Shelter in place day 14. Just kidding – it’s day 92 for us!
When we were still waiting for Elliana’s arrival we figured we would primarily stay home for the first couple months and then start taking her out into the real world. Little did we know…
Nick is doing okay with this arrangement. He’s always been an introvert and worked from home as it was so not a whole lot has changed for him. Elliana doesn’t know the difference, although she probably thinks Nick and I are the only people in the world. I was really looking forward to taking Ellie to the zoo and the library, but I do feel pretty thankful I’m at least stuck at home with my two favorite people and three favorite animals.
Anyway since we can’t see any of you lovely people in person, and a good number of people still don’t know we had or were even expecting a child, we thought it was high time to update everyone.
Ellie is 3 months old! It’s been amazing watching our tiny potato sack grow into a smiley, cooing, playful baby! We were told by everyone that we would be amazed at how fast babies grow- and everyone was right.
I remember setting Ellie down in the bassinet the first night home from the hospital to pick up our needy neglected cat and thinking how heavy the cat seemed in comparison to our daughter. And she was- Elliana weighed literally half as much as Ella.
But the seemingly endless nursing and pumping paid off and Elliana quickly packed on the pounds. She’s now 12lbs, 7oz and 23.5inches long.
The first few weeks she spent very little of her awake time doing anything but eating. Even when she was eating, she barely opened her eyes. But each day she became more and more alert and spent more time actually looking at us while eating before drifting back to sleep.
Now, she usually still naps several times a day (if not she’s a terror in evenings), but she spends most of her day awake and playing. And thankfully, she can go longer between feedings at night so we can all get some much needed rest.
Elliana is your pretty typical good natured baby. She loves smiling and mimicking faces, looking at string lights, hanging out in her swing, looking at mobiles, being sung to, and listening to music while we dance around the living room. She also recently discovered her hands can be used to grab and hold things.
She’s starting to coo at us a lot and we even have pretty lengthy “conversations” from time to time. Mostly about geopolitics and other deep philosphical topics. She sort of scoots around with some encouragement during tummy time, although hopefully we still have a few months before she turns into a little crawling machine.
It really is crazy watching her grow and learn and discover things in the world around her. We know the biggest stuff is still to come, but it’s been an incredible process to watch and be a part of these 3 months, and we’re incredibly lucky to have such a sweet, smiley, healthy little girl in these chaotic times.
To view a bunch more photos of Elliana, check out our shared Google Photos album here.