Piper’s Firsts

The first two and a half weeks with Piper have just flown by. It’s a-whole-nother ball game when you have an infant with a toddler in the house; we’re keeping very busy with the two of them.  It’s definitely comforting to have done this newborn phase before. We’re not nervous about every single little thing. At the same time, we’re focused on giving as much of a comparable newborn experience to Piper as we did to Ellie. We want to make sure and hold her the same amount of time, talk to her just as much, etc. However, there are some less crucial things we haven’t been as concerned about. For instance, yesterday I gave Piper her first bath – she was two weeks and a half weeks old! I think we gave Ellie her first bath within the first week. Both of them hated every minute of it, so I’m not really too concerned that we waited with Piper…babies smell so yummy anyway!

We also had Piper’s first doctors visit last week. I can tell she’s been growing really well and I know she’s been eating great, but Brian and I were a little concerned about her apparent tummy discomfort. I liked that our doc asked a lot of questions and explained the possible issues: colic, milk protein allergy, or acid reflux. He said based on what we told him he wasn’t concerned about the last two and that she was probably just having some mild colic because her tummy is still developing. He suggested continuing to emulate the womb experience via the 5 S’s. He said at six weeks we’ll start to see improvement with her discomfort. We also saw our midwife the day after and she recommended a probiotic, which will help her stomach bacteria process food better.

Piper’s weight was 7 lbs., 11 ounces and she had grown a whole inch! Her head circumference was in the tenth percentile. Other than that everything looks great and she is a healthy strong babe. In fact, she’s been holding her head up so well I thought it might be interesting for her to try some tummy time yesterday. I was amazed she didn’t flip out right away like most babies during their first few months. She seemed to really enjoy looking around. Here is a quick clip of it:

We also did a newborn photo shoot last week, which I am so excited about. We didn’t do newborn photos with Ellie and I really regret it. I’m glad we were able to find a quality photographer for a reasonable price and she provides us with all the digital files by next Monday. It was hotter than a mo-fo in the studio room, but it was totally worth it. You can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be sharing soon.  Here is her website in case you’re interested or just want to peruse some adorable little baby pics.

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Playing at the Park

Ellie had a great time meeting an older boy at the playground outside the zoo yesterday. She showed off her dance moves and her new words, which the six year old boy thought was amazing.

Here’s a recent pic too, showing how big she’s getting – can time please slow down?!?!?!

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La Musica

While the music Ellie plays is typically on her Leap Frog music table, this week was a bit of an exception. On Halloween, we went trick or treating with Ryan, Jenna and Arabella at the park and then went and hung at their house for a bit while the babes played and played some tunes. Here is a clip of Elle and Ara in their costumes rocking out.

This weekend we got to catch up on a bunch of things around the house and generally just relax, which is something we’ve really been looking forward to. On Friday, Brian and I were able to go out on a date night while my mom manned the monitor and tended to her when she woke. It was nice just to hit up a local restaurant that we used to frequent pre-Ellie.  Saturday we packed up the car and headed down to the Doman residence where we were planning on leaving Ellie while we went to my friend Rachel’s 30th birthday party. For some reason Ellie didn’t want to go to bed until after 8:30, so by the time she finally went down, it was too late for us to head out. We just relaxed and watched SNL while having some wine, which was also fantastic. This morning when we got up, we thought it would be fun for Ellie to have at it in the music room. Here is four minutes of Ellie’s show-stopping performance!

I also caught some cool pics this weekend and of course Instagramm’d them up.

Development and Four Month Checkup

They said it was true, but we didn’t believe it in the beginning: time really has flown by! It’s hard to believe Ellie is four months old already.  We just went in for her checkup this morning.  She is in the 80th percentile for height (25.25 inches), 50th percentile for weight (13 lbs, 15.5 oz) and the 50th percentile for dome circumference (40.4 cm).  The doctor said everything looks great and she seems to be developing normally – yay!  When we did the immunization shot today, Ellie didn’t cry AT ALL!  We couldn’t believe it and we were so proud.

Here is a video of her rolling from her front to her back all on her own.  She hasn’t quite done the back to the front yet:

And here is a video of her playing with some toys: