Saturday, January 29, 2011

Two Months Old

Bryony looks a lot like Abigail at this age, minus the crazy hairstyle:

And this picture doesn't show it but where she differs is in size. She's huge! For comparisons sake; Abigail was born 3 days late at a healthy 7lbs 12oz. At two months old, she was 1.5lbs bigger weighing 9lbs 2oz. Bryony, on the other hand, born 3 weeks early and starting out at only 6lbs 12oz, just checked into her 2mth appt at 11lbs 3oz. Yes, she has gained 4.5 lbs and is 2lbs more than Abby at the same age! As mentioned before, I'm so proud. Instead of a baby born at 50th percentile and quickly dropping to 10th, I have one born at 10th who quickly fed her way to 50th :) 

my chunky monkey!

She is still a handful in the evenings and pushes our patience to it's limits with her colicky fussiness. It's hard because you can see your baby is obviously uncomfortable and there seems to be nothing you can do for her but listen to the crying :( Jake even tried driving her around in the car last night to calm her down and that resulted in an even bigger headache: he forgot to close the garage door behind him when he got back, so this morning we woke to discover golf clubs, bike and brand-new snowboarding gear gone! Not a good start to the weekend :( He spent the morning on the phone filing a police report and an insurance claim and we cursed the bad people of the world together. Luckily the girls cheered him up this afternoon with their adorable sisterhood. Especially Abigail reading her Body book to Bryony, check out the video:

it's a good job she's this flippin' CUTE!


Saturday, January 15, 2011

About Bryony

So far, I've posted lots of pictures of Bryony but not stopped to talk about her. Where to start?

Well, firstly I'm patting myself on the back for doing a great job breast-feeding. I struggled with Abigail (clueless first-timer) and armed myself with more information this time. And, unlike Abby, I now have a big fat healthy baby! It's a great feeling to watch her grow so well off of my efforts. I am pumping at work and so far staying ahead of her which is not easy because she likes to feed all the time, night and day.

Which brings me to sleep. Hmm. She likes to get up to feed. Abigail was a sleeper. Bryony is an eater. I am learning how to function on a lot less sleep than I'd like and haven't slept more than a 5hr stretch since the last trimester of pregnancy. But there are signs that she's getting it! She is now able to sleep 7:30pm to about 3am, then it's usually 5:30am or 6am. That's pretty good for a baby, right? Just not so easy for her working mother ;)

Other that that, there's not much to report yet! She is just now starting to smile at us. It is the first sign that she's about to make the leap from heavy blob that eats, sleeps, cries and poos to an actual personality and I can't wait! Despite some rough evenings (colicky inconsolable fussiness right about 5pm), I am head over heels in love with Bryony. She has already captured my heart like I didn't think anyone but her older sister could. I want to stop time - stop her from turning two months next week, and stop both of them from this rush to grow that they both seem determined to do. And even though I'm thoroughly excited to watch Bryony do all the things Abby did, plus watch the relationship between the two, I'm having so much fun with her NOW. Stop rushing ahead Bryony. Just enjoy infancy for a while :)

Random Pictures

Since I'm getting all caught up and closing 2010 here, I'm posting my first Random Pictures post where I'm throwing in some odds & ends for fun.

another Saturday ballet morning

not sure where or when but a great picture of my parents

Bryony getting huge already

Abby as Lady Gaga (oh my)

Morgan's Christmas picture

Christmas in Ojai

We came home from Christmas in California with 122 pictures. Grandma and Aunty Milly went overboard this year and were beyond excited to meet & spoil Bryony. Abigail and Morgan had a blast together. It was definitely a special Christmas this year and hard to choose which of the 122 I should post!

baking cookies to leave out for Santa

Milly's Martha Stewart skills

Christmas Eve at the Neiderhisers: Tayten, Jayci, Abigail & Morgan

ah, sweet new niece

still the most handsome dad in the world

Christmas Morning!! Do you think ....

she was ....

excited??!?! :)

top gifts: Giraffe Pillow Pet

and a guitar

far too much excitement for a five-week old

first attempt at a family picture

second attempt

ok, forget it

the Hollands & the Madonnas

hanging out waiting while mummy breastfeeds again

first bath together

and when we got home to Phoenix - one more gift, from nanna & grandad!

One Month Old

One special thing we did with Abigail was take a monthly photo every month for her first year, next to the same sign and on the same chair every 23rd. It was great to see the growth & change. I printed them all and have them in a small plastic album. While pregnant with Bryony, I made sure to pick up another one to do the same with her. Here's her first entry, December 20th 2010:

And, just as comparison, here's Abigail's first from April 23rd 2007:

Jake at Christmas

I shouldn't have posted below that maternity leave was 100% baby-time, I should have said 90% or something. We did get to do Christmas-season activities, mostly because Jake forced them upon us, ha ha. Christmas is his absolute favourite time of year and no breastfeeding, sleeping, pooping, newborn excuse was going to stop him!

with his girls - hard to get Bryony to look at a camera, that's a challenge when you cannot yet hold your own head up

making a gingerbread house

the finished house - little candies kept 'disappearing' off the roof throughout December

and we did get some Starbucks time, right before we saw the lights at the train park

daddy loves Christmas!