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Emma Grace: 15 Months

2 Jul

I had this post all typed out yesterday, and then my computer froze before I could save it. Poo! 

Anyway, the big news this month is that Emma is finally walking! After cruising around on furniture and walls for several months and taking a few hesitant steps here and there, she just decided to start walking the Monday after we closed on our house. She already had been climbing stairs and other things, so she’s really not that much more mobile than before. I actually prefer her walking because it’s so much easier to be outside.

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Emma had her 15-month appointment yesterday afternoon. She is now 24 lb 8 oz (88%) and 30 inches long (44%). Her head circumference is in the 96th percentile! It’s funny – we don’t notice her head is that big until we see her next to other kids. She does have quite the noggin on her.

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She was not a fan of the cone of shame.

Emma got a few new teeth this month, so she now has almost all of her baby teeth on top except for her 2-year molars. On the bottom, she has 3 in the middle and both 1-year molars, with another tooth looking like it’s getting ready to poke through. Teething doesn’t bother her as much as it used to, though we do still give her Advil regularly (when she seems to be teething).

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Emma’s latest thing is waving at people (and dogs, and trees, and whatever else) and is not shy at all. One night when my parents were at our new house in Brainerd, we went out to eat at a Mexican restaurant. Emma spent pretty much the whole meal watching, waving, giggling and talking to the people behind us.

One of her new favorite things to do is move things from one place to another and back again, and as we discovered this past weekend, she LOVES throwing rocks in the lake. She couldn’t be outside without wanting to go down to the lake and throw rocks in.

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She loves stacking landscaping rocks on our solar walkway lights.

Other non-toy things Emma loves playing with:

  • Towels & washcloths
  • Pens & highlighters
  • Rocks
  • Silverware & tupperware
  • Anything dirty (dirt, sand, dog dishes and leashes)
  • Socks
  • Remotes and phones
  • My wallet
  • Tubes of makeup and toothpaste
  • Cords

Travis and I don’t really limit what Emma plays with unless it’s dangerous (breakable, chokable, stabbable), really disgusting or something we don’t want ruined (like a phone charger or phone). Our reasoning being: 1) It makes her happy. 2) She gets acquainted with everyday things. 3) It’s just a phase. 

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We have pretty much transitioned Emma down to just one nap. I would prefer that she still takes 2 but it is getting so hard to get her to fall asleep for them. She took only 1 nap each day over the 4th of July weekend and went right down both for the nap and bedtime. I am mourning the loss of my morning ‘me time’… Now I just might have the motivation I need to get up before Emma. 

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I talked to our pediatrician about our bottle situation (Emma is still drinking 3-4 bottles a day) and she said that because Emma’s weight was fine, she was still eating plenty of solids and falling asleep on her own without a bottle, it wasn’t a huge deal. She also suggested that I could switch out the whole milk for 2%. I do plan on starting to wean Emma from her bottles before her next appointment at 18 months, but it’s nice to know that it’s not a huge rush.

New foods that Emma tried this month (and liked) were pineapple, pickles, watermelon and Boca chicken patties. 

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Help Me Readers!

2 Jul

I have some dilemmas and I’m looking to you readers for advice. Here they are:

– Emma is stuck between needing 1 and 2 naps. If I keep her up long enough to just take 1, she gets overtired and won’t go to sleep without me rocking her. If I put her down for 2 and she actually falls asleep, her bedtime ends up being around 9 / 9:30, which is too late. I want it around 7 / 7:30 – 8 at the very latest. Lately, she has a hard time falling asleep early enough for 2 naps. She used to be awake for 3.5 hours between naps; now it seems like she can go between 4 – 4.5 hours before needing one. Any ideas? If you’ve made the transition, what did you do?

– We’ve stopped using cloth diapers because Emma soaks through them in about an hour. Putting 2 inserts in helps but makes the diapers so bulky. I’ve thought about buying new inserts but just haven’t taken the time to research. I’d like to keep using them because we have them, but I don’t want to change Emma’s outfits 5 times a day. Thoughts?

– Our new house has almost 2 acres but there’s no fence. We don’t want our dogs harrassing the neighbors so we have been taking them out on a leash all the time. We don’t like the extra work and the dogs are going stir crazy now, since they’re used to running around like idiots in Nevis. We’re thinking about/planning to get an in-ground fence. Anyone have ideas or experience with that? Brands to recommend? Did you trench it in yourself or hire it done? Are there other alternatives we’re not thinking of? (We’ve tried leaving them on long cables but they hate it.)

– Northern Minnesota has TONS of bugs. Our house is on the river and in the woods, so bugs are everywhere. Emma gets bit by mosquitoes every time we go outside. I know it’s pretty much a fact of life here but I would like to find some way to prevent her from getting so many bites. Not going outside is not an option because Emma loves being outside. Does anyone know of a baby-friendly bug spray or have any other ideas? I plan to ask our pediatrician next Monday too. If she has ideas, I’ll let you know!

Thanks for any and all help!