Monday, October 27, 2014


Can I just brag on Belle and say she is just an angel baby? Because she is. She has her crazy moments and I've wanted to pull my hair out a few times - but that's never been the norm and Barry and I are so thankful for that fact! 
This week I decided to start training her to fall asleep on her own and other than one nap time so far, I've been able to lay her down at naps and bedtime somewhat or completely awake and she hasn't thrown a fit. I'm hoping this continues because it's been really freeing knowing that if we ever wanted to stay out late one night in the future we have hopes that a babysitter could put her to bed. We're going to continue doing this from here on out. Next is to figure out if I can break her of needing nursed right before bed because I only plan on nursing until she hits the one year mark (which is coming up so soon... good grief!). I'm just sure that's what keeps her asleep so long each night, making me very nervous to change that. So we'll see. lol
This week we're just going to focus on getting her schedule knocked up an hour so that the time change on Sunday actually allows me to gain an hour of sleep :) 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


This week has been an incredibly busy week and Belle is being a champ as usual! We had family visit us for a couple days and then the very next day, Belle and I saddled up and went to Indiana for about a week. Belle is had a lot of fun visiting with grandparents and her aunt and uncle as well as with her friends Ivy & Oliver! She put off napping until she couldn't handle it anymore a couple days ago and has been the sleeping queen ever since! She's also been the biggest cuddle bug the past couple days, which makes me so happy because she hasn't been much of a cuddler since gaining upper body strength.
We just got back home last night and are getting back into our usual swing of things today!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

7 Months

Our little slice of pumpkin pie is 7 months old as of yesterday! 
She continues to be our very active, wiggle worm. She started crawling two weeks ago and is getting faster and more skilled at it with each passing day. She's also becoming more curious - going in and out of rooms in the house, up and down the hallway... She'll be playing in her room when I get in the shower and then she's in a completely different place when I get out! YIKES. 

New this month is that she's finally a big fan of food. She eats about half a jar of baby food at lunch and again at dinner. I think her aversion to food before was the texture... now that she has it completely smooth, she's a much happier eater. Her favorites are prunes, spinach & potato, pumpkin & apple, apple mixed with anything really. She also likes teething on slices of fruit or sucking on an orange slice. She uses her sippy cup (water only) after her lunch and dinner meals and sometimes while we're out and I can't nurse or feed her right away. 

Lately she's not been a great sleeper during the day... like straight up choosing to just be unhappy most of the day because she won't take a nap. Silly girl. But she's still sleeping 10-11 hours straight at night.... so I really shouldn't complain. But holy poop it makes such a difference when she naps. 

This past week we started giving her big girl baths and she LOVES them... splashing around in the water while she sits up in the tub by herself (don't worry, one of us is always within grabbing reach). 

She's still just the happiest little human (although she's definitely come into her own on the screaming and crying front - that girl can cry, I tell ya). She loves bouncing in her door jumper, laughing and giggling when we play peekaboo games with her, smiling and babbling constantly. CUUUUTIE.

She's a keeper for sure!

Monday, October 13, 2014


Thanks Mammy & Pappy for the onesie!

First big girl bath - with bubbles & everything

This week in the life of Belle, she has become mommy glue. She must be able to see me at all times or better yet, I need to be holding her. It's a little exhausting to say the least, but I'm trying to embrace it the best I can, by remembering that it won't always be like that. Thank goodness for my baby wearing get-up!

It started last week, but this week she's definitely got crawling down. Some babies do bearcrawls, our babe's favorite way to get around is "the inchworm". She's funny... she usually likes to take her time, feeling the carpet, touching the walls, rubbing the grains on the doors she comes across. UNLESS she's headed for the stairs or something like computer cords.... then she's on a mission to get there before I can get to her. Pssh... little stinker. It's so fun to watch her get around and do her thing. She's usually such an independent thing, I knew it would make her an even more content baby and it has - she plays by herself much better now that she can get to her toys on her own and just move around the rooms she's in.

So mama's, any tips for the
"must have mama & mama only" phase?