Adelaide has become even more vocal this month. We love saying 'baba' or 'dada' to her and watching her trying so hard to repeat it back to us. I don't think her little owl onesie is going to work quite as anticipated (it's a 12 month and I thought it would be fun to see her grow to fill it out) - at four months she's already traded in her 3-6 month clothes for the 6 month fashions...so I foresee the owl onesie being too tight by the time she's 12 months, alas it'll be fun to see her stretch it out :) She is still sleeping through the night (thank God!) and nursing like a champ. I get to nurse her before work when she wakes up - generally between 7am & 8am then she drinks 2-3 4oz bottles while I'm at work, then I'll nurse her 2-3 times in the evening before she goes to bed, usually around 11pm. More often than not, I actually get up to pump when my alarm goes off at 3am (poor Brad has to deal with my alarm going off for 45 minutes while I'm happily sleeping away!) I've still managed to exclusively breastfeed and I'm hopeful I'll be able to continue for at least 12 months. On most evenings I arrive home to Brad cooking dinner and Adelaide sitting in her high chair chewing on a toy while her favorite band, Vampire Weekend, plays. Adelaide got to go on her first roadtrip this month. I had a business trip to Indianapolis, so she & Brad joined me and we were able to visit Brad's cousin in Indy, then we drove to Illinois to visit his Aunt Candy and Grandma (who just moved from California). It was a great trip and for the most part, she did wonderful on the long drive home. She is just the light of our lives and we can't imagine life without her. A few things we don't want to forget...she is quick to smile or give you a laugh, but she gets bored of what you're doing to make her laugh after about a minute and stares at you as if to say "what else you got?"...when she smiles it's with her entire face, especially her eyes. It is the sweetest thing.
We had such a wonderful first Christmas with Adelaide. She was spolied rotten by all her grandparents, aunts and uncles and we thoroughly enjoyed her first Christmas.We spent Christmas Eve with Brad's family and Christmas day with mine and it was so nice being able to spend each day only at one place and not having to rush around from house to house to see everyone. The day after Christmas we had a baby shower for my sister Mary, so needless to say we were all pretty worn out by Monday - ecspecially Adelaide - she fell asleep Sunday evening at 6:30p and didn't wake up until 4:30a to eat!
The older I get the more and more I cherish time spent with my family. We were excited to have Mary & Justin (& Ace) stay with us for part of their time here and it was so nice to get to have one on one time with them (something we do not get often at all!) Scott & Lynne & the kids got to meet Adelaide for the first time and it was so nice having the whole family (minus Mary & Justin who were on their way back to NY) over to celebrate Madelyn's 11th birthday yesterday. It all flew by in a whirlwind, but so many new memories were made.
All dressed up for Christmas Eve at Grandma & Peepaw's
Peepaw & the grandkids - Adelaide did NOT like the rocking chair.
All better in Peepaw's arms.
Anna & Addy
Christmas at Nanny & Pa's
Caleb & Samuel
Seth & Gwen the acrobats...
All partied out
Joy & Adelaide
Gwen, Emma Clare & Maggi all got matching outfits :)
Meredyth & Madelyn in their matching outifts...
Madelyn & Naomi
Nanny & Adelaide
All the grandkids on New Years day at our house
Grandkids with Nanny & Pa