Category Archives: month by month

week by week: 23-26 weeks

well here i am at the tail end of my 26th week. i can’t believe i am going to be starting my THIRD trimester here in a couple days. how is that possible? i feel like this just started… but then again that last trimester always goes the slowest. i realized in my last post that i didn’t say one thing about this new baby. poor baby 😦 with two kids at home, work and my side business i find it hard to focus on this baby and this pregnancy. don’t get me wrong, i focus a lot on their rooms, logistics of routines, things we need, etc. but the actual baby… hasn’t been dreamed up like my last two (baby if you read this someday, i promise i love you just as much :)). maybe it’s because i don’t know the gender? maybe it’s because i am just so busy? maybe i need to go to prenatal yoga and spend at least an hour a week focusing solely on this little bundle. so here, i will focus this post on THIS pregnancy and THIS baby!

this little one has been moving around a lot lately. i have felt it’s little kicks since about 17 weeks. i can see the kicks now from the outside which i love. those baby kicks are something so special and i sweat this baby knows when to calm my nerves. i will be driving in the car and all of a sudden think “i haven’t felt the baby kick today… have i?” and then i will kind of hold silent and then the baby gives me a little kick, as if to say “mom, i am here, don’t you worry”. i do day dream about snuggling and sleeping with this baby a lot. although i am sure that naps during the day won’t as much i still do long for those newborn snuggles.

i have their coming home outfit all ready (not packed). if it’s a boy, i have the cutest little bonnet from a local maker that i love wee vintage baby, and then of course if it’s a girl, she will be wearing a third peach co bow. we are trying to figure out when to transition poppy into bastian’s room. honestly, i am not in any hurry and i don’t want to feel rushed into trying to push her in there. she is way to immature right now to be in a bed, but maybe as the months go by she will show me differently. basitan was about 2.5 years when i put him in a big kid bed. so maybe poppy will be ready by the time i want to transition the baby into their crib. we will see…

i have my glucose test next week. since i had gestational diabetes with poppy i have a 60% chance of having it again with this baby. i am not really going to beat myself up over it or freak out about it. i was able to manage it just fine with poppy and so i know i can with this one as well. the toughest part will be to be on a schedule with eating when i have both kids. my guess is next time i post about this pregnancy i will know whether i have it or not.

overall this pregnancy has been pretty easy and has gone so fast. i have the normal aches and pains that all pregnant women have. i sleep just fine, workout still and overall feel pretty good!

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miss poppy: 12 months

our sweet girl is one year old. one. year. people. how did that happen so fast?! and the crazy thing is, ever since her birthday she acts like she is a big girl! she just seems older (sad face) BUT with that big girl personality come some super adorable behaviors. here is what our girl has been doing:

  • she loves to dance. her shoulders really get into it but her face usually remains sober
  • she is loving her dollies. she carries them around and rocks and pats them. i mean, it’s the cutest thing ever and i secretly love that she loves dolls… because i might have a doll obsession myself and i might have a them all in storage in my basement and it might be the best day ever when we can play barbies and american girl dolls together… just saying.
  • she weighs 19.5 lbs. and is 29.25 ins. tall.
  • she talks a lot and although sometimes we think she says something clear as day, she hasn’t been saying much other than babble
  • she loves chairs. haha. she likes to get up on bastian’s everywhere chair and pull her dollies up there with her and then climb down and do it again and again.
  • she loved her first birthday party (shared with her brother) and loved opening presents. she really liked smashing and squishing her cake but didn’t eat too much. i am sure that sweet tooth with come 🙂
  • she has started to throw little fits when you take something away from her and she throws her head back and usually ends up hurting herself haha. i mean it’s not funny that she bonks her head… but those tantrums are so sweet compared to the ones when they are 3 🙂
  • she sleeps good, with the occasional wake ups, but naps great and is overall a really well behaved little girl! i can’t complain!

we are so lucky to have poppy in our lives. she is so funny and independent. the past year has been one of the best i must say. we are so excited to see the little girl you grow into. we love you so much little poppy girl!

miss poppy: 11 months

our sweet little poppy is 11 months old! her personality is really coming out and let me tell you, she thinks she’s a pretty big deal. she didn’t want to smile for me in this picture, of course, but at least she sat still! here are the adorable things poppy has been doing the past month.

