Thursday, September 14, 2017

ten months



dearest Cecilia,

where to begin?! you are developing into such a little person and it's so much fun to watch. if i had to describe you in one word, that would be "determination". you decide what you want to do and you do it, or at least try your best! this month, you have been pulling up to stand like a pro. you cruise along the furniture, and a few times you've stood for a few seconds by yourself. you love playing with the Mickey Mouse ride-on airplane and the gumball machine toy. you started climbing the stairs a few weeks ago, and you can make it all the way to the top within thirty seconds.



you're starting to get into mischief this month too: playing in Kaiser's water dish, unrolling the toilet paper, tasting everything you can get your hands on. you like to open and close cupboard doors, and you especially like to run your fingers over the ridges of the heating vents. whenever you're getting into something you think you shouldn't, you turn and look at me with a slightly guilty expression (as below!). 



this month, you've started to make some signs yourself, although it's pretty sporadic. i was so thrilled the day that you signed "more" about ten times during lunch, but you haven't done it since then! little stinker. yesterday, you did appropriately make the sign for "all done", so i think you do understand.



you also like to play peek-a-boo, and when I ask you how big you are, you streeeetch your arms above your head and giggle when I say, "so big!". you are getting bigger too -- wearing all 12 month clothes and size 3 shoes. now that you're on your feet so much more, you wear Greta's old Abby Cadabby soft-soled shoes when we're out and about. 



you have very strong opinions about things, including getting your diaper changed and having your nose wiped. as soon as i lay you down to change you, you roll over and scramble to the far edge of the changing table. and if i try to wipe your nose, you scream and spit at me. i try not to laugh at your distress, but sometimes your reactions are pretty amusing! most of the time you're completely relaxed and easy-going -- but you definitely let us know when your boundaries are being crossed.



you're eating lots of finger foods now: small pieces of spaghetti, watermelon, bananas, scrambled eggs, and even chicken and ground beef. you love applesauce and yogurt pouches. you do seem to be sensitive to tomatoes -- the few times you've had marinara sauce, you break out in a bad diaper rash the next day -- so we're steering clear of those. 



you love to do whatever Greta does, especially playing with the Fisher Price doll house and castle. you bang blocks together and play the xylophone. you usually don't like to sit still on my lap for long while we read books, but you're absolutely entranced by Giraffes Can't Dance



Greta's dance classes started again last week, so you get to come along. while the weather is nice, we'll probably walk around the corner to the library most weeks (since we can't watch her class). it's fun to have some one-on-one time just with you! and in a few years, i'm sure you'll be ready to join her! 


we love you, sweetest one! 


Friday, August 11, 2017

nine months



dear cecilia,





today marks the day you've been on the outside just as long as you were on the inside. (although, technically, pregnancy is closer to ten months... but i digress.) and every week this month, you've been growing and changing. you are crawling everywhere, although you tend to keep one knee bent underneath you and scoot along that way. you pull yourself up to stand, and you're so pleased with yourself every single time that we can't help but cheer for you. you're starting to cruise along the coffee table, although at this point it's pretty uncoordinated and you don't move very fast. 





your new mobility has its good points and its challenging points. of course, you are very excited to explore the house, and you entertain yourself for long stretches of time just crawling around and seeing what fun discoveries await around the corner. one downside is that you do not like to be contained. you immediately roll and try to crawl away whenever we change your diaper, and you squawk in protest whenever i put you in the pack and play so i can cook dinner or take a shower. but your naturally cheerful disposition always wins out, and after a little yelling, you're all smiles again. of course, you've acquired some scrapes and bumps -- sometimes you get going too fast crawling and faceplant. but you brush off these little interruptions and just keep going! 




you and Greta now have to navigate these changes in your relationship, as you want to do whatever she is doing and be wherever she is. most of the time, she's happy to share with you. if she takes something from you, you squawk at her and make your displeasure known. we talk a lot about treating each other with kindness, taking turns, using gentle hands, and remembering that people are more important than things. she makes you laugh harder than anyone else can, and you both love when she feeds you dinner! 




