Catherine :: 10 Months

Wow. Katie is 10 months old. How has this happened.?Only two short months until Katie is ONE. Unbelievable!

Morning bottle cuddles

We had some big changes to close out Katie’s last week of month 10. She moved up a room at daycare and is doing great! She’s napping much better; an hour and a half on average this week. This is amazing considering that she was taking two 30-minute naps in her old room. Definitely and improvement. At night, she’s sleeping 12-13hrs. She has a tendency to doze in the mornings which is super nice on the weekends. And during the week it means time to shower before going to her. Which is crucial because girlfriend is all over the place crawling now.

Just cruising the floor

Her favorite thing to do is to stand and she’s gotten really adept at pulling up. She’s experimenting more and more with standing unassisted and has gone as long as 5 seconds without holding on.

Katie is on table foods now and doing pretty well with it. At daycare she gets 2 meals and 1-2 snacks each day. She’s doing about 4 8-oz bottles per day. This weekend instead of a 4th bottle we’ve been doing some formula in a cup instead. We will probably work on switching her midday bottle to a cup to help prepare her for ditching the bottle after 12mo.

Dinner time. Cheerios, blueberries, and chicken #latergram

She still only has her bottom two teeth. Who knows when those top guys will come in.

I can’t wait to see what changes Month 11 has in store for us!

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Last night when I was putting Katie to bed, I was running through a long list of things that I needed to do that night.

  • Wash the bottles
  • Prep her daycare bag
  • Don’t forgot to send in a can of backup formula!
  • Clean up from dinner – Cheerios and chicken all over the floor
  • Put away Katie’s toys

As the list got longer and Katie became more restless with the bottle (add “sterilize level 3 bottle nipples” to that list) and started hitting me with her kitty wubbanub, I grew frustrated.

But then she finished her bottle and with the pacifier in her mouth she snuggled up in my arms and was fast asleep. I try to remind myself to put down the iPhone- blogs, twitter, Facebook, and Instagram can, and should, all wait.

Because the truth is that Katie will be 10 months old on Sunday and she is already seeming more and more like a toddler and less like a baby. Just that night she stood for about 5 seconds in her own. And sooner than I know (and probably realize), she won’t tolerate me rocking her before bed.

Morning bottle cuddles

Katie’s First Christmas

We had a bit of a whirlwind right before Christmas this year and if you follow me on Instagram then you know that our Christmas week was thrown out of whack by a stomach virus that Katie picked up.

The Friday before Christmas was Katie’s last day at daycare. I picked her up at lunch time, brought her home for a nap, then we were off to my sister’s house for dinner & presents with them and my mom. Katie ate dinner with us, loving the prime rib, asparagus, and especially the wild rice. Girl was taking handfuls of rice off of my plate! Katie got her first round of awesome gifts – the Chicco Baby Jogger (a walk-behind toy), a ball-popper, and bead maze. She loves all of them! Savannah really likes the ball popper, too.

Saturday was a low key day where I made 10lbs of mashed potatoes for our next Christmas gathering on Sunday, Christmas Eve Eve. Sunday was another great Christmas gathering with my dad’s side of the family. Katie did great, despite taking only a 30min nap in the car on the way there and missing her afternoon nap.

Unfortunately, Sunday was the last day that Katie was healthy. She woke up on Monday sick with a stomach virus that hung around until Saturday. Add in some teething and a nasty diaper rash and things were less than fun. We still had a really nice Christmas and Katie has just about mastered the walker. We have to help her steer it but she’s not falling down as much.

Katie also decided that she would start standing up using anything that was at least an inch off of the ground. And that she would start standing without holding on to anything for about a second before falling.

Regardless, Katie’s first Christmas was pretty great but next year should be even better!

Spoke Too Soon

So while Katie had been semi-crawling on Sunday, apparently she was all over the place at daycare on Monday!

She is now officially mobile! Things are sure to get more exciting now…

Big Week

It’s a big week here. It’s my last week of work for the year, tonight is the first night that somebody will put Katie to bed without us at home, we have our company Christmas party, and Katie will turn 9 months old.

So like I said, a big week.

I busted out the big camera this weekend while Katie was scooting around by the Christmas tree (which we FINALLY decorated).

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We’re working on some crawling here. Katie has officially mastered the ability to go from belly to sitting, but she just doesn’t seem very into the whole crawling thing. She can do it, but usually she’ll move about an inch or two and then just decide to sit instead. Really she would rather walk.

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We also love checking out the edges of rugs.

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We point out the tree to Katie a lot and she has been trying to say “tree”.

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A 9 month update is coming, but probably not until after we have our 9 month check up next week.

Made It :: Beco Stuff Sack (& a Paci Clip Update)

Since I got our Beco Gemini baby carrier, I knew I wanted some sort of bag to keep it in. The whole thing can get a bit unruly when just tossed in the back of the SUV or on the kitchen table, so I used fabric I had on hand, a toggle barrel and some cording to create a bag.

I was heavily/extremely inspired by the baby carrier stuff sacks sold on Etsy by Red Charlotte. If I hadn’t just dropped some major cash on the baby carrier itself, then I probably would have just purchased a sack from Red Charlotte.

Anyway, this bag was super simple. My finished product is about 24inches tall and 6 inches in diameter. It’s definitely taller than it needed to be to fit the Beco, but this way I could toss a few other small things in the bag if necessary. I added a handle on the bottom which has proved handy for pulling the Beco out of the bag and I can use the excess cording as a strap to carry the whole thing with.

Now here are some super bad iPhone photos of it, with the Beco inside. I used the owl fabric that I had on hand from Katie’s room.

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And the bottom… (why am I holding my keys?!)
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I had that orange dot fabric left over from a few years ago.

Moving on…. I made more pacifier clips using the tutorial that I mentioned in my previous post. And boy, was it super super easy. I made 6 in not very long at all. I used scraps that I had and did a few different lengths.

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I’ve found that these are good as toy leashes as well, though the ribbon loops can be kind of tight depending on the toy. If you make one that you want to double as a pacifier AND toy leash, use 7-8inches of ribbon instead of 6. The orange one is longer on purpose and is for use with the Beco. One of the black ones is currently living with the stroller and the other is on Katie’s new teether thing.

I also knew I wanted a Sophie leash. I made this one a bit longer and used snaps instead of ribbon. I actually did two snap positions so this will work for other toys, not just Sophie. Why, here’s Sophie now!

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You can’t really tell, but it’s snapped around Sophie’s neck on the snap to the right. The smaller snap length is great for other toys, like Katie’s twisty teether thing. I determined the snap placement by wrapping the fabric around Sophie’s neck and guestimating.

Both of these projects were *super* easy. I might make another bag just for Katie toys and I’m sure more pacifier clips/toy leases are in my future.