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Emma Grace: 6 Years

1 Jun

Emma turned 6 back on April 7. You can read my last post about her at 5.25 years old here.IMG_5198 (Large)img_4092img_4106Size

At her well-child checkup right after her birthday, Emma weighed 44.5 lbs (49%) and was 3′ 10″ (66%). She wears some 5T, some size 6 clothing in big girl’s sizes (single tear) and size 12 shoes.

Sleeping

With Emma being in Kindergarten this year, she has been pretty much exhausted by bedtime, so if we follow the bedtime routine of books and tick, she’s pretty easy to get to bed. She almost always sleeps through the night. She’ll get up once or twice to pee. If she gets up to pee just a couple hours after going to bed, we go help her, because she’s so out of it that she often can’t figure out how to open the door or where the toilet is (and has accidents as a result). The funniest accidents she’s had is that we once found her peeing on Annabelle’s bed (and incidentally, on Annabelle as well – she didn’t even wake up!) and then sitting on the chair of the vintage school desk they have in their room. But if she goes to the bathroom in the middle of the night or morning, she can get out of bed and back in without help. She usually goes to sleep at 8 PM, and wakes up around 6:30/7 AM.IMG_9793IMG_9790Eating

Emma is a good eater, as long as it’s foods that she likes and can recognize. She’s not the most adventurous when it comes to trying new foods. She’s motivated to finish her dinner by the knowledge that she’ll get dessert if she does.

Her favorite foods are fruit (clementines especially), toast with PB and honey, PB&J sandwiches, pizza, milk, Shakeology, waffles, cereal, mac & cheese, and jello. She says her favorite foods are tacos and chili soup. She doesn’t like pepperoni or spicy things. She went through a period of not liking grapes but then the other day she told me, “Grapes used to be yucky, but now that I’m 6, I’m just going to deal with it.” Her favorite restaurants are China Garden (“China Buffet”) and McDonald’s.0070BF2F-5C19-4705-B093-AD0D6F21EB42IMG_0029 (Large)Development

Emma loves, loves, loves drawing, coloring, and writing. She uses probably 15 sheets of paper a day. I can’t keep up with the papers! She loves making gifts for her friends and grandparents, and loves writing her friends’ names. She can often be found drawing unicorns, mermaids, makeup, jewelry, dresses, high heels, and pictures of her friends and family.IMG_0054 (Large)She did well in Kindergarten at Pillager and can read sight word books fairly easily. She also likes to pretend to read books, making up her own story to go with the pictures. She has also started sounding out words and writing sentences on her own. The harder words aren’t spelled correctly, but I love that she is trying! She’ll even repeat slowly things that we say, and I can tell that she’s thinking about how you would write that.

She seems to have a group of friends at school that she enjoys playing with. We invited five of them over for a unicorn birthday party at our house; three came. It was a fun time – we decorated t-shirts with fabric markers, played unicorn bingo, ate turkey and cheese croissant sandwiches and cupcakes, and opened presents. Emma got a Pomsie, Twist-a-Pet, nail kit, and a couple mermaid Barbies from her friends.

Back in the fall, Emma threw all-out tantrums quite often. Kindergarten was a hard transition. But in the spring, things went much better. There were still mornings that Emma didn’t want to go to school, but she’s usually a pretty good trooper. If we tell her to go get dressed, she is pretty good about listening and going to do it herself. And when school ended, she said, “I don’t want school to be over!”IMG_0124 (Large)IMG_0070 (Large)In February, Emma got strep throat and Influenza A at the same time, and she did nothing but lay on the couch for about a week straight.

Emma struggles with telling white lies about things, ranging from who used the bathroom and didn’t flush, to who ate the snack and left the wrapper on the floor, to who used Mommy’s makeup without asking. She almost always comes clean when we press her about it, and we’ve tried explaining to her that her lying makes it hard for us to trust her, but it seems like lying is almost a knee-jerk response.

Emma loves makeup, and all things girly. We’ve had to make a rule that she can’t wear makeup to school or church, just when we’re at home. Last winter, Emma decided kind of out of nowhere that she wanted to grow her bangs out (which meant of course Annabelle did too). After making sure they both understood that they’d have to wear ponytails in their hair everyday, I agreed that they could grow their bangs out. And they’ve actually both been really good about it. Previously, they had both hated having things in their hair, but this hasn’t been a battle. We didn’t even really need the sticker chart that we made!IMG_0066 (Large)She has gotten better about praying with us at dinner. She used to refuse to fold her hands and would just keep eating, but now she’ll stop, fold her hands, and even sometimes offer to pray for us.

