Friday, January 29, 2016

Month Seven with Leah

Happy {late} New Year, Everyone!!
Taking care of a baby sure does take you away from your blog from time to time, but not to worry, I'm here today to chat and tell you all about our sweet lady turing SEVEN MONTHS OLD (1/13/16)!
I can honestly say life with a baby gets better and better every day. It's so much more fun now that Leah is old enough to play, interact, copy and "talk" with me and we truly have fun throughout our days. 
Here's our little update!

Month Seven Update:
Weight, Height and Head: No doctors appointment to confirm all her measurements, but according to the home scale, she is 15.5 lbs.
 Diapers:  This skinny mini is still in Size 2. Using Pampers Baby Dry and the Costco brand (Kirkland) baby wipes.
Clothing: Still wears 6 month clothing, but will be growing out of them very soon. Her 6 month pants should fit her for a while though.
Speaking of on earth do I keep losing random items of her clothing??? socks...a boot...and her winter coat! I'm pretty sure her winter coat was lost in Target while I was trying to hold Leah (because she was being fussy) while pushing a shopping cart filled with things I don't need. She felt hot so I took off her coat in the store - and that's the last time we saw it. Ughhhhhh. I loved that little coat.
Eating: You are still breastfeeding and eating every 3-4 hours and also eating solids twice a day at breakfast and dinner time. You've liked everything so far. You eat Organic Oatmeal (mixed with breastmilk) for breakfast every morning, and your dinners consist of either a fruit or a vegetable. You really love sweet potatoes and pears the best...that's what we buy the most of. You've also had two "teething cookies" which you loved, but I watched you like a hawk because I was so afraid you'd stick too much in  your mouth and choke.
Sleep: You're a great sleeper and nap 2-3 times a day. 
Social: You had a few "play dates" this month. You tried to stay up and party with Rory for NYE, but you got cranky and wanted to go home at 9:30.
We went to an Ohio State game party and you loved hanging out in daddy's lap.
You also got to play with Patrick this month and loved playing with his toys and even took a nap in his Pack n Play. We attended our first TumbleBees class at KidsFirst. You got to meet a few "friends" and had fun "tumbling" with Rory and loved the parachute game at the very end.
In other news: You are moving and rolling all the time. You're not lifting your stomach off the floor yet, but I bet you will soon so you can start crawling. You are very very vocal. You love "singing" and like making noises when mommy puts her fingers in front of your mouth. It's too funny!
You also love holding blocks and banging them together. (and eating them) :)
Mommy: I'm still doing great and enjoying my time off work - I started applying for jobs and researching every daycare in our area to prepare.
Daddy: Daddy loves making you laugh by showing you his dance moves or by making funny noises and jerking his head around.  You laugh more at him than anyone else. 
Likes: Bath time, eating solids, watching daddy dance, jumping, looking in the mirror, blocks
Dislikes: shopping, loud noises, being alone

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Year 2015 (in a Nut Shell)

2015 was such an Amazing year. Let's take a walk down memory lane, shall we...

Year 2015 (in a Nutshell)

+ The first half of the year was focused mainly on being pregnant.
 + And celebrating the pregnancy with all my family and friends!
+ And of course taking maternity photos!
+ Moved our guest room to another room in the house.
+ And finished the Baby Nursery.
+ The most memorable event of all, WELCOMING BABY LEAH!!

+ We celebrated our second wedding anniversary at Capital Grill and got a babysitter for the first time.
+ Hosted a clambake party in our backyard.
 + Took Leah on two road trips to Memphis and OBX.
+ Celebrated Thanksgiving with our second family.
+ Had a girls weekend in Nashville with my besties! (Ooops, I never blogged about that!)
+ Sent out the cutest holiday cards ever.
+ And celebrated Leah's First Christmas.
And we will be ringing in the new year (and celebrating CV's birthday) together as a family with a few of our closest Cincinnati friends, the most perfect way to end the year.

Happy New Year's, Everyone.
***Follow me on instagram (jaxvollat) to follow along in 2016!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Christmas 2015

It was so fun celebrating Leah's first Christmas the whole month of December...

She got to meet Santa at the mall...
Had a Santa Baby photoshoot...
Visited the Christmas Village at night to see the lights...
Visited it during the day for family photos...
Sang "The Twelve Days of Christmas" with mommy and daddy...
Got to spend time with extended family on Christmas Eve...
Opened presents on Christmas Day...
And lots of playtime and holiday cheer all month long...
It was a good holiday! :)

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Month Six with Leah

HAPPY HALF BIRTHDAY to our sweet little bug! (12/13/15)
I can't believe it's already been half a year since Leah's been in our life.
It's true what they say - "The days are long, but the years are short!"

