Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sister time

We've started putting Adara in Emily's room for naps and the first part of the night. Emily loves having her sister share her room and has been doing a great job going to bed quietly. I'm a little concerned about her climbing into the crib and hurting Adara... but when supervised, aren't they cute?

Adara was finishing up her nap after our walk the other day, and Emily decided to help her wake up by reading to her.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cow sweatshirt

Adara - 6 weeks

I love this little sweater! It doesn't seem like all that long ago that Emily was wearing it!

Emily - 7(?) weeks

Monday, November 21, 2011

Moose Mountain

(Becky was with us too - she's taking the picture.)

One of my very favorite things about living where we do is that we are about 1/2 mile away from the Appalachian Trail. How many places can you live where you can sneak in a hike up a mountain in between baby's feedings?? The Saturday before last we met up with some friends from our small group and went up Moose Mountain. There was a light dusting of snow on the ground when we started, and it was a picture perfect November day. Our expectations were low, but we did make it to the top. Emily was a great little hiker (and spent about half the time in the backpack carrier) and Adara slept the entire time in the ergo. It was one of my favorite days since Adara was born.

When Emily was exactly this age (just shy of 6 weeks), Becky & I took her to her 1st Phillies game. That kind of urban adventure seems very far away right now!

Friday, November 11, 2011

We've been trying to get out for family walks as often as we can while the nice weather lasts! It is so beautiful around here right now.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

One Month

Adara turned one month old yesterday. I put away all the newborn size clothes that are getting tight and felt that pang of realizing she's past the tiny tiny stage. So fast! :( She marked the occasion with her first cold (courtesy of big sister) and first slightly longer stretch of nighttime sleep (of course I didn't go to bed early enough to take advantage of it, but hopefully there will be more to come!). Adara is really an easy baby, generally content. Doesn't fuss in the tub, or during tummy time. She's bit of a spitter, so we're learning what burp clothes are for! She's started giving some social smiles. She's starting to be more alert, but still can't stay awake more than about 1.5 hours. She is super noisy - constantly making little grunts, squeaks and gurgles (I think she sounds like a baby elephant, Alasdair says baby hawk.)

Emily continues to adjust to our newest family member, acting out less and showing more interest in holding and smiling at Adara. Granny Groves is here to visit this weekend - a great way to celebrate one month. Today was the first day we've cooked dinner since Adara was born - we have been well taken care of by family & friends!

In big sister news - we learned this week that Emily is in the subset of children whose response to Benadryl isn't drowsiness but hyperactivity. After a few disastrous nights & naps, we figured out the problem and have switched to a homeopathic cold medicine which seems to work much better! We also learned that Emily can climb into the crib (which is still set up in her room)... which makes me a little nervous for Adara's safety once she moves in there!

A few more shots from today's photo shoot...

Thursday, November 3, 2011

1st bottle

I let Emily feed Adara her 1st bottle yesterday, and she was soo excited. It's the longest she's held Adara & the most engaged she's been with her, and she was very proud of herself. :) You can't see in this picture, but she was grinning the whole time.

A few other recent sweet sister moments from the other day...
I had Adara propped up in a big chair next to me & Emily on my lap, and Adara was just giving her big sister smile after smile. Later, both girls were laying on my bed and E was "doing the Adara dance" (mimicking how A flailed her arms & legs).