Wednesday, February 27, 2008

5 weeks and counting

Liliana is now five weeks old. Over the past 3 weeks she has really grown and changed a lot. She started really smiling at us just before she was four weeks old. She had smiled before, but it was more reflexive than an actual social response. When she did give me that first gummy grin that I could tell was meant to be a smile, it was obvious that she was interacting with me. Now she smiles frequently throughout the day. Liliana is also becoming much more social verbally. She coos and makes sweet little baby noises almost as if she's holding a conversation and responding to whomever she is "talking" to. It is fun to be part of the chatter or to watch her "talk" to someone else.

My older sister, Renee, and her son, Kaden, were here visiting for about three weeks from Utah. They were able to see some of the exciting developments in Liliana's early weeks. It was so fun to have them here and it was sad to see them leave last Tuesday. Renee will be having her second baby in mid-March. That will be cousin number three for Liliana - all of which are boys!

Last Saturday, at her five week mark, Liliana was lying on her stomach on the floor and she was seriously trying to roll over! I know it doesn't sound possible, but David and I watched her push herself from her stomach up onto her side, all by herself. We couldn't believe our eyes. It would seem that she is in a hurry to grow up and get moving - which is inconvenient since I would like her to stay a little tiny baby for a long time.

Liliana has outgrown some of her newborn outfits and when David first started putting her into the three month sized clothes last week, they looked way too big on her. But now, only a week and a half later, they are fitting her quite nicely. We can't get over how quickly she's filling out and stretching longer and longer.

Yesterday I took Liliana for a nice little walk to enjoy the weather. Her aunts, Sylvie and Nicole, came with us and brought Liliana's cousin, Mason. We walked up to Fred Myers because they were having a great sale and we loaded up on baby clothes and a few things for the mommies and auntie.

Last night David and I took Liliana to visit some friends for dinner and to meet their little baby that was born a couple of weeks ago. We laid the babies on the floor and they were checking each other out (as much as babies that age can) and "holding" each others' hands when they happened to grab each others' fists. Liliana looked quite big next to that two week old.

David is going to bless Liliana this Sunday at church. We look forward to sharing this special occasion with friends and family.

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