Thursday, July 30, 2015

Macy: One & Two Months

Since I am just getting to the 'one month' blog a few days after she turns 2 months, I'll just blog about them both!

Love looking at the difference!
One month stats:
9lb 2oz (4 weeks); 9lb 4oz(6 weeks)
21 Inches
She was working HARD on tracking, cooing, and head control.
She was still wearing a newborn size and just getting in to 0-3months.
Sleep was intermittent (for me),  though I should applaud her for sorting out her nights and days almost immediately upon arrival home from the hospital. It may have something to do with the fact that it's VERY loud at our house during the day!
She's a great eater & generally not a very spitty baby. However, when she spits, it's every.where.
She has had a ton of visitors this first month, too!
Uncle Ryan has the touch.

Papa and his girls.

Aunt Lindsey loves sweet Macy.

The best big cousins a girl could ask for!

Snug as a bug...
Sleeping like her daddy did. Love that belly!

Two very special friends Claire & Ali. These ladies will have a special role in each of my girls' lives as their Godmothers! Claire for Amelia & Ali for Macy girl!

Macy's 'witching' hour is from 8-9 pm or so.... and therefore she gets lots of on-the-shoulder cuddles! We have an identical picture of Mima Wade holding Amelia the same way at one week old.

Her tummy time has been limited, but I sure do love the way babes sleep with their buns in the air!
So after one month, the jury is still out on who she looks most like. She has Owen's expressive brown line (we used to call him the professor), and she grunts & snorts like Amelia (so maybe they have the same nose?!?). Either way her sweet newborn stretches are just adorable. I LOVE them so much that I would have another baby just for the newborn stretches. But then I remember pregnancy, delivery, and all of the work (and money) it takes to raise a child.. and I think we will stop at 3! I love this baby to pieces already, and it's been so nice to get out with a newborn in to warm weather!
On the way to her one month Well Baby Visit. It's the same outfit Amelia wore to hers!
Macy (L). Amelia (R).
So now we are at 2 months. Macy's stats:
10lb 13.4oz (25-50%)
22 inches (50%)
Here she is on the way to her 2 mo appointment...
Her nights are either wonderful or awful. You would think she's 2 months old or something! In the last week, though, she's given me several 5 or 6 our stretches. So she'll eat at 9 and then again at 2 or 3. I almost feel like a new woman.. even sleeping enough to feel safe driving on the highway again!
Macy is more expressive by the day. She's awake more, though she still sleeps a lot! She's still in 2-3 hour cycles of eat, play, sleep. Her sleeping is still very flexible which is wonderful because I have been carting her all over the place during this maternity leave. Mostly it's either an effort to decorate my house or entertain her siblings, but she'll sleep anywhere! I know this is coming to an end soon, though, so when we are at home I'm trying to put her down for naps in her crib.

Macy got to meet sweet Kim (another DEAR friend... I'm so blessed). And you can't see it, but baby girl Green is underneath Macy in this pic. She's due to arrive Aug 27! Come on, baby girl!

Sisters, sisters!
 It will be really fun to watch this picture change over the next year!

SO big in her 4th of July tutu. I.can't.even.

My little summer baby. Love her to pieces.

Her new favorite pastime is to lay on her back & kick and coo.

Start them early. She did make it to her first Cards game. Slept through 6 innings, ate, and watched the next 2. We left the game because I was cranky ;)

Love that floppy cheek!

She's not smiling, but this picture shows her features so well! She looks less and less like her siblings with each day (I think!)

This is a 3 month outfit. It always amazes me how quickly babies grow. 
This one has more rolls than my other two. (YAY!)
My maternity leave comes to an end on Monday. I'm not ready to leave her, but she will be in great hands with her Mimas. I so love this flexible, calm, and sweetsie baby and I can't wait to continue to share her growth and development!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A very special visitor... Auntie Chels!

On May 31st, Macy's 8th day of life, we had a VERY special visitor fly from Raleigh to come visit. Chelsea, my DEAR DEAR friend from high school came to provide an extra set of hands. She's got 3 girls of her own (7, almost 2, and 3) she knows all to well the trials of welcoming a new baby (and a 3rd baby to boot!).
She was full of special treats, home made meals, painting, play doh, & legos with the big kids, amazing girl talk, and a very special newborn photo session for Macy. Who knew that this PhD prepared chemical engineer/Professor at Duke could also take beautiful photographs. (On top of being a wonderful mother, wife, & friend!)

Turns out she is also a good snuggler!

...and rocker

...and baby whisperer. This was during the time that she was trying to
get Macy back to sleep for more pictures. 
This is a sushi selfie. I've been wanting to try Chef Uncle's Ryan's new sushi restaurant but had to be not-pregnant in order to do so. Chelsea and I wasted no time. At lunch I managed the big kids, and I'm pretty sure she ate sushi one handed with chopsticks while holding a newborn. Sounds complicated. Thanks, Chels!
She also prepared the first meal that we ate at our brand new kitchen table!
So on to Macy girl's photo shoot. This is a true, dear, special gift. Chelsea is so talented, and she's started a beautiful business. Please check out her photography blog!
Enjoy her wonderful work!

A true friend is really a gift to cherish. I feel so blessed to have a friend like you, Chelsea! Thank you for your time, energy, talents, and heart. Let's get that family trip to the beach planned stat! My big kids keep asking when they get to see you again!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Big Bro & Big Sis

Owen and Amelia came to meet their sweet baby sister on Sunday, May 24.
This one picture sums up the encounter perfectly. Amelia was overjoyed & zealous. She could not wait to get her hands on that baby! Owen was respectful and reverent. He didn't speak a word over a whisper the entire visit. In essence, their personalities flip flopped for an entire hour!
After Owen held Macy, it was Amelia's turn. It was as if she's been waiting all of her life for this new baby to arrive. It's so fun to watch her enthusiasm (also a little anxiety provoking!)

Owen was so gentle (and still is) with little Macy. 

I hope this is the beginning of a great sister relationship. It will be SO fun to have sisters!
(And when they are teenagers...maybe somewhat of a nightmare, too!)
Macy brought each of the kids a gift from her- what a thoughtful little sister! (Amelia received a Little Mermaid princess dress- not pictured. She was whizzing around the room too much to get a good shot!)
I thank God for allowing me to raise and cherish these 3 children, and I am thrilled to watch their relationships bloom!
"Sibling relationships outlast marriages, survive the death of parents, resurface after quarrels that would sink any friendship. They flourish in a thousand incarnations of closeness and distance, warmth, loyalty, and distrust." Erica E. Goode