Sunday, June 24, 2012

4 months old!!! (well, 4.5 at this point)
What a wiggle worm she was during this session! So fun to realize how she's changing as I try and pose her. I had to post a bunch from this series especially because I love how it ends ;)  All of a sudden she's just like, 'alright, I've had enough, I'm laying down'
Toooooo cute if I may say so myself ;) And it's always a huge success when I capture a smile in the mix. 
4 months is truly like waking up to a different baby every day! I read that they're that much more alert by the time that they've hit this age, and it affects their sleep because they simply don't want to sleep, they want to stay up and witness all the action. And I can definitely see that in her.  And when she's fussy, she definitely doesn't want me out of her sight. And boy, does she want my iphone. The days of holding her while texting are certainly numbered. And this morning she almost grabbed my placemat which would have sent my cereal and coffee flying. I can imagine that once she can sit up and play with toys, that will help her to be more independent so I can, say, eat said cereal and coffee w/out her on my lap. So that'll be nice. But having her more active in my arms is going to change everything!!
At 4 months she's much better in the car, meaning she doesn't scream at every red light. And, especially after a nice nap, she's perfectly content laying in bed and talking to herself and eating her hands. She also loves to be held upright, even facing backward (her chest to my shoulder). I can get by with holding her on my hip but will wait until she's a bit more steady/solid. She's not as good about being laid down at night while awake. I'm having to nurse her to sleep more often. I need to not spoil her in that area, to avoid a dramatic 'sleep training' process eventually. 
I love my girl!!

Series with Sophie

I just love these photos with Sophie the Giraffe, and her little 'bloomers'

Here's Mila hanging out in my old bedroom at my parent's house. She gets to go over there at least twice a week. On Mondays & Fridays, my mom is kind enough to scoop Mila up at our house around 1pm, drop Greg off at work up the street, and take her back to her house. It's beyond helpful to us, and fun for Mila! 
I love how chubby her thighs look in these photos. Also, right around the time that she turned 4 months, she really 'discovered' her hands. For a week or so after her discovery, she'd just hold up her hands in front of her face and turn them around and wiggle her fingers and stare in amazement, as if she were trying to comprehend the fact that they were attached to her. And then-pop, she'd shove them in her mouth as usual. Babies are such creatures of habit, it's very sweet. 
Hi, my name's Mila, and as anyone who knows me has witnessed, my tongue is sticking out about 90% of the time.

Can you spot the baby??

This is one of my new favorite photos of all time. My parents picked Mila & I up a couple weeks ago and the four of us drove down to Menifee, where my uncle Scott lives w/his family (it's between Riverside and Temecula). This was Mila's longest stint in a car (1.5 hours each way). She did really really well both ways! We got to hang out with family which of course is always fun, and my cousins Samantha and Faith are so cute w/her. Mila even took a nap in Faith's Paris-themed pink & black room. I took this photo while I was getting myself a plate of food. I could die, I think it's so funny. Can you spot Mila?? Propped up between pillows, hanging with my dad. That's, from left, my cousin Greg, my cousin Noah, my Uncle Jim, Miss Mila, my dad, and my Uncle Scott. Classic.

sleepy baby

happy baby

Happy 1st Father's Day

Happy belated Father's Day to Greg. The sweetest papa and the most supportive husband. Greg inspires me every single day, to be optimistic and light-hearted and caring. He has this zest for life that allows him to wake up singing and dancing. He's going to be one of those dads that makes Mila laugh constantly and gets her to do spontaneous, super fun things. And he's an incredibly helpful partner and loving husband. He deserves a Father's Day celebration every day. Unfortunately last week we weren't able to celebrate much, as I was fighting mastitis. He worked 6am-2pm that day, and patiently spent the rest of the evening hanging out with Mila quietly around the house, napping, and eating Island's take-out. I can't wait for all the Father's Days in our future. We'll make sure they're a ton of fun! In many ways, Greg is like my own dad. I'm very lucky. And so is Mila.