Gracia’s Five Months Old

How Big Am I?

Weight/Height/Head: 

Well my guess was almost spot on last month – Gracia is 17.5lbs and 26 inches tall. She is the 90th percentile. She has come a long way from the 4th percentile that she started in. 

 

Clothes: 

She is still keeping up with being true to size wearing clothes sizes 3-6 months. Due to her thickum thighs, she can no longer wear 3 months bottoms. She has to wear 6-9 months sized bottoms. She is also wearing a size 1 shoe. The bulk of her wardrobe is still Carter’s but I am now branching out to other brands these days, now that I feel like she is fitting clothes that are the norm. 

What’s My Routine?

Routine: 

Her routine has not changed much – she still goes to daycare three days a week. Although this past week she was at daycare five day a week. We haven’t been able to shave much time off of getting out the house when she is in tow but we pretty much have a pretty good system on getting out the house no matter how long it takes. 

Specifically on Sundays, I have to get up two hours before I have to be at church. I give her a bottle so that she can feed herself, while I get in the shower, do my hair and make up. She is the last person to get dressed because I am afraid that she will drool, spit up or have a blow out in her diaper before we get out the house, which has happened before. 
These days she just wants to eat everything including her dress. 

Eating: 

We have began to feed Gracie vegetables in addition to her Similac Advanced. 

I have learned that she does not like Green Vegetables at all but loves her Orange veggies. She has had squash, sweet potatoes, peas, rice and oatmeal cereal. 

Sleeping: 

We tried to get Gracia to her own bed within our room, but after a few nights of doing so well, she caught a cold – or so we thought. Definitely an increase in sneezing and snot, so back to our bed she goes for now. When we took her to the doctor, she said it was a result of allergies and not a cold. We have been told to give her Benadryl and to watch her. So we have been doing that. That messed up the great sleep pattern that we had going of sleeping through the night. We are now back to getting up once a night around 2-3 am to eat. 
We have also switched to overnight diapers so that instead of feeding then changing her, we can just give her a bottle and she can go back to sleep.

What Milestones Have I Hit?

I have eaten my first foods this month

I can hold my own bottle with ease

I love to give kisses to mommy and daddy
I am also teething and may have one tooth trying to push through
and I am trying to sit up from a laying down position on my own. 

Events: 

Gracia’s Went To The White House for the Easter Egg Roll

Gracia Went to the Movies –
She has seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Gracia’s First Easter-
and Gracia is getting her ears pierced on Thursday

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things!

Baby Gear/ Toys: 

Sophie makes the list again. Now that she is teething, this has become her best friend!

Paparazzi Got Me!

My Favorite Pics from this Month:

It’s my 10th year anniversary of graduating from Howard University. Gracie was helping me celebrate.

My sister and my daughters godmother got a chance to come down from NYC and was able to see how Gracia’s personality has truly developed.
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First Foods

The introduction of Food : Something so simple brings me so much anxiety. I guess its because there’s always going to be a fear of whether or not I am doing something “right” as a first time mom. Our pediatrician said that our daughter may be interested in food earlier because she has been teething since she was two months old. I knew then that I would consider food around 5 months which is half way in between the 4-6 month range that is usually given to introduce food. These days 6 months is the most agreed upon target, so for that reason, I tend to not speak of what’s going on in our house. Then I realized, I am not here for mommy shaming therefore, with the approval of her doctor and the joint agreement between my husband and I that was all I needed –
This post is to further share angst that I feel, to find and lend support to those who may be considering the same things.
 
Every little thing when it comes to a baby is so scary for the first time – food included.
My daughter at 4 months immediately figured out how to hold her own bottle. I never had to teach her where to put her hands. One day I was rushing to get her settled and laid her in her boppy with the bottle at her lap. I went to take my shoes off and come back – this chick managed to get the bottle in her mouth and hold it there without my help! SCORE! Go Gracie!
That has been a major relief because now feedings really just consist of getting her the bottle so she can feed herself. And this girl definitely recognizes her bottle. The only time she cries is for that bottle and has a spastic fit when its in sight and she can’t get to it. Its way too cute to see that sweet relief face that immediately is without a whine (because there are never real tears) when she gets that bottle.
 
So now, we have introduce food. The regular 6oz aren’t just cutting it anymore and her hands are in her mouth more than ever thanks to those teeth that won’t be here any time soon.
Thankfully, we didn’t have to rush out to get a high chair. It was given to us during one of our baby showers and I am forever grateful.
 
