Archive for October 2011

6 Months Old   1 comment

Millie is 6 months old today! I can hardly believe it…. where did the time go? What happened to the sleepy newborn we used to have? She has turned into the slightly less sleepy infant that we love today.

Here is what our big girl is up to these days:

  • Millie weighs 13 lbs 13 oz. She is in the 10th percentile for weight— the doctor wasn’t really worried about her weight, but she did say that we will watch it closely over the next few months to make sure she continues to gain (even if she gains slowly).
  • Millie is 26 and 1/8 inches long- 55th percentile.
  • Millie wears mostly size 3-6 month clothes, but she can still fit into some 0-3 sleepers.
  • Millie loves to squeal and giggle out loud.
  • Millie can sit up unassisted— she is doing kind of a tripod sit where she leans forward and uses her hands to balance her. It’s adorable.
  • Millie rolls from belly to back and back to belly to get around— she hasn’t figured out crawling yet (I’m ok with that!). Paula (Millie’s WONDERFUL sitter) said she is getting frustrated because she wants to be on the move so she can keep up with the other kids.
  • Millie is exclusively on formula now (it was such a hard decision to stop breastfeeding, but the switch has been great for our whole family). She takes 5 bottles a day and drinks 4-6 oz at a time.
  • Millie has eaten rice cereal, mashed banana and sweet potatoes. The doctor gave us the go ahead to introduce more foods, so carrots are next on our list.
  • Millie is still a big fan of sucking her thumb. I am not sure when to start weaning her from that… It’s still SO cute!
  • Millie still has a pretty bad case of cradle cap. The doctor told us to try a dandruff shampoo.
  • Millie is drooling a ton and I wouldn’t be surprised if a tooth broke through sometime in the next few weeks.
  • Millie goes to sleep at 7pm and usually sleeps until around 7am the next morning. She wakes up super happy and coos and squeals in her crib while waiting for us to go get her. She also takes a morning nap that lasts anywhere from 2-3 hours. She doesn’t like to take an afternoon nap during the week.
  • Millie JUST started holding her arms out to us when we go to pick her up (yet another thing that makes us say “awwwwww!”)
  • Millie seems to really like music— especially the worship music at church (that might have something to do with our worship leader… Millie LOVES Dillon).

I could go on and on and on about Millie Lou. She is such a sweet, charming baby and we are really looking forward to the next 6 months of our baby’s first year!

Posted October 29, 2011 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized

Millie’s First Masterpiece   1 comment

How do you know when you have a great child care provider? Well, I’m pretty much an expert in this area. We LOVE Paula, the wonderful woman who is our partner in Millie’s care. I am so thankful to have found her. Here’s how we know Millie is in the right place:

  • Millie only has eyes for Paula. My mom asked if Millie gets excited to see us when we pick her up in the afternoon. The answer? Nope. She does however smile at Paula a lot! (My feelings don’t get too hurt… as soon as get out of Paula’s house Millie gives us lots of smiles and giggles and squeals.)
  • We get a daily note titled “What I did Today”— it’s all about Millie’s day: what times she ate and how much, what activities she did (floor play, jumperoo, Bumbo seat), nap times, even the # of dirty diapers! I love knowing all about how she spent her day.
  • Millie is usually doesn’t take an afternoon nap at Paula’s— my theory is that she’s just having too much fun playing with the other kids to nap.
  • Millie is social! At church, at Target, on walks through the neighborhood, wherever—- Millie loves to meet new people. I think it goes back to all of the social time she gets with the other kids (an 11 month old girl and 2 1-year old boys) and Paula during the week. It must be a sign of good interactions, right?
  • Millie gets to make crafts! Well, really she’s just made one so far, but I’m sure it won’t be the last. Check it out.

Millie’s little footprints make the cutest ghosts, don’t you think?? I’m so thankful that Paula and Millie made this sweet little craft so we can remember our little girl’s first Halloween. I will treasure this masterpiece forever. I so appreciate Paula, a wonderful caregiver who is so sensitive to the heart of a working mom,  who takes such good care of Millie while Nate and I are at work, and who is already making wonderful memories with Millie.

Posted October 27, 2011 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized

Millie’s First Car   6 comments

Time is flying by for the Keyse family. We can’t believe it’s already the end of October! This is out favorite time of year. We love the chilly weather, the Fall get-togethers with friends, the end of summer humidity… the only thing we don’t like is that winter is just around the corner. Don’t get me wrong, we like winter (the holidays, the Christmas cookies, the Christmas TV specials…) but we (mostly Julie) hate the threat of winter weather. Driving in the snow is one of Julie’s least favorite things. It makes Julie a nervous wreck. And, now that Millie has become a regular passenger in the family car, the thought of driving in less than ideal weather makes us even more nervous than normal. For this reason, about a month ago we decided to start the search for a 4WD or AWD car. A lot of debate and research occurred. Have you noticed we haven’t blogged in a while? All of our free time was devoted to reading consumer car reviews, number-crunching as we attempted to adjust our budget for the possibility of a car payment, and price checking as we spent hours on Cars.com. It was exhausting. Last night, we decided that we for sure did not want a car payment. We paid off all of our consumer debt almost 2 years ago (our only debt is our mortgage) and have committed to paying cash whenever possible. Still, we considered getting a small car loan since 4WD cars are typically more expensive than FWD… unless you buy an older, higher mileage car— which is exactly what we did. Check it out.

Our “new” Subaru Outback (aka a station wagon). It’s totally family friendly, roomy, and (like all Subarus) it comes with AWD. Plus, Subarus are known for lasting well past 200,000 miles when they are well taken care of (which is why Julie has wanted a Subaru for a while now) and for terrific safety and reliability ratings. We brought it home today after writing a check for the full balance. It’s not a new car (we did consider buying new at one point in our car search). It’s not exactly what I thought we’d get when started the whole car search. Still, we like it. We think it’s got character— when we first saw it online we both laughed out loud… then said “you want it, right?”. It’s the first car we’ve bought with Millie. Nate loves that it has a tape deck. Julie is just hopeful that she’ll avoid heart palpitations this year at the first sign of snow flurries. The whole family is happy.

Posted October 22, 2011 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized