Hope: 3 months

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Hope is a quarter of a year old already! She's had a BIG month. She celebrated her first St. Patrick's Day and her first Easter; earned her "wings" by flying for the first time (and did great!), and took her first trip to my hometown of Okeechobee, FL where she met her great-grandpa Red and lots of other family members! She her tenotomy surgery for her foot and handled it like a champ, opened up a savings account, and found her thumb which has replaced her pacifier most of the time. Hope started sleeping though the night regularly about two weeks ago (hallelujah!) and is still following a good routine, though naps are not as attractive to her as they once were. She has fallen out of love with the Mamaroo but the Rock and Play continues to satisfy; she despises being bottle fed and made to burp! She's grown out of newborn clothes but most 3 month clothes are still a little big on her petite frame. She coos and oohs and ahhs at us all the time, and makes our hearts swell with all the smiling she does! She is so much fun. Happy 3 months, Hope Annette! 

First St. Pat's!

We love playing dress up at home and staging photo shoots (or maybe that's just mom!)

Hope was so brave for her tenotomy for her club foot! She did so great with fasting beforehand, dealing anesthesia and recovery. It was a very long night spent in the hospital afterward but she did so, so well!

Hope had her first Easter! Love dressing this baby up! 

Easter morning - not impressed with what the Easter bunny brought...

Bonnet baby! 

She discovered her thumb, minimizing the need for her Wubanub at bedtime!

Baby girl had her first flying experience! She barely made a peep the whole time - we were very proud and extremely relieved! 

She took her first trip to my hometown and got to meet my grandpa. Here's 4 generations! 
And no trip to Okeechobee is complete without a family gathering and a stop at the family farm office! 

We were honored to share Hope's story at the Okeechobee Pregnancy Center's fundraiser. So grateful we chose life for this little miracle baby! 

She loves to "talk" to me when she's on the changing table! 

This past week, she got her last cast (hopefully last one ever!) off and got her boots and bar (BNB) on. From here, she will wear her BNB for 23 hours a day for 3 months, then will go to just naps and nighttime. So proud of this brave, string little girl! 

Month by month! 

Hope: 2 months

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Hope is 2 months old already! At her 2 month wellness check this morning, she did great (even for the shots!). She weighs 9lb 6oz (with her cast), which is in the 8th percentile, and is 21.5in long which is in the 12th percentile - so she's small but we knew that! This month has been another mix of emotion. Watching her figure stuff out is so much fun, from observing a toy to smiling at Penny. We're still pretty tired, but she routinely gives us a stretch of about 5 hours of sleep at night and is a good schedule follower like her mama! It just about broke my heart when she got her first cold and had the most pitiful little stuffy nose, but I was glad she got sick for the first time while I'm still home with her and I had time to learn things like how to take a rectal temperature! ;) We're finding our rhythm with nursing though we've had our share of challenges, like finding out she was tongue-tied at 5 weeks old and having to have her tongue released. All in all, this has been the most wonderful two months of my life. I have a feeling I'm going to say this every month!

She loves playtime on her playmat! Her favorite toy of all is her Baby Einstein music you. (It's a lifesaver!)

She got casts #3, 4, 5 on and off and currently has cast #6! Her little foot is looking great and we're preparing for her minor procedure very soon. 

She made some new friends at play dates (while the mommies had mimosas!).

She weathered her first cold, which earned her her first sick visit to the doctor, a bunch of labs, and a mild fever. After 8 miserable days of congestion, baby girl was feeling better and so was mommy! 

Hope had her first overnight trip, which was to her Mimi and Pop's house in Aiken. While there, she watched her first golf tournament and cheered the guys on to victory! 

She is smiling at us everyday - the BEST feeling in the world! She's starting to make some cooing noises and communicate with us in ways other than crying. Oh how I love those sweet little noises! 

Another month has come and gone - it seems impossible that I gave birth two months ago! What a wonderful time this has been. So in love with you, Hope! I love being your mama! 

Month over month:

Hope: 1 month

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Hope is one month old today! I can't believe I became a mommy a month ago. What a crazy roller coaster of emotions this little girl has brought into our lives: from the pure joy and relief of her first breath, to tears shed over nursing (it's hard, y'all!), to laughter and amusement at her many facial expressions. She is a delight and my dream come true. 

Highlights from her first month:
She was discharged from the NICU so she could go home from the hospital the same time as mommy! 

She met her sisters Penny and Ellie - and Penny won't leave her side! 

She conquered the bili light and jaundice by the time she was 9 days old! 

She had her first bath and is learning to like it...sort of.

She took her first outing (other than doctors' visits) to Target, naturally (fastest Target run ever.)

She can hold her head up very well and looks around a lot. 

She's spent lots of time with all her grandparents. 

She met her great-grandparents who made a special trip from FL to see her. 

She met her Aunt Lesley and other friends who came to see her. 

She can sleep up to five hours at a time at night (though not often!) and already sleeps in her crib in her room. And she had a love/hate relationship with swaddling!

She's a good eater and loves to nurse! She surpassed her birth weight at about 10 days old. 

She is starting to enjoy some of her toys but does not love tummy time!

She got her first cast on and off and now has her second cast as part of the treatment for her club foot. It doesn't faze her a bit! 

She can bring her hands together and is starting to use them more and more. 

She smiled (while awake) for the first time at her mommy on 2/13/16.

She celebrated her first Valentine's Day! 

If this month is any indication of how fast time will fly from here on out, it's terrifying but exciting. Love you so much baby girl: watching you grow each day is a joy and a privelege. 

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