Monday, March 28, 2011

Daily Happenings

It was Bryan's 28th birthday a few weeks ago. We celebrated with a simple evening out to eat as a family. Bryan's parents came to stay with us that week, so they joined in the festivities. Bryan picked Cheesecake Factory as our dinner spot, and we enjoyed good food and even better cheesecake. After we ate, we came home and Brylee gave her dad his birthday present. The week of spring break, Brylee enjoyed 3 days of Nanny & Papa time. Bryan's parents came to stay with us and were able to watch Brylee during the day while we worked.
She is getting so much more interactive, and now loves reaching for toys & trying to hold them while bringing them to her mouth. It is so fun to watch her play.

Just the other night, Bryan and I went on our first official "date night" without Brylee. I have left her during the day before, but this was the first night I wouldn't be home to put her to bed. She did great, and we had a lot of fun at a fundraiser banquet.

We also just got back from a trip to Altanta, and I will share pictures of that trip soon!

Four Months

How can it be that my new little baby is already four months old? Everyone tells you the time goes by so fast, and now I believe them. I have mixed emotions as my baby grows up...On one hand, the older she gets the more fun she gets. But on the other, I hate to lose my sweet precious newborn baby. It's amazing how each day I can love her more and more. I am so happy right now, and thank God for such a great family!

Brylee went to the doctor today for her four month well-visit, and for the most part everything looks great. She weighs 13lb 3oz, which is (25-50%), and 24 3/4 inches (50-75%). For as big as she seemed to start her life (almost 9 lb), she now is very petite. She still wears some of her 0-3 month clothes, although we are trying her in more and more of her 3-6 month clothes (although they fit in length, they fall off her tiny belly & shoulders). The doctor recommended an allergy blood test because we are still dealing with some skin exzema issues along with occasional belly gas. She is also getting an xray on her skull to check its shape and make sure the sutures are not fused yet. She still has a little mishape to the left side of her head remaining from her (or should I say my) traumatic birth. There's a small chance she may have to wear a shaping helmit for a while.

Life so far with Brylee:

  • She sleeps from about 8:30 pm until 6:30 am

  • She takes about 3-4 naps a day, anywhere from 30 min to 2 hours

  • She still sleeps wrapped in her Swaddle, but we are currently working on weaning her from needing it to sleep

  • She takes her paci well, and usually likes to fall asleep with it, and spits it out sometime in the middle of the night

  • She takes her bottle well while I'm at work, and is still 100% on breast milk

  • She laughs and smiles often, and recognizes us compared to strangers

  • She loves her Sophie giraffe, and can now hold little toys like that for short periods of time & bring them to her mouth

  • She still doesn't love tummy time, but can prop on her elbows for about 10 min, looking around, and eventually rolling over to her back

  • She likes sitting in her bumbo seat, laying on her floor playmat, swinging when she's tired, and she just got a new jumber/exersaucer, which she seems to like (thanks Jake!)

  • She loves laying on her back playing with her feet and sucking on her fingers

We plan on starting rice cereal in the next few weeks, and then eventually start adding baby foods in the next month or two. She loves watching her pup, Pasiley, and Paisley continues to gradually warm up to Brylee. She's my sweet, pleasent, fairly well natured girl, who can go from 0 to 60 from happy to screaming mad in about half a second. My cute little babe has great vocals, letting us loudly know when she wants something
Four Months - March 23, 2011