Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Back to school

Here's some of what's happening:

  • The big kids were both back at school today, for the first time in over two weeks.
  • Baby T and I took a walk this morning to the college coffee house.  I got her down the stairs in her car seat and then took the universal carrier out of the car trunk and off we went!  That was 20 plus blocks round trip. 
  • I also managed full chauffeur duties today, earning me the car.  I took my husband to work, picked the kids up from school, and picked my husband up from work.  

Bottles 101

Late last night/early this morning we were having a very slow bottle feed.  Baby T was making almost no progress even after 30 minutes of steady sucking.  Much, much later I did some experiments and discovered that when turned upside-down two of our bottle nipples do not drip milk at all.  (I eventually remembered that Penelope Leach, the British baby guru, says that nipples should drip milk rapidly when turned upside-down.  She also says to make sure to test the nipples with milk or formula, not water, as fluids perform differently.)  It took much too long to figure out the difference, but once I brought a fresh bottle with a new, faster nipple, she chugged it down very fast.  It was a nasty 3:30 AM lesson, though.    

I am trendy!

C is officially fever-free and and we made it to the cafeteria last night.  Looking around the dining hall, I noticed how many students were wearing plaid flannel shirts.  I am trendy!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Moby Dick

C is home for her sixth straight day out of school, although there's no fever yet today and I'm hoping she's going back to school tomorrow.  After a bunch of Wii, C is reading Moby Dick.  I continue to wonder what she's getting out of it.

C says:  "I think the chapter about whiteness is very interesting."

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Baby T's baptism

Here's some of what's happening:

  • We had Baby T's baptism on Saturday evening.  C was sick, so she and I stayed home.  In attendance were my husband, D, Baby T, the godparents, their four children, an expectant grad couple and our parish priest.  Baby T was very well behaved through Mass and her baptism, including being splashed.  The godparents' younger daughter made Baby T a very pretty rosary.  
  • We had a small reception planned at a bakery.  I wasn't there, but there were supposed to be pastries (almond, chocolate, blueberry, cream cheese), several different varieties of fruit cake sample, coffee and water.  When I met the manager last week, he told me that the pastries would be coming out of the oven 30 minutes earlier.  The party also scored some free chili, as it was the end of the day.  There were leftovers brought home for me and C.  The pastries were very good.  
  • C is still sick by school standards (she was at 100.3 earlier today), but she hasn't hit the 100.4 today that was going to be the signal for calling the doctor tomorrow and beginning treatment for bronchitis (that's what we were told to do when we saw the doctor Saturday AM).  Hopefully she'll be back in school Tuesday.     
  • The weather has suddenly turned chilly and we are having lows in the 40s in the morning.   
  • Baby T and I made a long expedition to the college coffee house, with her in the car seat/universal carrier.  It's about 10 blocks from home, so the walk was about 20 blocks total.
  • Our current TV is the Swedish police series Wallander.  

Friday, October 26, 2012

Residence Hall Halloween

Last night was Halloween at some of the residence halls.  Faculty and staff bring kids in costume and canned goods for a donation and the undergraduates hand out candy.  C wasn't able to go, being sick, but D went in his ninja costume with his dad and split his take with C.  When D was trick-or-treating, he got a couple of requests to do ninja poses, which he did.  (C has been running a ninja training school at home.  Not sure where she got her diploma from.)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Naps and feeding

 Here's some of what's happening:

  • Baby T does seem to take real in-the-bassinet naps (rather than on-the-lap naps), especially late in the day.  Baby T napped in the morning in her bassinet, which allowed me to work with C on her school make-up work.  Baby T and I also managed to take another nap today in the afternoon, which was fantastic.  Not sure how this is going to work with the big kids' school pick-up, though.    
  • I'm trying to remember to do direct breastfeeding with Baby T at least once a day, to make sure she stays in practice.  If she can keep up her skills rather than going 100% to bottle-feeding, it will make a West Coast trip this spring much more feasible and comfortable.  We flew from Washington DC to the West Coast for Christmas when C was 5 months old, and it was a nuisance pumping in airport restrooms and having to make it all the way across the country without relief.         

Good news, bad news

The bad news is that due to a recurring low fever, tomorrow is going to be C's fifth straight absence at school.  The good news is that we didn't have to do her class play Thursday or Friday, and we didn't have to take her to her final volleyball game.  It's going to be a real mess catching up the academics, though.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Still sick

Here's some of what's happening:

  • D is back in school after being out sick five days straight.
  • C has missed her third day of school and is going to miss tomorrow, too, so she can't be in her class play or play in the final 5th grade volleyball game tomorrow.  Will she be back in school by Friday?  I don't know.  Hopefully she'll be able to make up all her work.  
  • The result of all this that two weeks after Baby T's birth, I haven't laid eyes on any of my mom friends or gone almost anywhere except the doctor's office, although I've sent emails back and forth.
  • I got the courage to step on the scales this morning and discovered that (bizarrely), my weight is 12 pounds less than it was at the very beginning of my pregnancy.  That's the gestational diabetes diet for you, plus my current post-partum housekeeping frenzy.  
  • Otherwise, I feel pretty good two weeks out.  I had six straight months of minimal physical activity, and it's normal to take a long time to recover from that, but it seems to be happening pretty quickly.    
  • Baby T is as yet unaffected by the germs.  Due to C's illness, I had to cancel Baby T's 2 week apt. and reschedule it for later in the week.
  • We are pretty happy with Baby T's current night-time schedule (a SwaddleMe, some vibration at bedtime, and an 11ish, 3ish and 7ish feeding), although we are looking forward to being able to let her sleep through the scheduled feedings.  As we are trying to get her back up to her birth weight, she can't miss feedings.  
  • I am currently working on Baby T and coaching her on doing her daytime napping not on top of me.  I would like a nap, too, as well as to get stuff done while Baby T is sleeping, and I can't do either when she is catnapping on my lap or shoulder.  It's ok to do it some of the time, but not ALL DAY.  (I'm pleased to report that we did manage an afternoon nap together today, me in bed, she in her bassinet. It was great.)
  • By the way, I'm rereading Penelope Leach's Your Baby and Child, and although I like the book a lot, I have to say that some of what she writes about newborns and sleep is garbage.  She claims that you can't make a newborn sleep or not sleep.  Au contraire.  At least early on, a warm lap or shoulder or being swaddled or taken for a ride or put in a vibrating bouncy seat or swing is soporific, while being set down in a bassinet or crib tends to induce wakefulness.    

We don't need no education

D was puzzled about a week ago by hearing Pink Floyd's lyric "We don't need no education" on the radio.  Just this morning, he was trying to fix the grammar so it would make sense.

Monday, October 22, 2012

End in sight

We are very close officially at the end of our unpacking.  Both big kids were home sick today and I was having C help me work on her closet.  (My primary method was to ask her to find 20 things she doesn't need anymore and then take a break after that.  Repeat until done.)  We finished sifting and organizing her closet and it wasn't that bad, either.  The final push involved having my husband hang up and repair various items.

The two last things that remain to be done are 1) take box to Goodwill and 2) have a look at the Orphan Box (it's a collection of lost parts that became separated from their friends during the move).

We get to move again in 7 months, you know.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

11 days old

Here's another picture, from today:

Both big kids have moderate fevers and will be staying home from school tomorrow, so my job tomorrow is going to be keeping quarantine.


Parenting Magazine has a cover article in the October 2012 issue on the question of to diagnose or not diagnose kids.  Here's a quote from the article:
Cooper Windsor's kindergarten teacher had been the first to suggest he might have ADHD.  The day he took his first dose of Ritalin, he ran over to her after discovering his classroom's Home Life Zone.  "This is fun!  When did you put these toys here?"  Upon hearing this, his mom, Amy Windsor, sobbed in relief.  The toy zone had been there all along, but before he began the medication for ADHD, Cooper wasn't focused enough to notice them.   


Here's some of what's been happening:

  • We now have out our old Gymini (it's one of those infant gyms with a mat and toys hanging overhead) and our old Graco baby swing, fully-loaded with 4 D batteries.  Baby T is enjoying both.  I moved our old IKEA Poang easy chair to D's room, as the living room was becoming warehouse-like with the addition of the baby swing.
  • At C's suggestion, we've added red food coloring to the water in a vase of pale pink carnations.  
  • Last night, I walked D over to the playground two blocks away.  That may not sound like much, but it was the first time since we moved here four months ago that I have walked there and back.
  • D recently finished reading The Hobbit and is currently reading Murray Watts' really excellent Bible for Children.  It has beautiful art and very intelligent retellings.  (Truth be told, the retellings are a bit too grown-up for a number of the Amazon reviewers.)  Since last year, D has insisted on reading the Bible itself, but I thought he should read through a good Bible story book, because I wasn't sure how much he was getting out of just the raw KJV.  Once he has the story book under his belt, he'll have a better frame of reference.  He's already reached the first stories about David.  
  • I'm washing up C's new tie-dye shirt that she made at the birthday party on Friday.     
  • C had a horseback riding lesson yesterday and then she and I and Baby T went to a local bakery to pick out stuff for a small reception for after Baby T's baptism next weekend while my husband took D for a haircut at Walmart.  We're going to have a small glassed-in room for ourselves, coffee, water, pastries and fruit cake (that being the house specialty).  The manager made us an extremely good offer, based he said on his belief that people would undoubtedly buy more stuff while there.  (The bakery is a new location of a regional landmark famous for fruitcake manufacture.)  I've sent out the invitations but am unsure how many attendees we are going to get.  Between ourselves, the priest and the godparents' family, that's already a dozen people, so somewhere between a dozen and two dozen, but it's impossible to say closer to which.    
  • We are doing very well with our old Kolcraft universal carrier and our new car seat, although the car seat itself is far too heavy for me to tote about when fully loaded with Baby T.  We keep the universal carrier in the car trunk and then always have it available when we are out and about.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Back on track?

We have a three day weekend and we're starting to get traction.  Here's some of what's been happening:

  • The ninja costume turned out to be unavailable for C (we were able to get a nice one for D).  C has decided on a red kimono costume, a parasol and a Chinese fan.
  • C spent all day today at a birthday party doing tie-dye t-shirts and painting finger and toe nails.  We gave the birthday girl pipe cleaners (her suggestion) and Farmer Giles of Ham.  
  • At D's suggestion, we have opened a money market (?) account for him in our names.  He has given us $100 for the account and he is going to earn 0.95% annually.
  • D also has $20 in his giving box and he and my husband are doing a donation to Heifer.org.
  • Baby T had a weigh-in today and was 8.65 lb (8 pounds 10 ounces).  That's very good (2 ounces gained in two days) and we don't have to come back until Wednesday, which is her two week appointment.  

Baby picture

Here's a picture of Baby T from the hospital.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Girls at the grocery store

After 4 days of missed school (an entire week since we have Friday off) spent in isolation from Baby T, D may finally be well.  D finished his massive school make-up packet today and presented me with a huge set of Kumon workbooks to correct (I managed to do some of the correcting while Baby T was napping).  This evening we all went to the cafeteria and enjoyed a very tolerable dinner.  They were doing a beer-less college Oktoberfest (the bacon-y hot potato salad was very good).  This was my first visit to the cafeteria since before I went to the hospital.  It was great.  The kids each got a chance to push the universal carrier with Baby T in it.  I also relearned the fact that the smaller and more fragile the baby, the more likely complete strangers are to come uncomfortably close.  Fortunately, the car seat has a visor suitable for just such a situation.    

We were doing some family grocery shopping after dinner tonight.  I was in the diaper aisle looking for baby wipes when I heard some college girls talking as they passed Baby T's stroller.  "I want a baby!" said one female voice.  "Me, too!" said another female voice.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Feeding progress

Here's some of what's happening:

