Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter

The Easter Bunny visited Evie!  P.S. Yes, she is sitting up by herself, which she has pretty much mastered.  She's also teething in earnest - I guess she'll be like her momma, who cut her first tooth before 6 months.  Slow down Evie! 
 Whoa!  Presents for me?! 
 Reading her new book.  I wanted something Easter-y, but I guess the crucifixion/resurrection is a little heavy for infants?  There were no "Easter Story" books at Hastings, anyway.
 Mommy and Evie are all ready for church.
 Not so sure about the egg hunt.
 More interested in eating the ribbon on her bucket.
 Evie and her friend Kyla.  Kyla is almost 7 months.  They were super interested in each other!
 Fighting over Kyla's spoon.

We had a great Easter, but truthfully we really missed all of our South Carolina friends yesterday.  It just wasn't the same without the wonderful Trenholm Road worship service or Easter lunch at the Wilsons' house.  We love and miss you guys so much!

Happy Easter everyone!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Big Sunday

 Here are Evie and Dad all dressed up for Palm Sunday at church.
 Trying hard to stand up in the grass
 Evie tried rice cereal on Sunday because she was ALWAYS hungry, taking forever to eat, and waking to eat every 3 hours at night (and then really eating for 30 minutes +).  Here she is all ready to get started!  She's still a little small for her high chair so she ate in her bouncy.
 Really not sure at first.
 Wait, now I could probably get used to this stuff!
 Finlay really wanted Evie to share the love.
 After a while Evie was grabbing the spoon and guiding it into her mouth.
 She also had fun playing with her spoon afterward.  All in all, her first foray into solids was a success!  Last night she slept from 8-4am, ate and then slept again until 7:30.  Hallelujah!
Here's one last shot of Finlay loving on Evie.  We really do scold him for doing this, but it's also so sweet to see them love each other!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

4 Month Pictures

 Here's Evie at 4 months - all smiles!
 Telling me all about how excited she was to be outside
Staring contest - of course Finlay had to get in on the action!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

4 Months

Wow!  Evie is already 4 months old!  Time is flying.  The poor baby celebrated her actual 4 month birthday with an 8 hour car trip from Waco to Clovis - no fun, but she slept almost the whole time.  She is growing and changing every day! Here are her 4 months stats:

Height:  24.2 inches (34%)
Weight:  13.56 lbs. (35%)
Head Circumference:  41cm (39%)

Her little body is finally catching up with her head!  She's still on the small side of things, but much closer to average now.  She actually looks like quite a little chunk!  I'll post pictures in a separate post.  (I've got to take some official 4 month pics today!)

 Here are some things she is doing/has done in the last month:
  • Sleeps in her own room for 10-12 hours each night
  • Naps 3-4 times a day, usually for only 30-45 minutes per nap in her crib, but for longer if she's in her Boppy pillow on the couch
  • Nurses every 2 1/2-3 1/2 hours during the day and anywhere from 0-2 times at night, usually just once
  • Has established a bedtime routine of bath, book, nurse, sleep starting at 7:30 each night
  • Likes going for walks much more since she has moved out of her bassinet and into the regular part of her stroller.  We walk 3-5 times per week.
  • Still doesn't love her Bumbo, but has begun to sit unassisted for short periods in the "tripod" stance
  • Loves to stand supported.  She will fuss to do this if we don't let her.  Most of the time she just needs to hold onto our hands for balance.
  • Is getting much better at grasping items.  She especially loves her Nugget, crunchy book, Taggies ball, and alphabet loops right now.
  • Loves laughing at Finlay when he walks away and then comes back into her line of sight.  This will entertain her for over 10 minutes at a time.
  • She can use her entertainer table if we put something under her feet since her legs don't reach the ground yet.
  • She's still too small for her high chair, but she enjoys watching us eat at mealtimes from her bouncy seat.  She still won't start solids until closer to 6 months.
  • She is getting very close to rolling over back to tummy.  She can get her lower half all the way over, but can't figure out the upper half.
  • Tolerates tummy time more but still doesn't love it
  • Likes to chatter to her mobile and toys on her playmat
  • Loves having raspberries blown on her tummy during diaper changes
  • Loves splashing around in her bath
Her normal daily routine is still pretty fluid, but typically she will:
Wake around 8-8:30am and nurse immediately.  Play for about 45 minutes-1 hour then get fussy and sleepy.  We put her in her sleep sack and read a book until she is super drowsy, then she naps in her crib for 30-45 minutes.  She repeats that cycle, normally eating around 11-11:30 and 2:00-2:30 and repeating the eat, play, sleep cycle and then staying awake for the rest of the evening after her 5-5:30 feeding.  She then starts her bedtime routine at 7:30, eats around 8:00 and is usually asleep by 8:30.

I am really trying to savor every moment that she is still in this small baby stage, but selfishly I am looking forward to the time that she can sit up on her own, allowing us to enjoy more activities together.  I know those days are coming quickly, though, and I wouldn't really trade a moment of these first 4 months.  Our sweet Evie continues to be a complete joy!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Evie Laughing

video
This is probably one of those posts that's only interesting to our parents, but for them, here is a video of Evie laughing at a little bug on her entertainer.  She loves it!