Keeping up with a blog is hard. I have no idea how people do it so regularly. I know that no one would care if I fell behind and just stopped, but I’ve enjoyed looking back over Owen’s blog posts and seeing what he was doing at the time. Addison’s won’t be as thorough because when I play catch-up, I forget lots of details, but at least it will be something! 🙂
— 7 months: September 6, 2017 —
Addison turned 7 months in September! It seems this is the last time I’m going to manage to get a monthly picture with the sticker actually on Addison. Ha! I’m not sure of her weight or length because she didn’t have any appointments around this time!
Little did we know, this was just the beginning of the funny, goofy faces! This is when she started grabbing her feet. I started putting shoes on her feet occasionally because of how stinking cute they are. 🙂
Baby girl was still teething terribly and chewing on everything. At this point she has pretty much mastered the restaurant high chairs. It’s funny to look back and see how she and Owen were similar. For example, Owen always had himself turned around in his crib all sorts of ways. Addison started doing the same thing!
I can rarely get a picture of the two of these kiddos while they’re looking because they’re much more interested in looking at each other. Ha! I love watching their love for each other grow!
— 8 months: October 6, 2017 —
Annnnd the difficult monthly sticker pictures begin! Ha! We had to take Addison to the doctor on September 22 because we suspected that she had an ear infection. Turns out we were right. Not only that, but when they weighed her, she was the same weight as she was at her 6 month appointment – around 16.5 pounds. I asked the doctor and he said not to worry and that kids can plateau in weight. Addison was put on Amoxicillin for the ear infection and we went home.
A few days after the 10 day antibiotic had finished, Addison was up screaming for four hours one night so the next morning, on October 7, I took her to the After Hours to check. Turns out the first ear infection had gotten worse and the left ear joined the party so they prescribed her with Augmentin, which is the antibiotic Owen had an allergic reaction to. Thankfully Addison didn’t react to it so she doesn’t seem to have that allergy!
They weighed her at that After Hours doctor’s appointment and she still hadn’t gained any weight since the 6 month appointment and at this point, she had just turned 8 months. So that means not gaining weight in two months. I asked the AH doctor about it and she said to increase the amount of times I nurse Addison by 1-2 times per day. I started eating oatmeal for breakfast to increase my supply, hoping that would help.
We took a family trip to Six Flags to get our season passes renewed and it was a blast! It was SUPER crowded but Owen got to ride his favorite rides and Addison enjoyed being strolled around. They even both took naps in the stroller and there were minimal breakdowns. I consider that a success!
Since she’s pretty solid at sitting up on her own, I’ve started to sit Addison in front of the full-length mirror while I get ready in the morning and she loves it! She’ll talk and play and laugh and it cracks me up. Ha!
I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, but this girl is straight UNPREDICTABLE. Will she nap in the morning? Maybe, maybe not. Will she nap in the afternoon? Maybe, maybe not. One does not determine the other. It’s pretty insane. It makes each of my days unpredictable because I have no idea if I’ll be able to get work done or not.
And the sibling love grows… 🙂
— 9 months: November 6, 2017 —
When we took Addison to the After Hours doctor when she was 8 months, the doctor had us schedule a follow-up with the regular doctor after the antibiotic was done so that we can make sure the infection is completely gone. So we went on October 23 and her ears were completely cleared, but she was STILL only 16.5 pounds, same as her 6 months. Dr. Smith said to keep doing what I’m doing and that we’ll re-check at her 9 month appointment and that it may be that she’s just settling in to her future size. I started trying out the Mother’s Milk tea that’s supposed to increase your milk supply but it was AWFUL. So I started taking the fenugreek supplement that is supposed to do the same thing.
Fast forward to Addison’s 9 month check up and she measured at 27 3/4 inches which is good, but only 15 pounds 10 ounces, which is less than the previous month. It has been extremely discouraging and frustrating. At around 6 months, I felt like I was following her lead because she really preferred solid food over breastmilk so I cut back on the mid-day feedings. But now it turns out that I was actually keeping calories from her and it feels terrible – even though it was unknowingly and unintentionally.
