Baby Girl Christmas Wishlist

Christmas is just around the corner and it’s Emberly’s first one!  I always like seeing what others have come up with on their Christmas wishlists, so here is hers:

Cuddle + Kind doll. These dolls are soft, cute, material-safe for babies and the company provides 10 meals to a hungry child for each doll purchase.

Jammies. One of our Christmas traditions is Christmas pj’s, and I think these might be the winner this year.

Wood block puzzle. Emberly isn’t old enough for this yet, but it will be a good way to learn shapes in a few months.

Ball rattle. Perfect for teething, grasping and rattling.

ezpz Mini Mat. These silicone placemats “contain the mess” , divide the food, are dishwasher safe and suction to the highchair. The best of everything when it comes to baby feeding!

Knee socks. How cute are these socks! It’s so hard to keep socks on babies, but these adorable knee socks definitely do the trick.

What are some of your baby gift ideas?

Thanksgiving 2017

This year, after the past 2 Thanksgivings down South, we had another one in Cincinnati with Loren’s family and it was such a good time.  Since we packed in so many fun things this holiday weekend, this post is chock-full with pictures of all the things I want to remember.

We headed out for Cincinnati after Loren got off work on Wednesday evening and arrived in time for Emberly to hang out with her aunts, uncle and grandparents for a little bit before she went to bed. After putting her down for the night, the rest of us played a fun game before going to bed at a semi-decent hour.

Emberly had a pretty rough night (not being used to sharing a room with her parents), so Thanksgiving morning Loren let me sleep in a  little bit before a leisurely breakfast with everyone. After breakfast, we visited the grandmas (E’s great-grandmas) and then came back home to relax and finish getting dinner ready before the rest of the family members showed up (there were 30 of us!). Once everyone arrived, we snapped some family pictures, stuffed ourselves with all the delicious food, sang a few Thanksgiving songs and caught up on each other’s lives. So many wonderful family members to be thankful for!

Real life moment – cleaning up spit up during a family pic

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Emberly Brynn | Five Months

Weight: 13 pounds 5 ounces (28th percentile)
Birth: 7 lbs 5 oz
Height: 25.5 in (86th percentile)
Birth: 20 in
Head: 15.75 in (29th percentile)
Birth: 12.5 in

Eat
 Towards the beginning of the month, she tried her first food (rice cereal) and didn’t hate it, but also didn’t know what to do with it. Since then she has had little tastes of avocado, egg and apple. She still nurses ever 2-4 hours and takes a bottle every once in a while if it’s warm enough.


Sleep
Wakeup time is usually between 7-8am and she goes to bed for the night around 7:30pm. Sleeping all the way through the night still hasn’t happened yet. We started weaning her off her midnight and 3am wakings/feedings, but then we traveled for Thanksgiving and she slept in our room and didn’t sleep too well (once we put her in the closet, she slept much better). She still wakes up around midnight and 4am, but is learning to self-soothe and put herself back to sleep. She likes to pull up her sleep sack around her face and cuddle with it.


Play
She’s found her feet and loves to get her ball rattle stuck on them. She reaches up to touch her toys on her play gym and will try to grab anything within arms’ reach. Rolling over (from back to tummy) hasn’t quite happened yet, but she’s so close! She loves people and will smile and get excited if anyone talks to her.


Emberly,
Your sweet personality keeps on expanding! You try to hold your own bottle, which your dad thinks is hilarious. You’ve started to fake cough and it cracks me up every time. You wear size 3 month clothing tops and 6 month bottoms (those long Crisp legs) and size 2 diapers. You absolutely LOVE bath time and get super excited when you hear the water running for your bath. You can go from staring seriously to laughing within a split second and it’s so fun finding ways to make you giggle. You’re still a good traveler and don’t mind the car seat as long as it’s moving or you’re somehow entertained.


Firsts

You had your first non-family babysitter for an evening so mommy & daddy could go out and cried once she got there until we left, then were pretty good.

You finally met some cousins on your mom’s side and immediately became best friends with your closest girl cousin Pepper.

You had your first food (rice cereal) and you didn’t hate it, but didn’t know what to think, either.

You sat in your high chair for the fist time.

You spent your first Thanksgiving with your dad’s extended family and loved meeting so many new people.

You helped picked out a Christmas tree.

You opened your first Christmas present.


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Emberly Brynn | Four Months

Weight: 13 pounds 5 ounces (28th percentile)
Birth: 7 lbs 5 oz
Height: 25.5 in (86th percentile)
Birth: 20 in
Head: 15.75 in (29th percentile)
Birth: 12.5 in
Tall & skinny – a true Crisp. 😉

EAT
Little miss still eats every 2ish hours and nurses for 5-7 minutes. She decided to start refusing a bottle for a couple weeks, but seems to be OK with it again as long as the milk is warm.


SLEEP

Emberly caught two colds this month, and woke up to nurse every two hours during the night for the duration of the cold. When she doesn’t have a cold, she sleeps through the night (aka 6-7 hours straight after we put her down). She takes 4 1-2 hours naps a day. We also weaned her out of the swaddle and she now sleeps in a cozy sleep sack.


PLAY
We’ve mastered tummy time! I started setting her up with the Boppy as support, and she really liked that, but we exclusively use the floor now. She likes to read Brown Bear and play with her rattle toys. She rolled over from tummy to back a couple times, which may have been accidental, but she still did it! Emberly also has been doing PT about once a week to treat her acquired torticollis (stiffness of neck/preference to one side) and has been doing great!


Emberly,

You have become SO much more interactive this month! You’ve started to giggle and it’s seriously so cute. You love to be around people, and smile and jump in my arms if anyone starts talking to you. While nursing you like to suddenly stop and stare at me, then give me this huge grin and then go back to eating and it melts my heart every time. Your cheeks are the most kissable thing ever and I kiss them at least 100 times a day. You are the best little girl!


FIRSTS

You went pumpkin picking. This was actually also a first for mommy!
You went to your first petting zoo (at the pumpkin patch) but weren’t too amused. Next year!
You had your first PT session to help your torticollis. You weren’t a fan at first, but now you like it pretty fine.
You rolled over! A few times, and the rolls were pretty accidental, but it still happened.
You (we) had our first overnight without daddy and you kept me company pretty well.
You had your first puppy play date and it was seriously the cutest thing. Now if you can just convince your daddy we need a puppy…


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A Morning at Apple Works

We have so many apple orchards/pumpkin patches in our area, but this past Saturday, we decided to check out Apple Works with some friends. Apple Works is perfect for kids – they have a petting zoo, trails, horse rides, a playground with a zip line, tractor rides and a huge pumpkin patch. In addition to the fun things for kids, they have a pretty decent country store with everything from preserves & jellies to all kinds of baked goods to fudge.
Our first stop was to get a huge apple fritter from the Ice Cream Shoppe, and it was amazing. We then headed to over to the petting zoo to check out all the animals.

After the petting zoo and horse ride for the 2-year-old, we hopped on the tractor for a ride to the pumpkin patch! The pumpkin patch was pretty big, and we took our time selecting the best pumpkins.

The cutest pumpkin. 😉

A little change & lunch break.

It was such a beautiful and fun morning, and I can’t wait to take Emberly back next year when she will appreciate the animals a little more.
Thanks for all the fun, Apple Works and H family! 🙂

Emberly Brynn | Three Months

Weight: pounds ounces (percentile)
Birth: 7 lbs 5 oz
Height: in (percentile)
Birth: 20 in
Head: in (percentile)
Birth: 12.5 in
*will update after


EAT

Emberly still nurses every 2 – 2.5 hours during the day for about 10 minutes and drinks 2-3 ounces when given a bottle. My favorite time to nurse her is in the mornings when she likes to take little breaks to smile at me. At the beginning of the month, she was still waking up twice a night to nurse, but we’ve got that down to one!