Last fall, Emma went duck hunting with Travis out on the river. She collected all the empty shell casings from other hunters and put them in a pile.

Emma is generally very helpful and generous. I can ask her to do me favors or help Annabelle or Corbin with something, and she almost always does it (she does flake out on occasion). Annabelle on the other hand…

She still loves to make messes (aka take out all the toys and books we own), though now her messes are organized and intentional. They still take a while to clean up (and she’s not always the most willing participant in cleanup) and they annoy me to no end, but I’m glad she’s using her imagination.IMG_9854 (Large)She loves playing with Annabelle, and is still usually the boss and mastermind behind their activities. They can totally be two peas in a pod, but they can also be at odds with one another. One day recently, Annabelle had set up her outside kitchen stuff and was pretending to cook mud pies. She walked away momentarily and Emma came along and started using the kitchen, putting things in a slightly different spot. When Annabelle returned, she started crying and collapsed into a puddle, looking at Travis. When Travis didn’t intervene, Annabelle went and got a stick, and started hitting Emma on the back with it. Undeterred, Emma played with one hand, and blocked the stick with the other, telling Annabelle halfheartedly to stop it.

Just a few weeks ago, Emma started riding her bike with no training wheels. She’s also been learning how to paddleboard on our river (Travis follows her in the canoe). We are so proud of her bravery, especially since Emma tends to be on the more timid side for things like that. When she first started riding a bike at age 4, she ended up rolling backward and falling off, and refused to get back on it that year. And every spring, she is terrified of boat rides, but usually loosens up by the end of the summer. This year, though, it only took one ride and then she has been all about it!073BB29E-52F2-40E6-9373-09DB9ABAC7FB06ABDC78-4670-4BFD-8C40-709B51C3E5C0A9486619-94EB-46CD-A1FA-C252839F3C38And that’s Emma at 6 years!

Annabelle Lyn: 4 Years

31 May

Wow, it’s been a long time since I posted about little Miss Annabelle (read her last post at 3.25 years here). She is now 4 years old as of March 27!IMG_5213 (Large)IMG_9792IMG_9791Size

At her well-child check at the end of March, Annabelle weighed 35 lbs (54%) and was 3′ 4″ tall (52%). She is starting to wear 4T clothing and wears size 8 shoes.IMG_2381Sleeping

Annabelle and Emma still share a bedroom, and are pretty good these days about going down at the same time (usually between 7:30 and 8). Some nights, they get a little riled up and won’t stop talking, but usually they’re pretty good about just going to sleep after getting “tick” (though we do still stay in the room until at least one of them is sleeping).

Annabelle hasn’t napped since she was about 3.25 years old. She still falls asleep in the car fairly often if we’re driving in the late afternoon (like to pick Emma up from school), and once she falls asleep for a nap, she’s really hard to wake up. She would sleep 2-3 hours if we let her. Then she’s up until 10. We started asking daycare to make sure she doesn’t nap, because she was ping-ponging around her bedroom at bedtime.IMG_2312Even so, she still fairly hard to get to bed at night. She still likes rough-housing, and can frequently be found using Travis as a slide when we’re reading books before bedtime (or Mommy’s back if Daddy’s not around). Her bedtime shenanigans usually result in her hard noggin hitting someone else. They get hurt; she doesn’t feel a thing.

Annabelle will still put herself to bed if she’s really tired, or sometimes just ask to go to bed. But if she does that, you better be on top of it, because the window is thin. If you don’t catch it, she revives and is up for another several hours.

For a span of a couple weeks, Annabelle started coming into our room at night, usually around 2 AM. She was generally content to just sleep on the floor if we made a little bed for her, but one night, she demanded to sleep in our bed, so Travis was kicked out to the couch. She said it was because “no one is my bed.” When I asked her why that had just started bothering her now (because she’s slept alone in her bed most of her life), she said “Because there are monsters under my bed.”

