Sunday, January 31, 2010
My child wakes up at 6pm and refuses to go back to sleep until 1am.
My child easily sleeps through the singing, playing, and noise making of a three year old. Her eyes pop wide open when it gets quiet.
Life with a newborn is a bit rough, and I'm tired.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Step 1: Opt for an elective induction. This way you can plan when you will deliver and make sure to have your hair and make-up done in advance. (I may have also gotten a pedicure and shaved my legs in preparation.)
Step 2: Take no more than 4 hours to deliver the baby. We arrived at the hospital at 8am. By 8:30 my Dr had broken my water and I was on Pitocin at 9am. At 11:00 I got an epidural (also helpful for looking good after). Blanche was born at 12:53 (after waiting 30 minutes for the Dr before pushing). My nurse laughed at me when I told her upon arrival I would have a baby by lunchtime. I sure showed her!
While I am taking time off for maternity leave, I am doing my best to spend it with my girls. I may or may not be blogging much, but I will try to stop in every so often with updates and new pictures. Here are a few to fulfill your cute quota.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Born: January 14, 2010, 12:53 pm
7lbs 6oz, 19 inches long
We are home from the hospital and doing well. We have been spending lots of time hanging out, watching TV, and working to adjust to life as a family of four. BG LOVES her baby sister and wants to hold her all the time. She is very helpful - sometimes too much so. Here are the pictures that everyone really cares about. (Email me if you want to know her name - I won't be using it on the blog.)
Monday, January 11, 2010
But I must admit, 1:00 pm church is difficult. It sounds like it would be nice. Sleeping in sounds like a great plan. You would think all that extra time would mean we would be on time or even early. But that's just not the case.
Instead, 1pm church is right at nap time. The normal daily schedule involves lunch, then nap. That is difficult to accomplish when church starts at 1:00. For the last two weeks we have tried doing an early nap, then lunch and church. But that isn't working out so well. What happens is BG finally falls asleep at 11:45 and only gets an hour nap (not long enough) before we are forcing her to get up, dressed, hair done, and eat. It doesn't go over very well. The other option is no nap at all, but I fear unleashing that wrath on her Sunbeam teachers.
I'm sure having a new baby soon won't create any more complications. Or the fact that we won't be going to church for a while. (I'm not taking my newborn during flu/H1N1/RSV season to church.) I guess come spring we'll have to keep working on this scheduling issue.
Friday, January 8, 2010
BG: Is dat a tar?
Me: I don't know. I can't see
BG: Right there! Is dat a tar.
Me: I don't know. What do you think?
BG: Is it?
Me: I don't know. Do you think it's a star?
BG: Is it?
Me: I don't know! What do you think?
BG: You think first. Then I think.
Nice to know that at least for a little while longer, my opinion matters most.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I went to the Dr. yesterday and we discussed an elective induction. JM is really enthusiastic about an induction for the convenience factor. We are planners and he would like to be able to schedule time off work, etc. My Dr. says I'm a good candidate and was more than happy to schedule a time right then. I panicked a little and decided I wanted to think about it a little more.
I'm working on the baby to-do list and haven't packed a bag yet (I know, I know, it's on the list). Even though this is #2 for me, I'm feeling a bit nervous and worried about remembering it all. Since today is backwards WFMW, I'm going to ask all you mommies out there - tell me your essential new mommy advice. Anything from what I should be packing to how to deal with two kids (gasp!). I'm all ears.
Monday, January 4, 2010
- Play "Guess the Food": This game involved him closing his eyes and opening his mouth. My sister and I would put the worst things we could think of in his mouth. They were all things that came out of the kitchen, so we weren't poisoning him. We were surprised that he liked the pickle juice
- Tease Him Until He Cried: My parents took a nap on Sunday afternoon. It was well known whoever interrupted their nap would feel the full wrath of Dad's anger. So my sister and I took advantage of that time to tease baby bro until he cried. This happened regularly - like weekly. If he woke up mom and dad to tell on us, he got in more trouble for interrupting the nap than we did for teasing him.
- Embellishing His Lineage: He is our biological brother in every possible way. However, we enjoyed telling him he was adopted. Our preferred story, however, was that he was a Martian. For years he was told he was an alien that was hatched from an egg.
- The Bad Little Brother: We used to tell our little brother that he was not the youngest. In fact, our family did have a brother younger than him that was given away/adopted out because of misbehavior. We threaten him that he would also be given away if he wasn't good/did what we wanted.
I'm not sure how much of this my parents were aware of at the time. I'm pretty sure they know about all these "games" now. Looking back at all the horrible things we did, it makes me worried about my own kids. Are they going to have these kinds of "games" that they play with each other?
Did any of you big sisters out there play similar games on your younger siblings? Were you the victim of such games. Or an I just admitting to the horrible nature of my family?