So we have made it one month with Miss Ella home. It seems like yesterday that we were going to the hospital every day and at the same time so far away. So much has changed in our month together as a family. I think we have gotten into a bit of a groove and routine and I must say that we are holding our own pretty well here.
Since we can't go anywhere (for the most part) we spend our days watching daytime tv, doing laundry, and washing bottles and pumping supplies. We have been brewing our own coffee, having sandwiches for lunch, and making home cooked meals for dinner. We have even eaten at the dinning room table a few times and shared a bottle of wine.
Ella is really coming into her own. She is having periods of happy awake time between her naps and meals. She is getting some tummy time in most days and is starting to interact with her activity mat and toy bar on her bouncy seat. She also is starting to smile. She doesn't do it all the time but she definitely smiled at our friend Jen today and I think we heard a little chuckle tonight when we were getting her in her pjs. She is starting to really look at us with her big blue eyes. I look forward to each day and the new Ellaism.
You may have noticed that we have a new ticker at the top of the blog. One is her chronological age (from her birth date) and one is her adjusted age (from her due date). From now until her 2nd birth day we will use her adjusted age for developmental milestones. For the most part Ella should reach all her milestones somewhere between her actual and adjusted age. If she can learn to sit and roll and crawl somewhere between these two dates she will be doing great. Most likely she will be delayed in some areas past her adjusted age but quite frankly I am just so happy that she is home, she is alive, and she is my daughter I am not so concerned at this point.
Next week we have our photo shoot with our wedding photographer. We are so excited, she is wonderful and we love her work. She was kind enough to gift us this photo session while Ella was in the hospital. It was her photograph of Shazam and I that was in Ella's isolette and crib for her stay in the hospital. We need to order a new copy since it was a little worn from all the changing of beds that she went through. If you are looking for a photographer for your wedding or for family portraits I highly recommend her. Check out her website she is truly gifted. I look forward to seeing the results.
Tomorrow I am actually leaving the house and getting my hair cut. I am very much looking forward to my outing and may go crazy and go to the grocery store too. If I am feeling totally crazy I think I may stop by target too.
Ella is one lucky gal she has three days to celebrate every year. Her birthday, her due date and her homecoming day. Happy one month home my dear Ella, one down, many happy years to come.