My little family!

My little family!

Monday, November 28, 2011

weeks 24 and 25!!!

24 weeks in KEY LARGO!

Thanksgiving in Fort Lauderdale!!

25 weeks wearing her new winter jacket for the first time!

Bad blogger, right here.

The past two weeks have been lovely.

I have so much to write but I'm boiling her toys to sanitize, I'm watching her roll from back to belly on the floor (woo!!) and I'm trying to stay awake all at the same time.

Music class ended :( Holiday session starts next week and we can't wait - we were so excited we tried going today only to realize it starts next week - duh mama.

Florida was fabulous -- we were there for a week and had lots of England family time, lots of friend time, a wonderful mini-vacation to Key Largo where Layla LOVED the beach and sand, we took her 6 month pictures, we played, we tried avocado (and didn't hate it!), we tried a sippy cup (and loved it) and more!!!

Last night we started crib/sleep training - when I say it was one of the worst things I've ever done, I'm not kidding. She went to sleep great at 7 PM - slept until 10:30 PM - and basically cried from 10:30 - 2:30 AM, non-stop. It was terrible, awful, no good. We took turns going in every 10 minutes (after the initial 3 and 5 minute wait) - it was just bad bad bad. Everyone I talk to tells me to stick with it, stay consistent, so that's the plan!!! I may need to medicate myself with some wine tonight. Uhhhh.

OK - it's cyber Monday, I have holiday shopping to do and a baby to play with!!

A longer entry next week - especially since my girl will be SIX MONTHS OLD!!!!! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

23 weeks!!

Happy bug ready for music class!

Layla or Elton John...? You decide.

Mama smooches.

I'm a bad blogger... this will be another quick entry.

We had a great week and we're getting ready for Florida on Friday!! Her 3rd trip in 5 1/2 months. Pretty insane and fabulous!

On Sunday, we introduced bananas. She doesn't love them but she doesn't seem to hate them either. I guess she is tolerating them? She loves her cereal - last night I managed to give her half a banana (I am just mushing it until it's liquid and adding a bit of water/formula/breast milk (whatever I have handy) and feeding. She LOVES her high chair and thinks it's really funny when she drops the toys I give her to play with off the high chair. Little stinker ;)

Monday was our last music class of fall semester..... 10 weeks FLEW by! It was so much fun and we will definitely be signing up for the holiday session (3 weeks) and the winter session starting in January. It's a great outlet for me and she is becoming more and more interested in the music, kids and teacher. Who knows, maybe she'll be a singer! Josh & I are constantly playing her music and she loves it.

Yesterday we spent the morning visiting Mom-Mom Millie and Mom-Mom Rose. It was wonderful to see them and it had been entirely too long since my last visit - I hope to see them more often moving forward. Layla loves them both and stayed awake the entire time, smiling and laughing while they kisses her cheeks!

A big shout-out to Mom-Mom Millie, my favorite blog reader <3 Thank you for keeping up with this week after week.... we love you so very much!!! It was so much fun singing "You Are My Sunshine" with you to Layla!!

I'm very much looking forward to our Florida trip - plans include seeing friends and family, eating lots, celebrating Turkey Day and realizing all we have to be thankful for!!

Layla slept from 7 PM - 5 AM last night without eating.. pretty good, however 12 -5 was spent in our bed. Post- Florida, let the sleep training BEGIN!!! It's been way too many weeks of constant interrupted sleep for this mama... I think I may be going insane.

On a side note... I'm proud to report I'm officially down 38.6 pounds. I have another 14.0 pounds to go until I'm back to pre-baby weight!!! (With an additional 10 pound hopefully weight loss on top of that). I'm down 8.0 from weight watchers... I'm keeping on keeping on! Hopefully I'll meet my goal of 2012 back to pre-baby weight but I doubt it.. we shall see.

Also... a huge and special congrats to my beautiful friend Amy on the birth of her son, Kole Michael today!!!! We are SO happy for you and can't wait to meet your gorgeous little man!! He looks just like Jordyn and I know your family of 4 is so full of love today!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

22 weeks!!!

My 22 week year old......

She eats cereal every night (a tablespoon of rice cereal mixed with 4-5 tablespoons of breastmilk).
She holds her own bottle.
She doesn't sleep a full night.
She smiles at anyone, anything and everything.
She squeals, laughs, growls, talks, coos and snores.
She had her first trainride to NYC on Sunday and did fantastic.
She is going to Florida next week for the third time.
She is perfection.

Her mama....
is tired.
is happy.
is moody, at times.
is frustrated with the hair falling out, the bad skin and the flab that is comfortably resting along her tummy.
is down about 37 pounds with about 15 pounds to go but can see her body is completely different.
is already planning her 22 week's 1st birthday party.
is OCD.
is ready for another baby. (ha!)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

5 months!

5 month stats:
Weight: At her 4 month appointment, she was 14 pounds, 15 ounces (75th percentile). My guess is closer to 16 pounds by now!
Height: 25 1/4 inches (75th percentile) at her last appointment! Maybe 26 inches by now?? 
Eating: Still breastfeeding every 2-3 hours with about 4-5 bottles of formula a week from Brooke (Nanny) and my parents. Cereal for the first time this morning and will start eating more and more food everyday!
Clothes: 3 month (still fits although beginning to get small), 3-6 month and just beginning to wear 6 month!
Diaper: Size 2.

My Layla,

5 months and beyond amazing.  

It's crazy -- I CAN'T believe you are a big 5 months!!! You are so kind, sweet, loving, easy-going and full of smiles. 

This past month, we have seen the biggest changes in you. You are no longer a squishy little infant - you are a little person!! You love to play, relax, walk, stand, sit-up, all of it. Your Baby Einstein Exerciser (Daddy calls it mission control) is your favorite place to be. You have mastered all the toys on there including pressing the buttons, spinning the toys and moving around. It's incredible to watch you in there - you are very determined! I bought you a jumparoo a couple of weeks ago and you're not quite big enough for it yet -- we'll try again within the next few weeks. You are so good at head control, sitting up (assisted (barely!) and unassisted using your hands for support), and standing holding on to us. You have rolled over a few times (belly to back) but you don't do it often. You havent' yet rolled back to front but you get on your side. You also love your activity mat, bouncy seat, bumbo and crib (to play in, not sleep). 

You still sleep in our room, in the pink seat. I hate to admit it but you're becoming a terrible sleeper - I think it's teething combined with the pacifier falling out combined with the "4 month wakeful period". Mommy is very tired but pushing through. I am going to "sleep train" after we get back from Florida in 2 weeks. I'm nervous but I know it'll be better for me and you! You are napping better through the day which is a huge help - no set schedule but one morning nap and one afternoon nap. You have moved your bedtime up from 8:30 to 7:00! It's fun and you still go to sleep by yourself, very easily. You LOVE sleeping in our bed and seem to sleep best there (shocker!). You are so much fun to cuddle with though, how can I resist those sweet moments? 

You had cereal this morning for the first time - you LOVED it - it was so very exciting. You sat in the bumbo on the dining room table and Daddy fed you. You took to it right away - I am so proud! You also had a little taste of banana the other night twice and went crazy for it. I bought the Baeba baby food maker yesterday and plan to make all of your food (using organic fruits and veggies) - I'm excited! 

You're great in the car - we took out your infant padding in the car seat and it makes it much more roomy. You don't sleep as much in the car so we listen to your music and you smile and talk. 

You still love music class - it's so much fun! I think we will sign on for another 10 weeks - it's a great bonding time and we get to have lunch with Daddy afterwards! 

You are holding toys, grabbing anything and everything that you can reach - you are also teething so bad. I tried Natural orajel and you hated it (they gave it a weird taste). I've given you baby Tylenol 4 times and it seems to help. I feel so bad but you don't seem to be any fussier from it! Maybe a little more congested but that may be thanks to winter? 

You make the BEST noises nowadays - you talk, laugh, screech, giggle, growl. You are so sweet and stare right at whoever you are talking to - it's like we can all have Layla conversations!! 

You hate your bath but (not to jinx it) -- you were really happy the past 2 baths!! I'm hoping it's not a fluke. We gave you bath toys to play with and it seemed to distract you a lot - phew!! Maybe the days of screaming during the bath are behind us. 

You are so very special to us. You are the light of our lives and getting bigger and more beautiful everyday. Your hair is getting lighter but coming in thick! It sticks up all over the place and it's so cute. You also still have big blue eyes - SO weird as mommy and daddy both have brown, but we'll take it!! 

You've been to Florida (twice), Atlantic City (twice), countless restaurants, malls, stores and more. You make the best partner in crime!! We are going to NYC tonight to have dinner with Grandma and I think you'll really love the city!!! 

You have so many people that love you and we are so lucky to call you ours. Keep growing, playing, learning, singing, reading. 

We love you so much!
Mama (and Dada, Shluffy & Rigby)

Great Grandma and Layla 
Grandpa and Layla in Sarasota!

We love eating our shirt!



Always smiling!

Layla and her great-grandparents!

Ready for the SNOW!

We love to play!

Let me grab your face, ma!


Cutest cow!


Daddy and Layla eating grass?


Funny ;) 

Ready for cereal! And a good book!


num num num!

I won't waste a drop!

My favorite toy! "Mission Control"


My snow bunny!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

21 weeks - Happy Halloween!!!

21 weeks!

Another week, come and gone...but not without a little bit of excitement!! 

On Saturday, we (PA/NJ/NY) got a snowstorm. In October. Out of no where. And not just a little bit of snow... A LOT. During the day, it was beautiful. I took Layla outside in her bumbo and she did really well and loved watching the snow. Short after, our power went out around 1:00 PM. And it didn't return until Monday at 4:00 AM. We decided Saturday night while we still had to light to pack up and head over to my sister's house - it ended up being a fun 2-night stay but alas, annoying and frustrating! Layla, of course, was a champ and slept beautifully while we were there (in bed with me, ha). My little lady has now experienced an earthquake, hurricane AND snow-storm and she's not even 5 months old!!

Not too much else -- Layla's sleep is still up and down. I'm going to start sleep training after our week-long stay in Florida for Thanksgiving. I'm not looking forward to it but I know it has to happen - plus I said I'd do it no matter what by the time she is 6 months old. 

She is amazing. She's really into toys and has been grabbing at anything and everything she can see. She sticks everything in her mouth and LOVES to play. She has tried her jumparoo a few times but she's not quite big enough. I have so much to say but I'll save it for her 5 month entry on SUNDAY!

We're also excited for Layla's first trip to NYC on Sunday night - Josh's mom is coming up for a girl's weekend so we're meeting her there for dinner at Picolo Angelo - YUM! I'm excited.

ALSO -- while I was pregnant, I volunteered to take part in an awesome experience - a photographer I have worked with in the past made an awesome calendar of all pregnant bellies. I am the apple (September) - all proceeds go to a great cause if you want to buy one! Click here to see how to buy one! :) (That's the photographer's blog)

Okay... while the babe is sleeping I am going to do laundry and read HUNGER GAMES! It's so good!!!