Monday, July 21, 2014

July 21, 2014 - One Sweet Face

Sorry (Mrs. D!) for my absence on the blog these last few weeks.  Kristoffer's mom and Hans are visiting so we've been having a lot of fun.  But 2/3 of the kids in this house don't sleep through the night, and I have also had a sick stomach.  So all of that has not left so much time for  blogging, and not nearly enough time for sleeping either.

But our little lady is 3 months old today!  While the camera rarely shows it (she goes into "zombie" mode when the iPhone or camera appears!) she is one big smile these days.  Last Sunday (July 13th) Aya really belly laughed for the first time and has done it once since then.  Even more exciting, this past Saturday (July 19th) she rolled over from her back to her front for the first time.  The coolest part was that my mom was on FaceTime with us watching her and so she saw the whole thing. Aya has done it several times since then, even getting her one stuck arm out from under her (no video yet!). The problem with this new skill is that she is doing it in her sleep and in her little co-sleeper (attached to our bed like this), she doesn't have enough room so gets a bit stuck or twisted and wakes up.  I then need to resettle her back to sleep.  Argh - more wake ups than before?  No thank you!  So last night we started the transition to her big crib in her own room.  She put herself to sleep in it at bedtime and slept in there for 4 hours before her first wake up.  At that point I brought her back into her co-sleeper, but thought it was a good first effort.

She doesn't go to the doctor for more shots/stats until next week, but it is clear that she is growing well, as her little chunky thighs and arms aren't fitting into everything these days and many of her footed pajamas are too short.  Aya eats well from me, and will also take a bottle of pumped milk easily (a very wonderful change from her big siblings).  

Her favorite things remain: her swing, her binky, her big sister, and her bath time.  Whatever you do, don't take away her bath.  This girl will start fussing between 6:00 and 6:30 and will not calm down until you put her in her warm bath.  She knows this is bed time, and afterwards she eats, burps, gets a story, and goes to bed for her "long" sleep.  In this coming month we are mostly just hoping that her first stretch of sleep gets much longer.  

We're loving this girl and as she starts to be able to "do" more, we know that she is adding new and exciting energy to our family.  It is hard to believe that we're a quarter of the way through her first year...and with all of Aya's firsts I am emotionally aware that they are also "lasts" for us.  That is the beautiful cycle of life I suppose, and I am so very grateful we're experiencing it all again with Aya.

Here is Aya's sweet little face these last few weeks.  And try to spot the picture that ISN'T Aya!

Meeting Farmor for the first time.

 Big bro is always ready to "handle" Aya!
 First long-weekend away to South Beach (Tanzania, not Florida)...more on that later.

 (Not Aya - but Aya's first monkey sighting!)
 Family photo on our mini-vacation...Aya did not get the memo to be a little bit silly!
That is her MOST serious expression.

 Hans and Aya called each other to plan their outfits :)
 Classic Welsien Baby Hotel Sink Bath Picture! 
(about 6 weeks older than her siblings were for theirs!)

And today - our lovely ladies!
 Can't get enough of this girl...we love her more every day!

Keep up the good work, kiddo!

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