Monday, May 31, 2010

Little Ones...

Jesus loves me this I know...

For the Bible tells me so...

Little ones to Him belong...

They are weak, but He is strong...

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so!

Friday, May 21, 2010

One Month Old!

I cannot believe my baby is one month old! I am already dreading going back to work! Ansley has already changed so much! She started out pretty needy and intense- I don't think we put her down the 1st week! Not that I minded holding my sweet newborn! She cried so much during her bath in the hospital that she made herself sick, and continued to be pretty vocal anytime we started to put her down once we got home - diaper changes, baths, etc. We now know she likes to be swaddled. She has a major startle reflex which makes it hard to lay her down. The swaddling really helps! She will now sit in her bouncy seat for a little while, too.

Ansley Sue- You are staying awake more now, especially in the mornings. You still eat every 2-2 1/2 hours, even at night. There have been a couple of 3 hour stretches, but mostly you stick to the 2 hour schedule. You are a good eater, and now you don't sleep through most of your feedings. You had your 1st bottle at 4 weeks old, and did great. Daddy said you made some pretty bad faces, but you took 2 oz with a little coaching.

You love looking around and will continue to look at your environment while you are fighting sleep!You love to be held chest to chest, and you will throw your head back so you can look around. You love for me to wear the Moby wrap and carry you around in it. This helps especially in the afternoon which is your cranky time. The Moby calms you down!

I'm not sure how much you weigh now, but I'm sure its over 8 lbs. You were over your birth weight at 1 week, and at a little short of 2 weeks you were at 7 lbs 6 oz. You are wearing size 1 diapers now and are in between newborn and 0-3 month clothes. Some of the 0-3 month clothes that run a little small fit you pretty good now.

I received the "Happiest Baby on the Block" book as a baby gift. Some of the suggestions in this book have really helped you! You now take good naps in your swing. I swaddle you, walk around with you while bouncing you until you get real sleepy, then put you in your swing. I turn on white noise by your swing, and you (most of the time) will go on to sleep! You still take at least one nap on my chest each day. You don't really like anyone else putting you to sleep- including your daddy!

Ansley, I have fallen so in love with you! You are a beautiful, precious baby! I love our days together! I wish time would slow down a little bit! Happy 1 month!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Mother of 2

A good friend of mine who has a newborn asked me which was harder- being a first time mom with Addison, or having two children. I told her being a first time mom. I asked Grant the same question and he agreed. Overall, we are doing great! I am much calmer this time, and I just don't sweat the small stuff! With that said it is soo hard trying to divide my time between the girls. I have been taking Addison to school 2-3 days a week to keep her in her routine, and to give Ansley and me some time alone. When I have them both here, it is a constant game of trying to occupy one or the other. If Ansley is asleep, and actually not in my arms, I try to play with Addison. This leaves little to no time for housework, etc. It all seems to work and Grant helps a lot when he gets home. I had quit buying paper plates because I was going a little green, but the paper goods are back!

If I am having somewhat of a stressful day, I just think of how lucky I am to have these 2 beautiful girls!

Ansley at 2 weeks

Here we are on Mother's Day. We went to Murfreesboro to see my mom and to see some of my other family. We made to church and Ansley surprised us all by making it through church! Funny thing Addison did- My mom was playing the organ at church, but came to sit with us during the sermon. Grant was convinced we wouldn't make it to church, and was hoping we wouldn't! When mom sat down beside Addison, Addison leaned over and said, "Nana, my daddy didn't want to come to church!" Guess she was telling on him. We got so tickled!

After church, we got a shot of Mom with her children and grand children.

One of the main reasons we went to Murfreesboro was to see Granny Sue. She hasn't been feeling real well, and had not met Ansley yet. We were able to spend most of the afternoon at her house, while several people came by meet Ansley.

My cousin Allison with Ansley. My Aunt Margaret wasn't feeling too good, so she didn't hold Ansley. We were glad she came and got to see her anyway!

My cousin Nathan also came by to meet Ansley Sue!
It was a great day and we managed to make it to Murfreesboro and back without stopping to feed! We weren't sure how Ansley would do since she eats pretty much every 2 hours, but she made it fine!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I'm pumping!

I wish I had a picture, but I am sitting here finishing up the last post while Addison plays in the bathtub. She just held up a bath toy to her booby and said, "look Mom! I'm pumping!"

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mayflower vist

Although Grant has still had a little odds and ends to complete, the Mayflower house/cabin is complete!! Gaywyn and Gary stayed the first night the weekend after Ansley was born, or maybe around the time (it all is a little blurry!:)) she was born. So, the weekend of May 1st, we went to see the finished product and spend a little time with the family. They hadn't (and still haven't) got their furniture in yet, so we sat on the outside furniture, but we had a nice visit.

Ansley enjoyed a long nap on G Dad's chest...

Addison enjoyed reading books with Grammy...

And Grant enjoyed fishing with his new pink Barbie fishing pole...HA! Can you tell he is a daddy to little girls! Addison enjoyed fishing for a little while, but let her daddy take over when there wasn't much action!

I finally got a picture of Ansley with her Aunt Gigi! I didn't get any pictures of Luke though! He is growing and is just adorable!