Still here….

28 07 2009

As I come back from my little unintended leave of absence, I wonder if anyone noticed I was gone???

Things have been rather insane lately, in a good way. We have just been so busy with just about everything! Weddings*, trips to the cabin, my baby sister has been in town, working, looking for child care**, watching R grow***, taking editing and printing R’s 3 month photos (coming soon to a post near you).

All in all, things are just wonderful! Last night Hubbs said to me out of the blue while giving R a bath, “This is our baby!!” Yeah, sometimes we still have to pinch ourselves!! I feel like I just repeat myself over and over again, but I cannot express how blessed I feel. I am so thrilled to have a baby, any baby in my life. However, R is the perfect baby for me. She is just the coolest thing ever and I love her more than words can describe.

*the wedding was actually pretty nice. From behind the scenes, it was a total mess and even thought the ceremony started an hour late, I think everything went off without a hitch. R was a big hit (as usual!!) and we had a really nice time in the Northern Arizona forests!! Once I was there, I wasn’t such a grouch about being in the wedding and I actually had a little fun!!

After the wedding there was a little after party in the backwoods (which was weird, but really pretty!). We took both our dog and R with us because we were only staying a short while. Hubbs played his guitar for the crowd and R and I walked hung out and Captain dug in the mud and got incredibly dirty. At one point, a younger woman there with her boyfriend said to me, “You guys just have the perfect little family!! You guys are so cute with your adorable baby and cute as heck puppy! I want to BE you guys!” It made my heart soar to be the envy of someone else. For years and years I have been looking at others longingly to have their family… and now I have that (eventually growing) family! What a compliment! And how right she is! We are so fortunate and fulfilled!!

**On Monday R starts daycare. We met several people, but ultimately decided we are going to try to go to the same place R’s twin cousins go. They live very close (which I like R having little exposure on the roads with all those crazy drivers!!) and my IL’s can help pick her up if we need them to. The lady is nice and my ILs know her well and trust her. My only concern is that she will be able to care for three infants, but after a 1 year-old friend of R’s tried to step on her head, I like the idea of her only being around kids that couldn’t crush her skull. So we are doing a two week trial to see how things go. I have a back up just in case. I am a tad worried about how she is going to do at naptime since my grandma pretty much rocks her to sleep at every nap (even though I asked her not to, but what can you do? Fire the free help?).

***R is doing fantastic! She is growing like a weed and is doing great with her development! Her doc is very impressed!! She had her first solid foods a few weeks back. She was a complete riot!! She didn’t hesitate one bit and jumped right in and innately knew right what to do. Her little trap door just pops right open at the sight of that spoon!! It is the funniest thing! I did miss out on the messy-baby-first-feeding thing, but this was better!!

Night sleeping has suddenly become a challenge for us. I personally thing she just wants to hang out with me now that I am working, but Hubbs swears I am crazy!! I have been more tired the past few weeks than when we first brought her home. It isn’t so bad, but a lot of times I feel like she is terribly uncomfortable. Like she is trying to sleep, but her body is achy and she keeps tossing and turning. Occasionally I give her Tylenol, but I don’t want to over do it, especially since I don’t really know what the deal is. The other night, she tossed and turned and groaned from 2 am until 6 am. I felt so bad for her!! She is sleeping a little longer now that we have established a good nighttime schedule and bedtime. Also, the rice cereal has helped, too. It is like she sleeps great for like 6 or 7 hours, and then can’t get comfy to get back to sleep, which is unusual for her.

She is a total Mamas Girl right now, which is good because i need her to be. Having my grandma at our house has been very stressful and as eternally thankful as I am for her generous help (we literally couldn’t have done it without her), I am ready to move on to the next chapter where I don’t feel like I am entertaining every night. Hubbs is a little jealous of the Mamas girl thing, but he always says that he gets it, I am pretty easy to love. LOVE that man!

She goes for her four month appointment on Wednesday (can you believe she is four months old!?!? Cripes, time flies!!).

My baby sister is here!!! We are having a lot of fun, despite the fact that I have to work. We went to the cabin last weekend and this weekend we are actually going to take a trip to the lake!! I am also taking Friday off work to just hang out with her and R. What should we do????She is getting to spend a lot of time with R and really bond with her, which is cool because her twin nieces should be born any day now and she is going to live with them and have plenty of time to bond with them.

More soon! I promise!

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14 responses

28 07 2009
Yaya

That is the sweetest thing that that girl said "I want to be you"! Adorable!

