Thursday, March 30, 2006

A New Look to Our Blog

I was messing with our blog template and I messed it up. In order to fix it, I had to republish the entire blog. Since I was going to do that anyway, I figured that it would be fun to just pick a new template. The nice thing about this new one is that is adds borders to the photos. I think it gives it a cleaner look.

Monday, March 27, 2006

No more nap crisis (knock on wood)

Our nap crisis seems to be over. Isabella will periodically fight her naps now, but if we catch her before she gets too overly tired, we usually have a baby who is willing to comply with the whole sleep regime. She still takes about 4-5 naps a day, about 45 minutes each. That is why I was so thrown off yesterday. Her morning naps were shorter (about 20-30 minutes). Part of that was the struggle she has with napping at church - there's apparently too much going on to get any good sleep. In the evening, Isabella tends to take a nap around 5-5:30pm, wake up sometime around 5:45-6:15pm, eat, play, and then go down for the night around 8pm. Well, yesterday she went down around 5:15pm for her evening nap. 6pm rolled around and she was still sleeping. . . . 7pm still sleeping. . . . 8pm still sleeping. . . . 9pm still sleeping. . . . 10pm still sleeping. . . . 11pm still sleeping. . . . at this point, it was time for me to go to bed. The thought came to wake her up to feed her since she hadn't eaten since 3:15pm, but I figured that she knew what she needed and at that moment, it was sleep. She finally woke up around 1:45am. Generally, she sleeps through the night, but since she hadn't eaten in so long, she was hungry and I fed her. Then she went back to sleep until 5:15, ate again, and was back to sleep until 7am. She is definitely keeping us on our toes!

In order to sleep well, Isabella likes to be swaddled. After a night of being bundled up, she really enjoys to stretch out when we release her from her 'burrito wrap'. One morning, I put her in bed with Andy so that I could go and take a shower. When I laid her down, I undid her blanket so that she could move around a little more. Immediately, her arms and legs stretched out like they always do, only this time, Andy's head got in the way of her fist and he got a light punch in the face. That's one way to wake daddy up in the morning!

Something always blocking her face

I had a difficult time taking pictures of Isabella this week because she was always blocking her face by playing/sucking on her hands or some other object.

Here are the few pictures that I actually got of
her without her hands in front of her face.

A Time to Say Goodbye

On Friday morning at 10:33am EST, we said goodbye to our car (a.k.a. 'Green Dart'). It was an emotional goodbye. To some this may sound silly, but we are really going to miss this car. We received it as a gift from my parents back in May 2002 and it has been a very good first car for us. There are so many special memories associated with it: driving to our honeymoon destination, visiting family and friends, moving out to Pennsylvania, taking Isabella home from the hospital, etc. It's the end of an era. The car just needed a new fuel pump, but with parts and labor the cost would be at least $350. Since we had another car already lined up, we decided that it was time to make the switch. Fortunately, we located an organization that takes car donations. They will fix it up and give it to a family that needs a car. We feel good that someone will still be able to get some use out it. The pictures here are from Friday morning. Each of us got one last pose with our car.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Nap time issues

Our sweet little girl has been a little more high maintenance this week. She has begun to fight her naps. Before, we could easily read her tired cues and when she gave them we rocked with her for a few minutes and put her in her crib without being fully asleep. Well, now she's kind of fighting against us when we try to rock her. So, we'll just put her in her crib but she just cries and I'm not ready to let her cry-it-out yet. She doesn't do this with every nap, but she never used to do it at all. Also, she is a huge catnapper. She takes about 4-5 naps a day, but they're usually, at the most, 45 minutes. That used to seem to be enough, but she has started to get really fussy in the early evening and our suspicion is that she is overtired. She's still sleeping about 10 hours at night, so that's good. Hopefully, this is just a phase. We've heard her cry much more this week than we have ever before. Still, it's not all bad. She still gives us lots of smiles throughout the day, it's just that some nap times have become a little more traumatic.

Isabella still really enjoys being in her swing!

We decided to set up Isabella's high chair. She's not getting any solid food yet, but we thought it would be fun to give her another place to spend time. Plus, she can sit at the table with us when we eat meals.

Isabella making her 'spit bubble' face. It might be difficult to see, but if you look closely at her mouth, you can see her spit bubbles. She really likes to make these.
~ Welcome home dad! Andy was backin Wisconsin for what ended up being almost a whole week. He went to attend Uncle John's memorial service and ended up staying longer because of car troubles (kind of a long story). Anyway, after a long drive, he finally made it back to PA late Wednesday night. ~

~ Our little one is very content just playing on the floor
(most of the time) ~
~ Having fun playing with her new Elmo doll ~

~ Huge for Elmo! ~

~ Isabella enjoys tummy time on the chair ~

~ She likes to suck on anything she can get her mouth on ~

Monday, March 13, 2006

A Wisconsin girl at heart

Even though Isabella was born in Pennsylvania, she is truly a "Wisconsinite" just like her parents. Earlier in the week, we were awoken to the sound of a little baby with a loud voice proudly proclaiming the word "COW" and then falling back asleep. We heard 'cow' clear as day and just started laughing. Obviously Isabella didn't know what she was saying, but the fact that she said it and the way she said it still makes us laugh when we think about it.
Isabella has become much more aware of the camera this week and because of it, we've had a more difficult time catching her smile. She will be smiling and as soon as the camera comes out, she just stares at it. Oh well, we still think she's cute.
~ We still need to teach her that it's not
polite to stick your tongue out~
~ It's time to get dressed ~

~ Our little bookworm ~

~ It's time to go ~

~ Another cute hat ~

Tummy time

It's tummy time again!

"Hi everybody!"

"Alright, I've had enough of this!"

I wear bibs now

Isabella has been spitting up and drooling a lot lately. Her clothes would constantly be wet and smell like sour milk. So, I decided to have her start to wear bibs more often. It's much easier to change the bibs than to change the outfits all the time.

Now that she has a bib on all the time, she has something extra to play with. She's always fiddling around with her bib.

Many times, I will look over to find that she has gotten the bib stuck over her head and she can't figure out how to get it back down. She really is a silly girl sometimes!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Isabella growing up

I found a website that allows you to create slide shows/video montages and post them on blogs like this one. I thought that it would be fun to do something like that with some pictures from Isabella's first three months of life. I hope you enjoy it!

Create your own video at One True Media

Monday, March 06, 2006

Three months old!

Where does the time go? Our baby girl is getting so big! We didn't have a doctor's appointment this month, but we're guessing that she is at least in the 12 pound range and has probably grown at least an inch. Isabella seemed to be going through a growth spurt this past week. In fact, she may not be done with it yet. She's been a little fussier than usual and has spent a lot more time eating and sleeping. I packed away a bunch of her 0-3 month clothes that she doesn't fit into anymore. It made me a little sad to look at outfits that she was only able to wear one or two times. Still, we are so happy that she is healthy and growing well.

~ Isabella's 3 month pictures with Teddy ~

~ Relaxing on her comfy blanket ~

~ Isabella in her Bumbo seat. Her head still gets a little heavy at times,
so she doesn't last in this seat for too long. ~

~ Isabella loves her pacifier ~

~ Our Couch Potato ~