SKYE IS 5 M.O.N.T.H.S. TODAY!
I’m going to talk in bullet points today because like usual, my brain is all over the place and I have a lot of pictures to share from the last few weeks of Skye’s life.
*Skye is loving her new seat—> HERE. It’s a lot like the Bumbo but I loved that it has the little toys and tray with it too. She feels so cool hanging out and sitting up with all of us now.
*Skye’s hair is continuing to grow while mine continues to fall out;) I seriously cannot believe how much hair I lose each time I wash it… CLUMPS of hair fall out. Not sure when this will end but hopefully soon.
*She thinks she is so funny when she has a blowout. She was laughing so hard as Andrew was carefully carrying her to her room to change her.
*My sister and I were talking the other day about why we think we are so tired and we came to the conclusion that it is because at all times we are counting heads;) It’s amazing how in a store, at the house, on a walk, wherever we are… our brains are just constantly keeping an eye on the kids and keeping track of them.
*How does it feel like this stage below was years ago when it was probably like two months ago. PS Andrew and I still find ourselves fighting sometimes over who gets to hold her;)
*Blowing bubbles is still one of her specialties.
*I think one of the trickiest parts of parenting for me is scheduling. I love a good routine. Knowing when things are going to happen is my favorite and with parenting, I swear as soon as I start to get a schedule figured out… Kids change and do something completely different. And then it is back to the drawing table trying to figure it all out again. Kids sure like to humble me and make me remember that I really have no idea what is going on.
*Skye can roll from her stomach to her back now. It’s more gravity than anything but I’m calling it an accomplishment. I think that we still have a while until she is crawling but we have started to baby proof things around the house now.
*Her mohawk game has actually gotten stronger lately. Her green romper is from HERE, it’s our favorite.
*Funny/gross story—> You know those little NoseFrida Snotsuckers (where you suck the tube to clean out the baby’s nose)… have any of you had the phobia that they are not going to work correctly? Your phobia is completely rational. Andrew experienced the tube not working correctly and yeah… I’ll leave it at that hahah. It was so gross. Every other time we had used them they worked perfectly but who knows what happened that one time.
*I love how much she loves her little tongue. She loves sticking it out and trying to figure it out.
*”She hates to travel.” -Andrew. He is still getting over our trip to Vegas and the fact that Skye didn’t want to sleep while we are there.
*She did take the pacifier for the first time ever in Vegas. We got caught in a bunch of traffic at one point and Skye was hungry so we tried the pacifier and she took it and it calmed her down for about 45 minutes! She hasn’t wanted it since then but I am very thankful it helped because I get so much anxiety when she is crying in the car and I feel like there is nothing I can do to help her.
*Andrew gets up most nights (unless he has to be at the hospital the next night or if he has a test) to feed Skye a bottle that I pump during her next feeding (around 4-6 a.m.) usually around midnight. He thinks it is so funny because Skye is VERY picky about her bottle temperature. She will not drink it if it is still a little bit cold so Andrew will put it back in the bottle warmer thing for a minute and then she will gulp it down.
*I am REALLY savoring this time of life with Skye. I would love to have more children but who knows if I’ll get another chance to so I take in as much as possible of her at this little stage. Every now and then at night I just hold her while she is asleep until Andrew tells me it’s time to put her down ha. I just really want to enjoy this because sometimes I feel like my life was too much of a mess when Brooke was this small to really take it all in. While I say this… there are also times where it is really hard and I’m so confused on how the heck to help her:)
*”I wish I had three hands.” <— Something I say to myself about 50 times a day.
*She loves for us to blow on her little head. She gets a big smile on her face and acts like it feels so refreshing.
*Breastfeeding is still going pretty great for me. PS if you are a newer reader and struggling with breastfeeding… breastfeeding did NOT work well with Brooke and it caused me to cry a lot because I felt so bad about it not working and then losing my milk. BUT Brooke has turned out ridiculously amazing so far and we have a great bond so do not worry if breastfeeding isn’t working well for you. Also, if breastfeeding doesn’t work with one, it still might work with another because even though it didn’t work with Brooke, it is with Skye. Skye just came down ready to eat so I didn’t have to do much. I met with a lactation consultant once at the hospital and the nipple guard helped me a lot during the beginning (and still now sometimes) but other than that, Skye just came knowing how to eat. One thing I have really figured out about my body and breastfeeding is that I have to keep up my calories if I want to keep my milk supply up. If I have a day that I run more than I eat or I don’t eat as many calories as normal, my milk supply is awful and I have to use some from my freezer to get through the day. When I eat more than enough… my milk is fine and I can keep up with Skye’s appetite. Long story short, I just have to eat a lot right now so my grocery bill has definitely gone up especially while running 40-50 miles a week and breastfeeding.
As far as running goes (sorry if I’m a broken record on some of this but I keep getting questions:), I just feed her before I leave and try to also pump before I leave for longer runs just in case she wakes up hungry during my run but also because I do NOT like feeling full of milk while running. Feeling full during a run makes the paces feel a lot harder and all I can think about is getting home to feed her. Overall, emotionally breastfeeding has gone well for me but there was a day last week when I was feeling like I needed a little bit of space or something weird probably from hormones. I just wanted to wear a normal bra and just have a day off so I pumped a few times during the day and we fed her that way for a day. By the next day I was ready to get back to it again. Sometimes a little change in the routine can rejuvenate us mamas.
*This five year age gap thing is pretty incredible. Too bad I don’t have too much longer to be having babies because otherwise I would keep going with the five year age difference between having each baby. Brooke and Knox are really great helpers and very interested in her. I told you the other day that Brooke cries whenever Skye cries because it makes her so sad that Skye is upset… a few of you told me to try to involve Brooke in comforting Skye like getting her blanket or a book etc and that is helping the situation. I can only handle so many tears at once.
*Everything goes into her mouth—> her blanket, her hands, her toes!
*How many of my posts are written lately:
*Call us crazy but Andrew and I both feel that Skye has a little peacemaker soul in her. She has a very sweet personality and I just see her growing up trying to brighten up everyone around her. A few people have also said she has just a sweet little spirit about her when they are around her and we couldn’t agree more.
*I love seeing her little eyes follow us around the room now. It makes me realize that she is watching my every move ha!
*One night we were all on our bed and the kids were being loud trying to wrestle Andrew and all of the sudden Skye sent out the loudest squeal possible. It made us all pause and start to laugh so hard. It was as though she was thinking, ‘wait a second… I want attention too.’
This little girl has a lot to say!
*We are getting more laughs lately which makes our day. Andrew may be a little upset that Skye laughs way more at what the kids are doing than at what he is doing ha.
*The other day Brooke asked me who I love more between her and Skye. I’m guessing this is a normal reaction to a new baby coming into the family but it was just a nice reminder for me to make sure I am getting in some one-on-one time with each of the kids because that 14 lb baby can sure take over the to-do list for the day.
*Sometimes Andrew will try to hold Sky like this when she is awake but after about ten seconds she doesn’t like it because she needs to be held in a way she can see everything that is going on. She is not about to miss out on Brooke’s next cartwheel or Knox’s next jump off of the couch. She already has a strong love for being included in all of the action going on around her.
*Four random things that she currently loves a lot: Staring in the mirror at herself, peek-a-boo (which Brooke and Knox are masters at), kicking her shoes off the second that I put them on and when Andrew rubs her foot on his beard (it gets her laughing pretty hard).
That’s what is going on in Skye’s world right now, thanks for reading… it means a lot to me!
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Share with me some of your little one’s world right now… I love reading these things!