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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  • 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…)


  • Tummy time
  • Having her hair washed/rinsed


  • 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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Peyton – 7 months

I’m typing this as we drive through PA on our way home after spending a week with our families in Indiana. (I’ll clarify that Forest is driving and I’m hanging out in the back seat with Peyton). This past month went by so quickly! Didn’t she just turn 6 months yesterday?? This has been such a roller coaster month – with both really good and less-than-good things. Keep reading to find out more!

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-sitting up
-baby cereal
-toys & books
-chewing on her fingers
-Indie’s ears
-Sven and Lambie, they were in her Christmas stocking
-kisses on her cheeks/neck and belly, especially the loud ones!

-laying down (for diaper changes, etc)
-having her nose cleaned

-several firsts: first time sitting by herself, first nights she put herself to sleep for bedtime, first Christmas!! including all the fun stuff leading up to Christmas day, first (and second) non-routine Dr visits, first time she rolled over, first road trip, first night in a hotel
-she started sitting up on her own the day after she turned 6 months- you can read about Peyton sitting up in THIS post.
-you can check out THIS post about all the fun Christmas things we did during the month (putting up and decorating the tree, making Christmas cookies, and meeting Santa).
-as much as I want to forget and never experience the feeling of my heart sinking as far as it did when Peyton’s daycare called me on a Friday afternoon, I have to put it in this monthly post for memories sake. I got a call (Friday Dec 18) from a number I didn’t recognize but these days I answer my phone no matter what just in case it’s something about Peyton. It was the daycare saying baby girl was sleeping right now but had a fever of 101° and had to be picked up. I wrapped up what I was doing and headed over there. I called the Dr on our way home and they said they had an appt available soon so we stopped by home so I could give her some Tylenol and we went to the Dr. She said it looked like the start of an ear infection and gave us a prescription for antibiotic. Which concludes Peyton’s FIRST non-routine appointment. Peyton’s fever broke for good by the next evening but we did a whole lot of cuddling while she wasn’t feeling well.
-Peyton’s SECOND non-routine appointment was just a few days later. On Tuesday Dec 22 I picked Peyton up from daycare and she was wheezing with every breath she took. The next morning she had really shallow breathing and was still wheezing but it didn’t seem to phase her, she was still babbling and playing. I called the Dr as soon as the office opened at 7:00 and they could get her in at 9:00. I headed into work and Forest took her to the Dr appointment. The dr said it was bronchitis and gave her a prescription for a breathing treatment to do 3 times that day and follow up with an appointment the next morning just to make sure she sounded better. By that evening she was sounding MUCH better and better still in the morning when the dr said to continue her treatments and slowly wean her off over the next week.
-Peyton’s first Christmas was this month! We couldn’t go to Christmas Eve service because Peyton was sick so we watched online. She opened a Christmas Eve gift from Grampa & Gramma S and our tradition is a family Eve gift (game/movie/snack) and The Polar Express. We opened all of our gifts early on Christmas morning and then facetimed with our families later. We spent most of the day packing for our trip back to Indiana but Peyton seemed to like her few new toys! I’ll write more about our Christmas and share pictures soon!
-Peyton’s gift to us on Christmas Day was rolling over for the first & second time! the first time she was laying on the bed with Forest and Indie and she flipped from stomach to back. And later in the afternoon we were playing with her toys on the floor when she rolled the same way, stomach to back!
-She was a rock-star on our road-trip to Indiana. We split the 12 hour drive into 2 days (hello first night staying in a hotel!!) and she did great! Not that we doubted she would. She slept and played with toys we gave her plus we made several stops for nursing and stretching. She loved.loved.loved. look out the windows during our stops.
-Peyton met so many new people at the end of this month! Mostly relatives but close family friends and most of our college friends too. She did GREAT when the number of people she met was small. But we had several days of large groups wanting to meet her and she got a little overwhelmed. I won’t lie that it broke my heart to hear her crying while someone else was holding her (even though I was standing right there) but I also won’t lie that I loved it when she stopped crying when she was back in my arms. Daddy’s arms worked too. :)
-She has ticklish feet, she puts weight on her legs but can’t balance on her own yet, her giggles when daddy kisses her neck are infectious, she looks so precious when she cuddles her lovey at night, she likes to pull on Indie’s ears and fur (even though we tell her no…), she’s using her finger and thumb to touch and feel/pull things, she’ll be starting on more solids soon since she’s eating cereal so well, and she’s teething so we think more pearly whites will be popping up soon (at least we hope so, so we can all be a little less cranky).
-This month has been full of memories – I can’t keep track of them all! Peyton has been so fun at this age where she continues to observe everything and everyone around her, she babbles constantly and loves when we read and sing to her, she’s been battling this cold/ear infection/bronchitis like a champ, she still only has little wisps of hair but it suits her, her grin is her best feature, her laugh is contagious, she is the apple of our eyes and we are so blessed to be her mommy & daddy.

We love you so much, baby girl! I can’t wait to see what new adventures the next month brings your way!

Until next time — Cindy