Baby D Makes Three

born December 27, 2012

day one

we survived day one. yesterday was not nearly as bad as I had anticipated. in fact, overall, it was a pretty good day.

I woke at 5 and got myself ready, then woke Cora at 6 to change her diaper, change her out of her jammies and into clothes, and feed her. after burping her, she projectile spit up all over me, herself, and the recliner :P. I didn’t even know what to do. J was still asleep so I had to yell and wake him for him to come help me. she was immediately happy and smiley after that, so maybe she was just overfull from her 3 am feeding. I quickly changed my clothes and rushed out of the house, still making it to work on time.

my coworkers had decorated my desk with Disney princess streamers and confetti, a princess crown, and other fun decorations. we had a ‘welcome back’ meeting and everyone brought breakfast foods and we caught up. it felt so special to know I was missed so much.

the majority of my day was spent sorting through the 913 emails I had in my inbox. by the end of the day, I had 300 left, and I’m afraid I’m down to the ones that I actually have to read and can’t just skim and delete 😛

I teared up saying goodbye to Cora in the morning, but I didn’t cry, and I didn’t cry all day. I worked in three pumping sessions into my day, and had an adventure getting my parking access and direct deposit re-instated. I had to leave the 8th floor, and go to the lobby and out to the parking garage to get my license plat number. then from the lobby to the 12th floor to have HR sign off on my parking form, and submit the direct deposit form, then from the 12th floor to the 3rd floor to turn in the parking form to facilities, and then from the 3rd floor back to the 8th floor to return to my desk. I don’t think I have ever done so much floor hopping before 😛

of course the best part of the day was getting to go pick up my baby girl. she was happy and smiley as soon as I walked in, and it felt so good to get a huge smile when I went to pick her up. she was a little fussy when we got home so she took a short nap before we left for bible study.

it must have been a busy, tiring day for her because we went to bed at 9:30 and she slept 7 hours in a row! we got up at 4:30 which is about 30 minutes before I really need to be up, but she nursed for about 8 minutes before falling back to sleep, so I spent a little while cuddling my sleeping babe before work, which was worth the 30 minute loss of sleep.

and now, for day two…

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A new chapter

My last day as a stay at home mom has come and gone. I now nurse my baby girl at 3 am, knowing I must get up in 2 hours and head to work.

I am incredibly grateful I was able to have 5 whole months at home with my love bug, most new moms are not this lucky. And yet, it wasn’t enough time. Perhaps no amount of time would ever be enough.

Baby girl, I loved every minute of our time together. Even on days when I was exhausted and you were cranky, I still loved it. I know you will have so much fun at daycare. You will make friends and learn new things and have even more people who will love you.

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my first mother’s day

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My first mother’s day was so special. It started with J and Cora bringing me two cards in bed. One card was from J and the other one was from Cora, signed with a little pink footprint (so cute!). In honor of mother’s day, Cora wore a pretty blue dress, one that I happened to wear myself in 1985 😛

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At church there was a celebration of moms and every mother received a rose (last year I was pregnant but no one knew, so I was excited to participate this year). When we picked Cora up from the nursery, I received another card from Cora. This one had a paper hand (Cora’s traced) holding a popsicle stick and felt flower. My first homemade card from my baby! (Well, with a LOT of assistance from Ms. Patti, our head nursery teacher).

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We had lunch from noodles and company and our new King Size mattress was delivered! So excited about having a bigger, comfortable bed. We’ve been complaining about our bed being uncomfortable for years now, so we finally did something about it.

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I got a little relaxing time in while Cora napped and J changed his oil, then I went pillow shopping. As I was making the bed up with our brand new linens, I noticed a black smudge the size of my hand on my new mostly white comforter. So we packed it up and went back to target to return it.

There was a lot of snuggling with Cora throughout the day (best part of being a mom), and a lot of feeling thankful for my amazing family.

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I received a phone call from my brother, and one from my dad. My dad also sent me a card and beautiful scarf for mother’s day.

Overall, it was a wonderful day.

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I hope all of the other moms out there had an amazing mother’s day as well.

