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Eleven Months

We are closing in on an entire year of Zoe, and I need to get this eleven month post up before that happens!!!

Nicknames:Little Z, Z, Zoe Bear, Bear, Z Bear, Lovey, Booger Butt, Monkey, Zo-Zo

Loves: Moving. Anything that you can stand up against and push is your favorite. You have figured out how to open up the kitchen cabinets and mommy and daddy have realized we haven’t baby proofed near enough yet! Your favorite toys are still your Vtech Walker, your yellow chair and  your activity table. You also like your tea pot and still play with your shape sorter and stacking cups.

Hates: You still aren’t a fan of waiting for food. Neither am I. Getting on your jammies at night is still proving to be difficult. Basically if it involves sitting still, you are not a fan.

Milestones: You are rocking table foods!!! I have also seen you try to stand more on your own, without holding on to anything and a few times you have let go and taken a few steps towards me. You have picked up a few new words. We hear you saying dada, bye and every now and then we hear a hi.

Clothing: Most of your clothes are 9 months or 12 months. Some 12 month stuff is still huge on you. You are still in a size 3 diapers for the day, and a 4 for your overnights.

Feeding/Sleeping: You are still on the same schedule as far was what time you eat and have your bottles. You usually go to bed around 7pm every night. You have started to take a regular nap after lunch now. At daycare you nap for about an hour to an hour and a  half, at home you usually nap two or three hours. You have been rocking the table foods! I can really tell that daycare has been working with you because in a weeks time you went from not really being interested in them and making me nervous when you do try….to wanting pretty much anything that is on my plate and trying everything! Your favorite things to eat have been anything bread related, pasta, beans and anything potato based. You are a carb girl like mommy.

Looks: Your eyes are still a strikingly beautiful light blue. Everyone who you come in contact with comments on how beautiful  your eyes are. Your hair is a dark blonde/light brown and has been that way for several months. Your hair is really getting long in the back and on the sides!

Things I want to remember from this month…

Hearing you say dada and bye is so cool! I know they are on purpose, because you say them at the right times.

You are obsessed with shoes and purses. Every morning when I am getting dressed for work,  I set you down in our closet and you head straight for my shoes. You love picking them up and looking at them and pushing the show boxes around. You are always going through your diaper bag and my purses too! Sometimes when my purse is in the back seat of the car next to you, you grab the handles and fall asleep holding them. Girl after my own heart!

Sometimes when you really get laughing, you snort and it is my favorite thing ever.

You love to randomly climb up on me for hugs.

When you want someone to pick you up, you crawl over to them and put your hands up in the air until they lift you.

You play a lot independently at daycare. I will see the live feed, and lots of kids are around the toy pool or in a certain area, and you are off on your own without a care in the world. Usually pushing around the walker or activity table.

The way you wave by to me in the mornings when I drop you off. It is both adorable and heart breaking all at the same time. Usually your teacher takes you over to the window to distract you while I leave. Most mornings you turn around and wave at me over  your shoulder and look on the verge of tears. It is so hard to leave!

You still love to throw the ball back and forth.

The way you pull yourself up on the back door and wave out to Mac and knock on the window. He is usually an asshole and walks away, but you get so excited when you see him!

 

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Ten Months

Nicknames:Little Z, Z, Zoe Bear, Bear, Lovey, Booger Butt, Monkey, Zo-Zo

Loves: Moving. You are constantly crawling around and pulling up on everything you can get your grip on. Your favorite toys are still your Vtech Walker, your yellow chair and  your activity table. You also like your tea pot and still play with your shape sorter and stacking cups.

Hates: Waiting for food, getting your jammies on and being woken up in the evenings when we get home from daycare. You usually fall asleep in the car within 5 minutes of me picking you up and you do not like to be disturbed when it is time to get out of the car!

Milestones: You are really crawling now!!! When you first started, it was more of an army crawl. Now you get on all fours and you can go really fast! There have been a few times when you have let go of your toy or a piece of furniture without realizing it and stood by yourself unassisted for a moment. You have great control over standing up and sitting down now. You have done great with picking up pieces of food and putting them in your mouth.

