Sunday, May 16, 2010

First Big Car Trip and Learning to Play

This week, Ea has started to show some interest in her toys. We have been laying her on her playmat when she's alert and in a good mood (which doesn't happen every day haha) and she really loves to stare at and kick her legs at the toys we have dangling for her. She has even started to smile and babble a little bit. Her colic has been acting up less and less, but when it does it's still quite the challenge to stay on top of it. We discovered on Wednesday that the sound of running water (the loud bathtub works best) works as a great substitute for "shh"ing when we are trying to calm her down, and that has made that process slightly less tiring. I just finished reading the book The Happiest Baby on the Block, which gave me a lot of insight into colic and ways to remedy it. I feel like it has helped SO much; I am going to lend it to anyone that is expecting a child. Ever. We are already almost halfway to that glorious 3 month mark, where colic is almost always gone. Week 6 (this upcoming week) is supposedly the peak for colic, so if we can get through just one more week it should start getting easier and eaiser each week.

We visited the suburbs this weekend for mommy's best friend Katie's wedding shower and it was Eva's first experience with a long car trip. The trip there went really well -- we only had to stop once for a new diaper and to nurse. The trip back was a little more stressful. We were all definitely ready to be home when we pulled into the driveway.

Here are some shots from the week....

Monday, May 10, 2010

One Month Old

It's so hard to believe she is already a month old! She weighs 8.9 lbs (her weights will be recorded in tenths of pounds now that we are using the official FAIRBANKS scale from Grandpa :). We are slowly but surely getting to know her and what she likes and dislikes, and watching her develop more and more each day has been a true joy.

Happy naked (at least almost) mornings

This week Eva has started enjoying her mornings with Mommy and Daddy in bed, and we have discovered her love for being clothes-less. We've even got a few quick smiles out of her!

Baptism day

Last Sunday, Evalee was baptized at our church. The whole Kershaw clan came up and over to see it AND friends from NIU came as well. The church secretary said it was the most visitors we have ever had for a baptism, which made it all the more clear how loved our little girl really is! :) She was a sleeping angel through the entire service, and even slept for a while being passed around at the luncheon afterwards where she met almost all of her great aunts and uncles and second cousins on Grandma Adams's side of the family.