Wednesday, January 30, 2013

My New Goal

My new goal is to write a post at least once a week. (You know, because I have SO much extra time on  my hands and all) But the fact is, I truly enjoy the blogosphere and reading about other people's babies/lives/weight loss journeys. Instead of always observing from the "outside" and spend time reading other's blogs, I want to be an active participant!

Now mind you, I am in no way claiming to be a writer or that I am going to be posting anything super eloquent/witty/inspirational. Actually, if you haven't noticed already, I am pretty terrible at this. I write super fast, then read over it to "edit" it at a super sonic speed and hit the "publish" button as soon as I can. Hopefully I will be better about that moving forward. My brain is definitely right-sided science-minded, but the least I can do is try to prevent any simple spelling or grammer errors :)

I'm hoping to give this plain ole thing a facelift soon. And also figure out how this all works in general. Like -How do I "follow" a blog? How do I get "followers?" I can tell by my stats page that there are regular readers but as far as I can tell I only have 4 members. (Is that the same as a follower? I have no idea!) Things I will hopefully be figuring out soon :)

In other news- we finally moved sweet Macy in to a "big girl" car seat! Trying to lug her around in her infant car seat was a FEAT. I have already found new and different struggles with the change, like having to actually carry her everywhere, but I still think it is going to be better. Plus the hubby brought home a new lightweight stroller for me to use, so that will help! He got it from work so we got a great deal, other wise we would have NEVER been able to buy it on our own.

In the next couple weeks I want to touch base on my new schedule, my new motivation to get fit (#milf2013) and how I'm learning to balance it all! Stay tuned!

Infant seat vs the new seat

Our new Peg Perego Pilko Mini (we have an ugly striped one, beggers can't be chosers :))

Sunday, January 27, 2013

8 Months of Macy

Wow! Am I seriously writing her 8 month update? Can we please stop time, just for a little bit??

January 24, 2013

8 Month Stats

Weight: 20.8lbs (according to our home scale)
Height: Long. Tall. Will find out exact height next month at her check up.
My long baby!
Clothing size: 9-12 months. I'm doing my best to still squeeze her in her 9 month jammies until I find bigger ones and I actually skipped 12 month pants and bought some 18 month size pants- crazy!
Diaper size: 3
Nice big bruise on her forehead- a new staple. :-/
Feeding/Sleeping: Not much change here. Still taking 4 bottles a day and eating baby food 3 times a day. I have also started cutting up soft foods in tiny pieces (like bananas and avocados) and letting her figure out how to eat them in her high chair. It amazes me how quickly she picked up on it! She is still taking 2 2-hours naps a day, morning and afternoon, and sleeping from 7:30pm-7am at night. We did go through a rough week of bad sleeping when she was learning so many new things, but I have read that sleep regressions are completely normal when that happens.
Big girl learning how to use a sippy cup!

Milestones: Where do I begin? Last month I said Macy was 90% crawling and by the next day she was 100% crawling. By the next week she was pulling herself to a standing position. A few days later she was pulling herself up EVERYTHING (dressers, coffee tables, chairs, etc) and the crib mattress was lowered! I just can't believe how fast it all happened! Now she pulls herself up to a standing position and barely hangs on to something as she stands. I'm pretty sure she is going to be walking before her 1st birthday.
The BEST money I've spent lately was on this table from Chicco
Barely holding on!
A video of her playing on her table (it was sent to my dad, her Papa)
Loves: Homegirl is a talker! She can definitely make different sounds like "dah" "bah" "mah" "gah". Sometimes I feel like she is telling me off, lol. She also loves to laugh! She is so stinking cute and will "fake laugh" all the time to show off. She is also a fan of opening drawers and pulling everything out of them.
Caught in the act!
All baths are now in the kitchen sink- SO much easier!!
Dislikes: Not much to add here. Except that she doesn't like to be left alone in a room. She is a social butterfly!
Adventures: We laid pretty low this month. It is cold and we are still recovering from our big holiday travels. One new adventure would be spending more time in the nursery -she now goes once a week at the gym and once a week at church. I always get good reports that she was "perfect" the whole time and that "she is just the happiest baby". Makes my heart happy :)

What we couldn't live without: Still such a paci girl! I really want to start weaning her at 1 year so I will tell her "enjoy it now sweetie, only 4 more months of it!" Also still love my Beaba babycook to make her babyfood and the Chicco table.
Growing girl!!
And now for your viewing pleasure... a hilarious video of Macy and a lemon:

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Texas Christmas

This Christmas was a very special for the Regals. Not only was it our sweet Macy Jane's first Christmas, but we got to spend it down in Dallas, TX with my family. My dad, step-mom Sandra and little brother and sister, Trevor (14) and Taylor (12), all live down there and I have been visiting TX for Christmas and summer breaks ever since I moved to Indiana when I was 6. As a product of divorced parents, I spent a lot of my time growing up in both Indiana and Texas, and have such a special place in my heart for that big ole state.

