At what point after your kiddo turned 1 did you let them have blankets, lovies, or a pillow in bed with them?


11 month update

Spoiler alert…my child no longer sleeps!  More about that later though.  I cannot believe that in 21 days, we’ll be celebrating Annabelle’s 1st Birthday.  Where did the time go?  More about this on her birthday update later this month.  Sept. 1st today.  J and I are back to work full time in a few days and I have to say, I’m not ready for it.  I think A will be super happy to have friends here every day, but she’s on her own little schedule which looks nothing like the daycare schedule and I have a feeling that nap time break I used to get, is going to be non existent for awhile which is probably going to make for a crabby Mommy.  Now for the update!
Weight:  I have no idea.  I’d say probably in the 18lb range.
Height:  Again, she hasn’t been measured since her appt in July but let me tell you, for as tiny as she is, I think she’s going to be tall.  I feel like there’s not a ton of leg room in even her 12 month sleepers.  They are Carter’s though so maybe they run small because they fit about the same as her 9 mo sleepers from Toys R Us.

Medical Issues:  None

Sleep:  OMG…where did my good sleeper go….guys…this sucks!  She apparently hasn’t gotten the memo that if you’re going to be a good sleeper for the first 11 months, you don’t get to go back on that!  Naps…no schedule whatsoever.  Sometimes it’s a 2 hour nap, yesterday it was maybe 20 minutes.  And if she’s ready to go down at 10am then she doesn’t want to sleep again until like 4pm which totally sucks, but yet she’s not to the point where I can keep her up til that 12:30/1pm nap time.  She also wakes up every single night now.  Usually between 1:30 and 3am.  Sometimes, she just needs a cuddle and a some swaying while being held and she’ll go right back down; other times, like last night, she just screamed and screamed and screamed until J just brought her to bed with us (I was trying to do CIO because I really don’t want her to get into the habit of sleeping in our bed).  CIO in the middle of the night does not seem to work though..she just gets more and more worked up and it’s totally heartbreaking.  So yeah, this Mama is more tired than usual and J never hears her unless I’m trying to get her to sooth herself back to sleep so it’s me doing all the work.  Fine for summer because he’s out mowing lawns and earning money while I’m home with her, but not great for school year when I’m going to have quite a few new munchkins to get used to.

 Clothing Size:  anywhere between 6-12 months.  Onesies are still anywhere in between 6-12 mo.  Pants are usually 9 mo.  Shorts…she crawled right out of 12 mo. the other day so 6-9 work best there.  Pj’s 9-12 mo and it looks like I may have to bring out the 18 mo. soon.

Diaper size:  still size 3’s

Diet:  Still on Up and Up brand formula and usually sticks with 4 oz. at a time still.  Sometimes she wants more and we make another one.  Food, she’s totally done with me trying to feed her.  She eats pretty much anything we do although not a lover of green beans.  She does love canned carrots though (yuck) and avocados.  She likes spice, sour and sweet and I think is going to have quite the diverse pallet.  No allergies so far which is great!

Baby gear love:  She likes to go for walks in the stroller and is loving her toy that she can walk behind.  She also still likes her activity table.  Having her on the front of me in the carrier can be hard on my back for long periods and I haven’t figured out how to put her on my back by myself.  She only goes in her jumparoo if I desperately need a shower and J’s not here to watch her.

Milestones/Firsts:  Goodness, for a couple weeks there, it felt like she was learning something new every day.  She went from only rolling to army crawling to crawling in a matter of days.  Once she had crawling down, she was pulling herself up to her knees and then boom, onto her feet she went.  Now she’s walking along furniture and behind her walker toy.  She stands by herself forever and we’re just waiting for those first steps to come.  I think it could be before her 1st birthday, but we’ll see.  She’s a master at the sippy cup now too.

Likes:  Mommy and Daddy, Grandma and cousins, Baths…loves, loves, loves bath time, being told she’s beautiful,  sitting up, standing up, her paci, rocking and singing (I made up a special lullaby for her that I sing every time she goes to sleep), the letter of the day song from Sesame Street and Micky Mouse Club…especially Toodles!  Getting into everything, putting everything in her mouth, making messes, eating, the puppies.

Dislikes:  Still hates getting changed and getting her dressed is even worse.  Not looking forward to having to more clothes on her with fall and winter ahead.  Sleeping!!!  Other than that, I can’t think of much that she doesn’t like.

Things I Don’t Want to Forget:  Her stubbornness!  This girl can throw a fit these days!  How happy she is most of the time.  How she laughs with us when she’s doing something that cracks us up which is daily.   How she’ll still snuggle in and lay her head on my shoulder when she’s tired but not overtired.  How much she loves her Daddy and puppies.  How her nose crinkles up when she’s really happy.  How she smiles with her whole face.  Her giggles, especially when she’s playing tug of war with Bandit using one of her toys or when he pulls on her pajama foot.  Her first time in the sandbox and tasting the sand (she didn’t like that, lol).

What’s next?:  Walking and her first birthday.  Transitioning off of formula…won’t miss that expense.

How’s Mommy doing?  This could be a whole post on it’s own.  I’ve had some really rough moments since the last time I updated.  I think for the 1st time ever, I was actually feeling depression.  I’ll write another post on all of this later.  Summers are apparently the time for a lot of things to happen in this family and it often leaves me reeling.

How’s Daddy doing?  Better than at the 8 month update.  Not perfect, but way better and picks himself back up and starts over when he has a slip.  Super busy with lawn mowing, flipping lawn mowers and the numerous projects we have to do around here.  He’s getting ready to start the school year and coaching again.  There’s a huge construction project happening at his Middle school this year so he doesn’t even have a classroom to teach health this year.  He’ll just have everything on a cart and go to whatever room they make available for him.  It’ll be a beautiful almost new school though when it’s all done.  Whether we’ll still be here though, I don’t know.  Our district is one of the lowest paying around which is crazy because it’s a pretty rich little town.

Pictures from the last month:



Look Ma, no hands!


with her Papa John on the anniversary of his passing


First Packer game of the year!


This is the night I stopped trying to feed her cereal, lol.


All about eating the sticker this month.



Grandma came and built me a sandbox!


Watching Daddy mow!


Our flexible baby!


First time climbing onto the dishwasher.


Her bandit pup!


I can’t believe I missed her 9 month update!

Ladies…this summer has been jam packed!!!  I thought I’d have more time since I’m not working but we’ve done a lot of traveling and had a lot of chaos with fostering (that will be my next post).  So, what has Miss A been up to for the past 2 months…so much!  She turned 10 months on the 21st!  I sadly forgot to take her 9 month sticker pics.  😦
Weight: 16.2lbs at her 9 month appt on July 21st which was 13%.  At her NICU follow up on June 20th, she was 15.12 which put her in 12% for chronological age and 29% for adjusted age.  
Height:  At 9 month appt she was 26.75 I believe.  At NICU, she was 26.38 which put her in the 10th and 36th percentile respectively.

Medical Issues:  she’s getting her top 2 teeth to n so she’s been having blow outs since Sunday (so much fun) and a runny nose started yesterday.  Other than that, she doesn’t seem to be in pain.  Otherwise, Dr. G was super happy with how she’s growing and how healthy she’s been.

Sleep:  She has been in her crib in her own room since school got out.  Our schedule is all over the place this summer but she still typically takes 2 naps a day ranging from 1-2 hrs and 10-11 hours at night.

 Clothing Size:  anywhere between 6-12 months.  She needs bigger Jammie’s because of long legs but everything else is is in the 6-9mo range.

Diaper size:  still size 3’s

Diet:  She’s up to 5 oz for the first bottle of the day and 4 oz for the rest of them.  She will eat pretty much anything including shrimp and salmon.  She really got a chance to try new things when we were out in CT over 4th of July.  She’s not crazy about a lot of baby food anymore and trying to feed it to her if she’s not in the mood for it equals a big mess, lol.  She still is a huge fan of pickle spears!

Baby gear love:  A is loving her activity table.  She stands up next to and will even let go for a second or two once in awhile.  She seems to like stroller rides and still does her jumparoo a couple times a day.  Being in the lillebaby depends on her mood.

Milestones/Firsts:  SO many these last couple of months!  Her first week away from both of us!  She had so many cousins and Grandma to love on her though so I don’t think she missed usas much as we missed her.  She got her first tooth, bottom left the last week of June and the bottom right quickly followed the next week while in CT.  She took her first long road trip with us to CT and aced it!!!  We started in the evening and drove through the night and there and back she slept almost the whole time and when she was awake, she was happy.  She met all of my CT friends and family and got majorly loved on!   She had her first sailboat ride, colony pizza and Sakura.   She went on her first camping trip last weekend and all of us went to our first lumberjack competition in Hayward, WI.  So fun!  She has started pulling herself up to her knees, okay, she did it once but she is on the move these days.  I think she’s going to skip crawling and go straight for walking.  We also had to finally lower her crib after she woke up one night at 2:30am and spent 30 min getting up on her hands and knees.  She practices drinking from a soppy cup and holds her own bottle now.  We have glass bottles so that took a little longer for her to do.  Moving up to her big car seat in one of our cars.  There is probably more that I’ll think of when this is published!

