Thursday, December 28, 2006

Christmas developments...

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas...I definitely did!

Shiloh found the excitement of opening presents a bit overwhelming, and during both opening presents at home, and at Grammy's...she fell asleep!
We have the video proof to show her when she is older!

She was soo showered with gifts, I was amazed! Both Grammy & Aunt Heather certainly over did themselves!!

I think I am enjoying the toys, as much, if not more...than she is!
Her newest development...(seems almost every week there is a new one).
When she is on her back, she can move herself forward. She's been doing that for awhile now, so I always find her at the other end of the bassinette from where I lay her.
Well, yesterday when she tired of laying on her back playing...I put her on her tummy. She was complaining away because this is much more difficult for her, but she was just whining so I sat next to her and just let her be.
And she managed to move more than a foot, on her belly....backwards!
Even watching her, I couldn't figure out how she was doing it. It really looked like her motions should move her forward but they didn't.

So now, I will need to be especially watchful of her...she can start going places soon, and she moved quickly too. She has such powerful legs, that I insist on having her buckled in everything even if I am just setting her down for a second. If one of her feet touch *anything* she is able to push her whole body very fast and forcefully.

Shiloh is getting so big. I weighed her on our home scale today....13lbs!!
I kept saying she was 11, maybe 12!
My husband made a better guess, but he keeps groaning how heavy she is when he picks her up.
She's been rather clingy to me recently, so I am carrying her a lot...maybe that's why I didn't notice her weight gain so much.
Or maybe I am in denial...my little 5lb. newborn has more than doubled her size!!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

'Tis the season..

Merry Christmas to All!

I'm a bit overwhelmed with everything at the moment. Well, at this exact moment I have some time...the baby is finally napping, and I have all the holiday stuff done as much as possible at this moment.

Tomorrow starts another whole list of things....but hopefully with my husband's help I can get that done quickly and then just enjoy the holiday.

I need to enjoy this holiday, after all it is Shiloh's first Christmas!

Just a little hard to get beyond...what *needs* to be done....and the fact that there is no snow....and my aunt passing...and just savor it.
But I will.

Shiloh hasn't made getting any work done, any easier. She likes to have her Momma's 100% un-divided attention...at all times.
She is trying so hard to be independant, refusing to sit instead wanting to stand etc....but she wants to be independant as much as she can while being held by me or on my lap, not actually by herself! :) I know I will miss that in a few months/years, so I do savor it.

I started showing her mirrors...and she thinks she is pretty cute! Today she just smiled and cooed at herself...then got a little upset and confused when she saw me in the mirror. I think it was "Hey if you're over there....then Ack! a stranger is holding me!!"
You could see the bewildered look on her face, and then she was done with the whole mirror deal.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

December Day

Last night my husband asked me to show him what I did to make Shiloh laugh.
So I did.
Well, he started laughing so hard!! He almost choked on his dinner! Guesss it really is funny then.... :-D

Today is supposed to be another nice one, maybe it will melt the snow from yesterday. Really surprised me that it snowed pretty good and it is still on the ground this a.m.

I am writing this quickly while Shiloh takes her morning 30 min. nap...I call this her power nap. She is so tired that you can't keep her awake...but it only ever lasts about 30 min. Then she'll not take another til afternoon.
I've been taking more photos since we need a 3 month old photo for her frame, but it's difficult now, because she has discovered her hands are tasty!
So the hands are usually in the mouth or finding there way into the mouth...and it doesn't matter if there are sleeves or mittens in the way, because those can be sucked on just as well.
I guess they call this "pre-teething".

She's started to try and reach her toys, and can even push the button hard enough to make the music start. It's so fun to watch her try and get those hands to move the way she wants them too...She frowns at them and one finger will move, and you can see her concentrating on getting her hands to do what she wants.
Her legs are already in constant motion...she insists on having them free and kicking as much as possible.
If she had hard shoes...I'd be pretty bruised!

I am watching the "Star Trek Voyager" marathon on television when I exercise. I haven't seen may episodes of that, pretty cool though...they *transported* a baby out of its mother instead of a c-section. Gotta love imaginary futuristic medicine! Of course the baby had spines on its head...so I guess I would have chosen that route myself.
The more fascinating the show, the more miles I can walk without bother...so it seems a good fit.
And you gotta admit...spiny-headed, transport-delivered, babies are fascinating!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

She laughed!

Today, Shiloh laughed for the first time!
I sat her on the couch and I was making raspberry sounds at her, and she smiled away...then started cooing...and then laughing...then I started laughing because she was laughing...and she's laughing at me, and I could barely make any more raspberries because we were laughing too hard! :D

She's just too cute! And it was just the pick-me-up I needed after yesterday...which was yucky.

Yesterday:
Shiloh was sleepy yesterday (after the party & shopping on Sunday), but whenever she woke up she was cranky. So in the evening, she was fussy and I finally set her in the swing and decided to make some microwave popcorn because I was hungry and it is fast.
So I start the microwave...then have to move her swing away from the microwave...then start to look at my recipe box since I need to make something for breakfast and since I need like a billion *fast* recipes to make this week for this weekend and I'm anxious about it...and I'm looking and I'm talking to the baby...

The timer on the microwave beeps...oh, no! I'm supposed to get the popcorn when it is done popping...not when the microwave is done.
I open the door...and a little smoke wafts out.
Hmm, I shake the bag as usual and it doesn't look too bad. I open the bag...smoke comes out of the bag. I decide I don't want cajun popcorn and toss it in the trash.
But burnt popcorn stinks!...I mean really, really stinks!!
I move the baby to the other room...throw the trash outside...and light a scented candle...then I light another candle.
Still stinky! And my microwave stinks too!

So I remember wonderful Heloise hints about cutting up a lemon and boiling it to help the smell go away. I look in the fridge...no lemons...just oranges.
Okay, same family. I slice the orange and some slices and water go on the stove and some go in the microwave.
Well, when it's said and done....I have a smoky orange smelling kitchen.
Another Heloise hint comes to mind, so I heat up a bowl of vinegar & water in the microwave....yes, you guessed it.
Now the microwave smells like barbecue...vinegar...oranges!!!!!!

I am seriously writing to Heloise...she is not helpful at all!

I turn up the dial on every air freshner I own...in between all this I nurse the baby, and bounce her until she falls asleep.
Then I make bread pudding, because I still need something for breakfast. I wash all the dishes in a ton of soapy water...then wash all the counters...and every surface.
Still smells.
I sweep the floor, and mop it.
Still smells.
I spray air freshner in every room.
I can still smell it, but I think the scent is stuck in my nose now, because other wise the house *should* smell like smoky...vinegar...oranges...hollyberry...pinesol...lysol...rose...pumpkins!

I have exhausted every avenue on my part and exhausted myself...it has now been 3 hours.
I sit down to feed and comfort the baby who is awake from her short nap, my husband will be home in less than 30 minutes, and I realize I still haven't eaten anything. I was hungry and the popcorn was going to be my snack...3 hours ago.
Might as well wait to eat when he comes home.

That is my dieting story, so that (for all who are wondering) is how I lose my post-baby fat. I doubt this diet will have the fad appeal and grand following of some of those plans out there.
But it is mine.