Annabelle still wears a diaper to bed at night, but is dry about 40 percent of the time. She wants to wear undies to bed but just isn’t quite there. She also still has ezcema pretty bad, and we have to put lotion on her whole body twice a day.IMG_9986IMG_0324 (Large)Eating

In general, Annabelle still eats a lot in the beginning of the day, with a peak of snacks right before dinnertime, and then doesn’t want to eat dinner. Ten percent of the time she scarfs down her dinner, but 90 percent of the time, she requires a lot of wrangling and still doesn’t eat much.

She still really likes meat, and has a fairly adventurous palette. She will try foods that Emma won’t. She even tried a bite of a dog biscuit with Travis just to see what it was like.IMG_2390Her favorite foods are YOGURT, bacon, grape juice, graham crackers, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, egg sandwiches, jello, mandarin oranges, and applesauce. She still seems to prefer water over milk (though prefers juice over water), and doesn’t like the cheese that comes with Lunchables. Her favorite candy is gummies and Hershey kisses. Once, she hid in the bathroom eating chocolate eggs she had stolen from Emma’s backpack. Her favorite restaurants are China Garden (“China Buffet”)and McDonald’s.

She still makes the ‘yum, yum, yum’ noise when she’s eating something that she really likes. And she has started to like cold treats like ice cream and popsicles a lot more. Her lactose intolerance seems to have decreased, as she can eat one serving of regular yogurt a day and be fine. She (we) still drink lactose-free milk though.IMG_0328 (Large)Development

Her favorite phrase is Poopy Butt.

She still likes singing in the loudest voice she can.

She has the highest, most ear-piercing shriek, and when talking, she has two volumes: LOUD or inaudible.

She loves her Big Purple Baby and almost always takes the doll shopping and to bed with her.IMG_8972IMG_0188 (Large)Around age 3.5, she was obsessed with asking us “What you like today?” and taking our order. She would also set up an ice cream shop and yell, “Ice cream for sale, ice cream for sale.”

She loves playing with and imitating Big Sister, but has become more assertive as she’s gotten older. When Emma does something that frustrates Annabelle, she has two reactions: either melting into a puddle of tears, or fighting back dirty (hitting, biting, scratching). Even so, they play well together most of the time, with their Barbies, baby dolls, Legos, or just water and dirt. Since the snow has melted, Emma and Annabelle have enjoyed playing in the Focus, bringing “presents” for their babies out in old gift bags.IMG_9085IMG_0014 (Large)Last fall, Emma got mad at Annabelle and cut a section out of the back of her, so both girls got 5 inches or so trimmed off their hair. (Emma wanted her hair cut short like Annabelle’s.)56081683425__36940D8C-72C3-4504-901C-B1AF1698E16BAnnabelle sporting her new shorter ‘do:IMG_0121 (Large)Annabelle loves her baby brother Corbin, and plays with him a lot. She has enjoyed pushing him around in her doll stroller, or pulling him around in the Mega Bloks wagon. She will also stop to squeeze or tickle his cheek as she walks by (one of her main expressions of affection). If Corbin is crying, Annabelle will go find him a toy to play with, and if he wakes up from his nap while I’m busy doing something, she’ll climb into his crib and entertain him. Lately, though, Annabelle will just walk up to Corbin and tip him over, which he of course doesn’t like. Not sure why she does that?IMG_9808 (Large)img_1925 (large)img_2317 (large)IMG_3013 (Large)IMG_0050 (Large)IMG_0046 (Large)Annabelle flip-flops between demanding independence (No, I do it!) and acting like a wet noodle. She *can* get dressed on her own, go to the bathroom on her own, get on her jacket and shoes on her own, but she often acts like she can’t, or doesn’t even try. And then she makes you chase her when you try to help. ::sigh:: Though I will admit that when Annabelle puts her own shoes on, 90 percent of the time, they are on the wrong feet. She’ll ask “Is this the right foot?” When we go shopping, she either wants to push the cart, or ride in the cart.

She has started to be much more detail-oriented when she’s coloring, and has mastered writing the letters A, E, N, L, and T. She can’t pronounce compound sounds, like cr-, tr-, gr-… Crown in cown. Tree is tee. Grinch is ginch.

