Tuesday, December 20, 2011

How big is Elise!? Sooooo big!

 On Sunday, we celebrated Elise's 3 month birthday!  Call me crazy for celebrating each month birthday but to me, EVERY milestone is so awesome!  I don't want to take Elise and her time with us for granted *at all*!  Elise is an extremely healthy baby who is gaining weight and reaching all her developmental milestones just fine.  But I know, with the blink of an eye, all of that could change.  I worry constantly (over nothing) but still want to cherish these times as much as I can.  Plus, she is only going to be this small for soo long.  Before we know it, she is going to be up and moving and growing up in to a beautiful little girl.  

We try to take a picture of her each week (a side from the millions of other pictures we take of her) but that has failed.  BUT we have taken a monthly picture of her.  

This was her the day she was born in the hospital.  She was 8lbs 3oz and 21 in. long!

This is her at one month.  10lbs 4oz and 23in. long!

This is her at two months.  12lbs 10oz and 23 1/4in. long!

And here she is at three months!  As of last week, she was 13lbs 1oz! 

Okay, and because I am in a very sappy, nostalgic mood, I wanted to share a couple of videos of Elise!!! Mainly because I literally take at least one every day and because she is soooo darn CUTE!

Despite all the chaos and commotion in the hospital of having a new baby, I happen to grab the camera and get this short video of Elise and honestly, this is THE BEST thing I ever did!  That time was a complete blur and now I can hardly even remember how new and precious she was!  But I will forever have this video to remind me!! Ohh I just LOVE HER!:)

This video is of Elise just a cooing a way!  I love her little voice!:)  AND she figured out how to swat at her toys on the mat! 

And Elise has FINALLY decided she *likes* tummy time!  All of the sudden yesterday, she decided she was happy on her tummy!:)  AND she flipped her self over from her tummy to her back!  We screamed in excitement that I think we scared her and now she hasn't done it since! haha We are working on it though!:)

We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!:)

<3 The Eme's

Friday, December 16, 2011

Growing baby, shrinking mommy:)

So last weekend, I spent most of Saturday looking back at how fast these 3 months have gone!  I can't believe in 2 days, my baby girl will be 3 months old!  She has truly been a blessing to us and I love watching her learn and grow!  We finally moved her out of her pack n' play and into her crib.  Mostly because she was keeping us up with her moving and picking her feet up and slamming them down on that cardboard surface.  You would think this would hurt her/wake her up.  It didn't.  But it did keep mommy & daddy up.  So she and we are much happier now that she is in her crib.  We still have her in our room because her room is beyond FREEZING!  The apartment we live in is in an old house and her room is the room with the slanted roof and there is zero insulation in between the one wall and the roof.  So she'll stay in our room til it gets a little less cold!  

I also spend Saturday doing laundry, which included packing up a good chunk of her 3 months cloths and pulling out her 6 months clothes.  She has such a long torso that she is busting at the seems in the 3 month onesies.  The 6 month are still a little long but they fit better than the 3 month.  Her 3 month jammies are especially tight.  Her feet were so scrunched and she was stretching those to the max.  Again, her 6 month are a little long but still, much more comfortable for her.  We bought her a bunch of clothes for Christmas.  Some 6month clothes that she'll hopefully be able to wear until Spring.  And I found Carter's was having a killer deal - $5 tshirts and onesies and $8 outfits the other day WITH 25% your entire order.  I got over $200 worth of stuff for less than $60! I was sooooo proud! Each item was either $3.75 or $6!  It just came in the mail yesterday and I'm so excited!  Partly because they are cute and partly because they are a good deal.  Carter's is the only brand I can definitely guess her size on.  I bought some 6 month stuff for her from OshKosh B'gosh and it tends to run wider and shorter in the shirts so they fit her NOW and probably won't make it past January.  

On another note, this mommy did a little shopping on Sunday with my mommy!  I start my education blocks in January and we will be in the schools so I want to make sure I look nice. I've never really had a ton of nice clothes but we went to Maurices and I found a pair of pants and 2 shirts!  I could have bought  SOOO much more and plan to do a little more shopping once I save some more money!:)  BUT I did buy the pants in a size 3/4 which is pretty much my size before I got pregnant! Whoo hoo!  Small workouts at the gym are helping!!!  

Okay, much brush my teeth and such before Elise gets up from her nap!!


