We also, sadly, had to pack up a bunch of baby stuff - the swing, all clothes size 6 months and under as well as an assortment of odds and ends. Our baby will be seven months old in one week. We can hardly believe it.
Last week we had our 6 month check up. She weighs right at 20lbs and is 27 1/2" long. Our pediatrician still says my daughter will be taller than me as an adult. I can handle that. I just want her to be healthy and happy. She still doesn't have any teeth and the two bottom teeth are keeping this little family in an uproar. She now wakes up twice every night now in pain. She is crying out, kicking and sometimes hungry. I've started keeping Motrin in her room so I give her a dose of it in the wee hours to try and help her sleep soundly for a few hours. She's gotten to where she won't let us touch her lower gums or get anywhere near her mouth with our finger. She clamped down at her appointment and wouldn't let the Dr either. The Dr. keeps saying "any day now on the bottom two teeth." I wish it was sooner than later. Poor kid needs relief.
At the 6 month check up, I agreed to get the flu mist vaccine and all I can say is never again. I have had a flu shot before with no issues or side effects. The nurse said the mist was the same - no side effects - but is more effective. It was recommended that Mat and I both get some form of flu preventative since Evelyn is under a year old. Mat's company gives free flu shots so he held out for that and I got the mist. I was sick as a dog for three days after. Mat had to come home early and help me take care of Evelyn. It was bad. I went to the CDC's website and read that the mist is weakened live virus. What??? No wonder I felt like crap. I had chills, was exhausted, runny nose and a horrible, HORRIBLE sore throat. I came close to going to the Dr. myself and begging for help but I knew it was just side effects. After three days, I was fine. But I stand by my word: NEVER AGAIN. All of you reading this, proceed with caution if you choose the flu mist, it DOES have pretty big side effects.
With all sickness aside, our little family does have great news: we got our court date! Our adoption proceeding will take place at 4pm on October 17th. We are more than thrilled. This should be the last and final hoop to jump through before Evelyn legally becomes our daughter. We are elated and cannot wait.
I know my Atlanta family will be thrilled to hear the news too because this now means we can plan a trip to see them. Most of them haven't met Evelyn yet and are more than ready. Mat and I still have to sit down and talk dates but we will more than likely go after the hearing (sometime in October) or at the very beginning of November. I am not crazy about the idea of flying with a small child during the holidays so the sooner we can make this trip the better. We have had such a busy, wonderful year but we are all tired and want to stay home. We need routines and schedules.
I have still been plugging away on Evelyn's play room and it's slowly coming together.
This is our little reading nook. I try to spend some time with her here everyday. Sometimes she's into and sometimes not. This is the only part of the room that is truly finished so far.
I just finished painting this last week. Mat picked out the knobs (not bad!). We got this piece of furniture and a matching desk at a yard sale for $30. Can't beat it! I plan to put toys, dress up clothes, etc. in here. It was basic white kiddie looking furniture when I bought it.
I finally got and put together the cool deer head. There's a long story with this - I first saw it at Red in Fredricksburg, TX...they were sold out so I put my name on the list to be contacted. A month went by and I was never contacted. I contacted the manufacturer and they are in Italy. I could buy it directly but the shipping was more than the cost of the item. Finally, I called the owner of Red. She told me the sales associate that waited on me that day had been let go and she didn't have any of my information. She promptly got all my info and within four days it was at my door with very reasonable shipping!
I also got the living room area set up in the guest suite. I basically moved all the stuff from our front living room - which is now the play room - downstairs into this new living area. The only thing missing are curtains and I plan to get my step father to hang those when he and my mom arrive next week.
One of my favorite family wall hangings. It fits perfectly in this spot too. I put a picture of Mat kissing Evelyn on the cheek. That picture was taken at Aunt Tara's rehearsal dinner in Dallas last month. Love my little family.
I'll try to update more regularly but am not making any promises (sorry). For now, enjoy Fall!