Tuesday, April 24, 2012

2 Weeks.

Emma Kate, you are 2 weeks old today.

You are perfect in every way, little one.
You have 3 favorite activities: sleeping, eating and pooping.
Your least favorite activities are getting your diaper changed, being lathered with lotion, and 
being the slightest bit delayed when it comes to getting your meal or snack. You are very much like your sister was when it comes to eating - you don't play around. When you're hungry, you're hungry and you'll root around and suck on just about anything when you're tummy's rumbling.

You had a sponge bath one night last week and you didn't make a peep.
You stared at us like you were wondering what was going on, but you never cried.
After I washed your hair it curled up into teeny tiny curls. I think you will have your sister's hair.

You are wearing size 1 diapers (and have been since the day you were born) 
and newborn size clothes. You can still fit into some of your premie gowns too. Hard to believe.
You had your first professional photos taken this past Saturday at Aldridge Botanical Gardens by our friend Volree. You behaved best out of all 3 kiddos. Not surprising. :)
And you looked precious in your pink dressy outfit.
Here are you and sister and Mom after the pictures. You were pooped.

You are still giving us the sweetest smiles in your half-asleep state and some funny faces too.
You even gave me one good 'awake' smile last week and it was hilarious. I know it wasn't on purpose but it made me laugh anyway. You look like a little Asian baby.

You are still a fan of the paci when you are tired but you'll spit it out once you're good and asleep.
And you will only take the Nuk pacifier so far, which is coincidentally the brand that our hospital gives out now (it used to be Soothie I think), so we snatched a few from there thanks to our nurses.

You eat every 2-3 hours during the day. You took your first bottle on Saturday at the gardens and did just fine. You will only drink out of a Dr. Brown's bottle. I tried the Tommy Tippee one as well as the Walmart bottle and you would not have it. But the Dr. Brown's worked fine for you.

You are giving me 4-5 hour stretches of sleep at night, although 2 nights this past week you just could not get comfortable unless you were sleeping right beside Mommy. I think I could've been laying on the hardwood floor and you would've been more comfortable beside me than in your comfy bassinet.
It's ok though, I don't mind sleeping with you.

You are still getting bad hiccups if you're laid down flat. Boo. Most of the time holding you and patting your back will make them go away. You do not like the hiccups one bit.

You seem to focus better with your eyes now and you are giving us the stare-down more often.

You met some new friends and family this past week -

Your great grandaddy Ace came to visit on Monday night.
Auntie Sara, Charlotte and Marmee came on Tuesday, 
as well as your cousins Annsley and Ann Marie.
 Aunt Kristi and Uncle Brad and cousins Courtney and Braxton this past Friday.
You met cousins Brooks and Case on Sunday night!

We love you so much, baby girl, and we thank God for you every single day.
He is so good.

Here is a slideshow I put together of some of my favorite pictures from the hospital and the past couple weeks at home. The song is Nichole Nordeman's "You Are Good," one of my very favorites.

When the sun starts to rise and I open my eyes, You are good.
In the heat of the day with each stone that I lay, You are so good.
With every breath I take in, I'll tell you I'm grateful again.
When the moon climbs high before each kiss good night, You are good.
So how can I thank you? What can I bring?
What can these poor hands lay at the feet of a King?
So I'll sing you this love song - it's all that I have
To tell you I'm grateful for holding my life in your hands...
You are holding my life in your hands.

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