Tuesday, March 27, 2012

9 Weeks!

Weight: Officially 9 lb, 13 oz.
Height: Officially 22 1/2 inches
Favorite activity: Floating in the big bathtub
Favorite food: breast milk
Favorite spot: the swing
Naughtiest moment: Epically pooping over two pairs of diapers, her pajamas AND the changing table pad!
Important milestones: First babysitter that isn't related to her, first vaccination
How Mom's Feeling: At the moment: tired. Tired, but good. Today, Lorelei got her first vaccinations. After much research and discussion, we decided to go with the traditional schedule. While there were many reasons behind this decision, for me, two were the most important:

#1 Brian and I are exposed to a lot of people on a day to day basis, which means we are exposed to a lot of germs on a day to day basis.
#2 By using the traditional schedule, most of the immunizations are done by 6 months. During these first 6 months, Lorelei will be breastfeeding, ergo she will have a stronger immune system. 

While there is no single right answer or method for vaccinations, we feel confident we are doing the right thing. Of course, it was an exhausting day for us. The appointment was scheduled at 11, right in the middle of Lorelei's naptime (I didn't realize this when I scheduled the appointment a month ago!). So I had to wake her up and once we got the doctor's office, she realized she was hungry, so I had to feed her. Then we both got the shots, ran an errand and went home. This afternoon, she was inconsolable. Really. I think she cried for an hour solid and nothing I did would help! She was working off of about a 45 minute nap, with not much food, so she was tired and hungry, sore from the shots and angry about all three! I finally gave her some baby Tylenol and tucked her into the Moby wrap. Finally she was able to fall asleep and, later, eat. Let's just say, I'm not looking forward to tonight!

Other than that, though, we're doing pretty good. I've started planning summer camps, getting back into the swing of going back to work. Brian and I had a second date--We saw the Hunger Games Movie (awesome) and had lunch at our favorite restaurant (Martin's West, yum!) while Lorelei stayed home with our friend and Brian's client, Debbie (who conveniently lives only 10 minutes away!)

Everyone always says how fast time flies with a baby. How if you blink, you'll miss it. To enjoy every minute. I definitely believe it! Lorelei has officially grown out of her newborn clothes. Her onesies are a thing of the past, her jammies are too tight and her pants have turned into capri leggings! Sometimes, I'll look at her sleeping and think: "Wow. She is so absolutely and completely perfect. How can anything be as perfect as she is?" It's an awe-inspiring and humbling experience.

As always, some pictures from our week:

When Lorelei smiles, she smiles with her whole body! I absolutely love it!
Step 1: Look at mom or dad or grandma or one of the dogs

Step 2: Roll and start the smile
Step 3: Full on rolling and smiling. Maybe a laugh or coo in there, too!

Ready to go see Poppy and Grandma Bee Bee (she epically spit up all over this 30 seconds later!)

Hanging out in one of her favorite spots: the Moby!

Getting changed into her jammies after another spit up!
Ready for Sunday's Pajama Day!
Pajama Day Breakfast: Eggs Benedict, Grapefruit and Orange Juice

Mom's rockin' Pajama Day ensemble--Hey! I needed to put something in the garage, and my rainboots were right there!

The Timeline of Tummy Time

Minute 1: Well, this is okay.

Minute 2: What can I see over here?

Minute 3: What is THAT???

Minute 4: And I'm done. No more!

9 Week Photo Outtakes

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

8 Weeks!

Weight: Somewhere around 10 pounds, I'm thinking
Height: 22 1/2 inches
Favorite activity: Taking a bath with mom in the big bathtub
Favorite food: breast milk
Favorite spot: the swing
Naughtiest moment: While getting ready for a shower with mom, pooping down the front of mom' robe, then peeing all over mom once she got it off, THEN having en epic spit up in the shower...
Important milestones: Starting to track objects with her eyes. First time in the big bathtub. First time sitting up in the Bumbo chair.
How Mom's Feeling: Good. We've started a new morning trend where she sleeps most of the night in the bassinet, then I pull her in bed with us around 6 am and we get to sleep and cuddle until around 8 to 9. I just love being able to hold her and smell her soft hair first thing in the morning! I've also started giving her baths with me in the big bathtub. She really seems to love floating in the warm water! Her neck support is growing much stronger. She can sit in the Bumbo chair unassisted for a few minutes, but then usually needs a thick blanket or the Boppy pillow to give her a little extra support.

I can't believe she's two months old today! How time does fly! We've come a long way though! Check it out:

As usual, here are some highlights of our week:
Hanging out, soaking up some Vitamin D at Stanford Shopping Mall (while mom eats some fro-yo!)

First time in the Bumbo chair, getting her hair styled!
Loving the freedom of sitting up!

Playing rocketship with Dad! Down...


And down again (she likes this, we promise!)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

7 Weeks

Weight: 8 pounds, 12.7 ounces
Height: 22 1/2 inches
Favorite activity: Chillaxing in the swing
Favorite food: breast milk
Favorite spot: Cuddling with mom and dad
Naughtiest moment: Not napping during her naptime. Instead lying in her swing, wide eyed and awake! 
Important milestones: Starting to grab at things, laughing at Dad when he makes funny sounds. First checkup with her new pediatrician. First professional photos. First time being away from mom and dad for an extended period of time.
How Mom's Feeling: Pretty good. We took Lorelei to the doctor, since we thought she had some acid reflux. The doctor said she had the symptoms, so we're trying some meds with her to see how it works. Stay tuned to find out the exciting results! 

Brian took me out for our first post-baby date this weekend. We went wine tasting, saw a movie and went out to dinner. Brian's parents watched Lorelei, so we got to be real grown-up's. It was great! 

I've got to say, though, sometimes I look at her and I'm boggled. I have a baby. That's so weird. 

As usual, some pictures of our week:

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

6 Weeks!

Weight: 9 pounds
Height: 22 inches
Favorite activity: Riding in the car or hanging out on her play gym
Favorite food: breast milk
Favorite spot: Swinging away on her swing
Naughtiest moment: Doing an exorcist-worthy spit up on mom then giving her a great big smile!
Important milestones: First "social smile" (meaning she smiled when it wasn't gas!) Continued success sleeping on her own. Instituting new bed time and bedtime routine.
How Mom's Feeling: I'm...ok. I've been feeling a little hormonal this week. Lorelei is six weeks old today, which means I've only got six weeks left with her. I'll be happy to go back to work, but I can't imagine not being home with her either. I wish we could afford to have me stay home longer, but c'est la vie. She's been a bit fussier this week, which I gather is normal. Lots of spit up! 

I've also been reading a book that was recommended to me: "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child". It describes how as she gets older, Lorelei will be needing an earlier and earlier bedtime, and will have more established naps during the day. By about 4 months old, she will need to be put down to bed around 6-7 pm and will be down for the night. This really bummed me out because I don't get home from work until 6:30 at the very earliest, which means I will have very little time to be with her in the evening. If she needs to be in bed before then, that means I will miss bedtime completely! This all makes me think of the milestones I will be missing when I am at work. I know that this is what all working parents go through, but it's hard. I know I will have the mornings to be with her, but I'm not happy about it. 

As usual, some pictures of our week: