Penny’s Six Month Update

Six months. SIX MONTHS. I can’t believe this little peach has been in our lives for six whole months. This has been the most incredible six months we’ve ever had, although time is moving too quickly for my liking.

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Penny is 18 pounds and in 6-12mo clothing. She’s growing so fast, I can’t even believe it. She sleeps 11-12hrs at night, and roughly 3hrs during the day which leaves a LOT of time for activities!! I like that she’s able to stay awake longer between naps because it gives us the opportunity to do more with her. She loves touching her toes and playing with them – even REALLY early in the morning in her crib (Penny sometimes misses the memo that we like to sleep after 5:30…) but I still can’t help but smile because I hear her cooing and it just melts my heart. She’s also sitting up completely unassisted and pulls herself up onto her feet when she’s holding your hands!! She’s taken a HUGE liking to our cat Marshmallow, watching her walk around the house and trying to pet her. Her version of “petting” is grabbing fistfuls of fur – we’re gonna work on that whole “gentle” thing.

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We’ve started introducing solid foods which has been QUITE the adventure. We started with baby cereal around 4.5mos and she seemed to be okay with it so we moved onto sweet potatoes, peaches, avocados, green beans, strawberries, apples, peas, spinach, carrots, eggs, mango, broccoli, raspberries, cucumber, some peanut butter and watermelon (which she is SO in love with, especially by the pool). We are taking the approach of baby-led weaning, where we’ll cut veggies & fruits into pieces she can hold and feed herself – helps her develop motor skills and it’s a fun activity for all of us (although SUPER messy but I think that’s what makes it even more fun)! Our pediatrician told us since we’re giving her breastmilk, “food before one is for fun” – basically she’s not replacing any of the breastmilk with solids, it’s just to get her used to new textures and flavours for when we wean her off breastmilk so we don’t need to worry about how much she’s eating. I purchased this book off Amazon – it has a bunch of different recipes for purees, finger foods and more for every stage! I wanted to get a baby cook book because personally I don’t mix things up a lot (I have a pretty basic diet, nothing spicy, nothing super adventurous), but I want Penelope to experience a lot of flavour combinations that I might not be able to think of. I am so excited to try a bunch of foods with her – it’s so fun!!

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Penelope is OBSESSED with the pool! We are super lucky to have access to two pools (Pete’s parents & my sister) so Penny is able to spend a lot of time in the water! We purchased kiddie pools on Amazon (click here for them) for our house, Peter’s parents and my sister’s so that we can create a warmer pool experience since neither of their pools are heated – that way if she gets too chilly, OR if the water isn’t warm enough to begin with, she can still take a little dip. We also made sure to purchase swim diapers (a pack for each pool) since regular diapers don’t really do well with being submerged in water. Another amazing find was this Mambo Baby pool float my mom bought her – it’s the BEST. She can lay on her back or on her tummy and float around the pool (I shared a few pictures of her in it in this post)! She’s loving the pool life – who can blame her!

She’s growing so fast, I can’t believe she’s already half a year old. Sometimes it feels like yesterday that we had a newborn in the house, and now we have this girl who’s becoming more independent everyday.

I can’t wait to share more with the blog as she gets older! Instagram is the best place to keep up to date with our lives, be sure to check it out!

— Rachel

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Penelope’s First Pool Day!

This past weekend we celebrated Canada Day with a nice long weekend & the nicest weather we’ve had yet this year!! My sister invited us over for a pool day (two of them, actually), and it was Penny’s first time ever in a big pool. She LOVED being in the water!

My mom bought a Mambo Baby pool float which is basically the best thing ever invented for babies, and let her float around the pool. She’s able to lay on her tummy to practice her swimming skills, but right now she’s mostly all about that lounge life (although she did enjoy being on her tummy, but preferred laying back looking at the trees). We’ve got a water loving babe on our hands!

We can’t wait to spend the rest of the summer by the pool watching Penny enjoy the water – and enjoying some much appreciated family time too!

Happy summer everyone!!

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Hanging out with daddy in the pool
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After her first dip, she needed some snuggles from her great-grandma!
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I can’t get over how relaxed she looks – she was living her best life.
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My little water lovin’ babe!
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*heart eyes*
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Day two in the pool, this time working on our tummy swimming!
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Penny loved pushing off our legs underwater and scooting across the pool.

Penny’s Three Month Update

Our little Penelope is THREE MONTHS OLD. I have no idea how and when that happened. Some days I feel like she just got here, and then I look back at photos and am amazed it’s only been three months. She’s grown soo much in the past few months and we love watching her learn and grow everyday.

