Campbell Beth-7 months

My beautiful girl is already 7 months old!  I ask myself daily where the past 7 months of my life have gone!?  They have literally been the fastest 7 months of my life and nothing seems to be slowing down anytime soon.  This is both exciting and terrifying.  I find myself conflicted on a daily basis of whether or not I want this moment to freeze in time or for my baby to continue to grow up too quickly.  I can honestly say that having a baby the second time around has been about 1,000 times more fun.  I think it all boils down to not knowing what to expect next when I had Emmett and now with Campbell I know exactly what to expect.  It feels like any thing that has been even remotely difficult this time around just goes by so quickly, hardly enough time to dwell on it.  With Emmett, every little thing that happened felt like an annoyance or an irritation and I couldn’t wait for it to be over.  It’s the unknown vs. the known I suppose.  Everything with Campbell has just been so simple.  And the funny thing is that she’s actually been a much harder baby to deal with than Emmett every was.  Even on the hardest days with Emmett, he was still easier than she is!  But I think because I’ve done this before I just deal with it.  Plus, I can’t really spend too much time thinking about it because I have a 2 year old who devours my attention.  Maybe that’s why these past 7 months have flown by so quickly?  Not enough time to really pay any attention to Campbell!?  How sad!  But seriously, I DO get plenty of time with her.

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I was talking with some friends last week and they were complaining about how they sometimes haven’t even looked at their second child until the first one takes a nap.  Lucky for Campbell, that’s never been the case.  She wakes up before Emmett so I get some quality time in with her in the mornings and then Emmett goes to preschool twice a week so I get 3 uninterrupted hours with her.  Then of course there’s the afternoon naps.  For the most part, both kids are sleeping at the same time during the afternoons.  I can almost always count on at least 1-2 hours of overlap.  Campbell almost always goes to sleep after Emmett and wakes up before Emmett, so again, I have plenty of time with my baby girl, just the two of us.  Oh and did I mention that whenever we go out she’s NEVER in a stroller!  She’s 100% always worn in the Ergo so I think she may actually will end up spending MORE time with me than Emmett ever did!  Although I did love wearing him too and he rarely sat in a stroller either.

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So onto Campbell Beth at 7 months old…I’d say that this past month has been the fastest month ever.  I do think that our trip to Louisiana in the middle of the month had something to do with that.  We were gone from a Tuesday-a Monday, so almost a full week away.  When we got back home I had no clue what date it was and it took me two full days to get us back on track and feel like I was organized again.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m so glad we went, but wow, it really takes a toll on you when returning.  I may have also been experiencing a bit of post vacation let down.  Chad and I also had some major life decisions to make after getting back so reality really bites when returning to decision making mode.

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C just continues to thrive and grow and be interested in her little world.  I think the most important development to note is that she’s so close to crawling.  She’s constantly rocking on her hands and knees and continues to scoot backwards when she wants to get somewhere.  She has also taken to a downward dog/plank position when left on the floor.  She is a super strong little girl but people have been saying that since her birth with her grip.  Again, the intenseness of this girl continues.  She also LOVES watching her brother.  And when I’m holding her and he’s running circles around me her head is also in constant motion to see what he’s doing and where he’s going.  She also thinks he’s the funniest person on the planet.  I know I’ve mentioned this before but she truly gets tickled pink while watching him.  I am so happy to see this and it almost makes my heart feel like exploding when I watch the two of them interact.  When ever Emmett is close enough for Campbell to touch, she will grab his shirt, hair or hand.  Emmett also has been super into showing off in front of her.  For example, yesterday he said “watch this baby” and jumped off the side of her crib.  This morning he even reprimanded her because she got too close to the fire place (it’s glass and closed but we’ve told him it’s hot and to NEVER touch it-even if it’s off, which it always is) and said “NO baby”.  It’s sweet how he watches out for her.  She also has to be kissed by him at least twice a day.  I don’t know where he gets it from but he makes a kissing noise only when he kisses her and says “huuuuuug” when he hugs her.  He especially loves doing this at bedtime.

