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The one difference I’ve noticed between my two girls is that K is NOT a sleeper.

M is a great sleeper.  She can easily sleep 11-12 hours a night.  Although she doesn’t nap as often anymore, when she did, she could easily do 2-3 hours.

K is the last one to sleep, first one to wake up.  Her naps are cat naps compared to her sister.  It’s very rare that she nap for more than 30 minutes.

I’m pretty sure M spoiled us with the whole sleeping thing.  K just brought us back down to reality.

The bottom line is… I’m tired.

It’s been non-stop ‘on the go’ since K learned how to pull herself up on to anything that can hold her weight.

Her favorite thing to do in the playpen is pull herself up and side-step around the perimeter while holding on to the rail.

She’s done it so many times that she’s starting to get daring.

She’s starting to experiment with how big her steps and her reach can take her.  Sometimes, she tries to let go and just get from end to end with the least amount of steps possible.  This usually leads to her falling.  She falls.  She falls a lot.  Luckily, the bottom of the playpen isn’t too hard.  She also is learning how to catch herself if she falls forward.  She also falls on her diaper-bootie.

She falls so much because of her determination to walk without support.

She’s incredibly determined.

There are times where she will pull herself up to standing, then turn her body so her back is against the mesh of the playpen.  She will then let go of the railing and allow the mesh to support her.

There are times where she just lets go of the railing completely and finds her balance for over 10 seconds.  During that time of perfect balance, she either tries to lean for a different location, or she grabs on to the railing again for more support.

I love watching her development.  I love watching her try.  I love watching her face when she feels like she’s succeeded in what she was planning on doing.  I love her determined spirit when she falls and just picks herself up again.

The drive in her is just so strong.  Her personality simply shines through.

What else does she have in store for us?  I can’t wait to find out!

We are officially Legoland passholders.

Yes.  One full year of unlimited access to Legoland.

We were so excited to be passholders we went to Legoland TWICE last week.

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We spent TONS of time in their new Heartlake City area where the Lego Friends perform on stage.

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K got to spend time in the water park too.  She played in the baby/toddler wading pool and got to crawl around a small area of the baby/toddler splash pad.  I wish I could have taken photos, but I didn’t want to risk ruining my phone!

M also got to ride rollercoasters for the very first time.  She went with Hubby on her first coaster.  She LOVED it so much.  She was so excited to ride another one.  We reached another rollercoaster and we were very surprised that she easily reached the 40in height requirement.  I got to go on that other roller coaster with her.  When we asked her which coaster she liked better she said, “Both!”  I love how brave she is!

I’m sure there will be plenty of Legoland stories to come.  I’m so happy we get to have these passes and create these wonderful memories for our girls.

It’s tough.

There are days that I feel like I’m being pulled in opposite directions.

K is at that age where the attention is constant.  Not only does she crave personal contact, she’s also very active and needs to be hovered over to make sure she doesn’t hurt herself.  Even in the playpen, an enclosed space, she needs to be carefully watched since she has learned how to stand and grip her way around the perimeter.  But she’s also trying to let go, stand on her own, and trying to take shortcuts from one corner of the playpen to the other.  This results in constant falling if I’m not there to catch her.

M just wants my attention.  It’s totally understandable.  It’s sad.

If I had to break it down, I feel like I spend 85% of my time dealing with K and only a mere 15% dealing with M.

It makes me feel bad because I know M misses me.

She tries to steal moments every once and awhile.  More often than not, it’s when I’m in the middle of watching her little sister.

It breaks my heart when she tries to sit on my lap while her sister is playing on the floor and crawling away somewhere.  I constantly have to ask her (nicely and apologetically) to get off my lap so I can make sure K is safe.

Bedtime was always my time to catch up with M.  However, K is going through an extremely clingy stage and will not allow Hubby to put her to bed at all.  If M and I go upstairs for bed, K will cry and cry until I have no choice but to go take care of her.

I know it’s a phase K is going through and everything will work itself out, but I just feel so terrible about how uneven my attention is.

Luckily, Hubby had the week off last week (hence, no blogs) and I was able to take M on a little ‘mommy and me’ date.  We went out to Michael’s to go craft shopping and then we had a milkshake.  I could tell she loved spending that time with me and it seemed to refresh her when we got home.

I’m hoping to find more time alone with her every so often so she doesn’t feel so neglected.

How did you deal with the difference of attention between your children?  I’d love to hear how you deal with this in the comments below!

Hubby had a work picnic at the zoo a few weeks ago.

This was our first ‘amusement park’ outing since K was born.  It was definitely an experience.

K no longer wants to be stuck in her little infant carrier when we are out and about, so she’s been sitting in the double stroller just like M.  K differs so much from M when it comes to strollers, carriers and carseats.  M was mostly content being in a carrier or carseat.  M, til this day, LOVES her stroller.

