Adelaide Harper You Are 12 Months Old!

We finally reached your first birthday! And it didn’t make me as sad as I thought it would. We love the sweet little girl you’re becoming and so look forward to watching you grow up!

* Daddy often sings you the Skinnamarink song to calm you down when you are upset. This month you starting trying to sing along with him! We’ve caught you a couple other times singing to yourself and it’s so sweet!

* New words this month were “thank you” and “I love you”.

* You have learned to point when you want something! I love that you are able to communicate in that way and I don’t have to guess what it is that you want!

* Speaking of pointing; every morning when I eat my breakfast of peanut butter crackers, you crawl over as fast as you can and ask for one. You love them and if I don’t give you one fast enough you get so mad.

* Almost every day lately, when we go to get you out of your crib, you will bring your bunny with you. Morning time, nap time, no matter what. You’ve done this in the past, but not this frequent. It’s so cute how much you love your bunny!

* This month brought your 8th tooth! You have at least 3 more coming soon and you have been really cranky lately because of them! Poor baby!

* You have learned to pretend talk on the phone! You will hold anything rectangle shaped up to your ear and answer it. Ha!

* Music and dancing has been the funnest thing for you lately! You will just dance and dance and sometimes squeal when music comes on. And you love for me and Daddy to dance with you!

* You have become really clingy this month. I think it’s because you haven’t felt well with your teeth hurting. You love to be held, or if you’re playing you love for us to be right in the floor with you. You also have been so sweet by patting our backs, when we pat yours. It’s hard seeing you upset all the time, but I’ve been loving all the extra snuggles from an otherwise very independent girl!

* I have a few IPad apps that you like to play with and you’ve learned how to push the buttons to make them do stuff. You think it’s really fun! You also like to use my IPad as a mirror and talk to the baby that you see! Ha!

* One of the sweetest things that I’ve watched you do lately, is be a good Mama to your baby dolls. You will say “Awwww” and pat them, kiss them and hug them. I know that you are going to be a wonderful Mama someday!

Adelaide Harper, you are the most precious little person I have ever met. Your Daddy and I love you more than you will ever know! Happy Birthday, sweet girl!

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Adelaide Harper You Are 11 Months Old!

How can you be 11 months old? And where did my little baby go? You are such a big, independent girl these days and I can’t believe a year ago you were still in my belly!

* We have been cloth diapering this month and it’s going great! I wanted to cloth diaper when you were first born, but was too intimidated by it all to start. I finally decided to try it and am so glad I did!

* You are so confident in your legs these days. You have been pulling up on furniture for a while, but I have recently caught you letting go for a couple seconds before deciding to sit down. You are crawling underneath chairs and getting into everything. You have also figured out how to scoot safely off the couch feet first (but I don’t trust you yet so I still help you)!

* A new game that we love to play together is “Where did Mommy/Daddy/Adelaide go?”. It’s not much different from peekaboo, except for you are now covering up our faces yourself. You think it’s so funny!

* A not so fun development this month is that you have been waking up once a night again. I’m pretty sure it’s because your teeth are bothering you. I can feel 3 swollen places in your mouth and know that must hurt! I wish those teeth would pop through and stop hurting you!

* One day when you raised both your arms above your head I said “Hallelujah” and it stuck. Now you do it all the time and when we say “Hallelujah” you always raise your arms up!

* You learned to wave early on this month and love to do it! One night we laid you down for bedtime and you waved bye bye to us. We wanted to just scoop you up and skip bedtime. Ha! We didn’t. You are also pointing when you want something.

* You have had a word explosion recently! You say Hi, Good Girl, Meow, and Uh Oh, and sort of PeekaBoo (you kind of hum it, instead of say it). The other day we took you to a puppet show at the library and you were saying “Hi” to everyone around us. It was so cute!

We are so blessed to have you in our lives. You are so smart and so sweet. You make our family feel full and complete! We love you more than we’ll ever be able to tell you!

Months 1-11:

Adelaide Harper You Are 10 Months Old!

Wow! TEN months old! You are such an independent big girl now, that it’s hard to believe you were ever a little baby!

* You are definitely using “Mamamama” and “Dadadada” in reference to us now. Before it was just babbling. We LOVE it! Sometimes when you get mad if I walk away from you, you will squeal at me in this high-pitched voice “Mamamamama”. It’s so funny!

* You have really been facinated with my face lately. You will touch my eyelashes, nose, eyebrows, lips, etc., and I will tell you the names of everything, trying to teach you. You also love to play with my hair, but I am trying to teach you not to do that because it hurts! Ha!

* You are in size 12 month clothes (which are starting to get snug!) and size 4 diapers. You eat 3 bottles, baby food twice, and lots of snacks throughout the day. I cannot get you to drink out of a sippy cup at all! I’ve tried water, juice, formula, different cups; nothing works! You love to bang the cup on your highchair tray and get your hair all wet though!

* Your 7th tooth arrived this month! You are getting to be a pro at this teething stuff! Besides being drooley, you really don’t seem to mind all that much! Your smile is so cute with all those teeth!

* Whenever music comes on now, you like to dance to it. You will kind of just bop up and down and smile and wave your arms. It is the cutest and funniest thing ever!

* I think you are starting to become somewhat of a Daddy’s Girl. Whenever he gets home from work you get so excited and yell until he picks you up. Also, at night when we are putting you to bed, I get like 1 kiss for every 5 you give him! You love your Daddy!

* You are now pulling up on things and trying to stand! You’re still wobbly at it, but I think you love the new perspective!

* Most mornings when we get you out of bed, you latch onto something that’s in your crib and bring it with you. Often, its your little bunny friend, which you still love more than any of your other toys!

* We had to take your bumper off, because you figured out how to take off the clips we used to attach it to your crib. Now your pacifier falls out all the time and you are not liking that! The other day after about 30 minutes of fussing at naptime, you yelled “Mamaaaa!” and when I went into your room you were sobbing and gave me so many kisses when I picked you up to comfort you. It broke this Mama’s heart! You didn’t have to take a nap that day!

It is an absolute joy to watch your life unfold! We cannot imagine our lives without you in it! You make our hearts so full, sweet girl!

Adelaide Harper You Are 7 Months Old!

So many new things this month! I feel like my baby turned into a big girl overnight! This month has brought huge changes in your development, and I feel like things are only going to speed up from here!

* You love to explore my face. You will grab my nose, pull my hair, put your hands in my mouth, and poke my eyes. While you do, I always say “nose” or “hair” to try and teach you about the things you are touching.

* You can now drink out of a sippy cup! You still prefer your bottle over anything though. You make funny faces when the cold water and juice gets in your mouth!

* You won’t sit still in your bumbo seat anymore. I had to move you to the highchair to feed you. You don’t really sit still in that either, but it secures you a little better.

* You are eating stage 2 baby food about 2 or 3 times a day, and having around four 6oz bottles in between. You are in a size 3 diaper, 6-9 month clothing (and a few 12 month things), and a size 3 shoe.

* You have discovered our cats. You love to pull their tails and ears, or whatever else you can get ahold of! You just laugh and grab! Ha! You have also noticed the kids that I keep. You think they are so fun and laugh at them all the time!

* You are starting to get much more whiney. You whine when I leave the room, when I take something away from you, and when it’s time for bed.

* We now know when you want to be held because you’re able to lift your arms up and show us! It’s so cute!

* The baby in the mirror is your best friend! You could watch yourself all day. I think the mirror gets more hugs and kisses than I do! Ha!

* You are finally rolling from back to front and have no problem with tummy-time now. You often sleep on your tummy too. You can sit up for long periods of time without falling down and love to play sitting up with all your toys around you. I think crawling will come soon!

* You have learned to fake-cough and love to do it all the time. You also blow raspberries, cluck your tongue, and pop your lips (like Daddy taught you). You are also learning to clap your hands and have done it a few times for us!

* Sometimes I play an episode of Sesame Street for the kids I keep, and you will watch almost the whole episode, even when there are toys surrounding you. You will not be distracted and even laugh at the puppets sometimes!