  • We had a weigh-in this morning at the pediatrician's and Baby T is gaining.  We are definitely frequent fliers now--I went back to the desk today because I realized I hadn't given her name, but the receptionist told me that she'd recognized us and we were properly signed in.  We were discharged from the hospital Friday, went to the pediatrician for an unplanned concerned mama visit Saturday AM (jaundice and weight loss), went back Monday for her newborn visit (jaundice mostly gone, but a weight plateau after a weekend of supplementing with Pedialyte and some expressed milk) and then went back Tuesday (more weight loss) and today (Wednesday) for weigh-ins.  As of this morning (Wednesday), her weight is up to 8.5lb.  We're supposed to return Friday and if she's still gaining, we'll be free until her two-week visit.  
  • This is D's third day home from school with a low fever.  He'll be home again for a fourth day tomorrow and there's no school Friday, so he'll have missed the whole week.  Since it's me, D and Baby T home together, Baby T is fragile and D is infectious, D is mostly in "self-care."  Poor guy.
  • I've been managing reasonably well to stay one bottle ahead of Baby T's demands.  She still does occasional competent breastfeeding, but you can't count on it happening.  Hopefully, she'll keep her skills sharp during this fattening-up phase.     
  • At night, the pumping and feeding is a team effort.  My husband and I have been enjoying Portlandia and Lilyhammer on the Kindle Fire during early morning feedings.  
  • We've had a lot of discussions about how to safely encourage better sleep for Baby T.  She spent several nights in the car seat, which I know is a popular option for newborns.  I was able to rock her from my side of the bed until she drifted off.  It's not entirely clear that it's safe, though, and she'll have to move on eventually to something else anyway.  We asked one of the pediatricians and she said she'd done it with her kids, but wouldn't necessarily recommend it.  My husband did some looking on the internet, and there are some concerns that car seat sleeping is risky.  Unfortunately, the way this sort of thing works is that many sleep-encouragement methods are very likely to work through depressing respiration.  As of last night, we have made a major break-through.  We put Baby T in one of D's old swaddlers (the Kiddopotamus type with huge velcro patches) and my husband detached the vibrating unit from her bouncy seat and stuck it under her bassinet mattress.  Result--quick and easy sleep.  We still had to get up for her 3 AM and 5 AM feedings, but there was practically no wasted time waiting for her to drop off and wondering if it would ever happen.  I should have remembered about the swaddlers--there was a reason why I wound up with five or six of them for D when he was a baby.  
  • We haven't bought a crib yet.  Sealy's vibrating crib mattress is apparently a very good option, but it's ridiculously expensive for what it is.  We also may be able to get on without it.  It's still under discussion.         

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

History repeats itself

Baby T lost an ounce from yesterday to today's weigh-in, which is very unfortunate.  Her feeding has deteriorated since the weekend and she's doing a lot of refusal.  There was also a nasty long stretch early this morning where she wouldn't eat and wouldn't sleep.  I was hoping to catch her up this afternoon, but she was sleeping a lot, feeding briefly, and refusing to feed except at long intervals.  I made a mid-late afternoon call to the lactation consultant office at the hospital and the pediatrician's.  I got hold of somebody at the pediatrician's office first.  We are supposed to bottle-feed Baby T if she doesn't feed properly and bring her in for another weigh-in tomorrow.  My husband sterilized a bunch of bottles and caps and nipples and we began serious pumping and bottle-feeding this evening (with a token effort at breastfeeding at the beginning, naturally).  Hopefully, if we are consistent, Baby T will show a good weight gain by the time we take her to the doctor's office tomorrow.  This is the third time I've been through this particular process, but I've never been so tantalizingly close to successful, non-electric feeding.  Pumping and feeding are OK, but I was looking forward to life off the plastic leash, an experimental road trip or two, and maybe even a trip to the West Coast in March.  Oh, and my black Pashmama nursing cover arrived today.  It's really cute, although I think the copywriters are dreaming if they think any woman is voluntarily going to wear one after the end of breastfeeding.

In other news, D's long-awaited ninja costume has arrived in the mail.  C is still waiting for hers.                 

C's observations

Here are some C quotes:

  • C on Baby T:  "Isn't she adorable!"
  • C on Baby T:  "Her skin is so velvety!"
  • Visiting my hospital room, C noticed the rapid proliferation of sticky notes on my hospital table (that being my way of organizing to-do stuff--I have a larger collection on my dining room table).  "You've already created your own personal sticky patch!" she said.  
  • Last night, I was pointing out to C how much more energetic I am these days and how much more I can do.  "But you have less time," C replied.  She is getting to be a very perceptive critter.   

The opposite of nipple confusion

We've noticed a peculiar fact about Baby T's nighttime feeding.  She will sometimes persistently refuse to nurse...until prompted with a nip of milk from a bottle.  That is totally counterintuitive.  My husband says it's the opposite of nipple confusion.      