Annabelle is pretty adventurous – she loves snowmobiling, went down a zipline and big kid water slides with almost not a second thought, learned to ride a bike (with training wheels) last summer at age 3.5 (and will now ride her bike down the hill of our driveway almost as fast as she can possibly go), and loves boat rides. Last summer and this winter, she has been able to “swim” around in the pool with her PuddleJumper life jacket on. Her favorite is floating around a lazy river in her life jacket or a baby float.IMG_1864 (Large).jpgIMG_0131 (Large)IMG_0545 (Large)One time this past winter, we had been at our neighbor’s house and Annabelle didn’t have the energy to walk home. So I left her on their driveway and told her I’d have Travis come back and get her on the snowmobile (we have a very quiet neighborhood). By the time he was on his way over, he discovered that she had ended up walking home on her own.

In the past year, Annabelle has gotten stung by a wasp on her upper lip; got road rash on her chin from falling off a sled on the driveway; got strep throat, Influenza A, and an ear infection all at the same time; split her chin open on the floor at Walmart and got it super-glued shut; fallen down a whole flight of stairs; and fallen over more times than we can count. Sometimes her tumbles are actually quite comical (when she doesn’t actually get hurt) and when I kind of chuckle, she’ll say, “It isn’t funny!”IMG_9245Annabelle is naughtier than Emma was, and back in January, I came downstairs after making dinner in the crockpot to find Emma and Annabelle, completely naked, throwing wet paper towels and wads of toilet paper around Travis’ office and hallway (which we had just refinished with engineered hardwood) and sliding around in the water. Just, wow. Emma informed that Annabelle had been the instigator, and she tried to tell Annabelle that they shouldn’t do it, but then she got sucked into doing it too because it looked so fun.

Annabelle also drew on the walls of our bedroom with a whiteboard marker; on our old couch and Corbin’s wall with a pen; on our kitchen table with a pencil; and on our coffee table and inside of our minivan with a crayon. “That little duck!” is what we always say. (Her nickname has been Duke, and then Travis started calling her Fon Duck Duke, now it’s shortened to Duck.)IMG_1930IMG_2072 (Large)And that’s Annabelle at 4 years!

Corbin Travis: 12 Months

29 Mar

Our Little Bud is 1 year old (as of March 22)! Read his birth story here.IMG_2990 (Large)IMG_3028 (Large)Size

At his 12-month well-child check, Corbin weighed 22 lbs 2.5 oz (63%), was 2 ft 5 inches tall (11%), and had a head circumference of 19.09 inches (97%).

He’s still wearing mostly 12-month clothes (though some 18-month shirts), and size 5 diapers.IMG_2995 (Large)Sleeping

Corbin still takes two naps a day — one from about 9 to 11, and another from about 2 to 4. Since he’s napping so long during the day, his bedtime has moved from between 5 and 6 to more like 7:30. His awake time between naps is still about 3 hours, but in the evening, it’s more like 5 hours.

Corbin is still a pretty good night sleeper. If he wakes up at all, it’s just once between 3 and 5. Unfortunately, he almost never goes right back down after waking up. He’s usually up for about 1.5 hours before he’ll go back down. So then I have the conundrum of 1) Getting up for the day at 3:30 or 2) Going back to bed at 5, only to feel like a turd when I have to get up at 7. I usually choose option 2. (It’s just a phase. It’s just a phase. It’s just a phase.)IMG_2899 (Large)IMG_3014 (Large)Eating

Corbin got his appetite back after being sick! He can still be kind of finicky with food but overall, he’s a good eater — as long as you give him food that he can feed himself. He will hardly ever let me feed him, which rules out yogurt and cereal.

His favorite foods right now are: CHEESE, grapes, clementines or mandarin oranges, blueberries, fig bars, avocado, pizza, PB&Js, teething wafers, graham crackers, and meat (chicken, chicken sausages, shrimp, turkey lunchmeat). He also really likes chocolate.

He tried broccoli this month and liked it, but he didn’t like cooked carrots. He also tried strawberries again and did fine, so I think his fussiness before was more related to still being a little sick and not the strawberries themselves.

Corbin is still drinking formula, usually right away in the morning, before his naps, and before bedtime. We tried cow’s milk about a month ago, and while he drank it fine, he was really fussy afterward (but like the strawberries, it could’ve been more sickness-related? He wasn’t himself for several weeks after getting sick.). So we’re waiting until he’s acting like himself and then we’ll try again.IMG_2973 (Large)IMG_3033 (Large)Development

Little Bud has made a lot of progress with gross motor this month! He is pulling up on everything in sight (including his crib), and just in the past few days he started cruising around the furniture, and moving from the couch to the coffee table and back.IMG_3005 (Large)He also figured out how to really crawl, so now he alternates between that and the army crawl. He’s learning how to crawl up the stairs too.

