Thursday, April 30, 2009
After that we also stopped by my work to show Chloe off there. Everyone was so great and oohed and ahhed over her. Many of my co-workers even said she look like me! I will have to take her back in sometime because one of my friends wasn't at her desk and another one wasn't there at all.
It's hard to think that she is going to be three weeks old tomorrow. On one hand, I can't believe she is actually here and has been for three weeks. On the other hand, I can't believe that she hasn't been here forever. We love her so much!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
When I got my box of baby stuff I knew exactly what I wanted to do with part of it. I wanted to put it in a shadow box and hang it up by Russ' Boy Scouts shadow box. The pink dress at the top is what I wore home from the hospital when I was born. The pink bonnet beside it goes with it, but I actually wore the white bonnet underneath it. The pink outfit and bonnet at the bottom were purchased by my Daddy for me. The shoes were just cute and looked nice. Mom said that they weren't from any special occasion. I just wore them when I was a baby.
Russ' shadow box was in his office/Chloe's room, but I moved it out to the living room and hung it up beside mine. I just love them!
1. She smiles. No, really, she does. She has been smiling since a she was a few days old and I just chalked it up to her finding her facial muscles. I didn't really think she knew what she was doing....until Sunday. I was pinching her little cheeks and cooing at her and she was looking straight at me and started grinning. Grinning! It was too perfect for her not to have know what she was doing. And it was extremely adorable but I'm biased.
2. She can see. Newborns eyes aren't supposed to be developed enough to follow objects. Her little eyes can follow things, mostly Russ and I, and she can focus on certain things. This one I'm not so sure about, but it just seems that way.
3. She has almost full neck mobility. One of the first things my parents and sister commented on when they met Chloe is her neck movement. She needs little help holding her head up and it has been this way since she was born. She also can turn her head without help. I think it's because her head is so small that she didn't need as much muscle development to be able to use her neck.
4. This is the last one. I promise! She can turn over. Not completely over onto her belly, but when I put her down to nap in her pack-n-play, I always put her on her back. She doesn't like to sleep on her back and when I go to check on her, she is always on her side. Plus she'll be on her right side one time and she'll be on her left side the next.
Maybe I'm just silly and these things aren't that unusual, but I was not expecting this so soon. My baby is growing so fast. I'm going to go have myself a good cry now.
"Butt crack and love have nothing to do with each other."
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I also finished Chloe's birth announcements the week after she was born and sent them to family and a few friends.
This is the outside. The letters and dress were cut with Cricut.
I also put the handprints on the back of the envelope as a teaser.
Mom and I stamped Chloe's little bity baby feet for her scrapbook...which I need to start on!
No post is complete without pictures of the cutie patootie. This is what she does best...sleep. I'm not sure if she gets that trait from me or her father. We are both good sleepers...well, were, until she joined us!
Everything that I have read say to wake baby up after 3 to 4 hours so baby can eat. I worked in daycare for 2 1/2 years and we never woke a sleeping baby to feed him/her. I tried to do this for the first week and have found that it works so much better if I let Chloe sleep and wake on her own. I feed her as soon as her diaper is changed after her nap so she doesn't have time to get really fussy before she eats. She eats better if I let her get a full nap in, too. When I woke her to eat, she could barely stay awake to get in a full feeding. Also, my mother said that she never woke us (my 2 brothers, my sister and I) up to feed us. We didn't starve.
I think books can be an injustice in some ways. I've read all this material and I think and worry about things that I probably shouldn't worry about. For instance, I have been taking Chloe on walks during the day. We just walk up to the mail room and back. It's about 10 to 15 minutes. It has been in he 70's this week and I worry about her getting dehydrated. The thing is that this would never have crossed my mind if I hadn't read about it in a book. I think books are making a first time mother more paranoid than she already was being a first time mother. The fact is that Chloe getting outside and getting some sunshine is healthy and she won't get dehydrated as long as she is eating full meals.
Anyway, these are just a few thoughts that I am having. I am second guessing my instincts and I shouldn't be. I need to just put these books and materials that I have read out of my mind and go with the way I know to care for a baby. She's not going to starve if I let her sleep for 6 hours at night (though that is laughable right now) and she's not going to get dehydrated during a 10 minute walk. I worry way too much, but it is so hard to not worry.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
When I pulled it out of the box, the memories of learning to sew came flooding back into my mind. The particular tea towell is the one I learned to sew on. I remember sitting in the living room with my Mother and sister one evening dedicated to my sewing project. I really took to sewing and still love to make things to this day. I don't do embroidery as much, but I do still enjoy it. Anyway, I was sewing along (I believe it was on the bunny rabbit) and I lift up my tea towell and to my surprise I had sewn the thing to my jean skirt! How I did that I will never know, but it sure made for a fond memory....and a fun blog post!
We have been going on daily walks up to the mail room for the past three days. It's been really nice to get out with her. It has been a bit windy so I've had to keep the canopy up on her carseat/stroller, but I think she has enjoyed it. She's always tired afterward which is nice. I've been trying to sleep when she does since she doesn't like to sleep very well at night. I don't really know what to do about that. I need to go get a swaddling blanket and try that since a few of you suggested it. I'm trying to follow the Babywise book, but I'm not very good at it. I guess the only thing we can do is keep on trucking and see what happens. Her ped did say that exclusively breastfed babies sometimes don't sleep through the night until six months. Yay.
Monday, April 20, 2009
I wore this home from the hospital when I was born. She wanted Chloe to be able to wear it home, but the box was in the attic and wasn't reachable until after Chloe came home. Since we stayed with my parents for a few days after Chloe was born, Mom requested we let her wear it from their house to ours. This is going to make a great scrapbook page for her baby book.
A - Age: 26
B - Bed size: Full
C - Chore you hate: Cleaning the bathrooms
D - Dad's Name: Chuck
E - Essential start your day item: Breakfast
F - Favorite food: Chocolate Ice Cream
G - Gold or Silver: Silver
H - Height: 5'9"
I - Instruments you play(ed): Trumpet
J - Job title: Customer Service Representative
K - Kid(s): One! This is the first survey I've been able to say that!
L - Living arrangements: 2 bed 2 bath Apartment
M - Moms name : Jody
N - Nicknames: Lili
O - Overnight hospital stay: One when I had Chloe
P - Pet Peeve: Interupting Conversations
Q - Quote you like: It's on my header
R - Right or left handed: Right
S - Siblings: 2 brothers and 1 sister
T - Time you wake up: Whenever the baby needs me to
U - Undying love for: Russ and Chloe
V - Vegetable you dislike: Peas
W - Ways you run late: Dawdle in the shower
X- X-rays you've had: Teeth and a hysterosalpingogram
Y - Yummy food you make: Mexican Casserole
Z - Zodiac: Virgo, but I don't believe in the zodiac
Friday, April 17, 2009
That's it for now. I am going to go take a nap!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Mommy, Chloe and G-Jo