December 2009 - Baby Steps in High Heels

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye and Good Riddance

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Goodbye and Good Riddance
On the last day of this year, I have to say without hesitation, goodbye and good riddance 2009! With the very significant exception of Baby’s arrival last month, this year has not been one of my favorites. So, I’ve made a couple of lists, because that’s what I do. I make lists. It makes me happy. Don’t ask me why.

List #1 – Goodbye and Good Riddance to …
1-Nausea and Hyperemesis. May we never meet again. Ever. And may you not plague others either. You’re truly miserable and will not be missed.
2-Hospitals, Home Health, Infusion labs and pumps, and IV bags/poles/etc. I’ll take my hydration the normal way from now on, thank you, by drinking lots and lots of champagne water.
3-Not having a social life. Dear friends, I miss you. A LOT. I look forward to the day when we can once again hang out. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be covered in spit-up, sleep deprived and will likely annoy you because I won’t have anything to talk about besides Baby … but I will impose myself on you. A LOT. Must have social interaction.

List #2 – Lessons Learned in 2009 …
1-People can survive on water and saltines alone. For days. IF, IF there is a bag of IV fluids waiting on the other end. This is not a diet I recommend, unless you’re maybe trying to fit into your little black dress for NYE. Call me if you need an IV pole. I still have one.
2-People don’t need sleep to exist. I haven’t slept for longer than 2 ½ hours at a time in weeks. Sleep is not necessary. iPhones, however are essential. They allow you to blog, post pictures on Facebook, and play sudoku when you’re up at 3 a.m. And at 4:30 a.m. Or any other ungodly hour.
3-Baby bottles make good measuring cups for booze. Seriously, when you’re trying to drink only half a glass of wine, bust out that bottle and measure in ounces. Because, really, if you asked me to just pour a ‘half’ glass of wine, we all know how full that glass would be.

List # 3 – What I’m Looking Forward to in 2010 …
1-Enjoying time with Husband and Baby. And, family and friends. And, just plain enjoying life.
2-Eating, drinking, and generally being merry.
3- Watching Baby grow. It makes me a little sad to think about how much she’ll change in a year, but it’s also really exciting to think about how she’ll start to develop her own personality.
4-Traveling. Yes, we have a baby. We’re not scared. Not yet anyway! We’re going places, near and far. And, we’d love to have our wonderful babysitters friends join us!
5-Shopping. At non-maternity-clothes stores! And, wearing pants with actual buttons and zippers again. It’s sad, but true. This is something I’m really looking forward to.

These are my lists. They’re really much longer, but I won’t bore you with additional details. What’s on your list? Humor me … this is the extent of my social interaction right now.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Baby Update

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Baby Update
I’m blogging today for my own sanity – a slight connection to the outside world, not because I have anything interesting to say.

Sleep deprivation = nothing witty to write at this particular moment.

Baby is beautiful, amazing, and wonderful. She is gaining weight, though she still hadn’t regained her birth weight as of Christmas Eve. She’s eating, sleeping, and doing lots of things that involve bodily fluids all day long. She prefers to sleep during the day, not at night. She tends to need a diaper change right in the middle of the rare, but necessary naps I try (usually unsuccessfully) to take. She is a tiny, perfect, little handful!

Christmas was good. Baby partied all night and slept all day. She slept through the opening of her gifts … I suspect the coming years will be quite a different story. We tried to dress her in several of the cute Christmas dresses we bought before she was born. Christmas Dress = FAIL. She’s still too tiny for some ‘newborn’ sizes, so she definitely didn’t fit into the 0-3 month sized dresses. Since my one-month old didn’t exactly want to sport the ‘off-the shoulder’ look, she ended up in yet another snuggly, comfy set of pajamas.

Anyway, apologies for the really boring blog today. I have about an hour before I need to bottle prep, diaper change, feed, etc. the little angel …. That is, if she’ll actually sleep that long. She seems to have a sixth sense for crying any time I want to eat, sleep, or do anything besides sit on the couch and watch her sleep in her bouncer. Must (try to) nap now.

Friday, December 25, 2009

The Great Christmas Debacle

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The Great Christmas Debacle
We spent the afternoon of Christmas Eve with my parents and grandparents. They graciously traveled to our house so we wouldn’t have to go anywhere with our sweet new baby. Everything was really nice … too much food, of course, and lots of presents for Baby. Our little girl was on her best behavior during the family visit. She ate. She slept. She made sweet little baby eyes at all of her visitors. She was an angel. Until everyone left.

We’re not sure how a little girl who is exactly four weeks old can comprehend the notion of celebrating the holiday season, but she somehow decided that she wanted to party all night long. She indulged right along with the adults, eating considerably more than her normal day’s haul. And, she had no intention of sleeping. Not at 9:00 p.m., not at midnight, not until almost 4 a.m. And, the Great Christmas Debacle? The Rejection of the Pacifier. The horror! Her beloved pacifier no longer wanted, and our beloved sleep no longer an option.

