Saturday, January 28, 2012

Hollis NEEDS These!!

Monogrammed Needlepoint Baby Shoes

Now if I can just convince myself that my baby needs $56.00 shoes she will have them :)

Friday, January 27, 2012

First Swim

We took Hollis for her second swim this weekend. Her first was in Arizona in the hot tub over Christmas. 
Hollis was kind of unfazed by the whole thing. She pretty much just kept the same look on her face for the whole hour we were in the pool. She was happy sitting between our legs with her feet in or sitting in the baby pool on our laps. We wasn't much of a fan floating on her back like she is in the bath tub. At the end we took her into the big pool when most of the kids had left and she was happy to just be floating around. We are off to Atlanta this weekend and our hotel has a pool so maybe there will be more swimming. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Chicken Gyros

Pintrest has been making me hungry basically 24/7. We have been trying many new recipes for dinner while I still have time on maternity leave.

This week it was Chicken Gyros  . 

I did not make my own pita bread but they were still delicious! They would taste great on whole wheat nan bread. Too bad that doesn't exist in Switzerland. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Weekend in Paris

What a lucky little girl Hollis was to get to go to Paris for her 3 month birthday.
Paris had been on our list of places we must visit so we decided at the last minute to use our Marriott points and take a weekend trip. 

Hollis was a little angel again on the flight. 

Friday night after checking into the hotel we quickly changed and went to dinner at La Cave Lanrezac . 
We had a wonderful dinner with steak, French wine, and chocolate cake for dessert. We called it a night after dinner and went back to the hotel to tuck the little peanut into bed. 

How funny is the crib they made up for her?

MH all ready to hit the streets of Paris. 

We started out the day with a walking tour that Zann found on Trip Advisor. It was a great tour past some of the not as well known sights and through many beautiful neighborhoods. 

First stop was the Moulin Rouge. 

Then the home that Van Gogh lived in while in Paris. 

Hollis looked like such a big girl riding around in her new travel stroller. 

The tour ended at the Sacre Coeur. 
Not all attractions in Paris are stroller friends. 

Zann enjoying lunch French style with a glass of wine and Hollis pouting because she didn't get any. 

After lunch we walked down the Champs Elysees and Hollis had her first look into the Louis Vuitton store. 

After a nap at the hotel we went for dinner at Cafe Constant  which Liz D recommended. The food was fantastic and the apple torte was even better!

Cutie Pie all ready for her last day in Paris. 

Sunday we did a lot of walking. We started going to see the Arc de Triomphe up close then took the train over to the Notre Dame area. 

From Notre Dame we walked to the Eiffel Tower. Hollis wore herself out while we were trying to eat lunch so she slept through her first look at the Eiffel Tower. 

Then it was back off to Switzerland. 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Mary Hollis is 3 months!

Wow! We have a 3 month old baby already! Hollis brings us more joy than we could ever imagine!

I never got around to updating at 2 months because we were traveling. At two months old Hollis was 11 pounds 4 oz. and 22.5 inches long. Right before she turned two months she started rolling over from her tummy to her back. She was not liking tummy time very much and learned how to flip herself. She was still a very good sleeper, sleeping about 11 hours straight at night and taking 3 naps during the day.

Here we are at 3 months old. Hollis did not have a doctor appointment this month so I took her to the free service that Zurich offers where you can get your baby weighed, measured, and talk to a mid wife every week.

3 Month Stats:
Weight: 5.5 Kilos/ 12 pounds 2 oz. (gained 14 oz)
Length: 60 cm/ 23.6 inches (grew just over an inch)
Wearing a size 2 diaper
Wearing 3 month, 3-6 month, 0-6 month clothes and 3 month Cater's onsies

So according to the books the new born stage is over and now she is a baby. I miss my tiny little baby but we are having so much fun watching Hollis grow. She is a mover these days. She kicks like crazy when she is on her back and is now pushing her feet off the ground, doing a little back bend and scooting. We have to watch her very carefully on her changing pad now. 
She loves looking at and touching the sign the Aunt Susie gave her. 

She still loves looking at and talking to her friends on her mobile. She loves hearing the musics and yells for me to turn it on when it is over. 

 Hollis is just the happiest baby and we have the best time playing together everyday. She loves to be under her activity gym and now can reach up and grab the toys.

And this baby girl loves her Daddy! She looks all around for him when she hears him come in the door. 

And she loves slow dancing with him to songs on Pandora at night. 

She is much better at tummy time now and love the new mirror Santa brought her. She just can't get enough of looking at herself. 
Hollis is still pretty laid back but loves to be in the action. She is happy if she is sitting up to see everything going on around her. 

The birthday girl got spoiled and got to come in bed with me when she woke up to eat at 7. 

Then we tried to take her 3 month pictures. It is getting harder now that she wants to be on the go. Most of the pictures are blurry because she was kicking so much. 

So we decided to try sitting in the chair. She started out like this and with in 3 quick pictures she was like this. 

At 3 months old Hollis is a jet-setter. She has been on 9 airplanes and to visit 4 different countries. And next week we are off to Atlanta to visit cousin Jay so she will be up in the air again :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tired eyes make a hungry tummy!

Jet lag has kept me up in the middle of the night this week and I have been starving at 3 am every night. While resisting to eat in the middle of the night I have been looking at and dreaming about many recipes. Especially these babies!

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Thank you Pintrest!

They look totally up my alley with sweet and salty. Now if someone would just send me the caramel bites I could make them and stop dreaming about them!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hollis' New Born Pictures

Trying to catch up on the blogging thing again (I feel like I am always saying that!). I am just having too much fun playing with our little princess to sit at the computer.

We scheduled to have Hollis' new born pictures taken when she was 14 days old. the photographer ended up getting sick so we pushed them back a week so Hollis was three weeks when the pictures were taken. Since she was a little bit older than typical new born photos we decided to do more of lifestyle pictures. Hollis actually didn't sleep a wink until after 2 hours until the last pictures so we couldn't mold her into any of those little baby positions. She was such a sweet girl during the pictures and didn't cry once during her 5 outfit changes. This was also the week that Hollis had a tiny bit of baby acne so her face was a little bit red but I am so happy we have these pictures as a memory of her being a tiny baby.

Here are some of my favorites...