Monday, July 4, 2016

Baby Giraffe: 8 month update

Hey there! It's been a while! Mr. G and I are enjoying a few extra days off work for the 4th of July (Independence Day) and there's nothing as sweet as extra family time at home these days. 

I figured I'd do a baby update and then you guys can leave me questions in the comments section if there's something else you'd like to hear about :) Not sure how the comments section is behaving these days - comments should show up immediately (otherwise, they've been lost forever). You can always email me instead thegiraffelife AT gmail DOT com if that happens. 

So anyway! Baby stuff! I mishmashed this format from a bunch of other blogs that do monthly updates on their kids, like Kelsey, Amber, and Becky.
My yoga assistant


     weight - 18 pounds, 11 ounces (8.5 kg) last week
     height - 26 inches (66 cm) at 6 months
     wearing - size 4 diapers and 12 month clothes
     teeth - the bottom 2! They popped through in June.


     swinging in the baby swing at the park
     clapping (she can't quite do it herself yet)
     pulling hair
     walks in the stroller
     looking at a mirror
     dancing (being held while I sway, bounce, "dance" to music)
     water! pool, beach, bathtub, whatever. She splashes up a storm!
     peek a boo (makes her laugh every time)
     watching fish tanks
     putting everything in her mouth

I LOVE seeing her smile and hearing her laugh. It's seriously THE BEST. 


     something being taken away from her. (like when I turn around and see her trying to put my shoe in her mouth, bleh!)
     diaper changes! She screams and wiggles away immediately when I put her on her back.


     Still nursing 7ish times a day plus eating solids. We skipped cereals and just give her table foods (sometimes called baby led weaning). So far she's enjoyed everything we've offered (pear, watermelon, potato, broccoli, beets, carrots, spinach, rice, macaroni and cheese, green beans, pizza crust, pancakes, peaches, yogurt, asparagus, pickle, plum) except banana. I'm not a huge fan of bananas either so I can't blame her! 


     two naps a day, usually one in the morning and one in the afternoon
     bedtime is around 6:00ish and she sleeps til about 3:00 - 4:00, eats and then sleeps again til about 5:30 - 6:30

This has been the toughest part of parenthood for me (other contenders: sending her to daycare and the first 8 weeks of breastfeeding). Baby girl was all about partying at night when she was brand new and was still eating 3-4 times at night til she was about 2 months old. She gradually phased that out and we've been at 1 night feeding since she was about 3 months old. Plus she puts herself to sleep now rather than one of us rocking her forever. THANK GOODNESS. I couldn't function with the crazy interrupted sleep - it made me so impatient, irritable, super hungry, and unable to think. My husband would tell me things and twenty minutes later, I'd have no recollection of the conversation at all. These days I'm not as well rested as I used to be, but I'm very close! :)


     crawling! She is all over the place and it's hilarious to watch. Ordered some stuff on Amazon so we can start baby proofing things!
     2 teeth in June
     baths in the regular bath tub (we had her in a baby tub previously)

So exciting to watch! I also love the inexplicable pride I feel when she does something new (as in - I didn't teach her to roll over, but I definitely teared up when she did it the first time, ha!). 

And . . I think that about covers it. Life is good! Can't wait to see what this month brings!

Any questions? :) How's life in your neck of the woods? 

Monday, December 28, 2015

2015 Goals Update

Time for a goals update!


• Save $300 per pay - Yes! Easiest goal ever because this was automatically deducted from my paychecks!


• Attend more than 67 yoga classes - Nope! I stopped attending yoga classes in June because I was modifying so many of the poses to accommodate my growing belly that it seemed silly to pay to take a class that I wasn't fully participating in. I couldn't find any local prenatal classes so I switched to DVDs from the library until the very end when just cooking dinner felt like a work out. How do pregnant women who already have children do it??

• Read 52 books - Yep, a total of 70. It was a banner year for reading actually, considering almost all those books were read before September. Now baby girl and I listen to audiobooks (electronically downloaded from the library to my cell phone) during some daytime nursing sessions when I want to read something. Plus I read a kids book to her daily. 


• Exercise together twice a month - Mr. G's work schedule changed in February so we no longer have evenings together (biggest bummer EVER). And though we do still take walks around the neighborhood, going to exercise classes was not a priority for our weekends! Walks are especially great now because they calm the baby (and sometimes she'll even sleep!) and we can talk uninterrupted for a bit. 

