Showing posts with label Georgiana's 1st Year. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Georgiana's 1st Year. Show all posts

We Have A Tooth! Georgie At Nine Months




About a week ago Georgie was a little cranky.  By cranky, I mean she tried to let me know she was unhappy by frowning and humming at me (the girl doesn't know how to throw a proper fit).

The kids were trying to keep her happy, and suddenly Gwen exclaimed "Georgie has a tooth!".  After months of "teething", a tooth finally popped through.  I was actually impressed with how mild her crankiness was, because when I slid my finger over her lower gums, what do you know, there it was! 

Growth And Eating

We are still doing purees and formula, but Georgie is now to the point where if she doesn't get her expected puree before bedtime, she won't go to sleep.  Some days she is so distracted she won't even eat half the jar, but she still expects us to try to feed her.  Her favorite is the little cookies we give her - I think they feel good on her sore gums.  She gnaws on them and we end up with cookie mush smeared all over everything, but she is as happy as can be.  I'll occasionally give her an apple slice to use as a teether, and she loves that too.  I think it won't be long before she'll be demanding (in her very non-demanding style) to eat finger foods.

We finally took her to the doctor (we missed her 6 month check-up - oops), and she weighs around 19 pounds.  She's in the 90th percentile for height, and 75th for weight.

She was such a tough little baby at the doctor's office.  They wanted to test her iron, so they had to poke her.  She didn't cry at all, she just gave them a quizzical look as they squeezed blood out of her tiny big toe.  She did cry for the shots, but I don't blame her at all, because they did a sloppy job of it this time.  I would have cried too.



Sleeping

She actually woke up a couple times in the night this month.  I didn't really mind.  It's nice that she has been sleeping through the night so well, but there is something sweet about those middle-of-the-night snuggles too, and I've been missing it.

Firsts

You already know that she got her first tooth this month (July 31), but she also got much more stable at sitting up on her own, and she started scooting.  One day I was sitting with her on the floor, and she spotted a toy she wanted, and I watched her scoot ever-so-slowly across the entire room.  I have to say, I'm not ready for my baby to crawl!  But she is so determined and happy when she can get where she wants to go, and it's pretty fun to watch.




Personality

Georgie is still the happiest little thing.  She gets shy around strangers and doesn't give them a smile without their expending a little effort, but it's not too difficult to coax a big smile out of her.  She especially loves me and Derek, and rewards us with a huge smile if we so much as look at her.  

I've had a few Saturdays this month where I was out for most of the day working or running errands, and while it was good to get things done, I was sorry to be away from Georgie all day.  One day when I got home she was playing on the living room floor.  She caught sight of me and her face relaxed  into a huge smile, and she started kicking her legs, trying to crawl over to me.  I scooped her up, and she gave the most thrilled face a baby can make and patted my shoulder with her little hand.  I just love that.  She makes coming home so fun.



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Georgie Bea,

Since you were just a little thing I've joked with your daddy that you are my little stress-reliever, because it's pretty much impossible to stay stressed out when I'm holding you and you are grinning at me.  Every time I pick you up I get the biggest smile, and you look like a little princess, surveying your kingdom from my arms.  

If you were a princess, I guess you might be Sleeping Beauty, because you have slept so well at night since you were two weeks old.  This month though your teeth were fighting their way to the surface, and you needed a little extra attention in the night.  Your daddy usually grabs your bottle while I go get you.  You stop crying as soon as I scoop you into my arms, and I wipe away your tiny little tears.  I go back to bed and prop you up in the crook of my arm with your bottle.  You hang on to it tight and gulp down your formula, your tiny eyelashes brushing your cheeks, and I tuck your fuzzy head right under my chin and doze off myself.  By the time you finish your bottle you are asleep, and sometimes I just hold you there a little longer before I put you back to bed, feel your tiny little body relax in sleep, your tummy rising and falling.  You are so precious, little one, and it's harder for me to watch you grow than it was with the others.  It's going too fast, and I don't have enough time to hold you like this.  

You are precious to me, darling.  I love you.

Love,

Mama


The Many Smiles Of Georgie - 8 Months Old



These month markers keep getting away from me - Georgie turned 8 months old two weeks ago!

Eating and Growth

This baby girl loves her solid foods.  Whenever we set her up to feed her, her arms and legs start flailing out of excitement, and when we have a puree on the spoon she almost dives at it if you don't give it to her fast enough.

I can't tell you how much she weighs at this point, since we missed our 6 month check-up (oops).  I'm going to take her in soon for a 9 month visit, and then I'll have an update.  We're in size 2 diapers (though we probably need size 3 soon, and she wears 6-9 month clothes right now.

Sleeping

The poor little thing has been sick this last week, and she had a couple nights when she woke up in the middle of the night.  It's so rare that she wakes up, I actually didn't mind it.  I brought her in bed with me and we got some snuggles in.

Since I never have anything interesting to say for this section, I'd like to just make a note that the key for Georgie seems to be this ancient space heater we have in her room.  Every night we turn it on after we lay her down.  It hums to life very noisily, and the filaments glow red.  It heats up the room pretty well for being an old heater.  It serves not just it's stated purpose, but also triples as a noise machine and night light.  We've been talking about replacing it for a long time, but I almost don't want to - it does so well at humming our babies to sleep.

Firsts

I'm not really sure we celebrated any firsts this month, other than Georgie's first Father's Day on the outside!  She is getting a little better at sitting up now.  She also stretches and kicks so intently when we place her on her stomach - she wants to crawl so badly, but can't quite figure it out!  We're still waiting on teeth, but I keep thinking it can't be long now.

Wait, wait, she had her first teething cookie!  And she loved it even more than her purees, which is saying something.



Personality

This girl.  Where to start.

I might have mentioned this last month, but her new thing is sticking out her tongue.  Whenever she's happy, out comes the tongue.  When she's concentrating, out comes the tongue.  It's her new thing, and I kind of love it.

She is the baby of a hundred smiles - meaning a hundred kinds of smiles.  She does a sweet smile - that's the default.  She gives a huge grin, dimples showing, and raises her eyebrows when she is happy to see you.  She smiles and shifts her lower jaw forward and tilts her head when she is trying to charm someone.  She smiles when she is crying and realizes that you're going to pick her up - it's a crying smile.  And my current favorite, when she is completely amused and about to laugh, she tucks her chin back into her neck, her eyes become these tiny slits, and it's like her entire face is one big smile.  I love the many happy faces of Georgie.



And of course there is the half-hearted, "where'd you go?", sort-of smile that happens when I pull out the big camera.  I have to be sneaky to capture a good one.

In addition to all the smiling, Georgie is so into her baby toys right now.  She will sit there and study a plastic ball for an hour.  She especially likes soft stuffed animals or baby dolls.  I think she is particularly attached to the bunny we take her monthly photos with, and I would like to buy her one that I can let her completely destroy (after 5 kids, I know what happens to the "lovey" stuffed animal or blanket).

She is such an incredibly easygoing baby, the section on her smiling pretty much covers it.  She is social and starting to explore her surroundings more (as much as she can until she starts crawling).  I love her to bits.



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Georgie Bea,

I think it's safe to say that you are a momma's girl right now.  You like to be held by other people too, but whenever I walk close enough, you'll lunge into my arms, then turn and give a triumphant grin to the person you just abandoned.  I find it incredibly cute and amusing - the people you leave feel slightly insulted, but you're so adorable they can't stay mad.  When I feed you a bottle right now, you tuck your little head into the space under my shoulder and turn into me, trying to get as close to me as you can manage without dropping your bottle.  You laugh when I kiss your little cheek, and you love the made-up songs I sing you.  You chew my chin and slobber all over my face if I give you a chance - which I do, because I know these are your baby kisses.  You are my precious girl, and I love every minute of the day I get holding you.  

Stop growing so fast, will you?  

I love you so much, Baby Girl.

Love, 

Mama

Lots Of Firsts - Georgie At Seven Months


Georgie Bea is seven months old, and this post is late!  Whoops.  I'm blaming vacation (even though it was a month ago).