Monday, October 15, 2012

Baby adjustments III

Here's some of what's happening:

  • On Wednesday, we were blessed with 9 lb. 5 oz. Baby T.  By Saturday when I went to the morning clinic at the pediatrician's office, she was around 8 pounds 6 oz.  After a weekend of Pedialyte, some expressed milk, and a lot of late night/early morning nursing refusal, she was at 8 pounds 7 oz this morning.  However, she was up nearly 2 oz. over that after a single long feeding at the doctor's office.  The pediatrician thinks Baby T has hit bottom and is rebounding.  She needs to gain about 1 oz. a day and we can relax about feeding intervals once she regains her birth weight.  We are to bring her in for a weighing tomorrow.  
  • On Saturday, the doctor pointed out T's yellow torso and said to watch out if it spreads to the legs.  Sure enough, when I was sunning T on the balcony later that day, her legs had turned yellow, too.
  • True story--before T was born, I was unsure whether she was going to be big or small, so I bought a package of newborn diapers (up to 10 pounds) just to be careful.  She turned out to be large and barely fit into the newborn diapers, so I offered them to a friend who had a 6 pound baby several weeks ago.  She declined them, saying her baby was now 9 pounds.  Meanwhile, the more weight T lost, the better she fit into the newborn diapers.     
  •  Over the weekend, I was starting to think that Baby T was getting nipple confusion or that she just didn't like milk.  In retrospect, I think she was being overserved and just wasn't hungry.  However, with the jaundice (which is still there, but in much milder form), we didn't have a lot of options but to stuff her with whatever nutritious liquids were handy.  It was unfortunately impossible to tell the difference between satiety and jaundiced lethargy or nipple confusion.  Baby T has since recovered her taste for nursing and I have learned a couple things:  1) you can't force-feed a nursing infant 2) it's going to be a while before we try bottle feeding again (I've seen recommendations to hold off until 3 or 4 weeks).       
  • I managed to drive myself and T to the doctor's office this morning, a post-partum first for me.  I dealt with the new car seat and the old universal carrier (it's like the bottom of a stroller--you strap the car seat to it) and was very pleased to push T, the car seat and my backpack in the universal carrier, rather than subjecting my back and pelvis to carrying them all across the parking lot.  T and I also hit the Starbucks drive-through at the mall on the way back, another first for me.  I've never had an infant and a car at the same time before, so many standard American mothering maneuvers are totally new to me.  I've also never had a baby in Texas before, so there's a lot of relearning to be done.     

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Baby adjustments II

Here are some more notes:

