Baby Journal

July 29, 2004

Names page

The names page was removed for a couple of reasons. First of all, it was out of date. Our tastes had changed and the names weren't our favorites. Secondly, some advise suggested that we don't share the name because people will give their opinions, even if it's not asked. So we're keeping a secret.

Posted by adam at July 29, 2004 01:54 PM

August 03, 2004

Mother

Is this the kind of person I want raising my kid!?! Christi (in email): "...I was in Spain, playing the lottery, and felt the need for some drugs and my dealer only accepted Paypal, so . . ."

Posted by adam at August 3, 2004 12:16 PM

August 05, 2004

Early thanks

We got another package yesterday! Full of CD's!! Thanks Amber and Randy!

BTW, I was a little shocked to see it was from Amber Tanaka. Hadn't seen that down on paper!

And thanks to Chris and Jen for their present they got us a while ago. Jen can't come to the shower, so they sent their present early.

Posted by adam at August 5, 2004 10:22 AM

August 06, 2004

Week 29 Checkup

Well, Christi and I spent an hour waiting while two nurses and one tech tried to find a vein in Christi's arm. Finally got blood "the old-fashioned way" through her hand. After they tried the first hand. I was getting quesy!

Baby's heartbeat was a 144 BPM - a "girl's" heartbeat if you believe the old wives tale. (Yes, you can still change your guess at ExpectNet!)

Posted by adam at August 6, 2004 03:32 PM

August 09, 2004

All sorts of baby stuff!!!

As Adam already updated we had our 28 week appointment on Friday and aside from the minor "can't get blood out of Christi for anything" incident, all went well. I know that having them take blood out of my hand made Adam freak out a little, but I would almost rather have it taken out of there than my arm ~ they seem to have more success. My blood pressure was waaaaay down from last time, which was a huge relief to me. I jokingly told Adam it was because my mom went to my appointment last time, but I don't really think that had anything to do with it. That might be an interesting experiment, though! ;) I think the baby is trying to keep us on our toes with the heartbeat/gender thing and fully supports our decision to keep the sex a surprise. He/She can't seem to decide if he/she is a boy or a girl either because we go back and forth between "girl heartbeats" and "boy heartbeats" at each appointment. I predict boy heartbeat at the next appointment.

Another huge relief ~ I haven't heard back that my blood test was abnormal, so that means that I passed my glucose tolerance test (aka Gestational Diabetes test), which is a huge, huge, huge, huge, huge relief! YAY times a million. Who knows what would happen if I couldn't eat oreos and ice cream at all for the rest of my pregnancy!!!

My baby shower was this last weekend. I cannot express how incredibly fantastic it was and I wish I could find the words to tell Julia what a great job she did and how much I appreciate all the work she (and Brad) did for my shower. They made the day one of the best days of my life!
We had a really good turnout and we got tons of wonderful gifts ~ baby Koch is already getting spoiled rotten. One of the best surprises of the day was that Adam got me a super top secret gift ~ he's just the best husband and daddy to be ever. I appreciate and love him soooo much! We've already put together the "assembly required" gifts ~ the swing, bouncer, and pack 'n play, so we are ready to go! One surprising thing is that we only received 1 article of clothing! I guess when people don't know whether to buy pink or blue its not as fun to buy baby clothes ~ I can sympathize!

Now, for some shout outs/hollas/thank yous . . . thank you again to everyone who came to the shower on Saturday and for the wonderful gifts! Thank you to Amber and Randy for the AWESOME cds that they sent ~ baby Koch is going to be a genius because of you guys! Thank you to Christy for loaning me her overhead projector to assist with the creation of the Hundred Acre Woods in the nursery! Thank you to anyone who had the time, patience, and dedication to read this entire entry!!!

Posted by adam at August 9, 2004 04:29 PM

August 12, 2004

Reality Check

I went grocery shopping with my mom on Tuesday afternoon and noticed when I picked up my package of string cheese that IT EXPIRES AFTER MY DUE DATE! Know what that means? By the time I can no longer eat my string cheese, I will have a baby!!! That was kind of a wake up call that October isn't really that far away . . . yikes! Now, I know this wouldn't matter much to Mr. "Expiration Dates don't REALLY mean anything" Daddy-to-be, but it hit me like a load of bricks.

Posted by adam at August 12, 2004 09:53 AM

August 15, 2004

Its finished!!!

