Reality in Full Color!
April 27 2010
Welcome to the world Jade! It's been a long almost three weeks since your timely arrival and i have to admit, I'm tired and sore but couldn't be happier! Daddy played hooky from work today since they didn't give him sick time while we were in the hospital, and he is spending the day with us for a three day weekend!!! Right now you are curled up on his chest past out fast asleep and I am enjoying some 'me' time. Figured now was a good a time as any to start the next journal for you. well, you mangled my sacroiliac joint, I pulled all the muscles in my shoulder and twisted the muscles in my neck getting you here, but you were worth it and came out so fast i can't really complain, not that it stopped me that first week. the chiro got mommy all fixed up and with a good bra permanently attached we are back to normal, off the advil and tylenol and working on getting some semblance of a schedule figured out. so far you seem to have a weird sense of timing, it seems like you sleep all day but when i wrote it out to see, you do these weird 3 hours up equals three hours down, one hour up equals one hour down, so i guess i can use that, however long you sleep for, expect to have you up for that long. it's only the midnight (2:30am today) awakes that are really hard on me right now, i'm very much a day person and my poor mommy brain isn't grasping that it's possible be awake and coherent when it's still dark out! we'll get it figured out eventually! took you out for your first mall and bus trip with just me yest. very proud of myself as we managed two stores, booked your 2mon shots, got groceries and made it home without any issues!! it helps that you sleep like a rock in your carseat! just to have it somewhere safe here is a list of your firsts so far, remember that you are only 2weeks and 4 days at this point!
April 9 - your birthday!!
April 10 - went to grandad's to show you off then went home!
April 13 - lost your cord
April 14 - 1st bus ride (you slept the whole time!)
- first manicure (had to file cause we're not supposed to clip right away due to skin still all the way across nails)
April 21 - first chiropractic adjustment, your right side of neck was out a little, doc just did a little massage to fix and you started sleeping better and holding your neck better!
April 21 - 2 week check up with gp, back up to birth weight and doing great!
April 24 - 1st deep bath/swimming, you smiled and kicked and splashed while holding daddy's hand and looking at him (i was in the bath holding you)
April 25 - went to granddad's for native feast to honour late grandparents, tons of ppl, lots of noise, beautiful day out. got lots of fresh air and slept through the whole thing, we were there for 5 hours!
April 26 - i took you out by myself for the first time, we both did great!
April 26 - 1st shower, had another bath and you pooped in the tub so we had to shower off after, you seemed to like it more than the bath!
love you so much Jade, thank you for being you!
April 29 '10
wow what a day, yest was great and last night was even better, hoping for a repeat! yest started with daddy taking you for a few hours so i could sleep, he did great, i didn't hear you once and he let me stay asleep until i woke up on my own! then we played all day, slept in the afternoon and by 7pm you were up for a bit and by 9:30pm you were out like a light. you let me sleep till 2:30am, fed for half hour and went back to sleep and stayed asleep till 6am!! needless to say mommy is much more patient and fun when she's had some sleep, lol! today has been a bit of a roller coaster, you are still doing the growth spurt thing (you're huge all of a sudden! size wise that is, daddy says you grew a whole finger, arms and legs are one whole finger width longer now!) so you fed and fussed most of the afternoon before passing out. it took three runs at the boob before you did though, you'd feed and fall asleep, fall off and then wake up and feed some more. daddy is soo proud of my patience with you and tells me lots that i am being a great mom and how happy he is, it really makes me feel better and helps me with continuing the level of patience when you fuss all day. Daddy didn't have a very nice mommy so he gets a little concerned sometimes about whether we did the right thing (new daddy jitters, even he says this) but then he sees you and i together and his heart melts and it's all good again! so far you are doing great, you love to go for long walks and bus rides in your car seat and stroller and will often sleep the whole time we are out as long as you are in the car seat! well it seems that life is settling into something resembling sanity, i think! day by day you seem to change your schedule and keep us guessing so we are just trying to take things one day at a time, however i am happy to report that you slept all night in your own bed/crib last night so hopefully mommy has figured out how to teach you the difference between day and night, night being sleep time!
well, it about time to check on you and think about bath and bed. Love you lots, mom!
April 30 '10
OMG!!! okay so i would love to figure out what exactly i'm doing but last night was the second night in a row that you slept through the night!!!!! you didn't wake up till 4:15am after going down at 9:15pm! then you fed and you are asleep again right now! sort of thinking it's just from the growth spurt but would love to see you do this more often for at least a little while. you are three weeks old today and i couldn't be happier with you. yes you get really fussy and cranky and you have gas and cry in the evening but i love you and i can persevere through this phase knowing that it does get better! daddy is having a bit of a frustrating time with the crying, but that is nothing new, he hates to hear babies cry, however he is doing really great with dealing with it. he is learning to let mommy deal and take some 'me time' when he needs to as well! today might be a little different as he has been home for three days. tuesday he took a 'sick day' to spend the day with us and go with us to a psychiatry appt for mommy, so we will see how he deals with crying fuss pot after a day of dealing with the dingbats at work! here's to a great three weeks and many more to come! love you lots, mom!
May 10 '10
so it's been a little bit and i thought it was time for an update! you are doing great so far, mommy wants to pull her hair out from time to time, but you're worth it! big fusses right now are feeding and sleeping, you feed all day long, fuss till 10 pm and then sleep till noon the next day (okay there are feeding breaks in there but we co sleep after daddy leaves and you free feed!) while i'm not complaining about the sleep i'm getting (thank you for this!) it's the fact that all morning i'm wanting to sleep and all afternoon and evening i'm feeding you, we are going to get you weighed and measured today, hopefully seeing just how much you've grown will help with my mentality when it comes to you feeding all time!
on to better topics, you are rolling over already, mostly side to back, but you have done back to side and can squirm yourself in a circle. i get the odd ooh or aah or whine, mainly just your little 'ah ha' when you are crying and we ask you something! you love your hands and have since day one...
well that's you, i'll be back another time!
love always, mom!
May 12 '10
ah a little break in the day! it is early and as per your routine lately you are asleep! still working on figuring out a schedule but it's getting there. in bed by 10pm and up by 4-5am with maybe a feeding around 2:30am. then you sleep again most of the morning and give mommy some sort of break! it's a little hard right now though as you are a constant eater! it seems like you are on the boob all day long and when you aren't you are fussy or crying that you want to be. i am working on getting you to stay awake and eating while you are on the boob as you tend to fall asleep after 5min, we are working on that too! you are growing great, on the 10th you measured in at 7lbs 12oz and 21 1/4 inches, that's up from 7lbs and 19 1/2 inches at your 12 day appt!! keep growing girl! daddy is getting immune to your fussy cry and only really has a hard time with your freak out cry, he is such a great daddy though and takes such good care of both of us!
had a great day yest, you weren't too fussy and daddy gave me an hour of 'me' time! i went into the bathroom, turned the music on, closed the door and took care of me for a change. showered and shaved my legs and tended to my feet and just relaxed for a bit, enjoyed a nice long hot shower, it was wonderful!
you are learning lots too, you can roll over, not well but you do! you wave your arms when i wave and say hi, you ooh and aaah and whine and hum, and OMG you can hold your head up and look around already!! you are working on sitting up, when you are supported we can feel the muscles in your back and you can lean forward without curling into a ball instantly now! you are very attentive to sounds and movement and you definitely know your mommy! i walk into a room and your eyes are glued to me! you still seem to have a bit of an upset tummy but rarely need the gripe water now, it's mainly when you get all upset that it really acts up and you spit up through your nose. that usually calms you down! i am hoping that you learn to settle down soon, we are working on that as well, calm is good, it hurts less!
well you are getting so big and smart and i am so proud of you every day, even when you drive me nuts! keep up the great work kiddo! love always, mom!
May 13 '10
alright that's it, time to lay down the law around here! my boobies are my boobies and are on loan to you little one! you still need to share and not hog them all day long. so today we are going to start watching the time, and going to a three hour schedule, you cannot possibly be hungry all the time unless you are not feeding properly and that would happen because i let you free feed and fall asleep and so you only eat for 5 min at a time. well in the morning you are well rested and haven't eaten in hours and you do great, awake and eating for 15-45min like you should be, so we are going to try and repeat this all day today. so far so good, daddy has you and as long as mommy is not within range you are doing great, you ate for 45min while i pumped the other boob and that started 1 hour 45 min ago and so far so good! i will let you know how this goes over the next couple days (or in a couple days as daddy goes back to work tom and we will be on our own most of the day) i am hoping that this will help settle your tummy and stop the constant crying in the afternoon as that is the only time you seem to be freaking out.
on a happy note, you seem to have figured out that night time is sleep time! you have gone almost a whole week going down between 9:30 and 10 pm and sleeping till 4 am!! i know that's a long time to go without food or anything but i know you are not starving! and we both seem to have a much better morning! love always, mom!
