Our sweet Eleanor Grace, you are TWO months old today! You are growing and changing and bringing so much joy to our little family. I know it's a little cliche, but how we would love to just freeze time (or at least slow it down a little!) so that you could stay our newborn baby just a little while longer. In fact, we drove past Lexington Medical Center last night and your daddy and I almost teared up as we remembered that beautiful snowy night as we awaited your arrival. And then, just as the sun came up, you finally were in our arms.
~ You are an extremely easygoing baby. We take you everywhere with us and you rarely fuss about anything. Both of your older sisters were using a paci by this point, but not you! As long as I feed you pretty regularly (about every 2 hours during the day), you are just as content as can be!
~ You are starting to develop a bit of a daytime routine which has been nice. You are usually up around 8am and then you like to take a nap around 10. This nap is sometimes in your bed all swaddled, but often it is in my sling as we are on the go to church, or the park, or the library. You take a really great afternoon nap around the time your sisters do in the afternoon. Then you doze off and on through the evening until we put you down for good when we go to bed around 10pm.
~ And as for your nighttime sleeping, it's fantastic! You always do a 5-6 hour stretch starting at 10pm when we swaddle you and put you in your bassinet, and then you just nurse for a little while around 4am. Then you're back to sleep (often snuggled with Mommy!). I feel like a new person with all the sleep I'm getting after not sleeping very well the last few months of pregnancy. This is WAY easier!
~ When you are awake, you are starting to become very alert and interested in the world around you. You started making eye contact and smiling at us in the last week or two and it just warms our hearts. You have also make the sweetest little cooing sounds as you try to talk to us!
~ You have begun to enjoy laying on your playmat during the day. You watch the little toys swing and you also try to bat at them a little bit!
~ You are very strong and can hold your head up very well. You are trying hard to roll over and actually did it a couple times yesterday from your tummy to your back!
~ As every baby in this family, you have already acquired a few nicknames. Ellie, of course, and then Ellie Gracious (or just Gracious!), Eleanor the Bellanor (we call Caroline "Caroline the Bearoline"), Leelee (short for Ellie?) and Daddy's favorite, "The Nor".
~ You took your first road trip this weekend up to the mountain house and you did fantastic! It's a 2 hour and 45 minute drive and you didn't make a peep the whole way there. We didn't even have to stop once!
~ We have your 2 month checkup scheduled for Thursday, so I don't know your exact weight yet, but I think you're close to 12 pounds! You nurse like a champ and are growing every day.
We love you, baby Ellie, and are so glad that God chose us to be your Mommy and Daddy. You are the greatest!
Mommy and Daddy.
And of course, some comparison pics!
Anna Kate - two months old
Caroline - two months old
Eleanor - two months old