Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Lesson learned...

So, I started out being an overly prepared mom with a diaper bag overflowing with everything we could possibly need. That got old real quick and I started getting rid of things when I realized I could never find anything because there was so much crap in the bag!

We decided to get out of the house and spend some time walking in a local park. We loaded up the dogs, baby and diaper bag in the car. When we got there, we decided we didn't need the diaper bag (even though we were taking the stroller) and set out. We had all we needed (we thought) diapers, wipes, warm blanket, cool blanket, bottle, pacifier. What more could we need, right?

So about a mile into our walk, Kaylee started to fuss so we fed her, burped her and then "heard" that we needed to change her. Let's just say her outfit could not be salvaged and we were stranded without any clothes!

It was much too cold to leave her in just a diaper, so we made her a baby toga, of course!

When we finally made it back to the car, we found that the diaper bag contained 6 pairs of socks and 3 jackets. No clothes. We had NO clothes in the diaper bag! Baby girl had to go home in a hoodie and a pair of socks. Poor girl!

Needless to say, the diaper bag has been "refilled" and we will not have another episode like today!

baby's first portrait

by: Harry, age 5
Is it baby or dad in a pink dress?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pro pics...

This week we were lucky enough to have a photo shoot with Long Beach photographer, Charla Blue. We were aiming for the "sleepy newborn" look but Kaylee wasn't having anything to do with our plans. She was awake almost the entire shoot and a little fussy at times. Charla did an amazing job. We have only gotten a little taste of what's to come, but we LOVE the shots that were captured so far!

Afterward, Kaylee got to go meet more of her family and her cousin Paxton (maybe 2nd cousin technically) Paxton was more interested in finding a way to get those panda bears off her feet!

First pick...

Of all the "firsts", this is the one we catch on camera:

Baby watching:

Kaylee took her first nap in her crib last week. It was a rather short one, but sleep was had nonetheless. We have a MobiCam which allows us to hook up the video monitor to the tv. So rather than just keep her in the same room to nap, we put her in the other room so we can sit and watch her on tv.

She is definitely smiling!

Our little girl is just smiling away lately. She is making eye contact and smiles at us when we talk to her. Now the fun stuff is really starting. She is finally interacting with us instead of just laying around all day :) She also has found hr "voice" and chooses to express her unhappiness between the hours of 9 and 11 pm. Every day!

The first month...

It has gone by so fast!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

1 month!!!

Today little miss Kaylee is one month old! She also had her one month visit to the doctor. She got a clean bill of health, is weighing in at just under 11 1/2 pounds and is 22 1/2 inches long. She is in the 95th percentile for weight and 90th percentile for height, which just means we got a big ol' baby girl! She is growing and changing so fast. She is starting to stay awake and alert for much longer periods of time, is noticing things in the world around her and is seeming to smile in response to us.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


First bottle = SUCCESS!!!

I was anxious to get Kaylee to take a bottle. I appreciate all the benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby and all, but I am happy to share feeding duties with daddy and not to mention having the ability to leave the house if needed and not worry that my child might be starving. So, I started pumping and we gave the bottle a try. I didn't really have high expectations that it would work the first time. I had multiple bottles on hand, in the event she didn't like the first one I chose. We went with the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles to start. I got her ready, gave her the bottle, and... she took it the first time! Gulped down 3 ozs and was ready for more! I thought it might have been beginner's luck but we gave her another one today without a problem. Next step: getting daddy to give the bottle :)

Sanity savers for the day:
the white noise app for the iPhone (waves crashing is our fav) & "bouncing" her to sleep on the exercise ball

Monday, May 3, 2010

Three weeks of motherhood

Apparently, it takes someone (me) three weeks to be able to manage motherhood and blogging. I have yet to master the art of one-handed typing, thus completely neglecting this blog. I have, however, mastered the art of one-handed photo uploads which is why you have only gotten pictures in the last three weeks!

Little miss Kaylee is now 11 pounds and goes to the doctor next week for her one month appointment! Yikes! I can't believe how fast it has already gone by. She gets a little bit more fun every day (and a bit louder). She is starting to stay awake more, which is nice because she is a lot more fun to interact with--difficult, because I thought I couldn't get things done before. I'm scared of the days when she is mobile and I have to get things done. It will all come with time, I KNOW!

Crying baby and barking dogs aside, life is getting back to normal. I wouldn't necessarily say we have a routine of any kind but we are managing. Best part, we have rejoined society and actually made it out for coffee and picnics with friends, gone grocery shopping and gone on lots and lots of walks. I am 2-3 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight and can fit back into my pre-pregnancy clothes (they just don't quite fit the same).

First bath
So what's happened this week?? Kaylee's umbilical stump fell off at two weeks exactly. Glad that nasty thing is gone! It also means we were able to attempt our first "real" bath.

Kaylee actually seemed to enjoy the bath. She didn't cry and just kind of sat there, possibly wondering what was going on. Little did I know, she was just concentrating on a more pressing issue...

...once she was scrubbed all clean from head to toe and all rinsed off, she decided to let loose. Yes, she went #1 and #2 in her very first bath! If only she would have known that now she would have to suffer through the whole bath ordeal again!

Being in the bath was fine, but she does not like getting out of the bath!! All too cold for her and she was NOT a happy camper after this double bath.

Tummy Time = FAIL
With her stump gone, we decided we could start tummy time. While I have read that lots of babies don't like tummy time at first, they grow to enjoy the workout.
This is what Kaylee thought of her first "workout":

Yes, she fell asleep about 20 seconds into. We'll keep trying with that one!

--Rereading this I am realizing what tiny (and somewhat ridiculous) things matter to me now. Wow! Oh well, this is my life now...keep on reading or navigate away from this crazy place that is now my life ;)
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