Saturday, December 3, 2016

etta mae is 7 months

happy december all.  this is my favorite time of year, hands down, and having this little bit here with us this year has made it even more wonderful.  i swear i dont understand it but she is the sweetest, most content and smily kid ive ever seen.  i just adore her.  over the thanksgiving holiday she just won everyone over with her smiles and coos and how she'd bounce unceasingly in her jumper while we all scurried around cooking and preparing.  
she is sitting very well now but has not really shown any progress toward crawling.  and this is fine with me, by the way, since having two mobile children will be so so different than having one mobile kid and one stationary kid.  she will try to get up on her hands and knees and she flops her arms and legs up and down all together while squawking.  its so cute and it makes me kinda say 'oh how cute, you want to move' in a condescending way in my head.    

she loves to eat and she has tried alot of things by now.  its funny but i think i knew exactly what eden had eaten by seven months.  with etta, i am trying hard to think of all the things ive thrown her way.  she loves oats and bananas and carrots and zucchini.  she is not a huge fan of avocado yet which makes me sad, but i will keep trying since liking avocado is a must in the agaba family.  
she loves to bounce in the johnny jump up and in her exer-saucer.  she squawks and chirps and smiles up at me when i walk through the room.
oh and by far, her best smiles go to eden.  they have such a sweet relationship already. eden tries so hard to be gentle and it just seems like etta is so patient with her.  eden will climb in etta's bed to wake her up at the end of a nap or in the morning and etta just glance at me with this knowing look in her eyes. 'shes trying mom, she really is.' 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Mad Hatter Tea Party

a few weekends ago a bunch of us threw a mad hatter tea party for ourselves our kids.  i would write it up, but christine does such a great job that i am just linking to her post here, and, for posterity.  

oh, and her video below! 

wonderland from Christine Lu on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

etta mae is 6 months old

here i am again, marveling that a baby of mine has been alive for half of a year!  half of a YEAR! i remember feeling like it was impossible when eden reached this age.  it seemed like such a significant point to me.  a six month old is so much bigger than a new baby.  i know im going round and round here but this really is an age that makes me realize that my kid is on her way to being a big girl. and it makes me more and more resolved to notice EVERYTHING. 
etta mae is just really really delightful.  she sleeps in her crib in the room she shares with eden.  its such a sweet feeling to have them sharing a room and to peek my head in right before i go to bed and see them both in there.  etta sleeps really well and really reliably from 7:30pm until about 6am. (unless she is sick, which she is right now.  then all bets are off) i feed her at 6am ish and then let her doze a bit more until her sister wakes up closer to 7.  its a nice little rhythm. 
and for the record, since i love to come back to these posts for reference, at 6 months her schedule is as follows.

6 something, first feeding of the day and then back down for a few more snoozes 

7:00 her day begins.  she eats bananas with coconut oil and cinnamon for breakfast most mornings.  then she plays and squawks until her nap 

9:00 down for her first nap. sometimes she does not make it all the way to 9 but most days its just about spot on

11:00  up from nap.  sometimes she has slept all the way to 11, and sometimes she has been awake for 30 min or so.  feeding and then a lunch of butternut squash with olive oil and garlic or sweet potatoes cooked in coconut oil or honey nut squash.  we have not done many green veggies yet, mostly orange ones.  i think ill whip up some zucchini soon and see if she loves it the same way her sister did...which was alot!  then she plays or jumps and is just so much fun until she starts to lose it at around 12:45

1:00 down for her second nap, which she sleeps really really hard. 

3:00 up from her nap, another feeding, and we typically play outside till early evening.  she loves being outside so we go to the park or walk or just stay in the front yard.    

5:00 a quick cat nap which is super essential to helping her make it to bed time. 

5:45 up from the nap, a feeding and some dinner with the family.  then sometimes a bath or sometimes just playing until bedtime at 7:30. 
she is SO quick to smile.  pretty much all you have to do is look at her and make a silly noise and her eyebrows will go up and a huge smile will just take over her little face.  its just a huge gift to have instant joy at my disposal every day.  i have said it before that i really really needed a boost in joy these last few months and she provides such a quick fix.
etta mae we love you so much and just cant wait to be with you each day!  thank you for being such a wonderful addition to team agaba. 


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