Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Cecelia's Newborn Photos

We had Cecelia's newborn session scheduled for one week after her due date but with her coming 5 days early, she ended up being almost 2 weeks old when we had them taken on July 31.  We used Laurel Coffey Photography and again, the pictures were absolutely perfect!  Laurel was so patient and did such a great job even when Cece was fussy for the first 45 minutes or so.  The session took about 3 hours, half of which I was stressing out over because Cece was crying, but you never would've guessed it with how great the photos turned out.  I'm excited to finally be able to post these since Cece's birth announcements went out in the mail last week!

Cecelia's Birth Announcement















Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cecelia at 1 Month

1 month on August 18, 2016

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous to have to go through the newborn stage again because it definitely wasn't my favorite with the Lucy the first time around.  This time however, I've really been trying to soak it all in, partly because I know this is our last baby and everything she does will be the "last" while with Lucy it was always the "first" and also because Cecelia has been just the sweetest baby and has been fairly easy.  I don't know if it's because we've been through this before and I'm not as stressed about everything or if she truly is an easy baby.  I mean, don't get me wrong, she has her fussy moments (typically between 6-8 PM) but for the most part, Cece's very laid back and chill (much like her dad....and I'm pretty sure Lucy takes after me).  She already takes a bottle and pacifier, can nap pretty much anywhere, sleeps either in her crib or rock 'n play at night, is sleeping long stretches and falls right back asleep after eating, and will let anyone hold her.  All of those things were issues we struggled with when Lucy was a newborn.  We've already been out and about quite a bit with Cece and she does well in her car seat and stroller.  The only issue we've had with her is that she spits up...it's definitely not an abnormal amount and she doesn't seem to be uncomfortable but we just have to change clothes (her and ours), sheets, and burp cloths a lot more frequently!  We've also have&nbsp had to clean up quite a few blowouts already too.

Weight: 9 lbs 15 oz; 63rd percentile (at her 1 month appointment on August 23)

Length: 22 inches; 75th percentile (at her 1 month appointment on August 23)

Clothes: Newborn diapers and clothes although we just ran out of newborn diapers within the past couple days and switched her to size 1 diapers

Eating: Breastfeeding has been going well again and doesn't seem as stressful this time around which is probably partly due to doing this a second time and also because Cece already takes a bottle so I'm not as stressed out about not being able to leave her.  I tend to think I have an oversupply because I can feed her and then turn around and pump another 3-4 oz in just a matter of minutes.  It's been nice because I've been pumping once a day and already have 100+ oz. in the freezer. The first couple weeks, Cece was eating about every 1.5-3 hours during the day and 3-5 hours at night.  The past week or so, she's been eating about every 2.5-3 hours during the day (she does cluster feed a few hours before going to bed at night) and then is sleeping straight through the night (anywhere from 8-11 hours) so I'll get up around 4:30 AM to pump.

Sleeping: My big fear with having a second child is that she wouldn't sleep as well as Lucy did at night, who started sleeping 10-11 hours straight at night around 7-8 weeks; however, we somehow ended up with another amazing sleeper!  Cecelia has been even better than Lucy too which I didn't think was possible!  She naps well during the day, typically taking 3-4 naps that last around 1-2 hours each, and then will go to bed at night around 9:00-9:30 PM and has been sleeping 8-11 hours straight!  I definitely don't think she's such a good sleeper on our account or because of anything we did because even that first week at home, she was only ever waking up twice at night and already going 3-4 hours in between night time feedings.  In fact, the first night we were home we actually had to wake her up!  During her naps, Cece will typically sleep in the swing or bouncy seat (just because they're both downstairs and that's where I am most of the time) and then in the evening, we keep switching her between the crib and rock 'n play.  She sleeps well in both (which should hopefully making transitioning her out of the rock 'n play a lot easier) but she tends to spit up after her last feeding before bed so we sometimes prefer the rock 'n play since it sits more upright.  We also swaddle her at night.  Another thing that has been so great with Cece is that she can already fall asleep on her own (not all the time but there have been multiple occasions where we'll lay her down at night or even for a nap when she's still awake and will fall asleep on her own) and also she was pretty easy to put back down at night after she'd wake up to eat.  Lucy would just cry for hours on end those first 6 weeks at night and Cece doesn't make a peep.

Likes: Eating & sleeping

Dislikes: Being gassy or having trouble going to the bathroom, when Lucy gets a little too close for comfort

Milestones: Met lots of family & friends in her first month, well visit with pediatrician, first time in stroller, umbilical cord fell off at 7 days old, first bath at home, took her first bottle, first trip to the pool & Zoombezi Bay, and becoming more alert & aware of her surroundings





Sunday, August 21, 2016

5 Year Anniversary

Yesterday, Todd & I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary.  I remember thinking back when we got married that we would do some big trip for our 5th anniversary, like Hawaii, but it ended up being the most low-key anniversary to date, which I was actually totally fine with.  I mean, we didn't even exchange presents. We also didn't have anyone lined up to watch the kids (I was hesitant to have our high school baby sitter watch both a toddler and a newborn) and my parents are on vacation so we ended up having dinner at Red Robin with the kids.  Definitely not the most romantic or relaxing dinner but Lucy was well-behaved and Cecelia slept the whole time so that's a win in my book.  I guess we can always go to Hawaii for our 10 year anniversary, right?

