What a month for Leighton!

31 07 2013

Holy cow has it been a really exciting and busy month for the Gitter group.  Being 8 months old is a tough job Leighton will tell you – as she’s babbling all the time, and more and more often we’re understanding her, she says Mama, Papa, Dada, and Hello.

And she finally started to crawl!  We knew this milestone was coming soon, but honestly I just figured she was so big that she may just skip it and go on to walking.  She does more of an army crawl, but for her size she sure can haul around quickly.

We had to put away the stationary jumper because she’s just gotten too heavy to be jumping down on her little baby joints, and we have put her in the walker – and man oh man does she love it!  She FLIES around our kitchen and smashes into us.  Poor Tucker and Bogey just stand on the carpet until someone picks them up when she’s out on the prowl.  I told Tucker he should get in his Coupe Car and play bumper cars with her.  He loved the idea

Tucker and Leighton have been interacting so much more this past month.  Sometimes it’s good and he’ll make her laugh and sometimes she’s just a stinker and will crawl over to whatever he’s playing with or she knows is his and nab it from him.  And when he yells she laughs – I’m pretty sure she knows EXACTLY what she’s doing pushing his buttons.  She’s getting grabbier with Bogey and he’s so great with her – he’ll just lick her hand and move away…we’re eagle eyeing them very closely cause we can’t blame him for nipping at her when she grabs so tight.

She’s also cut her 8th tooth this month and we see another one coming in, if you look at her you’d never know she’s only 8 months old…she looks like she should be a toddler.  She’s also started to eat more and more real food.  We cut it up in small pieces and she’s showing less interest in getting fed and more and more self feeding.

Time is moving pretty fast, and I fell like I’m drowning some days, but we’re just hanging in there trying really hard to find kairos moments and carpe them, cause let’s be honest I don’t think I’ve had an entire day that I want to carpe – so we enjoy the moments.

Leighton's Crazy Colic All By Myself Big Baby in a little suit

 
 
 
 
Dear Leighton,
 
My sweet baby girl – you are growing up so fast I can hardly believe it!  You are becoming so much your own person more and more each day.  I just love the way you light up when we walk into the room and how you snuggle your head into the crook of my shoulder, and how you have just one dimple on your right cheek when you smile big, and how the rolls on your legs go from hip to toes!   I am just so loving being your mom – and the gift of watching you grow has been just amazing!  It’s been so fun watching your relationship with Tucker blossom and how the two of you always want to be together but don’t want to share me is simply hilarious!  Your grandma can’t believe how much you change in the 10 or more days that her and grandpa are upnorth, honestly Leighton, I can’t believe how much you change in the 9 hours I’m at work.  You’re my little Yeighty and we all love you so! 
 
mom




‘Little’ Leighton

16 05 2013

My life is just busy and crazy now, with the wonderful addition of Leighton, what little time I have left is used to just sit, and since our laptop took a dump, blogging has taken a back seat.  Sad but true – It’s been months since I’ve put anything on here and I feel as though I am slighting my baby girl.  You all have to get to know her – she amazing!  Let’s catch you all up – here we go…

Since day one Leighton has been much more labor intensive than Tucker ever was.  I’m not sure if it’s a girl vs. boy thing but Leighton has NOT gotten the second child memo.  She loves to be talked to and is now chatting away back at you.  She requests LOUDLY to be held at all times – and holding while sitting is not an option unless she’s eating.    I’d say what makes Leighton different from every other baby that I know is her size…she’s a biiiiig girl.  Let’s do a weight check through the last few months –

  • she was born 8 lbs 15 oz. on a Monday – Big but not off the charts
  • when we left the hospital, on Wednesday, she was down to 8 lbs 7 oz. again nothing to write home about
  • We went in to our pediatrician’s office on Friday and she was 9 lbs 4 oz!  Dr. Hankins said that she’s never had  a baby get back to their birth weight and gain another 5 oz so quickly…the super juice is working she said.  She didn’t need to see her again til she was a month old
  • 1 month check up 12 lb 2.4 oz 22.5″
  • 2 month check up 15 lb 3.4 oz 23.5″
  • 4 month check up 19 lb. 15.8 oz 25.5″ 100% for weight
  • 6 month check up 23 lb. 0 oz. 28″ over 100% for weight and height

She’s a lot to lug around – Tucker didn’t weigh this much til he was 18  months old.  Karma wooped me a good one poking fun of my girlfriend’s pudgy baby girl, and making comments like “seriously who carries their 30 lbs child in a bucket seat – this is nuts that they make bucket car seats for kids that big” eating my words we had to go out and buy one.  My friend Mel has had her triplets in size 6 diaper forever – and I on multiple occasions commented how she wasn’t using the right size diapers…6.5 months in both Leighton AND Tucker are in size 5 diapers!  All that weight is just more to love – I cannot wait for summer to come to the Midwest and put Leighton in rompers and show off those cute ‘little’ leggies, I actually feel bad trying to squeeze her leggies into pants! She’s moving through not only clothes faster than Tucker but milestones too!  By 6 months Leighton had 3 teeth in and one more on the way, she was full on rolling, and could just about pull her self to a sitting position.  She’s crazy strong and is one determined little lady.  The teeth are an issue that I am trying to work though but that’s a whole nother story my friends.

Here is Leighton over the last few months:

One Month Old  3 months old  4_months_old  DSC_0314  5 months old  Picture 300

Our kids run the roost now, we try so hard but bed time gets pushed back for Tucker when Leighton’s off her rocker, and dinner is for the most part what Tucker will eat, I’m more concerned with his diet being balanced than mine.  There’s more TV time, more laundry and dishes that pile up in the day, more dirty diapers and time scrubbing out stains in the sink, more toys and things and a lot less room in our little house – but on the flip side there’s 2x as many smiles, giggles, and great memories.

Life is Good As a Gitter my friends…it’s just good.

Dear Leighton,
 
It’s been 6 months already that you’ve been part of our family and I can’t believe how fast it’s gone by and how much you’ve grown!  You’re such a wonderful beautiful baby.  It’s hard to even imagine what life was like before you came into our lives – it seems like it was a million years ago that it was just your dad and I and Bogey.  Along with all the hard work that leaves me feeling like I’m in the minority the majority of the time in our house – comes the extra smiles, hugs, open mouth kisses, and joy that you’ve brought into our lives.  I was worried that I wouldn’t connect with you being my second baby the way I did with Tucker, but Leighton we’ve found our own way to connect and at night after Tucker goes to bed it’s our time, just you and me.  I have dozens of pictures of you sleeping at night in my arms, some of my very favorite moments that I have with you is the peace that comes with you still in my arms.  I love the way that you light up a room – the sunshine theme nursery suits you to a tee! I’m so glad your here, so glad that God gave me the privilege of being your mom and so glad that there is more of you to snuggle and kiss than 99% of all other 6 month old babies!  You are my sunshine my only sunshine Little Leighton.
 
mom