By Tiffany George
Both of my cuties are taking a nap, so I thought I would take this opportunity to catch up on the blog.
Natalie turned 5 weeks old on Sunday and we really can't understand where the time has gone. She is growing like a weed and is already somewhere over 12 pounds. Her vision has greatly improved, which I think has brought her much more happiness. She had her best day this morning when we went to a play date for Andrew. She was awake, alert, and happily looking around for well over an hour. Previously she would only remain happy for maybe 5-10 minutes without fussing. This new turn of events is quite fun. She enjoys looking at her little lion hanging from her car seat, or at any other brightly colored object dangled near her face.
She is starting to smile more now and likes to smile at Mommy's voice or at Daddy when he comes home from work. She also started to make those sweet little baby coos that melt my heart. Each sound is so short, but oh so adorable.
She seems the most content when she has a sponge bath or when she just hangs out on her changing table without her diaper on. She also enjoys riding in the car which is a pleasant surprise after surviving a tumultuous year and a half with Andrew screaming in the car.
Andrew still absolutely adores his baby sister. He still loves to kiss her constantly. Every time she cries he says "sad, sad" and runs over to give her a kiss to try to make her better. Since he can't reach her in the van, he continually blows kisses in her direction. In addition to kisses, he also loves to give her gentle rubbies on her body, and he just started holding her hand. It is absolutely precious.
On Sunday we went to Elf's Greenhouse to look for some shrubs for the front of the house. We picked this place because we knew we could walk around the gardens, something Andrew would enjoy. We were thrilled to discover that they also have chickens, roosters, ducks, and alpacas to admire. We parked Andrew in the stroller near the chickens while we embarked on the "boring" task of selecting plants. He loved it, as you can see in the photos.
Here is Andrew waving to the chickens.
And here he is just smiling away at his feathered friends.