Sunday, February 19, 2012

C's first month

This little girl . . .

is growing so fast! (And it's already been about four weeks since she turned a month old, but I have had to put off finishing this post because she got sick.) 

At one week old she was slightly above her birth weight and had grown 3/4 inch.

Her one-month day:
She definitely looks bigger next to the bear than she did at first -- see, here it is again:

Here are photos of each of our girls the day they turned one month old. I think they look pretty similar. I don't know which older sister C resembles more, but the hair sure is different!

She has been just as happy and easy as the other two (Shboogoo was probably the hardest just because we had never been parents before). C quietly fusses but hardly ever cries, and when she does cry someone gives her attention and she quickly calms down. During her first three or four weeks I would change her diaper, which would wake her up so I could nurse her, and then she would go back to sleep. We joked that she had been sleeping for her whole life. After the first . . . few? . . . days she could go at least four hours between night feedings, so I have almost never had my sleep interrupted more than twice in a night.

I love her soft little legs and feet (and all of her other little parts), her smell, the way she stares at me, and her random leg movements during diaper changes. I love her grunts, squeaks, and half-smiles. She smiled at me when she was awake and less than a week old. I think she likes how much her sisters adore her (L has been more clingy, though, and has told me several times, "Don't feed the baby"). Also, I believe she recognizes Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and I Am a Child of God from us singing them to her when she was in the womb.

These are just a few of my other favorite photos of her during her first month.
I cropped the above photo that my friend took. You can see more HERE.
My husband took this photo, and it reminded me of another one we have:


Thursday, February 2, 2012

newborn photo shoot

Some photographers say that they will take photos of a newborn who is no older than ten days old. By the time I chose the clothing and a photographer (a friend I have known since seventh grade) and we did the photo shoot, C was three and a half weeks old. But since she still spent a lot of her time sleeping, it was fine. My family hasn't had much extra money the last few months as my husband has focused on finishing his degree. I was really grateful that my friend said she would take our photos for free. She is so nice! 

First we did some photos outside. Then we went to my friend's house where we had lunch and she took some photos in her living room. I didn't even think about having her take some of C in just a diaper or her birthday suit, but that's okay.

I love how the photos turned out, although the five-year-old complained about the cold and sometimes had a weird look on her face, and the two-and-a-half-year-old didn't want to take her thumb out of her mouth. :o) Here are my favorites.