Monday, April 18, 2011

Happy 1/2 birthday Kinsley Anne!

Happy 1/2 birthday to my sweet babydoll Kinsley Anne! How has it already been 6 months? Thank you for making me a mommy Kinsley. I wouldn't trade this job for the world.

Over the last month, you have/you are:

-wearing size 2 diaper still.

-wearing 3-6, 6, or 6-9 month clothing, depending on what type of clothes they are & what brand. you can easily use 9 month carter's outfits for the length.

-weighing just over 14 lbs (you were 17% for weight @ your last pediatrician appt)

-measuring 75% for height..not sure how many cm's that is.

-wearing bows & flowers everywhere you go. mommy is proud of you for not trying to get them off. I guess you're just used to them by now.

-sitting unassisted! you started this last week and mommy is SO proud of you.
-standing holding onto something for a few seconds unassisted.

-wishing you could scoot.

-sleeping unswaddled! it took a few nights to get used to it, but I think you are starting to like it!

-putting yourself on your left side to sleep. we still lay you down on your back, but you turn yourself into a comfortable position.

-sleeping in your crib like a big girl. no more pack n play...for now anyway!

-taking ~3 naps/day. you take 1 around 10am, 1 around 1 or 2pm & 1 around 5 or 6pm. I am hoping that you will soon drop 1 of these naps..

-eating stage 1 baby food, but not very well! you love trying, though! we have tried carrots so far, but we will try another new one this week.

-loving the exersaucer at school. you also love your johnny jump up at home. you bounce and swing yourself into oblivion.

-making the funniest facial expressions. everyone always comments on how expressive you are. you makes me laugh.
someone on FB said that you look like your 14 here...annoyed by daddy's silliness & mom's eagerness to take 1000s of pictures with her camera. poor girl, don't you know you're in for a lifetime of this??

-Loving baths/showers.

-Loving lots of action, noise, kids, etc around you.

-Moving up in your classroom. When you started, you were the very last crib on the left side of your classroom, indicating that you were the newest sweet baby in that room. You are now about 1/2 way up the wall, making mama somewhat sad that you are growing so quickly.

-Loving mama to read books to you. You especially love "There was an old lady that swallowed a fly." You were being very antsy in my lap this weekend & when I pulled out this book to read it to you, your eyes got big & you just stared. Maybe it's because that was one of the books I read to her while I was pregnant.

-talking & "yelling" lots. you also squeak, blow raspberries, and open your mouth if anything comes near your head as if saying "i'll eat you up!"

-fascinated by the puppies. They love you & are so very curious about you. Bowen makes a circle of the upstairs before going downstairs to bed & the last place upstairs he always "surveys" is your room. He walks up to your crib, sniffs you out, and then goes downstairs when the coast is clear. We know that he will be your protector & Avery will be your little butt buddy to lounge with, especially when you don't feel well.

Kinsley Anne,
Daddy & I are so enjoying being your parents. We have started to reminisce about when you were just the right size to fit your head in the palm of our hand, when we looked at the newborn diapers & giggled at how small they were, when you first smiled at us, etc. Time is going by so fast. We also can't help but think ahead to the little lady you will become but we do not want to wish away the time we have with you. There is a group of us (family & friends) walking in your honor at the March for Babies the last weekend in April and we couldn't be prouder of the fiesty little fighter you've been. You have definitely been handed your fair share of doctor's appointments & health concerns but you keep surprising us with how well you handle them. We love every inch of your sweet self & cannot say that enough. Keep smiling sweet girl...always are just beautiful when you smile! We love you to the moon & back...always & forever.

Love, your mama & daddy

Must Have Monday item:
So, we have been looking at exersaucers and other similar baby gear items for a month now. We finally broke down and bought something, but it is a little different than what I may have imagined buying. We wanted something that would be easy to take with us on a road trip, to the lake, etc. We came across the "GoPod" and eventually decided to purchase it. We bought it from BuyBuyBaby where it is available in the below color (which we bought..gray & green), orange, or yellow. The little black pieces that you can see in the picture are velcro pieces. Therefore, you can attach the play links, rattles, jingley animals, books that have a loop on them, etc....Whatever your baby likes to play with that week! The best part is that it is SO portable. It is basically like a bag chair when you fold it up. We will definitely be loving this at the lake this summer. It is also way cheaper than a lot of the exersaucers on the market.

There are only 2 downsides to this item that I have come across. First, they cannot spin themselves around to see behind them. They also cannot "jump" like they can in some exersaucers.

But, ultimately, for our lifestyle, this seemed to be the best bet. We used it several times this weekend & so far Kinsley Anne loves it.

Until Next Time...
Love, Jen

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