Monday, February 25, 2013

Weekly Rewind

It is amazing how quickly time passes when I'm enjoying the day and time with our bundle of joy.  Every week I tell myself I will do a blog post of our week, but then the weekend comes and goes & no blog post is done....slacker in the purest form.  Well this week is different...I'm breaking the cycle!

It is no secret that Ms. S & I think Lily is the greatest baby on the planet! :)  She is a good sleeper, great eater, scheduled but flexible baby :)...she rolls with the punches!  Well 2 weekends ago, several of Slade's friends from high school came to visit & meet our Miss Priss.  She once again proved to be an angel...was content & happy the whole time.  Probably helped that they came with gifts---she loved her blanket & baby pampering products :)

We had a wonderful afternoon catching up, eating out & showing off Lil P :)  

Our week was also full of fun!  We had our weekly lunch with Dad---sushi this week---Mom's fav! :)


Went on several runs & sported our shades :)


Enjoyed some lazy afternoon naps!

Had spaghetti dinner at the Lichters

Received a wonderful report at the doctor 

Enjoyed playtime on the activity mat

Was mesmerized with herself in the mirror while Mom got ready for the day :)

Chatted ALOT!

Celebrated Toni's birthday with a surprise Funky Paintbrush party!

Lily learned to Wobble :)  She's got moves like Jagger!

We also had lunch with my dear friend, Anna Kathryn, but I didn't get any pictures.

I cherish this time at home & absolutely LOVE getting to spend day after day with my girl!  Every day is a new journey...can't wait to see what this week has in store :)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Stats & Shots

Today was Lily's 2 month doctor appointment & a day I've been dreading...why you ask? 


Yes, the start of her vaccinations, but before we get to that sadness, lets see how cute Miss Priss looked for her appointment today!  

Lily did great for her appointment!  She is just the happiest, sweetest baby :)  She cooed & smiled at the doctor the whole time she was getting checked out.  Turns out our Little Miss is getting are her new stats:

Weight: 10 pounds 10 ounces- 50th percentile
Length: 22 3/4 inches- 70th percentile
Head Circumference: 15 1/4 inches- 70th percentile

Her smiles quickly faded once the needles came out :(  I know vaccines have controversy & questions surrounding them, but after research, talking & praying, we decided to go ahead with them.  I'm so glad Slade was able to come to the appointment with me, because it was SO hard to watch & hear Lily get poked 3 times.  She turned bright red, but luckily for us, settled down pretty quickly.

However, the aftermath of the shots was the really pitiful part of the day.  Once we got home, she was extremely fussy & all baby girl wanted was to be what is a mom supposed to do?!?!?  Lay on the couch with her sweet girl all afternoon and snuggle of course! :)  

Lily also started to run a fever, so we gave her a dose of Tylenol...for the 1st time.  This mommy doesn't like to see her sweet girl feeling so bad, but I cherish the special snuggle time with Lily.  It won't be long before she is too big for me & the daily couch snuggles will be few and far between.  All in all, we made it thru our first round of shots---I'm hopeful Little Miss will wake up in the morning feeling back to normal! :) 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Lillian Pace- 2 Months!

Dear Lily, 

You are 2 months old today & such a bundle of joy!  The past month has been full of changes & a complete blast :)  You are growing like a weed & each day you do something new and exciting.  This past month I feel like we have really gotten to know each other & have gotten on a pretty good routine...woohoo!  You have also found your little voice, your hands & Mommy's hair!  Daddy and I fall more in love with you by the minute---you are such a happy baby :)  You only cry when you are hungry or tired & even then, we both agree, your cry is the cutest sound we've ever heard.  Your personality gets cuter with every week---you are at times sassy & a bit of a drama queen :)  This month  you enjoyed walks outside, a road trip to Alabama, your first visit to the hair salon, having weekly lunch with Dad, getting out and about a bit more & celebrating your 1st Valentines Day!  

Our Growing Girl:  I'm not sure your exact weight, since we don't have your 2 month doctor appointment until Thursday, but I would guess it is around 10 chunky monkey!  You moved into size 1 diapers around 7 1/2 weeks.  You can still squeeze into some newborn clothing, but I plan to pack it all up this week :(  Gap & Old Navy size 0-3 months fit you best right now...the true 3 month clothing is still a bit big.  I can't believe how much you have filled out...your little rolls & full cheeks just melt my heart :)  Along with weight, you, my dear, are also growing in strength.  Your neck & legs are so strong & you are a pro at tummy time.  