  • One of the challenges of our current living situation is that we moved the contents of a 2000-square foot rental home with 2-car garage into an under 1700-sq. ft. upstairs duplex with no garage.  (It could be worse--we were initially looking at an under-1200 sq. ft. apartment near the kids' school.)  We gave away huge amounts of stuff during the move, but are unavoidably rather cramped, and it gets worse every time we pull out a formerly compactly-stored piece of baby equipment or buy a new item.  We are going to wait a while before taking the plunge and buying a crib, as that will be the end of any free square footage in my husband's office.  It's going to be a truly Alice-in-Wonderland experience next spring when we move into a house that has easily twice the storage of our duplex (it's 2900 sq. ft., but there's also an attic, two car garage, and outdoor space).  
  • On the other hand, all that baby stuff serves a useful purpose.  Just this morning, having been left high and dry and unbathed after my husband and the kids left for church, it occurred to me that if I put Baby T in her vibrating bouncy seat, I could take a shower!  And I did! And it was great!
  • After I got back from the hospital, I finally finished watching Ricki Lake's infamous natural childbirth propaganda documentary The Business of Being Born.  It was much more watchable after having had the baby, although I confess I didn't watch the epidural footage very closely.  I've had three epidurals over the years and I don't need to know how big that needle is.    
  • We have a bit of a logistical problem now.  Up to now, I've been driving my husband to work in the morning and picking the kids up from school and then picking my husband up at the end of the day in order to preserve my daytime access to our one and only automobile (otherwise, the car would have to go to work with my husband and stay there until school pick-up).  Anyway, now that the baby is born, we have to figure out how realistic it is for me to continue those driving duties.  On the one hand, it would be nice not to have to worry about fitting those pick-ups and drop-offs into T's current heavy feeding schedule.  On the other hand, without the car, I will be marooned here in our immediate neighborhood all day, and not really that capable of getting out with a stroller at the moment, either.  This is still under consideration.  Once we move back closer to campus next spring, this whole issue will be moot, as my husband will once again be able to walk to work.  
  • Never having been a successful traditional breastfeeder, I am lacking in a lot of know-how.  With my older kids, I always did outings with bottles and then rushed home to resupply the fridge (as I recall, 5 hours away from home was a very big deal).  That whole lifestyle has lost a lot of its charm now that the kids have so many outside engagements and we've started to enjoy family travel.  (And to be honest, it didn't have a lot of charm at the time.  The most important thing was that it worked.)  Anyway, although Baby T is really surprisingly talented, I've only ever successfully fed her in the hospital, at home, or in the doctor's office, places with very lax dress codes (i.e. National Geographic style)  for new mothers.  There are so many places to go and things to do, but I first need to master "discreet" breastfeeding, whatever that is (I notice that local mothers favor nursing covers).  I've ordered a cover of my own, and am hoping to regain the ability to get out and about with Baby T.
  • We rented hospital pumps for our two big kids.  We knew we wanted a pump available in case of emergency for Baby T, so we planned to rent a pump at the hospital immediately, at least until we could get a good internet deal.  As it happened, there was a screaming deal ($225) on Pump In Styles at the local HEB grocery stores the day I was checking out from the hospital, and my husband was able to snag the last one available at a suburban HEB.  I've only used it once or twice so far, but it seems adequate for our purposes.  
  • Here are some of my goals (a number of these being dependent on being organized enough to claim the car):  go see friends, go to my usual coffee places on or near campus, go to the bookstore.  I was also weighing the possibility earlier of making a spring break visit to Western Washington, either just me and Baby T or me and Baby T and C, if we figured out Baby T's feeding satisfactorily.  We've got a very narrow window to work with, as in our experience, it is delightful to travel with a five month old.  However, we had many unsatisfactory travel experiences with our big kids between about nine months old and 3, the problem being that our big kids (both excellent sleepers) bond with their cribs, sleep there beautifully, but then don't want to sleep anywhere else.  I also find air travel with 1-3 year olds not very restful.  Baby T may be totally different, but I think we should seize the opportunity.  We should also probably experiment with short trips in Texas, just to see what her parameters are.                       

Baby adjustments

Here's some of what's happening:

  • C keeps saying variants on "she's so adorable!" and holding Baby T.  D has been more subdued in his response.  
  • Baby T has been astonishingly good at breastfeeding.  My older two had feeding issues and lived on expressed milk for their first year, so this is a whole new world for me (and for my husband, who bottle-fed them through many nights).  That said, between the (literally) creeping jaundice and Baby T's tendency to fall asleep mid-feeding now that I have real milk, this is a challenging weekend.  Baby T would naturally tend to sleep through feedings this weekend, but she's supposed to be eating very regularly to fight off the jaundice, so I have to keep waking her up.  We're seeing the doctor tomorrow morning for her official newborn visit and plying her with Pedialyte and she has gone through an encouraging number of diapers, so please don't be concerned.  Yesterday the doctor said jaundice peaks on the fifth day, so I'm hoping to get permission soon to allow her to sleep longer stretches at night soon.  It feels very odd to set alarms at night to wake her up.    
  • Baby T and I stayed home from church today.  My husband took the kids to the Spanish-language downtown parish, which was celebrating Fiesta de la Raza today.
  • This is our third day home from the hospital.  I have barely been out at all.  This afternoon, Baby T and I made our first official outing together.  My husband helped me get my precious (my new Bumbleride jogging stroller) down the stairs and Baby T and I walked to the grocery store, mainly to stock up on infant acetaminophen (just in case), children's acetaminophen (D has a slight fever) and children's ibuprofen.  We were multi-tasking and Baby T wore just a diaper and infant sunglasses to soak up some sunshine for her jaundice.  The grocery store is 3.5/4 blocks away and this was my very first walk there since we moved here 3.5 months ago.  What to report?  First of all, I love my new stroller very much.  Second, unfortunately, my pelvic joints unfortunately feel like they've been taken apart and very carelessly reassembled, so a 7-block round trip is actually a fairly major event at this point.  I will have to be patient.  On the bright side, I don't think I'm going to need the major pain killer my doctor prescribed.  The Alleve she suggested seems to work very well on the sort of lingering but minor aches and pains I've got.  
  • We have a bit of a logistical problem with regard to strollers.  We have the Bumbleride jogging stroller and the universal carrier that goes with the car seat, both wonderful pieces of machinery.  The problem is that we will be in our second floor duplex with exterior stairs until late May, over 7 months from now.  We are thinking of entering into negotiations with the downstairs neighbors to see if we can chain our universal carrier outside downstairs.  Unfortunately, thanks to our new baby and the hours she keeps, we are (completely involuntarily) the neighbors from hell, so it's a somewhat awkward question.      

