Sunday, September 28, 2014

6 Months!!!

How is my Mini already 6 months?! I know I start every monthly update like this, but tt boggles my mind to think about how little she used to be.

Here are some of Gwen's stats!
20 pounds.
1st tooth has come in, mamelons and all! (PS. Gwen makes learning teeth eruption so much easier than my textbooks. Her tooth is number "P"!)
When she is happy, she'll say, "Dadadadadadada!"
When she is so, so, so sad, she says, "Mamamama."
Mini loves to sing. If she can hear you singing, she'll start singing too! She'll stop when you stop, and start when you start. She's so fabulous.
She can rock back and forth on her hands and knees, and she can do push-ups.
Gwen wakes up in the middle of the night to eat, and her rolls are a testimony of her appetite.
She loves eating my backpack.
She still loves swimming.
She loves noise. Any kind of noise, except for thunder and when Jake moves rocks on our apartment drive thing, makes Gwen smile and laugh and wiggle!
Gwen is extremely mobile. We can't leave her on our bed like we used to because she scoots backwards, right off! Also, she loves hiding under our bed and when we can't find her, we'll look under the bed, and she's just smiling and waiting to be found!
She loves peekaboo.
Her hair is so long in front that it's starting to get in her eyes!
6 months of chunky.
Modelling her chunk.
Her tooth!

Just hanging with her bestie, Lydia. Lydia and Gwendolyn forever.

She tells me to go to school with this face.

Rachel, Will, and Gwen, aka the twins!

Gwen drank water, and she loved it.

Will and Gwen discussing their serious friendship.

This picture is perfection.

She loves playing with that mat!

Her first time getting up on her hands and toes!

Gwennie and Will!

Gwen eating Will, and him being okay with it.

"That's enough, Mom."

Friday, September 5, 2014

Month 5.

GWEN! How is she already 5 months!? She is delicious.

Mini weighs 18 pounds and has delicious rolls all over her body. We have to make sure to clean out her neck roll because the weirdest stuff gets stuck in it if we don't!

She wears 6-9 month onsies and outfits. They are a little bit too tall for her, but they fit her shoulders, belly, and bum so we like them.

We cannot figure out what to do about her diaper situation. Gwen has always done great with Target brand diapers. Those were the only ones that she wouldn't explode out of, so we just stuck with them. Lately, after some random explosions of not enough poop to cause an explosion, we upped her to size 4, but Target's aren't doing the trick, and neither are Pampers. I think we'll try Huggies once we finish all the diapers we have left!

Gwen rolls to the left and to the right now. She can scoot herself backwards, and it really confuses her! She'll try to get something in front of her, but end up farther away and it is devastating to her!

Mini started solids! She loves avocado and sweet potatoes, but dislikes squash and carrots. We got a Baby Bullet and have been shopping at the farmer's market, so we like to say Gwen is all organic! It's fun to make her foods. I love that bullet!

Gwen isn't too fond of walks lately. I think it's because she thinks we're trying to get her to fall asleep.

Mini's bum is the cutest thing, ever.

She has a key-toy that she is OBSESSED with. She shakes that thing so vigorously, and then it flings out of her hand and she is not happy! It's hilarious to see her throw so well!

Her motor control is developing so well. If you hold something out to her, she can actually reach out for it and grab it.

She is starting to get the hang of eating, and will actually swallow food, versus spitting it out. She's learning that drinking and eating require different tongue movements, and it is so cute!

ABC Song is still her favorite. She just laughs and laughs when we sing it! Maybe it's our awkward singing voices. . .  HA!

Gwen still loves being swaddled, but she will struggle in her sleep to free her arms. We put her to sleep with a silky in her reach, and when we wake up and the sun is coming in through the cracks in the black out curtains, you can guarantee that the silky is on her face to cover up any light. She is a late riser!

That being said, Gwen naps in the daylight with no blackout curtains like a champ!

She is starting to understand the concept of Peekaboo!

She loooooves looking at herself in the mirror.

She loves people watching and therefore loves church.

Gwen voted for the first time.

She has learned that wearing headbands is funner if you pull them down to be a necklace instead.

She got her first cold. We would place a folded quilt underneath a light pillow at bedtime, and we'd prop her up from her waist up. That helped her so much! She already has a hard time breathing, so a cold was really tough for her. After we figured out the pillow trick, she got better so quickly!

We went to Sedona, and she HATED it. The trail we were on was bumpy, so she was ticked off. It also was EXTREMELY hot. I think, in her life so far, that that is the time I felt like the worst mom. I didn't realize it was going to be such a hot day. Luckily, I had a light blanket and a full water bottle, so I would soak the blanket and give it to her. She would rub her face with it, suck on it, and I'd squeeze it out on her. That made it so much better. We found some shade to wait under (Jake was a lot of miles up the same trail on his bike) and she loved looking around! She'd never seen those Sedona reds, and I think she was a fan.