Perhaps I should name it? Hmm, "The I lost my mind with the placenta" diet?
I thought the only people who burn microwave popcorn were college students who goof off. How hard it is to watch a microwave?
Aahhh!! This is not me, this is devastating to a perfectionist...this is my brain without sleep...and it's not a pretty picture!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

my baby love

I think Shiloh is going through her 3 month growth spurt. She is now 3 mos. old/13 weeks.
It seems when she is awake she is eating on an hourly basis...I feel like people might think all I do is feed her when she is fussing, but really that is her main reason for fussiness, and she *is* hungry too.

Believe me she won't eat when she's not hungry. Like this am when I wanted to feed her because we were going grocery shopping and I didn't want her starving in the store. It's like trying to feed a chimpanzee with a squirt gun!
She's looking here, and there, and if her Daddy speaks then she has to whip her head around to look at him...then she smiles at me...pulls her hair...etc. everything *but* eating!

On our good days, I am pretty in sync with her and I'll feed her before she fusses but also when she's hungry, that's really nice because then we have a nice calm day.

My sling came in the mail yesterday, I am so excited! I tried it out a couple of times, I want to get the baby used to it. She seems pretty content in it, as long as she can look around.(and she's not hungry!)
I thought perhaps it is too big, but I am going to work with it first and I think Shiloh is more comfortable in it being bigger. She likes to kick her legs a lot and if they are too confined she's not happy, and it has a nice deep pouch for her to settle in.
We can now shop at Peebles too! Yay!

I thought I was going to need to be pulling out 3-6 mos. size clothing for Shiloh now. But actually I have been putting away some of her 0-3 mos stuff because...it is tooo big! Got tired of some of the pants falling off and some gowns coming off of her shoulders.
So now I have two waiting sections of clothes...the next size, and the PRE-next size! I don't mind it though...she's trying to do so much now that I still like her cuddly and tiny.

She's borderline to laughing and rolling over...I love it. It's so exciting to wake up and maybe this is the day she will accomplish one of those things. But even if not..then the excitement continues!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Christmas in the Carribean?

I have the back porch door open...and it is mid-December!!!
This is a little crazy! Our back porch is nice and warm, so I turned down the furnace and opened the door.
Our lawn is nice a green too, maybe we'll be putting away the shovels & rock salt and pulling back out the lawn mower and rake??

My sister & I agreed that it's difficult to get in the christmas spirit, when all your life, snow has been tied in with christmas. I really don't feel like making christmas cookies or playing christmas carols...the weather has me confused.
Guess I need to get into the "christmas in July" spirit instead...well, they are still saying we have a 70% chance of a white christmas so I guess we shall see.

I am not going to complain...nicer weather means I am less house-bound than I would be normally with a baby, and also lower heating $, and safer driving. But it is one of the nice things of living in NY...different weather for each season....just hope it doesn't all catch up with us in a later month!
Feel a bit sorry for those who depend on the snow for a living...like ski resorts around here...guess it's my love for the movie "White Christmas" that reminds me of those people.

Shiloh hasn't been sleeping too solid these past few nights...I think it is because she is strong enough to get out of her swaddle and wakes herself with her flailing around. If I can get her tucked in tight enough, she sleeps well, so I think I will try a double swaddle tonight and hopefully my little houdini will sleep better...and then so will Mommy!
Daddy sleeps no matter what...except the other morning when Shiloh had the hiccups, for some reason that woke him up.

I don't like our new mailman...he is lazy and delivers the mail late...and he just wears a grungy t-shirt, and a baseball cap...no uniform!
It keeps startling me to see this bum-looking fellow on my front porch, and I feel nervous about having him pick up my mail. We had a young 20-30-ish woman and she was excellent and delivered my mail early...but now I have Bubba post-man! I feel nervous for his colleagues...if you catch my drift....

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Sushi Nog

This morning we went grocery shopping at Price Chopper...needed to pick up some soda for Gram K's party next weekend.
Also picked up some holiday flavored coffee...expensive but soo worth it. Got some eggnog as well, since I haven't had it in...maybe 5+years!
It's good..I don't think I really remembered it. I think my memory taste is different, if you know what I mean, this is Garelick farms and it tastes rather like melted rum ice cream, maybe Stewarts is better?...anyways I think this one little carton will last me another 5 years.

Bought some sushi too, since their's is excellent and I haven't had any in over a year because I was pregnant.
So I am eating sushi and drinking eggnog...not together, but still...ew, that sounds gross. :P

Shiloh was good, each time she fussed I just started talking really expressively to her, and she'd grin at me and coo...and then was content for at least a few more minutes. She loves to kick her feet too, it's getting difficult to keep a blanket on her at any time...in her swing, or in her bed. She's often kicked off everything...then starts working on kicking off her socks.

She had her bath this morning and I decided to bring her bathtub into our bedroom, rather than wait for the bathroom to heat up. Well, the tub *never* leaks, but the 1st time I set it on carpet and the little drain plug loosened enough to soak the carpet pretty well!
But Shiloh stayed warm, and was content to look at her mobile while I ironed and picked out our Sunday outfits.

Have to pick out something for her to wear to the party next weekend, but it's a bit difficult since she overheats so easily, and one room tends to be super hot, and the other...pretty cold. So I guess layers are the way to go...she lets me dress her with no complaints so at least that isn't a problem.
And she looks like a porcelain doll in anything!


Thursday, December 07, 2006

Growing pains..

Today my baby is 12 weeks old! Growing too fast!
Of course she will always be my baby, she was cuddling with me and I told my husband that I didn't care if she was 80 years old, if she still needed to climb into my lap, she could. He said "But you'd be like over 100 years old!" ((thanks so much dear!)). Well she can climb onto my wheelchair then...whatever!! :P

Yesterday I was having a difficult time laying Shiloh down for a nap.
She'd sleep in my arms but wake up as soon as I laid her down, so I decided to try laying down with her on the bed, and feeding her until she fell asleep, then I could set pillows around her and I had a bunch of things to do in the room anyways...bills/new calendar to update/balance checkbook..etc.

Well, Shiloh didn't fall asleep...I did!
And each time I woke up, she had her eyes closed, but was *still* nursing...and refused to let go of me too! This went on for over an hour...well, at least I got *my* nap, didn't even know I needed one!

I also decided that she had enough body control that I no longer needed to elevate her mattress. I didn't *need* too, but I felt better about it.
So I removed the blanket, and switched the mattress around to give it better shape.
This morning she had kicked out of her swaddle, kicked off the heavy blanket I use to keep her legs calm so they don't wake her...and in her gown managed to scoot herself from the bottom of the bassinette to the top.
So I think she doesn't need the positioner either.

Today she is practicing her voice....all different sounds. She also LOVES whistling...don't know if it is the sound or the breeze on her face. It's so cute.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Snow

So bathtime is now all good once again. :)
I take a little time at the end of Shiloh's bath to splash her arms in the water...she doesn't care, she's still too young to play in the bath yet.

We had snow when we woke up this morning...about 1" and it's sticking too. Pretty cold now, kinda funny to see the neighbors outside who were wearing sweatshirts the other day and now they look like eskimos, they are so bundled with fur hoods.
So glad not to have a reason to go out...
I dressed Shiloh warmer according to the weather, so she is sweating! Such a warm baby, I hold her to keep *me* warm! :)

Shiloh has really mellowed, now that she can see the world around her, and isn't hungry every minute...
On Sunday...she was peacefully quiet in church...fell asleep during grocery shopping...and slept while we ordered some take-out...and was good while Daddy watched her while I got my hair cut.
I haven't had my hair done in sooo long. I was nervous as I was sitting there because the hairstylist was very slow and clippy crazy....she clipped up all my hair and would only cut small sections at a time!
But I didn't hear a peep from the baby, so it went smoothly....and I like my haircut, when it was finally done.

my daughter calls...TTYL

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Believe it or not

I know you are all on the edges of your seats...Has she really done it? Can it be true?? Is the mystery really over!?!?

