Thursday, March 28, 2013

41 weeks, 2 days

Baby MC was born at 41 weeks, 2 days of my pregnancy. Today is the 41st week, 2nd day of her life. As of 11:51am she has officially been outside for longer than she was inside. And oh, what an amazing 41 weeks, 2 days it has been.

Dear MC,

41 weeks and 2 days ago, Daddy and I didn't really have much of an understanding of what, exactly, we had gotten ourselves into with you. Oh, we were excited for sure, and we had taken some classes and read some books, but let's face it...nothing truly prepares you to become a parent.

I was never one of those women who just knew she wanted to be a mother. I never felt particularly destined for motherhood. You, my girl, are what I never knew I always wanted. Being your mother for these 41 weeks and 2 days has been the joy of my life. Your daddy claims that you are a Mama's girl, but the truth is that I am just as in love with you as you are with me.

Watching your daddy love you has made me fall in love with him a thousand times over. You don't know it quite yet, but you hit the Daddy jackpot with him, sweet girl. Although by the way your face lights up when you see him, I think you might have an inkling of just how lucky you are to have him.

You are a beautiful blend of Daddy and me, rolled into a delightful personality that is uniquely you. I hope you always know how proud we are to call your ours. We love you so much, baby girl.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

From Bad to Worse to Are You Kidding Me

A brief timeline of the past two weeks:

Sunday, March 10
*MC starts running a low-grade fever

Tuesday, March 12
*MC spikes temp of 103 - diagnosis: RSV
*BD & LA spend the rest of the week trading off going to work/staying home with MC

Friday, March 15
*BD's ailing grandfather dies
*LA gets flat tire in Target parking lot

Saturday, March 16
*LA wakes up running high temp, aches, chills - diagnosis: mastitis

Monday, March 18
*LA catches MC's RSV or some other equally terrible upper respiratory viral infection

Tuesday, March 19
*MC gets stomach virus
*BD gets stomach virus

Wednesday, March 20
*supposed to leave today on long-planned trip to Louisiana to visit MC's grandparents/extended family, have to cancel due to stomach virus
*discover MC also has infected ears

Thursday, March 21
*due to lasting effects of stomach virus, MC can't keep down antibiotic for ears - start painful antibiotic shots 1x day for the next 3 days

Saturday, March 23
*LA's ear feels like someone is stabbing it with a hot ice pick, then ear leaking blood - diagnosis: ruptured eardrum

{Nothing has happened since Saturday, which either means something crappy will probably happen today OR maybe we will finally catch a break!}

Thursday, March 21, 2013

MC's First St. Patrick's Day

Who needs luck when you're this cute??

March 17, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Not Quite Cruising...

but it definitely won't be long until she is!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Nine Months Old!

MC is nine months old, and I have no idea how that happened! Wasn't it just 5 minutes ago we brought this tiny little baby home to live with us? Life with her gets better each month, and just when we think our hearts can't possibly get any bigger...we wake up the next day more in love with her than before.

March 14, 2013

Although you'd never know from these pictures, she was recovering from RSV during our monthly photo shoot. It made for a tough week, but thankfully she seems to be on the mend.

Aside from the illness, this has been a great month. She has said her first word of "Dada" for BD; when he walks in from work in the evenings, she starts calling out for Dada. She is crawling and pulling up constantly. She likes to be on the move, but she's also quite the snuggler. She cuddles with BD for a while in the mornings after she wakes up, and she's always happy to sit in my lap and just hang out. Her personality continues to be pretty even keeled and laid back.

Other fun things from this month:
  • She waves more consistently when you tell her 'hi' or 'bye'.
  • She claps her hands. At first she would only clap when she was nursing. (I like to think it was in appreciation of my excellent mothering skills. Or to make up for the fact that she said "Dada" first. Ahem.) Now she does it on her own or if you say "Yay!".
  • She has really gotten into playing peek-a-boo. If you cover her face with something - a bib or burpcloth - she yanks it right off and has a huge grin and laugh.
  • She loves to turn the pages in books when we read. We have several of those lift-the-flap and touch-and-feel books, and she knows right where to lift the flap or feel the texture on each page.
  • We started working on some sign language with her. So far we are working on milk, more, all done, Mommy, Daddy, and diaper.
  • She loves to splash her hands and feet in the bath or at the pool.

Nine Month Info

(official measurements from the Dr)
weight 14 lbs 2.5 oz
height 26 inches

As I mentioned in this post her solid foods eating is improving. I discovered that she doesn't like purees but does like big chunks of food that she can feed herself. Some days are still better than others, but she is much more interested overall which is a relief. She still nurses four times a day plus she takes one 5oz bottle during the morning at daycare. She is night weaned; she weaned herself when she started sleeping through the night in early February.

