August Update: Our Babies

Six of the TMD writers at our retreat in July

A little update on our babies….

Kelli- Adele

Age: 18 months
Height: I don’t know.
Weight: 19 lbs
Hair: Dirty blonde
Eyes: Blue
Clothing Size: 18 months
Shoe Size: 4
Teeth: 11 (four of which are molars).
Movement: Adele’s new favorite activity is climbing, and then jumping off of whatever she climbed. She loves it, I hate it! She has a new wiggle where she sort of swings her arms close to her sides, shakes her butt, and runs as fast as she can (usually in a crooked fashion) across a room. She now thinks that is she signs “please” and says “pee,” she will immediately recieve anything she asks for. When the result isn’t what she wants, she then has learned to throw an impressive tantrum. Ah, toddlers.

Alyssa- Dexter
Age: 22 months
Height: I don’t know
Weight: 19 lbs
Hair: Dishwater Blonde
Eyes: Blue with brown around the iris
Clothing Size: 12-18 months
Shoe Size: no idea
Teeth: tons
Movement: Dexter loves chasing after his brothers and sisters. Like his two older siblings, Gage and Seven, he has integrated into the constant fighting over toys between The Girl and SquishyKid #2. It’s awesome, let me tell ya. Just yesterday he threw an amazing tantrum over not being able to put things in a bucket exactly as he wanted them. Terrible twos have definitely started here.

Geneva– Coyote
Age: 9 months
Height: Around 30”
Weight: 24.5 lbs
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Clothing Size: 12-18 months
Shoe Size: 5
Teeth: TWO!! We have TWO TEETH!
Movement: Nothing new as far as walking this month, but he had a major growth in communication! He learned to sign food, more, milk, and all done, has mastered clapping and learned to wave hello and bye bye. He can go from sitting to standing on his own, can stand for up to 30 seconds before falling over, and is a dynamite cruiser. I’m thinking next month he might master walking, but we’ll see!

Misty- Elliot
Age- 15 months
Height- Unsure
Weight- 23 lbs
Hair- Dark brown & CURLY
Eyes- Brown
Clothing Size- 12-18 months
Shoe Size- 3
Teeth- 8 (that she will let me feel and/or see)
Movement- Elliot LOVES TO CLIMB. She also LOVES TO DANCE. That girl is a dancing fool. She gets on her knees and moves her shoulders really fast. Then she crawls really fast in a circle. She still crawls, no real walking yet. She can go from sitting to standing, but she hasn’t taken more than a few steps. She shakes her finger at you to tell you “No no no.” She waves to every single person we pass at the grocery store. My husband calls her The Little Politician. She is super friendly. She is a big help around the house. She picks up her toys and helps put stuff back in baskets.

Risa- Harper
Age- 8.5 months
Height- Unsure
Weight- Hopefully close to 15 lbs
Hair- Lots and lots of crazy red hair
Eyes- Blue but her left eye has a lot more green in it
Clothing Size- 3-6 months but we are pretty close to moving up a size
Shoe Size- Don’t know
Teeth- Two bottom teeth and at least one of her top ones have broken through
Movement- Harper crawls everywhere. EVERYWHERE! She does the on- legged army-man crawl. She can pull herself up into standing position using a piece of furniture or another human being as leverage. She hasn’t started furniture walking just yet. When she hears music she likes, she just started to wiggle and dance. She waves sometimes now too.

Xza – Atticus
Age: 9 months on the 30th
Height: 30 inches give or take a centimeter or two
Weight: 23 lbs
Hair: Red
Eyes: Hazel
Clothing Size: 12 months
Shoe Size: 3
Teeth: Three – third tooth on top cut through without any signs of teething other than drool.
Movement: Crawls crawls crawls! Atticus will come when you call him and loves pulling himself up on furniture. He is a master at opening drawers and loves electrical cords. He is more content playing with a spoon (yes, the kind we eat with) than any of his regular toys.

Jessica- Clara
Age: 10 months
Height: 27 inches
Weight: 16 lbs
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Green/Hazel
Clothing Size: 9 months
Shoe Size: 3
Teeth: Four
Movement: Clara crawls, cruises furniture, pulls up, tries to jump, and plays peekaboo. While I was writing this, she started dancing to Yo Gabba Gabba.

Jessica- Cormac
Age: 10 months
Height: 27 inches
Weight: 14 lbs
Hair: Blond
Eyes: Blue
Clothing Size: 9 months
Shoe Size: 3
Teeth: Six
Movement: Cormac is trying really hard to crawl, but can’t quite figure it out. He scoots, rolls (a lot), pulls up, stands, cruises furniture a little bit, and throws things. He just clapped for the first time a few days ago.

About the author

Xza
Xza Louise Higgins is the founder of MommyCon, creator of The Mommy Dialogues, and punk rock mom to two year old Atticus in the great city of Chicago, IL. She is incredibly passionate about birth options, human rights, and promoting gentle parenting practices.

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