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We continue to practice with giving Kivrin a bottle (of mommy’s expressed milk). Tonight was almost a success – after a few false starts, she took an ounce of milk from me, and then later I got her started and handed her off to Dan and she took another ounce from him.

Now, if we can just work up to her taking a bottle not from mommy, we can start thinking about things like babysitters and getting a little baby break. (Mostly, we just want to see the movie “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”, which comes out October 3rd, but we don’t think Kivrin will be ready for us to go to the movies without her yet by then. It’s good to have a goal though.) 

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There are many “firsts” in a newborn’s life, but if you are a Staley, the first time you make a run for the border and visit your local Taco Bell is a momentous occasion. (and yes, Uncle Lee, that is a volcano taco!)

After a fun weekend with Papa Staley, Kivrin said goodbye using all of her best expressions — smiling and laughing, blowing spit bubbles, and –of course– sticking out her tongue.

Kivrin and Lissa took an early morning nap on the couch on Sunday. After a very fun weekend with Papa Staley…spending Friday night and Saturday afternoon helping with the trivia events at the library, going out to dinner Saturday night, and then watching football…we were all tired out!

This may be the only outfit that Papa Staley every buys for Kivrin, so I made sure she was wearing it on Saturday while he babysat her at the library! Then Saturday night we tried to watch the Illinois game (Nebraska was broadcast here in Kansas instead— grumble grumble Big12 grumble…) to cheer them on against Penn State. Kivrin must not have been cheering loud enough … but we’re looking forward to teaching her to chant ILL-INI, which was one of her cousin Colin’s early accomplishments!

When Papa Staley visited this weekend, he brought a few clothing items he found in closets at his house. Since Kivrin is still small enough to fit into them, I decided it was the perfect time for a mother-daughter photo shoot. The hideously frilly dress above is shown on Kivrin on the left and Lissa (as a baby) on the right. And yes, it is just as scratchy as it looks like it would be….

We couldn’t find any pictures of Lissa or Leigh Anne wearing this yellow crocheted outfit, but Kivrin looks pretty cute in it. The trick to taking an old-fashioned photo was to get the jacket pulled shut enough to cover the “elmo” picture on the front of her diaper. There was also a pink crocheted outfit, but by the time we were on our third outfit change, Kivrin didn’t think this was a fun game anymore, so those pink pictures didn’t turn out so great.

Later that day, dressed in her favorite comfy pajamas (a sidesnap t-shirt and her diaper) Kivrin is all grins!

Obviously our photo quality is much better when Dan is around…but here is a self-portrait of Kivrin enjoying our new Maya Wrap ring sling — it’s a woven fabric, with metal rings, and it makes a sling that you can use with the baby in several positions (we have only mastered the tummy-to-tummy carry so far). We used the Maya wrap this morning to go to the library. I was even able to sneak down to my cubicle to get a little work done while she was snug and sleeping! After meeting Daddy for Baby Bookworms and bouncing around while Kyler sang and played the guitar, Kivrin charmed Marta and everyone else at the Media desk with her huge happy smiles before we headed home from our adventures.

On Tuesday at the Breastfeeding Clinic, Kivrin tipped the scales at 10 pounds (actually, she was 10 pounds 3 ounces by the time she finished nursing!). As you can see in the snugly fitting outfits and hitched up tshirt in the photos below, she is outgrowing her newborn clothes and wearing the 0-3 month clothes (at least for another two pounds!). No one is good at guessing on these things, but I think she should be in 3-6 months sizes for the beginning of winter at least. After that, who knows…

It’s no secret – baby clothes reflect parental preferences.  Last Sunday, Kivrin didn’t care what she was wearing.  However, once I dressed my child in the tiny St. Louis Cardinals onesie from my friend Dave, and the hat from her aunt, and set her next to the baseball from Gramma Mary, I realized that she is the cutest baby EVER and we had a mini photo shoot to capture it. Some people hope for a future quarterback — I’m raising Kivrin to cheer for whoever is fielding the fly balls in left field.

