Tuesday, August 29, 2006
I haven't posted in a while because now that I have my freedom to leave the house, we have done just that. Gwen and I now go places and do stuff. This morning we went to the Mommy & Me WW, which just means that screaming kids are welcome. Thank goodness. Our child of course, did a little screaming, ok fussing.
I took these pictures last week so Eric could have one at his desk. This is one of his favorite outfits, he thinks that pants on her look like MC Hammer pants from the 80's. I think though, now that she has gotten bigger they actually fit right! I got a couple good shot, a couple bad ones. One day I guess I will have to take her somewhere to get her pictures made professionally.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
The last picture is from the sling. This past week I went back to Weight Watchers, ugh! I have 25 lbs to lose in 12 weeks, before I have to start paying again. I don't think I can maintain a 2 lb a week weight loss, plus they don't recommend that, so we'll see how I do. They have a Mommy & Me meeting, we are going to try that one this week. I also signed up for our "New Mommy Get Togethers" that we get to go to for free since Eric & I went to those childbirth classes. They are 3 Wed in a row in Sept. Hope I meet some cool new Moms! I think Eric is happy I am getting a schedule together! I am starting to feel normal again, less sad and happily I don't freak out anymore if she is crying uncontrollably and she has been feed and changed. I pop her in the sling and we walk the mile loop. I certainly can't wait for the cool fall breezes, a black sling is HOT in summer!
Thursday, August 24, 2006
It is hard to get a good photo of the elusive smile when she is sitting in my lap, but these are the faces we go through when we are 'talking'. I think she is just trying to charm me before she becomes a pain. It is a good thing she is so cute or we would be giving her away to the gypsies and I think she knows it.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
I snapped this picture real quick, as Terry was on the move, by far Gwen's favorite thing. If she's not eating, she wants to be on the move! Today I proved that point, Gwen had fallen asleep in my arms, silly me decided to get up and she woke up. Being interupted from this nap, we were very fussy. So, I put her in the sling and did the 1 mile loop, being that it was 5p, hot and I haven't done that much hill work I decided to come home. As soon as I walked in the door, she woke up, and was irritated. So, I guess as long as it is not raining I will be getting some exercise! I wonder if this is a new trend or related to the fact that Gwen was immunized yesterday?
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Monday, August 21, 2006
Yesterday we went to visit Great Grandma. Surprisingly enough Gwen was pretty good, she slept pretty solidly through the car ride, except for the first 15 minutes. (I am convinced that there is something on that one stretch of road that bothers her, because that is exactly where she cried last time I drove her). We have some pictures with Great Grandma. She hardly fussed and even smiled at Edie. Now I am paying the price for the solid sleeper. She is wide awake and cooing at the swing.
I really don't know what is going on with my hair in this picture. I really need a haircut!
I don't really know where we were going here, but doesn't she look cute in this picture.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
So, Eric is on his way to pick up his Mom, her flight has arrived. Hopefully, he made it in time. We used the new washer and the fast spin cycle made the whole house shake. Don't know if it was over stuffed or if it is just crazy washer. I am trying less clothes and slower spin.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
I haven't figured this one out yet, bored maybe, or deer in headlights?
She obviously does not like the bunny ears. Seriously, we did nothing to her, Eric just said watch this and she got mad.
Finally, talking to Daddy!
I'll try to pop on after her appt on Friday to let you know about her weight gain. I am pretty sure she is growing, the question is how much!?
I don't know, maybe Eric will want to defend his pictures. They were not in the 'to not to be distributed' pile, so they are far game, yes?
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
As usual yesterday was a good morning, but the afternoon goes much like my afternoons, where I basically have to sit with this fussy girl trying to get her to sleep until Eric comes home and I can get a longer break. On the exciting front, I can cross-stitch and sit with her, ok maybe only backstitch, but I did finish Gwen's cross-stitch for washing. After it is washed I have some 'embellishments' to add and then we can get it framed and hanging in her room! Yea! But, now what am I going to do with my free hand? I guess I will continue to read. Anyone know any good books? Hopefully sometime in the next couple of weeks we can get this little girl to sleep during the day, she sleeps so well at night, I wouldn't complain, except that she is rather cranky!