The painting in the nursery is finished! I added all the extra dragon flies this morning, and I think it looks BEAUTIFUL! I would want to sleep in there, anyway. ;) Of course, the perfectionist in me still has a couple details that I'm not completely happy with, but overall I think I'm ready to call this project done, finished, COMPLETE! I do want to pick up some letters to paint that will spell out the baby's name and hang them over the changing table/dresser, but I guess that project will have to wait until October. View the finished project HERE

Posted by adam at August 15, 2004 11:13 AM

September 17, 2004

Last class last night

We had our last childbirth preparation class last night. Learned out how to install a car seat. That's good knowledge. We have the best kind too. With a 5 point harness and the tightening strap on the front. It's what the teacher had!

So, are we ready for the child, you ask? No, not yet. We have to install the car seat and pack the hospital bag. THEN we'll be ready. To go to the hospital. To raise a child is another question! ;)

Posted by adam at September 17, 2004 01:53 PM

September 21, 2004

Quotations

There are some funny quotations at quotationspage.com.

Posted by adam at September 21, 2004 10:54 AM

September 21, 2004

What to Pack

Packing Your Bag

You can divide the items you pack into what will add to your comfort in labor (your birthplace might have some of these things) and what you'll need after the birth.

For Labor Comfort

  • Birth plan
  • Pillows with their familiar smell
  • Gown or nightshirt
  • Beanbag or birth ball for positioning
  • Rolling pins that can be filled with warm water or ice
  • Hot-water bottle
  • Ice pack
  • Rice-filled sock (1 1/2 pounds of rice in a tube sock) to heat or freeze
  • Massage tools that relax you
  • Music
  • Snacks and beverages
Postpartum Essentials

  • Phone numbers of family members and friends you'll want to call
  • Nightgown or pajamas with easy access for nursing
  • Bathrobe
  • Underwear
  • Nonskid slippers
  • Warm socks
  • Nursing bras
  • Toiletries
  • Beauty products
  • Loose-fitting outfit for your trip home
  • Clothes for your baby to wear home
  • Receiving blanket
  • Car seat
Posted by adam at September 21, 2004 12:08 PM

September 21, 2004

More Packing Suggestions

For Mom's Bag:
  • Robe and a couple of nightgowns that button in the front or nursing gowns, if you plan to breastfeed
  • Warm socks, in case your feet get cold during labor
  • Comfortable slippers
  • Bras or nursing bras
  • Toiletries, like toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, hair brush, deodorant, shampoo, hair conditioner or rinse, hair dryer, makeup, a bar of soap and soap case and other personal essentials that make you feel good
  • Lollipops to keep your mouth moist
  • Glasses and reading material
  • An item to use as a focal point or concentration aid during labor
  • Change to buy small items
  • Your own pillow from home, if desired
  • A comfortable, going-home outfit
For Dad's Bag:
  • Digital watch or one with a second hand for timing contractions
  • Insurance card and forms. Try to pre-register so the admitting process will be as brief as possible.
  • Labor aids, such as a tennis ball in a sock for a lower-back massage
  • List of phone numbers of friends and family to call when the baby is born
  • Lots of change for phone calls and snack machines
  • Camera with flash, film, CD player or video equipment. Check to see what type of equipment the hospital allows.
  • An item to use as a "focal point," or concentration aid, during labor - maybe a picture for the wall or your baby's first toy
For Baby's Bag:
  • Three diapers (two diaper pins for cloth diapers)
  • Undershirt
  • Nightgown and socks or booties
  • Cap
  • Receiving blanket
  • Going-home outfit
  • Blankets or outerwear, depending on the weather
Posted by adam at September 21, 2004 12:23 PM

September 21, 2004

Even More Packing Suggestions

This is helpful.

Posted by adam at September 21, 2004 12:27 PM

September 29, 2004

Appropriate Song

"With Arms Wide Open" by Creed

Well I just heard the news today
It seems my life is going to change
I closed my eyes, begin to pray
Then tears of joy stream down my face

With arms wide open
Under the sunlight
Welcome to this place
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open
With arms wide open

Well I don't know if I'm ready
To be the man I have to be
I'll take a breath, I'll take her by my side
We stand in awe, we've created life

With arms wide open
Under the sunlight
Welcome to this place
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open
Now everything has changed
I'll show you love
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open
With arms wide open
I'll show you everything ...oh yeah
With arms wide open..wide open

[Guitar Break]

If I had just one wish
Only one demand
I hope he's not like me
I hope he understands
That he can take this life
And hold it by the hand
And he can greet the world
With arms wide open...

