One of my Christmas gifts this year (and always one of my favorite presents) was Edie’s 1st year video. Maciej has done videos for all the kids and though we are well into her second year, it means just as much to me to have this special first year film.
I can’t believe you are ONE! How did that happen?
It feels like yesterday that I was carrying you around, all wrapped up on me for weeks on end. You’ve been the very best snuggler since day one.
You are doing so many amazing things already. You scoot on your tush to move around using one leg (just like your Sister, Ellery!) You can stand and hold one hand onto someone. I don’t think walking is too far away yet.
You say words! Mama, Dada, Hi, Ugh ohhh (very exaggerated!) and lots of words that have yet to make any sense.
You sign for “more” and “all done”.
You eat almost everything! Some favorites these days are cherry tomatoes, avocados, pasta with pesto (pasta with anything, really!) Eggs (every day!) Toast, Berries, salad (a new favorite), watermelon.
You love to read. We try to read together at least twice a day but always right before bed. You love lifting flaps and touching the books. Some favorites are all the Matthew Van Fleet books, Pat the Bunny, Pop up Books, Arlo, all your books with music because dancing is your very favorite.
You suck your thumb and when you get tired you just rest your head down wherever you are. Sleeping has always come naturally to you so when you aren’t sleeping, we know something is up.
You have 5 (almost 6) teeth and you give kisses by leaning in and almost using your forehead to kiss. It’s the most endearing thing.
You love your brother and sister. They make you laugh and you love to play next to them in the playroom. They are so sweet with you (most of the time!)
You’ve recently become enamored with Charlie and Sailor (Grammie and Grampy’s dogs). You just want to pet and snuggle them. You squeal with excitement when they’re around. You like to try and say “hi, Charlie!” when you see her. Dog is definitely a word you’ve almost said a couple of times.
The beach is quickly becoming one of your favorite places. I swear you think you will swim because you crawl right into the water. I love to see your little baby tan legs from too much time outside. It makes me happy to know that we’ve been taking in all the fresh air we can on these Summer days.
For your Birthday party we had a backyard party. We had music, lots of yummy food, face painting, bounce house and all our favorite friends and family. I’m pretty sure you had a lot of fun just listening to music and seeing all your favorite people.
You’ve made me the happiest Mom by just being you. I am sad that your baby days are behind you-they come and go faster each time but the adventures we are going to go on together are just beginning.
Maciej gave me Eden’s birth movie he made on Mother’s Day this year. As usual, I cried, watched at least ten times and then instead of sharing right away I really let it sit with me awhile. I don’t know why I felt so attached this time around. Maybe because it had a little tribute to Sophie in it (and my heart still aches) or because each time he makes us a movie it feels more and more real and personal. I am deeply connected to all of them and the memories they hold. I felt ready to share it today-so here it is. Eden turned One last month (a post to come on that too).
I can hardly even believe our little babe, Eden Jane is 10 Months old! Where did time go!?
I felt like I needed a moment to write down some of the fun things she is up to these days.
Scooting– She isn’t much of a crawler at all and neither was Ellery. She’s content to scoot about using one leg. She’s begun to open drawers and start to explore each room in our house slowly. She’s not in much of a rush to get around, which is totally fine by me.
Eating– What isn’t she eating these days?! She loves most foods. She isn’t as fruit obsessed as the other two kiddos were but she loves pasta and veggies, cheese, fish, etc…Scrambled eggs are a breakfast favorite, grilled cheese, broccoli and pasta with pesto. She is still nursing 3+ times a day, which I love. She takes a bottle too but since I am with her most of the time I want to soak up as much time with her as possible.
Sleeping-She is taking two naps a day and sleeping from about 7pm-6:15am. She has been a solid sleeper since day one and I couldn’t ask for any more.
Loving-Her big Brother and Sister. Endless entertainment is built-in when they are home. She is obsessed with books. She could sit and read them all day. The ones she can touch and feel are her favorite. She loves lifting flaps and turning the pages. She also loves music and swinging in the swings. Her giggles are so sweet and addictive. I could also nibble her cheeks all day. She is such a snuggler!
Now if I could figure out how to freeze time!?
My little peanut butter cup, edie beady boo is 6 months old! Oh my goodness how did that happen? I feel like we just brought her home from the hospital. M and I have agreed that these 6 months have been the fastest by far. Each month comes and goes and our little babe grows and changes before our eyes.
Edie has been a wonderful sleeper since day one (thank goodness). She is still a thumb sucker, which has been a game changer and allows her to self soothe. She is currently in the midst of a really bad cold, that we all have and it’s really her first time being truly sick. Even sick she does her very best to try to sleep!
Edie rolls in all directions and is always happiest sleeping on her tummy. She is working on sitting independently but sometimes topples when she is trying to grab something. She has great hand and eye coordination and can reach out and grab anything she wants easily. She loves playing in her skip hop activity chair. We keep a bunch of fun toys and she likes to watch everything happening around her (usually Ellery and Ev running around the house). She is teething like crazy and I have a feeling she might have a tooth earlier than both Ellery and Everett. She is a chewing machine.
She loves finding tags on her toys and trying to nibble on them!
We started solids a few weeks ago. We’ve done a bunch-avocado, sweet potato, carrots, bananas, peaches, pears, peas, butternut squash, beets and apples. We’ve also tried some eggs, peanut butter, oatmeal and some baby cereals. So far it seems like carrots (roasted and pureed), butternut squash and maybe peas are the favorites. I have a feeling she is going to be a great eater.
