Erin Virginia

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Friday, October 17, 2014

Eloise - 4 Months

Eloise is 4 months tomorrow. She had her check-up today and weighed 15 lbs, 5 oz (75th percentile) and measured 24 inches (31st percentile). Just in the past week or so, she has begun grabbing for toys more aggressively and can hold onto them for a few seconds at least. She coos, giggles and does plenty of "ahhhhhhs!!!!" She loves when you rub your nose against hers and really loves to be held, either facing outward or looking right into your face. She can sit in her exersaucer for short periods of time now, although she is still a little wobbly. I just transitioned her from sleeping in the rock n' play to her crib, and so far she is doing great. Eloise goes to sleep about 7:30pm each night, wakes up 1-2 times/night to eat (usually about 3:00am and then 6:00 am) and finally gets up for the day about 7-7:30. Not too bad. Fiona loves to get in Eloise's face but is generally loving towards her, heaping toys on top of her, patting her when she cries and telling her, "It's okay, Eloise. I love you, Eloise!" After a rough start at daycare, Eloise is taking her bottles easily which makes the days much less stressful on me.

Eloise is a very sweet, easygoing baby, quick to smile and very cuddly. All of us (Chris, Fiona and I) are enamored of her.

A little powder for Eloise (aka "Mamie El-wese" per Fiona)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Trip to MA

It's been a crazy week. Chris flew out last Friday to attend his cousin's wedding in Indiana and arrived back home Monday morning at 12:30 am. A few hours later at 7:00 am on Monday, I flew to Boston with Eloise for work. Then my plane to MSP touched down Wednesday afternoon about a half hour after Chris' took off from MSP for Atlanta where he will remain until Friday. I have to say that packing and preparing for my trip on Sunday with both girls home with me was much more stressful than the actual trip with Eloise. I'm excited for all four of us to be home this weekend.

The original plan for this trip to MA was to have Chris or my mother fly out with me and watch Eloise, but my work recently opened an on-site daycare which is not yet full. So I was able to fly out with Eloise by myself and drop her in the infant room while I worked. Eloise is such a happy baby and an ideal traveler. On the flight out, I had an empty seat next to me so I hauled the carseat onboard (I still held her most of the flight). On the way home, the flight was full, but Eloise still behaved beautifully: lots of smiles and coos. She also did well at the daycare. After I picked her up at the end of the day, I stayed at work with my boss and some of my co-workers catching up and discussing work issues until 7:00pm or later. Everyone took turns holding Eloise.

Baby's first flight

Happy girl at the hotel

Love from Barb

...and Joy

 ...and Lisa

...and Andrea

Eloise passed out on my bed at night before I transferred her into the pack n' play.

Then I pulled her into bed with me in the morning and loved seeing her little face next to mine.

I took a trip to MA last spring when I was pregnant with Eloise. My co-worker (and friend) Lina was about three months further along than me with her daughter Elissa. Below is a picture from the spring and then one of our two girls with a daycare provider. 

 On our way home...

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Twin Cities 10 Mile Race (& Weekend)

Chris ran the Twin Cities 10 mile race last Sunday. He ran on a team composed of several members of our church small group, although all of the team members ran his/her own pace. Due to the early start of the race (7:00 am), I decided not to pull the girls out of bed in the cold and cheer him on. (Fiona and I cheered him on last year when he ran the marathon.) This year, Chris drove to the start line and then got a ride back after he finished. By the time I got out of bed and downstairs with the girls and got a cup of coffee, Chris was already running, and I was able to track him online via his chip. Chris said as he cross the finish line, the sun disappeared so it was a chilly post-race. He still finished with a great time.

Eloise and I track Chris' progress in our pajamas


The day before the race on Saturday, we took the girls to the Minneapolis Institute of Art, where Fiona dumped her contraband goldfish crackers all over the floor. We got a little scolding from the attendants. 

Chokehold, er, I mean hugs