Needless to say, Brian and I rang in Christmas morning with just a couple hours sleep and a bottle of champagne. This might be the first day I have been glad to have the option of supplementing Baby’s diet with formula! We love our little girl so much, especially as we celebrate Christmas today … we’re just hoping that she’ll allow us a couple of holiday naps.

Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

She won't do it at 4:00 a.m. ...

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She won't do it at 4:00 a.m. ...
But, she happily sleeps during the day ... you know, when I’m too busy to join her!

Hope everyone can enjoy a restful holiday weekend! Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Growth Spurt!

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Growth Spurt!
Most adults define a ‘growth spurt’ as a time when somebody actually grows, you know, and gets bigger. Not in our house. Baby Avery has her very own definition of ‘growth spurt’, and it’s not quite the same as the traditional meaning.

Baby says growth spurt means ….
-Baby is hungry ALL the time.
-Baby in inconsolable. Fussy any time she’s awake without a bottle in her mouth.
-Baby wants what she wants when she wants it. And she wants it … NOW.
-Baby says screw your schedule.
-Baby says screw your beloved sleep.
-Baby wants what she wants when she wants it. And she wants it … NOW.

We love our sweet little angel, but the growth spurt has definitely thrown us for a loop! Just when we settled into a nice feeding/sleeping routine, we hit the 3-week growth spurt. Who cares if she just ate an hour ago? Who cares if she has eaten the amount she should have had in an entire 24 hour period by noon? She’s hungry, NOW. If she’s not sleeping, she wants to be eating. And, no, infant’s don’t seem to understand the concept of ‘just a minute’ or ‘it’s almost ready’ … did I mention that she wants what she wants when she wants it (NOW)???

As I understand it, we will go through this at 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months. It’s good to know what to expect because it’s a little heart wrenching to be unable to comfort your child. Sure it’s mildly amusing for the first few seconds when her head turns bright red, resembling a cherry tomato, and she does the billy goat cry. As an adult and as a parent, you know her bottle will be ready in about 90 seconds, but try explaining that to a baby who is roughly 24-days-old.

Speaking of reasoning with an infant, I learned last night that this is not really possible. Not with any success anyway. As I mentioned yesterday, we’ve succumbed to using the pacifier. It works like a charm. Except, of course, when she spits it out. This is a problem considering she has no real control over her arms/hands just yet and can’t put it back in her mouth herself. I tried to explain this to her about 3:30 this morning, but she wasn’t having any of it. She spit out the pacifier, cried because she wanted it back, and I got out of bed and replaced it for her. We danced this little dance about 8 times before she finally fell asleep (or before I did!). Oh the joys of becoming a new parent. I love my little girl more than life itself, but I am definitely looking forward to the day when sleep and sanity are more commonplace in my life!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Introducing Avery Grace!

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Introducing Avery Grace!
Three weeks ago our sweet little girl – Avery Grace – made her debut by c-section. She was born on November 27 at 7:47 am. She weighed 6 lbs 15.4 ounces and was 19 ¾ inches long. After a very long pregnancy, we could hardly believe the moment had finally arrived! She is absolutely perfect! I don’t plan to post many pictures given that this blog is currently open to the public, but I just can’t resist including a few of our favorite first moments with her!

Although the surgery went very well for both me and for Avery, we’ve had a few set backs in the last few weeks. The primary concern is that my low milk production has caused her to lose weight instead of regain her birth weight by 2 weeks of age. Given this, we’ve been on a pretty strict feeding schedule, supplementing with formula. (Side note: Formula stinks! It’s gross! More on this later if we have to continue using it.) She's back up to 6 lbs 10 1/2 ounces, though, and we have another weight check on Christmas Eve ... stinkin' formula must be working.

We’ve managed to find a few extra minutes with every day that passes, and life is starting to resemble some type of normalcy as we approach the one-month mark. Brian still refuses to give up X-Box or his guitar for sleep. On the other hand, I pretty much sleep any time and any where the opportunity arises … and I long for the day that I can sleep for longer than an hour and a half at a time. Can I put that on my Christmas List? A 3-hour stretch of sleep? Anyone?

In any case, we’ve had many adventures over the last few weeks (several of which have to do with bodily functions, so stop reading now if you’re squeamish) …

-Getting a onsie over a newborn’s head … not as easy as you might think.
-Diaper blowouts
-Amazing projectile spit-up episodes
-Vivid conversations regarding diaper contents
-Multiple weight checks at the doctor (which includes stripping down the baby and putting her on a cold, hard scale … she’s not a fan!)
-The Great Pacifier Debate ... to give or deny. We caved 3 weeks in ... she loves the pacifier and we love our sleep.
-Putting a tutu on a pissed off infant
As more time passes and I begin to get my head above water, I’ll be sure to regale y’all with all the wonderful details of our escapades. Until then, please, sleep for me!