Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Larkyn - 8 weeks

Larkyn was 8 weeks old yesterday, and while the time has flown, she is so much a part of our family that it is hard to remember life before her :).  She is SUCH a blessing in our family - I love her cuddles and am trying so hard to just cherish EACH moment!  Over the last week or two she has just started to smile "real" smiles.  It has been tricky to capture a picture though!  One day while the two "bigs" were playing I had some special cuddle moments with just Larkyn and captured quite a few of her smiles.  I just LOVE her little dimple!

Larkyn continues to be easily soothed and loves to be held.  Her favorite position is sitting up, flopped over my hand like a rag doll ;).  I can easily keep her from crying during church or anytime by little bounces or by light taps on her back in her favorite position.  She prefers the Bumbo to the swing if she is awake, but above all loves being carried in the Baby Bjorn and will always fall right asleep!

She is doing amazing sleeping at night, and last week after we went to the fair was her first 8 hour stretch!  She has slept 8 hours in a row 4 out of the last 5 nights, which means (since we put her down at 8pm each night) I only need to get up once to feed her around 4am.  AMAZING!  She usually sleeps until 7am.

She is also doing great at sleeping in her crib at night.  About a week ago we started a bit of sleep training at night, and now she will go to sleep on her own in her crib each night without multiple trips in to sooth or rock her.  She is incredibly flexible on her feedings during the day, which makes it so easy for the kids and I to get out and go places!  In the morning she will generally want to eat every 3-5 hours, but is quite flexible on timing, which means I can feed her in that window whenever it is a convenient time for the kids to be occupied doing something else.  She will often have a bit of a fussy/awake time right over the kids nap/quiet time (3:30-4pm)  in the afternoon and then take a long nap over our dinner (5-6:30pm). 

She is weening herself off of her pacifier, and rarely will take it anymore!  We still keep them around for certain moments, but she now will go a full day without ever taking it.

Her neck is quite strong and during tummy time she can raise her head quite high for a while to watch what big brother and big sister are doing ;)

She is growing quite a bit and chunking up ;).  She has nice chubby cheeks and rolls on her thighs!  While she still wears size NB clothes, a few of her smaller NB onesies won't snap at the bottom anymore!  We have bumped her up officially to size 1 diapers, although they are still a bit big on her, they do contain the poop explosions a bit better than the NB diapers :).  She will go in next week for her official 2 month weigh in, and I am excited to see what she will be!

While a tiny bit of me is sad my baby getting bigger, I am constantly reminded how each day is more fun with her, and I am looking forward to all the fun developmental milestones she has coming her way!  Until then, however, I will enjoy the cuddles and relish the moment.  We love you Larkyn Emery!

Naptime Cuddles

Silly Daddy


Jill said...

Absolutely can't imagine life without Larkyn. What a sweet blessing she is. And, CUTE! Oh, so cute. Love all of the smile shots you got that highlight her dimple. And, also cheering for those 8-hr nights when Mommy is getting sleep! :) Love to all!

The Baum Family said...

She's adorable! What a doll!!

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