Ellie does already have plenty of rolls on her legs and arms, but today she rolled onto her side twice on her own! A big accomplishment indeed. We’ve been making faces at each other non-stop and baby-talking all day long when she’s awake. I love that she’s so responsive now! She smiles all the time and holds her arms out all the way at her sides – it’s just too cute.
There have been quite a few other big things starting in the last week:
1. We had our first PEPS meeting on Monday. It was great to be in a room with a bunch of people who are in our shoes. We actually know one couple in our group and then I realized I knew one other mom from back in my volleyball days! We’re very excited about our future meetings and we already learned one fantastic tip – gripe water right before bed. Ellie loves the taste and she sleeps a smidge longer than before. She’s always slept pretty well, so no complaints, but this is the icing on the cake.
2. We’re working on minimizing binky/mimi/pacifier use. Brian did some research and we decided it would be best to try to scale back using the binky only when she’s going to sleep. It’s been good I think for us because it forces us to interact with her more by singing or playing with her instead of just relying on the binky to soothe.
3. We had our six week appointment with our midwife yesterday and it was so good to see her! She was very excited to see Ellie and she told us we were one of her favorite couples. We’re very sad she’s retiring next fall to pursue her PhD, but are also very excited for her and the things that lie ahead for her. Ellie and I were both great. Ellie now weighs 10 lbs, 8 oz and she’s about 23 inches long.
Our little munchkin is 6 weeks old as of yesterday and it’s just so hard to believe! Six weeks marks a significant milestone for a couple of reasons. Some of you know one of the reasons why, which I won’t get into, but the other one is that I can start being active again, which I’m very excited about! I went to an introductory training appointment on Wednesday and it felt so good to be engaging my muscles again. I already feel stronger and happier, side effects from the activity.
According to our sleep training book (which I love for it’s brevity, simplicity and flexibility), The Baby Sleep Solution, 6-8 weeks can sometimes be difficult if the baby develops colic, but she notes this is a more typical timeframe for multiples, so we’re crossing our fingers Ellie’s already experienced what little colic she has. So far she’s been very much like a baby is supposed to be. She’s eating every three hours and sometimes during the day she’ll go as long as four hours. Brian has been taking the first nightly feeding this week, which has done wonders for my sleeping, allowing me to get four or sometimes even five hours of sleep straight!
Ellie and I had a big day yesterday, out and about. We went to see Erich to get my hair cut and he surprised us with a drop dead gorgeous dress, shoes and headband from Baby Gap. This girl is seriously going to be styling! After our fun time at the salon we went to the Verizon store where I officially made the switch to an iPhone, so help me God. Then we went to the bank to open an Early Saver Account for little Miss Ellie. When dad got home we went for a weeknight wine walk around the neighborhood.
We took a video last weekend of Ellie and wanted to share; she’s been all smiles and is really starting to develop a personality as you can see here:
A lot of people have asked when they meet Ellie who we think she looks like. We have our thoughts (definitely Brian), but we wanted to show some pics from when Brian and I were little so everyone can compare for themselves. As we all know, babies change as they grow, but at this point, we feel very strongly she is the epitome of the old adage “like father like daughter.” Here are the pics for your viewing pleasure.
These are two pics of Brian:
Here are pics of Lacie:
And here are a couple of pics of our little Ellie bean: