Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lillian Grace: Five Months Old

While doing some Fall cleaning I came across some newborn outfits in Lilly’s closet that needed to be packed away. It is amazing to think that she is no longer that little babe we brought home from the hospital, now she is a full five months old and is growing bigger and stronger every day.
The past month has been focused on getting settled into a routine. With me teaching two days a week and Matt extra busy at work, we have really worked hard at establishing a good routine. Lilly is eating five times a day and is consuming somewhere close to 30 ounces of breast milk. She seems to be very content with her eating routine so we have held off on the rice or solids for a while longer. She still continues to enjoy her naps and takes three naps a day. Her first nap is my favorite since we usually snuggle up in bed and both fall back asleep. Her second nap is my most productive time of the day and her third nap gets her ready for a fun evening with Daddy. We have heard that she will quickly outgrow her multiple nap routine, so for now we are savoring every minute of it. Nighttime sleep is getting easier for Lilly, but harder on me. She sleeps consistently from 9 to somewhere between 7 and 8 am. The hard part is patrolling her self-directed stomach sleeping, she does sleep much better and is much more comfortable in that position, but it means I tend to check on her more and sleep much less soundly.
Like the months before, we have seen lots of “firsts.” Lilly G had her first boat ride and trip to Mackinac Island along with her first encounter with a horse. She mastered rolling from her back to stomach and now refuses to roll from her stomach to back, as she thinks that is so passé. She caught her first cold and we learned how much she absolutely hates to have her nose cleaned out. What a drama queen! She has also started to really enjoy books and we have seen her favor pages out of a few choice books. She has especially taken a liking to the Halloween/Fall theme we are working on at home and at school.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

Lilly keeps rolling.  And she has now perfected the back to belly roll.  I was really excited at first, until she showed us how easily she can roll at night.  Which now means it is not uncommon to find her at the foot of her crib, facing the opposite direction and on her stomach.  Uggh!  Even more uggh, is that she also fancies to practice this new skill on the changing table, yes, those never used buckles are now adjusted and in full use.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Quick Trip Up North

When it starts to feel like Fall I feel like heading Up North.  This year we enjoyed a beautiful September get-away to Mackinac Island, the weather was perfect and there were no crowds in sight.

On the way to Mackinac we took the long way and stopped to enjoy the early afternoon in the city of Charlevoix.  Lilly had her first trip to The Cherry Republic and wanted to try everything, I promised her she would receive some cherry goodness as soon as my favorite dried tart cherries were converted to milk later that day.

Lilly is such a good backseat passenger.  She loves to talk to the "baby" in the mirror, play with her toys and take a good cat nap in the sun.  She has now claimed the entire backseat as her domain and even fancies her diaper to be changed on the folded down seat in the car, no dirty bathrooms for her.

We took the Sheplers Ferry to the island and we were delighted that Lilly enjoyed the rocking of the boat.  She didn't fall asleep on the ride there or back, but she did get a little blissed out.  She even seemed somewhat interested in looking around as we got closer to the island.

We spent most of the morning walking around town while Lilly took her nap.  Knowing that Lilly was going to want lunch soon after, we grabbed a quick lunch from town and found a great little spot tucked away on the beach just past the school to eat at.  It was beautiful and the sun and cool breeze were just what I was hoping for.  Lilly has been trying to help us feed her lately, so we let her practice a little bit on the bench, but the whole time I reminded her that she was drinking liquid gold and not to waste a drop of it.  She seemed to give me a look like "Chill out mom, you can just pump me some more."

To travel light we carried Lilly in the front pack for the trip.  She loved the vantage point and how snug and warm it kept her.  We took the carriage ride of the island and saw arch rock, the state forest and many other historical sites.  The horses seem to interest Lilly as first, but the rocking motion of the carriage put her right to sleep.

Included in our carriage ticket was entrance to a butterfly house.  It was almost as cool as the Gardens in Grand Rapids, but quite a bit smaller.  The nice part about the visit is that we were the only three in the house so we had lots of one-on-one with the butterflies.  Lilly had a great time tracking the butterflies and looking at the colorful plants.  She got herself into quite the rolling giggle over the experience.  On the way out we couldn't resist posing her in front of a giant turtle with the sign that read, "Please, Do Not Touch Lilly."  We tried to get her to do her best grumpy face for the photo, but she didn't see the humor in it.

After two long days of activities there was just enough time at the end of the night to enjoy some play time in her pack and play. 

Thursday, September 1, 2011