Look what I caught you doing, this morning- sucking your thumb!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Chillin' like a villain...
"Okay, so I don't have this whole 'propped up/boppy' thing 100%, yet..."
Ikea Play Area just for kiddies!
Triples at Harris Teeter with Mommy!
Katy sleeping with one foot out for ventilation (Thanks Collins family for the blanket!).
Learning to whistle from Daddy.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
1. You need to either be ambidextrous or one-handed to be a mother. With a babe in arms, it's amazing what one can accomplish one-handed- brushing your teeth, preparing a meal, typing... just haven't quite mastered flossing with one hand... hmmm...
2. You need ten arms (or at least another pair of hands) in order to get out the door with everything you need- baby- check, purse- check, diaper bag- check, blanket, toy, extra diapers, nursing cover- check, check, check, check, keys for the car.... ummmm...?!
3. You learn to do everything FAST!!!!!!! You eat FAST, you shower FAST, you make the bed FAST because you need to make the most of your free moments and the moment you start any one of these things, that is when the baby starts to cry.
4. There is never a "good" time to make a phone call because inevitably, the moment you pick up the phone to call somebody/someplace that is when the baby starts crying.
5. Breastfeeding is hard work and no, it doesn't come naturally. However, once you and baby get the hang of it, you feel like you can accomplish anything.
6. You are a-okay walking out the door with no make-up and spit-up on your shirt. Nothing seems to phase you.
7. You take more supplements and vitamins pregnant and as a new mother than when you were just a healthy adult.
8. Three o'clock in the morning is a perfectly respectable time to be checking your email, updating your Facebook status and surfing the Internet (with a babe in arms, of course! :-)
9. Baby clothing is sized just like adult clothing- nothing is consist ant and sizing varies widely between brands (my two and a half month old fits into newborn AND three months...?!).
10. Your life was never so simple (baby eats, sleeps and poops) and yet so complicated (to work or not to work, daycare, family, friends, finances...) at the same time.
11. There WILL come a time when you become one of THOSE parents (crying baby in the middle of the grocery store, latecomer for an event, etc., etc.).
12. Your baby's squishy cheeks, winsome smile and endearing coos make everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING!) worth it in the end because you couldn't be more in love with something so short, squat, chubby and needy!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
-We tap your chin (right below your lower lip) to see if you are hungry. If you are hungry, you usually open your mouth as if you are going to eat our finger.
-You pull at your hair with your right hand and stuff your whole (fist and all!) left hand in your mouth if you are getting tired and sleepy.
-You do not like to sleep in your crib. The longest stretch we've been able to lay you down in the crib is two and a half hours for a nap. Mostly, you just sleep in your "Happy Chair."
-You kick your legs in protest when your diaper is dirty. You DO NOT like a dirty diaper! We are hoping that this translates to easier potty-training, later on.
-You moan and wheeze in your sleep. It's when you are sleeping completely quiet that we worry.
-You do NOT like hats and you do NOT like anything having to do with your feet (no shoes, no tickling, no socks!).
-As I've mentioned before, you love to have your hair played with and combed. This calms you down.
-You love a social setting and are happiest with lots of noise and people around (especially if you are the center of attention!).
-If you fuss and cry with no tears, this usually means that you are just wanting our attention and that nothing is truly wrong. We call this your "pathetic cry" because you look so sorry (but oh, so cute!)
-You hiccup A LOT!!!! If you get hiccups right before you fall asleep we call this the "kiss of death" because we know that you'll keep waking yourself up with the hiccups and not fall asleep completely until the hiccups are gone. You hiccuped a lot while inside of me so it doesn't really surprise me that you hiccup a lot, now.
-You love to MOVE!! The more movement and action the better! That means that you like swinging, bouncing and dancing. That also means that Daddy and I don't stay seated in one position too long :-)
-You tend to run a lower-than-normal baseline temperature at 97.8 degrees (Yes, Uncle Rob, we took her temperature right after her two month shots to make sure she wasn't running a fever). I tend to have a lower-than-normal baseline temperature, so I'm not terribly surprised.
Of course, all of the above points are subject to change at a moments notice, but for now it's like your own secret language to communicate with Daddy and I. Everyday we learn something new about you- about your likes and dislikes and what you need. That is what keeps life with Katy Grace exciting!
6:30 AM- Wake up, feed, wipe down with washcloth, dress
7:15 AM- Ready for the day! Playtime!
7:30/8:00 AM- Morning nap (longest and best nap of the day)
9:30/10:00 AM- Mid-morning feeding
10:30 AM- Out and about
12:30/1:00 PM- Lunchtime feeding
1:30 PM- Playtime or sometimes a nap
3:30 PM- Mid-afternoon feeding
4:00 PM- Story time
5:30 PM- Daddy Daughter time!
6:30/7:00 PM- Bath time
7:00/8:00 PM- Dress for bed, comb hair, read Goodnight Moon, say prayers, go to bed
2:30 AM- Nighttime feeding
At this point, you are supposed to be getting at least 15 hours of sleep/24 hours. You have been consistently sleeping for a six-seven hour stretch at night (which Daddy and I are LOVING!).
Friday, April 23, 2010
As you get older, Katy, you are starting to use your voice more to talk and babble. Here you are talking to your friend, Lumpy. Sometimes, you can be quite chatty- especially at two o'clock in the morning... hmmm... we are going to have to work on that one.... ;-)
*This is our first video post! Though the video icon looks blank, click on the play button (sideways triangle) on the lower left corner of the video icon and the clip should play.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
April 21, 2010
Pat the Bunny
Shopping at the Depot at Gibson Mill
April 20, 2010
Helping Mommy bake cookies
April 19, 2010
Aunt Julie holding Katy
April 17, 2010
Daddy teaching Katy the fine art of wine (not till you are 21!).
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Look how good your grip is getting, Katy! Now you consistently grip onto things- fingers, rattles, toys, etc.- placed in your hand. You usually hold onto it for a moment and then let go. You like to hold onto Daddy's shirt or shirt pocket when he's holding you and sometimes you like to hold onto the side of your "Happy Chair." We've even caught you holding onto your hair when you nurse or get sleepy.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Besides just liking the sound of 'Kathryn Grace' we wanted a strong, solid name that wouldn't be confused with a boy's name, wouldn't be laughed at on the school playground and could stand the test of time. I thought it would be fun list out what your name means-
Kathryn- "Pure, Virginal"
Grace- "Good will, Grace"
Jones- "Son of John" (Okay, so you aren't the son of John but that's what the family name means...:-)
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Yesterday, we had Uncle Rob and Aunt Julie over to celebrate his birthday (a little early). We had an Italian dinner of meatballs and pasta and we finished the meal off with a German Chocolate cake (and ice cream, too!). Happy Birthday, Uncle Rob!