September 15, 2011

on month one...

Month one.

I absolutely cannot believe that it's already been one month since Eisley arrived! Judging by our photoshoot this morning, she is quite excited about it, too.

(And, yes, I'm currently working on writing her birth story, which I do hope to post before she celebrates her first birthday. However, most of my current priorities involve baby snuggling, sleeping in two-hour increments and consuming more than one ice cream sandwich per day. I have to stay on top of these things, people.)

My sweet little girl has changed immensely in the past month. Actually, in the past week alone it seems she's been changing before my eyes. Here are a few of my favorite things (just like the song, only better)
  • A couple days ago she discovered her voice and started to "coo" when I talk with (well, at) her in the mornings. I like to think she also likes my rendition of, "Good moooorning, George, how are you?"
  • I love that each day she looks less and less like a newborn, and more like a real person. I can't wait to see what features she ends up taking from both Jay and I.
  • She loves her social time and is very smiley—especially after she has breakfast. I love that she is old enough to really focus on my face, and I can always tell when she is going to grin by the way her eyes turn into little half-moons.
  • In the past week I've caught her giggling in her sleep a few times. Each time it happens, I'm sure my heart is going to spontaneously combust.
  • During the day she much prefers to either nap in her swing or on my (or Jay's) chest. Sometimes she'll even holler when she's in her swing only to calm herself as soon as I pick her up. I love that she craves the coziness of my arms. And her favorite place to sleep is on her dad, for sure. It's absolutely precious.
  • She's finally getting rolls! Oh, the rolls! (This is very exciting, considering she was such a little wisp of a thing when she was born.)
I still have yet to come up with a nickname for her that doesn't have to do with food (my favorite is calling her "biscuits", mostly because I want to nom her face off) but tend to refer to her as "Eisley-girl" much of the time. Jay uses some of the same nicknames he has for me, which means way too often he's all, "Hello, lovely!" and I'm all, "Yes?" and he's all, "Oh, not talking to you." (Which I find both adorable and tragic at the same time.)

Sleep? Well, let's not talk about it. (Okay, okay…it's not that bad. At least she goes back to sleep after she eats during the night, but I would pay good money to sleep for longer than two hours a stretch.) I know that getting on a schedule isn't always possible at this age, but I'm really hoping that at some point I can have a general idea of what this little nugget is going to throw my way within the span of one day.

Jay's month home recently ended and he's now back at work, which means it's now just the wee one and I for most of the day. The first day was terrifying. The second day was bliss. The third day I even ventured out with her for a short car ride. Who knows what will happen tomorrow? We may end up getting pedicures and stalking Ryan Gosling in LA.

Only time will tell.

All things considered, it's absolutely incredible how much this tiny person has changed in a matter of four short weeks. And it's also amazing how much I can adore someone I've only just started getting to know.

31 comments :

  1. That headwear is TOO MUCH. I can't wait to meet her.

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  2. She looks so much like you!! Gosh she is adorable :)

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  3. Too cute! So glad things are going well :)

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  4. I'm not sure how much reading and research you've done regarding breastfeeding and infant's wake time and sleep time, but just in case, I wanted to reassure you that this two-hour pattern is quite normal. And I prefer the word "pattern" to "schedule". It sounds more flexible. :)

    May I recommend a book to you? I'm reading the No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley, and I'm really enjoying it. While I don't believe that babies as young as Eisley should be sleeping through the night, I think it's good to develop healthy sleep habits and routines now, and to start to recognize her sleep signals. (I'm not suggesting that you are doing anything wrong. I just desire that other parents not have to deal with what I'm dealing with.)

    I developed some not-ideal sleep habits with my girl, and six months later I'm paying for it! I'm working on training her to sleep and nap better, but I might not be in this boat if I had known six months ago what I know now. It's an uphill battle that I think could be avoided.

    Of course, I understand that you probably don't have the time or energy to be reading a lot of books right now. And you are probably being inundated with parenting advice right, left, and center. Just remember: you and Jay are the best parents for your baby, so trust your instincts and only do what YOU feel is best.

    I can't wait to read her birth story!

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  5. oh geez. she is 100% divine and makes me want another baby like right NOW. hopefully one day right? i love the nickname biscuits! that is seriously adorable...you are taking me back to izzys wee one days - our nicknames were "pooskie" and "schnookums." yep. and we still use them :) glad to see your post and if you should venture out more, come up my way for a vist, ANYTIME!!!! miss you!!!

