June 29, 2011

That's a Wrap!

I'll be wrapping up Hannah Grace's first four months in the next couple of posts. Remember all of those milestones I referenced in the last post? Well, let's start with her 4-month check-up:

HG weighed 12 lbs and 12 ounces, and was 24.5 inches tall... errr, long? I shouldn't say "tall" until she's standing! :) She handled her shots pretty well (without running a fever) and we got the "go-ahead" on new activities.. like playing in the exersaucer and eating food (the very mashed up version, that is).

To top all of that off, we luckily have a good friend whose daughter has some sweet photog skills! So we'll "wrap up" this post by sharing these lovely pictures of HG at 4 months old! [Warning: I'm about to test to the maximum upload of pics to a single post!]


See a picture that you'd like to have for yourself? I have a code for 30 free prints from Shutterfly, so let me know which one you want, and I'll order it for you! :) 

June 27, 2011

In honor of Dad

Somehow, the last 18 days have slipped by without a single blog post. As you know I'm usually able to hit the pause button every few days to make a post, but lately we've just been moving in what seems like fast forward.

HG has had her four-month check-up and shots... her first giggles... her first boat ride... her first cold, followed by her first 24-hour "bug"... and she eats cereal twice a day... talks, yells, and screams to test her newfound vocal chords... rides in the jogging stroller... jumps and plays in the exersaucer.... and have I even mentioned spending the very first Father's Day with the most amazing Dad?!?!

Yes, that's all been in the past couple weeks, and I'm sure I'm forgetting something!

Alas, we've made it past the "bug" (a moany, groany bellyache that also included a very scary turning-purple-from-choking session) but we're still fighting that yucky congestion. However, life must go on and we must tell you all about how we recently honored  the man that makes us so incredibly happy... the man who makes us feel like the luckiest girls on earth! DAD!

Because he is so loving, so patient, so dependable, and so hard-working, here's a pictoral description of how we honored the daddy in our house on his very first Father's Day!
#1 Dad card from Hannah Grace first thing in the morning

And of course she got him a World's Best Dad t-shirt!!

Picnic lunch in Oglethorpe Park, Savannah

HG's onesie says I <3 Dad... just trust me on that one...
Our day in Savannah was sooooo much fun! We went to Bass Pro, had a picnic downtown, then enjoyed the shops on Broughton Street. We can't wait to do it again soon... Savannah's the coolest... the perfect way to spend a day with the world's best DAD!

[My vacation from blogging is officially over so check back soon... there are soooo many new pictures and stories!]

June 9, 2011

Call it a collage!

I'm going to be very honest with you.... I'm too tired to come up with a new post. 
There... I said it. 
However, I happen to have some recent pictures that are too cute not to share.

What's with my lack of creativity, you ask? Well, I've been going solo all week while daddy's out of town. We miss his love, companionship, and help!! Remember when I had "twins for a day?" Well, now I can add "single mom for a week" to that list. 

I'm exhausted. But enough about me... let's get to the cuteness!
This is her serious look....

And moments later.... naptime! It's good to be a baby!
Hello blue eyes!

Cruisin' around town with mom and dad.

She's so fab-u-lous!

In other news... 4-month check up tomorrow [totally cool] and another round of vaccinations [not cool at all], but once we make it through that we are on the homestretch to daddy's return. Yipee! I'll put her new weight/height stats up soon, so be on the lookout... 

June 6, 2011

Mythbusters, HG-style

There are many "old wives' tales" about pregnancy and babies. They seem to be harmless and even fun, but if I've learned anything, it's that they're rarely true. 

So I should have known better than to believe the tale that feeding cereal makes baby sleep longer. However, as HG's nice sleep schedule began to digress, the tale of sleep-inducing cereal offered me hope. Hope for sleep.

Hope (noun): A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

So just a couple weeks ahead of our four month goal we experimented with cereal for the first time...
HG is so unsure of this very first bite.... a spoon??

If that's not a "what-the-heck-are-you-doing-to-me?" face, I don't know what is.

After almost a week of cereal, in addition to the nightime bottle, HG's sleep patterns are even worse. She's now awake at all hours. Sure, she'll eat whenever she wakes, but what she really wants is attention and playtime! Her alertness and smiling and cooing and scooting is all very cute, and during normal hours is even congratulated.... but waking every hour or two during the night is no bueno for mom and dad.

So after a little research I've figured out that there is a such thing as the [dreaded] "4-month Wakeful Period," and while that sounds like an old wives' tale, it's actually true. We are proof. Hopefully, it won't last too long since she's about to hit the four month mark, but until then there's no rest for the weary!

Alas, we still give her cereal because despite the lack of sleep-inducing properties, HG is learning how to eat from the spoon and swallow almost half of what mommy puts in her cute little mouth (one of the features she definitely got from daddy!). Oh, it's still a messy process, but we sure have fun!!