Sunday, June 2, 2013

sunday smiles

Today has been and on and off day for the wee girl. Some minutes she's loving life and then in the next minutes something terrible has happened that is obvious to no one but her. I think we threw her off because we went to early church this morning, which made her wake up earlier than she usually does.

On the bright side, Nana K arrives today for a long visit, which will be great.

I caught Layla in a few moments of elation, right before the ball dropped and she launched into a new crying fit. :)


10 weeks and learning so much

Layla turns 10 weeks today. We can't believe it. Our friend Emily once said that when her little girl Maddie was born, it was like she was always there... I think she's exactly right. Although our lives have changed so very much, it's like Layla has always been around somehow.

Opie has been adjusting well to life with this new entity. I don't think he really pays that much attention to her, unless she's playing on her mat in which case he goes over and lays near her and licks her. He has started to sleep in the hallway between our and Layla's room. I find this really sweet, until 1 in the morning when I get up to feed Layla and almost break my neck stepping over him.

I went to book club the other night, and one of the other women there, Jess, has a baby named Isabel that's a week older than Layla... we took some pictures which really put into perspective how tall Layla is!

Layla is doing really well. She's been sleeping in her own room for about a month now, and has organized herself to go to bed between 9 and 10pm. She's also sleeping through the night for the most part. She usually wakes up between 4 and 5 to eat, which works for us because I get up around 5:30 anyway.

We haven't tried to force a schedule on her, as she's too young at this point, but we are trying to get her into a bit of a routine, for both her and our sanity. We've been keeping notes of what she does during the day so that when she gets a little older and we need to start steady nap times, we can make them as close to what she has already established for herself. Also, it helps us keep track of how much she is eating. With me back at work and pumping, Mike is having to handle the majority of the feedings during the day, while I do early morning, evening after work and late night.  Sometimes, Layla gets a bit upset even if she's warm, dry, and full. Mike has helpfully made a note of that.

She is smiling, reaching for things, and doing much better at tummy time.

 She has just noticed that she has hands, which is hilarious. 

Our first hike

Last Saturday, we got up the gumption to go for a little morning hike. It was really beautiful out, and we thought that with an entire 3 day weekend, the least we could do is a little hike.

Mike carried Layla in the Bjorn, and I tried to control Opie, who has turned into an even crazier dog when on the leash... Poor puppy hasn't gotten his normal levels of attention since Layla's been born. I am very proud of us that we still manage to get him and ourselves out of the house at least twice a day for 30-45 min walks.

Start of the hike
the view overhead
the path very well traveled

sleepy girl after the hike
  We were planning to also go to a baseball game, but as we've realized over the last 10 weeks, you've gotta be flexible and not put too much pressure on yourself or on your plans... in other words, when it actually came time to leave for the game, we were too exhausted to make it happen. Some day we will figure this out, but for now, we're just trying to enjoy our time together when we've got it.