Friday, April 21, 2017

Five Months with Betsy

It's April 21, and Betsy turned 5 months old on April 11.  I absolutely cannot believe that she is only weeks away from being 6 months old - that's half of a year!!  What?!  Good gracious, time has been flying by, and we just become more and more smitten with this little angel each and every day.  

Stats: No stats this month as we (hopefully) won't return to the doctor until Betsy's six month checkup.  I say hopefully because Betsy has her first stuffy nose right now, which is absolutely heartbreaking!  She is not running a fever, and her spirits are good, so I'm praying she'll kick the runny nose soon.  

Eating: Eating remains one of Betsy's favorite pastimes, as evidenced by her epic thigh rolls!  She eats at 6:30 am, 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 5:30 pm, and 7:00 pm.  Still working on consolidating those two evening feedings into one, but we're not quite there yet.  We are planning to wait until she turns 6 months old before trying anything other than breast milk, but I do have some baby oatmeal in the pantry ready to go!  I picked up some bowls and tiny spoons at Target last weekend, and I'm getting so excited to start experimenting with food with her.  

Sleeping:  Betsy is still sleeping great at night (from about 7:00 pm to 6:20 am).  Most mornings during the week we have to wake her up so that I can feed her and get her dressed and get us out the door by 7:00, but on the weekends sometimes she will sleep until 7:00 am or later if we let her.  She is still taking three naps a day - a short nap at 8:00 (45 min to an hour), a longer nap at 10:30/11:00 (2-3 hours), and a short nap around 4:00 (45 min to an hour).  She is also still doing great with putting herself to sleep (PTL!).  Most of the time, she rolls over onto her tummy to sleep and finds her two favorite fingers on her left hand to suck (cutest thing ever).  She scoots all around her bed, and it is not uncommon for us to find her in the morning with her head facing the opposite side of the bed from where we laid her down the night before.  

And sometimes she falls asleep like this after she eats at 5:30... the sweetest.

Awake time:  We still love reading books and going for walks, and Betsy is still a huge fan of her exersaucer in the evenings while Austin and I get supper ready.  Bath time remains a big highlight of each day, and we recently brought Betsy's highchair down and have found that she seems to enjoy sitting there and watching us in the kitchen.

Sporting her seersucker on Masters Sunday. 

My favorite picture this month.

Coordinating with our pal Preston in plaid at dinner. 

Rocking her sunnies on a sunny Sunday. 

New trick: sticking out our tongue.  Encouraged by Daddy, of course. 

Betsy's favorite two fingers - no idea how she contorts her arm like that, but it is non-stop. 

First park trip!  Very unimpressed with the swing. 

The cutest crossed ankles - I die! 

Highlights: Betsy's fifth month brought her first trip to Aggieland, meeting her GJ for the first time, my 30th birthday, her first trip to the park and first time in a swing, multiple visits with grandparents, more trips to the church nursery, and countless sweet smiles from our best girl.  It has been a wonderful month, and we are constantly in awe that God blessed us with this precious daughter!    


Mary Katherine's Aggie Ring Day

My youngest sister celebrated a big Aggie milestone earlier this month when she received her long-awaited Aggie Ring.  Betsy and I wouldn't have missed it, so we loaded up and headed to College Station for Betsy's first trip to her future college (wink, wink).  Despite a lot of car time, Betsy did great on the drive down and enjoyed being strolled around campus.  It was so fun to be in Aggieland with her and with my family to celebrate Mary Katherine's big day!  We are so proud of you, MK.

We all went into the Association of Former Students Building with MK to actually get the ring, and once she had it securely on her finger, we went outside to take some pics on the porch.  Betsy and Porter were probably both beyond ready for a solid nap, but they tolerated the craziness pretty well all things considered!  


We rounded our our quick trip to Aggieland with a delicious barbecue lunch at Rudy's, then Betsy and I headed to Livingston to spend the night with my parents before our long drive back to Dallas on Saturday.  It was a quick trip, but I'm so glad we got to be there on such a special day for our MK.  Welcome to the Aggie Ring club, MK!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Betsy in Bluebonnets

Being the good Texans that we are, we found a beautiful patch of bluebonnets this weekend and plopped Betsy down right in the middle of them for a roadside photo shoot.  Betsy was absolutely fascinated with the bluebonnets, and despite all our best tricks, we could barely divert her eyes from the pretty flowers.  Thankfully, we still got a few sweet pictures of our little Texas baby!

Celebrating 30 and Other Spring Fun

Now that I've gotten Betsy's four month update posted (albeit three weeks late...), I don't want to let too much time pass without a little life update.  We are falling into a good rhythm with me being back at work, and I am so happy Betsy seems to be thriving at the lady's house who keeps her during the day.  Weekends and evenings have become so much sweeter, and we're trying our best to savor every minute with our little family.

Betsy's first ride down the slide!

I've been dying for her to wear this bird bubble ever since Lindsay gave it to me at my baby shower in September.  Hello spring! (And hello thigh rolls!)

Thank goodness for Babiators on sunny walks!

In March, I celebrated my 30th birthday with a delicious brunch at home with Austin, Betsy, and my parents.  It was the perfect Saturday morning, and I loved ringing in a new decade surrounded by my favorite people.  Mom outdid herself with the menu: tart shells made of granola and filled with yogurt and berries, roasted potatoes topped with parsley and cheese, sausage and grits casserole, and kicked up avocado toast topped with a fried egg.  Austin and my dad ran out after brunch and came home with 12 yummy cupcakes from Society Bakery (my favorite!) that were the perfect birthday sweet treat.

My actual birthday was on a work day, and Austin surprised me by showing up at my office mid-morning with a beautiful flower arrangement and 30 decorated sugar cookies for my office.  Then, the weekend after my birthday, we went to dinner at Trip and Lindsay's house, and Lindsay made me an amazing chocolate birthday cake.  Aside from seeing Preston and Betsy twinning in their plaid, the cake was my favorite part of the night!  I also squeezed in a birthday lunch date with Katey - such a fun March tradition as we celebrate our birthdays only two weeks apart.  She recently introduced me to Bird Bakery, and oh my word, it is my new favorite lunch spot.  

We got a new bed and bedding in late February, and a new bed also meant we were in need of new bedside tables.  A few weekends ago we popped into a few furniture stores between naps for Betsy and were happy to stumble upon the perfect pair.  I love them and can't wait to replace the two dressers in our room to complete the transformation.

Easter decorations went up about a month ago, and I will probably leave them up until the end of April.  I just love spring and the Easter season.

My grandmother came to visit us last weekend and got to meet Betsy for the first time!  They took right to each other, and we had a great weekend together.  GJ is a retired librarian and loves books more than anyone I know, so it was extra special seeing her read several books to Betsy while she was here.

We are gearing up for a big month in April with a trip to College Station for Mary Katherine's Ring Day on the horizon, Easter, and Betsy's baby dedication at the end of the month.  And I'll leave you with Betsy's new bonnet for spring and summer.  I'm dying for her to wear it very soon!

Happy spring to all!