Monday, September 22, 2014

And Then We Snapped | Week 8

September 14 - September 21, 2014


September 14 (57|365): Babbling


September 15 (58|365): Excitement


September 16 (59|365): Content


September 17 (60|365): Morning


September 18 (61|365): Discovery


September 19 (62|365): Rolls


September 20 (63|365): Expecting

Make sure to check out what the extremely talented, Kim, and her darling kiddos were up to this week!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

2 Months

Height: 23 inches (73%ile)
Weight: 12 lbs, 2 oz (70%ile)

Oh my sweet, sweet Isabelle you are 2 months old now! You are growing so fast! Not only have you completely grown out of your newborn clothes, your 3 month clothes are getting really snug! I especially notice this in onesies which become scoop necks once they're buttoned. After your little blip in growth during your first month, your doctor was very pleased to see how well you're growing now. I was a little worried about the little red mark that developed on your chest over the past 6 weeks or so, too, so I had your doc check it out. She said it's a hemangioma- nothing to worry about and it should go away by the time you're in elementary school. The only negative part of your 2 month appointment was the 3 shots you had to have! (Although, I'm pretty sure it was more traumitizing for daddy, Jax, and I to watch than it was for you. You screamed, but only for a couple minutes).
You're starting to smile a lot and babble! Your favorite thing to say is "aw-coo" which I think sounds a little like my name (Erica)... I am also pretty sure that you can say "hi" (I know this is highly unlikely from a developmental standpoint, but it sure sounds like it)! You're getting even stronger, too! Even your doctor was surprised by how well you can lift your head up.
I am still convinced that you are the easiest baby ever born. (I hate even talking about for fear of jinxing it, but I feel obligated to brag about you here). You have the most laid back disposition and are just so happy. You are also an AMAZING sleeper! For the past few weeks you have been sleeping from about 10-6 every night!!!!!

This month brought your first baby sitters. Grammy White watched you while daddy and I brought Jax to the Minnesota State Fair. I promise we'll bring you next year; I just didn't think you were ready for all of those germs and chaos. Grammy White, Aunty Nicole, and Uncle Tim babysat you and Jax so daddy and I could go to our friend's wedding. (Yes, I believe 3 adults are necessary to handle both you and your brother!) Grammy Ginny babysat you a couple of weeks ago, too, because mommy and daddy both had to work (mommy had a photo session and daddy was working at his cool new gig on the sidelines of the Vikings game). Everyone reported that you were an angel, except you tend to get a little fussy when you have more than 2 bottle feedings in a row...

Speaking of fussy... A couple of weeks ago (when Jax was sleeping over at grammy & papa's) daddy and I had the brilliant idea of taking you out for sushi. One of our favorite restaurants isn't too far from grammy and papa's house, so we thought we'd stop in for a bite after dropping Jax off. On a Saturday night. At 7:00. Yes, we were those people at a hip (very busy) sushi restaurant on a Saturday night with a screaming baby. Everyone around us was very nice and understanding (at least to our faces). They empathized with us as we took turns trying to comfort you as the other one shoved food into their mouth as fast as they could. When it became clear that you were not going to calm down, we decided to get our sushi to go. At least we made it through the appetizers!

All of our Fall activities started this month. Most of them just involve your brother, but you and I have a great little Baby & Me class on Thursday mornings. There are five other moms and their babies in our class. Two others are about your age and the other three are a little older. It's really fun to get some quality one on one time with you and to have a place to ask all of those questions that seem to come up (even when raising your second baby). Of course, all of these activities brought your first sickness. Jax came down with a cold after the first week of preschool. You caught it too, but thankfully you only got a little bit of a stuffy nose!

Thank you for another amazing month!

Happy two months, sweetheart!

Love, Mom

Monday, September 8, 2014

And Then We Snapped | Week 7

August 31 - September 6, 2014


August 31 (43|365): observation


September 1 (44|365): the unofficial last day of summer (I feel the same way buddy)


September 2 (45|365): in daddy's shoes


September 3 (46|365): siblings


September 4 (47|365): curls


September 5 (48|365): "I picked this for you, mommy."


September 6 (49|365): at last

Continue the circle and check out Allyson's beautiful black and white photographs!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

And Then We Snapped | Week 6

August 24 - 30, 2014

August 24 (36|365): "Look what I found!"

