Our dear girl had her two-month birthday yesterday. In celebration, we traveled down Waterloo to the pediatrician's office. Meg had her first vaccination in the hospital at birth, so at two-months-old, she was scheduled for her first BIG round of vaccines. Again, I was impressed by our girl's effervescent personality; even though the appointment was during her mid-morning nap, she giggled, wiggled, and grinned at me, the nurse, and Dr. Reed up until the moment when she was stuck. Even though Dr. Reed informed me prior to the shots that "these would be the most painful for me as the parent," I was in agony as I watched Meggie's face transform from delight to surprise and hurt. Her cry took a minute to rev up, and when she erupted, we had a true sense of her pain - her cry reminded us too much of her stay in the hospital; a mixture of betrayal and terror. As with all the trails she's faced in her small life, though, she soon settled and proceeded to sleep for four hours. We were, and continue to be, very proud of her. Also of note were her two-month measurements. Meggie weighed 13 pounds 15 ounces and was 24.5 inches long! The nurse informed us that these measurements were not even on their little girl growth chart. In other words, Meg's measurements for both height and weight are in the 100th percentile. At least my incredibly huge size as a 10-month pregnant lady was justified by my baby who continues to grow in astronomical proportions. How comforting it is, as a new parent, to be affirmed by growth statistics and doctor's visits that your child is healthy and thriving!
As Meggie continues to become more aware of her surroundings, we are able to engage her in new adventures. Some of our latest doings from her 2nd month of life include:
1. reaching for, grasping, and holding onto various objects. On the day of her doctor's appointment, she initiated the hold on her bumble bee rattle. She also surprised me by grabbing a handful of my hair as I was changing her diaper. One personality quirk that we've noticed about our girl is that she is an ardent observer of the world's workings. So far, she's not a big talker, but she studies the order of events and situations and will act suddenly, as if she's finally worked everything out in her mind. For example, she stuck out her hand and grabbed a fistful of my hair with a smile that I imagined meant that she's been trying to figure out a way to do so since delivery and had finally put all of the pieces of motion in the correct order.
doug listens in, too!3. halloween and pumpkin patch time! Anyone who knows me knows Fall is my fav-o-rite season! our trip to the pumpkin patch in arcadia was an outing after my own heart. Kyle and I were filled with visions of a one-year old Meggie girl toddling around this country haven...can't wait for next year!
our 2009 punkin
this beautiful little spot offered 10 minutes of refuge where Meggie girl slept and let her parents cuddle on the country swing
pumpkin patch with hayride, corn maze, petting zoo, and PUMPKINS!
a daddy and his girl posing with the tractor
my favorite...piggies in the pig pen!
so proud of my wrangler!
4. a visit from her boyfriend, Isaac. Our friends, Shannon and Caleb, initiated a swap-date night with us where we pick a week to swap nights with the kids. On Monday, we watched Isaac so that Shannon and Caleb could have a date...and they let us paint the town on Thursday. Little did we know that Isaac and Meg would take our match-making seriously! :)
two lovebirds on their first date after baby...we had a delectable dinner at Mimi's Cafe - a place which brought back memories of our early dating years in Fort Worth...the challenge = find something OTHER than the baby to talk about...hmmm...what did we talk about before Meggie entered our lives???
5. a visit from Grandaddy O and Auntie Becca. Meg got to meet her first extended relative when Becca came on a college tour of OSU. Even though Meg was either sleeping or screaming when they were here, I'm sure she was thrilled to frolic with new family members. While Dad and Becca were here, Kyle built an inaugural fire in Meggie's fire pit - the project that he and his dad, Grampa Van Heest, completed when they were down following Meg's arrival. We enjoyed a weekend of fantastic fall weather, turkey chili, and tales over a blazing fire.
a beautiful girl ready to tour OSU6. wearing Mama's dresses. My mom, Grandmama, sent a package full of my old dresses to Meg with Grandaddy O and Auntie Becca. Meg looked darling in this pink sailor dress. We tried our hardest to capture a smile, but the only success we had was when both of us were singing the Veggie Tales theme song as fast as we could! :) Tough customer!