Monday, April 30, 2007

Beating the heat

Makenna had an interesting weekend with the short little heat wave. While we were still in the mindset of "add 1 layer to the amount of layers you're wearing," Makenna let us know just how uncomfortable she got when the temperature went up. We decided to strip her down to her onesie before putting her down. After a long afternoon nap, just about the time the temp had peaked, Kenna woke up extremely fussy. Normally after a long nap she'd be hungry, so we figured we should feed her. Not only did she refuse the bottle, she cried up a storm! Poor baby!

Enz thought it would be a good idea to bring her outside so she could get some fresh air or a change of scenery-anything to get her to stop crying! Once I stepped outside, it was like instant relief, and Kenna was happy as ever. She immediately went into super happy baby mode and was "talking" up a storm with us. As I sat there and entertained the little one, Enz was able to capture some of her best expressions. Now that Kenna's just about 2 months old, we're noticing her personality coming out more, and we're loving it! We can't wait to see how much more she'll amaze us in the near future!

Friday, April 27, 2007

Making changes

It's been nearly a whole week, and Makenna has been getting in some long stretches of sleep. She's already slept through the night twice, and the last few nights she's gone at least five hours before waking up. These last couple of mornings, she's gotten up right before I leave for work, so I've had a pretty fun opportunity to see her so bright-eyed and bushy tailed as she wakes up. She's extremely active at 5am, and she's been starting my mornings off right!

As of late, Kenna has become more interactive with her surroundings. When she's on her activity mat, she focuses more on some of the toys, and has even learned to swat at the hanging bird and rattle. In her small swing, she's in the process of learning how to activate the lights & music. She did so the other day with Enz, so hopefully that wasn't just an accident. All in all, we think she's making great progress as she closes in on her second month. Wow, how time flies...

Thursday, April 26, 2007

#1 Dol-fan

Here's the little one in her favorite towel. No Silver and Black on her-then again, we have a little in-house wager going. Makenna has both Dolphins & Raiders cheerleading outfits, courtesy of Aunt B. This season the teams play each other on September 30th in Miami. The team with the better win-loss percentage by that date will determine which outfit Makenna will sport on that day.

Judging by the logo on Makenna's towel, it's pretty obvious which colors she'll have on come September 30!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Great news!!

Last night marked the very first time that Makenna was able to sleep through the night! We're both pretty jazzed about it, even though we know that it probably won't happen all the time, at least for now it won't. We're just excited because we know that she's reaching that stage and going that route. WHEW!

On yet another exciting note, we just learned that our friends are expecting their second child. A very special CONGRATULATIONS to our good friends, The Cunanan Family! It's funny because they recently met little Mak, and we asked them THE question, "so when are you guys having another one?" Come to find out that they were pregnant at the time and just waiting to get into the "safe zone." We wish them a safe and healthy pregnancy! I'm sure Kevan can't wait to meet his little brother or sister! Not only that, Makenna will be happy to know that she'll have yet another playmate!

Reality check...

Last weekend we took the little one to visit Uncle Ricky, Autie M, and the boyz. This was Kenna's first outing to the cousin's house and we all had a great time!

Enz & I were just talking about how things have changed over the years. The both of us used to go over to Rick & Merr's house to hang out, and we would have a few drinks, play some games, or listen to music until the wee hours of the morning. Once they started having kids, that all changed, for obvious reasons! Then on our end, it turned into, "let's go to Rick & Merr's & play with the kids." That was fun too, just that there were probably fewer drinks, less games, the music was a little quieter, and we wouldn't hang out until really late. And just after this weekend, we realized that our little visits have evolved into the next phase! Now both families have kids, and it was fun just passing them around and sharing the attention with each and every one of them!!

I guess the biggest reality check for me was when the girls were in the room with Elliott, getting him ready for bed. Rick was playing with Wesley, and I had Makenna. Sure, we had the tv on, and we were chatting it up on whatever we talk about. The only difference was that we had kids in our laps. What a trip! Made me feel like such an adult! Hahaha...

