Naomi Year One: Half A Year Old

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This little angel turned six months old about two weeks ago.

Mother’s Day to be exact.

We did a little photoshoot that day and I couldn’t bring myself to share her photos until now.  Why?  Because that day confirmed for me all suspicions that something was not quite right.  My sweet baby girl was way too thin and it scared me.  It also shook me and any confidence I had as her mom.

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How did I not notice until she was SO tiny?  Why did I not see that she was growing only length wise?  As moms we always blame ourselves, right?  In this case, I do still blame myself despite being told and understanding that much of it was beyond my control.

After my surgery, I didn’t have the energy to stay on top of pumping or nursing and I didn’t realize my milk supply had suffered.  I’ve never had supply issues in the past.  Ever.  In fact, I had oversupply issues that led to much discomfort with the boys.  I believe I did my best, but it still upsets me to know that Naomi suffered.  I know it’s a lesson learned and everything will be okay.  I’m not sitting down, writing this tonight in order to rehash the experience (I’ve done enough of that), but just to note that it happened and move on.

As of this week, I can safely say, our baby girl is getting stronger and plumper everyday.  Thank The Lord!  Her weight check on Wednesday afternoon confirmed that she’s gained an ounce a day since Mother’s Day weekend.  I praise God for providing.  He is so faithful!  God brought my awareness to the problem in time and my prayers were answered.

I can now look forward at her growth with hope and joy, knowing that her 7 month photos will be much less scary.

The rest of her 6 months photos were taken a few days later, after I started pumping and supplementing to make sure she was getting enough:

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Isn’t it amazing to see the changes from month to month?  Especially looking at the 1 month and 6 month side by side.  It’s going so fast!  It kind of feels like, I’ll blink and it’ll be her first birthday.

Let’s see, what else is new this month?

  • Solids.  She’s showing more interest in food every day.  She’s not a huge fan of sweet foods, but she loves meat and more savory foods.  She especially likes small pieces of food she can chew with her SIX teeth.
  • Teeth!  The first four came in last month, but two more popped out over the past few weeks.  OUCH!  She’s biting everything and she bites well.
  • She sits pretty well, but she’s still a little wobbly.  I think that will improve as we get some meat on her bones.

She’s interested in touching and feeling pretty much everything.  She finds hair and shirts with patterns fascinating.

Her happy and content nature amazes me every day.  She’s our perfect little Nonny.

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Naomi Year One: 5 Months Old

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I can’t even.  There are seriously no words!

Not that I’m so great with words normally, but still.  How do I adequately express the absolute joy this little princess brings to our family?  It’s my hope that a picture really is worth a thousand words.  I don’t really know what she was doing in the top right picture, but I think it looks like she’s blowing her bear a kiss.  She was actually experimenting with her hands feeling her lips I think, but whatever the case: how cute is that?!

I’m a pretty late with this update because I was in the hospital last week.  Who need’s an Appendix anyway, right?  I’m home and pretty mobile again now and I managed to catch up her 5 month photos yesterday.  I am so incredibly blessed to have such an adaptable, easy-going 5 month old who handled my inability to nurse her for a few days so well!  She’s not used to bottles, but she took them eagerly even when I was around.  She just amazes me every day.

This girl is so incredibly sweet.  She literally smiles at the world all.day.long.  She loves to be noticed and she’s ridiculously good at quietly catching the attention of others.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been rushing around and she’s managed to catch someone’s attention from her car seat in the midst of chaos.  I don’t know how she does it, but I guess sometimes a big smile is all we need to brighten our day, right?

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She’s been tall/long since she was born and she’s remained off the charts in length ever since.  I’ve never really gone into her stats for some reason, but I feel it’s worth noting now because I’d like to record them somewhere I can find later:

  • Birth: 22.5″ and 9lbs 12oz
  • 2 month check: 25″ and 13 lbs 1 oz
  • 4 month check: 26.75″ and 13 lbs 15 oz

Just like the boys she started out in the 90th percentile for weight and dropped to 50th percentile there but remained off the charts in height.  What I find amazing (and what I’m pretty sure is different compared to the boys) is that most of her length is in her legs.  They’re so long!

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Another thing I’m not sure I’ve noted before?  She sucks her thumb!  She found her thumb a few times in her first few weeks but it started on a consistent basis at 3.5 months old.  She’s always been hit or miss with the paci.  I keep her little lamby wubanub in her crib and carseat as a lovey, but she’s perfectly content to just pop her thumb in her mouth when she’s tired.  That’s just amazing to me!  Neither of the boys were able to self-sooth like that and neither wanted anything to do with their pacifiers most of the time.  And don’t get me started on bottles… they went on hunger strikes when I wasn’t around.

Ok, so what’s new this month?