This is your last chance to guess what could possibly cause Shiloh's afterbath meltdowns...but you won't guess it, it's just too simple!
Are you ready to find out??

Oh, it's so silly....but so hard to figure out! So simple, you will feel like the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz...with my brain I should have thought of that!

Okay......the answer is......








She is ticklish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, this seems to be the reason! As long as I don't apply moisterizer to her ticklish parts she is fine, or I use a rougher (less ticklish) hand on those areas she is fine. So that drama seems to be resolved...and bathtime is once again a happy, peaceful time...and the peasants rejoiced. :-)

I took Shiloh out running errands today, the bank, then Eckerds, then to see Heather.
It was so warm today (60's!!!!), so I carried Shiloh to the store since I wasn't sure if they had a cart or not and she was awake so she would want to be held anyways. She was soooo good, she didn't make a peep...just took in all the sights. They did have a micro shopping cart there, I don't think her carseat would have even fit in the basket part it was so tiny!
It was sized enough that Shiloh could have sat in the seat, but she still too young for that so I carried her and pushed the cart.

Not too bad of a trip, nice to get her used to little outings...At least Eckerds had a cart.
Unlike Peebles, Rite Aid, Hallmark, and any of those nice tiny shops....well, Peebles does have some type of funky black canvas and metal on wheels thing that I guess you are supposed to use for a cart. But I think I will avoid that.
And I guess, those stores too...


Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Wonder Woman

Getting ready for Christmas already...the tree is up and decorated. The baby seems to really enjoy looking at the lights...almost as much as looking at her mobile anyways. I am wrapping gifts...but it seems too early!!!

Shiloh had a bath today, and I may have found the key to preventing her after-bath meltdown. But I want to try it a few more times to see if it works continually or today was just a fluke...it's so silly too, I should have thought of it before!

Shiloh is smiling so much more now, she has a big grin when she thinks you are funny, but so far no laughs except when she is sleeping. Her face is so expressive (like her Daddy's)...when she is happy, her whole face lights up...and when she is upset, her whole face shows it. Still not sure what color her eyes are going to be, they seem to lighten daily...and are definitely a very dark blue, but will they stay? A lot of time for them to change yet...

She also is going through the stage where she just wants her Mommy. It depends on her mood though, sometimes she is fine with Daddy or other family members, and other times as soon as I hand her over she acts like it is the end of the world.
Last night, my husband and I were playing video games, and I had to hold her as she didn't want to be put down or for Daddy to hold her...and my husband still wanted us to keep playing.

So I wielded a controller, a 10lb. wiggling baby with her blankets, and kept tabs on her pacifier which I had to keep popping into her mouth because her hands kept knocking it out, and.....I still managed to win the race!

Whoohoo! I *am* Wooba Wooba!!
Now off to my invisible jet....shoot! I always forget where I park that thing...or lose my invisible keys...in my invisible mansion...on my invisible plantation...located on my invisible planet...

Friday, November 17, 2006

No splish splash while taking a bath...

Ahhh, I am sipping "Mandarin Orange Spice" tea...it's my favorite!

This morning I gave Shiloh her bath...had to remove the hammock since she was getting too long and her feet were hanging over the edge.
I didn't know how she would like sitting in the baby tub, but she didn't care much.
She just got upset that it was taking me longer to bathe her than normal...because I wanted to give her a chance to play in the water and she didn't care about that.
So she had a pouty lip.

Then for some reason, I can apply her diaper cream...put her diaper on...moisturize her legs...but as soon as I start to moisturize her arms and anything above the waist, the fussing starts and usually lasts through her dressing and hair combing, and she's usually not fully happy again til she's had her...um....4th breakfast of the day.
I've tried changing just about everything about ending her bath, but she's still just not happy about that part of bathtime.

She's smiling soo much more now, she moves her mouth too like she wants to talk but rarely does a sound come out. She also is finding her hands more and sucking on her fingers....and her hands keep finding her hair and ears fascinating.
Thankfully her hair isn't long enough for her to pull out yet or I am certain she would have by now.

She is getting so good with her head control, but occasionally she'll lift her head and just slam it down on my collarbone...then little pitiful crying.
But yet, when I set her down for a second so I can just go to the bathroom....there are wails to raise the roof and huge alligator tears!!
So, I am not sure what type of crying to expect when we go to the Doctors on Monday....I think she will be mad, and that I can handle. If she has a hurt cry though...I don't know.
I still get emotional when she smiles at me, after all.

We're trying to plan our Christmas shopping...hoping to do at least some of it online. I am not used to that...but it is rather nice not to have to battle the crowds. I love regular store or mall shopping any other time of the year....but at this time and with the baby, I am thankful that internet shopping has come so far.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

My treadmill *didn't* walk towards the light...

Okay, I am giving a tentative Yay! here....my treadmill appears to be finally fixed!

I received the new belt for my treadmill...so I pulled out just about every tool that my husband owns yet I couldn't loosen the bolts! I felt soo wimpy!!

But when my husband came home, he took his hand to it...and his hammer...and his mallet.
These were from the factory machine-installed bolts!!
Finally with leverage of the hammer he was able to loosen the bolts with his hex key set. And their 3 pages of instructions were lousy, and we ended up doing most of it without them...they told you too remove this screw but not that there was a nut underneath the machine to loosen first...or that it would take two people propping up the machine to unscrew the bottom plate, or that you even needed to unscrew the bottom plate to reach the bolts!

Aparently they thought we were Gumby people or something and could reach our rubber hands around the motor and undo these bolts!

Anyways...1 1/2 hours later, we had the treadmill repaired!! The old belt was pretty chewed up on the inside, so it definitely needed to be replaced.

I was nursing the baby, so my husband tested it out starting out at 2 mph which is recommended to make sure the tread is on correctly...then he wanted to try it out at the speed that I normally walk on it...which is 4 mph. He nearly flew off it!!
Of course, I never walk my miles in my gym socks, like he was testing it with!

So I exercised today...and it ran well. It left me sw..eh....um, glowing with precipitation, yeah thats it.
The baby was soooo good, in fact she seemed lulled by the treadmill, the sound didn't bother her one bit, and she even napped long enough for me to get my shower!

Now to start seriously working on these baby pounds...and with Thanksgiving and the holidays coming, I will really need to be walking and exercising in general.
They say you are what you eat...and I don't want to spend the holidays as a sweet potato!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Laugh and someone laughs with you

Your laugh for the day, it's impossible to watch this and not at least smile!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P6UU6m3cqk

Baby Babble?

The new rage with Mommies of infants, is the new baby language decoder that was talked about on Oprah...and the DVD comes out later this month.

The link to the Oprah show is here:
http://www2.oprah.com/tows/slide/200611/20061113/slide_20061113_350_101.jhtml
While it is fascinating and actually helpful...I still found that my insticts were better and faster than waiting for her to cry and then trying to deciper the cry...especially since Shiloh is so impatient!

She has no patience for any type of language barrier.
She is used to just fussing a little and I will react, not for me to pause and try to find out exactly what she is saying...that made her hysterical...in 0 to 60 flat.


