The Fam

The Fam

Saturday, April 30, 2011

15 Weeks

Fifteen weeks! Man! I just can't believe it's been that long since this precious bright eyed little baby was set on my chest for the first time. Just typing that sentence made me get a little choked up. I can't tell if I still have weird new mom hormones kicking, or if becoming a mom just makes you more emotional period. I had to fight back tears watching "The Office" last week. Today I'm catching up on Glee and have almost cried about 5 times, and I shed a few watching "Bethenny Ever After" earlier. So what is it, moms? Is this just what I am now? An emotional human being? I used to never cry. My husband has even referred to me as "Ice Princess" on more than one occasion. I guess I need to start carrying tissues with me and work on my hideous cry face if it's going to come out in public. Speaking of cry faces, sometimes Finley will be in a deep sleep and all of the sudden she will wake up with the saddest frowning cry face and cry the saddest little cry. Hooper and I refer to this as her having a bad dream, because once we talk to her and get her to focus on us, she stops. It's so weird, but so so sad. Hooper put together her Jumperoo a few nights ago and man, does she love that thing! She isn't tall enough to touch the ground yet, so we put a puffy pillow under her feet and she goes to town! She squeals and laughs and bounces all around. Next week we go back to the specialist to check her hips and I'm hoping that he's going to tell us that she can go without the harness all the time now. The week after that, we go for Fin's 4 month check up! I can't believe that! I am DREADING the shots. :( It's very hard for me to look at my little baby screaming and looking up at me like, "Why are you letting this happen to me?!?!" The past week two things have changed. One being that she rubs her eyes when she is tired now. :) It is adorable. The second thing is that she can put a lot of weight on her legs now. She loves to "stand" up. She especially loves to stand with Papa (my dad). He calls her Dancing Girl and she just squeals and dances and stands and laughs with him. I think that she has realized the whole cause and effect thing with my dad. She does something and makes him laugh and she enjoys that he's laughing, so she does it again. And again. And again. She is getting really good at grabbing things, and I am really impressed with her improvement of her motor skills over the past week. Normally I can't really tell much of a difference with things in one week, but this past week she has made progress! She still isn't that strong with tummy time though. But we are working on it. :) I can't remember if I've mentioned in my blog that she has clogged tear ducts. We have tried 3 different medications and nothing works. The doctor said that more than likely when she is 6 months old she will have to have a little procedure to unclog them. :( The photos from this week aren't very good, but at least I remembered to take them. Oh! I almost forgot to talk about Easter. We had a great Easter in the Hooper and Roe households.

Finley got a great Easter basket and she LOVES every item that was in it. The past several weeks she has enjoyed chewing on everything she can et her hands on (including a live baby chick!). We went ahead and got her a teething ring and she really likes it! We also got her a glowing seahorse that plays music and ocean sounds and it has become her new favorite toy!
One of the clients at work seriously had this conversation with me:
Her: "Chelsea when are you having that baby? Is it in April?"
Me: "I had her in January."
Her: "What?? You're kidding me aren't you?"
Me: "No. I had her in January."
Her a few minutes later: "You are kidding me aren't you?"
Me: "No I promise."
Can you BELIEVE that?! That would mean that I am 9 months pregnant right now! I swear, some people don't think before they speak. It was really offensive. But a different client was totally shocked that I had a baby. He said I never looked pregnant and I "certainly don't look as it I just had a baby". Then he gave me $20 to go get her something nice. :) He quickly became my favorite client. In other news, Hooper and I ordered new bedroom furniture two months ago and it finally came this week! We are LOVING it!

I am very happy with the furniture and I adore the new bedding from West Elm. I'm a little irritated at Ashley Furniture for not telling me that it would be two months before my delivery would come, but I'm getting over it. I am not holding the same grudge against them as I am that rude client.

