Monday, January 23, 2017

Betsy & Porter

Baby Porter is here, and Betsy is almost as excited about having a cousin as I am about becoming an aunt!  Melanie and Clark welcomed Porter on January 18, and Betsy and I got to go meet him last Friday.

Austin was in Kansas City for training for his new job the week that Porter was born, and Betsy and I went to stay with my parents while he was away.  The timing worked out perfectly for us to go down to The Woodlands to meet Porter and see Mel and Clark in the hospital.  Porter is just precious, and I can't wait to watch these two grow up together.  Mom, Mel, and I are already planning their coordinating outfits for the Fourth of July!  

Betsy wasn't quite sure what to make of her new cousin... 
   


Baby Porter slept right through our visit.  He has the softest skin and the most perfectly fuzzy hair!





Sunday, January 22, 2017

Betsy at Two Months

Two months with our girl have absolutely flown by, and she just gets more fun each day.  This two month update is over a week late, as she turned two months on January 11, and she didn't get a one month update, but maybe by February I'll have it together enough to do a timely update!


Stats

At her two month appointment, Betsy weighed 11 pounds, 6 ounces (65%), she measured 23 inches long (74%), and her head circumference was 39 centimeters (57%).  

Eating

Thankfully, breastfeeding has been going well for us so far in Betsy's short little life.  She gave me a little anxiety recently when she started eating much faster, but after tracking her diapers for a few days and talking with our pediatrician, a lactation consultant, and my friend who is a nurse practitioner at Betsy's pediatrician's office, I am convinced she is just getting more efficient.

I'm forcing myself to pump at least once a day to try build up as much of a stockpile as possible before I go back to work.  Pumping is kind of a drag, but this is just a short season!  I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much about how long we'll be able to continue exclusively breastfeeding once I go back to work, but I want to try for as long as we can.

Right now, Betsy eats six or seven times a day.  She eats about every three hours during the day, and once at night.  I'm so glad to be done with the early days of waking her up to feed her!

Sleeping

I'm absolutely convinced we lucked out with a good sleeper.  We certainly haven't done much in the way of sleep training or followed any magic formula (I tried to read Babywise and got major anxiety a few pages in).  Betsy has recently put herself on a schedule of three naps a day and she pretty much sticks to the routine of being awake for about an hour and a half to two hours between naps.  Normally she will go down around 7:00 p.m. after her bath, wake at 3:00 or 4:00 a.m. to eat, and go back down until close to 7:00 a.m.  During the day, her naps vary in length with the first morning nap being the shortest and one of her other two naps being a longer nap (two or three hours).    

Right now, Betsy sleeps swaddled in her PBK Halo Sleep Sack (arms in).  During the day when she gets sleepy, I swaddle her, give her the paci, we walk a few laps around the house and rock a little bit, and she goes to sleep with minimal fussing.  She does NOT like the paci unless she is tired and will basically act as if I'm trying to poison her if I offer it to her when she is wide awake.  She tolerates being rocked to sleep in the evening but really prefers being walked to sleep.  She will occasionally take a nap in her Rock & Play, but most of her sleeping is in her baby bed in her room.  She has slept well in her Pack & Play when we've taken her to my parents' house.    

When she starts school, she will have to be able to nap with her arms out of the swaddle, so we need to start working on that transition.  I ordered the Magic Merlin Sleep Suit today in hopes it will aid in this transition a little bit (and I'm told she can also wear it for naps at school, PTL).  

Awake Time

When she is awake, I love to take her on walks and read books to her.  She seems to really enjoy being outside.  We also try to squeeze in tummy time sessions throughout the day during awake time, which she hates.  Hoping she will grow to tolerate tummy time better in month three!  She seems to enjoy sitting in her bouncer for short amounts of time, and she likes her play mat as well.  I'm excited for the day she starts reaching up to grab the little hanging critters.  She has kicked them a few times, but I'm pretty sure it was unintentional.


Betsy adores bath time and would watch us pour water out of her hot pink cup for hours.  Even though I'm told babies don't need a bath every day, Betsy gets one every night because she likes it so much and because I really can't stand the thought of putting her to bed without one.  She is so smiley and chatty after her bath these days.  There's not much cuter than this little angel in a hooded towel.  



Highlights of Month Two

Betsy started smiling around one month and has just recently started letting out a few laughs here and there.  She is cooing more and more every day, and it is so stinking adorable!  I could listen to it all day.  Her smiles are THE BEST.


The child is a candidate for sunglasses if I've ever seen one.  She does a full body contortion if we dare allow the sun to shine on her face for even one second.  It is hilarious but makes walks on sunny days a bit of a challenge.  Evening and cloudy day walks are most definitely her preference.  A little bird told me that a pair of Babiators might be on their way to her, and I really hope she will tolerate them on her face!   