Anyways, another frustrating part is that if you’ve ever spent a day with Addison, you know that she eats ALL DAY LONG. Seriously if she’s not sleeping or in the car, she’s eating. So we’re trying to give her high calorie foods like whole milk yogurt and trying to get her to drink some pumped milk in a sippy cup since she won’t take a bottle. She can start drinking whole milk at 10 months which will help a lot, but until then, trying to get her some calories! Hopefully with the extra nursing sessions, intentionally high calorie foods, and adding whole milk next month, she’ll have gained weight by her 1 year appointment!
Addison got baptized in October! My dad did the baptism and both of our families came and it was such a special day of celebrating baby Addison! I was pretty certain that she was going to cry when I handed her off to Dad, but she didn’t! She did a GREAT job!
Addison’s two bottom teeth finally came through! Yay!! She’s been a completely different baby since they popped through – even more smiley and much more chill (unless she’s hungry). On that topic, Addison is picking up her food like a pro! I feel like it took Owen much longer to figure out the fingertip grab, but that’s almost all Addison does! She uses her thumb and index finger and places the food in her mouth, sometime after holding it up in the air for a bit, like Simba. Ha!
We got to take the kids to Disney World in October and we all had a blast! Owen LOVED seeing the characters and Addison would talk to them and squeal and get excited too! It was such a good experience that I think next year we may put aside money each month to save up for annual Disney trips!
Our church put on a Fall Festival and it was so much fun! I really like doing family group theme costumes so this year we were characters from PJ Masks, one of Owen’s favorites shows. Owen was Gekko, Addison was Owlette, Greg was Romeo, and I was Luna Girl (for those of you who may speak Disney Junior language). We got to dress up at Disney and at the Fall Festival! My parents came to town for actual Halloween because that’s my mom’s birthday and Owen wanted to put costumes back on so we did and then went to Barnes and Noble to play with trains. 🙂
This sibling relationship melts my heart. I hope they always lean on each other and make each other laugh and love each other like they do now.
— The Rest of Us —
Overall, we’re all doing really well! The church is going great. We re-launched our new worship service style, had a successful Fall Festival, survived our first Charge Conference, and streamlined the leadership structure and elected new Board chairs. We say constantly that we can’t imagine ourselves anywhere else. The people at our church are OUR PEOPLE. We banter with each other just like family. Owen loves going to the church and running around and Addison has gotten much better about the nursery. Our kids are loved so deeply and that’s really all I can ask for as a mom.
I’m working on my ordination paperwork that’s due in January. I’ll go before the Board of Ordained Ministry in March for a series of interviews that will determine if I will be fully ordained in the UMC in June or if I am deferred for a year to come back up in 2019. That’s pretty terrifying, but I’m trying to focus on getting the work done to the best of my ability first. Then I’ll panic about interviews. 🙂
Greg has been able to attend most of the home games for the new Major League Soccer team, Atlanta United. We got him season passes for this year and it was such a fantastic experience that we renewed them for next year! It’s a great way for him to take his breaks from work and do something that he really loves. I was able to go with him to a game in September and it was SO MUCH FUN! He’s very much excited for the day when Owen’s is old enough to go with him to a game.
Speaking of Owen, that child is crazy as ever. Talking a ton – too much, if you ask me. 😉 Learning new things every day. The kids amazes me. He’s so smart and picks up on things rather quickly. I love to dream of what profession he might choose one day. Will he be an engineer because he loves to take things apart and put them back together? Or a social worker because he makes sure everyone has some of whatever he has? Or a firefighter or railroad worker or a pilot because he loves those things? Man. It could be anything. But that kid is going to change the world and love deeply while he does it.
I do the same dreaming about Addison. There’s a Shakespeare quote that says: “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” Lordy mercy. This girl is a spitfire and has a voice to go with her opinionated self. I cannot wait to see her learn to use her voice. Watch out world, Addison Lain Harrison is coming.