Monday, April 20, 2009

She just gets cuter with age

Hayley turns 2 months old tomorrow. I'm still blown away by the fact that we even have a baby, and now it's been 2 months. Everyone who said "it goes by fast" weren't kidding.

We brought Hayley to her latest check-up on Friday. She's doing great! She now weighs 11 pounds 4 ounces, which means she gained 2 pounds in the past month. This puts her right in the 50th percentile for baby weight gain, according to the pediatrician. She is noticeably bigger. In fact, we've had to retire a couple outfits, including the pajamas she wore the day we brought Hayley home from the hospital. Here she is, not fitting into it:

In other news, Miranda went back to work today. I am officially a stay-at-home dad. This is both exciting and scary (which seems to be the theme of my life over the past year). It's going to be a big adjustment, but hopefully we'll figure it out. Aside from the logistics of it all, I need to get over how guilty I feel. No, taking care of a baby by yourself is not easy, but I'd rather be spending my days with my daughter than going to work, and I know Miranda would trade places with me in a second. It's times like these that I really wish we were filthy rich.

Anyway, plenty has happened in the past couple weeks. First off, as you can see from the header pic, Hayley is enjoying bath time much more now. Hopefully that will continue.

Next, we have Hayley getting to know mommy's new "diaper bag".

Here she is sleeping in her new co-sleeper. This is the first step toward weaning her off us. Eventually we'll start putting her down in her crib.

Hayley went on a big sports kick, attending her first Sharks game and her first Red Sox game. She did really well at both, sleeping through most of them.

She also celebrated her first Easter. Here she is with the basket she got from the Easter bunny (aka mommy).

I'm so cute! Love me!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Busy baby

Life as a 6-week-old must be very tiring. Just look at all she's done:

Hayley visited her first beach, the San Gregorio state beach on Highway 1 between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz. She wasn't quite ready to play in the sand, of course, but she got a whiff of the sea air. That day, she also saw downtown Half Moon Bay (which apparently is a ghost town on Tuesdays) and then hung out at the best ice cream joint in the bay area, Marianne's in Santa Cruz.

Hayley met her cousin Caiden James Gilbrecht (born March 4th, a mere 11 days after her). They sat together for a little bit, wondering why the adults were making so much noise at them. Afterward, she was all smiles. Hayley made her first friend!

She also took her first full bath. Up until then, we were just wiping her down and washing her hair over the sink. She usually enjoys that, so we were hoping she would like the bath. As you can see, she was not thrilled. Maybe next time.

Hayley even went to her first sporting event to cheer on Dylan, who was playing in his first t-ball game (yes, he's only 3 years old). It was a beautiful Saturday morning in sunny California and the crowd was excited. Naturally, Hayley slept through it all.

Other highlights: we've started supplementing her diet with formula, she's wearing more of her cute outfits, we took her to the Sharks store at HP Pavilion, aka the Shark Tank (where the San Jose Sharks play and where she'll go to her first hockey game next week), she's cooing and playing more, still sleeping a lot, and adding tummy time to her day. We also got some good news at the pediatrician's office when we brought Hayley for an impromptu weigh-in. Our baby is officially in the double digits! She tipped the scale at exactly 10 pounds. This means she is gaining weight properly.

Woo! I'm growing!