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Ruthie // 8 Month Update

Ruthie doesn’t have a doctors appointment again until 9 months, so I’m not sure about all her stats right now.

Weight: My guess is that she’s somewhere around 16 lbs based on my mom’s scale.

Height: She’s probably not much longer than when she was measured at 7.5 months. Such a shortie!

Eating: Pretty much all Ruthie does is eat. We still do pouches/purees but have added a lot more “table” food. She loves anything she can pick up by herself. We found out this month that Ruthie seems to be allergic to peanut butter! I gave her some on Christmas Eve and she got itchy red hives everywhere it touched. She was grabbing at her face and it was scary, but I washed it off and gave her a bath and in an hour the hives were mostly gone. I have given her peanut butter before but it was the organic kind and the one she had a reaction to was Skippy – which also has soybean oil in it so maybe she has a soy allergy? I know some people say to keep trying the allergen even if they’re allergic but I don’t really want to and would rather wait until later to re-introduce it. This is something I’ll have to ask the doctor about at her 9 month appointment.

Sleeping: Still doing 2 naps a day. That 3-5pm in the afternoon is such a rough time of day, especially because we’re snowed in the house a lot. Ruthie’s nighttime sleep is great. Usually when we travel with her, the second or third night isn’t so great and I hear her fussing in the middle of the night (she puts herself back to sleep) and she sometimes wakes up early. This is super hard when we’re in a different time zone and one of us is up with her at 5:30.

Leaps: Ruthie is in Leap 6 right now. I don’t notice more fussiness or anything than usual (I think that gets better as they get older because they can nap better?), but I think she just looks and acts so much older. She says “Dada” but I’m not sure she knows what she’s saying. She recently started saying it around Dave though so maybe? She “growls” all the time, especially when she’s happy or she’s excited to see someone. I think she has a bottom tooth that is ready to break through. She leans forward on her hands when sitting up and sometimes looks like she’s about to crawl, but hasn’t quite figured it out yet.

Highlights of this month:

  • Ruthie’s first Christmas was so sweet. We were in the Chicago area at my parent’s house and Ruthie was loved on and got a lot of presents. She was great during a church service on Christmas Eve. I know she won’t remember this year but Dave and I will.
  • We are almost done painting the inside of our house. The kitchen cabinets and countertops were installed as well as the showers. I’m very eagerly looking forward to moving in someday.

What we’re looking forward to this month:

  • We’re going to Disney at the end of this week! It’s one of my favorite places so I’m excited to take Ruthie.
  • I’m going to Denver for my sister in laws Bachelorette party and my parents are watching Ruthie for the first two days, and then Dave will be with her on the weekend. I’m nervous to leave her (especially because I’m still breastfeeding) but excited for some time by myself AND I get to fly on an airplane alone…!!

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Ruthie // Six Months๏ปฟ





Weight: 13lbs11oz – she gained over a pound in a month! She’s now in the 9th percentile for weight. 

Height: 24″ – the 1st percentile! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Head: 59th percentile (I forgot the measurements). The doctor said even though she’s small her brain must be big! Ha. 

Eating: Ruthie is all about solid food this month! So far she has had stage 1 and stage 2 baby food as well as some other solids like whole pieces of fruit and sweet potato. There’s no food so doesn’t like! She loves sitting in her high chair and opens her mouth for the spoon or whatever food is in her hand. I’m still nursing Ruthie three to four times a day and she gets a bottle of formula before she goes to bed at night. Dave almost always gives her this bottle. 

Sleeping: Her nighttime sleep is still great. Her schedule during the day is a little inconsistent because she takes between two to three naps a day. I would love to move her to two naps, but it doesn’t always work with other things we have going on during the day and she loves to fall asleep in her car seat, which sometimes throws things off. 

