February 26, 2011

Oh, Yeah. Ella is One Month Already.

I know this is going to sound so cliché, but I cannot get over how quickly a month has passed (there's no denying it--I am your stereotypical "mommy blogger").  I know, in part, I am functioning in a slightly sleep-deprived daze, but really! One month? Where did that time go?  Well, let me tell you.......

Ella At Two Weeks

Ella is very easy going.  And she sleeps. A lot.  This is one of the rare moments I caught her with her eyes open.  She has started to smile at us, but it is so infrequent that I could never anticipate when to have the camera handy.  We'll just start with open eyes at this point.  She is on a very predictable three-hour interval schedule.  She sleeps for three hours, she wakes only to eat, I manage to squeeze in a diaper change, and then she goes back to sleep. 

At her two week check-up she weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz. and measured 20 inches long.  She looked healthy in every aspect, which is a relief considering the season of sickness that is currently upon us.  So far so good for two weeks!

Ella At Three Weeks 

There is not much more to say about Ella at three weeks, other than I can now feel a difference in her weight when I hold her.  She has pretty much the same routine, and she maintains her easy-going disposition.  Her cry has developed in volume, but she doesn't do that much anyway.  She does grunt a lot, though.  That seems to be her first method of indicating any sort of need.

I wanted to take a picture of Ella next to her Raggedy Ann doll that I made. The doll is sentimental, because I used a pattern that my mother had purchased years ago with the intent of making a doll for each grandchild.  After she made the first two, she asked that we continue making the dolls once she passed away. I'm not a great seamstress, so this was a bit of a challenge for me, but I love how it turned out.  Plus, the 15-inch doll makes a great reference point to demonstrate Ella's size.  

I wanted to dress Ella in something red for the picture, but apparently clothing for little girls is only manufactured in hues of pink.  Well...at least I haven't found anything red, but a dear neighbor friend gave us a gorgeous red dress a few days later and we had to take pictures just for the heck of it!

Ella At Four Weeks

Ella is awake for longer stretches, now, and her sleep is now organizing into longer, consolidated periods that may soon be distinguishable as being naps.  She loves to be held as she sleeps, and there's no shortage of people to oblige.  She will also sleep very soundly in her carseat for lengths at a time. 

Now that Ella is more alert, we notice what large eyes she has (a common trait among our children). They appear to be turning blue, but we will see.  No matter the color, they will be beautifully framed by her perfect eyebrows and lush eyelashes.

Well, that's enough bragging for now...until next month!

This post authored by Amber


Noell said...

My goodness, she is pretty! I just love her to pieces!

Mandy said...

What a sweetie!

Heather Child said...

Seriously...it's been a month? She is adorable as ever..and I have to agree with the red! Always a good color. Snatch it when you can find it! It gets easier to find other colors as they get a little older!

The Fears said...

she's beautiful. glad she is a good baby for you.

Karen said...

This is the first time I have ever seen her eyes open! Seriously, I think all your baby does is sleep and look sweet! She's a doll.

CJ said...

What a cutie! Glad to hear that she is doing so well, and how nice to see her eyes!

Joy said...

She looked GORGEOUS in her white dress on Sunday! Wow. What a cutie. Love those signature Park family large eyes. :)