Friday, July 31, 2009

Skinnamarink

The other day, Caroline and I were in the bathroom looking at that other mommy and baby in the mirror when I broke into song...

Skinnamarink e-dink e-dink
Skinnamarink e-doo
I love you.

Skinnamarink e-dink e-dink
Skinnamarink e-doo
I love you.

I love you in the morning
and in the afternoon.
I love you in the evening
underneath the moon.

Skinnamarink e-dink e-dink
Skinnamarink e-doo
I love you....

The song came out of nowhere. Adam was across the hall and he remembered the song too, but we couldn't place where we knew it from. We Googled it and found "The Elephant Show"! It all came flooding back as we watched the intro video and did the motions! I think we enjoyed the nostalgic moment more than Caroline. The show was on the air from 1984-1988 so those were our preschool days.

It's crazy how many songs are up there in my database. Suddenly they are all coming out!


Enjoy it!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Does anyone have 88 cents?

If you know Adam and I well, then you know we never, ever have cash.

Today I wanted to treat myself to a Dr. Pepper from Sonic. Not that I deserve it - I don't. (It is a pet peeve of mine when people say "You deserve it." I mean really, why? Do they really?)

Anyway, I wanted to go to Sonic because between 2-4pm you can get it for 88 cents! Yay for Happy Hour where drinks are half price. Now that's a bargain (I know I could get a canned version for cheaper, but that is a bargain for a fountain drink. Enough with the parentheses already.) The sign on the drive through speaker said "Credit Card Machine not working. Sorry for the inconvenience." Of course, I didn't have 88 cents. I didn't have 1 cent. Not only was I bummed, but I was in line with cars in front and behind me. The only way out was to keep going through the line. So I rode through the line, I told the lady on the speaker that I had no cash and couldn't order, I told the lady at the window where you pay the same thing, and I told the lady at the window who was giving out food.

I kind of felt like I was on a Merry go round, just passing through waving.

Dare I Jinx it?

Maybe I shouldn't write this post, but I think Caroline's about got her new schedule. She's been sleeping soundly from her midnight meal to about 6 am. That gives us about 5.5 hours of sleep since it takes her roughly 30 minutes to eat and then go to sleep.

Now I just need to figure out when I am going to have time to get myself ready for work =) I start back a week from tomorrow. Thank you for your prayers.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Wow

Wow is the title of this post because that's what it is - wow!

Yesterday we took Caroline to meet her great-great-grandmother. That's right. It's a double "great". Are you supposed to use dashes? I don't even know because that is how rare this happens folks.


We waited until now because Mama is in a nursing home and I wanted to make sure Caroline had her shots before we took her into the nursing home.

Mama is 101 years old. She doesn't see much of anything anymore and is moving around less, but she jumped up in her bed when my sister called her name to tell her we were there.

My sis and I surrounded Mama with 3 of her great-greats and just watched her love on them. She was so excited to touch their little hands and feet. Caroline fussed a lot while we were there. She doesn't like it when we mess up her schedule, but Mama loved hearing her cry.

From left to right: Me, Caroline, my nephew Anthony (3 years old), Mama, my sister Katie, my niece Audry (6 1/2 months old). Also, Mama is short, but not that short. I am sitting on a pillow in the picture above.

At one point, my sister's daughter Audry began to gnaw on Mama's finger. Audry is almost 7 months old and teething. Mama just laughed and thought it was great!

Funniest part of the day was when I handed Caroline to Mama, I told Mama that Caroline was the littlest. Mama felt of her arms and legs and said "She's not poor."

Friday, July 24, 2009

Video of Adam's speech

Adam's speech is on You Tube. It already has 3 views including me. Watch it and make Adam and You Tube sensation!

Part One:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb02kU3xl40

(Video is 6 minutes 46 seconds.)

Part Two:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS3mjbKFeW8


(Video is 5 minutes 30 seconds.)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Cluster Posting

So I have come up with a new term "Cluster Posting". This is when you are super busy and then have to write several blog posts at a time. There are 3 new posts below. Just wanted to make sure those of you who don't have RSS feeds knew to scroll down!

Adam's award

Adam was thoroughly honored by his coworker's last night. He was presented the Gonzalez award, which I blogged about a couple of weeks ago here. There was a banquet in his honor and he even gave an acceptance speech. A dashing picture of Adam is hanging on the wall in the newsroom at work. He is a little daunted at the idea of seeing his picture every time he goes to his desk.

I'm so proud of Adam. He works so hard and is very deserving of this honor!

Here is the news article about it.

http://www.thestate.com/local/story/874138.html

Less than 2 weeks left...

As I write this post, Caroline is fast asleep, strapped to me in the Bjorn. I will desperately miss these moments in 2 weeks.

I return to work on August 5th. I love my job and I love the people I work with so I'm excited to see them again, but I love spending time with my little girl more. Caroline will be taken care of by my sweet aunt and her daughter. They love Caroline and will do a great job. Knowing how lovingly she is cared for will make returning to work a little easier.

This week we are adjusting her schedule. I believe Caroline would say that we are screwing up her schedule! We are changing her eating times to match what we want them to be when I go back to work. Every day is a little bit easier, but the nights have been pretty tough.

Originally, I hoped that her big stretch at night would go from 10pm to 6:30am so I kept putting her to bed at 10pm thinking one day she would sleep all the way. She usually woke up at about 3:30am, I would feed her and put her back down.

However, I am now resigned to the fact that she may not be sleeping through the night when I go back to work. She just may not have the poundage so the goal is now to sleep at least 6 hours. Therefore we are now feeding her an extra time at midnight in hopes that she will make it to 6am. So far she still wakes up at 3:30am out of habit. She doesn't want to eat, she just wants to be rocked to sleep. Since getting 3 hours of sleep at night is not healthy for anyone, Adam and I are taking turns every night. Hopefully, Caroline will adjust quickly!

I am writing all of this in hopes that you will pray for our adjusting. Pray for Caroline as she adjusts to her new schedule and to someone else caring for her during the day. Pray for me as I prepare to go back to work and work my way back into the 8-5 schedule.

Here are some fun moments we've had this week:


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Vacation!

Ahhh...Vacation.


We went to the beach last week with Adam's family. This trip has been planned for almost a year now. Originally, Adam and I thought we would only show up for a few days as Caroline would only be 4 weeks old. I was worried that we wouldn't have a routine down yet. However, since Caroline was 4 weeks early, she was 2 months old when the trip came up. Adam and I decided we would definitely be ready for a full week away from home.

And vacation didn't disappoint. We had so many extra hands and bodies to help us relax. Since we have been home, Caroline has been looking around to no avail for her many adorers.

Vacation has definitely changed. Adam and I are beach bums. We love to sleep in till about 9, go out to the beach around 10, and stay there under an umbrella till about 5. This schedule doesn't quite work for a 2 month old. For one thing, she still doesn't sleep through the night so there is a feeding at 4am and then again at 7am. That means no sleeping in. She also eats every 3 hours throughout the day and has delicate baby skin. That means we can't stay at the beach all day.

These things didn't bother me. I was so consumed with her discoveries that week. Discovering the ocean, sand, the pool, the pack 'n play, actually touching her toys and playing with them, playing with her aunts and grandparents, etc. I loved it. The only thing that I missed a little bit was staying up late and hanging out with everybody - the 4am wake up call doesn't allow for staying up late.

I'm so thankful to Adam's family for their helping hands. I went on several runs by myself. I love going with Caroline, but I can run so much further and faster without her. (Give her a break folks, her legs are much shorter than mine!) Adam and I also went on our first date without Caroline since she was born. We had an awesome dinner at Umberto's and went to see Harry Potter.

I'm just sad it's over =(

This is how we carted ourselves out to the beach everyday. The jogging stroller was so great to have. It worked really well on the sand.

You can see how windy it was because my pony tail is going sideways. Caroline couldn't open her eyes because of the wind. She would just squint.
Because she couldn't open her eyes, she mostly slept on the beach. She's going to be a beach bum like us!
We did get her to try out the water. She mostly didn't seem phased by it though she is crying in this picture.

