Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Three Months of Betsy

Happy Valentine's Day!  I just love this holiday full of all things pink, lovely, and girly.  Having a little three month old valentine just makes today even better.  We had a great visit with Austin's parents this weekend, and we celebrated Betsy's three month birthday and Valentine's Day.  Since they live in Austin, they drive through Waco on their way to Dallas.  We were thrilled that they stopped at Magnolia on their way up and came bearing the yummiest cupcakes.



Today Betsy and I had a fun lunch date with Lindsay and Preston, and I'm looking forward to the steak Austin is going to grill me tonight.


Now on to the three month update!  Another month with our girl has flown by, and after looking back at her two month update, so much has changed.


Stats 

No stats this month as we don't go back to the doctor until Betsy is four months.  I can tell she has gained weight though, and she has outgrown pretty much all of her 0-3 month outfits.

Eating

Betsy is still a great eater, and right around her three month birthday, she dropped a feeding and now eats five times a day most days.  I hope she's ready to start taking a bottle more regularly in month four, because I'm heading back to work next week!  I think we have her schedule worked out so that she'll only have to take a bottle twice while I'm at work.    
 
Sleeping

Sleep continues to be an evolving area for Betsy, and lately she has been favoring short naps throughout the day with a long nap only every few days.  We pushed her bedtime back to 8:00 in preparation for our schedule once I go back to work.  Right now she's sleeping from 8:00 - 6:00 at night (it will be ideal if she can stretch that to 6:30) and taking three or four naps during the day.  Her awake time between naps is usually an hour and a half or two hours.  

We transitioned out of the swaddle and into the Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit.  She transitioned pretty flawlessly and seems to like "the Merlin," as we call it.  We've tried a few tummy naps, but she doesn't seem too crazy about that just yet.         
  
Awake Time

This month I've gotten more comfortable with taking Betsy places, so we've ventured out a bit more recently.  I've loved meeting friends and their babies for walks, and we've gone out to breakfast and lunch a few times.  When we're home, books, walks in our neighborhood, and her play mat remain favorites.  She sat in her Bumbo for the first time the other day and did pretty well in it for a few minutes.  I'm excited for her to be able to sit for longer stretches in it though!

 Betsy and I had a great morning walking with Brittany and Knox last week!




doing so well on our road trip to Annie and Pawpaw's house

Highlights of Month Three

Betsy and I spent a week in Livingston with my parents while Austin was out of town for work.  While we were there, Mammo and Pop came for a visit and Betsy's first cousin was born!  





meeting Porter!

We loved taking Betsy to church for the first time at the end of January.  We only went for the Sunday School hour, but she did great!  I'm thinking she might make her first trip to the nursery in month four.

  
Austin's grandmother, Baja, came up from Austin to meet Betsy at the beginning of February.  These two sure do love each other.


four generations!

We also changed our plans for Betsy's childcare this month, and God amazed us by providing what we think will be a wonderful fit!  I am thankful to be much more at peace about leaving her to return to work with this change.  

Betsy LOVES to hold on to her colorful rings in the stroller, her bouncer, and her car seat (best $4 I ever spent on Amazon - thank you Brittany for the recommendation!).  She tolerates tummy time so much better than she used to, and she rolled over (front to back) for the first time on February 6.


And last but not least, Betsy's smiles and laughs continue to be the very best part of every day.  She has started getting a huge smile on her face when we go get her up from the night or from a nap, and oh my gosh, it just melts me!  Here are several other of our favorite pictures from month three (for the grandparents and great-grandparents).      








all dressed up for a fun lunch date at the cutest bakery with Katey and Caroline 

 wearing a sweet sweater that was Aunt MK's when she was little



And we'll end with my very favorite picture from this entire month, which also made an appearance in my last post - oh well!


Happy three months, sweet girl!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Five on Friday - Vol. 55

After a long Five on Friday hiatus, I'm happy to be back to my favorite weekly link up today!


Betsy and I are headed out this morning for a walk with our buddies Lindsay and Preston, but with the chilly weather outside, I'm not so sure our "walk" won't turn into a breakfast date.  Either way, we're looking forward to a morning outing and seeing some of our favorites.  Here are five of my favorite moments from recent weeks.    

1: We took Betsy to church for the first time on January 31, and it was so fun having her meet all of our Sunday School friends!  Our church was having a special "Baby Day" for all the babies born in 2016, so Betsy got to meet lots of her future friends as well.  She hasn't been to the nursery yet, but that's right around the corner, I'm sure.  Of course a bonnet and a sweet baby cardigan trimmed in pink were totally necessary!  


2: My sister gave me the Lindsay Letters coloring book ("Sweeter Than Honey") for Christmas, and it arrived a few weeks ago.  This week I finally sat down during one of Betsy's naps and did a little coloring - so fun and relaxing!  I can't wait to do more.


3: One of Austin's former co-workers and her husband stopped by the other night to meet Betsy, and they brought her the CUTEST monogrammed bath robe.  I mean I just cannot deal with how adorable this is!  As if I needed another reason to love bath time.  And what a great gift idea (that I definitely plan to copy).


4: February is even sweeter with this little love bug in head to toe pink!  Today's to do list includes ordering an 8x10 of this picture to frame for the house.  And I'm thinking I need one for my office too...  


And the cutest outtake from yesterday's little photo session--


5: Betsy's Annie gave her baby bed a sweet dose of LOVE last time she was here, and I'm loving the Valentine's flair it brings to her nursery.



xoxo
Happy Friday!

 

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...