wash her hands, change her shoes to go outside, etc. Her teacher also told us that she can potty train her for us, which I’m ecstatic about. I don’t know how much training Ellie is going to require though really. She says “poopy” when she has to go potty (even if it’s not a poopy) and then we take her to her toilet and she goes potty. It’s so wonderful; we feel a little spoiled – and A LOT grateful!

Other than that, it’s just been the usual obsession with Max (see below), running around like a wild girl, riding her giraffe (see video below), drawing, playing outside, etc. Too much fun for sure!

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Time Flying

Now time is really starting to fly by. Every day it seems like Ellie is doing something more exciting than the last and I just can’t believe how much she is really growing up. She’s definitely crawling now and she is very interested in standing all the time. She’s working really hard on the balance things and getting better every day.  We had an awesome Labor Day weekend and really most weekends should be three days in my opinion.  We work way too much in this country!

For Labor Day weekend we celebrated cousin Addie’s second birthday, where I snapped the pic below. Then we went on a hike with the fam up Rattlesnake Ridge. It was extremely crowded, but more on the way down than the way up, which was nice. There’s a video and photo (from the top) below. It was pretty funny to pull over on the path to breastfeed her! You gotta do what you gotta do though.  Speaking of eating, this child is eating like a champ! After trying so hard to find a quality selection of organic baby food, I did what I usually do and turned to Amazon – hello?!?!? I ordered apples, sweet potatoes and string bean and sweet pea Sprout Organic Baby Food.

I also think Ellie might be teething, as she’s been salivating incredibly and wants to gnaw on everything.  We tried something fun today, which was to put frozen blueberries in these mesh food feeders and she loves it – gnaws and gnaws until there’s hardly anything left!

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Moves Like Ellie

Ellie has been wanting to crawl for the past few weeks now and we’re so excited for her.  She’s been doing the hands and knees rocking thing, but she gets very frustrated when she tries to go forward and her hands and knees don’t cooperate.  Last night when she was on her play pad she face-planted a couple of times, which she got upset about, but we talked to her about picking yourself up after falling and she got back up and dusted herself off:)  Here are a few visuals of her fun new moving endeavors.

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Development and Four Month Checkup

They said it was true, but we didn’t believe it in the beginning: time really has flown by! It’s hard to believe Ellie is four months old already.  We just went in for her checkup this morning.  She is in the 80th percentile for height (25.25 inches), 50th percentile for weight (13 lbs, 15.5 oz) and the 50th percentile for dome circumference (40.4 cm).  The doctor said everything looks great and she seems to be developing normally – yay!  When we did the immunization shot today, Ellie didn’t cry AT ALL!  We couldn’t believe it and we were so proud.

Here is a video of her rolling from her front to her back all on her own.  She hasn’t quite done the back to the front yet:

And here is a video of her playing with some toys: