August 3, 2015

Hazel on the Go: Arizona Bound and Back

We proudly have our first trip under our new parent belts. It was one of those things that we were excited for but also dreaded the possibility of a screaming baby on an airplane. But we prepared as best we could, and went into the experience with high hopes and a calm demeanor. Stressed parent on a plane = stressed baby = at least 20 other very unhappy passengers.

{  "Hazel is packed!" - Tyler  }
We headed out on Hazel's first trip to Arizona! We were excited to see a lot of family and for Hazel to meet many of them for the first time!

We arrived at the airport and actually had a pleasant experience (if there is such a thing) with TSA... turns out they are pretty nice to babies and their parents. And Hazel loved the airport. It was busy and noisy and she couldn't get enough, so she chimed in with gleeful squeals and screams. Loud ones! I was sure everyone around us was praying that we weren't on their flight.

It was an evening flight and Hazel had been awake all afternoon, and I was also pushing the boundary a bit on her feeding schedule because I wanted to nurse her upon takeoff. She was all smiles as we boarded the plane because it was like her own little runway of strangers smiling at her. She was in her element. We went to the back of the plane and found an empty row. It was a full flight so we knew we'd have someone else sitting with us, but we wanted that to be that person's choice. We didn't want to inadvertently choose a seat next to the biggest baby hater on the plane.  Luckily, a mom of a five month old sat next to us.

We nursed on takeoff and the ear popping didn't faze Hazel a bit, but afterwards, she was TIRED. Possibly a little over-tired. She had a hard time getting comfortable in our arms and started to cry. Tyler was trying to calm her but her crying was escalating, and he got worried saying, "give her a boob!" But she had just eaten, so I took her back and managed to find a position that was comfortable enough for her to sleep. And then I did not move for the rest of the flight. Until we nursed again for landing.

Once we were back on the ground there were several people who complimented us and said, "What a good baby!" One man even said, "I didn't even know she was there!"

Whew! Flight number 1 out of the way! Time for the fun to begin!

We had a great time with all the family, despite some unintended circumstances, and Hazel helped spread some joy by sharing plenty of smiles and even a few giggles. I was convinced I was only going to see her when she was hungry... and I wasn't too far off the mark. She had such a great time being spoiled with attention. She got to see grandparents. great grandma, lots of aunts, uncles, cousins, great aunts and great uncles, even a great-great uncle (Is that how that works?). I am so grateful to have such wonderful family!

{  Aunt Linz! They are definitely conspiring about something!  }
{  Peekaboo with cousin Ryan's hat! - She loved playing with Ryan! }
{  Learning languages with Aunt Courtney  }
{ Cuddling with Aunt Cath  }
{  Reading with Aunt Whitney  }

{  Matching with Papa K!  }
{ Goofing off with Bammie  }

{  Saying goodnight to Great Grandma. So happy we got to celebrate your 80th birthday!! }

{  Happy to see Aunt Cara  }
From Phoenix to Prescott to Sierra Vista she was a ray of drooly sunshine almost the whole time. We were in town from Thursday - Tuesday, but it went by much too quickly. The plane ride home was successful and very similar to the first. She was tuckered out from all the fun (and it was Tyler this time, that got to stay still the whole way).We can't wait for our next visit!

{  Pau!  }
On a side note: The only issue has been her sleep ever since the trip... It's been rough. She went from waking up once a night to 2 or 3 times minimum. Last night was doozy and she kept waking up over and over. 4 month sleep regression anyone? Send us some sleep vibes tonight!!