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Campbell continues to have a love/hate relationship with the jogging stroller.  I’d say for the most part she’s used to it.  I’m averaging about 7 miles each time I go out with her.  As long as I go around her morning nap time then she’s solid.  She’ll usually sleep for about 40 min. of the run and then be awake the rest of the time, super content and just looking around.  It’s a lot easier for her to do this when she doesn’t have her partner in crime sitting next to her screaming and singing at the top of his lungs.

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Morning naps are still a real challenge unless I’m a slave to naps and have a planned day home.  This happens maybe once a month though.  I really hate staying home all day because Emmett is restless and I go stir crazy so unfortunately Campbell has to just take catnaps in the mornings.  However, when she does get a decent nap in her crib, Emmett and I can actually get quite a few things done around the house.  Just two days ago he helped me clean and sponge the seats, windex the window and vacuum the entire car out!  I do love these days because it keeps Emmett entertained and C gets her nap but again, we don’t do them often.  C still sleeps really well in the afternoons too and I think that’s mostly because she doesn’t get a great morning nap.  I’ll definitely take that because it’s the only time in my day where I get a nice kid free break to do things like blog, organize and bake (three of my favorite stay-at-home-mom activities!!).  Sleeping at night is also still going fine.  Lately she’s been waking up around 10-11pm to eat for some reason.  Maybe she doesn’t’ even want to eat but that’s what I offer her because it’s the easy thing to do.  She always goes right back to sleep and then I don’t see her until 7:30am or so the next morning.  I will note that the other night was a real doozy because she didn’t want to go back to sleep after she ate and SCREAMED her head off.  I didn’t know what to do and was sort of strung out because she had woken me up from a deep sleep and I really just wanted to go back to bed.  Chad had to intervene as I was at my wits end.  He actually got her to calm down in about 1 minute flat by rocking her on her stomach.  To say I was impressed is a total understatement.  I thought for sure she was teething but honestly she hasn’t’ really been teething since August.  She has no new teeth so maybe it was gas or something?  We’ll never know!

C also took her very first plane trip.  As I mentioned already, we went to Louisiana with Chad’s family.  We first flew into New Orleans just the 4 of us.  It was our very first family trip ever taken.  We’ve always gone with family where ever we’ve been in the past 2.5 years.  The kids were AMAZING on the flight and I even got to read a HUGE chunk of my book (that I later finished on the trip!).  We had a VRBO in New Orleans and the kids each got their own rooms to sleep in.  This was actually heaven and will be mandatory from here on out whenever we travel.  Chad and I don’t mind if C sleeps with us in our room but it’s pretty much impossible (ok, we’ve never tried) to have E sleep in the same room as us.  So it was really nice to have a place to come back to every afternoon so that they could nap and we could chill out.  That being said, I think the kids had structured naps twice during the entire 7 days we were gone.  Each night they were definitely wiped out but they were so incredibly good and just went with the flow the whole trip.  They were both in bed by 6:30-7pm on the days they didn’t get naps.  The flight home wasn’t so smooth as we flew home at bedtime.  The flight was 2.5 hours and we took off at 6:30pm.  C HATES sleeping in peoples arms and Emmett never, ever sleeps in cars or planes.  He actually did great, C was the one who cried for about 30 minutes straight until finally she cried herself to sleep.  Again, I don’t know how else to calm her down unless she nurses.  She wanted nothing to do with nursing so I was shi* out of luck on that flight!  Oh well…

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Campbell also started wearing a new sleep sack this past month.  She still wears her 3-6 month green sleeveless one which we LOVE but she also has started wearing the same type of sleep sack that Emmett wore around this age.  I can’t quite remember when he transitioned so that’s why I’m noting this.  She’s also still wearing size 3 diapers and really anything from 0-3 month clothes (although I think she’s finally out of 3 month sleepers) to 9 month stuff.  In fact, I even put her in a pair of 12 month leggings the other day (although these were super long on her but she filled them out no problem).

E was also sort of sick for the first time in her life over this past month.  She just had a really bad runny nose for about 2 weeks straight.  She never ran a fever though.  She also had a slight cough but it eventually went away too.

Ok so the last really big thing for C this past month was that she has started going from all 4s in the crawling position to sitting!  She did the all by herself while we were in the basement last week and it was crazy to watch.  She still needs to be watched while she’s sitting on her own but she can sit and sits pretty well!  Usually if she falls over she falls to the size and catches herself.  Rarely does she cry when she falls and hits her head.  She’s a tough old girl!  We were at someone’s house for a pumpkin decorating party on Monday and her brother slammed her foot in the door while she was on the floor playing.  She definitely cried but got over it relatively quickly.  She also puts up with a fair amount of touching from her brother.  Oh and if she’s in the way, Emmett will run right over her but this really doesn’t seem to bother her.  On her 7 month birthday she actually forced herself into a backwards crawling motion too.  My days of her being semi non mobile are soon to be a thing of the past.  This is kind of depressing because I really didn’t like this phase of getting into everything.  We had a lot of close calls with Emmett and hopefully I’ve learned a few things since then.  We really didn’t have to baby proof our condo because it was only 800 square feet!  It’s a bit different living in a 3 story house with plenty of stairs to roll down!  YIKES!

Anyways, that about wraps up my sweet baby girl’s 7 month of life.  I really can’t get over how damn fast time is going.  I know there’s a saying, “The days are long, but the years are short”, but I don’t even feel like the days are long!  We have very structured days around here and even when the kids are both sleeping I have work that I need to do so my days just fly by.  I love it and I hate it.  Every night while I’m nursing my baby girl to sleep, just me and her, I wish I could stay in that moment forever and ever but then I realize I haven’t had dessert yet and the moment passes pretty quickly 😉 But in all seriousness, I just love having a baby around right now and am still so happy she’s still considered a baby.  I don’t know how I’m going to handle it when she officially moves from baby to toddler status.  It’s just gone way too fast.  Everyone says this, I know, but dang, why can’t they be babies for like 3 years and then toddlers for like a year!?

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Happy 7 month birthday my sweet princess (yes, I call her this and can’t WAIT for the day when she wears tutus and wants to play barbies and dress up and princess with me).  I am not sure how I can love you anymore than I do and then another days comes and goes and I love you even more than the previous day.  I ask myself on a daily basis how I ever did life without you.

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Saturday Reflections

We’ve been going through a lot of thought provoking, life changing conversations over here at our house as of late and when I came across this quote I just couldn’t ignore it.  It really sort of lit a spark in me and got me all kinds of excited for the coming years.  It made me realize that I want constant change in our lives so that we can look back and think to ourselves, “wow, we really jumped and it totally payed off”.  Happy Saturday everyone!

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Campbell Beth- 6 months

I wrote up this post at the BEGINNING of October and have just been too lazy to upload a few photos so here we are, October 24th and my baby Campbell will be 7 months old next week!  Let’s hope I can get up her 7 month post before November 1!  ha!  Anyways, I have a few more fun posts in the works and am really working on trying to figure out a schedule in my daily life where blogging is a permenent thing but until then bare with me!

My baby girl is an entire half a year old!  WTF!?  Ok seriously, it’s kind of been a long 6 months.  I look back at pictures of her back on the day she was born and then when she was a month old and then 3 months and now 6 months and I think to myself, “She’s been here for a while.  It definitely feels like 6 months have passed!”  But rather than talk about how long these past few months have felt, I’m going to jump right into this past month and how amazing I think my baby girl is.

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This girl just amazes me every single day.  I could write and write about her and my love for her and how every time she smiles or giggles at me my heart feels like it’s exploding.  I love her more than words could ever express.  I just don’t know what I did in my life before she was here with me.  Let’s talk about this girls personality.  From day one her father and I have always described her as “intense”.  This is still very true at 6 months old.  The reason she is so intense is because she’s either super smiley or super upset.  I’m not talking upset like, “oh she’s about to start crying but try to hold her off for a bit longer.”  No, this girl goes from the biggest, most sweet smile to screaming bloody murder in about 1/2 a second if her needs aren’t met.  Luckily we now know exactly what those needs are.  She is either tired or hungry.  That’s really it.  I really can’t get over how much this girl smiles though.  Emmett was pretty smiley too but this girl smiles bigger and easier than any baby I’ve ever met.  I think I mentioned this in her 5 month post but she just stares people down until they look at her so that she can smile at them.  Sometimes she doesn’t even wait for them to smile at her, she just smiles anyways.  However, the flip side to all of this is that she can SCREAM her head off when she isn’t paid much attention to.  She really does hate to be left alone for too long.  Sometimes I’ll put her on the floor so that she can play and roll around and if I leave her for too long without giving her some attention, well, watch out.  There is no cry that she has that tells you certain things.  It’s a one cry fits all and it’s a “someone come get me or I’ll explode” cry.  I can’t figure it out.  Fortunately, because I’m her mom, she almost always calms down when I pick her up.  Others have to work a little harder and calming her but she eventually gets back to her smiley self.

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So when she’s not screaming or giggling she is “talking”.  This girl babbles non stop and I just have to laugh every time she gets going.  She says “baba”, “dada”, and “mama”.  Obviously she has no clue what “mama” and “dada” mean but I think it’s still sweet.  Every morning when she wakes up she’s babbling.  Chad and I sometimes lay in bed and just listen to her.  OK actually it’s just me that lays in bed and listens because he’s usually asleep and then I quickly take the monitor out of her room so as not to disturb him.  I have noticed that she actually gets pretty quiet when her brother is around but I think that’s because she’d rather observe him than talk to him.  He still can make her laugh like no one else can but I can make her smile like no one else can 🙂

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Now that this girl is rolling where she feels like going, she’s also learned how to scoot backwards.  If you put her on the hardwood floor she can scoot anywhere she wants to get by pushing herself up onto her hands and pushing backwards.  It’s kind of amazing to watch.  She’s been found several times caught under the couch and trust me, she lets you know she’s under there by screaming her usual joyous scream.  She is also really unbelievably strong and several people have commented on her strength.  She pushes herself up to almost sitting position while still on her stomach.  She can also sit up unassisted which I think is developmentally appropriate.  Oh, but watch out for anything dangling from your body like hair, earrings or necklaces because she has a grip that could kill.  She doesn’t like letting go of things so don’t try and take things from her.  I can’t wear my hair down and haven’t for 6 months because she gets ahold of it and won’t let go of it.  She’s kind of a violent baby because once she grabs something she flings it around and then proceeds to put it into her mouth.

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So speaking of mouth, this poor little one has been teething for the past week again.  Although, I can’t say it’s horrible, it is causing her to be a little more fussy than normal and it’s mostly seen at night.  It’s been tough to put her to bed lately and for about 2 weeks we would have to just put her in her crib and let her cry for about 15 minutes until she passed out.  She really doesn’t like being walked down or maybe I just say that because I don’t have the patience for it but either way, she stops crying after about 15 minutes.  When she’s teething you can tell because she’ll wake up at night around 11 or 12am screaming her death cry.  I usually have gone in there and nurse her for about 5 minutes then she passes out again until 7am or so.  Again, I think most parents would agree with me that this isn’t terrible.  Aside from the teething wake ups, she’s still sleeping like a champ.  She still goes down around 6:30-7pm and sleeps until 6:30-7:30am.  Even when she wakes up super early like 6:30, we can still leave her in her room for almost an hour rolling around in her crib before she starts to get irritated and scream.  Oh ps by the way, we FINALLY moved her into her own room!  Yes, we had her in our room for 5.5 months!  I loved having her in there but it was due time to get her into her own space.  I feel like we all sleep more soundly being in our own spaces.  It’s also nice because Chad and I finally moved the TV back into our room.  I love falling asleep with the TV on and for 5.5 months we couldn’t do that.  Boohoo, I know, poor me.

Campbell also has this thing where she scratches everything.  I can’t remember if I mentioned this in her 5 month post because she did it last month too but she nurses and scratches my back, she scratches the floor, she scratches toys, she scratches at her pack and play or the crib sheets.  Whatever she touches, she has to scratch first.  It’s hilarious and weird.

And of course I always have to mention the BOB runs in these posts.  They seem to be getting better and better although I did have one horrid run during this past month where she screamed for 4 miles straight.  And when I say scream I mean she SCREAMED. It was horrible.  If I stopped the stroller then she would stop screaming but the second I started running she’d start up again.  She seems to do better on the double BOB runs because her brother is there to entertain her.  I am not giving up though.  Fall is my absolute most favorite season to run outside in and screaming children aren’t going to take that away from me 🙂

Campbell went to get her 6 month check up done last week as well and she came in at 18 lbs and 26 in.  She’s in the 75% for weight and the 60% for height.  Short and chubby 🙂  I still can’t believe she’s only 18 lbs!  She didn’t do well with those shots.  She received 3 last week and an oral something or rather.  Boy oh boy she did NOT like those pokes!  Even Emmett was concerned.  It took me over 20 minutes to calm this girl down!  She wouldn’t even nurse she was so upset and that’s saying something for Campbell because she can ALWAYS eat.

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Speaking of eating, we tried some solids for the first time this past month!  At first she hated everything about the experience.  She hated sitting at the table, hated the taste, hated the texture, hated the spoon, hated the cheering from her parents.  The very first thing we gave her was just pureed peaches which my friend Michele gave us (the one who runs babyfoode.com and who I write for sometimes).  The second food we tried was a banana and I think it was just too chunky for her.  Hated both of these items thank you very much.  But, we kept trying and eventually she got used to everything she thought she hated.  Now the girl will eat EVERYTHING we give her which is such a relief considering Michele has given us some amazing purees to try!!  She has so far had apples with coconut milk and cloves, chicken and parsnips and pumpkin, and sweet potato with coconut milk.  She’s loving it all and I’m so fortunate and incredibly grateful that Michele makes amazing baby food with such diverse flavors.  I think C will be a very adventurous eater.  She’s also still nursing really really well and takes both a bottle and breast equally well.

Thank goodness she takes a bottle so well because I was able to leave her for the first time for an entire weekend at the end of September.  I went to DC for a friends surprise baby shower and left both kids with their dad and my in laws for 3 full days.  I only got pictures for updates that weekend and didn’t call once except for to return a phone call my husband made regarding a took he couldn’t find but I’m assuming it all went well.  I know everyone was glad to have me back but I will say it was SO NICE going away for the weekend!  I freaking LOVE these kids more than life itself (and I really really love life) but dang it feels so good to be able to leave them and just be me again without the mom title attached.  Anyways, back to how much I love having a 6 month old…

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C is totally obsessed with her feet as well.  The second we take her sleep sack off after being in it for a nap or all night, her feet go straight up to her mouth.  She loves having those things in her mouth.  I think that’s also a developmental thing but regardless, it’s still fun to watch your own kid do all these things that they should be doing on paper.  And of course you think your kid is the only kid on the block doing this stuff until you go to their well visits and realize that they should be doing this stuff and then some.  Needless to say, I can assure you that my kids aren’t gifted (yet).