* For Christmas, you got a shape sorter toy, and if I set up a shape on top of the hole it goes in, you can push it through. You get so excited when it falls down! You can also open the lid and take things out or put things in.

We love you so much, sweet girl!

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Adelaide Harper You Are 5 Months Old!

Five months old? What? How can this be? It’s not possible! Can you please slow down on this getting older thing? Thanks.

* You have picked a favorite toy/animal/comfort item.  It is this little blanket with a bunny attached to it.  Every time you see it your face lights up and you hug it and put it right in your mouth! You get more excited about your bunny than any other toy you have!

* You are figuring out how to sometimes put your pacifier back in your mouth.  It’s so neat to watch your hands finally work for you and those motor skills developing. You also know how to take your paci out, and like to do that right when I’m about to leave you in your room for a nap (“Look mom, my paci is gone, come back and help me!”).

* You are now eating 6oz about 5 times a day and wearing a size 3 diaper.  We are still working on the solid food.  You don’t have much patience for sitting there and eating and would rather yell and spit your food all over Mom.  That is so much more fun that eating! Ha! Although, now you are opening your mouth for bites, which is definitely an improvement!

* You have started to really giggle and belly laugh.  It’s so cute! You especially do it when Mom or Dad are making you “fly” above our heads.

* You are still in size 3-6 month clothing, but some items are getting too small.  There are a few 6-9 month things that you are already wearing too.

* You have learned to fake-cough.  You especially like to do it when you are mad about something, combined with spitting.  It is quite hilarious! I love to see your personality growing, even in the form of how you react when mad!

* Whenever your Daddy vacuums, you have to watch him.  You will stop eating, stop playing, turn around, basically do whatever it takes to make sure you can see where that noise is coming from.  But, I sure am glad you’re not scared of the vacuum!

* I think you are starting to recognize your name.  Sometimes when I’m trying to get your attention and get you to look at me, regular noises or words won’t work; but if I say your name you usually look right at me!

* Speaking of names, yours should be Wiggle-Worm.  You are never still! You love to move and don’t like to sit still and snuggle with me anymore.  I think it’s so much fun that you are playing and moving around more!

* One of the sweetest new things you are doing is hugging me.  Sometimes you will give me a huge grin and then give me wide open mouth kisses/slobbers and bury you face into my neck.  It is my most favorite thing in the world! I couldn’t possibly love it more!

* You are doing so good at supported sitting!  I think you will sit up on your own very soon! Your abs are so strong, it’s just your balance that still needs a little work.

* This month we had a couple of social functions to go to and you loved them! At Daddy’s work Christmas party you wouldn’t even stop to eat because you didn’t want to miss anything! You just stared and looked and soaked the new atmosphere in.  I think we need to get out of the house more now that you enjoy it so much!

* You are grabbing and putting in your mouth anything you can get your hands on! A lot of the time that means my clothes, my hair, and my Ipad. Ha!

* We have a toy that you can sit/stand in and bounce and you are loving it! You think you are big stuff standing up like a big girl in it!

Although I sometimes miss my sweet little tiny newborn, I am loving the age that you are! You are such a sweet, fun, precious little girl! You make Mommy and Daddy so happy! We love you!

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Coupon Organizer

When I started collecting coupons a few weeks ago, I kept them in a little index card size file.  It looks like this:

Index Card File

It was great for what I needed and conveniently fit inside my purse.  However, I soon found it hard to go through all the coupons, and have missed a couple great deals because I forgot I had coupons that applied.

After looking at some other coupon lover’s blogs, I decided I needed a coupon binder.  I’m glad I decided to go with this method!  I have many sections like Food, Cleaning Supplies, Pet Supplies, Beverages, etc.  Behind each section I have a sheet protector for that week’s ad and baseball card holders for coupons.  Now, all I have to do it flip through the pages to find what I’m looking for! It’s great!

Tabs

Coupons

Feel free to leave a comment and ask any further questions about how the coupons are organized!

Plans for tomorrow:
1. Go to CVS and post deals
2. Buy Sunday paper and plan out Walgreens and Kroger deals for the week.
3. Pack and take some boxes to the new apartment.