Our first few days home with Scarlett, we enjoyed having Grammy and Grandpa (Steven's parents) over to visit! Grammy got a chance to feed Miss Scarlett, and Grandpa entertained her with his impersonation of Clarke Gable, "Now see here, Scarlett..." We could tell she loves it already. :)
We got home from the hospital on Saturday, and they flew in on Superbowl Sunday to help us out.
We spent as much time as we could relaxing (which ended up mostly being during Sophie's nap time from 12-2 PM. She is a bundle of nonstop activity when she is awake!) Grandpa had a few moments where he wanted to throw Grammy's iPad out the window ("Boy I hate this machine!"), but he worked through it. :) He might be more of a PC guy...
After we said goodbye to Grammy and Grandpa, my friend Erica came over to take Scarlett's newborn pictures! Here is a sneak peek into the newborn photo shoot!
The pictures turned out beautifully. Erica's a total pro! This is the one we used for Scarlett's birth announcement. I love it!
Our next visitors were my sweet friend Julie and her son Elijah -- I have no idea how I managed not to get a single picture of us and our kids together (argh!), but Elijah and Sophie loved hanging out together!
We also tested out the double stroller, and Julie clued me in to the fact that it can hold the infant seat. This was a life changing realization for me. We aren't using the infant seat here -- I had Scarlett tied to me with the Moby Wrap so we could test out the "two toddlers" setup of the stroller. And it worked like a charm! I heart my stroller!
Julie was also kind enough to assist with Scarlett's first bath!
She actually didn't mind the bath -- she is such a different kid than Sophie, who SCREAMED during her first bath.
But Scarlett generally is not a screamer. She quacks -- she cries in monosyllables. "Waack!" Then she will wait a minute or two, see if anyone responds, and then she will do it again, a bit louder. "WAACK!" It takes her a while to get worked up to full cry. And I am SO GLAD. The Lord must know what each of us can handle, and He knew I could only handle one screamer. :)
Her little umbilical cord still hasn't fallen off, so we are limited to sponge baths for now. Also, I think I should win a Mother of The Year award for my choice of location for this first bath: Right next to the electrical socket! Why, that's a perfect place for a bath, Mommy, nice job! (For the record, the "bath" was basically just me wiping her down with a wet washcloth, so I hope the danger of electrocution was fairly limited. I still sort of cringe at this though. :)
Perhaps for her next bath, we'll choose a less scary location.
So there you go! I am so glad we had plenty of visitors during the time that I was home from work - I can remember wishing that I had people in the house toward the end of my maternity leave with Sophie. This time I think it went much more smoothly, mostly because I had family and friends around to help me and spend time with me!
And because I have no idea when I will next get an opportunity to blog, let me go ahead and tell you about my latest obsession: Green Monster Smoothies!
I got the idea from Kristin, who posted this recipe on Twitter, and something about it intrigued me. I tried it out and with this recipe alone, it wasn't sweet enough for my taste, and also, I didn't necessarily need it to be low-calorie (I'm nursing and need all the healthy calories I can get) so I changed it up a bit:
So my recipe goes something like this:
Green Monster Smoothie
Dollop of Greek yogurt
A cup or so of Vanilla Soymilk or Vanilla Almond Milk
Handful of frozen pineapple
Two handfuls of baby spinach
Tablespoon or so of peanut butter
I feel like a superhero after I drink it. I was very very anemic during my pregnancy with Scarlett (and I think it may have even contributed to her jaundice at birth), and so this huge dose of iron is a game-changer for me. (Beware, these smoothies do have some, um, colon-cleansing properties when you first start drinking them...) But they give me so much energy and I find myself craving more greens now! I am excited to see if they really do help my skin/eyes look brighter. PLUS, Sophie will drink them, which is awesome, because now she will have a good dose of leafy greens in her system. (Although the highly-anxious side of me is still wary of the bagged baby spinach, since there was an e. coli issue with bagged spinach not that long ago... maybe we will buy fresh produce spinach not in bags, instead?)
And now that I've written out the recipe, I want a smoothie, so I'm off to the blender!