Baby D Makes Three

born December 27, 2012

Sweet hands

I wish I could take a picture of what is going on in our nursery at 4:45 this morning (I tried with my cell phone but I couldn’t get us in the screen right) so I will do my best to describe the sweetness. After Cora eats, I hold her upright for 20 minutes to try to avoid spit up. This morning she has settled into the crook of my arm and has outstretched her own arm and has placed her little hand right to my cheek where it rests. The cuteness. It abounds here. I almost don’t want to move. But I have 3 more potential hours of sleep waiting for me (if she sleeps that long) and I can’t give those up. So I will take one more minute to soak up this quiet moment and be thankful for the blessings I have in my life, and then I will return this sleeping angel to her crib and tip toe back to bed.

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Sleepy snuggles

Since we started this new nap routine, Cora has been sleeping less and less in our arms. It has become the exception rather than the norm. She now prefers to be put down to fall asleep. So on the rare occasion that she does lay her head down and snuggle into me to go to sleep, I savor it. Even though I have things to do today, and I should put my sleeping babe in her crib for the remainder of this nap, I’m not going to. I’m going to hold her while she dreams and stare at her peaceful face. Because tomorrow she will be 3 months old. Because time is moving too fast. Because she grows everyday. Because one day she won’t want to be held.¬† Because the dishes and the laundry and the errands can wait. Because I can.

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just between friends

We went to the just between friends sale this past Thursday. Just between friends is a baby/kids consignment event. It was a little overwhelming:

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We were looking for a high chair, 3-6 month jammies, and keeping an open mind about other things we might find. Here is our haul:
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We found 8 jammies, 4 crib sheets, 2 hooded towels, 2 bottles, 1 pair of 6-9 month jeans, 1 6-12 month dress, and 1 boppy; all of $47! This is a screaming deal. The extra boppy will be invaluable as I’ve mentioned before. As I type this from my recliner in Cora’s room at 1:25 am, my arms are killing me because I left the boppy downstairs when I came up to bed, and the new one is still drying from being thoroughly washed and sanatized. We will need at least 5 extra crib sheets when we start daycare as the school we’ve chosen changes the sheets every day, and bottles and towels are always good to have around.

We didn’t end up finding a high chair in good condition, but we still have a while before we need it. Overall, I’m very glad we went to the sale, even if we could get similar deals at Once Upon a Child; it was fun! Once Cora gets more interested in toys, I have a feeling it will be even more worth it.

I’ll leave you with this nugget from yesterday’s shopping excursion, although we didn’t buy the glasses because they were a little too big still, they were pretty adorable:
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Ah man

I don’t know if there is anything worse for an exhausted, nursing mom than a big spit up at 1:30 am after a 30 minute nursing session while burping baby and realizing we have to start all over again (not to mention we both need new PJs now).

Also, blogging about how great napping was going yesterday seemed to have jinxed me. Cora did not eat or sleep well yesterday at all. Hopefully it was just a one day setback.

We went to a Just Between Friends sale yesterday evening and really scored. Tons of jammies for 3-6 months (we only had four pairs), a couple bottles, a dress and jeans in 6-9 months, a couple hooded bath towels, and an extra boppy. With how many stairs we have its become cumbersome to try to lug it between floors, especially since I’m usually also carrying Cora, my phone, and a cup of water (I keep one kindle upstairs and one on the bottom level for this very reason as well – a great luxury!). I can’t remember if we got anything else (it is 2 am now :P) but I will snap pictures at some point.

Oh, and if the formatting has become weird, its because I’m using the WordPress app on my phone as I can do that one-handed. Modern mommyhood ūüėõ

Time for this munchkin and mommy to go back to bed. Night all.

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sleep, baby, sleep

we are in week two of working on getting better naps. the napping is going great! after about one and a half to two hours of wakefulness, Cora will start to get sleepy and fussy so I will swaddle her, give her a pacifier, and lay her down either in her crib or in the pack and play in the office. if she is really upset, I turn the radio on a static channel as white noise and it calms her down. most of the time, I put her down drowsy but not asleep. according to some sleep books, doing so will teach her to fall asleep by herself and will help her settle herself if she wakes up in the middle of the night but doesn’t really need anything. she took surprisingly well to this arrangement and usually falls asleep within a few minutes. if she cries, it usually means she dropped the pacifier and needs it back. she naps anywhere from 40 minutes to two and a half hours two or three times a day. I still sometimes hold her while she falls asleep, but this is more for me than her. I’m hoping that sleeping in her crib, in the pack and play, and her bassinet (not to mention the swing sometimes) will help her be able to sleep anywhere.¬†