July 25, 2015

4th Month in Pictures

{ The many faces of Hazel in a restaurant  }

{  First time at the pool!  }

{  "Happy Father's Day, Dad!"  }
{  It was a good mail day for Hazel  }
{  Hazel had her first fever and got sent home from daycare in the middle of the day on a Wednesday. Her fever dropped that night, but Thursday evening it spiked again, so she couldn't go back to daycare until the next Monday.  }
{  Action shot! -- Just swingin' and chewing on her elephant  }
{  Chewing on her bottom lip and holding her toes; two new things she learned to do  }

{  There's the drool!  }
{  There's some more!  }
(  First 4th of July!! - We walked up the street to see the town's fireworks, and she slept through the whole show. }

{  Twins! She got her eyes from me :D  }

{  We tested out the cow jumper, but she just wasn't quite big enough yet. Norbert wasn't sure what to make of it.  }
{  Serious cowgirl  }
{  Do you want to eat her cheeks? ...or is that just me?  }
{  Possibly one of my favorite pictures!  }

{  We have had Norbert for 26 months which mean he is about 29 months old (give or take)... maybe he'll get a 30 month post all to himself... but probably not. We love you Norbert!!! <3  }

July 16, 2015

4 Months of Hazel

Dear Hazel,

I can't believe another month has already passed. You have been learning so much so quickly and of course you are still growing quicker than my heart can handle. You are now 26 inches long weighing 14.2 pounds. Everyone comments about how tall you are going to be, because you're already so long.

You are wearing 3-6 month clothing now (although we still squeeze you into some of your smaller stuff.)

You have changed a lot this past month. You literally learn things overnight. Suddenly one day you knew where your feet were and now you love to grab onto them while you're playing on the floor. You are getting better control over your hands, and you frequently try to grasp things and put them in your mouth. You have gotten much better at holding your head up while laying on your tummy, and you're rolling around a lot! At daycare they say you're a reckless roller because you roll over so quickly and sometimes hit your head on the floor in the process.

You are learning all kinds of new sounds, but our favorite is your laughter. Sometimes you sound like a little old man laughing, because you still haven't quite found your voice for it. A few nights ago, though, we took a family trip to Office Max. Your dad was pushing you around in the cart looking at things, while I was waiting in line for customer service. Suddenly, I heard this loud, high-pitched baby laugh and I had to jump out of line and track you guys down to see if it was really you laughing. Sure enough, you were just giggling away at your dad's face and I could hear it all the way across the store.

Lately, you have been in such a good mood. Everything is interesting to you and you love taking in the world and seeing new things. You are entertained by funny faces, and you really like to see your own face in the mirror. You still enjoy being outside and going for walks too.

If there's one word to summarize this month, I would say it is DROOL! You are so drooly and love to chew on your hands, our hands, teething toys, and your pacifiers. You can soak a onesie in drool in no time at all. I haven't felt any teeth poking through so I'm not sure if you are actually teething or just exploring the world with your mouth.

Your sleep schedule has stayed pretty consistent, although the past week you have been waking up an extra time or two during the night. You still sleep in the pack and play next to our bed. We moved you into your nursery for one whole night, but we missed you and brought you back to our room the next day.

I made a big change this month by leaving my full time job. I will be working part time from home now in order to spend more time with you! You will still be hanging out with Mimi and Grandpa one day a week, and still attending daycare a couple days too. You seem to like daycare and do fun things like make artwork, and you have many new friends that you'll be able to play with too (Willa, Zadie, Amelia, Harper, Anastasia -- so many cute names!). But of course I plan to relish in all the Mama-Hazel time I can. Get ready for lots of walking and library story time and whatever other fun things we can come up with to do (Mama-baby yoga?!).

You and your dad have developed a special bond. I don't think anybody can make you smile quite like he can. You are completely infatuated with him and just love to watch him do whatever it is he is doing.

Later today we are heading to Arizona and you get to take your first airplane ride. You're going to get to see a new slew of family members who have been anxiously waiting to meet you. I know they are going to love you just as much as we do.

I love everything about you. The way to stretch your arms the very second I unwrap you in the mornings. Your stern looks and crossed eyebrows. Your broad grin and little dimples. The chubbiness of your thighs, and your jiggly cheeks. Your barely-there, fluffy hair. You are better than I ever could have imagined you'd be. We're so smitten. And our fondness for you just keeps on growing.

Love, love, love

I'm going to have to do a separate post with all her 3-4 month pictures, because I need to finish packing and head to the airport! -- I also didn't proof read this so sorry for any errors! #NoTime