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    Eisley Avalon (months three and four)

    Growing // At twelve weeks of age, Eisley was 14 pounds, 13 oz. (95th%) and off-the-charts tall. She will get weighed again at her next well check (which I still need to schedule), but I’m guessing she is around 18 pounds now? I need to move her into 9 month clothes this week.
    Eating // Thankfully, Eisley is much more calm when nursing now and she is taking a bottle again. She eats every 2-3 hours throughout the day. It’s strange to think she’ll be starting solids relatively soon.
     
    Sleeping // Eisley typically takes a decent morning OR afternoon nap and then catnaps the rest of the day. She sleeps from about 9pm to 8am each night. Every once in a while, she’ll throw me for a loop and wake up at 6:30am, but she has also been known to sleep until 9am like a teenager. For the most part, I am able to wake up before her for coffee and Bible reading, which means I am starting to feel like my normal self-again after the postpartum haze.
    Doing // Eisley started giggling right at three months of age. She likes having her neck tickled and smiles all day long. She is still loving her play mat and it sitting in her baby bouncer less and less. We tried her in the Bumbo yesterday, but she’s still just a little too floppy for it. Our pool is finally warm enough for her, so we’ve taken her swimming a few times this past week.
    Loving // Baths, when dad holds her facing out, her play mat, walks in the stroller, being worn in the Solly or Ergo, sucking her thumb

    Tolerating// The swimming pool, wearing a life jacket on the ski boat

    Milestones // Visited Ga and Pa in Arizona, went camping in Orondo, went on Uncle Josh’s boat, went to Forest Home Family Camp, started laughing when tickled

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    Dear Eisley (three months)

    Dear Eisley,

    When you were born, you came out with a dark mark on your forehead, your eyelid, and on the side of your tiny nose. In those first few hours of life, when your white fetal skin was slowly turning pink, we couldn’t really tell what the discoloration was. The next day the pediatrician came by and explained it was a “stork bite.” She was unconcerned, telling us it would most likely fade away in the first 1-2 years of your life.

    Within the next few days, I watched a YouTube video of a baby with a stork bite of similar size and placement as yours. The mom made a video of photos of the baby over the first two years of his life, and in each photo you could clearly see the swollen capillaries fade away as the months passed by.

    You are now three months old and two things have happened. First, your stork mark is already fading away. It’s far less noticeable than when you were born. Second, it’s become familiar and endearing to me. On the one hand, I don’t even notice it anymore. I am so used to baby Eisley with a faint pink patch on her forehead. On the other hand, I will miss it when it’s gone. It’s a visible marker of your infancy, and although I want it to disappear, its absence will bluntly remind me that your baby days are gone forever.

    Another thing I’ve noticed about your stork bite is that people are less likely to tell me that you’re cute. And the funny thing is… you are insanely cute with your chubby cheeks, bright blue eyes, and frequent smile. And the funnier thing is that you look almost exactly like your two sisters who, as babies, were labeled “cute,” “pretty,” “precious,” and “darling” by everyone they met. But I think people see the pink mark on your forehead and it stops their tongues from overflowing with compliments about your beautiful eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and pretty red hair.

    I am positive you will grow up to be beautiful on the outside, with ocean-like eyes and ruby hair. You’ll likely have long legs like me and just the right dose of your daddy’s athleticism. The raspberry on your forehead will disappear in just a few months, but I’m sure you’ll hear how pretty you are for years to come.

    You’ll never really remember your stork bite, except by photos, but I do hope you remember this… external beauty is fading, but the beauty within your heart will last forever. The world looks for rosy cheeks, white teeth, tan legs, and perfectly colored foreheads. People are quick to praise attractive faces, but also quick to withhold compliments for the smallest imperfections. I pray you will never find your worth in the praises or critiques of the worldly masses who judge by the worthless standard of outer beauty.

    May your beauty always flow from within, because nothing in this world was made to last. May your heart be filled with peace and joy that radiate to your outer countenance and invite people to know the One who created our exquisite world. Your forehead will be smooth for the next few decades and then I hope it fills with fine lines from a lifetime of laughter and playing in the sunshine. Those wrinkles may be ugly to the world, but they are beautiful to God.

    Love,

    Mama

     

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    Eisley Avalon (two months)

    Growing // At six weeks of age, Eisley was 12 pounds, 3 oz. She is pretty huge, but not quite as big as Z at this age. I can’t keep track of her other measurements (third child problems), but I know she is off-the-charts tall and around 95th percentile for weight and head circumference.
    Eating // Unless my memory is just hazy with the other two, Eisley is my fussiest eater… lots of pulling on and off while nursing, milk spraying everywhere, and some crying in the mix. She also decided a few weeks ago that she hates the bottle. I have not been consistent about giving her a bottle very often, since I’m home for the summer, but when we were moving the past two weeks, both grandmas came into town to help us. Eisley tried to refuse the bottle completely at first, but now we can get her take one “under extreme protest” as my mom described it the other day.

    Wearing // Eisley is comfortably wearing six month clothing. We are in that sweet, short window where they are not too big and not getting too small.
    Doing //Eisley nurses every 2-2 1/2 hours by day and is consistently sleeping about seven hours at night (10ish-5ish). Her naps are super inconsistent, mostly the horrible 20-40 minute kind with the occasional 2-hour “conk out” in the mix. She survived our move and is still sleeping in the Pack ‘N’ Play in our room. I would like to get her out of our room and into the crib, but we are still figuring out sleeping arrangements at our new place. Talitha is still in the crib, but might graduate to a bunk bed or a trundle/daybed with her big sis soon. During the move, we got out the play mat, and Eisley loves looking at the mirror, the hanging animals, and the ceiling fan nearby. She still loves going for walk in the Solly and is now big enough to go in the Ergo too. She smiles and coos now, which is super fun, and I’m hoping she starts giggling in the next month or so.

    Loving // Baths, being swaddled, taking naps in fuzzy blankets on the couch, being held, having her butt patted, hearing the word “hi” in a high pitched voice, her play mat

    Tolerating// The car seat (slightly more than last month)

    Loathing // The bottle

    Mishaps // We walked to a nearby park in our new neighborhood the other day. It’s been in the mid-80s here, which is pretty hot for our coastal area, and Eisley got a sunburn! Her right cheek, a tiny patch on her neck, and the top of her right shoulder got slightly red where they were peeking out of the Solly Wrap. I didn’t realize the new park had very little shade, and I didn’t even think to apply sunscreen to her sensitive baby skin. Lesson learned!

    Milestones // Slept until 6:15 one morning (although 5:15 wake-ups are still the norm), went to a baby shower, tried out the stroller and the Ergo, moved to a new house, met some of mommy’s best friends (Sar-Bear and Stace-Face)

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