Adding a Baby Brother

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The blog fell into a bit of disrepair as Ruby got older and life got crazier, but I am determined to at least try to do the monthly posts! I don’t want the little guy looking back and feeling left out 😉 We are already behind with the non-documentation of the pregnancy, so here’s hoping I can keep this up!

This little one appeared to be following in his sister’s footsteps and didn’t appear interested to make his appearance out here.  At 40 weeks on the dot we got him motivated and finally got to meet our little one! Arlo Julian Fincher was born at 8:51 AM, October 20, 2016.  He was 6 lbs 6 oz and 19.75 inches long. A little guy! (at least in comparison to his sister). He marked what is hopefully one of the last big changes of 2016, and we’ve loved getting to know the little guy.

Getting used to these bright lights

Getting used to these bright lights

Not enjoying his first bath

Not enjoying his first bath

First gathering of the whole family. Ruby wanted to give him sooooo many kisses.

First gathering of the whole family. Ruby wanted to give him sooooo many kisses.

So much hair!

So much hair!

Those Fincher toes are just the gift that keeps on giving

Those Fincher toes are just the gift that keeps on giving

Ready to hit the road!

Ready to hit the road!

Ruby

Ruby

Arlo

Arlo

We had a great little newborn shoot with B&B Photography. We Loved the way she captured our newly expanded family.

Fincher! Party of four!

Fincher! Party of four!

Already being a great big sister!

Already being a great big sister!

Our little baby model

Our little baby model

 

Welcome to the world Arlo!

Welcome to the world Arlo!

The hospital suite was pretty nice, so we didn’t get home at the same detriment that we were at with Ruby. First couple nights were still a bit rough, but we are getting into the swing of things. We already are in love with our little addition, and we can’t wait to see the fun we have as a little family of 4!


Holiday/Travel Recap

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It’s been a busy holiday/travel season, and I am going to use that as my excuse for not making any posts since our little munchkin turned 1 over 2 months ago. 😉 We have had a lot of fun galavanting all over with Ruby, and she has been a wonderful traveler. Sleeping in new places isn’t her forte (especially when she gets sick like she did over Christmas), but she does great in transit. After our last trip, she was pretty close to averaging 1 flight per month of life. Needless to say, I don’t think we can maintain those kinds of numbers, haha. We are definitely glad to have a little travel hiatus and just plenty of time to hang out with our adorable, growing girl! Now for pics!

Thanksgiving

Gearing up for yet another plane ride!

Gearing up for yet another plane ride!

Learning computer from Tio Mikey

Learning computer from Tio Mikey

Trying out some turkey

Trying out some turkey

Family photo

Family photo #1

Someone knows how to make themselves comfortable

Someone knows how to make herself comfortable

She enjoyed her new stroller so much she just wanted to hang out in it sometimes

She enjoyed her new stroller so much she just wanted to hang out in it sometimes

Serious eater

Serious eater

Group photo of the little ones

Group photo of the little ones

Pull-ups at the playground

Pull-ups at the playground

BUBBLES!!

BUBBLES!!

She spent a lot of time making sure she was the right size to carry on.

She spent a lot of time making sure she was the right size to carry on.

Christmas

More flying

More flying

Checking out a light snow flurry

Checking out a light snow flurry

Someone thinks it's funny to run from mom when she's trying to put her hood up

Someone thinks it’s funny to run from mom when she’s trying to put her hood up

Enjoying eating at the Ruby-sized table

Enjoying eating at the Ruby-sized table

Someone didn't feel too hot

Someone didn’t feel too hot

Family photo #2

Family photo #2

Mom helping prepare one of Ruby's big presents

Mom helping prepare one of Ruby’s big presents

Tio Josh getting in on the decorating

Tio Josh getting in on the decorating

Casa de Ruby

Casa de Ruby

Helping mom open presents

Helping mom open presents

Modeling her new cowboy boots

Modeling her new cowboy boots

Excited about her first doll

Excited about her first baby doll

Taking a wagon ride

Taking a wagon ride

Checking our the decor

Checking out the decor

"Were you knocking on my door?!"

“Were you knocking on my door?!”

Group photo

Group photo

Our tired, sick little munchkin

Our tired, sick little munchkin

Beaver Creek Ski Trip

"So I get my own seat on this one, right?"

“So I get my own seat on this one, right?”

"This doesn't look like Florida"

“This doesn’t look like Florida”

Lots of hands involved getting a munchkin bundled up

Lots of hands involved getting a munchkin bundled up

Family Photo #3

Family Photo #3

Checking things out with Grandaddy

Checking things out with Grandaddy

"Now that you are all here, let's begin our meeting on snow. ON snow! Get it!?"

“Now that you are all here, let’s begin our meeting on snow. ON snow! Get it!?”

Grandaddy wrangling while Ruby watches the skaters

Grandaddy wrangling while Ruby watches the skaters

Riding the shuttle

Riding the shuttle

Running around on the snow with dad

Running around on the snow with dad

Not so sure about this snowsuit

Not so sure about this snowsuit

Playing in the snow with BB

Playing in the snow with BB

Such a good little traveler

Such a good little traveler

I can’t promise that we will be much better about posting while we are home for a while, but we shall see how things go 🙂


12 Months – 1 Whole Year!

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It is so crazy that our little Rubydoo is already one year old! In some ways the year has flown by, but somehow,  it has also been the longest year of our lives (probably something to  do with being awake for more of it than any other year ;-)). It has been so much fun to watch our daughter grow into the little person she now is. We’ve had our share of ups and downs, but I think we are finally getting into a better groove, and while still hectic, life seems to be running a little more smoothly. Now to recap the last month!

Milestones

  • We definitely have a walker. It was not long after figuring it out that she has really taken to it and wants to walk all the time, even if she doesn’t necessarily have somewhere to go.
  • Ruby has been doing a good job of getting the hang of wearing shoes while walking around
  • She has gotten especially excited when we let her walk outside. She’s always loved being outside, and I think she’s especially intrigued by the ability to now explore the great wide world on her own (with much supervision of course, haha)
  • We have all remained a little healthier this month. With daycare always comes on-and-off sniffles, but nothing too major this month.
  • Sleep has gotten a lot better. She is never ready to stop the fun, so we still get a little fussing at bedtime, but for the most part, she’s been doing very well.
  • She’s been babbling more and more and has really taken to pointing at things of interest.
  • We’ve been working on using utensils, and she is starting to get the hang of her spoon (i.e. every 10th try she gets a piece of food in her mouth, haha)
  • She touched her first frog! (a milestone I’m sure her mom loves, haha)

Not-so-great Moments

  • We have been dealing with lots of teething this month (finally!). While we thought she was teething earlier, we are finally actually seeing some teeth break through! She’s going to need them with all the food she has been eating. 🙂
  • We decided to try egg a little early, and Ruby wasn’t quite ready for it. Within minutes, she had broken out in itchy hives all over. Luckily, it started clearing up fairly quickly and wasn’t bad enough to cause any wheezing or breathing problems, but it was still a bit of a scary moment. It was sad too because she really seemed to love them!
  • Combining the teething with another cold has lead to a bit of a regression in sleep on the cusp of her birthday, but we’re still chugging along.

I couldn’t really decide if I wanted to do a full year recap or just a 12 month post, so I think it will be a little bit of a blend. For the most part, it will be the last month, but I’ve extended her 6 month video to a year (so get ready because it is kinda long!) and recapped her monthly photos to really see the progression. 🙂

Grocery shopping with my little hippie

Grocery shopping with my little hippie

Our adorable little munchkin

Our adorable little munchkin

Egg allergy :-( This is after it had started clearing up a bit

Egg allergy 🙁 This is after it had started clearing up a bit

"Don't mind me. I'm just going to contemplate life while I eat this apple"

“Don’t mind me. I’m just going to contemplate life while I eat this apple”

Ever the voracious reader, even on the go

Ever the voracious reader, even on the go

"Well hello there good lookin'!"

“Well hello there good lookin’!”

These little "jeans" make her look like such a big little person!

These little “jeans” make her look like such a big little person!

Cooler weather = tackier outfits for walks

Cooler weather = tackier outfits for walks

Beautiful sunset walk with my girls

Beautiful sunset walk with my girls

Halloween Parade at daycare

Halloween Parade at daycare

Noticing her parents

Noticing her parents

Our little lady bug

Our little lady bug

Someone really wanted to explore Fright Night all by herself

Someone really wanted to explore Fright Night all by herself

My beautiful girls at Fright Night

My beautiful girls at Fright Night

Best pic of the trio from Halloween that we could manage

Best pic of the trio from Halloween that we could manage

Checking out all the trick-or-treaters

Checking out all the trick-or-treaters

Getting the hang of the candy bowl thing

Getting the hang of the candy bowl thing

Checking out her loot

Checking out her loot

First Halloween!