Likes:  Mommy and Daddy, Grandma and cousins, Baths, being told she’s beautiful,  sitting up, standing up, her paci, roocking and singing, the letter of the day song from Sesame Street and Micky Mouse Club…especially Toodles!  

Dislikes:  She is generally over the separation anxiety, especially when I take her to my Mom’s.  She’ll still act shy and take a little warning up to go to others but doesn’t generally cry unless she’s tired.  Getting changed and dresses.  It now feels like an Olympic support that leaves me sweaty and exhausted.  Super fun when she’s having multiple blow outs!!!  Her car seat sometimes.

Things I Don’t Want to Forget:  Her stubbornness!  This girl can throw a fit these days!  How happy she is most of the time.  How she laughs with us when she’s doing something that cracks us up which is daily.   How she’ll still snuggle in and lay her head on my shoulder when she’s tired but not overtired.  How much she lives her Dadfy and puppies.

What’s next?:  I’m thinking more pulling herself up and starting to walk Ali g furniture and stand without holding onto anything.  One more month before work starts again and we’re back into more of a routine. 

How’s Mommy doing?  Ummm, better than at her 8 month update but because of stuff that’s gone on with fostering, still a lot of emotional upheaval happening.  I still love almost every moment of being A’s Mommy. We’ve made our plan for the future which I’ll tell you about on my next post.  I wish I didn’t have the financial pressures of trying to get more kids in here for the fall but unfortunately, I do.

How’s Daddy doing?  Better than at the 8 month update.  Not perfect, but way better and picks himself back up and starts over when he has a slip.  Super busy with lawn mowing, flipping lawn mowers and the numerous projects we have to do around here. 

Pics from the last 2 months: 

Dang it’s been a long time

Ladies…I. Any believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted a none password protected post!  For this of you that read those…it’ll be 30 days tomorrow!

So, what have we been up to?  Finishing up the school year and then 2 days later, J and I hopped in the car and headed to Utah for Young Living’s Grand Convention in Salt Lke City.  On the way, we stopped in South Dakota to check out Mt. Rushmore.  It was beautiful!  J’s birthday was this past month and he unfortunately, spent most of it in the car and finished it up with me in excruciating abdominal pain and vomiting. 

The pain started about an hour before we arrived at our hotel and I thought it was just gas bubbles because I get those sometimes and need to lay completely flat for awhile to get rid of them.  Unfortunately, it didn’t go away and I began to vomit too.  When it was still no better by 1am, we headed to the nearest ER where they started an IV and did some blood tests.  It was tender when he pushed on either side of my abdomen so when the blood tests came back with nothing to tell us, I went for a CT scan.  Diagnosis was colitis and we left the ER at about 6am with 4 prescriptions.  2 antibiotics, 1 for zofran and 1 for hydrocortisone.  

We went straight back to the hotel to sleep for a few hours because I was due to volunteer at 11:30am for our Royal Crown Diamond’s leadership dinner that she puts on every year.  She is also amazing knowledgeable on what oils/supplements to use to support your body to be at optimal wellness so the good news was that not only did I save money by not getting those prescriptions filled, but I also kept a whole lot of crappy toxins out of my body.  Unfortunately, one of the things I need to do is overhaul the diet to see what is causing the flare ups.  I did my best to stay away from dairy this week but dang is that hard…especially for a girl from WI!  We’ll be arriving home in about 4 hours from the drive back so the real overhaul will start then.  

Back to Convention…despite it starting in a horrible way, I had so much fun and learned so much!!!  J has fully caught the vision of helping others learn to live a chemical free life.  The reason we are so passionate about this is because of our infertility and how there’s a direct correlation of so many toxic chemicals causing reproductive issues.  

I am going to try posting a link here for you guys and hopefully it will work.  It will take some of your time to listen to it.  A great time to do it is driving in the car but I’m asking you to please take the time to do it.  You all are some of the best friends I have and I know that I was not aware of a lot of this info so I want to make sure everyone I know is.  

Toxin Free 101
Much love to you all!