With arms wide open
Under the sunlight
Welcome to this place
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open
Now everything has changed
I'll show you love
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open
With arms wide open
I'll show you everything..oh yeah
With arms wide open....wide open

< Posted by adam at September 29, 2004 01:00 PM

September 29, 2004

Another Ultrasound

We had another appointment yesterday and CeCe thought that since Christi was measuring 42 weeks at week 36/38 weeks we should have an ultrasound to see if we're having a "hulk" of a kid or if it's just fluid or what. So, Friday we'll go in for that.

I'm afraid that we'll find out the sex of the child. When you're this far along, sometimes you get a good glimpse of some "malehood". Christi said we could have the monitor faced the other way, but I really want to see him/her! And I really do want to know the sex. Christi says that if we made it this far we can/should hold out. I don't know. We've held off this long! We could keep it just between us. I swear, Christi! ;)

Christi has started having contractions this last week. I learned that's normal -- it helps build up muscle for birth.

Less than a month away...

Posted by adam at September 29, 2004 01:07 PM

October 01, 2004

Ultrasound

Today's ultrasound estimated that the baby is 8 lbs, 12 ozs -- already. It also estimated that Christi is 40 weeks along, instead of 38 weeks, which is what we thought.

Posted by adam at October 1, 2004 05:12 PM

October 05, 2004

Pre-Appointment

Christi has an appointment today with Jenda, the one who thinks Christi's due date is the 25th. I can't wait to see what she says when she reads the ultrasound report that says Christi's already past 40 weeks!

Posted by adam at October 5, 2004 10:07 AM

October 06, 2004

I'm going with the 13th

Ok, the due date that I'm using is the 13th. Christi saw Jenda and she agreed that we need the baby out sooner rather than later. We are waiting a week, and if nothing happens, we're going to discuss the possibility of inducing.

Posted by adam at October 6, 2004 03:55 PM

October 28, 2004

Birth Story

For those of you who are interested in reading about my labor and delivery with Alyssa (or those of you who have an hour or so to kill), here's her birth story!

Monday October 11, 2004 ~ Got to bed around 10:30 and felt very “crampy”, but didn’t think much of it. Around 11:15 I woke up feeling a slight trickle followed by a wet sensation and debated whether I should get up and check it out or if it was just one of those wonderful end of pregnancy random things. Since I was awake, I figured I may as well go to the bathroom, so got up out of bed and WHOOSH out came a lot more liquid. While I was laying in bed I remember telling myself that if my water had broken, I wasn’t going to say anything so that Adam could keep sleeping for a bit while I showered and called my midwife ~ that lasted about 30 seconds as the first thing out of my mouth when I felt the water come out was “Oh, oh ~ my water broke!”. I rushed to the bathroom and before I could even sit down on the toilet there were puddles of fluid on the floor, so I figured this had to be the real thing. I remember I started shaking really bad ~ a combination of realizing that I was probably a few hours away from meeting my baby (that this was REALLY going to happen) and being really wet, I suppose, so I took a long warm shower to try to calm down. Meanwhile, about a minute after I announced my water broke Adam was up, dressed (including shoes), had the bags in the hall ready to load in to the car, and had the sheets off the bed and in the washer. Needless to say he was pretty bummed when I called in and Jenda told me to go back to bed until I started having contractions and they got closer/more regular.

Tuesday October 12, 2004 ~ I started having noticeable contractions around 2:30, so I got up and attempted to start timing them. From 2:30 to around 4 contractions were pretty steady at 45 seconds long and 5 – 6 minutes a long. I called Jenda back around 4 and said that I wanted to come in because I was started to feel uneasy just hanging out at the house. We got to the hospital between 4:30 and 5. We were told during our childbirth prep classes that if we had to go in the emergency room entrance they would rush us up to labor and delivery because they didn’t like to have pregnant women there any longer than necessary ~ she wasn’t kidding! I gave them my name and they pointed us to the elevator and that was that. We got settled into room 912 (a whirlpool room ~ hooray!) and our nurse for the first couple hours was named Erin. I was checked around 5:30 and was 3 cm dilated and 75% effaced (I had been 1 cm and 75% at my appointment the week before). I was hooked up to monitors to check the baby’s heartbeat and measure my contractions for about 30 minutes. Adam and I walked around the labor and delivery floor for awhile to see if that would help my contractions get stronger/closer together, but they were still sitting at 5 – 6 minutes apart, so Jenda ordered an IV of pitocin to be started since they wanted to get the baby out as quickly as possible since my water had broken several hours before. My IV was started around 7:30 and hurt like a son of a gun going in. She had to try to put it in a couple times ~ my crappy veins and I don’t make life easy on anyone! At 7 we got a new nurse, Courtney, who was absolutely awesome through the whole day. After getting the IV, we walked some more and I sat on the birth ball for awhile, but when I was checked at 10, I was only 4 cm dilated, but the good news was that I was 100% effaced, which according to Courtney was great progress. I just kept focusing on the fact that I had dilated 1 cm in 5 hours and was wondering just what I had gotten myself in to! CeCe (midwife) came into see us around 10:30 and ordered that my pitocin be cranked way up to get things really cooking. We did a lot more walking and around 12:30 I got to the point where I was REALLY having to focus and breath through contractions and they were coming every 2 – 3 minutes. A little before 1 I got back to my room and tried getting into the whirlpool tub to see if that would help contractions. As blissful as it was between contractions, it was awful during the actual contraction because I couldn’t lay back during the contraction, I could only handle it if I was sitting straight up, so I would have to quickly lift myself up to a sitting position while trying to slowly breathe. After having about 3 contractions in the tub, I had had enough and told CeCe that I wanted an epidural. I was so tired after only having about 2 hours of sleep and contractions felt like they were coming right on top of each other and I just really needed something to help me relax and rest. The epidural man was there within about 10 minutes and 5 – 10 minutes later I was well on my way to taking a nap. The epidural didn’t hurt at all going in ~ my IV hurt sooo much more. The epidural was in and working at about 1:30. Since I was starting to doze off and feeling absolutely fine Adam went home to check on the dogs and get some lunch. Courtney checked me right after getting the epidural and I was 7 – 8 cm dilated, which blew me away. I slept off and on and watched TV for the next couple hours and then around 4, Courtney declared me 10 cm and complete, so we got ready to push. Started pushing at 4:10 and within a couple contractions the baby started crowning. The nurse stopped me from pushing and called CeCe to come ASAP; she arrived around 4:30, I started pushing again around 4:40 and Alyssa Marie was born into the world crying at 4:52. Pushed through a total of about a dozen contractions from start to finish.

CeCe put Alyssa up on my chest and told us to look and see what we had ~ I was COMPLETELY floored when I looked at her and realized that she was a girl because we were so sure we were having a boy! (And, BTW she started peeing as soon as I looked down at her) I had a couple of stitches because she came out with her hand next to her face and her elbow tore me a little, but that was very minor. Not bad at all for a delivery that was partially expected to end up in a c-section because of my narrow pelvis. I guess you never know what your body is capable of. CeCe had estimated the baby at 9 lbs just by feeling my stomach Tuesday morning and predicted 9 lbs 4 oz after delivery ~ everyone was floored when the Suzanne (the nursery nurse) announced that she was 8 lbs 3.5 oz ~ CeCe even request a “re-weigh” just to be sure. Beautiful Miss Alyssa was 21 inches long, latched on to eat within a few minutes after birth, and was a total champ at nursing. It was around 7:30 that we got moved to our recovery room (858) and got to start having visitors.

Posted by christi at October 28, 2004 05:27 PM

October 28, 2004

Two weeks old!

Alyssa turned two weeks old this week ~ where has the time gone?!

She had her first check up yesterday, the 27th, with Dr Kronberg her pediatrician. Little Miss Alyssa is weighing in at 9 lbs 1 oz and has gained 1/2 an inch to be a total of 21 1/2 inches long. Everything checked out perfectly and as Dr. K was trying to make her "walk", she peed on him. That's my girl! ;)

Alyssa's umbilical cord stump fell off Saturday night (the 23rd) at 11 days old ~ HOORAY! It was quite the shock to go to change her diaper and look down to see a cute little belly button instead of that ugly cord stump. Since the umbilical cord is gone, Alyssa was able to have her first "real" bath, which we did on Tuesday morning (the 26th). She actually handled that quite well considering that she doesn't really care to be naked. She chilled out in the tub while I washed her up and only got worked up when I left shampoo in her hair for a few minutes to take a picture. Getting out of the tub and wrapped up was a little more traumatic, but all in all, she was quite the trooper.