We registered for the Graco Blossom 4 in One. It grows from Baby to a Toddler seat and also comes with an additional booster seat for when its time for her to sit at the table with the rest of us.
 
 
After reading some tips on some websites, particularly from the company who’s foods we were trying (Gerber and Plum Organics) it said the best way to introduce food was to give her a small bottle first, introduce the food and the close with the rest of the bottle. So that’s what I did… I think she sensed that something was up.
 
For her first feeding, I went with the Rice Cereal and mixed it with her Formula to a really watery consistency since that’s what Gerber recommends and tried serving it with a spoon.

 
Well the spoon didn’t work out so great – because she didn’t understand the concept of opening wide for the spoon. She wanted to lap the liquid off the spoon like a little cat. So that little experiment was over quite soon. The mixture went back and forth from the bottle to the bowl just so she could see that mommy was serving her the same thing and that the spoon equals food just like her bottle does.
 
Of course, you are supposed to wait about three days before introducing another food so that you can look for adverse reactions and have a clear idea as to what it could be.
Well Gracia has eczema and has always had it on other parts of her body but never so pronounced on her stomach. They say it comes from the fact that I have seasonal allergies because neither one of us had eczema.
 
 
Thinking this was a reaction to rice, I decided that no more for a while and gave her an Epsom salt bath with her eczema lotion. However, it wasn’t noticed until a day later and I realized it was not a food reaction but environmental and carried on.
 
I asked a mommy friend of mines, when did she start introducing foods and what was her first food choice. She told me that actually she had started at month 4 and did Oatmeal and Applesauce mixed together with a slightly thicker consistency.
 
So the next day, I went looking in my fridge thinking we had applesauce but we didn’t. But we did have Bananas. I mixed a small piece of banana with the slightly thicker one grain baby oatmeal from Gerber and tried that. Needless to say that went much better than the Rice Cereal.

 

 
She even smiled as she ate it instead of the weird, “what IS this?” face she had been giving me. So I stuck with that … until my bananas went bad on me.
 
So now, I figured I could try the food that I spent money on.
Her daycare provider suggested that I start with vegetables because once babies get on those sweeter fruits, they may not like the veggies so much.
I went to the store and decided Peas and Squash would be the way to go.
It was two vegetables that if she actually liked, I also had frozen in my freezer and could make for her down the line.
 
I got her set up in her seat. A lot easier then before – no bottle needed.
 
 
We are getting the hang of it… She gets her bottle feedings and in between only at dinner time does she get real food at this time.
We tried the Squash first. She ate half the container, which is success seeing as though it was her first time and no reactions to it either.
I am one happy mommy! She is one happy baby!

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The White House Easter Egg Roll Expierience

We were fortunate to get tickets to attend The White House Easter Egg Roll this year. I knew that my daughter may be a bit young, but I also knew that I wasn’t sure when the opportunity would present itself for us to be able to go again. After doing a bit of research online of other people’s experiences, I felt like I was prepared with enough information to be able to enjoy it. I am going to share my experience so that others who might be going for the first time, or just for those who are curious would know what to expect.
 
First, we were given tickets for Group A, which was a 7:30am to 9:30am time slot. Getting my 4 month old up and dressed in order to be at The White House on time, proved to be pretty good that morning. We watched the morning news and checked the weather and noticed that it was going to be a little chilly so it would be appropriate to dress in layers. Also because the Egg Roll is geared more towards physical activities for the kids, we knew that this was not the event to wear your Sunday best to, but rather a nice little casual outfit that you wouldn’t mind sitting in the grass if you had to.
 
Gracie has on her wonderful Easter Monday attire, complete with bunny ears. I was given a tip that media outlets look for little cute kids in “costume” like attire to take pictures of.
They were right too because a few photogs asked for close up pictures of my daughter and of course we received several compliments on how cute she looked.
 
 
We arrived at the grounds of the White House at about 7:45am once we parked. Garage parking was the way to go. We tried to find street parking but that is nearly impossible when you have 2000-4000 people converging at once to a location not to mention, its not a holiday so you also have those persons who are at work that day looking for parking spaces as well.
 
Arriving about 15 minutes after the time where they let people in was THE BEST thing to do. You bypass standing in line forever waiting for the doors to open. We literally walked right up to the metal detectors and was let right in. Those with children, TIP #1 – You can bring your stroller. Do so, there will be a lot of ground to cover. Also, umbrella stroller is not the way to go. You need something that will handle rugged terrain (ie. hills and plush grass).
 