Leaps: Ruthie is on the tail end of leap 5 and she is changing so much developmentally. She can sit up with assistance (sometimes for a few seconds on her own), she can roll over from front to back. She’s not interested at all in crawling or moving and prefers to be on her back. I think she will be a late crawler/walker. The best thing about Ruthie right now is she laughs SO much ๐Ÿ™‚ She loves when Dave carries her and I “chase” them around the room. She’s pretty needy and not independent. I try a lot to leave her to play by herself for a few minutes and she almost always cries for me. I can’t tell if she likes being around a lot of people or not. She likes when all the attention is on her, but is really tired after being with a lot of people. She loves her toys and soft books that she can put in her mouth. Pretty much anything in her hand goes in her mouth!

Highlights of this month:

  • Halloween!! I had such a fun day with Ruthie at home for Halloween. She dressed up in her pumpkin costume at night and we drove around downtown looking at the trick or treaters. We didn’t go trick or treating, but next year!
  • Ruthie’s granny (my grandmother) came to visit for a few days. Ruthie is lucky to have so many great grandparents. 
  • Our house is slowly but surely coming along. We can’t wait to move in someday. 

What we’re looking forward to this month:

  • Thanksgiving in Colorado!! Ruthie gets to go back to her birth state ๐Ÿ˜Š 
  • I’m looking forward to when Ruthie can sit up independently and I can put a toy in front of her to play with. 
  • The Christmas season will be so much fun with a baby. I love the holidays!
One month through six months. I’m so lucky to be able to watch her grow.
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Ruthie // Five Month Update





Weight: 12lbs7oz at her weight check last week (20 weeks). She’s gaining half an ounce every day, which is the minimum but she’s still gaining. Still in the 7th percentile.

Height: 23.25″ at the height check at 20 weeks.

Eating: I tried a four hour schedule for about two days and then quickly went back to a three hour one. I nurse Ruthie four times a day still (7, 10ish, 1ish, 4ish, and 7) and then her last feeding is a bottle at bedtime (usually with Daddy). She’ll take a 7-8oz bottle at bedtime. We introduced solids!! It’s going great now but it was a slow start. Around 17 weeks, I started to give her some rice cereal. She didn’t love it and spit a lot out. I switched to the Beechnut brand and she started to love the cereal. She’s had pears, sweet potatoes, and apples and she LOVES all of them. I mix the baby food with some milk, per my doctors recommendation to add some extra calories into her food. Her spitting up has been slightly better with solid food. She will still spit up after meals and a few times in between meals but it definitely not the level of what it used to be.

Sleeping: I only saw one night of the four-month sleep “regression,” but it was such a fluke that I wouldn’t really call it a regression. When we were visiting Chicago for my parent’s birthday she woke up crying at 3:30am and wouldn’t go back to sleep. I nursed her, which I haven’t done in the middle of the night in months. I was worried that was the beginning of the dreaded regression but the next night she was completely fine and has been every night since then. She’s taking three naps a day and definitely not ready to move to two (which I’ve tried several times and it’s terrible). She usually naps pretty well. The second I lay her in her crib she turns on her side and sucks her thumb. I feel like all my previous training with her has TOTALLY paid off and I’m so glad I went through some of those hell weeks around 2-3 months to get to where we are now. She is the best self-soother.

Leaps: Ruthie finished the fourth leap and is seriously in such a fun stage. She loves interacting with me during the day and loves when her dad is home with her at night. She’ll try to grab our faces or put our hands in her mouth. Last night she rolled over from her stomach to her back! I practiced with her a few times and then she did it on her own.

Clothes: I think this girl will be in 3-6 month clothes forever, especially since she’s tiny. It’s funny because I don’t think she looks that small – she doesn’t look skinny and she has big cheeks. When people have only seen Ruthie in pictures and then they meet her in person, they’re always surprised by how small she is. Ruthie has A LOT of clothes and I need to give some away because she never wears them all. She wears fleece footies most nights because I like to keep the temperature cooler and we usually go through at least two outfits a day, especially now that she’s eating solid foods.

