Moments like this fuel me for the day, making me feel so happy to be a Mom to that sweet little girl.
After Morgan's morning nap, she's always the happiest. Today's not a cloud in the sky forecast made me ancy for her to wake up, nurse and get ourselves to the park for the warm breeze + people watching on the benches along the Mall. We talk (I talk, she listens) about the Elm trees, the musicians playing near the Bethesda Fountian, the variety of tourists that pass and smile...
Moments like this fuel me for the day, making me feel so happy to be a Mom to that sweet little girl.
You guys...my husband is still doing push-ups. It's now up to 150/day. Almost 7mo of push-ups. 4 gentlemen left!
Oh the personality! Every single day you, my little lady, are coming into your own. 4 months old and I'm just completely in love with who you are! A solid 16lbs 4oz and 26.75" long, you are staying steady along the 85%ile weight trajectory and off the charts (99%+) for height, such a far cry from the average-sized newborn of your first few days of life. Your leg rolls give me confidance that all is going well for you health wise despite worries of my milk supply and your changing nursing patterns. Like clockwork, you seem to have "woken up" from your newborn phase in increasing amounts and do not want to miss a single moment of what's going on in the world around you. Nursing has actually become a bit of a issue as your distractibilty is at an all time high. It generally goes something like this: nurse for 3 min, pull off before letdown, nurse, hear a truck outside, fling head back looking for sound, nurse, smile up at me, nurse, arch back looking for a light or something interesting, nurse, get pissed off that I wont let you stop nursing. So we're working through it, aka feeding in a dark, quiet room ;) Tummy time has gotten slightly easier this month with you mastering the tummy to back rolling (it's the first thing you'll do when placed on your belly) but will humor me and use your hands and forearms to prop up and look at toys (or me!) if placed in front of you. The mirror has become your best friend and you give the most flirty smile to yes, yourself, when seeing your reflection. You have rammped up those vocal cords to the next level this month and the ahhhss & oooos & mmmmms & gahhhs are neverending and accompanied with your signature leg and arm crazy kicks.....while in the apartment with just me or Daddy around. Take you outside or out to brunch or lots of people around? You become quiet and calm. We aren't sure yet if this is a sign that perhaps you'll be a bit shy or that you're simply unable to talk and take in tons of new stimulation all at once at this phase! So many friends are in awe of how serene and easy going you are which makes me very proud...and adds to Dad's theory that you are an old soul like he claims to be ;) You have been doing amazing in letting me drop you off at the daycare at Equinox while I workout a few times a week which has given me great sanity in so many ways. In the past month, lots of changes (for the positive!) have developed with your daily routine. Your solid 7-10-1-4-7-Dreamfeed nursing schedule has been replaced with 7-1015-1215-230-5-7 to accomodate your naps and ensuring you're getting enough calories during the day to keep up with the nighttime sleep you've given me. You're still sleeping through the night from 7/730pm-7am with the occasional early wakeup before 630, but you're perfectly content to talk to yourself in the dark until I come and get you at 7. Aside from some 4mo growth spurt activity this past weekend (fussiness to the max, wanting to nurse every hour, only wanting to be held), you're napping 830-1015/30, 1230-215, and 430-5/515. I'm tempted to adapt this a bit so that the middle nap is a bit longer/later in the day but for now this works well for us. We tried unswaddling for naps last month and it was crash & burn. So we're back to the swaddle for daytime sleep, nighttime you're completely fine in your sleepsack (bizarre.) During your wake times, you love to be outside and people watch, run errands with me, or play on the floor with your toys or your feet! The benches along Central Park West have become an easy stake out for us and you love the attention. (We seriously cannot go anywhere without tourisits or little old ladies wanting to comment on or pinch your cheeks. It makes my day.) Everything, I mean everything goes into your mouth these days once in your hands. (Including my hair which I'm still finding caught in your neck rolls or tiny fingers daily.) I've been itching to get you into some formal Mommy & Me classes so on Friday afternoons we've been going to the free infant class at Elliott's Gym on the UWS and it wipes.you.out. All those babies and songs and activities---it's a struggle to keep you awake on the walk home before your nap. I'm hoping to get into a music and swimming class with you this summer or fall once we can reliably attend a session at the same time each week. The possibilities are endless and it goes without saying that NYC babies truly have it made. As we wait patiently for more warm springlike temps to arrive, we are just loving how sweet and adorable you are Morgan. We cant wait to see what month 5 will bring!
