Monday, June 9, 2014


Since my blog is overdue on reporting all things Ansley, I thought I'd write down a few milestones, or at least what a new mommy considers a big deal! This post is really just for me, so I can keep track of things before I forget them! I can update this when I want to, and it won't get lost in all the clutter on my counter!

Height & Weight Stats:
Birth: 7 lb. 2 oz., 20 in.
One Month: 9 lb. 7 1/2 oz., 21 1/4 in.
Two Months: 11 lb. 6 oz. (75%), 22 3/4 in. (75%)

  • March 10 Day 1 - 15 ml
  • March 11 Days 2-3 - 30 ml
  • March 13 Days 4-5 - 45 ml
  • March 15 Days 6-8 - 60 ml
  • March 18 Days 9-11 - 75 ml
  • March 21 Days 12-31 - 90 ml (3 oz.)
  • April 10 Days 32-54 3.5 oz.
  • May 2 Days 55-June 30 4.0 oz.
  • June 30 - Present 6.0 oz.

Important dates:
March 14 - First sponge bath at home
April 1 - Umbilical cord fell off
April 4 - First real tub bath!
April 16 - Moved into size 1 diapers
April 18 - Ansley smiles for the first time- at Daddy!
April 19 - First smile for Mommy
April 20 - Moved into 0-3 month clothes
June 10 - Rolled over from back to tummy
June 20 - Rolled over consistently from back to tummy
June 25 - First laugh
July 5 - Size 2 diapers!
July 10 - Wearing mostly 3-6 month clothes
August 15 - Size 3 diapers!
August 20 - First solid food (peas)
August 21 - Rolled over from back to tummy to back
September 15 - wearing some 6-9 month clothes
October 7 - Sitting alone well
November 17 - Began eating solids (puffs)
December 9 - Began crawling well
December 26 - Transition to new carseat!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Half-Year Milestones

Ansley is now six months old! Yes, the last time I posted she was only 4 months old. It has been a while since I've had a break!

We started back to school at the beginning of August, and Ansley started staying with Ms. Shelly, a wonderful babysitter who also watches her cousin Caroline. Ansley loves it at Ms. Shelly's house, which is good for both of us! I cried the first few days I had to leave her there, but I know she is in good hands and has fun interacting with other babies. It's really the best situation we could ask for right now.

In the weeks since I've posted, Ansley has been busy! She can log roll now (all the way over), and can sit by herself for short periods of time. When Kevin took her to her six month appointment (while I worked! :( ), the pediatrician said that because of her size, she will probably sit, pull up, and walk later than some other babies. What?! I have two friends whose babies are crawling and pulling up now, and they are little tanks! Maybe Ansley will prove them wrong. Speaking of her size, Ansley is now 18 1/2 lbs and 27 in. long. That's 90th percentile for both! Even though she's on the larger end, she still fits in to the clothing for her size. She can still wear a lot of 3-6 month things, but is also wearing 6-9 month clothes, too.

First taste of peas!

Ansley also reaches for things easily, and grabs whatever is in her reach. Then she will wave it up and down and bang it on the floor or table, wherever she happens to be! She has successfully grabbed papers I was grading, lettuce leaves from my salad plate, napkins, advertisements- you name it, she's grabbed (and probably taken a bite of!) it. She has shown such an interest in real food in the last two months. When you are eating or drinking something she will watch you like a hawk. She's tried to steal Chick-fil-A waffle fries right out of my hand, so be warned!

Ansley has also shown signs of teething for about three months now, but no teeth yet. She is constantly drooling and chewing, but there is no sign of a little white tooth about to poke through. She is on her way to eating real food, though! Rice cereal was started at 4 months, and at about 5 1/2 months, due to some tummy issues, we got the go-ahead to begin some vegetables. Her first baby food was sweet peas, and she loved them! Sure, the first bite threw her off a little bit, but after she got the hang of it she all but licked the bowl clean! Since then she has tried carrots, green beans, squash, bananas, pears, peaches, and sweet potatoes. She even tried prunes for a short while to help her tummy. It definitely helped, perhaps a little too much! So no more prunes unless absolutely necessary!

Ansley also caught her first cold, not surprising with her being around other kids and me TEACHING kids all day. But it has seemed to last for weeks, something I'm not too excited about! We've had to suction her nose daily, which will send her into a rage. Poor thing screams almost every time!

Our sweet girl smiles and laughs all the time now, especially when you razz on her tummy. Ansley loves to razz, too, and will make all kinds of silly noises when she's in the mood. When she "talks", she is as loud as can be, and seems to enjoy the sounds she makes. She sounds like she is saying "ma-ma-ma-ma-ma" a lot of the time, but others it is all mixed-up babble. She has been "kissing" us for about two months now, offering her sweet kisses when she is feeling lovey. Of course, her kisses are more like big licks and slobbers on your cheek, nose, or mouth, but she is being so sweet that who could care?! In the last six weeks, she has been known to grab my or Kevin's face when she feels the need, and deliberately kiss away! It is the absolute sweetest, and it melts my heart.
At her cousin Caroline's first birthday party

We are so in love with our little girl and our little family, and are constantly remarking "Isn't she at such a fun age?!" Of course, I think we will continue to be amazed with her progress and personality as the months go on, and be even more in love with her down the road. Doesn't quite seem possible, does it? Love you, little girl.

