Friday, 9 October 2015

Quinn - 8 Months

"Well, that just made my day!" I heard that three times the other day when you treated absolutely everyone you saw with your special smile. And I couldn't have felt more proud of you Quinn.

No matter where we are, you don't let anyone get past you without a smile. And most of the time it stops people in their tracks and they can't help but come over and try to get another 1, 2 or 10 grins out of you. I hope you never lose that desire to make someone's day. It takes very little, but can mean so much.

You're 8 months old and once again have changed so much since my last post just two months ago. You are a pro at sitting up now and roll and scooch yourself backwards all over the place. You've started to get up on your hands and knees and rock back and forth and even attempted to pull yourself up onto things. Crawling and standing will definitely be a part of our next post.

I am not sure what you weight right now, but you are comfortably out of 6 month clothes and wearing 9 month and even some 9-12 month stuff. You started off slow, but you are catching up fast.

Just the other day I finally got rid of the bathtub support and decided it was time you sat in the tub without any help. I don't think I am moving you along as fast as I did your brother, partly because I don't want you to grow up any faster and partly because you seem so much smaller than he was. It's also probably a second child thing too. 

And thank the lord! You have stopped puking so much. It still happens, but your disgusting factor has definitely decreased. Or has it? You've replaced puking with being as or even more messy an eater than your brother was. The plus side is you are as good an eater as he was, but every meal has me trying to wipe sticky bits of mum mums or crusted puree out of your hair.

You currently love cheese, bananas and yogurt. You also have yet to turn your nose up to anything I throw in the blender for you. We are still waiting on teeth but you still manage well with some finely chopped finger foods.

You were sick for the first time at the end of August and really scared your mom for a couple hours. A stomach bug hit you hard and it took us several hours to get you to keep any sort of liquid down. I was very worried about dehydration, but thankfully your dad thought to call the healthline and we were told exactly what to do.

Although you haven't said any words yet, you natter away all the time and can roll your Rs like no one's business. It's the curtest thing ever!

You continue to be my easy going sidekick and I can't thank you enough for making life so easy. You are happy to do what it takes to make sure your brother gets the attention he needs or when mommy needs just a little time to herself. 

Speaking of your brother you continue to idolize him and he loves you to bits. He loves to play with you as long as he calls the shots on what toys you have, but you don't mind. I have even caught him sharing his beloved Paw Patrol or Cars toys with you. That's huge Quinn.

Quinn we couldn't feel more thankful that you are ours or thank you enough for making our day every day. You are exactly what we need, exactly when we need it. xoxoxo

Monday, 10 August 2015

Quinn - 6 Months

Six months already. Quinn, how did that happen? It has honestly gone by in a blink of an eye and now your moving into the stage where things speed up even more. You'll be sitting up on your own, crawling, pulling yourself up on furniture and walking before we know it. Watching you grow and change is such a joy.

Speaking of joy. Quinn, you are it. Joy. You are ALWAYS happy. You are so content to just be. Don't get me wrong. You have your moments and you know how to let us know when you are hungry or tired. But for the most part, you are easy and chill. 

We started you on solids at about 5 1/2 months with the hope that it would help with your puking. Well no dice. You still puke. And it's even grosser if that is possible. Thank goodness you are so stinkin' cute because you are quite disgusting at times. You definitely like to eat. So far you haven't met a puree you didn't like. Your table manners leave a bit to be desired, but we can work on that. 

At your 6 month check up you were an even 16 lbs (more than 5 pounds less than your brother at this age) and 29 inches tall. Our doctor said you were totally healthy and assured me once again that the puking would soon stop. Any time would be great Missy. 

You finally experienced your first time in a swing. You were pretty indifferent about it and still really small for the seat. We also got you swimming again at the Mihalicz family reunion and you loved it! I think you would still be floating quite happily in the pool if I let you. You even seemed to have a little frog kick perfected.

Sadly you seem to be transitioning out of being rocked to sleep and I am not sure I am ready for it. Sometimes I will just put you down in your crib for naps and within about 10 minutes you have soothed your self to sleep. Other times you humour me and let me cuddle for a few minutes even though you don't seem that comfortable in my arms. You will eventually fall asleep but sometimes I wonder if you are faking just for my sake because as soon as I put you down in your crib your eyes pop open and you wind up putting yourself to sleep anyway.

You LOVE your brother and the two of you natter back and forth all the time. Pretty much anything he does, funny or not, makes you laugh. You're good for his little ego. 

