Alexis at 3 months

Dear sweet Alexis,

You are now three months old and are changing everyday! You smile at us with your whole body. When you are happy you smile and shyly turn your head into our chest. You sleep wonderfully through the night, with a bedtime of approximately 2 am and you wake up around 10 to eat then back to sleep until 2pm. You already have a college kid’s schedule, but we are working on changing that a bit!

You love playing with certain toys now. You love seeing all your toys on your activity gym and while you sit in your bumbo, you are such a big girl! Speaking of being a big girl, you try to sit up with all your might. You pull your head and legs up and scrunch those abs, you don’t have the strength just yet, but you try nonetheless. You haven’t quite figured out how to make your hands work for you. You know you want to grab or touch something, but you can’t make your hands do just that. Everything goes in your mouth, typical! You found your thumb one day by accident and enjoyed sucking on it for a few minutes, but you typically enjoy your pacifier (we call it a ‘paci’, and lately ‘wubby’ bc you prefer your “wubbanub” giraffe paci). You also love gnawing and sucking on your fists or four fingers, whichever you can get in your mouth the best. I believe you may be teething soon with all the gnawing on your hands and our fingers.

You had your first Christmas, it was wonderful and special! You took your first plane ride and loved it! You are so curious (ok to be honest its just being nosey), just like your momma! You love watching people and the tv, you just need to see and know what’s going on around you. Yes, you read that right, you watch tv, not much but you will turn your head all the way back to see it, or the computer, iPad, iPhones etc… LOL.

You have started grabbing mommy’s hair, which only hurts when I put you done or need to nurse, and it is so hard to get you to let go!! You also grab daddy’s hairs- but you grab his chest and arm hairs… he lets you even though it hurts!

You are happy all the time. You do need a few minutes to wake up in the mornings. We normally get you up and softly talk to you, hold you close, and then change/bathe you and get you ready for the day. You are very hungry after this, so you nurse and mostly fall back to sleep for maybe an hour. Then you are awake for an hour or so and go back down for a long nap (3+ hours). You will nap in your bed, but you prefer mommy’s arms the most, so often we just snuggle on the couch together. These moments are really my favorites with you!

Daddy and I can’t kiss you enough!! Your sweet squishy cheeks are soooo kissable and lovable, you really are the most adorable, sweet, cuddly, happy, good baby!!! We love you soooo very much!

Love,

Mommy

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Christmas 2012: Alexis’ First

This year for Christmas I began celebrating at MOPs when our church’s First Lady Donna Chambers spoke to us with a new vision of the Christmas Story. She focused on specific characters. The one that hit the closest to my heart this year was Mary. I have a deeper understanding now that I am a mom. Gods master plan was a teenager and a baby. There was no other love to protect His master plan than the love of a mom! God have Mary the ability to raise the messiah, she had fears and doubts I’m sure, but God trusted her. If God trusted Mary with the messiah, then we can be trusted with our own children! That was so comforting to me, I have been equipped and chosen to be Alexis’ mom! How amazing is that! One if the best gifts I could have received!

Christmas Baby
Christmas Baby
Meeting Santa
Meeting Santa

We continued celebrating with a Christmas Eve service at Shore Fellowship Church. It was so overwhelming to see how wonderful our God is and how blessed we truly are to be loved so much by our God that he gave His son for you and I, He sent him as a tiny baby! I had a proud momma moment, Alexis played baby Jesus in the Christmas video. She was so angelic and precious, she played her part well 😉 (I’m not biased or anything lol).

Playing baby Jesus
Playing baby Jesus

We celebrated in the traditional Giordano way at Uncle Johnny’s and Titi Melissa’s; tons of food, presents, laughs, and love! On Christmas morning Joe and I swapped stockings (we had already gotten gifts a month prior thanks to Black Friday!). We sat by the “fire” (thank goodness for iPad apps and appletv mirroring). Then off to Joe’s parents we went! We had had a lighter Italian dinner (lasagna, minestrone soup, and salad) then swapped gifts, read the Christmas story from The Bible, and had some good quality time with Joe parents, sister, and nephew.

Alexis opening gifts
Alexis opening gifts
Giordano Cousins
Giordano Cousins
Alexis opening gifts
Alexis opening gifts
Loving her new baby dolls
Loving her new baby dolls
Christmas gifts
Christmas gifts
Christmas Morning
Christmas Morning

Then it was home to finish packing for our trip to Idaho! I was a little anxious because I always am over prepared, but with an infant I’m not sure there is such a thing, but I was going to try nonetheless! The next day we started our journey from Philly to Seattle then to Boise! Alexis was PERFECT on the airplanes, read about that here.

