It almost seems serial that we have been parents for over 11 months now. I can’t imagine life without our little bug at our feet. Life has changed a ton, but I am so thankful for how it has changed and wouldn’t trade it for anything!
Clothes: Our little peanut is still in 9 months clothes and doesn’t seem to be moving up in sizes any time soon! She still wears some 6 month shorts and 6-9 pjs. She is still in size 2 diaper and wears size 1 shoes! I think half the reason she is so tiny is that she is ALWAYS on the move- she never stops so whatever she eats just gets burned right off!
Food: Don’t let Liddy’s small stature fool you into thinking that she doesn’t eat… cuz man this girl can eat! It amazes me at how much she can it. She loves food, loves feeding herself, and loves screaming for her food. Yes, screaming- not a super proud parent moment for us… we are trying to work on it by teaching her baby signing, but she knows what she wants and lets you know it. I unfortunately, don’t have much patience for meal time- Chase does a much better job than I do. Its amazing how much being a parent reveals sin in my heart! Any suggestions on how to work on meal time manners (I know she is only 11 months +, so it may just come with age), I would love to hear them! We are still nursing about 4-5 times a day. She can go much longer periods between feedings- which has been nice for momma!
One the menu this month:
- Pasta (loves it)
- Spaghetti (super messy, but yummy)
- We are doing more baby food veggies- she went through a stage of not liking them, but we tried again, and she really likes them- store bought has been the way we have gone- way too hard to make my own on the road
- Rice (fried & steamed)
Sleep: Considering that we have been on the road and sleeping in multiple different places she has done pretty well. The first week we were at my mom’s in Albuquerque was rough- she was waking up 1-3 times in the night! AHhhh. that is rough when you aren’t used to it. She was teething (getting 4 top teeth in at once!) and had a cold- poor baby. Gramzi was sweet and took the monitor for us a few nights. But for the most part she sleeps about 9-10 hours at night. Waking up around 7:30 am every morning… usually no matter what time she goes to bed! She is a morning girl. We were in an in-between stage of 2 naps is too much, but one nap was not enough. But lately she has been taking a pretty consist 2 naps a day! Its crazy how you think they are going to start doing one thing and then change on you again… babies. 🙂
Travel & family: Since we have been in the states for a longer period of time than we planned, we have gotten lots of quality family time! It has been so fun to watch Liddy bond with her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins! What an unexpected blessing. She has done so well with going to new people, traveling around, and getting lots and lots of attention- she of course hates that part- NOT! She loves getting so much attention. We have been to Dallas, Denver, Albuquerque, and Lubbock. She has gotten to go to a Ranger baseball game and a Texas Tech football game, to a water park and has spent lots of time in the pool.
love bare-bottom babies! esp these bare-bottoms
Other exciting stuff:
* Lydia crawled on grass for the first time this month. She was so funny- wasn’t sure what to do at first, but warmed up to it by the end.
*Like I said before, she is getting her top 4 teeth in! All.at.once. = fun.times. Her top left one popped through first. On August 12 is when I first noticed them coming in. We are still waiting for them to pop all the way through.
*She is pulling up and cruising on all furniture. We have been thinking any day now she will start walking, but is still content with crawling around. She has gotten much faster at this skill- it amazes me at how fast she can change rooms!
*She is super curious and loves to explore new things. Her attention span is about 2 minutes long.
*She will play by herself, but also loves when you are on the floor with her playing.
*She loves to dance, clap her hands, smile, laugh, eat, get attention, loves dogs, and people.
*Since we have been in the states she has loved being around dogs! She tries to say “woof woof” in whisper while she points or crawls to dogs.
*Her favorite thing is to put her hands out in an “I don’t know” position…. it is so cute. (pictured below)
*She babbles and says “mamaa”, “dada” , but I am not convinced that she associates it with us yet, so I am not counting it as her first word yet!
*We got to spend a morning in the pool with a sweet friend, Lesley, and her adorable baby boy, Cooper- we are working on their marriage contract 🙂 They interacted much more this time than they did at Christmas!
*She went to Sunday school for the first time this month and did so great! We would have taken her soon if we had the opportunity… what a blessing child care is! We really enjoyed getting to go to church without a busy bee in our arms!
*Dad makes her laugh the most. I love seeing Chase with her- she is wrapped around his finger.
*We have started to put her in shoes this month- We never messed with them before- they would always fall off and it was way too hot in the desert to wear them, but I am trying to get her used to them before she starts walking.
*She has started to join in when we sing “patty cake patty cake”- its so cute, she rolls hers hands and everything. She also loves to sing “itsy bitsy spider”, “skdamarinkadink”, and “twinkle twinkle little star”
*She loves to climb on everything. Since being in the land of dishwashers – America- she has discovered how much she loves them (as does her momma, but for different reasons), including climbing on them! We have to keep our eye on this one!
*When she gets excited she claps her hands and kicks her legs super fast.
*We still watch Praise Baby, but mostly in the car, since she doesn’t sit still at home to watch it any more.
We love you. Our prayer for you is to grow up knowing and serving Jesus with all your heart. We pray daily for your health, that you grow big and strong and that you will know that Jesus loves you and so do we! YOu have been such a joy to have with us as we live this crazy life. Thanks for going with the flow and being flexible.
We love you more than you know!
love, momma & daddy