Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Evie goes to camp and has her first cold

Well we hit a milestone this week, Evie got a cold.  It started on wednesday with a cough, and on thursday we added congestion to the mix.  When she started chocking on her mucus it kind of broke my heart.  I thought she was feeling alot better until she woke up on saturday with tons of mucus in her eye. They were completely glued shut. One of my friends, a nurse, looked at her and suggested we should take her to the Doctor :(.  On sunday night I remembered that I read several places that breastmilk is an effective treatment for infants with eye issues.  I expressed a little mlk and poured it in.  Lo and behold on monday there was almost no gunk left.  Isn't breastmilk wonderful!

This weekend Evie also went to camp.  Every year our church holds a family camp and it is always a blast.  Fridat night was pretty low-key and Evie had no problem hanging out in her wrap most of the evening.  Saturday was soo hot and the temperature did seem to bother her,  To top it off she seems to hate wearing  her hat, so it was hard to take her outside.  Because it was so hot, alot of people were headint to the river.  We were hping to take Evie in for her first swim, but once DH jumped in her confirmed it was definitly too cold.  On Sunday thing unfourtunately went down for her.  With her eyes being sore, I think the sun was really bothering her.  So we were pretty much confined indoors but we had a fun first camp experience.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Evie's Royal Visit

Yesterday Prince Charles and Camilla came to visit our city.  Evie was very excited because she thought she was going to meet another princess, may be they could be friends! Unfortunately I had to explain to her the difference between a princess and a prince's wife, but we decided to go anyway.  Evie enjoyed being pushed (after all she is a princess) all the way uptown.  We found a nice little spot beside the media stage and settled in .  Evie took advantage of the downtime and took a nap.  She awoke just in time to meet her royal visitors, but unfortunately she was in a bad mood because she was hungry.  Camilla stopped and spoke to Evie as she was walking by, but Evie was too distracted to pay much attention.  After all the excitement we went to the restaurant and we all has lunch.  Evie even got breastfed in public ( though we were hiding in a back booth and under a nursing cover.  After all the excitement it was time to head back to the royal abode so Mommy and Daddy could collapse with exhaustion.  Unfortunately it seems we spent all day trying to keep Evie out of the sun, but forgot about everything else.  Both Mommy and Daddy got some pretty intense and funnily placed sunburns.  Daddy burnt his nose and arms, and mommy burned her chest (in a perfect circle) and one arm.  Ooops

Thursday, May 17, 2012

We love to Swaddle

   I read somewhere that you should consider unswaddling at three month. Yeah right! Evie sleeps terribly even if she is poorly swaddled.  This little one needs her arms strapped to her sides like she in a straitjacket.  We have been using a Halo Swaddler Sleepsack size Newborn, but somebody has been growing.  I remember when we brought her home she was too little for it, it seemed so long.  But now it is too short.  Fortunately it zips from the top, so her little feet have been hanging out of the bottom for the past week.  I set myself to finding her a new one, but size small was very difficult to find.  I called all around and even went on a few websites with no luck.  What I could find were simply plain pink.  On a whim I went into Sears and lo and behold it was like a shrine to swaddlers.  In no time we had a sweet little blue bird and flower swaddle.  When I got home I did a size comparison, there must be almost 6 inches in extra length.  I think it is going to fit her for awhile :).  But of course as soon as we tried it on her, she christened it by spitting up all over it! 
See my tootsies were hanging out!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy First Mothers Day to Me!!

My Baby Girl has to love me more today! :P

But seriously today was kind of just a nice sunday with a present. Hubby and Evie made me breakfast in bed.  Jason made me heart shaped pancakes, and Evie stayed asleep.  We ate breakfast in bed and Evie "gave" me my present.  We spent the rest of the day with my family.  We started out at my parents for lunch (like every sunday) and then tagged along to my Grandmothers.  Then we ended up at my Uncle and Aunts house where we saw another Aunt, a cousin and another Uncle.  It was nice to see everyone and a little surprise.  My aunt and uncle had never met Evie, so everyone was glad to see her.

Evie decided to celebrate Mother's Day by not letting anyone but Mommy hold her.  She actually started last night, but close enough.  She won't let even my parents hold her, and usually no problem.  If someone else takes her she starts a little sad cry that sounds like someone stole her puppy.  She will sit on my lap and interact with people, but she needs full contaxt with me.  Weird stage.

Someone was reminiscing about their last Mothers Day, and that made me think about mine.  Last Mothers Day I was hoping and praying I was pregnant, I was hoping I was secretly one of those special people.  But I wasn't.  Apparently I just needed to be a little more patient because.. last may 13th was my LMP date.  It seems crazy to me to think that it has been a full year since she made her last visit.  Yup, I love nursing for so many reasons.  I guess in two weeks we get to celebrate Evie's unofficial 1st birthday!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

OMG where did the time go!

Perhaps not surprisingly the first (almost) three months with Evie have flown by!  She will be 12 weeks on Sunday and is a completely different baby than she once was.  Once our Jaunice honeymoon phase was all over the real Evie came out!

     We went through a pretty rough period of day/night confusion which almost drove us to drink (well maybe drink for Daddy, none for me).  But she sorted that out over a month ago and now is a pretty good sleeper.  She regularly goes to bed at 1am ( I swear the kid can read clocks!) and then sleeps through until the morning.  After I feed her we usually get a few more hours, another feeding and wow! its noon! ( P.S. Don't tell Daddy, he is still a little sleep deprived).  The last week or so she has had a bit of regression, and now often wakes up once in the night to be feed.  The other night she went to bed at 2:30 and woke up twice, I was just about to go off my rocker, when at 6:30 Daddy took her for awhile to try to wear her out! Good news it worked!

    As far as breastfeeding after a slow uphill battle lasting a few weeks, she is feeding like a champ.  Actually she has had a bit of a reversal, and now has issues about taking a bottle.  She seems to only take a bottle from Daddy before she even realizes that she is hungry.  She has been refusing to take it from my Mom or Mother-in-law when they babysit.
   Evie's newest hang-up is an obsession with abandonment.  We cannot leave the room, or she starts to whimper like a little puppy.  It must be the whole object permanence thing, Mommy and Daddy are never coming back! waaaahhhh!  This has become most obvious in the car.  I must sit in back with her or she screams and hold her breath.  When I sit in back she is completely content and looks around happily.

   That brings me to the NICU nurse's prediction.  Once upon a time when she was just a few days old, The head NICU nurse told us "I have not seen a temper like that in years".  Well turns out she was right.  This baby has such a temper.  If you do not respond to her need in 12 seconds flat she will flip off the handle.  She regularly turns into "red hulk" when she is tired.  Almost every nap or sleep is begun with a full out tantrum, because she is simply too tired to go to sleep.

   Overall we have had such a wonderful three months and I am completely in love with being a mommy.  Now that she ( occasionally) lets me put her down, hopefully I can come back to this blog and keep Evie's "public" updated with all he little things.