K does not.

K will do everything in her power to get herself out of what she’s restrained in.  This includes arching her back, wiggling while trying to put the harness on her, and crying/screaming until someone takes her out.

K loves being out and watching the world around her.

Our zoo day was pretty quick.  We tried to get to the zoo early, but we got there an hour after the park opened.  We didn’t realize that was the huge morning rush of people.  It felt so crowded.

We took the zoo tram that took us around the entire zoo and saw many of the animals that M wanted to see.  Waiting in that line with two kids was definitely an experience.  M doesn’t do well with lines and would rather be carried through them.  Obviously we had to carry K.  Because there were so many people at the zoo, the line for that tram was long and because we were carrying both kids, we felt like we were in line for an eternity.  Hubby and I tried to switch kids every so often, but neither of us could figure out who was easier to carry.

The tram ride was fun for M because she got to see a good amount of animals.  K started to get antsy towards the end and started squirming and whining.  I guess tram rides aren’t interesting to seven month olds..

After the tram, we went to the company picnic.  K finally got to get out of the stroller for an extended period of time.  M got to eat ice cream and get her face painted.  She had a great time!

Unfortunately, the heat got to us and we had decided to go home once the company picnic was over.

We intended to go back later when the day was cooler, but once we got home and became settled, it was hard to get the momentum to get out of the house again.

We had a great time, but it was very tiring.  I’m glad we got to go and took some fun pictures that I can’t wait to scrapbook!

K turned seven months on Tuesday.

Seven months.

I still can’t believe it’s only been seven months.

She was just this teeny tiny little baby.  Now, she’s thinks she’s full-fledged toddler.

She’s full-on crawling on all fours instead of the army crawl.  She loves to pull herself up to her knees and eventually up to standing on whatever she thinks can support her weight.  The night before she turned seven months, she figured out how to push herself up to sitting from being in the crawling position.

It’s just all too much for me to handle..

And she is seriously all over the place.  With M, we had a big mat and blanket on the ground for her to crawl on.

We’ve pretty much given up on that with K.  The minute she was mobile, she took every opportunity to move off that mat and blanket.  It became too much of a hassle and a tripping hazard to keep it on the floor, so we packed it up.  She crawls all over the carpet now.

She’s also learned that there is life outside the living room.  She figured out that she can crawl herself into the play/craft area all on her own.  She loves to follow her sister when M starts playing in that area.

There is no stopping little K.

I literally spend an hours on the ground with her in the morning just crawling around with her and making sure that she doesn’t try to pull herself up onto something that isn’t stable enough.  But believe me, she’s determined.  Sometimes, she’ll crawl over the item she knocked down to get to what is sturdier in order to pull herself up.

My girl knows what she wants.

Her sixth month was just filled with milestones.  I’m so proud of her.

I wonder what fun her seventh month is going to bring…

If you’ve read this blog for awhile, you know we are cosleepers.

All four of us are in the bed at night.

It’s great until the 3 year old wakes up.

It’s great until the 3 year old wakes up at 4 am.

It’s great until the 3 year old wakes up at 4 am and wakes up her baby sister.

It’s great until the 3 year old wakes up and 4 am and wakes up her baby sister, falls back asleep and leaves ME to take care of the baby that’s now wide awake.

I’m just saying.

K is almost seven months old… can you believe it?

This sixth month has been such a whirlwind of milestones, I can barely keep up!

She’s been doing the army crawl since she was 5 months old, and she’s starting to master crawling with her belly off the floor.  It’s amazing watching her trying to figure it all out.

She’s starting to figure out how to sit down from being in a crawling position.  It’s funny how she seems so surprised when she actually pulls herself up to sitting.  She’ll look at me as if she was saying, “How did I do that?!”

Her latest obsession is trying to pull herself up to standing using whatever she can get her hands on.

She’s an expert at pulling herself up to kneeling.  She can get that done in an instant.  She loves pulling herself up to kneeling using my lap.  Then, she grabs my hands and together we pull her up to standing!

She also tries to pull herself up using various toys.  She hasn’t quite understood that some toys are more stable than others.  I’m constantly hovering over her to make sure she doesn’t knock a toy down and hurt herself in the process.

In her playpen, she can use the mesh to push herself up to a kneeling position.  She feel stuck when she can’t move her knees closer to pull up to standing and she starts to whine in frustration.  Sometimes, I help her, so she can learn the motions of pulling herself up.  Other times, I leave her alone.  I want her to figure it out on her own.  Sometimes, she gives up and lies back down.  Sometimes, she tries and tries until the frustration gets to be too much and starts to cry.  I know she’s going to get it.  She’s getting stronger and smarter and I know it’s all going to click one day.

It’s non-stop with her.  She constantly wants to be on the floor to try do so many different things.  I feel like I don’t do anything all day but crawl all over the floor with her.  She only wants to carry and cuddle when she wants a bottle and wants to sleep.