  • She laughs about the same amount as she did last month.
  • I can tell she’s getting closer to sitting.  I can prop her up and she’s much sturdier now, but she loves her feet and falls over because she’s always looking at them.
  • A third tooth popped through on the bottom this week and I think a fourth might not be far behind.
  • She likes making raspberry sounds and loves when I mimic her.
  • She grabs at everything and holds on tight.
  • She babbles more and more everyday.
  • Foods: we’ve tried a little banana and avocado.  She’s undecided on the banana, but the avocado resulted in a definite less-than-happy scowl.
  • And, well, this isn’t new but she loves her daddy and brothers so very much!

It’s amazing to me how much development happens each month!  I can’t believe how little and squishy she was 5 months ago!  She looks more and more like a mature little girl each day and it’s completely blowing my mind.

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I wish I could slow down time, but I can’t.  I just pray I can soak it all in and spend her first year intentionally seeking and fully experiencing these fleeting moments.

And because it’s fun to look back and see how much my babies kinda do and kinda don’t look alike, here’s each of them around 5 months old:

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My Big, Tough THREE Year Old

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He’s three!!  It’s official: we’re in trouble.

Our special little Wy man is such a bundle of personality and it’s our pleasure to learn more about him and his sweet heart each and every day!  He’s got spunk and yet he’s incredibly cuddly.  He can light up a room with his beaming smile, or clear it out with his high pitched scream.  He’s reasonable and, yet, often pretty stubborn.  He’s basically all over the place, but he is three.

Because he’s at such a great age and oh so expressive, rather than tell you about Wyatt, I’ve decided to tell the story of this three-nager through a series of images taken over the past few months.  I’m pretty confident that they will convey more than I ever could hope to accomplish through words.

Without further adieu, our 3 year old Wyatt:

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Naomi Year One: One THIRD of a Year old

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I know Naomi!  I’m just as puzzled.  How are you 4 months old?!

AND also how am I a week late with this?  I know, disappointing…

Oh well!  Yesterday, I decided I wished I’d done more of these plain onsie shots on her beautiful quilt (a gift from a treasured and amazingly thoughtful friend).  You know, like before she turned 4 months.

But, sadly, I did not and I’m going to be probably too honest about how much time I spent trying to fix that problem.  I spent an embarrassingly long portion of my day yesterday trying to recreate one, composite-style, from a less-than-awesome shot I took three months ago.  To say I had a headache at the end of the day would be an understatement.  More like, a sickening headache that wouldn’t go away without medicine and a nap, despite trying a more holistic approach.

I like to make things as challenging as possible for myself, of course, so obviously I used two pictures taken in completely different lighting, in two different rooms, with windows on opposite sides of the rooms.  Because…. um, why not?  I really don’t know.

Can you tell I was a little sleep deprived?  Yep.  And a bit (ridiculously) loopy.

Anyway, without further adieu, the fruit of my labor (psst… it’s the one on the left, in case you couldn’t tell. Ha!):
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After some image flipping, resizing, and layer masking (and other such foreign words to most people), I was able to create what I wanted.  I mostly hoped for a comparison on how much she’s changed in so short a time, which I think worked out.  At the very least, I’m happy that I now have that comparison and I learned a little something about composites along the way!  So yay!

Here’s my month-by-month comparison, which took much less time since I was a little more consistent here:

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Side note: I’m going to admit something else because you might notice the tones vary from image to image: the lighting in this room kills me.  The curtains are pink and the walls have pink undertones – pink, pink, pink! – so the light is tinted pink and it just, yeah.  I maybe got a little carried away with all the pink…  Again, I’m hopefully learning a lot by challenging myself!

More about Naomi (or Nonnie as Wyatt affectionately calls her) at FOUR months old:

  • She started rolling over on March 6th.  I was sitting right next to her making superhero capes with one of my closest friends for her 3 year old’s birthday party favor and completely missed it.  I put her down on her back, sat down, started cutting felt, looked back up and she was laying on top of a dog toy on her tummy.  My first thought was, “I didn’t put her on that dog toy, did I?”  Theeen it clicked.  She’s been somewhat obsessed with rolling over ever since.
  • Rolling over = no more swaddle = a few nights of figuring out bedtime all over again.  She now sleeps on her tummy every night and often sucks her thumb to self-soothe.
  • Teeth: two front and center, on the bottom
  • Laughing: she’s starting to giggle a little.  She “chuckles softly” as they put it on her well-check questionnaire.  She laughs when I kiss her cheeks softly or tickle her with my hands.  I’m so looking forward to the giggles!
  • She’s discovered her hands and feet.  She alternates which ones she focuses on, but she’s clearly more fascinated with her hands.  She could spend all day studying her fingers and how they work.  I really don’t remember either of the boys being that intrigued with their hands.  Girl thing?
  • I think that pretty much covers it.  I have a feeling more teeth are on the way.  She has her hands, yes often both at the same time, in her mouth 24/7.

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In any case, she’s our little sprite and we love her so much!  She’s such a joyful and sweet baby girl.  We are truly blessed by her presence in our family.  It’s such a privilege to watch her grow and change.