Sloane | five months

We blinked and you’re five months old, sugar bear!  You’re a great baby and we love everything about you!

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LIKES

  • Her hands!
  • Sitting (with support) so she can see everything
  • Naps in the swing + looooong naps in your crib
  • When Peyton sings to her
  • Funny noises
  • Talking/jabbering

DISKLIKES

  • Tummy time
  • Having her hair washed/rinsed
  • New people talking to her

FIRSTS

  • Rolled over belly to back
  • Apple picking
  • Trip to the pumpkin patch
  • Vacation to Rachele’s in VA
  • Halloween (She was Pooh & Peyton was Piglet)
  • Taste of baby cereal

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • I’m still eating dairy free and the inconsolable crying/screaming has only happened a few times and it was during our trip to visit Rachele (I think she was done being in the car).
  • Sleep has been mostly terrible still.  She slept great in the crib the first few nights but she still wakes up a lot during the night.  Forest (what a great man he is) makes a pallet with couch cushions on the floor in her room because I will inevitably end up in her room around 2:00 am.
  • She’s napping 30-45 minutes at a time in the swing every 2 hours.  And recently started falling asleep on her own, in her crib for a 1-3 hour afternoon nap.  It’s been heavenly!
  • Sloane rolled over (belly to back) for the first (and second) time the day before Halloween.  She’s only rolled over a handful of times since then but we’re getting somewhere.
  • Playtime with Peyton is still hit or miss.  Peyton is still learning to be gentle and to share her toys but it’s progress and I can see them being good friends as they can play more together.
  • Sloane is extra giggly when she’s starting to get sleepy.  The smallest noise or sound will send her into a fit of giggles.
  • Sloane is all about blowing raspberries still!  And screeching.  And attempting both at the same time.  
  • And she still likes being in the exer-saucer/jumper.  She’s still figuring out her arms but she likes to throw them all over the place and hit the piano or other things attached.
  • We got to celebrate Sloane’s first Halloween!  You can read about all the fall things we did in this post.  We had a 3-6 month Winne the Pooh onesie that we squeeeeeeezed Sloane into and I made a Piglet costume for Peyton.  
  • Which reminds me that Sloane had her first trips to apple picking and pumpkin picking.  Which you can also read about in this post.
  • We traveled to Rachele’s house in VA for a long weekend getaway.  She enjoyed a visit to Bold Rock Brewery, a long walk to the park and watching us skip rocks, And Sloane slept all.night.long the three nights we were there.  There must be something 
  • And our little girl tried baby cereal for the first time on her 5 month birthday!  More of it was on her chin than in her belly by the time we were done but we’ll keep trying!

You are absolutely precious, Sloane!  We love you so much!

 

 

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Sloane | four months

Four months — sixteen weeks — one hundred and twelve days.  That’s how long we’ve been smoochin’ your cheeks!  And I’m so thankful that you are ours to smooch!

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LIKES

  • Her hands!
  • Sitting (with support) so you can see everything
  • Naps in the swing
  • When Peyton sings to her
  • Funny noises
  • Talking/jabbering
  • Indie kisses on her toes

DISKLIKES

  • Tummy time
  • Having her hair washed/rinsed

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • I’m still eating dairy free and the inconsolable crying/screaming has only happened once, just this week.
  • Sloane slept in her own room!  In the bassinet for a few weeks until Grandpa Johnson and Great-Grandpa delivered and assembled her crib!
  • Sleep has been mostly terrible still.  She slept great in the crib the first few nights but she still wakes up a lot during the night.  If I sit in her room, she’ll sleep for hours and within 10 minutes of me leaving the room she’s awake again.  It’s happened too many times to count…
  • And naps are 30-45 minutes unless I hold her or carry her in the wrap.  Which I’m trying so hard not to do… She’s good about putting herself to sleep when she’s tired and she falls asleep in the swing but never, never, never sleeps for long stretches of time.
  • We’re having Sloane wear bibs because there is so.much.drool!  I’m 95% sure she’s teething.  Excess drool + everything to the mouth = teething in my book.
  • She’s finally doing better with tummy time!  Since she holds her head up while we hold her she’s holding her head up while on her tummy for 5 minutes or so.  But once she’s done and her head hits the floor, she’s done.  Ha!
  • Playtime with Peyton has changed now that Sloane is more interested.  She’s still not reaching for toys but if she hits one while her arms are flying she’ll grab it.  But Sloane LOVES to watch Peyton.  She gives Peyton all the smiles and Peyton loves to sing to Sloane.
  • If Sloane is crying or fussy Peyton has started comforting her by saying “It’s ok Sloane-y.  Right here Sloane-y.”
  • Which reminds me that Peyton calls Sloane, Sloane-y.  And that’s the only person who I’ll allow to call her Sloane-y. :)
  • Sloane has the best laugh!  And getting her to belly laugh is the cutest!  Forest can really get her going!
  • Her eyes are still blue but they are lighter than when she was born.
  • And she’s starting to grow back some hair.  She lost all of it except a small patch on the back of her head and some is starting to grow back all over.
  • She found her loud yelling voice and likes to use it when she wants someone to pay attention to her.
  • She likes facing forward in the carrier.  Forest has even worn her facing out!  (I love it when he wears the babies!)
  • And she likes being in the exer-saucer/jumper.  Her core isn’t quite strong enough for her to sit on her own so we stick a blanket behind her for support.  I don’t think we’ll need it much longer!
  • Sloane is a rock star in the nursery at church.  She goes on Sunday mornings and Tuesday mornings while I’m at Bible study.
  • Sloane had her first bonfire on her 4 month birthday!
  • I packed away the 3-6 month clothes and she is officially only wearing 6-9 month clothes!  Well except for a few special 6 month clothes that I want to squeeze her into one more time.
  • I weighed Sloane at home 2 weeks ago and she was 16 pounds.  Her 4 month appointment is tomorrow so we’ll see how much she weighs and how tall she is.

You are absolutely precious, Sloane!  We love you so much!

Sloane | three months

Sloane, your presence has graced the Earth for T H R E E whole months already and we are so glad you are here!

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LIKES

  • People talking to her
  • Letting her own voice be heard
  • Her hands!!
  • Being held while she sleeps (her longest naps are while I’m holding her…)

DISKLIKES

  • Tummy time
  • Having her hair washed/rinsed

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • She is grabbing everything now – her shirt, the paci clip, my shirt, her lovie if it’s in her lap.  She doesn’t know that she’s grabbing things yet but that will come soon.
  • She found her hands!  And she sometimes prefers them over the paci.
  • She’s kicking and moving all over, especially when she’s excited or hungry.  And it’s less flailing and more controlled movements/flapping.
  • She slept through the night for the first time (8/17/17) and she’s made it a habit!  She’s now sleeping through the night from 10:30 to 7:00!
  • Sloane is only napping 30-45 minutes when she isn’t being held so I’m trying to help teach her to sleep longer on her own.
  • We made another trip back to Indiana this month so Sloane is officially a road trip professional!
  • She likes to watch Peyton and Indie as they move around the room.  Although Peyton is generally thisclose to Sloane most of the time.  And she’s more aware of toys hanging around her.
  • Her smiles are THE BEST!  And she’s thankfully very generous with them.
  • She’s recently become less of a cuddle bug and usually prefers trying to sit up and look around.
  • Tummy time is no fun – she refuses to do anything (lift her head, try to roll over, etc) except kick her legs and grunt with her face on the floor.  I try putting a light-up or talking toy in front of her to encourage her to lift her head – she’ll attempt it 1 out of 10 tries.  We’ll keep working on it!
  • While we were in Indiana on vacation she was exceptionally fussy several days and there was even screaming a few times.  We aren’t sure if it’s because she was out of her element at home or since she’s recognizing faces and is more aware of her surroundings that she got overwhelmed or if it was something I was eating but I decided to cut dairy out of my diet to see if it helps.  It’s almost been a solid week of no dairy for me and there hasn’t been any screaming and she hasn’t been fussy unless she’s hungry or tired.  But now I don’t know if it’s because we’re home and she’s comfortable again or if it’s the dairy-free diet so I’ll give it a few more days and reintroduce the dairy to see what happens…
  • A few first for this month – sleeping through the night, beach day, trip to the zoo (Fort Wayne, IN), parade (Labor Day parade in Uplande, IN),

Whew… We love you so much Sloane!  You’re growing so fast and you are an absolute joy!

