Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Four Months

Four months old! That's one third of the first year! Our little baby Q is changing so much each week. She actually turned four months on Monday, but I delayed this post because I wanted to wait until after her well visit to the doctor to give accurate statistics on her height and weight. She is now 13 pounds, 13 ounces and 25 inches tall. She is also very strong. She loves standing up, loves pulling her mother's hair, and will soon be all over my glasses, luckily she can't quite get them yet. This past weekend we brought out her exersaucer to see how that would go. She is still a little small, but I'm sure she will have it totally mastered in no time.

Quinn has had a lot of big changes this month. First she stayed home without either of us during the day, and then the biggest change, she started going to her babysitter. We are on week three of her at daycare and things seem to be going very well. We are very thankful for the situation that found us this year (more on this later), and Quinn seems to be happy each day! It's been as smooth a transition as we could hope for. In addition to daycare, Quinn also started swim lessons. Mostly she is concerned with watching the other babies and trying to drink the water. This is totally typical of her personality...she needs to know everything that's going on. She's nosey! In addition to her curiosity she is happy and sweet, and loves to smile and laugh.

She's always been a talker and has added blowing bubbles and some serious screeches to her daily language. She is still sleeping through the night on most nights, but is not the best napper. Hopefully napping will eventually fall back into place. She is also trying very hard to roll from back to tummy, but I think her head is just a little too heavy to flip over. She loves playing with her toys, grabbing them, holding them, and now everything has to go in her mouth. Other milestones reached include finding her feet, surviving a blizzard, headlining in a Pat Collins news story, and being baptized.

It's been an eventful month, but we know it will only continue to get more exciting as she grows. We are looking forward to exploring some solids in the near future, spring break, more swimming, and whatever else this month decides to surprise us with! We love you, Q!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Life Lately

It has been so long since I have had a minute to write a post. Today we have a SNOW DAY, so I am making time to get this post done. We have had a lot go down in the past three weeks. All good things, really. We have just been so busy.

Right after I went back to work, Matt took his paternity leave, then his parents came to keep Quinn for a week (also the week I had off for the craziest snow storm I've ever seen), then we had my aunt come to stay with us the following week. All of this to delay Quinn going to daycare as long as we could. We decided this even before we decided what we were doing for childcare. So basically we have been slowly transitioning to our new normal over the last month. The transition has honestly been so smooth, and so wonderful. I am so thankful for Matt having leave, and for the family that helped us out for a few weeks. Quinn started at her babysitter last Monday and that has been pretty seamless as well. I plan to write a similar 'Day in the Life' post to the one I wrote while on maternity leave in December.

At the end of January we went to Pittsburgh for the weekend and had Quinn baptized at the church where we were married. We were so lucky to have both of our families be able to be there. We also got to meet our nephew and Quinn's 'little' cousin. They were born just four weeks apart.

This past weekend we started swim class with baby Q. When my aunt was in town we went to dinner and our waiter told us about a free (until six months) baby swim class. I called to see about weekend availability and they were able to get her in just a week and a half later. We had a lot of fun on Sunday, and Quinn did pretty well too, she was either happy and/or kind of unfazed by the whole thing. So far, I think they teach the babies to kick and how to swim to and grab on to the wall of the pool. I'm already really looking forward to next week!

Hopefully now that we are settling into our new routine, I will have time to update more as things are happening. Next week Quinn will already be four months old! So hard to believe.