Two Months Old!

Dear Eryn,

Somehow, inexplicably, you’re already two months old! It seems like yesterday that you were born, yet it seems like you’ve been here forever. We had lots of fun taking your two month pictures – you are just so beautiful! I can’t pick a favorite – they’re all so wonderful! – so here are the cutest ones:

In other news, we had your two-month appointment with the pediatrician this week. We saw Al (Annaliese), the PA, who was very excited about how big you’ve gotten! You weighed in at 9 lbs 7 oz and 20 ¾ in long! That means you’ve gained almost two pounds in a month! When you’re a teenager, you won’t be happy about that, but right now, it’s wonderful! You got your two-month vaccinations, which was horrible for me and momentarily painful for you – I think I cried more than you did! But you came through great – no reactions or problems. You were such a brave girl!

And because you’ve been growing so much, you’ve officially moved into size 1 diapers, and you’re wearing 3 month clothes! I packed up most of your newborn clothes today – it was a bittersweet moment for me. I’m so glad you’re growing, but you’re growing so fast! You start school next week at the TSYS Learning Center (TLC), so these are my last few days at home with you. I’ve loved these 10 weeks (despite the two we spent in the hospital), and I’m so lucky to have been able to have so much time with you. I’ll miss you terribly while I’m at work, but I’m so glad you’ll be right across the parking lot! And you’ll love school – we met your teachers, Miss T and Miss Tonja, last week, and they’re so nice! You’ll have lots of fun with them.

This is backtracking a bit, but a week or so before Christmas, you really started smiling at us! You have the most beautiful smile. You’re definitely a morning girl, and you love to smile at me when you wake up. It’s just so sweet!

We can tell that you’re on the brink of giggling! You definitely think we’re funny, especially your daddy, who loves to dance around with you and make up songs to sing to you. He’s much better at that than I am – you have such a creative daddy!

You’re growing up so fast, but we’re loving every minute of it! You’re just the sweetest baby ever!

Love,

Mommy

Eryn’s First Christmas

Dear Eryn,

Merry Christmas! It’s your first Christmas, and it’s been a great one! We spent Christmas Eve having a lazy day, and BeBe got here in the afternoon. We went to Grandmommy and Granddaddy Hipps’s house for our traditional Christmas Eve oyster stew and vegetable soup, and then we sang Christmas carols around the piano. You loved it! We’ve been singing Christmas songs to you for weeks now, so I think you even recognized them! Of course, we Hippses love to sing, and BeBe is a great pianist, so we had a wonderful time! You were a sweetheart and cooed and smiled at everyone.

Christmas morning was lots of fun – we got up and made breakfast, and then we opened our stockings. You got some fun toys and a soft pink elephant.

Wow! Santa came!

I like my little pink elephant! It’s soft!

Then Grandmommy Hipps arrived (Granddaddy wasn’t feeling well, so he wasn’t able to come – boo!), and we prepared our Christmas feast! About halfway through our lovely meal, though, the smoke alarms started going off, and we couldn’t figure out what was causing it. It was very annoying and loud, but you didn’t seem too bothered by it, as you were enjoying sitting in your bouncer in the dining room. After Daddy and I scoured the house looking for smoke or flames, we finally got online and discovered that sometimes dust in the smoke detector can cause it to go off erroneously, so we got out the vacuum and sucked every last bit of dust out of that thing, and it seem to have worked! It didn’t go off again. Unfortunately, it made us very frustrated and on edge, which is not what I wanted for your first Christmas! But once we got that silly alarm taken care of, we set about opening the piles and piles of gifts! You must’ve been very, very nice this year, as Santa brought you lots of great stuff – some wonderful clothes that you’ll look adorable in, some fun toys, lots of books and CDs – you’re a lucky girl who is very loved! You didn’t seem too interested in opening the gifts – you just took a nap with Grandmommy Hipps – but the rest of us enjoyed seeing all your loot and opening our own! We missed Granddaddy Hipps terribly – it wasn’t the same without him! We hope he’s feeling better.

So many presents!


These were all yours!


But all the excitement wore you out, so you let us unwrap your gifts while you napped with Grandmommy


Mommy and Daddy got some great presents, too. You and Daddy gave me a beautiful citrine pendant – citrine is your birthstone, baby girl! – that is accented with diamonds, my birthstone, and it’s just perfect! I can’t wait to wear it all the time! You obviously liked it because you grabbed hold of it a few times this evening, and I had to pry your strong little fingers from it! It wouldn’t do to break Mommy’s necklace the first day! Daddy got a neat coffee pot, and we all got lots of DVDs, books, and CDs. We have lots of relaxing to do! One of the coolest things Mommy got was two notebooks that your BeBe wrote in when Mommy was just a baby like you – a paper version of these letters I’m writing to you! It’s so neat to read about me as a baby, and I hope you’ll find this blog fun to read one day, too! Thanks so much for such a wonderful gift, BeBe – these notebooks mean so much to me!

Eryn and BeBe


Even Holly and Bella got great presents – Holly loves her squeaky candy cane!

All in all, you had a great first Christmas, surrounded by family and friends, just like it should be. The best gift of all, though, is you – that you’re here, happy and healthy, and that Mommy is all better and that our little family is together. We love you so much, sweet girl, and you’re the gift we treasure all year round! Merry Christmas, sweetheart – Mommy and Daddy love you!

Love,

Mommy

Letters from Mommy

Dear Eryn,

Hi, my sweet girl! I should’ve started writing these letters right after you were born, but as you won’t recall, we had a crazy first few weeks with you, so I’m just now getting to it! But as these days are passing so quickly, I want to capture whatever I can to share with you later (and for me to cry over when I read them throughout the years – yeah, believe it or not, your mom’s a bit of a softie J) .

 

It’s almost Christmas, so we’re currently in the throes of preparation – your daddy is upstairs wrapping our gifts (yay!), most likely taking forever on each one and using waaaay too much tape. He needs an intervention for his overuse of tape while wrapping. It’s an endearing quality, but it means we never have any tape in the house! You’re currently lying next to me on the couch, kicking your legs, talking up a storm, and spitting out your binkie so I’ll have to put it back in. This is your favorite game – watch me spit out my binkie and make Mommy and Daddy race to put it back in! It really is quite cute until you spit it onto the floor, which means we have to find it, wash it, and get it back in your mouth before you have a meltdown. You don’t know this yet, but you’ll be getting a binkie leash in your Christmas stocking! At least it’ll stop the binkie from falling on the floor amidst the dog hair.

 

Last week you had a bit of a growth spurt, so you were very hungry and very fussy – always wanting to be held, and you wanted me to walk around the house constantly. You didn’t like it when I sat down. Needless to say, I was happy at the end of the day when Daddy came home and could walk with you for awhile! Even though you’re only seven pounds, you get a little heavy after awhile! And you wanted to eat every 2.5 hours instead of every 3-3.5 hours, which was rather demanding (though I was happy to oblige, of course). But the growth spurt did the trick – you went from weighing 6 lbs 15.3 oz on Monday, Dec. 12 to weighing 7 lb, 8 oz one week later! When you’re a teenager, I’m sure you won’t be happy about gaining weight, but right now, Little Miss Petite, it’s a good thing! You’re still swimming in your newborn clothes, and you’re almost seven weeks old! You’re just as sweet as you can be though – you’ve started smiling and cooing a lot, and you try to mimic our facial expressions, which is adorable! But to see you smile – oh, it just melts my heart! You’re just so precious to me and your daddy! Our baby girl. We love you so much!

 

Love,

Mommy

Blog, Take 2,395,402,310

Yes, once again I have failed to keep up this blog. I mean to, honestly I do. And now that I’ve figured out that I can post to this blog directly from Microsoft Word, I think I’ll be more diligent (I use this method all the time at work – don’t know why it took me so long to realize I could do it here, too!).

So you probably know this already, but Eryn Elizabeth is here! She was born on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at 5 a.m. on the dot. She weighed 6 lbs, 4 oz and was 18 3/4 in. long. When I get a chance, I’ll scan in our Christmas card/birth announcement for posterity. It really is cute 😀 The whole birth story is forthcoming, as well as the saga of our 11-day hospital stay when Eryn was two weeks old.