She loves watching Ellery and Everett. Ellery seems to speak a whole different language with Edie and she eats it up. The two of them can make her laugh more than anyone else.
We just celebrated Edie’s 1st Christmas and it was really special. She loves all the lights and excitement. She is just old enough to be able to sit up with us and see everything going on around her. Her favorite gift from Santa was her singing elephant, which I also happen to love!
Edie loves the bath-even though she only gets about two a week, whoops! She has the most kissable cheeks and giggles when you kiss her neck. She is so snugglicious and I can’t get enough of her. I wish I could just bottle up this time and save it forever because it’s just that perfect.
I’ve done zero recording of my darling, little Edie. I try to keep little notes on my phone when I think of it so that I can remember things for her baby book, but really, we are living in the moment these days!
Edie turned 4 months on the 28th of October and is already proving to be miles ahead of where her brother and sister were at this age. The pediatrician said that she will be more advanced purely because she has her siblings to watch. It’s really fascinating to watch.
She’s been (knock on wood) essentially sleeping through the night since she was a couple weeks old (minus a few nights here and there where a stuffy nose caused problems). She is the most smiley baby. I won’t even be watching her and will glance over to her in her bouncer and she will be grinning from ear to ear. I think if I was guaranteed to have a baby just like her every time, I would have ten (but there are no guarantees so that’s that ;)
Eden is still sleeping in her dock a tot at night in the halo bassinet next to our bed but tonight is the first night she will do a full night in her own room. She has been taking all her naps in her room but we move her to our room for nighttime sleep. I’m confident she will sleep a lot more soundly in her own room, which will make it easier for our nighttime routine with the other babes.
The leaves outside our windows are the most beautiful shades of yellows and oranges and it feels like Winter is knocking at the door already. I feel very grateful that we are beginning to have a sense of normalcy around here and can embrace the changing seasons with a sense of calm.
four five six weeks old last week (yes, I’ve been trying to write this for that long!) and I’m only now sitting down to write your birth story. There is a pile of laundry waiting to be done and thank you notes to be written, but I can’t let another day go by without writing down the story of how you came to arrive to us. So, I will take this moment, while you are still asleep, in the your wrap, on my chest to write.
You were due on June 18th, 2016 but you took a very long time to make an appearance. I began to have contractions on the 24th of June but they would come and go-mostly at night. I kept thinking they’d pick up but they never did. So, I’d sleep a little and continue on with normal activities. I was so uncomfortable towards the end and was convinced you were too-and it was time-but you had your own agenda.
On Monday afternoon, June 27th (Grammie’s Birthday) we had a non stress test and checkup. At that point you were still happy and healthy and they wanted to schedule induction. So, we were sent home with instructions to head to the hospital on Tuesday night to try cervical ripening and then induction if you didn’t want to make your own entrance. As much as I didn’t want to do any of that, I knew we were approaching 42 weeks and things can get a touch scary when it goes that late.
We went home, went about normal activities (I had a rose spritzer) and we went to bed around 10:30pm. I woke up promptly at 11:45 with intense contractions. I waited a few minutes to wake M to make sure this was it. The contractions got stronger and stronger by the minute and I knew it was time. I woke him up and he called my Mom to come over. She was at the house in a scarily record amount of time.
We arrived at the hospital and I was having intense contractions but wanted to go for as long as possible without any interventions. They were very understanding and gave M and I lots of space to do what we wanted. We chose not to have a doula this time around and Maciej took over that role. He was amazing-MUCH better than my doula with Everett. He kept me going for as long as possible. When I had arrived I was only at 4cm, which was shocking because the contractions were so intense. I wanted to wait until the next time I was checked to see how I was progressing before making any decisions regarding pain medication.
The doctor checked me around 4:30am (I checked in around 1:30) and I was only 5cm! It was very frustrating as I was having incredible back labor and hadn’t sat down for hours. I was so tired and decided then that I wanted to get some pain medication. When we told our l + d nurse she informed us that I’d need a half of a bag of fluids first and then she would get anesthesia up to us. No big deal, I thought…BUT the fluids took forever and then the anesthesiologist was nowhere to be found! Two very long hours later, lots of tears and likely lots of process in dilation, he arrived to administer the epidural. At first it only worked on one side of my body, which I’d only read about but then after some adjusting I was pain-free and able to relax.
About ten minutes after receiving the epidural, I felt intense pressure. I waited a bit to tell the nurse. She checked me not long after and confirmed that the baby was ready to go! Our Doctor was in a C-Section and since my water had yet to break, they had me wait. They instructed me to ring for them if my water broke (that would mean baby would be coming out!) But, it didn’t and we waited about 45 minutes before our Doctor showed up.
She did a quick check, broke my water and after two strong pushes, our Eden Jane was born! She had meconium in her water bag, so they put her on my chest, made sure she was healthy and then gave us lots of time for skin to skin. Always the BEST time. Edie weighed in at 9lbs 4oz, 21″ long and perfectly pink with little spurts of dark hair. Similar to Ev, she has a perfectly round (and large) head.
Despite having a lip tie and a tongue tie, she latched immediately. And as long as she’s fed and in a clean diaper, you can guarantee she’s a happy camper.
So far, she’s happiest napping in her Solly Baby wrap on me during the day and sleeping swaddled in her Dock a Tot bed next to us at night. I love having her right next to me in her Dock a Tot. She usually only wakes up once but we’ve had a couple of nights where she has slept completely through the night!
We are mildly obsessed with her-Ellery is in love with her new Sister-and Ev is so curious and working on being extra gentle :) I can’t believe there was ever a time when she wasn’t here. The perfect addition to our little family.