In addition to mama, dada, and nana, Bud has started saying baba.

His favorite things to do are pull books off the bookshelf and “read” them, empty the drawers and cabinets in the kitchen, be near his sisters, and be outside. It’ll be nice once the snow melts (if it ever does?!?!) so that he can crawl around outside on the grass (crawling around on pavement isn’t ideal).IMG_2925 (Large)IMG_3004 (Large)Corbin is definitely a Mama’s Boy. Often, he’ll be crying, but once he gets me, he stops. He’s also been having a hard time in the Nursery at church, but I think that’s more because it’s during his naptime. So we’re going to try keeping him home for a nap during the 9 AM service, and just take him to the 10:45 service. IMG_3065 (Large)IMG_3062 (Large)IMG_3013 (Large)IMG_2942 (Large)BFFF529D-01B9-40AE-92E1-B713DD723E25And that’s Corbin at 1 YEAR!

Corbin Travis: 11 Months

12 Mar

Corbin turned 11 months on February 22, so this post is hideously late but better than never, right? (And actually, I wrote it just a few days after he turned 11 months, but never got around to taking his 11-month photos.) Size

Corbin is getting too big for his 12-month clothes but 18-month clothes are still a little too big on him, so he’s in between sizes. He’s still wearing size 5 diapers and 9-12 month soft-soled shoes.

Sleeping

Corbin’s sleeping habits haven’t changed much in the past month. He usually goes to bed between 5 and 6 PM, wakes up once between 3 and 5 AM, and is up for the day between 5 and 6 AM.

He still takes 2 naps, usually 1.5-2 hours long. His awake time is still about 3 hours between naps.

When he’s not sick, Corbin falls asleep on his own. But Corbin got sick again this month, just a week before he turned 11 months. He has a runny nose, bad cough, and is whiny and wants to be held all day. His sisters were diagnosed with strep and Influenza A. (We found out later that he tested positive for both RSV and Influenza A. Poor bud!)The one nice thing about him being sick was all the baby snuggles. I got to rock him to sleep several nights, which he’s never allowed. Eating

When he’s sick, Corbin has very little desire to eat table foods. And even when he’s not sick, he often gets sick of foods and doesn’t eat things he previously gobbled up. So this past month, his favorite foods have been a moving target. But he usually likes pretty much any kind of meat, grapes, teething wafers, graham crackers, PB&J sandwiches, yogurt, avocado, baby cereal, tortellini, and cheese. He’s been eating cheese for the past couple weeks with no problems, so that’s good.

Unfortunately, he seems to get an upset stomach from strawberries. He also is not a fan of blueberries, broccoli, and banana. When he doesn’t like something or is done eating, he waves his hand in front of his face like he’s rubbing his eyes, which usually ends up making a mess with whatever you were trying to feed him.

He usually drinks 4 oz of formula when he wakes up, before both his naps, and at bedtime.

He got his eighth tooth this month, giving him 4 on the bottom.Development

Corbin has started pulling up on things, though only lower surfaces. He still hasn’t pulled himself up in his crib.He is still army crawling. He gets up on his hands and knees a lot, and tries to crawl, but ends up giving up. He can move his hands just fine; I think he’s having a hard time figuring out what to do with his legs.

He loves crawling under and over things. He crawls under our coffee table often, and on top of the rollercoaster toy we have in our basement.He enjoys standing at his activity table and at the edge of the tub watching his sisters take a bath, but he is still pretty wobbly and needs supervision in case he falls over. He hasn’t quite figured out how to get down from a standing position, but a few times he has looked down at his feet while standing and fallen onto his bottom by accident.

His favorite babbling sound is dadada. He also loves to shriek.

He loves being thrown up into the air, and he still loves going outside (can’t wait to see what he thinks about being outside when it’s actually enjoyable!).

And that’s Corbin at 11 months!

