How Old: Three months!
Weight: 10 pounds
Likes: Bright lights, baby swings, grandparents and being held so she can see everything!
Dislikes: The car (she HATES getting in her car seat and melts down if she even sees it!), being held close (sweaty baby) and mum and dad "not doing it (being anything) right!"
Eating: We are still going strong with breast feeding although formula is just not happening. She vomits everything - even the special hydrolyzed stuff from the doctor. I wish I could just give her breast milk forever, but I can't pump enough to sustain her - especially when I go back to work. I think I detect a problem!
Sleeping: I always feel like I'm getting somewhere with sleep and then we take a few steps backwards. Emma is getting much easier to put down for naps and can go anywhere from 20 minutes to two and a half hours. At night she is AMAZING! She's gone stretches of five hours and usually only feeds once now. Of course we have massively screwed her up by giving her jet lag but she still managed to sleep for nearly eight hours the other night! Victory!!
Routine: I've totally got this. Up by 7- feed for 35 min, play until 8:30, mini melt down, nap. Repeat!! I read the book Secrets of the Baby Whisperer (and let me say - it's the best baby advice book I've read to date) and it described the different types of babies - Emma is a "spirited" baby to a T! I really listened to the advice in the book and suddenly I started to understand her -- I would recommend that book over and over again!
Sizes: WELL. Emma wears a three month Carters onesie but SIX month leggings as she is just all legs! She's still in one month Mothercare onesies. I keep saying her shape is more American. That's my girl.
Milestones: Oh, the smiles...they just melt my heart. She's even started to cough while smiling - we know it's the start of her laugh! She's cooing away and will have a nice little conversation with you if you're lucky!
Mum's favourite moment: Flying from Newark to London and sleeping.....the WHOLE TIME. When people compliment you over and over for how awesome your baby was - you just can't help but beam with pride!
Dad's favourite moment: My mom and sister bought Emma the little pink skeleton outfit (sold out, but similar here). We dressed her in it one morning at about 5am and then propped her up in bed with my sister (who had drawn the short end of the stick and was sleeping in the corridor on a blow up mattress. The glowing skeleton in bed with Erin was truly hilarious.
We had an AMAZING time in America and we are so grateful for having the opportunity to go. B's parents are so generous and I cannot thank them enough for taking us to see my family!
Emma's first plane journey was a success!
She enjoyed loads of cuddles and did really well on the first leg - it was on the way home that she really REALLY slept though!
We wanted to Baptise Emma, but thought it was really important to do so in Ohio. My brother and sister are her Godparents and the dress was the same dress all three of us wore and originally was worn by my Aunt Rose. We had so many family and friends come to celebrate with us!
She changed so much over the two weeks we were in Ohio - I thought she became far happier and much more settled. It's probably due to all of the brilliant people she met!
Mom and Dad were obviously smitten, but so was the rest of the family! Obviously!!
Cutest Owl ever? I think so.
My brother, Brian, and his girlfriend, Deepika, joined us all the way from Texas. Emma was only a little peanut compared to Uncle Brian.
Auntie Erin was particularly in love - fortunately she didn't cry too much in the night and wake her up (seeing as she was the only person who had to leave us and go to work during the week - poor Ron needed her sleep!)
Aunt Rosie also had Emma cuddles - I love this photo of them, although I wish Em would grow some hair already!
We took Emma to the nursing home to see my Grandpa and she started kicking off and crying - Grandpa immediately reached out to comfort her and she calmed down. She whimpered and he started to stroke her feet. I know he has dementia and doesn't recognise me, but he recognised a baby and knew what needed to be done to help her.
B and I did manage to sneak away for an evening and had our first DATE since Emma was born. We left the grandparents with a bottle of breastmilk (which took me FOUR DAYS to express) and headed to Tremont for drinks and dinner. We started out at Press Wine Bar for a much needed glass of wine and then had an amazing meal at the ever so trendy Parallax. They specialise in sushi and fish dishes and they did not disappoint.
Finally, we headed to Patterson's fruit farm for some apple cider and pumpkin fun with B's mum and dad. I LOVE autumn in Ohio as the leaves are just beautiful and apple cider is probably the best drink EVER.
Emma was loving her stroll in the moby wrap - and then we decided to take a photo of her in the pile of pumpkins...
Nope. Not having it. (Seriously though - how cute are those PJs?)
All in all, it was an amazing trip to see some amazing people. Emma is so lucky to have so many wonderful people in her lives. B and I are so grateful for the love and support everyone has shown and we can't wait to see everyone again soon.