Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cereal Love

After Eliza's 4 month appointment a couple of weeks ago, her doctor gave us the go ahead to start rice cereal. I really can't believe she's already old enough for this and was sure she wasn't going to be interested in it (especially after our dilemma with bottle-taking) but was excited to try it out.

Well, oh my goodness! Eliza LOVES to eat! Here she is with her first couple of spoonfuls of rice cereal.

Our make-shift high chair :)
And just so you can see how much she loves it, here's a little video of her eating and talking (and Will calling our dog Eliza) :)

Right now, we are feeding her a small amount of rice cereal or oatmeal twice a day + a veggie once a day. We introduced her to carrots last week and she liked them okay. Today we are introducing her to peas. I think we will introduce a fruit next-- maybe bananas?

So glad you are a good eater Miss Eliza! Your daddy and I enjoy spoon feeding you.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Under the Weather

Sunday night was a rough night for our family. Eliza started mostly sleeping through the night in the last week and then Sunday night she was up for extended periods 5 times! Will and I both woke up feeling a bit exhausted.

What we realized when we all woke up was that Eliza had her first cold. Poor little thing! It made me feel bad for letting her cry during parts of the night.

We are on day 3 of this cold and it has now been passed along to me. I must say she is more of a trooper than her momma is! I'm not too smiley when I'm feeling bad and she just keeps giving us tons of sweet smiles. Like this one after her bath last night.

In other news, I saw my first snowfall of the season this morning. It was more like a dusting that I'm used to in South Carolina than a good mid-western snow but it was still pretty!

Friday, January 18, 2013

4 Months Old

This is my favorite month with Eliza so far! Her little personality continues to unfold and I just love it. She is changing daily and it's so much fun to watch her start to notice the world around her.

Health - We went to the doctor this morning for your 4 month check-up and shots. Your current stats are:

Weight -- 11 pounds 8 ounces (10th percentile)
Height -- 23 3/4 inches (30th percentile)

I love that you are such a little thing. Your doctor said you are a very healthy and happy girl!

Eating - You love your 3 hour routine during the day. It works so well for both of us. You are eating 6-7 times a day, 100% breast milk. I am so thankful that nursing you has/is going so well. I love doing it and well, I think you love it too! I talked to your doctor about starting you on some rice cereal. I think I'm up for it. :) We will see how it goes.

Activity - You are quite the little talker! You make the sweetest sounds I've ever heard! You really started "talking" a few days ago and now it's nonstop.You are also a bit of a snorter. Your daddy and I have fondly given you the name Miss Piggy. :)

Here's a little sampling of it. Just a warning, she spits up at the end of the video-- otherwise it's full of coos, squeals and snorts.

You are rolling over from your stomach to your back really well. One morning you did it 4 or 5 times! I get so excited when you do these things!

For Christmas your Gigi and Poppy got you an exersaucer. You are still so tiny in it but you really seem to enjoy sitting upright and seeing things from a new angle. The toys on it are a bit overwhelming for you right now so you mainly just sit in it and watch me, dad or Winston (the dog).

Gary the giraffe, a new favorite!

Sleeping - It's getting better by the day my dear! Although I know it's more like 1 step forward, 2 steps back. :) After the holiday traveling I was really looking forward to having you back in your crib (in your own room) so we could work on some sleep training; however, the busted pipe at our house interfered with those plans. I'm not willing to forgo the sleep training completely because I really think you are ready for a full nights sleep so we've been doing a little at the hotel. You go down for the night around 7-7:30 and usually wake up around 10 (for what I hope is the last feeding of the night) and then you've been sleeping till around 4 where I'll let you cry for about 10 minutes to see if you put yourself back to sleep; if not, I give you your paci and you'll sleep till 6:30. This little schedule is working for us right now.

I'm amazed at how well you've adjusted to your sleep sack. I just knew it was going to be a tough adjustment for you/us. When you were a newborn, your arms were ALL over the place when you slept and now we just put you down on your back and your arms don't seem to bother you a bit.

Your daddy and I absolutely love being your parents and watching you grow! Happy 4 months Miss EB!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Sleep & Swaddles

Eliza is on a great 3 hour sleep schedule during the day. She wakes up within 10-15 minutes of her "scheduled" wake time every day. I love this! I know how long she likes to play and when she's ready for a nap.  She gives some pretty clear signals that it's time for a nap-- rubbing her eyes accompanied with a little fussiness. I swaddle my sweet girl, give her a paci, turn on the sound machine, rock her for a couple minutes, put her down and she's usually asleep within 5 minutes.