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Party hopping

Last weekend, we were invited to a series of family parties that we would normally attend. That's not to say that we decided not to go because of the baby, we just had to decide if we wanted to expose the baby to so much, so soon. We seem to forget that the little one is barely 6 weeks old! We're just so excited that she's here with us and we're used to being around other kids who are already out & about. Plus we often hear people guessing her age, and they usually ask if she's around 3 months old. Huh? We know she's got some size to her, but damn!

The three parties were all fun, and Mak was able to take the whole day in stride. From a housewarming, to a 7 year birthday party, and finally to a family party at grandma's, the little one got worn out! Grandma couldn't get enough of her little granddaughter's visit & proceeded to show off her little star! By the time we got home, Mak was exhausted and even let us catch a four hour nap! We're counting the days until she sleeps the whole night through!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

And the growth doesn't stop...

Yesterday, Makenna had a follow up appointment regarding her acid-reflux. Her doctor determined that it was causing her some discomfort, which in turn, was making her a bit fussy. As of late, she hadn't been eating as much as usual, and we thought she would've lost some weight. But of course, she proved that theory wrong, and weighed in at a healthy 11 pounds 4 ounces! What a heavyweight we've got on our hands!

Nevertheless, she's taking some meds to help her deal with her acid-reflux. Although it'll take some time for her to get over it, we immediately noticed some relief upon her first dose. After eating, she was able to fall asleep quickly, and remain that way for upwards of three hours. She was headed in that direction before, but once this issue came up, we would be lucky if she'd stay asleep for 30 minutes at a time! We'll keep our fingers crossed and see how things progress.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Happy Easter!

Yesterday was full of firsts for our little Makenna. Easter was her first official holiday, she attended her first mass, and she got to wear her first dress. We had the family over our place to celebrate Easter, so Makenna had a very full and exhausting day!

Friday, April 06, 2007

Big girls don't cry?

Yesterday we took the little one to visit the doctor for specific concerns we were having regarding her jaundice and possible acid reflux. As the nurse instructed us to remove the baby's clothing for her routine weigh-in, we were both surprised how much she's grown in the last couple of weeks. Makenna is now at a healthy weight of 10 pounds 13 ounces! We knew she was growing, but to hear that she's close to 11 pounds & she's barely a month old was a pleasant surprise! What a big girl we have!

Needless to say, all is well with the "little" one. Her bilirubin level has gone down to a very acceptable level-most infants range from 1-10 and her's has gone down to 10.1. The doctor also gave us some tips regarding what to do to help with her spitting up. Hey, we're all still learning here! I think we're both just relieved that our concerns were fairly minor. WHEW!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007


It's times like this that make me love being a dad...

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Just a fun pic

Our little one is growing so quickly before our eyes. She's rapidly approaching the 1 month mark and we're amazed at how quickly she's developing. Of course every parent probably thinks the same way, but hey, we're equally as proud of our little Makenna. Here's a shot of her just minding her own business. What a little ham!

Baby's first bath

This past weekend, Makenna had the pleasure of experiencing her very first "real" bath. Up until recently, we were still sponge bathing her because her umbilical cord was still attached. Of course it did end up falling off when I changed her, and I'm sure Enz was pretty jazzed about that-the whole cord falling off thing kinda grossed her out! Knowing that it was going to be a little bit of a shock, I decided to get Makenna prepared by giving her a little pep talk.
After phsyching her up, I handed her off to Enz, who took charge of the whole "bath project." Auntie Sarah was there playing the papparazzi role, while I stood by with both towel & video camera in hand. Once Makenna's but touched the water, she started crying. We all knew she wouldn't like it, but we also knew that she needed to get through it. So Enz pressed on regardless of the cries.

It only took a couple of minutes, but once Makenna got used to the water, she immediately calmed down and stopped crying. It was almost as if someone hit the mute button, because she did a complete 180! I still think she went pee-pee in the bath, but there's no real proof. Whatever it was, she really started to enjoy herself!