Tuesday, March 7, 2017

3 (& 2) Months Updates

3 Months
You're 3 months old!
2 Months
Which means I've officially missed writing your 2 months update, so here we are writing a mix of a the two.
November 29
At your 2 month visit you were 22 inches long (13th%ile), weighed 8lbs 14 oz (2nd%ile), and had a head circumference of 38 cm (9th %ile). You're wearing a mix of newborn and 3 months clothing and size 1 diapers.
December 10
You really have seemed to figure things out over the past 2 months and have become the chillest baby. Even your daycare teacher (which you started the day you turned 3 months, and is the same teacher your sister had) says your the calmest baby she's seen. Pretty much as long as you can see people you're content. In the morning as I'm getting ready for the day I have you laying down on the floor and you're perfectly fine just waiting for me.
December 14
You're a pretty smiley baby, not that I can always capture them on camera. And the day I'm writing this (1/28) you actually laughed for the first time.
December 19
You slept through the night the first time a few days before turning 2 months. After that it took a while for it to get consistent, but in the past 2 weeks it's rare that you're awake before I wake you up to start getting ready for work.
December 24
You have no problem taking a bottle and normally have 4 3.5 ounce bottle during the day. You'll nurse once when I get home from work, at bedtime, and in the morning. (Unless there's a rogue 4 am wake-up.)
January 1
You'll pretty consistently roll over from belly to back, and while you can't quite get there the other way, you're close, getting from your back to your side.
January 17
Clearly though I've already failed at making your monthly updates as consistent as your big sisters', but I have managed the photos, which means we can compare the difference between the two of you at two and three months.
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Elley at 2 Months
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Elley at 3 Months
And hopefully I'll be back a month from now to share how you're doing at 4 months!
Birth Story
1 Month

Monday, January 2, 2017

24 Months Update

2 Years Old
24 Months
You're 2 years old!
Junes 24
How on earth did that happen?!?! I find it so hard to believe that you're not really a baby anymore and are becoming a full-fledged big kid. Although to be honest, no matter how old you get you'll still be one of Mommy's babies.
July 1
First, a few official stats. You weigh 20 lbs and 4 ozs (0.18%ile) and are 33 inches tall (33%ile). Your head circumference is 47 cm (35%ile). You're wearing a mix of 12 months and 18 months clothes. You're wearing size 4 shoes.
July 14
So much has happened since the last time I managed to write a monthly update. We had to evacuate the house you lived in your entire life due to a crazy flood. We moved in with your Nana and Pappi for 2 months. You moved out of a crib, although technically a packnplay at that time. We moved into our new house. You became a big sister when your little brother entered the world. And even though a lot of this stuff we couldn't prepare you for, you've transitioned just fine, still sleeping through the night even!
July 18
You're speaking really well and get your point across. In general, they aren't complete sentences, but there are a few phrases you'll say. Things like, "Mommy sit by me," or "Elley do it."
August 8
You definitely have an opinion on your likes and dislikes. Mornings can seem to take forever as you say no to each item of clothing or each breakfast option.
Dressed up for children's services.
October 12
Continuing on likes, your favorite foods are french fries, cheese, broccoli, and like a true Cajun girl anything with rice (gumbo, red beans, chilli,...). Your favorite tv shows are Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and A,B,C,D (otherwise known as Wheel of Fortune). You received a bunch of kitchen toys for your birthday, which you're loving. Other favorite toys to play with are (mega)blocks and Legos (Duplos technically). You love helping Daddy cook in the kitchen and always want to "stir it around." You're also becoming a child of the twenty-teens and love looking through Instagram to see pictures of babies or watching videos on youtube.
Going trick-or-treating. #happyhalloween
October 31
As I mentioned to start with, you recently became a big sister. You love your little brother and the first thing you make sure of when I get you up every morning is where your brother is. Each morning as I drop you off at daycare you give him a hug and a kiss before heading into your classroom. But while you might like him, you aren't a huge fan of him having time with Mommy. While you've always been a bit of a Daddy's girl, the fact that Bear spends time nursing with Mommy means that you also need Mommy at that exact second, but that's starting to get better.
November 14
Speaking of relationships, you're starting to make friends. The first of your friends from school you mention are much to Daddy's dismay, boys, N and A. But of the girls you'll mention C and MC. At your Hanukkah party at school I had more than one parent tell me that their kids talk about you enjoy playing with you. Hopefully that friendliness continues as you get older.
November 19
I absolutely love the age you are now. Don't get me wrong, there are temper tantrums and life is exhausting, but I wouldn't want it an other way. I love your little voice and the phrases you say and want to be able to freeze time and always remember you this way.
Building a House
November 27
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1 Month ~ 2 Months~3 Months
4 Months ~ 5 Months ~ 6 Months
7 Months ~ 8 Months ~ 9 Months
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10 Months ~ 11 Months ~ 12 Months
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14 Months ~ 16 Months ~ 18 Months

