Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Attempt to Bathe

So this morning I thought we'd try something different, since little Nolan isn't much of a morning snoozer. I got up around 7, we both ate (and had coffee) and he was hanging out and doing some squawking and screaming so we played on the mat for a bit, we emailed a bit (he was calm at that point) and changed is diaper a few times and he seemed sleepy but not entirely tired. So I thought it'd be a great time to attempt a bath, solo... we've only done baths together, Dave and I, but night-times are a good little routine and we can't seem to fit a scream-fest, er, I mean bath in at night.

So, I bring him downstairs, set him in the swing, get his bath ready and all the gear that goes along with the bath. I go to get him from the swing and what do I find? A sleeping baby...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Rainy Tuesday


Wow, it's raining cats and dogs out there today. We're staying in. Yikes. We had a kind-of boring day, I can't believe it's 2:30 already! Where did the day go?

I think I need to resolve to just getting up when the little man wakes about 7:30 instead of trying to get him to sleep again. He isn't a big morningtime napper and while I could use some more zzzzz's, the little man is more of an afternoon snoozer. Today I tried to get him to sleep but he really wasn't interested... too bad, I sure was. With this nasty rain it was a perfect morning to pull the shades down and lounge in bed. I even brought Nolan to the bed with me (we don't do much in the bed) but he could care less. He wanted to be awake.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Back to Work


Today Nolan and I visited my office. He was a champ and slept the whole time, much to the dismay of my coworkers. It was funny to hear some of the comments people said- that he has a nice shaped head. That he has clear skin. That he has nice hands. It's too bad he didn't wake up but I'm sure I'll be back again sometime in the next few weeks.


Tomorrow Nolan will be 3 weeks old. He is growing, he looks longer and bigger than last week. And after 3 weeks I'm pleased to report that I've showered every day I've been home before noon and MOST (not all) days I've gotten out of the house. Some days have been too cold or rainy. I'm not sure we're getting out tomorrow, sadly there is more nasty rain on the forecast and I can't think of where to go. So tomorrow might be an 'in' day. Ah, oh well. And MOST (not all) days Nolan is read to. Dave is better at that than I am but I've been reading my smutty book and censoring the swear words. I think he likes my voice, not the content, right?

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Other big happenings


I am happy to report that I have not had heartburn since the hospital, that I have begun to regain feeling in my fingertips most of the time and I can fit my wedding ring on my ring finger. The hand swelling wasn't severe but consistent and for the last 10 weeks or so my jewels weren't fitting. So I am married again which thrills me because I love my wedding ring. I love being married. I love not having heartburn and I especially love feeling my fingertips. It makes snapping cute luttle baby outfits a LOT easier when you can feel your fingertips!

Nolan met his friend Luke yesterday, his first puppy dog, Max, and saw a bunch of turkeys in our yard. How exciting!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Exhausting Day


Friday was exhausting! Dave took a vacation day and we had an absolutely lovely, but exhausting, day. Nolan had a bottle and the pacifier. He played a bit in his activity mat and did some tummy time (lay the kid on his stomach and watch him squirm until he melts down). He also has a clogged tear duct or something causing goop in his eye, so he has to battle me wiping it with warm water several times a day (which he really does NOT like). Another first, that already has been added to his baby book, is his first trip to the Wood N Tap, the restaurant where Dave and I met on our first date, where we had our rehearsal dinner and where we spend many of our monthaversary celebrations. And Nolan was a champ! He slept through our meal without a peep! So fun! But very exhausting for both of my boys- God, aren't they both precious?

Friday, March 26, 2010

Nolan's first bottle

We were so excited to introduce the bottle and pacifier. We haven't decided what cheesy/baby name we'll call the pacifier (binky, paci etc) it was very exciting and nerve wracking. But he is a champ and took to the bottle with no questions. I'm hoping he goes back to nursing with ease too. Keep your fingers crossed for next feeding session.



And last night I SWEAR he was playing. He was batting at a little jingly toy that hung near his face. That was cool!

Notice his shirt! Yep, paying homage to his roots. Just because he's got the bottle doesn't mean he needs to forget where he came from!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Not quite cross eyed baby photo


Nolan does this really cute thing with his eyes. Actually he probably isn't 'doing' anything because he can't control it, but he gets cross eyed. And it is adorable. He makes his little mouth in a small 'o' too which just makes your heart melt. I've tried to capture this in photos and have failed. It's too bad too because we just love it. Here's a close, but not quite photo. Still cute, but not the cross-eyed little baby we laugh about. He'll soon gain control of his eyes and we won't see that cross-eyed baby, but that's part of parenting, right, enjoying the times we have because they 'grow up so quickly'.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dr visit

Big happenings in Nolan's life after our doctors visit. He now weighs 7lbs and 12 oz. but even more exciting is we've moved out of survival mode and into parenting mode. We have all sorts of new initiatives- pumping and introducing a bottle, tummy time, pacifier, playing. It's all so exciting he can hardly contain his excitement!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Photo for proof

I'm trying to update the blog daily with photos and stories for those who look at this. yesterday was a challenge though. I took this photo as proof that the baby did, in fact, sleep. He had a terribly upset tummy yesterday and was unhappy for most of the morning. But here he is, finally sleeping, little sweetie.
And then last night, what did he find? His thumb! REJOICE! He loves to suck and since he can't find his thumbs, he sucks our thumbs which makes for a challenge to do anything else. He loved sucking on his thumb, I hope he finds it again soon!

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Internal debate...

Disclaimer: this might be gross and inappropriate to talk about. If you are squeemish or just think poop and pee-pee talk is disgusting, click away from the page immediately.

Yesterday we had a lovely day, filled with stuff getting done, visits from friends and a plan to go to BJs and take a walk. At times we were even sitting around waiting for Prince Nolan to awake from his slumber so we could take on the next task. Since I'm nursing, and still getting a handle on things, I don't want to be 'out' and have to nurse quite yet.

I suggest to Dave he hit up the grocery store just to get that task completed. Just as he leaves, Prince Nolan wakes up screaming. I check is drawers and he's got some poop but the diaper indicator does not indicate he has yet peed. Strange since his pee comes more frequently than poo. Anyway, so I start to clean him up, holding is feet up high and wiping his little bum when suddenly his bum starts to seep bright orange lava... (that's the color of his poo). Yes, he's pooing while I'm wiping! I cry out 'Oh no' and start to wipe but the lava is getting everywhere, on his clothes, on the little outfit, on the changing pad. I'm laughing and telling him to hold on when suddenly a spray starts on his shirt and all over the wall next to the changing table. He's peeing on himself. And the wall! So I cover him with his poopy diaper b/c that's the closest thing to stop him from peeing all over the place. Then I grab a new diaper and place it on his nether-regions. I don't even know what to do next! When suddenly his entire shirt is soaking wet! So I grab the diaper to peek and his pee sprays longer all over his FACE. Oh god, I'm laughing hysterically now, he's screaming bloody murder and we've got a serious mess on our hands.

Needless to say we got it all taken care of and took a tub bath for the first time as a result. What a mess. Poor little guy. I suppose that doesn't really count for me getting peed on, since it was little Nolan taking all the abuse. But my word, it was funny.
ps- so this is what it's come to: blogs about pee and poop. Sorry, that's what my life is all about right now... Pee, Poop and boobs.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Crazy Friday

Today we had an interesting day. It's hard to say we were on a routine but Wednesday and Thursday went by similarly which was great: a good night sleep and a nice mix of sleep and awake time during the day. Except today Nolan didn't sleep in the morning and slept most of the afternoon and early evening... with very short feedings... I'm so scared for tonight... wish us luck!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Big day out

We went out today. In the car. I was scared and confess I did pull over once to make sure he was still breathing...don't judge me. There is a lot of 'have faith' with this having-a-kid thing. But the trip was successful, he's doing great and so am I.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St Patricks Day!

Today was my first day home alone with Nolan. We had a great night and a lovely day. hoping for another great one tomorrow where we will venture out in the car together... if I don't chicken out.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Figuring things out...

So our little peanut is teeny and he looks so small in his crib. He sleeps in this during the day, when he gets his best sleep. We keep telling him that he needs to sleep well at night and not as well during the day... hopefully he'll listen soon. Nights aren't so bad, but end up being very long since that's his awake time.

We went for our first walk today. It was a lovely day, weather wise and Nolan was a champ, he behaved, kept his hands inside the ride at all times and slept the whole way. It was also my first walk since the delivery. It felt good, I was real tired after the short walk and my legs are a bit sore, but it was so nice to get outside.
And he got his first bath at home. Well, it wasn't a tub bath, but he did a good job and really liked having his hair washed. I would too if I had hair that soft! His little body and head are so wrinkly but it's just precious.