• Travel twice - Yes! St. Michaels for our anniversary and the beach for a babymoon.

• Cook 6 new recipes together - Fail! Cooking new foods while pregnant was a challenge I was not up to! We made tiramisu in January, and this green bean cobbler last week but that's about it on the new recipe front. The cobbler was super yummy - I used vegan sausage and bumped up the green beans to 3 cups. 

Adding a baby to the family wasn't on my original list but it's certainly my favorite "accomplishment" of the year ;)

How did you do on your goals?

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Little Miss Giraffe

Our family expanded earlier this week! Ahh still in shock that I have a baby! She is happy and healthy though and I'm recovering fine :)

I chose to have her at a birth center and it was perfect. A relatively short labor and then I delivered her in a giant bathtub. I would definitely have a water birth again! Pushing was the hardest part and crowning was painful for me (though I'd already forgotten how bad it hurt when they put her on my chest) but I'm glad I did it drug free because I could feel everything and giving birth is an incredible feeling. Plus I was super proud of myself afterwards, haha!

We love her so much. Just soaking in every minute.  

I'm not sure I want to post her name and have it searchable on the blog, so check out this list - her name is number 8

And to think, last November we thought we couldn't have children. Feeling sooo grateful! :)

Oh and please excuse my absence around the web these past few weeks . . honestly, I probably won't be back to regular reading and commenting til Christmas time. 

Because I'm taking care of a baby! :)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Pregnancy Update: 36 weeks

Just a quick update (prompts stolen from Olives n Wine) . . feel free to ask me questions in the comments!

Due Date: November 1st

How far along? I hit 36 weeks yesterday! Full term at the end of this week :)

Maternity clothes: Yes, I've had to wear them for quite a while now. Looking forward to wearing regular things soon though!

Stretch marks: None yet.

Sleep: I sleep soundly from 8pm to my first bathroom break (around midnight or 1am), then I toss and turn til about 5 when it's time to get up. My hips get sore so I have to switch sides every hour or so.

Best moment this week: Going to the doctor's and hearing the baby's heartbeat. Always amazing!

Miss anything? Sleeping on my stomach and bending over. I have to squat when I drop things on the floor, haha. 

Movement: Lots of movement! This baby loves to dance around after I eat and when I'm laying in bed at night. Sometimes it will just push on the sides of my belly and stay there, like a stretch. I think I'll definitely miss all the movement when I'm not pregnant. 

Food cravings: Potatoes have been awesome lately. Steamed or baked, topped with butter and salt & pepper, mmm!

Gender: Still a surprise!

Name: We have two boy names and two girl names picked out. The plan is to wait until the baby arrives and see which name suits him/her.

Labor signs: I've had some Braxton Hicks (the practice contractions) the past few weeks and I'm 1 cm dilated. I'm all for it! On the one hand, I want the baby to stay put and keep growing til 37 weeks, but I'm so excited to meet them that I'd love it if the baby decided to come anytime after that!

Symptoms: Some heartburn at night. I've started sleeping with two pillows under my head and drinking milk before bed. Both have helped immensely.

Belly button in or out? Still an innie, but just barely!

Wedding rings on or off? Off! I think I stopped wearing them regularly around 29 or 30 weeks? They were easy to put on in the morning, but a struggle to remove after work, so I left them off as a precaution. I've heard horror stories of people who had to cut off their rings and I wanted to avoid that!

27 days to go!!

Still have more questions? Let me know :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Sunrise on Sunday
Mr. G and I decided to go on one last little trip before the baby arrives (called a babymoon around here) so we drove to the beach on Saturday morning, stayed the night, and then came home Sunday evening. It was the perfect short break from work and getting things ready around the house. We spent a lot of time walking and talking, and of course ate way too much like we always do on vacation, haha! 

The weather was perfect, sunny and in the 70s (about 22-24° C). The ocean was chilly but it felt good to my hot pregnant body (I've never been a warm person until this pregnancy) and I was happy to get another wear out of my maternity swim suit! 

A little less than 6 weeks til my due date!

Crazy to think that on our next beach trip we'll have a baby in tow!

Are babymoons common where you live?
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