Saturday, December 21, 2013

6 and 7 Weeks Old

Life is moving fast these days. I feel like we get up in the morning and before I know it, the day is almost over. The past 7 (almost 8) weeks have just flown by! Chloe is such a sweet little cupcake. She is starting to smile, coo and become a little more interactive. Seeing her smile when she first wakes up is one of my favorite things, and a great way to start the day.

She is content and calm most of the time. She does really likes to be held and prefers it to anything else right now, but is happy in any of our baby carrying devices, my personal favorite is the Balboa Baby sling. Best thing ever.

I don't want to get too cocky about the sleeping thing, because this could all change next week, but Chloe is sleeping about 7-8 hours at night. Its been wonderful. She has her last feeding somewhere between 10pm and midnight, and then its lights out until morning. During the day she eats about every 2.5-3 hours, is awake for a bit and then crashes for a nap. We usually have one really good and intense crying spell around 5 or 6pm. Girlfriend has some lungs. You don't hear them often, but when you do, oh my.

She hasn't started losing any hair yet, and her hair is still full and crazy as ever. We've noticed it is getting lighter, though you won't be able to tell in pictures. And everyone asks me what color her eyes are. They are a very gray blue. When she looks into the light they are quite blue. So only time will tell, but at least for now they are looking like they may be blue like Kennedy and Greg's.
The Girls

Love her little cheeks. And she sleeps well in her baby straight jacket. 
Playtime on the Farm Mat. Kennedy loved this, and I am hoping Chloe does as well.

Morning smiles in a cheetah swaddle. 

The Great Ice Storm of 2013

A couple weeks back, Dallas was hit with some winter weather in the form of a massive ice storm. The entire city pretty much shut down. I have learned that people here freak out when a cold front moves in. Anytime the weather drops below 60 degrees, you see people bundled in their North Face from head to toe to go to Whole Foods. I'll admit, I too have become a bit of a cold weather wimp since moving here. But I had never seen anything like the ice we had a few weeks ago.

Everything was literally coated in ice. We were fortunate to not lose power and Greg was home from work. So we spent the time watching Christmas movies, eating comfort foods, decorating the house and relaxing indoors. And eating. And baking. And more eating. Did I mention we ate a lot? We did bundle up and venture out in the front to check things out, but since it was solid ice, the novelty of it all wore off quickly.

On Saturday, it was just warm enough for the roads to clear up a bit in the afternoon. Kennedy and I ventured out to see Frozen, how appropriate, right? To say she loved it would be a bit of an understatement. We both loved it, actually. I am dying to see it again. And I may or may not have already pre-ordered the DVD from Amazon.

I could do with out another ice storm, but it sure would be nice if we could get at least one snow this year. I know Kennedy would love it!

Bundling up for 10 minutes of checking out the ice. 

Ready to see Frozen. And a sampling of the 800 crafts we did during our home stay. 
We were getting desperate by the time the diaper box castle was made, and then painted, and then decorated. 

Santa 2013

I had no idea what to expect when it came to Santa visits this year - would this be the year Kennedy sat on his lap and smiled? Or were we still in the Terrified of Santa stage? Only one way to find out.

While my mom was in town for a visit, we took the girls to the Galleria to walk around. Kennedy was in a pretty good mood, and Santa hands out fresh baked cookies, so we thought we would give it a go.

She walked right up, told him she wanted a doll house, smiled for the camera, got her cookie and said good bye. Success!

Monday, December 2, 2013

One Month

Month One has literally flown by. I couldn't believe Chloe was already a month old on Saturday. Sometimes it feels like we just left the hospital a few days ago and other times it feels like she has always been here. She is still a really sweet little baby. She loves eating, sleeping and taking baths. She is sleeping really well, which is making things much more manageable during the day for me and Greg. She's still such a newbie that most of our days are really just filling time between feedings. I have been able to build up a (small) supply of pumped milk, so we have the flexibility to do a bottle when nursing isn't super convenient.

Kennedy couldn't be sweeter with Chloe. She really has embraced being a big sister. She's a really happy little girl and has become even more independent with Chloe's arrival. She plays well by herself (and still lives in her little imaginary worlds) but also loves to try to include Chloe when she can. At times, when Chloe is crying or upset, the mere sound of Kennedy's voice calms her down. I know Kennedy is going to be so excited when Chloe can "do more" laugh, coo, smile, etc.
Some of our favorite spots to hang out - the bath being close to the top of the list. 

Chloe's first Cinderella dress. 

Miss Chloe - One Month