Monday, June 30, 2014

8 Months Old!

Our baby girl is 8 months old today!  Here are some pictures from just a couple hours old to 8 months so you can see how she's grown.

Monthly Rounds
8 Month Summary

Milestones: crawling, standing, first tooth, actually starting to enjoy some solids, says "mama," "dada," "baba," and I'm almost positive she says "meow"- or at least her version of it

Likes: Neil (obviously) and just cats in general, meowing, babies, attempting to put small or dangerous items in her mouth, singing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider", turning pages, bananas, going outside, taking glasses off of your face, being tickled, turning off light switches

Dislikes: diaper changes, when bath time ends, her carseat and car rides (which means I equally hate car rides)

Life now-a-days: I've created a safe zone in our living room where Violet can play without fear of cracking her head open.  Basically I've made a floodwall consisting of twenty-five pillows that barricade her in on two sides and our sofa provides the other two walls.  For about a day she crawled and played within this area without questioning what life was like outside these walls.  Now, despite littering her play area with toys, all she wants to do is climb over the mountain of pillows to the other side where she attempts to speed crawl away in whatever direction our cat is going.  Even though Violet tries to eat his ears and tail every chance she gets, Neil continues to provide her with escape routes and the encouragement to follow through to the other side.  

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Separation Anxiety

Last night we got our first taste of separation anxiety.  Let me just say that last night was worse than any of the teething nights by far.  We were up for hooouuurrrsss in and out of Violet's room.  I fed her a couple times.  I gave her cold pacifiers.  (Pop those babies in the freezer and she loves them--especially if she's actually teething).  I changed her diaper.  I brought her in our bed.  I sang to her.  I held her.  I gave her some Hyland's teething tablets.  These are the tried and true tricks up my sleeve and not a one worked this time.  By 2 a.m., I was the one suffering from separation-from-sleep anxiety.

So, in honor of Throwback Thursday, I thought I'd post some pictures of Violet sleeping like an angel baby.

The Land of Nod Knit Grey Ombre Blanket

Aden and Anais Muslin Swaddle Blanket (similar)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Weekend Work & Manic Monday

Another weekend come and gone.  Jon and I (mostly Jon) used it as an opportunity to finally cross some things off our honey do list.  Violet spent most of her time being fussy teething.  
Of course the power had to go out right at bedtime on Sunday.  Thankfully it wasn't out for long- but just long enough for me to realize how much I depend on the white noise soundtrack we play on loop in Violet's room.  V was very vocal about not wanting to go to bed under these new conditions by standing at the end of her crib yelling like a billy goat.  I really think she just yells to see how high-pitched she can get.  (And in case you're wondering, I'm pretty sure there are dogs in the neighborhood whimpering at her high frequency calls.)

 Although a bottom tooth appears to be peaking through, Monday has been a much smoother day for Violet (and therefore for me).  Violet, though not even 8 months, just takes one nap a day.  That solitary nap is the only time I have to get anything done around the house.  Usually I can expect about an hour and a half out of her.  Somedays however, my faith in the good Lord is restored when V takes a nap for longer than two hours.  Today was one of those days!  (Can I get a hallelujah, amen?)
She even let me put her in her jumper for about 5 minutes while I threw a load of laundry in the wash.  I hear many babies are endlessly amused in their jumpers.  Not my child.

 It always starts out like this...

Soothie Pacifier Clip

And ends like this...

Oh the humanity.  I think it's the music this thing plays.  I know it makes me want to stick needles in my eyes.  (This is only a slight exaggeration.) 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Long Days & Short Months

So this is day one of The Polk Folk.  I've been wanting (for about 7.5 months) to start a blog to document our life with our new(ish) angel baby.  However, life took hold and everything nonbaby was put on the back burner.  
Violet is now nearing her 8th month and I finally have time to blog  (haha yeah right).  Violet is seriously active.  She is nonstop.  She crawls and pulls herself up to stand.  She seems to understand no, and also that she wants to ignore it.  She's predictable until you think you have finally figured her out, then she changes.  And she loves us, her parents, but she loves our cat more.