Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Growing Up

I recently got an iPhone app called "Growing Up" to keep track of Sawyer's growth. Here are some charts that I emailed myself from the app. :) The gray is average for children in the US. You can see that she is pretty much in the middle on height and head circumference but is a little below average on weight. Also, you will see that she is right in the middle on sitting without support and could stand with support very early!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

My Seven Month Old Sawyer Grace

7 months old. Little Sawyer is 7 months old. I can't believe it. We definitely feel like she is growing up quickly now. She has made some huge "growing strides" this month.

  • Sawyer still sleeps all night long (almost 12 full hours) and gets up most mornings between 7:30 and 9:00am. 
  • She has yet to have a cranky night and wake me up since about 3 months old - from what I hear from most people, this is amazing and I am one lucky momma! :)
  • She takes way less naps now and sometimes will go all day with only one one-hour nap. Occasionally she'll take two naps or one long three-hour nap.
  • Sawyer rolls and rolls and rolls and rolls. She rolls all around the living room and gets into things and she isn't even crawling yet! I thought I had at least until she crawls to worry about that, but no, rolling can get you into just as much trouble. :)
  • Sawyer sits up without any help now. She still falls over some (after several minutes) and will occasionally cry when she hits her head. For the most part she just falls over and starts to roll. Maybe she falls over on purpose so she can roll?
  • She reaches for anything and everything. She is super curious and is entertained by everything. I love watching her take in the world around her.
  • Sawyer eats baby food once or twice a day. So far she likes sweet potatoes, sweet peas, green beans, squash, prunes, and garden vegetables. She dislikes applesauce (seriously?! I think that's the best one!) and carrots (or rather, carrots dislike her). 
  • Sawyer still takes about 5 bottles a day (about 6 oz each time).
  • Sawyer has 2 bottom teeth and is starting to cut her 2 middle, top teeth. She is not really fussy when she cuts teeth, so that is nice :)
  • Sawyer wears 3 month or 3-6 month clothing now. She is still a tiny thing :)
  • She is still wearing size 1 diapers, but I think we're about to move on to 2's as soon as we run out of this last box of 1's :)
  • Sawyer has started laughing and it is one of the sweetest little noises I have ever heard in my life. I actually got teary-eyed the first time she did it. It was just so sweet. I got it on video so I will have to post it soon. :)
  • Sawyer still enjoys bath time, buggy rides at school, playing in her bouncy chair, and now she is enjoying playing in her walker, too! She can't touch the ground in it yet, but we put a pillow under it and she likes to play with the toys attached to the tray.
  • She is still a little chatter box and I am thinking she may always be (like her momma)!
  • Sawyer graduated from the StarBand this month! Woohoo! She wore it for 2 months and 3 weeks! Her head is pretty and round :)
  • Sawyer loves playing with her daddy and grabbing his facial hair. She looks at him in amazement. It's pretty sweet ;)
  • For a while there (between about 3 and 6 months old) Sawyer would only fall asleep in a bed/pack-n-play or her car seat and now she is getting to where she will fall asleep on me and cuddle a little. I had missed it there for a while and would even pick her up after she fell asleep to cuddle with her, so I am taking full advantage of it now that she will let me hold her as she falls asleep :)
  • Sawyer is so friendly and everywhere we go people comment on how easily she cracks a smile at them. I love that she is not shy and that she seems to be a friendly, people-person with a sweet, little smile. 
Sawyer's Weight Progression:
6 months - 13 lbs 6 oz
7 months - 14 lbs 8 oz

The light of my life!
We love you, Sawyer Grace. You are the best thing that has ever happened to your Daddy and I. You are already proving yourself to be a sweet and friendly little girl. I know you are going to make us proud.

Friday, November 11, 2011


You should know what that means by now. It's all the craze. Pinning is something you do on Pinterest to waste time (that we all have plenty of). It has different craft ideas, DIY (do it yourself), food, clothes, etc. etc. etc. It has everything! I have redone 3 of my pins so far. And since I am proud of myself for making time to actually do the stuff after wasting my time pinning the stuff, I thought I'd share. :)

First piece of inspiration from Pinterest:
A spice rack redo to hold nail polish! 
So, to complete this task, I first went to Helping Hands in Rockwall and found this old spice rack for $5. Then I went to Lowe's and got some spray paint :)  I came home and spray painted it blue and it now hangs in my closet with all my nail polish on it!! Love it!
I don't have quite as much nail polish, but now that I have a place for it to go, I don't mind buying some more :)

My 2nd piece of Pinterest inspiration:
owl cupcakes!
I made these for CG (our Monday night Bible Study) one week! They were a hit! :)
I used Oreos for the whites of the eyes and Reese's Pieces for the pupils and nose! Then you just kind of flare the icing to make ears! Super easy and fun!
pretty yummy, too!

My 3rd piece of Pinterest inspiration:
baby in a pumpkin!
This one is super easy (except for step 1).
Step 1: have a baby.
Step 2: buy a pumpkin.
Step 3. cut off top of pumpkin and clean out pumpkin guts.
Step 4: carve out two holes at the bottom of the pumpkin.
Step 5: put super cute baby in pumpkin :)

Here are some of the more easy "pinning" projects I plan to do:

I am getting a sofa table for my big wall in the living room and am going to do a bunch of pictures, etc. on the wall above
 This year when we pack up our Christmas ornaments I am going to put some of them in recycled egg cartons that I have been saving - great storage!
Just need to buy a basket to do this easy ribbon organizer! 
I am going to velcro the baskets in our bathroom drawer - they easily move around and make a mess! This will be simple and easy! 

Have fun pinning!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

We're finally helmet free!!!

Sawyer had her discharge appointment yesterday and is now done with the Star Band (helmet)! I was so excited and Casey even went with us to the appointment. They did a final scan and showed us her positive results. She grew so fast which really benefited her head since it took the helmet's shape so quickly! Many older babies have slower growth and therefore where the helmet a lot longer. Sawyer wore it exactly 2 months and 3 weeks. And if you know me well, then you noticed that she wasn't wearing it very much during the day or in the last few weeks. We pretty much took it off if I wanted her to wear a bow ;) Casey is definitely the "helmet enforcer" as I liked her to wear it at home and during sleep…not so much to church where it clashed with her pretty dresses. ;) Luckily it was pink, and since she wears a lot of pink I didn't mind…sometimes. :) But mainly it just felt like a barrier between us. I like to cuddle and kiss that soft head of hers - not that plastic helmet! So I'm so glad she's out of it, but I would not change putting her in it! Her head is soooo much better.
See? Don't you see a big difference??
 The red lines were from her first scan and the blue lines were from her scan yesterday. 
You can tell where they held her head in (above the ears) and wanted her head to grow (the back left and the front right). So, before her head was wider than it was long, and they held the width and grew her length. Wow, I am so pleased! :)
Thanks Star Cranial! :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Pretty in Pink

If you know Sawyer very well then you know she's just about always in pink ;)
Here are some cute pictures I took of her just 'cuz.
(She is just a week shy of 7 months old here.)
rolling around and getting stuck under stuff...
 her cutie patootie
 she makes so many different faces...
 checking out her shoes...
Always pretty in pink! 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Pumpkin Patch 2011

We made our way to the local pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin for Sawyer's fall photo shoot. ;) She seemed to be somewhat interested in the pumpkins, but not nearly as interested as she was when she got to go inside of a pumpkin. It made for very cute pics and I got the idea off of pinterest! :) Now I have an 8x10 of Sawyer inside of the pumpkin in our living room that I think I will put out every fall from here on out. So fun! :)
We are thinking about growing a few pumpkins in our garden next year. Would be cheaper and we've had great success with our watermelons (we have picked about 5 very large and tasty watermelons this year!)
Sawyer in her first pumpkin patch!!
I just love her cute little outfit :) It was still really warm outside on this day.
Look at that sweet little smile :)
And now for cute Pumpkin Sawyer :)
She had a little scratch on her nose that you can see in this close up.
 This is the one I blew up and framed :)
And then it's as if she said, "okay, folks this is enough of this foolishness."
And then she got a good bath :) 
Needless to say we had a lot of fun with our pumpkin!
Maybe next year we'll carve one for real :)