Friday, August 21, 2009

Paycheck Fail

I plan on submitting the picture below to, which you should all follow. It is hilarious.

Here is my paycheck for the latter part of my maternity leave which I wasn't paid for:What would Wachovia do if I endorsed this and gave it to the teller? I better find out soon because it is "Void after six months"! What's even funnier to me is that I never receive a paper check. I signed up years ago for direct deposit. I don't even get a paper stub. I signed up to get that electronically. It costs my employer money to make this check. I officially have it posted on the outside of my cubical. My coworkers and I get a kick out of it =)

Monday, August 17, 2009

3 months

3 months - Can it be? I thought a lot changed between 1 month and 2 months, but even more changed this month!

Caroline has really put on the weight this month. I don't know for sure, but I'm bettin' she's 12 pounds! That would mean she has grown at a faster rate this last month than at any other time. I'm also betting that at her 4 month appt we will discover she has doubled her birth weight - 13 pounds! These estimates are based solely on our at home scale which is only accurate to the half pound.

See the chubby cheeks! Love them!! The pic above was taken at the beginning of the month and the pic below is at the end - huge difference!

Caroline is mostly in 0-3 month clothes now. We have rotated out all of the Newborn size clothes. She can also wear a few 3-6 onesies and pajamas - these are Gerber onesies and I've noticed that Gerber clothes tend to run a little small. She is also in a size 1 diaper. We ran out one day and had to put her in a size 2. It actually fit pretty well, but I'm still buying size 1 so I can get more bang for my buck since you get more diapers in a pack of size 1.

She is a great eater. She eats anywhere from 4-6 ounces at each meal. Adam says that sometimes it looks like she has licked that bottle clean =)

Caroline has begun drooling a lot this month. We are practically mopping it off the floor. I hope she is not an early teether, but we will see. She's not a big talker. She would prefer to stare at you or a toy while she vigorously kicks her legs and swings her arms. It's as if her legs are saying it all for her. She does talk more and more each day. Often she breathes in when she is trying to talk. I don't really know how to describe it in writing, but it sounds like she's gasping in horror at something. It's hilarious!

Burp cloth under her head so she can drool either direction!

Caroline loves to look out this month. She wants to be held so that she can see what is going on. She also loves to be held upright instead of laying down. She smiled really big the first time we put her in the Bumbo seat. Discovering this new position was like magic! She is also very active in her sleep. Most every morning I find she has done a 180 in her crib. One night she did a 360 - I know because I checked on her throughout the night and she was a little further around each time - haha!

Speaking of sleeping - Caroline started sleeping through the night! Oh what a blessing for me since I am now back at work. In a little over one week she has gone from sleeping 5.5 hours at night to 8.5 hours at night! It's like once she was over the threshold sleep began to abound for her and us - yea!

Caroline still loves the outdoors and music. These are great ways to calm her down. She also has discovered the mirror this month and everything that is wrong in the world suddenly becomes right when she can look in the mirror.

Here are some of Caroline's firsts this month:
1 - Hitting all her toys in the pack 'n play, bouncy seat - you name it. I think her arms are finally long enough to do this!
2 - Dip in the pool. This happened while we were on vacation. She wasn't enthused.

3 - Sitting in the Bumbo seat.

Very first time. She was intrigued. From then on, she loved it!

4 - Trip to the nursery. The bonnet was adorable, but not her favorite as you can see.

5 - Holding a toy.
6 - Meeting great-great-grandmother Mama.

7 - Lifting her head 90 degrees.
8 - Rolling over from tummy to back.
9 - Slept through the night. In the pic below, she has done a 90 degree turn during the night.

10 - Laughs (more like a giggle or a snicker).
11 - Rolling over back to tummy.

This month also came with my transition back into work and Caroline's transition to stay with my Aunt Alice during the day. Caroline loves going to Aunt Alice's. She smiles when Adam drops her off and smiles when I pick her up. This does our hearts good.

This is where I like to be after work:

Here are more of my favorite photos:

Someone's got a bit of a 'tude.
Her sweet profile.

And the sweetest face wearing my favorite outfit which she has officially grown out of (tear)!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


This morning, Caroline began to cry at 5:09am. That's about an hour early. I thought "This is strange." I went into her room to find her on her tummy in the crib! I think she scared herself by rolling over that way. I can't believe my baby can roll over both ways. That seems crazy to me!

She had also done a 180 degree turn over night, but that's old hat now =) She does those all the time.

I called Adam's mom to tell her the news and she said to ask Caroline to hold off on walking for a little while so we can enjoy her as a baby =) There's no stopping this girl. She likes to do things early. I should have known that we she was born early.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Pretty Nails

I painted my toe nails tonight! They have been naked since last summer. When spring sprung this year I had also sprung and could no longer reach my toes to paint them. I had planned to get a pedicure before Caroline arrived, but she came early so my nails have been naked ever since.

This sleeping through the night thing is great. I have time to do stuff in the evenings. It seems that Caroline sleeps more soundly now including her naps. It really is a beautiful thing!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Hi Ho Hi Ho It's off to work I go

I'm not going to lie, this week was pretty emotional. I never thought twice about being a working mom, but now that I am a mom - all I want to do is be with my little girl. She is hands down the coolest person I know! And there are times when I will gladly pass her off to Adam when she has been fussy for a while, but leaving her for a whole day is really hard!