First Halloween!

Practicing for next year

Practicing for next year

Quite the dresser

Quite the dresser

Teeth are finally appearing

Teeth are finally appearing

Bundled up for a trip to Target

Bundled up for a trip to Target

Eating can be exhausting

Eating can be exhausting

Playing can be exhausting too, but not so much that one has to stop, haha

Playing can be exhausting too, but not so much that one has to stop, haha

Our beautiful little girl

Our beautiful little shopper

Our punkin surrounded by pumpkins

Our punkin surrounded by pumpkins

Our ad for the Pumpkin Patch :-)

Our ad for the Pumpkin Patch 🙂

"How about this one?"

“How about this one?”

"This one look pretty good too"

“This one looks pretty good too”

"Hmm... though I DO like the way this one sits"

“Hmm… though I DO like the way this one sits”

"Let's keep looking mom"

“Let’s keep looking mom”

"Hey, a ME-sized one!"

“Hey, a ME-sized one!”

"Let me make sure this is the best one"

“Let me make sure this is the best one”

"Got it Dad. Let's go!"

“Got it Dad. Let’s go!”

Story time with Mom

Story time with Mom

And now the video! It is on the longer side (~16 minutes), but it includes most of our favorite clips from our first year with our munchkin! I added a little background music (all songs with “Ruby” in the title of course), and if you want to just watch the last 6 months, you can jump to about 7:00.

And before her official 1 year photo (which has become quite the production, haha), here’s a little recap! 🙂

month-to-month-2

1 Year Old!

1 Year Old!

And we made it! There were times that I wasn’t sure that we would keep up with our monthly posts, but we actually held it together. 🙂 After this, we’ll probably post a little more randomly (event-driven instead of time-driven), but we will definitely try to make sure we never let it go too long without some kind of update. Still hard to believe that we no longer have an infant!


11 Months

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What a hectic month 11 has been!  This post will be a little shorter on pics than usual, but the reason will soon become apparent 🙂

Milestones

  • Lots more finger foods! She is really enjoying feeding herself and has started to become less and less interested in purees
  • Some of her favorite finger foods include chicken, black beans, watermelon, and peas
  • We pretty much have a walker! She has been taking more and more steps on her own and gets so excited when she actually covers some ground
  • She’s also started communicating and mimicking more. She knows the sign for “more” (which she uses often during mealtimes), holds her hand (or whatever she is holding) to her head when she see’s someone on the phone or hears it ring, and has gotten better at waving goodbye.
  • After hitting a low with regard to sleep (as I’ll describe in a second), we have finally started to get things back on track and her sleep has definitely improved

Not-So-Great Moments

  • I think I caught the cough/congestion that Ruby had and, since me getting it was soon followed by about 3 nights of really terrible sleep, it really got a hold of me and I was sick for the better part of about 2.5 weeks
  • Ruby’s sleep got worse to the point where she was waking up and needing soothing about every 2 hours. Especially not good when sometimes the resoothes could take 1-2 hours. This pushed us to finally look into some sleep training
  • As if sleep training wasn’t enough, her cough and congestion turned into her first ear infection
  • Not long after I recovered and was able to fully help Maricruz again, she managed to contract Strep throat.
  • In addition to all that, we are finally seeing some changes in Ruby’s gums that look like some teeth are imminent. The fun just didn’t want to stop this month!

While this has been a really hard month with everything going on, it has still been awesome to watch the munchkin spend more and more time on her feet. She’s really starting to be a little person! Hopefully things will continue to be a little smoother sailing, and I’ll be able to put together a nice big post to celebrate a year. I can’t believe we almost have a 1 year old!

A tutu seems appropriate for turning 11 months old

A tutu seems appropriate for turning 11 months old

Selfie fun!

Selfie fun!

Sometimes the neighborhood watch gets contemplative

Sometimes the neighborhood watch gets contemplative

Enjoying her new toy from BB and Grandaddy

Enjoying her new toy from BB and Grandaddy

Someone is enjoying their visit!

Someone is enjoying their visit!

Gettin' buff

Gettin’ buff

Rocking the pig tails at Toys R US

Rocking the pig tails at Toys R US

More finger food = more mess

More finger food = more mess

"Dad, you so crazy!"