Growth And Eating

We are solidly into size 2 diapers and 6-9 month clothes, though I still make some smaller sizes work as well.  Her feet are big enough for shoes now, but since it's summer I rarely put shoes on her.  She looks adorable in her baby swimsuit (I will share pictures on Instagram soon).

Georgie has really filled out over the last couple months, and I love her chubby little cheeks!  We started food purees this month, and she loves them.  She often lurches toward the spoon if I don't bring it to her mouth fast enough.

She is still cuddly and sweet when I feed her a bottle, and she snuggles into my and reaches up to touch my face.  I love that she still does this, even though we are no longer nursing.  She can almost hold her own bottle now, but I try not to let her too often when we are at home, because I want to enjoy her baby snuggles.



Sleeping

No change, she's still amazing.  She does have a harder time when I first lay her down lately, but she's usually still asleep within 15 minutes.

Firsts

We went on Georgie's first family vacation this month!  Maybe I'll get around to posting about it before the summer is over.  She had her first plane flight, and did wonderfully on the plane.  She met her Uncle Jeff and Aunt Rae for the first time.  She saw the ocean for the first time (even though she won't remember it).

We also started solids for the first time (which she loved)!



Personality

Georgie hates water, and always gives me this desperate, betrayed look when I put her in the bathtub.  She hates getting sprayed with the sunscreen.  Aside from those two things she has generally been an abnormally happy baby.  It's not hard to get her to smile!  She also has the cutest little baby laugh (I know, I say that about all my babies).

Of course, as we've passed the 7 month mark her teething has gotten a little more aggressive, and she has had some days where she just gets upset whenever I put her down and wants to be held all day.  Whenever I pick her up she immediately gives this triumphant grin and pats my shoulder, and I have a vague feeling that I've just been played.  Still, I usually just try to accommodate - she'll be crawling soon, and then who knows if she'll want me to hold her?



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Georgie Bea, 

How you've grown this month!  You are starting to look like an "older" baby.  The happiest place for you to be is resting on my hip, and you grin at everyone who looks at you.  I love your sweet smile and dimples, you charm people wherever we go!  Even the people on the plane couldn't get irritated that they were sitting by a baby because you were so darn cute.  I love how your eyes follow me around when I'm not holding you, and you lean toward me with your little raised eyebrows whenever you catch my eye.  I'm still your favorite, and you can be attached to my hip for as long as you want, Baby Girl.  I love you more than all the stars in the sky.

Love Always,

Mama


Humming - Georgie At Six Months



Wow, that was one of the fastest half-years in my recent memory.  My sweet girl is halfway to one year old!

Growth And Eating

It seems like every time I take Georgie's monthly pictures, she looks so much different.  These days she's sporting leg rolls and a cute double chin - I'm pretty confident that she is back to her correct curve on the growth chart! She is in size 1 or 2 diapers, and her feet are finally big enough to stay in her tiny baby shoes. 

I haven't had a chance to write about it on my blog yet, but last week I seriously hurt my knee - to the point where I couldn't walk without crutches and had to get an MRI to rule out the need for surgery.  I also have a history of blood clots and my doctor recommended aspirin to prevent that - and so I decided to wean Georgie.  I felt like it was time, since I knew she was getting hardly anything from me anyway, but it didn't make it less sad.  I nursed her to sleep one night, and held her a little longer than necessary, admiring her little eyelashes, and cute lips, and chubby cheeks...and then I put her to bed and that was that.  I had one day of minimal discomfort and that was it.  I might have cried, but we have been hanging on by a thread with nursing for months, and this felt like the right time, before it got frustrating for both of us.  

Now, on to solid foods!



Sleeping

No change, this girl is an amazing sleeper.  We'll see how it goes on vacation this month though.

Firsts

No big firsts this month!  In the month ahead we'll have first time eating solids and first vacation though, so stay tuned!

