Peyton’s Half Birthday – 6 months old.

Peyton is 6 months old today. She has giving me a run for my money already. She’s been teething and quite sickly this morning. Screaming since 4 AM and not consolable at all. So, my idea of capturing yet another day of Peyton has been riddled with sad, sickly kiddo pictures. However, we will go on and do 24 hours of my newly 6 month old baby girl. Happy half birthday, Punky Monster. Mommy loves you even when you are sick and cranky.

11:20 PM: Mommy couldn’t make it until Midnight. So sleepy.
So, we took one last picture before the big HALF BIRTHDAY! This is the last moment captured before she turned 6 months old.

She fell asleep pretty early and in the last few days, she has been fighting us at bedtime. She also seems to think that its time to get up at 4AM. We will have to work on that.

1:42 AM: Peyton is officially 6 months old. Mommy got up to go to the bathroom and snapped this shot really quickly. The flash is so bright, I am surprised she didn’t wake up!

3:25 AM: Mama Kim came to bed around this time, so Mommy thought she might snap another picture. Amazed that Peyton hadn’t woken up yet. Isn’t she just the most precious sleeping 6 month old baby cakes? Maybe this will be the night she sleeps through the night?

3:27 AM: No such luck. Instead, she woke up and started squealing. This is Mama’s favorite time of day though. Half asleep babies are good for cuddling and petting.

4:19AM Thru 5:20AM: Peyton finished her bottle and we tried to put her back to sleep. She was not having any of that. Instead, Mama took her out in the living room to see if she could wear her out. This picture is actually when Mama gave up and crashed and Mommy got up and took her into the living room instead. Such a tired baby, yet … she will not go to sleep.

 

 5:42 AM: She started to get sweaty and feverish. She just wouldn’t stop screaming. I took her temperature and it was not abnormal. I gave her some Tylonol.

5:43 AM: When that didn’t work, I got out the Hyland’s Teething tablets. They are tiny little white tablets that you put on her tongue and they dissolve instantly. Her Aunt Brittany says they taste like the candy stix in FunDip. I don’t really know, I didn’t try them to confirm her story.

5:44 AM: When that didn’t work, but she was chewing on my fingers, I gave her some Baby Orajel, Nighttime and handed her a teething ring. This worked for a tiny moment. She was at least a little less banshee like. I swear sometimes, with the shrieks that come out of her mouth, I wonder if I did in fact give birth to a baby Banshee Queen.

5:55 AM: I took her back to the bedroom and rocked her a bit. She did finally fall asleep. I laid her in bed and headed back to the living room. By this time, I was awake. Ready to catch up on my TV shows.

6:34 AM: It didn’t last very long. About 30 minutes later, Peyton started screaming again. I went and got her out of her bed again. I tried to feed her, but there was no consoling her. This was shaping up to be the worst first Half Birthday Ever, and we were only 6 hours into it.

7:01 AM: Peyton started to calm down a bit and yawn around 7AM. I was hoping I could get her to go sleep then. So, off to the bedroom we went again, to try and put her back to sleep.

7:24 AM: It took 20 minutes of singing, humming, rocking, and butt patting to finally get her to go to sleep. She burped a lot and hopefully that was her main problem. She stopped squealing and shrieking and fell asleep. I finally got her to lay in her bed and covered her tiny feet.

Mommy went back to the living room, because of course, still not tired.

10:16 AM: Just as I was thinking I might go back to bed, I laid my head on my pillow and a tiny shriek came from the baby’s bed. I snapped this shot before I turned on her mobile. The mobile distracted her long enough to give me a tiny … very tiny cat nap.

10:35 AM: Peyton was smiling and laughing by the time she got up from her very long sleep. That made me feel better too. Her tears were dried when I turned on her cartoons and gave her a nice warm bottle.

 11:20 AM: Sigh. She started to get feverish again and she smelled like dirty babies smell. Sweat, puke, and drool. Anyone without babies, I can’t even explain it to you. So, I put her on the cool bathroom floor while I ran her bath water. FYI: She started on her belly and by the time I turned around, she was on her back.