We also tried out the pool at the condo. This was as far as we went in. They don't make swimmy diapers for babies until they are 16 pounds - Caroline's not even close!
This is Caroline in a real bathing suit. Her Aunt Amber bought it for her while we were at the beach. We had such a hard time finding a bathing suit small enough for her. The smallest I found was 6 months so her Nana had bought her 2 cute cotton sundresses with bloomers that looked like bathing suits. That is what Caroline is wearing in the pictures above. Bathing suit or not, it didn't affect her - she still slept.
And...here is that gorgeous face one more time.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Newborn?

When I first got married, I wondered many times how long you called yourself a "newlywed". Does it end after the first year? I still felt like a newlywed for the first couple of years. Anyway, now I have been wondering how long you call your baby a "newborn".

Caroline is now 2 months old and one of the big things that has happened this month is I don't think she looks like a newborn anymore. She's holding her head up a lot and cooing at people and things. She's filling out in her legs and arms creating creases where creases shouldn't be =) She interacts with us by smiling and "talking". I absolutely love it.

The past 2 months have been so much fun! I still can't believe I'm a mom and I can't believe how much I love this little girl. Caroline had a great 2 month visit. She's now tipping the scales at a whopping 9 lbs 10 oz (33%) - woohoo! She has gained almost 50% of her birth weight - that's like an adult putting on more than 50 pounds! She is also 22 inches long (70%) and her head is 38.5 cm (78% - she gets her big head from her daddy).

Other interesting growth stuff: Caroline has outgrown many of her newborn outfits. Her adorable Gerber pajamas were the first to go. She has also outgrown newborn diapers. She could still wear them from a weight standpoint, but she is too tall for them. Caroline outgrows everything in length - not girth yet - still working on getting her some girth - she's a skinny thing. Caroline eats roughly 4-5 ounces at each meal. I'm astonished at this. When she was born, the doctor was concerned because she only ate about 1 ounce during a meal at the doctor's office. Now she's eating at least 4 times that!

Here are all the firsts this month:
1 - First trip to church - not to nursery yet


2 - Real tears =(
3 - First pull of Mommy's hair
4 - Celebrated Father's Day


5 - Took care of Grandma after her back surgery
Wait a minute! That's not Grandma!

Ahh...there's Grandma.

6 - Played with cousins Anthony, Audry, Uncle Michael and Aunt Katie.

Cousin Anthony loved rubbing his cheek on Caroline's spiky hair. It was so cute! He is 3 years old.

Audry is about 4 1/2 months older than Caroline. She had to be strapped down in the bouncy seat because she likes to go places. Caroline doesn't go anywhere yet =)

7 - Began to "talk" and "coo". And she chose to first "talk" to the toys in her bouncy seat.

8 - Played with cousin Kayden, Uncle Kevin and Aunt Kayte

9 - First night in the pack 'n play
10 - First overnight trip
11 - Played with cousin Anna Grace, Uncle Adam and Aunt Emily. Caroline and Anna Grace are exactly 4 weeks apart. Anna Grace looks so lady-like in this picture. Caroline and I are going to have to work on that =)

12 - First Fireworks show - Caroline is asleep in the Bjorn =)

13 - And...First dip in the ocean! This is also the first vacation!

What a beach babe!


It was a fun month. Caroline got to meet all of her aunts, uncles and cousins this month - the ones she hadn't met when she was first born. It was way more exciting for me!

And on the Eighth Day...

A few weeks ago, Caroline and I had just finished our morning jog. I brought Caroline into the house in her infant carrier and sat her down in the family room while I went back to lug the jogging stroller into the house. Caroline was having great conversation with Mr. Caterpillar and Mr. Elephant so I wasn't worried a bit.

A few seconds later I heard Caroline let out a scream. I rushed upon the scene to find the below.


(This is actually a reenactment.)

It appears that this hungry caterpillar was still hungry and on the eighth day he tried to eat my Caroline. Mr. Caterpillar was thoroughly punished. He was banned from our jogs for a few weeks. I believe he has learned his lesson!