Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cuppy Cakes

Confession: I have an obsession. Cupcakes. Partially because they symbolize the 50s to me... simpler times where moms wore aprons and people listened to smooth music on the radio at night for entertainment (yes I like to pretend I actually know what I am talking about even though I was born like 30 years too late). And partially because they are the most versatile and delicious treat I have yet to find. For example:

They can be cute...


Or elegant...

or sexy...


or silly...


You can eat them for breakfast (yes friends that it a french toast cupcake with maple syrup frosting and bacon)...

or dinner... ok maybe this is pushing it...



But to be honest I just eat them because they are SOOO YUM!!!!



Wednesday, July 14, 2010

the beginning of a laugh

10 weeks old! crazy! Its fun to see her progress. She can support her weight standing and sitting (though a little wobbly), roll from her belly onto her back, and now... she is starting to chuckle! Its just the beginning of a laugh but it makes me and chris laugh so hard we cry.




Also, my visiting teaching companion gave me a book that I have come to LOVE."the secrets of a baby whisperer" Its written by an english woman so she is constantly calling the readers yanks and using words like "paci" instead of binkie but that makes me feel right at home haha. We have employed her program in lolli and she has slept "through the night" (from 11pm to 5 or 6 am) 3 nights in a row!!!! And it doesnt require letting your baby cry for hours...

In the new system its E.A.S.Y. :) Eat Activity Sleep Your time. I nurse her, we play or go for a walk, take a bath whatever, then i take her into her darkened room and we do our sleep routine (i sing to her and rock her in the rocking chair) but ONLY until her eyes get droopy. Then i lay her in the crib and give her the binkie and she puts herself the rest of the way to sleep. This took some major coaxing at first. Also i had to get different binks since she wouldnt take the ones we had. But now i sing, put her down, and walk out of the room. So we fall asleep at the same time and i get 6 or 7 hours sleep!! SWEET!!

Also just as an update... no allergy to foods. She seems to be fine with everything. Thanks for saying something Candi! I might have gone chocolateless for a long time for no reason!

Friday, July 9, 2010

anxiety

Its 9:45 pm and here I sit... listening desperately to the baby monitor.

Around 3 weeks old I started putting Lorelai in her big girl crib for naps during the day just to feel out how she would react. Well, much to my dismay, she seemed to find no difference between her crib and bassinet. I should be happy right? I should enjoy the fact that the transition will likely be a not very difficult one... but i'm not happy. I'm anxious.

I keep thinking that someone will crawl through her window in the middle of the night and take her and i wont even know until the morning. Or that a huge spider will crawl on her and bite her. Or that she'll be too cold or too hot or feel like i've abandoned her. Does she feel lonely? Discarded?

Or is it me thats lonely?

So tonight is the first night of many that i will be anxiously awaiting her cry on the monitor. I know its whats best for her... that she will sleep more soundly without me hovering above her and without the noise of us in the room tossing and turning in our sleep. I know that this anxiety is unnecessary and over the top. But I cant help it. I love that little ball of fat so much it hurts. So she'll sleep in her big girl bed this weekend... i'm not making any promises after that.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Update!

Chris and I took Lorelai to the Dr today for her 2 month check up. I cant believe she is already more than 2 months old! I see other people's babies and it honestly feels like she is so big already! Granted, she started out a couple pounds heavier than most of the babies i've seen, but still her time of being little seemed gone within a couple weeks! At her appt today she was 13 1/2 pounds... gaining weight rapidly. And she has grown 2 inches since the last visit! She is the 99.4 percentile for height and the 97.6 percentile for weight so she is a big girl! We asked the dr about her birth mark on her head because it seemed like it was getting bigger/darker. He said it is a hemangioma which is a benign tumor or blood vessels (dont worry its totally no big deal!), basically he said it could keep getting bigger until she was 1 and then it will get smaller and go away in her toddler years. I googled images of hemangiomas and i will tell you we are lucky! they can be ridiculously big and in far worse places... eye lids, the tip of the nose, the tongue etc. Here is a video of what she looks like lately... she is getting really strong and can support her weight sitting or standing but is still a little wobbly of course.