Miss M | Nine Months Old

This girly turned nine months old a few days ago. She had a big month! She popped out two teeth and started crawling, pulling up, waving, and eating finger foods. She loves food – we haven’t found anything she won’t eat yet. She still nurses great, but we’re going to start feeding her more high-fat foods, because she’s weighing in at 14 lb, 14 oz., just the 5th percentile. She stands 26 inches tall, about the 10th percentile. Her sister was small too, so we aren’t too surprised by her petite stature. See how she’s changed since last month. (You may also notice that it’s much colder in Kansas this month than last month.)

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Miss M | Eight Months Old

My little girl is eight months old today! This was the month of “almosts.” She is almost pulling up. She is almost crawling. She twists and scoots around both on her tummy and on her bottom to reach everything in sight. She can get from her tummy to sitting position and vice versa. She finally started rolling onto her tummy at night, so she’s now sleeping through the night – almost. (She still occasionally wakes up.) She gobbles up most baby food but her tummy doesn’t like yogurt – perhaps a slight dairy intolerance like her sister had. She loves to talk and mostly says “mama” still, which I don’t mind! She also trills her tongue better than any adult I know – Wookie in training! I think she weighs about 15 pounds.

See how she’s grown. And check out her sister in the same little vest a few years ago!

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Miss M | Two Months Old

This sweet girl is two months old today! I don’t have official stats yet, but she’s still growing like a weed! She still loves to sleep and eat, and she has been going about seven hours at night between feedings. (Though sometimes her last evening feeding is at about 7 p.m., so we’re working on adjusting her time schedule.) She likes to give us smiles and has strong legs – pushing herself forward during tummy time and pushing herself up in the bouncer. I just realized she no longer vocalizes with newborn grunts, which makes me want to cry. I only have three more weeks with her/working from home before I’m back to the office, so I’m savoring this time.

Click to see how she’s changed from one month.

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Introducing Miss M

We welcomed Miss M to the world four weeks ago, today. I should have posted birth and newborn photos, but my facebook followers have been seeing pics of M for several weeks now, so it feels a bit redundant. I’ll catch you up with two newborn photos, and two photos from today, when Miss M met her great-grandma. They share a middle name: Mae. Her great-grandma still has the touch with babies and was pretty tickled to learn about her namesake. Love!!

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Photo of the Day: Birthday Girl

My sweet Lil’ Miss K is three today! Where has the time gone? She’s quickly turning into a smart, independent, “threenager.” Her favorite food is mac ‘n cheese, her favorite color is orange, her favorite letter is O … she hasn’t wavered from these favs for almost a year. She’s obsessed with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and can reenact an episode after watching it only once or twice. She loves singing and putting on goofy dances shows, and her favorite toy is her imagination. She’s pretty good at throwing a ball, too. I can have adult conversations with her, but I quickly remember she’s still a toddler when she starts to have a meltdown. We love this opinionated girl to pieces!

Check out how she’s changed since her last photo four months ago.

See how tall she’s gotten since last year!

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Happiness on a wall

I posted an Instagram photo last night of my husband helping me hang frames. Around Christmas we did some rearranging, which left a big open wall with a lonely off-center clock. I had a dream of making a photo wall, but with people coming over for Lil’ Miss K’s 2nd birthday party this coming weekend, I suddenly got motivated to make it happen. After lots of “pinspiration,” I decided to use a few pieces I already had and purchase a few new pieces as well. I had bought the small 4×6 frames on clearance probably a year ago, and I had the metal Kansas City skyline hanging in our kitchen. I liked the clock on that wall, so I decided to integrate it with the art.

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This past weekend we visited Kansas City’s First Fridays antiques sales in the West Bottoms, and I found two pieces perfect for my photo wall – the “Home is where the heart is” wood panel, and the big open frame.

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I completed the photo wall with a trip to Michael’s on Sunday, where I struck gold with tons of options for letters (40% off!), ampersands, and more clearance frames. The “R” marquee lights up, but I forgot to turn it on for the photo.

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Finally, I sorted through some of our favorite vacation photos and settled on prints of Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon, and Rocky Mountain National Park. To arrange the art on the wall, I first laid it out on the floor, then cut newspaper to fit the size of the frames and it them to the wall to make sure everything was arranged how I wanted. That step was critical in my mind. From that point, we just lined up the holes and nailed right through the newspaper – super easy! I’m so happy with the final product – I smile every time I see it.

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Photo of the Day: Twenty-three Months Old

In less than three weeks, Lil’ Miss K will be turning two. I frequently look back on where we were a year ago, and it’s hard to believe how much has changed. Last year she wasn’t walking yet, and now she’s jumping on a trampoline and running like a pro. A year ago she only said a few words; now she has a vocabulary of a few hundred words, speaks in sentences, and knows many songs by heart. What will the next year bring?

Here’s how she has changed since last month.

Here’s how she has changed since last year.

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