Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hollis is 1 Month Old!

Wow! What an amazing month this has been. Zann and I are just in awe of our baby girl. We feel like she has been a part of our lives forever.What I can't believe is how much she has grown in a month.

We spent her first five days being spoiled at Hirslanden hospital where we spent our time just looking at our new baby.

My Mom and Dad were here for the next five days and they just fell in love with Mary Hollis. We had a very relaxing week with them with a few outings.

My mom stayed for the next 10 days and good thing she did because I became a little bit under the weather. She was super woman and did all of our cooking, cleaning, and took care of Hollis at night. I don't know what I would have done with out her.

We have since adjusted great to being a family of three and every day bring something new and exciting that Hollis has done.

Hollis, here is what you have been up to in your first month.
- You like to be on your tummy at some points during the day and have been able to turn your head side to side since you were 3 days old. You are a strong little girl!

- You eat every three hours during the day and make lots of noise while eating. You sound like a little dinosaur so we think you love eating.

-You love being in your bugaboo. For the first three weeks you would always fall asleep while we were walking but now you wake up sometimes and love to look around and look at the toy hanging in your stroller.

- You also love the baby bjorn. We go on walks in the morning on the trail and you just fall asleep all snuggled up. Your Dad carried you in the baby bjorn almost all last weekend when we were out and you loved it. This week I folded down the front and let you look around while we were getting stuff done around the house. We sure hope you like if for flying on the airplane.

- You are starting to like your swing. You like to be in it for about 15 minutes while the music is playing and look at the animals hanging above your head. So far you have only fallen asleep in it twice.

- Your Dad swaddles your every night before going to bed and you love being wrapped up tight. During one of your naps during the day I put you in your Woombie sack in your crib so you can sleep well.

- We still don't have a nap schedule down. We are out and about many times when you are to take a nap and  you just sleep here and there in your stroller. At home in the afternoon you don't like to nap very much. The other day you stayed awake from 3:00-8:00 straight (doesn't leave me very much time to get things done).

- From the beginning you have slept pretty well at night. For the first 2 1/2 weeks you went to bed around 10 and woke up at 2 and 5 to eat. At three weeks you started going to bed at 9:30 and waking up between 3:30 and 4:00 and then would wake up for the day between 7:30 and 9:30. When you wake up in the night you just eat and go straight back to sleep. But now two nights this week (5 weeks old) you have slept all night! The first night you slept for 9 hours straight from 9:30-6:30 then ate and went back to sleep until 9:00. Last night you slept from 9:30- 9:00 this morning. We couldn't believe it!! You are such a good girl!

- You are becoming more alert every day. You love to look at the black and white pictures we have on the wall. You also love to sit in your Boppy under your activity mat and look at the animals.

- You started smiling about a week and a half ago and it just melts our heats! You have also started laughing a little bit and making noises when you play.

- You are very good when ever we are out. You are such a little angle when we have gone to people's houses.

-This week we went to Baby Sensory and you were looking all around listening to the sounds. You also held a rattle and liked when your hand would move and it would make noise. We also went to a yoga class for me and you got to have your own little yoga mat. You kicked and played before you took a nap on your tummy while I stretched.

- Your  changing pad is your happy place (except if I am putting your onsie over your head). You just kick and laugh when we are changing your diaper.

- While we eat dinner you chill in your bouncy seat rock or take a little cat nap.

- You LOVE LOVE bath time. Every night your dad gives you a bath in the big bath tub. You would stay there all night if we let you. You are such a little swimmer and kick and splash  the whole time and get so relaxed. You have started to get very angry when we take you out of the bath and your face turns bright red from screaming. But you are a happy girl again when you get your pjs on.

- You love you Daddy and just stare at him when he holds you. It makes me so very happy. When he leaves the room when you are on the changing table you tilt your head way back to see where he went and look all around.

You are just sweetest best little baby Hollis. You are so chill and only cry if you need something and you stop as soon as your Daddy or I pick you up. We never imagined how much we would love you and how much fun we would have with you. We love watching all the new things you are learning but hope you let us hold you like a little baby forever.

1 Month Stats
Weight- 4.5 Kilos/9 lbs 14 oz. 
(gained 2.2 pounds since birth)
Length- 54.5 cm
(the same as birth)
-Wearing new born and size one diapers. 
- Wearing 0-3 month onsies but they are getting a little small. Still wearing all the of new born day gowns. My favorite pair of her new born pjs are on their last week. Pjs are size 3 month Carters and those should fit for at least another month. In a couple of the boutique clothing items she can wear 3 month outfits and even two 6 month boutique one pieces are a little tight where they button on the bottom.

Monday, November 14, 2011

My Little Helper

My new laundry cart that helps me carry the laundry up from downstairs. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Weekend Recap

**Well I started this post last Sunday and just coming back to finish at 5am on Saturday morning. Time with a newborn is sure busy but I want to make sure to remember our early days with our little baby. And I am not awake right now because of Hollis, I am just awake with too many things to do on my mind.**

My time in the past 3 weeks has been spent loving on and looking at our beautiful little girl but I don't want to forget about the old blog. I really want to document Hollis growing up so am really going to try and be better at updating this time.

We had a great relaxing weekend. It was our first weekend at home as a family of three since the hospital. My parents were here the past two weekends and we miss them terribly! But we had a very nice relaxing weekend just the three of us.

Friday I was very tired when Zann got home from work after having a baby who did not want to take a nap when I wanted to take a nap. We just had pasta for dinner and had an early night as soon as Hollis went to bed. I was able to pump a couple bottles during the week so Zann was nice enough to get up with Hollis Friday and Saturday night. Though I did wake up when he did to make sure she was ok but I was able to go back to sleep. Having a longer stretch of sleep made all the difference.

Saturday morning Hollis had her newborn pictures taken. She was such a sweet girl all morning. She was wide awake for almost two hours while we dressed and undressed her a million times and moved her into all sorts of positions. I don't think she even cried once. Her pictures are precious and I can't wait to share them once we pick the ones we want to use.
Here is one of the last picture we took (this is with my camera so not good quality) and she was tired out. I just love this picture. She is wearing the pearls that Zann gave me the second Christmas we were dating. 

After all the picture taking we all took a little nap. I woke up to find these two sweets on the couch. Zann said he was lonely so he got Hollis out of her crib. 

We had our first trip to the store in the Baby Bjorn. 

Saturday night Mike and Milene came over for dinner to meet Hollis. Hollis loved just looking at Milene. 

Sunday we had a very lazy day and stayed in our pjs until afternoon. Hollis kept her pjs on all day actually. She is wearing my favorite Kissy Kissy pjs and they are already almost too small for her. I keep putting her in them hoping its not the last time. 

In the afternoon we took a walk around the "neighborhood". There is an Epilepsy clinic right down the street that has a petting zoo, playground, and a beautiful panoramic view of the lake. We found a bench and enjoyed the sunshine for a while.  

It was the perfect fall day. 

Walking around the neighborhood. 

Hollis also tired out her swing for the first time. She didn't know what to think. There was music coming from one side, animals over her head, and rocking back and forth. She liked it for about 5 minutes then I think it was a bit much for her. We will try again this week. 

I just loved our weekend as a family of 3 with nothing on the agenda just spending time together. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

She's Here!!

A little late posting but I have been spending my time loving on our precious little girl. 
Mary Hollis Hawkins was born on October 13, 2011
7 pounds 12 ounces and 21 inches long.