Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Too fast. 12-28-16

It went by way.too.fast.
Everyone told me - don't blink.
I did try. I tried to savor every minute. I actually got mad at Dean when he didn't seem to be doing that.
We took pictures, tried to pay attention to every second of every day to make sure we knew the next new thing about her.

But it went by way too fast.

She's a toddler. And I don't like her any less - I still find it amazing to watch her and It upsets me when I don't get to spend time with her - but I miss baby Alexandra. As much as the idea of not being able to travel somewhere new and exciting upset me when I thought of having a baby, this might have been one of the most exciting journeys yet: watching Alexandra go from a tiny sucker and pooper to a curious and captivating little toddler. Her first year of life might have been one of the most exciting years of my life. I wish I had been better about writing things down.

Valeria 3 12-28-16

At around 3 weeks she actually began opening her eyes and spending some time awake and alert.

At around 4 to 5 weeks she began holding her head up when not trying to find food.

At her 1 mo checkup she was still smaller than Alexandra was at birth. But heavier.
Alley      at birth 21in and 7lb 3oz
Valley at 1 mo 20.5in and 8lb 6oz

Still very much a crier, but only wakes up once at night to nurse - at around midnight.

My babies probably know that night feedings are not worth it since I don't stay up long enough to feed them properly.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Valeria 2 - 12-11-16

She has a dimple. At least one kid in this family has some of my genes. 
She doesn't smile as much as Alexandra did. Lots of ugly faces. A few smiles. Tiny eyes. 
She sleeps a lot. 
She takes her time nursing and is very gentle. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Lennon 12-09-16

This morning Alexandra saw my Beatles mug and started pointing to J. Lennon's face and saying "Dadda!"

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Valéria 1 - 12/08/16

At 2 weeks Valéria finally opened her eyes and kept them open when she was not looking for food. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Bottle

Alexandra still drinks from a nursing bottle sometimes. She's now back to drinking breast milk. And she likes it. 
She also understands that she needs to angle the bottle when she's not getting anything. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Lil sister et al.

She's mesmerized by her little sister. Bebé. Nonononono. 

She wants to touch her and carry her and pat her. 

She also wants to crawl into hers sisters bassinet and Moses. 

She says bé for ball, she does high fives, and kicks a soccer ball. She came up with her own sign for tooth brushing. She can ask for more and for food in sign language.