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Faye {4 Months}

20 July 2015

Faye's Fourth Month:

 Weight: 14 lb, 15 oz (now in the 90th percentile--girlfriend doesn't miss meals!)
Height:  25.5 in (also 90th percentile!)
Size Clothes: 3 month and 3-6month...some 6-mo stuff

Sleeping: You pretty much eat every 3 hours, day or night. However, we had to do some transitions this month with you spending more time at daycare where you weren't eating the same quantity, which resulted in a LOT of nighttime feedings. Some nights every 2 hours. But you have a really solid bedtime routine now and you turn into a pumpkin by 7pm. You sleep from 7pm-7am, waking up only to eat. Naptime has also gotten more predictable and we expect a 1.5-2 hour nap every afternoon, in addition to some short naps.

Nicknames: Peanut Pumpernickel McGillacuddy

Likes: Reaching, touching, and pulling toys; bath time & splashing; being held & worn

Dislikes: you still don't love tummy time, but are okay in spurts; you sometimes get a little fussy on our car ride home from daycare

first Yankees game

We started cloth diapers when you turned 3 months, 1 day old and we've never looked back. It took a little adjusting on my part, but I actually enjoy it quite a bit. Your little bum hasn't had even a hint of diaper rash, so I think that's a vote of approval.

 You started working hard on putting the pacifier in your mouth by yourself. By 6/26/15 you were able to do it. You have great hand-eye coordination that you continue working on.

We got to hear your first real laugh and it was so, so wonderful. I could see from your expression that you were just as surprised by the noises coming out of you. It's amazing that we didn't know what your laugh sounded like. Fortunately, we captured the moment on video!


While Grandma Gail was visiting, she taught you how to make a buzz sound with your lips. You figured out how to mimic her and now you make that sound regularly.

Grandma Gail visited you for 10 days

You sit up on your own! Over 4th of July we saw your friend Jake working on it with his momma, and we decided to try ourselves. After a couple of days, you were sitting up for 10 seconds unassisted. Then, almost overnight, you figured it out and can go long stretches. The pediatrician was blown away!

sitting up! big girl :)

hanging with Jake over 4th of July weekend

spontaneous hand holding <3

sweet visits with Aunt Renee

getting ready to walk to Starbucks

Faye, you are such a happy, sweet baby. We are lucky! At your 4-month checkup, you held the doctor's hand in both your hands while she listened to your heart. You smiled at her and it melted everyone. I've noticed that when you're in new environments, you like to quietly observe for awhile. You're not as talkative, smiley, or playful as you are at home until you've fully surveyed your new surroundings and all the people present. It's a sweet characteristic and I wonder if this will be your way in the world. It's been a fun month of playing and interacting. You're a little sponge and learning at such a fast rate, you amazed all of us--mom, dad, and grandma.

We had some transitions this month with Grandma Gail watching you during the day for a couple weeks, and then you started up daycare full-time. You've been really adaptable and go with the flow about it all. We love you soooooo much!

Faye {3 Months}

22 June 2015

{turned 3-months on June 12, 2015. The blog post is late...of course!}
You're so busy now it's getting hard to snap pictures of you
Your Aunt Becca came to visit and we had a fun girl's night that included Aunt Renee. You got loved on big time!

Your first time in a cloth diaper. It was a major fail--leakage everywhere!
(This was May 19 and since then you've grown into them.)

In the airport for our first flight to ABQ. Babywearing saved us and made it a really easy trip.
You slept the entire plane ride both directions.

We had a great visit with Aunt Beth and you got to meet your cousins who were really interested in you.

Faye's Third Month:

 Weight: 14 lbs approx.
Height:  won't know until 4mo checkup
Size Clothes: 3 month and 3-6month for everything

You still love sleeping with your head hanging off things.

And we still snooze together every chance we get :)

Sleeping: You still wake up to eat about every 3 hours at night. You are getting more predictable with nap time and bed time. Even during our two trips this month (both in different time zones), you pretty much kept to your "routine." You've had days where you sleep nearly all day it seems, which must be a sign of some major development. 

Nicknames: Peanut, Faybeline, Baby Girl

Oftentimes people think you're a boy unless I put a headband on you (which I rarely do)

first time laying in your crib

First time in the Bumbo

Likes: Your hands! You love to study them, put them in your mouth, lick them, and try to suck your thumb. You also love sitting up and standing up. You still like scratching your face a lot (boo!)

Dislikes: While tummy time still isn't your favorite, you've definitely turned a corner. You still cry post-bath, but I'd say your biggest dislike is loud noises.

I had to go back to work. Major dislike!
First time at the beach. In your new ring sling.

Enjoying the pool in Miami

Pool chic!

Milestones: You took two flights this month--to Albuquerque and Miami! Your neck control has gotten so good and even strangers remark about how unbelievably strong you are for your age. You are also working hard on hand-eye coordination and exploring the "squacking/screaming" aspect of your voice. You spent about 5 minutes in your crib for the first time ever. You went in a pool (and didn't care.) You spent time on the beach. You wore a cloth diaper for the first time.

Meeting Great Grandma Shirley during our FL trip

Too busy grabbing things to smile for the camera

Annoyed with mom after being repositioned for the hundredth time

Faye, we had such a great month together! You're growing and developing so rapidly. Now when you're awake we can really play together and talk to each other. Our bond keeps getting deeper and I cannot believe how much I enjoy spending time with you. It's really a joy to be your mom and I'm so thankful for your sweet and easy-going disposition. I tell you a million times a day--you're so loved!

Gratitude and Grief

01 June 2015

Today was a rough day.
My first day back at work.
My mantra was to focus on the many things that fill my heart with gratitude...

...My sweet, healthy, easygoing baby. supportive, loving husband who's been able to participate so much during my maternity leave.
...the precious 11 weeks I got to spend with my daughter without stressing about work or finances.
...the wonderful, sweet, caring person we found to watch Faye.
...a career I enjoy, filled with colleagues and customers that sent us so much love during this time.

And yet, there was also sadness.
Sadness that someone else was taking care of my Peanut.
Disappointment that I have to pump breastmilk when that time is usually reserved for sweet bonding.
A persistent, nagging feeling that something just isn't right.
That's there a tiny human out there dependent on me for survival, and I'm not there to love her, protect her, feed her, or teach her.

The first photo Katie texted me brought a tear to my eye.
Then I kept it together the rest of the day, just focusing on the task at hand.

When the work day finally ended and I got home with my babe,
she nursed,
while I cried.
I stroked her head, telling her how much I loved her.
How much I missed her.

When she finished nursing, she told me all about her day.
With her coos and smiles, she assured me that everything would be okay.

First day photos sent from her loving care provider, Katie

Playing with Katie's 18-month old daughter

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