Now that the pregnancy part of this journey is over, I want this blog to be mostly about Eryn (with a little about us thrown in occasionally). Therefore, most of my posts will be addressed directly to her. My hope is that one day, she can look back at this blog and read about what she was like as a baby – what she did on a daily basis, pictures and video of herself, etc. Baby books are fine (and one day I’ll get around to filling hers out), but I want to take advantage of the technology we have available to us. My mom (Hi, Mom!) had her old Super-8 tapes converted to DVD a few years ago, and it was the coolest thing to see my first Christmas, my first birthday party, etc. Of course, maybe by the time Eryn’s a teenager, everything will be in holograms or something, but we’ll do the best with what we have.

So the Hipps Family Project proudly marches on, this time with a baby in tow! Hope you’ll stick with us as we experience the joys and trials of babyhood!

Making progress…..

So time marches on…and we’re making progress on baby stuff!  I’ll be 26 weeks on Wednesday, and things are going great.  I had my 24 week appointment a few weeks ago, this time with one of the OBs in my midwife’s practice (they rotate at the 24 week appt so you have a chance to meet at least one of the OBs in case you have a c-section).  He was very nice and said she’s looking great!  I did have an ultrasound, but it was pretty short – they just checked her spine and face to make sure there weren’t any abnormalities (they’d normally do all this at the 20 week ultrasound, but she didn’t cooperate 🙂 ).  Still haven’t gained any weight, but she has – she weights over a pound now!  According to my BabyCenter emails, she’s about the size of an eggplant now.  I feel her move pretty regularly now, especially after I eat or when I lie down at night (though she hasn’t woken me up yet).  Bennett hasn’t been able to feel her move yet, but I’m sure it’ll happen soon!

 

The nursery is coming along…..we cleaned out the office over the July 4th weekend and got everything ready to move upstairs.  Our friend Matt Dorman, who owns a moving company, came that Friday, and he and his guys moved everything for us (and rearranged a bunch of furniture upstairs), and he brought my childhood furniture down from Mom’s house.  It was Mom’s furniture when she was a little girl, so it has some history!  Here are some pics:

The hutch and chest - and our owl collection

The hutch and chest - and our owl collection

Dresser

Dresser

 

I’ve always loved this furniture, and I’m so glad we get to use it!  Thanks, Mom!  😀

We ordered the crib from Wal-Mart about a week ago.  They had the exact same crib at Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target, and Babies R Us, and Wal-Mart was the cheapest, so we went with that (though I usually hate dealing w/ Wal-Mart).  But we used their Ship to Store service, so we were able to pick it up and save the shipping fees, which saved about $40.  We got it put together today – it was surprisingly easy!  I think it looks wonderful!  Bennett did a great job – I helped by holding the pieces in place, but he did most of the work.  Holly helped, of course – she’s a great supervisor!

The crib!

The crib!

Detail on the back of the crib - it matches the back of the hutch and our doors perfectly!

Detail on the back of the crib - it matches the back of the hutch and our doors perfectly!

Holly checking out the nursery - she loves it in here!

Holly checking out the nursery - she loves it in here!

 

I hope to figure out all the bedding stuff this week so we can get it ordered.  Mom’s going to lend her design expertise – I’m just not good at colors and stuff, but she is.  The company is called Carousel Designs, and it’s based in Douglasville, GA, so it’s nice that they’re right up the road.  They do custom bedding, so I’m trying to decide which fabrics we like and in what combination.  We’re going to go with just the dust ruffle and some drapes – everything I’ve read about bumpers seem to suggest that there’s never a “safe” time to use them.  When they’re tiny, they’re a suffocation risk, and when they start to stand, you have to remove them so they don’t use the bumpers to climb out of the crib.  So I’m just not going to spend the money on something that we won’t use most of the time!  But here’s the link to see the fabrics and stuff.

Girly Owl Crib Bedding

Here’s the glider we’re interested in:

Best Chairs – April Swivel Glider

We’re picking out paint, too, so hopefully we’ll be able to get the nursery painted before we get too much stuff in it!