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Baby T is here!

Here's some of what's been happening:

  • Baby T was born Wednesday after a scheduled induction at exactly 39 weeks.  She now shares a birthday with her great-grandpa.  
  • We got home yesterday afternoon.  Baby T is feeding very well, but is somewhat jaundiced.  We went to see the pediatrician this morning and the doctor pointed out her yellowness.  We are applying Pedialyte and sunlight and will be seeing the doctor again on Monday.
  • T slept tolerably in her car seat last night, with feedings at 11ish, 2ish and 5ish.  In the morning, C wanted to know why I was still in pajamas at 9:30 AM.  One of the kids also wanted to know why we parents were only up at 8:20 AM.  
  • We are rediscovering the newborn parent nighttime protocol of get ready for bed, feed baby, then everybody jumps into bed, and then get up every 3 hours.  I did wake Baby T for one or two of her feedings.  

Sunday, October 7, 2012

County Fair II

Here's more of what happened this weekend:

  • My husband took the kids out separately for archery.
  • I went to a baby shower this afternoon and didn't eat chocolate-drizzled scones.
  • My husband took the kids to the rodeo at the county fair.  They also paid to go in those big plastic gerbil balls that spin around in the water.
  • I am surprised to be walking around still.

County Fair

Here's some of what's happening:

  • My husband took the kids to the fair yesterday.  C participated in the oral finale of the spelling bee and placed 4th in the 5th/6th grade category.  Then the kids purchased $15 unlimited ride armbands and rode the fair rides until dinner time.  They had a really good time (although D should probably sit out the ferris wheel next year).   
  • Our high temperature was in the high 50s yesterday and today's high will be similar.  This is real fall.
  • In the evening, C and I went through her clothes and sorted out too-small items.  I moved a bunch of non-clothing stuff to her other closet and moved all of her clothes to a lower more accessible rack.  The following needs to be done with C's room:  tidy top of book case, thin down shelf of paper airplanes, organize other closet (the biggest job--that closet is where I've been sticking everything from her room that I can't find a place for), and sell to D or give away unwanted items.  It's not looking like I will finish that closet before the baby is born, and indeed, we may move before I get to it.  
  • My husband is planning to take the kids out separately for some archery today.  Archery is the new family hobby.  My husband has gotten a membership at the local range and bought two bows.  His bow, oddly enough, is just the right size for C, too.
  • I have an induction scheduled for mid-week.  I don't know if I'm going to make it that far, but it's looking more and more likely.        

Monday, October 1, 2012

Beginning of the month

Here's some of what's happening:

  • This is the beginning of the month and there's been a flurry of commercial activity.
  • The last few years, D has been turning into a small preppy.  His dress is always neat and crisp and his tastes are very conservative.  He's voiced an interest in having a smaller version of his daddy's button-down shirts, he disapproved of a loud blue plaid flannel shirt I got him last year, and he suggested that I consult him before making any more clothing purchases for him.  (The boy is 7!)  This evening I put him through a grueling online shopping trek, but I think we got him some items that he is genuinely enthusiastic about.       
  • My husband ordered us half a dozen Indian sauces from Sadaf, important provisions for the weeks and months ahead.
  • My husband also ordered the kids ninja costumes for Halloween.  C says she has been practicing rolling stealthily on the floor.