Thursday, August 23, 2012

Outtakes

I decided to attempt to capture some photos of MC to use on her birth announcments. I know nothing about the technical aspect of photography, and all we have is a point-and-shoot digital camera. So I knew the chances of me getting great photos were pretty slim. Despite all of that, I thought that having a mini-photo shoot with her sounded fun so I decided to give it a try.

"Well this is awkward..."

I set up a make-shift photo studio in her nursery because it gets good natural light, and I picked out a few things to use as props.


 "Baby mugshot!"

I took the photos over a course of several hours throughout the day because she would get tired and need a break.

 "My patience is wearing thin with this experiment..."

She was 7 weeks old in these photos, which was almost too late for newborn photos. She was so alert and aware that it was hard to capture those cuddly, sleepy newborn images I had in mind.

"Oh, you wanted cuddly, sleepy newborn photos? How about if I cry instead?" 

I would get her positioned just like I wanted and step back to take the photo, only to have her turn her head or flail an arm. I ended up with a lot of photos that were great except for a big blurry spot where she was wiggling her feet or hands.

"Okay, fine. I'll sleep. But only in a really awkward position." 

I had fun with our mini-photo shoot, but now I know why professional photographers charge an arm and a leg for newborn photo sessions...it's not easy to capture those beautiful images!

"Whew! Being a model is such hard work!"

After taking a ton of photos, I ended up with a handful of good choices. Here are the ones we actually used in the announcment.



Monday, August 20, 2012

G.N.O.

I've known my two longest NC friends since we all worked together in 2004. We have all moved on to other jobs, but we still stay in pretty close contact. One of the ways we've stayed in touch over the years is our monthly Girls' Night Out tradition.

Earlier this month we introduced MC to the joys of G.N.O.




L to R: RMD, baby DC, KGT, baby MC, and me

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Two Months Old!

Our little MC turned 2 months old on Sunday! This has been a really fun month, full of several exciting milestones.
August 12, 2012
She started smiling at us which has definitely been the most fun. I've only caught a few smiles on camera. When she really gets into it, she will crinkle up her whole face, and it will melt your heart.


She has also started "talking" to us - lots of 'ooooh' and 'ahhh' and happy screeching. She tracks objects with her eyes really well and just in the last few days has started to reach out and bat at her toys.

She has also started watching her feet; she does that especially when she's in the car seat, for some reason - I guess she sits at just the right angle that her feet catch her attention. She will look at one foot, wiggle it and then look at the other foot and wiggle it - back and forth over and over again.

Bright lights and ceiling fans still captivate her, but by far her current favorite thing to look at is my or BD's face. She will stare very intently at our faces for several minutes at a time. Usually if you look away and then make eye contact again she will give you a big grin and a squeal. It is very, very fun; I could just sit and look at her all day.


Her head and neck control is getting a lot better each day; she seems a lot sturdier and less floppy in general. We don't do a lot of tummy time but the last time I put her down on her tummy, she pushed herself up onto her forearms and craned her neck to see the TV. ('Friends' was on...that's my girl!)


Two Month Info

Stats:
9lb 12oz
22" tall

Feeding:
We are still breastfeeding; she eats about every 3 hours during the day. We give her a bottle of expressed breastmilk about once every 3 days just to keep her used to the artificial nipple and to give BD a chance to feed her. So far she likes the Avent bottles best; they seem to be the slowest flowing and don't choke her.


Sleeping:
We try to get her to sleep by around 9pm each night. As long as her tummy's full and she's swaddled, she generally goes to sleep pretty easily. Her first stretch of sleep is the longest - last night it was about 6.5 hours!! After the long initial stretch, she nurses and then is up again to nurse about every 2 hours. She starts off the night in her bassinet beside our bed. Sometimes after the first nursing I bring her to bed with us and sometimes I put her back in her bassinet and then bring her to bed after one of the subsequent nursing sessions.

Her napping during the day is still pretty unpredictable at this point. Most recently she has been taking several catnaps throughout the morning, then a longer afternoon nap (2 hours or so), then another catnap in the early evening.
Clothes:
She is wearing a mix of newborn and 0-3 month clothes. Currently she's right in between the two so the newborn is a smidge small and the 0-3 month is still a bit big on her.



One Month Photos

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tales of the Tail: Tummy Time

MC has a special little mat for her tummy time activity. She's not quite sure how she feels about it yet, but in the meantime Kip is breaking it in for her.


Friday, August 3, 2012

Smiley

Our little pipsqueak started smiling at us last week! It is officially the cutest thing ever.


Her first smile was Friday, July 29. The first time she smiled at me, I squealed and clapped my hands so loud that it startled her, and she started crying. Way to go, Mommy.


This picture quality isn't great because I was holding her on my lap, trying to make her smile, and taking the picture all at the same time -- multitasking mommy!