Lucia is getting toooooo biggggg!!! (insert crying face!!) My little...well not so little... girl was 8 months on Thursday. I am happy to report folks, she is only waking up once a night! Halleluiah! Thank the good Lord because her waking up every two hours was enough to put me in the nut house and it almost turned Josh into a narcoleptic. Poor kid would fall asleep doing normal task like... searching the internet on his phone...
and in mid sentence. It was getting kind of annoying and a little bit concerning...but whatever. So anyway, back to Lucia. This big mama is tipping the scale at 21 pounds! My parents are slightly alarmed at the amount she eats, but we don't even feed her! She feeds herself!! We messed with purees for like a week and it was very time consuming, made a huge mess and it seemed like Lucia was advanced enough to pick up food on her own and chew it without causing me to dial 911. We were right. We put some food on her plate and she feeds herself and stops when she is full. But this kid...this kid can eat. This morning she put down some cucumber, two egg yokes and half a banana...an hour after a 7oz bottle of milk. Yea, my adult sister eats less than that for breakfast. We are glad that she is not a picky eater though, that would be bad considering Josh and I will literally eat anything.
So what's new with this little sausage?? Well, she is not crawling yet, but she is getting close. She does get up on her hands and knees but just kind of gets stuck there...she also loves to stand and hold on to things...so maybe she will walk before she crawls? Who knows. She talks ALL the time and screams. That's my fault because I just squeal at her all the time, very loudly.
She's super fun and her personality is very apparent and it is scarily similar to mine. Pray.For.Us.Friends. She is starting to throw little baby fits when she wants something and she is very strong willed. We love it though. We will, God willing, channel it for good.
She is very smart. I am sure all parents say that about their kids, but she really is. She knows a bunch of words already, can clap her hands on cue, looks outside when you say 'look at the tree and birds,' looks at the door when you say 'who is here'..a bunch of that stuff like that. She is very aware. She's not just a babbly baby, she acts like she knows whats going on. She acts very grown up. It's funny. We love our chubby little sausage!
Here are some pictures from her 8 month photo shoot.
We just past the one month mark in our new home. One month of living here and six weeks of busting our butts to try and get this place to where we want it to be. It is not even close to a finished product but little by little we are getting there.
We already decided our next house is going to be new construction- insert tired face- I love projects and crafting but it is a lot of work buying a house that needs updating...especially with a seven month old. But...I have a vision of how I want it to look and bless Josh's heart he has really been wonderful in helping me get the place there. He not only has let me buy literally everything I have asked for up to this point (within reason), but he has done project after project without complaining ...where did I find this guy?? I really want to get the house to a place that is comfortable for us and welcoming for other people. Our vision is to make our home a meeting place for people, welcoming, cozy and peaceful. That is our goal.
So here is a look at the upstairs level at month one. The before pictures were done by the realty company...so they are definitely edited and make the place look a bit better than it did when we moved in. The house overall was in excellent shape...just very outdated.
Lets start with the bathroom. We ripped up the wallpaper, painted the walls, replaced the medicine cabinet and lights, changed the outlets and outlet covers, replaced the door knobs, painted the closet and covered the shelves with cool contact paper, took down the blinds and I made curtains. Ugh! We still need to replace the whole sink, update the bars and faucet to nickle finishes...then we are done in there!
Our bedroom... we took out the carpet and painted the walls teal, put up curtains, the outlets and door knobs were replaced, the closet painted and an organizer was put in. We still need to replace our bedding to match the teal/gold theme (I was washing our sheets in the after pic =)...we are also going to get rid of the ceiling fan and we need to hang some things on the wall.
Next Lucia's room...This room was a hot mess. The wallpaper was 6 layers deep and it took the longest, it was horrid. We ripped out the wallpaper, took off the closet doors, painted, put in a new closet rack, decorated and put up curtains. We still need to change out the light fixture and work on her closet. What I would like to do is throw down a cute rug in the closet and put book shelves on the sides to make it a little reading nook for her when she is a bit older...oh and put on the light switch cover! Opps! I just changed that last night and needed to touch up the paint.
Spare bedroom...Not too much has been done to this room. We took out the carpet and painted the room yellow and put up some nice curtains. We have a small bed in there for now which we will replace with a queen...but we really have not done too much with this room yet. I scored those bedside tables on craigslist for 15$ each and I will paint them some color, but I am not sure yet what that will be. I also bought a wonderful mid-century modern dresser for this room that I will refinish! This room is not a huge priority right now so we are trying to finish up the main rooms first before I have at those projects.
Here is a view of the hallway before and after as well. We got rid of one of the railings and hung a couple of little pictures and signs at the end of the wall. I am going to add more to the end of the hallway as I come across things I feel would fit there. I also want to add a few huge pictures along the side walls, and change the hallway light.
I am tired just re-reading this!! A lot of work but so worth it! Thanks for all the prayers for our transition. It has been going great! We love this area...such an improvement from where we were in Albany! Love you friends!
So this little doll is 7 months old...and she is so fun. The infant stage was nice...I mean kind of. It was hard. Long nights, busy days, it was a haze. Now, I am really enjoying my sweet pea. I am going to say about 90 percent of the time, if you look at her and smile, she will smile right back. She is such a happy baby. A bit stubborn and definitely strong willed (pray for us), but so happy and smiley. In the last month her personality has continued to blossom. She tries to communicate more and more and we now understand what her grunts and noises mean...which is so strange since they make no real sense. She sits and plays so well by herself and overall is an easy baby. The nights are still not where we want them to be, but we are down to just two wake ups most nights, which is not bad at all.
Lucia is awesome though...we could not have asked for a better baby and we love her to pieces. Here is some more detail on our sweet little sausage.
Hello friends! I am Lisa. Lover of Christ and family, a former television reporter, and a wife and mom who strives to live a healthy, toxic free lifestyle.