“Dad, you so crazy!”

Sometimes the little finger pieces just aren't enough

Sometimes the little finger pieces just aren’t enough

Serious stylin'

Serious stylin’

Making sure mom didn't miss the distraction she was providing during the photo shoot, haha

Making sure mom didn’t miss the distraction she was providing during the photo shoot, haha

"Nevermind the pic Dad! There are me-sized cupcakes over here!"

“Nevermind the pic Dad! There are me-sized cupcakes over here!”

Bath time!

Bath time!

Nothing helps time pass on a road trip like a good book (even if it's upside down)

Nothing helps time pass on a road trip like a good book (even if it’s upside down)

11 Months old!

11 Months old!


10 Months

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The write-up of this post will be a little shorter than normal. Month 11 has been a heckuva month so far and pushed me a little behind on keeping up with these posts. From what I recall, month 10 was a pretty good month with continued growth and development of our little munchkin! Hopefully I can get it together a little better since, after this, we’ll only have one more post before our little one turns 1! So crazy!

Milestones

  • She has continued pulling up and tries to stay standing for as long as possible without holding on to anything. We might have a walker soon!
  • New foods this month include garlic cauliflower, chicken, and black beans.
  • First time at the beach during the Rahaman family vacation. She was definitely intrigued by the sand.
  • She got a new car seat this month, which I think helped her be a pretty good little traveler to and from the beach.

Not-so-great moments

  • As she has become more mobile, we have started getting incident reports from daycare. Nothing serious, but we never like to receive those calls!
  • Sleep has become a pretty big issue this month. We hoped she would get back into a rhythm like she used to be with the magic suit, but she just can’t seem to deal with all her new mobility.
  • Towards the end of the month, she finally caught the “black lung cough” (as Maricruz calls it) that has been going around with all her daycare buddies. Throw a little congestion in there too for some extra fun!

Picture time!

Trying to work a little on using the spoon herself (with little success haha)

Trying to work on using the spoon herself (with little success haha)

Going for a walk in with the stroller/trailer

Going for a walk in with the stroller/trailer

Family run!

Family run!

"Hey. Hey Dad. Hey. Whacha doin?"

“Hey. Hey Dad. Hey. Whacha doin?”

Giving Dad some driving lessons on the way to the beach

Giving Dad some driving lessons on the way home from the beach

She loved being in the water and being able to touch the bottom

She loved being in the water and being able to touch the bottom

Someone loved hanging out in the pool

Someone really enjoyed hanging out in the pool

She also loved munching on the little foam toys that came with her float

She also loved munching on the little foam toys that came with her float

Ready to hit the beach with Abuela

Ready to hit the beach with Abuela

Styling at the beach

Styling at the beach

"Well hello Mr. Octopus"

“Well hello Mr. Octopus”

"This stuff is... interesting"

“This stuff is… interesting”

Beach time!

Beach time!

Hanging out after a little ocean swim

Hanging out after a little ocean swim

Rahaman Family Vacation group photo

Rahaman Family Vacation group photo

Ruby loves being on neighborhood watch

Ruby loves being on neighborhood watch

Playing a little duet with Dad

Playing a little duet with Dad

We love this raised eyebrow face she makes when "evaluating" things

We love this raised eyebrow face she makes when “evaluating” things

Hanging out with Mauricio

Hanging out with Mauricio

Her face cracks me up in this one

Her face cracks me up in this one

Dad having fun with a sleepy baby's hair

Dad having fun with a sleepy baby’s hair

Sometimes, parents are just obstacles between you and what you want

Sometimes, parents are just obstacles between you and what you want

10 Months old!

10 Months old!


9 Months

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Yet another month has flown by, and our little munchkin is 3/4 of a year old! This month held some decent ups and downs, but overall Ruby is becoming more and more fun. It has been a blast to watch her personality develop in addition to all her skills. 🙂

Milestones

  • While it seems like more a game to her, she has started turning and grabbing the person who is holding her when it is time to be handed to someone else. Not a big deal, but it can hurt feelings! 😉
  • First plane rides! 4 in total going to and from Bristol. Slept through 2 and did great for the other 2, even when Delta destroyed our carefully crafted schedule
  • We have a crawler! She started pretty slow and methodically, but has really started taking off
  • While she just started crawling, she has already started pulling up on things. Geez Ruby, slow down a little!
  • This month she tried more new foods including eggplant and banana-spinach smoothie.