*I got a pedicure while holding Morgan today in my lap yesterday. It was not relaxing and I made the woman race through the process. But my feet are presentable as we enter spring...and potential open toe shoe season. And Morgan was quite entertained by all the Asian women making her laugh:) Like belly giggles. (Side note: I love how different cultures have different "goo goo gaga" things to try and make babies smile.)
*I'm a total sap(known fact). Cooking dinner this week and Tim McGraw's "My Little Girl" came on pandora. Cue the misty eyes. (Okay not just misty, full on tears.)
*Morgan's off the chart in height. Like 99%+tile. Maybe we have a volleyball player in our future! (Lee chimes in "TENNIS STAR!" from the peanut gallery)
*I'm so looking forward to wedding season this year!! Celebrating the love of friends + dinner & dancing? I can't even begin to say how happy this makes me. Lee & I are having to go solo to a few of the weddings this year due to not slugging the little one all over the country in a span of 8wks but you do what you gotta do...
*Friends announcing pregnancies and having babies makes me giddy.
*All moms out there need to visit this site daily. Specifically the post about sleep training. I can recall reading jokes about how crazy life is with an infant while pregnant and you can never really understand the hilarious madness until you're in the trenches yourself.
*My pediatrician (er, Morgan's pediatrician) makes me feel like I'm a really great Mom. That's worth the co-pay right there.
*Guilty pleasure of the moment comes in the form of the newest reality TV show called Ready For Love (with some Twizzlers on the side for good measure.) The matchmakers are acutally fantastic! And, while Lee rolls his eyes, I have such a soft spot for Giuliana & Bill Ransic. Love them.
Morgan prefers to sleep in her crib. It's lights out once she is *swaddled for nap time and we've got such a good routine going for her. Today, after her 2nd nap, I took her up to Elliott's Gym for their free infant class...and it wiped this little one out! Falling asleep on our way home, I just went with it and soaked up the time w her sleeping on my chest. In her first few wks it was the only way she would sleep...and now it's a rarity. I just sat there breathing in her sweetness and loving the warm snuggles.
As they say...babies grow up too fast! Love this little munchkin to pieces...
*after two weeks of terrible naps, we went back to the daytime swaddle. Sleep sack at night but swaddle during the day...weird.
Is there anything more adorable in this world than little girls in their Easter best? Multiply that by 3 and you have what can only be described as the cutest trio of cousins ever in their Nana's matching handmade dresses! They were a total hit before and after Easter mass and stole the show the entire day. Holidays are naturally a bit nuttier with a 3mo, 1.5 & 3.5yr old who rule the extended family roost. Peaceful dinners are interjected with baby giggles and that right there makes it all worth it ;) It's safe to say Morgan thinks Jaina is a total RIOT...noone else can get these kind of belly laughs from her!
As we posed in front of the alter after mass, I couldnt help but think of how special a photo like that is for my mother & father in law. Coicoi Dell, their 3 married sons, and 3 gorgeous granddaughters...a life rich in family moments is certainly what it is all about.
It's safe to say Morgan's favorite pastime is people watching. Like a human mobile, she is literally transfixed on the variety of passersby when we sit at a coffee shop or along the benches on Central Park West (hello spring, I love you!). She becomes quiet, intensely alert, and so relaxed in my arms as she takes it all in. How fascinating all these people must be to someone just over 100 days old!
One year ago today, we found out we were pregnant. The excitement I has for when Lee walked in the door from work to tell him the news will forever be a movie I play out in my mind...the details never forgotten. The old apartment. The multiple tests. The way we hugged and held each other with such happiness & excitement.
(And then having to go to dinner with my brother in law & sister in law and eat Korean BBQ and turn down wine...I think they caught on quickly;)
One year later...and here we are! Life is good.
Sarah: one part of a family of THREE with my husband Lee and sweet girl Morgan, simply wanting to chronicle the path I'm on and the path that will come to be. For now it's NYC urban mamaville where everyday is a new adventure! (Actually, just getting to the post office is an adventure.)
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