Clothing: Most of your clothes are 9 months or 12 months right now. You still fit into all your 6 month onesies and rompers, but the pants have to be 12 months or they are far too short. You have long legs like mommy. You are still in a size 3 diapers for the day, and a 4 for your overnights.

Feeding/Sleeping: You are still on the same schedule as far was what time you eat and have your bottles. You usually go to bed around 7pm every night. Naps are hit or miss with you. Most of the time you are too busy having fun to be bothered to take a nap. You still eat every puree I give you. We have introduced stage 3 foods that are chunkier and have bits in them and you are doing well with those! Since your 9 month check up, you have been eating three meals a day and two snacks. You can now pick up and chew your puffs and yogurt melts.

Looks: Your eyes are still a strikingly beautiful light blue. Everyone who you come in contact with comments on how beautiful  your eyes are. Your hair is a dark blonde/light brown and has been that way for several months. It is longer in the back and touches the bottom of your neck!

Things I want to remember from this month…

You still growl and we play this game where you growl at me and I growl back. You laugh and laugh and we keep growling at each other and it is so fun!!!

You love to play ball with us. You throw it at us and we roll it back to you. Sometimes you even roll it for yourself to go get.

You shared ice cream with me for the first time when we were in Oneonta. (You have had frozen yogurt before.) You also had a few pieces of bread and fries that aunt Tracy shared with you.

You have a “boyfriend” at daycare. Every morning when you two see each other,  you both get so excited and frantically wave. Usually he is in the middle of eating breakfast and he quits once he sees you. It’s really sweet. It also reminds mommy to keep you locked up until you are 30. All of  your teachers call him  your boyfriend and often times when I look at the live feed of your classroom, you two are playing together somewhere.

Speaking of live feed, one time when I checked in on you…you were taking toys and tilting your head back and balancing them on your face. When they fell, you would grab something else and try again. It made me laugh and laugh.

You like to stick your tongue out at yourself when you look in the mirror. A few times you have tried to lick the mirror. You seriously crack me up.

You love your daddy snuggle time every night. Usually when I make you your nighttime bottle, your daddy snuggles you on the couch and you always look so content.

Sofia the First is the only TV show that holds  your attention. Besides football. You love football!

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Can we talk about  how difficult it is getting to take these monthly pictures???? This is how most of them look….

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Nine Months

Nicknames:Little Z, Z, Zoe Bear, Bear, Cheeks, Lovey, Little Miss, Booger Butt, Monkey, Zo-Zo

Loves: Moving! Long gone are the days when you want to just chill. You are constantly crawling around and pulling up on everything you can get your grip on. Your favorite toys right now are your Vtech Walker, your yellow chair and  your activity table. You also like your tea pot and still play with your shape sorter and stacking cups.

Hates: All of a sudden you hate getting changed. Putting on your jammies at night is pretty much a melt down every time. It makes me so sad because you used to love our changing table talks. The second I sit you down there now, you either  scream or immediately turn over and try to crawl away.

Milestones: This has been the biggest month yet for change!!! You started daycare. You have adjusted pretty well, but you still cry some mornings when I try to leave and break my heart. You are crawling!!!! You can pull up to a standing position all on your own and have most recently just started using furniture to walk around a little. You mastered sitting up from the laying down position. It was really cute when you first were figuring it out because you “back in to” the sitting position. You play peek-a-boo with us now, wave purposefully and sort of have the high five down thanks to your daycare teacher! You also said your first word this month!!! It was mama!!!! You also now say baba and blah blah.

Clothing: For clothes, most of your stuff is 6-9 months or 9 months. We had to move you up to 12 month jammies a few weeks ago because you were too tall for the 9 month ones! Your 12 month clothes are still a little big on you though. You tend to outgrow things lengthwise first. You are still in a size 3 diaper, but I think the next pack of nighttime diapers we get are going to be 4’s. I like them to be big on you.

Feeding/Sleeping: We are on the same schedule this  month as last month with your feedings and naps when you are home. Daycare has sort of thrown you off a little on naps. You don’t really nap well when you are there and usually only take one short nap. You eat any puree that I give you, and your new favorite food is yogurt! You get so excited when you eat yogurt, and often times you scream at me when it is all gone. I tried to give you some yogurt melts and puffs this month, but I don’t think you are quite ready for them. You sort of just play with them and not really eat them.