Likes: being with Mommy (she’s such a clinger), when people smile at her, her swing, her exersaucer (for 10 minutes at a time), her Bumbo, sweet potatoes, when Daddy walks down the stairs in the morning and walks up the stairs after work (oh wait… I love that too), being at home

Dislikes: when she’s in one position for too long, when she’s left by herself, when a stranger gets too close to her, when she can’t reach a toy that she wants, when something doesn’t fit in her mouth

Highlights of this month:

  • Dave stayed home with Ruthie overnight alone while I went to Chicago to celebrate my sister’s birthday.
  • Ruthie and I go to baby storytime at the library every week and it’s so cute and she loves it.
  • I take her to MOPS with me and she has been doing great in the childcare there.
  • I tried to jog with Ruthie in a 5k and she screamed the entire time. But we got to watch Dave finish a half marathon and that was the highlight!
  • We closed on our house last week. I’m already envisioning Ruthie’s playroom and her and her future siblings living there.

What we’re looking forward to: I’m looking forward to celebrating fall. Holidays are ten times more fun with a baby! I’m excited about taking her to a pumpkin patch, dressing her up for Halloween, and going to the Fall Fest here.

A blurry picture but I had to capture her sucking her thumb ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

 

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Ruthie // Four Months Old






Weight: 11lbs13oz. This little girl is only in the 7th percentile for weight and height! She eats a lot but is having a weight check at the doctors soon since her percentiles have dropped since she was born. 

Height: 23″

Head: I forgot what the doctor said ๐Ÿ˜‚

Doctorโ€™s Appointments: We had to leave our awesome pediatrician back in Boulder, but there’s a great pediatrics office in Holland.

Eating: Ruthie is still eating on the same 3 hour schedule but I am getting ready this week to move her to a 4 hour schedule and possibly introduce some cereal to her. She seems to be ready to try some food because she has good head control, puts things in her mouth with her hands, and I am hoping that solid food helps her spitting up. Speaking of that, I think it actually got worse around 3-4 months because she was taking in more ounces during her feedings. She doesn’t seem to be bothered by it at all but it’s still a lot of work for me. She takes a lot in her bottles these days, between 6-7 oz. and has even finished an 8 oz. bottle at bedtime before! She is definitely going through a growth spurt.

Sleeping: Ruthie adjusted really quickly to the eastern time zone when she was 16 weeks. She is sleeping in a packnplay this month at the lakehouse but I am anxiously waiting the day when we can get her back in her crib, just because it seems more comfortable for her. She sleeps great and I haven’t seen any signs of the four month sleep regression, but I haven noticed that if we don’t put her to bed at 7pm then she takes longer to fall asleep, cries, or wakes up early. It’s the best when we start her bottle or bath at 6:45. In the last week or so she has been turning around in her crib and when I go in to get her in the morning she will be completely turned around! She’s so funny.

Leaps: Ruthie is the fourth leap right now (which is like 50 days long….) and I haven’t really seen any signs in terms of bad sleeping. However I have noticed her getting a lot fussier in the afternoons or any time she doesn’t like something. If something sets her off in the afternoon then she can cry for a while before she calms down (usually it takes nursing her to do this). She is also growing and changing so much – holding her head up, putting everything in her mouth, holding her feet, “talking” so much. This is such a fun age.

Clothes: When we moved to Michigan I packed up a lot of Ruthie’s 0-3 month clothes and transitioned to 3-6 month clothes. This girl has so many clothes. The 3-6 month clothes are still a little baggy on her but the 0-3 month ones were getting tight. It’s a lot colder in Michigan than in Colorado (and we have air conditioning here!) so she wears a lot of footies during the day.