Also basically I found that Shiloh will cry for food...all the time, even when I know she is just bored (they don't have a cry on there for bored)...and then she seems confused that I am feeding her, but of course, will eat.

She also does a lot of squeals and grunts, or pouty sounds that aren't on there...a *very* vocal child! (Just listen to her cries on her rolling over video and you will see what I mean)

But there was a time last night, that she started to make the sounds for burp...even though I had just burped her. So I thought I was hearing her wrong, but put her to my shoulder and sure enough, she had a big burp.
That was pretty cool.

But Shiloh herself, seems to be a bit confused as to what will help her gas pains...she makes the sounds for discomfort/gas/ and food together.
But I think that is just the way the pains go...giving her an empty feeling in her stomach, a burping feeling, and the pain of the gas.

So while it is helpful, I'm not sure it is up to the fuss that the Mommies are making it out to be....after all babies are babies, and don't always know what they want...even themselves.
Anyways, it is only useful until the baby is 3 months old...then they come up with new ways of communicating. And Shiloh, I think, is already on her way.

Other news...remember I said I would update you on the "WonderMop"? Well, it is living up to it's hype...it does its job well, and no strings on the floor like our old mop, and your hands stay nice and dry, and the floor is clean.
So feel free to try the "Libman Wonder Mop"...there's my advertising.

Treadmill update...they mailed me the three pages of instructions, but no part yet. They weren't kidding about the instructions either...I think they are figuring I'm going to need a head-start on taking this thing apart before they send me the part! :(

Thinking about my Thanksgiving baking...but a bit worried about how much time the baby will give me, some days she is so good, but yesterday...the whole day...the longest nap she took was 30 minutes!!!
Yet *another* growth spurt?????



Saturday, November 11, 2006

At 8 weeks...

Well, I kinda found a temporary solution to Shiloh's after bath meltdowns.
Do everything in the bathtub!
Fortunately she is still in the hammock in the baby tub, so this morning, I put her diaper on and applied her moisturizer while she remained in the hammock...this kept the wails away for a bit.
But she still started fussing when I applied the moisturizer around her neck and chest, so I am thinking the main problem may be that she is not liking the smell of this moisturizer....which seems odd, but aparently is common.
And her hating to end her bath started at the same time as I started using this moisturizer for her eczema....so I'll switch back and see.
Always so hard to figure it out when they can't tell you...and it's hard to read a pout.

Her eczema is healing really well...difficult to apply the cream and not have her rub it off, or wake her up, but it seems to be worth the effort.
I so desperately want to get her out of her mittened gowns and into her cute little outfits, but even when her hands were left out for just a few hours yesterday she left a little scratch on her face.
Even with her nails trimmed she still can scratch too much...so I'll have to watch more carefully or wait til her skin heals up more. Scratches are just a part of babyhood but it can cause the eczema to become infected and worse and I definitely don't want that.

Wow, it is 65 degrees in our backporch. Practically a heat wave! I am burning a pumpkin candle, and the baby is contently sleeping in her swing, and I have a few apples that I need to use up...So I'll go, and hope you all enjoy a nice autumn day!


Friday, November 10, 2006

What not to wear

Today I was wearing a long cat-themed apron, over bleached floral flare jeans, and fuzzy pink slippers.
I suddenly looked down at myself and realized that Clinton & Stacey would have ripped my outfit to shreds.
But, they never do make-overs on nursing moms...you have to take special considerations of your wardrobe when you are a Mom.

The Rules...if you will

No dangly earrings that the baby can grab...hair in a ponytail because you have no time to go get it cut and you are tired of pulling strands of hair from the baby's fingers...no zippers or buttons that might hurt the baby's face when you burp her...no long fingernails that might scratch her (you don't have time to paint them anyways)...no rings that might scratch her...no *non-nursing* shirts that don't pull up or open easily...no dresses for the same reason...no heels because you don't want to wobble while holding your child.
And your major accessories will be your child and a diaper bag the size of Rhode Island...no matter how petite you might be.

Of course some can be bent, but still it is a major factor on how stylish you might look.
And the apron was more for function that style anyways, as I was making scalloped potatoes and needed protection while peeling potatoes and something to wipe my eyes on while cutting onions..(I have tried every trick in the book and still they make me cry!!)

Thursday, November 09, 2006

My Treadmill is treading on thin ice!!

ARGH!!!!
Ok, it's never nice to start a post like that...but I am soooo frustrated that I even feel jittery or something!
I am ready to scrap this treadmill into tiny pieces and run it over with my truck.
We got the speed sensor installed and it seemed to be running fine...until you step on the belt! Then if it is running slow it stops...or running faster it hesitates which is pretty dangerous when you are walking on it.
So I loosened the belt, then re-tightened the belt, and dumped a can of lube on the thing....same problem.
Called tech support (for the 5th time!) and got a lady who gave me the run around about maintaining it...and maybe it just needs more lube (ahem, more?!?!?) and that it sounded like it *should* be working so just let it run longer to spread the lube before attempting to walk on it, and call them back if I had more trouble. My hands are black from fiddling with the belt, and the baby is fussing...and she's giving me the run around?!

So I took it apart...:-D ((that's my Dad in me)), and the rubber belt that connects the belt of the treadmill to the motor is rather chewed up on the inside and has left tiny bits of rubber all in the bottom of the motor case.And when I run it, the rubber belt doesn't run smoothly...Hmm...

I call tech support (if you are keeping track, this is the 6th call!) and get a guy this time. I explain it to him and he agrees with me that the rubber belt needs to be replaced and that this *could* be the cause of the problem.
He wants to know if I can replace it myself, (I guess since I was bold enough to take it apart)...I asked him to please send instructions.
He pulled up my record (remember, I now am special enough to have a customer number!) and says he will send me 3 pages of different instructions, along with the belt....aparently you have to loosen this thingy and move that thingy and take off this thingy just to replace this belt.
THEN if that doesn't work....I'll have to do major surgery on the treadmill and remove the front roller and replace that!

I have an 8 week old baby in the house, I don't have the time or patience for this!

Well, I can tell you what type of anesthesia I will use on it...It begins with an "H" and ends with an "ammer"!!!!

At least the tech guy was nice, he seemed apologetic that I've had to have such troubles (like them sending me the wrong part before) and that hopefully this would work so I would actually be able to walk on my treadmill...that is the goal after all.

Well, even though they are sending these parts free it is still such a pain! I didn't go to mechanic school because...I don't want to do this!!!
Also had an *incident* with a bottle of baby oil, which does not clean up easily....so I am just generally frustrated today.
If you made it this far through my rant...Pray for me! please!! :(

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Polls & Pouts

Yesterday, I voted! Yay me!! :-)
Well, it was difficult because Shiloh drew so much attention! The polling people insisted that I set her carseat right on there table so they could see her.
She was sound asleep after her bath, and never even blinked as she was admired and cooed over.
They loved her cheeks, they are a pretty rosy color because of her rash (which is improving daily)....and so chubby too! Then they wanted to know her age...the color of her eyes...her name...etc.
I was a bit overwhelmed by it all, to tell you the truth.
There were 6 polling people and then a couple of nurses came over as well (my polling place is a nursing home)....and they all ask questions at the same time!
That was the fastest I ever voted too, good thing I knew ahead of time who I was voting for!