Other firsts this week ~ Her first walk in the stroller happened on Monday, the 25th (my due date according to Jenda). So far she's slept through both of her walks, but that's probably a good thing. Wednesday after her doctor's appointment I took her to TPG to show her off to my old co-workers. She was a huge hit, so now we just have to get her to UP sometime so that Adam's co-workers can check her out!

I can't believe how "grown up" she seems already. The other day I was looked at her in real clothes ~ a patterned onesie and fleece pants, and she seemed so big to me. Not my little teeny tiny newborn anymore! She's spending a lot more time awake (and most of that time she's content to hang out in her bouncer watching the world go by, thank goodness!) and still doing really well at night ~ knock on wood!

Posted by christi at October 28, 2004 05:37 PM

November 10, 2004

4 weeks old!

Our Miss Alyssa turned 4 weeks old yesterday ~ can you believe that?! She'll be a month old on Friday and even though it seems like just yesterday she arrived, it also weeks like she has been part of my life forever. I honestly can't remember what life was like without her (although I have a sneaking feeling that I got more sleep . . . )

Yesterday she made her first trip to Union Pacific to meet and greet Adam's co-workers. It seemed to me like she was a huge hit and she seemed quite intrigued by the UP building. Last weekend she made her first road trip to Grandma and Grandpa Nelsen's. She did a great job during the drive, thankfully, but the rumble strips as we pulled into Harlan were NOT a big a hit. She was quite the trooper as Grandma and Grandpa played around with her and made her take all sorts of silly pictures in the leaves and on the tractor. She also went to church for the first time on Sunday and did FANTASTIC. Not a peep was heard out of her (thank goodness!) and everyone thought she was just adorable. We had lots of fun showing her off. Last night was her first night in her room all by herself. I thought I would have a hard time letting her go, but it actually wasn't that difficult and she seemed to sleep pretty well. Hopefully in a couple weeks we'll transition her over to sleeping in the cradle as she is still sleeping in her pack n' play.

According to the "get on the scale with Alyssa and then get on it again without her and find the difference" weight technique she's up to 10 lbs. Guess maybe she's working on living up to her "The Hulk" nickname!

I think she's getting closer and closer to smiling "on command" instead of "on gas". From time to time I get a random smile when I'm talking to her, but I'm not quite sure if they are planned or not yet. Either way ~ it totally makes my heart melt and certainly helps in those times where I'm feeling so frustrated I want to pull my hair out! :)

Posted by christi at November 10, 2004 10:03 AM

December 14, 2004

Shots ~ OH NO!

Miss Alyssa Marie turned two months old on Sunday! She celebrated by "helping" Mommy, Grandma Sandy, and Aunt Julai bake Christmas cookies. Okay, she actually sat in her bouncer and watched Grandpa Norm cut out cardboard and took a long nap, but she was helping in spirit.

She had her 2 month check up at the pediatrician yesterday ~ complete with 4 shots for her first set of vaccinations. She's weighing in at 11 lbs even (50th percentile) and measuring 23 inches long (75th percentile). Not the chunky monkey that I thought we had on our hands ~ she's a peanut! She did really well with her shots (and so did Mommy!). I couldn't tell if she was more upset that she had to stop taking her bottle to get the shots (no one mess with her when she's chowing down!) or from the shots.

She's started doing really well with her nights ~ will do a 5 - 7 hour stretch most nights, which is really nice. Last Thursday Mommy and Grandma Sandy took her to see Santa Claus, but she wasn't too impressed with him. She stuck her tongue out at him (or maybe us) for her picture. Better than the tears we'll probably see next year! She's smiling a lot, talking up a storm, and gave me a big loud laugh this morning. Seeing her big 'ole gummy smile light up her face totally makes me melt and fall madly in love with her all over again. I can't remember what life was like without her and can't imagine not having her with us.