Wednesday I went into work. I was worried that my coworkers wouldn't even know I was coming in. I thought it might be awkward. 12 weeks is a long time to be away. What if there was nothing for me to do? But they were waiting for me with a cake! and breakfast at our favorite bagel shop! They are keeping me plenty distracted. My boss has been really fabulous with me taking 3 breaks during the day so Caroline can continue to eat only breast milk. So far no one seems annoyed with the pictures and videos I show of Caroline (Yes, I have even shown videos!).

The case being that I need to work - I wouldn't want to work anywhere else. I have such great caring friends there.

To top it all off, Caroline started sleeping through the night this week! Perfect timing! Thursday and Friday morning I had to wake her up in order to feed her before work. I kept looking at the clock and thinking "She's usually up way before now". But I don't really count those as sleeping through the night because she went from 12:30am to 6:15am. To me, sleeping through the night means "something PM" to later than 6 AM. So Friday night was the test. I fed her and laid her down just before midnight and didn't get a wake up call until 7 AM! BEAUTIFUL! I'm telling you - she's such a cool kid!

This week Caroline will start going to my aunt's house. She will have great times there I know. I remember going to my Aunt Alice's house for a week during the summers. I would come home with many arts and crafts projects! Caroline will love my Aunt Alice and cousin Crystal!

And here is a pic of that cool kid:

Monday, August 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Mommy

My mom's birthday is today. She would be 50 this year. I'm definitely missing her differently this year. My cousin recently told me that as I mothered, I would see my mom in me. In my few mothering weeks, I have noticed this is so very true and so far I mostly change diapers and feed! I'm sure I will find it to be even more true as I do other parenting duties.

My mom would be tickled with Caroline. Almost as tickled as me =) When I became an aunt for the first time, I couldn't believe how much I loved my nephew. I love my sister so much and because he was part of my sister, I loved him so much. Now I have a child. And my love for my child is huge. I can't imagine how much I will love her children because they will be part of her. This is what I think grandparents must feel like. They love their children so much. It must be an overwhelming love when their children have children.

Anyway, I love to watch all the grands and aunts and uncles oogle over Caroline. The missing oogler is my mom. She would oogle with the best of them!

I used to be worried about mothering and giving birth. What about those special secret things that your mom tells you before giving birth? What about all the times I might need to call her and ask her about my baby's poop color? Who would I call? I don't worry about these things anymore. God has blessed me overwhelmingly with people in my life to help me with those things - my mom-in-law, stepmom, sister, friends - all have helped me tremendously!

I know my mom would be proud. She would be quite giddy with my choice of a husband and my beautiful daughter. I also know that she is enjoying watching us live our lives. It is very painful to me that I miss actually experiencing this life without her.

So today I remember the wonderful mom she was and I pray that I will be half the mom she was.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Holy Roller

Our little Caroline reserves her coolest tricks for the most Holy day of the week - Sunday. Today she rolled over tummy to back about 10 times and I have multiple videos to prove it! I only put one on here so as not to bore you completely =)

This is a product of our ventures this week with Tummy Time. We tried t-time in the beginning and Caroline hated it so we rarely did it. Then, this week I was reading in one of my many baby books about how imperative t-time is. I started to get a little nervous. I put a very sleepy Caroline on her tummy and she didn't lift her head at all. She sat face planted crying. I began to cry thinking of how dangerous it was that she wouldn't even move her head so she could breathe well. I decided at that moment that we were doing tummy time between every day time feeding for as long as she or I could stand it!

After the very next meal, Caroline did pretty good at t-time. I realized that she actually did alright if she wasn't sleepy. In a matter of one week, Caroline is doing so much better. She lifts her head almost 90 degrees and she actually enjoys the first couple of minutes.

Of course, yesterday, I talked to 2 other moms who told me their babies didn't like t-time either until they were much older. This made me feel much better.

And today....when she got tired of tummy time....she rolled over! Adam and I were completely shocked. I wasn't expecting her to roll over for a couple of months. I guess she just likes to do things early. I should have known when she decided to arrive 4 weeks early!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

1st Race

This blog post is rated "Q" for Queasy stomachs not allowed!

It is completely fitting that my first post-pregnancy race should be similar to the last race I ran during pregnancy. I ran my last race on Thanksgiving Day 2008 - the Anderson Turkey Trot. I was 12 weeks pregnant and I vomited a fair amount. And tonight, I ran my first post-pregnancy race - again vomiting a fair amount.

Now, I've run a lot of races in my day and I've run a lot more non races and these are the only 2 times I have ever vomited. Tonight, I don't think I drank enough water before the run. It was hot out there folks! Water drinking is always a tricky thing. You don't want to be dehydrated, but you don't want it sloshing around in your stomach either.

Mostly though, it is just embarrassing. Passerbys just think "That girl is out of shape. It's only a 5K and she's barfing."

I'm not giving up though. I'll be racing again soon. For now, I'll enjoy leisure runs in the cool part of the day.