Baby Swartout!

coming to our home, summer 2010

Flickr July 1, 2011

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Evelyn’s Flickr site ( has finally been updated … hard to believe it will be one year tomorrow…


we have tooth! January 5, 2011

Filed under: Milestones,randoms — jen @ 11:14 pm

finally, our drooly baby has a tooth … can’t see it, but we can feel it.  this is more exciting than you would think.  i never would have guessed how excited i would be that my baby’s tooth was finally breaking through.

parenthood is strange, 100% full of unexpected surprises & joys!


6 months… January 2, 2011

Filed under: Milestones — jen @ 7:41 pm

Today, our baby girl is 6 months old.  I feel like I can hardly remember when she was a brand-new, tiny baby.  But looking at this picture, I see that she still kind of looks like this on the (very) rare occasion that she screams, and although she lost the hair she was born with, she has about this much again!

Detailed post & updated pictures coming soon … things sure have been busy!


The end of an era…. October 10, 2010

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October 9, 2010

Dear Evelyn,

You are three months and one week old.  Fourteen weeks and one day.  I just put you down for a nap and when I was rocking you to sleep in your room I realized that you filled my arms.  I don’t know when you got so big — some days it really seems like you’ve grown overnight!

Your baby-hood really is flying by, just like everyone said it would.  You are getting stronger all the time – you push, kick, roll over, and do crunches when you’re lying on your boppy pillow on the couch.  You sit up in your bumbo seat for short periods of time (until you start to fuss) and you’ll hold a rattle or a ring of plastic keys – you even switched hands with that the other day!  You are touching different toys and feeling things and you are more and more aware of the world around you.

At your two month doctor’s visit you were 11 pounds, 12 ounces, and 23¼” – you grew over 2 inches in one month!  You also rolled onto your side and your doctor was very impressed.  You had your first shots at that appointment and you did not like it.  Your dad held your hands, but you went from happy to screaming in a quick second, and were fussy for the rest of the day with a low grade fever, my poor baby.  You had more vaccinations a month later – but only one shot this time and you did much better.

You have been busy in the past two months — you went to another wedding, spent a weekend at a lake with Grandma, Grandpa and your cousins.  You spent a day with Meema, Aunt Emily, and Aunt Jordan.  You’ve spent a lot of time with Grandpap & Pam.  You met your Great-Uncle Al and Aunt Linda. Shortly after you turned one month old, you started smiling at us all the time, and now you almost always return our smiles.  Around two months you started giggling.  Just a couple of weeks ago you started laughing and had daddy and I laughing with you — all three of us were sitting here cracking up.  You “talk” to us all the time now, especially when you’re well rested and alert and happy.  You have the best smile, it’s impossible not to smile back!  After you sneeze you say something like “aiiiyaa” – it may just be one of the funniest, cutest thing you do.

Recently, you’ve started to watch Tucker run around.  We hope the two of you can be friends when you’re a little older.  We’ve started putting you in your high chair while we eat dinner or while we wash dishes or bottles in the kitchen.  You seem to like being at our level at the table and up having a new perspective on the world.  A few weeks ago you started sleeping in your crib at night and shortly after that we stopped swaddling you.  Now you move all around your crib and often sleep through the night! (We consider ourselves very lucky for that!)  Now that your legs have chunked up your cloth diapers are a great fit and we really like them.  It’s not something very many people are doing these days but they are better for you, and the environment, and although they make your bum look huge, they are very cute and colorful.

This past week was tough for me – I went back to work.  I know that it’s normal, that most moms work outside the home now, but I want you to know how sad I was to be leaving you. The weekends are special because we get to be with you all day.  We try to have special time with you during the week, too, even if it’s not as much.  In the morning, I get you up and pick out your outfit and change you and snuggle you, and then daddy gets time with you – he feeds you and gets you all set and drops you off.  I usually pick you up from daycare and get a big smile and the women there all report that you are happy and smiley all day. 

We measured you last week you’re now around 24½“ — you really are growing!  You’re in 3 – 6 month clothes, though a few of your 0-3s still fit.  You are changing all the time, and it’s crazy to think how soon you’ll be doing things like eating food and maybe actually saying words.

We love you so much, our smiley, cuddly girl.



Got the announcement? August 27, 2010

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Hello friends & family!

