Saturday, September 27, 2008
How can you resist that smile?
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Well, Brian and I said to ourselves-- hey, wait a minute! Our parents didn't have all this crap...I mean, useful stuff when we were babies and we manage to a) not die, b) be reasonably intelligent, and c) learn independence anyway. I don't think those retailers are telling the truth! (Or maybe we didn't think that and I just made it up right now.) So we decided to buy a minimal amount of stuff before Kalena was born and then just buy stuff as we decided we needed it.
Anyway, now that I have a 4 month old and am an expert (HA. Right.) I thought I'd tell you what we thought of stuff.
Some of the favorites:
The sling. I really like this sling; it's adjustable so Brian and I could both use it and Kalena loved being in it. She's a little big for it now, so we're thinking about getting a structured carrier. I've heard good things about the Ergo baby carrier and the Baby Bjorn carrier.
A baby bathtub. We used the sink at first and now the bathtub with a towel in the bottom. We're not planning on getting one of these.
A stroller. We're still sort of up in the air about this, but we figure we'll get one sometime. Any recommendations?
A structured carrier. We want to get one. Any that you love? Or any opinions on the two I mentioned earlier?
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Here she is enjoying tummy time.
Thinking- I wonder how much effort it would take to get over this pillow...
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
At 8 weeks, Kalena was loving her Baby Einstein play mat. She would lay happily for 3 or 4 rounds of songs, laughing at the lights and colors of the star and gurgling to herself while hitting the toys and watching them swing. At 4 months, she grabs onto the different toys and tries to pull them down. Then, once she gets bored with that, she practices rolling on to her stomach and tries to eat the mat. Yummy!
At 8 weeks she enjoyed being talked to. She started smiling in response to being talked to around 3 weeks, particularly when my dad talked to her, and by 8 weeks she was smiling back regularly. She still enjoys us talking to her of course, but these days she also likes to "talk" back to us.
Eating! All the time. When she was 8 weeks old, she was still doing well with nursing and bottles. I had only been back to work for 2 weeks, so she hadn't gotten lazy about nursing yet. Now, as I've posted about before, she is lazy, and will pretty much only nurse for middle of the night feedings. She does still take formula and breast milk out of the bottle without an obvious preference for one or the other.
Ah, the sling. At 8 weeks, Brian was using the cradle hold and I preferred the snuggle hold, but it didn't really matter because either way she would fall asleep about 5 minutes after we stuck her in there. At 4 months she is too big for the cradle hold and wants her legs out in the snuggle hold.
At 8 weeks she was still loving the pacifier. She used it to help her go to sleep and stay asleep. It was also a comforter if she was fussy. Now she has pretty much stopped using one. She prefers to eat herself to sleep these days. She'll still take the pacifier if we offer it to her, but she's pretty much indifferent to it.
She wasn't so sure about baths at 8 weeks. She didn't cry, but she did push off with her feet and try to throw herself out of the sink. At 4 months bath time means smiling and laughing and splashing the water. It is much more fun.
At 8 weeks she was pretty sure that sleeping on your own is for suckers. Now, she is POSITIVE that sleeping on your own is for suckers. Also, she would like to nurse all night long thankyouverymuch.
And of course, she looks different. Here she is at 8 weeks:
And here she is at 4 months (ok, it's a day early) looking a little mischievous and sporting some serious bed-head.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I wish I had a better picture, Brian's hands are covering up the adorable giraffes on this sleeper. You'll just have to believe me about the adorableness.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
When Brian and I moved into this house, I had to get used to a whole new set of noises, especially since we got the dogs when we moved in. After awhile I adjusted to it all; the sound of the air conditioner, the dishwasher, the washer and dryer, the dogs going in and out the dog door, the sound of their nails clicking on the tile floor, the noise they make when they push their paws up against the wall as they adjust themselves on their beds. Eventually it's all just background noise. I hear it and register what it is without even thinking about it.
Friday, September 12, 2008
I also got to visit Mardi and Chris and meet Eli who is even cuter in person than he is in pictures. I'm lucky they live there, because Chris was the only reason I found my hotel and their house. I had directions to both from Google Maps, but neither of them got me to the right place. Fortunately Chris was patient enough to give me turn by turn directions on the phone. He probably just thinks I'm really bad at following directions, but his directions for the way back to my hotel from their house got me there just fine, without even missing a turn, so I blame Google Maps. I'm running out of places to get directions from though since I've already sworn off Mapquest, and I don't think I'll be using Google Maps again after this. Maybe from now on I'll just have to print up actual maps and write my own directions. That seems like it would work better.
