Friday, September 26, 2014

{Molly} Nine Months

Stats: Molly's 9 month check up isn't until next week (October 1) but as always for guessing sake I think Mol's weighs approximately 18 pounds (minus an ounce or two either way).
Sizes: Since her closest has switched seasons so have her sizes (some). She still wears 6-12 month and 9-12 month but instead of 9 months she is now wearing 12 months. Still wearing size 3 (Kirkland brand) diapers.
Food: About two weeks after I started weaing (so about a week after Molly turned 8 months) I was officially done breastfeeding. She now gets four 5 ounce bottles (of breast milk) a day. For the last month with the first three bottles she has also gotten either some table food or baby food. Molly's current faves include jelly toast, nutri grain bars, yogurt, yogurt melts, saltine and club crackers. She thinks puffs are for babies...which apparently she thinks she is not and lately the same goes for baby food. Pretty sure she thinks I don't see anyone else eating this $hit!!! And since I think she feels this way we have in the last week moved on to solids only. Baby food is now a thing of the past.
Routine: Molly typically wakes for the day between 7 and 7:30am. She gets her first bottle at 8am with some table food. She takes her first nap about 2.5 hours after she wakes in the morning. Which means she typically goes down for her first nap between 9:30 and 10. She naps on average for 45 minutes or so. (Longer if we're not out and about or about ready to head out). Often we're out and about running errands or having play dates at this time so I believe that is why this nap has become what it has (a short one). She gets her second bottle and some more food at noon. She goes down for her second nap of the day anywhere between 1:30 and 2:30pm. This nap varies in length...anywhere between 1.5-2.5 hours long. Love the 2.5 hour days!!!  She gets her third bottle between 4 and 5pm...again with some food. And she gets her last bottle while rocking snug in her pajamas in mama's arms at 8pm. Earlier if she's ready for bed by 7:30pm. She typically goes to bed around 8pm. The above is my routine. If daddy or a grandma is in charge everything MAY get thrown off kilt. Lately, I would say Molly is 50/50 on sleeping through the night. If she wakes its between 4 and 6am. If she wakes I cover her back up with her blanket, pop in her paci, and tuck her tag blankie back by her face. And if that fails I just rock her for a few minutes til she conks back out.
Developmental Milestones: Molly pulls herself into a standing position and puts herself into a sitting position all the time and she is a crawling machine. I would say she really started crawling at 8.5 months. She can get to wherever and whatever she wants (if she sets her heart to it). She still prefers to be carried around. Unlike her big brother (at this same age) she does not walk along furniture nor does she do stairs yet. She is not near as inquisitive as he was.
Now I just said she is not near as inquisitive as he was but if you open a door to something that looks interesting she is ready to investigate...

Loves: Molly loves tubby time (because she loves water)!!! Molly loves her blankie!!! Molly loves Baby Einstein!!! Molly loves sucking on paper!!! Molly loves her bubba!!! Molly loves computers/iPhones!!! And Molly loves pulling mommy's hair!!!
Dislikes: Not having someone in her line of vision. Although she is getting better about this. Maybe more like 50/50. (50% of the time she cares and the other 50% she cares not).

Other Things I Don't Want To Forget:
  • You absolutely adore your big brother.
  • You're a wiggle worm when it comes to diaper changes.
  • Your top two teeth slowly (painfully slowly) started working there way in simultaneously just after you turned 8 months. I would say it took a good 10 days for them to finally be more or less noticeable.
  • You hold your own bottle.
  • You went on your first and second road trips. First to Grandpa and Grandma V's cabin in the UP and the second to the Great Smoky Mountains. You traveled like a champ!!!
  • You love to be rocked na night. And I LOVE this snuggle time with you!!!
  • You are obessessed with your lil blankie. Need it by your face to go na night.
  • You have become a much better sleeper these past few weeks...thank you my little love!!!
  • You started sleeping with a blanket covering you just in the last two weeks. When we were UP North and in the Smokies you occasionally snuggled with mommy in bed because I didn't want you to wake brother and I'm thinking because of that you got used to the warm blankets. One night after both trips you kept waking up. Daddy covered you with a warm blanket and you fell fast asleep. It kinda freaked me out at first (I worry about SIDS/suffocation) but you know how to roll, sit, and stand so I suppose its okay...and it has made you a WAY better sleeper.
  • Someone's crib had to be lowered this month.
  • Overall, I would say that you are a way more laid back baby than your brother. You are content to just sit and watch. You don't always need to be in on the action. Because of this I don't expect you to be an early walker. Time will tell though!!!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Smokies {Day 7}

On Saturday we woke up, checked out of the hotel, ate at McDonald's and headed (20 minutes) to the Cincinnati Zoo. The Zoo was awesome and we had a great day. Added bonus...the weather was perfect.
Here was our tour guide...
A rare picture of mommy and Mase above and below
petting the goats with daddy,
Checking out the seals...
Sleeping Beauty...
Waving to the people on the train...
Petting a snake...
Daddy and Molly checking out the polar bears...
We had such a great time at the Cincinnati Zoo!!! The kids did great and Mase was positively pooped when we got back to the vehicle at THREE (pm).
So pooped that he slept for just over three hours of our 5.5 hour drive home. It was awesome!!! Mols only an hour and a half but we'll take what we can get. Overall the kids traveled UNBELIEVABLY. No tantrums in the car...they just played, watched movies, and received special snack treats. Looking forward to our next adventure (although I do not know what or where that will be).

