Friday, December 30, 2011

First Christmas (and weeks 31-32)

Last week we celebrated Eleanor's first Christmas. We all had a wonderful time and owe a big "Thank you!" to Eleanor's grandparents, great-grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins for all of the cute clothes and fun new toys. She was truly spoiled!

I thought she might be crawling by Christmas, but she doesn't seem to be in any hurry to be more mobile. She enjoys sitting on the floor and playing with her toys, but doesn't seem eager to do much else. She can turn all the way around while sitting and scoot a few inches, and that’s good enough for her. She still hates being on her tummy, and when I try to give her time to practice crawling, she just cries while scooting herself backwards. I think our wood floors make it difficult for her to get any traction. Oh well. I really don't mind if she puts off crawling awhile longer. It means I can put off baby proofing and keep enjoying the freedom to put her down for a second and know she will stay in the same spot.

Here are some photos from Christmas and the last few days:

Sleeping in, 31 weeks

Christmas Eve at Grandma Fox's

Christmas morning with Mommy & Daddy

Babies' First Christmas with Atlas

Back home playing with a few of her new toys

32 Weeks

Funny face!

Friday, December 16, 2011

30 Weeks

Eleanor is 30 weeks old!

Today she and I went to San Francisco for a fun Christmasy afternoon. We went to look at the big tree and the ice skaters at Union Square, to do a bit of shopping, and to visit Santa! I wasn’t planning on getting her photo taken with him, I just wanted her to see him. I was afraid she would be scared, but when we got there she didn’t seem scared at all, and Santa was so adorable, I just couldn’t resist. Plus, the photos were free and there wasn’t a line! Eleanor was so captivated by all of the people in Santa hats shaking jingle bells at her that I don’t think she even noticed she was on Santa’s lap at all. Seeing my sweet baby girl with jolly ol’ Saint Nick gave me so many warm fuzzies, I’m still smiling about it.

Earlier this week Eleanor's Christmas present from Mommy & Daddy arrived, and we couldn't wait to give it to her. Since we'll be spending the holiday in Phoenix we wanted to do something special at home with just us anyway, so we let her open it. Of course she loved the tissue paper and the bag much more than what was inside (a stocking with her name on it).

We'll be back home from the 21st to the 28th, and we're so excited to spend Eleanor's first Christmas with our family!

Friday, December 9, 2011

29 Weeks

Eleanor is 29 weeks old today!

This week she had her first one-on-one time with Daddy. He took her to the park, to get coffee, and to a bookstore while I was at the dentist. They both had a blast. I don't think Eleanor even noticed I was gone, but she had a great big smile for me when we met up again.

I've got a couple of videos to post. The first is just a few minutes of her playing on the floor, and the second is an older one that I forgot to put up here last month.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

28 Weeks

Eleanor is 28 weeks old!

We had her six month check up on Friday. She weighs 18 lbs 15 oz and is 29.5 inches long!

This week Daddy surprised us by bringing home a little Christmas tree! We’ve been married 5 years and this is only the second time we’ve got a tree. I’m typically not much for decorating for holidays, but having the baby around was making me want to listen to Christmas music and make some popcorn garlands or something. I didn’t think I would care, but I’m totally getting into this whole “Baby’s First Christmas” thing. While we were decorating our tree, I couldn’t help but think about all of the fun Christmases to come. I always loved Christmas when I was a kid, and I can’t wait to relive all of that magic and excitement through Eleanor.

In other news, our girl has developed something of a silly streak! Up until now she has been a very serious baby. She isn’t the type to smile at strangers or go out of her way to make people laugh or attract attention, but all of a sudden she developed the most hysterical little sort of laugh. It’s like a pre-laugh, just sort of a breathy “h-h-h” pant. She does it all the time, whenever she is pleased or excited or about to burst into a giggle or even when she just seems to want a little attention. It cracks us up! I’m going to try really hard to get it on video. It’s the best.