Looks: Your eyes and hair have stayed the same color this past month. I have noticed that your hair has gotten a lot longer recently!!

Things I want to remember from this month…

–How excited you get when you stand up!!! You smile so big!!!

–You are really starting to belly laugh now. You throw your head back and really laugh and it is my most favorite sound ever.

–It is not often that you want to just snuggle and chill with me, but every once in awhile you lay your head on my shoulder and give me a hug. That is the best feeling in the world!

–Watching you roll a ball on the ground and crawl after is so fun!

–You take your stacking cups and put them up to your mouth and yell in to them. It is hilarious.

–The first time you said mama my heart stopped and I asked you to repeat it. You said it over and over and over again with the biggest smile on your face.

–Your obsession with books makes me so happy. Right now  your favorite book is Who Goes Moo.

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Seven Months

This is a little late getting up, I took forever to get pictures this month since we were out of town on her actual 7 month birthday. It is crazy looking back on the previous months and see how much she has grown and changed. She used to be so tiny!!! These kids grow way to fast! This past month Zoe has gotten to go on her first vacation, and had a few other milestones.

Nicknames:Little Z, Z, Zoe Bear, Bear, Cheeks, Lovey, Little Miss, Booger Butt, Monkey, Zo-Zo

Loves: You are still chewing and sucking on anything and everything that you can put in your mouth. This month you have discovered the art of trying to pull up on things. You are still pretty wobbly, but gaining strength! Your favorite toys are your VTech walker, your apple with the worm that pops up, stacking cups and your shapes box.

Hates: You are not a fan of sitting in your car seat for long periods of time, you like to be out and seeing the world! Diaper changes have become increasingly hard, as you tend to be super wiggly and want to be anywhere but on that changing table. It sort of makes me a little sad, as one of your favorite places used to be that table. You would lay there forever babbling things and giggling to me.

Milestones: The biggest change this month was discovered a day before you turned 7 months, your first tooth!!!! And a few days later we noticed a second one popping up. They were the bottom middle two. You are sitting up unassisted much more sturdy these days. You have learned to climb up on me and items around the house, though you are pretty wobbly with that still. You are really close to sitting up from the laying down position without my help. You also started to go from a sitting to a laying position much more purposefully.

Clothing: For clothes you have a few 3-6 month pieces that you still fit in to, most of your stuff is 6 month or 6-9 months. You are starting to get too tall for most things that are less than 9 months.

Feeding/Sleeping: We are on the same schedule this  month as last month with your feedings and naps. While we were on vacation earlier this month, we pushed back your bedtime a little to prepare for when I return to the office full time. I hate the thought of only getting to see you a few awaken hours each day, so I had to add some more time! As far as solids go, you have tried so many! Sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, carrots, spinach, peas, green beans, pineapple, pears, apples, blueberries, bananas, mangos. You pretty much eat anything that we put in front of you. Except, sometimes you refuse green beans. Honestly, I wasn’t a fan of them until I was an adult and even now they have to be prepared right for me to eat them. So I can’t blame you there!

Looks: Your eyes and hair have stayed the same color this past month.

Things I want to remember from this month…

Your laugh has gotten harder and louder. There have been a few times when you have thrown your head back in a deep belly laugh, and the is the best sound in the entire world!!!

You have started giving deliberate hugs. Often times while I am carrying you in to your room for sleep, you squeeze me a little tighter and lay your head on my shoulder. It is the sweetest thing ever.

On your Vtech walker, there is a barn door that you can open and close. Anytime we open it, you immediately have to close it. You can’t stand to have it opened. It has been quite the fun game for daddy and I!

I will never forget how much fun you had riding in the wagon at the beach. You were all kinds of smiles and I really enjoyed our walks each night with it.

We have been doing  a lot of playing on the floor on a blanket these days. We just sit down together with a few toys spread around and have lots of fun.

How most of your communication is babbles and growls. The growls seriously crack me up!

