Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Beckett's One Year Photos

We were so blessed to have our wonderful friend from high school, Ellen Magnolia, in town after Thanksgiving. She did an amazing job at capturing our sweet girl for her one year shots. Beckett was a major grump {she was in the process of cutting 3 teeth} during these photos but I swear you'd never know by the stunning shots she got. Here are a few of our favorites! 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Beckett// 12 Months

Beckett //12 Months
Weight// 19.8 lbs
Height// 29 inches

Twelve Month Events// 
I can't believe we have a one year old. Everyone always told me that time flies when you have a baby but I never understood it until I lived it. It feels like I was pregnant like 3 months ago. This has been the most fun year of our lives and it is such a joy watching Beckett learn and grow!

12 month pictures have been the hardest by FAR. I started sweating about 2 minutes in and finally decided to just let her hold the sticker because that's all she wanted to do.
-celebrated Trent's birthday
-celebrated Thanksgiving and ate ALL of the food
-had one year photos taken
-played with Hank, Garret and Aiden
-went to the zoo

Clothes & Diapers //
12 month clothes
size 3 diapers

Health //
Healthy girl! Praise Jesus!
Beckett got 3 new teeth for a total of 8 teeth!! 

Diet //
Down to one bottle before bed. All other meals are combined with a straw cup.
Mixing formula with hemp milk to begin the transition to only hemp milk.

Eats 3 meals and one snack a day- all the same food we eat

Obsessed with "nanas", tacos, chicken, waffles, and puffs

Sleep //
still sleeping awesome.
12 hours at night 7-7
2 naps during the day

Baby Gear Love //
right now she loves anything that ISN'T a baby toy
She loves car keys, water bottles, tylenol bottles

I walked in to the gym nursery the other day and there were two little girls carrying around baby dolls and beckett had a pretend syringe in her hand (future doctor's kid)

Likes // 
being tickled
eating oh my gosh this girl can eat
ripping paper (good thing christmas is coming)

sitting still 

Milestones //
stands by herself
cruising around furniture
uses only straw cups
finds something "dirty" on the ground and will hand it to us
blows on food when i tell her it's hot
new words this month: no no no, bye bye, nana
can sign: eat, milk, all done, please, more
new sounds: elephant, bear, santa 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Beckett's Birth Story {one year later}

I originally wrote this post on 1/3/15 but decided to wait until close to her first birthday to post her birth story. I wanted to post this so that I can go back and re- live this day!

The most empowering, strongest, and best day of my life! 

My due date was 12.15.14 
We waited and waited and waited for Beckett's arrival and she decided she wanted to be fashionably late. We tried every old wives tale to induce labor: pineapple, walked 36 miles in a week, made eggplant parmesan...we did it ALL! 

We went to the Dr. on Dec. 15th and I was 75% effaced but 0cm dilated. I cried. We discussed an induction since I was showing no signs of dilation. I wanted Beckett to be here before Christmas and my Dr. didn't want me going past 41 weeks. 

We set the date for 12.19.14

The "plan" was to go in at midnight, get 2 doses of a medication to help me dilate, the Dr. would break my water, and start me on pitocin. But my HOPE was that after one dose of the medication to help me dilate that my body would go in to labor on it's own. 

Dale and I arrived at the hospital on 12.19 at 12:30am to check in. I was given 1 dose of medication at 1:30 am and tried to get some sleep. I was woken up at 5:55 am and woke Dale up. I said, "either I just peed or my water just broke." I pressed the call button for the nurse and she quickly came in. She checked me and I was 3 cm dilated and now having STRONG, consistent contractions that were 1:30-2:00 min apart. Thankfully I didn't have to have a 2nd dose of medication, didn't have to have them break my water, and didn't need pitocin. My body just needed a teeny kick start!

Dale was so amazing through my entire labor. Dale rubbed my back through each contraction, watched the monitor during my contractions and let me know when they were easing up, and helped me breathe. 

The nurse came in around 7:30am and told me that the CRNA was going in to 2 back to back c-sections and if I wanted an epidural then I needed it NOW. I declined. I wanted to push through and experience EVERY part of labor naturally....and boy I did! 