Life is still grand. Despite the screwy sleeping, we're all doing well. Nolan has surpassed his birth weight and the pediatrician declares him perfect. :) He was so quiet and well behaved. It's funny, a friend told us to be sure to pack a diaper for our trip out to the doctor. We did, plus two burp cloths. We had no idea what else to pack. So, at the doctors office, we had to take off all his clothes. The nurse told us we could wrap him up in a blanket for a bit until the doctor arrived... which would have been nice if we had a blanket... so we wrapped him in burp cloths. Mental note: Pack a blanket and diapers.


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Introducing Nolan Thomas

Nolan arrived Tuesday, March 9th at 6:07am weighing 7 lbs and 5 oz, and 21 inches long. We are all doing really well getting used to our new lives together.

Friday, March 5, 2010

This baby is still cooking- 40 weeks belly photos

So after being told my baby is perfect at the doctors appointment today (well, aside from not showing up on it's due date) I am feeling fabulous. Well, ok, as fabulous as a woman can at this point. There is nothing really 'new' to report since last update. I feel good. But HUGE.

Some people have told me I look huge. Others have told me I look tiny. Strangers have told me I look great. People who know me don't tell me that. :) I think I look ok. My body looks fine, my face seems to have been swollen so that my nose and cheeks swallow up my other features when I smile (notice the not quite smiles in these photos). And I move a lot slower.

Today is my due date. Baby hasn't arrived yet. It still has a few more hours to arrive on it's scheduled due date, but I'm guessing it won't happen today.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

What I do on the internet

I would generally consider myself an online surfer. I feel like I spend a large portion of my workday scanning news and websites, partly as a job responsibility and partly to... well, surf the web. Now that I'm home and not looking for any news in particular it has occurred to me that I don't really surf at all. There are a few websites I go to: aol.com, blogspot.com and facebook.com.

So after 30 minutes of surfing on those 3 websites, I don't know what to do with myself. I look at Dave's saved websites- boring. I look at yahoo or cnn but those news outlets seem to have turned to smut now. I just don't know what to do with myself. So at 7:41am, on my second day off, I think I'll return to bed. Maybe read my book. I do have a huge stack of books to read.
ps- Pam and Jim are having their baby tonight on The Office. She found out she was pregnant right around the time I did. Now her baby is going to be born tonight. I don't think ours will be, unless I'm blessed with a speedy labor and delivery.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

First day off

Today is the first first day of my maternity leave. I decided to take a few days off and had trouble deciding when the right time to leave. Friday is my due date. Today I had a doctors appointment (one of 4 in the next week and a half) and got a pedicure and hand massage. What bliss. My afternoon plans are to lay somewhere under some blankets and snooze or read.

But a day like this makes me really start to wonder what my days AB (after baby) will be. I have some goals for myself and while they do not seem like lofty goals, they do create a schedule for me (er, I mean us). I have a goal to shower daily, before noon. Another goal is to get outside at least once a day- take a walk, go somewhere, do something. I wonder how successful I will be at reaching these daily goals.

For now, my goals are to relax and enjoy these last moments BB (before baby). And so far I have really enjoyed them. Last night Dave and I went to Bricco, a restaurant we really love, to celebrate my last work day. We enjoyed ravioli (which dave proclaimed the best ravioli he ever ate), pasta dishes (mine: cauliflower and shrimp; Dave's: carbonara) and a blood orange cheesecake. The food was absolutely spectacular. The raviolis were incredibly decadent.

I better wrap up here, my blankets are calling for me...

Monday, March 1, 2010

Weekend

This weekend was a funny one. On Saturday we woke up and realized we had nothing to do. NOTHING. There wasn't a to-do list. There wasn't anything we needed to buy. There wasn't anything to organize, wash, clean. There was nothing to do. What a funny thing, after months of having lengthy to-do lists or plans or visitors it was a true treat to have no plans.

We decided to go to lunch at Max Burger. We watched a movie about Notorious B.I.G. I had brunch with Jen on Sunday and took a nap and watched the hockey game. What an indulgent weekend. Nothing to do.

The funny thing is, we have nothing planned for next weekend too. It makes me wonder if we should make plans or just enjoy another possible weekend of no plans. Or, maybe we'll have a baby. Who knows?