1 Month!

Wow, she is over a month old now! Where did the time go? She has grown so much already, weighing in at 8 lbs and 3 oz and measuring about 21 inches long on her one month mark! I’m sure she is even bigger now!

She has reached her first developmental leap at the completion of her first month! She will start to be more perceptive of the world around her and will start to smile socially! It’s been a tough change to go through for us both, but we are almost through it and it’s so fun to see the changes in her!

I am starting to sleep longer at night anywhere from 3 3-hour stretches to one good 5 hour stretch! Of course, this means more awake time during the day! I like to give Momma silly faces and watch ceiling fans, even if they aren’t moving! The play mat with toys is pretty fun too, but I don’t like to lay there for very long! I prefer tummy time laying on Momma’s belly so I can look up at her face. Most of the time Daddy talks to me when I’m asleep or eating. It’s just how the time difference lands us! But he likes to see me and I gave him really sweet smiles the other night! He even. Caught a picture!

Nona has been visiting the past week and we really love time with her! She has helped Momma and me a lot during this leap when I am confused and cry for no reason. She also spoils us! Heehee!

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3 Weeks! Plus Epidural Story! 😜

Well, can’t believe it’s three weeks since Ella made her very grand entrance! We have had some rough moments, days, and one really rough night since Daddy deployed! We are surviving, however!

FaceTime chats are how we get to hear and see Daddy! Today I looked up at the phone screen and gave Daddy a sweet smile! I know it made his night! I love to hear his voice when he sweet talks me!

Momma is figuring it all out still! It’s hard not having Daddy’s help and support in person, but he tries to reassure her when he can. She cried with me the other morning after a long night, but I let her catch up on some sleep later that day!

I eat like a champ! I’ve gained about 8 oz since my last weigh-in! Soon I’ll be wearing all those awesome 0-3 size clothes I have! I probably have enough to wear something different every day for a month at least! Be looking out for all the cute pics!!

I love my car seat! Momma learned today that if I’m fussing on my Boppy or in the swing and she needs to get ready and get out the door, I am most happy waiting in the car seat where I can still see her! I do great to let her get out between about 11am and 2pm! I love going to events on base with momma because all the ladies she made friends with like to hold me! Miss Connie has claimed me for her self, though! She is Momma’s ombudsman and very sweet on me!

Hope you enjoy my update,
Ella Grace

Mom here again:
The epidural funny as previously promised!
So after 8 hours of transition-stage-like labor with Pitocin, I was still at only 2cm and wasn’t medically in active
Labor. It took some convicting Chad that I really was ready for the epidural because he knew how much I wanted natural birth, but I was ready for it!

Well, the anesthesiologist came in, Chad left, and they got the epidural put in. It wasn’t bad, but I’m glad I never saw the needle! I’m not typically scared of medical procedures, but I’ve seen the epi needle before and YIKES!

Anyway, so I read the anesthesiologist’s name badge and kept looking at his facial features to figure out his ethnicity. This was, of course, after I was back laying in the bed and feeling the amazing effects of the meds!! This is a bit paraphrased…
I decided to ask him, “Do you mind if I ask what your ethnicity is?”
He replied, “French, English, probably some others, why?”
“You have a unique name,” I said.
“Brent?”
“Oh! I thought your name was Maj,” I exclaimed!
Suddenly we all erupt in laughter when I realize that “Maj” was his rank!
He played right along and started talking in a French accent as “Major”! *think French pronunciation*
We all laughed so hard and it was a nice relief after those 8 hours of hard labor!
To my credit… It was after previously mentioned hours of labor, I’m not familiar with Air Force rank, some staff have first and last names while some have rank and last, and he did have a unique last name!
Hope you can enjoy a little laugh too!!

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2 Week Update!

I can’t believe Ella is already 2 weeks old! Time is already starting to fly by! We had Nona here for almost a week and then Grammy and Pop came in for 5 days! She has loved being held by everyone! She hardly spends any time laid down except for night time!

She loves to hold her head up and look around! She also loves to swing in her swing and be rocked in the glider by momma and daddy! She loves music time, but doesn’t always want to move her arms with momma and daddy’s help! Most of the time she indulges us and lets us move her arms to the beat!

At her 2 week appointment, Ella’s doctor seemed very pleased with her progress and current state. She is 4oz over her birth weight now, weighing in at 7lbs and 4oz, but that means she gained 11oz since her 2 day weight check the Sunday after her birth! Her length is the same, but we expect she’ll really start to grow here soon!

Momma and Daddy are happy with their Ella-phant and can’t get enough of her. Sometimes we still get lost on how to calm her down, but we are learning and growing with her. Every moment is precious, especially for Daddy since he will be on assignment before long. Ella will miss her Daddy and her Daddy will miss her even more, but as much as the days can drag, we know they’ll fly by once they’re gone. We will be so excited for Homecoming! Please keep Daddy in your prayers for strength while away and for Momma and Ella as we approach this time apart.

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