this month, you moved into the convertible carseat. overall, you do pretty well in it. i thought you were going to love sitting more upright and being able to see better, but if you drop your toys, you can't reach them easily like you could in the infant carrier seat, so it hasn't been the overwhelming hit i anticipated. i think you're used to it now, though, after we made the 1400 mile round trip journey to New Hampshire this month for my cousin Raychel's wedding! you've been to other weddings before, but this is the first time you got to stay for the reception. you were a little overwhelmed by the lights and music, but you loved visiting with all our family, and meeting the Killian clan (including your Great-Gramps Wayne, Janeen, Auntie Kris, Auntie Karla, my cousins Brinkley, Kerryn and Karrah, and your second cousins Naveigha and Leighla). as part of our trip, we also visited Auntie Kira in New York City. throughout the whole trip, you slept like a champ in the pack and play, with the sound machine blaring white noise by your head (although most of your daytime naps were in the Ergo or the car). 





you still have just the two teeth on the bottom, but this month you've started eating more textured foods. you're working on your pincer grasp. you especially love to eat your crunchies (Greta likes them too). on our trip this month, you ate a lot of baby food out of pouches and loved it! i think you were excited to have some pouches of your own after watching Greta eat applesauce almost every day. 




i think you have officially said your first words: "dada" and "mama". you've been babbling those syllables for months now, but this month you will look directly at one of us and say the appropriate name. at the very least, if i ask you where Daddy is, you point to him and smile. the other day, you crawled over to the pipe organ in our living room, pulled yourself up to stand, banged on the pedals and said "dada! dada!" soooo i'm pretty sure you're a genius. 





you still drink four to five 6 ounce bottles per day, and eat solids twice a day with some snacks in between. you take two good naps (ninety minutes to two hours in the morning, and at least an hour in the afternoon). sometimes you take another short nap before dinner. if you don't get that third nap, you're ready for bed by 7:30 or 8, and you typically sleep for 12 glorious hours.




you are wearing 9 month clothes and size 2 shoes. you weigh 16 pounds 13 ounces (25th percentile), and you are 28 inches long (62nd percentile). you're such a snuggly baby, and i probably kiss your cheeks and squeeze your little thighs hundreds of times each day (no exaggeration). 






we love you so much, kiddo. happy nine months!




Saturday, July 15, 2017

eight months



dearest cecilia,

what an exciting month you've had! reading back over your seven-month post, i'm amazed at how much has happened in the past four weeks. first of all, you got your first teeth! your bottom left incisor made its appearance a few days after you turned seven months old, and the bottom right incisor joined the party about a week later. you like to stick your tongue out these days, so we don't actually get to see your teeth all that much, but they sure are cute!



you also went swinging for the first time and absolutely loved it. as soon as i put you in the bucket seat, you grinned and waved your arms in excitement. then i gave you a gentle push and you just about lost your mind with happiness, kicking your legs and laughing. it's so much fun to watch you discover the world!



i'm guessing you weigh about sixteen pounds. you are wearing 9 month clothes, and as soon as we use up our current stock of size 2 diapers, you'll be moving into size 3. you wear size 2 shoes, when you deign to keep them on, that is. i freely admit that your sparkly cherry sandals are just for show! 



you'll be crawling soon, but you're not quite there yet. you get up on your hands and knees and rock back and forth, and sometimes you keep one leg tucked behind you as if you're in a runner's crouch, ready to take off when the gun is fired. you are adept at scooting backwards on your tummy, but unfortunately this causes you much frustration, especially when you're trying to reach a toy!



you started waving just a few days before you turned eight months. you wave with your whole arm -- sometimes with both of them! i get ridiculously excited whenever you wave, or when you clap, which is your other new trick. whenever i say "yay, Cece!" you happily clap and wave those arms around again. 