I continued to have strong contractions until about 9:00am and they kicked in FULL FORCE. I was literally yelling. I'm sure everyone on the L&D floor heard me yelling through each contraction. I called the nurse back in and said, "you have to check me now because I NEED to push." For some reason I was convinced that I would only be 5 cm or so and not be able to push yet.  She checked me and quickly made a call and said, "we have a delivery in room one ready to go!" My dr. wasn't even at the hospital, they had to call him over from the clinic. Luckily, I had amazing nurses and an amazing husband who coached me through the entire process. I continued to yell and finally a nurse said, "instead of yelling, just push" Praise the Lord! Pushing actually felt good, in a weird way! 

Our Doctor and Dale got pretty close through my entire pregnancy and since he knew Dale was in medical school and just completed an OBGYN rotation, he gave Dale a gown and gloves and said, "get ready to deliver your baby girl!"
Dale was holding my hand at the time and the nurse took his spot.

I only had to push for 10 min and Beckett made her debut at 9:42 am and her daddy delivered her which was the most proud moment of Dale's life! Not many kids can say that their daddy delivered them! The nurse handed me the scissors and let me cut her umbilical cord!

What special memories we have of 12.19.14! The Lord blessed us with our beautiful Beckett weighing in at 6 lbs 14 oz, 20 in. long!

I could go back and re-live this day 1,000 more times. We are so thankful for such a beautiful and healthy delivery!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Beckett// 11 Months

Beckett // 11 Months
Weight// 18.6 lbs (weighed at home) 
Height// 29 in? (tried to measure at home but moves a ton)

Eleven Month Details // 
Spent it all in PA with Mimi, Papa, and Auntie K
Celebrated her first Halloween as a strawberry
Went to the Philly Zoo
Started pushing her walker
Went to Knoxville
Went to a petting zoo
Auntie Meg came to visit
Saw Santa
Daddy finished away rotations
Came back to KY! 

Clothes & Diapers //
12 month clothes
size 3 diapers 

Health //
healthy this month! finally
cut 1 more tooth- has 3 teeth on top 

Diet //
bottle 2x a day, sippy cup 2x a day, 3 meals plus a snack.
eats whatever we eat!

we think she has a little issue with dairy. She doesn't act like it bothers her tummy but she always gets a diaper rash when she eats dairy so we've eliminated that from her diet.

Sleep //
i say this every month but she's a wonderful sleeper.
i'm sure we will be cursed with baby #2
time change didn't effect her at all.
still taking 2 naps and sleeps 12 hours at night

Baby Gear Love //
water bottles
baby dolls

Likes //
waving at LITERALLY everyone she sees and people in the store!!
climbing the stairs
pulling up on EVERYTHING
finding little pieces of grass or dirt on the floor and eating it
intentionally dropping her cup off her high chair just so she can say "uh oh"
Giving Polo treats (cutest EVER) I hand her a treat and she leans down to give it to Polo and claps when he takes it from her!!!
Throwing a ball
Mimi's dog Sugar (has the cutest high pitched voice for sugar)

being tired
having anything taken away from her

Milestones //
SO MANY this month so bear with me!!!
walking while holding on to furniture
new words this month:  "hot" "uh oh" "bye bye" "night night" "quack quack" "eyes"
knows what "no" means. she will stop dead in her tracks when I say "no"
makes the cutest squealy voice when she talks to the dogs
will stretch on command (puts arms in the air)
tries to snap
loves to give high fives
signs "please" "all done" and "more"

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Beckett// 10 Months

Beckett // 10 Months
Weight// 17.5 lbs
Height// 28 in
*this is a long post because we've been super busy this month*
Ten Month Events// 
Traveled a TONNNN
Went to Lansing, MI to visit Daddy
Visited with Kate, Jeremy, and Cassidy
Naples, FL to visit Sweet P and Grampy
Kingsport to see Emery and Jennifer
Left for PA for a month to see Mimi, Papa Bear, and Auntie K
pumpkin patch

Clothes & Diapers //
FINALLY size 3 diapers
some 6-9 month clothes mostly 9-12 month
9 month PJs are getting too short so we switched to 12 month

Health //
-ugh Beckett has kept a runny nose since we've been in Louisville The pedi thinks she has allergies and she is on children's claritin once a day.
-every time we leave Lou. her runny nose clears up
-two days ago Beckett threw up for the first time. We think it was a combo of drool and drainage from crying but still it broke my mama heart
-horrible diaper rash STILL. we've literally tried EVERYTHING. I feel so bad for her

Diet //
still gets 4 7oz bottles
3 solids meals a day
this little girl LOVES salmon and broccoli
breakfast is usually eggs, fruit, and a waffle
lunch: turkey and veggies
dinner: leftovers, pasta, or whatever we are eating

Sleep //
2 naps 

Baby Gear Love //
doesn't love much "gear" any more. She actually prefers anything BUT her toys.

