Nov 18, 2009

4 Months Old!

Four Months!

C turned 4 months old. FOUR MONTHS! It sounds so old to me. I can't believe it. Month three flew by faster than any of the other months. I think it's cause we were gone for so much of it! In the last month we've been all over! And even when we've been home, we've been REALLY busy!

I've been meaning to blog for awhile, so this will be a bit of a catch up post as well! First things first, C had her 4 month check up on Monday, and passed with flying colors. Here are the stats:

Weight: 15.2 lbs (82-83%)
Height: 24.5 in (60%)
Head Circumfrence: 16.5 in (76%)

So, she's doing great! :) We love her so much!! She's started regularly waking up happy, content to play in her crib for a bit. (Which is awesome, since she is a TOTAL cat napper!) We did a bit of "baby bootcamp" as I call it, because she was so messed up from our t
ravels. She now sleeps through the night (usually 12 hrs!). I'm still hoping for some longer naps at some point, but for now, her short naps aren't affecting her night sleep, so i guess she's getting enough!
Happy to be headed home! (in the airport!)
She's also learned to blow bubbles/rasberries in the last week or so. She's only kind of doing it, but it's super cute. And, on Friday she rolled over from her tummy to her back. I of course tried to catch this feat on video, and of course, she hasn't done it again since!


We made a trip to Chicago, IL to see C's (and mine!) first Penn State game. We got to hang out with lots of friends which was awesome. Best of all, Penn State won! Woohoo! We even got C to meet the Nittany Lion!

We came back from Chicago to a full house! My college roommate and good friend Jenny and her husband and son came to visit us. They were up checking out Gordon-Conwell Seminary. We're hopeful that that will be their pick-- we'd love for them to be closer than VA! :) It was great fun having them visit. Aaron is very handy (actually, so is Jenny, but she was busy with the baby on this trip! :) and he helped us install/fix 2 ceiling fans and 2 light fixtures! We are SO thankful, because we probably would've electrocuted ourselves in the process! So he saved us a lot of money in hospital, as well as electrician bills! :)

Now it's nap time! :)

Nov 4, 2009

Tiny Socks and other preciousness...


...and now!

My baby outgrew her socks. (Like 3 weeks ago, but give me a break, I've been busy. I've been cooking this blog post for awhile!) I could handle it when i realized she'd outgrown her newborn clothes... I mean, she was a big baby, made sense she'd out grow her clothes fast. But Socks? How did she get big enough to out grow socks?? I can't handle it. She is NOT allowed to do that! So now she is in 3-6 months socks, and I refuse to believe she will outgrow these. She.will.not.

It was funny, as i discussed this horrible fact (sock-outgrowing) with a mom at church, she said it's funny how everything suddenly becomes precious. like socks. there is certainly nothing precious about B's socks, or my own socks.... but C's? her socks are soooooo precious! anything pint sized is precious. and even when i change her... okay, well, that isnt so precious! Seriously though, I've never been this nostalgic. Sure, I was a little sad to leave college, for example, but mostly excited to be moving forward. Same with moving to and back from Colorado... Even getting married, I wasn't NEARLY as emotional as being a Mother has made me. I'm such a sap now! I cry so much more easily. If you haven't read the book Love you, Forever, you should! But beware, you'll probably cry. It's a tad creepy, if you stop and think about it, but the sentiment is so sweet. When I read it to my little baby, (who, incidentally, is usually busy looking ANYWHERE but the book) I seriously cry. every.time. it's so sweet. The old me would've thought it was sweet, but wouldn't tear up. Now Mum must bring the tissues when she reads that book! (Thanks, Beth!)

As I watch her while she nurses, when we play on the change table (she LOVES being naked!), or when she's in her swing or bouncer, I wonder if I will always have this kind of love for her. I imagine I won't ALWAYS dote on her so adoringly... she WILL be a teenager someday, after all... Do our parents still look at us with that kind of love? Or is it different? Maybe someday I'll go back to this post and think, "yup, i still love you like that!" I hope so. (In the very least, I'll come back to this and think, "alright, you rotten teenager, I loved you like that once, I can do it again, as i ground you for life...").

My dad pointed out to me how amazing it is that the human race has survived....Human babies need parental care so much more than other mammals... I mean, after about 8 weeks or so, kittens, puppies... they can (for the most part) survive on their own. But human babies? I don't think a 5 week old would last too long on their own! Makes you wonder if evolution is a valid theory, when you look at it from that way... Personally, I think God made babies so adorable and our love for them so deep (truly, to an unfathomable depth is how much we love her!) so that we will wake up with them multiple times a night, walk hallways, bounce, whatever to get them to sleep...We will smile, talk in goofy voices about goofy things, all to elicit a beautiful smile. Truly, survival of the human race, in my opinion, is based in the deep love that is supernaturally given to us by God.

And when i was pondering THAT thought, I realized, and how much more my Heavenly Father must love me. He DOES look at me with that same adoring, unfathomable love that I have for C. But his love is even MORE deep and pure. While my love probably WILL fail C at sometime... sometime I probably will lose my patience with her... God's love for me, for C, for all of us... He will never lose patience. He loves us in our darkest times... and for that, I'm overwhelmed with thankfulness.