Corbin Travis: 10 Months

28 Jan

Corbin turned 10 months last Tuesday, January 22. img_2438 (large)img_2435 (large)Size

At his 9-month well-child checkup on January 7, Corbin weighed 22 lb 12 oz (89%), was 27.75 inches tall (16%), and had a head circumference of 18.9 inches (99%). I am still mystified by his height measurement, because he is already outgrowing his 12-month sleepers. His pediatrician said that we’ll get a more accurate measurement once he starts standing. He’s still wearing size 5 diapers, and 9-12 month soft-soled shoes.img_1911 (large)Sleeping

Corbin had his first ear infection this month, and that threw his schedule off for a couple of weeks. He actually still napped like normal, but he was a bear to get to bed at night. There were quite a few nights that getting him to sleep at bedtime took several hours of trying everything we could think of — bouncing, rocking, shushing, giving him a bottle, laying by him on the floor, rubbing his back in the crib, letting him cry, driving him around (which would get him to sleep, but he’d wake up the minute we tried carrying him in the house). It was brutal!

He wasn’t actually pulling on his ear much, and he didn’t have a fever, so we held off bringing him to the doctor. But after a whole week of him totally not acting like himself, I brought him in to at least rule that out (since we thought he could also be teething, and he had a bad diaper rash). And he did have an ear infection after all, poor bud. Neither of the girls have had an ear infection, so this was a first for us. ::knock on wood::

Now that he has recovered, he sleeps through the night the majority of the time. He sometimes wakes up between 12 and 4 AM, drinks a bottle, and goes right back down. He also sometimes wakes up, drinks a bottle, and is wide awake. But thankfully, he has mostly ended his habit of being awake for over an hour in the wee hours of the morning.

He usually wakes up almost exactly 12 hours after he went to bed. Sometimes he goes to bed at 5 (so he’s up at 5). Sometimes he goes to bed at 7 (so he’s up at 7). It really depends on what his naps looked like that day. On the days I work and he is home with our nanny, he takes two 2-3 hour naps and ends up going to bed later. On the days that we’re out running errands and the girls are screaming outside his bedroom door while he’s trying to sleep, he usually goes to bed earlier (because his naps are shorter, and he sometimes only gets one nap). Once again, #thirdchild.  img_2441 (large)img_2457 (large)Eating

The big news this month is that I am no longer nursing Corbin. I wasn’t producing much anymore (since I would either not want to, forget, or run out of time to pump at work), and was only nursing him on one side, so I was supplementing with formula already. And Corbin really didn’t seem to have a preference one way or the other. Since he’s my third and turning one in just a few months, and I was so. over. pumping, I just decided to be done. Freedom!

Nursing is such a special bonding time, but it is so. much. easier. to bottle feed. Now Travis can put him to bed at night (hopefully making it so Corbin allows Travis to continue putting him to bed in the future, instead of demanding mommy like the girls do), and I can focus on the girls.

Corbin’s ear infection caused a regression in his consumption of table foods. His appetite pretty much disappeared for a week and a half. Even now, he doesn’t seem to eat as much as he had been eating before he got sick. His favorite foods currently are fairly limited: any kind of meat (turkey lunchmeat, shrimp, taco meat); PB&J sandwich; mandarin oranges/clementines; pears; and peaches. Some hit or miss foods are avocado, toast, Cheerios, puffs, crackers, and grapes. He still hasn’t really tried blueberries or strawberries because they’re so darn expensive this time of year!

He’s still trying to figure out the whole sippy cup thing. And he has 7 teeth–4 on top, 3 on bottom.img_2317 (large)Development

Corbin is still army crawling, and he can be pretty stinkin’ fast when he wants to be! He also gets up on his hands and knees, and rocks back and forth, but hasn’t figured out what to do from there. He can, however, now get from the crawling position back into the sitting position.img_1803 (large)He doesn’t pull up on anything yet, though there have been a few times when it seems like he wants/tries to. I think a main problem is a lack of surfaces for him to practice on. He is getting more stable standing on his own (while holding on to something), but he curls his toes under just like Annabelle used to do. If he hasn’t progressed by 11 months, we might have the physical therapist who worked with Annabelle come out and assess Corbin. It’s free and they come to your house! #winwin

Just a week or so ago, Corbin started babbling consonant sounds — mostly dadada and nanana at this point. Goodness, he is a cutey pie!