Not-so-great moments

  • First eye infection. While she didn’t seem too bothered, she looked so sad with super bloodshot eyes. Luckily the medicine seemed to clear it up fairly quickly
  • Started to become a bit of a fussy eater. She progressively has been fighting eating her veggies (but not her fruits of course) more and more. This has made for some pretty stressful meal times and has thrown some wrenches in our meal plans
  • Started what seems to be a sleep regression, though it has been (at least in part) probably tied to her new sleeping arrangement (she has gotten too big for her magic sleep suit so is now sleeping without any major sleep aids like it or swaddling)
Still quite the happy little baby

Still quite the happy little baby

Fist bumping Tia Julie

Fist bumping Tia Julie

Getting ready for splash day at daycare

Getting ready for splash day at daycare

Enjoying her first splash day at daycare

Enjoying her first splash day!

"WANT TO TOUCH THE WATER!"

“WANT TO TOUCH THE WATER!”

First outing using the trailer as a running stroller

First outing using the trailer as a running stroller

PJ day at daycare

PJ day at daycare

Rough nights of sleep don't seem to have the same effect on the munchkin as her parents

Rough nights of sleep don’t seem to have the same effect on the munchkin as her parents

"Now I know I left that giraffe in here somewhere..."

“Now I know I left that giraffe in here somewhere…”

Taking it all in on her first plane ride

Taking it all in on her first plane ride

Such a good little traveler!

Such a good little traveler!

Chillin' with Aunt Lauren

Chillin’ with Aunt Lauren

Amazed by all the wine choices!

Amazed by all the wine choices!

"Now what would pair best with that pureed zucchini I have at home?"

“Now what would pair best with that pureed zucchini I have at home?”

Enjoying some Grandaddy time

Enjoying some Grandaddy time

First test of the Jenny Jump Up. Success!

First test of the Jenny Jump Up. Success!

Upgrading from the Baby Bjorn to a full backpack and trying it out with BB

Upgrading from the Baby Bjorn to a full backpack and trying it out with BB

Giggles in Bristol

Giggles in Bristol

Enjoying some time at the lake house

Enjoying some time at the lake house

One of the only pics of the session where she wasn't blurry. She's getting pretty active!

One of the only pics of the session where she wasn’t blurry. She’s getting pretty active!

Swallowed by her little life jacket

Swallowed by her little life jacket

Even though it is her first time in the lake and first time with a life jacket, she still has to keep an eye on Grandaddy

Even though it is her first time in the lake and first time with a life jacket, she still has to keep an eye on Grandaddy

Lounging in South Holston

Lounging in South Holston

All dolled up and playing with a new toy

All dolled up and playing with a new toy

Checking out the Budweiser horses

Checking out the Budweiser horses

Not so sure about these guys

Not so sure about these guys

Meeting Blinky!

Meeting Blinky!

Had a great visit with BB and Grandaddy

Had a great visit with BB and Grandaddy

Trying out this straw thing

Trying out this straw thing

Someone didn't waste time going from crawling to trying to be on her feet

Someone didn’t waste time going from crawling to trying to be on her feet

Enjoying her first swing ride

Enjoying her first swing ride

Working on some downward dog

Working on some downward dog

Helping Daddy play some guitar

Helping Daddy play some guitar

Someone thought it would be funny to blow raspberries right after having food put in her mouth

Someone thought it would be funny to blow raspberries right after having food put in her mouth

A mobile critter = different tactics to give us time to eat dinner

A mobile critter = different tactics to give us time to eat dinner

Outtake from her photo shoot

Outtake from her photo shoot

And her official 9 month photo! Since she is getting more mobile, it is more and more difficult to get these photos. Hopefully we can still hang in there and get some decent ones for 3 more months! 🙂

Surprised she's already 3/4 of a year old!

Surprised she’s already 3/4 of a year old!

 

 


8 Months

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This month was a little blurry because we got a little behind on last month’s post, but I don’t think it has encompassed anything too substantial. Here’s a small recap from the best of my memory.

Milestones

  • Continued to try new foods including carrot, peach, asparagus, and puffs (her first finger food)
  • We have been working on tummy time, and she is definitely showing signs that she wants to be more mobile
  • While she doesn’t seem to interested in her sippie cup anymore, she enjoys taking sips of water from regular cups
  • Went out to dinner with us for the first time and did great
  • A good amount of family time this month. We had visits from Tia Julie, Abuela, and BB and Grandaddy!

