Amelia reached the 5 month mark on June 4th (yes, it is almost July 4th. I'm getting later and later with these monthly posts). She is becoming much more expressive and is continuing to master some previously learned skills, such as rolling over and smiling/laughing at Elias. We gave sweet potatoes a try, but she wasn't able to keep the food in her mouth so we're going to wait to try again for a few weeks.
At two months, Amelia weighs about 11 1/2 lbs, close to double her birth weight. She mostly skipped over the 0-3 month size and is now in 3 month clothes. She is still doing a great job of eating and napping on a regular schedule and sleeping 5-6 hours at night between feedings.
Some milestones Amelia has achieved this month are:
- smiling when someone talks to her - holding her head up while on her stomach - rolling from her belly to her back
Elias enjoys watching her move and likes to point out her body parts. He also gives her unprompted kisses throughout the day. My heart fills with joy every time I see it.
It has been a long winter here at the Metzger house. Last week, when it finally got a little bit warm, we opened the windows like it was spring and enjoyed the cold, but very refreshing, air. Elias abandoned his carrot for the snow outside the window.
We've not been able to play outside much because of the frigid temperatures. Last week when it was a bit warmer, we got out as much as we could. The snow was too deep to play in but we took some nice long walks and found a few puddles to splash in.
For reference, the snow piles at the end of the lane are as tall as me.
If you've been thinking of going to Bremen Bounce but haven't yet, you should drop what you're doing, find an open day, mark it on your calendar, and set a reminder. This. Place. Was. Awesome. The price was great. The fun was endless (or all ages). There weren't a ton of people. And most importantly, it broke the monotony of staying inside. We went with some friends who have kids around the same age as ours, which made it even more fun.
This has been a long winter for lots of people. Having a newborn in these temperatures means that we don't go outside during the day unless we're getting in the car. That means poor Elias is stuck in the house too with all of his toddler energy. Thankfully, Pinterest is full of new and exciting toddler activities that are quite easy to pull off without much planning. This was a super easy one. I gave Elias a bowl of flour, an empty bowl, and some things to scoop with. He had a blast. A lot of the flour ended up being digested by him, but hey, it's flour!
to this ...
Her cheeks have filled out, she's lost most of the dark hair on top of her head, she's into the next size of clothes, and she's tracking close objects. The days are flying by, but we're trying to soak up all the cute noises and funny faces before they're gone.
We have been so blessed by family and friends with diapers, clothes, and freezer meals. Our supply is dwindling, but there are still several meals in the freezer! One of these days, I'm going to have to remember how to cook again.
On January 4th, Amelia Grace surprised us by coming two days sooner than we had planned. She was scheduled to come via cesarean on the 6th, but I was pretty happy that my water broke early. We ended up staying in the hospital during most of the really cold and bad winter weather. After two hours of labor, Amelia was born by c-section at 6:40 a.m. She weighed 6 lbs 7 oz and was 19 1/2 inches long. Compared to the long labor and emergency surgery I had with Elias, this was a breeze. The only complications I had were an allergic reaction to a medication, which was fixed by another medication, and some bleeding from my incision the day after the surgery because of a persistent cough. Aside from those two issues, my recovery has been pretty quick and pain free.
Amelia has been a good eater and sleeper from day one. At six days old, she had already regained and surpassed her birth weight.
Little bits of her personality are starting to show. She has very little patience when it comes to food. When she wants it, she wants it five minutes ago. Same with sleeping. When she's tired, she wants to be asleep instantly. She definitely gets these first two traits from me. She's pretty easy going when it comes to Elias being too rough with her. So far she's been poked in the eye, slapped in the head, pulled off my breast daily, had her pacifier yanked from her mouth only to have it pushed back in two seconds later, and been rolled on (Elias is normally pretty gentle with her, giving kisses and petting her head, but he is a little boy who has not yet learned a ton of self control so I can't be too hard on him).
Choosing the name Amelia Grace was both a difficult and extremely easy process. As soon as we found out we were having a girl, we decided her middle name would be Grace, after an older lady from Peter's home church who has been instrumental in his life. I absolutely love the biblical definition of grace: "the free and unmerited favor of God." What a beautiful reminder to Amelia and to us of God's everlasting and freely given love.
Finding a first name that we both liked was much harder. Our only filter going into the search was that it needed to start with a vowel. Peter loved the name Amelia right from the beginning. It took me a few months, but I soon came to love it as well. Now that there is a little person to go with it, Amelia seems like such an obvious choice. It means "industrious leader." My prayer is that she will be a strong leader for God and have a heart that is tender towards people so she can be a daily example of Christ to her world.
I've been on the search for a Christmas Stocking for Elias but haven't been able to find one that I like. Apparently I'm picky. It finally dawned on me last night that I could easily make one for him out of all the material in my fabric stash. I did a bit of googling and found this super simple pattern and tutorial. I decided to use quilted fabric for the main body of the stocking, so I added some lining as well to cover up the raw edges. After about an hour, I came up with this!
I absolutely love how it turned out! And it is a simple enough pattern that I know I can quickly whip up more for future kids. Now I just need to find a stocking hanger and we'll be ready for Christmas morning!
