Wednesday, July 27, 2011

~Bella's 12 month update~

Isabella Faith Trevathan ~ 1 year

It is hard to believe that a full year has passed since Bella was born. We just can't imagine our life without her now! It has been so much fun watching her go from a little newborn to an outgoing, funloving, energetic one year old. And I have so enjoyed watching Hailey and Mary Kathryn develop into such devoted, loving older sisters. How much fun for them to grow up having each other to love and depend on. Just look at this display of sisterly love.....

                                      4th of July 2011

Now for Bella's 12 month update!~

Weight and length this month~ To be announced after her 12 month check next week. I'm pretty sure it's very close to 20 pounds.

Feedings~ Bella is making the transition from breastmilk to lactose free vitamin D milk. Not long after gradually starting her during the day on vitamin D whole milk, she began having horrible diarrhea. At first I just thought she had a virus. But it went on for 2 weeks, getting worse and worse the more whole milk we added to her diet. I mean it got so bad that she was waking several times during the night COVERED in stool from her hair to her feet. The last few nights she had THREE baths from the time she layed down at night till morning. At that point I realized that it had to be the milk. At the recommendation of a PA I work with, I switched her to lactose free milk (Thanks Denise!). And the turn around was amazing. Not only did we not have to fight her to get her to drink the milk, but the diarrhea stopped and she began having regular stools again! So at this point, Bella is down to nursing at bedtime and in the mornings and is finally able to take lactose free vitamin D milk during the day. Thank the Lord! I look forward to her one year check up next week when I can discuss this lactose intolerance with her pediatrician. She is also at the point where she prefers table food to baby food. Some of her favorites are pancakes, potatoes, cereal, whole grain puffs, and she likes green beans. I wouldn't say love but definitely likes:)

I just love this picture! Bella taking a bite of her smashcake at her 1st birthday party. This cake was extra special because it was made by her Aunt Abby:)

Sleep~ Things are getting better on this front. I would say she sleeps through the night (10 straight hours) 3 out of 7 nights a week. I'm happy with this progress in the right direction! (She slept wonderfully until almost 5 months and, well, all down hill from there). She also takes a 2 hour morning nap and a 1-1 1/2 hour afternoon nap.

Play~ She loves playing with baby dolls, pushing cars and trucks, climbing and "making " her sisters push her around in her play baby stroller. In fact, she gets upset if she sees a baby doll in the stroller and will throw it out and climb in herself. Then she will wait, not so patiently, to be pushed around. And of course her sisters love having a REAL baby doll to push!:)

Development~ Look how much we have learned in our 1st year!~
•Pulls self up to stand
•Walks holding on to furniture
•Stands momentarily without support
•Uses pincer grasp
•Bangs two cubes together
•Puts objects into container
•Takes objects out of container
•Lets objects go voluntarily
•Pokes with index finger
•Tries to imitate scribbling
•Responds to simple verbal requests
•Responds to “no”
•Uses simple gestures, such as shaking head for “no”
•Babbles with inflection
•Says “dada” and “mama”
•Uses exclamations, such as “oh-oh!”
•Tries to imitate words
•Finds hidden objects easily
•Looks at correct picture when the image is named
•Imitates gestures
•Begins to use objects correctly( ie. She loves to pretend to talk on the phone by holding it up to her ear and babbling!)
•Shows specific preferences for certain people and toys
•Repeats sounds or gestures for attention
•Finger-feeds herself
•Extends arm or leg to help when being dressed

Favorite things to do this month~ Cuddle and snuggle, ride in her play baby stroller, chase her sissies around, and explore!

And here is a picture of Bella's 1st birthday cake with her FAV charachter on it.....

And coincidentally Bella was born on our 9th wedding anniversary. So not only did we celebrate Bella's 1st birthday....but we also celebrated another very important milestone....
Our 10th wedding anniversary!!!

Happy 1st Birthday to my Bellabee!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Please pray for Tripp.

I have been reading '"EB"ing a Mommy', a blog written by the mother of a baby born with a rare and extremely painful skin disease called epidermolysis bullosa. His story has so touched me and he has really taken a turn for the worse recently. Please take a few moments of your time to say a prayer for his comfort and for strength and peace for his parents. Click here to read his story.

This mother's faith is so inspiring....

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Best Sunday Yet!!!

Last Sunday was a very special day for our family.....

Not only did the morning start out with a beautiful outdoor service, but it was made even more special because we dedicated Bella to the Lord!

After the service we had a picnic lunch and headed to a nearby pond for another special event.... Hailey and Mary Kathryn's baptism!!

Isn't that a beautiful site!! How truly blessed we are!!

FREE Shutterfly photo book! Yay!

LOVED this FREE photo book offer from Shutterfly!! The coupon came in the mail this week and I was super excited to put it to use. I'm not sure if only previous customers of shutterfly recieved them or if it went out to everyone, but it sure wouldn't hurt to check your mailbox!:)