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Evelyn | Six Months

Evelyn Morgan is six months old: sitting up, trying to crawl, eating solids, best friends with her brother, and loves playing in the water.

Dear Evelyn Morgan,

How in the world are you half a year old already? I just barely gave birth to you, and blink, you are six months old. You are growing up way to fast for me! Please slow down. I want my baby girl for a while longer, please.

Although this past month hasn’t been the best for me, you have blossomed the past four weeks. You are trying to hit all the milestones right now–again, slow down! Everyone loves you and calls you “princess” or “baby doll”, to which Rhys responds, “Not princess, Evie!” He’s becoming fiercely protective of you and absolutely loves you. You also went swimming for the first time with us and the not-warm water didn’t phase you at all. You loved it and tried to splash the whole time. We have also transitioned you to the big tub with your brother–you use his old booster seat as a bath chair until you are better at sitting up. Again, you absolutely love being in the water and spend the whole time splashing.

Evelyn Morgan is six months old: sitting up, trying to crawl, eating solids, best friends with her brother, and loves playing in the water.

Weight: (unkown until Monday…but I think about 14 pounds?)

Height: (unkown until Monday…but I think taller than the 25 inches you last month?)

Eat | You drink 5 bottles during the day of 4-6 oz. Typically you have 6 oz in the morning and for lunch. Then 7-8 oz when you go to bed. You wake up sometime after midnight to have another 6-7 oz bottle. You also have solids for breakfast and dinner, and some solids for an afternoon snack after naptime. You love your solids and always look forward to them.

Evelyn Morgan is six months old: sitting up, trying to crawl, eating solids, best friends with her brother, and loves playing in the water.

Sleep | Daytime: Sadly, you typically wake up between 6:00-6:30 AM. You have about a 45 minute nap around 8:30-9:00 AM. Then you have a 2.5-3 hour nap after lunch. I’m so glad you still have this long nap. It’s also the only nap you take in your swing. You have given up your evening nap this month. But, you typically wake up around 3:30 and then go to bed at 7, so I’m not upset.

Nightime: We put you to bed at 7 PM. We feed you, rock you, have your sound machine going. Typically you wake up around 8, crying. Then, we rock you for 5 minutes and put you back down. Then you’d wake up between 10-11. Same deal. Then, you’d wake up anywhere between 1-4 to feed and never fully settle back down until 6 AM. The past week, it got almost unbearable with you refusing to eat but waking up every hour! We finally took the advice of Grandma Christiansen and squeezed your pack-n-play into a corner in Rhys’s tiny room. (You will be sharing a room with him when we move to a bigger apartment in August anyway). The first night, you cried for about an hour and Rhys did his best to try to console you. Then, you woke up at 1 to feed and Rhys woke up upset. Neither of you settled back down until 3. But, the next day was much better. You only fussed for 30 minutes and woke up at 4 to feed. You fell right back asleep until 6:30. Hurray! Now, once you get used to it, we’ll try to figure out night-weaning you.

Evelyn Morgan is six months old: sitting up, trying to crawl, eating solids, best friends with her brother, and loves playing in the water.

Milestones | Movement: You are a pro at scooting all over the place. You try to crawl, but you haven’t quite figured it out yet. Sometimes you still do get frustrated when you can’t get somewhere fast enough. When you play on my bed, you love to scoot, then roll over, then scoot, and roll over.

Communication: Smiling is one of your absolute favorite things to do. You squeal at everyone, but especially at Rhys. While in the car, you’ll scream for fun, then Rhys will copy you. You’ll laugh and scream again and Rhys will copy you again. It’s cute, but it hurts my ears. Rhys is your absolute favorite person–you love talking to him and playing with him. Thankfully, he’s been more and more interested in you–he loves to give you kisses and hugs and will smile and coo at you. When Daddy comes home, you immediately smile and sometimes will even reach for him. You always have to make sure he still has a beard–you love grabbing and petting it.

Evelyn Morgan is six months old: sitting up, trying to crawl, eating solids, best friends with her brother, and loves playing in the water.

Playing: You love playing with whatever you can get your hands on. We have had to start moving certain things out of your reach that we don’t want you touching. You love things that make noise when you shake them. You also like trying to go towards cords, so we’ve had to start covering them up. You can entertain yourself for quite some time.