Month Six Update:
Weight, Height and Head: She's 14.08 pounds (14%) and 25 inches (40%) with a 42cm head size (40%)
 Diapers:  Still in Size 2. Pampers Swaddlers and Pampers Baby Dry are our favorites. And we love the Costco brand (Kirkland) baby wipes.
Clothing: You mostly wear 6M sizes, unless its Baby Gap which runs a little big, you are only 3-6M size in that.
Eating: You are still breastfeeding and eating every 3-4 hours and also eating solids once a day at dinner time. You are a great eater and have liked everything so far. You've tried rice cereal, peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, pears, apples and bananas. The doctor told us to start feeding you solids 2x a day after your 6-month birthday - so I picked up some Organic Oatmeal to feed you breakfast going forward!
Sleep: You're a great sleeper. We bought a Dohm white noise machine, which CV and I call "the sleep machine" and it helps put you right to sleep - and helps you stay asleep throughout the night.  Mom friends - BUY ONE!!! We also put on "twinkle twinkle little star" on your Sleep Sheep that lasts 45 minutes...that combination of noises usually does the trick!
Social: You met Santa this month. You didn't cry, but you didn't smile either. You are getting ready to celebrate your first Christmas and we are so excited!
In other news: You are moving and rolling a lot more now! When we put you to sleep in your crib - you are usually the reverse position when we come to get you in the morning. I don't know how you do it, but you know how to do 180's and 360's pretty quickly!
You also starting being a brand rep for an etsy shop called CampCornDog. They sent us this amazing sushi headband for you to model - and I think you nailed your photo shoot!
Nicknames: Bug. We call you Bug all the time. Sometimes it's Leah Bug....other times it's stinkbug, love bug, cuddle bug! :)
Mommy: I'm still doing great and enjoying my time off work - although I know next month I will need to buckle down and start looking at jobs!
Likes: Bath time, eating solids, watching daddy dance, laughing with daddy
Dislikes: sitting in a car seat in a shopping cart, bedtime

Monday, December 28, 2015

The cutest Christmas Card you've ever seen!

Is there a contest for the cutest holiday card you've ever seen??? 
 Because....I'd like to enter this one.....and win!
 Here's the back of the card:

I just LOVE our cards this year!! I debated whether to go with a family photo or not - especially since we took some cute ones from the Christmas Village, but lets face it - a pic of just Leah is what everyone really wants to see!

Happy Holidays, Everyone. :)

And here are our cards from Christmas' Past!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Village

There is the cutest little Christmas Village in our neighborhood that I just adore!
We went at night and carried Leah around to show her all the lights and the houses...
 And then we came back the next day so we could take some family photos...
...with the tripod, of course!
Leah's Outfit: Jacket: BabyGap, Pants: Carters, Shoes: Freshly Picked, Headband: I forget. Oops
I just love this little sweetie and can't wait to celebrate Christmas with her!'s last year's picture compared to this year! :)

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Month Five with Leah

This has been the fastest five months did this sweet little baby get SO BIG!
She's such a little angel and I feel completely blessed that she is mine!
Five Month Update:
Weight, Height and Head: We will find out soon at her 6 month appointment.
 Diapers:  Size 2. Pampers Swaddlers are our favorites.
Clothing: You can still fit into a lot of your 3month old clothing, but I'm sure I'll be packing them all away very soon. Most of your clothing that fits is 6month size.
Eating: You are still breastfeeding and eating every 3-4 hours. We introduced you to solids this month! The doctor said you didn't need it from a nutritional standpoint, but I could introduce it to you for development. And since you stare at me and try to grab things that I'm drinking and eating, I could tell you were definitely showing interest in food.  We started you with rice cereal, then peas, carrots and sweet potatoes. You've liked everything so far!
Sleep: You're still a good little sleeper...moooost of the time. Some times you wake up every night and are hard to put down to sleep. Other times you are easy and sleep through the night. You're unpredictable, but you've been sleeping in your crib like a big girl since about two months old.
Social: You had road trip #2 this month!! We took a 12 hour road trip to OBX. You did amazing in the car both times and slept most of the drive. And you were also the perfect little baby on vacation.
We also celebrated Halloween and you were the cutest little ladybug.
In other news: We bought you a jumper, and you LOVE it!
I also entered you into the Gerber Baby of the Year contest! Why not??? Right!! :)

Mommy: I'm still doing great...and guess what?!?! I've hit my pre-pregnancy weight!!!! Woohooo!!!! Now...with that being said. My body is still not the same, and my favorite jeans still don't fit. The scale might agree, but my body is definitely still pudgy in all the wrong places. Still a work in progress but happy about it so far...
Likes: Bath time, smiling, giggling, putting weight on your legs, eating off of a spoon
Dislikes: teething, sitting in her car seat, being hot, being tired, babysitters, bedtime