Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sarah's Visit

Last week my good friend Sarah came out to Kansas for a visit! Eliza and I were so excited to see her!

We had fun bopping around downtown Lawrence, taking her to campus, and of course shopping in Kansas City.

It was also great just to hang out at the house, snuggle with Eliza and do lots of talking!

The weather was beautiful every day so we went on a couple of walks too.

Sarah also helped me put up some Christmas decorations. We aren't doing a tree this year since we are spending 3 weeks in South Carolina and Alabama but I did want a some decorations around the house.

We had such a wonderful time with you! Please make it an annual tradition to come visit us in Kansas!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

2 Months Old

Eliza, what a wonderful 2 months it has been! You are the perfect addition to our family and your daddy and I adore every day with you. You bring us so much laughter and joy! As much as I want time to slow down so that I can keep you little :) I cannot wait to see you grow and develop over the coming months. Happy 2 months sweet pea!

2 months stats:

Height: 21.25 inches (14%)
Weight: 9 pounds 5 ounces (16%)

I love that you are such a little thing!

You took your shots like a champ. I think you cry more when I change your clothes. :) You were a little sensitive and fussy after your shots but I enjoyed the extra snuggles with you!

You continue to be a great eater! Although we introduced you to a bottle (of breast milk) around 3 weeks old (and you took it well) we didn't give it to you regularly... when we tried giving it to you around 6 weeks old you refused it! We are working on re-introducing it to you. Your dad is being very patient with you while you fight the bottle feedings. I hope you catch back on quickly! I'd like to be able to share the feeding responsibility every now and then. :)

During your 8th week you slept your longest night stretch...5 hours! You have had a few more 4-4 1/2 hour stretches since then. I won't get too excited about your sleep patterns yet because I know things will continue to be sporadic. I certainly felt very well-rested the mornings after those longer stretches of sleep.

Mornings continue to be your best awake time and I look forward to that time with you everyday! You love your activity mat more than anything and we've also started listening to some fun children's music then too (Elizabeth Mitchell is my current favorite and you seem to like it too)! Your fussy time of day usually appears shortly after your 4pm feeding and lasts till we feed you again around 7. I had been trying to put you in your crib to sleep during your "rest" time but have recently let you just nap in your snugabunny or in your mom or dad's arms.

I look forward to seeing how you grow and change in your 3rd month of life! We love you so much Eliza-bug!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Gigi & Poppy: Round 2

Will went on a hunting trip to Illinois last week so my parents came to stay/play with me and Eliza. What a fun week we had! Gigi and Poppy were last here when Eliza was born so they were definitely ready to see their grand baby again!

They couldn't get over how alert she is and how much personality she already has! Eliza had a wonderful time being loved on, talked to and played with by her Gigi & Poppy.

Mornings on the activity mat are the best!
Gigi gave Eliza a bath-- I think they both loved it!

I had a fun time taking my parents into Kansas City one day for an afternoon of shopping and good eating. Here's my dad with Eliza and I before we went shopping. I love how Eliza is looking at my dad,  so precious!

I also enjoyed taking my parents into downtown Lawrence for lunch and strolling around.

Eliza gave her Gigi and Poppy some great snuggles before they left.

Although my parents were here for 5 days it went by so fast! Thankfully we will see them in 4 short weeks when we are back in South Carolina for the holidays! We can't wait!

Monday, November 12, 2012

8 Weeks Old

Time just keeps flying by! It's so hard to believe that Miss Eliza has been with us for 8 weeks already! At the same time I really can't imagine life without her now. I'm feeling so comfortable with our girl now and usually know what her cries and coos mean.

We definitely have a good routine established this serves us both very well. Eliza's "prime time" is still in the mornings -- this is when she is the happiest and most playful. I absolutely love this time with her! She loves playing on her activity mat in the morning and I can tell she is really interacting with the toys on it. Yesterday morning she was having a little tummy time on her activity mat and she rolled over! It was the cutest thing! My mom and I were sitting there with her and she kept rocking herself back and forth and then she rolled over. She just laid there in awe/shocked at what she had just done. It was adorable. :)

Eliza is becoming a very good sleeper! After her 7 pm feeding she is ready to go straight to sleep and then I get her up around 10 pm for another feeding. She then sleeps till about 2 or 2:30 and goes back to sleep till 6:30 or 7 am. We usually both wake up happy and well-rested. Eliza's nap times are also becoming more predictable and she sleeps for about 60-90 minutes (longer if we are out running errands).

Bath time is now a favorite for Eliza! I love it too. I give her a bath every other day after her 4 pm feeding.

Eliza has moved up to Size 1 diapers (actually she did this last week) and is growing out of her newborn clothes. It's hard to believe she's outgrown some outfits now because everything was so big on her in the beginning!

These two are already buddies!

This Friday is Eliza's 2 month check-up... vaccination time. I can't believe it's already here. I remember thinking at her 2 week check-up that 2 months seemed far away. I bet Eliza will handle those shots better than her momma will just watching her.

We love you so much sweet girl!

Gigi & Poppy's second visit is up next!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Baby Gear Ideas

Eliza is growing quickly and I want to be ready with baby "must-haves" when the time comes. I would love some thoughts and recommendations on some baby products for the next 6 - 12 months (toys, other playtime activities, highchair, feeding products, safety items, etc.)

Highchair  Here are some I'm thinking about but I'm open to suggestions!

Graco Blossom 4-in-1 High Chair
Chicco Polly Luxor High Chair
Graco Duo Diner 2-in-1 High Chair
Food Preparation  Any thoughts between these two?

BEABA Babycook
Baby Bullet
ExerSaucer/Jumperoo I'm pretty sure little Eliza is going to love this little contraption just not sure which one...

Evenflo Exersaucer
Baby Einstein Musical ExerSaucer
Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo
Walkers Do you like these? Are they necessary?

Chicco Little Driver Walker
Toys  I'm open to any and all suggestions.


Monday, November 5, 2012

7 Weeks Old

I love watching Eliza! I could seriously just sit and watch/play with her all day long. She is changing and growing so much I want to soak it all in.

Last week seemed like a bit of a whirlwind...I had several doctors appointments, got back to regularly exercising!, cleaned the house and got it ready for our visitors-- Will's lifelong friend, Charles, and his girlfriend came to see us from NYC.

Charles makes Eliza look extra small!

Eating -- Overall, breast feeding is going really well and I'm very thankful for that. BUT those times that she's fussy (especially during the night) are tough!

Sleeping -- I'm starting to see signs of lengthening her sleep time during the night. We've had a few 4 hour stretches along with the regular 2 1/2 - 3 hour ones. Naptime still usually starts about an hour after she finishes eating and she sleeps anywhere from 1-2 hours.

Playing -- Eliza's favorite time of the day! She does really well playing on her mat and watching the mobile in her crib. I think she would lie there for an hour if I didn't get her up to do something else. :) The only wake time that is not Eliza's favorite is in the late afternoon/early evening. I like to call this her "fussy or sensitive" hour(s).

Love her smiles!
In other news, I experienced Eliza's first public meltdown while we were at Target yesterday. I timed our trip so that she would be asleep while I strolled around getting some household necessities. She was a very happy and alert baby when we arrived (see below) but about 15 minutes into the trip there was LOTS of uncontrollable wailing! I did my best to quiet her (unsuccessfully) and smile at the strangers staring at me while I kept shopping. It didn't take me long to realize that this was no longer a pleasant trip for either of us and I headed for the checkout line. As I'm waiting in the checkout line she quiets down and falls sound asleep. :)

My parents arrive in 2 days! I'm so excited for their visit and for them to see how much little Eliza has grown since her first week of life!