Monday, September 22, 2014

Trying To Hold On

Emma is 7 weeks old as of yesterday.  I can't believe we are almost about to celebrate her little 2 month old life.  She is such a joy in our lives and when I look at picture of her from day one, I can't believe how much she has already changed in her tiny, short, and sweet little life.  Tyler and I continue to be amazed at how much we can love her, and never get tired of smothering her with kisses from head to toe.  One thing we want to do is try and hold on to some of these earliest memories of her.  So I thought I would share some thoughts/memories/experiences we've had so far!

Babies tend to love contrast...light/dark, black/white, etc.  So Emma latched on to Maddox very early on.  Maddox's black and white hair tend to catch Emma's eyes every time she's around.  Maddox likes to peek inside the rocker we have for Emma (we think it's so she can check on her) and as soon as she does, Emma immediately notices her.

In the past couple of weeks, Emma has started cooing and (what I call) laughing.  She can catch our eyes and smile at us.  It is such an amazing thing to watch.  I's not gas that she's smiling about's her crazy mom and dad!

Emma loves her play mat.  When we lay her on it she just looks and looks and looks at all of the hanging toys.  She doesn't realize what she's doing really, but she hits them and kicks them and loves looking at herself in the mirror!

She's in cloth diapers, and has been since she was about a month old.  We love them!  They have been great...things I like about them?:

  • They don't smell as fast or bad as disposable
  • They are much softer on her little booty than disposable
  • They prevent leakage much better than disposable
  • We can double stuff them at night so we don't have to wake her up in the middle to changer her
  • They are easy to wash and dry really fast, so technically I can wash a load and use that load within a couple of hours
  • They are adorable
  • They help her fit into pants that are a little bigger than she is

She is so happy when she gets a new diaper!  It's also when she is the most talkative.  Once we've changed her, she just smiles and coos and flails her arms and legs around.  It's so funny and so cute.

She's been sleeping in her own room since she was about 2 weeks old.  We have a hard time falling back to sleep after a feeding every now and then, but for the most part she sleeps really well in her room.  In fact, in the last two weeks we have been working on taking a couple of naps in her room, and putting her to bed while she's still awake.  She is able to put herself to sleep...this is LIFE-CHANGING!  We used to have to rock and rock and rock her, or bounce and bounce and bounce her until she was dead asleep, and then we would as gently as possible lay her in her crib only to step away and have her eyes open wide as if she was never asleep to begin with.  Now, we can put her down even if she is awake and she'll fall asleep on her own.  

She usually still goes anywhere from 3-4 hours between feedings at night, but the other night (maybe as a present to her parents on the eve of her 7 week birthday) she slept for 5 hours in the middle of the night.  I cannot explain how the extra 1-2 hours makes a complete was GLORIOUS!  We're going to be working on lasting longer between feedings at night...that would make mommy and daddy very happy!  

We recently took our first trip to Allen.  Little Miss had her very own Sip N' See this past weekend and she was a trooper all weekend long!  From the drive to the many many different sets of arms she was in, she was such a good girl.  We came back with so many fun things...clothes, bows, and maybe our favorite...a Rock A' Roo!  It's a little rocking nest that rocks by itself (giving mom and dad's feet a break from rocking her to sleep in her bassinet).  Hopefully she doesn't get too addicted to it, forcing us to always be rocking her.  

Well, that's about all I've got on my mind.  Hopefully the more I remember and the more we experience will provide even more blog posts about our life with #emmamechelle!

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