SLEEP
Emberly is back in her own room in the crib, and while that first week back in her room was pretty rough, we started intentional sleep training around week 10, and now she only wakes up once in the early morning to eat. She always manages to at least get one hand out of her swaddle and likes to suck her fingers (yay for self-soothing!).


PLAY

Tummy time is still not her favorite, but we’re working on it. She kicks her legs and waves her arms excitedly when we put her down to play with her play gym and tries to reach the toys. She has discovered her hands and liked to try and stuff both of them in her mouth at the same time.


Emberly,
You LOVE to stretch and it cracks your dad and me up every single time. You like to chat, especially in the mornings and after eating. Your little personality is starting to show, and we can’t wait to continue to see it develop. You’re a relatively easy-going baby and are so much fun.


FIRSTS
You took your first long roadtrip across several state lines down to South Caroline and met so many new relatives! You fussed a little on the way down, but were a rockstar all the way back home.
You went on your first hike and slept the whole time.
You went to Hobby Lobby for the first time and loved it. Aka slept the whole time.
You had your first playdate when some friends came over for a morning.
You went on your first 5K and naturally slept the entire time.
You spent your first Sunday morning in the nursery and were amazing.


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We love you so much, baby girl!

Emberly Brynn | Two Months

Weight: 11 pounds 7 ounces (48th percentile)
Birth: 7 lbs 5 oz
Height: 23 in (70th percentile)
Birth: 20 in
Head: 14.75in (22nd percentile)
Birth: 12.5 in


EAT

Emberly still eats about every 2 hours, and still likes to keep it pretty quick. She still takes a bottle pretty well and did fantastically when her aunt babysat her for a day.


SLEEP

Around week 7, we decided to move Emberly from our room to her own room. She sleeps pretty well in there, but we’re working on fewer nighttime awakenings. 😉 BUT at the beginning of week 8, she caught a cold so we put her back in our room for a few nights until she got over it. The sweetest moment of the day is when I go to get her in the mornings – she is usually wide awake and quietly just looking around in the dark, but when I open the curtains and and tell her “good morning”, she gets the biggest, sweetest smile on her face and starts trying to wriggle out of her swaddle. During the day she takes 1-3 hour naps in her swing or rock’n play.

PLAY

Emberly isn’t a huge fan of tummy time, so I tend to put it off, but we’re working on doing it more often. She loves to “talk” back to us with the most adorable coos and has started responsively smiling.


Emberly,
You had a little bit of a crazy week 6 when you decided to randomly cry for no reason. We were usually able to calm you down after a while, but thankfully you have outgrown this now. You have started smiling at us, and it’s seriously the best thing. You love bathtime with daddy and taking walks with mommy.

FIRSTS

You had your first passport picture taken and your hair looks hilarious. Thankfully, it doesn’t completely look like that in real life.
You went on your first (and second) photoshoot with mommy & daddy and were a trooper.
You had your first major blowout all over dad and were quite pleased with yourself afterwards.
You had an (almost) full day away from mom while she was in a wedding. Aunt Carrie watched you and you both had the best time (except during tummy time).
You suffered through you first cold like a champ and were still mostly a happy baby.
You went on your first coffee date with mommy & daddy.

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Happy 2 months, sweet girl!

Weekend in the South

A few weeks ago, we decided to make our way down South Carolina for Labor Day weekend so Emberly could meet more of relatives (finally some on my side!).

So, this past Friday, Emberly and I packed up and picked up Loren after work around 3pm, then we headed out of town with the rest of the Midwest. Or so it seemed between the rain and crazy traffic. Emberly did great at first, got fussy during the heavy rain and traffic, then eventually fell asleep for pretty much the rest of the trip. We pulled in to my aunt’s around 2:30am, exhausted, but so glad to be there.

