Friday, January 22, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Lily's 2 months today!!

Lily, at 2 months you:

-weigh about 11 pounds...we will find out your official weight at your doctor's appointment next week.
-wear size 1 diapers
-can still fit in newborn size, but are most comfortable in the 0-3 month clothes we have. This all depends on the brand, of course.
-sleep very well. Most every night you go to sleep at 11pm-12am and wake up around 4 o'clock to eat and then don't wake up until 7:30. Last night you went to bed at 12am and didn't wake until 6:30, so hopefully you are getting closer to sleeping through the night.
-you don't really enjoy being swaddled, but we do it anyway because otherwise you wake yourself up with your hands. Until recently we were swaddling you with your blankets from the hospital because they fit the best, but you outgrew them. You are such an active baby and love to kick your legs and move your arms, so if you are really awake and not sleepy, you grow very frustrated with the swaddle because you can't move. You've also grown very good at escaping the swaddle. Most mornings, we find your arms free.
-we've gotten better at breastfeeding, but you sometimes get frustrated and pop on and off. You eat about 20 minutes and then take 2 oz of formula with each feeding. Sometimes you decide you want 4 oz of formula, but we try to only do 2.
-you are very happy! you smile a lot, especially when I sing to you. it melts my heart. you have the most amazing smile and you have a little giggle that comes when you are really tickled. you also love mirrors. you smile and giggle at the mirror above our couch. you keep your eye on it when you're eating.
-you like your paci, but only for a short time unless we are in the car. it calms you down and then you are done with it and spit it out.
-when you are starting to get upset, you let out bursts of sound that are the cutest things I have ever heard. your daddy and I laugh every time, even though you are upset. we like to torture you so we can hear you do it. ;)
-you've gone to church 3 times now. everytime you have been great. you just sit in your carseat. twice you have fussed and just want to be held. you are a great baby!!
-your eyes are really blue. I'll be surprised if they change, but there is still time.
-you have light brown hair. some days it looks more blonde than brown. you grow more hair everyday. soon you will have a full head of hair.

Sweet Lily,

I can't believe you are already 2 months. I always imagined having a baby and I can say now that it is nothing like I a good way. Most days I cannot wait until you wake up so I can look at your sweet face some more and hear your beautiful happy sounds that you make. It is the hardest thing I have ever done, but when I look back over my days, all I remember is how much fun I had and the joy I felt with each smile and coo. I am overwhelmed with gratitude at the amazing gift that you are to us. Thank you, Lord for this amazing gift you have entrusted to us. Give Chris and I the wisdom and faith to trust you with our daughter. Please Lord, capture Lily's heart early so she can know your love.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Oh no you didn't...

I know I am new at this mommy thing, but I did take care of 2 kids every day for 2 years so I am facinated at this article. I am trying not to be one of those moms who when dad comes home, she gets her finger wagging and tries to top dad on how busy her day has been, but this article is hillarious and I know will give an explanation to what moms do all day. If for nothing else, it gives me a small sense of accomplishment for the task that is ahead. It is more than just the practical changing a diaper here and there to giving bottles...there is a lot to this job and I am so excited and proud to be in the ranks with you all who are staying at home. Stay at home parents---UNITE!

Monday, January 11, 2010

7 Weeks

If I had a post for every time I've thought of posting, I'd have a post almost every day. It is so much harder to find time to post than it use to be, but I'm still committed to trying.

Things are going well. Lily is 7 weeks old now. We are spending the days together and trying to get a regular routine down. Currently, she eats every 3 hours and "naps" for 2. 30 or so minutes of the hour left is spent eating, so that leaves us a little over 30 minutes to do anything outside the house. Needless to say, I don't get out much.

We spend our wake-time talking to each other, singing, reading, watching Baby Einstein videos or just looking at lights and walls. She has a particular affinity for a certain mirror we have above our couch. She will just stare at it and get bigger smiles than I can illicit. It may sound like a dull day, but I really love the times when she is awake. It's the times when she is napping that I find myself bored. I often struggle with feeling isolated and trapped. Just this past week, I was really struggling which has caused me to start this week fresh and start looking for activities to do while she is napping to keep my mind working and busy.

I'm afraid to share with you all what I've decided to do with my time because I'm afraid I will fail and one of you will ask me how it's going and I will have to share that I failed. about performance anxiety. Ok....should I share this...yes, ok....I am attempting to read through the Bible. I think this is my 708th time to declare that Iam going to do this, but I have run out of excuses for real. I have so much time and all I have to do is discipline myself to do it. I am afraid to ask for accountability, but I guess I should. So, feel free to ask me about it. Scary!

I'm rambling now, so I will just leave you some pictures of Lily. Amazing! Love those chubby cheeks.