Friday, December 16, 2016

A Novel of Marlene Dietrich

Marlene by C.W. Gortner
: December 16, 2016 by William Morrow (An imprint of Harper Collins)
I remember the first book I read by Gortner (The Last Queen, almost 7 years ago!). From that first book, I've loved everything I've read by him. What stood out to me about that first book was that while it was about a time period I was familiar with, it told the story of a historical character I knew little about. Basically I knew enough about the topic to be excited, but there was still an element of surprise. I'm excited to say, once again, that was the case with Marlene.

Here you get to meet Marlene Dietrich, a German actress who became a Hollywood star in the 1930s and 1940s. If you're more cultured than me, you probably know who she was, but until I picked up the book she was one I hadn't heard of. Although there are a ton of characters mentioned that I was familiar with (John Wayne, Ernest Hemmingway, Bette Davis, and more) and it was fun recognizing all the cameos. With that said, I'm sure there are a ton more I didn't get the significance of.

I've read a lot about WWII, but I can't remember reading anything else with such a take on it. Marlene is German but also American, and it's really interesting seeing her grapple with the Germany she loved growing up and the horrors of what it became.

This is the 5th book I've read by Gortner, and each time I've loved what I've read. There's still a few of his I haven't gotten to, but it's only because there isn't enough time in each day.


Disclosure: I was provided this book through TLC Book Tours. All opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

1 Month Update

1 Month
You're 1 month old!
October 27
It's crazy how quickly this month has gone by. I thought time flew by with your big sister, but it's going by so much faster this time. I'm guessing because with her I could basically just sit and stare at her, whereas this time there is so much else going on that you're basically around for the ride.
Going trick-or-treating. #happyhalloween
October 31
But before we get into more detail, here's a few official stats. You weigh 8 lbs 5 ozs (10th%ile). You are 21.26 inches long (28th%ile). Your head circumference is 37 cm (18th%ile).
November 2
You're still wearing newborn clothes, although we moved up to size 1 diapers about 2-ish weeks ago since you were soaking through them. (I've yet to bring out the cloth diapers, but I'm hoping you get to experience them soon.) And while it isn't an official stat, I will say everyone keeps talking about how big your hands and feet are.
We're out of the world. 🌜⭐️💫
November 4
Knowing how well your sister slept I was sure we were in for it with you, but so far, so good. Your bedtime is 7:30 the same as your big sister, so when Daddy puts her to sleep I get to hang out with you. You're waking up 2 times at night, normally around 1 and 4am. Although there were a handful of times you slept through the 1am feeding and it was glorious. I'm hopeful that it will become far more of a regular occurrence soon!
Our votes have officially been cast! #election2016
November 8
You seem to be a big fan of being held upright. You have pretty good control of your head and overall seem pretty strong. You've even managed to roll over from stomach to back once so far.
November 15
As for firsts, well, I guess everything is new for you. You've celebrated your first Halloween (dressing up like an LSU football player) and Thanksgiving. You attended our first birthday party when your cousin turned 7. Sadly you weren't quite big enough to join a laser tag game, but those days are coming. You went out to dinner for the first time at Acme Oyster Houses celebrating your Nana's birthday.
November 17
Being our second time on the journey I know how quickly everything changes, so for now I'm really just trying to savor all of those tiny baby snuggles.
November 20
Birth Story