The only complaint I have about Eliza's routine is that the 3 hour schedule seems programmed into her nights. Several weeks ago she was regularly sleeping 6-7 hour stretches at night (and even had 2 full nights of sleep!) but recently she wakes up every 3-4 hours. While we were traveling for the holidays I responded to her cries during the night and fed her but I know that she is big enough to be able to make it through the night (or at least 6-7 hours) without being fed.

So last night I made the decision to let her "cry it out" when she woke during the night. I told myself I would let her cry at least 10 minutes before intervening and that's all it took! She woke around 2 & 5am with some little coos & cries and it only went on for about 5 minutes before she settled herself back down and fell asleep. She woke for the day around 6:45 -- right on track with her normal routine!

Sleepy baby-- just before naptime.

Another thing, Eliza has been swaddled to sleep since her first night at the hospital but a couple of nights ago she started to break out of her Miracle Blanket swaddle. I knew this meant it was time to teach her to sleep without it. During Eliza's naps yesterday I just swaddled on of her arms and put her lovie in the other arm. I was anticipating the naps being short and disruptive with a flailing arm but much to my surprise she went right to sleep and napped her normal length-- go girl! Since the naps went so well I figured I might as well work on lengthening her nighttime sleep and dropping the swaddle at the same time. As mentioned above, the first night went great! I'm hoping the next few go just as well.

In other news, Eliza is getting used to life at the hotel-- she loves relaxing and watching TV with us.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Eliza at The Oread

This is our new home for the next 4-6 weeks while our house undergoes some major repairs.

While we were visiting family and friends over the holidays a pipe froze and busted in our upstairs guest bathroom leaving much water damage behind. We are so thankful for our neighbor who spotted water rushing out of our garage and down our driveway! He notified the city to turn off our water and a little while later Will received a phone call reporting the unfortunate news.

We had only been in Birmingham for a day when this happened so Will, his dad and brothers loaded up and headed to Kansas to assess the damage -- leaving Eliza and I behind to have fun with family and friends!

Thankfully insurance is covering all of the damage. The house didn't look all that bad but the water did a significant amount of damage. So much so that we are getting a new garage, new carpet and hardwood floors, new vanity and tile in the guest bathroom and the whole house is being repainted.

Although it's inconvenient to be out of our house for several weeks, thanks to our insurance we are getting to stay in the nicest hotel in Lawrence -- which happens to be right on campus so Will gets to walk to work!

View from our balcony.
Our room:

Eliza doesn't seem to mind all the changes! She's been so easy and fun to travel around with.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Home for the Holidays: Birmingham

After a great time in Greenville we headed to Birmingham for a visit with Will's family and friends!

Eliza was greeted by many family members who were eager to hold and love on her! They couldn't believe how much she had grown and changed in one month (since we were here for Thanksgiving).

She has become an easy and very happy baby-- making it very fun for family and friends to play with her. Mimi and Granddaddy loved spending time with Eliza -- especially in the mornings when most of the house was still asleep.

Eliza lovin' on her Granddaddy!
Eliza and I had a great time seeing Nana (Will's grandmother) and Eliza's cousins! Eliza and Davy were born just 3 weeks apart and are so cute playing laying together.

Nana and Eliza chatting

Sweet baby cousins watching the TV
Uncle Mark with Eliza and Ellie Jane
Such a sweet picture of Ellie Jane loving on Eliza
LOVED getting to spend lots of time with these sweet friends! It was almost like we lived in the same town again. :) I'm so thankful for y'alls friendship. You made my time in Birmingham so much fun -- lots of talking, running, shopping and of course-- eating. :)

Resolution Trail Run with Jamie (and Clark)
Eliza got to meet another little baby while we were in town-- Rick and Carrie's daughter, Caroline. She is such a sweet and beautiful baby! I had not realized how much my little 15 week old had grown till she was beside a newborn! I'm enjoying everyday with her but she's just growing and changing too fast!

Love her big bright eyes!
When Eliza isn't asleep (with her arms swaddled by her side) she has her fists in her mouth as pictured below. I can not get her fists out of her mouth-- she loves them! I've tried introducing a teething ring and Sophie the Giraffe but they just aren't the same. 

You may have noticed there are no pictures of Will from our time in Birmingham. Well, that's because he had to leave after 36 hours and head to Kansas to deal with our house. More on that in my next post...

Aside from missing Will during our time in Birmingham, Eliza and I had a wonderful time spending quality time with so many of our favorite people! We can't wait for our next visit!