What have we been up to the last 6 weeks? Eating, Sleeping, Pooping. That is our activity all day, everyday! With a heavy dose of cuddling, kisses, and starring at our little girl. Yep, we are still in that phase, and I hope we always will be. She has been a joy to live with. In fact, last night, I was thinking...I want another one. When can we do this again!? These little angels truly are miracles and bring a feeling of heaven with them. As of today, she still eats every two hours and is having more and more alert/awake time but there has been a lot of sleeping. She looks so peaceful and cute when she sleeps. A majority of the pictures I have taken, have been when she is sleeping. I have a million pictures already, so I am just going to start journaling and documenting with no rhyme or reason. The only theme will be, Tess! And our lives with her and what we have learned about her and about being parents. Still a lot to learn and many years to do it! The pictures will be in the order that I took them. I can't remember the age exactly in all of them, but they are in chronological order.
Getting ready to meet my Uncle Trey!
Uncle Trevor holding little Tess for the first time.
Back to Aunt Paige!
Checking out her Dad...
Her first doctor's visit. We took her in on the 30th, so about 9 days old. Dr. Kathleen Hannifen. We really like her, she is so down to earth and easy to talk to.
Hanging out with great grandparents! Looking at how excited they were to meet her, I am glad that we went...well, partially! :)
Her very first 20 dollars! We started a savings account for her with this money.
Tess and I hanging out....these are my favorite moments. No rushing, just her and I, enjoying a nice day together.
Story time with Grandma Bluemel.
Car seat naps!
I have been taking notes of things I want to remember and write about. I have a little page on my phone saved for these notes, I have titled it "Living with Tess." I hope to remember and write as much as I can for many reasons. One, memories are like June roses in December, right? I love good memories! Second, I want her to be able to read about it and her posterity.
It is hard to wake up every two hours, recently she has had some longer sleeping runs at night. One night, on August 30th she slept 5 hours. I had not gotten much sleep the night before because I went to bed late after a meeting and had to get up early for school. With nighttime feedings in there, I didn't get much sleep. I was SO TIRED. She must have known, it was her little gift. She held off five hours until she woke me up to feed her! She has had a few more 3 hours runs and a couple 4 hour. So, it is getting better. At first, I was a zombie. I still am in a way, but I love to watch her eat and I love being there for her. She is so cute when she is super hungry, she pants. Then she does a head but into my chest, with a determination in her eyes that reminds me of...me! She squishes her notes and really digs in, and makes a cute nose of satisfaction. She falls asleep a lot when she eats, sucking must be a big, hard job for a little girl! So, I usually change her diaper to wake her up! That does the trick generally, but not all the time. At one point, I think I started to become her pacifier. She wanted to suck all the time. We got the okay and encouragement from our pediatrician to give her a pacifier. So we did that about 11 days or so after she was born. She is now a champ! I am able to save my skin too, literally. It can only take so much sucking!
She is an easy baby to console, she generally only cries when she is hungry and gets frustrated when she can't get a good latch so she can actually eat! Six days after she was born, no more problems with latching. She was a pro! Now, at six weeks out, she tells us a little more when something is up, but it is never hard to console her and it's never hard to figure it out. She either needs a diaper change, gas to push out, a warm blanket, or my favorite-some attention. She sure does love to be held, but sleeps well in her bed too. She still sleeps in our room, I am not sure when we will move her to her crib. I like having her close!
I guess newborns a lot of time, have one eye they open a lot more then the other. Our pediatrician explained that this is because they are too tired to open both! At six weeks, she hardly does it ever anymore. But for her, it was her right eye she opened all the time. And we laughed and called it the stink eye. So cute.
She loves her baths and she doesn't every cry. She has whimpered a little bit, more out of fear then discomfort. She is so cute when she is getting bathed too! She acts like a fancy lady at the spa. Her favorite part I think is when we wash her hair under the faucet.
Now it is time for a major sleepy time photo dump! Lots and lots of pictures of our good sleeper! These are all from my phone, all too easy to snap a cute sleeping shot that I don't want to forget. It will be like the sleeping pictures that never end, starting with the hospital until...well, today! :)
On the monitor!
Loving the comfy pjs Grammy Sloat gave her!
She almost always (unless bundled up or laying on her back) positions her hands under her head/face to sleep on.
There, you can see some milk drool. You can also see the jaundice, she didn't need any help with that. She pooped and peed all that yellow stuff out! But you can definitely see here that she is still so little, and still working on it.
Sleeping at Grandma Bluemel's house in the guest bedroom on the fancy bed spread.
Putting her hand over the eyes like Greg does!
Okay, so maybe I won't include the pictures from Boston. I'll keep those separate, she was three weeks when we left, four weeks old when we got back. So this is after her 4 week mark of age!
1 month old
Snoozing while I do homework, I hate putting her down. Homework is such a pain! I can't wait to spend all day everyday with her.