Monday, April 24, 2017

Cecelia at 9 Months

9 months on April 18, 2017

Cece had another tooth pop through this month (her top left), learned how to play peekaboo, and is a champ at feeding herself since she mastered the pincer grasp around 8 months.  I wish I could say she was more mobile but at this point all she really does is sit or roll over.  She just started getting to the point where when she sits, she'll lean over and place her hands in front of her and actually put weight on them but she's definitely a ways off from scooting, army crawling, crawling, or pulling herself up.  We've been working with her but 90% of the time when we put her on her stomach, she'll roll right over to her back.  If we try to block her from rolling over, she'll start crying.  At her 9 month appointment, the pediatrician told us some tips to try to start getting her to move more but she's also slightly concerned that she has low muscle tone in her legs so if we don't see any improvements in the next month, we'll need to take her to physical therapy.  On top of that, she's only gained 11.5 oz since her 4 month appointment so we have an appointment next month to go back to the pediatrician and hopefully she's made gains in both areas.  Oh, and of course her iron was on the lower end when they checked her hemoglobin (she was 9.9 and normal is 10-14) so we need to give her iron supplements/drops too.  It was a rough appointment for this mama and thank god that Lucy has always been "normal" otherwise I'd feel even more guilty that I don't know how to parent.

Weight: 14 lbs. 11.5 oz. on April 21, 2017 at her 9 month appointment (3rd percentile)

Length: 27.75 in. on April 21, 2017 at her 9 month appointment (58th percentile)

Clothes: Cece's our petite little girl...still wearing 6 month & 9 month clothes as well as size 2 diapers

Eating: It blows my mind that Cece has gained less than 1 pound in 5 months (from her 4 month appointment to her 9 month appointment) because it seems like she is constantly eating!  She hasn't refused any kind of food we've given her and she loves table food.  She eats a combination of baby food (either spoon fed or a pouch) and table food.  Some of the new foods she tried this past month were raspberries, tortellini, tilapia, strawberries, blueberries, green beans, veggie burgers, eggs, grapes, peanut butter, and chicken.  She still nurses 2-3 times/day and takes a bottle 1-2 times/day (depending on what day it is, Todd will sometimes have to give her a bottle first thing in the morning if I have to get to work and she gets a bottle mid-morning at my parents').  We dropped the bottles down to about 4 oz. because she was spitting up and it seemed like it was because she was so full (plus, she's starting to push them away after about 3-4 oz.) but the pediatrician told us to try to bump it back up to 5 oz. to get her to gain some weight.  Also, she wants us to try to give her more bottles vs. nursing (since I don't really know how much she's eating) so I might be only nursing her 1-2 times/day here soon.  I should have enough frozen breast milk though to last a couple more months.  Cece also eats 3 meals/day (breakfast around 8:00 AM, lunch around noon, and dinner around 6:00 PM) plus a snack in the afternoon (cheerios or puffs).

Sleeping: Luckily sleeping has always been one of Cece's strong areas (she obviously takes after her dad ;) ) and this month was no exception.  I think there was only one night when she woke up and we just put the pacifier back in and she was back asleep.  She still takes 2 naps/day: one around 9:00 AM and one around 2:00 PM (both b/w 1-2 hours long) and then sleeps all night from 7:30 PM-6:30/7:30 AM (depending on if it's a work day or not).  She always sleeps with a sleep sack and we're tried a few nap without it on and while it takes her longer to fall asleep, she eventually does.  I'm just thinking that she probably won't need it in the summer (Lucy was out of one by then) and she's definitely become dependent on sleeping with it on.  Also, I wonder if it's hindered her ability to roll over and move around more at night which is why she doesn't move as much during the day.  Probably not but it's just a thought.

Likes: eating, being outside, playing peekaboo, putting everything in her mouth

Dislikes: when she doesn't have any more food to eat, when "strangers" (family she hasn't seen for awhile) hold her

Milestones: first taste of ice cream (March 20), first visit with Easter Bunny (April 1), top left tooth popped through (April 8), first Easter (April 16)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

39 weeks + 2 days

Yesterday, Cece officially has been on the "outside" just as long as she was on the "inside" when we hit the 39 weeks + 2 day postpartum mark.  Initially, I wasn't going to even bother taking these pictures but Todd told me I'd regret not doing it since I love going back and looking at them, especially comparison pictures, and I'm so glad he convinced me to do it.  It really is amazing to see where we've come in the last 9 months!  It blows my mind that Cece is already 9 months old and while we've had some rough patches (you know, like having major back surgery at 5 weeks postpartum), I'm so thankful for this healthy little girl.  And, to be honest, I can't even really remember what it was like to be pregnant (and I've been through it twice!) but I do know that I'm so glad to be holding Cece in my arms now and not in my belly. 

Left: my last bump picture as we were heading to the hospital at 39 weeks + 2 days 
Right: Postpartum at 39 weeks + 2 days

 Left: my last weekly bump update picture at 39 weeks with Cece on the inside
Right: holding Cece on the outside at 39 weeks postpartum

 Comparison pictures of Lucy (41 weeks in vs. out) and Cece (39 weeks in vs. out)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter 2017

Holidays with kids are so much more fun and Easter was no exception especially since Cece celebrated her 1st Easter!  We really don't have many more "first" holidays to celebrate with her which makes me sad because that means her first birthday will be here before we know it.  We have a nice holiday routine down now where we typically spend Thanksgiving and Christmas Day at home with my family and go up to visit Todd's family for Christmas Eve and Easter.  After a hectic morning on Saturday at home, we managed to get out of the house right after lunch and made the drive up north to get to his parents' house in the late afternoon.  Lucy had fun running around with her cousins and dying eggs while Cece just kinda hung out. 