One of her happier moments on the drive.

We spent the weekend visiting and catching up with so many relatives and a few friends, and since we took so many pictures, I’ll just let them do the talking.

Meeting Opa (my dad)! Just sad that Oma wasn’t there.
Skyping with Oma (my mom).
GG (my grandma) – E eventually decided to take a nap with her. 🙂

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Weekend Catchup

I totally failed in posting anything last week, so let’s catch up a little. We spent most of last weekend celebrating Vashti and Andrew. We had the rehearsal & dinner on Friday night, then the wedding on Saturday. I was a bridesmaid and Loren was the photographer, so Emberly got to spend the day with her Aunt Carrie and had the best time. This wedding was seriously one of the sweetest I’ve been to/in. Many happy tears were shed and we are SO happy for Vashti & Andrew!! I didn’t take any pics that day (left that to Loren 😉 ), so I just stole a couple of his.

Aren’t they just the cutest!?

Last Monday we celebrated 5 years of dating. I can’t believe it’s been that long! We had dinner at Cheddar’s to celebrate, since that’s where it all became official. And this time around, we didn’t mind our little third-wheeler one bit. 😉

This past weekend, we got out for a little evening walk at a nearby park on Friday. It’s been cooler in the mornings and evenings, but Miss E was quite content in her little cocoon.

Saturday, Loren headed out early for Dayton to shoot another wedding, and Emberly and I had a girls’ day. She had gotten a cold a couple days earlier, but was still her usual happy self. 🙂 We did a little consignment shopping (yay for Once Upon a Child!) and had story and nap time on the patio.

Sunday afternoon, we hit up a downtown coffee shop to get some work done.

How has your week been?

Emberly Brynn | One Month

What a month it’s been!
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Emberly at ONE month
Weight: 9 pounds 11 ounces (64th percentile)
Birth: 7 lbs 5 oz
Height: 21 in (43rd percentile)
Birth: 20 in
Head: 14.5 in (60th percentile)
Birth: 12.5 in


 ­EAT
Emberly loves to eat but doesn’t take her time with it. We were blessed with a perfect latch from the beginning and after about the first week, she became quite the efficient and fast eater. She eats every 2-3 hours during the day and struggled to stay awake for a full feeding at the beginning. Since she hadn’t quite gained back her birth weight by her first pediatrician visit, the dr. put her on Vitamin D, and since then she’s been filling out quite nicely. I mean, just check out those arm and leg rolls! Around week 4 we introduced the bottle, which she took like a champ, and has no trouble going back and forth from bottle to mom.


SLEEP

Girl loves to sleep and will pretty much sleep through anything – trumpet concerts (thanks to the neighbor), Sunday morning worship, at the mall, in the car, etc. She takes several 2ish hour naps throughout the day and sleeps 2-4 hours straight at night.


Emberly,

You really are the sweetest baby. You pretty much only fuss when you’re hungry or have a dirty diaper. I love your little grin (even if it just means you’re passing gas or pooping) and whenever you open your sweet little eyes. ­


You had so many FIRSTS this month!

Your first Sunday at church you slept like a baby through the whole worship service and sermon. ­
Your first visit to the pediatrician you didn’t like being undressed, but you didn’t mind the Dr.’s poking and prodding. ­
You met SO many friends and family and charmed them all. ­
You loved your first bath and continue to enjoy it every night (as long as you’re fed).
You joined your dad & me on a date night on the Canal. ­
You and I had our first girls’ trip to Target & Starbucks and have had a few more since then.
You visited daddy at work and he enjoyed showing you off to all his coworkers.
You stayed with your first babysitters – grandma & grandpa Crisp – for a couple of hours and were pretty good for most of the time.

You went on your first road trip to visit your grandparents and great-grandmothers and were loved on by so many people.


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Happy 1 Month, sweet girl!