Likes //
singing songs
being tickled
eyelashes on people and baby dolls 

putting on coats
diaper changes because of diaper rash

Milestones //
cutting 2 more teeth on top
knows sounds of dogs and monkeys
signs "more" and "please"
says mama, dada, baba, water,
crawls like a champ
pulls to standing
puts her arms up in the air when we say "touchdown tennessee"
dances on command when we say "oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah"

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Beckett// 9 months

Beckett // 9 Months
Weight// 17.5 lbs (gained a whole pound this month!)
Height// 27.5 in

9 Month Events // 
Visited Daddy in Columbus and LOVED it
went to the zoo
went to a pumpkin patch
Daddy came to KY to see us

Clothes & Diapers //
size 2 diapers most of the month but FINALLY switched to size 3!
mostly 6 month outfits since it's been so hot and she still fits in them! but she's pretty much outgrown all of them. 

Health //
this has been a crazy month health wise!
-had her second cold thanks to the church nursery
-spiked a pretty high fever but thanks to skin to skin and tylenol we brought it down pretty quick
-had a horrendous diaper rash and had to go to the doctor. we got a prescription diaper rash cream (that wasn't covered by insurance!!!!!$60 for CREAM!), used corn starch with every diaper change, and gave her a probiotic 2x a day and it cleared right up! 

Diet //
4 liquid meals even though she rarely finishes a bottle
3 solid meals
loves all veggies, fruit, and yogurt melts
she doesn't get too excited about food (just like her daddy) but she doesn't hate anything either (except pureed meat but I don't blame her) so i'll take it! 

Sleep //
still amazing. 7p-7a
dropped her afternoon cat nap
2- 1.5 hour naps during the day

Baby Gear Love //
anything she can chew on
giraffe lovey

Likes //
sleeping with her giraffe
water in ALL forms- bath, pool, drinking water--she loves it all!!
singing and listening to music 

strangers --hello stranger danger
getting strapped in to anything but she's fine once she's in

Milestones //
cut top two teeth
gives hugs--omg cutest thing EVER
Pulling up to standing
Crawling on all 4s 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Beckett// 8 Months

Beckett // 8 Months
Weight// 16.5 lbs 
Height// 27 in
small but mighty!
Eight Month Events // 
wow. this month has been busy busy busy
we traveled to florida to visit daddy
went to the tampa aquarium
louisville zoo
first homearama
daddy stopped through Louisville on his way to Michigan to visit
decided we were moving to louisville
packed up our house in AR and moved to KY!!
lunch with tons of friends

Clothes & Diapers //
some 6 month clothes and some 9 month clothes
size 2 diapers
*switched to honest co. diapers bc Beckett has pretty much kept a diaper rash since day 1. I am kicking myself for not switching her sooner. Her diaper rash has been gone since we switched to honest co!! 

Health //
healthy! no problems!

Diet //
eats 3 solid meals a day and 4 liquid meals
loves ALL food!
prefers drinking out of a normal cup over a sippy cup 

Sleep //
I know our next baby is probably going to be a terrible sleeper since Beckett is such a great sleeper
takes 2 1.5 hour naps a day and sometimes a 30-45 min cat nap in the evening
7:15pm-7:00 am without a peep!

Baby Gear Love //
baby pool
pretend cell phone
mommy's tennis shoes (laces)

Likes //
brushing her teeth
the bath and swimming pool! Water is her jam!
drinking out of big girl cups
feeding herself
people with glasses
itsy bisty spider and patty cake

running water behind her in the bathtub--she literally tries to crawl out of the bath
getting her face cleaned off after eating
staying up past bedtime 

Milestones //
pincer grasp
does "so big" and holds her arms up in the air
clasps her hands and shakes up and down like she wants to clap
waves bye bye
smacks her lips together to gives kisses