Georgia Grace–An Update!

A post from Kelli–

The past few weeks have been tough!  If you’ve read the blog for any amount of time, you are probably aware of Dad’s ongoing fight with lung cancer and his side effects, Gannon’s troubles, Mom, and all of the other life “stuff” that we’ve been having in our family.

Someone once told me that unless you experience lows, you won’t know how wonderful the highs are.  The past few weeks have had some of the highest highs for our family, but unfortunately some of the lowest lows.

Needless to say, this little lady has been one of the highest highs!

Honestly, she has been literally the best baby ever!  She was born on March 4th and although she’s still in newborn clothes and size 1 diapers, she’s literally taken over my heart!

Here it’s bath time…see??

She love-love-loves taking baths!  As you can see, she has tons of dark hair.  It’s super cute…until it hasn’t been washed for more than 36 or so hours, so she’s been getting baths at least every other day….so her liking baths is great!  She just lays there and enjoys her time…until I take her out.  The minute that I get the lotion out to get her lotioned up and have to take her out of the towel, she screams!  She recovers pretty quickly, so that’s good, but she can definitely go from really happy to really mad quickly!

She’s also been good with sleeping.  I took the above picture the morning after she decided that she wanted to be awake every 45 to 60 minutes one night…but that’s the thing–It happened once in 6 weeks!  Starting around 7, I try really hard to keep her up until about 10 or 11 ish and then feed her a little bit more before I put her to bed.  Once I put her to bed, she’ll sleep at least 4 hours, but the past week or so, she’s been sleeping closer to 5 and 6 hours at a time and once we did 7.  I am not upset about this at all…obviously…

We’ve also been working hard at using her Moby wrap and are finally getting the hang of it.  It is awesome to be able to hold her, but get things done too!

She has also loved getting bundled up to go outside with the daycare kids.  I swear the fresh air can make all of the difference in a day with them!  As always, Punky as I call her, loves joining in the fun and taking advantage of a hand-me-down snowsuit and joining them outside!

She’s also been my little helper to get a bunch of my DMC floss sorted and get some projects kitted up for Stitch Maynia.  Stitch Maynia is a cross stitch thing.  It is when you start a specific number of new projects in May to work on.  Some people do 31, one for each day, but I think I’m going to do 9.  I go back to work on the 10th at the nursing home to do the schedule and then jump back into work at the hospital the following week.  I get to work 60 hours, both days and overnights over 6 days.  It’ll be a big adjustment, but as much as I love staying at home with Georgia, I really do like my job also.

Mostly though, we’ve been doing lots of this–Talking, smiling, and getting to know each other.  She’s getting so that she has a pretty predictable schedule.  She honestly rarely cries unless she’s cold.  Even when she’s hungry, she just gets a bit more grunty or whiny, but not in a bad way at all.

I think it’s pretty safe to say that she’s definitely one of the high points in my life.  As hard as things have been over the past few months, she’s been the highlight for lots of people.  It is amazing how much better a person’s day can get with a little baby around!

19 thoughts on “Georgia Grace–An Update!”

  1. That last picture is adorable! She looks like she’s posing. I love all the positivity that emanates from your family. The fact that all of you are continuing on with your lives and still smiling amid all your turmoil is truly inspiring.

  2. Thanks for the update. Glad there are two newborns to counteract the lows in your family. that last picture is adorable, but I also got a chuckle out of the wording on her onesie. “It’s 6am somewhere” lol

  3. All the pictures are sweet but the last one is beyond words! I really admire your family and the way you are all pulling together to get through these very tough days . Keeping all of you in my prayers.

  4. How nice that she’s doing well and is helping balance out some of the other family news. And Georgia, I feel like screaming too when they take my towel after the shower.

  5. Sally A warren

    Oh, Georgia Grace is beautiful! So glad things are going well with y’all. It’s amazing how much they change month to month. I am loving that afghan that your sister made for her. It looks like knitted patchwork. Hmmm, any chance she would do a guest post and maybe teach us how to make one??

  6. Oh, how I wish I could get in on some baby snuggles! Soak up every second. . .sending prayers and hugs and a frowning of a lifetime for educating me on Stitch Maynia. . .I DO NOT HAVE TIME, but oh how I want to jump in!

  7. Katherine Gourley

    Kelli — what a sweet baby girl you have. I remember how ill you were during your pregnancy, but I think you got a pretty darn great payoff. My prayers are with your family — you are going through some tough times and seeing how your family pulls together is so beautiful.

    Like so many of the other readers—that last picture is over the moon cute.

  8. Thanks for the update. She is really cute. The last picture is adorable. I’m glad things are going well for you and that she can be a high point for everyone during all these lows.

  9. Such a cutie. I always said “put a baby in my arms and the whole world is right again”. Amazing how something so tiny can make everything so right.

    Enjoy Georgia while you can. Work will come soon enough. Thank you for updating. You are very blessed.

    Take care. Love, hugs and prayers coming your way.

  10. Patricia Boelens

    Perhaps you could try warming the lotion for after her bath in a bowl of warm water. Then it wouldn’t be cold after that nice warm bath. Sometimes temperature will make a difference. So glad you have this angel to help keep everyone grounded. Prayers for all of you.

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