Monday, November 21, 2011

Alexis 6 Month Pedi Appointment

This morning Alexis had her 6 month appointment :) I was really looking forward to finding out how much she had grown since her last appointment. Well I guessed her weight would be 12 lbs 4 oz, but she only came in at 12 lbs 1 oz, but her length is now 25". It looks like Alexis is in the 1 percentile for her weight, which is crazy, Dr. Brown said not to worry though that she's just tiny but she isn't malnourished. She thinks that because she's getting longer that the weight gain will follow. On that note she asked us about what she's been eating and we told her we've been giving her whole wheat cereal and she said that's good and that we can also start her on baby foods. I'm really excited about that but I'm also a little hesitant I feel like she's not completely ready for that so I think we're going to keep doing the cereal for a couple more weeks and come mid December we can start her on her vegetables and fruits (looks like Alexis might be opening one of her Christmas gifts early ;)).

Derek and I both feel very strongly about introducing vegetables first for the first 2 weeks and than moving her into fruits. I hear a lot of stories about babies who won't eat vegetables after they've had fruits. I definitely want to make sure Alexis has a love for vegetables just as much as fruits.

During this visit Alexis got another round of all of the vaccinations she got last time but she also got a flu shot. This was Alexis' 3rd time getting shots but for some reason this time her cries were even more sad than the last two times; it was so sad that I started crying a little :( I hate seeing my little baby cry. But she was a real trooper as soon as she was done and got into mommy's arms she stopped crying :)

Dr. Brown prescribed some vitamins and fluoride for Alexis so she gets to start taking that and she wants us to start brushing Alexis' gum's even though she doesn't have any teeth yet. We also talked about Alexis' development and she seems to be right on track. We talked about baby proofing since she's approaching that stage where she's going to be moving around a lot.

We have to see Dr. Brown again in a month for another flu shot and also 3 months from now for her next round of shots. I am really sad that we're going to have to find another pediatrician once we move to Utah; Dr. Brown is such a sweetheart and Alexis loves her!

My beautiful little princess.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I'm such a mom!

I feel like such a mom right now. So as I wrote in one of my previous post, I fell in love with the Graco Blossom highchair, specifically the Bombay design which is red and white. My dad is going to buy that as Alexis' Chrsitmas gift, I talked to him the other day and he asked me if I was going to order it online because he's not too computer savvy and doesn't know which one I want, so he's just going to give me his credit card info and I'm going to order it. My plan was to order it from Babies R Us and do their in store pick up, well we went yesterday and it turns out they don't have that color and it's being discontinued :( The lady helping us checked the computer and told me Stockton and Fairfield had one, so I called them and Stockton doesn't have it and Fairfield has it as their floor model and they won't sell it.

Well needless to say I was crushed. I feel like such a mom being so upset about a highchair. I very much dislike the color scheme of the one they did have at BRU. I looked all over the Internet, even EBay and I couldn't find a single person with the red one :( So i went on Graco's website and looked at the other designs. There is a cute design that is black and white and has some red accents on it so I'm leaning towards that one. I wish I could post a picture but I'm doing this from my iPhone so I don't know how to do that. Even though I can't have the one I originally wanted I'm just excited to order it in the next 2 weeks and get it all wrapped for Alexis to put under our tree. Which by the way we already put up :))

Which reminds me. We bought Alexis her main gift and I got it all wrapped up and under the tree. We also bought her "My First Christmas" onesie and some cute little "My First Christmas" socks/booties; I wrapped them up and I'm so excited to have her unwrap them on Christmas Eve so she can wear them the next morning to open up the rest of her gifts :)

I still need to buy some ornaments for the tree along with her 1st Christmas ornament, which I'm having a hard time deciding on what I want. Also I have to find a cute dress for her Christmas pictures to get our Christmas cards out. I love the holidays :)

P.S. My poor little Alexis is sick :( I think she caught mine and daddy's cold. I hate seeing her sick.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Creeping Up On 6 Months!

I can't believe Alexis will be 6 months in 4 days. That means we're half way to her very first birthday!!! Anyone that knows me shouldn't be surprised to hear that I have already started planning out her 1st birthday. I haven't bought anything or reserved anything but I already know where I want it to be, what I want the invitations to look like and already have an idea for a cake :)))

We're planning on taking Alexis to the San Diego Wild Animal Park for her first birthday and having friends and family join us. Alexis loves the zoo animals on her swing so we think spending her birthday at the zoo would be a super fun experience for her. Alexis' birthday is in May so it'll be really nice weather too.

It feels like just yesterday I was pregnant and now my little baby is going to be 6 months. Time really does fly; Before we know it Alexis will be 18! Okay, maybe not 18 but it feels like she'll be a toddler in no time. One thing that makes me feel a little bit better is that she's so tiny still at 5 months that she seems smaller than she really is which means I'll be able to carry her around longer and maybe it won't feel like she's growing up as quickly as she really is.