11:24 AM: The newest game that Peyton likes to play is swimming in the bath tub. She likes to pull the drain level down, by splashing her way from the back of the tub to the front and then hanging on it. However, in this picture, I was in the middle of washing her hair when she thought this might be a good time to start the game.

11:28 AM: Right after her bath, we spent some time with her friend in the mirror. That baby always cheers her up!

11:32 AM: Mommy got her dressed and turned on the cartoons again. She decided it might be a better vantage point if she propped herself up on the pillow and watched from there. This is how serious she is about The Cat and the Hat Knows A lot About That.

12:04 PM: Hanging out after her bath, drinking a bottle and rocking some flower pants.

12:16 PM: Mama woke up and Peyton gave her a nice pet on her hand to say Good Morning!

12:22 PM: Peyton is working on a poop in this picture. I know, it doesn’t look like it by that innocent face. However, Mommy also learned not to let her sit in her saucer and try to poop, it causes poop all the way up her back.

2:44 PM: Shortly after being changed, Peyton fell asleep again. She had a nice little nap, perhaps to sleep off the long, trying morning. I had gone into the bedroom to lay down, myself and snapped this fast little picture of her.

3:59 PM: We both woke up and had to take a minute to wake up. Some people look cuter than their Mommy when she wakes up. It could be because she’s a professional sleeper!

4:10 PM: Soon, she was back to herself. The earlier bout of sickness has past and she was in her playpen, sucking on her toes! So basically … back to normal.

 4:35 PM: Having a moment with Mama. Kisses were definitely involved. Peyton has started to give kisses, with the normal open mouth baby lips. Full of slobber and yet they are still the sweetest kisses ever.

4:38 PM: This is what Peyton takes pictures of when she gets a hold of Mommy’s camera and crawls on her.

4:49 PM: Mama gave her a pretzel stick. It was mostly something to suck on and make into a slobbery mess! All in good fun, who cares, its her half birthday.

5:05 PM: When left to her own devices on the floor, Peyton has been known to do some silly things. In this case, she is trying to figure out how to get milk out of the bottom of her bottle. I don’t think she ever figured that out and later she just turned it around to drink it correctly.

5:11 PM: She moved to pushing over her BUMBO and rolling it all over the floor.

5:20 PM: When she got bored of that, she decided it was try to crawl again. She didn’t quite get there, but she did flop onto her face a few times. Which in itself is adorable to watch.

Mommy and Aunt Brittany left for Walmart around 6:00PM, in search of a cake and party supplies. By the time they got home, Peyton was taking YET ANOTHER nap.

9:00 PM:  Peyton woke up from her nap and we slapped on a sticker “Half Birthday Girl”. She was still so sleepy that she had lines on her face.

Disclaimer: Peyton is usually not up this late. We don’t keep her up this late. Unfortunately, today she was completely off her sleep schedule for unknown reasons.

9:01 PM: Mommy altered a tiny balloon we got at Hyvee. Of course, I put the 1/2 in the wrong spot, but whatever. Its still awesome!

9:05 PM: Mommy put some candles in a tiny SUGAR FREE CAKE. Really, the cake was more for the mess factor than for eating. Good thing I took a picture before she smashed it.

9:06 PM: Aunt Brittany took a picture of Peyton and her mommies. The only thing I can see in this picture, however, is that fact that Peyton is trying to move my arm so she can get to the cake.

I promise, she had very little cake in her mouth.

9:07 PM: Arms up! Last thing we want is burned fingers on our half birthday! We sang “Happy Half Birthday” and her mommies helped her blow out the candles. She just kept looking at us like we were nuts.

We probably are. In the words of my sister, Brittany. “Not many people celebrate half birthdays. In fact, you may be the only crazy.”

9:11 PM: And then the mayhem started. She got a little taste of the whipped icing, but she never really stuck her fingers in the cake part. She really just smeared it around on the tray of her highchair.

9:14 PM: Celebration was over pretty quickly. Now its bath time. The ‘not icing’ icing was kind of floaty, so it made washing up crazy hard. I washed her up as best I could, but she smelled like she was wearing Cupcake Perfume.

