Tuesday, August 26, 2014

{Molly} Eight Months

Stats: When we were at the doctor's office a week and a half ago (Molly had had a fever for three days) Molly weighed 17 pounds 8 ounces with her clothes on. So guessing she actually weighs just over 17 pounds.
(Proof she isn't always happy).
Sizes: Molly is still wearing 9 months, 6-12 months, or 9-12 months. And she is still wearing size 3 (Kirkland brand) diapers.
Food: About a week ago I started weaning and since I was by no means overproducing...we are now down to breastfeeding just once in the morning and again right before bed. I really wanted to exclusively breastfeed until 9 months but my body just tinkered out (around 6 months. It did the same thing with Mase). I was working really hard to keep my supply up the last two months but I just don't think Molly was getting enough from me alone.

So the schedule I have Molly on now is this...she breastfeeds when she wakes or around 8ish, takes two 4-4.5oz bottles (around 12 and 4), and breastfeeds again before bed (around 8pm-ish). She eats a small amount of oatmeal for breakfast (to baby food consistency), 1/2 of a yogurt for lunch, and 1/3 of a 2nd's baby food for dinner. She still dislikes veggies with a passion but likes most fruits and veggie/fruit mixes. Is starting to take to puffs and yogurt melts. (Wasn't a fan of them at first when we started them a few weeks ago). As for big people food she has had honey nut cheerios, strawberries, eggs, and very teeny tiny pieces of bread...(oh and ice cream and popsicles)! When I gave her the egg she kept it on her tongue and would NOT swallow and would NOT take a drink to help it go down. She finally made herself throw up and the egg came out with it. Here's to hoping she gets the hang of (starts enjoying) big people food sooner rather than later. 
But she NEVER turns down ice cream!!! 
Routine: Molly is not one for consistency. She likes to keep things real. (Or just likes to keep her momma guessing)!!! The only somewhat consistent thing about her schedule is bedtime. She goes down around 8:30pm every night. Although if we're outside it occasionally gets pushed back until 9pm. And if we've had a busy day...sometimes she'll go down as early as 8pmA good nights sleep consists of only waking once with her. And that could be anywhere between 3-7am. Although lately we've had a few nights of NO waking!!! Normally she wakes for the day between 6:45 and 7:30am. She takes two naps (a morning and an afternoon). Lasting anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours.

BOY OH BOY HAVE WE HAD A VERY ROUGH SLEEPING MONTH. And I mean VERY rough. Right at 7 months Molly's first TWO teeth came in (bottom front). For two weeks she woke up every 3 hours throughout the night and would not go back to sleep until I fed her. She was getting motrin around the clock too. Sleep got better for a couple of nights and then she spiked a fever for 3 days. Again I was up at least every 3 hours (if not more frequently). I took her to the doctor...she checked out clean and according to the on-call doc didn't appear to be cutting any new teeth either. Soooo I let her cry it out that night (from 3-4am) because I was SOOO exhausted. And thankfully ever since she has been sleeping better. But FYI she WAS cutting another tooth.
Developmental Milestones: Molly pulled herself into a standing position for the first (and only time thus far) on July 27. She pulled herself into a sitting position (while in her crib) for the first time yesterday morning. She started arming crawling/slithering on her belly on August 11 and took a few REAL crawls on August 22. She can be a slithering machine (when she wants to be) but she most definitely prefers to be carried around. She can also rock on her hands and knees. She reaches for everything and wants everything in her mouth. And she occasionally will hand out kisses.
Loves: Molly loves to giggle!!! Molly loves watching her big brother!!! Molly most definitely loves her mama (and her dada but definitely her mama)!!! Molly loves to pull mommy's hair!!! Molly loves computers/iPhones!!! Molly loves Mickey (Mason's giggling doll Mickey that is)!!! And according to her daddy Molly loves to cry!!!
Dislikes: Still dislikes eating her vegetables and getting her face washed. She also very much dislikes being left alone.

Other Things I Don't Want To Forget:
  • Girlfriend has a set of lungs...and she knows how to use them!!! She has a happy scream and a mad scream.
  • Everything and I mean EVERYTHING goes straight into her mouth.
  • Molly is a stage 4 clinger. Basically wants to be on my hip all day long. And if I get out of her line of vision...oh boy...she is one UNhappy girl. If I come home from being gone and don't immediately pick her up she will scream until I do.
  • First tooth (bottom right) popped through on July 25 and her second tooth (bottom left) followed on July 28. Those were some sleepless nights. I would have to say she is a MUCH worse teether than what Mase was.
  • Helped Mommy celebrate the big 3-1.
  • BEST THING ABOUT THIS MONTH...Molly's eye stopped draining right at 7 months (pretty much to the day). It was crazy. One day it was draining and the next it wasn't!!!
  • Molly made it through her first fever (three days worth).

Happy sick baby girl.
  • Molly is most definitely NOT a professional eater. Sometimes I joke that we're going to have to take her to "food therapy."
  • Molly is always putting her hands down Mommy's shirt.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ten On Tuesday

1. Mean kids stink. I was at a local elementary school's playgroud last week with Mase and Mols when some kids came running out the school's door. (Guessing they must have some kind of summer program). I'm thinking these kids were about 6 or 7 years old. But anyways these boys started calling Mason a baby and told him to get off their play area. I was shocked. Mase oblivious to it all (I think) went to play on another toy. One little boy followed him there and called him a baby again and told him to get off his ship. I had all I could do not to let the kid have it. I stared him down and told Mase it was time to go...ASAP. Seriously kid...he's TWO!!!

2. Having fun at the playground before the not-so-kind kids arrived.
Sis watched while brother played...
3. Later that night we checked out the tractors at Brian's cousin's house. (Otherwise known as "Uncle Bob")...
4. Since Molly wasn't feeling the greatest last week (fevers and fussy) we hung in and around our house A LOT. We took a wagon ride (yes Molly IS still in her pjs) to a nearby church's play ground one day just to get out.
This kid may be 2 years and almost 8 months old but he STILL puts things (these tiny pepple rocks) in his mouth. You'd have thought he would have outgrown that phase by now...

5. A family that swings together stays together!!!
 6. This kid LOVES him an ice cream cone. Bottoms up...
7. So So So SO (times a million billion gazillion) thankful for these two miracle babies!!!
8. What me?!? I didn't do anything...
9. This boy has a hate/hate relationship with getting his hairs cut. Very thankful the hubby has taken on this job!!!
10. And a big prayer request. One of my dearest friends just lost her sweet baby this past Saturday. She was 22 weeks and a few days along. It breaks my heart that she has joined the ranks of being an Angel Momma. When I heard the news I was in utter shock. I truly cannot believe that one of my closest friends has to go threw the exact same heartbreaking loss as myself...just four years later. So please say a prayer for my friend Melissa, her husband, and their two boys.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ten On Thursday

1. Mason was busy shouting mommy on Tuesday shortly before nap time. However, I was busy doing/hanging up laundry with a needed to be held else she would cry infant in my arms. So I shouted just a minute. I walked into my room and at first didn't see anything but Mason was smiling his "I've been naughty" smile. So I knew he had done something and sure enough he had. He had EMPTIED out my brand new Aquaphor tub all over my bed. So NOT awesome. Needless to say he got locked in his room immediately and for the first time in months napped in his own bed. He of course asked WHY? (That is why he had to nap in his own bed). I looked at him and had no answer. In my head I was thinking well first and foremost because you just made mommy really really mad and second obviously you can't sleep in my bed because its full of Aquaphor. Kids...
Just a glimpse of the damage. He also got some on the comforter. Ugh.

I googled how to get vaseline out of sheets and let me just say IT WAS A PROCESS. So glad I got to spend Tuesday night scrubbing and washing...only to have it not all come out. And Wednesday night at the laundry mat (with the comforter)...only to have it not all come out of that either.

2. Somebody was a SUPERSTAR at the dentist last week Friday. They cleaned/shaved his yellowed tooth right up and mostly off with just a little gas (no sedation or numbing). Dr. Sally said she's never had a 2 year old do so well. Thank goodness because when they came to take him back his bottom lip started quivering and I had all I could do not to cry myself. (They wouldn't let me go back for this procedure. Said kids typically do worse with a parent there). Here's my looker cheesin it up for the camera...
(The yellow spot was his front right tooth. When looking at the picture though its his left front tooth).

