remi jayne: one month old

little miss remi turned one month old last friday, the 7th.

fastest month of my life by far!!  i really feel like we were just in the hospital a week ago.  it's been so fun having her in our house.  she's my little doll (and brooks' too.. seriously he tries to pick her up and carry her like a doll).  she doesn't like dress up time as much as i do, but i'm sure she will appreciate it one day.

weight: 9-9.5 pounds
height: 22 inches

at one month old, miss remi jayne loves:

-to be held
-bath time
-laying in the sun
-wiggle time
-the swing
-her binky

she hates:

-the five seconds it takes to lift her out of the tub into a towel
-being cold
-being left alone
-whenever the car stops
-getting dressed
-tummy gas... which she has A LOT
-the hours of 8-10pm also known as "fussy hours"

this little lady is pretty high maintenance.   if she does not like something or needs something, she has no problem letting us know.  lucky for her, she's cute even when she is crying.
now, i didn't capture this in these photos but i kid you not, this girl started smiling at around 3 weeks.  like real life smiling...not just gassy, sleepy smiles.
it's pretty much the best thing ever.

remi has started to discover her hands a little bit and likes to suck on them like there's no tomorrow.  she is the daintiest little sleeper, and always sleeps with her hands nustled up to her face or in a little clasp.  see that crooked little pinky?  she got that from her mama (brooks has it too!)  thank goodness she didn't get my little hobbit toes.

at one month remi is going down for the night at about 9:30 and waking up only once to eat usually between 3:00 and 5:00.  can i get a hallelujah!!  during the day she eats every 2.5-3 hours which is also nice because i don't feel like i'm nursing every five seconds.

she is still wearing mostly newborn clothes and diapers, with some 0-3 clothes in the mix.  i have started putting size one diapers on her because we ran out of newborns and had some size ones on hand buuuut they are huge on her and she always pees on me... no bueno.

she has perfected her stank face, loves her hands, and has the cutest little piggies i ever did see.  i kind of want her feet and toes to stay itty bitty forever.

happy one month remi girl, we love you!

her captured smiles :)


how she got her name.

it's kind of a funny story on how we decided on the name remi.

we went to the hospital knowing that her middle name would be jayne, but undecided about her first name.  jayne has no significance to us and is not a family name, we just think it's cute.

when we got to the hospital i told matt to write our two options on the board. 
remi jayne
harper jayne
we told our nurse how we were undecided and she brought in a huge book of names for us to look through juuuuust in case we wanted more options.

matt's choice was always remi.  when he was on his mission in tacoma, washington, there was a sister serving with him who had the first name remmy.  he suggested it long ago and i said it could be in the running but i would spell it "remi."  to say he was stoked that i would even consider it was an understatement :) haha

my first choice was harper but it is becoming quite popular and that was a turn off for me.  a week or two before giving birth, i was starting to get on the remi train but i couldn't admit it to matt because i didn't want him to win... hahaha for reals though.

anyway, we passed the time reading funny names in the name book, but not adding anything to the list.  we decided that once she was born, we would choose a name.

well she came and she didn't immediately strike us as one name or the other.  at one point matt said, "if you want to do harper, let's do harper." and i'm pretty sure i said the same thing to him about remi.  when all of the first visitors had left and we were alone, we were both leaning towards remi.
our nurse came in to check on us and asked if we had decided on a name.  we told her we were thinking remi, but not yet 100%.

as more people came to visit, matt asked me if we should announce that her name was remi and i said not yet, i still wasn't ready to commit.

a little while later, we took our baby girl into the nursery to get her first bath and as we walked in the nurse said, 
"is this baby remi?"
and she turns around holding a sign that she had made for her hospital bassinet.

matt and i looked at eachother and said, "sure! this is remi."

and that is how we decided.  the nursery nurse decided for us.
we told her we were undecided up until that point and she assured us that we could change the name and she could make a new sign, but we stuck with remi.

and i'm sure glad we did.  she is totally a remi.

also, we were so lucky to have our sister in law Trina come later in the afternoon and take some lifestyle photos after our little princess had her bath.  i'm so lucky to have so many photographers around me that take our pictures.

and you are all so lucky to see all 100940348 that i post all the time :)


brooks meets remi.

if you watched the birth video (see here) then you probably saw brooks and i wearing the weird clear glasses and wondered why the heck?  well my friends, let me just tell you.

i was a little nervous having two little nuggets so close together.  i was worried about how brooks would handle sharing attention, how he would react to her, how gentle/rough he would be with her, etc.

he loves little babies and is pretty sweet to all of my friends babies and his little cousins but you never really know.

these pictures were taken the morning of remi's birth.  brooks' last moments as an only child.  isn't he just the cutest little thing?

a few hours after baby girl was born, my mom went home to pick up brooks and have him come to the hospital.  i was so excited to see him, but anxious at the same time.

as he walked into the room and saw matt and i, he got so excited and ran over to the bed. i was holding remi and someone lifted brooks onto the bed with me.  i still had all of the iv's hooked into my arm and you could tell brooks was confused.  remi started to cry a little and brooks just lost it.  he sobbed and sobbed and of course being the hormonal lady i am, i started crying which only made it worse for him.

this was NOT how i envisioned their first meeting to go.  it broke my heart that brooks was so confused and didn't understand what was going on.  granted, he hadn't had a nap so he was overly tired, but still... i was so sad.

someone took remi from me and we focused on brooks.  anyone who knows brooks knows he is OBSESSED with weird things... enter these eye shielding glasses.  he spotted these babies hanging on the wall and they became his new best friend.

his aunt lauren bought him the cutest little book that was a perfect distraction during this time.
as i distracted brooks and shared all my treats with him, matt slowly brought a chair over whilst holding remi next to the bed.

we talked about remi's head, toes, and nose and eventually brooks got brave enough to touch them.  he even smiled and got excited about her a few times.  anytime remi would make a noise though, brooks would become nervous and start crying again.

brooks came to the hospital a few more times during my stay, and each time he got more comfortable with remi and more excited to see her.  he began to want to hold her and touch her.  watching them together melted my heart.

there have definitely been some adjustments and hard times, but
since we've been home and over the last four weeks, brooks has become obsessed with remi.  he loves to squeeze (smother) her, often asks to hold her, and is her first responder when she cries.  he is very good at forcing the binky into her mouth and he LOVES to touch her nose, eyeballs, lips and toes. he takes off her socks 100 times a day, as well as her headbands.  he loves to push her in the swing and turbo rock her carseat while she is in it.  pretty much he's a gem :)

  remi jayne, you are sure lucky to have a big brother as sweet as brooks.