Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Almost three months!

She's almost thirteen weeks old now, if I counted correctly.  There's no guarantee that I did.  She's sleeping well, and I'm sleeping better because of it, but I'm still quite tired in general.  Things get forgotten, or repeated three times, or garbled.  Andy asked what kind of cereal I wanted this morning, and I thought, "Cheerios," but I said, "Cereal."

As I said, she's generally sleeping well.  She's been in the crib for two(?) weeks now, and generally has one wake-up a night.  It's harder on me, because I have to be upright for the feeding, and we generally do a diaper change too (which she hates), but the last two nights, she's gone back down very easily.  We put her in a sleep sack to try and reduce her startle-reflex, and that seems to be helping.

We met again with Caitlin, just so she could check in with us now that we're old parenting pros.  It was really nice to connect with her again.  We mentioned again how glad we were to have had her at the birth, and she said how she had mentioned the birth to other doulas who were rightfully impressed.  I am pretty great.

Jane is Facebook-famous because she volunteers (involuntarily) with me at the Survival Center.  She's been tagged as their youngest volunteer.  :-)  We'll be back there again this afternoon!

I don't remember if anything else noteworthy has happened.  She has rolled over again, and Andy didn't see it again.  Hah.  He will!

Pictures, of course:

 Look how strong!

 Oh yeah, we made an apple pie.  I still haven't mastered pie crust.  It tasted good, and Andy said it was a success, but I still can't roll out pie crust.  One day.
 Jane in her set-up in Dad's office
 A hat that a coworker's wife made for Jane.  Andy loves it because it helps her to stay asleep longer!
 Halloween outfit from Great-uncle Scott and family.  They knew to buy a six-month outfit for a three-month-old Fraass!

 Jane helping Mom
 And, to conclude, her hilarious sad-face.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Busy week

OK, I'll admit it.  I've forgotten how many weeks old Jane is.  "Two and a half months" is my answer when people ask how old she is.  Could I count it out on the calendar right now?  Sure.  But I probably won't.  Eh.

Anyway, whatever week we're in, we've been busy.  We decided that with the long weekend, it was a good time to transition Jane to her crib.  The idea was that if the nights went badly, Andy would be around to let me sleep in in the mornings.  Luckily for everyone, the nights have been going very well.  She's not going down as easily initially, but once she goes to sleep, we've only had one or two wakeups.  The first two nights she ate once in the middle of the night, and the last two nights she's woken up twice, with the second wakeup basically being almost time to get up anyway.  Last night she had leaked through her diaper, and I didn't feel like changing her sheets, so she came back to bed with us from 5:30-6.  It was some nice cuddle time, even if I didn't really sleep for that last half-hour.  I'll try to get a picture of her in her crib.  It's pretty cute.  It's funny--I thought Brisco would stop sleeping in there once there was a crying baby, but he still sticks around.

After last week's doctor's visit, she recovered nicely from her shots.  She cried much of that evening, but once she went to sleep, the night was fine.  Andy stayed home with her just in case she was in for a hard day, but he said that was fine too.  I'm not looking forward to the next round of shots, that are supposed to be harder on her than the first set, but I know they're important.  I don't know what Rubella is like, but I imagine some crying and a restless night is worth not getting it.

Another milestone: she rolled over the other day!  She was doing tummy time and surprised herself by suddenly flipping.  We didn't get any pictures of it, but that would have made a nice gif.  Maybe another time.  She's only done it once so far.

Josie, Maia and their mom Julie came to visit yesterday.  Julie took a few pictures of her girls holding Jane, and when I get a copy, I'll post them.  They had fun shaking toys over her head, stroking her hair, and letting Jane grab their fingers.  Andy had the camera (that is, his phone) so I didn't get any shots of those.  Very cute.

Anyway, here are the pictures I do have:

Polite girl at the doctor's office.  "Ahem."

 On a walk
 Polite girl on a walk.

Until next time!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Two-month doctor's visit

She's fifteen pounds, one ounce, and 24 3/4 inches.  Not bad!

She got three shots and one oral vaccine.  She cried--I didn't.  They warned it might be a rough night and tomorrow.

That's it for now!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Weeks 9 and 10

We're still trucking along.  People often ask "How old?" when they see us out, but it's always funny when someone actually has an idea about baby sizes and they get a sense of how big she is.  She's got a doctor's appointment on Monday and I'm very much looking forward to getting a weight and length.  We finally stood her up against her height chart the other day, but she was probably bending her legs and was standing on carpeting, anyway.  I suspect the doctor's office will put her above that chart.

Last week, I took Jane with me to the Survival Center and she and I kept track of all the visitors.  My usual shift-companions weren't there, so I sat at the desk with a guy named Mo who's really nice.  A few weeks prior his nephew (six months or so) was looking at Jane and Mo told him to "stop flirting."  Another volunteer asked what size Jane was in, and I reported she was wearing some six-month stuff already (she just passed two months!) and she produced a brand-new pack of 6-9 month onesies from the Free Store.  Can't beat that.

After that, Andy's parents arrived and spent the weekend with us.  They'd been in Atlanta and thought that was close enough to justify a hop up here.  No complaints from us!  They were last out when Jane was two weeks old, so a lot's changed.

Anyway, enough talk!  Picture explosion in no particular order!

Smiler in her Osk Kosh
 Success picking apples!

 Jane picking a Jane-sized apple

 Rocking the tummy time.  She's going to roll over soon.
 Grandma reading "The Grumpy Goat."  It's got a twist ending.  I won't spoil it for you.
 Not the best family portrait that we got that night, but it's the one that got uploaded for now.  Or maybe Andy just looks like that all the time.
 That one's better of Andy but I look indifferent to this whole "family" thing.
 Eyes closed.  Oh well.
 My baby may or may not be a TARDIS.
 Action shot of Jane riding Brisco
 Possibly the greatest outfit ever.
 Jane and Calvin, in the micropaleo lab
 Calvin was born in February.  Jane was born in July.  I think they are the same length.
 Calvin is pretty cute.
 Rocking a six-month outfit.
 Chubby face!
 Grandma and Grandpa's arrival!
 Out at a restaurant in Turners Falls.  I forget what it was called, something about Harvest, but it had just opened days before.  It was good.  We may go back.  They were excited for customers.
 Grandpa, Jane, Grandma
 Just this morning, out for a walk.  "Dude, please."
 The extremely rural Montague, MA

 Not-just-this-morning.  Happy girl!