Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Paige, Eight Months Old: Waving, Talking, Cruising

RICHLAND, WASH. -- I feel like Paige has grown leaps and bounds this past month. The girl is waving, pulling herself up on everything, climbing stairs, and cruising like a pro. She's also starting to "talk" a lot more. Not long ago, I was worried that she wasn't making many consonant sounds. But, not to worry, the girl started rattling them off in the past week or so and hasn't stopped. A few times she has even said, "Mmmm" and the mom part of me wants to think she is saying, "mom." So, I'm going to keep thinking that.

See those cute little teeth? Her top ones should pop out any day now.

The girl doesn't sit still for a minute. I'll often find her in the front entryway, where she has pulled herself up to see out the windows, which sit just at her level. She stands there for a while, bouncing up and down and chatting incessantly. 

  • Hasn't been weighed or measured this month

EATING: She still eats best when she can feed herself.  

SLEEPING: Naps twice a day, Once in the mornings and again around 1ish. She's in bed around 7. She often wakes up around midnight or 2 a.m. No idea why. And then again around 6:30. Sometimes earlier and will go back to sleep for about an hour if I feed her. 

WEARING: 9 months and 12 month clothes

INTERESTING TIDBITS: She loves to be held and sitting in my lap. If I'm anywhere within reach, she will crawl to me and pull herself up on my legs to be held. If I'm sitting down on the ground, she will crawl over from wherever she is and climb in my lap. 

-She is climbing our stairs now too! AH! I know we should get a baby gate... but we haven't yet. They're just so trashy looking. She's made her way up 5 or 6 stairs so far. It's quite the work out for that little girl! Thankfully we usually see her making her way to the stairs so we can watch her better. But she is a sneaky one and I've found her there a time or two while I've been making dinner. She's just so fascinated... 

-Since she naps at 1, our church from 11 to 2 is rough toward the end. Thankfully, Isaac is the only one who can get her to fall asleep in his arms still. So, during the third hour of church, he will take her and magically get her to fall asleep in his arms. He has been known to slowly wander past the Relief Society room just so I can see his special talent in action. 

-Her hair, though still wispy and thin, is starting to grow back now. It's coming in a lighter, blonde color. 
The weather has been warming up, so we love being outside!

-She and Marin are cute together. Marin is often too rough with her (I don't think she is aware of her own strength) and sometimes Paige ends up pushed over, with arms strangling her neck, pinned down and in tears. Here's a little peak into their shenanigans... 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Seven Months Old: Teeth!

RICHLAND, WASH. -- Paige sprouted her two bottom teeth this month! Consequently, she has had a hard time going to sleep at night. With the way she wears herself out during the day, it's hard to believe she doesn't crash easier. The girl is always on the go, exploring and checking out every nook and cranny. She loves to hang out on the stairs, but isn't quite tall enough to get her chubby little legs up over the first stair to start climbing. 

On the go constantly!

Decorating cookies with cousins

Aunt Mikael and her kids came to play during their spring break

This is the best picture I could get of the girls in matching dresses on Easter. Tough love.

  • Hasn't been weighed or measured this month
EATING: Same as last month. She loves most foods and eats best when I let her feed herself. So, we've been doing a lot of finger foods. She gets distracted so easily if Marin is around and won't eat. 

SLEEPING: Naps twice a day, generally. Once in the mornings and again around 1ish. She's in bed around 6:30 or 7, but has been waking up soon after I lay her down, because I think her mouth hurts. She will sleep through the night more often than not these days, but occasionally wakes up around 4:30 or 5 am, eat and go back to sleep. She's usually up for the day by 6:30. Marin is up by then too these days (ugh) and if she hears Paige chatting to herself in her crib, she often goes in to join her. Its fun to listen to the two of them laugh and jabber through the baby monitor in my room. When I go to get Paige in the morning's, she'll greet me with the biggest smile and kick her legs and flap her arms. Marin gets an even bigger reaction, followed by squeals. I love these two girls and their cute relationship with each other. 

WEARING: 9 months and 12 month 

  • Her two bottom teeth came in this past week. I have a feeling her two top ones will be following shortly.
  • She's gotten really fantastic at crawling. She goes everywhere and is getting faster at moving around. If I turn my back for two seconds she'll already be in another room and I'll have to go searching for her. 
  • She still doesn't make many consonant noises, like Marin used to at this age, but she has her own sounds she does frequently... Oh's, ah's and uhs, and a lot of ffff's. She also growl's a lot. Marin will copy her and Paige does it right back. This goes back and forth for a while and usually ends up with the girls giggling. It's really cute. I need to remember to record it one of these days.