Monday, August 25, 2008

Happy 1 month birthday!

In many ways it seems just like yesterday when Richard and I walked into to the hospital the two of us and out a couple of days later as three, with tiny Isabelle snug in her car seat. On the other hand it feels like ages ago! There's been so much we've accomplished in one short month...first cab ride, first bath, first dinner out, first visit with friends, first time to outgrow outfits, and the list goes on! Not to mention Isabelle's personal firsts - yawning, burping, filling diapers at record speed after you've just changed her.

It's been a big month indeed and I'm relishing every moment with this gorgeous little girl. She continues to be a relaxed little baby - our days are filled with cuddling, feeding, changing, play time and sleep - pretty much in that order! - sprinkled with small adventures in the neighborhood here and there. Isabelle is a hit with our friends on 9th street who saw me out and about getting bigger and bigger for 9 months.

Her alert periods are becoming more fun and she is becoming a master contestant in staring matches. She has the most remarkable smile, which comes in brief, passing moments at this stage. Most of the time it's unintentional or when she's dreaming. However, I noticed her completely amused by this big, bright bug toy of hers earlier this week, which I'm guessing was intentional, but by the time I grabbed my camera she seemed to find the same toy completely suspect (see below).

Bath Time!

Look at how big I'm getting!

Snuggles with mommy

Mommy's view when out at a cafe one afternoon

Hi Molly! I only look tired, but I'm really glad to see you

Thanks Vanessa for my pretty ruffles!

Seth, mommy has told about your really cute twin boys, which I pretty much already consider my boyfriends despite my parents saying I'm too young

Daddy, speaking to me in Dutch puts me to sleep

Crazy bug - one minute I think you're cool, now I'm not so sure


Sleeping beauty

Friday, August 15, 2008

3 weeks old!

Our baby is already 3 weeks old! Where has the time gone? We had a pediatrician check up today and baby Isabelle is thriving and doing wonderfully.

Isabelle is a pure delight and we can almost see her growing before our eyes. She fusses only when she's hungry or needs changing, eats well (takes after her dad) & can sleep up to 4 hour stretches. Now we just need to get those long sleep stretches at night instead of the day. :)

We had the pleasure of Oma taking care of us for the first week of Isabelle's life and Opa joining us for the weekend, then Grandma and Grandpa taking over care duties for her second week of life. Richard and I have become spoiled with all of our laundry and meals miraculously taken care of, leaving us to only to adore our baby all day long. Oma, Opa, Grandma, Grandpa - THANK YOU from the bottom of our heart. We really loved having you here - come back any time!

Richard went back to work in the office this week and while we miss him terribly during the day, the evening seems to arrive rather quickly when we are all together again. My day with Isabelle is generally rather relaxed - it's usually 1pm before I realize it and 3pm by the time I've had breakfast. When one is a feeding machine, your day is pretty much laid out for you. We try to get out at least once a day for a walk. Isabelle loves to ride in her stroller; she automatically snuggles up to the left side of the carriage and falls straight to sleep.

Below are a few photos to catch you up on all things Isabelle...Enjoy!

I'm here! Isabelle about 10 minutes old

Daddy's girl already

So happy to have her in my arms

Itsy bitsy baby

With Oma about 16 hours old

Isabelle: "Uncle Steve, you've got to tell me all the mischief daddy got into in his twenties so I have an excuse to never get in trouble."

At home with our baby Isabelle

Could you ever know such a love existed before having a child?

Daddy's classic hold that Isabelle loves

Isabelle enjoyed her time with Oma

Daddy, you need to shave

Bathtime after a rather interesting time trying to stamp her little feet. Why don't hospitals just do this for us anymore?

Snuggles with Opa

Happy One Week Old, Isabelle!

Relaxing with our baby

Isabelle's other favorite hold

I love this picture - she will never be this little again

Snoozing with daddy

Snoozing with Grandpa

Isabelle is thinking, "YES, I'm the first grandchild, which means I get to be spoiled relentlessly! This rules!"

One of our walks in the neighborhood

Bye Grandma & Grandpa - can't wait to see you again soon!

Just for fun...
Do I look more like my daddy?

Or do I look more like my mommy?