Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Eleanor's Baby Blessing

Sunday (February 19th) was a wonderful day for our little family. First of all, it was Peter and I's two year anniversary! I can't believe it has already been two years. Secondly, we had Eleanor blessed at church. It was an amazing day filled with happiness, family, and friends! Peter gave Eleanor a beautiful blessing and it was so fun to celebrate with that blessing with the people we love.

Sometimes it is really hard to get a 2-month old to take a happy picture. Even though she is not smiling in any of these, she is still super cute!! =D

I promise, she really is a happy child!!

I LOVE the yawning picture! She is such a doll.

After the blessing we had a little lunch back at my apartment. Thank you to Ashley, Erika, Tyler and especially Kathie (Peter's mom) for all your help with the lunch! It turned out really cute and really yummy!! Thank you so much to everyone who took time to come to Eleanor's blessing, we really appreciate it. And to those who weren't able to make it (mainly my family) thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers, we missed you. We love you all!


We had a table with sweets, pictures and little things related to Eleanor's life so far. That is her very first cast...I can't believe she has grown so much already!

Thank you Janssen for the cute garland idea!
Idea from: this blog via pinterest

We used her cast as the guestbook for everyone to sign. It makes it much more colorful and fun! =D

Eleanor is such a blessing in our lives. She has the sweetest little spirit and bring us so much joy. I can't imagine our lives without her and I am so glad we are blessed enough to raise such an amazing little girl. We love her so much and thank Heavenly Father for her every single day.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope you all share this day with someone you love. Sadly, Peter has to work tonight, bummer. But at least I get to spend today with my little girl. 

Eleanor and I had a blast taking pictures for Peter! I have the best daughter and husband in the world, I couldn't ask for anything more.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

2 Months

This month has been so fun! You are really starting to develop a personality and it is a blast to watch. You make a new noise every single day and have started babbling more and more. You love to gurgle and squeal. You also love to copy mommy and daddy when we stick our tongues out at you, it is so cute. This month you started sleeping between 7 and 10 (that has only happened once and it was wonderful) hours at night and we absolutely love you for it. You have also started to consciously smile at us, yay! You smile at daddy a lot more than you smile at mommy, especially when he speaks French to you. We think your first word will most likely be a French word, you seem to love it.

Sadly, you had to go get that darned cast back on your leg and this time you hated it so much. You cried harder and louder than you have ever cried before and made mommy want to cry right along with you. Fortunately, you got use to the cast within a few days and now you are enjoying your scooting powers again. We frequently go into your room to find you have scooted all the way into the corner of your crib and have gotten stuck there.

You spit up constantly, hence the spit up spot in the picture above, and your favorite times to spit up are right after I get you dressed for the day, and right after I finish giving you a bath. You eat between 4 and 6 ounces every 3 to 4 hours and you have the cutest cheeks and double chin to show for it. You love music and calm right down when I sing to you. You are starting to focus on our faces more and more and love looking at black and white pictures and shapes. You are so fun to cuddle with and frequently take naps in the lazy boy with mommy or daddy because we just don't want to go put you in your crib.

We are excited to get you blessed soon and love watching you grow more and more every day. We don't know what we would do without you, we love you so much!

Weight: 11 pounds 5 ounces - 53rd percentile
Height: 22.25 inches - 41st percentile
Head: 15.5 inches - 84th percentile

1 Month post

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Cast: Update

In my last post about Eleanor's cast I was very excited because she was going to have to wear the cast for 3 weeks, but after 2 weeks the doctor said she didn't have to get a third cast. I was finally going to have a little baby with proportional limbs and I would stop getting looks from people that said "That woman let her newborn break her leg, what a terrible mother". Things were wonderful. The doctor said he wanted to see her back in one month to check her progress.

Well, one month was yesterday. Sadly, my little baby girl came home from that appointment with another cast. I was seriously so upset when the doctor said we needed to cast her for another 3 weeks. Part of me is really angry that the doctor didn't just put the 3rd cast on her to begin with...but I know he is just trying to do what is best for her. Last time I talked about what an angel Eleanor was while getting the cast on; there was nothing angelic about the second time around. It took everything in me not to cry while they were putting it on her, she just wailed and wailed, it was awful. Thankfully, she fell asleep on the car ride home. Then, I went to book club and left her with Peter. When she woke up she started right up where she left off, poor Peter, and just screamed and screamed and screamed.

It is so sad. Eleanor LOVES to kick her feet and she LOVES putting weight on her legs and standing up on our laps, she can't do that anymore, and it is so frustrating for her.

The worst part about all this is, the doctor said the risk with this 3 weeks is it might not change anything. He says she will most likely have problems with her foot in her adult life if we can't correct it more, and this casting is the last chance to correct it, and it might not do anything. That is my biggest fear, that she might be going through all this for no change at all. However, Peter keeps reminding me that we will really regret it if we didn't do everything possible to try and correct it now, so I think we are doing the right thing. It's just so hard to watch her go through this, but I know it will all work out. I just love her so much!

We waited like 2 and a half hours before the doctor came in to see us. This was before we found out the news, hence Peter's smile. Doesn't Eleanor look so tiny on that big table? :)

Before they casted her leg, they told me to undress her down to her diaper. So I did. Then, they made us wait like 25 minutes before they casted her, so she was freezing. Peter was nice enough to share his suit jacket.

And here it is. At least they let us do purple this time instead of boring white.

 She is just so cute...cast and all!