Keep checking back here for updates on our sweet pea, Evelyn.  I haven’t been able to post as much as I intended but will post updates whenever I can.  Today she is 8 weeks old… next Thursday she’ll be 2 months, and on September 7 we have her 2 month dr’s visit, where she’ll get her first shots — I am not looking forward to that!  This week, our day care provider bailed on us, but thankfully at least one center in the area is great, AND has an opening (a relief, since I am due back at work in 5 weeks).

Summer is winding down, but we are busy!  We spent last week visiting Tim’s family in Keene and spent two days with his Mom &  Bob, his brother and brother’s girlfriend, and our 4 nephews, at a lake in NH.  This weekend we have 3 birthday celebrations to go to!  Evy is great and goes with the flow and doesn’t pose much of a fuss, so we are pretty lucky, and happy to keep taking her places and getting her used to lots of activity!

Click here to check out photos of Evy, and bookmark it!  We try to post new pictures whenever we remember to download them from the camera.  Also, the link is always on the right hand side of this page under “baby pictures” where it says “Evy’s flickr site”!

Thanks for dropping by!


One Month… (a day late) August 3, 2010

Filed under: Milestones — jen @ 10:10 am

Dear Evy,

It is hard to believe you are already a month old!  You are changing so much each week, each day.  You are getting bigger and so much stronger.  You are starting to make little noises other than cries and cat-like whimpers.  You are starting to smile when you are awake, though we haven’t gotten you to do it on demand yet, or in response to anything in particular.

Every day, we wonder what you will be like and look like as a little girl, a teenager, a grown up … and we are so excited to find out!  We can’t wait to see who you’ll be, but at the same time it’s sad to see our tiny, snuggly baby growing up.

Already you have been to a wedding (you were so quiet & good – you even slept through the blasting music at the reception!), and both of our hometowns.  You have been pretty easy on us–Sunday and Monday of this week you slept 6 straight hours at night.  On Saturday you even slept the whole time while we went out for lunch!

You are outgrowing almost all of your newborn clothes, and you’ve been able to wear lots of the cute 0-3 month summer outfits our friends and family gave you.  You are starting to enjoy your swing more and we can really see you focusing on and looking at us, at lights, at toys.  Tucker likes to sniff your feet and check you out when you are in your swing.  When you are napping, he often sleeps next to your crib.

You have big feet, and your Grandpap Smetana and Great-Grandma Smetana both think you are going to have the big Smetana feet like me, your great-Aunt Barb, and your great-great-Aunt Mary Cancelmi.  I guess we’ll find out!

At your Dr’s appointment last Friday you were four weeks exactly.  You weighed 9 pounds, 4.5 ounces and were 21” long.  Daddy and I think you are longer (we measured 21.5”), especially since you are too long for your newborn size sleepers!  The doctor said you looked great and we were doing a good job …we sure hope so!




That was fast… July 14, 2010

Filed under: updates — jen @ 8:23 am

Tim goes back to work tomorrow.  It’s hard to believe how fast those two weeks went.  I guess spending 2.5 of the days in the hospital didn’t help.  We also lucked out with the holiday, so he only took 9 vacation days, which means more days to take for family fun later.

I’m not worried about being solo all day, in fact part of me is a little anxious that the next 11 weeks will go too quickly, considering how quickly these past 2 went!  I just realized this morning, though, after Tim was up with her from around 4:30 or 5:00 until I woke up at 7:30, that we’re going to have to work on the overnight coverage, as Tim will need to get up and go to work.  Luckily for us, with his new job, sometimes he’ll only be commuting to the guest bedroom/his new home office.  Tomorrow, for instance, they are installing a business line for him, so he’ll actually be here all day, though he’ll have to be logged in and working … which will be nice, it’ll sort of wean me off of his being here all the time.  It’s been a wonderful two weeks.  The only downside is since I’ve been feeling up for doing something it’s been super hot & humid.  So yesterday instead of heading to North Bridge in Concord for a walk, we hit Target & Bed Bath and Beyond.

Ev is doing really great.  She’s been a little congested lately and we realized all the A/C was probably drying her out, so yesterday we got her a cute elephant humidifier (because an infant REALLY cares what their humidifier looks like).  Hopefully that will help.  She’s got frustrating fussy periods for sure, but we are usually able to get a decent night’s sleep (with a few breaks in there).  She’s changing so fast that while it’s exciting to see what little person she will turn into, it’s sad that her face already looks bigger and her belly/ribs look wider, and she’s got a double chin!  She’s already not the same tiny brand new baby!