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Friday, November 14, 2014

Zoya Moya turns 2 months!

The addition of our third baby means that my fourth baby (the blog) has been really neglected. I hate that it is being neglected because it means that precious memories and laughs are not being recorded, but I just try to do the best I can!

Here is our sweet Zoya at 2 months and 2 days!

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She had her 2 month appointment yesterday and these were her stats.

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I love that she is getting so chunky and it’s such a pleasure to see her rolls form and her double chin develop. You can kind of see it here! Note her adorable Vera Bradley baby outfit, a gift from two sweet friends, one of whom assures me that blogging is a way to keep in touch. That’s awesome because it’s hard to do with three kids!

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Zoya is definitely our fussiest baby.  I’m so glad she’s my third because I would have been very stressed out if she had come first or come at a time as difficult as last year was, like Gemma.  As it is, it doesn’t bother me.  It is funny that unlike her sisters, and Gemma especially, she actually cries harder for me!  We had dinner at a friend’s house last night and she was fussing while I was eating. We are all parents so we just talked over it Smile, but she fussed and fussed, first in Nick’s arms, then in my friend Amy’s arms. As soon as I finished eating and picked her up she let out a WAIL to let me know that she was NOT happy. She might just be a teenager in a 2 month olds body with her baby back sass. This is a sight we see a lot.

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Another familiar sight in our home. Poor Nick has taken to coming out and digging around for clothes! We will get on top of our home eventually. Some how.

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I think only moms can understand that you can have a fussy baby and still be so happy and so in love! My girls are in love too. I always have extra hands around to “help” and Isla loves to hold her and help out. Actually Gemma loves to hold her too. The only acting out that I have really had has been from Gemma who occasionally gets upset if she is crying and finds that I am holding Zoya already. I am so thankful that she is so sweet with Zoya and loves to kiss and hug and hold “Doya”.

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I love this picture. Anytime I ask Gemma if she wants to hold Zoya she gets so excited and makes the sweetest, most serious little face. In this picture Zoya is crying and it doesn’t faze Gemma at all!

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Also, random mom comment: There’s no question that my daughters are just lovely, but I think Zoya is so beautiful. She is definitely our prettiest baby. She has such dark skin and hair (a gift from family members on my side) and her eyes are Elizabeth Taylor violet right now. Of course they will change, but we are all pretty sure that they will at least stay blue.

Zoya is a great sleeper! She has been my hardest night time sleeper though, as she had many nights of both waking often and being difficult to get back to sleep. However at this point she has slept through the night several nights, and even on the nights where she does wake up, she only wakes up once, has a little snack, and goes right back to sleep! Hooray for Baby Wise, tight swaddles and my nap nanny!

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Another thing, Zoya is definitely my least “flexible” baby, but she is the third so she has to be flexible. She doesn’t really have a choice! I don’t think people realize just how flexible I am when I talk about my routine/schedule what ever. She falls asleep in my arms more than any other baby, and she gets nursed just about whenever she cries. In other words, she gets her needs met, OF COURSE. It’s worth noting on the days where we are perfectly in our routine, she is at her happiest. It will be good for her as she gets older to learn to go with her sisters flow.

When Zoya was born, we discovered she had a pretty severe lip tie. After consulting with our pediatrician, a lactation consultant, blogs and Dr. Google, we all decided that she needed to have a minor surgery to correct it so that she could nurse better. I was told by my orthodontist friend that she would probably fall as a toddler and it would tear, and not to worry about it. In fact I was told that by several other people. That option did not appeal to me. I just knew it would happen when Nick was gone and there would be a lot of blood and tears. I found a dentist in Houston who would perform the surgery, and we had it taken care of. Her frenum was pretty thick and she will probably always have a gap in her teeth, but at least she can nurse better now, her speech won’t be impacted, and we won’t have to deal with a bad fall later on.

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Another little Zoya tidbit. The girl loves tummy time! (I know that these are the details that people find fascinating.) My other girls just tolerated to hated it, but Zoya LOVES it. She is always falling asleep during tummy time, and if she’s fussing and I can’t hold her for some reason, its nice that I can put her down on her tummy and have her be happy.

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That’s it! I didn’t think that this post would be very long because newborns are not super interesting beyond cute pictures and so so so so many snuggles, but I can always find more words and I do find Zoya very interesting and fascinating. We are pretty much punch drunk in love with our princess!

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