Until next time — Cindy

*All images ae original to A View from the Shore

Peyton – 14 months

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I didn’t do a post for Peyton at 13 months because there wasn’t a whole lot of difference from her 12 month update but now that she’s 14 months?!  Holy smokes!  I feel like there’s so much to talk about!

Also, how funny are the pictures for this month?  She was out of control and did not want to cooperate!  I know what to look forward to now!  Ha!

  • Words
    • Dada/Mama
    • Hi/Bye bye
    • Nanana (for No….)
    • Ball
    • Hi Indie (sounds like ‘Hiiiiidi’)
    • Water (sounds like ‘Wa-er’)
    • Flower (sounds like ‘Ower’)
    • Cheese (this is a new one)
    • Tree (sounds like ‘teeeee’, this is a new one)
    • Please (sounds like ‘eeeeese’, this is a new one and probably only because it sounds like cheese and tree.  :) )

 

  • Peyton is an expert at kissing, she even does the ‘mwaaaah’ sound effect.
  • She can blow kisses too!
  • When you say “I love you!” she’ll blow you a kiss.  Complete with the ‘mwah’ sound!  [heart melting!]
  • And she likes playing peek-a-boo!  She used to use both hands but recently she’s only been using one and only covering one eye.
  • If you ask her “What sound does a cow make?” she’ll reply with “mmmmm”.  And she mimics the sounds of other animals (sheep, horse [her neeeeigh is more of a heyhehehe], duck, and sometime dogs although she prefers to pant as the dog sound.)
  • She practically eats whatever we eat at dinner.  We only resort to baby food if we’re eating something she won’t be able to easily mush/chew AND we don’t have any leftovers or fruits and veggies for her.
  • She takes just 1 nap a day.  Although she functions best when she gets a car-nap after daycare/late in the day before dinner.
  • She does NOT like taco meat.  I don’t know if it’s the texture of the crumbled meat or the taste of the seasoning but she won’t eat it.  She loves meatballs though!
  • A few of her favorite foods include: watermelon, banana, yogurt, corn, green beans, pasta, string cheese, and bites of our smoothies.
  • She gets super ornery when it’s close to nap or bedtime.  She purposefully does things she knows are a no-no (standing on her chair, splashing in Indie’s water bowl, chewing on the alphabet magnets on the fridge, pulling on the oven door, etc.)
  • She likes to bounce on the bed.  Or on Forest’s arm while he’s laying on the bed.
  • She mimics people coughing or laughing.  She has the funniest fake laugh.
  • And she squeals when she’s super excited or if she thinks Indie is chasing her.
  • She took her first steps at the end of July!  And she’s regularly taking a few steps by herself.  Mostly just to get from one object to another (my knees as I sit on the couch to the coffee table, for example).  But she walks along furniture really well and she’s more comfortable pushing things as she walks instead of just holding onto our fingers.
  • Forest said she stood up from a sitting position, without pulling up on anything.  Once. And my back was turned so I missed it!
  • She knows were her nose is if you ask her.  She sometimes just points at it but most times she’ll stick her finger up her nose.  Ha!

There is probably so much more that I’m missing.  She’s learning new things every day and it’s the most precious thing to witness!

Until next time — Cindy

Peyton – 9 months old

Oh Peyton!  You did it again!  You turned another month older and I’m struggling between wanting you to stay my little baby forever and anticipating your next ‘first’.  You’re at such a fun age right now.  Not that your other months haven’t been fun but your personality is shining through more each and every day.  I can tell that you have dada’s humor because you smile and giggle at everything.  Including the times we tell you ‘no’.  You don’t seem to be shy because you’ll talk to everyone!  And you sure are quick to figure things out so you get your way.

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