I hope to blog again next week!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bases Around The House

Here is just a little blog for new mommies. A "base" is something I made up in my own head. I don't even think I've talked to Hooper about it. But a "base" is somewhere you can put the baby. Bases are really important around the house because if you have to go to the bathroom, it is just more comfortable to have a base near you instead of leaving the baby in the living room unattended. Does this all make me sound crazy? Oh, who am I kidding? I have probably sounded crazy since I first got pregnant. The bases that we use around our house are these:

Above is the Summer Infant Rest Assured Sleeper. It is the first base I used. I kept it in the bathroom when I was home alone with Finley and she was a newborn. I would just lay her in it while I did my thing. The thing is a GREAT base because you can put it pretty much anywhere and the baby can take a nap. I still use it now when I shower.

This little photo is her bouncy seat. She LOVES her bouncy seat. She has one, Bennett has one, and Gigi keeps one at her house. We usually keep this in our bedroom. It's not nearly as easy to transport around the house as the infant sleeper is, so wherever we put it, it usually stays for a while. (It's not heavy, it's just very wide and awkward to go through doorways with.)

Her swing stays in her nursery because it is not easily transported. It's really the only base in the nursery other than her crib. Her crib is filled with pillows and probably cat hair, so we don't ever use that yet. She enjoys her swing, but she doesn't HAVE to have her swing like some babies. I think that Hooper and I were both scared that she would become dependent on it to go to sleep, so we didn't use it all that much in the beginning. Now we use it more though because she is a good sleeper with no assistance falling to sleep.

And of course there is her Pack N Play. We don't use this too often as a base because she can get fussy if we lay her in there and it's not bed time. She affiliates it with sleep, and if we just need to set her somewhere for a short time, she thinks we are trying to put her to bed prematurely. When she gets a little bigger, this will probably be one of the main bases when we turn it into the play pen type thing.

Her Bumbo is one of the easiest bases to use. We can just pick this little thing up and put it wherever we want. She loves it and we love it, so it is definitely one of our favorites.

The Fisher Price Rock and Play Sleeper is one of the best baby items that you can purchase! It is so incredibly light and very easy to move around. If you look it up, it has some of the very best reviews of any baby product. It is great for babies with reflux. My little niece, Bennett sleeps in hers every night. She has reflux and it has helped tremendously! My only complaint about it is that the patterns aren't very cute, and I'm a pattern girl. But I would advise ANY mom to get this for their baby. Finley spends a lot of time in hers in our living room. She takes her evening nap in it every night.

And now last but not least, our new found base is her jumperoo! We have only been using it for a couple of days, but we have no complaints so far! Finley really loves it!
The thing for a new mom to know about "bases", is that not everyone uses them, not all moms think you should have something planned out like that, but I promise it will make things easier. If I recommended only two for newborns it would be the infant sleeper and the rock n play sleeper. The two of them are just too easy to move around and so convenient. Not that anyone even asked for my advice, and not that I'm Miss Mommy-Know-It-All, but I really just think that these things make life a little easier. I remember wondering how in the world I was supposed to take a shower when Hooper went back to work. I decided I'd just wait until he got home from work to do so, and I did it like this for a few days until the time came when I had to take Fin somewhere during the day while he was working. That's when I realized how easy it was if these objects were already strategically placed around the house for me to set her while I did other things. I hope that these recommendations help some of you out!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