 
There are really nice trailers that have bathroom stalls and even a diaper changing station for your needs, so no fear! Because I kid you not – thought I would have to change her in her stroller before I knew.
 

 As soon as you come in, there are nice volunteers along the way to give out free little tattoos for your little one. You keep on the path and pick up your choice of your free Coca Cola sponsored beverage (juices, waters and energy drinks only). Now there is no food served but of course you are able to bring small sealed snacks in the baby bag because outside food isn’t allowed.

So even though we were about 15-20 mins late, everyone was already let on the grounds. There were lots of people, but there were was plenty of space where it never felt overcrowded.

 
We walked and made our way to get as close as we could to The White House. It was the first time that either one of us had ever been that close.
 
As we made our way, I was telling my daughter that we were where her President lives. (as if she understood me) but it was a great moment.
 
 
We were able to take pictures with some of the popular characters that were there. All of these characters that were in movies that we have taken her to see or have watched ourselves.
 
 
Since she was not yet able to participate in the physical activities like, tennis, football, they even had Yoga for the kids and of course the Egg Roll, she was able to see the characters and we were able to take her to Storytime where books were read by kid celebrities, like the characters from Yo Gabba Gabba.

 
We were able to take her to the soundstage where Sesame Street characters were performing songs and getting the kids moving. This was great because Gracie watches Sesame Street every morning!

Mostly because the kids would not be able to see behind the standing adults, most of the kids were being held while we danced with our kids.

 

 My daughter’s favorite character turned out to be Sophia the First.
I waited to take a picture with Sophia, who by the way was actually spotted by my husband who quickly felt ashamed that he knew who she was on sight. But hey, he is the one who gets Gracie ready for daycare in the morning when her show is on.

 As soon as I walked her up to Sophia she leaned all the way back so she could get a better look and started talking to Sophia. It was too cute.

 
Needless to say, we had a ball! It was definitely fun for all ages and I would take her again if I have the chance.

 

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Do you want to build a Snowman?

One of the things that I did last week was FINALLY rent Frozen, after stalking my On Demand to see when it would be released for Rent. I had heard nothing but good things about it, but we weren’t able to go to the theater to see it when it was out. I sat Gracia down when I got home from work and we watched it together… more like I watched it and she napped after a good 20 mins of watching it but still – in my mind we watched it together.
…mind you, I watched it three times so she pretty much saw the whole thing depending on when her nap fell on that day.
 
 
Can you tell that she was as into it as I was…
She was so determined to learn how to sit straight up this week. I would lean her back, she would do crunches to try to sit herself upright. So she did that until she fell asleep watching Frozen.
 
 
Can I just speak for her when I say that we LOVE this movie?
 
 
I don’t know if its because of the catchy songs or the storyline, but I absolutely think this movie is so cute! And as many Disney movies as I have watched, I am beginning to see how Disney changed its message with meet a man and they live happily ever after with this movie. We were so engrained to think that’s how real life worked for so long because of their movies when we were little girls that I know a lot of disappointed wannabe Cinderellas that are in their 30’s, but I digress because that’s a WHOLE other post for a later time.
 
With this eternal winter that we are currently experiencing, I feel like we are in a real life Frozen.
I have been walking around my office, watching the flurries fall singing “Do you want to build a snowman?” at the top of my lungs!


 Well Anna, NO! I don’t want to build anymore snowmen! I am SO SICK of winter weather its ridiculous. Its a shame when 50 degrees feels like a heat wave around here because its been so cold.The smidgen of a nice day that we had last week, we took Gracie out to finally see some sun! She was dressed and ready to explore…

But first, she needed her nourishment for the ride.

 
Boy if that didn’t backfire on me!
You see this cute face? This is her poop face.
 
 
I had to change her twice in the car, in some random parking lot before we even got to where we were going. UGH! But after that we had a really wonderful day.
 
We went down to the National Harbor to walk around on the docks and enjoy the weather. We were trying to go to dinner, but apparently everybody had the same idea. I was not willing to wait 2 hours just to get a seat.

 
We took Gracia to the spot where we took our “first look” wedding photos the morning of our wedding day to watch the sunset. Its amazing how life is so different 3 1/2 years later.
Back then, we were just about to say our vows.. now here we are with our 3 month old. God is good!

 
I hope that the snow stops so that we can continue to make more memories and enjoy things to do as a family and enjoy the good weather.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Create new memories!

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Gracia’s 3 Months Old

Happy Three Months Baby Girl!