I almost forgot to mention, in the last couple of days, maybe even the week, Eric and I have noticed Gwen becoming more communicative...a real blessing not to listen to all those cries, but coos. She really does watch her mobile on her swing and coos at it. So cute. Too bad we can't put up video. I also caught her sucking her thumb, but she hasn't done it since and I didn't have the camera close by. When she realized that didn't give her any food she tried her 4th & 5th fingers, but that didn't work out for her either.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Monday, August 07, 2006
This weekend we had a visit from the Godfather and Brooke. If Brooke had wanted to hold the baby she could not because The Godfather held her the hold time. And, true to Gwen's form, she pretty much slept the whole time. I think she awoke for about 20 minutes, but she wasn't happy because she apparently was still hungry. We have some pictures, I will post later.
Today, I might be closer to figuring out how to deal with Gwen. Last night she was driving me crazy with the no sleep thing so Eric and I took her for a drive. She slept soundly we even got to walk around Lowe's and Home Depot, pricing Washers. But when we got home she was hungry and fussy again. I think I did finally get her to sleep at a decent hour, but she has been a cranky eater today. She woke up today at about 8 and wouldn't go back to sleep, except for a couple minutes her or there so I decided to try the sling at 12ish it is now an hour later and she is still out cold! YEAH! I can use my hands to do stuff, walk around the house, eat and even use the restroom without listening to her cry. Now, if I could just figure out how to shower and take a nap life would be good. Well, she's waking up, time to change her diaper and feed her.
Saturday, August 05, 2006
This first picture is of her 'skydiving legs'.
I know this is fuzzy, but the swing was moving and I wanted to get a picture of her watching the mobile.
Here is another 'tummy time' picture. One day I will actually catch her with her head up! Some funny pictures with Daddy. Hopefully raising her in this state won't turn her into a crab!
Friday, August 04, 2006
Today she slept until about 12:30 and we had the same problem we have had every day, she wants to eat constantly and she won't sleep. I took her for a walk outside at about 5p and she was crying and crying after about 15 minutes. Is it normal for her to be awake for 6 hours without sleeping? I can put her down briefly so I can pee, but she always cries. I hope that I can look back at these posts in the NEAR future and they are a distant memory that I will have forgotten. Eric and I did get some fun play time out of her today when he was home for lunch, but after he left she was a real pain. I just finally got her to sleep and Eric took her for a walk, so after this post I am taking a nap! I am probably going to need my strength tonight. Oh and today, just for posterity I am going to mention that she both peed and pooped on me today in one changing. I was holding up her legs to wipe her and she projectile pooped and then before I could finish cleaning up the poop she peed! A great time had by all!
Well, I tried to post some pictures, but it they won't add to the page, sorry. I guess you will just have to wait until later.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Today was the first day I really tried to make sure we were on more of schedule, not just sitting in one place watching tv, because truly there is really nothing worth watching. I have tried to do my best to keep her awake for her feedings, and only feeding every 1.5-2hours. We only had one real problem spot where she seemed to want to eat for a long time, like she wasn't getting enough. But then by 4:30 I was pretty exhausted and she was crying, but tired, not hungry. I could only pace for so long, I tried to use a pacifier (which only gave short breaks, very hard to pace, pat the back, hold the baby and keep pacifier in mouth simultaneously). But after about a 1/2 hour, actually maybe it was closer to an hour, I couldn't take anymore and let her eat, it was close to time, but she didn't get much sleep. I know in my gut this is the right thing to do, but man is it draining. I am sure eventually I am going to want to leave the house in the afternoon (of course not right now when it is over 100). I am thinking that this tyke is going to be hard to get down for naps and might forgo them altogether.
On the more humorous side of today, when we did tummy time, she was so funny, instead of lifting her head she lifts her legs, kind of reminding me of position we were supposed to be in when I went skydiving. I know she has good head control, not total head control, but we will get there. I know for sure when she was in the swing she was watching the mobile, I saw her eyes following it, I wish I could get a picture of that. Well, Eric's home, dinner's almost ready and he has Gwen and she is not crying! She'll most likely wait until I get my plate of yummy hot food, they have a sixth sense about that, don't they?
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
She woke up before I could finish this entry and now she is with Daddy. She seems pretty alert so we might try tummy time again.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Gwen is really starting to follow objects with her eyes. Today I spied her looking at the mobile above her swing. We also started 'tummy time'. She is having more control over her head. Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of that so much, mostly of her eating the catepillar, but what can I say I am new at this. I am really disappointed though, because she rolled herself right off the catepillar and I was so shocked I missed that picture opportunity also, you will just have to fill in the blanks with the pictures I did get.
I pulled her up a little after this picture and she played for a couple minutes with the mat before the roll over. (Do you think her hair has gotten lighter? I can't tell as much in this picture, but she certainly has her Dad's hairline...he is the one that commented on it first, or I would have never written it here!)
As you can see she was just as shocked as I was!