Our wedding day on August 20, 2011

1 year anniversary in Savannah

2 year anniversary (and 8 months pregnant with Lucy!)

3 year anniversary

4 year anniversary

5 year anniversary (had to use the self-timer on the camera)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Another Week Down...

So I'm winding up my 5th week off on maternity leave (how am I already almost halfway through??) and my 3rd week on my own and I have to say, this week was the best so far out of those 3 weeks I've been on my own with both girls.  Last week was a bit hit or miss with Lucy (you never know when she's going to have a meltdown) so we had a couple really rough days where I was ready to go back to work.  This week though has been a different story.  Some days, we just hung out at home and others we ventured out for a few hours.  The only day that didn't go as planned was on Wednesday when Todd had taken a half day so we could go to the Clippers game at noon but of course, it was raining so we didn't end up going and Todd just worked at home the rest of the day.  The one bright side of Wednesday though was that my friend Sara ended up stopping by last minute with her daughter for a little bit in the morning to meet Cece and so the girls could play together.  It was awesome to catch up with her.

Lucy playing with Cecelia on Monday morning before we had friends over for a playdate

Nap time snuggles with my littlest while the big girl napped upstairs

Snoozing in the bouncy seat

We stopped by my work on Tuesday and then as a special treat, we went next door to the Anthony Thomas Candy Company factory so Lucy could pick out something and we ended up getting free Buckeye samples

Staring contest

On Thursday, my parents took Lucy to the zoo for a few hours in the morning and she was able to see the baby polar bear, Nora, before she leaves for another zoo in a couple weeks

Surfing at the new play area by the aquarium

This is what nap time looks like some days...half the time I have to wear Cece in the carrier so I can read Lucy a book before nap time and then they both usually fall asleep and I can put Cece in the swing or bouncy seat for the rest of her nap (and yes, Lucy is wearing a neck pillow)

Jeni's ice cream after dinner on Thursday

and we walked over to Cruz Candy to put a wish on the wishing tree (we're in trouble because Lucy wished for a pony)

This morning, we drove down to Goodale Park to play, have lunch at the North Market, and then stopped by Short North Piece of Cake to pick up our anniversary cake for tomorrow (5 years already!).

We were the only ones at the park

She loved this bouncy teeter tot

Going down the slide

We walked around the park a bit and Lucy found this gazebo which she turned into her stage and put on a show for me & Cece

Afterwards, we walked over to the North Market for lunch (Lucy eating mid-bite)

She can be a handful some days (aren't all toddlers?) but I love this girl more every day

Lunching with my girls

Prior to a major blowout and outfit change (see, it isn't always rainbows & butterflies)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Summer Weekend with Friends & Family

This past weekend seemed to fly by in the blink of an eye...and speaking of flying by, so is my maternity leave!  I can't believe Cece will be 1 month tomorrow and I'm already 1/3 through my leave.  Anyways, we started our weekend by going to a Touch-a-Truck event at the Polaris mall on Saturday morning.  Even though the event itself was pretty disappointing and there were hardly any trucks, we had fun hanging out with friends and Lucy & Olive managed to stay entertained especially once we made our way inside the mall to the play area.

Lucy peeking out the window of a SWAT truck

The view from the outside

Todd & Lucy climbing out the top of the truck

Lynn & I hanging out with our babies in the strollers

Can't pass up an ice cream sandwich!

Olive & Lucy climbing in the play area at the mall

Always has to sit on the lion

My girls

Todd's family came into town later on Saturday afternoon (our nephew & niece hadn't met Cecelia yet) so we hung out at our house for a few hours before heading to downtown Powell for dinner at Local Roots.  Thank god the food and company were great because the restaurant was extremely hot and the service was pretty lousy (which was our first bad experience with that there, typically everything is fantastic!).  We didn't get home until almost 9:00 PM so it was straight to bed for Lucy & Cece.

Todd's parents stayed with us that night and my sister-in-law's family stayed at a hotel so they met us back at our house on Sunday.  The original plan was to go to the zoo but of course, it finally decided to actually rain (we've hardly had any rain recently) so we nixed those plans and instead went out to lunch and hung out at our house.  The kids, mainly Lucy and our niece, didn't seem to mind and found plenty of things and toys to play with at our house.  It's nice when they come because Lucy has someone to play with!  It was hard to believe it was already 5:30 PM on Sunday when they packed up and left--the day just flew by!  Hoping we'll get a chance to see some of them again before Lucy's 3rd birthday party in a couple months.

Taking selfies with MaMa

The girls with MaMa & PaPa

Sleepy girl

Holding their newest cousin

Lucy posing on her chair

She insisted on her & Cece wearing their matching Big Sister/Little Sister shirts but Cece wasn't really feeling it

Maybe a few kisses will calm her down...

or not

First picture with MaMa & PaPa and all of their grandkids!