All in all I can say the 6th month of this girls life has been pretty amazing.  I’m loving getting to know her more and more each and every day that passes.  Every day I ask myself, “how can you be mind?!”  I just feel so blessed and lucky.  I can’t believe I get to raise this little girl.  I’m already chomping at the bit for the day that I can take her to get her nails done with me (ok in all reality I will paint her nails because really, when was the last time I went to get a pedicure!?) or when she grows hair long enough for me to put a clip in it.  I love all things girl and I can’t wait to break out the Barbie dolls (do girls still play with these!?) or bust out the baby dolls and dress up clothes.  Oh I’ll also take this time to mention that I LOVE DRESSING HER!  It is the highlight of my day.  How sad is that!?  Ok, maybe not the highlight but I love dressing her up!  I was totally not ever going to be that mom that dressed her little girl in frilly dresses and huge bows and I’m a total sucker for ALL. OF. IT.  Even when C is wearing something that looks even a little bit gender neutral (like pajamas) I need to change her or throw a headband on her.  I know, ridiculous but I love pink and I love seeing it on my daughter.  Bring on the princess stage.  I’ll wear a tiara with you my dear 🙂

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Thursday Thoughts

I think I like “Thursday Thoughts” better than “Wisdom Wednesday” so I think I’m going to go with it plus I seem to always post Campbell’s updates on Wednesdays and god forbid I post two posts in one day!  So for today’s thought I wanted to share the power of a sentence.  Here are 10 sentences that can change your life.  These are powerful and after reading each of these, please, take a step back and reflect on what they mean to you.  As the author of this post points our, “A single destructive sentence can ruin somebody’s life, make your day, or change your mood.” Fortunately, each of these sentences are uplifting and could potentially be life changing when applied to your everyday life.

1. “People aren’t against you, they are for themselves.”

2. “Climb mountains not so the world can see you but so you can see the world.”

3. “You learn more from failure than from success; Don’t let it stop you.  Failure builds success.”

4. “The most dangerous risk of all-The risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”

5. “Go where you’re celebrated, not where you’re tolerated.”

6. “The person that you will spend the most time with in your life is yourself, so you better try to make yourself as interesting as possible.”

7. “If you accept your limitations you go beyond them.”

8. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing…that’s why we recommend it daily.”

9. “Everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.”

10. “Comfort is the enemy of achievement.”

Campbell Beth 5 months

I wrote this post several weeks ago but was interrupted after I finished writing the post up by a child and well, things got busy and this post has been at the very bottom of my “to do” list.  It is now October 1 and my little angel is 6 months old as of Monday (September 29)!!!  I haven’t even taken her 6 month photos yet and her 6 month doc visit is this morning.  I hope to be writing up her 6 month post very shortly but in the mean time, here’s her 5 month post…Will I ever feel caught up with this one?!

I’ve been putting off this post for over 3 weeks now.  I don’t know what it is about these monthly posts that gets me so overwhelmed.  It’s not because my baby girl is getting older but I think I put too much pressure on what to write so I let the month slip away and then wake up and realize that she’s almost an entire month older and that my memories of the past month are quickly fading, not to mention blending into this past month and all the new things she’s doing.  So I’m forcing myself to sit down today and just type.  This post may be all over the place but I’m just trying my hardest to remember what happened in the month of August in my little Campbell’s life and to not put too much pressure on what I’m going to say or how I’m going to say it so here goes nothing…

My baby girl turned 5 months on August 29th.  That actually feels old to me.  I remember every month that ticked by in Emmett’s first year felt so long and I kept thinking to myself, “He’s not ‘old’ until he hits double digit months”.  Then he hit double digit months and I still think he’s super little.  But for whatever reason 5 months just sounds so much more grown up.  I remember when C was only in her weeks phase and people would ask me how old she was and I’d say “x weeks” and they’d oooo and ahhh over how small she was.  I remember when I’d ask people how old their seemingly toddlers were and they’d tell me, “5 months” and I’d think, “omg, their baby is SO much older than mine!”.  And now C is 5 months and she seems so young but so old all at once.  I go through moments where I never want her to grow a day older and then moments where I can’t wait to see what she’ll look like as a walking, talking toddler with long hair!  It’s heartbreaking slash amazing to watch your children grow up.  It’s such a weird feeling.  I’m already in disbelief that our newborn days are far gone now and but a distant memory.  Anyways, I digress.  Let’s get to it!