Not-so-great Moments

  • We had a bit of a regression on sleep for a couple of weeks where she was rarely sleeping for any substantial continuous time, but luckily it was fairly temporary
  • Some on-and-off tummy issues. It appears that Ruby may have inherited her dad’s weenie stomach so we’ve had to be conscious of making sure to balance the stop-you-up and get-things-moving foods

Ruby has started becoming more and more interactive, and she never ceases to be constantly inquisitive about what is going on around her. Here’s hoping her sleep doesn’t have too many more hiccups, but her awake time has definitely become more entertaining. Now to the fun part!

Our little aspiring seamstress

Our little aspiring seamstress

Sometimes there is such thing as too much affection

Sometimes there is such thing as too much affection

Enjoying some puffs, her first finger food

Enjoying some puffs, her first finger food

Rockin' the Snuggie

Rockin’ the Snuggie

Working on her splits

Working on her splits

"Whacha doin' up there dad?"

“Whacha doin’ up there dad?”

A bit more mobility = makeshift playpen

A bit more mobility = makeshift playpen

Enjoying the jumparoo in her bathrobe? Why not!?

Enjoying the jumparoo in her bathrobe? Why not!?

First Father's Day present

First Father’s Day present

Definitely gotten better at feeding herself the bottle

Definitely gotten better at feeding herself the bottle

I love how she braces in preparation for the food

I love how she braces in preparation for the food

Always having a good time

Always having a good time

My little hippie

My little hippie

Playing with the water mat and rocking her monkey slippers

Playing with the water mat and rocking her monkey slippers

"I'm a big girl so I want to sit up no matter where I am"

“I’m a big girl so I want to sit up no matter where I am”

First time going out to eat

First time going out to eat in the high chair

She looks like we just gave her an awesome surprise, haha

She looks like we just gave her an awesome surprise, haha

Hanging out with BB

Hanging out with BB

Her pose makes this look like an ad for her little watermelon

Her pose makes this look like an ad for her little watermelon

Set her down in the middle of the blanket, played piano for a few minutes, turned around and someone had crept up on me

Set her down in the middle of the blanket, played piano for a few minutes, turned around and someone had crept up on me

Her reaction when we sat her on the bed but had left the TV on

Her reaction when we sat her on the bed but had left the TV on

Getting more comfy in crawling position

Getting more comfy in crawling position

4th of July

4th of July

Party time!

Party time!

Clap those hands!

Clap those hands!

Sometimes, when she is something soft like the bed, she won't sit up for more than 3 seconds before she flops down face first

Sometimes, when she is on something soft like the bed, she won’t sit up for more than 3 seconds before she flops down face first

Who wore it better?

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8 (and a half-ish) months old!

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7 Months

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Yikes! Ruby is almost 8 months and we haven’t recapped month 7 yet!  While Justin has been awesome enough to keep up with writing the past few months’ happenings, I decided it was time for me to finally write another post! Things have been pretty hectic for me as of late. Everyone tells you how hard it is to be a working mom, but let me say, this hard? I had no idea. Between the sleepless nights and growing list of work assignments, I have had a pretty difficult time remaining sane.  But alas, enough about me, let’s get to the star of this blog, and of our hearts, Ruby-doo (a.k.a. the Rubester, Ruby-licious, Miss Ruby, etc…).

This little baby was very busy during month 7.  It is truly incredible to see her developments and how much her curiosity is peaked. We call her our “supervisor” since she looks very intently at anything we do, almost like she’s making sure we are doing it right.

Milestones:

  • Almost clapping her hands – I say almost because she bangs them together but keeps one in a fist the whole time. She does it pretty hard so it looks like she’s threatening to beat you up!
  • Can shimmy on her tummy backwards and around, always in search of new toys.
  • Month 7 brought much needed sleep to our house. Like a lot more. There were a few nights were she slept 10-10.5 hours without waking up. Crazy town! On average though, she woke up at least once a night, but still slept 9-10 hours overall.  That was my favorite part about month 7.
  • She mastered sitting up on her own.  She loves to sit and play with her toys. It’s still her her favorite thing to do.
  • She tried a splash pool and real pool. Loved both.
  • She’s still trying more solid foods. She tried peas, squash, apple, zucchini, and banana during this month.
  • Hosted/attended her first happy hour.

