Monday, December 02, 2013
Adaryn is such a joy, but also can be a handful at times! She gets overstimulated so easily, so now we are at Christmas time and all the lights and sounds make it hard for her her gear down for naps and at night!
My only goal for December is to get a Christmas card/thank you out. Because I am 9 months behind on Thank you's, I thought I would just combine them! SO bad, I know. I have zero spare time though. If I am not working or caring for her, I am cooking or cleaning or some other chore!
Now, to take a moment and remember the Reason for the Season. Ahhhhhhh....
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
She goes down for her afternoon nap at 2pm with the same strategy of a bottle before and after. (Usually it is about two ounces each feeding. This girl is a nibbler, like her mom - I grazed through my entire pregnancy as full meals did not sit well with me!).
I am home by 4:45 and we nurse right away and then all go out for a family walk or run. Walking means she is in a carrier, and a run = jogging stroller. It is awesome - she loves being outside, especially if there are doggies around. She squeals with delight if she sees a dog! So funny because we don't even have one.
Same routine around the dinner table at 6, and bath at 7. She is put in the crib at 7:30 on the dot.
So far, so good. It was a bit nutty there for awhile when she was taking naps here and there but never at set times and she was sometimes asleep when it was my lunch hour. We are grateful to have such a happy, healthy baby. She is not too interested in food yet but little by little we are trying new things.
How is it possible that it is almost OCTOBER?! Time flies. The nights are long but the years are short...so they say...
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Friday, September 06, 2013
She keeps us on our toes and we are over the moon in love with this girl. I am reading lots of parenting books thanks to a dear friend that sent me a stack of 'em. A great gift indeed!
We have had longer stretches of sleep at night lately, on her own. I will take it! :)
Autumn is my favorite season, so I am so excited. Wahoo!
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
...has started to giggle when tickled - big huge belly laughs. We love it!
...totally lights up when her daddy walks into the room - and she gets shy too! It is adorable :)
...has started to grab food off our plates. A piece of whole wheat pita bread disappeared from my plate last night. She nom noms on it a bit, but doesn't swallow yet. Thank goodness - I want to start her on veggies first!
...LOVES going in the jogging stroller. We went out for a hot 3 mile run yesterday. I think the change of scenery, fast pace, doggies running by, people smiling at her, and the sound of mommy and daddy in conversation is fun for her. That and we let her slurp on my water bottle when she is done.
...has never met a stranger that she did not love and reach for. She loves to be held and played with by anyone and everyone. No signs of separation anxiety, but she does cling to me when I get home from work. I love it...
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Matt is left handed, I am right - we are still wondering which will be her dominant hand...
A happy, silly girl that lately has been waking up at night more often = tired parents. We hope it is a phase...
Friday, July 26, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Here is our little miss - five months today. She has stolen our hearts. Motherhood is awesome, I never imagined how much FUN it was. I have so much more to laugh about!
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Matt and I love parenthood and we also love how it has brought us closer as well. So many new things!
So there we go, if I have any readers left out there! :)
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Even almost two weeks later, I am still processing everything, but here is an email that my mom wrote to my sister, telling her about the day:
Ruhiyyih had her baby on Sunday, the 17th, around 6:30 p.m. after about 15 hours of labor, starting with her water breaking at 3:30 a.m. She called us at 5:00, and we were there at 6:30 a.m, ready to spend the day. It was like a party, with the doula, the midwife and her assistant, Matt, Ruhiyyih and I together in the 'bathtub room' (Matt's study), and George just a few feet away in the kitchen. He felt so privileged to be included, nearby, and provided food for everyone. He could hear every contraction, and knew exactly when birth occurred! There was a joyful sound, then hushed murmuring, so Matt and Ruhiyyih could enjoy this moment. All of us worked together very well, the whole day, and her labor was well-done; she stayed on top of it throughout. I coached her in breathing and focus, and answered questions directed at me when it got tough. She was very 'in touch with her feelings', in control, sweet-tempered throughout. Polite to everyone, thankful. She sipped water and a special drink throughout, but did not hold down food.
Then she laid down on her bed, baby on top, and they waited for the afterbirth, and attended to details - the rest of us had some dinner, and revisited mother and baby after I did up dishes. It gave everyone time to have solitude and processing. Ruhiyyih was very calm and happy. The baby was not tampered with, no ointment in her eyes, no bath, no removal from her mama's arms throughout. I really liked this - and when Matts mom arrived about 9:30, she brought the baby into her bedroom, and held it all night, resting Adaryn on her chest, near her heart. The baby has not slept alone, but has had a human holding her now for over two days. Marion offered to do this so Matt and Ruhiyyih could get some good sleep (which they did), but it was also good for the baby. She is very sweet and easy-going, latched onto nursing in a gentle way, and is doing just great.
So that is the basic story... more to come!