Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Happy Half-Birthday Sweet Baby!

Elizabeth Rose is six months old!  Wow... her time out of my belly has sure gone faster than the time in my belly!  She continues to make progress every week.  She is still growing at a slow rate, however, she is growing!  She weighed 11 lbs. and 10 oz. at our last visit to UNC's Children's Hospital almost two weeks ago and was 24 1/2" long.  Our GI Specialist "graduated" us from the program at UNC as long as we keep regular two-four week visits with our pediatrician to measure her growth.  What a relief!  She is on medication twice a day to reduce the pain associated with the reflux and we are finally noticing a HUGE difference!  She has stopped arching her back and stiffening her arms and legs completely which is amazing since that happened about every two hours before.  She will sit in my lap now without fussing and I can hold her and snuggle her now.  I am just soaking up every calm and quiet moment I get with such gratitude!  She still has good days and bad days with the vomiting and we were told to expect this until she outgrows the reflux a bit, but that is ok.  I always have a fresh cloth handy! Her lower GI problems seem to have disappeared as well.  What a pleasant diaper change... literally!

Ella (or "peanut" or "baby" as we most often refer to her) has started eating  1-2 Tbsp. of rice cereal everyday.  

We also introduced avocado as her first solid food and she really likes it (thanks for the suggestion Francie)!  Our Pediatric Nutritionist also recommended an avocado because it has a high fat content which will help Ella gain weight faster!  Avocados have the highest fiber content of any fruit which will be beneficial for her intestinal health as well (not to mention they taste great as guacamole dip which her mama loves).  Hooray for my new favorite fruit! 

Here is a look at Ella's current daily schedule from her point of view:

around 7:00 am   
- wake up with the sunrise
- smile at mama
- frantically move my arms up and down with excitement as she picks me up
- get my diaper changed and my clothes if I have puked on myself
- take my medicine
- snuggle with mama, grab her face, give her loves and big, sloppy kisses 
around 7:30 am  
- have mama's milks
- do my burps, laugh at myself
- spit up
around 8:00 am
- play time
- say good morning to big sis
around 9:00 am
- eat my cereal
- hang out with mama and big sis while they eat
- cry a little
- cry a little louder until mama picks me up
- bath time on bath days
around 10:00 am
- get my diaper changed and maybe my outfit...again
- have more of mama's milks
- rub my eyes
10:30 am-12:30 pm 
- take a nap in my sweet peace swing
around 12:30 pm
- wake up
- fuss for mama until I see her and then I smile :)
- get my diaper changed
around 1:00 pm
- more of mama's yummy milkies
- spit up
- hang out with mama and big sis while they eat
around 2:00 pm
- play with my toys, my toes, and my big sis Sophie
- do some giggles and make some cute noises
- exercise, practice sitting up, tummy time
- I usually spit up some more on mama
around 3:00 pm
- another diaper and wardrobe change  
- more milkies
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm or 5:00 pm
- more sleep
around 5:00 pm
- wake up 
- diaper change
- more of that medicine that makes me gag
- hang out with mama while she runs around cleaning the house
around 6:00 pm
- finally more milkies!
around 6:30 pm
- eat more rice cereal or avocado 
- get ready for night-nights
7:00 pm
- bedtime
sometime between 2:00 am - 3:00 am
- wake up because I miss my mama so much :)
- get my diaper changed 
- enjoy my mama's milks
sometimes 5:00 am 
- wake up again and repeat
around 7:00 am
- start it all over again!!

Everyday is different yet the same; predictable, but also surprising.  All I know is that at the end of each day... even the challenging ones... I love being a mom!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Snowy Surprise!

I woke up early (sometime before sunrise) on Jan. 20th to nurse Elizabeth and was surprised to see a freshly fallen blanket of snow!  I enjoyed watching the snowflakes float around while I snuggled with my baby.  It was so quiet and peaceful.

Winter Wonderland

We had to savor this beautiful and rare occurrence of snow in central North Carolina that created a winter wonderland for a day.  Here are some of the highlights...

The ruler measured 6 1/2" of snow!  

Catching some snowflakes

Max loved prancing around in the snow and chasing snowballs.  

Although he had a hard time finding the snowballs:)  

Our snow angel

No she is!

Always ready with a pose

Watch out mommy!

After this photo, I had to put the camera down so I could defend myself from the flying snow and toss some back.  I had forgotten how much fun the snow can be and I laughed like a kid most of the day.  What a treat!  

Snow Princesses

Sadly, shortly after this photo session our beloved snow princess crashed to the ground.  The warm sun quickly melted her and she could no longer stand tall (or slightly crooked).  I fully expected to see some disappointment from Sophie.  We spent an hour making snow princess and dressing her and dancing with her.  However, Sophie embraced the opportunity to kick the freshly fallen remains of our snow princess to pieces!  I think I was more upset by the destruction of our masterpiece than she was!  Oh well... Sophie had a great time building snow princess and knocking her down.  It reminded me of her toddler days :)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Mastering the sit up!

"Look, I'm sitting up and not sPitting up!  I did it!"

"Oh's my birthday"

"Oh my goodness...I am so proud of me!"

"This is so exciting!"

"Big sissy...come see my new trick!"

Thursday, January 15, 2009

"I found my toes today..."

"Hey, what are those?"

"That kind of tickles!"

"My toes."

"I wonder how they taste..."

"Yummy :)"

Sitting up - Part II

More practice...

I thinks she likes this new view!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Trying New Things

Elizabeth seems to be growing stronger every day!  She is trying to sit up now with a little help from the boppy pillow :)


Safe landing

I like the lounge position best :)

A beautiful promise

January 7, 2009

We had two complete double rainbows two days in a row.  
I only got partial pictures, but they were an amazing sight to see!  
I love that God created such a beautiful sign for His promise to us.  

Jan. 8, 2009

"I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the 
everlasting covenant between me and the earth."  Genesis 9:13