Bryn: Month 9

Bryn 9 Months

Well friends …. it’s official. Bryn is 75% through her first year and I am in major denial. I keep having to remind myself that she is closer to a toddler than newborn because I simply can’t believe it. Here’s what Bryn is up to at 9 months old.

 Grow, Baby, Grow!

Bryn had her 9-month check up on Thursday! She is growing like a weed ūüėČ

Height:  27.5 inches

Weight: 22lbs 1 oz

Clothes: 6-9 months, 6-12 months, 9 months

Diapers: Between a 3 and a 4

 

It’s kind of funny looking back at Emmalyne’s updates and seeing how they measure up with each other. ¬†Emmalyne was 4 inches taller and Bryn is 4 pounds heavier at the same age!

 

Bryn 9 Months 1

 

 

Breastfeeding/Pumping/Baby Led Weaning

Breastfeeding and pumping is still going fantastically and I am THRILLED. I have barely touched my freezer stash so now I am SURE we will make it to one year old without a drop of formula hitting her lips. This is a huge personal victory for me because it was my biggest concern when I started PA school since she was only 5-weeks old. I am so thankful to my body for producing what Bryn needs and responding to pumping well. Bryn is an avid eater! She still takes 4 4oz bottles at “school” and I nurse her 2-3 times a day depending on her wants. For tips on pumping at work you can check out this post. ¬†Baby Led Weaning is still going swimmingly and Bryn hasn’t met a food she doesn’t like!
Bryn 9 Months 2

Sleeping

If there’s one tiny area that I feel like we could improve on it would be sleep. When Bryn is HOME she takes two solid naps a day however she is too excited to be at school so she rarely naps there. That means that she can barely keep her eyes open past 6PM. I end up waking up with her once most every night. Such a trivial thing to want to improve but given my schedule a full night sleep makes a significant difference. However, I can’t complain because in every other area she is absolute perfection. She has also taken to sleeping with her Aden+Anais blankets the same way that Emmie did!

Bryn 9 Months 6

Play

Bryn still is the sweetest little baby. She is SO excited when Chris or I come into the room and literally bounces for joy. Her smile fills my heart to the brim and her half-laugh is hilarious. Bryn pants like a puppy when she is excited and it’s seriously funny. She is now getting more into playing and currently loves books, her walker, and shoes. She has a serious thing for shoes.

Bryn 9 Months 5

On the Move

This month Bryn has taken to crawling like a pro. She has her belly off the ground and she is FAST. She is also pulling to standing and recently started letting go for a few seconds. There is no containing her now. It’s funny that with you first child you’re so excited for them to crawl/walk. This time around I am like “slow down! Mommy isn’t ready for this yet”.

Bryn 9 Months 4

Sisters

The girls are still forming their relationship and I am loving watching it start to grow. Bryn loves to be where Emmalyne is and depending on the day Emmie loves “her Bryn” to be close to. I alternate between saving Bryn’s life from Emmie’s hands as she loves on her to discussing sharing with her big sister. Having a sister is one of life’s greatest blessings and I am happy my girls have each other! I am getting glimpses into what our life will be like down the road and I am excited!

Bryn 9 Months 3

Chris and I are truly blessed. We ask each other on a regular basis how we got so darn lucky with these two girls. They bring so much joy to my life and filled voids in my life that I never knew I had.

I love you sweet Bryn. You and Emmalyne are my sunshine!

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Bryn: Month 8

Here we are again … another one of Bryn’s month updates. ¬†I know it’s cliche to say but I honestly feel like I JUST wrote her 7 month update. ¬†The idea that she is 67% through her first year of life puts a lump in my throat and I honestly just can’t think about it. ¬†Sigh.

 

Bryn Month 8

 

 Grow, Baby, Grow!

No check-up this month but Bryn continues to grow!

Clothes: 6-12 months, 9 months

Diapers: Size 4 (due to blow outs)

 

Bryn Month 8 4

 

Breastfeeding/Pumping

Bryn continues to be a great nurser and I am still producing plenty of milk to meet her needs. We have yet to supplement with formula which is something I am really proud of. My ultimate goal is to let Bryn self-wean the same way that Emmalyne did but I honestly take it week by week. Luckily I have a great freezer stash that could last us awhile :) I posted all about my tips for pumping at work so if you missed it be sure to check it out.

Bryn Month 8 5

Baby Led Weaning

It’s amazing how laid back I am when it comes to introducing foods to Bryn. OOPS. Maybe it’s because Baby Led Weaning rocked our socks with Em? Since I pack her food for school I always pack either roasted sweet potatoes and butternut squash that I prep on the weekends. I also include 2 Mum Mums. At school they know they can give her anything soft so depending on what’s on the menu she might get some more. She has also had bananas, blueberries, applesauce, yogurt bites, and a French fry. #Truth

Bryn Month 8 3

Sleeping

At daycare she tends to not nap because she is so excited to play. However, at home on the weekends she naps like clockwork. She tends to take a 2 hour nap around 9AM and then 1.5 hour nap around 2PM. If there’s one thing sweet Bryn could work on it would be her nighttime sleep. Some nights she’s a rockstar … other nights not so much. I try to soak it in though because these middle of the night snuggle sessions are fleeting.

