Friday, July 21, 2017

Cecelia at 12 Months

12 months on July 18, 2017

We still cannot believe Cece is already one!  She hit some major milestones this past month as she finally started crawling a few weeks ago.  It was like one day she just figured it out and hasn't stopped moving since.  I kind of forgot how much more work it is when babies become mobile, no more leaving the room real quick to get something or go to the bathroom because I know she will be getting into something she shouldn't be the second I leave.  I think walking is still a few months away for her though because she's just barely taking a few steps when we hold her hands but she has yet to pull herself up to standing from a sitting position and if she's holding onto a table or the couch, she hasn't taken any steps on her own.  She's been babbling a ton this past month too so hopefully the babbling will turn into saying a few words soon.  

Other exciting/big things that happened this month were we flew across the country to San Francisco for a week and she did great with the 3 hour time change.  Now, the flight home was a different story but all in all, she was her normal chill self and just went with the flow even if it meant having to nap in the car or stroller.  She was also sick for the first time just last week.  She woke up in the middle of the night crying (which was unusual because we haven't heard a peep from her at night in months) and when I went in to check on her, she was burning up.  She had a 103 fever and it continued to be 102-103 for the next few days as soon as the medicine we were giving her wore off.  We took her to the pediatrician and they ruled out an ear infection and sore throat.  She honestly had no other symptoms besides acting lethargic and not as interested in eating (that was our dead giveaway she wasn't feeling well!).  They said if she had a fever for a couple more days to bring her back in and they would cath her to determine if it was a UTI.  Luckily, her fever broke that night and the following day she had pink spots/rash on her back and chest.  I did some research (aka googled it) and was pretty sure she had roseola (mild virus with no treatment).  Sure enough, when we went to her 1 year well visit a week later, our pediatrician confirmed that's what she had and the good news is once you have roseola (which is typically only found in kids 6 months-2 years), you usually don't get it again (like chickenpox). 

Weight: She was 18 lbs 8 oz on July 21, 2017 at her 12 month appt (11th percentile)

Length: She was 29.25 inches on July 21, 2017 at her 12 month appt (53rd percentile)

Clothes: Cece is still wearing 6-12 months clothes as well as size 3 diapers and size 2-3 shoes.

Eating:  Big news this month was we switched Cece to whole milk from breastmilk.  We were going to San Francisco for a week at the beginning of July and I didn't want to take a week's worth of frozen breast milk with us so we gave her whole milk one day at home before we left and she drank it right up.  Eating has been a breeze with her and especially now because I'll just give her and Lucy the exact same meal (or whatever I'm making for dinner that night).  Even when we go out to eat, Lucy & Cece will typically share a kid's meal now.

Sleeping: Again, nothing has changed in the sleep department.  She takes 2 naps/ day, one around 9:00 AM and one around 2:00 PM.  Her morning nap is about an hour but her afternoon nap is usually around 2 hours.  Cece goes to bed between 7:30-8:00 PM and sleeps until 6:30-7:00 AM.

Likes: Crawling, getting into everything, blankets, her pacifier, playing with Lucy

Dislikes: Sitting still (especially during diaper changes), when I'm making dinner and her food isn't ready yet

Milestones: switched from infant carrier car seat to regular car seat, can get into sitting position from laying down (end of June), started crawling (July 1), 5th tooth popped through (July 7), first baseball game (July 9), first birthday (July 18)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cece's 1st Birthday

On Tuesday, we celebrated Cece's birthday as a family.  We're celebrating her birthday with friends and more family on Saturday at her "One in a Melon" birthday party but I always like to do something special on the girls' actual birthday as well.  Todd & I both worked on Tuesday and I picked Cece up from my mom after lunch.  Lucy has been going to camp every day this week from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM at Mango's Place so after I picked Cece up, we drove over to Gigi's Cupcakes to pick out some treats for that evening and then we went and picked Lucy up from camp.  Both girls napped that afternoon (which hardly ever happens in our house any more) so I was able to work on some things for Cece's party as well as start getting dinner ready.  Todd got home from work as my mom was getting to our house for dinner, presents, and cupcakes so we sat right down to eat Ham & Cheese Sliders, Spinach & Artichoke Dip served with pita chips and pretzel crisps, and fruit salad.  Cece loved it all & Lucy liked it all except for the dip.  After dinner, Cece (and Lucy) opened presents, we sang happy birthday, and had cupcakes and ice cream.  Perfect way to celebrate our baby turning one!

Someone was happy for their birthday!

Checking out the presents

Lucy was being a good big sister and helping her open her cards and get the wrapping paper started so Cece could open them 

Lucy was excited to show Cece the Minnie Mouse card she picked out

Ripping paper is fun!

Pulling out tissue paper

Clapping for her new toy

 Climbing all over her presents

Me and the birthday girl

Family pic

Yummy cupcakes!  The icing was huge on these too!

Lucy picked the pretty pink princess cupcake...

and Cece got the birthday cake cupcake

No wasting time, she dove right in!

At first she was carefully sticking her fingers in the icing and eating each sprinkle one by one

Then she just smashed it up and started to eat it all

Loving it!

Sugar high

She pretty much polished off the entire cupcake by herself except for some of the icing and bite of cupcake that I had

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Happy 1st Birthday, Cecelia!

How is it possible that our sweet Cecelia turns 1 today? I think I'm denial that our baby isn't going to be a baby for much longer and I honestly cannot believe how quickly this past year has flown by.  I'm having an even harder time with Cece turning 1 than Lucy because I know that we won't be having any more babies and because Cece still seems more like a baby than a 1 year old.  Lucy started walking the day after her 1st birthday party but Cece literally just started crawling a few weeks ago so in my eyes, she seems like she's still only 8 or 9 months old.

If there are two words to describe Cece in this past year it would be content and laidback.  She's definitely our more "go with the flow" baby (which is probably because she's the younger one and doesn't really have a choice when we're trying to go places for Lucy) and is happy and chill 90% of the time.  Since the day she was born, she's been a great sleeper and continues to be that way.  We've never had to rock her to sleep and she was sleeping straight through the night (10+ hours) at 4-5 weeks old.  We did have a few rough patches with her in terms of not gaining much weight from 4 to 9 months and being late with rolling over and crawling (we like to think she's just lazy) but she's definitely improved on both accounts in the last couple months.  We also have issues with separation anxiety which has been challenging but hopefully she'll outgrow that in the next 6 months or so (which is when Lucy did).  Cece loves to eat and is eating all table food so whatever I fix for meals, I give her the same exact thing which has made life a lot easier.  It will be fun to see more of her little personality come through and will be interesting to see if she's as outgoing as Lucy.  I'm also waiting to see if her hair ends up being curly too!

Happy birthday, Cecelia!  We love you SOO much!

A look back at how Cece has grown in this past year...


Monday, July 17, 2017

Summer Lovin'

After a lot of rain last week, it finally dried out and we had a perfect summer weekend.  On Friday, I took the girls to Polaris for their weekly KidX Club event and then we got donuts from Peace, Love and Little Donuts, a cute new donut shop in Old Worthington.  In the afternoon, while Cece napped, Lucy & I hung out outside and she played with her water table.

At Polaris, they had tables set up with activities and crafts for the kids as well as some free treats

They also have fountains the kids could play in (I didn't have swimsuits on my girls so we avoided that area)

We walked around to see what there was to do and Lucy decided to color/decorate a cow puppet first

Her finished puppet (pretty sure she gave up coloring after about 5 minutes)

They had someone there painting faces which we didn't see until it was too late and the event was starting to close down but the highlight for Lucy was getting a balloon animal!  She wanted a bunny and Cece got a puppy (the balloon guy had it as an extra one because another girl changed her mind and he was trying to get rid of it so he gave it to Cece)

Outside of Peace, Love, and Little Donuts

The inside

They have close to 50 different flavors and while the actual donuts are already made, they put the toppings on as you order; they are smaller than regular donuts which I liked because then I didn't feel quite as guilty eating one or two.  We got chocolate icing with sprinkles, Boston cream, birthday cake, Samoa, maple bacon, and apple pie

They even give plain cinnamon sugar donuts out while standing in line so Lucy ate hers once we were done buying our box of donuts

Playing with the water table

So excited that our huge hydrangea bushes are almost blooming!

On Saturday, the girls had swim lessons in the morning and then we went birthday shopping for Cece to get a few presents for her.  Lucy was very opinionated about what we picked out because of course she wanted to make sure it would be a toy she'd be interested in playing with too!  We had Cece's 1 year pictures in the late afternoon at Inniswood Metro Gardens with Laurel from Laurel Coffey Photography which also included some family photos.  Afterwards, I went to late dinner at Local Roots in downtown Powell with a couple girlfriends, Sara and Abby.  It was a relaxing night out and the first time I'd been out with girlfriends (and no kids) since my annual gift exchange with my high school friends at Christmas time!

After our family pictures, Lucy wanted to go back to the kids' area and play for a few minutes; Cece enjoyed sticking her hands in the water

Love these three!

Sunday flew by as we spent part of the morning getting "chores" done and then we went to Zoombezi Bay for a couple hours.  We couldn't stay as long as we would've liked because I had a staff meeting in the afternoon for the fitness studio I teach at.  We ended the weekend with a family walk/bike ride (for Lucy) on our neighborhood bike path.

Lucy always needs to stop and sit in the big chair on our way into Zoombezi Bay