9:22 PM: Winding down the day with duck pants and some wiggles on the floor. All clean!

9:54 PM: Rolling around in the playpen, playing with her penguin. We just decided to let her wind down on her own tonight. Its her Half birthday! She’s allowed.

10:27 PM: Mama put her sticker on her butt and let her scoot all over the floor.

11:11 PM: In the midst of all that rolling and scooting (wearing her out), she came across the Mickey Mouse that my dad gave her. She just learned how to push the buttons to make him sing to her. She sucked on his thumb at one point. Apparently, his plushy thumb tastes better than her own thumb.

11:17 PM: Mama joined her on the floor and they played the “Kisses” Game. She’s giving baby kisses right now, like little babies do. Open mouth and giggles.

11:18 PM: Peyton started to get sleepy here and her head got heavy. She smacked it on the floor and was not so happy about it. She made sure we were all aware of her upset.

11:33 PM: One last bottle before bed.

11:42 PM: And after a long winded Half Birthday, my baby Peyton has concluded her first day as a 6 month old!

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25 Week Photoshoot with Miss Peyton

So, Peyton turned 25 weeks last Wednesday. My sister and I came up with the cutest little idea for pictures of her. I couldn’t help but show them off. I am SO proud of this. I am not a photographer in any way, but I think they turned out awesome. If anyone wants to re-create the look, they certainly can. I think it only cost us 20-30 bucks total for all the props.

I got the headband from a consignment store here in our city. “Wild Child”, but I think you can find them just about everywhere. I personally don’t care for the headbands with GIANT flowers on their head, but for some reason, the flat feathers gave my baby girl an old Hollywood feel and I got that inspiration from a post on Pintrest, leading me here. Not where I got my headband, mine was approximately $4.00, but thanks to this site, I got a nice inspiration for a fun photo shoot.

I did this photo shoot on my bed, which is why my curtains are on the wall in the background. Frankly, I thought the majority of the pictures were so good, that I didn’t feel like taking the time to edit the background out of them.

I got the dress from a woman at work, who handed it down to me. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, since its kind of an older model, but it fit Peyton like a charm and frankly, it is ADORABLE. The poofy skirt really works well with the photos we were going for.

Hats off to her Mama for the mis-matched socks. I can’t take any of the credit on that one. I actually had no idea her socks were mis-matched until we started shooting the pictures. It adds character.



I got a ‘Poodle curtain” from Walmart for $9.00. I am not really sure what the purpose is for these curtains in real life, but I used it to cover up my bed sheet and give the picture a nice, glamorous feel. Plus, I really think Peyton enjoyed the feel of the ‘fluff’ in her fingers

The lighting in my bedroom was very poor, so my sister chased Peyton around the bed with a desk lamp shining down her on. That’s how we got her to look away from the camera some and get some great candid shots of her

I got the pearls from Walmart as well, wrapped them around her neck and she enjoyed trying to eat them. The pearls may have been the most expensive part of this shoot. About $9.00 for each strand. I would maybe suggest trying to find fake pearls some where or go to a thrift store for them.

There are faux diamonds in the picture as well, though they are pink and white and don’t really show up against the white of the curtain she is laying on. We got a bunch of those for her to play with in the shot from Hobby Lobby for 99 cents a piece.

They were a little too heavy for her to hold and she didn’t really interact with them much. I suppose if they had been a bolder color, they may have been worth using in this shot. As it stands, I don’t really see the point in having them. However, maybe I will use them in another shoot for something else.

We got the antique mirror from Hobby Lobby as well, for about $7.00 on sale. The idea was for her to look at herself in the mirror, but instead, like the teething baby she is, she ate it. Still a pretty cute picture if I don’t say so myself.

My sister and I are pretty proud of our pictures altogether and these are just a sampling of what we got, but it made for the cutest little 25 week picture of Miss Peyton. My favorite weekly picture of hers to date.

Take care ❤
Rachael

PS, I will probably be back for Peyton’s half birthday celebration re-cap. Can’t wait for her to be 6 months old on Friday!!