Gwen and Ridgey took their cousin-ship to a whole new level: holding hands and gazing at each other while communicating telepathically. It was great!

Here's a funny story! Gwennie went on a sort of napping-crib-strike. She would nap on the floor, in our arms, on our bed. . .but not in her crib. Typically, we'll see that she's getting tired and wrap her up to put her in her crib so she can fall asleep. . . but she was not having it! She would shout until we got her out of there. Even if we put her to sleep and then put her in her bed, she would wake up madder than a wet hen! I decided to stop fighting the strike, and would just wrap her up and put her on our bed. She loved it! She could see out the window, and it was always raining and she was on cloud 9! It was so fun because it was only a nap time thing, and only lasted a few weeks.

Gwen hated doing pictures this time because her shirt was so tight. See those muscles?!

First last day of undergrad. We had to wake Gwen up, and she was dazed.

When we feed Mini, we sit her in the bumbo.

Clearly, she is trying to escape.

Modeling her rocking hair do.

Life is tragic when you pull your headband off!

I love this babe. When she cries I laugh and take pictures. She gets so mad!

I don't know if I've talked about fairy music before, but Gwen is just like me in that she is going to love the recorder!

Gwen normally loves selfies, but she wasn't into it this day!

We went adventuring the Sunday before school started. It was a dream. . . Gwen did not think so.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

My life as a temporary single mom.

J's new job often takes him into cities surrounding Flagstaff, but they have sent him to New Mexico for a week. He is training with a man named Nick, and Nick's area is similar to Jake's in Flagstaff. He's been gone since Monday, and he will come home in a couple of days.

Things I've Learned:
1. Time management. I've never gotten so much homework and so many assignments done in a day as I do now. I know Gwennie won't remember me going away for school every day, 8 hours each time, but I do. There is nothing to remedy this schedule, so I make the time I have at home count. When that baby is awake, we play, and we play hard. We laugh, we bounce, we dance, we sing, we walk, we roll. . . we do everything we can. When Mini naps, I turn her sound soother on loud and get to work. I work meticulously, and I work fast. When I hear Gwen start to stir and wake up, I start wrapping up work, and when she is full blown awake, we play hard all over again.
2. I'm not really a single mom. When a nap doesn't go long enough and I can't get enough done, the next nap will always be a little longer so make up for it. I don't attribute that to Gwen; I know that God is helping me through. In so many things, I can see his hand helping me along. From little things like dropping a hole punch on the table and having it knock into a full bottle of fresh and uncapped milk without tipping or spilling at all, to the little scripture and prayer time we have before bed, I know I'm not alone, and I know Gwen isn't either.
3. Teachers are more likely to help you if they know what is going on. I missed an entire patient case study and the first quiz in one of my classes with a pretty difficult teacher. As soon as I realized it, I emailed her letting her know my situation, and she let me do the case study for partial credit. To some, that may not seem like fair, but this was a humongous gesture. I'm so thankful for her being willing to help me.
4. Singing, dancing, and talking to each other kindly help bad moods go away. Sometimes Gwen is not happy. She'll be tired or bored or who knows what, but just not happy. Same goes for me. But in those times, when I smile and talk to Gwen, or turn on Taylor Swift's "Shake it off" for a dance party, and when Gwennie high pitched scream/talks to me and then laughs, everything is better. A simple smile or laugh go a long way in this family!
5. I seriously am a sleeper. I had no clue I was such a needy sleep person, but my gosh. I love sleep, and I think when J gets home this Friday, I know that man will miss his baby and need to play with her as much as possible. . . and I intend on sleeping the entire time.
6. It is important to say no. Or yes. It's important to only commit to what you know you can handle. I've said no to hair appointments, study groups, dinners out. . . all sorts of things because I know I want to commit 100% to Gwen. Priorities are vital.

And now for some pictures we've taken since Jake has been away. 
Gwen being a model. Typical.

We were Facetime-ing and I was showing him my lower arch and how my crown looks misaligned. HAHAH! Marriage.


Mini bumped her head on the carseat and it did this. I expected a cry, but she looked at me like, "Did you see that!? It was funny, mom!"

We send J selfies while he's away.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Family Pictures!

Our great friend, Kayla, introduced us to a photographer in town by gifting us a newborn session for Gwendylface. The pictures turned out beautiful, and we LOVED the photographer, Clarice. We decided we wanted to get better family pictures done when Gwen was older, and Clarice was absolutely game.

One day, I got a text from Clarice saying that she'd be moving within the month, and asking if we wanted to a shoot before she left. We jumped on the chance, and a day before she moved, she took our photos!

Clarice is so fun to work with! We loved spending some time with her, and I am waiting anxiously for the prints I've ordered to hang up on our walls!