Friday, August 29, 2008

Whose is it?

So over the past couple weeks I've caught our cats "using" some of Sanaa's things and it really hasn't bugged me. However, this afternoon I walked upstairs to Sanaa's room to lay her down for a nap and who did I find in her crib? Our cat Silver! I was not pleased with him. Whenever she is in her room we keep the door closed so the cats can't go in and wake her up. Well, apparently we may have to start keeping her door closed when she isn't in there as well. That or I need to rearrange the furniture so that it is harder for the cat to jump in. 

After I snapped this picture, I changed her crib sheet, which I really dislike doing. Changing crib sheets are a pain. 
Here Silver and Aria decided to take a nap in the bassinet (they were asleep until they heard me with the camera). Since we won't be using the bassinet for awhile (at least a few more years) I don't mind it. Plus, they just looked plain cute curled up together.
Taking turns. After I moved Sanaa from the blanket, Aria decided she would try it out. I guess it's a great blanket!
I think the only item that the cats have not climbed onto is Sanaa's car seat. Everything else they have "tried out."

2 month check up

Sanaa had her 2 month check up today. What a long morning! For one, the doctor was running late. One of her partners had a sick baby in the hospital, so my doctor was doing double duty trying to see her patients as well as some of her partners patients. So, our appointment was scheduled for 9:15, but we didn't get in until about 9:45 and we didn't leave until close to 10:30. 

Here are Sanaa's current stats: 10 lbs 12 oz and 22 3/4 inches long. She is in the 50th percentile for weight and the 75th percentile for length. She received 5 shots and one oral vaccine and was definitely not happy about any of it!

Some of you have been aware that Sanaa has been a very fussy baby and that was really starting to wear Nate and I down. She has not been a good eater and it has been extremely difficult to get her to sleep. I talked with the doctor about all this and the doctor said that from my description Sanaa probably has reflux. She gave me a prescription, which I filled on the way home. 

I'm really hoping that this helps Sanaa. It has been exhausting caring for Sanaa and there have definitely been days when I have felt as though I wasn't a good mom because I couldn't figure out how to help my own daughter. I also wasn't sure if I (of all people) had ended up with a colicky baby or what. So, I was quite relieved when the doctor said it sounded like reflux. That I can handle. 

Monday, August 25, 2008

My roly-poly finger sucker

Here are some pictures from today. I have tried to get Sanaa to use a pacifier, but she refuses and has come to love sucking on her fist or finger. Her finger of choice at the moment is the index finger. Unfortunately, she may be taking after me in that regard because I was not a thumb sucker, but an index finger sucker as well. 

I am also aware of the fact that the camera cord is also in the picture. But in my defense, it is very difficult to snap a picture with one hand while cradling a baby in the other arm!
During tummy time today, Sanaa kept swinging her head back and forth until she finally rolled over to her side. She did this twice today, but I don't think that this means she is starting to roll over. For one reason, she's a little young to be doing this. She'll be 2 months old on Saturday (the 30th) and typically babies don't begin to roll from their stomachs to their back until about 3 to 4 months. So I kind of think today was a fluke, but we'll see. Below are the pictures. Her head is blurry in the first picture because she was moving it so much before she landed on her side.

Our weekend

This past weekend we headed up to lake Texoma with our small group. Nate and I were excited about spending time with the other couples, but we ended up having the most difficult Saturday with Sanaa. From noon until 11:30pm she fussed, cried, and slept very little. We don't have a clue what was wrong, but it was not fun day. 

Saturday evening we all went out for dinner and for the first time I ended up taking Sanaa out of the restaurant for a period. Sanaa fell asleep in the car and we expected her to sleep through dinner. I had fed her right before we left, so I knew she wouldn't need to eat while we were out. Plus, she had slept very little during the afternoon, so we knew she was tired. However, about 10 minutes after we arrived at the restaurant someone bumped her car seat that was on a sling and she woke up. I put her car seat on the floor and began rocking her, but she started crying harder and louder. Eventually, she let what was close to a scream. The only other time I have heard this particular cry/scream was at the doctor's office when she got her first shot (at 2 weeks). I took her outside and she did eventually calm down, but she didn't fall back asleep. I ended up holding her the rest of the time while attempting to eat. 