unfortunately, as she sleeps better during the day, Cora’s nighttime sleeping has decreased. instead of six, seven, or close to eight hours in a stretch, we are back to four or five hours in the first stretch, followed by two or three hour stretches. this is the opposite of what the books say should be happening. they all say ‘sleep begets sleep’ and that as soon as naps get better, nighttime sleep will increase. hopefully this will happen and it is just taking a little while for her to adjust. even if her nighttime sleep doesn’t significantly increase, it is still
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month 2

IMG_3585dear Cora,

in your second month of life, you had three major milestones. you smiled at your daddy for the first time on January 29, 2013. he was making funny noises at you and you thought it was pretty entertaining. on February 5, 2013, you rolled over from your stomach to your back. you have since only done this one other time (in your crib, but the mattress is pretty soft so I think it might be easier to do than on the floor).  on February 11, 2013, you had your first bottle with daddy.

you have been much more alert and sociable. you are “talking” a lot and we love to listen to your stories. since your first couple of tentative smiles, you have been smiling up a storm. we get smiles every day, but we usually have to work a little for them, making funny faces, telling you how much we love you, or singing to you. your smiles are so happy, no matter what kind of day we have had, it brightens it.

you love your mobile in your crib. you smile, talk to it, and kick your legs whenever we lay you in your crib with your mobile on. you love being held upright so you can hold your head up and look all around. you still don’t like being strapped into your car seat, but riding in the car puts you to sleep. you discovered your tongue this month and you enjoy sticking it out a lot. you like to stand with assistance. your legs are really strong and if we sort of hold you upright, you will do all of the work to keep yourself standing.

you are wearing size 1 diapers and mostly size 0-3 month clothes. a couple of your newborn clothes still fit, but not many.

you aren’t a good daytime sleeper. there isn’t really a pattern to when you like to sleep during the day, but any sleep you do get is more in catnap¬†form – usually about 20 minutes or so and if I put you down, your eyes immediately open. we will probably start working harder to change that next month. you are a great nighttime sleeper though! you almost never sleep less than 4 hours in your first night-time¬†stretch and usually it is at least 5 to 7 hours. then we wake up so you can eat and I hold you upright for 20 minutes after you have finished eating to try to avoid spit up since you aren’t a great burper. then you go back to sleep for another 2 to 3 hours (usually 3) before we repeat the process again. although, when I say back to sleep, I mean back in your bassinet¬†because you never fully wake up in the night. sometimes your eyes will open and you will give me a smile but they are always shut by the time you are eating. you usually get 12 to 15 hours of sleep per night this way. you are always in a good mood when you wake up.

your daddy was back at work this month, so on week days, you hang out with me while daddy is at work. we run errands, or shop most days to get out of the house. for the most part, we do these things while you sleep.¬†we also go for walks so I can get a little bit of exercise¬†and you can see a little bit of the world. your mimi¬†tries to come visit every week, although a couple of weeks she hasn’t been able to come. she holds you and plays with you for a little while, and then we go out to lunch. you usually sleep through lunch too. your grammy and grandpa try to come by every weekend to see you.

at 6 weeks, we felt ready to introduce you to larger crowds and we returned to church. on your first sunday back, we had a dedication service, where we dedicated you to Lord, and dedicated ourselves to raising you in a Christian home. your mimi, grammy, grandpa, aunt jess, uncle kyle, and cousin G all came to church to celebrate. after the service, the church through you a reception so the church family would have a chance to meet you.

I can’t believe you are already 2 months old! at your 2 month check up (which technically wasn’t until March 4th), you weighed 10 pounds, 13 ounces, and were 22 1/4 inches long. you are getting so big!

favorites

Cora – your mobile, but we got it second-hand at a store called Once Upon a Child so I don’t have details on that, bright starts activity mat, miss mushroom, and you still love your swing

Me – motorolla video monitor, target nursing tank¬†– these are so much more supportive than the one I have from motherhood maternity, and they are a couple of dollars less expensive too.¬†kindle paperwhite¬†– the fact that it is backlit makes reading at night sooo nice! I don’t have to turn the light on for those middle of the night nursing sessions, baby girl doesn’t wake up.

month 2 pictures:

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