currently, your favourite thing to do is to play with the basket of wooden blocks. you pick them up, put them down, take them out of the basket, and put them back in the basket. you clap them together and then clap them on the floor, experimenting with the different sounds. i have a feeling it won't be long before you figure out how to throw them, and then we may need to find a different game! for now, though, the blocks keep you occupied for a good half hour at a time.



one big milestone this month was that we transitioned you out of our room, into Greta's room. you truly love the extra space to stretch out in your crib, and so far everything has gone very smoothly. most nights, you're ready for bed around 7:30 or 8, and you are sound asleep by the time Greta is ready for bed at 8:30 (or sometimes closer to 9!). in the morning, you frequently wake first, and babble to yourself until either i come get you or Greta wakes up and talks to you. a few mornings, i've come into your room to find Greta reading books to you, which is just about the sweetest thing ever. your big sister loves you very much! 



another big milestone is that you spent the night away from me -- actually two nights in a row! you and Greta stayed with Nana and Pappy while i went to New York to visit your Auntie Kira and to celebrate my dear friend Julie's upcoming wedding with the rest of the bridesmaids. you did very well overall. Nana and Pappy took excellent care of you, but i was so ready to snuggle you when i came back! 



you continue to be a good eater. you love the baby food blends (chicken and rice, apple strawberry banana, macaroni and cheese with vegetables, mango and oatmeal), and you're working on your pincer grasp. i give you about ten cheerios to play with and you manage to eat two or three, while the rest end up on the floor. you are now drinking 6-7 ounces of formula four to five times per day, and eating between one to two containers of baby food as well. 

we love you, cecilia marie! 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

seven months




dearest Cecilia,



you've always been a happy baby, but this month, your sense of humor has truly blossomed. you laugh when we laugh, when i kiss your tummy, when we mimic your "mad dog" pant, when Greta plays peek-a-boo with you. and speaking of peek-a-boo, it's your new favourite game. if we put a small blanket over your head, you dramatically pull it off and laugh and laugh. you know your name, and you love the little song i made up one day: "Cecilia Bedelia, Cecilia Marie! you are my best Cecilia, and always you shall be." 



you are a pro at sitting up now, and sometimes when you're on your tummy, you scoot yourself backwards just a little bit. you love to spin yourself around in a circle to reach your various toys. you entertain yourself for long periods of time in the pack'n'play, looking at books, shaking your maracas, and chewing on your beloved Sophie giraffe. 




you blow raspberries and you love your sippy cup, although you don't actually drink much water out of it -- you just gnaw on the spout. this month, you've eaten all kinds of things: peaches, green beans, mashed bananas, peas, and oatmeal mixed with fruit. you chow down on rice rusks (which are marketed as a "no-mess" snack, but somehow you manage to get half-dissolved crumbs all over yourself). you sit with us at the dinner table in your little Fisher Price highchair seat (attached to one of our dining rooms chairs) and eat your food like a big girl! 



i don't want to jinx myself, but you are a fantastic sleeper. when you're getting tired, you rub your cheek with the leg of your little froggy Wubbanub and sometimes you rub the top of your head. you're still sleeping in our room, mostly because i'm afraid that if i move you in with your sister, you'll end up keeping each other awake! 



you're still wearing size 2 diapers, and you're well into 6-9 month clothes. you had some 6 month onesies and rompers that still fit until literally yesterday, when you outgrew them seemingly overnight. that might have something to do with the fact that you transitioned to formula this month. my supply just kept dropping (as it did around this time when i was nursing Greta) and so we gradually made the switch. you were not too pleased about taking a bottle from me at first, but after a few days you decided it wasn't so bad after all, and you now drink 5-6 ounces between four to six times per day. 



so many fun things happened this month! you attended your first wedding -- and such a special wedding, at that. your godparents, Jen and John, were married in a beautiful traditional Latin mass at St. Boniface Church. you were a good girl throughout the whole service and then Nana watched you during the reception. then, your friend Addie (ten months) and her mom Amelia came to visit for a few days. you two were equally fascinated by each other and i'm so excited to watch you two grow up together.



and finally, you went on your first plane trip -- across the country, no less! this was a very special trip back to Redmond for Auntie Krista's high school graduation. you met Grandpa Kyle for the first time, and loved snuggling with him. you also met Uncle James, Auntie Krista, and Great-Grandpa Bill and Great-Grandma Jo. we had a wonderful, albeit short, trip with family, and you were a trooper on both flights. i wore you most of the time in the Ergo, and it worked out so well! we hope to fly back over Christmas, and i'm afraid you might not be so keen to stay put for so long by that point when you'll be much more mobile! 


we love you, Cece! happy seven months! 