Bryn Month 8 2

Personality

Goodness … I feel like Bryn is a misrepresentation of what it’s like to raise a baby. HA. She is SO happy all of the time. She rarely fusses and gives her smiles freely to anyone and everyone. She doesn’t care who holds her as long as she is getting snuggled. Bryn is truly one of the happiest babies I have ever seen.

Play

Bryn is really starting to play and it’s a lot of fun to watch! I can set a basket of toys in the middle of the room and she will dig into them for a long time while I get some things done. I also have her Pack-N-Play currently set up in the kitchen so that way she can safely play while I am cooking dinner. She is perfectly content to play on her own as long as she knows you’re in sight :)
Bryn Month 8 6

On the Move

Bryn is definitely Army crawling now and can get all the way across the house fairly quickly. She has also pulled to standing at “school” but I have yet to see that happen. Probably because we don’t have our living room set up in a way that’s conducive to it! I remember with Emmie I was SO EXCITED when she started to do these things. With Bryn I just feel fear because I know soon I will have TWO kids running around the house to chase.

Sisters

I am having so much fun watching my girls start to play together. Since Bryn is more mobile she is getting around the house. Emmalyne likes to pretend her sister is her baby doll which is both endearing and frightening. Ha. My favorite thing though is when Em says Bryn is “so cute” and calls Bryn “her baby”.

I am blessed beyond words to get to call these sweet girls my littles. They bring my life so much more joy than I ever thought possible. I love you sweet Bryn. You and Emmalyne are my sunshine!

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Bryn: Seven Months

Thank you for all your comments on yesterday’s post about my post baby body progress! ¬†It’s a long road but I am thankful to be enjoying the journey. ¬†Now it’s time for Bryn’s turn!

 

Bryn 7 Months

Grow, Baby, Grow!

Bryn is growing like a weed just like her big sister.  At 6 1/2 months she weight in at 19lbs 12oz!  Not sure about height but she was in the 70%.

Clothes: 6-12 months, 9 months

Diapers: Size 3

 

Bryn 7 Months 5

 

Breastfeeding/Pumping

Breastfeeding is still going strong! ¬†Bryn is sticking with the same schedule that she had at 6 months. ¬†She nurses first thing in the morning and then takes 4, 4oz bottles throughout the day at “school”. ¬†She nurses before bed. ¬†I pump 2-3 times a day depending on the day itself and get plenty of milk to keep her exclusively on breastmilk. ¬†Still working on my pumping posts so if you have specific questions let me know!

 

Baby Led Weaning

We did baby led weaning with Emmalyne and I was excited to start with Bryn. ¬†So far she has had sweet potato sticks, roasted zucchini, roasted carrots, bananas, and avocados. ¬†Her favorite snack is Mum-Mums. ¬†We haven’t exactly been following the “4 day” rule for introducing solids but I am ok with it. ¬†So far Bryn hasn’t met a food she doesn’t love and destroys her lunch. ¬†Right now she is getting lunch and a snack at school and some dinner at home.

 

Bryn 7 Months 2

 

Sleeping

So far sleeping is still going ok for the most part. Bryn wakes up for the day between 6:30-7:30AM depending on what time we have to get out the door. She takes two solid naps throughout the day and sometimes a catnap before dinner. I put her down for the evening between 6:30-7:00PM. Sometimes she wakes up during the night. Sometimes she doesn’t. It’s a gamble at this point!

Bryn 7 Months 4

Personality

I think sometimes people think I am making up how relaxed Bryn is but Presley, Lindsay, and Erin all met her over the weekend and I think they know what I am talking about! Bryn is really one of the happiest babies I have ever met. She is rarely fussy and only gets mad if she’s overtired or hungry. Bryn is free with her smiles and snuggles into your shoulder. The only naughty thing she has started to do is gnaw on anything and everything … including arms, legs, shoulders, and thighs.

 

Play

Playing is getting more fun with Bryn. She has discovered her reflection and loves the play mirror she has. I put a basket full of her toys in the middle of the floor and she will happily sit there and go through all of them. Considering the fact she is starting to “scoot” she can easily get to whatever she wants. I have set up the pack-and-play permanently downstairs for her to safely play in while we do things int he kitchen etc. I no longer trust her around Emmie’s toys.

