Little Ellie is already growing! She has had a few appointments and has grown an inch and a half and gained a little more then a pound. Her precious little newborn outfitts are getting a little bit snug. Over the past few weeks she has enjoyed visits from our bible study group, trips to grandma and grandpa Seay's house, and a weekend visit from my parents and her Aunt Angie. It has been a fun few weeks and despite the feeling of never being fully rested, when we look into her big blue eyes we just sort of melt.
A few memories from the past few weeks:
She enjoys sucking on her two middle fingers, when she can find them. Whenever she does this, it is typically accompanied by an adorable sucking nose.
She loves to move and stretch out. I call it the Ellie sprawl out. She seems to be a mover and shaker like her mom. She likes to look around and when she fusses, typically the combo of bouncing with her and patting her back with put her to ease.
She appears fascinated by Rand. I like to think its because he is so "ridiculously good looking", but I think she just loves her daddy, not to mention his glasses and curls. I love watching the two of them bond.
When we are nursing or I am holding her she really likes her arms to be loose. Often this looks like her outside arm wrapping around my side/back and her inside arm stretched across my chest. I like to pretend she's hugging me. I'll take whatever affection I can get.
Initially her eyes would cross over when she tried to focus on things. She is able to focus on things now and sometimes it seems that she will react to Rand and I. We each have caught a few smiles from her when she isn't sleeping!
We have given her two baths so far. First one, ehh not so bad. Second one, lets just say she was cleaned, but at the expense of her first tears being shed and mom's heart nearly breaking. We have a few pointers we are going to use for her next Saturday both.
Both Rand and I have racked up a few not so fun diaper changing experiences. While we are glad to now that everything is working, she has some mean burps and toots, there have been multiple occasions where we have just changed her diaper and she has proceeded to poop, poop again, and pee. I think her record is going through 4 diapers in one changed and managing to get her shirt, pants, blanket, and Rand's shirt a bit soiled. Gold star.
Overall, we just love our precious little nugget. My heart feels quite full and I can never seem to get enough of our little daughter. I couldn't think of a better way to spend my 23rd birthday then hanging out with our little girl. Eating sushi, taking a bath, hitting up the freebies, eating angel food cake and enjoying the best shopping trip with my AWESOME sister Angie are also a few highlights.
Alone time with just Rand and I seem more few then before, but it has been really neat to feel a new depth take over. Moments we do have together seem far more rich and sacred. What a good man he really is. We are both continueing to dream about purchasing our first home and have taken a serious interest in the show Prison Break on Netflix. Ellie and I like to cheer him on when he plays MLB on Xbox. He hit a few homeruns this week in the game and we were pretty pround ;)
I can't wait to continue to see how she grows up! We love you Ellie!
Pictures to come :)