Last Saturday Paislee had her very first playdate! My friend Lauralee brought her sweet little girl, Gabby, over for a visit. Gabby is a bit older than Paislee, so while Paislee was busy napping, Gabby was crawling around giving me a taste of what Paislee will be doing before too long! Sadly, we didn't get any pictures of the girls together, maybe next time! I did get one of Lauralee and Paislee, you never know when we will run into each other again and Lauralee can tell Paislee "I held you when you were just a littttle baby!!", and we will have pictures to prove it! Lauralee and her family will be moving to the east coast this summer, so hopefully we will be able to meet up in a few months for a real playdate and the girls can get into everything together :o)
Paislee was sitting in her bouncy seat the other day, and Jason and I were behind her on the couch. Her bouncy seat has a little bar over it with little rattles and a mirror hanging down, and this is what we could see sitting on the couch...
I could EAT HER UP!!! Look at those cheeks!
This is my 100th post, woo hoo! Movin on up in the blog world! Okay, gotta keep this short or I can't call it Wordless Wednesday!
My mom sent this picture this morning of me as a newborn...
I think Miss Paislee looks like her mama ;0) This picture was taken with a phone so it's blurry, I need to find a better one. I showed Jason the picture and he thought it was one I had just taken of her :0)
Paislee Marie, you are 1 month old today.
You weigh around 11 lbs. and are 22 in. long.
Look at Sesi, ha!
You have been a little diva angel these past few weeks!
You already have me wrapped around your finger. Big time. I hate to hear you cry and pick you up the minute that you start.
You have good days and bad days, and they usually alternate from day to day.
On your good days, you sleep almost all day long, and all night long. When I say that you sleep all night long, that means you sleep from about 11-12 until 4-5, making me one happy Mama! It's amazing how well rested I feel after more than 3 straight hours of sleep!
On your bad days, you are awake almost all day long, and by the end of the day you are exhausted. You are fighting sleep by this point and usually spend hours fussing, making me wonder if you are hungry, gassy, sick, hot, cold, constipated, etc. and sometimes I end up crying with you before it's all said and done.
Whether we have had a bad night or a good night, either way you wake up just as happy as can be. Mornings are my favorite time of the day, I guess that's why I don't mind getting up so early! You are so content in the mornings, sometimes I will bring you in the bed with me and snuggle with you while you grunt and groan trying to wake up. When you finally do wake up you give me this look like I am your best friend in the whole wide world and it melts my heart every single time.
Bath time is usually pretty good for you. I am still giving you sponge baths the majority of the time, but you get a bath in your bathtub 1-2 times a week too. You seem to like your bathtub, you just lounge in the warm water (and sometimes pee in it!) Either way, you do not like when it's time to wash your hair. You cry every time. Too bad though, Mama ain't having a stinky baby :o)
You are eating every 1-2 hours. We are still breastfeeding, and sometimes I pump and give you a bottle, just because I am curious to see how much you are eating. Once it was 4 oz, another time it was 2 oz, so it still isn't 100% clear how much you are getting at every feeding, but it is 100% clear that you are a HEALTHY baby :o)
You're a messy eater! This is what you look like after most feedings :o)
You only poop about once a week, and this really bothers me! The doctor said it was okay, and normal but I really don't like it. I think it makes you extra gassy, and EXTRA stinky! You can clear out a room with your man farts :o) Sometimes I even have to ask your Daddy if that poot was you or him because it's kinda hard to tell, ha!
You have a fussy time most nights, usually anywhere between 6 and 8, and you are pretty inconsolable. It's pretty nerve racking, but we get through it and eventually you fall asleep.
You are smiling more and more every day and I loooove it :o) You have such a pretty smile! Mostly you smile when someone talks to you, and you also smiled the other day when I was tickling your feet with my teeth, you have stinky feet already :o)
You have your daddy's long eyelashes, and his mouth. I can't figure out what is mine yet, but you got your chubby cheeks honestly--from both of us!
You are quite a handful. Literally. You like to be held a LOT. If it were up to you, which it pretty much is at this point, you would be held all day long, and you pretty much are. I can put you in your bassinet or your swing and you will sleep for 10-15 minutes, but then you are grunting and eventually crying to be picked up. Luckily, we have a Baby Bjorn and I can put you in that and you love it. You will sleep for hours in it, pretty much until I wake you up because I'm worried you will sweat to death, but its the only way I can get anything done!
Naptime with Daddy is your favorite!
You went on your first road trip this month. We went to Anchorage for a shopping trip, You, Me, Daddy & Grandma Jan. You did very good during the day, sleeping most of the day and waking up for feedings every two hours, but this is when we discovered your fussy time. I think you were just tired of being in the carseat all day. We hope you continue to be a good little traveler, we have a big road trip planned for you in a few months, missy!
Here you are laying in the bed during your first stay at a hotel!
The mohawk is your hairstyle of choice these days
You're a very pretty girl!
Our lives have changed a LOT this month! You are a lot of work, and require lots and lots of attention, but you are worth it! We love you very much and cannot wait to watch you grow more and more every month, but not too fast!
Disclaimer: I know this is a day late, and yesterday was actually Paislee's '1 month Birthday'--a great example of how life with a newborn is, you never know what you're gonna get! I actually had this typed up yesterday, but wanted to wait until I could take her 1 month picture. I had very good intentions and meant to take it today, but its hard when you don't want to wake her up because she is sleeping so well, and then she gets fussy towards the end of the day so you can't get a good picture then, and by the end of the night its bathtime and bedtime--maybe tomorrow!
I haven't been able to put this spoiled sweet child of mine down this week. She seriously has been held almost every second of every day this week. I really have tried to put her down, make her sleep in her bassinet, put her in her swing, lay her on the couch, etc. she just won't let me. I tried to let her cry for about 2 minutes, yes thats all that I lasted and I just couldn't take it anymore. Yesterday I discovered the Baby Bjorn tucked away and decided to give it a try. She loves it. So now I can get stuff done, with a big, 10 pound baby attached to my chest (as if I didn't have 2 other babies attached to my chest, and as if THEY weren't big enough). I have a feeling I will pay big time for this, but I am desperate to get things done around this house and to get a nap during the day (sleeping in the recliner with her on my chest). My back is killing meeeee......We are ready for daddy to get home!!!!!! Mama needs a good nights sleep, a haircut, pedicure, manicure and a cocktail! Let Jason know, please--my first Mother's Day is coming up ;o)
We received Paislee's birth announcements earlier this week and I have finally gotten them all addressed and half mailed out, the other half will go out when Jason gets back and gets to the post office to mail them out, I am confined to the house in fear of putting Paislee BACK in the carseat and listening to her scream the whole way into town, again. Anyways, the birth announcements are SUPER cute, and I can't wait for everyone to see them! I will post a copy up here once I think most have them have reached their recipients, I want it to be a surprise :o) I had them made here.
Valdez is looking better and better everyday, we can see grass in our front yard! Woo hoooooo! I never want to see snow again, ever ever ever.....I am ready for warm, sunny days, cookouts, walks, and having the sun out until midnight so I'm not scared on the nights that Jason isn't here :o)
My mom was here from the day Paislee was born, and Jason has been home every night (minus one or two duty days) since she was born. Monday, they both left me. Yesterday was ROUGH. Paislee must know who the softy of the house is (me) because she has taken full advantage since they have been gone. She was awake all day yesterday, wanting to be held ALL DAY LONG. Anytime I put her down, she screamed. I know, people tell me I need to let her cry it out, or even better--scream it out, but I just CAN'T. I'll probably regret it, and pay later but that pitiful little cry just breaks my heart every time and mama has to come to the rescue. Her lack of sleep paid off last night and she slept from 2 a.m. until Jason called and woke us up this morning at 7:30. I figured I would take advantage of her 3 hour nap she is working on right now and blog--how come I feel guilty for going a few days without blogging?
Really though, there isn't much to say. It's me and Paislee girl this week by ourselves, and we are hanging in there :o) I am procrastinating, as always. I have 2 projects left and I will officially be DONE with school, problem is--I haven't even started on one of those projects-whoops! It's hard to type with one hand, while holding a squirming baby in the other! I have until Monday to get the projects finished and turned in, wish me luck! (Luckily, one is a group project and ALMOST finished!)