 

Bryn 7 Months 3

 

Sisters

My favorite thing about this month is that Emmalyne has started to play with Bryn. ¬†No one can make Bryn laugh the way that Emmie can. ¬†Emmie constantly says, “aww the baby’s cute!”. ¬†She will show off Bryn as her sister too to anyone who will listen. ¬†I love watching them sit together on the floor and play. ¬†It is giving me a glimpse into the near future and them giggling away in the playroom playing dress-up and cooking in their kitchen.

 

I couldn’t be luckier when it comes to being a mom. ¬†If there was a role I feel I was meant to play it is being¬†their mom. ¬†Chris and I are both very very blessed to get to learn about the world through the eyes of our daughters! ¬†If you want to catch up on Bryn’s updates you can see them all HERE.

 

Dear sweet Bryn РI love you so very much!  You and Emmalyne are my sunshine.

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What To Expect {Giveaway}

Being pregnant is scary. ¬†That is a fact that I realized the moment I found out I was expecting Emmalyne. ¬†The fear of the unknown, the path ahead, and the need to protect your baby is overwhelming. ¬†Lucky for me I was given What To Expect When You’re Expecting.

What To Expect When You're Expecting

 

This book was a lifesaver and gave me access to so much valuable information whenever I needed reassurance.  So when the awesome people over at What To Expect contacted me the other week I was beyond shocked and excited.  They sent me three of their books and I have loved all of them!

 

What To Expect Books #newmom

 

I have been reading a lot of What To Expect: The First Year since I got it and I wish I had had it sooner! ¬†It details all the different stages and developmental milestones along with helpful advice for new moms. ¬†You better believe that What To Expect: The Second Year is going to be a well-read book come October ūüėČ

 

The best part of all of this?  What To Expect wants to share their goodies with you!  They will be giving away all three books to two (2) lucky Food, Fitness, and Family readers!  All you need to do is leave me a comment on this post about what you wish you had known when you were expecting. You can also send this tweet for an additional entry:

 

@FoodFitandFam is giving away a set of @whattoexpect books and I want to win! http://www.foodfitnessandfamilyblog.com/2012/07/what-to-expect-giveaway/ #newmom 

 

The giveaway will start Tuesday, July 10 and close Sunday, July 15 at 5PM EST.  Winner will be announce Monday, July 16 on the blog.

 

**What To Expect compensated me for this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Post Baby Body: 9 Months

Yesterday was all about Emmalyne and the rock star that she is. ¬†She is seriously the light of my world and my favorite, littlest person. ¬†However, today is about me and my progress in losing the baby weight and reaching my fitness goals! ¬†New to my updates? ¬†Here’s a blast from the past:

 

1 Month

2 Months

3 Months

4 Months

5 Months

6 Months

7 Months

8 Months

Whew … that is a lot of months of progress! ¬†Here’s a trip down memory lane …

3 Months Post-Baby Body

3 Months Post Baby Body

6 Months Post-Baby Body

6 Months Post-Baby Body

9 Months Post- Baby Body

9 months post baby body

Still doing good!  I think my stomach gets a little flatter and my abs slightly more defined as time is going on.  My legs are definitely toning up also.  My focus points in the coming months are my sides, inner thighs, and back.  Any words of wisdom for shredding fat on your sides and inner thighs?!

MEASUREMENTS

9 months post baby body measurements

I am excited to see some progress in the weight department. ¬†While I don’t live and die by the scale I do have a goal weight in mind. ¬†However a friend kindly reminded me that those are some vanity pounds which I don’t deny. ¬†However, my biggest indicator of progress is how my clothes fit and how everything looks in the mirror. ¬†I would happily be 150 lbs and toned/ripped any day. ¬†:) ¬†The number on the scale is just that … a number. ¬†I refuse to let it define me.

EATING

I came clean with you all this week and told you about my battle with my sweet tooth. ¬†It’s been a little difficult this week with company in town and so many fun things going on for the 4th of July. ¬†I would love to say I kicked the habit overnight but that isn’t the case. ¬†My other concern is that I am going home to Arizona next week for 2 full weeks and I am a little nervous about keeping up with my clean eating. ¬†My family are healthy eaters but it’s totally different when you’re not doing the grocery shopping. ¬†I am going to work hard to make good choices but I know this will be a hard month. ¬†Clean eating detox will ensue when I get home that’s for sure!

EXERCISE

I have kept up with consistently working out 5-6 days a week and it feels great.  If there is one word that I would like to use to describe my fitness goals it would be STRONG.  I want to grow and develop muscles.  I want my arms, legs, back, and abs to be well-defined.  I am still trying to figure out how to get there though.

SO any ideas for gaining muscle and cutting fat would be greatly appreciated!  What I am doing has worked up until this point but I want to get to the next level.  Maybe some fresh ideas and new thoughts are just what I need.  :)