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  6. WARM. FUZZIES.

    That is all.

    But no really. This made me melt. SHE IS SO CUTE!!! Bah!!! *bursts*

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  7. Gah, I need a baby!

    Seriously, though, she is amazing & I am so happy for you & Jay. So perfect.

    Love & hugs & cuddles!

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  8. Our girls have lots of nicknames...but our favorites are Ana-girl and Gracie-girl. I think Eisley-girl is just perfect!

    Congratulations!

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  9. She looks a LOT like you! :) It's crazy how quickly they grow. Document!

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  10. I love reading your blog, especially since my sweet baby girl (that's my not so short nickname is for Ainsley) is about a week and an half younger than Eisley. I can resonate with the mixed emotions of your hubby speaking similarly to your baby as he does to you. On several occasions I've caught myself thinking he was talking to me only to turn around and see him with her!

    It's indeed adorable and tragic!

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  11. This is just the sweetest post! So giddy-happy for you and precious little Eisley. I am in love with her rolls!

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  12. What a little sweetheart! Love love love her little smile! I can just imagine how your heart must melt when she gives you that big grin :)

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  13. AWW! Sounds like a good month so far.

    And hey, I hear Ryan Gosling is great with babies. ;)

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  14. She is adorable. What a little peach!

    I second the recommendation for No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley. I also suggest Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth. Don't stress out about the sleep. The first three months are simply just difficult that way. It WILL get better.

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  15. Ah! Those photos make me all melty. She's adorable.

    But I will say the only thing keeping my baby fever firmly in check is the sleeping two hours at a time. :) Hopefully, this little biscuit will start letting you sleep a little longer. Although if I had to be awake, she doesn't look like a bad companion to have. ;)

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  16. You beautiful blogger ladies need to stop making such ridiculously pretty babies. My ovaries are FREAKIN'.

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  17. She is so beautiful!!! I love the pictures you share!!!

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  18. she is just PERFECT! oh my gracious! everything sounds perfect!

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  19. I LOVE these pictures! Her expressions are so animated! It is great to hear that you're doing well.. besides the no sleep thing, which I can completely sympathize with at the moment (and my little one's not even here yet!) I know you are a wonderful mother and my heart warms just hearing about your nicknames :) Can't wait to hear about all the rest of mommyhood!

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  20. I am looking forward to seeing what she will look like in a few months from now--in a year from now. She sure is precious! Oh yes, I adore baby rolls. So snuggly! :)

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  21. Yay! Glad to hear you're both thriving.

    And, yes, the two hour thing is SO normal. Gabe's longest stretch was 3 hours at one month. And finally, sweet, sweet sleep came around nine months. 10 hours a night! I never believed it could happen. :)

    I know some books say to avoid letting her sleep on you or not in her crib, but embrace it, I say! There is such a short time of when babies will sleep on you...soak up every little minute!

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  22. seriously how has it been a month already!? she is just too precious (the flower on her head, kills me) and cannot wait to meet her one day.

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  23. I get seriously giddy every time I see that you have a new post up. This one definitely gave me warm fuzzy feelings. I can't love seeing how much you guys adore, love and cherish your wee one.

    Looking forward to more photo shoots :)

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  24. Giggles in sleep...check.
    Headband on....check.
    Smiling...check.
    Yep, it's official. Your daughter is cute.

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  25. the giggles in the sleep slays me - your daughter is massive amounts of cute, especially with that headband! I want one!

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  26. Firstly, thank you so, so much for your email and your kind, sweet words.
    Secondly, those rolls are just gorgeous and I cannot believe it has been a whole month since her arrival. Love that you are enjoying every single minute of this precious early time together.
    She is adorable.
    xx

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  27. I am loving reading your blog! Reading about you and Eisley gives me the courage that one day....not too soon....but someday I could be a mom too. ;0)

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  28. What a beautiful little babe! I love the head band. I always feel Mommy Guilt when I see ideas like this. I feel bad that I haven't done this with my oldest daughter (18 months) or our son (2 months)..Dang.

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  29. She is so, so sweet. Congratulations again, Kerri. :)

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  30. She totally looks like Jay! Don't all newborns do? ;) She's absolutely precious, Kerri. Congrats again! <3

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