February 15th, 2014

Effie - Month Four

I’d apologize for all the Effie posts and tell you I have other stuff to post about soon, but that’s a lie. Effie is pretty much my life now! (No complaints here!) Can you believe she’s 4 months old today? Someone today asked if she was 8 months. Time is flying for me and my big girl!

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We’re 1/3 of the way through her first year. I just cannot process that!

Month Four

Milestones: Effie has been changing so much in her abilities this month. We started around three months with her jumper, but she was mostly just sitting passively. Now she is REALLY using it. She loves to push the buttons to hear music, and hit all the noisy moving parts. Most of all she loves JUMPING and standing. Her legs are so strong. She also has started noticing herself in our mirror (we have a mirrored wall) and gets so excited. It’s the best! She’s also really improved her grasping and is getting better at directing what she grabs, and also moving with purpose. She also will blow raspberries back at us, and went through a week or two phase of doing it ALL. THE. TIME. Our pediatrician seemed to dismiss it a bit, but I’ve also noticed that she practices sitting more. She sometimes just lets herself go forward, or tries to push up to stand, but with minimal support she often enjoys sitting and observing. She loves sitting (with me RIGHT there) on our bathroom counter and looking into the mirror while trying to grab the bottles of product I have laying out.

Sleep: Meh. This is a win some, lose some battle right now. Although it got a little messed up due to some travel this month, she’s pretty much taking 3 naps during the day, but without any set “time” yet. At night, she’s been sleeping (with wakeups) from about 7:30pm to 8:00am. But those wakeups kill me. She truly doesn’t need bottles in the middle of the night now, but she still wakes up DEMANDING them. She also – more frustratingly- wakes up whining for her paci to be put back in. Multiple times. This week I’m beginning an attempt to transition from paci to lovey. Basically, now that she’s getting a schedule down, it’s time to teach her to self-soothe and put her down drowsy so she can teach herself to go to sleep. She’s still in our room- which as of March-ish we are changing. So many things to try regarding sleep, it’s stressing me out a little. I just want her to have a good night’s sleep (I think we end up waking each other up sharing a room!) and set her up with healthy sleep habits for life.

Eating: Homegirl has been HOUSING formula! We moved her to Dr. Brown’s bottles, and they are the first bottles she hasn’t collapsed the nipples of. Hooray! Unfortunately, they didn’t help her (increasingly bad) gas. She’s also begun majorly spitting up this month. Our ped switched her to Similac for Spit Up, and while that’s nearly cured her of spitting up (it has rice proteins to help keep food heavier and down), it has done nothing for her gas. I’m open to any and all suggestions on this issue. Despite the hurdles, we are so proud of the improvements in her eating! She’s up to 5 oz about every 3 hours. I thought we’d never break the every 2 hour cycle so that’s great news for us!

Health: Besides the teething and gas, Effie is super healthy and happy. Her visit to the pediatrician this week was awesome. She is 14 lbs (we were told 14 lb 3.5 oz, aka 55th%, but she had just taken a 3 oz bottle so I’m thinking she’s closer to 14 lbs.) She’s also STILL tall, 26 inches or the 97th%. Just four feet shorter than her daddy! She had shots at her visit too, which I honestly thought were worse than the 2 month shots. Luckily we won’t have to deal with that for another two months!

Worst Moment: No question- our flight back from NJ last week. I’ll post this week about our trip, but last minute, Effie and I flew to New Jersey because my sister Rosh was home for two weeks from Armenia. The flight there was cake. The flight home was horrible. A full flight, they moved my seat (I prefer – and selected- aisle, but got middle, ended up in the window seat) and then Effie had a blowout at 30,000 feet. A full on, poop on everything, almost threw out her clothes blowout. She also cried and fussed most of the flight. As I carried my poo-soaked daughter to the bathroom (right as the seatbelt light went on) someone 5 rows up said “Is that the little baby making all that noise?” THROAT PUNCH. I cried more than once on that flight. Never. Again.

Best Moment: SO much went on this month, that it is hard to pick! Of course, having her meet all my friends and family was amazing. Having Rosh meet her finally was an awesome moment. It was also awesome that Bitty got to spend time with two of her grandmas here in FL this month. I think all the people we got to see were our “best” moment!

This was such an amazingly busy month for us!

Growth-wise, I’m always surprised how big my little girl is. She’s still comfortably fitting in most of her 0-3 month onesies and shirts. Anything pants or footed though, she’s 3-6 months, and she fits into some 3-6 month tops too. She also moved into size 2 diapers this month.

I attended a few mom group-type meetups this month. Effie does so great when she’s out and about, and just loves observing. That makes my job so easy. (Unless we’re on a plane, apparently.) We got E an amber teething necklace this month too. Not sure yet if it’s doing anything, but regardless it is adorable.

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(I decided to tie a small knot in it to temporarily shorten it, after posting this picture.)

We had a blast with my Mommers aka “Nene” when she visited in late January. We went to Downtown Disney one day and enjoyed the gorgeous weather.

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We call this “Effie Mad Face.”

After my mom left, B and I took Effie to Disney for the first time. She had been to visit one of the resorts, and Downtown Disney, but never an actual park. The trip deserves it’s own post, but I’ll just say that it was AMAZING!

On January 30th, I remembered my dad after 10 years since we lost him. It was hard, knowing the amazing granddaughter he is missing out on. My mom brought me a lot of baby pictures so it was nice to look through and remember.

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This month was also the one year anniversary of when I found out I was pregnant. I have officially known about Effie for one full year as of February 4th! So crazy to think about.

And then of course, was our trip to New Jersey. I’ll detail it in another post (it deserves it’s own) but even with the flight home sucking, the trip as a whole was full of WIN. One thing that I was super excited about was that I think we’ve “mastered” babywearing!

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When I found out we were going to New Jersey I panicked, since E wasn’t super keen on babywearing, and I was NOT feeling confident either. I reached out to mom friends and got a lot of help. I figured out how to make our Ergo work well for us (and got tips for our Boba that I have not tried yet, since I knew I wouldn’t want to mess with it in the airport.) I ended up ordering another carrier based on a recommendation, and it was amazing! I got the Infantino Sash Mei Tai Carrier very affordably on Amazon. It is, for me, the perfect mix of structured and soft. It feels more secure than the Boba, but no buckles and such to mess with like on the Ergo. Best of both worlds for me. We had great success with it on the trip, and I’ve used it since around the house as well. I don’t know how anyone traveling alone with a baby could make it through security without one of these!

One of my favorite parts of any month are the holidays. Even though Effie doesn’t realize or care that it is a holiday, it makes me excited to “celebrate” them with her. This month she had her first Valentine’s Day!

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She went on a date with her parents (poor girl!) on the 13th to celebrate! I love getting her dressed up for holidays. What’s next- St Paddy’s Day? I can’t wait to pick out an outfit for her! Baby outfit photos are probably one of my favorite things of all time.

It’s been a great 4th month for Effie! Thanks for letting me share it with all of you!

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