Friday, December 9, 2011

Naptime Confession

So just this last week, I've been really working on getting Elise to take naps in her bed.  Normally, I would let her nap in my arms, in her bouncer, etc. but in ONE MONTH I go back to school (can we pause to say how much I can't believe how fast this has gone!?).  Side bar:  I haven't been in school or working since the middle of August.  At that time, I was 34 weeks pregnant and miserable.  I couldn't imagine that the pregnancy would end and we would have a newborn to take care of.  And I most certainly thought going back to school was WWAAAAYYY far off.  And now, in almost 5 weeks, I will be starting up school again!  I'm excited, scared, nervous, ready, and all that goes with not being home with Elise anymore.  The good thing is I will only be going to school 2 days a week.  Although those days will be long days, but only 2.  And the other good thing (okay, GREAT thing) is that we are leaving her with someone I know and trust!  A friend from high school is going to watch her and I'm soooo thankful.

Okay, back to my naptime confession.  Every time Elise naps, I swear I'm going to fold laundry, do the dishes, shower, clean, craft, etc.  And yet, I spend my time on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Etsy, and looking at all the blogs on my bookmark.  I also spend time looking at all the things I want to buy when we become rich :) and place then in my bookmark and my Amazon wishlist.  Let's just say I have a champagne taste on a beer income as my mom always told me:)  I feel guilty because I have housework to do ... but I also feel that in 5 weeks, my naptime will be spent doing homework and studying AND housework.  SO I think I'll enjoy this naptime while I can:)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

One more picture I forgot to post yesterday.  Sooo while at the dinner table at my in-laws on Thanksgiving, Elise was so nicely tucked away in her daddy's arms.  And in the midst of all of our laughing, talking, etc., she just so sweetly closed her eyes and fell asleep.  Soo as the sweet and loving parents we are, we decided to have a little fun!  

Thanks to Carole of Carole Moreno Photography for capturing this sweet little photo.  Sooo many captions come to mind with this!  Would love to hear yours but I picture "Stick a fork in me, I'm done!" Bahaha 

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  

<3 Liz

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

3 months (almost)

Okay, so I have *totally* slacked in the blog-updating department!  I must admit I have thought about updating several times but then have been distracted with Elise or with Ryan or with working out or the other things going on!  So bare with me, this will be a longer update!

Since our last update, Elise has hit some MAJOR milestones... considering her last update was almost 2 months ago!  At Elise's 2 month appointment she was 12lbs 10oz and 23 1/4 inches long!  She is in the 95th percentile for weight and the 75th for height! Needless to say, she is a very healthy and happy baby.  We go back after Christmas for her 3 month check up.  I so very much love seeing her grow and knowing she is healthy!  We are still attending our breastfeeding support group every Thursday so I am able to weigh her each week!  It is so reassuring to see her weight increase each week!  With breastfeeding you have NO idea how much they are eating each time/day so it is nice to see the weight gain to know you are doing things right:)  I'm pretty sure Elise is hitting her 3 month growth spurt considering she is eating more frequently.

Elise is also full of smiles and laughs.  She is really doing well with her head control when we have her sitting in her bumbo or on our laps.  She also has really strong leg strength and LOVES to stand up!  I find it funny that she immediately stops fussing when you stand her up sometimes!  She is trying to grow up too fast!  She also loves her glow worm and her play mat.  No matter what her mood is, those two things will always make her smile and laugh!

We survived our first big holiday with her!  Thanksgiving was a crazy, busy holiday full of family, friends and FOOD!  We all made it through it and successfully I might add.  Elise was able to hang with some friends and family, some she hadn't met yet.  It was nice!  She also sat on Santa's lap for the first time!  No crying for her, although, I do look forward to future years when she does cry.  I think those pictures are HILARIOUS!!:)  We are looking forward to our 1st Christmas with her, although, that will be busy too:)

Elise successfully slept through the night beginning at 8 weeks!  We had NEVER swaddled her because she seemed to hate it but someone suggested it because it seemed she was not hungry when she would wake at night, just waking herself up sort of a thing.  We tried swaddling, and she slept 9 hrs and has slept anywhere from 9-12 hrs ever since.  HOWEVER, she has now learned to roll over WHILE swaddled so no more swaddling for her.  AND she has now learned to roll over UNSWADDLED, so we are going to have a few restless nights until we get this figured out.  Babies continually surprise me.  Once you think you've got just ONE thing down, they throw you a curve ball:)  I'm soooo proud of her for learning to roll over but just wish she would only do it while awake!:)

We are starting a new tradition with Elise at Christmas time ... building gingerbread houses.  I've actually never made one either so we both had a first!  We spent this past Sunday in our pj's making gingerbread houses, homemade chex mix and watching "How I Met Your Mother" on Netflix.

For now that is the update!  I'll try to update more often!:)