Not so great moments:

  • She had a cold on and off for the better part of the month. We took her to the pediatrician and had her checked out. Apparently, when babies start daycare it’s not uncommon for them to have back-to-back colds or for their immune system to just be “dealing” with little things. Luckily, she had no other symptoms so it was just dealing with lots of congestion and snot.

So for the most part, everything is going well with our little butterball. We are amazed every day at how much we love her. It’s insane. As for mom and dad, well, we are also doing great. Since she’s started to sleep better, we are back to feeling like human beings again. We even hosted happy hour one night! We are also getting better at finding time to spend with each other. It’s not a lot of time, but 30 minutes here and there where it’s just the two of us. We talk, talk like we used to, about absolutely nothing and laugh at the ridiculousness of our conversations. The last two months have been the hardest so far (for me) in our baby journey, and I’m so grateful for the help we have received from family. Also, as hard as it got, I was always thankful that it was Justin beside me.  I really can’t imagine going through this journey with anyone else. <3

Now let’s recap this month in pictures! My favorite part!

Hanging out having a good time!

Hanging out having a good time!

Hanging out before bath time.

Hanging out before bath time.

Reading with Dad

Reading with Dad. Apparently there was something very shocking in her book.

My lunchtime date

My lunch time date

Ruby-made Mother's Day card. <3

Ruby-made Mother’s Day card <3

My favorite candid

My favorite candid

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Love this little face!

Ready for daycare... Now just take me already!

Ready for daycare… Now just take me already!

On a walk with Mom

Going for a walk with Mom

Someone wasn't a fan of peas the first time they tried them.

Someone wasn’t a fan of peas the first time she tried them.

First time at the grocery store

First time riding in the shopping cart

Hey, where did everyone go?

Um, hey, where did everyone go?

Second try at peas was much more successful.

Second try at peas was much more successful.

yay! sippy cup!

Yay! Sippy cup!

after one of our lunch time nursing sessions. she looks like she ate too mch

After one of our lunch time nursing sessions. She looks like she ate too much, hee hee.

Looking at Dad suspiciously...

Looking at Dad suspiciously…

Zucchini

Trying some zucchini

Awesome blanket made by her Aunt Terri

Awesome blanket made by her Aunt Terri

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One can never have enough toys.
She'll never feel unloved...

She’ll never feel unloved…

Test ride!

Someone had fun!

Someone had fun!

Applesauce – I love that face!

Loved her splash pool!

Blue Steel

Hanging out after some pool time.

Hanging out after some pool time.

Trying out the big girl pool!

sweet face!

Trying out squash

Love this hairdo

Tummy-timing in style.

Her official 7 month photo

Her official 7 month photo


6 Months

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It is hard to believe that Ruby is half a year old already! In some senses, time is flying by, but on the other hand, it seems like forever ago that she was just a tiny little baby. This month has been us really trying to get back into the groove of us both working full time and coordinating schedules to make daycare go as smoothly as possible. In general, life seems to be settling down a little, but I’m sure something else will change soon enough to keep us on our toes 🙂

Milestones

  • Have been introducing more solid foods. We have been going kinda slowly because, while her mouth enjoys them, it doesn’t seem to take much to make her little tummy a bit unhappy
  • A Wii Fit weigh-in put her right at 19 lbs, though the pediatricians scale read about 18.5 lbs. Either way she is a growing girl!
  • Seems to have a blast at daycare and always seems excited when we drop her off to play with her friends
  • Can sit up by herself for the most part. She’ll still have the occasional topple but has been doing really well

Not-so-great moments

  • Sleep is still the #1 issue we grapple with. There is so much going on at daycare that she rarely naps more than 30 minutes at a time, which can’t be helping her night sleeping
  • She still wakes up at least 2-5 times a night, though she has recently started re-soothing herself sometimes, which has been awesome

And now for some pictures! And for a special treat this post, I put together a video as well 🙂

Hanging out on the couch with Dad

Hanging out on the couch with Dad

Always so nosey! "What're you doing with your phone Dad?"

Always so nosey! “What’re you doing with your phone, huh?”

With a little support, she's been standing pretty well!

With a little support, she’s been standing pretty well!