Personality

I feel like Georgie has been talking more lately.  And by "talking", I mean she hums at me a lot, especially when she's eating or tired.  I've never had a baby who hums at me so much, it's something that is distinct to Georgie. Occasionally she'll babble. She laughs most at her brothers and sisters right now - it's a chore for me to get her laughing, and I'm not sure why.  Maybe her sense of humor is maturing (ha!).  It's so cute when the kids get her laughing though - she has the best belly laugh!  She smiles at everyone, and still has a nice deep dimple in her left cheek.  



My favorite thing this month is Georgie's eyebrows.  Georgie has the most expressive happy eyebrows.  She'll smile at you and wiggle her eyebrows, and it's just the cutest, funniest thing!

When she is hungry she grabs her lower lip with her little toothless gums and sucks on her lip, and stares at me with big brown eyes.  It's adorable.  She usually only cries as a last resort (or on the occasional cranky day).  She's just such an easygoing baby overall!



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Georgie Girl,

Darling, this month has been emotional for me.  I nursed you for the last time this month.  Suddenly you look like such an older baby.  You are growing out of all your tiny clothes.  I can't stop you from growing, but there will always be a part of me that is sad to see everything that comes with your tiny babyhood go.  

This month you ended up falling asleep on me a lot, and I love it so much.  You usually start talking loudly and rubbing your face against me, and that's how I know you're tired.  Then you get really still.  Then your eyes droop closed.  I love studying your face when you sleep.  Your eyelashes spread out so perfectly on your cheeks, your lips look so squishy, and I love the weight of your little breaths.  It's one of my favorite things.  We are on the way to one year old now, and who knows how long you will fall asleep on my lap.  I'm going to enjoy every minute of it.

I love you so much, Sweetie.  The next six months will see "real" food, mobility, and a first birthday party - lots of new baby sweetness behind us, but lots of older baby fun ahead!  Onward!

Love Always,

Mama

Happy Baby - Georgie At Five Months



Well, this month's update is about two weeks late.  Whoops! My sweet girl is now well past 5 months old!

This month has felt like a bit of a whirlwind, and I'm not really sure why.  I just know that I've been exhausted with everything on our calendar and have been intentionally trying to slow down.  The last few weeks I've been telling Georgie that she's my little stress reliever, because her sweet cuddles and big smile instantly lighten my mood!  I'm so happy she's my baby.

Growth And Eating

We're still struggling along with the nursing, and my supply isn't increasing at all - but I'm hanging on, because I'm not quite ready to give it up.  She's mostly on formula now.  I'm also happy to report that she's chunked up some even since her last monthly update.  Her little legs have the hint of rolls now, and I just love her round little cheeks when she smiles!  Her hair is starting to thin - I've figured out that babies' hair reaches the peak of baldness at six months old before it starts to grow back in thicker.  She still has hair, but I can tell it's changing texture.  She is gumming everything and drooling a lot, so I feel like some teeth may poke through soon - or we may have to wait another 3 months, you never can tell.

Sleeping

I actually told Derek the other day that I feel bad for everyone in the world who does not get to be Georgie's mom (ha!) - first, because she's just so sweet and happy and delicious, and second because this baby is the most incredible sleeper I've ever heard of.  She's STILL sleeping 12 hours at night, plus a 2-hour nap during the day!  I'm getting so much sleep, I have no reason in the world to be exhausted.  When I'm tired, everyone assumes it's the baby - no, it's my own fault.  I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop...it is just so nice to have a fifth baby who sleeps!  Georgie totally spoils us.  I told her the other night that she's the kind of baby who tricks you into having a sixth!

Firsts

Shortly after Georgie's 5th month birthday, we celebrated Easter!  It was Georgie's first on the outside, and she looked pretty cute in her dress that matched all the girls.  We also put her in the gumbo seat for the first time, and sometimes she likes it, and sometimes she hates it.  No other firsts yet, but I think we'll be adding a few in the next month as we look ahead to starting solid foods.



Personality

She is still the cutest, happiest little thing!  She greets me with a smile each morning, smiles when I kiss her cheek, smiles when I talk to her.  She loves her siblings and will just grin at them if they give her any attention.  

She's obviously very easygoing (see above), but she tries to assert herself when she's hungry.  Even then, her cry is just not that loud or disruptive.  If she has to cry more than a couple of minutes before I get to her, her cries turn to this hopeless wail, like she's upset that no one ever takes her crying seriously, and it's so sad and pathetic and cute-sounding. 

She definitely likes me best right now, and will just watch me when someone else is holding her, then she grins when I finally take her back.  She likes to talk, and has the cutest little cooing voice - I'm looking forward to when she adds more consonants to her repertoire!



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Sweet Georgie,

My darling girl, you are such a blessing to me!  There have been many times over the last month when I was feeling stressed, and I sat down to feed you and your smile just melted all the chaos away.  If I look you in the eye while you are eating, you'll grin at me around your bottle and give me a cute little "hum" sound, and I just feel like laughing every time you do it.  What a joy you are! Your personality is so sweet, and I just can't wait to watch it develop more as you grow.  I thank God every day for giving you to me.  I love you, darling.

Love Always, 

Mama

A Tiny Thing - Georgie At Three Months



The last month of our lives have been rather crazy, and a lot of that craziness is surrounding my sweet Georgie Bea.

Growth And Eating

In late January I finally took in Georgie for an overdue two month checkup.  I was excited to see how much she had grown!  She seemed like such a tiny thing, I was curious to see her percentages.  Nevertheless I was still surprised to learn that she had only gained 11 ounces since her two week checkup.  

In case you are not familiar with the weight gain curves that doctors use, that is not so good!  She had dropped completely off the chart, below the first percentile.  In the week leading up to our appointment I noticed she still seemed so tiny and delicate, but she seemed healthy and content, and she was hitting all of her milestones. I honestly didn't realize she hadn't been gaining weight.  I still feel a little guilty about this.

Enter "Operation: Fatten Up Georgie".  For the next week I fed her every two hours and topped her off with formula at least twice a day.  Whatever I did seemed to work, and a week later when we went in for a weight check she was up to 10 pounds, 2 ounces at 3 months old! She's still tiny, but her weight is moving in the right direction, so that's good.  

In retrospect, I think her not gaining enough weight can be attributed to a "perfect storm" of a few different factors:

1. Georgie sleeps about 12 hours at night.  This is completely amazing for obvious reasons, but it was not helping her in the weight gain department.
2.  Because she sleeps so long at night, my supply had been dwindling.  However, this was so gradual that I didn't notice it until the last couple weeks when it became a problem.
3. My milk wasn't letting down properly.  I have five kids, and it's hard to find a quiet time to feed Georgie where we won't be interrupted.  I think this was making it hard for me to relax enough for my milk to letdown, which contributed to my supply issues.
4. On a normal day, Georgie is an extremely content baby, and she just wasn't letting me know when she was hungry.  I was feeding her at three hour intervals or so, but she needs more than that right now.  We now officially have her on a timer.

We'll have another weight check in the next couple weeks, but I am very confident that she is gaining weight happily now.  Her face has gotten notably rounder, and she even has a double chin.  She's even chubbed up since her three month pictures that I recently shared on Instagram!  Unfortunately my supply continues to dwindle, and I just don't have time or motivation to add pumping into an already packed day, so we've been giving her 2-3 bottles of formula each day.  We didn't make it as long as I wanted to with exclusively nursing this time, but c'est la vie. I'll just be happy if we can at least partially nurse until six months at this point.

As you can imagine, it's hard to keep up on things when you have five kids to take care of and one of them needs to be fed every two hours, hence why this post is late.  Aside from her weight, Georgie has been changing and growing in so many ways this month!



Sleeping

As I mentioned, Miss Georgie is an amazing sleeper!  She goes 12 hours at night, and I intend to enjoy this as much as possible.  I'm fairly confident she will stop sleeping through the night around four months because all of my babies have gone through a growth spurt at four months.  She also takes one afternoon nap during the day (having only one daytime nap is my tradeoff for a full night's sleep - I'll take it!).