Six Month Stats
Bedtime: 9:00pm
Wake Up Time: Between 6:00 and 6:30am
Naps: A short morning nap (never more than 1 hour), and a longer afternoon nap (usually around 1 1/2 - 3 hours)
Bottles: 6 oz bottles 5x/day (when she wakes up in the morning, around noon, around 3, again around 6, and one before bedtime)
Meals/Solids: Eats breakfast at 9 am and dinner at 7 pm
New Foods: (Since began solids at 5 1/2 months) Peas, Carrots, Green Beans, Squash, Bananas, Pears, Apples, Peaches, Sweet Potatoes, Prunes, and Oatmeal
Developmental Milestones & "Firsts": Rolling over from back-tummy-back, sitting up
Favorite Toys: My Pal Violet, The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Some Favorites

We had professional photos taken for Ansley at three months. We LOVED how they turned out! Take a look at a few of my favorites:

Ansley Growing Up

To Ansley,

You are now four months old! I can't believe it has been that long since they handed you to me in the hospital and I kissed your warm little cheek.

It has gone by in the blink of an eye, but so much has happened and you fill your daddy's and my life with so much joy.

You are a girl of many nicknames: I call you Sweet Pea, Darlin', and Sweetheart. To Daddy you are Love Bug or Punkin'. Grandpa Terry calls you "Ans". But to all of us, you are a sweet, precious girl that overflow our hearts with love and pride.

Right now you are fascinated with your feet and toes, and grab them at every opportunity. You have been rolling over from your back to your tummy, always to the right. Once you've rolled over, though, you don't have much patience. You want to get going, but don't know how to move just yet! You love to talk and grin, especially in the mornings! One of Daddy's and my favorite things to do is scoop you up in the mornings and put you between us in the bed. You giggle and smile and give us a great start to the day.

We sing and read to you all the time. Your favorite songs seem to be "Bananaphone", "She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain", "If You're Happy and You Know It", and the "Itsy Bitsy Spider". Daddy also made up a special song about you standing up, and I will have to videotape it soon! You always smile when we sing it.

You also have learned to give "kisses". When someone asks for a kiss or "some sugar" (and you are in the mood!), you open your mouth wide and give a sweet, sloppy kiss. Sometimes you lick us, too! Violet is your buddy and you are fascinated by her.

Your four month check-up was last Friday, July 9th, and you were measured and checked over. Dr. Becknell says you are a very healthy, happy baby! You measured 26 inches (90th percentile for height), and 15 lb. 2 oz. (75th percentile for weight). You definitely are getting the height from daddy! You are so long, but still fit into some 0-3 month clothes and most of your 3-6 month clothes. Some are even a little big on you! You also started cereal (7/9), and although you were a little skeptical at first, you seem to like it now.

Above all, Mommy and Daddy love you with whole hearts, and are very excited to see you grow and learn new things. Your smile melts us, and when you talk to us, we feel blessed to hear what you have to say. You are a precious gift from the Lord, and I am so proud to be your Mommy.

All My Love

How I've Grown

Ansley, this is how you've grown over the past year!

12 Weeks - August 2009

20 Weeks - October 2009
27 Weeks - December 2009
39 Weeks - March 9, 2010
The Day Before You Arrived!
Newborn Ansley
March 18, 2009
One Month Old
April 2010
Two Months Old
May 2010
Three Months Old
June 2010
Four Months Old
July 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

Road Trip!

On July 1, Ansley began her first road trip. My extended family live in Indiana and hadn't been able to get down to meet her yet, so I planned to drive up and spend some time with them. Kevin had to stay and take care of his mom who had a biopsy. So Ansley spent her first time on the road with Mommy and Grandma. We make this trip every Christmas, and draw it out for two days to make it a little more enjoyable. But because we only had a few days, our plan was to drive all the way through in one day. Sounds good, but neither of us really believed it would happen.

Ansley did AWESOME! We left at about 7:30, stopped for lunch at Chick-fil-A, and then once more for a stretch break at a rest stop. Other than about an hour and a half period in the car, she slept the ENTIRE TIME. Mom and I couldn't believe our luck! We arrived at my mom's parents at about 4:30 and started our family fun. Here are some pictures from our adventures:

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Ansley & The Indiana Crusade

Well folks. Ansley is on her first road trip. After a whirlwind summer, we finally got to go see my relatives in Indy. Mom and I are the only ones who were able to go, and Ansley got to meet my family for the first time. Stories of our adventures coming soon!

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