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A month of new experiences for Grace

June 30, 2009 · filed under: Grace Evelyn by Jill

[cg_gallery] gallery_body_image_lightbox(10118, ‘right’, 180, ‘grace2month’); [/cg_gallery] Grace is now nearly 2 months old, which means another trip to see the doc.  She has exploded to a staggering 12 lbs. 2 oz. and 24 inches, which puts her at the 90th & 95th percentiles respectively.   This also meant it was time for her first round of immunizations, with sore spots and band-aids to prove it!  They say that time flies when you are having fun, and we have definitely been experiencing both.

After having so many visitors in her first month, it was time for Grace to begin doing some visiting of her own. She traveled to Peru, Guthrie Center, and Cedar Rapids to spend time with all of her grandpas for Father’s Day. In fact, she spent her first nights away from home since leaving the hospital when staying with Grandpa and Grandma Janes for a three day weekend.  All of the traveling must have made Grace tired, as it was about this time when she started sleeping 6, 7 and even 8 hours at night! All of the grandparents agree that more visits are needed for the sake of her sleeping schedule!

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In addition to all of her visits, Grace has also expanded her horizons with lots of firsts. Her first smiles caught on film came just after the one month mark and have become more frequent ever since. She did her first geocaching with Grandpa Janes and went on her first bike ride with Mom and Dad. She even went on her first camping trip with Aunt Jessica, Uncle Bryan and Cousin Landon.

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The last month has flown by, with Grace and her happy parents so busy enjoying new experiences that we have fallen behind on updating the blog and gallery. To all of the family and friends who have been anxiously awaiting the next installment, we promise to try to do better at keeping up.  Until next time, there are more where these came from in the gallery.

And if all of this hasn’t said enough, Geoff thinks this picture explains it all:

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Celebrating One Month with Grace!

June 4, 2009 · filed under: Grace Evelyn by Jill

We can hardly believe that it has already been one month since Grace’s arrival!  Here is a recap of the last month, in numbers:
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  • 31 days
  • 2 lbs. 6 oz.
  • 3 outfits too small
  • 42 visitors
  • 200 diapers (and then some)
  • 10 baths (only one screaming)
  • 65 late night feedings (at least)
  • 554 photos (after editing and deleting)

[cg_gallery] gallery_body_image_lightbox(10051, ‘right’, 180, ‘grace1month’); [/cg_gallery] Grace has definitely kept us very busy, but we have enjoyed (almost!) every minute of it. Within the last month, we have watched our baby girl begin to grow and change already. Milestones include moving into her crib as she filled up her bassinet, starting to drink from a bottle, going on outings to meet Dad for lunch and to attend church, and outgrowing her newborn outfit that she wore home from the hospital. We are delighted to watch her become more alert as she stares intently at everything, from the animals under her play gym to the expressions on our faces. And we relish each little smile that she has started to flash our way!

As we move forward into Grace’s second month, we look forward to all that lies ahead:

  • All the little moments when Grace steals our hearts again
  • Another gob of photos
  • More smiles and attention when we play with her
  • More visits from family and friends
  • Larger diapers in bulk at Sam’s
  • The possibility of Grace fitting into her Cyclone gear
  • Dad being able to help bottle feed during the night
  • And much, much more…

We couldn’t be happier with our little girl, and can’t wait to see what comes next!  Thanks to everyone who has stopped in, sent a card or wished us well.  Everyone is doing great!  As always, there are many more pictures in the gallery.

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And, thanks to Uncle Greg for putting together an absolutely fantastic birth announcement!

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