Emberly Brynn | Six Months

Weight: 14 pounds 2 ounces (11th percentile)
Birth: 7 lbs 5 oz
Height: 26.5 in (67th percentile)
Birth: 20 in
Head: 16.5 in (35th percentile)
Birth: 12.5 in

Emberly started eating solids daily this month. She likes everything she tries and will try everything. So far she’s had rice cereal, sweet potatoes, applesauce, carrots, green beans, a baguette, oatmeal and eggs.  About halfway through the month we started transitioning to nursing every 3 hours instead of 2.

This month we had highs and lows with sleep. Before we left for our 3 week trip to Europe, Emberly would go to bed around 7:30pm and sleep until 7:30/8:00am, waking up 2-3 times per night and go right back to sleep after nursing. Then we went to Germany and the jetlag was a real nightmare. The first 2 nights she woke up every hour and was completely inconsolable. Then Loren read up on how to get a baby over jetlag (he’s the real MVP) and a few nights later she started sleeping better.  Towards the end of the month, she transitioned to 2 1-2 hour naps a day.

Emberly loves to stuff her feet and hands in her mouth and waves her arms to reach for things. She likes to carefully examine whatever toy she’s given, then stuff it in her mouth. As far as rolling goes – she can do it but so far mostly does it on accident when she’s in her crib. Definitely a social baby, she loves to see people and smiles and giggles to get anyone’s attention.

Everything about you is sweet – the way you pull up and snuggle into your sleepsack at night, the way you try to get everyone’s attention and smile and babble until they look at you (which usually doesn’t take long 😉 ), the way you stop nursing and look very concerned when you hear an unusual sound, the way you try to stuff your pacifier back in your mouth (usually backwards), the way you giggle after you sneeze, the way you greet me with a huge smile when you wake up – basically anything and everything you do. Most everyone you meet says the same thing – you are the smiliest baby they know – and I have to agree.


You experienced your first snow (in Indiana).

You finally rolled (back to tummy) on your own!

You went on your first flight(s) and, well, survived.

You went out of the country for the first time. And then to a total of 5 new ones.

You went on your first street car ride.

You met your Oma, more aunts & uncles and German cousins.

You celebrated your first Christmas (in Germany) and New Year’s (in Switzerland).

You visited your first castle.

You’ve hard first tastes of so many different foods and seem to like pretty much everything that’s put in your mouth.

Photo Dump

Holiday Party 2016/2017

As I mentioned yesterday, we had two parties this weekend. As soon as Abby’s party was over, we headed home to finish setting up for our annual holiday party. I usually like to have a party sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but between weddings, new job training and the holidays themselves, it didn’t happen until now. Which turned out just fine and I may start doing it every January instead of December. It’s all just a plot to keep up my Christmas decorations longer. 😉

Anyway, we squeezed 4 other couples around the table for a Raclette dinner and chocolate fondue. Raclette is a Swiss meal that involves lots of melted cheese and potatoes. We used to eat Raclette regularly in Germany while I was growing up, and when my parents sent me my very own Raclette grill for Christmas, I knew we had to have it for the party.

After we were stuffed, we exchanged white elephant gifts and played a few other games before taking awkward family photos. We had such a fun and laughter-filled night, and once again, I am so grateful for the friendships we’ve established here!

Happy Thanksgiving/Merry Christmas/Happy New Year!

January Update

As you may or may have noticed, my blog has been getting up update. The process of transferring posts + busy weeknights has taken me way too long to post again, but here I am finally at it again!

Let’s play a little catch up, shall we? We had a lot that happened just after Christmas. 4 of us 6 sisters & our respective families were able to get together for a few days, and it was a blast. There were 7 nephews and nieces 4 & under, so I can assure you it was never boring. Or quiet. In the best way. One of the nights, we made fondue, which was pretty hilarious with some of the kids. It was such a sweet time to be together and I hope we can do that again sooner than later. Now for some pictures of those fun times.
















New Year’s Eve we spent with Dawn & Heather & their families and cheered in the New Year with some sparkling juice.

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New Year’s Day, we traveled down to Columbus to see the Columbus Zoo Light Tour with Crystal & Joel.











And the rest of January worth noting so far:

We finally had a full weekend at home.
Loren and I started commuting to work together (he has a 10 week internship downtown).

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We had a dinner and date night (thanks Heather & Marcus!) and saw the newest Star Wars. So good!


Got some snow (this was from the first round).


Joanna came one Friday before she went back to school for some girl time and bridesmaids dress shopping.

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We’ve had friends over, and been over to friends’ houses.

I hope you have had a lovely start to this new year!
One of my resolutions is to be more disciplined in posting on this little blog. So cheers to that!

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