Friday, May 31, 2013

Quinn Update

Quinn is almost 11 weeks old. She is the light of my life on the one hand and the main stresser in my life on the other. Funny how that works. :) The crazy amazing, wonderful cuteness outweighs the minor stress, though! 

She continues to be my superstar sleeper. I did NOT know babies like this existed. :) She never really had her days and nights reversed. Even when my mom was here when Quinn was less than a week old, we were both surprised at her long stretches. At about four weeks, ten-hour stretches started popping up, and by eight weeks, 8- to 10-hour stretches had become the norm. (She's not the easiest to get down at nighttime, for some reason, but once she's down, I usually get up with her around 4 or 5, and then she sleeps another couple of hours before starting the day at about 7.) She still sometimes will pull a middle-of-the-night feeding, and I tell myself all the time that she will most definitely regress, but for now, I am sleeping well and relishing every minute. 

The boys still adore her. Chase mainly calls her, "Wittle Miss" (Little Miss). Sometimes I can hardly get to her because Trenton is right over her giving her a hundred kisses. Trenton is also extremely helpful with her in the car. He'll feed her bottles, try to put in her pacifier, or attempt to distract her by talking to her. Whenever he gets out of preschool, he bounds into the van to say hi to her, even if she's asleep. (After which, she is usually no longer asleep. haha) I cannot tell you how grateful I am that they have taken this well to her. I know we are very lucky. 

Speaking of the car, she does NOT care for it! I'm knocking on wood as I type this, but I think we miiiiight be moving out of the woods now that she's almost three months old. It's still not great, but slightly better. She just cannot soothe herself to sleep in the car, so if we get in the car when she is tired but not yet asleep, she will scream. Girl can go from zero to sixty in no time at all! Ryan thinks it's because she is a girl. Female emotions are clearly a mystery to him. :)

For that reason, outings (like to and from preschool) have been stressful to me for the last 11 weeks, but when we are home, she is my little angel. She is starting to fall asleep pretty much unassisted for more of her naps, which makes this busy mama very grateful. (The rocking-bouncing-feeding thing takes a lot of time!) Her smiles are abundant, and she recently discovered how delicious her little fist is! Whenever she manages to get it in her mouth, I can tell even if I'm not looking at her, because I can hear her loud sucking/lip smacking sounds. So cute.

Her latest and greatest development is some cooing when you're looking and smiling at her. The boys are convinced she is trying to talk to them. I love it. 

Anyway, have I mentioned how cute she is and how in love I am? Good, because I am. 


  1. Every single one of these pictures is darling. I can't get enough of her. How awesome she is a great sleeper, too. You look beautiful!
    It's even more fun to read your blog now that I am pregnant with number three and I know she's a girl and our families are following the same pattern. You give me so much to look forward to, though I have the feeling I'm going to need a lot of your advice come October. Although for me, my fear isn't the baby, it's how I'm going to cope with the 2 and 4 year old once I get here!

  2. I'm starting to feel jealous already. Tell us your tricks! :P I love that your boys are so in love with her--we're hoping for the same but have no idea what to expect.

    1. Definitely don't be jealous! I hate it when I read other people's blogs and get that feeling. :) We've got our problems, too, like Baby screaming in the car (or the stroller, for that matter) and a three-year-old who can dish out the DRAMA! (aka tantrums)

      We probably just lucked out with the boys' ages when we had Quinn. They seem to be just old enough to accept the changes without resenting her. But my two tips would be - Try not to blame things on the baby, and go over the top with praise when they are sweet with her. I mean over the top! And all the time!

      You are a strong women, Liz! You're going to do great!

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  4. She is beautiful! What a doll :)

  5. I LOVE that very last picture! She looks adorable. I love hearing about what she is like. Can't wait to meet her! And how precious that the boys have taken so well to her. Sorry about the carseat stress!

  6. She is so beautiful! And lucky you she sleeps so well! We are still working on the sleeping, but at least when we go in the car I can count on good naps for the both of them (knock on wood) :)

  7. You are SO lucky that she's been such a good sleeper! Boy, what a difference that makes. I love how in love with her the boys are. It's so sweet. She is an absolutely doll and you look FABULOUS! Did the pounds just melt off or what?! Lucky you in so many ways. Can't WAIT to see you all! XXO!