Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Taking her time

Emilie likes to do everything on her own time. Some things she likes to do when she's "suppose" to do them, others, they can wait.

She verbalizes so well for her age. She is making vowel sounds, and loves to open her mouth wide and make "aaaaahhhhhh" sounds and "ooooooohhhhhh" sounds. She makes soft sounds almost like a whisper, and then catch you off guard by wailing out the next sound. She's been alternating the volume of her talking a lot more lately. I swear I see a proud little look on her face when she discovers that she can make a new sound. She has also been moving her mouth when she's making sounds a lot more too, like she discovered she has this new part of her body that she can control at will.

She's also recently discovered her feet too. She will try and grab for them during diaper changes, or just move her legs around and just stare at her feet. I think it's only a matter of time before those toes end up in her mouth!

Rolling is another story. This could partially be our fault as we don't push tummy time since she hates it with a passion. She will last on her belly for a couple minutes and then start wailing. Almost full melt down mode if we let her wait. She would much rather sit on our lap and look around or be perched on one of our shoulders to get a better view of the room.

We have caught her rolling on to her side many times though as you can see here:

I'm getting there, I'm getting there...

...and I'm done.

I think if she would just flip her upper leg to get some momentum going she could do it, but again, she just doesn't want to roll yet. I think we're getting closer though, just yesterday morning when I went to get her she was on her side while swaddled. It's coming!

Emilie's Baptism

On Sunday June 19th, our little Emilie was Baptized. We were so lucky that so many of our friends and family were there to celebrate the special day with us. The day started off with the church service, and then ended with a BBQ at our house afterwards for a little celebration for Emilie and for Father's Day.

It was a long day, but Emilie was so good. She fell asleep at the beginning of the church service and woke up when I was handing her to the minister. She gave him a little tentative look, and most of my family held their breath that she wouldn't cry, but she was so good and just watched the minister very carefully as he poured the water and performed the Baptism. I fed her during the last part of the service, and then she was asleep around 10 minutes after we got home and slept the afternoon away!

Here are a couple pictures from the Baptism:

A good shot of the family.

The Baptism

The three of us with the Godparents. Andre's friend Daryl is the Godfather, and my sister Carrie is the Godmother.

A sneak peek of the picture I took for the thank you cards.

Unfortunately because Emilie did sleep the afternoon away, we weren't able to get any pictures of Andre and her together, aside from the picture at the Baptism. Andre did get a little gift from Emilie that day, a little mug that says #1 Papa on it (Andre speaks French to Emilie, so she will call him Papa), and a card.

We did get a picture of Andre with his gift though:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A new milestone!

I know most aren't interested in every new little thing that our little Emilie does, but we are, so as a result we're going to share it all with the world!

We have a little play mat that we put Emilie on pretty much every day. It gives her a chance to be on her own, to kick her legs, wave her arms, and usually squeal with delight. She likes it so we keep doing it. There's a ring of toys above her, and since she started going on the mat around 1 month old, she's batted at these toys. First it was accidental, then intentional, and then on June 8th, she grabbed the toy and held on!

As a proud first-time mommy, I immediately ran over for my camera to document the moment for Andre who as at work (and very bummed out he missed it). Since that day she has grabbed on to Sophie the giraffe, and her teething ring as well. Oh, and my hair, every time I feed her.

Here are the pictures documenting this new milestone!

Oh Mommy, look what I just did!

Hey, this is pretty cool, I think I'll keep holding on!

3 Month Follow Up

On Emilie's 3 month birthday we also had a visit with the Pediatrician. To fill you all in, Emilie was born with a heart murmur. Which is a fancy way of saying she was born with a small hole in her heart. All babies are born with a small hole in their heart that normally closes sometime during their first 24 hours on the outside. Emilie's didn't. Apparently this is also very common for babies. So we were referred to a Pediatrician while we were still in the hospital, and Emilie had to have some tests done before they let us take her home. They wanted to make sure that the murmur was not causing any problems with her circulation, and the blood pressure in her limbs. It's not, in fact, aside from the fact that you can hear the murmur when listening to her heart beat she's perfectly fine, and it does not affect her at all.

The pediatrician warned us that because the hole wasn't closing in the hospital, we would have to have a follow up with her 2 weeks after we left the hospital. So we did, and the murmur was still present. That meant that Emilie had to have an Echocardiogram. So when she was 4 weeks old we took her to McMaster Children's Hospital, and she had her Echo done. When we got the results, we discovered that Emilie has not one but two holes in her heart. One in the pumping chambers, and the other in the collecting chambers of her heart. The good news is that they are asymptomatic, and not causing her any problems. The bad news is a trip to the Pediatrician every 3 months is in order.

This time we didn't mind because that meant that we wouldn't have to wait until she was 4 months old to be weighed and measured!

So we woke Emilie up from her nap on the 6th, and dragged her to the doctors office. She hammed it up for Dr. S, the Pediatrician, laughing and giggling. I even saw the Dr. smile back. No one can resist our little Emilie! Emilie had a definite growth spurt around 11 weeks, and she was up to 12lbs from her 10 the month previous, putting her at the 34th percentile for weight. Her height stayed the same as last month (I think the dr's measure her differently), so 23 inches long puts her at the 23rd percentile for her height this month.

Her waist is still too small for the 3 month shorts we have for her, so I know she's a skinny little baby!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

3 months old!

Time flies when you're having fun!

I cannot believe that our little Emilie is already 3 months old. It seems like just yesterday we were strapping her in her car seat for the first time to bring her home. Now we can't imagine what our lives were like before she was born.

She is doing so well! She's growing like a weed, and every day she is making a new discovery. She recently discovered that she has hands, and that she can make them move. It's the funniest thing. She will practically make herself go cross-eyed staring at her hands and fingers while making them move around. She's also discovered that her hands are also delicious, and we'll hear her every once and a while slurping as she sucks on her fingers. She's also been doing a "Superman/Wonderwoman" pose. One day she just discovered that she could put her arms out in front of her and hold them very rigid, and then of course she thinks it tons of fun now because her dorky parents will sing "Superman! Wonderwoman!" and she'll giggle and smile and keep going.

Superman! Wonderwoman! (all ready for church)

Here are a couple pictures that I took of her on her three month birthday. Unfortunately they were taken a little close to when she was suppose to go down for her morning nap, so she's not as smiley as usual.