13 and 14 Weeks

13 weeks

Let me start off by saying that I don't always have my baby in a plain white onesie. I realize that a lot of her pictures are taken in plain white onesies and that is because she sleeps in them frequently. With her harness, she can't wear pajamas because the pants don't work with the leg stirrups, so it has to be a onesie pretty much. And I tend to remember that it's picture/blog day late in the evenings. Which is also why I don't blog sometimes. :( I was talking to my friend Maggie the other day via text and she and I both agree that this age is by far the best so far. (Her little boy is one week older than Fin.) By the way, you can follow her blog here. Hey hey! Look at me! I finally figured out to insert a link! :) Anyway, this age is so great because Finley is so happy all the time! She just smiles and smiles at anyone who will talk to her. She is reaching for toys and loving dangling things. She always wakes up in the best mood, and this morning she was so hungry (she slept all night without waking to eat) but she was still happy so she was smiling and crying at the same time. She just couldn't decide which emotion she felt strongest. Speaking of sleeping, she has been doing so good at night. We have no complaints regarding her sleeping habits. She goes down every night about 10:15 and we wake her up at 6:30. Occasionally she will sleep all night without waking at all, and other nights she usually wakes up once around 3 for a feeding. I think I mentioned it in the last blog, but I'll say it again. I prefer for her to wake once in the night so that my chest doesn't feel as though it might explode, and so that I don't worry about my milk supply dwindling away. Sorry if that is too much information, but I am a too much information kind of girl. Anna went back to work Monday which means that my mom now has all four girls during the day! Yesterday was her first full day with them and she had 11 bottle feedings and 9 poopie diapers to change! On Monday, I actually had all four girls by myself and nobody pooped except for Elliott, who is potty trained, and I only had to feed the babies twice each during the time I had them. Not much has changed really since the last post except that Finley is getting stronger and she has definitely been reaching for and appreciating her toys a lot more. It is now past my bed time so I must end this abruptly. I hope to post another blog next week, but I can't make any promises. :)

14 weeks

Thursday, April 7, 2011

10, 11 and 12 weeks!

10 weeks

11 weeks

12 weeks

I can't believe I have slacked so much on blogging. I'm really disappointed in myself because my goal was to have a blog for every week of Finley's first year. :( Oh well. I will try to do better from now on. Since the last post Finley has grown so much it seems! She smiles ALL THE TIME and she laughs when you tickle her or when you make certain faces. She is so easily entertained and I just love it. Last week she grabbed her own pacifier and put it back in her mouth. Granted, it was her Wubbanub so it was easier to grasp onto, but still. She slept through the night a few nights in a row, and I thought I would be really thrilled the day that happened, but instead, I was worried about the whole breastfeeding thing. If you go without pumping or feeding then your body thinks you don't need to be producing milk anymore. So I was concerned that if I slept all the way through the night that my body would start producing less milk. Therefore, when I hear her stirring at all at night I get her up to feed her. I'm sure her pediatrician would tell me not to do that, and instead just go pump, but it's so much easier to just grab her and feed her. I may work on that over the next couple of weeks though. At her recheck appointment 2 weeks ago we did not get a new harness and I was really disappointed. HOWEVER, yesterday we did! Annnnnnnnnd, she only has to wear the harness during naps and at night time! I am so pumped! The doctor said that her hips look great on the ultrasound and we are beginning the weaning process! We will do nights and naps for 6 weeks, but we will go back for a recheck in 4 weeks. Going back to work has gotten easier and it feels more normal now. I do LOVE my days off though. Spending time with her is my favorite thing to do. At her 2 month check up she weighed 10 lbs 14 oz and was 23 and 1/4 inches long. Her head is in the 50th percentile, her weight is the 50th percentile and her length is the 75th. She has cradle cap and we are treating that with Selsun Blue on her scalp for 3 minutes during her baths. I haven't noticed an improvement but my mom says that she has. She still has really goopy eyes and we are now on our third medication for them. This little teensy weensy bottle of eye drops costs $50! And I mean it is TINY! We are on day 4 of it and it seems to be helping A LOT! I took FIn over to Anna's house last week and we took some photos of her. I use the term "we" very loosely because really, Anna did 99% of the photographing. I am so pleased with how they look! I am so happy to have such a great best friend that also happens to be married to my brother and as a bonus is my business partner! I am so excited to continue to photograph our kids for many many years to come! Here are some of the photos and below that are the closeup weekly pictures. I hope to blog next week and to get back on the wagon!