Lissa and Kivrin watching the pre-game coverage of the last game at Yankee stadium (but thinking about the old Busch stadium the whole time…)

That’s right — Most Valuable Baby!

“Root, root, root for the Cardinals….”

Last Saturday we hit the road, attending our friend Jake’s first birthday party in Lecompton and then heading on to Kansas City to visit Grandma and Grandpa’s house!
Lissa and Kivrin (4 weeks exactly!) with Meghan and Jake (1 year exactly!)
Grandpa Steve snuggling Kivrin. She is wearing her most girly summer outfit, with ruffles on the butt – a gift from our friend Kate!
Sara and Jon snuggling Thomas to sleep. Dan and I have lots to learn about babies and parenting and in this case, our younger siblings can be our experienced teachers!

Kivrin sat in her swing for the first time and loved it! She smiled and laughed with mommy.

A brief literacy commercial we created together- once we had the idea, it was just too cute and we had to go ahead and make it. Dan was filming, and we experimented with several options, but this was our first take!

With Daddy home all this week on vacation, we have been busy having fun!

Kivrin is just beginning to enjoy her activity gym (although she cried the first time we tried it.)

She likes lounging around on the boppy pillow.

Staring at mommy is a great way to spend the afternoon.

Playing “Catch” with a 3 week old baby means that mommy throws the ball and catches the ball, while Kivrin watches!

This picture just doesn’t capture the moment – we were playing a game called “Loudest Kisses” where the goal is to see who can give the loudest kiss on the cheek to the other person. Mommy wins most of the time right now, but Kivrin is going to be a contender soon enough.

This is the reference room at our library. A co-worker walked by, saw the baby conked out in Dan’s arms, and teased us about “sleeping in the library” not being allowed!

Kivrin is modeling one of her favorite comfy outfits — it was a gift from Aunt Leigh Anne and Colin and the shirt says “Mind the Jungle.”

This morning, we went to Baby Bookworms at the library for stories, songs and fingerplays — Kivrin liked the bouncing song about a car the best! We made it almost the entire 30 minute program before she got hungry again!

This is an honest-to-goodness grin from a very happy baby who loves hanging out with her Daddy (her t-shirt says “Daddy Rocks”)

Kivrin has started to want comfort-sucking sometimes when she isn’t really hungry, so we tried out a pacifier last night for a few minutes.

It’s official, mommy is a “sling addict.” But seriously, our new baby carrier arrived today and we had to try it out right away. Because she was already sleeping before we took our walk, Kivrin curled up in the Ella Roo Mei Tai and stayed asleep even when I came inside and used the computer for a bit. This carrier isn’t as warm and cozy as the HugaBub, but it feels sturdy and secure — as a bonus, it didn’t make mommy or baby sweaty in the 80 degree sunshine.

Kivrin went to our library this morning to apply for her first library card. (Mom and Dad are the responsible guardians on the account, of course.) Once she had her card in hand, she decided to check out some music CDs of children’s lullabies and other songs.

It may look like she is sound asleep in all of these photos, but trust me, she was really excited to be visiting the library!

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t believe Kivrin’s already three weeks old! She is getting more interested in looking at her toys, and she is smiling and watching our faces when we talk. This week she started grabbing on to the fabric of our shirts, and grasping my finger with her hand more. She likes to be outside — during a heavy rain, we sat on the back porch together and the cool air and the noise seemed to calm her. We try to take several short walks every day around our neighborhood — but we try to limit ourselves so that we don’t end up at Dairy Queen on every walk. Kivrin is still wearing newborn diapers and clothes, but probably not for much longer. Last Wednesday, (9-10) she weighed just over 9 pounds at the hospital’s Breastfeeding Clinic and her weight gain has been averaging over an ounce a day.

A verbal snapshot of Kivrin’s life

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