Speaking of Alexis being so tiny, we just put her newborn clothes away in storage. She is 4 days away from being 6 months and she barely got out of her newborn clothes, it's crazy. At this point she fits into 0-3 and 3 month clothing really well, but 3-6 month clothing is still too big for her. Her clothes are going to really last her a long time which is good :)

I'm super excited for the coming months leading up to Alexis' 1st birthday! Derek and I decided that we're going to move back to Utah. I had been super opposed to it for a long time but the truth is that Derek has really great connections out there for a good job and I think my chances of getting a good job are better out there than here in the Sacramento area. Also I'm planning on going back to graduate school and getting my Masters in Psychology. Since my path was always to go to law school there are certain classes I didn't take within my Psychology major that I need to take before I can apply to a Masters so I would love to be able to take those at The U since that's where I got my bachelors degrees. We're planning on moving in February or March. It will definitely be hard not to be in California because I am a California girl and I know I'll miss it but it's for the best for our family right now.

We're hoping that we can find a Spanish speaking daycare for Alexis in Utah. I really hate that my parents aren't nearby to be able to speak to Alexis and help with her Spanish, right not it's just me and Derek speaks to her in Spanish sometimes too but I want him to stick strictly to English and me to Spanish. It would be really helpful if she was learning Spanish in daycare as well, at least for the time that we're in Utah until we move back to California. Which I should mention we're planning on only being in Utah for 5 or 6 years and moving back to Southern California, because Utah is definitely not where I want to settle down.

Once we get settled in Utah and take care of some debt we have to pay down. I'm excited to celebrate Alexis' birthday in California and we're planning on going to Mexico for my 25th birthday. I'm excited to get Alexis her 1st passport :)) I know this is trivial and Derek thinks I'm crazy but I love the idea of a baby passport. Alexis is definitely going to be a little world traveler. I love traveling and Derek does too so it only makes sense that Alexis should have a passport because we do plan to travel a lot. I also need to file for a new passport because of my name change. Sadly my old passport still had 4 years on it but it has my maiden name so I have to get a new one.

I'm also excited to move to Utah and get into a new 2 bedroom apartment so I can finally put Alexis' room together. Right now we're in a one bedroom so it doesn't leave a lot of room for Alexis to have her own space. I'm also excited to go on a mini shopping spree with my little cutie for winter-snow clothes.

I'm excited for the holidays and for moving and getting settled into Utah.

Here's a picture of my cutie :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Excited For Christmas :)

I know we just entered November, which I loveeeeeeee because it is my favorite month; It is also mine and my husbands anniversary month. However, I am even more excited for December.

Fall is my favorite season! I love love love the holidays. I am really excited for Christmas. Derek and I bought Alexis this cute mini stocking that has an "A" on it and I'm excited to fill it up with some stuff. I originally wanted to get her a big stocking and engrave her name on it, but I figured we would wait till next year to get her one of those when she can actually appreciate it a little better. I figured in her mini stocking we would buy her some new pacifiers and some rattles and teethers.

Derek and I have been thinking about what we want to get Alexis for Christmas, for the last two months. We narrowed it down to asking his parents for a shopping cart cover and then a gift card for other day to day things she may need. My dad is going to get Alexis her high chair :) I'm asking my mom to get us a gift card from Barnes and Noble so we can buy Alexis some books. Lastly I'll be asking Uncle Manuel to get us a gift card from Jamboree or some other clothing store that I like.

So before I buy anything for Alexis I usually research online the different reviews that the product received and I go on The Bump and see what everyone else says about the product I'm interested in. So I thought I knew which high chair I wanted; I was going to stick with the Luv U Zoo theme from Fischer Price, which is what her swing is, but after doing some research I changed my mind. The Luv U Zoo high chair does not convert into anything, which means I would have to eventually buy a booster seat which would already put me over $100; So I looked at the Graco Blossom 4-in-1, at first I only looked at it because of the cute colors, but after researching it I know it's the one.

The high chair functions as a regular highchair, infant feeding booster, toddler booster, and a youth chair.
This highchair is expensive compared to other ones but it is soooo functional. The highchair is of course the best part of it because that's how we'll be feeding her but the infant feeding high chair will pretty much be a necessity as well because my in laws do not have a high chair at their home for Alexis and neither do my parents so when we go over and Alexis needs to eat it will be so much easier to bring over that part of the chair as opposed to the whole thing. The toddler booster is great because you can use the toddler booster seat and the infant booster/highchair/youth chair at the same time, so I can feed two babies at the same time with one high chair! Which will come in handy when we have our next baby :))) The youth chair is also pretty amazing because kids that are too big for booster seats are usually still to short to be able to reach the dinner table at an adequate height so the youth chair is another amazing quality of this high chair.

I don't even have it yet but I already love it!!!! Now all I have to decide on is the color I want. They have I believe 6 or more different colors on the Graco site. I'm going to be getting mine from Babies R Us and they have 4 different colors, the ones I'm interested in are the red one and the teal one.

I love teal, but I also love red, especially as an accent color. I think I'm leaning towards the red <3

Buying stuff for Alexis makes me more excited than getting things for me :)