Watching you try to crawl has been so cute. I know that you want to do it, you just haven’t figure out that you need to be up on all fours to do so. You lay there in a superman position with your arms stretched out and your legs stretched and off the ground a little and scoot and make all kinds of noises. I know it is just a matter of time before you take off!

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Six Months

Six months. Half a year. How???? You internally roll your eyes when people tell you how quickly the time goes once you have kids, but seriously. They were right! You can’t even imagine. It blows my mind to think that six months have gone by since the nurse was tossing Chris some scrubs and everyone was frantically unpacking tools in the operating room for the c section. It has been six months since I stared into those beautiful blue eyes of Zoe’s for the first time. Six months since our lives were forever changed.

This month has had some pretty big moments! Zoe is now sitting up completely unassisted, she is not just grabbing but pinching items to hold, she started eating solid foods and we have really settled in to a great schedule.

Nicknames:Little Z, Z, Zoe Bear, Bear, Cheeks, Lovey, Little Miss, Booger Butt, Monkey

Loves: You are still constantly chewing/sucking on your fingers and hand, squealing, smiling, giggling, pulling mommy’s hair, and your new favorite thing is sitting up unassisted!!! You sit for long stretches at a time and rarely tumble over. Your favorite toys are your stacking cups, Beat Bo, Minnie Mouse and your crinkly book.

Hates: You still aren’t a fan of loud noises, they usually make you cry. You are starting to have some stranger anxiety and get upset when someone else holds you that you do not know.

Milestones: You have changed so much over the last month!!! You are sitting up completely unassisted, you have been eating solid foods (your first was sweet potatoes), you are able to feed yourself sometimes with a spoon, you started sipping water from a 360 cup and a weighted straw cup,

Clothing: We just moved you up to size 3 diapers. You still fit in size 2, but at your doctor appointment last week you were 16 pounds and sort of on the higher end of 2’s and lower end of 3’s so we went ahead and moved up. For clothes you have a few 3-6 pieces that you still fit in to, most of your stuff is 6 month or 6-9 months.

Feeding: You are still on a similar schedule from last month. You wake up and go to bed a little earlier than before. You take 5.5 ounces around 530am, 800am, 1130am, 2pm, 530pm and 7pm. You go down for your morning nap around 800-830am and your afternoon nap after your 2pm bottle. You usually go down for bed after your 630-700 pm bottle and sleep through the night. Your 1100-1130 feeding is where we have introduced solid foods so we have been doing a smaller bottle and offering you food and a straw cup with water first.

Looks: Your eyes and hair have stayed the same color this past month. Most people say you look like your daddy with my eyes.

Things I want to remember from this month…

The way you growl as communication. Sometimes it makes me laugh so hard, which makes you giggle too!

How sweet you are when you lean in and “kiss” your stuffed animals.

The way you smile when your daddy or I walks in to a room.

How high you can jump in your bouncer!!! Sometimes you really get going in there.

You have started dancing to music when you are seated. Mostly rocking back and forth. It is the cutest thing ever.

You really like Bruno Mars. Anytime one of his songs comes on, you always have a big smile on your face. I think you favorite is Uptown Funk.

You are really in to reading books. You like to chew on them and you pat the pictures each time I turn a page.

You are super ticklish under your arms, around your neck and sometimes on your belly. You giggle and giggle and giggle when I blow raspberries on your belly.

You love your cousins. Christopher and Cooper spent a few days with us since they have been out of school and you get so excited to see them!!! You love to have Cooper read to you. You tried to tickle his neck when he was reading and it was the sweetest thing! Christopher picked you up and held you for the first time and you loved laughing at him when he said “yeah” to you in your face.

After you take your bottles before your naps or bedtime, sometimes you pucker your lips and stretch out and look away like….ok I am through, time for sleep. So cute!!!

You really want to crawl. When you are on your belly, you scoot your legs and butt a little but don’t really get anywhere. Then you get frustrated and start squealing and sometimes crying and you lay your head on the ground in defeat. I know it is just a matter of time before you are mobile!!!

The monthly pictures are getting harder to take!!! I will share some outtakes at the end.