Gerrit and Elise

Gerrit and Elise

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Happy 6 and 7 weeks Gerrit!

Our sweet boy is becoming more and more fun. Lots of smiles every day and he loves to talk to let us know if he's happy or not. If he needs to see me, he makes just a little fuss to get my attention. He only uses his real, big cry if he's hungry or needs his diaper changed. He is such a great baby. Avery is proving to be a wonderful big sister too. She loves to help when she's in the mood. We're still in that transition phase where she acts out to get our attention, but we're hoping that it will get better soon. When she's happy she loves to sing (Taylor Swift is her favorite right now). She remembers the words to some songs better than I can! She is using her imagination more and more, and today was a kitty cat who wanted to be petted on her belly. The photos are in somewhat of an order from most recent back.

Look who's 7 weeks old!

First bath time together!
Gerrit wasn't so sure about it. He does love bath time though!

Trying to capture a smile on camera....

6 weeks old

Big girl jumping in the pool

Having so much fun at Bennett's pool party birthday!

Sister accessorized him for play time

Sweet sleepy boy.
(He sleeps so much more than Avery did at this point. Such a blessing.)

One of her belated Christmas gifts from Gramma Beth.... Chocolate anyone?

Gramma's reading her a book.

Taking it all in

First bottle at home from dad.

One of his newborn photos. He decided to stay awake for most of 2 sessions, so we didn't get many of the traditional newborn shots, but I love this one.

Snow angel!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Time flies....

The past 4 weeks have gone by so fast. Hard to believe we've been home for 4 full weeks today. I am still trying to figure out how to get everything done being a mommy of 2. Life definitely seems more hectic. Most days I feel like Avery's not getting enough attention. Most days she lets us know by acting out. But, she is also so sweet and helpful most days too. She loves to give Gerrit hugs and kisses and rarely has to be reminded to be gentle. She also likes to copy what I'm doing with Gerrit, with her baby Vivian. If I'm feeding Gerrit, Avery feeds Vivian; if Gerrit's in the carrier, so is Vivian, etc. It's very cute. Speaking of Gerrit, he is such a sweet baby. He is more mellow than Avery was at this age, we are also more mellow though. He really lets you know when he needs something though, screaming at the top of his lungs. He is sleeping fairly well at night, usually giving us a 4-5 hour stretch at the beginning of the night and then waking up once more. Avery has been waking up at 5 or 6 most mornings though, so we aren't getting as much sleep as we'd like. He's already given us smiles too! I got my first real smiles on my birthday. Best birthday gift ever! We had newborn photos taken a couple of times, little guy didn't cooperate very well though. Ideally they sleep for newborn photos, Gerrit had other ideas and stayed awake for most of the photos. I'll post as soon as we have those. Here are some photos that we've captured over the last few weeks.

First bath at home.
Enjoying a giant steak bone. She asked for everyone's bones.
Chillin in the papasan.

This is what happens when big sister helps with tummy time. Notice Vivian has joined the fun.
The epic snow storm! Sledding fun.

First nap at home.
All ready to go home! FINALLY!