Thursday, May 11, 2017

six months




dearest Cecilia,

i remember when your sister turned six months old and i couldn't believe half a year had gone by already. and it's no less astonishing to me now. where have the last several months gone? it seems like just yesterday we brought you home from the hospital (in the same elephant hat that you wore to the hospital from home!). with your dramatic entrance into the world, i was sure you'd be high-spirited and demanding. but over the past six months, you've been nothing but pleasant. when you do cry (usually when you're tired), you settle down easily with some snuggles. 



you and Greta have a lot of fun together now that you're big enough for her to hold you without help (at least while sitting on the couch -- she can't carry you around just yet!). she loves playing peek-a-boo or dancing around the room to make you laugh. you reach out to touch her hair or her face, and you don't seem to mind her sometimes ferocious affections. she calls you "Cece-girl" and "Celia". i wouldn't be surprised if your first word ends up being "sissy". you sure love her! 




a few weeks ago, you mastered rolling from your back to your belly. you even figured out how to turn yourself around in a circle by pushing with your arms. and just in the past few days, you've started sitting unassisted for several minutes at a time. for the most part, you can regain your balance if you start to topple, but i still keep a hand close by to catch you if you tip over. you love your new vantage point for playing with toys and watching the general hubbub of life in our house! 




a few weeks ago, you started your first solid foods. so far you've had pureed carrots, sweet potatoes, and applesauce (introduced in that order). your favourite by far is the applesauce. Daddy says nobody should be forced to eat pureed carrots! 




this month, i started reading to you regularly as part of your nap and bedtime routine. you usually listen to us read Greta's bedtime stories to her, so you'll probably be able to recite One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by the time you're a year old, but i thought you needed some stories of your own. you love to help turn the pages, and you like to touch all the pictures. when you're trying to fall asleep, you shake your head back and forth in your bed, sometimes pretty forcefully. Nana says that Daddy used to do that too. you still wear your Halo sleepsack to bed, with arms unswaddled, and you're still in our room with us. but it won't be long before you outgrow the co-sleeper, and then we'll transition you to the crib and let you share a room with Greta! 




this month, you celebrated your first Easter! you got spoiled with Easter baskets from Mommy and Daddy, Nana and Pappy, and Grammie and Grandpa! you slept through the Easter egg hunt in our yard, though. there's always next year! 




you also went on your first little vacation to Splash Lagoon in Erie. you liked splashing in the water and playing with the little fountains, and they even had jumperoos set up in the kids' area so you could jump in the water. i think you liked the family whirlpool the best, since the water was closer to bath temperature. you spent a fair amount of time napping in Nana's arms, and i'm not sure who enjoyed that more, you or her! 



i'll update your weight and length after your six-month well visit next week. you're wearing all 6 month clothes, and i anticipate you're still around the tenth to fifteenth percentile for weight. our little peanut, indeed! at five and a half months, you weighed 13 lbs 15 ounces, and i know that because we unfortunately ended up at the pediatrician's office after you fell off the changing table onto the hardwood floor. i was standing right there when you fell, but when i reached for your new outfit, you flipped all the way over before i could catch you. you had a goose egg on the left side of your forehead, so even though you didn't lose consciousness and were acting fine, the pediatrician ordered skull x-rays. thank God they came back normal, and you've been absolutely fine ever since. i felt so horrible about the whole incident, and have been extra careful to keep a hand on you at all times since then! 





baby girl, you bring us so much joy. we love you forever and always!