Saturday, June 21, 2008

16 Weeks

Brooklynn turned 16 weeks today. She now weighs 13 lbs. 9 oz. and is fitting in a lot of 3 - 6 mos. sized clothes. Brooklynn had her first successful rollover from back to stomach this morning. She got all the way around with one of her arms still stuck underneath her, but she lifted her head and begged for it to count. We figured it was close enough. :)

We headed to Brenham later in the day and visited with Nancy's parents and family. Brooklynn had fun visiting with everyone, especially her older cousin Jadyn.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Elderberry Necklace

Here's a shot of Brooklynn wearing her first necklace made from the branches of elderberry bushes. Brooklynn's great uncle Carl makes them for the family. The necklace reduces the effect of drooling and teething pain as long as it touches the skin until finally it dries out and you have to get another one. Brooklynn has been drooling a lot for the past month or so and biting on her hands and fingers. We're not sure if she'll be an early teether or not, but this should at least help with the drooling and rash she gets as a result on her neck.

For the record, I got my first tooth when I was a little more than 5 months old and Nancy got hers when she was about 10 months old, so Brooklynn could be on either end of the spectrum.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Cookin' at CoCo's

Brooklynn is whippin' up a tasty batch of something good to eat.

Who wants some?

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy 1st Father's Day

How great it is to be a Dad!

This morning, after I returned to my bedroom from being outside, I was surprised to find a gift bag on my side of the bed. Inside the bag was a onesie for Brooklynn that had an Indianapolis Colts helmet on it that said "I'm a Colts Fan Just Like My Daddy". We had a long day today, so we didn't get a chance to take a picture of her wearing it, but preseason starts 7 weeks from today and I guarantee she'll be wearing it plenty this season! Nancy actually made the iron-on and Brooklynn oversaw the construction and gave the final approval.

Along with it was a card from Brooklynn. Inside the card Nancy "translated" for Brooklynn and wrote the following:

"I am so happy you're my Daddy. I love the way you play with me and give me kisses. I can't wait to tell you, but for now I'll just keep smiling to let you know how much I love you. --Brooklynn"

Her smiles the rest of the day have told me the same thing

"Look how tall I am!"

"Hey! Why is everybody upside down?"

After church, we went out for lunch and ate at Houston's. The prime rib I had was delicious. Once we got home, Nancy took a nap and Brooklynn and I played for a little while. She's really enjoyed looking at herself in the mirror and she can really hold herself up well now too!

Thank you Brooklynn for a wonderful day. I'm so proud to be your Daddy and I'm looking forward to all the Father's Days to come and every day in between. I love you!

"Bye Bye"

"I said we're through taking pictures!"

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Splish Splash I was taking a bath!

I like the smirk she gives halfway through...

Monday, June 9, 2008

Over 100!

Yesterday, Brooklynn turned 100 days old! Nancy and I were thinking back to when Nancy was 100 days pregnant. It's so awesome to have her here with us.

Brooklynn and Ally Robertson are two days apart, so Ally will be 100 days old tomorrow! Usually Brooklynn has the smile and Ally is the one that looks serious. Yesterday, they decided to swap!

Just before Brooklynn turned 3 months old, Nancy and I attended a pool party over the Memorial Day weekend. This was Brooklynn's first exposure to water other than her bath time. We touched her feet into the pool, but she didn't like it at all and she wasn't bashful in saying so. She spent most of the time there watching all the commotion around her and didn't seem too impressed.

Nancy and I also had our first real evening out on the town this past weekend. Our dear friend Seeju (aka Grandma Cocoa) watched Brooklynn for us while we attended an Accenture office party. Nancy looked great and we were both excited to spend some romantic time together.

With so much happening, we need a nap!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

A New Perspective

Brooklynn experienced a new perspective while playing today...upright!

Thank you cousin Jadyn for lending your SuperSaucer!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Shrek Baby?

I don't know if it's because I just watched Shrek the 3rd...but I kept seeing Brooklynn when those Shrek babies were on the screen...

Sunday, June 1, 2008

3 Months

Today, Brooklynn is 3 months old. When we look at pictures from when she was just born, we're reminded of just how much she's changed. Yesterday, she weighed in at 12.8 pounds. Almost 13 pounds at 13 weeks.

Brooklynn starts her morning with breakfast and much conversation. She has so much planned for the day and wants to tell us all about it. While Nancy is at school teaching, Brooklynn and I play for an hour or two before nap #1 comes around. She enjoys sitting in her bouncing seat, kicking the toys or lying on her exercise mat, swatting and tugging at the toys suspended in the sky. During the day, Brooklynn takes 2 or 3 bottles. This past week, she worked up to 3 ounces in each bottle. Quite the accomplishment considering it was like pulling teeth just to get her to take an ounce 6 weeks ago.

Brooklynn is always excited to see Nancy come home and we get a few hours of family time in before it's time for her to go down for the night around 9:30. She still wakes probably about 3 times or so during the night to feed, but is quick to go right back to sleep once she's finished. All in all, she's good for staying down about 10 hours before wanting to get up and be active. I think once Nancy is home during the day and Brooklynn is getting more to eat then what she's currently getting from the bottle, she'll probably drop some of her feeding during the night.

Well, here's a sampling of some photos we took of Brooklynn on her 93rd day with us at 3 months of age: