Monday, August 29, 2016

Just like that she's four months!

I'm starting to confuse myself because I'm thinking maybe I should recap the months at the very end instead of the beginning. And if we are being honest I am over 10 days late posting about our sweet girl turning 4 months old anyways. I need to get my act together.

Brynn turned 4 months on August 17th. That same day she had her 4 month well check. Poor thing got another round of shots and I think it was harder on her this time than the last. She is only in the 4th percentile for her weight and had actually lost weight from the 2 weeks prior. So the doctor has us supplementing with about 5oz of formula a day. We do 2oz in oatmeal cereal (half we give in the morning and the other half at night). Then for her last feeding we mix 2 oz of breast milk with 3oz formula.

Because of her weight loss we had to go back for a weight check a week later and thankfully she had gained 8oz in 7 days. So she is now in the 6th percentile. Her doctor told us to continue what we were doing because it's working.

Although she is really little she still amazes me with how strong she is. She can do the tripod sit, and can stand if she is assisted. She is still a rolling machine, especially when we put her in tummy time. Sometimes I worry that she will never learn to crawl because she always rolls out of it. However, she is starting to put her knees under her when in tummy time and can inch forward a little bit.

She is still chewing on everything and is a drooling machine. I can't wait for those teeth to finally come through because I'm praying that will make the drool come to an end. Her clothes are always soaked.

This month she has become more clingy. She only wants her mama to hold her when she is tired. I secretly love that she knows I am there to comfort her. We were blessed with such a happy that really only cries when she is tired. Brynn is such a perfect baby and always makes me feel like I'm doing something right because she gives out smiles frequently. I can't wait to see what the next month brings and how much our cute little thing grows.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Our Brynn Baby is 3 months

I'm way behind on posting about Brynn turning 3 months! Time seems to be flying and I don't like it one bit. I'm thankful she is still a tiny little thing so that I still think she's my itty bitty baby I left the hospital with.
Brynn may want to kill me for the double chin picture one day but it cracks me up! 
A week before Brynn turned 3 months she came down with a little virus. Thankfully it only lasted about 2 days. But at her sick visit she weighed 10lbs 8oz, We just weighed her on Friday and she weighed a little over 11lbs so I can't wait to see what she really is next month. She is sporting her 0-3 month clothes, size 1 diapers, and occasionally some of her newborn clothes.

Cow Appreciation Day & The 4th of July
This past month Brynn has become quite the talker. She loves when we lay next to her on her playmat that way she can tell us about everything. It's one of our favorite things to do with her and she gets quite excited about it.

Brynn's first pedicure
Her Daddy has also gotten her to chuckle a few times. Baby laughs are the sweetest sound in the whole world. We are so thankful for such a happy baby. She spends the majority of her days giving the cheesiest smiles and the sweetest coos. Although she isn't perfect and will definitely let us know when she is hungry or tired.

River Dogs Game & Post Bath Time 
Brynn loves to be outside. When she is being really fussy we will go sit on the patio with her because it calms her right down. We go on lots of walks and she always ends up falling asleep. A sweet friend gave us a baby float for the pool and Brynn loves it so much. She fell asleep in it and probably slept there for a good 35 minutes.

She is also becoming quite the thumb sucker despite her Daddy's efforts to keep them away. She will pull her pacifier out in order to put her thumb in, sometimes both! haha. I also gave Brynn her first pedicure. It was so hard to do but it's the cutest thing...and of course I had to make us matching! ;)

We can't wait to see what this next month brings. I'm pretty sure it will include consistent rolling over! It's so fun to watch Brynn discover the world around her. We are so thankful to be her parents!

Brynn's Blessing Day

I just realized I never blogged about Brynn's blessing day. We decided to do it on June 19th that way both of our families could be here since it was the same weekend as Brad's white coat ceremony. It also happened to be Father's Day which I think made it extra special since it was Brad's first one!

Brad gave her a short but sweet blessing in church along with the men in our families and some of our dearest friends here in Charleston. Brynn was wide awake during the blessing but remained quite throughout it, thank goodness. We were really stressed she was going to cry since our sacrament meeting just so happens to be during her morning nap time.

It was funny because after the blessing the fire alarms in the building went off. Definitely a day to remember. Two of our friends actually recorded the blessing (I'm not sure that is allowed but they did it without us asking and they have emailed it to me). I'm really grateful to have a recording of it and plan on typing it up for Brynn to have once she is older.

I'm so thankful that Brad was able to give her a name and a blessing. Each night I pray that she will always strive to be a true disciple of Christ and that she will realize what a blessing being a member of the Church is in her life.

That is my biggest prayer for my children. To know that they have a Heavenly Father who loves them and wants them to return to Him. I know that if they follow the teachings of the Church they will experience true joy in their life. What more could a mother ask for than for her children to be happy and healthy?!

Stayed tuned this week for Brynn's 3 month post! I have to take pictures today!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

half a dentist

On June 17th (Brynn's 2 month birthday) Brad received his white coat!
1/2 a dentist
This is a day that I have looked forward to since Brad started dental school because it would mark the halfway point of Dental School! Both of our families came into town for the occasion. The day was HOT but luckily the ceremony went pretty quickly.
Our Families
When they receive their white coat it signifies them moving to the clinical portion rather than the classroom learning. Brad LOVES being in the clinic so he is much happier. It also means that he will be able to spend more time with Brynn and me which makes me much happier. haha!  
sporting his white coat 
We are so proud of all the hard work Brad has put into dental school and it's crazy to think that I can officially be his patient now! I'm due for a cleaning so I'm sure it will happen soon! 2 years down, 2 to go! Then the fun of paying off these student loans! ;P
Our little family :)

Monday, June 27, 2016

Two Months

Our little Brynn baby turned two months on June 17th. It is hard to believe its already been two months, yet some days it feels like she has been here forever!

2 month photo shoot

At two months old Brynn is weighing 10 lbs even. That seems huge to me but everyone always mentions how petite and dainty she is. She can still wear a few of her newborn outfits but she is mostly in 0-3 now. She has also graduated to size one diapers due to some serious blowouts!! (take a peek at my instagram if you want proof)

Hamming it up on the porch with Mama!

She is still a great sleeper for the most part. She wakes up at 2:30 to eat and then again at 6 but always goes back down until around 8:30am. We are pretty much on a schedule and it makes my heart so happy, and our days go much smoother when we stick to it. 

First Time to the Beach! 

We finally bought her a little playmat and she could spend all day talking to her little sea friends! It has been so fun to see her little personality come out a little more this month. She smiles more, coos more, and we have even gotten her to laugh a few times!

She is such a snuggly baby which makes us so happy. Baby cuddles make everything better. She loves to cuddle her little lovey blankets and it is the most adorable thing in the world. 

We can't wait to see what milestones little Brynn hits this next month. We love watching her discover the world around her! 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Brynn's First Month

Brynn turned a month old almost 2 weeks ago. I'm such a slacker for just now posting about it. Here is our girl at 1 month old

Ever since we brought Brynn home from the hospital she has been a great sleeper. She sleeps about 4 hour stretches and sometimes we get lucky with a 6 hour stretch. Of course she has her off days where she does 2 but those just make me grateful that it's not our normal.

pictures from our hospital stay 
We are in big trouble once we get to the teenage years because Brynn seems to give men the biggest smiles. Her daddy and dude have gotten the cutest ones but luckily she will give them to mom too. 

She loves tummy time as long as someone is down there with her and playing with toys. She loves to show us just how strong her head and neck muscles are. I'm pretty sure she thinks she's bigger than what she really is. haha.

She LOVES to be held. Which is perfectly okay with me because I love holding that sweet girl and luckily we have lots of family and friends that enjoy it too. 

Brynn is a very easy going baby so far. She cries when she's hungry or wet but other than that she is so content. We've had about 3 bad gas days but luckily gripe water always does the trick.

The girl LOVES the water. She always gives us the biggest smiles during bath time and loves getting her hair washed. We took her to the pool for the first time and she was in heaven, thankfully I see many pool and beach days in our future.

We can't believe it's already been a month. It's so bittersweet for me, but it's a good thing I know each age just gets better and better. We are so thankful to have Brynn in our lives and it's hard to imagine our family without her in it. 

Monday, May 9, 2016

A New Light

The other day I was talking to my cousin on the phone. She was asking me all about my labor and delivery and the topic of how Brad handled it came up.

I knew that Brad would be a champ during labor. He is in the medical field so I knew he would be fascinated by it all and that I wouldn't have to worry about him passing out. I however, was not prepared for how the whole process would strengthen and bring a new light to our relationship.

During my pregnancy I was always so worried about how I would be in labor. Like I have mentioned many times on the blog, I have serious white coat syndrome. I had many women tell me their labor horror stories, many stating that it was the closest a person comes to death. So to say I was terrified would be an understatement. I was worried I would do one (if not all) of the following: yell, say bad words, pass out, throw up, bleed to death...(luckily none of those happened). I had both my Dad and Brad give me multiple priesthood blessings as time got closer.

Anyways, I'm getting off topic. During my contractions and labor Brad kept telling me "you can squeeze my hand to help take the pain away." I never had the urge to squeeze his hand. I knew that the more I let my body relax the quicker my labor would go. During the transition stage of labor I was surprised on how I handled the pain. I didn't want to squeeze Brad's hand but I wanted him as close to me as he could get. At one point he was bent over the bed rails with his head in the curve of my neck. I wish I could've captured those moments in a picture to keep forever, but since I didn't I hope that those intimate moments we shared in that delivery room will always stay in my memory.

I feel like that was the most beautiful part of my labor process (until our Brynn came into the world, of course) and that it says a lot about how much Brad means to me. His presence alone got me through. Words will never be able to express how much those moments meant to me. It reaffirmed that ever since I met Brad, I never had to face anything alone. He was with me every.single.step of the way. I literally wouldn't have been able to do it with Brad. My epidural was more effective on my left side so I was completely numb. Brad acted as the strength of my left side and literally helped me with every single push. He stuck with me every single second of those two hours of pushing. I'm sure he was super sore because I know I felt like I had just ran a marathon.

It was a beautiful thing to see him get emotional as we brought our baby girl into this world together. He is such an incredible husband and father and I pray each night that one day Brynn will find a man who is just like her daddy, who will be with her through all of the ups and downs that life throws her way.