August 25 (37|365): walking the plank (at the Minnesota State Fair)

August 26 (38|365): my loves

August 27 (39|365): jail bird


August 28 (40|365): splash

August 29 (41|365): first smiles

August 30 (42|365): bathing beauty

Now check out what the talented Lynzi and her darling boys have been up to this week!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

And Then We Snapped | Week 5

August 17 - 23, 2014

August 17 (29|365): little feet, big feet

August 18 (30|365): baby's breath


August 19 (31|365): a day at the beach (or as my son dubbed it, "the best day ever")

August 20 (32|365):

August 21 (33|365): 1 month old

August 22 (34|365): content

August 23 (35|365): boys will be boys

Now continue the blog circle and see what gorgeous images Melissa has to share!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

One Month

It's hard to believe that it has already been a month since you entered our lives and turned our cozy little family of three into a bustling family of four.
Melissa Pizzalato Photography
After so much anticipation, we were all thrilled to finally meet you (no one more so than your big brother Jackson)! This past month has been wonderful. And completely exhausting.  And overwhelming, at times.  (Even with lots of help from Daddy and Grammy Mary). I am convinced that you are the sweetest baby ever, but there has been a bit of a learning curve juggling the needs of two little kiddos. I think we're already getting better at it, though, especially now that you're sleeping 5-6 hour stretches at night. How lucky are we?! It's amazing how much easier it is to function with a decent night's sleep.

The trickiest part of the past month has been making sure that you're getting enough to eat. You weighed a healthy 8 pounds, 4 ounces when you were born and 7 pounds, 12 ounces when we left the hospital. When you were weighed a few days later you were down to 7 pounds, 9 ounces. The doctor was a little concerned at this point, but since my milk had just come in he figured that you would start to catch up and that we could just confirm at your two week appointment. Over the next couple of weeks, I made sure to nurse you at least every three hours during the day and every four hours at night, unless you showed signs of being hungry sooner. All seemed to be going well, so I was pretty confident that we were on the right track when we went in for your two week appointment. By this point, they like babies to be at least back to their birth weight, so I was shocked to find out that you had lost even more weight! You weighed in at only 7 pounds, 6 ounces. The doctor said that my milk supply was probably not enough and said we should start supplementing with formula right away. She also recommended that I see a lactation consultant.

Long story shorter, you and I met with the lactation consultant twice and confirmed that I was not making enough milk to feed you completely. I was so disappointed. I'm taking herbs and pumping, as much as I can, to try to increase my supply.  We've also been instructed to offer you bottles of formula or pumped milk after each feeding. (Which you have been graciously accepting!) Once we started this routine, you finally started to gain weight. Yay! I'm not sure if my supply will ever catch up, but at least we figured out a solution for now. Your newborn clothes are getting pretty snug, and according to our scale at home, you are now up to 9.5 pounds! You're even starting to get some squishy little cheeks!
Besides eating, you have spent most of this month sleeping peacefully in our arms and the arms of extended family and friends (and occasionally in your swing or pack and play). When you're awake, you love watching your big brother who is more than happy to entertain you by singing songs or telling stories. He is absolutely smitten.
Although he was so incredibly excited for your arrival, we expected that there might be some backlash once he realized how much of mommy and daddy's attention you would be taking. Well, we were wrong! So far, he has been just about the best big brother a little girl could ask for. Every time he looks at you he says, "I love my little Isabelle" or "awe, she's so cute!" He thinks you are so amazing that he even told me he wants me to grow 10 more Isabelles and asks daily if I'm growing another baby. (I haven't had the heart to tell him that this won't be happening anytime soon, if at all).

It has been fun to watch Daddy interact with you, too. He is already extremely protective of you and is afraid you're going to be a heartbreaker with your dark hair and big beautiful eyes.
Melissa Pizzalato Photography
Not only do you have your big brother and daddy to protect you, KG had also taken on that responsibility. He is follows you around wherever you are and gets a little anxious when people he doesn't know well hold you. It's really sweet!
Even though it has only been a month, it's hard to believe that you weren't always a part of our family. You are such a blessing. I can't tell you how lucky and honored I feel to have you as my daughter.
Melissa Pizzalato Photography

Happy one month, sweetie!

Love, Mom

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

And Then We Snapped | Week 4

August 10 - 16, 2014

August 10 (22|365): protectors

August 11 (23|365): sweet dreams

August 12 (24|365): new haircut + new shoes (in his favorite color) = cool dude

August 13 (25|365): wide eyed

August 14 (26|365): "touch-a-truck" night

August 15 (27|365): a garden path...

August 16 (28|365): ...that leads to chickens!

Next, check out what the talented Chrissy, and her adorable kids, have been up to this week.