Sunday, August 27, 2017

Betsy at Nine Months

Betsy turned 9 months old earlier this month, and we continue to be amazed by how much she changes and grows each day.  She is still just as happy as she can be, and we loved celebrating 9 wonderful months with her.

Stats: At her 9 month well check, Betsy weighed 18 lbs, 7 oz (44%) and was 28 inches long (67%).  She's been squeezing into all of her size 6m summer bubbles one last time in August but is wearing some larger sizes, too.  I'm going to be so sad to put away her summer wardrobe!

Eating: Milk and breakfast at 6:30 in the morning, milk and an early lunch around 10:00, milk at 2:00, and milk and supper at 5:30 or 6:00.  Breakfast favorites are yogurt and berries, tiny banana pancakes, scrambled eggs, smoothies, applesauce, cheerios, and sweet potatoes.  Lunch and supper favorites are broccoli, green peas, corn, chicken, salmon, avocado, and squash.  I think grilled salmon was Betsy's favorite thing she ate this month.  It is one of my favorites, too, so I'm happy to work it into our rotation more!

morning smoothie date (excuse my wet hair!)

Sleeping: STILL loving 3 naps every day.  For about a week she skipped her first nap and I thought surely this was the transition to 2 naps that I had been expecting, but the third nap came back with a vengeance and she is showing no signs of dropping it anytime soon.  She's up for the day at 6:30, down for her first nap around 8:00, down for the second nap around 11:30, and down for the third nap around 4:00.

Awake time: crawling (started crawling just 3 days after her 8 month birthday, so this trick doesn't seem that new anymore) and pulling up like crazy.  Still a huge fan of dominoes and toothbrushes of all kinds - she gets so excited when we are brushing our teeth with our electric toothbrush, and she also lights up when we brush her teeth after bathtime.

Highlights:  First trip to the pool with her pal Will, several weekend dips in her baby pool with friends, crawling everywhere, and pulling up in her baby bed - she has just entered the phase of standing up when we go get her from a nap, and it is the best!  Oh, and two new teeth popped through right after her 9 month birthday, so she now has two on bottom and two on top.  

After a fun dinner with the Whitacres! 

pool date with Quinn and Cooper - love these three little future Aggie babies 

We need to take more morning pics next month... adding breakfast to our morning routine kind of threw us for a loop!

We couldn't love you more if we tried, Betsy!  Happy 9 months, sweet girl.  

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Eight Months With Betsy

EIGHT months with our little sunshine have absolutely flown by.  It's true what "they" say - it gets harder and harder to remember what life was like before she was with us.  Watching her little personality develop has been so much fun.  She is a weeee bit sassy, but still oh-so-sweet.  

Still no stats this month, but I can't wait to see how she's grown when we go for her 9 month checkup in August.  

Eating: Milk 4-5 times per day (6:30/10:00/2:00/6:00) and solids twice per day (10:00/5:00).  B is still a good eater so far and has been loving trying more fruits and veggies and even a bite or two of meat and carbs here and there.  We went to breakfast with two of my friends from Mississippi at Breadwinners, and Betsy was a big fan of their blueberry muffins.  New foods this month included yellow squash, eggs, blueberries (in plain form in addition to the muffin!), and probably some others that came via the baby food medleys she eats at Tammy's during the day. 

Sleeping: No big changes here, and despite me thinking surely we are headed 2 naps a day, Betsy is holding strong with 3 naps - one longer nap mid-day and two shorter naps in the morning and late afternoon.  Bedtime is between 6:30 and 7:00, and she's up for the day around 6:30.  

Awake time:  Rolling, rolling, rolling, and her newest trick: getting up on all fours.  On her 8 month birthday, she was so close to crawling, but she didn't actually crawl for the first time until July 14 (three days after turning 8 months).  Saturday morning coffee walks are still one of my favorite parts of the week.  Betsy's love for dominoes knows no bounds, and a pile of dominoes will keep her occupied for quite a while.  Other favorite things include our electric toothbrush, splashing in the tub, BOOKS (specifically turning the page), and doorstops.  

A grainy pic, but this was the first time she figured out she could do this. 

Annie had delicious foam letters at her house, and thanks to Amazon Prime, now we have our own. 

(spoiler alert: domino towers were her sole motivation for crawling at first) 

Highlights: Austin's first Father's Day was a definite highlight this month.  Betsy is so blessed to have him as her daddy.  He is wonderful with her, and as much as I cannot wait to get home after work each day, I'm so glad they have their one-on-one time together when he picks her up and feeds her "supper" before I get home.  Our Fourth of July celebration in Livingston was another highlight this month (more about that here)!   