Only bummer is that they don't give you the "I voted today" stickers, so you could go to Stewarts and get a free ice cream cone like they used to...:p

Shiloh was sooo funny after her bath...recently she has been *hating* getting dressed after her bath, and yesterday was no different.
I was talking to her non-stop to try to keep her distracted and keep the wails from starting...but as soon as I started to dress her, out came that bottom lip in the hugest pout ever.
She kept that bottom lip out the whole time too, just so I would know that even if she wasn't crying...she still was NOT happy with the situation.
Even when pulling her shirt over her head, dislodged her bottom lip...she stuck it right back out just as far.

Now who does that sound like??? Hmmm??? :)
I am soooooo in trouble, she's her father's daughter!!!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

November 7th

We are waiting for the bathroom to warm up so Shiloh can have her bath...but Shiloh fell asleep while waiting!
Now...do I wake her up for her bath, or shut off and put away everything that is all set up and give her the bath this evening???

I wanted her bathed and napping, so then this afternoon I can go out.
I have to vote!! And the weather isn't too bad either...though I just read an interesting news report that states with the worst weather at voting time (Maine, Washington, New York etc.) have the best turn-out for voting versus the warmer states like Florida and Texas.

It's called "cabin fever"! We just want out!! ;-)

But seriously, all you people sitting on your lawn chairs, or sunning at the beach, or eating ice cream cones....get out and vote!
If we can haul through snow and rain and whatever else the mailman endures....and bring our kids and babies all bundled up with us...then you can suffer through the threat of a sunburn to your polling place.

Got my treadmill all put together again last night! Yay!
So I can exercise again, though I have still been using my exercise ball. Shiloh loves for us to bounce on it when she is fussy....she actually fell asleep in my arms while bouncing last night.

Well, I guess I'll see how sleepy she is...at least she likes her bathes and wakes up happy!

Also: HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEATHER!!!!!!! :-D!!!!!!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Monday Matters

Today Shiloh's little cheeks look improved! With continued treatment, I think she'll have her baby soft cheeks again quickly! :-)!
And I weighed her on our home scale and it showed 9lbs. So she's still gaining well at 7 weeks! :)

I spent this morning washing Shiloh...her sheet...blanket...onesie....nightgown....*and* sleep positioner.
She is now in size 1 diapers, but it didn't have a chance! It's kinda funny, but I have "Shout" stain pre-treater that we received as part of a household package for our wedding ( Over 3 years ago) and I never used it until Shiloh came along...now, it is making up for lost time!

Shiloh still has to be swaddled tightly to sleep, she is too active otherwise and keeps herself from sleeping...even in her wearable blanket we bought her.
But she is getting strong enough now to kick out of even a tight swaddle...usually I end up swaddling her with two blankets, but I am trying not to let her get too warm since that will irritate her rash.
But she keeps kicking and waking herself up...I was watching her bassinette and her little blanketed feet kept kicking straight up in the air until they were free of the blanket. (then she'll fall asleep until her cold feet wake her up!) Even if I try a half-swaddle with the 2nd blanket over just the lower half of her body...she'll kick free.
So my solution has been to lay a heavy knit blanket over her feet & legs and this seems to work. Just her legs are very warm, but at least it isn't her whole body.

The mail contained the new part for my treadmill...and it works!!!
I unscrewed the old wiring, replaced the part, and ran it for 5 minutes!! Yay!!
Can't exercise on it until my husband gets home to put all the casing back together and we adjust the belt and lube it...but it works!
A broken speed sensor was the problem!





Saturday, November 04, 2006

Soft as a baby's....

But, as I cleaned the shelves of our local convenience store this morning of all their products that might help Shiloh's skin, I was irked that they didn't have a cart for her carrier...(thankfully my husband was there to carry it around!) and amazed at the amount of products for babies skin out there.
Creams, and washes, and oils...oh, my!
Normally I am very conservative about purchasing tons of this stuff...especially at convenience store prices....but not when it comes to my baby. I don't want her to have to go through this one moment longer than necessary.

At home, I gave her a bath in the wash and slathered regular moisturizer all over her body, then applied the ezcema cream to her face and she screamed!
I think I probably went white as a sheet thinking I was applying something toxic to her...but then I remember that she usually starts with the crying at the end of her bath....and she starts fussing when I apply regular cream to her neck and ears....and she doesn't like her face washed...and the place where I started with the cream didn't even have ezcema!...and it's very mild, it's for babies!...I researched and researched it before I bought it!..etc. then I calmed down a bit.

She doesn't seem to like the smell either, so unlike the other cream that I could apply while she is sleeping...this one wakes her up. :-PPPP

I don't know if it is better or not....when you stare at something non-stop for hours trying to see if anything is happening...well, as they say "A watched pot never boils"!
So I just pounce on my husband when he comes home..."look at the baby...does it look any better??...slightly better??... a different shade of pink??...not worse, right???"

Shiloh for her part, is being a good-natured, happy baby today. She didn't fuss at all on the trips into town, even though she was awake and her carseat was covered and she couldn't see anything.
She is giving smiles at random, and taking her naps like a dream!
Mommy can actually eat...go to the bathroom....write on my blog!
So I am relieved at least that it isn't bothering her. I must have caught it early enough, because they say it is a very itchy thing.

I think she just wants me to earn my Mommy stripes...since I lucked out of the stretch marks and 48 hr. labor...I have to earn them somehow!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Walking in a winter wonderland...because my treadmill still isn't fixed!

Yesterday I received the parts for my treadmill...and they sent the wrong one! So I had to call them again this morning, for the 4th time!!
I now have a customer number too!! Maybe they issue those after you annoy them enough times?
I found a bunch of recalls for this company's treadmills...so I am not too hopeful to getting this resolved, even though mine is not part of the recalls.
But I lost 4lbs....don't ask me how!! I was soooo bummed about them sending me the wrong parts and Shiloh was having *such* a bad day yesterday (She would only sleep if I held her, AND I didn't move at all)that this was just the pick-me-up I needed.

Shiloh has a spot of ezcema on her cheek.
I found out that one way that Mothering is a 24hr. job...it's the worrying fills up any extra minutes.
I laid awake at night wondering if it was going to look better or worse in the morning, and what other things I should try.
It started with baby acne so I was treating it like that...but then turned to baby ezcema which is basically the opposite treatment.
So now I can worry about aggravating baby acne or am I actually treating the ezcema?
It boggles the mind, doesn't it!

Woke up to an inch of snow everywhere, and it lightly snowing.
I guess November is bringing winter with it.
Actually hard to believe November is here! I spent all year waiting and counting down the days til September, and the baby's birth...and now it is November!
Have so much to do before the holidays!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Snow???

I just got off the phone with Technical support ((for the 3rd time!!!)) for my treadmill, and the very, very, nice guy (who will be a very elderly woman, when I tell my husband about this phone call :D!) said that the speed sensor is bad and is sending me out a new one...free!
Yay!
Now I just hope that is the actual problem and that this works.

Shiloh was sooo good in church yesterday, just sat in her Daddy's arms through the whole service.
Even when Pastor got really going and came down the aisle right next to her, she only peeked open one eye...saw that she was safe with her Daddy and fell back asleep. My husband was pretty proud of her for being so good. :)

We wanted to stay indoors the rest of the day since the weather was so awful, but we ended up having to make a few stops...and she was very quiet.
As long as I was out, I picked her up some baby tylenol and baby anbesol....I figure its best to have them on hand anyways, and if she's anything like me, she will probably need the tylenol after her vaccines next month. :(

We also saw her first snow.
My husband said it didn't count since it wasn't sticking on the ground...but anyway, it probably won't matter much to her until next year, then she may react to it.
And technically she didn't *see* the snow yesterday since we had her so buried under blankets and sheltered from the weather that she didn't even feel a breeze, much less a snowflake!
Crazy weather though...I mean, it supposed to be over 60 degrees tomorrow! Typical of New York, I guess...
Time of year that you have both shovels and rakes on your porch, and umbrellas and woolen mittens are sitting next to the door, and you are drinking both lemonade and hot cocoa!

Friday, October 27, 2006

A treadmill! My kingdom for a treadmill!!

*sob* my treadmill won't work...*sob* *sob*. Yesterday the baby turned 6 weeks old and I am approved to resume my regular exercise....and now this!!
I've called tech support twice, their first suggestions didn't work...and now they are suggesting that the belt is over tightened and also needs lubing. Well, since the bolts to adjust them are so tight I can't loosen them myself, over-tightening does seem a likely possibility!

So I'll have to patiently wait til my husband comes home....Ha!!!
What will happen honestly is....after I persistantly try to do it myself a dozen times....and fail...then I will watch the clock...then try it one last time and probably injure myself, and then...but not before...I will very *impatiently* wait for my husband to come home.

At least I am very thankful that I know he will do it for me and not put it aside like it is no big deal like some men would.

So, I tried my Tae Bo excersise video yesterday to compensate for my inability to walk.
Now, how to compensate for my inability to Tae Bo??
I felt like the most uncoordinated person on the planet...and my living room isn't big enough for some of the exercises so I had to add a little turn here or make a half-kick there instead of a full kick because I like my lamp and didn't think it would take well to flying across the room...as if!

It also doesn't seem like it would help me much with self-defense, unless the assailant was rendered helpless by laughter from my attempt at a kick-kick-punch combo... and then when he was down, giggling uncontrollably...I guess I could pummel him with the DVD case??

I really need exercises that I can do with the baby though, maybe need to look at mommy & me type exercise programs. Shiloh does like bouncing on the exercise ball, and while that does work the legs very well...doesn't seem to do much for my baby tummy that I'd like to target.

Argh...so tired of fussing with my treadmill!
I just want it to work...now...actually yesterday would have been great!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

If the shoe fits....

Don't nurse a hiccuping baby.
This is something I have learned...I mean it made sense at the time...at least I think it did...a lot of things "make sense" at 3am.

Yesterday I tried fancy black dress shoes on Shiloh and they fit!
I was so excited, I dressed her up and she wore them the whole day...even though we didn't leave the house. :)
They are so cute and I know she'll outgrow them so quickly.

I am getting tired of television...but you tend to be limited to what you can do while nursing a baby.
So I tried looking at magazines, but sometimes I don't have a hand free to turn the page and end up intently studying an ad for a "Wonder Mop"....aparently it is versatile, removable, and machine-washable which leads to a "cleaner way to clean".
I will let you know if it lives up to the hype.

I guess it's cheaper just to watch the same old sitcom again....but I have started to watch some of my old movies again, and my husband just bought me the classic "An Affair to Remember" so maybe my mind won't turn into couch-potato mush!

Monday, October 23, 2006

milk mustache???

My talented daughter.
I don't want everyone to think I only complain about my lack of sleep...it's just a main part of what sticks in my head. I have tons of things about Shiloh that I want to post and when I get a chance to post my brain's only mantra is "Need...sleep...to...function...Can't... type...can't... spell" (This is true since I have been stumped by the stupidest words that the spelling has completely escaped me, and this irks me to no end since I hate misspelling things!)

But anyways...On to my talented daughter.
I have her baby book and it simply doesn't give me enough options/space to write down everything that I want noted. Like it has a space to note the date that she first rolls over...but no space for her first smile, first laugh, first finds her fingers.
So I have all these things noted on the sides....and all of her weights are in the margins...etc.

We have a new thing to add to the baby book.
I can picture her face when she reads it years from now....

But last night, as I said before, she was really fussy during our movie. The only thing that really placated her was nursing, so I nursed her burped her, patted her, soothed her, tried the pacifier (which started her screaming) etc. which didn't work and she kept crying so we start the cycle again. Nurse, burp, pat, soothe, paci, scream....Nurse, burp, pat, soothe...no paci, crying...Nurse, burp...and she spits up a little milk when I sit her up.
I tip her back a little and wipe her chin, sit her back up and milk pours out of her mouth....and her nose!!!

My husband I are both a little shocked and scramble for the cloth to wipe her. Shiloh for her part just looked at us and didn't even so much as cough. I remember thinking "Aaah, that's not supposed to happen...but hey, her nose isn't stuffy anymore...." :-D

First time milk poured out of her nose...10/22/06!!! (had to edit...since I had the date wrong!)

I just know somewhere there is a 11yr. old boy who is quite jealous of her talent!


Good Days = Sleepy Nights

Shiloh is 8lbs. now! Yay!!
The dilema now is what size diaper...Size 1's start at 8lbs. so I tried one on her, within an hour she peed which somehow went completely out of the leghole...soaking her...soaking me.
She has a chunky belly and skinny legs which these diapers were not made for...my little sumo baby.

Took her shopping yesterday, and she was sooo good. Slept through the carride there, the entire time in the store, (including when I changed her diaper on the hard plastic changing thing of the Wal-Mart bathroom that was definitely mounted wrong or made for a taller Mom, I was pratically on my tiptoes to change her!), and she slept the carride home...which included a stop at F.Y.E. and to fill up the truck.

But....later she made up for it.
We tried to watch a movie, and it took us about 3 1/2 hours to watch what should have been a 1 1/2 hr. movie...and I probably need to watch it again to really get it...because she was fussing so much.
She gets herself really agitated, then you have to wrap her up tight...get the pacifier in position...hold her hands (this is important!)...and talk softly to her, to get her to calm down. You feel like an octopus and need all those arms...sometimes I have to hold the pacifier in with my chin!!


Then this morning she woke up at 3:30 and stayed awake until 5am...I am so sleepy at that time!
She fusses later in the morning and I have my arms cradled and I am looking at them because I can't remember if I am holding her or not. ;-)

Okay...now she's really awake so I'll post again when I can...

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Growing

Shiloh is growing so fast right before our eyes. We opened up a package of Pampers, which is the brand we first used with her...then we switched around to various other brands.
When we first used them, I had to overlap the little tabs to keep them on her tiny body....now they are just *barely* closing!!!
I am looking at the diapers and at her...and it's just Wow! did you really get that much bigger!

We are going to pick up some more diapers for her this weekend...but I guess size-wise is going to depend a lot on how much weight she has gained at her Dr.'s appt. on Friday.
I still keep meaning to weigh her on our scale at home, but I don't know where my days go.
I just know that I fed the baby about a million times, and changed her diaper at least that same amount...patted her back until my hands are numb...sang lullabies til I lost my voice...and I think I ate and maybe took my vitamins...and hey, what day is this anyways???

All I know is each evening I have a lot of goals for the following day...a lot of ambitious goals...unattainable goals...foolish goals...like taking a shower.
Ok...she's crying. Um, what goals??

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Laughing at the moon...

