Thursday, January 20, 2011

My First Bandaids!

It was weird not seeing Dr. G for a month after going every week the first month of Hannah's life due to her feeding issues.  We really like our pediatrician!  He's very knowledgable, compassionate, and complimentary.  He's VERY impressed with Hannah's alertness, easy-going nature, physical development (rolling over is a 4 to 7 month milestone), and sleeping through the night (a good goal is 6 hours at 3 months of age).  Hannah's slept anywhere from 7 to 10 hours at night as soon as we were "allowed" to let her at one month old.  Hannah has gently eased us into this parenthood thing.  Anyone from dear friends and family to strangers in the mall are always curious about how the baby sleeps and are shocked when a rested mama can reply that she sleeps through the night.  My reply instantly throws people into a state of surprise or jealousy.  I always hear the horror stories from those people and am reminded about how blessed we are.

Hannah was in the 50th percentile for height and weight at one month.  Now at two months, she remains in the 50th percentile for weight (10 lbs 12 oz) but has shot to the 90th percentile in height (almost 2 feet).  We've got a tall, lean, strong baby!

She also had her first round of shots.  My job was to hold her hands back and console her while she got stuck 3 times and got an oral vaccine.  I have never seen her face turn that red or heard such a loud cry!  So sad!  But by the time we left the office, she was sound asleep in her carseat.  She was lethargic and a tad fussy most of the day, but it back to normal today.  I'm promised that she has already forgotten yesterday's trauma.

Here's her first bandaids:
 Now that she's so tall, Hannah's outgrown her sleepsack.  She's slept in it every night. She loves being warm and snug.  At least she still has her giraffe with white noise to calm her.

 Our new thing is letting her sit in her Bumbo seat.  It's amazing the control she has at 2 months!

Monday, January 17, 2011

That's How I Roll!

After wetting herself during the first three diaper changes of the day, Hannah chose to do something nice for mama.  Hannah's been an early roller--rolling from tummy to back at 5 weeks!  She did it again at 7 weeks, and has now rolled over a couple of times this week.  I really wanted to capture this moment on video, but I thought I might have to sit with the camera on her several times for minutes at a time to have success.  Nope, one try and a few seconds later, strong Hannah flops over!  Take a look!

Hannah loves the play gym where she does her tummy time.  She swats at the octupus that rattles and smiles and coos with excitement.  I took a video of this too but you'd have to cock your head sideways to watch.  I'll put the camera the right way next time.  (I'm sure there's a way to rotate the video, but I'm new at this.)  I'll leave you with some pictures instead.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2 Months

Hannah is 2 months old today!  My goal is to take a quick video and some pictures on our couch each month.  I'm hoping to capture some of her new tricks and her physical changes.  This month, the pictures didn't capture her at her most photogenic moment.  She probably hates being snowed/iced in for the third straight day!  The video shows some smiling, talking, and her name song.  I made a name song for my baby sister Lisa and that helped her quickly learn her name on her own.  It thrilled me at 8 or 9 years old to know I had taught her something so important.  We both still remember the song today.  Daniel helped come up with the Mickey Mouse Club tune to fit Hannah's name and I ran with the rest.  Here's to hoping she can spell her name soon-ish!

Two month video:

Two month pictures:

Here's a video of Hannah at one month for comparison's sake.  She's learned a lot in a month!

I couldn't help but put up this video.  It's another one month old video, but about half way through she bumps her head and makes the funniest face.  Please don't judge me for laughing at this. :-)

And finally some photos of yesterday's adventure to find a local establishment that was actually open.  We had to get out of the house and are thankful to live close to retail and restaurants!  We ended up at Arby's...the only place open, operated by 2 people.  Hannah was bundled up and stayed warm and asleep.  Today was the third day of being iced in.  We tried to walk somewhere, but the sidewalks were too icy to venture out.  We literally were iced in today.  Tomorrow's not looking much better.  We're taking advantage of the lazy days and Daniel working from home.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow Day!!

In my 6 years as an Atlanta resident, I've never seen this much snow!  We measured over 5 inches in our back yard.  We watched it fall last night and couldn't wait to snap a few shots of Hannah in her first snow fall.  The entire city shut down.  The most eerie thing is the sound of silence outside.  No traffic.  By the time we went out, the snow was covered with a crunchy layer of sleet. 

I'm really not a bad mama!  She didn't even sink in the snow the layer of sleet on top was so thick.

No, we didn't leave her out to play.  She was fast asleep.

My first sleeping bag!

My dear friend Leticia got Hannah this sweet little outfit and matching sleeping bag in her home country, Brazil.  It's a unique outside with the cutest little tail.  The funniest thing...when I put Hannah in it, she started speaking Portuguese!

A few of our favorite pictures from December


I'm really thankful with the timing of Hannah's birth and the holidays.  Families naturally gather at the holidays and it was the perfect time to make sure most of Hannah's family got to meet her.  And it provided me with some relief from what can be a monotonous 3 hour cycle.  Here are some pictures from Christmas with the Rodda's and Richmond's.  I'm disappointed I didn't get any pictures of Hannah meeting some of my dearest friends-Jana, Tiffany, Sarah P., and Jessica and their families.  I was too preoccupied with good conversation to whip out the camera!

Christmas at our house with the Rodda's. 
Hannah meeting her cousins Sarah and Ginger.

Grandmama Rodda and all of her grandchildren.

So much cuteness in the craziness!

Next we celebrated our own Christmas, just the three of us on the 23rd.

No tree this year, so we put our gifts under the wreath.  Look closely and you'll see my alltime favorite gift!

There she is!

Daniel and I each got her a special gift for Christmas.  He got her a Bama dress.  I got her something I've been wanting to get her for awhile.  Daniel and I want her to be a confident little lady, knowing that God promises her she is beautiful (Ecclesiastes 3:11), wonderful (Psalm 139:14), and loved (Jeremiah 31:3).

Opening a gift with Daddy.
Clearly thrilled with all of her Christmas gifts
We celebrated Christmas day in Orlando with the Richmond side.  Hannah did wonderfully on the long drive.
Reading "The Night Before Christmas" with Daddy

Hannah and Grace with their great-grandmother

Fist pump, Mama!
My cousin Doug and his wife Bernice had Grace the same week Hannah was born.  How fun it will be to watch them grow up together.

Raise your hand if you love your mama!

Hannah and Aunt Sarah

Celebrating New Years in our PJs!