After we had Macy we knew there would be no question, we would want to spend her very first Christmas down there. All of my childhood memories regarding Christmas are revolved around being in Dallas, even before Trevor and Taylor were born. My dad and fam hasn't seen Macy since she was first born and it was the perfect time to get everyone together again. My brother TJ, who lives in Indianapolis, also flew down. It felt so nice to have everyone together!

We left super early at 6am the Thursday morning before Christmas. I was so nervous Macy was going to be "that baby" on our flight so I prayed and prayed that she would be good and that there would be no snafoos on the way down there. God definitely answered those prayers and everything went perfect. Better than I could have imagined. She was a little angel and the star of the flight down there. Thank you Jesus! People were either commenting on how good she was, or how cute she was. Both I agreed with :)
First flight of the day! (6:30am)

We all packed in my dad's house and Taylor went right to work as Macy's primary care giver. She made all of her bottles/food, gave her baths, picked out all of her outfits and matching bows, and even helped put her to bed every night. It was so sweet, a nice little break for Kyle and I.
Mace and Auntie Tay in their animal print jammies!
For mine and Kyle's Christmas gift, Taylor and Trevor paid for us to go to Jumpstreet- an indoor trampoline funzone. I loved it. Besides all of the crazy kids running around, it was a blast!

Feeling like a kid again at Jumpstreet

On Saturday night we met our good family friends out for an "adult night out". We had a really great steak dinner and went out to a piano bar. It was super fun and it was nice to have family right in town to babysit. A rare treat living so far away.

Night out with our friends Sean and Brandi

The next couple days were spent time with extended family, shopping for last minute gifts, and getting ready for Christmas. We even made a trip out to the Galleria for the famed picture by the Christmas tree.
First time meeting Santa! (The actual pic is much better!)

My sweet family of 3
The girls!
Love  my family!!
Christmas morning was so special. There is something about having a baby that makes times like this extra fun. Even though Macy thought it was just another day, it was so fun to watch her play with the paper, explore her new toys, and be around all of our family. I would have to say her favorite was crinkling the paper in her tiny hands and eating the tissue paper.

"Mom, what is all this stuff??"
Matching Jammies is a tradition!
Loved her new toy!

 It even snowed - which was a complete Christmas miracle! In my 27 years of winters in Texas, I have never seen it snow like that or stay on the ground like it did. Of course, my sister would not let me get away with observing from the window. I had to garb up and piece-meal together an outfit and head out in the fun.
Fun in the snow!
We had such a great time that when it was time to go my heart broke a little. There were definitely tears shed. It broke my heart that they will never get to see Macy in this stage of her life again. Best case scenario we make a trip this summer, but by then she will be a walking one year old. Good thing we have Facetime and Skype! Praise God for technology!

I am so proud of my little traveler. She adjusted so well and I am happy that I was blessed with such a sweet, happy easy going little thing. She definitely takes after her daddy in that sense ;)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

7 Months of Macy

I feel like I just wrote my 6 month update, so it seems crazy to be writing about 7 months... But here goes!

7 Month Stats

December 24, 2012

Weight: 19.9lbs (according to our home scale)
Height: Not sure, but I know she is my looong baby!
My loooong baby. Almost time for a new car seat!
Clothing Size: 9 months, all 6 month clothes are officially too small. All her pants are capris on her!
Diaper Size: 3
Feeding/Sleeping: Not much change in either of these categories this month. Eating about the same -and is much better at it now. It is not such a production (read mess). Sleeping is the same as well. Goes down around 7:30-8 each night and wakes up 7-7:30 every morning. Praise the Lord!
Always ready to eat! Cracks me up.
Milestones: She is 90% crawling! She can easily get wherever she needs to go. She goes about 4-5 paces on her hands and knees, then back down to her belly, then back up to her hands and knees. I sit in awe as I watch her accomplish learning new tasks every day.
Loves: To put ANYTHING in her mouth. She is officially at the age where I have to really watch her every move. She has the amazing ability to find the teeny tiniest things on the floor that my naked eye can't spot out, and put them directly in to her mouth. She also loves bath time!
Happy naked baby
Dislikes: Being left alone in a room (when did this start happening??), HATES when we wipe her face or suck boogies out of her nose. Which is like every hour of every day.
Adventures: Our trip to Dallas, TX to see my family! First plane ride, first CHRISTMAS! It was an amazing and awesome time to experience with her. I'm one proud mama. (More on that in a separate post)
What we couldn't live without: Still loves her paci. And any safe things she can chew on =)
Found her like this when I went to get her out of the car. And yes, she was wide awake!