Thursday, December 23, 2010

1 Month...Who Rules the House

I can hardly believe that my sweet babe is one month old already. Everyone says it, but I can't believe how fast time goes by and how much she has grown in the last four weeks. I think we are getting into some sort of routine around here. Brylee is so good with her feeding schedule, and is a good sleeper at night for the most part, but our afternoon naps need a little work. She is really good at taking a lot of very short 15-30 min naps, which leaves me little time to get anything done. Occasionally she will lay down in her crib for an hour long nap, and on those days I feel so successful and proud!

Our household queen has changed. It used to be our sweet pup Paisley, who has now realized she is not queen bee any more. Paisley started off so scared of Brylee, and now has turned jealous. She tries to sit in my lap on the couch while I nurse Brylee, which is really funny to watch. She also tries to get a lot more attention from Bryan. But I can't complain, she has been really sweet to Brylee, and recently tried to engage & play with Brylee during tummy time.

A quick sniff... ...turned into a pout when Brylee didn't play back.

She recently found her hand

My sweet friend Jenny & her husband Chris stopped by to meet Brylee. Jenny is also about to add a little girl to her family. We can't wait for all these babies to grow up friends!

Look at me...I spend so much more time wide-eyed and awake

1 Month Old...December 23, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Newborn Pictures

Here is a link to Brylee's newborn slideshow! These pictures are just adorable (of course I think so, I'm her mother!). Bryan's cousin took all these pictures in her home. Thanks, Tanya!

A few pictures from the slideshow

Third Week of Life...Meeting new Friends

We've had a good third week of life. We're trying to get into some sort of routine, and on some days I feel like Brylee completely gets it, and other days it's a complete disaster. Overall, Brylee still is a great baby, only fussing when she needs something. Its fun seeing her awake more. She responds to our voices and is holding her head up really well for her age. We even traveled for our first weekend get-a-way this week.
This week Brylee met her new friend Emma Grace for the first time (as you can see, Brylee was totally into her play date!

Emma was SO SWEET to Brylee

We traveled to Abilene to have Brokaw Christmas with Bryan's side of the family. This was the best group cousin picture we got...with a newborn and several 9 year olds, it was tough getting that perfect picture!

The family is really excited to finally have another girl cousin!

Family picture in front of the tree

Three week pictures....she is so much more squirmy this week, and is making many more facial expressions!

Three weeks old...December 14, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Second Week of Life...Getting so Big

Week number two went very well. Bryan and I are learning our routine and figuring out how to handle nights & days! We're getting Brylee on a better schedule beginning this week, helping her learn her nights & days and figuring out her eating & sleeping schedule. We're using the book Baby Wise, which has come highly recommended, to help us. So far, its been great!

We took Brylee to the Wylie Christmas Parade, dressed to impress and look festive!

Jan, Bryan's mom, stayed with us for most of the second week. She was a great help! It has been fun these last few days being our own family of three and figuring this all out on our own!

Mark Perry stopped by to visit Brylee before he and his wife depart to Germany for three years! It was great to see him, and crazy to think last year at this time we saw Mark in Mexico for his wedding, and this year we see Mark because we had a baby! Who would have known.

Brylee went to the doctor for her two week "well-baby" check-up. She did fairly well, obviously not enjoying the heel prick or the cold stethoscope, but checked out great! She weighs 9 lb 2 oz in the 75th%, 20 7/8 inches long in the 75th%, and head circumference in the 50th% (which is funny, because at the time of birth, it was her large head that caused me to have a she's just average!)

2 weeks old - December 7, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010

First week of Life - with MANY firsts

First Bath
Content at first...unhappy by the end!

Bundled and warm after her first bath with Bryan

First story...Uncle David read Fox in Socks many times, more for our enjoyment & laughter than Brylee's, I think!

Gramps took a turn reading Fox in Sox, trying to prove he could read the tongue twister better than Uncle David.

First walk around the neighborhood in her stroller (because you know her and I took MANY walks those last few weeks before birth trying to induce some labor action....she was lulled asleep today probably like she was those last few weeks!)

First trip to Target....that night she had the best night sleep to date (in which Bryan says I can take her shopping any time I want if she'll sleep like that again!)

First pediatrician appointment. After just 1 week, she is already back to her birth weight of 8 lb 15 oz

1 week old - November 30, 2010