Right now, Betsy loves it when Austin reads her Snuggle Puppy and Barnyard Dance.  I think she also likes my reading of Goodnight Moon before bed.  Peter Rabbit, various nursery rhyme books, and the Jesus Storybook Bible are also favorites (by favorites I mean she has tolerated us reading them to her so far).  She also seems to like her little pink ladybug we named Lily - it was the first toy she grabbed on her own.


Betsy met more great grandparents this month when some of Austin's grandparents traveled to Dallas to meet her!  We had a great visit with them in early January.  Betsy is a very loved little girl with so many wonderful great grandparents.


The weather in Dallas has been crazy during Betsy's second month of life.  She saw her first snow on January 6, but she has also enjoyed some 70 and 80 degree January days.  She was not impressed by the snow (or the wind), but we had to document it!


The day after her great snow adventure, Betsy came with us to a baby shower for her soon-to-be BFF, Quinn.  We loved celebrating the McDonalds and their baby girl on the way!  Betsy did so good at the shower, and I think it was at least due in part to the adorable outfit she was sporting.  



And just a few more of my favorite pictures from month two...










Monday, January 9, 2017

2016 Recap

Despite falling off the blogging wagon somewhat in 2016, for the sake of preserving memories, I wanted to be sure to recap the year.  Some of these highlights already appeared on the blog, and some (especially in the later part of the year) did not.  Welcoming Betsy will make 2016 impossible to top, I'm sure of it.  Here are some highlights from our best year yet...

JANUARY: We rang in the new year with some of our best Aggie pals in east Texas, went to two weddings, headed west to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo for a double date with the McDonalds, and I got to spend a fun weekend with three of my best Mississippi girlfriends.



FEBRUARY: We hosted a Super Bowl party for some church friends, I had a ball in Waco with my mom and sisters for our annual girls' weekend, and we celebrated my Pop's 80th birthday!  We also found out we were pregnant in February - one of the best days of the year for sure.  




MARCH: We hosted a dinner for a group of mentors and mentees in Christian Legal Society, I celebrated a birthday (and repeated one of my favorite J.Crew dresses), we road tripped to Jackson for the St. Patrick's Day parade and an engagement party for law school friends, and we hosted Austin's parents for Easter weekend.  







APRIL: Austin helped with a men's conference at our church, I hosted a baby shower for my friend Lindsay, and Billy and Carly came to town to attend "Boil for the Brave" with us for the second year in a row.  



MAY: On Mother's Day weekend we told our parents they were going to be grandparents, went to a fun Kentucky Derby party, and brunched for Melanie's birthday.  Also in May we attended a marriage conference at our church with a fabulous speaker (Ted Cunningham), ate pancakes at the most darling pancake stand put on by Austin's friend's son to raise money for a mission trip, hosted some of Austin's co-workers for an afternoon of grilling and outdoor games, hosted my Mammo and Pop for a weekend in Dallas, and celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary with a fabulous Omni staycation!




JUNE: We found our our sweet baby was a GIRL and celebrated with our families and pink cupcakes.  Later that month we had fun at a wedding in Fort Worth with lots of college friends.  


JULY: As has become our tradition, we celebrated the 4th of July in Livingston and found out that weekend that Melanie and Clark were also expecting!  Mom had some sweet burp cloths for Betsy waiting for us when we arrived.  Later in the month we traveled to New Orleans for a wedding and a fun dinner with GJ and Rick then to Houston for another wedding.  Austin went to Chicago on a guys' trip and took (and passed!) the CFP exam at the end of July.



AUGUST: We spent a Saturday morning at the Downtown Pregnancy Center as part of our church's 2016 Serve Day, took a few days off work to make some progress in Betsy's nursery, and went to Houston for a fun weekend that included a wedding and Melanie and Clark's gender reveal party.






SEPTEMBER: We were spoiled with two wonderful baby showers in September and received so many sweet gifts for our girl.  We also celebrated Casey's 21st birthday with a fun night out at Bob's and made our one and only trip to College Station for the Aggies' home opener against UCLA.  Oh, and we celebrated Austin's birthday, too!   








OCTOBER: I attended several baby showers and a sip and see - such a baby boom going on among our friends - and the ladies at my office hosted a fabulous tea for me and another associate who were both expecting little girls in November.  We (mostly) finished Betsy's nursery and packed our bags as Betsy's due date got closer and closer!







NOVEMBER: Betsy was born!  The best day ever.  We hosted part of Austin's family for Betsy's first Thanksgiving, and my mom spent several days with us in November as well.  Austin was an usher in our friends' wedding when Betsy was one week old.  Thankfully the wedding was in Dallas!



DECEMBER: Betsy took her first trip to Livingston, and I went to a beautiful baby shower for Melanie and baby Porter in The Woodlands.  My mom and Austin's mom spent more time in Dallas with us and Betsy, and we made it to Austin's work Christmas party and mine as well.  We celebrated Betsy's first Christmas, and Austin accepted a new job the very last week of the year!  It was especially wonderful having so many friends bring us meals and visit us in December.



 

It truly was the best year.  I am so thankful for the many blessings God gave us in 2016 and looking forward to seeing His plans unfold in 2017.