The First of many Firsts……

Over the past week there have been many milestones hit in our household. Sunday, we all made it to church for the 11am service which was Bella’s very first! We attempted to make it the previous Sunday but I soon realized I needed a lot more preparation time then I had allowed for. This week I was determined we would get there and next week we hope to make it in time for Sunday school. I have been so ready to get back into our regular routine and really feel one step closer now! Bella did great during the service and I was very happy that she slept peacefully and didn’t cry or fuss at all. Another milestone reached this week was that Bella lost her umbilical cord and was able to take her first bath, which she LOVED! In the picture we took of her she looks a little startled but she became very calm once she was settled into the warm water.

She really is a good baby and with the exception of what I call her “fussy time of day” around 5:30pm, she is very easy to take care of . I have been trying to get her to take a passy during her fussy time, but have discovered that she seems to prefer her thumb. This is a cute picture we took of her with her passy.

We have been giving Bella a bottle of breastmilk once a day in preparation of when I go back to work. This is a picture of Michael feeding Bella her first bottle……
( I think its so cute how she always covers her eyes. She is NOT a fan of lights!)

Mary Kathryn is becoming a big girl in her own right. She began sleeping in her own bedroom this past week. She had always slept in her own bed until we moved into our current house over a year ago and she became scared to sleep in an unfamiliar room. She began sleeping with Hailey and never stopped. Recently we decided that there was way too much giggling and playing after bedtime and that it was time for Mary Kathryn to sleep in her “big girl bed”. Thankfully, she made the change without a fight but insisted on a small light left on in her room at night. We agreed and she is now officially in her own room!

Hailey has been loving having Bella around now. I believe she would hold her all day if I let her! Her biggest adjustment has been being at home much more. Hailey is a very social child and loves to be on the go. Luckily, we have had plenty of visitors and we have been taking her out and about as much as possible. Still, she is ready for the hustle and bustle of school to start back! I, on the otherhand, don’t know if I’m ready for all that running around yet!

Its amazing how quickly time has been flying since I delivered 3 weeks ago. I happily graduated from my maternity clothes about a week ago, though it will be a while before I can fit into anything from my pre-pregnancy wardrobe. But…….What a small price to pay for such a wonderful blessing!!!:)

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