Morgan is 8 months old!

March 30, 2017

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Growth and Development
Morgan has been “on-the-move” all month long. At the beginning of March she was getting into the crawling position and also able to get herself from laying down to sitting and back into a crawling position. By the mid-month she had figured out a true crawl! It was slow and laborious at first, but now she is quick to make a beeline for whatever Connor is playing with or any object we didn’t intend for her to play with. Her new favorite place to play is the kitchen, and she also loves to “help” with the laundry!

Teething seems to be hitting Morgan pretty hard these last couple of weeks. She just has the two bottom teeth that came through last month, but she has been drooling like a faucet, pulling on her ear, and having some trouble getting settled at bedtime.

Practicing her Downward Dog and discovering new toys in the kitchen!

I had to document her new crawling skills!

As if crawling wasn’t enough excitement for us, she has also pulled herself up to standing several times. Just the other day she stood up with Connor’s stool in the kitchen and “walked” it across the floor!  Please slow down, little girl!

Sleeping
Morgan’s sleep has improved a bit since last month. She is waking up fewer times during the night, but lately she often wakes up once or twice shortly after bedtime. Thankfully she just nurses back to sleep and lets me lay her in her crib, and generally has a long stretch after that. Even when her sleep seems rough, I remind myself that she’s still lightyears ahead of where her big brother was at this stage! She still takes 3-4 naps each day, and generally only likes to be awake for about two hours in between.

Eating
Morgan has added a few new foods to her exploration. So far we have offered her big, soft chunks of soft fruits and cooked vegetables. She also enjoys chewing on fruit in her mesh bags. While Morgan still doesn’t seem to have a real hunger for solids yet, she is definitely getting better at mushing things around in her mouth and swallowing. She enjoys watching her big brother’s antics at dinnertime!

Big Brother
“Uh-oh, Morgan’s on the move!” is a phrase I hear daily now. Connor loves to alert me about where Morgan has found herself or what she has grabbed. He loves to play with her toys, so hopefully the novelty will soon wear off for him. Connor enjoys coming in and singing our “Good Morning” song to Morgan when she wakes up in the morning. She always gets a kick out of his silliness and he can really get her laughing as he performs his “wipeouts,” etc.

Connor had fun at school this month with a field trip to the library, trying to “catch a leprechaun” in his classroom, and playing outside with friends almost every day after school (except for the rare days it actually felt like winter).

While Charlie was gone on a 12-day trip, I kept Connor busy!  Last Saturday we went to the Nauticus museum with Aunt Michelle, Uncle Brock, Garrett, and Eric. Connor, Morgan, and I were thrilled that they drove down from Richmond to spend the day with us!  On Sunday I took Connor (and Morgan!) to the Children’s Museum in Portsmouth. We have been there a couple times and Connor always loves it. Connor doesn’t have school on Mondays, so we kept busy at an indoor trampoline park for the first time. It was a blast! After Connor’s week of school, we spent the weekend outside each day enjoying the beautiful weather, friends, and picnic lunches.

Keeping busy while Daddy is out of town:  Nauticus, Cloud9 Trampoline Park, the Children’s Museum, and the playground

Charlie had a blast on his trip. He filled in with the Fort Benning band during their spring concert tour in Florida. Charlie enjoyed the opportunity to perform in concert band and a woodwind quintet, as well as coach master classes with high school and college students. He also managed to squeeze in a day at Epcot and another at Universal Studios when the band didn’t need him for the day. After 12 days, we were more than ready to have him back home with us!  It was amazing how much Morgan had changed in just that short time. She was just starting to truly crawl when he left and she had only pulled to standing once. By the time he came home, she crawls everywhere like she owns the place and gets into everything!

Charlie clearly enjoyed his trip!

Connor couldn’t seem to sleep until a decent time while Charlie was gone, so we endured many early mornings…but I’m grateful every single day for these beautiful munchkins!

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Morgan is 7 months old!

February 28, 2017

Growth and Development
-Morgan cut her first two bottom teeth the first week of this month!

-She is now sitting up on her own, and I can’t get over how cute she looks sitting there all by herself!

-Morgan can pretty much get anywhere she wants by a combination of rolling, scooting, and stretching. I had no idea she would be on the move this soon! A few days ago she lifted her torso into an almost-crawling position, and now she lifts up on hands and knees and rocks back and forth…ready to crawl!  Yikes!!

-Another fun development this month is sticking out her tongue and blowing raspberries. So cute, but so messy!

-Morgan is getting chatty and especially loves to say “ah-da-da” over and over.

Holding herself up, and finally sitting with no hands!

Going on her first adventure to the kitchen.  It’s amazing to me how much ground she can cover without actually crawling!

Poised and ready to try crawling.  She likes to rock back and forth in this position as she contemplates which limb she might be able to lift up…

Sleeping
This has been Morgan’s worst month of sleep, but she has been going through so many developmental stages that I’m hoping that is what has disrupted her.  She has been waking more often during the night, but still nurses easily back to sleep and then I lay her back in her crib. Nighttime has definitely improved over the last few days so I hope we have crossed over one of those developmental hurdles! She now sleeps in her crib in her own room, and often likes to roll onto her belly to sleep. Her naps have spread out a bit, so she is usually napping 3 times a day, sometimes 4 if she was up earlier than usual. She usually naps only 30-45″ at a time, but sometimes surprises me with an hour and a half, or a random 3-hour hibernation!

Sleeping so well before being disturbed to pickup Connor from school

Eating
Morgan has been “exploring” solid foods for a few weeks. She doesn’t seem to have any real hunger for food yet and isn’t very good at mushing things up in her mouth and swallowing. I am certainly in no hurry! We have given her chunks of sweet potato, avocado, banana, cucumber, and broccoli. In her little mesh pouch she looooves to chew/suck on blueberries, pear, apple, grapes, and orange.

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Big Brother
Connor still can’t get enough of Morgan, but I have a feeling the month ahead might change their sibling dynamic as she continues to develop her crawling skills!

My little loves on Valentine’s Day

We moved our LEGO collection upstairs to its own room, so now Connor loves to start building first thing in the morning. Connor enjoyed a family outing to the LEGO Shipbuilding event in downtown Norfolk this month. He got to build a ship with directions, look at amazing LEGO ships, and freestyle his own LEGO ship to enter into a contest.

The weather has been strange this winter and we have enjoyed lots of outside time on warm February days! Connor loves to stay after school to play outside with his friends while Morgan enjoys watching the action. 

We spent the long Presidents’ Day weekend at Michelle’s house (Charlie’s sister), and Connor had such a blast. The weather was perfect, and he spent hours outside with his cousins and uncle: fishing, riding the tractor, practicing archery, walking around their land, and building a “teepee” in the woods. Meanwhile, Aunt Michelle had lots of time with Morgan while Charlie and I enjoyed a much-needed nap! We all had fun playing a few family card games and board games as well.

Trying a bow and arrow for the first time with his cousin Eric

Here are a few more favorite pictures from this month:

Captivated by Connor’s train