28 07 2009
Kel

I missed you! and hearing bout R!Kel

29 07 2009
Joy

I noticed you were gone- but figured you were busy being a mom!I bet the daycare will be wonderful. Plus she'll get to see her cousins everyday! My girls LOVE their cousins (they're all the same ages) and act like siblings. So I think it'll be good and can't wait to hear how it goes!

29 07 2009
Maru and Fico

i figured you were busy. wow, how nice of that woman to make your day with that compliment… but think about it… you are truly blessed! she was just stating the obvious! ;o)hugs, maru

29 07 2009
Karen

You have been busy!About R's sleep: let me introduce you to the 4 month sleep regression! Evie did the same thing at that age. Some babies get through the phase/regression quickly and others (Evie) take a long time. But it's normal and related to her mobility (learning to roll). If you're interested in reading more about it let me know and I'll send you some links. 🙂

29 07 2009
Jessica

So good to hear from you! I can't believe how fast she's growing! I think the sleep regression is WORSE than the first sleep deprivation. Because you get used to them finally sleeping so well, it's harder on you when you have to go through it again! Hopefully it's a short term thing. Love that she's a mama's girl!Pictures soon please!

29 07 2009
stillthinkingagain

Yep, you were definitely missed! :)Sounds like the wedding was a much better than expected, considering how many issues it caused beforehand. And I love the "I want to BE you guys" comment — what a completely perfect affirmation that you've "arrived"!!I hope the transition to R's new daycare goes well… she's going to grow up knowing her cousins so well, which is something that I always wished for as a child. It's like a built-in social network! :)And although I know you're grateful for your grandma help, I can totally relate to wanting to move to the next chapter. How fun is it gonna be with just you, Hubbs, R, and Captain every evening!?!So glad to hear that things are going so well, Bri… really, I am.

29 07 2009
Melba

I noticed, and I missed you! But I'm so glad to hear things are going so well! Good luck figuring out the sleeping thing, and also with the daycare…I hope it goes well for you. I also hesitate to give Tylenol unless I'm really sure something is wrong, but that's the thing with these babies of ours…they're one giant guessing game! I feel you on the mamma's girl thing. I hope Charlie is a mamma's boy too, but not to the point that it's obnoxious or anything. I think it's just that we waited so long for these amazing little miracles…we need them to cling to us a bit! :)Glad you're back!Melba

29 07 2009
M/J Granata

Missed you… glad you are back up and running in blog world! We need pictures of that precious baby girl! Can't wait. Thanks for the sweet and supportive comment!Sounds like you are keeping very, very busy (which is good)! Have fun with your sister while she is in town!I hope all goes well with the daycare. It seems like things may go smoothly considering the contacts you have that are familiar with the facility and the caretakers. Can't wait to see how big Miss R is these days!!!! Blessings…Jules

29 07 2009
Malloryn

It's so good to hear from you! It sounds like things are going well. R is adorable… thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures of her! I hope things go well at the daycare, and it's good that your inlaws know the people.

29 07 2009
LL

I was just thinking about you and R the other day and wondered how life was. Welcome back to the blogging world.

29 07 2009
Michelle

I just found your blog and I hope you don't mind the comment. The pics are beautiful. What a beautiful little girl. I too did not like giving my babies tylenol, you might see if she's got gas in her tummy and give her some Mylecon(Sp?) gas drops instead. I did not adopt my children, but am a firstmom and I am blessed that my firstdaughter had an amazing mom to raise her. Reading your blog, I get the sense that my R's mom felt much the same way. Yes, mom…not amom…but mom. I know that not all firstmoms feel the same way, but I feel that even though I carried her and brought her into the world. Her amom…is her mom..period. I was blessed to have been able to reunite with my R and I must admit, instead of the jealousy that I thought I'd feel. When I saw how close they were, it tugged at my heart in a good way. Now she is a mommy, and I suppose that makes me a grandma of sorts…extended :). You truly have a blessed family and I hope you don't mind my commenting on your post. PS…I rocked all my babies..nothing sweeter than that sweet little baby sleeping in your arms!

29 07 2009
hope548

I missed you too! Glad things are going well. I love the 3 month photos. She is adorable!

29 07 2009
Debbie B

Give the new nap routine at least a week or two. It will take her time to adjust to the new environment. Isabel still doesn't nap well at daycare all the time. Just tell hubby to wait his turn. She'll become a daddy's girl too.

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