My Little Piglet: Baby you LOVE to eat!!! I'm not sure why this is a surprise...seems like you've been a little piglet since you were born :)  Your feeding schedule changed a bit throughout the month- at the beginning of month 2, I was pumping every feeding, so you would receive about 2-3 oz of breast milk and then 2-3 oz of formula.  About half way thru the month, I started pumping 3-4 times a day.  This allowed me more free time & less stress.  With this change, we started giving you two 4-6 oz bottles of breast milk a day & the rest of your feedings we used formula.  You tolerated this change well & never missed a beat!  Around week 7, all of your bottles (6-7 a day) were around 6 oz of milk & you finished them easily, so while we were in Birmingham, your Sugar introduced you to oatmeal cereal...insert panic from me since this is not what doctors recommend!  You inhaled it :)  So, now at 2 months old, you eat five to six 6 oz bottles a day with 1 tablespoon of oatmeal in your milk at morning and night.  

***Side note- I had been told by Sugar, Bebe, Neeley & many others that cereal was given to babies much earlier than the recommended 4 months when we were little & we turned out just fine***

Sleepy Head:  Wow- what a difference a month makes!  Your daytime naps have gotten so much better and predictable.  You take three to four naps a day, averaging 2 hours long.  I try to have you nap in your crib for 2 naps and then you'll nap while running errands or at the gym for the others.  Speaking of naps in your crib, I'm so glad I stuck it out and really worked with you putting yourself to sleep on your wasn't easy at the time, but it is paying off now!  You're still sleeping great at night too- in past week, you have slept from 9pm-8am three times!  I think we are on track to you sleeping thru the night for good....HOORAY :)  Your bedtime routine looks like this- wake from a cat nap (if you take one--sometimes you protest!), eat 4 oz of milk, take bath & put on pajamas, read book & eat 2 oz of milk with cereal, say prayers & then you are put in your crib for the night.  Bedtime is one of my favorite times of the day---you love to just lay in my arms & smile, coo, and babble to me---the best :)

Playtime:  Some of your favorite toys aren't toys at have the most fun with faces & hands!  My sweet Lil P you love to be talked to :)  When you wake up & after you eat, you are so vocal & love to "chat" with Mommy.  I must say, you come by it honestly...both me & your daddy love to talk.  You're also a fan of your hands.  If you don't have them clasp together, then they are near your face or in your mouth!  Other toys you love- your activity mat, Lamaze toys, bouncy seat & your lovey!  

Important Dates:
January 29th- Smiled
February 8th- Ate oatmeal cereal
February 14th- Valentines Day

Lil P, Ms. Tootie, Wiggle Worm, Little Miss

I can't even remember what our life was like before you sweet girl, but I do know that life with you is AMAZING!  I am beyond blessed to be given the privilege to be your mom.  
We love you Lillian Pace! :)

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Valentines 2013

Valentines Day will always hold a special place in my heart- it marks the anniversary of mine & Slade's 1st date :) 6 years ago we went out to dinner at 2 Urban Licks & now here we are!

In the past, we've celebrated V-day in different ways- fancy dinners out, dinner at home, a surprise Cirque Du Soleil show...all fun & romantic in their own ways. This year we added a new valentine & it was so much fun to wake up to her smiling face :) 

Since I'm still home on maternity leave (which I wish would never end!), I woke up a bit early to surprise the Mr. with some of his favorites- cinnamon rolls & bacon! I made the rolls into festive....thanks Pinterest! 

 Mr. S ate his "real" breakfast (which is rare on a weekday) while I fed Lily. It was so nice to sit and spend some good time together before the day started. Lily wanted to give her Daddy his gift early in the day, so he could show it off at work! :)

Our day of LOVE continued with some good naps & cuddle time until Dad came home early from work (I didn't feel well throughout the day, so he allowed me to rest before our guests arrived for dinner). Before another nap for me, Slade gave Lily & me our gifts- sweet pearl earrings, chocolate covered strawberries (my FAV!) & a baby Edible Arrangement! Such a sweet & thoughtful husband I have! :)

We stayed in for dinner & cooked steaks cooked on the Egg, grilled asparagus, sweet potatoes, drank good wine & had chocolate covered strawberries for dessert---YUM! Papa & Rosie joined us for dinner & visiting...they were in town for a work function & we are so glad they came to stay & have some QT time with us.

Overall, it was a wonderful day of love in our house this Valentines Day!  It seems everyday is better with Lily! :)