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This past month C has made so many changes.  It’s like she went from newbornish to straight up baby overnight!  I can’t believe how different she has become in the course of one month.  We went on our second road trip with both kids at the beginning of August to Kansas City and then to the Lake of the Ozarks.  Let’s just say it was a disaster.  Campbell slept for maybe 2 hours the entire 11 hour drive and I don’t even want to talk about how Emmett did.  Campbell did great on the way to the Lake which is another 3.5 hours away from KC.  It was her first lake experience.  I took Emmett to the lake around the same age so it was fun to relive those memories with our second child.  For whatever reason C slept terribly on vacation.  The first night was a treat because she slept the whole night, not waking once.  Then all hell broke lose at the lake and one night I even got up with her 4 times!  Now I know I’m super spoiled with her but this is completely abnormal of her.  She is a great sleeper and has maybe woken up 5 times since 7 weeks old in the middle of the night.  I didn’t know what to do with her so I fed her every time she woke up.  She’d go back to sleep only to wake up a few (or sometimes an hour) hours later.  When we got home she was doing the same thing so I decided to wise up and feel around her mouth a little thinking surely there’s got to be an explanation for this and there it was…her first tooth!!  I was both relieved and shocked.  How in the world did she get her first tooth at 4.5 months!?  Anyways, the second tooth right next to it was quick to follow (within a week or two of the first one sprouting) and she hasn’t gotten anymore sense then.  The second tooth didn’t bother her nearly as much as that first one.  But she was sleeping horribly for both naps and bedtime and then it went away as quickly as it started.

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C also started rolling everywhere this past month.  I am pretty sure Emmett rolled for the first time at exactly 4 months and that was because he was on a bed and we pushed down on one side.  He didn’t roll over again for another month or two after that so I was actually pretty shocked that C has continued to roll over.  Back in July she HATED tummy time and if placed on her stomach would roll right back onto her back.  Now she loves being on her stomach so that she can push herself into a seal position and see the action going on around her.  I think she’s definitely more comfortable in this position because I think being on her back sort of terrifies her a little bit with big brother running circles around her.  After she realized she loved being on her stomach so much she gave me quite the heart attack because she also prefers sleeping on her stomach now.  I know this is normal but Emmett didn’t do this until he was almost 7 months old.  She’s very strong and has an incredible grip with amazing head control so I figured she’s probably fine and just let her do it.  I would say it’s almost instant.  The second you put her down on her back to go to sleep she rolls right over onto her stomach to go to sleep.  Sometimes I’ll look in on her and her head will be faced planted into the mattress.  With Emmett I worried about him suffocating himself but since he never did I guess I just figure she won’t either…The difference between being a first time mom and a second time mom I guess.

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I love nursing Campbell too and honestly, she was probably ready to start solid foods about a month ago since she’s grabbing for everything and putting stuff in her mouth but I’m just not ready to go down that road.  I love nursing her and hope to be a hippie like I was with Emmett and nurse her longer than I did him.  However, I do think she’ll be one of those kids that pulls down my shirt asking for the boob in which case I’ll probably have to cut her off waaaaay before I did with Emmett.  She really enjoys nursing and is so sweet when she nurses.  She takes her hands and rubs my back when she eats whether she’s asleep or awake.  I also can’t look at her too often when I’m feeding her because all she wants to do is smile at me which means she will stop eating.  She’s still an extremely efficient eater and really doesn’t like to be bothered while eating.  She’s also still taking a bottle like a champ.  We try to give her one every morning to make sure that she will always take one so that I can leave her on occasion.  It’s nice to be able to have others watch her.  My dad and mom both came over last month to watch her and put her down for the evening.  They have better luck than Chad does with her.  I don’t have to leave her very often but it is nice to know that others can put her to bed if need be.

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So speaking of C smiling, I swear that’s all she does!  She is just the happiest baby in the world.  We go into grocery stores and if she catches someones eye and they talk or smile at her she breaks into the biggest grin.  People get such a kick out of her.  You really don’t have to work hard at all for a smile from this one.  She’s also super into giggling and sometimes just straight up laughter these days.  I would say I can get her to laugh pretty easily but her most favorite and funniest person to watch is her big brother.  He can get her going like no one can.  These two can entertain each other for up to 25 minutes at a time but then they both get bored.  He doesn’t know what else to do and she is just kind of over laughing.  Emmett’s favorite thing this past month to do with her is to stick his tongue out at her and blow.  Oh. My. Gosh.  She thinks it’s the funniest thing ever.  I don’t even know where he picked that up but we must do it to her all the time.

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I’m not sure if it was Emmett’s blowing raspberries at Campbell or what but this girl LOVES playing with noises and her tongue.  She started blowing raspberries this past month and it’s hilarious.  She entertains herself for hours!  She was also still in our room all of last month.  I just have been lazy and haven’t wanted to move her because 1) I enjoy having her in there and not having to leave my bed to get her in the event that she needs to be comforted 2) If she cries I don’t want her to wake Emmett up since they’ll be sharing a wall between their rooms and these walls are kind of thin!  We did end up moving her but not in last past month so I’ll save that for next month’s update!

I also started running with her in the BOB!!!  This is actually HUGE!  I’ve been waiting for this basically since we got the thing back in May.  We didn’t have the infant insert thing so running with her has been impossible.  The recommendation is to wait until they’re 6 months old or have superb neck control.  Well, C has been doing things quicker than Emmett at this age and I started running with him just shy of his 5 month birthday so I figured she was good and ready.  The first run was a double BOB run and it was great!!!  We did 6 miles total with a park break inbetween so that E could play and I could feed C.  Neither were thrilled to be in there and actually C did end up crying for about 25 minutes aka the entire first 3 miles.  After our break E calmed down and C cried for another mile then fell asleep.  We have been trying it every week, usually Wednesday’s when E isn’t in school and then usually one day a week with just the single BOB and she’s gotten better and better with every run.  I do think she does best when she’s in the single BOB because she doesn’t have brother constantly jabbing her in the foot or the face but E does love the company so we do both.

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I think the last real noteworthy thing to remember in this past month is that Campbell has started mimicking people.  She did this a little bit last month but one night while we were eating dinner C started banging on the table while Chad was holding her.  Emmett thought it was funny so he started doing it.  C caught on that Emmett was doing it and so back and forth they went.  Campbell started to squeal then Emmett squealed and back and forth they went!  It was a great night and one for the books.  I will never forget it.  It’s really just the most heartwarming thing to see your children interact and really “get it” for the first time.  Emmett has been nothing but sweet and gentle with Campbell and his love for her is growing daily.  He’s just about the sweetest thing there is to her.  He even clocked her in the head on accident while running through the living room and went back to say “sorry baby” and give her a kiss.

Wow, so a lot HAS happened this past month with my baby girl!  To say that she has brought joy to my life is the understatement of the century.  Of course I said this about Emmett too so it’s really a toss up these days who brings me more joy so I just won’t go there but this girl is just everything I ever dreamed of.  I still look at her almost daily (ok hourly) and can’t believe she’s mine.  I wanted a girl so badly and I still feel like I’m living in a dream when I hold her in my arms or kiss her chubby cheeks.  I love dressing her, holding her, talking to her, making her smile, tickling her, and just being with her.  The days that Emmett is in preschool are sacred not only because it allows me time to do stuff with one kid and life is a little easier that way but also because I get to spend real time with just my girl.  Obviously you can never give the same attention to any subsequent children you have after your first but I certainly will try.  There are definitely things I’ve done with Campbell that I never did with Emmett and vice versa.  I like it that way.  So here’s to another month down!

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Baby girl, you are the light of my life and for sure my bestie.  I know you feel the same about me 😉  Happy 5 months pretty girl!