Monday, July 25, 2011

Lillian Grace: Three Months Old

We cannot believe that we have been blessed with three full months with Lillian, she is such a delight and every day brings something new and exciting. This past month has been very busy, we have been in Concord to prepare for Erin’s wedding (including hosting showers and dress fittings,) we have been over at our old housing finishing up projects so that Erin and Jake can move to a new place and some friends can move in and we have been to Chicago and will be heading to Madison at the end of the week. Lilly has had to learn to adjust to new surrounding often and she has done a good job. I am sure it is not easy to sleep while Daddy is using the multi-tool or to eat while walking through the streets of Chicago. Hopefully, this will help her be flexible as she grows.

She is growing rapidly to us, but she is still on the dainty side weighing 10lbs and standing at 23 inches. Le Petit Bébé has moved from a standard three hour feeding schedule to a four hour schedule which has given us the opportunity to play and read more often. Lilly loves books and especially likes ones that can be accompanied with sounds, usually we read several books before nap times. Play time for Lilly is very diverse, mostly because we have been traveling so much. If we are in the car she does a great job playing with a toy attached to her car seat like Mortimer The Moose, Gisele The Giraffe or Ruby The Rabbit. We try not to let play time take place while we are driving as Matt and I have so much fun when we get to participate. Tummy time has gotten to be second nature to Lilly Bug and she enjoys lifting her head and rolling over (video to come). She still doesn’t like to lie on her stomach for too long as it seems to make her tummy upset. We have also incorporated swimming time and activity mat time in to her repertoire.

Sleep for Lilly is very important and we are realizing that she needs to have extra visual stimulation blocked out as she falls asleep. We have started to put a gauzy blanket over her eyes as she is ready to sleep and within minutes she will be out cold, then we can remove it for the rest of her nap. This trick works every time and we are finding that she will pull Ruby the Rabbit, which is attached to a small blanket over her eyes if she needs to fall asleep. I am thinking this diva is going to need a sleep mask in the future; similar to the one Eliose has in the” Eloise at Christmastime” movie. With so many changes in the past month, we are excited to see what next month brings.

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Trip To See The Balloons

We have had a lot of busy weekends in July, it seems like we are away more than we are home, which is what Summer is all about. This past weekend we were down in Concord to host a bridal shower for Erin, it was a perfect weekend for the event and we had lots of fun eating, sharing stories about Erin and Jake and checking out all the cool gifts they got. The weekend also happened to be the Hot Air Jubilee in Jackson, it has been many years since I went to see the balloons, so I thought it would be a fun experience to try again. Lilly seemed to enjoy the colorful balloons and the people watching so the night was a success. The rest of the weekend was spent poolside, how can your resist the cool waters when it is 90 degrees out.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Finally... We Made It To Chicago

We had tried to go to Chicago to see our friends at least 3 times while I was pregnant, but each time something came up. Finally, we were able to take a weekend and go to the city. Lilly was in the Moby most of the weekend and she enjoyed eating, sleeping and looking around while all snuggled up. She was in awe of all the sounds; it seemed like there was always a siren in the background that had her interest and the sidewalk performers’ music got her dancing. We had no real plans for the trip so we had a delicious dinner at Fogo with The Oostings followed by a leisurely walk down Michigan Ave and dessert at the cheesecake factory. Sunday we enjoyed a lazy Sunday morning in the city and lunch at Portillos with The Oostings and Jamie and Davy. It won’t be too long and we will be back in town to celebrate Jamie and Davy’s wedding. We were curious if Lilly would sleep well in her Pack-N-Play, since it was the first time we had used it, but we were delighted she slept like we were at home. Hopefully that means that stays in hotels will be fun experiences in the future.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Water Baby

We just returned back to Grand Rapids after a fun and sun filled couple of days at my parents’ house by the pool. Having a pool has never gotten old to me and I still enjoy it every time we have a chance to get home. Of course I can say it never gets old because I never have to clean it anymore, but maybe that will change once we put our own pool in at our house in the future. I have always loved the water and I have been especially interested to see how Lilly would like swimming in the pool. I had high hopes she would enjoy it since she loves to take her baths. So after a nice long morning nap we put on her swimsuit and sun hat and we tested the waters. She loved every minute of it, whether she was in the big pool with Matt or in the warm pool with Auntie Erin or I, she just kicked and giggled and splashed. I hated to make her get out when it was time for her nap and she protested to let us know she did not want to stop. I can’t wait to start her swim lessons later this summer.