May 25 '10
so it's been a good two days, YOU SMILED AND LAUGHED!!! yest i was making the 'grrr' face and noise at you and you laughed at me! and the best part, daddy was right there and saw, now just remember that you have to save your first steps for when daddy is home and watching! you did it a couple times, and haven't laughed since, but you smile a lot more now! i love it and can't wait to see what you do next. then today we went out for bread and you were fussy so i walked and we ended up at the library. you have your own card now (it's bright green and says 'Use at the first sign of boredom' and for signing you up you were given your own tote bag and a board book that i got to pick out, since they are all brand new i got you 'goodnight moon' they also gave me a booklet with a bunch of little rhymes and stuff so i have no excuse for forgetting the words to itsy bitsy spider or any of those rhymes! the library also does 'laptime' for babies but none of the local branches do it, so maybe some day if we are up for a bit of a bus ride!
OOOH and daddy let mommy buy something for both of us. there's this thing called a moby wrap, well we couldn't really afford it but for half the price i bought enough fabric to make two and OMG it's the best! you love it, i love it, even daddy thinks it's pretty cool! and i even let you pick out the colour. i wanted blue so i showed you one shade that i liked and you made this icky face and turned your head away, then i showed you a different one that i liked and you smiled so that's what i got. i also got these iron on decals so that i know where the middle is (it's 15 feet of fabric, it helps to have a quick reference!)
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a1...e/DSC01385.jpgthis is it all finished! i am getting really good at wrapping and getting you in and out, now i just need to learn some of the other wraps, like the feeding wrap!
the chiropractor finally let us know what the price was for you, they are soo nice, all of your visits (once a week) until june 1 are free (happy birthday Jade) and then it's only $15 so totally manageable!
well that's it for now, love you always, mom!
June 15 '10
so it has been awhile yet again. just a quick note, daddy is getting fixed today, so you will be a one and only!
momma's name/screen name: Mara/natesangel
Little ones name/gender/age: Jade/female/2months 6 days
current weight: 9lbs 3 oz
current length: 23 1/2 inch
BF or FF: BF
sleeping at night: yes (6-8 hours, i think, at least she isn't waking me)
lifts head: yes, hates to if flat on tummy though
smiling: yes and occasional giggles
talking; what sounds: oooh, aaah, eeeeh
does LO recognize you/SO: yes for me, totally for Dh, she even knows his spot, will stare for hours till he gets home!
follows objects: yes, whole head rotation if you walk around behind her
discovered hands/feet: hands yes, feet still working on it
anything else of note: has started swatting and grabbing at toys, likes some mirrors but not all! loves to shake her rattle at me and make me laugh. starting to get better with story time, will even play with pages when we are done reading (board book).
love you lots, mom!!!
June 19 '10
hello my little one! well it's been one of those weeks. daddy got snipped on tues, and is doing well. you are growing like a weed and life is good! daddy's mom died this morning. you never got the chance to see her, she made it clear that she was not happy with me, and she was very disappointed that we had you. but she was not a very nice woman to anyone. she died of cancer, just so you know that it is in the family. on a different note, daddy has been home all week and it has been wonderful! he may take some more time off for bereavement leave but we are waiting till he talks to a boss. it is beautiful and sunny today and you are not all together miserable! just a little tired. i am so happy that you are still sleeping through the night and i am quite enjoying the extra three hours in the morning that you sleep after you have had some food. well that would be you looking for me! daddy is letting me know that it's time to go! love always, mom!
June 25 '10
all right my little booby monster, i have heard and responded, you are ready for food! all week you have been a pest for the boob and then once you've had some you start chewing on my nipple. you suck things in with your tongue, you eye us every time we eat and chew and pound your fists, you never seem to get full and fall asleep after 1/2 hour then eat more (growth spurt seemed to be over). so today we tried a little rice cereal with breast milk (i know a lot of ppl will frown at me but you are soooo ready for this) 1 tbsp worth, you couldn't get enough, fast enough! then got mad because it was all gone! you had booby after to finish you off and you have been fine! the only spit up has been after you were upset (you still hate tummy time!) and it was the same as it has always been, just spit up not puke. every thing seems to be fine with the only difference that you are happier! we are going to give it a week of supplementing your afternoon feed with some cereal and see how you do and if all is well then we are going to proceed as if you were 4 months as far as feeding goes. will keep you posted!