The jumparoo has become one of her favorite hangouts

The jumparoo has become one of her favorite hangouts

Though she enjoys some good Bumbo time too

Though she enjoys some good Bumbo time too

Modeling another cute dress

Modeling another cute dress

Ready to eat in a high chair like a big girl

Ready to eat in a high chair like a big girl

Riding in the stroller like a big girl too (though she doesn't seem to excited about it, haha)

Riding in the stroller like a big girl too (though she doesn’t seem too excited about it, haha)

Using the flash makes her look like she just got busted

Using the flash makes her look like she just got busted

Playing footsie with Dad

Playing footsie with Dad

One of Mom's favorite pics

One of Mom’s favorite pics

Enjoying her own feet

Enjoying her own feet

Such a cute little munchkin!

Such a cute little munchkin!

With all the fancy toys she has, one of her favorites is still her little plastic rings

With all the fancy toys she has, one of her favorites is still her little plastic rings (and the straps on the Bumbo, haha)

Eating some sweet potato

Eating some sweet potato

Learning to sew with Abuela

Learning to sew with Abuela

Ruby first work of art!

Ruby’s first work of art!

Even when enjoying new yummy foods like avocado, she can't take her eye off the camera

Even when enjoying new yummy foods like avocado, she can’t take her eye off the camera

All dolled up on the day she turned 6 months old

All dolled up on the day she turned 6 months old

And now the video! Posting lots of random videos of kids doing fairly mundane things can get a little old, so I wanted to wait until I could compile some of them. So I put together this video with clips from birth to 6 months of our little Ruby Maria!

Here’s the official 6 month photo. She’s definitely a growing little girl!

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5 Months

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It is hard to believe that our little munchkin is already 5 months old! Things have definitely been running a little more smoothly this month and our little butterball seems to get rounder every day! A lot of big things have been happening and Mom and Dad are definitely happier with things. Not just surviving this month!

Milestones

  • Our little one is steadfastly approaching 18 lbs!
  • She still giggles plenty and we really can’t get enough of it
  • She has gotten much better about being put to sleep both for naps and at night
  • Ate her first solid foods and took to them fairly well
  • We moved her into her room and have been sleeping in the guest room across the hall. It’s been nice to have our own room again!
  • She has discovered her feet and loves to play with them (and stick them in her mouth) at every opportunity
  • She is as inquisitive as ever and is always wide-eyed and taking everything in

Not-so-great moments

  • While she has been improving, she rarely slept for more than 2.5 – 3 hours in a stretch at night this month

And now for fun pictures!

Low light phone pics can create some interesting effects

Low light phone pics can create some interesting effects

Sacked out at Joey and Jessica's on the way back to Tally

Sacked out at Joey and Jessica’s on the way back to Tally

Hanging with Aunt Julie

Hanging with Aunt Julie

Even at 5 months, our walks can become quite contemplative

Even at 5 months, our walks can become quite contemplative

Just started playing with the jumparoo, but needed a little boost to touch the ground

Just started playing with the jumparoo, but needed a little boost to touch the ground

Such a proper little relaxer

Such a proper little relaxer

My beautiful ladies

My beautiful ladies

First St. Patrick's Day!

First St. Patrick’s Day!

She always holds on to something during our walks, usually her rings, even when she passes out

She always holds on to something during our walks, usually her rings, even when she passes out

Isn't she the most pitiful little prisoner?

Isn’t she the most pitiful little prisoner?

"Can I help you!? I'm playing with my giraffe here!"

“Can I help you!? I’m playing with my giraffe here!”

She always looks at me so suspiciously when I am giving her a bottle

She always looks at me so suspiciously when I am giving her a bottle

Our little shopper

Our little shopper

One of her new favorite changing time routines

One of her new favorite changing time routines

Hanging out with BB

Hanging out with BB

First solid food!

Making sure mom loads up the spoon correctly

Making sure mom loads up the spoon correctly

A little unsure...

A little unsure…

Gotta help mom with the spoon

Gotta help mom with the spoon

Starting to get the hang of it!

Starting to get the hang of it!

As we have been trying to figure out a daycare schedule and trying to be more productive at work, we have had less time to set up our little monthly photo shoot.  It was about nap time, so she was a little grumpy, but you can still see how big our munchkin is getting!

Our chubby little 5 month old!

Our chubby little 5 month old!

All in all, this has been a much better month. While we would still love it if she consistently slept longer stretches at night, things are definitely getting easier. Month 6 will include starting daycare, so I’m sure that will keep things interesting as well!