Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Many Faces of Ella Grace

So we have learned that our little girl is very expressive : ) She has many, many hilarious expressions and they change from moment to moment! I took this video when she was a couple of weeks old. She was cracking me up with all her priceless faces!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Doctor's Appointment & Phone Pics

This week we have really started focusing on starting a routine. I'm not really too worried about it, but I do want her to recognize play time vs. sleep time, especially since I have to return to work in a few short weeks : (  She has actually done VERY well! She really is a great baby! If she's not hungry and eating (which is a lot), she is sleeping or playing. It has actually been harder for me to stick with the plan than her, because at night I just want to sit and hold her while she sleeps, not put her to bed. So far, I've only cheated one night ; ) I just can't help myself! She is already growing SO fast and while she lets me just sit and cuddle her, I am going to!

Yesterday, we took her to the pediatrician for her "3 week" visit which was really her 5 1/2 week visit (her doctor was out of the country for a couple of weeks). WOW! Is she growing or what!?!?! She weighed in at 9 pounds 14 ounces and 22 1/2 inches long!!!! She has gained almost 2 1/2 pounds in 3 weeks and grown 2 inches since birth! Looks like we have a model on our hands...not only is she B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L of course, but she is in the 90th percentile for her height! And 70th percentile for weight. Dr. S was very impressed with how strong she is. When he flipped her on her tummy, her head and arms shot right up supporting herself and looking like she was about to crawl off the table! He said he hardly ever sees an baby her age do that at this point : ) So basically, she is PERFECT!

I wanted to take some pictures at her appointment, but when we were sitting in the waiting room, I go to pick her up out of her carseat and realized she had the blowout of 2011!!! All on the FRONT of her?! I have NO clue how she managed what she did! It was 10 times worse than her Father's Day gift and all on the front of her...none on the back...I pretty much had to bathe her in the sink at the doctor's office. It was a MAJOR M-E-S-S! Needless to say, after that I kinda forgot about the pictures.

I do however have some cute pictures from my phone I thought I would share

Life is hard

This is usually what I do while Mommy does her school work : )

Sleeping beauty : )

Waiting for Daddy to get home from work...

LOVE these two!!!

Happy First Father's Day Daddy!!!

Ella Grace decided to give something to her Daddy for his first Father's Day that is unique and she has plenty of to share...

HAHAHAHA!!! Poor Daddy was trying to cuddle with her on the morning of Father's Day and this is what she gave him : ) Mikey had to work on his first Father's Day, so we didn't really get to celebrate with him : (

Since he had to work on Mother's Day AND Father's Day this year, I hope he gets both off next year! We love you Daddy and I know EG's gift to you was all out of love : )

Thursday, June 16, 2011

1 Month Old!


Ella Grace,

I cannot believe you are already one month old! It makes Mommy SO sad that you are growing SO quickly! But at the same time, I am very grateful that you are so healthy and beautiful!!! Mommy and Daddy have enjoyed this first month of your life with you so very much! This is a time that I will always cherish and never forget! I just hold you and stare at you every. single. day. to be sure not to take this precious time for granted. It brings tears to my eyes every time I picture you getting older and bigger, but at the same time it is exciting to watch you grow and blossom right in front of our eyes. You are the sweetest, most precious thing EVER! I had no idea this type of love existed. I only hope that as you continue to grow, I can be the BEST Mommy for you and give you everything you deserve! I love you baby girl : )

One Month Stats

Weight: Last time you were weighed you were 10 days old and weighed 7 pounds 9 ounces. Just a little more than you weighed at birth : ) We are headed to the doctor next week to get some new stats. I know you will weigh lots more now because you are growing like a weed!!!

Length: Your length hasn't been measured since you were born, but you have gotten SO much longer! Can't wait to get your new stats : )

Clothes size: Newborns, but you are beginning to get too long for them : (

Diaper size: Newborn

Daily Routine: This is an area Mommy needs to work on. I really haven't tried to get you on a routine yet. I've been inching towards somewhat of a schedule in the last week or so, but I would really rather feed you on demand than on a strict, non-flexible schedule so I kinda go by your timing. But you usually eat sometime in between 4-6 a.m. then go back to sleep til around 7-9 a.m. Then we get up for the day. You eat again, sometimes stay up and play a while but sometimes you will pass back out. This is the time you will usually hang out in your swing. Around 11 a.m. to noon you eat again, then usually take a good nap for most of the afternoon. Then its up for more milk, a bath and play time with mom and dad. You usually eat around 8-9 p.m., sleep a couple of hours, nurse one last time then sleep from about 11 p.m. to midnight for about 4-5 hours : )

Feeding: Every 2-3 hours during the day. Anywhere from 4-6 hours at night.

Sleep: You sleep SO well! I really can't ask for more in this department. Of course you have had a few not-so-great nights but overall you sleep for pretty long stretches. You nap pretty well during the day also.

Hair Color: Dark brown. Like Mommy and Daddy : )

Eye color: Too early to tell but looking blue. Like Mommy : )

Milestones: You can hold your head up VERY well. You can push yourself up when on your tummy and turn your head from side to side. You smile a good bit but I'm not sure if you know you are doing it just yet. (You really like to smile while your sleeping and pooping, ha!) You definitely know your Mommy and Daddy's voices, will turn towards them when you hear us and you will stare at our faces and follow them when we move. You are very alert when you are awake staring at everything around you! You love the lights and the fans. You also love the elephant mobile on your swing! You have starting making "coos and ahs" when you are alert and playing : ) It's SO cute!

Your favorite toy: Not sure if this is considered a toy, but you LOVE your swing!!! And so does your Mommy! I try not to use it too much, but when you are upset and NOTHING else works (which isn't very often) you always (knock on wood) calm down in your swing.

Firsts this month

First car ride

First doctor visit

First real bath

First smile

First coo and ahh

First time sleeping in your crib

First time (of many!) shopping trips

One Month Pictures

Happy One Month Sweetheart!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

3 Weeks Old!

The 3rd week has been a pretty good one : ) Last week I was worried Ella Grace might have colic, but thankfully that "every evening fussiness" has diminished! Woo Hoo!!! She will sometimes get a little fussy at night, but I'm pretty sure it's just gas.

She is still nursing every 3 hours during the day, but she will go up to 6 hours sometimes at night! That is always exciting! I kinda feel bad when she goes that long without eating, but I figured if she's sleeping, she's happy, right!? She hasn't been back to the pediatrician yet because he has been out of the country, but I anxious to see how much she weights now because she seems to be growing like a weed! Which is GREAT, but sad at the same time.

We finally broke out the Moby wrap this week! It's great! To be honest, I haven't used it much because she naps so well in her crib or swing and until I have to carry her around in it to keep her quiet I don't want to abuse it. But I have pulled it out twice, once to take her on a walk and I'm guessing it was a good experience for her because she went sound asleep : )

Highlights from week 3:

  • She is more and more alert every day!
  • She really listens to our voices and follows us with her eyes
  • She smiles a good bit, SO PRECIOUS!!! Just melts my heart but I'm still not sure if she knows what she is doing just yet
  • She has started to make some "coos" and "aahs" LOVE IT!
  • She will lay on her play mat and look up at the toys, make sounds and even kinda hit at them : )
  • She holds her head up VERY well! Actually, she has been doing this since she was born!
  • She got to meet another Aunt Dareath, Uncle Jason, and cousins Brendon, Jayden, Courtney and Hannah!
  • She got to meet some Sunday School friends : )

I love my play mat : )

Playtime with Mommy and Daddy : )

Staring at Daddy and listening

One of the MANY expressions of Ella Grace! She cracks me up!

Unfortunately, you can see I'm about as good as keeping up with her updates as I was my weekly pregnancy updates...not good...

I do try REALLY hard to stay on top of blogging, but I can't believe how busy I stay during the day with her and schoolwork and housework. Also, it seems that every time I sit down at the computer, its time for her to eat, she's fussy or my computer is not working. She actually just turned one month old Sunday (*tears*). I have taken her 1 month pictures, it's just a matter of have time to post them!

Well, I'm off to finish cooking dinner while she is napping in her swing : ) Hopefully, I will be back with another post sooner rather than later, but I make no promises these days.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Mommy and Ella Grace have a photo shoot!

We are still waiting on EG's professional newborn pictures. I can't wait to see them!!! We should be getting them back any day now...

Last week, she was SO adorable sleeping and I knew she wouldn't mind much if we played so I decided to snap a few hundred shots of her. I wish that I would have thought to take off her clothes sooner, but she was so peaceful, I was just in a hurry to get some pictures before she woke up. Ended up she slept way longer than I thought, but by the time I got her undressed she was kinda tired of the photo op. Anyways, here are a few of the ones I took.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Aunts, Uncles, & Cousins

Ella Grace is SO blessed to have lots of family who love her very much! She has 3 aunts, 2 uncles, and 9 cousins : ) Last week her Aunt Liz, Uncle Matt, and cousins Connor and Carter came by to meet her! Matt is Mikey's twin brother. This is their first time being an aunt and uncle : ) EG was pretty good for them. She let them both hold her and only got fussy about the time they were leaving because she was hungry (what's new!?) Here are some pictures of them with EG, courtesy of her Aunt Liz : ) Thanks Lizzie!

Ella Grace & Aunt Liz

She is studying Aunt Lizzie : )

Uncle Matt & Ella Grace

Daddy, EG, Uncle Matt, & Connor

Mikey with Connor & Carter

Ha! This picture cracks me up! This is what happens with 2 men and 3 kids : ) Poor EG is trying to latch on to Uncle Matt! Ha! Actually, I guess I should say poor Matt...

And today, one of my sisters, Dareath, her husband, Jason, and their kids (well, all but one) dropped by to meet Ella Grace while they were passing through town. I am SO glad they came by to meet her! She was very good while they were here. She had just had a nap and eaten so she was wide awake and alert while they all got to hold her! I can't wait for EG to meet her Aunt Monica and the rest of her cousins, Hunter, Tyler and Grayson!

EG & her cousin Brendon

Cousin Hannah

Cousin Courtney

EG & her Uncle Jason

EG & Aunt Dareath

That is her other cousin Jayden. He was quite amazed by her! He was so cute, he just couldn't believe how little she was : )

After all her company today, she was worn out! I NEVER get tired of watching this sleeping beauty!!!