Happy Father's Day to the world's best daddy. 

killing me with the leg pop -- I think she's a morning girl like her mama...  

first dip in the pool with Master P 

We love you so much, sweet girl!  

A Belated Fourth of July Recap

August is just three days away, but I'm rewinding a few weeks to recap our Fourth of July holiday weekend at my parents' house.  We continued our tradition of celebrating America's birthday there this year, and the addition of Betsy and Porter made the festivities even more fun.

B+P in their matching Annie's Originals

Mom and Dad outdid themselves with the food, per usual, and this year Mom even had our daily menu on display in the kitchen (#thingsyoucandowhenyouretire).  It's a good thing no one in my family is a vegetarian since we managed to enjoy brisket, ribs, pork tenderloin, sausage, chicken, and quail over the span of three days - and all in smoked/grilled form, I might add.  This weekend had all of my favorite things to eat in the summer.  

When we weren't eating, we were playing with Betsy and Porter inside on a pallet (Betsy discovered her new favorite toy - dominoes) or outside on their twin swings or in the baby pool.  I die over these pictures of their first swim - cutest thing EVER.

Next year they MUST HAVE matching swimsuits. 

sweet boy doing so well with his sitting

 finally rocking her bikini from the Easter Bunny

true to form, Betsy had to check Porter out with just that one little finger

Porter: not so sure about this setup!  

a little post-swim swing time 

inaugural swing at Annie & Pawpaw's house - so festive (#redwhiteandbetsy) 

taking Annie's red wagon for a spin

learning to play 42 - we're hoping she'll be a pro by 2035 when she heads to Aggieland 

We all went to church on Sunday morning - Betsy's first trip to CBC in Livingston - and Betsy and Porter got to meet lots of hometown friends!

It was the best summer weekend with my favorite people (and favorite foods).  So thankful for our country and time with those we love to celebrate our freedom.  

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Betsy is Seven Months

Here I go again with another very delayed monthly post for my girl.  We are just a few days away from her 8 month birthday, but first, a quick recap of month 7.

No stats this month as we don't have a pediatrician visit scheduled until around B's 9 month birthday.

Eating:  Still holding strong with milk 4 or 5 times each day (6:30, 10:00, 2:00, 5:30, 6:30).  Most weekend evenings she combines those last two feedings.  The biggest change in this category this month is that we are now eating fruits and veggies!  We started with veggies each day around 5:00, and now she is eating a veggie or a fruit twice a day (10:00 and 5:00).  So far, Betsy has had avocado, peas, carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, green beans, bananas, pears, prunes, apples, and peaches.  She usually warms up to new foods after having them 2-3 times, but she is doing great with everything we've given her so far.  I'm looking forward to re-stocking my freezer supply this weekend and adding some berries to the mix.

Sleeping: Not much new to report here.  I keep thinking Betsy will be ready to drop a nap sometime soon, but for now she seems quite content to take her 3 naps every day.  She goes down around 8:30 for the first nap, 11:30 for the second nap, and 3:00 for the third nap.  Bedtime is 7:00, and we get her up for the day around 6:30.  I am so thankful for our good sleeper.

Awake time: Betsy is still a rolling machine and loves playing on a pallet with lots of books and toys.  Sadly, we are entering the time of year where it is just too hot to go for walks in the evening after work, so our neighborhood walks are mostly limited to early mornings on the weekends.  We're still loving our front yard swing.

Highlights:  My first Mother's Day was definitely a highlight (blogged more about that here).  Starting Betsy on food has been so fun - I love the funny faces and noises she makes when she eats!  Memorial Day and our trip to the Arboretum with Katey and Caroline was a treat, and we finally made it to the Farmers Market in our neighborhood the day before Betsy's 7 month birthday, which was such a fun Saturday morning activity.  We had two families from church over for supper over Memorial Day weekend, and Betsy and Preston finally got to sport their smocked sailboat outfits for a photo op - Lindsay and I have only been planning this for the past 10 months!  Oh, and at some point this month Betsy got her second tooth!  

Mother's Day in The Woodlands for Porter's dedication 

 Naturally, Betsy and Caroline showed up in their matching flag bubbles for a Memorial Day stroll.

More morning counter pics! 

We just had to wear our new embroidered cherry top and ruffle 
bloomers from Annie for our first trip to the Farmers Market.

Hopefully back soon with a recap of our 4th of July holiday and Betsy's 8 month post!