Thursday, March 20, 2014

Myla at 5 months

This month FLEW by. Practically broke the sound barrier, I think.

Myla bean,

You are so much fun! This month has been a whirlwind of watching you grow, seeing you continue to develop your sweet personality, and dealing with sickness. Yep, 2 bouts of sickness in one month... It really isn't fair! You had your first cold (along with dad and me) and you took it like a champ! Last week, however, you got the flu and it wasn't pretty. You were so tired of throwing up, having a fever, diarrhea, and a yucky cough. I finally took you to the doctor and she said we just have to wait it out and make sure you are hydrated! You liked pedialyte ok - as long as it was warm. Good thing you liked it, because from personal experience I think it's disgusting! I loved the extra cuddles. One of the nights you slept in my arms all night long because you just couldn't stay asleep in your crib or in the swing. Just in your diaper because you were warm, I got to snuggle you all night long. Despite almost no sleep for me, I wouldn't trade that night away! It took you 8 days to get over it, but now you're back to yourself :)

you can just tell she feels crappy :/ So glad she's all better now!
Anyway, enough about the sickness, let's talk about the rest of the month! You are doing great at swim lessons and the teacher says you are ready to go under water! Egads! I don't want to try it until daddy is there to watch, too. Quite exciting. You are now the oldest baby in the class and the teacher likes to use you as an example for the other babies.

You love to play with toys - especially toys that light up or make music. You've started bouncing around more in your jumparoo and it is just adorable! Daddy has been able to get you to laugh a few times, but you're still working on that social skill. Lots of smiles though!

You reach out with both of your hands when you want to touch or hold something. You love touching our faces and playing with/pulling my hair. You like it when we play with your feet and sing songs like "The Wheels on the Bus" or "Pat-a-Cake." You really like to touch our clothes. You always reach for my shirts and feel them, pull on them, and try to eat them. You also like sucking/chewing on your burp cloths and blankets.

You can almost sit up by yourself and you never want to lay on your back... you always flip over to your stomach (and then get frustrated after too long). If you had it your way, you'd always be standing. You'll even take some steps if we lean you forward. I think you might skip crawling all together and go straight to walking! You can stand while holding onto something (our hands or even the couch!). When you eat you like to help by trying to hold your bottle.

Spring break was LOTS of fun - it was so great to have daddy home for an entire week! We took you on 3 hikes in the baby bjorn and you (mostly) liked those. You also had your first trip to the zoo. You didn't really know what was going on, but you were very well behaved and enjoyed being out in the sunshine! You met one of my best friends and her cute little girl, Lizzie. We're hoping your roommates in college one day like we were :).

It has been a VERY fun month! We love you Myla girl!

Love, mom
Anyone else dying of cuteness?!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Myla at 4 months

Ok, she's 4 and a half months now, but I finally finished this post... at least I did it before she turned 5 months!

Myla girl, you just keep getting sweeter and sweeter! Smiles from the minute you wake up until you're in bed for the night. More than once I've found my cheeks hurting because you make me smile so much. You bring us so much joy! A favorite new thing that you do is when you start eating and get a few swallows down, you pause, give me the biggest open-mouthed smile, and then go right back to eating. Heart melter...

Your personality is really starting to come out! You are starting to have opinions and know how to get attention. I'm pretty sure you've even 'fake cried" a few times just so we would come over and see how you were doing. You can be pretty independent, however, and can play with your toys by yourself for a little while before you start fussing for attention.

Your accomplishments this month include short little laughs, "razzing" conversations, great head control in the walker/bumbo, floating on your back at swim lessons (with mom and dad's help of course!), grabbing everything and putting it in your mouth, sleeping in your crib every night (instead of the car seat for reflux), putting all your weight on your legs with us helping you balance (you only have to hold onto our fingers), rolling over both ways, and splashing in the tub instead of just laying there, and saying GOODBYE TO REFLUX! That's right... you haven't had a reflux episode in over 2 weeks and we are thrilled!

You also smile all the time when we talk to you... and you don't just smile with your mouth - you smile with your eyes and your whole body. You get a big grin on your face, crinkle your eyes, and put your hands together by your face and... it's hard to explain. Hopefully I have a video of it somewhere :)

Your favorite toys to play with are Meg the mermaid and your pink ball. You also like your farm sing along toy and is getting some good use out of the jumper (although you haven't figured out the jumping part of the jumper yet...).

You are starting to single us out as your parents and get excited and so smiley whenever daddy comes home from school - he loves that!

You've also turned into a little human faucet. You have a constant, ample supply of saliva/spit-up coming out of your mouth. We even had to invest in some "drool bibs."

Sleeping through the night doesn't happen anymore for some reason. We usually get you to bed from around 7:30 to 8:30 and you sleep 4-5 hours and then are up every 3 after that until I get you up for the day around 7 or 8. I miss my sleep but I bet one day I'll miss the nighttime cuddles.

You survived your 4 month shots and weighed in at 13 lbs 11oz when you were 4 months + a week. 24 1/2 inches long.... and looking chunky (cute chunky, of course!) The doc said we could start you on some solids, but I think we'll wait at least one more month.

We love you Myla Bean!!

the queen of spit up....
swim lessons! 
bedtime stories with daddy

I love her expression (left)! She also got her first "scalp spa treatment" for cradle cap, and we visited dad at school a few times
She LOVES this mermaid (thanks Meg), looking at herself in the mirror

I just love this girl!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

like father like daughter...