Okay, sorry to cut this short and be so boring but I see little arms shooting up in the air every minute or so from the bassinet, which means...dun dun dun...she's waking up! Hope everyone is doing great :o)
1. I am TERRIFIED of throwup. Seriously, absolutely, positively, extremely--MORTIFIED. I have not thrown up since I was like 7.. whenever the first Toy Story movie came out--hold on, let me google it--1995, okay sorry, I lied--I haven't thrown up since I was like 9 years old. I had been to the movies to see Toy Story and threw up once that night, I think I ate too much popcorn! I haven't thrown up since then--if I have told you I have, I lied to get out of something like school or something else I didn't want to do! HA! No one wants to be around someone who is throwing up! I can happily say that I made it through my pregnancy and childbirth and no throw up--I hope I'm that lucky next go round!
2. I killed my hamster with a fart when I was little. For real. But it was only temporary. I had a little dwarf hamster, and I was sitting on the floor and had made a circle with my legs so he could run around without getting out, and I farted--and he fell out. I KID YOU NOT. It was only temporary, but long enough to scare the crap out of me! I ran into the living room crying and told my mom that I had farted and killed the hamster! I think it was too much CO2 for the little guy...ha! He hopped up about 5 minutes later and was perfectly fine, I think I just made him pass out :o) I can't believe I am putting this up here for the world to see..... :o)
This is what he looked like..before he passed out :o)
3. I'm a Britney Spears fanatic. I'm definitely not as bad as I used to be, seeing I have more important things to worry about now, but I use to be obsessed--when I say 'use to be' I mean like 6 months ago and for the past....8 years or so?
4. Owls scare the shadooby outta me! I had a dream in college that an owl was in my dorm room chasing me around and hissing at me (yes, hissing). Ever since, they have really just scared/disgusted me. Blugh. I can't stand to even look at them.
5. I have a whole lotta baby weight to lose.....before I go home in July--any weight loss tips? Anyone?
I was going to post today since I haven't posted all week, wrote up this nice long blog post, added videos and pictures--the whole shebang..
THEN, my blog wanted to act like a fool and mess up my post--the text was running off the page and it just looked stupid and you couldn't read it. I have been trying to fix it, and nothing is working. I refuse to type everything again because I don't have time and Paislee is about to throw her daily temper tantrum so here is a quick summary--
-I'm mad at American Idol--first Didi, now Andrew-UGH! I am now crushing on Lee and Tim-LOVED Tim's performance last night!
-My mom was supposed to leave Tuesday but hurt her foot and is stuck here for another week-woo hoo!
-Both she and Jason leave me next Monday--Jason will be gone for a week, I will probably be a nervous wreck! I have a feeling he will come home to a spoiled little girl and a frazzled mama!
-We took Paislee to get weighed yesterday--10lb. 2 oz., 22 in. long--will she grow this much every week??
-This picture cracks me up:
I hope everyone has had a great week and has an even better weekend! I know Jodi will with her BRAND NEW NEPHEW!
I know probably everyone that follows my blog also follows Kelly's Korner, and has seen how she does a post every month for Harper's 'Birthday'. I really like that idea and think it's a great way to keep up with how she is growing from month to month. So I decided to copy Kelly and do a monthly 'Birthday' post for my sweet girl :o)
Jodi sent me an e-mail one day showing me these SUPER cute monthly stickers that you can stick onto a onesie and take pictures for every month, so I decided to order them for my Birthday posts--hey, might as well go all out, right? Just look at them, could you resist or is it that little girl modeling them that makes them so irresistible?
So here goes nothing.
Paislee Marie: You are 0 months old. Ha! Really, you are 2 weeks old today, but they didn't have a sticker that says '2 weeks' so we will stick with 0 months :o)
On the day you were born you weighed 8 lbs. 15.1 oz. and were 21.5 inches long.
Yesterday at your 2 week checkup you weighed 9 lbs. 6 oz. and were still 21.5 inches long.
You are the most perfect little thing that me and your Daddy have ever laid our eyes on.
You have a beautiful complexion, definitely not the complexion of a newborn.
Your eyes are a dark color that I'm going to call blue for now, but we all know that they won't be that way for long :o)
You were born 'tongue tied' and weren't able to stick your tongue out or eat very well. We had that fixed when you were 2 days old, and you have been happy as can be ever since!
