Friday, July 31, 2009

One Month Photo Shoot

Claire had her one month appointment yesterday.

Weight: 8 lbs. 5oz. (she is getting some little rolls on her thighs!)
Height: 20 3/4 inches (already too long for a few of her newborn sleepers)
Head: 14 1/2 inches

She looks so much bigger to me but people are always commenting on how small she is.

The doctor said she looks great, we already knew that though! He also gave us the okay to bring her on a plane to visit Grandmama and Jidu for a fabulous vacation to Rhode Island at the end of August.

We are still having some success with sleeping longer stretches at night and are hoping for more consistency in the following weeks. It sure is hard to figure out a good schedule for her sleeping.
We are seeing little smiles (melts my heart) here and there but I am not sure they are necessarily in response to us. We are assuming and look forward to seeing real ones pretty soon.

We took one month pictures last night. Claire is wearing a day gown that was mine.



The "smile". I think I just caught her moving in a way that looks like a smile. Either way, it's darn cute.



Happy girl



Mad girl



Just lookin' pretty


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Little sweet Tootsie.


Mama trying to wake her up. She was so cozy in any position.



Going to the doctor



yo yo yo. What up friends?
Enjoying a nice long walk.
Sometimes she likes to only open one eye.

Monday, July 27, 2009

More Pics

Tomorrow Claire will be 4 weeks old.
It is hard to believe that a month ago we didn't have her with us, but at the same time it seems like we have had her for so much longer. With every new day she is becoming more alert. We have loved seeing her with opened eyes! She is staying awake for longer periods of time during the day and is sometimes going longer between feedings.

We have started to bring her out into the world some. She has slept through grocery and Target trips and dinner out on the town. Haven't had to deal with her screaming in a store... yet.

Jon and I doing really well. We are working on our new roles as parents as well as trying to remember each other as husband and wife. I know we will figure it out in time and with practice!


All stretched out.



Starting to make her famous "poo-poo face" We know what to do when we see that!



I think we need to start buckling her in!



Grandy came for the weekend! He was great at calming Claire!


Surprised face.

Stephanie, Reece and baby boy Johnson came to visit.


Evyn (and baby deKay) came to visit!

Having some fussy time

Monday, July 20, 2009


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First Three Weeks

Well, we made it though the first few weeks. They have been a mixture of extreme joy and frustration. You always hear how hard it is to have a baby. Everyone was right. I don't even think there is a proper word to describe the first two weeks. Both of our mothers came to help us and I don't know what we would have done without them! So, the first two weeks were crazy as we tried to begin adjusting to our new life as parents to our beautiful baby girl.

Claire will be three weeks old tomorrow and the past week has been getting progressively "easier" (ha ha). I can't believe how she has changed already. She was weighed today at the lactation consult and she has gained a pound since her birth weight. She is now 7 pounds 10 ounces. I think our feeding issues are finally sorted out now. I am so proud of her (and me!) for sticking it out.

The pictures are organized newest to oldest as you scroll down.
I hope to update this often to keep our family and friends in the know.


Spending time together after work.




Playing on her mat. She seems to really enjoy kicking around.
She was even kicking the hanging toys, though I don't think it was intentional.







Sunday trip to the park. Claire slept the entire time.




Big hands, tiny hands.



She seems to enjoy baths!

First tub bath. Her cord fell off right at two weeks!

GramE and Gramps came to help us the second week. Claire was sad they were leaving.




Granny and Poppy came to visit again!



More crazy arms!


Cousins- Jake and Bradley with Aunt Crystal and Uncle James

Aunt Crystal

Found her like this one morning.
She always kicks her covers off.


Alicia and Ben came to visit!


In the mesh hat Jon bought for his future child at a Goodwill 7 years ago!



Chillin' with Grandmama


Cuddlin' with Callie



So sweet

Our first family walk.


Shaun, Jon and their girls!




Watching the Nathan's hot dog eating contest (a family tradition)
on her due date!



Tiny baby drinking from a tiny bottle.




Pain relief


Ashley and Gideon

Lauren and Kevin!

Sleeping through a diaper change



Swinging and doing some of her famous arm movements.

Tired snugglers

Homecoming!

What we have been waiting for!

Grandmama came from Rhode Island to help us.
Boy, did we need it!
I had no clue that a tiny baby would keep us all so busy.

Seeing Claire for the first time.

Leaving Mission Hospital.



Jon dressing Claire in her homecoming dress.