Sunday, January 23, 2011

Bella is 6 months!!!

Half of a year has gone by....Really?!!! My goodness how time has flown by since July 17th! Little Bella is just growing by leaps and bounds and her personality is definitely starting to shine.

She weighs 16.6 pounds!


5-6 ounces of breastmilk every 3- 3 1/2hours.
( She has been boycotting the bottle a little bit lately. I
am hoping this is just a phase.) Her favorite food to eat is
bananas! Each night she eats a container of bananas mixed
with rice cereal and breastmilk. She is becoming an expert
at eating from a spoon! She will even open her mouth and lean
forward for bites now. We have also introduced pears (which she
really likes), sweet potatoes (not a favorite of hers yet), and
avocodos ( she LOVES these but they make her tummy gassy so we
have put them on hold for now).


She sleeps a 1 hour nap every 3 to 4 hours during the day
when at home. The couple of days a week she is at the
sitters, she is entirely too nosy watching the other
children to sleep like she should! We also graduated from
swaddling her at night. She is getting way too long for
that now.(This makes me a little sad...sniff, sniff)


Bella is rolling over!! Yay! She also loves her jumperoo,
discovery exersaucer, jenny jumpup and she loves to sit up
by herself or supported by her boppy. (We have sure gotten our use out
of the boppy!!) Bella is still a waterbaby and LOVES her bathtime.
Here is a video of Bella at playtime.....


Rolling around, sitting up by herself, saying "Mama", grabbing at
objects large and small, then putting them right in her mouth!
Chewing on anything and everything. Smiling, talking, deep belly
laughing (so cute!). Last ,but not least, she loves to stand up with
someone holding and supporting her.

*Favorite thing to do this month*- Cuddle, say "Mama" and "Dada"!, play with her toys,find tags on anything and chew them, and as always,play with her sissies!!!

Just look how much baby Bella has grown these past 6 months!!!:)

Happy Half Birthday Bella!!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Spirit of Hope National Competition!!

This past weekend we headed to Charlotte, NC for the Spirit of Hope National cheerleading competition. To say Hailey was excited would be an understatement! She has most definitely found her passion. She puts her whole heart into practicing and being the best that she can be. And ,most importantly, as of her report card today, she is maintaining her straight A's!!! We are so proud of her and all of her fellow Thundercats! Such a devoted group of little girls:)

Here are some pictures from the competition....

We love our THUNDERCATS!!!:)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I can say "Mama" and sit all by myself!!

Wow, have there been lots of firsts this week! Bella is now able to balance in the sitting position without any support. She is rarely wanting to lie on her back while she is awake anymore! As soon as she is layed down, she will either flip onto her stomach or strain to sit up. I can not believe how quickly this first year is flying by!

Also, Bella has started saying her very first word this week.....Mama! And she says it over and over. I have been chasing her around with the camera but everytime I turn it on she starts laughing. I did finally get her saying it though!

(Press pause on playlist to listen:)

And, she has grown into her Jenny Jump-up. I think this toy is a winner for sure!:)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Bella is 5 1/2 months!!

One late entry makes way for another late entry it seems! Bella will be 6 months on the 17th of this month. I figured I had better get her 5 month update in before I miss my opportunity:)

She weighs approximately 16 pounds!


4-5 ounces of breastmilk every 3 hours.
She is also eating a bowl of rice cereal every night at dinnertime. We have just added homemade avocado baby food and banana baby food since she is almost 6 months. She really loves these new additions and has become a very enthusiastic eater!


Bella sleeps a 1 hour nap every 3 hours during the day. She has made the big move to the crib in her own room and has been sleeping much better than last month. Lately she has been waking around midnight and then again around 4 or 5am to eat but goes right back down with no problem. Naptimes are now spent sleeping on her tummy, but she still likes to be swaddled at bedtime.


Bella is rolling from her back to stomach and stomach to back....sooo she has now been rolling her way around the living room!! She has pretty much outgrown her playmat. Everytime we put her down she immediately rolls right off it! She is still LOVING bathtime, her new discovery exersaucer, jumparoo, and her swing and bouncy seat. And how can a baby get bored when she has such entertaining big sisters!


Rolling!, picking up large objects, and putting her paci in her mouth.
Now that Bella is becoming a little more mobile, we have banned barbies and barbie shoes and accessories from the livingroom. The last thing we want is one of those little peices to get into her mouth!

*Favorite thing to do this month*- Roll around the room, play in her discovery exersaucer , and chew on anything she can get her mouth on.

Is that a happy baby or what?!