Monday, January 30, 2006

Two months old today!

Isabella is two months old now! Time sure flies! We had another doctor appointment today. Here are Isabella's new stats: weight - 10 lbs. 8 oz./50th percentile, length - 23 in./75 percentile, head - 15.25 in./50th percentile. She is right on track in growth and everything looks good. Unfortunately for her, she had to get four shots today. I held her as the nurse poked her. I couldn't watch the needles going into Isabella's skin. Instead, I watched her face and it broke my heart to see her eyes fill with tears and to hear her cry. We gave her some tylenol and she seemed to calm down pretty easily. Shortly after, she fell asleep.

Last Monday night, Isabella slept through the night for the first time. We generally put her to bed around 8pm every night. Monday night, we did our normal bed time routine: change into pajamas, eat, sing/read story/rock, bed. After singing a few songs, her eyes were still wide open. But, I laid her in bed anyway. She probably laid in bed for about an hour before finally drifting off. She wasn't upset and didn't cry, she just laid there. I went to sleep a while later. Normally, Isabella would wake up around 3:30am to eat. I ended up waking up at 4am and she was still sleeping. Finally at 6:00am, she woke up to eat. Since that night, I haven't been feeding her during the night. If she wakes up, I am able to give her a pacifier and she falls right back to sleep. Mommy is definitely getting much more rest now.

Soaking up lots of compliments from Daddy Posted by Picasa

Isabella loves her swing Posted by Picasa

So cute in her little skirt Posted by Picasa

Playing on Mommy's lap Posted by Picasa

A new way to suck on the pacifier Posted by Picasa

Gazing at herself in the mirror. Posted by Picasa

Fun on the floor Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 23, 2006

How do you capture a smile?

Isabella has been smiling much more lately, which has made playing with her even more fun. I'd love for everyone to see her beautiful smile, but I have tried and tried and am having a really difficult time getting a picture of it. Below, you will be able to see a few of my attempts. I am determined to get a good smile picture one of these days.

The weather here has been gorgeous - very unseasonably warm. It even hit the 60s this past weekend. So, we took advantage of the nice weather and went for a walk. It seriously felt like spring time, we couldn't believe it was January! The walk was pretty bumpy for Isabella since most of the sidewalks near us are made out of brick, but she really enjoyed it and it was nice for her to get some fresh air.

Isabella seems to have gotten herself on to a schedule. She goes to bed around 8pm and gets up for one feeding usually around 2:30am. Then, she sleeps again until 6:30am (today it was 7:30am). During the day, she eats about every two and a half hours. It used to be every three, but since she has dropped some of the night feedings, she gets more hungry during the day. After she eats, she will play for a while and eventually get tired and take a nap. When whe wakes up, it is generally time to eat and the cycle begins again. This has been working really well for us.

Smile attempt #1 Posted by Picasa

Smile attempt #2 Posted by Picasa

Smile attempt #3 Posted by Picasa

Isabella helping Daddy with his homework. Posted by Picasa

One of her silly expressions. Posted by Picasa

Isabella and some of her toys. Posted by Picasa

She got so comfortable with her stuffed friends that she ended up falling asleep.  Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 16, 2006

We're on our own now

Ever since Isabella's birth, we've had several visits from different family members. My mom spent that past two weeks with us. She did all of the cooking and dishes and babysat Isabella quite a bit. Well, she left on Saturday and now we're on our own. So far, we're doing pretty good. Isabella's falling into more of a routine and is sleeping for longer stretches at night. She has started to smile more often and really enjoys playing with her toys on the floor. Bath times are no longer so traumatic. She has also outgrown the newborn diapers and some of her clothes. We can't believe how much she has grown and changed in this past month!

So happy playing with her toys Posted by Picasa

Shake that rattle! Posted by Picasa

So comfy on the floor Posted by Picasa

Tummy time on her boppy Posted by Picasa

As Daddy was feeding Isabella her bottle, she grabbed it from him. Looks like our girl is ready to feed herself! Posted by Picasa

"I don't mind bath time anymore." Posted by Picasa

"In fact, I think I like my baths now!" Posted by Picasa

Drying off in her ducky robe Posted by Picasa

All dry! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Isabella is growing more and more each day. It seems that she sometimes looks bigger at night than she did in the morning. I think that she is going through another growth spurt right now because she is eating more frequently and taking more naps. We just love watching her grow and become more aware of the world around her. She's starting to get a little chub on her legs - bye bye scrawny chicken legs! She's also really enjoying some of her toys. We've been having fun with Grandma Debbie this week. Isabella has taken trips to the mall, out to eat, to the hair salon (my mom and I each got our hair cut), and for walks around the neighborhood. So far, she's been pretty easy to go out and about with. We starting to get into a little night time routine where she's in bed sometime between 8 and 8:30pm. She still gets up about every three hours during the night, but it feels good to add a little schedule to our day.

Our little snuggler Posted by Picasa

I love it when she makes this face! Posted by Picasa