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month 4

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dear Cora,

the week you turned three months old, you started rolling over at every tummy time, usually multiple times. then you stopped. for most of the month, you only rolled over every once in a while. this past week, you did it more often. I guess you just have to be in the mood. 😛

you are so close to laughing now. although it is more like a high-pitched squeal, it is definitely a happy sound and we love hearing it.

speaking of squealing, you have started squealing/screaming sometimes instead of talking when you are really excited. you are a loud girl! but it is fun.

you discovered your legs this month. you love pulling them back towards you, and holding on to them, especially during diaper changes. which helps at first, but when we are trying to put the new diaper on, not so much 😛

you arch your back a lot now, sometimes in an attempt to not be buckled into either your car seat or your swing. sorry love, you don’t win that battle.

the second and third week of this month, you ate a ton! it seemed like you always wanted to eat. you went from eating every 3 to 4 hours to every 2. you are now back to every 3 hours. I bet you had a major growth spurt 🙂

you went on your first vacation and had your first long car ride this month. we went to San Diego to visit your Grandpa, Jen, and Uncle Drew. You met two great grandmothers (your daddy’s Granna lives in San Diego, and my Grammy flew from Seattle to spend some time with us at Grandpa’s house).

we bought you a ball that you just love to play with! you can put your hands through it and hold it yourself (I’m pretty sure that is why you love it so much). we also introduced Phoebe, who is your lovey/security blanket. Phoebe has a giraffe head attached to the blanket. it is so soft, and is pink and white. you love her! one nap time you were particularly fussy, so I handed her to you, and you cuddled her to your cheek and went right to sleep. it was so sweet! speaking of handing you things during nap time, we started the process of weaning you off swaddling the last week of this month. we now swaddle you with one arm out. it has been an adjustment for all of us but it is getting so hot, it is better for us to get you out of blankets.

you went to the nursery at church for the first time this month. you did great! mommy didn’t 😛 I was worried about you the whole time. but it is good practice for me to leave you with nursery workers for when I go back to work.

the last two days, you have been so talkative. it is adorable to hear all of your coos, ewws, and awws.

you had a doctor’s appointment 3 days after turning 4 months old. you weigh 12 pounds .05 ounces, you are 23 1/2 inches long, and your head circumference is 16.5 inches.  that puts you in the 12th percentile for length, 9th for weight, and 66th for head circumference. you are our petite little girl. your Mimi bought you a pair of sandals that were size 0-3 months and your foot is about half of the size of the shoe. it cracks me up how tiny your feet are.

you are still wearing size 1 diapers and 0-3 month clothes. we started dressing you in 3-6 month clothes also, so that we get more wear out of them, and as the month went on, they started to fit you a little better (but they are still very roomy :P).

you aren’t sleeping great this month. it seems we’ve had a little bit of regression, and it’s definitely taking its toll on me. but I know this is just a phase, and sooner or later you will sleep well again.

favorites

Cora – Phoebe (angel dear pink giraffe), jumperoo (you aren’t entirely tall enough for this, so we prop a pillow under your feet), Oball, pacifiers

Me – crystal light lemonade, naps, snugli infant carrier (on loan from Aunt Jessi)

pictures

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sometimes

Dear Cora,

Sometimes, you cry inconsolably in the middle of the night and I can’t fix it. You won’t nurse, you won’t let me rock you, you won’t lay in your crib with your pacifier. It seems that everything I try makes you even more mad.

Sometimes, once I manage to get you back to sleep, I sit in your room and wait for you to spit out your pacifier and cry. Because I know you will, and if I get back in bed it will just be worse for me.

Sometimes, I honestly believe I will never sleep again. That I will live exhausted and cranky and I might miss out on enjoying your childhood because I’m too tired.

Sometimes, I’m cranky with your dad when he makes a suggestion about why you are upset when he will only be awake for a minute and I don’t know how long I will be awake.

Sometimes, I feel like everything I do is wrong.

So sometimes, I have to remember that everything is a phase. That you will sleep better again, that your daddy is just trying to help, and that I’m doing the best I know how.

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