11 Months!

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This post is late but better than never!  Amelie now has 4 teeth; two on the top and two on the bottom.  She isn’t walking yet but is getting close.  She’s starting to mimic everything we say.  She knows a few words like hi, mama, dada, bubba, hot, yum and NO!  She HATES being told no.  She is so smart too.  It’s amazing watching her figure out new things.

She hasn’t met a food she doesn’t like except honey dew melon.  And we feed her everything!  Peruvian, Indian, Creole… she even likes sushi!  Her personality is really coming out now too and she is sassy and dramatic!  And so social.  She waves and smiles at everyone she sees, wherever we are, like a tiny little Miss America.  This little lady is going to give us a run for our money!

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I can’t believe next month we’ll have a one year old!  We are throwing her a huge party. Invites were sent out via facebook but I was able to invite some of the people not on facebook by email.  But I’m hearing that some of you may not have received that email so here are the details:

Amelie’s 1st Birthday
Sunday, May 21st at 1pm
14040 N 115th St, Longmont, CO 80504
Food, drinks & desserts will be provided.

Instead of a gift we would like to ask everyone to write a note or letter to Amelie to add to a time capsule for her to open on her 18th birthday. Share your wishes, a memory, some words of advice or even a prediction of what she will be like. Even if you are unable to attend the party, we would love to receive a letter from you to add to the time capsule!

Idea from “Letters From Heaven” – http://www.scarymommy.com/letters-from-heaven-18th-birthday-viral-video/

10 Months!

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Miss Amelie is 10 months old today.  It has been a hectic month, with me taking another business trip, a week long boot camp to prepare me for my upcoming PMP certification exam and several appointments & classes related to an upcoming surgery.  We have also been hatching and selling chicks and eggs like crazy and Patrick has been building more coops and chicken spaces to keep up with the demand.  During all of that, Amelie got her first two teeth.  She handled it like a trooper, only really showing any discomfort for a day or two.  She also perfected her snark face, which she practices often:

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9 Months!

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Our little girl is 9 months old!  She has grown so much over the past month.  She is now fully mobile, able to crawl everywhere and pull herself up to standing on almost anything.  She is so fast!!  If I take my eyes off of her for a minute I have to go looking for her.  We gated off and baby proofed a huge area in the main part of the house for her to roam, allowing her full access to everywhere except for the kitchen side of the island and the rooms off the central part of the house (brew room, front room & bedrooms).  She has upwards of 1200 square feet to explore but she still seems to know the second we forget to close one of the baby gates that block off the kitchen side of the island (the part with all the things we’re trying to keep her away from – the floor level open faced cabinets with all our nice glassware, the wood burning stove, dog dishes, etc.) and will turbo crawl her way over to explore the off-limits territory!  She also loves to be outside and I can no longer leave the back door cracked open for the dogs to go in and out on nice days because she crawls straight out the back door!  The weather has been gorgeous lately and we bring her out back and let her burn off some energy scooting around in her cruiser on the back patio almost every evening.  Instagram video link.   We also bring her out in her stroller while we feed the chickens and collect eggs every afternoon.  Some days we walk over and visit with the neighbor horses. As soon as she can walk she will be our official egg collector!

She is really into Sesame Street, especially Elmo.  If I sing the first two words of the theme song… sunny days… she will stop whatever she’s doing and stare expectantly at the TV.  Whenever the Elmo letter of the day segment comes on she claps along.  She hasn’t quite grasped the concept of waving but she will clap on demand!  She also started bopping her head to music this month, which is the cutest thing ever.  And if she’s standing up and you sing ‘wiggle it, just a little bit’ or ‘shake shake shake, shake shake shake, shake your booty’ she will start moving her butt and dancing along!

She is back to sleeping through the night again and has been sleeping in her crib in her room for the last week.  I think the change was easier for her than it was for me!  We are looking forward to all the continued changes the next few months will bring!

7 Months!

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Wow, this month has flown by!  Over the last month Amelie has become more mobile.  She’s not crawling yet but she is starting to scoot around a bit and has started rocking back and forth on her hands and knees, which is a sign she’s getting ready to crawl.  She still doesn’t have any teeth but that doesn’t stop her from eating anything that’s offered to her.  We have been busy with all of the holiday activities and are so excited to celebrate her first Christmas this weekend.  We are also super excited for our friends Sara & Eric and baby Olive to come stay with us next week during their visit from Seattle!

6 Months!

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Amelie weighs almost 17 pounds now and can sit up on her own.  She is starting to make noises that sound like mama, papa and bubba (our nickname for Pico).  She is starting to maneuver around in her walker and is now able to make it out of the living room and into the dining room.  Luckily we have an open floor plan and no stairs so she is free to explore.  I have a feeling she’s going to be crawling in no time!

Five Months!

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Amelie is five months old today.  Over the last month she rolled over from her back to her stomach for the first time and began eating solids.  So far she has tried and liked peas, squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, pears, apples, bananas, prunes and peaches.  She recently discovered her voice and has been loudly exercising her newfound vocal skills for two full days.  We think she’s starting to teethe since she is drooling like crazy and chewing on anything she can get her mouth on.  It has been so much fun watching her personality come out and we love watching her grow and change every day.

4 Months!

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Amelie is 4 months old today!  I can’t believe how big she’s getting.  She is an expert at holding her head up and has learned how to roll over on her side.  She is so close to rolling all the way over from her back to her stomach.  She is the happiest baby, always full of smiles starting from the minute she wakes up.  Sometimes I even catch her smiling in her sleep!  Speaking of sleep, she has been sleeping through the night for the most part since she was two months old.  We’re coming up on the dreaded 4 month sleep regression period though so that may change here soon.  Amelie has recently discovered her toes and has also started reaching for and grasping objects.  She is starting to show an interest in her toys.  Her current likes include bouncing in her bouncy chair, jumping in her Jolly Jumper, chewing on her fingers, smiling at herself in the mirror, taking baths with her Mama and watching cartoons while she practices her rolling over skills on her activity mats.  She is also obsessed with her Papa right now.  He just got back from a 10 day hunting trip and she has been watching his every move since his return!  She is growing so fast and we are enjoying every minute of it.