Likes: the morning, playing and grabbing her feet, when people talk to and pay attention to her, getting her diaper changed (only if she isn’t hungry), her new front-facing carrier, her playmat on the floor, her swing, sitting up with the help of someone, Facetime ๐Ÿ™‚

Dislikes: tummy time, the car, 4-5pm, when she finishes a bottle or finishes nursing, being taken out of the bath

Highlights of this month:

  • Our friends threw us a going away party when we left Colorado. Ruthie slept through most of it, especially when Gammy came and rocked her ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Dave’s parents drove my car out to Michigan and stayed with us for a few days – it was great to have them in Holland!
  • I celebrated my 28th birthday with my family and Ruthie.
  • Dave started his new job and I am home full time with Ruthie so she has been my little buddy during the week as we get to know a new city.

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Postpartum // 5 Things I Didn’t Expect

First let me note that the pictures in this post were professionally taken and look great thanks to Photoshop and my Bobbi Brown concealer. Don’t assume that I was sitting in the rocking chair peacefully all hours of the day after I had a baby reflecting on how much I love life. Don’t get me wrong, it HAS been the sweetest time of my life. And the hardest. I’ve been so deep in the newborn trenches for six weeks and the question I have been asked the most (besides “when are you having the next one?” —- seriously people?!) is “Is there anything you didn’t expect about having a newborn?” I put the top five things in this blog. I probably could have kept writing and writing but here are the big ones. Oh but first, this meme, which sums up my dark postpartum moments:

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  1. All the tears. In the first two weeks after I had Ruthie, I never knew I could cry so much. I cried from happiness: watching Dave become a dad, becoming a family of three, looking at Ruthieโ€™s sweet face. Crying from being hormonal: when Dave walked too far ahead of me at the grocery store, accidentally ordering RedBox to the wrong place, dropping a fork on the floor of our kitchen. Crying from frustration: over breastfeeding, over Ruthie breaking out of her swaddle for the 230923 time that day, over the fact that I really have no idea what Iโ€™m doing and Iโ€™m just faking it until I make it with a newborn.

 

  1. Speaking of hormones, they are crazy. More than when you were thirteen. More than when you went on birth control. Mine started to even out after a few weeks and now at almost six weeks postpartum, I start to think they’re under control and then I have a breakdown the next hour.

 

  1. Breastfeeding can be super challenging and you might want to quit. I knew before I had Ruthie that breastfeeding would be one of the hardest parts of having a baby and is it, so maybe this isnโ€™t so much of a surprise. But I still thought that it would come easily to me. I think Iโ€™ll write a whole separate blog post about this because I have so much to say on this topic. Man, it was so hard in the beginning and Iโ€™m just going to be real with you now โ€“ ย the majority of the time I do not love breastfeeding. I have wondered so many times that if breastfeeding is natural and if God created our bodies to do this, then why is it so hard?! Luckily I feel like almost every mom has there own initial struggles with breastfeeding so you and your mom friends can all be in the Breastfeeding Sucks club together and vent about it. Also I do want to note that I am typing this paragraph with only one hand and a baby on my boob right now so this is clearly my huge BREASTFEEDING WIN OF THE DAY.

 

  1. Iโ€™m still getting to know my daughter. I thought that because I carried her for almost ten months, I would know her automatically. We would be like best friends. I thought she would look just like me because, well, sheโ€™s a girl and Iโ€™m a girl. Then when Ruthie came out I realized I loved her so much, but I didnโ€™t know her. She doesnโ€™t look like my twin and we donโ€™t have this cool ESP where she cries and I know exactly what is going on. There was a long time I thought our relationship was solely based on feeding and we are just now breaking out of that stage as she becomes older and is able to interact more.

 

  1. People will show up to support you in a huge way. There can be so much judgment in motherhood in everything from feeding, to using a pacifier, to how much someone leaves the house in the first month with a newborn. I was worried that having a newborn would distance me from people but instead I feel like itโ€™s done the opposite. We have such a great family and community that supports us with food and prayers and shoulders to cry on. I couldnโ€™t make it without these people.

 

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I love this tiny human even if she gives me two hours of sleep at a time.