Anyway, it was fun to visit with them! Mardi made this lovely stichery and these adorable booties for Kalena and was nice enough to give me the patterns to both of them. So now we'll have to see if I can be as crafty as she is. (We'll also see if I can figure out how to use my sewing machine. Which is currently in its unopened box...)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
It's official (as if we weren't sure.) Kalena looks like Brian. I finally did this with baby pictures because every time I did it with current pictures it said she looked equally like both of us. And we all know that's not true.
I'll write a real post soon. Is it Friday yet?
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Kalena likes the dress...
but she's not so sure how she feels about Brian.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Also, someone apparently taught her to flip off the camera. My guess is that it was one of my siblings. (Eric? Do I hear a confession from your corner?)
Friday, September 5, 2008
Use peanut butter to get gum out of hair instead of cutting it out. It's messy, but it will work.
Clear nail polish will stop a run in nylons. (Well, it doesn't have to be clear, but you might look funny running around with colored spots.)
Cornstarch can be used in place of baby powder. It's actually the main ingredient in some baby powders.
You can tell if an egg is bad by putting it in a pan of cold water. If it sinks it's still good, if it floats, it has gone bad.
If your brown sugar goes hard, just stick a piece of bread in with it. The sugar absorbs the moisture from the bread and softens back up.
The sun will bleach stains. Just wash the stain in cold water and instead of putting it in the dryer, hang it in the sun and let it dry.
Fabric softener makes fabrics less absorbent. Skip it when drying your towels and they'll work better.
There you have it, 7 random and useful facts. Do you have any for me?
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
As you might imagine, having a baby has NOT helped me sleep any better. I was waking up at EVERY sound she made. I've found the best thing for my sleep is to be somewhere where I can hear her when she wakes up but not the noise she makes while she sleeps. This works out pretty well. Kalena usually sleeps from 7 or so until somewhere around midnight, eats, and goes back down until about 3:00 am or so. Here's the problem: these days I wake up when I DON'T hear her. The nights when she sleeps better than usual after her first night feeding, I wake up between 3:30 and 4:00 am because I haven't heard her. Instead of being able to sleep longer because she's sleeping longer, I wake up and then just lie there (lay there?) waiting for her to wake up. I can't even manage to just look at the clock and go back to sleep! It's obnoxious.
It's a sad day when you realize your 3 month old sleeps better than you do.
*For a while when I was 21 or 22 my tonsils got really huge and kept me from breathing right at night. This caused me to sleep really heavily, but as soon as I got them out I went right back to being a light sleeper.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Greyhounds are pack dogs. Because our dogs came to us as adults (3 and 4 years old) we didn't have to train them, so it was relatively easy to establish the pack order in our house. They were already housebroken so really the only rule they had to learn was not to get on the furniture. We quickly made it clear that we were in charge of the pack and they accepted that.
We wondered, though, how they would react when Kalena was born. It was interesting to watch them when we brought her home. Brenna was accepting of her right away. She was very interested in this new little thing, and spent the first few days smelling everything that the baby came in contact with. Onyx, on the other hand, wasn't so sure. She spent the first few weeks leaving the room every time we brought the baby into it and generally acting as if Kalena didn't exist. She has a little more dominant personality than Brenna, and I think she felt displaced by the baby, especially since we (obviously) had the baby on the furniture, the one place she's not allowed.
After awhile Onyx stopped leaving the room if the baby was in it, and started seeming a little more curious about her. She stopped ignoring Kalena, and stopped ignoring us if we were holding her. She seemed to adjust to having a baby around and we thought that was the end of it. But over the last week or so we've noticed some new things. Onyx started going upstairs (something she almost never did before) regularly and laying on the floor in front of the nursery room door. She now often does this at night while Kalena is asleep. Also, she has started coming to find us if Kalena is fussing as if to say-- hey! The baby needs you!
I guess Onyx has decided that if this baby is going to be a permanent member of the pack then she might as well watch over her. It's pretty cute.