  • she is walking! if you follow me on instagram, you saw the adorable video i posted of her walking for the first time.
  • with the walking came some serious confidence. she pushes the grocery cart and other wheely things around with a big smile on her face.
  • she is sleeping great still minus the occasional middle of the night wake up.
  • she loves to talk to herself. she isn’t saying anything totally recognizable yet, but i am sure she thinks she is!
  • she is starting to make funny faces and it’s adorable. she puckers her lips and breathes hard through her nose and we all laugh and it just encourages her to keep going.
  • she likes to whine just about anything. she is much more dramatic than bastian ever was… but it’s pretty cute still haha. i am sure in 1 year i won’t be saying that.
  • she mimics everything bastian does, from driving cars and trains to playing with hockey sticks.
  • her favorite foods are apple sauce, dried fruit, any kind of meat or fish, cheerios, and waffles… i wish she liked veggies more!
  • we are getting ready to plan the kids birthday party. how is she about to turn 1? waaah?! and i am trying to figure out how to make both of their birthdays special without overshadowing one another.

poppy is so much fun and usually up for any adventure. she loves to hang out with her big brother and she has made family life that much more entertaining. poppy i can’t believe you are going turn one in one short month. i remember the day you were born like it was last week! although letting go of your babyhood is soooo sad 😦 i am so excited to see what kind of little girl you turn into. you are a force to be reckoned with and i know nothing will stand in your way… even if it’s a chair when you are trying to push the grocery cart around the living room 🙂

miss poppy: 10 months

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little miss poppy is now double digits! i say this every month, but time is really going so fast. poppy is just such a little force in our household. it’s pretty impossible to take her picture these days, and she didn’t want to smile for me today 🙂 here are the wonderful things poppy has been doing:

  • she finally likes baths again! she is roaming the tub which she loves and likes to splash and stand up
  • she loves to dance and loves music. she wiggles when music comes on and looks at us to make sure we are watching
  • she has been sleeping through the night which is nice
  • she is so close to walking. she stands and balances for long periods of time and has taken small steps but she is still a little unsure
  • she loves to walk behind our toy grocery cart and prefers to walk behind the walker instead of walking in the walker
  • she babbles a lot and talks like she is carrying on a conversation but doesn’t really call either of us (mama/dada) by name yet
  • she still thinks bastian is pretty great even though they have the quarrels. i think once she is big enough to fight back… bastian will have another thing coming
  • she is pretty serious and doesn’t give many people smiles but she can also be so goofy! when she is at home she really hams it up
  • she still loves to eat but has started to get more picky, which still is still more food than her brother will eat

poppy is so much fun to be around and a really good little baby. sleeps, eats, naps and plays well which makes me happy! she is the dearest little girl and i couldn’t imagine not having her in our family. two months and we will be celebrating her first birthday… tear 😦

poppy’s bow: Third Peach Co | shoes: Belle and the Bear

miss poppy: 8 months

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our dear little poppy is 8 months old. i can’t believe how fast she changes. here are some of the awesome things poppy is doing:

  • she is a little crawler! she started crawling a couple weeks ago and is now pulling herself up onto the stairs… lovely 🙂
  • she loves to look at books; she talks to them and squeals with excitement
  • she now refuses baby food, she only will eat little chunks of food
  • she likes to feed herself too!
  • some foods she has tried include: chicken, steak, salmon, ground beef, carrots, potatoes, pears, beans, bananas, avocado
  • she makes these little squawking noises like she is talking to herself and she also moves her mouth without making any noises like she thinks she is talking, it’s adorable
  • she is sleeping pretty good still. she wakes up once a night to eat, although the past week it was 2 times… teeth?
  • she has two little bottom teeth and they are sharp 😉
  • she likes to walk around holding onto our hands. she thinks she is so big and gets the cutest little smile across her face while she is walking
  • she had a great christmas and loved getting into bastian’s new toys. he does not love it that much though haha
  • she is such a happy girl
  • she does get mad when we take something away from her. it’s really cute; she clinches her fists and grits her teeth and makes a little growl noise in rage haha.

oh poppy, you bring such joy to our family. its so amazing to see your personality evolve. you are such a special little girl and you fill my heart to the top. i can’t bare to be away from you and look forward to see that adorable smiling face in the morning.

miss poppy: 7 months

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my sweet miss poppy is 7 months old (a week late :|) she is just about perfect in my eyes. i mean this girl really has me in her palm, i can’t get enough of her. here are the awesome things poppy has been doing the past month:

  • she got her first tooth! and then another one came right after! wow… two teet, tear
  • she is on the move! she isn’t doing a traditional crawl yet, but she almost army crawls. i sweat in this first year, your baby can change in a matter of days, tear
  • she is a little talker. she is saying “yayaya” and “dadada” (whaaa? not fair) and all sorts of squeaks and squeals
  • she kind of dances in her little bouncer. she waves her head back and forth and stomps her little feet and it’s of course adorable
  • she loves her brother. even though the picture below doesn’t say that haha, she thinks he’s the best
  • she really likes to play with toys, putting toys into things and taking them out. she tries really hard to get the stacking stars back on the ring
  • she sleeps like a good girl now! yay! it’s kind of hit and miss if she sleeps completely through the night but otherwise she wakes just once to nurse
  • she is starting to get mad when people take toys or things away from her. i know there will be some big fights once she is mobile and can take bastian’s toys
  • she is eating solid foods and is now finally starting to like them. it took quite a bit longer for poppy to get into solids than it did for bastian. she likes sweet potatoes, avocados and is completely obsessed with this sauerkraut that my sister makes… funny huh?!

brian and i just can’t handle how much we adore poppy. we could watch her do cute baby things all day long. i find myself being so sad about her growing older. when parents say they wish they could freeze time, i 100% feel it with poppy. she is growing up too fast, and i will blink and she will be one. seriously, i am so sad about it! haha.

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miss poppy: 6 months

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our little poppy girl is half a year old (tear) and i don’t even know how that is possible. i feel like she was a tiny itty bitty baby just weeks ago. here are the wonderful things she has been doing the past month:

  • she was 15lbs at her 6 month check-up, 30% for weight and 37% for height
  • she still drools like a waterfall, her cute outfits last an hour
  • she has started to say “mmmm-aaaahhh-mmm” although i don’t think she is saying mama, i still like it 🙂
  • she can sit up on her own, she will take a tumble right on her face though if she’s not focusing
  • she has tried solids for the first time a couple days ago and she seems to be into it. she wasn’t too crazy about beets, but she does like sweet potatoes. she still spits it out but she’s getting the hang of it!
  • she loves to put things in her mouth and has started to go for her brother’s toys
  • she can roll around and is close to pushing herself up onto her hands and knees
  • she has had some bad nights of sleep, but then some good nights also. she is swaddled with one arm in and one arm out. i will work that second arm out here soon… ugh i hate that transition
  • she loves her brother so much and thinks he’s the funniest one in the house

poppy is just the best addition to our family. i look down at both of my kids playing together and wonder how i got so lucky.

miss poppy: 5 months

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this little doll baby is 5 months old! i can’t believe she is almost half a year… where has the time gone? she is just a little ball of light in our house and we can’t get enough of her bright smile and infectious laugh. here are some of the things miss poppy is doing this month:

  • she is sleeping in her crib ( 😦 ) she has done pretty well, but has her bad nights also.
  • she rolls around and tries to use her legs to help her get to toys
  • she reaches for things that we are holding
  • she gets startled by things and makes the funniest noise of fright
  • she thinks bastian is the funniest guy ever. he generally isn’t even doing anything, she just laughs when she sees him
  • she loves to stand, i think she is really proud of how big she seems when she’s standing
  • she likes to hold toys and wave them back and forth in front of her, it’s really cute
  • everything goes in her mouth, and everything comes out of that mouth including: drool (lots and lots of drool), spit up and more drool

poppy is very sweet and we just love her to pieces. i feel like her babyhood is just slipping away so quickly. it makes me sad, but also excited to see the little girl she will grow into.

ps. little girl is wearing a third peach co bow in her hair, isn’t it adorable 🙂

miss poppy: 4 months

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miss poppy is 4 months old (last week)! she is so precious and is doing so many cute little baby things i just can’t get enough of her!

  • she rolls over both ways and rolled half way across the rug when i was in the other room, so i really can’t leave her unattended for too long haha
  • she is holding her feet and trying to eat them
  • she loves to hold toys and try to put them to her mouth, her favorite right now is sofie and this little cloth star that makes crinkle noises
  • she sits in the bumbo chair and seems to like it
  • she is a drooling machine… extreme shirt soaker
  • she loves to talk and is now making bubble noises with her drool
  • she loves bastian and thinks he’s so so funny
  • she is a smiley girl and squeals in happiness a lot
  • she is starting to notice the animals in her life (our cats and grandma’s dog)
  • she still loves to go outside and rock or just look up at the trees
  • she is so sweet in the morning when she wakes up, she stretches so big when i get her out of her swaddle and she just smiles and talks to us

everything this girl does makes me love her more and more. she just brightens up my day the moment i see her. i just want to kiss her a million times a day. her drool doesn’t even bother me haha. can we talk about how silly that there was ever a controversy over that mom kissing her child on the lips… because i can’t get enough of my kids sweet lips! her babyhood going by so fast and it makes me so sad, but i can’t wait to see what kind of girl she becomes.

miss poppy: 3 months

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this little nugget is three months old! she is such a happy girl and i seriously can’t get enough of her. it kind of makes my heart want to burst when i think about her. here are some of the lovely things about poppy right now:

-she likes to talk now and makes the cutest little squeaks
-she will smile at anyone and gives a little squeal to say hello
-she will nap in her crib but still sleeps in her rock n’play at night
-she is waking up once a night to eat and then right back to bed
-she doesn’t have a schedule like bastian did because she is more on the go
-she loves bath time and i had to move her baby bath tub from the counter to the big tub because she was splashing all over
-she took her first road trip to Minnesota and she did wonderfully in the car
-she doesn’t mind tummy time if she gets to be propped up on the boppy pillow
-she likes to stand up and look around and prefers to face out when held

poppy has proven to be a little doll baby. i can’t stop kissing her and trying to make her smile. i wish time would slow down, because before i know it she will be too big to sleep in my arms. ugh, i don’t even want to think about it 😦

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