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!