Your feeding schedule varies, sometimes you are hungry an hour after your last feeding, sometimes its 5 hours or more before you will eat again--and trust me, I try to force you--but you are stubborn like your Mama! Either way, you end up feeding about 10-12 times per day.
You only eat for about 5-10 minutes per feeding. I worried that you weren't getting enough at first, but after you gained more than a pound in less than a week, my worries disappeared :o) You're my little piggy!
You are still sleeping a lot during the day, but you have become more alert and are staying awake more and more every day. We give you a bath almost every night, and feed you right afterwards so you will know that it's time for bed! You are usually ready for a feeding around midnight, and after that you usually sleep until 4 a.m. or so! After that feeding I usually stay up with you until 6 or 7, and then let your Grandma take a shift so I can sneak in a couple more hours of sleep with Daddy--who has been sleeping through everything! Sometimes when I am up feeding you at 4 in the morning I look over at him snoring and want to strangle him :o)
We have a rule around the house that whoever is holding you when you drop a bomb has to change you. Good rule, huh? Most of the time you get your Grandma pretty good :o) You fart like a little man, I wonder who you get that from? ;o) We will blame it on Daddy!
I have been having a hard time getting you to burp after you eat, and lately you have been throwing up after feedings, like BIG TIME throwup--every time it's on Daddy. I don't know if you are eating more than your little tummy can hold, or if he is squeezing you too tight, but I wish you would stop and I'm sure he does too!
Speaking of, I think the nurses at the hospital probably think we are crazy. We call them all the time, over every little thing. Your umbilical cord stump fell off early and bled a little bit and I was so worried about it. I made Daddy call over that, and over a rash that you had, and I almost made him call over the throwing up but I changed my mind. It is SO hard having to worry about keeping you safe! I worry myself sick over the smallest thing, and even though I know it will drive a person to insanity, I google everything too! I just want the best for you :o) I'm not crazy, really.
You are a lot of work! You are a GREAT baby, the best I could have ever asked for, but being a parent is tough. Everyone warned me that it was hard, and I knew it would be, but it's hard to imagine exactly how hard it is until you are holding that sweet little baby in your arms and feeling a love like you have never felt before. You will understand one day! (A long, LONG time from now!)
I was on my friend Lauralee's facebook page the other day and saw this quote:
Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. - Elizabeth Stone
I love it, so true!
That is all for now. I could write for days and days, but you might get tired of reading this one day :o) I love you little girl!
Today we took Paislee for her 2 week checkup--can ya'll believe she is ALREADY 2 weeks old tomorrow??? Crazy!
Everything looked good, and Paislee was PERFECT! I think she was showing off for Dr. Todd. She just laid on the table so content and happy the whole time. But as soon as Dr. Todd walked out she started screaming and was ready to eat, ha! She weighed 9 lbs. 6 oz. and was still 21.5 inches long. I think she is around the 85-90 percentile for both her weight and height. That's my big girl!
Mama's lookin rough, but I had to get a picture of baby girl's first Doctor's appointment!
We are off to Anchorage tomorrow for some shopping and good food--then when we get back its..dun dun dun...DIET TIME! We will be gone until Sunday, then my mom leaves us on Tuesday :o( SO, I may be MIA for a few days, shopping and spending my last few precious days with my mama--it could be the end of July before I see her again unless I can talk her into visiting this summer--I don't think it will be a problem, she won't be able to go that long without seeing her sweet Grandbaby :o) Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend, I know we will!!!
