Thursday, July 2, 2009

Things looking up

I don't notice Abbie getting much bigger physically, although I'm sure she is, but I definitely notice LOTS of other changes in her. She is MUCH more alert now when she's awake. If I sit or lay her down, she will follow me with her eyes as I move around the room. She's just starting to smile. I'm still not 100% sure if she knows she's smiling, but when I get close to her face and talk to her, sometimes she grins. And she does this ADORABLE thing where she wrinkles up her little nose and shows her top gum. I need to catch it on film so you all can see. Too cute. This morning when she woke up she was all smiles.

Hanging with Daddy after her bath. (I could be biased, but I think she's starting to look more like me.)

Daddy gives her about 2 oz of formula a day, so he can have some feeding/bonding time with her. I've been shocked though, at how easily breastfeeding came to us. I was expecting it to be much more difficult due to latch issues and supply issues, etc, but we really haven't had any problems. (Knock on wood.) I'm not sure nipple confusion exists since she had her first bottle and pacifier in the hospital and we've never had any issue with her breastfeeding or taking a bottle. I guess we lucked out on the nursing end of things, but she made up for it in the sleeping end of things so no worries. =)

Usually she loves to be worn. My carrier of choice is our mei tai (the colorful carrier in one of my previous blogs). It's so easy to strap that thing on and carry her around. It makes me feel strong when I wear her for some reason. Not physically strong, but like powerful strong I guess. Like I can still have my baby close to me and yet get things done around the house or go grocery shopping. This picture is her in the Moby wrap. We usually use this one around the house since it's much more complicated to get her into and out of it than the mei tai. I am going to get another mei tai one of these days though, so I can have one for the house and one for the car.

This picture is a little dark, but it's one of my favorites. She's getting so good at holding her head up.

About a week ago she started getting baby acne. While it looks TERRIBLE, it doesn't seem to bother her much and everyone is telling me it doesn't last long. I sure hope not because I hate her poor face looking like this.

Time to feed her again. Hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July!


Elsbit said...

I see both of you in her. She is super cute! I love that one of her in the boppy gazing at you and the camera! And look those little chubber cheeks and chin in the acne pic! Did you get the roly poly baby as you wished? LOL I bet she will kill you one day for posting that picture of her! ;)

Anonymous said...

I LOVE my ERGO carrier now that Luca is bigger. The shoulder straps are super comfy. There is a nice pocket for wallet and keys. It also has a cute head cover that I pull up for sun coverage or when he falls asleep to hold his head from bobbing around. Getting ready to figure out how to get him onto my back one of these days without assistance. Johanna

Erin said...

Hi Monica! It's Erin (Mark's cuz)! I've been following your blog for a little while, and FINALLY got myself a personal blog here at blogger! I added you to Friend Connect! 'lil Abbie Blue is BE-U-TI-FUL! I think she looks a lot like you, with a little bit of mark so far! But I guess we'll really see when she gets older!! I love seeing pictures of her and always look forward to your posts! Say "Hi" to Mark for me and a kiss for Abbie! -Erin