Is it just me or do these two pictures look similar? Like father like daughter!

I love them :)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

best ever oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

I've had some requests for my cookie recipe... so here you go! I make these ALL the time. They are delicious as dough, as cookies, but especially as pizookies...

Best Ever Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

3/4 c brown sugar
3/4 c white sugar
1/2 c butter (room temperature - NOT melted!)
1/2 c crisco (can use butter, but cookies will be different texture)
2 eggs
1.5 tsp vanilla
1 (3.4 oz) package vanilla instant pudding mix (can also use chocolate or any other flavor if you want to be adventurous)
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp baking soda
1.5 c oatmeal
2.5 c flour
mini milk chocolate chips (or butterscotch or white chocolate chips... or whatever sounds good to you!)

Beat together butter, crisco, and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat again until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and salt. Add pudding mix and stir well. 

Beat in oatmeal. In a small bowl combine baking soda and 1 c flour. Blend into the egg mixture. Add the remaining flour 1/2 c at a time until dough reaches desired consistency.**

Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop spoonfuls of dough on cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Cookies should just have golden tint on the top when you remove them from the oven. They may look under-baked, but they are NOT. Do not over-bake - this will make them less delicious! Let them sit on the cookie sheet for a few minutes to finish and then move to cooling rack. 

**I like my cookies fluffy and soft so I add the full 2.5 c. The dough ends up being very thick and not sticky at all... almost like sugar cookie dough consistency.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Myla at 3 months

I apologize in advance for the insane amount of pictures...

Hey baby girl!

Happy 3 months! You have changed SO much this month! Every day your dad and I say something along the lines of, "She's so much fun" or "She's changing so fast" or "She's getting so big!" Usually all three.

Some of your favorite things are watching the fan, eating your Vitamin D supplement, sucking on your binky in your swing or car seat, going on walks, "talking", smiling, sucking on your fists(!), stretching, eating (of course), burping like a sailor, exploring your toys, bath time, peek-a-boo, getting your diaper changed (ha!), and just being oh so cute.

Your favorite place in our home is your changing pad. I have no idea why, but when you are pretty fussy, I can just bring you to your changing pad, start talking to/with you or singing to you, and then you start smiling and cooing. It's pretty darn cute.

Your least favorite things are taking your reflux medicine and being strapped into your car seat

You are learning so much every single day! You can now push up on your elbows and hold your chest up during tummy time, grab your toys, reach for objects, put toys in your mouth (a little clumsily), smile all the time, do short little laughs, fall asleep by yourself for nap time, put all your weight on your legs when we balance you, hold your head steady enough to sit in your bumbo chair and walker, and you can now bring your hands together. Unfortunately, you haven't learned how to let go of your hands when you want to once you have them clasped together in front of you. I have seen you (several times) trying to get your hands apart, but you haven't figured out that you have to let go first!

Your hair still looks reddish brown and your eyes look like they are turning a little bit browner. Your thighs are as chunky as ever!

You haven't been sleeping quite as well the last few weeks - we're thinking our trip to Oklahoma for Christmas kind of threw you off for some reason because that's when the poor sleeping started! You were sleeping a good 6-8 hour stretch earlier this month, but now you're at about 4-5 hours. There is the occasional exception (like last night!) when you sleep longer. You are so good to go right back to sleep after you eat in the middle of the night. I am so grateful for that!

You reflux has improved so much! You are so much more happy and full of smiles. You still have your occasional "episode", but overall we are very happy with where you're at. You are still taking Prevacid every morning and usually a dose of Zantac at night. It is getting more and more difficult to get the medicine in your tummy, however! You are mastering spitting it out of your mouth (even after I think you've swallowed it!).

You did wonderful on our trip to Oklahoma. Seems you like airplanes! You slept like an angel both ways and everyone around us commented on how sweet and adorable you are. I had to agree, of course. You got to meet your uncle Dan and aunt Laura for the first time. You were a little out of your element on the trip and more fussy than usual, but they still loved you!

Your first Christmas was lots of fun! You had no idea what was going on, but you could feel the joy and excitement in the air. You got so many fun and thoughtful gifts. Your aunt Laura even made you an absolutely beautiful quilt. Your cousin Gage got you a toy dump truck. Grammy and Papa got you some fun toys and a family favorite book - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (parts I and II!). Dan & Laura also spoiled you with a fun toy, and aunt Jen got you the most adorable hat and mittens! Grandma Maylene and Grandpa Kim gave you a fun train set and Uncle Justin made you a noise-maker and gave you a cute stuffed monkey. Santa brought you some clothes, books, and toys. I'm sure I'm forgetting something...You were very spoiled!

We started swim lessons with you this week and you had a great time (until your mouth got some water in it...)! I am excited to take you every week and teach you how to be a water baby. We will be doing lots and lots of swimming in the summer! We are taking the lessons with your friend, Cohen, and his mom, Brittney.

We are settling into more of a routine with bedtimes and nap times. You usually have your bath around 7:30 and go to bed around 8 and then get up for the day around 8 in the morning. I am trying to get you on a better nap schedule, but for now I am just putting you down for naps when you seem tired 3 or 4 times a day. You'll usually sleep for about 30-40 minutes each time.

Myla, I love hanging out with you! I feel so incredibly lucky that I get to spend my days watching you grow, learn, and enjoy life. You are such a bright ray of sunshine in my life! I miss you when we're apart even for just a little while. We're pals!

Your daddy and I love you so much! Every day we love you more.

And the growth chart....

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