 

We have some wonderful friends who have blessed us with tons of baby clothes – they’re all so adorable! I can’t wait for her to wear them!  Here are some pics:

Bennet helping to sort all the clothes!

Bennet helping to sort all the clothes!

0-6 month clothes

0-6 month clothes

9 month clothes

9 month clothes

12 month clothes

12 month clothes

18+ month clothes

18+ month clothes

 

I’ve picked up a few things myself, too – though I’m trying to control myself! 😀

Got these from a local kids' consignment shop - the one on the right is the world's cutest swimsuit!

Adorable spring outfit I bought at a friend's Shrimp and Grits party!

Heading to the beach with the rest of the Hippses next week – can’t wait!  Looking forward to some time off and to just relax.  Next year’s trip will be quite different!

 

Thanks for checking in!  We’ll post another update soon.  Love to all!

Holly and Bella

This is a blog about our little family, and that includes Holly, our sweet corgi, and Bella, the world’s most beautiful cat.   Bella came to live with me eight years ago when she was just a kitten, even before Bennett was around.  By some stroke of luck (or fate, or destiny, or meant-to-be-ness), Bennett is the only person in his family who isn’t allergic to cats, so he and Bella got along famously (and still do).  She keeps him company on weekend mornings while he eats his breakfast in the bonus room, watching his movies or playing his video games.  She’s a sweet girl, our Bella:

Just a wee little thing…

Christmas 2003

So Bella was an only child until Dec. 2008, when a new little sister came home to stay. Bella was not impressed (nor is she to this day).  We had grand designs of our pets getting along wonderfully, napping together in the sunshine.  Instead, Holly chases Bella, Bella chases Holly, and we spend our time yelling at both of them to cut it out.  But we love them anyway 🙂

Holly is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, so she’s low to the ground and loves to herd people, cats, birds, and anything else she can manage.  She’s not obnoxious about it usually – she just needs to make sure she knows where all of her charges are at any one time, which can stress her out a bit.  So she likes to position herself where she can see everyone, and occasionally she’ll accompany you to the bathroom, just to make sure you don’t need any help.  She’s a helpful little dog.

Holly came into our family about 10 days before we moved to a new house, so she got to help us pack.  It was exhausting work.

But there were some perks…

In Holly’s short life of less than three years, she’s seen snow three times!  She was intrigued…

So those are our girls…we love them very much!  We think they’re awfully cute – which means they get away with a lot of stuff.  But in general, they’re good girls who give us lots of love in return.

Halfway there!

I can’t believe we’re halfway through this pregnancy!  In some ways, it’s flown by, but then other parts have dragged – I guess because I felt like I’ve just be biding my time until the next big event – appointments, ultrasounds, buying maternity clothes, telling the world….  I found myself wishing away so much time that now I find that it’s slipping away, and I need it back!  But our 20-week ultrasound went great. They did the anatomy scan – looking for all the bits and pieces to make sure she’s all there.  She was a little shy and wouldn’t show her face or turn over so they could get her spine, so we’ll get another look at our 24-week ultrasound (oh, darn!).  But she’s definitely a little girl, and she’s definitely not a morning person, just like her mommy!  She’s been much more active in the afternoons, so hopefully we’ll get some good shots at our next ultrasound, which is at 3 pm.

Otherwise, everything’s fine…I’ve been feeling great, starting to grow out of my clothes and into maternity clothes (pants at least – and I’m actually down 5 lbs from when I got pregnant, so no major weight gain yet!).  We’ve started looking at nursery stuff – will post some links once we decide for sure.  This child still has no name – we’ve narrowed down to a very short list, but we’re still mulling it over.  Hope we come to a decision soon – I’m tired of thinking of her as “Baby Girl!”

I started feeling her move around a couple of weeks ago – mostly weird flutters, nothing particularly distinct.  But within the last week or so, she’s definitely been kicking!  It usually happens about 15-20 minutes after I eat a meal.  Bennett hasn’t been able to feel her yet, but hopefully she’ll get a little stronger and start kicking Daddy, too!

Pics from this visit:

Profile shot

 

Left hand

Right hand

It’s still a girl!

 

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