She’s an active little girl with such a determined spirit.  She will crawl over my leg, or her own sister, to get to where she wants to go.

I love watching her learn about the world around her.

On Sunday, June 28th, K turned 6 months old.

6 MONTHS OLD!!!

I don’t know how that happened so quickly.  One minute she was born and one second later, she turned six months old.

Obviously we had a half-birthday celebration.  We had an ice cream cake to celebrate.  It was a special request from Big Sister M that we had one.  We all got to enjoy it, except K.  She stared at us with sad eyes as we all ate the ice cream cake.  I felt so bad, but I know that she will soon be able to enjoy all the yummy foods.

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A week before K turned six months old, she hit several of her milestones.

She’s mobile. Yes.  Mobile.  She perfected her army crawl and had started moving around all over the place.  My days have now consisted of making sure she doesn’t crawl off to tight corner or crawl towards something dangerous.

She sits up on her own unassisted.  You can see it in the last blog post, here.  Of course, her reflexes aren’t quick enough yet, so she can’t be left completely alone while sitting up.  But I don’t have to always hold on to her anymore.  She can sit up and play around just like her big sister.

She knows how to “close and open” her hand.  It’s a trick that my family teaches the babies at such an early age.  She’s got it down already.  It’s so cute to see.

When she’s in the mood, she can blow raspberries if asked.  She can copy me when I blow raspberries.  She can also stick out her tongue when asked and when she copies me.

She’s been able to get up on her hands and knees into a proper crawling position, but still hasn’t figured out the actually crawling motion.  She’s constantly up on her hands and knees and I can see her little brain trying to figure out what to do next, but the message just hasn’t gotten down to her extremities.  I have a feeling that things will click soon and that she will really be on the go!

One milestone that hit just as she turned six months was the recognition of her name.  I’m assuming she’s recognizing her name because when I call her, she will turn her head to look at me.  At first I thought it was because I was making a noise, but I tried calling out different names and sounds and she wouldn’t turn.  When I would call her by her name, she would turn.

I can’t believe how fast she’s blowing through her milestones.  I like to think it’s because she loves her big sister so much that she is very determined to catch up to her so she can play.  K already likes to follow M around to where ever M is playing.  It’s really cute to watch.

She currently dislikes her carseat.  She hates being strapped down and will cry for the entire car ride.  She is also known to scream and flail during an entire car ride.  It’s a very stressful situation for both of us, especially when I’m the one driving and I can’t be with her in the back seat to try and calm her.  When we get home, and I quickly take her out of the car, she’s a red, tear-streaked, sweaty mess.. It’s so heartbreaking, but there are times we HAVE to go out, like when M has her weekly class.  We’ve resorted to only taking her out with us if we have to know so that she reduces her stress… I’m hoping this phase will pass soon.  Only time will tell…

She’s starting to become more aware of the people outside of her immediate circle.  If we enter a house, or have visitors, and the people start to surround her, she feels a bit overwhelmed and bombarded.  She will start to cry and find cover in my arms.  It takes her awhile to warm up to some people and situations.  But once she’s comfortable, she is super friendly will play with anyone that comes her way..

She’s growing up so fast that I feel like I’m living in a whirlwind.  She’s showing herself to be a very independent little girl with a fighting and determined spirit.  If she doesn’t like something, she will let you know.  She loves to be on the floor discovering all the different toys and textures of her surroundings.  It’s bittersweet watching her just go around.  I’m so proud of her independence, but at the same time, I want her to just sit and cuddle with me.  I’m in awe of the little person she’s becoming.

I can’t wait to see what the next six months are going to bring.

We did it.

We pierced K’s ears.

I did M’s ears when she was four months old.  You can read about that experience here.

I would have gotten K’s ears pierced at four months old also, but we didn’t have time.  Hubby didn’t want to be there for it either.  He didn’t want to see his little girl get hurt.  So I had to wait until the girls and I were at my mother’s house and we got K’s ears done at the same place I did M’s

I was so excited at the idea of getting her ears pierced when I knew we were going to be staying at mom’s house for awhile.

Of course, as the day of the piercing approached, I started getting more and more nervous.  I almost backed out.  No mother wants to inflict pain on their child on purpose!  But I knew that I should get her pierced since I did her older sister.  I also knew that the pain was only a quick moment and she would be fine soon after.  I also remembered feeling those same feelings of nervousness and hesitation before getting M’s ears done.

We would be fine.

And we were.

Just like her sister, K only cried for a little bit.  By the time we left the store, she was all smiles and hugs again.

For the first few days, she wouldn’t let me touch her ears for the 3x/day cleaning, but now, she is so used to it that she doesn’t flinch.

Now both my girls have their ears pierced.  I’m so glad to get that out of the way.


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