Thursday, May 18, 2017

Photo an Hour | Saturday

I decided over the weekend to record our day by taking a photo every hour. It was fun to take a snap shot of what a typical weekend looks like for us these days. I am sure as Sloane gets bigger the weekends will look dramatically different, but this way I can look back on them and remember. Our weekends already look pretty different compared to before she came. I took these pictures this past Saturday.

6 am
Richard woke up early without an alarm and decided to get ready to go for a run. Shortly after that I fed Sloane.
7 am 
Richard got back from his run around this time. He ran 5 miles total which took a little over an hour.  
8 am
Our Saturday morning routine these last few weeks has been to take a walk to our local Starbucks. It is less than a mile away and instead of loading up Sloane in the car seat, it is much more fun to walk.
9 am
We enjoyed sitting at Starbucks while Sloane ate again and then we walked back towards the house.
10 am
Richard has been using video chat to connect with his friend while his friend works on a paper. Basically it is just a way to help keep each other accountable. He usually watches Sloane and reads his own book at the same time.
11 am 
While Richard is still doing his video chat and holding Sloane, I worked on my blog post for Sloane's birth story. I still have not finished that yet, but I am getting closer.
12 pm
We have plans to go get lunch, so I take time to get ready before feeding Sloane so we can head out the door.
1 pm
Getting out the door takes forever these days, but we finally make it to our lunch destination. We wanted to enjoy sitting on the patio of our favorite restaurant. The weather was beautiful and Sloane was an angel as always.
2 pm
We finished up eating before heading home. Sloane wanted to make sure that pacifier did not fall out.
3 pm
Richard promised to help my sister out with the trunk of her car. Her trunk was stuck shut and they really wanted to have access to it again. Richard is great at this kind of stuff and it was much better than taking it to the dealer to get fixed.
4 pm
Success! Finally opened the trunk!
5 pm
Richard finished putting the car back together and we organized his tools again while my sister put Sloane to sleep. (and I forgot to take a picture at this time...oh well, close enough)

6 pm
We went for a walk, all four of us, around the neighborhood. Richard and I have been walking three miles every day and since my sister was around she joined us.
7 pm
Richard ran to get us all some food while my sister and I stayed home. It was time for Sloane to eat so we could not all run together.
8 pm
We decided to re-watch Big Bang Theory from the begining a few days ago so we enjoyed some of that this evening.

9 pm
Time for Sloane to eat and then we all go to bed! We are usually asleep by 10 pm which is early for a Saturday night, but it is the longest stretch that Sloane will sleep so there is no fighting it. She actually fell asleep by 9:30 tonight and slept until 6 am the next morning! That was the first time she did that for us, but it was pretty amazing!



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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sloane Marie | One Month

Sloane was officially one month old last Saturday! These last few weeks have been a whirlwind, but in the best way possible. I am amazed at how quickly we learned everything our baby girl needs and how fast our bodies adjusted to getting no sleep. Life is so different now, but I could not imagine life without her. She just seems to fit right in with our life and our routine. Already I can see the differences from when she was born and it is so fun. Her skinny little arms and legs are filling out and she is all belly. But, she has the tiniest little waist and booty which makes keeping pants and diapers on her a real problem. She makes the best faces especially when she finishes eating. She definitely knows how to express herself using facial expressions and grunts. Here is a snapshot of our little princess at one month!

Weight: 8 pounds, 4 ounces. At Birth: 5 pounds 6 ounces

Height: 20.5 inches. At Birth: 18.5 inches
^^The picture on the left is from April 10th (the nurse wrote the date wrong). She gained 2 pounds 6 ounces in a little more than 3 weeks.^^
Hair: Light Brown

Eyes: Currently blue! Hoping they stay that way.

Clothes: We bought a few preemie things that fit her best in the begining. At one month, she is just starting to fit most newborn clothes. Some are still big on her depending on the brand.

Diapers: She wore preemie for the first two weeks until we ran out and then she has been wearing newborn since.

Nicknames: Homegirl, Princess, Princess Warrior, Peanut, Pumpkin

Likes:
Being held and being in constant motion
When daddy wears her in the ergo carrier
Her pacifier
Driving in the car
Warm baths
To be part of the action

Dislikes:
Being cold
Her pacifier when she wants to scream. She will get mad if you try to give it to her. But when she calms down a little she goes back to loving her pacifier.
Being hungry or tired
Getting strapped into the carseat
Quiet

Eat: Homegirl loves to eat! I am exclusively breastfeeding right now and we had a very smooth start. She had a little bit of an issue getting a good latch at the begining, but once we figured out how to fix it she has been a nursing champ. She has quite the internal clock and will wake up to eat every three hours during the day. At night, she will sleep a longer stretch so she will go 4 or 5 hours between a feeding.

Sleep: We have a very good sleeper on our hands. She usually falls asleep not long after eating and will sleep a few hours before waking up to eat again. She has an alert period in the morning and a cranky period in the evening. She also loves to fight sleep when you are trying to rock her. She usually needs to be in motion of some kind to fall asleep. Wether that be rocking her in our arms or using the Rock N Play or the Mamaroo. Once she falls asleep, she usually is a heavy sleeper and will stay asleep without issue.

Schedule
9 pm Her last feeding of the night
10 pm Bedtime. She usually gives me her longest sleep stretch until her next feed
2/3 am Wakes to feed and back to sleep
5/6 am Wakes to feed and back to sleep
8/9 am Wakes up to feed
9 am She is usually awake and happy for about an hour during this time
12pm Feed then down for a nap
3 pm Feed then sleep
6 pm Feed then she will be awake for a while and usually crabby when she is awake. Eventually she will fall asleep before waking up around 9 to eat again.

^^Sloane's first bath! After she blewout her diaper, peed on us while changing her and spit up everywhere, we decided she needed her first bath.^^
^^Sloane's first Easter!^^
^^Meeting Great Aunt Holly and Great Grandma aka GG.^^
^^Meeting Uncle Christopher.^^
^^Flying a kite together in the neighborhood.^^
^^Sloane joined us for our weekly lunch date!^^
^^Richard went out of town for two nights so I had some family come into town to help me out. When they all scheduled their travel we thought Sloane would only be a few weeks old, but she ended up being closer to a month old so we were able to explore Dallas a lot more.^^
^^Sloane loved meeting Grandpa Dave, Auntie Erica, Great Aunt Mary, and Great Uncle Mike!^^
^^Wearing Sloane while we went shopping. My first time wearing her since Richard had been wearing her when he was around.^^
^^Eating at the truck yard in Dallas for the first time. She loved the atmosphere and slept right through it. Also, Auntie love in her Auntie shirt. She's lucky to have both of them!^^
^^Auntie Anna holding her. She met her when she was born, but I never got a picture.^^
^^Sloane's first day laying by the pool!^^
^^Grandpa loves spending time with his newest granddaughter!^^

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