On Easter morning, the girls found their Easter baskets and then we went to mass.  Afterwards, in the early afternoon, some of Todd's extended family came over for Easter lunch/dinner.  It was such a beautiful day that the kids ran around outside and were able to have an Easter egg hunt.  Before we knew it, it was approaching late afternoon and with a 3 hour drive ahead of us, we knew we needed to get going.  We got home around 7:30 PM and the girls were worn out and both felt right asleep after bath time.  

The Easter bunny had to make sure everything would fit in their baskets at home prior to hiding them at MaMa & PaPa's house

The girls with their baskets all dressed up on Easter morning

Digging in to see what the Easter bunny left

Cece was very excited about her container of puffs but just could not figure out how to open them

Happy girl with her puffs

Lucy checking out what she got

Cece still has her fussy moments when she's with other people she doesn't recognize (really hoping this phase is over soon) but she was so happy on Easter morning especially during mass; the priest actually got distracted by how smiley and happy she was that he came over during the homily to make a comment

Family pic


Another cousin shot

MaMa & PaPa with all of their grandkids

The whole family (best group shot we've ever taken--seriously, I was shocked that everyone was looking, besides Cece, and is smiling!)

Kids opening their Easter baskets from MaMa & PaPa

Watching the kids run around the yard during the egg hunt

We were cracking up because Lucy would find one and open it right away to see what was inside

Selfie with Cece while the big kids did the egg hunt

Group shot of the family that was still there during the egg hunt (a few people had already left by this point)

About 20 min into the drive home, I turned around and saw Lucy had fallen asleep mid-coloring with her market still in her hand

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hallway Bath Remodel

Back in 2012 when we moved into our house, there were a few rooms we never initially painted or updated and one of them was our hallway bathroom upstairs.  It went unused for a couple years (it was only used if we had the occasional guest) until Lucy was big enough to take baths in a regular tub which was sometime in mid-2014.  It was one of those "out of sight, out of mind" things so it didn't bother me with how terrible it looked until we were in there using it every day with Lucy.  We put up with it for a couple years and then late last year, after we had Cece's baptism party and someone had gone upstairs to use that bathroom, the toilet started leaking.  We had had an issue a couple years ago with it leaking (and when it leaks, you can see water marks on the kitchen ceiling) but it was fixable.  This time, Todd noticed the tile was cracked and the entire floor was going to need replaced.  Luckily, Lucy is small enough that she was still able to use the toilet but if an adult sat on it, it would put enough pressure on the tile that it would start leaking again.  Once we realized we were going to have to replace the floor, we said heck with it, and just decided to redo the entire bathroom.  

We met with several contractors before deciding on Josh from Famiglia Homes.  He was very responsive to emails, his quote was reasonable (one contractor we met with was ridiculously overpriced for what we wanted), he was able to point us in the right direction as to where to pick out flooring, countertops, tile, etc., and he was going to start the project while we were in Florida so we wouldn't have to be around during demolition.  Unfortunately, when we came back from Florida, the bathroom looked about 75% complete but the tile wasn't laying flat in the shower so they had to redo the entire shower which added an extra week or so since they had to tear it all out, drywall it, and re-tile it.  Anyways, it was minor inconvenience because once it was all done last week, I was very pleased with how it turned out and am jealous that this is the girls' bathroom and not our master!

Here are a bunch of before & after pictures.  The only things that stayed were the toilet and the actual tub, otherwise, everything else is brand new.

View from the doorway; the tile before was a green/brown color and now we have gray hexagon tile

The shower before and after with the tile and with the shower curtain (we had a light installed in the shower which has helped a ton with the brightness of the room now; it was very yellow & dingy before)

The shower before just looked really cheap with the plastic doors and square white tile; I love the look of it now

We switched out one long towel rack for hooks and added storage above the toilet

We got new cabinets installed with drawers instead of doors (we thought the girls would better utilize the space with drawers), switched out to a granite countertop, added a nicer mirror and faucet, and different lights

One last view of the toilet & sink

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dying Easter Eggs & Easter Egg Hunt

After seeing the Easter Bunny last weekend, we continued our Easter traditions with dying eggs on Saturday afternoon and going to our neighborhood Easter egg hunt on Sunday morning.  We lucked out with some gorgeous weather too; this was Lucy's 3rd Easter egg hunt but only the first one where she didn't have to bundle up in a winter coat, hat, and gloves.  My dad joined us again this year and we all walked down to our neighborhood park where they had 900 eggs hidden for the kids!  Lucy's bucket filled up quickly and she was done looking for eggs in about 5 minutes.  Next year, I'm sure Lucy & Cece will be fighting over eggs!

Todd showing Lucy how to gently drop the eggs into the dye

Doing it on her own

I joined in on the fun too

Cece watched and ate some puffs

She was very proud of her beautiful eggs

And we had a few eggs that broke while boiling so Todd made some deviled eggs to snack on that evening

Family photo before the start of the Easter egg hunt yesterday

Running around trying to find eggs

There were probably 30-40 kids but plenty of eggs for everyone

Finding a few more

Cece again just watched

Full basket!

Opening them all up to see what kind of candy she got

Lucy & Grandpa

After the egg hunt, there's always food & drinks for everyone so Lucy had a sandwich and a cookie

And then we played at the playground for awhile before walking home

Cece's 1st time down the slide!