Friday, March 30, 2012

Remembering to be thankful

A lot of the time I focus on how hard everything feels. Moving country. Pregnancy. A crazy newborn! It's  too easy to fall into the trap of feeling like everything is just way. too. hard, and that I just. can't. cope.

Then I have a day where my eyes become clear and I realise how lucky I am. Many years ago, I dreamed of living in New York. I wanted true love in my life. I wanted a beautiful daughter. All of my dreams have come a reality.

Here's to focusing on the big picture. All the little annoying things will pass, and my life is truly totally amazing.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Spring in Central Park

Spring in New York is my favourite season. The cherry blossoms bloom in the parks and sidewalks, and the gardens are full of daffodils, tulips and crocuses.

We took a trip uptown to see an exhibition at the Jewish Museum. It was Eloise's first gallery experience, as well as her first cherry blossom in nearby Central Park.

Riding the subway like a big girl.

Gorgeous.

Asleep with Dad.

Hey hey, looks who's back!



Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Eloise - Month 6 - 7

Developmental

  • A lot more chatty this month, making new sounds like "dada" and "baba".
  • Finer motor control. Able to touch things more gently rather than bashing things, like our faces!
  • Banging objects together.
  • Loves picking up objects and examining them, particularly pulling them out of her toy box.
  • Reaching to be picked up.
  • Showing a preference for Alec or myself, but generally really social and loves meeting new people.
  • Staying awake for longer periods during the day - up to 3 hours, sometimes longer.
  • Putting more weight on her legs.
  • Eloise is just so happy all the time! She's just such a delight to be around all day now. She enjoys being outside and looking at people, and is pretty much a smiling, laughing little lady all day. 


Milestones/firsts

  • Eloise's two bottom teeth came in this month. We had a super rough few weeks where she screamed and wouldn't sleep, refused solids and didn't want to nurse. One night she finally slept, and in the morning, there they were!
  • First swing this month! The weather warmed up and we started spending time in the parks.


Food
Eloise moved onto a feeding schedule - nursing 4 times a day (6am, 10am, 2pm, 6pm) with 3 meals of solids in between. She loves yoghurt and fruit the most, but will also eat things like lentils and brown rice with vegetables, and with a bit of curry powder mixed in.

Sleep

  • Comes and goes. Bad nights of screaming, followed by nights where she will wake, feed and go back to sleep. A few nights with only one wake up.
  • We finally were able to move Eloise into her crib. We put in a wedge to prop up the end, and put in a vibrating unit under the mattress to simulate the bouncer. A few weeks of this and we took out the wedge and vibrating unit and she finally sleeps in a flat, normal crib. 
  • Major breakthrough with sleep during the day - Eloise now puts herself to sleep. When she shows tired signs, we put her in the crib and she goes to sleep by herself. So great.
  • Likes to sleep on her side!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Meme

My lovely friend Cat over at Letters to Georgia asked me to answer the following questions. I'm not a big tagger of other people to do the same, but I'm happy to play along.

1. What is your strongest belief - something you are so passionate about you can argue your point with anyone? 
Kindness to animals. I'm a vegetarian and have been an animal lover all my life. Nothing makes me more sad or angry than seeing cruelty to animals.

2. What qualities do you hold that makes you a good friend? 
Loyalty, generosity, kindness.

3. If you could live in a television show, which show & which character would you play?
Gossip Girl. I'd love to be Serena and have her wardrobe and amazing hair.

4. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I'd like to have more empathy towards people. While I am fiercely devoted to my friends, I'm not the most humanitarian person towards strangers.

5. What is your current personal life goal?
It's cliched, but travel, experience and photograph the world with Alec and Eloise.

5. Where would you like to go on your next holiday?
The Caribbean. We're going next winter, maybe Barbados or St Maartin's.

6. The old faithful - dead or alive - four people that you will invite to your fantasy dinner party?
Joss Whedon, Jane Austin, Emily Blunt, Heath Ledger.

7. A song that always reminds you of something, and what or who and why? 
"Bubby", Colbie Caillat. My cousin-in-law sang this song at our wedding and whenever I hear it it makes me cry and remember marrying my love.

8. Tell me your typical Sunday 
This has changed so much post-Eloise. After the baby wakes, I feed her, hand her over to Alec and get a few more hours sleep. We then head out to brunch in our neighbourhood in Brooklyn. If it's nice weather we'll take a walk down to the waterfront parks under Brooklyn Bridge or take the subway to Central Park. On the way home, we stop by my favourite bakery, One Girl Cookie for a whoopie pie for Alec, and a spiky cupcake for me. We then play at home with Eloise, put her to bed, I make dinner and Alec and I collapse in bed not long after. Babies are tiring!

9. What was the last movie you watched? 
I hardly ever get time to watch movies anymore. I watched Gosford Park on Netflix recently over a few nights while Alec was working late.

10. What is your idea of a dream date?
My standards have lowered somewhat now that Alec and I have virtually no time alone anymore. Just a few hours to ourselves to have a quiet dinner with good wine is perfect.

11. Post the 11th photo on your phone.

This is a pic from the hospital not long after Eloise was born. I look so exhausted - I'd just had a C-section after 24 hours of labour.