Uncle Mark, Aunt Joni, Uncle Clay, Cousin Brandy, and Cousin Anna are heading into town next week for Christmas and are anxious to meet/see Alyssa. We're all really excited for her first Christmas (although she probably won't know the difference). She loved watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas" in her bouncer by the Christmas tree last week and seems entranced by the lights around the house and on the tree from time to time. Alyssa got to meet Great Grandma Yoset and Great Uncle Tom over Thanksgiving and they both seemed to think she was something pretty special!

Posted by christi at December 14, 2004 04:18 PM

January 12, 2005

3 months old!

Can you believe it? 3 months ago this very minute I was in labor waiting to meet "the hulk" for the first time and now she's here. Adam and I are constantly amazed at how she's turning into a real little person with her own personality, own likes and dislikes, etc.

She's smiling all the time now. We love teasing her about things and being rewarded with a big gummy smile as if she's calling our bluff. She went shopping with Grandma Sandy and Mommy the other day and after the adults finshed up lunch, Grandma Sandy turned to Alyssa and asked "Are you ready to do some more shopping?" To this she said her favorite phrase "ahhh gooo" and gave us a huge smile. Probably because 95% of the shopping done on Monday was all for her.

Last Friday at 12 weeks and 3 days she rolled over from her back to her tummy. Of course the stubborn little thing won't do it again, and Daddy is starting to think that maybe one of the dogs knocked her over or that Mommy is just making it up.

Right about 12 weeks old she started being able to get her thumb or fingers in her mouth consistently when she wanted something to suck on ~ I'm sure we'll have a finger/thumb sucker on our hands once she gets better control. She'll hold onto a rattle if you help her wrap her fingers around it, but doesn't seem to grasp the concept that when she shakes it SHE'S controlling the noise just yet. She's getting better and better at grabbing and holding onto objects on her own, though.

Posted by christi at January 12, 2005 10:32 AM

February 25, 2005

Ewwww gross!

Okay, you know it's a bad spit up when stuff comes out of a baby's nose. This hasn't happened since Alyssa was really young, but this morning she had a big spit up, complete with "nose flow". You have to feel sorry for her ~ its gotta hurt, but this morning took the cake. A few seconds after the inital spit up, she sneezed . . . and splattered mommy's shirt with spit up . . . FROM HER NOSE!

Posted by christi at February 25, 2005 10:01 AM
Comments

laughing so hard right now....almost sent my soda through *my* nose...

Posted by: Jeff at March 3, 2005 11:07 AM

March 12, 2005

Cereal ~ Oh my!

Well, it was like Christmas morning around here this morning for me. I have been so anxious to give Alyssa "real" food for a few weeks now, but I told myself that we were going to wait until 5 month. So, today at the five month mark I finally got to give her cereal. It didn't go that great . . . I don't think any of it actually made it in her mouth, and if by some accident, it did make it in, it didn't stay in there for long! She has a lot of fun playing with the spoon, though! Click Here to see pictures. My friend Missy commented on how she looks ecstatic in the last picture to be done with the whole ordeal and I completely agree. Adam tried a bite of cereal as we were cleaning up and wasn't too impressed with it; he understands why she would want to spit it all back out. After trying it myself, I'm starting to think maybe we should just go straight to the good stuff like carrots and pears! If at first you don't succeed . . .

Posted by christi at March 12, 2005 12:18 PM
Comments

She does look so happy to be finished ;)

Posted by: Julia at March 13, 2005 11:51 AM

March 24, 2005

Helping Hands?

Alyssa has been eating solids for almost 2 weeks now. We started off on rice cereal, then added peas, then oatmeal (and apple juice), and today tried pears. So far she seems to love everything. But she has this ADORABLE little habit of taking a bite off the spoon and then shoving her hands in her mouth ~ almost as if she needs to make sure that her hands push everything to the back of her throat. (Although I think her hands pull a lot more out of her mouth than push anything in sometimes) Adam discovered today that you can "fake her out" by just aiming the spoon toward her mouth, without actually giving her any food, and she'll still jam her hand into her mouth. So, tonight I tried to hold her hand down as she took a bite. She leaned toward the hand I was holding down and when she realized that she couldn't get that one in her mouth, the other hand quickly came to the rescue and jumped in willingly. Daddy spit out the grown-up pears that he was eating because he thought it was so funny. Our little corn ball!