Other things Corbin did this month was have outdoor adventures:img_1894 (large)img_1866 (large)img_1820 (large)img_1941 (large)He also played with his sisters:img_1925 (large)img_1808 (large)And he had his first Christmas!img_1802 (large)img_1801 (large)

Corbin Travis: 9 Months

24 Dec

Corbin was 9 months old on December 22. He’s getting to be such a little man!Size

Corbin doesn’t have his 9-month appointment for another couple weeks so I’ll have to come back and update this with his height and weight stats. He’s still wearing 12-18 month clothing and size 5 diapers. I don’t know what size shoe he wears because we haven’t had him wear shoes yet 🤦‍♀️. We put a pair on his Christmas list.

Sleeping

In the last couple of weeks, Little Bud has settled into more of a “schedule” — he now wakes up at the more reasonable hour of 7 AM, stays up 3 hours between naps, and usually takes two naps a day lasting between 1.5-2 hours. His bedtime is around 6:30/7:00 PM. He still wakes up once a night between 3 and 4 AM, and almost always goes right back to sleep after I nurse him. Sometimes he needs me to rock him, which I am more than happy to do because #babiesdontkeep.

Corbin still sucks his thumb, but only when he’s hungry or tired. Most of the time, we put him down in his crib awake and he falls asleep on his own. He loves his crib projector, which plays music and projects images onto the ceiling.

Corbin got another tooth on the top (4th on top, 6th overall), and is getting another one on bottom (3rd on bottom). Teething makes him a little crabby, and hard to get to sleep, but otherwise, he is a very easygoing, happy baby!

Eating

Corbin usually nurses right when he wakes up, before each nap, and before bed (so roughly 4 times a day). I’ve also started giving him a 4 oz bottle of formula before nursing him, since I don’t produce much milk anymore (though Corbin does still like nursing).

Corbin also eats solid foods about halfway through his awake time, so breakfast around 8:30 AM, lunch around 12 noon, and dinner around 4 PM. I say “around” because I just feed him whenever he seems hungry, and when it works for whatever else we’re doing at the time. I definitely don’t have the brain power to keep track of things like I did for either one of the girls!

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this yet, but I’m pretty sure Corbin is lactose intolerant like Annabelle, so I’ve started buying him lactose sensitive formula and feeding him soy yogurt, and stopped feeding him cheese (which is unfortunate, because he loves cheese).

Corbin’s favorite foods are baby cereal/oatmeal, avocado, puffs, peaches, pears, mandarin oranges, and yogurt. Other new foods he tried this month were blackberries, PB&J sandwich, and fish.

Development

Just in the past week, Corbin has started army crawling in addition to steamrolling, so he’s now into everything–and he’s fast! He also puts everything in his mouth (like most other babies) so we have to be extra vigilant about keeping small things out of his reach–challenging with two other kids who make messes, and have small toys like Barbie accessories and Shopkins. It’s nice, though, that the girls are both old enough to at least understand that he can’t have small things.

Corbin can clap his hands, hold toys in both hands, and roll onto his belly from sitting. He still can’t really support himself standing (even when we stand him up leaning against something), but he has improved from a month ago, so we just have to keep working with him on it.

Corbin still likes to squawk and squeal but hasn’t made any consonant noises like mama or dada.

His favorite toys are anything that fits in his mouth, but he’s also fascinated by wheels (our toy stroller, toy shopping cart, and Barbie car are favorites). He also likes to dump out our bin of Duplos and find the cars.Corbin loves to hit/throw things against the floor to make noise. One evening, he was sitting in his high chair hitting the end of a plastic baby spoon against the tray. Every once in a while, he’d accidentally hit his other hand with the spoon, and start crying. It was hilarious.

The girls love to carry Corbin around, and don’t hesitate to pull him across the floor if/when he’s getting into something he shouldn’t (like Christmas presents or dirty shoes). Corbin takes it like a champ, though sometimes he does get mad if you take away a toy he was really enjoying.Corbin still loves going outside, and our usual routine in the winter now is to walk down the driveway to get the mail (we have a long driveway), and then swing for 5-10 minutes on our swing set. If we ever get some snow (!), I’ll be able to take him sledding a bit too. He liked it before our snow melted!

And that’s Corbin at 9 months!

Corbin Travis: 8 Months

8 Dec

Mr. Bud (as he is often called these days) turned 8 months old on November 22,  Thanksgiving Day. He didn’t eat any Thanksgiving food, as he was taking a nap when we ate.

