Ellis Ann is Two Months Old!

Ellis Ann,

You have been the absolute perfect addition to our family! We could not have imagined how seamlessly you just would just fit in. Although you’ve only been ours for two months, it’s hard to remember what we were like before you were here! You go with the flow so well, and have just been along for the ride so far!! As an only child, I had no idea what to expect adding a second child to our family. Seeing your brother bond with you is truly so special. You are starting to take an interest in him and always watching what he’s up to now.

It has been a joy to be home with you the last two months soaking up the baby cuddles. So far you are a total mommy’s girl and I just eat it up. You’re sleeping well in the Snoo at night, now waking up to eat only once. We haven’t gotten you into much of a routine yet, it doesn’t seem to bother you though. You’re able to just roll with things so well that we haven’t felt the pressure to get you on a strict schedule. You ride along in your stroller or nap in your car seat for just about anything we want to do! You’re eating about every three hours during the day, going to bed for the night around 10 or 11 and waking up once around 3 for a feeding and back to bed until 6 or 7. We were so thankful that you were a good sleeper pretty much right from the start. You have had no issues with feeding which has also been a blessing (especially knowing there is a formula shortage now). At this point you mostly cry only when you are hungry or sleepy. During the day you want to be held most of the time, and prefer to sleep in someone’s (mommy’s) arms. You nap well throughout the day as long as you’re being held. Around six or seven weeks you started smiling at us which melted us into a big puddle of love. Around nine weeks you flipped from your tummy over onto your back during tummy time.

You are still quite the petite little girl. Finally, wearing newborn diapers and newborn clothes. When you first came home we put you in preemie clothes & diapers because you were such a tiny thing! You are growing so fast and I wish we could slow down time to soak it all up a little longer. You are the happiest cuddliest little one!

Ellis Ann, you have completed our family in the most perfect way! I still can’t believe I have a blue eyed baby girl! I’m often in awe of the life your dad and I have built with two perfect little ones to love! We could not have imagined the joy that fills our home and our lives now. We love you big little one!

1 day old – ready to head home from the hospital – sleeping on Mommy’s chest (where you’ve spent most of the last 2 months!)

1 day old – Meeting Pop Pop and Dadima

1 day old – first stroller ride

2 days old – first trip to the pediatrician

6 lbs 7 oz

2 day old snuggles

2 days old – hanging with Daddy and Brother

3 days old – snuggle bug

3 days old – meeting Aunt Penny (Aunt Jody too!)

4 days old – family time!

4 days old – weight check – 6 lbs 12.4 oz

4 days old – First trip to Costco

5 days old – first trip to the vineyards

5 days old – trying out the bottle

6 days old – exploring downtown

6 days old – lashes for days

7 days old – First Easter

One Week Old – Big Brother keeping watch

8 days old – back to the doctor for an eye infection

10 days old – all the girls snuggled up

11 days old – neighborhood outing

11 days old – snuggling

12 days old – celebratory drinks for everyone

13 days old – watching big brothers swim class

13 days old – the sweetest face

two weeks old – milk drunk

two weeks old – 7.65 pounds

2 weeks old

16 days old – picnicking with Mom and Dad

18 days old – first trip to the grocery store

19 days old – you’re under there, I promise, another vineyard outing

19 days old

20 days old – a little blurry and a lot of love

3 weeks old

3 weeks old – our wild and wonderful family

3 weeks old – Daddy goes back to work

3 weeks old – meeting Grandpa Jack

3 weeks old – out for a spring stroll

3 weeks old – the ABSOLUTE SWEETEST girls!!

3 weeks old – getting a bath

3 weeks old – hanging with Aunt Jody and Bertie

4 weeks old – Celebrating Mother’s Day

4 weeks old

4 weeks old – trying out your chair

Growing this fast is exhausting!

5 weeks old – first tub bath

5 weeks old – the sweetest brother and sister

5 weeks old – your first girls day out

6 weeks old – first baseball game

6 weeks old – out to lunch to meet Aunt Amy

7 weeks old – Mom and Dad’s first night out to celebrate Daddy’s birthday

7 weeks old

7 weeks old – first Memorial Day with your first coordinating outfits

7 weeks old – our little snuggle bug

7 weeks old – Bertie loves snuggling just as much as you

Two months old – so fresh and so clean

and just for fun to see you grow into this GIANT bow!

two months old – wearing Daddy’s outfit

Graham is Two Months Old!

Graham,

It’s hard to believe you have been ours for two whole months! The day you were born our world was forever changed. Before you were here we read all the books and bought all the things. We knew we had no idea what parenting would be like until you were here, but we sure did try to prepare the best we could. Despite our best efforts we still felt very unprepared when we loaded you up in the car and headed home from the hospital.

I guess that’s the thing I see now, you can’t really ever prepare for your life to take on a whole new meaning. You don’t even know what you’re preparing for. Of course there were many late night Amazon orders for things we forgot, but I think perhaps what we were most unprepared for was just how you would change our lives in all the best ways! We love you so big little one.

The last two months have held some of the most challenging days. Becoming parents is hard, becoming parents in the midst of a global pandemic is very hard. We’ve had lots of people cheering for us from afar, but not too many here helping us with the messy parts of new parenthood. Trust me they would be here, if it wasn’t for this pandemic. So mostly it’s just been us, and in many ways I think of it as a blessing. To have had nowhere to go, no one to host, no unsolicited advice, nothing to distract us from you. Just us becoming a family.

We have all come a long way in a short time. You’re becoming your own person right before our eyes, and your dad and I are learning as we go in our new role as mom and dad. You’re starting to smile and interact with us more everyday, and it just melts us both into a big puddle.

You have brought immeasurable joy to our home. You were the brightest light for us, in what was a very dark year for so many. I hope you will continue to shine that light into our lives forever my love. We love you more than all the stars in the sky.

Here are a few highlights from your first two months:

Three days old – meeting your Aunt Jody

Three days old – meeting Bertie girl

Four days old – meeting Dadima and Grandpa

Four days old – first trip to the pediatrician

Six days old – first stroller ride

Six days old – Mom and Dad’s first solo outing (Chic-Fil-A obviously)

Ten days old – your first sink bath

Two weeks old – Daddy went back to work

First solo day with Mommy

You started sleeping in your crib in your room

Your first Christmas

Two weeks old – what meeting friends in the time of Covid looked like

Three weeks old – first road trip to the beach – during our trip to the beach is also when you figured out the difference between day and night! Thank Goodness!

Three weeks old – first time on the beach

First New Year’s Eve at the coast

One month old – you started smiling

Five weeks old – fresh out of your first big boy bath

Six weeks old – Aunt Jody came again to help Mommy get her second Covid vaccine

At six weeks your smiles were more intentional and just the best thing ever for us to see. Between six and seven weeks we finally fell into a bit of a routing which was a huge success for all of us!! As our schedule became more predictable we start to venture out with you a little more also.

Six weeks old – first brewery

You got new reflux meds and started only waking up once during the night at seven weeks old!

Eight weeks old – first trip to the vineyard

Eight weeks old – Carolina beat Dook for your first Tobacco Road rivalry game!

Bertie has been everywhere you are for the last two months!