Her sleeping continues to be excellent. Daylight Savings caused a slight setback earlier this week because she likes to go to bed between 6:30-7 and now it is still daylight at that time. We do have room darkening curtains over blinds on her windows, but it still seems to be too light in there for her. BD has temporarily solved the problem by hanging a big quilt from the rod over the curtains. We'll look into some roll down blackout shades as a more permanent solution. She generally sleeps 12 hours at night in her crib and takes 2 or 3 naps during the day. She continues to not nap during the mornings at daycare, and I'm not really sure how to solve that problem. She does usually nap in BD's truck on the way to daycare in the mornings, and she naps with me on the way home. And then she takes a long afternoon nap - usually around 2 hours. So in aggregate she is getting plenty of sleep, but in my mind babies are "supposed" to take a morning nap and an afternoon nap!! She still won't nap very often in her crib; she prefers to be held for naps. She had a few successful naps in her cribs before she got sick earlier this week, so we'll probably pick that up again after she's feeling better.

She's wearing 6 month clothes.

She is constantly babbling - stringing together lots of hard consonant sounds. She says Dada for BD, and she says Mama when she's upset. Recently she's also starting blowing raspberries again which we haven't heard for several months.

Eight Month Post

Seven Month Post

Six Month Post

Five Month Post

Four Month Post

Three Month Post

Two Month Post

One Month Post

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Her Collection Begins

With a shoe loving Mommy and Daddy, I'm surprised that it took this long. But here's the first pair that we bought for her:

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

MC's First Basketball Season

(This post could alternately be titled "How Much Carolina Gear Can One Baby Own?")

In true "Tar Heel born and bred" fashion, MC went to four of the home games during her first basketball season. BD would like to point out that the Heels were 4-0 when she was in attendance.

Dec 15: UNC vs ECU

Her very first game at the Smith Center! We weren't too sure how'd she do with all the noise and activity, but she did great! She slept during most of the second half, which turned out to be a recurring theme for each game she attended.

Dec 22: UNC vs McNeese St

Dressed up in Christmas gear for one of the games during Christmas break.

Jan 19: UNC vs Maryland

She debuted her earphones for her first conference game. We got many comments on this look! And, much to our surprise, they didn't seem to bother her at all.

March 3: UNC vs FSU

Her last home game of the season; she's an old pro at this point!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Saturday Morning Fun With Daddy

"Hello and good morning!"

BD signs "daddy" to MC.

It's time for Daddy-Jungle-Gym!

Kip gets in on the fun, of course. He's much more into sniffing her, now that she sometimes smells like food!

"Here, taste this sock. I've already tried it, and it's yummy!" 

"Look at me! I can pull up to standing!"


Friday, March 8, 2013

Adventures in Solid Foods

An update from MC's 8 month post regarding her eating (or lack thereof):

After months of  rejecting every puree I offered her, last week I put a big chunk of cut-in-half banana down on her high chair tray, mostly just to see what would happen. Much to my surprise and delight, she immediately picked it up and, after a little bit of examination, put it straight in her mouth!! She smushed it between her fingers and smeared it everywhere but she also ate it!

March 1, 2013

I did some quick research into baby led weaning, and we've pretty much not looked back! (Weaning in this case just means adding solid foods to the baby's diet; we're not weaning from breastfeeding at this point.)

As long as I put things down in big chunks that she can pick up and feed herself, she is loving all things solid foods.

So far she's had banana, avocado, cucumber, and roasted carrots. This week we're going to try roasted broccoli, bow tie pasta, and scrambled eggs.

March 6, 2013

She makes a huge mess but Kip is always willing to step in for clean-up duty*.

*I don't let him eat avocado. There is some debate on this topic, but avocado contains persin, which some data is showing can be toxic to dogs. We choose to err on the safe side of the debate. [reference article]

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Water Baby

In January MC and I started doing a Mommy and Me water aerobics class on Monday evenings at an indoor pool complex. I did prenatal water aerobics with this same program during the second half of my pregnancy last year and really enjoyed it.

MC really loves the water at bathtime so I hoped she'd love the pool as much, and she does! She splashes her hands and feet in the water and "talks" and waves to the other babies. It's a great workout for me; plus we sing fun songs and play little games with the babies while we workout.

I bring some of her bath toys and after we finish our workout, we get in the baby pool and she splashes and plays with her toys. She has so much fun and wears herself out; she sleeps all the way home, wakes up enough to nurse, and conks out for the rest of the night.