Another Introduction Friday!! So again, where was I?
Raylee Jo came into the world May 28, 2014. She was tiny, and every one kept saying how big her hands were. I think she was just so small, and had normal sized hands, and that’s why they looked so big. But I loved her from the second I saw her. She was a great baby, except she wanted to eat every 45 minutes. I don’t think I got much, if any, sleep in the first 3 months. I spent a lot of time just in bed. I would feed her, watch Netflix, and then try to fall asleep, only to be woken up by her ready to eat again. Somehow, us mommas live off no sleep for extended periods of time.
Every once in a while she would give me a 3 hours stretch after about 4 days of hardly any sleep. That was always nice. She rarely cried. Only whimpered really. And she really was a great baby, besides the whole sleeping thing. We would do tummy time almost every day, but she would just end up falling asleep. From the start, she’s LOVED to sleep on her tummy-even though they tell you not to do that :P.
Around 3 months, she was sleeping pretty well, and only waking up about twice a night which was much better than every 45 minutes, but at 5 months, she started “trying” to wake up every 45 minutes again to eat. It was at this point I took the advice of my older sister and put her in her own room, with no baby monitor. My sister said “if she really needs you, you’ll know.” And I attribute that to her being such a great sleeper now!
She got her lower front teeth a bit before 6 months, and I didn’t even notice that she was teething until they were there. That was pretty fortunate! She started holding a plank about 2 weeks before her 1/2 birthday and at 6 months was crawling everywhere. She loved bath time, but it was never long enough, and she was very independent. She loved to just play with her toys.
She was 7 1/2 months around Christmas and that was fun, but not as fun as it will be in the future. I can’t wait until she gets excited for Christmas! 🙂 Around this time, we started giving her formula, and she was a great baby food eater. She wasn’t gaining enough weight with breast feeding, and I was SO grateful to be done. She was crawling EVERYWHERE by that point, and even kneeling. I knew it was only a matter of time before she was walking around.
I wasn’t surprised when she started walking at 9 months. She picked it up in about 3 days and never stopped after that.
She continued to grow and walking turned to running, and now we have a crazy 15 month old that loves to get into everything and pull everything of tables, and climb on tables, and play with phones, and pretend she’s talking on them. She keeps me on my toes, that’s for sure. So when i’m not out taking pictures, or talking with other wedding professionals about styled shoots, or building relationships with them, I am playing with this crazy girl.
I love her to pieces, and don’t know what I ever did without her, and it makes me fall more and more in love with my hubby when I get to watch him interact with her. It’s really adorable. 🙂
I made sure to get monthly photos for her first year, and i’m go glad it did. It’s hard to see the changes they make when you see them everyday, but SO fun to look back and remember what you may have forgotten. Love this monster! 😀