Happy Birthday Beautiful Cristina Lei. We love you more than anything!
Feedings are going really well, she takes both formula and breast milk interchangeably, approximately 3-4 ounces per feeding. We have been feeding her only when she's hungry or cries and that is usually every 2-1/2 to 3 hours during the day (breast milk) and sometimes up to 4+ hours at night (formula). We are still not getting enough sleep but it's kind of encouraging that she is possibly moving towards sleeping longer at night. I, personally, cannot wait until this stage! :-)
Bill has been an absolutely awesome stay-at-home-dad. He is a natural and takes her on errands to Whole Foods, Home Depot and Costco, and even takes the basinett to the back yard with Chloe and does some yard work and gardening. I'm so lucky to have him in my life...and to take care of our daughter. Such an incredible blessing!
She takes a binky very, very easily...I wasn't aware that some kids don't take pacifiers very well for soothing...so we consider ourselves lucky that she takes one quickly and it calms her down when she's fussy. She's even found her fingers for self-soothing. Next she'll be juggling and doing aerials and hopefully making dinner. If only!
This Week in Photos (and a few really cute ones I forgot to add from the previous week):
Obviously Papa Doug swaddled her because she got her arm out...which has been happening a lot lately. Time to stop swaddling?? I hope not because it sure calms her down and she's easy to carry when she doesn't have arms and legs and a bobbly head swinging around.
In her boppy pillow sleeping. Last night I fed and burped her and then while watching her sleep in the pillow I myself fell asleep in the rocking chair for two hours. I woke up at 12:45 am wondering where the heck I was and who this child in my lap was. I think we are just a little tired around here.
Waiting to see her pediatrician in Hawaii for the first time.
Everything checked out great and she gained 9 ounces!
Chloe is showing Cristina the neighborhood. Yes, I took her outside in only a diaper because 1. It was hot, and 2. it was a feat just to get out of the house with a dog, a stroller, a baby and a cup of coffee!
"Wave your hands in the air!!"
Laying on the very cute blanket that was (surprisingly) color-coordinated with the nursery. The blanket was hand-knitted by Uncle Scott's mother in Arizona. It's perfect!
Someone's neck is getting stronger...no more bobble-head soon!
"tits up" in the basinett
Aunty Malia gave her a very "proud" two-piece bathing suit.
The gay pride-themed suit part was by accident, but we all got a very good laugh out of it.
Baby Burrito 2!
I thought I would add a photo that Uncle David in DC sent, of the collage on his refrigerator.
I think he misses us! We'll be back!
I'm finding that the Bob Marley Pandora station is the best to soothe and rock Cristina to sleep. It's on CONSTANTLY.
Aunty Sharon, who has been soooo supportive throughout our baby-making process.
"Chicks Rock" onesie, from Aunty Shannon.
She wears it well.
Ok...another Chloe/Cristina favorite. Actually, Bill left the room to get some coffee and Chloe relocated from the other side of the bed, to get some good snuggle time with Cristina.
"It's 6 am -- please don't wake me"
Little piggie toes in the air while eating lunch!
and very, very serious faces.
Finally, a video of Cristina sleeping. If you can hold out the minute and twenty seconds there's a few smiles, some rolling of her eyes...and I think possibly a little gagging?
I'm terrible...here you go:
That's it for now. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.