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Her sleep has been INCREDIBLE, we are sooo lucky. In Penelope’s One Month Update, I shared that she had started sleeping 2-4 hour chunks at night which was amazing. Now at three months, she sleeps 8p-8a (with a little snack/diaper change between 3-5a) with a couple naps during the day! She mainly sleeps in her bassinet with the occasional snooze in her DockATot or Rockaroo. I have told everyone – if her love of sleep at night is the only thing she inherited from me, that is a-okay because we are loving it! That 4 month regression is going to really be a shock for us (any tips would be so welcomed).

She loves playing so much nowadays! We still use her activity mat, but we also use her Finding Nemo activity centre because her head and neck control is really good! She likes interacting with the toys and gives them super big smiles. Next up will be the Jolly Jumper when her head and neck control gets a bit better.

Penny also is starting to fall into a routine – eating, playing, napping, repeat – and has responded really well to her nighttime routine (you can read more about that here, How We Got Penny to Sleep Through the Night!). And now she loves bath time – so do we because she’s starting to splash around and really loves kicking her arms and legs in the warm water! It’s a great way to end the day and get her ready for bed.

She’s getting a LOT more vocal and we are obsessed with all her little noises she makes. Cooing, giggling, blowing spit bubbles – we love it all! She also gives the entire family biiiiig smiles when she sees us! It’s so cute watching her recognize us and get this big smile on her face. UGH she kills me.

We are loving life with our little big girl, and I can’t wait to share more with the blog as she gets older! Instagram is the best place to keep up to date with our lives, be sure to check it out!

— Rachel

How We Got Penny to Sleep Through the Night!

I wanted to create a blogpost for any new parents (and for us to look back on) looking to try and create a routine to help their babe get a good night sleep. Penny has blessed us with sleeping through the night, and I really think our routines helped us!

As soon as I got pregnant, everyone said “ohhhh be sure to get as much sleep as you can now – once baby comes, it’ll be a long time before you’ll get a full night’s rest!” (Do these people not realize that when you’re pregnant you pee like 4,000 times at night??)

So Pete and I were pretty anxious about our soon-to-be upside down sleep schedule. I LOVE sleep. I would go to bed at 9p and wake up at 6a – like, really I love sleep. Obviously the first couple weeks were tough for us. Adapting to life with a new baby, not getting a lot of sleep due to middle of the night feedings and diaper changes, taking care of my healing body – it’s hard to adjust! Pete and I decided to try and create some routines throughout the day and evening to help Penny adjust her nights and days and try and get a general rhythm going on to help all of us sleep better at night.

Penny is now almost 12 weeks old, and has been sleeping from 8p-8a for several weeks now (with a little diaper and snack in the middle of the night between 3-6a)!! Below is what worked for us.

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Sleepy Penny when she was just a couple days old!

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Penelope’s One Month Update

I have no idea how a month has passed already, but here we are – Penny is officially one month old!! This has been the craziest and most fulfilling month of our entire life. I wanted to share a little update on how our first month as a family of 3 has been – read on!

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Penelope doll from Cuddle & Kind, onesie from Carter’s, bow from Three & Me Accessories

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Nursery Tour

Welcome to Penelope’s nursery!! If you didn’t already know, I gave birth to our baby girl Penelope on February 10 – you can check out my quick post here and check out my Instagram for updates.

We had such a fun time planning and designing her nursery while we waited for her to arrive. Our main goal was to keep it gender neutral with pops of colour here and there – we didn’t want a hot pink nursery just because she’s a girl, it’s just not our thing! After a lot of planning & hard work (on Pete’s part), we have the nursery of our dreams!!

Right now, the chair, change pad/diapers, bassinet and my pumping stuff is in our living room. It’s more practical than me having to walk up and down a full flight of stairs 100 times a day! We’ll transition things back upstairs soon once we have a bit of a routine!

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Meet Penelope Jean!

Just wanted to pop on here really quick to announce the arrival of our sweet baby girl – Penelope Jean!! She was born February 10 at 4:22pm, weighing 8lbs, 13oz.

We are SO in love, and can’t get enough of this little peach. We’ve been taking our time soaking up all the Penny time we can before Pete goes back to work and loving every second of it.

We’ll be back soon with more updates on how life is now with our little bundle – stay tuned!! Follow along our journey on my Instagram too, I’ll be posting a LOT on there!

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HALF WAY through my pregnancy

I am officially 20 weeks pregnant!! I am halfway through, and honestly I have mixed emotions. I LOVE being pregnant – I love my bump, how my body is changing and adapting to grow our babe, feeling babe move around, and knowing this little bean started out as big as a chia seed is now as big as a banana.

But at the same time, I can’t WAIT to meet this cutie. We’ve dreamed about the day we’ll meet the baby and see what they grow up and become in this world!!

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almost 20 weeks!

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