Lainey is 9 months!

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Well I can’t believe our little girl is 9 months already.  I wanted to share what she’s been up to because she has changed soo much in just a month. At the beginning of her 8th month I ended her dreamfeed. So that was a huge adjustment for me. I think though she was already done with it before as I’d get her up to feed and she hardly had an interest to eat. I think I mostly did it for myself as it was one more thing I wanted to do a bit longer. Now I put her down and I don’t hear her until 7am the next morning.

Now some people may roll their eyes or think we’re crazy, but we’re starting to potty train her.   Or should I say right now we’re training Mommy and Daddy to take Lainey to the potty at the right times.  .  I never thought it would be possible, but she’s already got the hang of it, somewhat.   It all started just a couple days before she was 8 months and her poopies were becoming so regular that they happened the exact time everyday.  So one time she was actually trying to go poopy while I was changing her diaper so I just stuck her on the toilet and she went! (yes, I know a little TMI right)  But as of now we’ve had under 5 poopy diapers since then as well as waking up from naps with a dry diaper.   I have to say it sure is nice not to clean up after those diapers!  I have to say though it does take a lot of effort and timing.  But for how long we’ve been at it she’s amazing!  Even if it’s just poopies in the toilet that’s good enough for me for now.  It’s soo cute too to see her little smile after she knows she’s done a good job on the potty.

The other thing she has accomplished like 1 day before she turned 9 months is crawling!!  She’s been at it for about just over 2 weeks, trying to learn.  But she finally has mastered the skill.  She can get around, but just very slowly.  I bet though it won’t be very long and she will be darting across the room before I can catch her.  Which means Mommy and Daddy have to reorganize the house so she can’t get into anything and get a baby gate, pronto!  She is so much happier (even though it seems like she is always happy anyways) that she can get to things herself.  It sure keeps her busy for awhile longer.  (Here are a couple pictures of her scooting around)
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Some other milestones this past month were: Saying her first words ‘Mama’ and ‘Dada’, learning to wave bye bye or hello, as well as dancing.  Her dancing is probably the most entertaining.  It always gets a laugh -> http://imgflip.com/i/1mlo1
Pretty darn cute!!  She’ll dance to anything from music in the car, cartoon songs to you asking her to dance.  She just loves to boogey!

And the last big milestone she reached this month was her first tooth!!  It’s almost impossible to take a picture of because,  she just doesn’t like to show it off.  I can’t wait till it comes up all the way.  She’ll look so goofy 🙂 (or shall I say just like goofy)

This little princess has given us so much joy over the past few months.  We are so blessed that God gave us this little angel  to be a part of our lives.  I couldn’t imagine my life without her.  It’s only been 9 months but she has changed our lives so much.

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Fun in the pool

So Friday I finally found a baby pool at Toys R Us and was so excited to have Lainey play in it on Saturday.  Unfortunately the weather wasn’t the greatest this weekend so we had to postpone the fun.  So today was a real nice day outside so we decided to play in the pool.

Here are some pics of our little Guppy 🙂

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DIY Chew Bead Necklace

Being the crafty new Mom that I am, I enjoy making things myself. Even though this usually ends up being more work in the long run, but it’s usually a whole lot cheaper. So recently I saw some Mom’s wearing those necklaces that are safe for babies to chew. I had no idea the babies liked them so much and that it feels so good for when they are teething. So Lainey finally really started teething these past 2 weeks. And I thought I might buy one. So I looked online see what styles were available and around what price they were. So they ended up being $20-30 for these silicone beads. So I didn’t want to spend that much on them so I looked online to see if anywhere sold just the beads so I could make one myself. I went to Etsy and they sold individual beads as well as the necklaces. They were a bit cheaper but then once you ad shipping they end up being the same price. Then I found out from some other Mommy bloggers on Hellobee.com that Michaels had some for sale in the kids section in their bins. Now when I read the post it was already May and they had them out around Easter time. So I went and hoped to find some. I couldn’t find any until I went back to look for other things and they had one set left of the oval beads. I prefer these ones over the round ones as they look a bit nicer, that’s just my personal opinion. They were about $8 and still regular price. But hey that’s a lot cheaper than what they sell the Chewbeads brand ones for. But they had a 50% off coupon on their app today and I still had a $1 left on my Michaels gift card. I was quite happy with my bargain! Especially since Lainey already seemed quite interested in them. She saw me holding them and wanted to chew on them already. So I got right on it when I got home as she was having quite a rough day with those teeth coming in. That poor girl 😦

Anywho here is the necklace I made…

So here is what they looked like when I bought them. They came on an elastic beading thread already. But A) she would break it for sure and B) I didn’t want it to be stretchy. If she’s going to be pulling on it, it’s going to keep snapping back and hitting me. (LOL not fun!)

IMG_0484[1]So I took the beads off the elastic thread they used and threaded 1/8″ ribbon through it.  I thought since it will be in her mouth this is something easy to clean and okay to be in her mouth.  Here is the ribbon I picked up from Michaels for $0.59 !
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I decided to use two strands as the beads are rather heavy being that they are made out of silicone.  Then after I threaded each bead on I tied a knot after each one to keep in place and in case it might break.

Here is the final result…

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