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Smokies {Day 6}

Friday was our last morning in the Smokies. We (ir I mean I) woke up a little earlier than the previous days so I could finish packing (well have everything packed so Brian could pack the vehicle) and do a little cleaning before we starting the journey home. Before we left our cabin we took some family pics (love having a tripod) in front of our cabin... 
Wish I could include all the outtakes. With this foursome there are always quite a few ;)
We actually stopped at one last place (in the Smokies) before heading back to Florence, Kentucky. That place was The Smoky Mountain Deer Farm and Exotic Petting Zoo. Let me just say this is another part of our trip that we will never forget. This "Farm/Zoo" was the most uncleanly place I have ever been to IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. Chicken shit poop was EVERYWHERE and there was no sanitizer to be found. The animals were disgustingly dirty and the place was way off the beaten path that Brian and I were both a little like..."Is this safe?" We paid with cash...thankfully I had just enough...and stayed for a mere hour. Upon leaving I washed my hands, feet, and sandals in the bathroom sink and when we got to the vehicle Brian and Mase used wipes on their feet and sandals. (They had already washed their hands). We took a few pics to remember this priceless place...
Feeding the camel. Remember NO sanitizer. Yes I let Brian do the feeding!!! (My sanitizer was in the diaper bag and which happened to be in the car),
After this adventure we began the trek back to Florence, Kentucky. Mase decided against napping on this 4.5 hour journey so the pic below is how he fell asleep that night...and at 8pm (which is early for him)!!! We got to the hotel (the same hotel as the one on the way down) a little earlier than planned since the Petting Zoo took so little time. Once we unloaded we headed to the pool to do some swimming. After swimming I ran out to gas up and pick up a pizza and some garlic bread from the same pizza place as on the way down. (Like I said it was super delicious).

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Smokies {Day 5}

On Thursday we went to Ripley's Aquarium. It was awesome. My favorite was the shark tank. (Unfortunately I did not include a picture but I did on Facebook). Here is Molly (and Mason) with the clownfish (aka...Nemo's)... 
Okay so behind me here IS the shark tank but there is also a tunnel where the sharks swim right up and over you. 

Next on our my agenda was to get a family picture by the Smoky Moutain sign. After many attempts this is what we got. (We went back after Clingman's Dome and Newfound Gap to try and get a better (closer) one but to be honest after taking 50 some pics...this was my favorite). Sorry babe!!!
 
After the family pic we drove about 40 minutes up to Clingman's Dome. It was F-O-G-G-Y. But at least we can say we made it to the highest point in the Smokies.
(Molly and I at the very top and THIRTY degrees colder than just the hour before in Gatlinburg).
(Clingman's Dome is in the background).
When we were driving up to Clingman's Dome we stopped at Newfound Gap but there was a tour bus with lots of elderly peeps so we got back in and kept driving (to the Dome) and decided we would stop again on the way back down. Go figure just as we were leaving the Dome (thankfully it waited until we were leaving) it started to rain. I told Brian I still wanted a picture so just him and I jumped out and had this gem snapped... 
When we got back in the vehicle Mason was screaming he wanted to get out for a picture too and since the rain at this point had mostly stopped I said okay.
A view on the drive down...and yes that would be the sun just a-shining again!!!
Per our norm we ended the night back at our cabin...eating, playing, and swimming.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Smokies {Day 4}

On Wednesday we spent our day driving to (and stopping many times) in Cades Cove. All I can say is God's creation is Ahh-mazing!!! Here we are in one of the first churches in the Cades Cove area.
Found the perfect background to snap a few pictures...
At another stop we hiked to one of the first settler's home and saw this dandy buck (whom was not afraid of us in the least)...
We stopped for a late lunch at the picnic area in Cade's Cove...before heading the hour back to the cabin.
After naps we drove up to the resort's pool.
This was the view from the pool...Again you cannot tell from the picture but we were very high up.
After putting the kiddos to bed Brian and I enjoyed a good Smoky Moutain bonfire...just the two of us. Well that was until we heard shouting from Mason who had unlocked the door and made his way out to us. Crazy kid!!!