Sitting and Standing: You can sit up quite well, but eventually, you’ll fall back down. Just this week, you have been able to sit up all by yourself from a crawling position. You are now able to climb over objects like pillows and my legs. You are also trying to climb up on me.

You can sit up quite well, but eventually, you'll fall back down. Just this week, you have been able to sit up all by yourself from a crawling position. You are now able to climb over objects like pillows and my legs. You are also trying to climb up on me.

This picture reminds us so much of Rhys when he was a baby. He was always so serious, whereas you are always so smily. But, this is definitely a Rhys face. When you two are together, we’ve been able to see how similar you two look. We love you both.

Personality | Evelyn, you are absolutely the happiest baby ever. You are curious, but you can also be quite stoic at times. Sometimes you are so silent in the car that Daddy says he forgets you are in with us. You love to cuddle and you love playing with your family. But, you have started to have some seperation anxiety and sometimes you won’t be quelled until its Momma that is holding you. We think that has been part of your nighttime sleep issues lately. But now that you share a room with Rhys, his presence soothes you.

Likes:

  • splashing in any water
  • playing with toys
  • eating solids
  • Rhys
  • being thrown in the air or held up in the air

Evelyn Morgan is six months old: sitting up, trying to crawl, eating solids, best friends with her brother, and loves playing in the water.

Dislikes:

  • nighttime
  • when we leave your sight
  • being tired and hungry

Evelyn Morgan is six months old: sitting up, trying to crawl, eating solids, best friends with her brother, and loves playing in the water.

Evelyn, you are the bright spot in our lives. You are friendly to everyone. We all have so much fun with you. I know you have to grow up. But, please promise me that you will stay our smiley little princess.

Love,

Momma and Daddy

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Evelyn | Five Months

Evelyn Morgan turns 5 months old!

Dear Evelyn Morgan,

I can’t believe how big you are getting. Your face (especially your cheeks) are filling in, and your thighs are fattening up. Sadly, your hair is beginning to thin, and I am afraid of what will happen to your red when and if it all thins and falls out!

But, your personality has definitely begun to emerge. And, Rhys is finally beginning to give you more attention. You’ve also gone to Six Flags for the first time and went on a few slow family rides. Your eyes were just so huge and non-blinking the entire time!

Evelyn Morgan turns 5 months old! Continue Reading

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Evelyn | Four Months

Evelyn Morgan is four moths old

Dear Evelyn Morgan,

You are four months old–1/3 of a year old! You still seem so small (although a church friend just had a baby 5 days ago and you are so big compared to her newborn daughter!).

A lot has happened this month: going to Utah for Easter, dealing with a lot of infections for your brother, and you getting your very first ear infection the day before we flew home! Your sleep schedule has also been off for a bit, so I think you are slipping into your 4 month sleep regression. But, despite all this, you remain the happiest, smiliest baby ever.

Evelyn Morgan is four moths old

Weight: 11 lbs 12 oz (6th%)

Height: 24.75 inches (63rd%)

Eat | You eat about 4-5 ounces every 3-4 hours. You have been trying to hold your bottle often, although, you typically end up pushing it out of your mouth. Everything is being put in your mouth now. We also gave you your first bowl of baby oatmeal. You really liked the flavor and would get mad and yell if I didn’t hurry and put another spoonful in your mouth. However, you had a really hard time figuring out how to actually use your tongue and mouth to eat it. You kept trying to grab the spoon out of my hand and succeeded a few times!

Evelyn Morgan is four moths old

Sleep | Daytime: You are getting a bit better with your naps. You have about 3-4 nap a day, and they average about 50-90 minutes. Sometimes, your afternoon nap is about an hour, sometimes it’s still three hours. You still sleep with white noise during the day.

