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Caroline is 8 months old!

I’m a day short of a week overdue with this, but at least it is still February. It’s hard to believe our baby is 8 months old now.

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She is such a love!

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Caroline is still loving her sweet potatoes and puffs the most, and she loves to feed herself more than ever now. We rarely spoon-feed purees to her anymore, and she is doing a great job scooping up slippery chunks of avocado and pasta. Eating solid food has helped ease up my pumping regime during the work day, which I appreciate! It is really difficult to get any work done when I was pumping three times a day (both preps and during lunch). Now I’m down to twice a day (or once and at night if I feed her right before she leaves for day care) and it makes a big difference. 

Caroline is a toy-loving gal! Unlike her big sister who couldn’t care less for toys as a baby (that’s not AT ALL true now, though 🙂 ), Caroline can always be appeased with one of her toys. I finally bought a basket to keep all her own toys and move around the house wherever we need it. We can just plop her down on the floor, spill a bunch of toys around her, and she’ll stay pretty happy for awhile. If she gets upset, toss in a new toy. Easy! But don’t you dare take something away from Caroline. That really pisses her off. Her face will contort into the saddest and most dramatic expression before she lets out a mighty wail. Luckily she gets over things pretty quickly. She must know I deal with enough drama from her big sister and my 150 7th graders in a day! Ain’t nobody got time for that. 

The only time she sits in her swing is if we have a random difficult night where she’s wide awake at 2 am (like last night). Otherwise, she likes to move and play too much for that boring old thing. I can’t wait to get that monstrosity out of our small family room. Small house living is challenging with all the giant baby gear!

No teeth yet. Not crawling, scooting, or pulling up. But she is a wiggler who loves to lunge forward in our arms and sort of hang off us. She certainly gives me a workout. Her favorite past time: grabbing things. Like my face. My face is her favorite thing to grab. Painful? Yep. But it’s also cute so I forgive you, Baby. It’s also so adorable the way she will lunge out her sitter’s arms toward me when I arrive to pick her up every day. Then she’ll just grab my face and pull it toward hers for a kiss. And when I say kiss I really mean a face smoosh because, remember, she’s only 8 months old. 

This sure is a fun age, and we are enjoying watching Caroline’s personality  emerge more each day. Mama, Daddy, and Charlotte love you, Caroline! You make me smile and beam with pride all day long! 

Caroline is SEVEN months old!

Caroline turned seven months old last weekend!

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Whew, how did we get here already? To me, seven months seems so much older that five or six months for some reason. To me, pre-six months old = tiny baby, post-six months = on the path to one year-old. EEek!

Luckily, Caroline is still not doing many of those big kid/baby moves, like pulling herself up to stand, crawling, or even sitting completely steadily. She babbles all day long but isn’t saying any “words” (like mamama, dada, bababa, etc.), and while she is very good at reaching, grabbing, and putting things into her mouth, she still needs major assistance feeding herself finger foods. Caroline is still very much my baby, and I am loving it!

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She is a great sleeper at night and has become a pretty good napper at home, too. When she’s healthy/not congested, I am able to put her to bed awake around 6 pm and she usually wakes only once before we get her up at 7 the next morning. She struggles with naps more at day care, but I think that is because she is just generally not quite as happy there because she can’t get all the attention in the world. The amount she eats at day care though….Oh boy! One day she ate two entire sweet potatoes, a banana, AND about 15 ounces of breast milk! I have no idea how she fit so much food into her little tummy. She does not eat this much solid food at home, however, so I’m still pondering what’s going on with that.

Late last week she came down with a virus that gave her a fever and wiped her out. Over a span of 2.5 days she was awake for only about 6 hours total! She’d wake up and almost immediately act sleepy again, so we’d put her back down and she’d sleep for hours until her next brief awake time. Thankfully she is on the mend and spent a lot more out of bed this weekend. 

This month we are looking forward to expanding her palate with more new foods, practicing her independent sitting, and listening to her laugh at her silly sister. Charlotte, by the way, is practically the only person who can make Caroline giggle. She will smile at anyone, but the giggles have been rare so far. She has the cutest little laugh that instantly makes us smile (and freak out) when we hear it. Charlotte enjoys being her jester. 

Here are the sisters at the end of Caroline’s photo shoot this afternoon. She is still getting over her virus so she’s been more ornery than usual this weekend. By the time Charlotte got in on the pictures, Caroline was OVER IT. 🙂

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Caroline: Three Months {The Most Adorable Thing Ever}

Little Miss Caroline is three months old (on Friday)! 

Isn’t she a doll? (Nope, not biased.)

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She doesn’t have a doctor visit until next month, so I don’t have any stats to share, but two weeks ago I weighed her at my parents’ house and she was 14 lbs, 6 oz.  She’s gotta be over 15 pounds by now. I should know – my arms are getting a gooood workout every day. Well, the left one is. For some reason it feels really awkward to hold her on my right side, even though I am right-handed. I also cannot wink my right eye or do right-handed cartwheels. Fun facts about Katy. 

Caroline is still sleeping phenomenally at night (and has been for over a month really). She goes to sleep around nine and typically sleeps all night. If she does wake up early morning she will come into bed with us, have a little milky meal, and sleep a few more hours. I’ve probably written this before, but I’m obsessed with waking up next to her in the morning. Since she rests her head my arm and faces me, I get to see her adorable little snooze face first thing every day. Then I just stare and stare and stare until she wakes up and smiles at me. 

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[Isn’t her monogrammed romper adorable? A friend sent it to me along with some monogrammed pjs. Such a thoughtful and sweet gift!]

While nights are awesome, napping during the day isn’t Caroline’s strong suit. She is an extremely light sleeper during the day time hours, as well as a world-class sleep-fighter. She’s also the baby who will fall asleep in my arms and then promptly wake up the second I put her down or even try to move her into a more comfortable position. Some days she’ll get a good 2-3 hour nap in, but most often her naps are less than an hour long. Not getting a good nap makes her crabby and then she’ll scream bloody murder in Target or the library. One nice thing I’ve learned is that when babies cry in public, the fellow moms come out of the woodwork to pat your shoulder, smile, or tell you to hang in there. I’ve been “that mom” with the screaming baby in public enough times now that it hardly even phases me anymore. I really live on the edge. 

But as you can see from the pictures, Caroline has her happy/content times during the day, too. She is such a little smiler, especially in the morning and on the changing table. She also has started smiling up at me when she’s nursing sometimes, which might be the most adorable thing ever. She loves to coo and have little conversations with me where I mimic the sounds she makes. That might be the most adorable thing ever, too. Oh, and the way she sucks her thumb. Most adorable thing ever. I’m sure her laughter will be the most adorable thing ever, too, once that starts up. 

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As for the thumb sucking, I am loving it! I remember having to pop Charlotte’s sucker back in her mouth in the middle of the night occasionally if it fell out before she knew how to put back in herself. Not a huge deal, but it’s nice that Caroline’s thumb isn’t going anywhere. She will also take the sucker now sometimes, at least for a few minutes, which has helped with the day time sleeping a little bit. In case you are wondering, I am not someone who worries about thumb sucking and pacifier use. In fact, I love that Caroline is using both. Anything that safely soothes a baby is fine in my book! Plus, I was a pacifier baby then a thumb sucking toddler and look how perfectly I turned out. 🙂 

Goals for this month are working on tummy time (No fun, she says!), remembering to take her vitamin drops (Bad Mama!), and potty training (A mother can dream right?). 

Of course I feel nostalgic over how fast time is flying, but having been through all this once before, I know about the good stuff that has yet to come. I am enjoying every sweet moment!