How Big Am I?

Weight/Height/Head: 

Last month, Gracia’s weight was 11 lbs. 6.2 oz – this month she weighs 14lbs. 5oz.She hasn’t been to the doctor’s for a well visit to get the rest of her stats yet but I am hoping to get updated stats really soon. I would say that she has definitely grown at least 2 lbs. and possibly a 1/2 inch more. 

Clothes: 

Gracia is officially in 3 month clothes in Carters and Newborn clothes in Circo Target brand! 0-3 months in Gerber brand. We pretty much put anything that has a 3 on her and see if it fits. If it doesn’t we just save it for the following week because more than likely she will be in it by then.  She is still wearing Newborn sized shoes. 

What’s My Routine?

Routine: 

My sister in law has left us and now Amos is watching Gracie at home while he works from home. My routine is pretty much the same as it was before. I get up with Gracia at her 4-5am feeding. She may wake up some time within that hour and I feed her and may go back to sleep or just get up and get ready for work depending on how close to 5am she wakes up. 
When I come home from work around 4:30pm, I sometimes find Gracia with her bib backwards. I asked my husband why does she have it on backwards and he says its because she is “Super Gracie” … ok sir whatever you have to do to entertain yourself throughout the day. 

I come home and take her for her afternoon nap and when she wakes about 1-2 hours later we get dinner ready while Amos is at work until about 9-10pm. Around 11:30pm she has her last feeding of the day and I go to sleep shortly after. I started doing shorter baths at night and he gives her full baths in the morning when she wakes up with a full grease down with Vaseline.

Eating: 

Gracia is up to 6oz of Similac Advanced every 3-4 hours or so at this point. She finally is able to handle the size 1 nipples and gets less milk all over herself. She has made attempts to hold her own bottle now. We tried Rice during this month to see if it will help her sleep at night but it didn’t so we stopped giving her rice and will save solid foods until next month at least. 

Sleeping: 

Gracia’s sleep schedule is fairly regular. She goes to sleep for good around 11pm and will only wake to eat around every 3-4 hours until she wakes up for the day around 8:30am. She is up at that point until her first nap around 10:30am. She will be awake and nap in about 2-3 hour intervals just like her feeding schedule.
She does really well sleeping in her bassinet. If she is in the bed with us, its not because she cries to be with us – its moreso because we miss her. We hope that soon we will let her sleep in her own bed more often. 

What Milestones Have I Hit?

She is showing more signs that she knows who her parents are – it melts my heart when she wants me

Still Teething and has discovered how to put her hands in her mouth!

She can follow sounds and people with great control of her head! 

She can also sit up for a brief moment with minimal help.

She also grasps toys on purpose now!

…and sometimes pees so much and so often that there is no reason for snapping her onesies LOL

Events: 

Gracia’s First Plane Ride

Gracia got to meet her Dad’s side of the Family
The top two are of her with her Aunt, Altagracia whom Gracia is also named, the middle two are Amos’ best friends/ brothers, Harvey and Tony and the bottom two are her two Great Aunts Lorenza and Maria.

Gracia’s First Walk Outside in her Stroller without the Infant Seat

Another visit from Nana and Pop-Pop – and she told them everything they’ve missed.

Gracia met her bosom buddy, Ethan and they happened to be wearing the same color that Sunday. 
Had a playdate and both went to sleep at the same time 
…and Gracia has had her first cold. 
Luckily she only has a little runny nose, but we have been giving her baby vaporub and having her breathe with the humidifier near by as instructed by her pediatrician. 
Its postponed the rest of her vaccines since we already split them up by a month, but thats ok. 

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things!

Baby Gear/ Toys: 

Disclaimer: None of these reviews are sponsored and are just my personal preference, however, I have attached affiliate sponsor links so you can see how you can purchase them yourself. Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym

You know how I love my Mamaroo.. 
Well I love it not only as a swing, but I love it as a seat to just place her in and get a bit of free time for her to enjoy some Doc McStuffins – she doesn’t have much TV time but when she does I love I can show her shows where the star looks like her. 
She loves Elmo and Abby Cadabby as well on Sesame Street. 

Paparazzi Got Me!

My Favorite Pics from this Month:

Watching Sesame Street with Daddy 
Out at Brunch with Daddy and Mommy
My favorite outfit that was handmade by an elderly woman at my husbands church. I absolutely love crochet outfits – maybe because it reminds me of my own grandmother.

At church in Florida

Early Morning Sesame Street watching

Just another Sunday Morning

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