A few weeks ago, I was working on some special gifts for my sister-in-law who is having a baby boy in January. This is their first and we're so excited for them! I may be more excited about working on projects for her nursery than I am for my own. We have a shared Pinterest board where she has been pinning different things that she would love to have for the baby. One such pin was this quilt. I absolutely love the chevron pattern! I decided that I could easily make the quilt for her. I researched a few tutorials on how to make the chevron pattern (it's pretty easy ... just a bunch of triangles sewn together) and put it together in a few afternoons.
I was also going to crochet her a blanket to go with the quilt, but the pattern I was using just wasn't working well with the grey yarn I had already purchased. I happened across this crocheted whale tutorial and decided to give it a go. I should mention that her nursery theme is gray/white chevron with nautical pieces mixed in. Because I was using such chunky yarn, this baby turned out to be the size of a floor pillow, but I still love it!
This summer, after being frustrated with how messy my dresser was and how impossible it was to find matching earrings, I searched the internet for a solution. I found some cute solutions using old dishes and was inspired.
After a quick trip to St. Vincent's Thrift Store, I had all the supplies I needed: 2 plates small bowl shot glass short candle holder
I used gorilla glue that I already had at home to put everything together. A hot glue gun would have given it a cleaner look, but I haven't made that purchase yet, so I used what I had on hand. It worked pretty well, I just had to keep wiping excess glue off the plates as the glue expanded.
My dresser looks so much better now! And I can actually find the jewelry I'm looking for without getting tangled in bracelets and necklaces!
A few weeks ago, I decided to try some painting with Elias. I made my own paint, since I knew he would end up eating it. I simply mixed flour and water until I got the consistency I wanted, then added food coloring. The result was somewhat 3-D - it has a nice bumpy texture and has as much sensory value dried as it did wet. So much excitement!
Elias turned one on April 10th! I cannot believe how fast this year has gone. When he was born, that was probably the number one thing people told us, "It will go by so fast." As new parents we didn't realize just how fast that would be.
We love you Elias and are so proud of how much you've learned and grown in your first year on earth. Our prayer is that you would continue to grow and learn, especially about your Heavenly Father who loves you more than mommy or daddy ever could.
Every once in a while I can keep something on his head long enough to take a picture. He's becoming very picky about things touching him lately. He'll even push my hands off if I'm trying to steady him or just keep track of him.
One of Elias' favorite things to do right now is hold clothes pins, spatulas, and spoons. He crawls around, hitting everything and turning the clothes pin around in his hands. He also combs his hair with it.
Oh, and yes. I did say that he's crawling! He's getting quite fast and seems to be enjoying his independence. He's also discovering stairs, but can't get up them by himself yet.
Standing up (especially in the bathtub) and cruising around are two other things that occupy his waking moments.
And let's not forget about food. He has a ravenous appetite and will eat anything except avocados and tea.
Anything that moves around in circles is fun: steering wheels, tops, his exersaucer, balls ...
Bath time always produces lots of giggles.
This weekend, during the cold and snow, I decided to try making these number bean bags. They were pretty easy, though the numbers were a little time consuming.
I used scraps that I already had (most of which were from this quiet book I made Elias for Christmas) and a bag of pinto beans that happened to be sitting on the shelf, so this was a free project that didn't require running to the store. Just the kind I like.
After unpacking tons of boxes and accidentally missing the recycling day twice, our garage has begun to look like a warehouse. Coincidentally, I've been needing a place to put all of our craft and office supplies. Our office/craft/play room in the basement has some great shelves, so I decided to put all of those boxes to good use. I found a blog post online that showed how the lady had cut her cardboard into pieces and then reassembled them into boxes that fit on her shelves. She used a hot glue gun. I used packing tape (because I don't have a hot glue gun). It seems to have worked out just as well.
I used Mod Podge to put some fabric on the fronts of the boxes so they are a little more pleasing to the eye. Since then, I have also added some dividers to a few of the boxes to sort pens, markers, glue, etc.
Somehow, my baby is 9 months old! This last month has brought many new things. Elias now has his own room, which we all think is awesome. So far, he's only had one night since we've moved in to our new house where he's actually slept all night in his room, but we'll get there. He is also becoming rather mobile! Although he can't crawl yet, he can scootch on his belly and bottom, go from a sitting to crawling position, and pull himself up to an almost standing position. He also loves to walk and run while holding onto our fingers. Often when he's sitting on my lap, he'll reach for my fingers and then scoot off of my knees onto floor. When the time comes that he can walk on his own, he's going to be a hard one to catch. He loves to play, talk, and mimic others. Today, I caught him trying to whistle like me.
Technology is still his favorite. Remote controls, cellphones, computers, the iPad, mouse ... you name it. If it has lights or makes noise and is black or silver, he wants it.
At the doctor's today, he was 18.1 lbs and 27 1/2 inches long. He hasn't grown too much since his 6 month visit, but that doesn't surprise me. I expect him to be rather petite at least through elementary school.
Elias is becoming more expressive as well.
Some of his newly discovered skills are opening and closing things (books, cupboards, boxes, baby wipes containers), turning the lights off (he can push the switch down but hasn't figured out how to pull it up yet), tearing paper (this was a hit over Christmas), and flirting with girls (particularly his aunts). He is a champion at sitting up and can almost get there from laying down by himself.