IMG_0427 (Large)IMG_1211 (Large)Size

Corbin is wearing all 12-month clothing now (and starting to dabble in 12-18 month size), and still in size 5 diapers. I compared his height to the girls at this age, and he’s on par with where they were, so not sure why the percentiles say he’s a shorty (maybe the percentiles are different for boys?).IMG_0565 (Large)Eating

Corbin is doing well with table food. He has tried quite a few more foods, including peanut butter, toast, shrimp, saltine crackers, goldfish, pears, mandarin oranges, taco meat, and random bites of things we’re having that are soft enough for him to eat. (With the girls, I really tried to stick to the “only one new food per day” policy to make it easy to determine allergies, but we haven’t been really doing that with him…)

Corbin has been doing really well feeding himself little pieces of cheese, puffs, fig bar, and crackers, and would rather feed himself than have us spoon-feed him. When he’s done eating, he waves his hands in front of his face while you’re trying to give him a bite, sending the food everywhere. Or if he’s done with what’s on his tray, he hits the tray and the food goes flying.IMG_0321 (Large)I’m still nursing, though taking a much more lax approach to it these days. I only pump once a day at work, meaning Corbin frequently drinks formula on the days I work, at bedtime if Travis puts him down, and when we check him into the church nursery. I never pump at home anymore either. I’m just over it.

Another thing about nursing that I don’t think I’ve mentioned on the blog is that since he was about 5 months old, Corbin has refused to nurse anywhere noisy. Even at home, he has to be in his room, with the door closed, fan on. If either girl comes in and interrupts, it’s over. Then he just keeps pulling off to look around. Same with in public — even if he’s under a cover, he’ll nurse just long enough for my milk to let down, then he pulls off to look around. So I just don’t nurse him in public, ever. And now that he can eat food, it’s not really necessary anyway. But sometimes it would be nice!IMG_1210 (Large)Sleeping

Corbin got his two top middle teeth this month. He is kind of a bear when he’s teething. Several nights, he’s been tired and ready to go to bed, but refuses to go to sleep, even after we’ve given him meds. There have been a few nights that we’ve resorted to taking him on a drive to get him to sleep, and then letting him sleep in his carseat (in his room) as long as he will. Then he’ll nurse and go to sleep in his crib.

There was a period of time this month, too, where he was routinely waking up around 10:30 after going to bed around 5:30. But things are already a blur so I can’t remember much else about that.

In general, Corbin goes to sleep around 5:30, wakes up once around 3 AM, and then is up for the day around 5 AM. He’s also extended his awake time to 2 to 2.5 hours between naps (most of the time).IMG_0346 (Large)Development

Corbin has started reaching for people to hold him–usually it’s me, but he gets excited to see Daddy, Nana, and his Nanny too.

He’s still steamrolling and pivoting to get to what he wants–no crawling yet. I’ve tried showing him how to get up on his knees, but he doesn’t seem to want to put any weight on his arms. He puts a little weight on them when he’s on his belly, but not like he would if he were crawling. He also doesn’t seem to like to put weight on his legs–I’ve been trying to get him to stand up at a small activity table we have, and he’s now to the point where he’ll stand for 10-15 seconds, then he bends his legs.

But he’s doing really well sitting up on his own now without falling over.IMG_0349 (Large)Corbin is a smiley little boy.IMG_0567 (Large)IMG_0335 (Large)He loves to shriek and talk, but it is really hard to get him to laugh. He only laughs if he finds something absolutely hilarious. Emma is usually the one to get him to laugh, and usually it’s when she’s doing something that I wouldn’t think he’d even like, like hold him still in his outdoor infant swing up in the air facing down toward the ground. He thought that was hilarious. She also put these cone-shaped Christmas trees on her hands and Corbin laughed for almost 10 minutes.

Emma and Annabelle love Corbin so much, and frequently play with him, and ask to hold him.IMG_0618 (Large)IMG_0325 (Large)IMG_1218 (Large)Corbin’s favorite thing to do these days is be outside. He can be crabby and whiny, even while we get his snowsuit on, but the minute he’s outside, he doesn’t make a peep. Since he loves it so much, my goal is to get outside with him every day for at least 10 minutes. (Doesn’t sound like much, but it will be a challenge when it’s -20 outside!) He also still loves swinging, but doesn’t really like jumping in his jumperoo anymore. When he’s inside, he’s happiest lying on the floor, rolling around, chewing on toys.IMG_0433 (Large)

IMG_0328 (Large)And that’s Corbin at 8 months!