Nicknames: No true nicknames, but more phrases...Hallie girl is the most common, as is baby Hallie, especially when Hudson is referring to her
Traveled to Southern California for Christmas and did great on the 7 hour drive there and back. However, her daytime sleeping habits and nursing habits suffered while we were in Hemet (coincidentally we were in Hemet...i don't think it had anything to do with being there, but more due to potential digestive issues). She prefers the bottle to nursing, which adds a step to the task as I have to pump.
Has a really strong neck, which is great, considering she doesn't get much tummy time. As the second child, my forgetfulness combined with me wanting to protect her from an overly loving brother who would swipe her off the ground has resulted in minimal tummy time.
Loves bath time and the sound of running water. She has started to really kick as she lay in the tub and it is so fun to watch.
Hallie is our social baby. She just wants someone to talk to her and smile with her. If we leave her in a room alone and happy, she starts crying within a few minutes.
I finally packed away her newborn clothes and it made me sad to realize she really has outgrown a size completely. They have sat unworn in her drawer for weeks, but I have now made it official. She has not really outgrown her 3 month clothes, but is fitting into some 6 month things.
Her cheeks have rally filled out and are the most kissable and paintable things ever!
She constantly has her hands and arms pulled into her body. Her left fist is always clenched so tight that it is almost purple! At bath time, we notice a red mark on her chest from her pulling her hand in so close. When we bathe her, I always find "treasures" of lint, etc, tucked away in her fists.
Speaking of hands, if she doesn't have her pacifier in her mouth, her hands are in her mouth. sometimes she tries to figure out how to get both her hands and pacifier in at the same time.
Already with Hallie, we are learning how different two kids, even from the same parents, really can be. Hallie and Hudson really are opposites in so many things...
- Hallie loves to be swaddled. She will go to sleep within minutes of being swaddled, held and patted. Hudson hated being swaddled and tough the "Tal tap" as we lovingly call patting a baby on their bottom to get them to sleep.
- Hallie thinks nursing is a means to eating, at most. We have recently gone through a stretch where she refuses to nurse, and will only take a bottle--pumped milk or formula. If she isn't hungry, but is rather tired, she will not even think about latching on. Hudson, however nursed whenever it was offered to him and would use nursing to pacify himself.
- Hallie LOVES her pacifier. If she wakes in the night, we simply give her her pacifier and she heads right back into slumberland. Hudson wanted nothing to do with a pacifier.
- Hallie is quite indifferent about wether she faces forward or backward. From a week old, we knew Hudson wanted to face outward and take in the world.
We all met Natalie and love her! I am sure these two girls will be great friends. <3