Firsts

The day we found out Georgie wasn't gaining weight (January 25th), she laughed at me.  I can't tell you how comforting that was to me - right when I was beating myself up for not realizing she wasn't growing on track, she blessed me with sweet baby giggles.  It's a cute little belly-chuckle sound. She's mostly just laughed for me so far (and once for Derek), when I tickle her tummy.  I got the best video of her laughing at me repeatedly for a minute straight, and I rewatch it sometimes when I need a grin.  I just love her laugh so much!

She also discovered her hands.  One day I had her laying on the bed in my room while I got ready to go somewhere, and I looked over at her and she was just starting so intently at her hands.  I always find this phase so funny!  It's so cute to watch her little quizzical expression as she tries to figure things out.

We also celebrated our first New Year's with Georgie, and went to the stock show together for the first time as a family of 7.

She still rolls over both ways, but only occasionally.  However, she's such a strong little thing!  Her head support is pretty good for her age, and she pushes up with her arms really well when we do tummy time.



Personality

As I said, Georgie is mostly a very content baby, though since we've been feeding her every two hours she has gotten a little more vocal.  I think she finally realized she likes to eat.  She has the sweetest little grin, and she smiles much more quickly now than she did a month ago.  Her dimples are just the best thing ever!  I can also tell she's getting a little more attached to me - When someone else is holding her she will just stare at me and follow me around with her eyes.  She doesn't talk too often, but when she does it's the cutest little cooing/sighing sound.  If you want to hear her talk you have to stare right into her eyes and talk to her, and then she'll wait for a break in the conversation to coo back at you.  

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Georgiana Bea, 

You threw me for a loop this month!  I can't believe how tiny you are, but your sweet little grins and baby talk reassure me always that you are doing just fine.  You are such a happy baby! Your grins light up my whole day, and I'm a tiny bit obsessed with your dimples.  I sit with you sometimes and just try to get you to smile over and over so I can catch a glimpse of them.  And don't even get me started on your laugh.  Your baby giggle puts both your dad and me in stitches - we just can't help but laugh along with you!  What a sweet little joy you are.  I can't imagine our life or family without you, my little lady.  You live up to your name.

I love you always, 

Mama



Dimples - Georgie At Two Months



We officially have a smiling baby!

Georgie smiled a little bit at me before she turned a month old, but this month she has become a lot more generous with her smiles! Have I mentioned she has the best little dimples?  (See the smiling pictures on my Instagram!)

Growth

Georgie is supposed to go in for a two month old visit, but I haven't got it scheduled yet so I'm not sure how much she weighs.  However, she has definitely started to grow out of some of her pajamas already.  I feel like she barely got a chance to wear some of her clothes!  She's in 0-3 month clothes, but some of them are still a little too big.  My girl has long arms and legs, but she's a not chunky at all, so things are usually loose on her.

One thing that is really growing is her eyelashes!  I could see her little eyelashes when she was born, but they were blond and pretty short.  They have darkened up a lot over the last month and are probably a good quarter inch long at least!  

Her feet are still pretty tiny, so we're not in shoes yet.  She wears a size one diaper, but it's honestly still a smidge big.

Eating

She eats every three hours or so during the day, and seems to be doing really well with nursing.  I have figured out though that spicy food does not agree with her.  Whenever I eat something spicy she is so uncomfortable the next day.  It's sad!

Sleeping

Georgie is a little dream baby when it comes to sleeping.  I usually put her down between 7-8 PM, and she sleeps until anywhere from 8-10 AM.  That's right, she sometimes sleeps for 14 HOURS straight!  The blessing of this is not lost on me.  We've got to be some of the most well-rested parents of a newborn around (and when we're not, it's not because Georgie isn't sleeping). Don't worry, I know it's all going to change in another couple months.  I'm enjoying it while I can.

Firsts

Derek is sure he heard Georgie laugh at Gwendolyn the other day when she was talking to her.  I did not hear it, but it's quite possible this happened!  Georgie loves all her siblings, and I'm constantly catching her grinning and crinkling her cheeks and nose at her brothers and sisters.

