Whew! So Ellen is ONE month old, has had her check up at the doctor and is looking big and beautiful these days. Weighing in at 10 lbs 4 oz she has gained 3 pounds this month and in the 95 percentile of babies. At one month, Viviennne was 12 lbs 11 oz and pretty much off the charts. Smaller is OKAY with me!
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT ELLEN?
- Chain Sneezes | She cannot give just one or two but more like 5 or 6 every time she sneezes
- Strong Neck | Arches her head and neck back to the point where it looks unnatural (first pic)
- Bright Eyes | Ellen has the biggest, inquisitive eyes (second pic)
- Mad Sleeper | Ellen sleeps with a mad face. Its like she doesn’t want to be asleep but the alternative is so much worse so she makes herself sleep and blames us for it (third pic)
HOW IS VIVIENNE?
This is probably the question we most often get. And right now Vivienne is great. We are all in a luxury phase while Ellen sleeps like a baby 80% of the day really. Once she starts to roll, grab and have her own needs and wants besides eating, sleeping and pooping I think we will all be in for a wake up call. But Vivi wants to kiss Ellen ALL THE TIME! Probably about 5-10 kisses in a hour, and that is when we let her. Boullie used to get all the kisses, but these days Vivi only has eyes for Ellen. She has basically found that kissing is one of the only OKAY methods of interaction with Ellen. We put a limit to the touching, grabbing and licking of the baby; you know because we are really good parents.
6 WEEKS APPROACHING
Which means the end of maternity leave and real life begins. Another maternity leave coming to a close and like the last one I can say that I was really NOT productive at all. Closets did not get cleaned, freezer meals did not get made (or any meal for that matter) and really I don’t care that much. At the beginning of a 6 week “break” we have such high aspirations but this we are thinking in terms of pre-baby. Once those babies come all chores/duties are off besides the “dooty” that comes out of Ellen.
I am looking forward to spending more time with these babies of mine. After much number crunching, weighing the pros and cons and then just getting down to the bottom line that I want more time at home. I am working with Captiva to go to a flex schedule where I will be in the office 3 days a week and at home for 2, so almost part-time.
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