Posted by christi at March 24, 2005 05:55 PM

March 25, 2005

5 months

Well, for the last couple of weeks I've felt like Alyssa has reached the point of what I expect of a baby. (When I thought of having a baby before she was born, I imagined her the way she is now.)
I haven't blogged nearly enough the last 5 months. I've had frustrations and realizations. Been through most of the emotional spectrum.
She is still hard to get to laugh or giggle. Mostly she opens her mouth wide and makes a "ka" sound, but that's it. I got her to actually giggle only twice, I think.
I'm amazed at how flexible (or "bendy") she is. She sucks on both of her feet at the same time!
I'm also getting to a point that I try to cheer her up when she starts getting cranky. Usually I just hand her to Mommy, but lately I'll at least try to make her happy. She likes "dipping" with me; as in if we were dancing. And she loves having her feet nibbled on. I learned that one from Mommy.
Don't know what else to write now, so...

Posted by adam at March 25, 2005 11:26 PM

May 13, 2005

7 months and going strong!

Our little peanut is 7 months old! Where does the time go? She celebrated her 7 month birthday by going to Uncle Chris' "hooding ceremony" for Medical school . . . we officially have a doctor in the family now.

Its amazing how far she has come from a pile of mush (although be it cute mush) as a newborn to now. She can successfully pick up her binky and put it in her mouth, which is REALLY nice. We're working on the art of picking up cheerios and getting them to her mouth . . . that's not going as well. Most of the time we find cheerios down the front of her shirt or in her lap instead. Alyssa does a great job sitting up on her own, and I finally feel comfortable enough to leave her by herself while she's sitting (without surrounding her with pillows in case she topples over).

Last weekend I handed her a pizza crust to chew on while Adam and I were eating. I figured she would chew on it for awhile and get tired of it. Not our little genius . .. she shoved the whole thing in her mouth and just sat there with her cheeks puffed out and a "Next!" look on her face.

She's quite the social butterfly ~ she has very little stranger anxiety and everyone we see thinks she's just beautiful! Recently I'll go into get her after a nap or first thing in the morning and find her having a party in her crib with her extra binkies and stuffed animals. She'll just be laying there chatting up a storm with her lovey, or chocolate (her moose), or um-ga (her snowman) ~ she certainly has a lot to tell them; I can't wait until she's ready to voice her options understandably to us.

I honestly can't imagine life without Alyssa. There are certainly frustrating times and moments where I feel like the worst mom in the world and like I'm in no way cut out for this job, but she brings such absolute joy to our lives, too. I just can't get over how much I absolutely adore her. She's constantly making us laugh and wonder what we ever did without her. (I think maybe we did this thing called sleep a lot more . . . )

Posted by christi at May 13, 2005 12:46 PM

May 13, 2005

7 months and going strong

Our little peanut is 7 months old! Where does the time go? She celebrated her 7 month birthday by going to Uncle Chris' "hooding ceremony" for Medical school . . . we officially have a doctor in the family now.

Its amazing how far she has come from a pile of mush (although be it cute mush) as a newborn to now. She can successfully pick up her binky and put it in her mouth, which is REALLY nice. We're working on the art of picking up cheerios and getting them to her mouth . . . that's not going as well. Most of the time we find cheerios down the front of her shirt or in her lap instead. Alyssa does a great job sitting up on her own, and I finally feel comfortable enough to leave her by herself while she's sitting (without surrounding her with pillows in case she topples over).

Last weekend I handed her a pizza crust to chew on while Adam and I were eating. I figured she would chew on it for awhile and get tired of it. Not our little genius . .. she shoved the whole thing in her mouth and just sat there with her cheeks puffed out and a "Next!" look on her face.

She's quite the social butterfly ~ she has very little stranger anxiety and everyone we see thinks she's just beautiful! Recently I'll go into get her after a nap or first thing in the morning and find her having a party in her crib with her extra binkies and stuffed animals. She'll just be laying there chatting up a storm with her lovey, or chocolate (her moose), or um-ga (her snowman) ~ she certainly has a lot to tell them; I can't wait until she's ready to voice her options understandably to us.

I honestly can't imagine life without Alyssa. There are certainly frustrating times and moments where I feel like the worst mom in the world and like I'm in no way cut out for this job, but she brings such absolute joy to our lives, too. I just can't get over how much I absolutely adore her. She's constantly making us laugh and wonder what we ever did without her. (I think maybe we did this thing called sleep a lot more . . . )

Posted by christi at May 13, 2005 08:37 PM