3. How daddy does pj's...
Motorcycle meets diggers.

4. Somebody does NOT like vegetables...
5. Getting closer to having to lower the crib. The only reason she was in this position was because Brian sat her up. (She can't go from a laying to sitting position on her own yet).
6. Same story. Different day. Always popping that bop in backwards...
7. Molly fell asleep on the way home from somewhere and I didn't want to risk waking her so instead of taking her shirt off I just put her pjs on over. It was a success...she stayed sleeping!!! 
8. Boating with gpa and gma Vugteveen and the Tibbe clan (minus Cole) plus Austin. As always Papa Duke (as we call my dad) kept it real by not filling the tank with enough gas. Thank goodness we didn't run out until we were within feet of the boat launch.
Jason, Brinley, Courtney with Austin, and Me with Cambrey, and Molly.
Brinley, Mason, and Austin
My boating babe. (Pretty sure she hated every minute of the boat ride except when she was sleeping).
Cousins...Brinley, Cambrey with Molly, Mason, and Austin

 9. Hunting season is just around the corner. Oh yea. (There would be a slight bit of sarcasm in that "oh yea.")
10. Mason had been begging for a good week or two to go to the zoo and ride the camel and see the lions, tigers, and bears. He finally got his wish this past Friday.
Feeding the birdies (or pudgies)...
Petting the goats. This picture was taken seconds before I shouted Mase there is a squirrel on mommy's head (to get him to look up at the camera). Lets just say it didn't work. Instead he jumped up, screamed, and fell on the goat pictured behind him in the picture. Whoops. Better watch what I say next time. Thankfully no one or no animal was hurt.
Riding Molly (the camel)...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ten On Tuesday

1. I am WAY stinking at posting lately. Life has been busy and what can I say...its the first thing to go. So here's a little glimpse (a few snap shots) of our last two weeks. Stayed tuned for another TOT on Thursday!!!

We LOVE swimming/playing in the sand/fishing at Gpa and Gma Helmholdt's house...
Having a blast sliding into the water.
My boys. Love them!!!
Someone thinks she is BIG stuff.
Mason entertaining Mols which is entertaining in itself.
My precious babes!!!

2. And we LOVE swimming in Aunt Courtney's pool too...

So very thankful that my in-law's and sister live close to us so we can take advantage of their water on H-O-T days!!! We spend most Sunday late afternoon/evenings at my in-law's house and we go to my sister's pool at least once a week.

3. This guy is obsessed with building lately...
4. Sitting on the bench with daddy on a hot summer softball playing night.
5. Went to visit my sister and her friends while they were camping at Hungry Horse Campground one afternoon last week. (LOVE their kiddy pool). Bonus that it was such a nice day. So very kind of my sis (and her friends) to let us crash their hang out for a few hours!!!
6. I was able to sneak out of the house for dinner with girlfriends one night last week and again last night!!! (What a wonderful hubby/daddy)!!! Last week with my highschool girlfriends to Osgood Brewing and last night with some of my besties to Rockwell Republic. Last night was to celebrate the July birthdays in the group (Gretchen, Karie, and myself). Good times with great friends (on both nights)!!!
Karie, Melissa, Krista, Me, Rachel, and Gretchen

7. When one goes to shop at the Gap Outlet (in Holland). One MUST play with the duckies. (Well at least my kid thinks so). Next time I just need to remember bread to feed the ducks. Cheap entertainment. 
8. I got the mail one day last week and saw four pieces of similar looking (junk) mail. The first had my name on it and the second had Brian's name on it. So one would assume the last two pieces would have Mason and Molly's names on them. One would have thought wrong...
Third piece had Mason's name and the fourth piece was for Ella Helmholdt. At first I was like ouch but then it made me smile. There was MY DAUGHTER'S name. Not a reminder that she had died BUT a reminder that she HAD lived!!! 

9. This goober loves to drink out of her brother's water bottle. (And believe me she DOES get water out)!!!
10. Sweet baby...enduring her first fever...