The other day I was holding the baby and she was sleepy so I wasn't really paying attention to her...and she started twitching weirdly.
I looked now at her nervously and her eyes were closed, her mouth was open in the widest grin...and she was laughing! :-)

Laughing in her sleep...which was the odd movements she was making, perhaps she'll have a good belly laugh when she gets older. Yet, another milestone!

The only bad thing is that I don't know what made her laugh, so I can't replicate it. I am starting to get little smiles now and she's discovered her fingers and enough control to usually get at least a couple into her mouth.

Seems she is growing so fast...she is so solid, with little dimpled hands, and creases on her arms, double chin, and chubby cheeks.
Finally her 0-3mos. clothing is starting to fit! So nice to be able to dress her in outfits, little socks and the whole deal and she's not swimming in them.

She was so good yesterday, being hauled around to my Dr.'s appt (where we spent over an hour), and they my old office, and then her Aunt Heather's where she had a poopy explosion...but at least it wasn't at the Dr.'s office where they have no changing tables...or extra set of helpful hands! (thanks Heath!)
Last night she was on a 3 hr. schedule...12:30/3:30/6:30/9:30 for feedings. I much prefer a 4hr. schedule, but I am not going to complain since at least she didn't wake up at 2am and stay awake for 2 hours as she has done in the past.

This morning I am pretty sleepy...but it's a rainy fall day so that tends to make people groggy anyways. Starting to feel like a nice cup of hot cider, and maybe an old-fashioned donut would be nice.
Should probably pull out my Autumn decorations...depends on if I am truly ready to say goodbye to summer. I think I tend to stall too much then I end up just going from Summer decor to Christmas!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Bible times...

I was just reading an interesting article on SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) which was talking about how this problem has been around all the time, but only more recently has this name.
It even implied that the baby who died in Solomon's time (1 Kings 3:19) from being "overlaid" was actually a SIDS death.

Kinda interesting when you find out these things that you think are new problems have been around basically forever. Now we have more preventative measures that they didn't know then...but it is still a problem.
Then I realized that what this woman did when she found out her baby had died (stealing her roomate's baby and trying to pass it off for her own) is exactly what women in similar situations are doing even today.
The recent kidnapping of the 10 day old baby girl has made me so nervous to even open my door...(just a note, call me okay...'cause if you drop by there is no guarantee I am answering that door)

I also got to thinking about Moses, and how his mother hid him from the soldiers for 3 months. (Exodus 2:2)
Definitely had to have God's hand in that...even if Moses was the best baby in the world. Especially in a time without pacifiers and bottles and swings and vibrating bouncy seats.

We took Shiloh out today and had to cover her entire carseat with a blanket to protect her from the cold. She didn't like that!! She couldn't see what was going on! She has several different cries now too...but they all have pretty much the same theme (attend to me NOW!) and are mostly pretty loud too...or warnings that they will be getting loud soon.
She also isn't really quiet unless she is eating, since she is a pretty noisy sleeper.
I just couldn't imagine trying to keep her quiet or hidden...even when she is in a deep sleep she is very likely to let one rip.

I could just picture trying to convince a soldier that perhaps a pig had gotten into the house or maybe the house is settling (and um, yes, it does made that sound!) or "Urp! sorry sir, must be all that manna I've been eating"...ok, so they weren't eating manna at this time but you get the idea.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Mom's Diner...open 24/7!

Today was Shiloh's 3 week old appt.
This was mainly to check her weight since the Doctor said she wasn't gaining enough, quickly enough.
Last Thursday she weighed 5lbs. 14oz. and this week....
Drumroll please.....6lbs.12oz!!!!!!
Almost a pound in one week! I thought the Dr. was going to fall over he was so shocked. Annoying though...he stressed me out for nothing, saying that she wasn't gaining enough last week!
He said Shiloh and I are a great team, though he seemed concerned that she is wearing me out.

Well if you are nursing a baby nearly every 2 hours, 24/7...because her Doctor is on your case for her to gain weight...you will be a bit tired! But he wanted her to gain weight, so I busted my butt to get it done. (Shiloh had no complaints...the little chub!)
I wanted her checked over because she is showing slight signs of coming down with a cold. Guess the signs are pretty slight because the Dr. kept asking what her symptoms were. (As she contentedly hiccuped in my arms)
I told him that she got a little stuffy when she cried (later she cried there and was *not* stuffy, because I had already cleaned her nose) and I told him if you look at her eyes you can tell she doesn't feel great.

I heard myself, and knew what he was thinking...he deals with the facts. And I am telling him to look at her face and know that she's not 100% fine. Such a mother comment...but I *know* what I what I know, I spend every moment with her. Listen to me...you...Doctor person!
Her temp was slightly elevated (100.1), but he said it didn't really count as a fever since it is normal for babies who are bundled up against the cold. So basically to him she showed no signs of being ill.

So I am to keep doing what I am doing, and just keep an eye on her temperature.
Shiloh was fed up by the time she was done with that appointment...and had a bit of a temper tantrum on the car ride home (after she spit out her pacifier) the whole red-faced, hold-your-breath, screaming thing.
So then she had to nurse for over an hour to calm down...even though she had just eaten an hour earlier...while Mommy's stomach growled noisily.
Hmmm...wonder how she gained so much??

Friday, September 29, 2006

Shiloh's Day @ 2wks. old

Shiloh's Day ~ Today September 29th 2006.

11:30-midnight ~ Eat
12-3am ~ Sleep
3-3:30 ~ Eat & Diaper Changed
3:30-5:30 ~ Sleep
5:30-5:45 ~ Eat & Diaper Changed
5:45-6:45 ~ Sleep
6:45-7:00 ~ Eat
7:30-9:15 ~ Woke up, won't sleep in bassinette...sleeps with Mommy
9:15-9:50 ~ Put to sleep in bassinette
9:50-1o:00 ~ Change clothes, hiccups
10:00-10:30 ~ Eat
10:45-11:35 ~ Sleep
11:35 - 12:00 ~ Poopy Diaper changed..Wide awake, tummy time!
12:00-12:30 ~ Eat
12:30-3:00 ~ Sleep
3:00-3:45 ~ Eat & Diaper Changed
3:45-5:29 ~ Awake, just want Mommy to hold...get Mylicon because I am cranky.
5:30-6:00 ~ Eat
6:00-6:25 ~ Awake...want Mommy to hold me
6:25-7pm ~ Sleep
7:00 ~ Wake up because my diaper has flooded...get a new diaper, new onesie, new outfit, new blanket...
7:00-8:25 ~ Awake...want Mommy (you get the idea)
8:25-8:55 ~ Eat
8:56-9:20 ~ Awake...
9:20-10pm ~ Fall asleep on Mommy (I think she gets the clue that I don't want to be put down!)
10-til this post ~ Sleep (I don't know about Mommy...but I am tired!)

Okay I actually wrote all this down because Shiloh's Dr. kinda ticked me off with wanting her to gain more weight (She weighed 5lbs. 14oz. at her appt. yesterday which is an ounce *over* her birth weight!)
So I thought maybe I was zoning or something over how much she actually eats so I would try to keep track of the feedings/changings etc.

Well, this shows I have already changed her diaper at least 5x.
And she has eaten 9x already...and her feedings have been between 1-3hrs. apart. I cannot feed her anymore if I tried!

