Baby Data :: moving On

I’ve been using the app Baby Connect to track Katie since we came. Home from the hospital. Which means that I can tell you how much sleep she gets on average, how many gallons of formula she has consumed, and how many diapers she has dirtied. (14hrs of sleep per day, 50+ gallons of formula and 93.5 hours of nursing, 1700+ diapers).

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But as Katie is nearing her 9 month “birthday”, I find myself less concerned about inputting her daily daycare report or recording every diaper change.

The app has been really helpful to keep all of her data and stats in one place and I’ll likely continue to use it for medication tracking and height/weight tracking, but I think at 9 months old I’m ready to relax about some of the nitty gritty details.

This app really is awesome though and I highly recommend it to anybody who needs a baby tracking app/utility.

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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.

Catherine :: 8 Months

Katie has turned 8 months and ohmygosh can we slow down the clock a bit? Now that the holiday season is upon us, it’s going to be 2013 before we know it and then Katie will be going off to college.

Ok, not college, but moving out of the infant room at daycare to the first young toddlers room. Ohmygosh my baby!

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So, 8 months. Katie is working extremely hard on learning to crawl. She can push up and get on her knees, rock back and forth, and scoot forwards. She also has started scooting a little bit on her bum. And she’s started to try to pull up, but thankfully only on us in order to get into our laps or be held. Which, ohmygosh, I just about die from the cuteness.

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On the verbal front, we’ve got ma-ma, da-da, ba-ba, la-la and some other undetermined consonant sounds.

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She has been a super star sleeper lately, probably because she barely naps at daycare. We usually get at least 12 hours at night out of her. On the weekends she tends to make up for missed naps from the week.

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She eats 4 bottles a day, 8 oz each. Solids usually twice a day. Katie has been doing well on eating puffs; she has been figuring out how to move them around in her mouth and gum them. We’ll be starting more finger foods this weekend – probably peas and carrots.

We’re still in size 3 diapers during the day, size 4 at night (though we’re having nighttime leak issues). Katie’s 9 month (Carter’s) sized onesies are getting a bit snug.

Time, you need to stop a-flyin!

Mama & Dada

We had an exciting weekend – Katie said Mama and Dada for the first time!

It happened on Saturday while we were hanging out around the house. She only said “Dada” once but has really been working the “M” sound since her first “Mama”. I really don’t think that she is saying “Mama” and meaning me, but hopefully we’ll get there 🙂

Katie is also working on crawling. She gets upon her hands and knees and rocks back and forth. Sometimes she’ll fall forwards and make some progress. She’ll also try to pull up on you and crawl into your lap. This concerns me that she’ll start crawling and pulling up to stand at the same time. I’m ready to ditch our coffee table for a leather ottoman… asap.

Katie has dealt with the time change like a total champ. However she is still refusing to nap at daycare. I think she gets too distracted. Or maybe its a potential of 3 teeth coming in? We think she definitely has an upper tooth working its way in and maybe two lowers.

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This is Katie before going to daycare on Halloween. Girl can NOT keep a pair of socks on, so I hike them up.
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Katie went “trick-or-treat”ing with her neighbor buddy Ryan.
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Katie thinks I’m crazy for trying to get her on video saying “Mama”
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Katie is getting baptized this coming Sunday, which happens to be the day after our 5 year wedding anniversary. Time sure flies!

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.