We did a photo shoot for Paislee's birth announcements and here is one of the ones we didn't use. I LOVE this one, I think it's the most precious thing ever. Mama and Jason said she looks like a little monkey though, so it was voted out. I think she is the cutest little Monkey I have ever seen :o)
Besides little trips to the beach here and there, and our trip to Myrtle Beach last summer before we got married, we really hadn't been on any big vacations until our Honeymoon. I don't really consider trips to the beach a 'vacation', I consider them a favorite past time. I already did a huge post on our honeymoon Here so I won't take the time to write all about it again, because honestly I don't remember it well enough. I also don't have enough time in my day right now so this will have to do for my Married Mondays post for this week. Sorry for being such a slacker :o)
Paislee's first Easter wasn't very exciting. We hung out around the house all day, and before we knew it, it was almost time for bed! The Easter Bunny was in town taking pictures, but we didn't want to take her for a picture seeing that he probably saw every kid in town today, and probably got sneezed on, pooped on, farted on, puked on, etc. and we would like to avoid those germs for as long as possible :o) Then we were going to go to church, BUT my body didn't agree with that idea, and I can barely find clothes to wear just on regular days right now, much less to church. We did want to take some pictures of her with her little Easter basket that the Easter Bunny brought her, and in her first smock dress that her Aunt Phyllis bought her. Can I just say that the Easter Bunny dropped her basket off weeks ago, and Mommy and Daddy have really had to practice major self control trying to stay away from that candy, ha! She wasn't a big fan of the dress--it was stiff and not very soft and comfy like she prefers, so we had a hard time getting a good picture without her fussing. Here are the only two we got that she wasn't crying in or making a crazy face :o)
We also have a few (3) 'Babies 1st Easter' bibs, from Grandma Jan, Papa Stem and Aunt Jodi, but we haven't taken pictures of her wearing them yet--maybe after her bath. She is knocked out right now and I am quickly learning to never wake a sleeping baby and to enjoy every second of peace & quiet that you can get!
I really miss blogging :0( it is so hard to find the time right now! My days go by so fast- it seems like they wouldn't seeing I am up so early but they fly by. I'll try to manage my time better and find time to blog more often :0)
Look at the sweet outfit that Aunt Valerie sent Paislee :0) Cant wait for this summer so she can wear it!
My sweet girl had a rough day yesterday..look at that hair! Ha! She wants to be held all the time. Jason thinks I'm spoiling her but I can't stand to hear her cry! I think she just likes to have someone to snuggle with- all the time... I don't mind though :0)
Sorry I haven't been updating much lately. Being a Mommy is hard work! People warned me that it would be, but I thought for sure that I would still have plenty of time for blogging and for Facebook--boy was I wrong!
--It HAS been the best week of my life though. Busy, yes. But I have never felt so much joy and happiness and LOVE in my life. This little girl is just the sweetest thing I have ever laid my eyes on. I could hold her all day long and just watch her every little move and listen to her every little grunt and never get bored. Sometimes I want to cry because I love her so much and realize that I am responsible for keeping her safe and that just scares me. I dread her first skinned knee or smashed finger, and will probably cry harder than she does.
--Paislee was born "tongue tied". The little piece of skin under her tongue was too far to the front, keeping her from being able to stick her tongue out, which made it hard for her to eat. The Dr. wanted to wait a couple of days to see if she could adapt to it, but after 2 days of her going 12 hours without eating--we decided that something needed to be done. Saturday we took her to the hospital and had the Dr. clip it. Paislee didn't cry, or even seem to know that anything had been done, and has since been a brand new baby. She is eating great now, has gained all of her weight back and is sleeping good too.
--Now that I have caught up on sleep, I am back to staying up pretty late. We usually go to bed around 12 or so, and I feed her before we go to bed. For the past 3 nights she has slept until about 4 a.m.! That's like 3-4 hours of sleep I am getting at a time, which is great compared to no sleep the first two nights, which was EXHAUSTING.
--My milk has came in, and let me tell you--Pamela Anderson has NOTHING on me. Girls with no boobs, when you have a baby and your milk comes in, you will realize WHY you should be happy that you weren't "blessed" with a chest.
--My mom is here for 3 weeks to help with Paislee and thank God for her. She has been a lifesaver and I don't know HOW we would have gotten through the past week without her. She has not only been helping with sweet baby, but has been cooking and cleaning as well. THANK YOU MAMA! I LOVE YOU!
--Is anyone as bored with American Idol as I am? This season just isn't doing it for me, maybe I am just distracted and not paying enough attention, but I'm bored with it already.
--I gained about 45 lbs. while I was pregnant :o( But I've lost 25 lbs. so far! Halfway done! Hopefully my little piggy will drain me dry and help me lose the rest and maybe even more--wouldn't that be nice? Either way, it's diet time!
Well, that's all I can think of right now! Hope everyone is doing great and enjoying the WARM weather that we AREN'T getting here in Valdez. Is it time to start a countdown to when we get to leave this place? I think so.
The way it is looking right now we won't be able to leave until around July 15--106 days left!
Happy 1 week Birthday to my sweet little girl!!!