We were greeted in Boise by my mom, her boyfriend Darren, and his daughter Alaina. Of course right away my mom grabbed her sweet grand-baby, I know she misses her tons between visits. The next day mom made French toast, we opened lots of gifts, and had lots if laughs. Then Joe, Alexis, and I went to my brothers to see his family and introduce them all to Alexis. Lauren was confused at first because they had spoke about ‘Lexi-Belle’ so much she named her baby doll that, so when we showed her the real ‘Lexi-Belle’ she went to her room to get her own ‘Lexi-Belle’. She was so precious, I miss my niece terribly and wish we were more apart of their lives, but living on opposite ends of the country don’t make that too easy. I just have to cherish the time I do get. Then it was back to my mom’s for all my favorite holiday foods cooked by my mom! We had honey-baked ham and turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, corn, mashed potatoes, and Texas Roadhouse rolls with cinnamon butter. YUMMMM, I’m getting hungry thinking about it all again!!

Nana and Alaina playing with Alexis
Nana and Alaina playing with Alexis
Christmas dinner
Christmas dinner

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My sweet nieces
My sweet nieces
My brother and I with our nieces
My brother and I with our nieces

The next day we all packed up and drove the hour and a half up to moms new cabin in the mountains. It was gorgeous!! It felt so cozy and homey!! We were without cable and Internet, but quality time was way more important than that! We went skiing a the nearby Tamarac lodge, hot springs swimming in Gold Fork, and had so many laughs and talks hanging out and relaxing at the cabin!

Our family at the Cabin
Our family at the Cabin
Nana & Papa-Dar going skiing
Nana & Papa-Dar going skiing
The Cabin
The Cabin
Skiing
Skiing
Three Generations
Three Generations

We had such an amazingly blessed Christmas time. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate Jesus’ birthday!! BLESSED AND HAPPY!!

Our favorite gift
Our favorite gift

Alexis’ 1st Flight

At 2 months (a little over a week shy of 3 months) we packed Alexis up and took her to her Nana’s in Idaho for Christmas! We left the day after Christmas and returned two days after the new year. We really had really great flights! I’m not sure if it was because I’m a master preparer, our baby is sooo good, or God was just showing us favor (probably only the last two lol). I did what any over-thinker, over-preparer, slightly controlling (I’m not willing to admit I’m overly controlling lol) would do and researched what others had done to keep their little ones happy on flights and talked with my best friend who has traveled to and from Texas from Jersey several times and also a trip to Italy with her cute little man since he was about 1-2 months old and is now 15 months.

Essential items were: the ergo carrier (made bobby nursing pillow (I don’t have the travel bobby, I just tied a ribbon around both ends for a handle and it worked wonderfully!) , nursing cover, and a pacifier! Without those items, things wouldn’t have gone so smooth I’m sure. I had packed 3 extra outfits, socks, bows (yes I packed extra bows in case, no I’m not crazy lol) and a set of pajamas, my electric pump, burp rags, our baby crack (Little Einsteins take along music player, every baby LOVES IT!), tons of diapers, the travel wipe warmer (yes it’s pain but worth it not to have her scream from the cold ones, spoiled much? Hehe), extra clothes for Joe and I, and plenty of snacks (my husband eats more than I can keep up with!). I pack so much because I have a fear of being stranded at the airport (it’s happened more than once) or the airlines losing our luggage (also more than once that has happened).

So, how did we keep our little angel so happy? Mostly, NURSING! I made sure she was dry often, and then I nursed every take-off and landing (2 flights to Idaho and 2 back). Since Alexis falls asleep nursing most of the time she slept immediately after. If she feel asleep while we were still ascending or descending I just gently woke her (ticking her back or head,stroking her cheek, etc…) to keep nursing. The hard sucks plus swallowing made sure to help her little ears. There was once she did not nurse taking off, but she sucked her paci so there weren’t any problems.

Before Alexis' 1st flight
Before Alexis’ 1st flight

We had a 5+ hours flight first from Philly to Seattle, so I nursed halfway through as well. Alexis loved the low rumble of the plane for sleeping, and she was so interested in all the different people while she was awake. Joe and I had to be patient and supportive with each other, which was perfect. We also just tried to laugh off crazy things and stayed on the ‘same team’!

Alexis' 1st flight
Alexis’ 1st flight
Checking out the plane
Checking out the plane
Pro at flying
Pro at flying
Sleeping like babies
Sleeping like babies

We did have a hiccup or two, but handled it well. Alexis had a wonderful ‘up the back’ blowout on the plane, so a mini wipe bath and new change of clothes of necessary on the tiny changing table in the tiny bathroom. I was definitely thanking God for a tiny baby, that would have been fun with a much bigger or much older baby (I feel for you moms, I’ll be there soon, but thankful for now).

Overall, we had a great flight and everything was wonderful! It was extra nice on the flight back to have a full row to ourselves, Alexis enjoyed laying in her own space for a while. All the fears I had of traveling with a newborn have been debunked! The next time we travel will be slightly more difficult I’m sure, but for now, it was a breeze!