Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ELEA HOLBROOK 6 MONTHS

6 MONTHS  
August 12, 2017 


 Height: ?? inches
Weight:?? pounds




Likes: 
  • Rolling everywhere
  • Playing with her tongue 
  • Making a motorboat sound with her moth
  • Doing supermans on her tummy (core strength!) 
  • The pool and being in the water 
  • Grabbing, eating, and playing with her feet 
  • Sitting up 

  • Still likes...
  • Laughing at her brother 
  • Tummy time 
  • Nursing 
  • Baths!  
  • Mornings
  • Sucking her hands/fingers 
  • Turning to her left side 
  • Squealing, talking, and cooing 
  • Standing (with assistance) 
  • Pacifier before she goes to sleep 
  • Walks in the stroller







Dislikes: 
  • When Tae takes things from her 
  • Facing inward when you hold her 
  • Being frustrated


Sleep
  • Is able to self-sooth (most of the time) 
  • Out of the sleepsuit 
  • Naps pretty well, has been napping in the carrier a lot with the move to China 

  • Still...
  • loves to be held while she sleeps (who am I kidding...I love it too!) 
  • Pretty much sleeps through the night (7ish-7ish), only to wake up for feedings 


Eating: 
  • Right before she turned 6 months she had a bottle and formula for the first time 
  • Sucked/gnawed a red pepper and celery
  • On a much more consistent schedule...nursing every three hours   
  • "Dreamfeeds" once during the night
  • With the move she is nursing much more during the night 


Favorite Moments: 
  • This month was the first time she has purposefully laughed at Tae.  He can really get her going by jumping in front of her or just getting in her face.  You can see the love she has for him (and vice versa) in the way they look at each other.  
  • Introducing her to family and friends.  She met so many people and was so calm and happy.   




Firsts: 
  • Met Mimi and Fafa, Uncle Benn, Aunt Hyesuk, and Grace 
  • Time (actually) jumping in the jumper 
  • Attempts at crawling 
  • Food (gnawed on a slice of red pepper)  
  • Time in China  
  • Taking a bottle and having formula 



Mommy Thoughts: 
This month was a big one for our sweet girl. She met more family, sat up independently, and we moved across the world.  She is such a calm and happy baby, which made the whole move quite easy.  She made some big adaptions this month--me going back to work, taking a bottle, and having formula during the day.  She is starting to show her personality.  She definitely is a tough one, Tae (lovingly) treats her like a rag doll and she holds her own.  She recently started pulling his hair in return!  Also, she has taken all this change like a champ. I think it was harder for me to leave her than it was for her.

Each day with her is truly a blessing. Being back at work I savor every second I get with her. Nursing is one of my favorite times because it's just me and her.  She is so smiley and happy when we walk around, go out to eat, or hang out at new friends' apartments, so I enjoy some quality cuddles and alone time with her. 




































Wednesday, July 26, 2017

TAE TALKS

Lately Tae has been saying some pretty funny things, and I don't want to forget them.  I'm going to TRY and remember to jot down things he says periodically in Tae Talks...


Jess always gives Tae a countdown until bedtime (10 minutes and then 5 minutes).  He must be getting the hang of it because the other day I said I was going to put Elea down for a nap soon he walked up to her and told her, "Five minutes Elea." with his hand up.



My parents' have a dinner farm bell that he has wanted to hit for awhile.  I told him it is too loud to do in the house so we could do it outside. After he rang the bell he yelled, "Acorde people!"  Acorde is Portuguese for wake up.  I died laughing.  





Elea started to cry in the car and Tae looked at her and told her, "Stop cry. Dry your eyes Elea." I guess he's heard me say it a few times to him. 



Tae and I were sitting on the back porch and I put my hands behind my head in the lounge chair and said, "This is the life." to myself.  The next thing I know, Tae is mimicking me with his hands behind his head and saying, "This is the life."  Right you are my son, right you are. 




Photo Cred: Joshua and Aaron Photography

ELEA HOLBROOK 5 MONTHS

5 MONTHS  
July 12, 2017 


 Height: 26 inches
Weight:16 pounds




Likes: 
  • Laughing at her brother
  • Putting any and everything in her mouth
  • Drooling 

  • Still likes...
  • Tummy time 
  • Nursing 
  • Baths!  
  • Mornings
  • Bouncing and rocking on the exercise ball (just like her big bro)
  • Sucking her hands/fingers 
  • Turning to her left side 
  • Squealing, talking, and cooing 
  • Standing (with assistance) 
  • Baby Sit-ups
  • Pacifier before she goes to sleep 
  • Walks in the stroller











Dislikes: 
  • Not being able to roll back to her back 

Sleep
  • Is able to self-sooth (most of the time) 
  • Still sleeps in the Magic Sleep Suit 
  • On a pretty set schedule of 1.5 hours wake time 

  • Still...
  • loves to be held while she sleeps (who am I kidding...I love it too!) 
  • Pretty much sleeps through the night (7ish-7ish), only to wake up for feedings 




Eating: 
  • On a much more consistent schedule...nursing every three hours   
  • "Dreamfeeds" once during the night
  • When I hold her at the table while eating she starts licking her lips and smacking her lips together.  I think she's ready to eat! 



Favorite Moments: 
  • This month was the first time she has purposefully laughed at Tae.  He can really get her going by jumping in front of her or just getting in her face.  You can see the love she has for him (and vice versa) in the way they look at each other.  
  • Introducing her to family and friends.  She met so many people and was so calm and happy.   










Firsts: 
  • International flight---we flew back to the US and she was great.  
  • Time in the United States.  Funny to think her first time touching the ground was in Newark 
  • Rolled over from her back to belly.
  • Dip in the pool 
  • Trip to Waffle House 






Mommy Thoughts: 
I am so thankful to have another time around the block.  With Tae I was so anxious with everything I didn't take enough time to enjoy the moments and soak it all in.  I am making sure to do that with Elea...every laugh, cry, playtime, cuddle, and even dirty diapers.  This time really does fly by and I want to remember the moments.  She is truly the happiest baby, but she's also tough thanks to Tae loving on her.  The other day I heard Tae saying, "horse" while I was in the kitchen. I looked over and he was riding her like a horse, she didn't make one peep.  

I pray that I can model how to be a strong, nurturing, loving, confident, and grace filled woman. I want her to know she is beautiful in God's eyes and so unique, never to settler for anything or anyone. I pray that she knows her worth, but also stays humble and seeks after her Father's heart. There is so much I dream for my children, but the most important thing is for them to chase after God's heart and to share their love with this world.