Nighttime: You slept through the night twice–10:30-7:00 and 11:00-6:45! Hallelujah! However, other than those two, your sleep has gotten worse. You still are put down at 7:30 with a full bottle and dry diaper. However, you wake up every now and then and need to be rocked back to sleep up until 11 when we feed you again. Then, you’ll wake up anytime between 1:30-4:00 to feed again. Then, you’ll never fully settle back down into a deep sleep. The rest of the night/early morning, you fuss and toss and turn. Which means, I’m basically up from your middle-of-the-night feeding. We are going to switch your pack-n-play into the closet in May when we are doing our spring cleaning to see if that will help. We are also going to start a 5-10 minute pause to see if you will settle yourself down. Once you gain a few more pounds, then we will begin Ferberizing sleep training.

Evelyn Morgan is four moths old

Milestones | Tummy Time: You enjoy tummy time now. You love to be on your tummy just watching Rhys play. You are also good at turning your direction whether you are on your tummy or back. Turning 90-180* is how you much. Inchworming hasn’t even crossed your mind yet. You roll over both ways.

Focusing and Tracking: You are very good at this. You will follow any object, even small as a raisin. If you want it, you will definitely reach for it, with an excited look on your face, and your feet kicking. With your playmat, you concentrate hard and grab the hanging toys with your feet. You have even started turning your head to find who is talking.

Evelyn Morgan is four moths old

Communication: Smiling is your favorite thing to do. You also have started to differentiate between your coos and yelps when you are bored, tired, frustrated, hungry, etc. You love socializing, especially with other kids and little girls. We have to work really hard to get you to laugh, but you have started doing it. The little girl that looks like you in the mirror is fast becoming a friend and object of interest.

Hands and Legs: You love grabbing your toys and immediately bringing them to your mouth. You have started to put weight on your legs when we stand you up.

Personality | You are a very calm and content baby, so much so that sometimes I think you have fallen asleep in the car because you don’t make a peep! However, you typically are awake when I check on you! You also are very happy when you wake up from your naps–always smiling and contently playing with your feet. Rhys, however, would always scream immediately for us whenever he woke up at that age. You love to just sit on our laps and watch the world go by.

Likes:

  • Hands and feet
  • Bottles
  • Momma, Daddy, Rhys
  • Everyone else
  • Watching
  • Playmat toys
  • Showers with Momma
  • Splashing with your feet in the sink

Dislikes: 

  • Waking up at night
  • Being hungry, or having a bottle taken from your mouth
  • Getting frustrated or stuck

Evelyn Morgan is four moths old

You had a few mini-growth spurts this month and are now officially in 3-6 month clothing. You poop all by yourself now and many times a day. There have been a few times I haven’t even noticed it until I smelled it because you didn’t strain or grunt at all! You love to cuddle and have the brightest blue eys and the biggest smile I have ever seen. You are my princess and I love dressing you up. You have an auburn tint to your hair, just like me, and I pray that it stays that way.

We love you baby girl and are so proud of you (just try to sleep better at night!).

Evelyn Morgan is four moths old

Love, Momma and Daddy

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

How to Enjoy Your Inner Child with Your Little Kids

Enjoy your inner child, especially if you have little children. It will make your time with them so much more fulfilling if you throw caution to the wind and let yourself enjoy life to its fullest, just like you did as a kid.

My inner child is strong and alive. I’ve never fully allowed myself to grow-up.

Funny story–Justin didn’t want to marry someone who liked anime or played videogames. He believed that it was just a phase he would eventually grow out of. Haha. And he married me. Now, five years and two kids later, we are planning when we can afford to purchase the Nintendo Switch.

Now that our kids (…ahem…Rhys) are getting a little older and can have real fun, our inner-children are coming out in full force. And, it just makes playing with and spending time with our children so much better and more fulfilling.

Enjoy your inner child, especially if you have little children. It will make your time with them so much more fulfilling if you throw caution to the wind and let yourself enjoy life to its fullest, just like you did as a kid. Continue Reading

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Evelyn | Three Months

Evelyn is three months old!

Dear Evelyn Morgan,

Time has started to slow down. You are barely three months. Most of March, I kept thinking you were already 3, working on 4 months! But, I don’t mind so much that time has slowed down, especially since your first month flew by in a second.

This month has been really good–I’ve enjoyed spending time with you (and your brother) so much. Every time I see you, I smile. You are the sunshine in our family (Rhys is the energy).

Evelyn is three months old! Continue Reading

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.