Georgie also rolled from back to front twice.  How did she manage that?  Back to front is the hard one!  I don't think it was intentional, but yes, technically she rolled over this month.

We obviously also celebrated Georgie's first Christmas, which was sweet!


Personality

Since she started smiling more this month, I feel like we are starting to get a little glimpse of her personality.  She smiles easiest when you just sit there and talk to her. She loves to be talked to, and sometimes she'll coo in response!   

She usually likes to be held, but if she has her wubbanub pacifier she will lay on the couch by herself too.  She wraps her little arm around the stuffed animal part and just looks around at everything while she works on her pacifier.  If she doesn't have her wubbanub, she usually ends up sucking on her finger, or even sometimes on the corner of her own lip!  (It's pretty darn cute.)

She likes her carseat pretty well and takes nice naps whenever we have to drive somewhere in the car.  If I wear her in our wrap carrier she almost immediately falls asleep.  She likes to be snuggled close, and she likes to be warm (even though her normal body temperature runs on the high end of normal anyway). 

If she is unhappy, it's usually only when I waited too long (according to her) to get her up in the mornings.  I'll go in and apologize while I unwrap her from her swaddle, and she just looks at me and juts out her lower lip in the most pathetically cute frown you've ever seen.  She forgives me pretty quickly though!

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Dear Georgiana Bea,

My darling girl, I love this age with you so much!  You've got the adorable smiles and facial expressions, but you are still my snuggly newborn girl.  Even though our house is always busy (that's what you get when you're the fifth baby), I take any opportunity I can to just sit down and hold you.  Your tiny little body just relaxes into me, and I love it when you'll take a nap in my arms.  Your eyelashes are long enough to brush your cheeks, and I kiss your little eyes while you sleep.  I think you are getting used to the abundance of kisses now - you get them from six people in this house!

One of my favorite things about this month though was when I knew you recognized me.  I had run out somewhere, and when I got back, Daddy was holding you.  You were hungrier than expected and not a happy camper.  I came in and said your name, and your eyes locked onto my face and you jerked toward me and made this little hiccup sound.  Now darling, you love your daddy a whole bunch, but in that moment you leaned toward me! I grabbed you and you melted against my shoulder like you always do, snuggling your soft little cheek against my neck.  I think that was my favorite moment this month.  I wish I could bottle up the way it feels to hold little two-month-old you in my arms.  I love you so much, sweet girl.

Love Always,

Mama


A Snuggly Blur - Georgie's First Month



The last month has been a bit of a blur.  A snuggle-filled, exciting, exhausting blur of cuteness.

Growth

I like to think Georgie hasn't grown much at all since she was born, but I know that's not really true.  Pajamas and outfits that were roomy a month ago actually fit her now, and she's too big for a couple of her sleepers, so I know she's grown.  But when she's tucked into her little car seat she looks so tiny.  She's small enough that people are still asking when she was born, so that's comforting.

We're still squeaking by in newborn diapers, mainly because I am determined to use up our stash before letting her outgrow them (and size one diapers do actually seem big).  She passed her birth weight at her two weeks appointment, weighing in at 8 lbs, 10 oz, so I know she must be even bigger now.



Eating

She's been nursing like a champ, and I think overall this has been the easiest postpartum stage I've had so far.  Not only was recovery so easy (no bad cramping, and I didn't even tear a little bit), but Georgie and I got the hang of nursing really quickly too.  I've had no issues with breastfeeding her at all, which is a relief!

Sleeping

Everyone always asks how she sleeps, and I'd say she's tied with Clarice so far for being our best sleeper.  She went 6-7 hours at night almost immediately when we brought her home from the hospital, and did her first 8 hour stretch before she was two weeks old (!).  I wasn't really sure whether to count it since she slept from 7:00 PM to 3:00 PM, but it was still amazing.  Around four weeks old she slept through the night for real, and we've had several nights since when she slept from 8PM to 6 or 7AM!  

The trick with sleeping is to get her to actually go to sleep.  Usually one or two nights a week she will just refuse to fall asleep until after 11:00 at night, and that has been the cause of most of our sleep deprivation.  It usually happens after we threw her schedule off by being gone all day, since if she is in her carseat she is usually sleeping.  I'm a little concerned that Decembers really going to throw her off since it's such an on-the-go month with Christmas festivities, but we'll see.  If we have more time at home where she can be awake during the day, she usually goes down pretty easily.



Firsts

We celebrated her first Thanksgiving, Georgie's first holiday on the outside!  She had her first bath after her cord finally fell off and healed up (that was a longer process). I also may have gotten a first smile out of her the other night, but it was so fleeting and she hasn't done it again, so I'm not sure whether to count it.



Personality

There is only so much personality that can develop in the first month, but still, it's been interesting to get to know her better since she has been born!  She's fairly easy-going, but like most babies, she likes to be held.  She likes her swing, but she'll get upset if we leave her in it too long.  The carseat appears to be her favorite place for a nap, or possibly the couch if we are all still in the room with her.  She loves her wubbanub, and it's so cute to watch her sit there going at her pacifier with her big baby  eyes peaking out above the green rubber (I think her eyes will be brown).  Sometimes when I pull it away suddenly (or when I end a nursing session early), she'll keep her lips in a pucker and smack her tongue and lips for a few seconds, and it's just about the cutest thing in the world.

I have started to suspect that maybe she is "highly sensitive", meaning that she is more sensitive to sensory stimuli than some of my babies have been.  She likes white noise but is upset by sudden louder noises, she jerks her head whenever we kiss her face (I'm trying not to take offense), and she wails if her diaper is even a tiny bit dirty.  Her favorite outfit is this fluffy, extremely soft sleeper - whenever we put her in it she just lays there with her eyes wide open and doesn't make a peep.  We think it's because that sleeper is basically like being wrapped in a cloud, which is probably pretty calming.  I'm curious to see if her reactions to these kinds of things change as she gets bigger!  Thankfully snuggles with me have the same effect as the cloud sleeper, so I take full advantage of that.



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My Sweet Georgie Bea,

Darling, you are a month old already!  How'd you grow so fast?  (I reserve the right to say that every month.)  Sweet Girl, after surprising us and arriving earlier than expected, you have settled right into our family and routines.  The kids all love you and often ask to hold you.  I admit though that I'm reluctant to hand you over sometimes because I want to hold you myself!  You are a good little snuggler, which is a pleasant surprise because when you were still in my belly your constant kicking made me think you would be too active for much snuggling. I'm so glad I was wrong.  One of my favorite things in the world is to hold you while you're sleeping, and rub your little fingers and toes, and touch your impossibly soft hair.  I think sometimes about how at the beginning of this year I had no idea I'd be holding you at the end, and I am just so filled with gratitude to God for giving you to me.  I already can't imagine not having you here.  I love you, Georgie Bea, my girl "who brings happiness".  What a blessing you are.

Love you always,

Mama


Georgiana On The Inside


It's hard sometimes, looking back on a pregnancy and knowing it was probably your last.  My fifth pregnancy seemed a little surreal from the start, when I was surprised by the news of it, and as my belly started to get bigger, and as she kicked her little feet against my belly.  I had a hard time believing that I was really getting to do this again, grow a little life one more time.  I tried to hang on to all the details so I could remember every second, but it all went by way too fast.

I am so grateful for the accessibility of pictures now, because as I hold my beautiful, squirming, dark-haired Georgiana Bea, I can still look back at these maternity pictures too and remember that she used to be so tiny, tucked away in my belly.  This same little girl who I will get to know better and better, who I get to watch grow on the outside now - she is the same little one who grew my belly for nine months, the same one who I saw flickering on an ultrasound when she was no bigger than an aspen leaf, the same little one who turned that second line pink.

What a miracle life is, and I am so thankful that the Lord worked it out so that we could have a part in it, from shaking hands holding a pregnancy test to tiny hands holding my finger to everything the future holds for my little girl.























Thanks to my dear friend, Danae, for taking our maternity pictures again!  I was so excited we got to do it in the fall this time.  Dream maternity session during my favorite season?  Check.

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