Friday, June 27, 2014

Ella Mac is One Month

I am out of order... I know.  But, I can write what I want, when I want.  At least that is what I am telling my type-A self that thinks I should be doing all this in order.  Time to learn to let go a bit, I guess. :)

Weight/Length- At two and a half weeks, Ella Mac weighed 8 lbs 10 oz, we were still working hard to get back to birth weight.  She was 22 1/4 in.  At 4 weeks, she weighed in at 9 lbs 10 oz (63 %ile) and was 23 1/4in (99%ile)... someone call Kim Mulkey and get her on the recruiting list. 
Milk Coma 

Eating- She eats every three hours during the day and every 4 hours at night.  I had to set an alarm to wake her up to feed her.  She likes to hold my hand while I feed her (melts my heart). 

Bedtime/Awake- Ella Mac goes to bed at 9:45 and wakes up sometime between 1 and 3, then again between 5:45 and 7.  There are nights here and there where she just wants to be held.  She will sleep for 30 minutes and then cry.  Stephen and I usually end up sleeping in the blue chair on those nights.  I guess sometimes, you just meed a little more loving. These nights tend to happen most often on Saturday.  Stephen sleeps in the basement so that he can remember what he is preaching on the next morning.   Ella Mac must think I am lonely in bed all alone.  Poor Wyatt, I think he is having the hardest time adjusting to this sleep schedule. He just looks exhausted all the time. 

Clothes-  Newborn clothes lasted maybe a week.  She is so tall that 3 month clothes were what we needed! Our favorite clothes are layette gowns.  I love them, so easy to change.  She doesn't do well with pi's with feet.  In the middle of the night, she will have kicked her feet out and have her legs up in the stomach part.  

Dislikes-  being cold, her bath and being naked (clearly she is not really my child). 

Likes- Ella Mac loves to sleep in her cradle that some very sweet friends made for us.  She loves her dad and his loud voice!  She loves to be outside.  Mostly, she likes to be warm!  The warmer the better.  She loves Grand, Aunt Doo Doo and Papa Wayne.  Aunt Doo Doo can always make her stop crying during fussy time and Papa Wayne walks her outside and teaches her about the birds, so she is happy.  I like to think she likes Wyatt and his kisses, but who really knows.  She also LOVES her activity mat.  Homegirl will sit under that for 30 minutes looking up at all the animals. 

One word to describe her personality: Strong willed.  She sleeps great at night, but it takes work to get her to take a nap or to eat.  She has an opinion and I love her for it. 

Favorite memories of the month- I love it when she wakes up early and Stephen and I are too tired to actually get out of bed.  We usually just put her in bed with us.  The three of us will just hang out there for a while snuggling.  But my real favorite memory came at the church picnic.  It was her first outing.  Aunt Doo Doo wrote about it best, so I will let her words do the talking.  

Our first outing was when she was 6 days old.  I wanted to practice taking her out before Mom and Nannie left, so we took her to Merryfield Garden Center.  She slept in the K'tan the entire time and was one happy camper!  

We love her so much and feel so blessed to have her.  It is fun to watch her grow and change. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

This whole pregnancy thing

I really thought that I would do weekly preggo posts, but then I never started.  Well today, there is a blizzard outside and I just got a new computer, so I needed a reason to play on it rather than clean the house.  So, here is a preggo post, full of lots of awkward pictures.  Hope you enjoy!  

I accidentally posted the pictures in the wrong order.  Oh well.....  

23 weeks- January 17, 2014
22 weeks- January 2014

18 weeks- December 12, 2013

15 weeks- November 23, 2013--shopping and wondering where that bump came from! 

23 weeks Along!.... crazy to think that I am over halfway there.

Size of the baby: According to "the bump", baby is the size of a grapefruit.  And it can hear noises… which prompts me to encourage Wyatt to bark at my stomach frequently.  And then I tell baby, “ you WILL sleep through that.”  

Gender:  The past month I have been convinced it is a girl.  Although, at times I think boy.  Stephen has said from day one it was a girl.  He claims that our sonogram confirmed that because we had to “look away for a while-- like they were searching.”

Movement:  Last week, I thought I had the most hyperactive baby ever.  But the movement has slowed down a little.... I still feel lots of movment.   I felt the baby move for the first time on the plane coming back from our thanksgiving trip.  It felt like the pillsbury dough boy was poking me.  Sometimes, I think the baby is doing the worm in there.  And it dances every time I put food in my mouth.
Sleep:  I feel very blessed to sleep so well.  I usually wake up once to go to the bathroom then fall right back asleep.

Cravings:  Since this is a “catch up” of pregnancy so far, I will list lots of things.  In the beginning, I just wanted bread, bread and more bread.  I craved Chick-fil-a sweet tea a lot.  And since I TRY to not drink caffeine, that was a hard one. My first real craving was the first week in December.  I HAD to HAVE some peppermint Joe-Joe’s. We had 2 snow days and Stephen was gone so I was too scared (lazy) to drive to Trader Joes to get them.  When I finally made it there, I might have bought 8 boxes.  Don’t worry 2 men commented on how many boxes I had in my cart.  One said, “I hope those are for gifts.”   These days, all I really want to eat is chocolate.  I am not particular on the kind.

Symptoms: I feel good.  I got a lot of rest over Christmas and I have felt so much better since then.  I do have frequent heartburn.

Best moment of the week:  The weather yesterday was incredible.  It was “warm”  and actually sunny.  Stephen, Wyatt and I went to Alexandria for the day.  We took a really long walk around town and up the Potomac.  Then we met up with Baylor friends we have not seen in a while.  It was an awesome afternoon, and felt so good to get to be outside and enjoy the sunshine.  I think Wyatt was pretty happy to be there too.
Alexandria-- if you look over Wyatt you can see the Washington monument.  Over Stephen's right shoulder is the capital, but I am not sure you can see it in the picture.  This was us yesterday....

And this is us today, after about 2 hours of snow.  It has not stopped all day!

One more... this was about 15 weeks

Have a very happy week :)