Quinn I can't begin to tell you how much you are loved. One look at you and everything just seems perfect. Thank you making us complete. 

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Quinn - 4 months

Holy moly Quinn! I was just reading back through your 3 month post and can't believe how much you've changed in just one month. I love watching you develop, learn and grow, but I am finding it hard at the same time. With you, our family is complete, so we are saying goodbye to each stage for good. And it's time to say goodbye to the newborn stage and let the fun continue as your little personality emerges and you begin to explore and interact more with us and everything around you.

Again we celebrated you being 4 months old with a trip to Public Health for your immunizations. I promise milestones won't always be celebrated with needles in your thighs. You of course did great! And you continue to chunk up. I was so happy to find out you weighed 12 lbs and 15 oz and were 24.5 inches tall. And then just a week later at your 4 month check up with our doctor you were 13 lbs and 3 oz. Happy and healthy!

You still spit up A. Lot. I couldn't count the number of times I've told you "it's a good thing you're cute" because some part of you constantly has baby barf on it. Some days it drives mommy a tiny bit crazy for all the bibs, burp cloths, blankets and clothes we go through, but thankfully you aren't in any discomfort and usually have a big smile on your face even though you are soaked. The doctor said it is quite normal for some babies and you should grow out of it soon as your core strength continues to build. I think we need to work some sit ups and planks into our play time.

You are definitely getting stronger though. You roll from your back to your tummy quite often. Most of the time you get stuck there and aren't too happy about it, but sometimes you figure out how to roll back again. 
My favourite part about this age is your giggle and babbling. I've tried several times to get your laugh on video, but you seem to have a bit of stage fright and freeze up every time I put my phone in front of you. You do love to laugh though and I can really get you going right before bed when I am getting you changed after your last bottle. You like the boo game, when I pretend to eat your hands and feet, silly voices and dancing. And you've become quite the talker. I wish I knew what you were telling, yelling or growling at the rhino, duck or yourself in the mirror when you are sitting in your chair.

You have a lot of friends already Quinn. We are so lucky to be surrounded by incredible moms and their awesome kids. I try my best to fit in some sort of play date at least once a week for you and your brother. A lot of the time it's because I need some honest mommy talk, but it's always because I love watching you two socialize with other kids. Amidst the chaos the sweetest moments happen all the time.

We took you swimming for the first time a few weeks ago and you didn't seem to mind it at all. You were so adorable in your little bathing suit and several other swimmers commented on how cute you were. In fact, just seconds after two other moms told me they loved all your hair, you spit up in the pool and I tried to stop it from floating towards them while they politely swam in the opposite direction. That was about the third time you had spit up so I figured it was time for us to get out and changed while your dad and brother enjoyed a few more trips down the waterside.

Now that you are more expressive, it's so awesome to watch you react to Brooks. You clearly love him just as much as he loves you. You always give him a smile when he comes to say hi or kisses your hand. You are extremely patient when he gets in your face a little too aggressively and giggle when he tries to make you laugh. He has honestly shown nothing but love, pride and a need to protect you since the day you arrived. The other night we were playing with a dragon puppet and I pretended it was biting your feet. The game came to a screeching halt and Brooks quite seriously and sternly said "no dragon. That my brother."

You are really getting the hang of the jolly jumper and even though you are still too small for it, you seem to like it in the jumperoo/exersaucer too. Just like your brother did, you usually spend some time in your jolly jumper before bed and Brooks and the dogs are usually a very captive audience.

We haven't given you any solid food yet, but we have started bringing your to the table with us in the bumbo chair while we eat. You are getting more and more interested in what we are eating all the time and the plan is to give some rice cereal a try right after you turn 5 months old. 

Sleeping continues to come very naturally to you. We are so so lucky!! You nap for an hour or two in the morning depending on what we are up to and then again for 2 to 3 hours in the afternoon. You are usually asleep for the night by 9 p.m. I am still needing to settle you one or twice in the night before you are up between 7 and 8 a.m., but that's no big deal at all.

Your hair is actually starting to lay down a bit in the front. You still sport a sweet rooster tail most of the time, but a bow or headband is almost always necessary to keep your bangs out of your eyes now. 

It's so true when people say, "enjoy it, they grow up too fast" and it's happening even faster the second time around. Quinn, I hope you always know that even in the hustle, bustle and sometimes stress of our days we are "enjoying it" and loving you each and every second. And we thank you for your sweet and somehow knowing smirks that melt that hustle, bustle and stress away. We couldn't love you more!!