This is just one day, but they kinda follow the same lines. Tomorrow she may sleep more or be a bit more contented outside of my arms, but still this was her day today...and I can relax a bit anyway that I am not forgetting a feeding or something.
She's got the double chin and chubby cheeks, and is just perfect.
This Dr. is probably advising these same parents whose babies he wants to gain weight to watch for obesity in a few years!
Argh!
New parents give ourselves enough to worry about, we don't need anyone adding more stress unnecessarily!


Thursday, September 28, 2006

my baby love...

I recently heard this saying "You never truly know how much your mother loves you, until you become a mother yourself."
This is sooo true.

Thanks Mom...

It's unbelievable the amount of emotion you feel over such a little person. I was watching "Everybody loves Raymond" (I think it was at one of our pre-dawn feedings) and I actually related to Marie...the over-possesive mother!
I was surprised since before I had Shiloh, she just seemed nutty to me, but suddenly there is a reason...an understanding of her actions (okay, *some* of them anyways! ;-)

Wei and I are so enraptured with our daughter...he often muses, "she sneezes on you and you don't care"...or "she never has bad breath"..."even her toes smell nice"..and we both love breathing in that sweet baby aroma.
I even think she is adorable when her face is beet-red, scrunched up and she screaming her head off.
(though this is less enjoyable at 3am! ;-)
Even when breast feeding was at its most painful...it was worth it for that contented milky smile on her face.

Gotta go...my baby calls.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

good morning beautiful day...

Shiloh seems to want to sleep very well during the night.
I woke her up again after 4 1/2 hours of sleeping last night (I just keep automatically waking up at that time...I am not sure if she makes little sounds, or it's my mommy internal clock?)...which actually was good since she needed a changing...of everything. :-P But it was nice that Daddy woke up to hold her a bit, so Mommy could wash everything thoroughly.
Then she woke up again...about 2 hours later to eat again.

But that seems to be what works for her, a grouping of feedings and then she can go a longer stretch. If she is still weighing well at her Doctor's appt. then maybe I won't be waking her during the night...and we shall see how long she goes.

Shiloh now has her periods of wakefulness. Usually once in the morning to noon-time and then around 9-10pm. (This actually does kinda follow her movements when I was pregnant).
She is awake for about 2 hours during that time...I am glad that her times seem more situated, because earlier she was waking at 2am....eating...and then just wanted to look around etc. for an hour or so.

This morning she was awake from about 10am til 1:30...she took a couple short, short, catnaps, but otherwise....wide awake.
I was trying to pull out my winter clothes, kinda depressing to still wear maternity stuff around...but it might be worse to try and squeeze into my old jeans.
But instead, I dressed her up and took pictures/ we had "tummy time"/ I read "Tiki Tiki Tembo" to her (actually made it half-way through before she got tired of that/ we played piano (good thing I can play with one hand)...etc.

Two more diaper changes, and one more feeding, and she's sleeping...like, well, a baby in her swing.

And Mommy finally got the clothes organized....and now "I" need a nap.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Shiloh

A tropical poopy explosion!

Last night, the baby slept for 4 1/2 hours straight!
Yippee!
Woke up around 5:30am. and watched "Chicago Hope" while I nursed her. Much better than watching "Adoption Stories"...don't end up sobbing...just frowning at the idiocy of some of the characters.
I watched two episodes and still couldn't remember the name of the show, except that it was the show that tried to compete with "ER", until finally they announced the name.

Also watched a lot of re-runs of "Saved by the Bell", not really sure why I liked it so much as a kid. It's a bit too much teen drama and over acting...but I guess not unlike the more current teen shows.
These are the types of shows they play in the middle of the night...other than infomercials....though I did find "Underworld" playing the other day around 4-5am. and Wei actually woke up to watch it a little as well.

Then he tells me to get some sleep, rolls over, and is unconscious in a matter of minutes.
"good idea, dear." I reply.
I still have Shiloh attached to me, and her eyes are wide awake and looking around....okay, I have at least 20 more minutes of feeding...then 5 more minutes of burping...then *maybe* I can lay her down if her eyes are closed...if not then who knows?
I resist the urge to push him off the bed....

Tried "tummy time" with the baby yesterday...she didn't care for it.
But she is still in the cuddly stage, so any time she is put down and is not sleeping or not adequately entertain with the swing etc. She thinks you are abandoning her and pitifully wails.
Even with me right there, she wasn't thrilled. We'll try it again.

Had two potty explosions yesterday...there is an annoying commercial on where the guy tastes something and says it's a tropical explosion.
Now I catch myself saying in his annoying voice..."It's an explosion...a tropical poopy explosion!"

You have to find the humor where you can!!! :-)

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Week One...

(Right now, Shiloh is sleeping peacefully in the living room while Daddy is battling forces of evil on the X-Box, affording me some blogging time! :)

This has been quite a week.
Dr.'s appts/ the highs and lows of hormones/the clothing questions...will they fit? will I burst into tears if they *don't* fit?/the three points of pain...that are impossible not to inflict more pain upon/the sleepless nights/ the "wack-a-doo" people around here/the sweet smiles of my daughter/ the quirky smile she gives just before filling her diaper/ the way she studies your face so seriously...then her eyes cross ;-)...etc.

My husband goes back to work tomorrow. I was worried he was going to be bored during his time at home, since he is very much a go-go-go person. But he was such a help to me!
I know I probably would have just grabbed a piece of fruit or something during these first hectic days, but he made sure I had full-course meals...and special beverages.
And held the baby as necessary so I could eat.
And held the baby as necessary so I could catch a few hours of sleep as well.

He even volunteered for those 1st poopy diapers...'course we didn't really realize that those 1st meconium diapers were going to be like trying to get tar off her behind! But it still floored me that he volunteered.

Also, he got a lot of things done around the house as we prepare for the coming winter season. Time to start changing the screens to the storm doors/windows...making sure everything is sealed inside...and protected outside. Toss another comforter on the bed and throws on the couches.
I am not quite ready yet...
I missed a lot of summer because I was so hot when I was pregnant, and my feet would swell in the heat. Now, I would like to enjoy a few days of
summerlike weather before the leaves start flying and I feel more like
apple cider than lemonade.
And a few more days of summer would be nice until the baby gets a little fatter as well, though she already seems to be taking after her daddy and is quite warm beneath the layers I've been dressing her in.
But I guess we shall see...

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

It's my Due Date!!

It's my due date today....And I still can't believe Shiloh came early.
I was so convinced she would come on her due date or later.
But as it was my entire pregnancy, she did her own thing.

Name: Shiloh Xin Hui
Born on: September 14, 2006
Weight: 5lbs. 13oz. Height: 18 1/2" Head: 32 cm.
Apgars: 9/10

After arriving at the hospital @ 4am....my water broke @ 4:30...and Shiloh made her appearance @ 8:32am!

Ta Da!

Her first Dr. appt was Monday...though she isn't too thrilled with the carseat just yet, and we were going through transitional stools that day (Ick!) But it all went well....Her weight is now 5lbs. 7oz. (it was 5lbs. 10oz on Friday and 5lbs. 8oz. on Saturday) and she has no signs of jaundice!
Yippee!!!! it was one of my biggest worries...her next Dr. appt is Thursday and I am hoping there is no sign of jaundice and that she hasn't lost any more weight...and hopefully gains some.

Today we have yellow poops! I know you were all hanging on a thread to hear that. But really my world is now centered around these little things.
It's like, alright! another milestone is passed! :-)
She is already so alert, studying my face and watching lights etc...of course she has a bit of bad timing though and loves to be awake at 2 and 4am!