The other couples in our small group were very patient throughout the entire weekend. Sunday morning Sanaa did much better. In fact the pictures below are from Sunday morning when Sanaa was just chilling out on our bed while we got ready for the day. 

So far, today is going great. I feel like I have a completely different baby. She has been extremely happy and has been taking great naps. I'm actually not sure what to do with myself. Friday I'll be taking Sanaa to the doctor for her 2 month check-up. I had thought that I might have to take her in earlier because the weekend was so rough, but since today has been going so well I might be able to hold off until Friday and talk to the doctor then. I guess we'll see how the next three days go.

Here is one last picture from the weekend. A shot of the guys hanging out at the pool. 

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Preparing for a weekend away

This weekend the three of us will be headed up to Lake Texoma with our small group. It will be our first weekend away as a new family and I had no idea how much stuff one needs to pack for a little 7 week old baby. You need diapers, wipes, clothes, extra clothes (in case of any accidents), burp rags, baby blankets, pack 'n' play (for sleeping in), and the list goes on. I have compiled a list and as I walk around the house I keep finding something else to add to the list. When we return I'll let you all know how the weekend went.

So, I put this shirt on Sanaa (it says I love daddy) and it made her look like a boy! I added the blue skirt and she looked more like a girl.  But I learned that I should stay away from gender neutral clothes.
Here's a shot of the little munchkin pondering life (at least that sounds good to me. Who knows what is going on in that little head of hers).
Why is it that the two days this week Sanaa and I had to be out and about that it had to rain? Monday I took Nate to work because I had a doctor's appointment and it rained. Tuesday we stayed home. Wednesday Nate had off, but we both had hair appointments plus there were errands I wanted to run. We left our house and it was cloudy. By the time we arrived at the hair salon it was raining. When we were ready to leave it was pouring. Today we're home and it's not raining. What a pain! At least Sanaa was a good sport. I kept her as dry as I could and she didn't complain.

Monday, August 11, 2008

6 weeks old

Today Sanaa is 6 weeks old. I can't believe that. The time has been passing by quickly. Over the past couple of weeks Sanaa has started smiling more often at us. It's so much fun watching her change and become more social as the days and weeks pass. 

Sanaa is actually the age that Cole was (6 weeks) when I began working for the Weitzul family. That just blows my mind. Even though I cared for Cole and Dylan when they were babies, I can't get over how amazing it is to watch a baby as they become more social and develop in other areas. I have also found that there are many things I've forgotten about. Even though Dylan is only 1 1/2 years, there are many things I've forgotten about over that year and a half. So, it feels like I'm experiencing everything with Sanaa for the first time. And in a way I am because Sanaa is a different baby and my own child, so watching her change and develop is more memorable and special than watching another child. Here are some pictures of her playing last week.

                                 Yikes! I don't know about this toy.
Wow! Did you see that?
Today, Nate, Sanaa, and I went to Walmart for our weekly shopping trip. We bought some reusable (cloth) shopping bags with the intention of using them. The bags were at the end of the checkout and the cashier was standing right there as pulled them off the shelf and placed them on the checkout counter. Now, common sense would be for a cashier to use those bags, right? I mean that's what they are for. Well, as we were walking off I noticed we had a whole bunch of plastic bags, but didn't see our cloth bags. Then Nate pointed out that our cloth bags had been place in one of the plastic bags. What is up with that? That makes no sense to me. Oh well. Maybe we'll get a cashier that's little smarter next time and our bags will actually get used.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Meeting more relatives (and four legged cousins)

A week and a half ago Nate's brother and his wife drove down from Arkansas to meet Sanaa. They had a great time holding her. I had the most fun watching their dog, Sadie, who wasn't sure what to make of this new addition. Sadie would stay right next to whoever was holding Sanaa. In fact, Sadie followed me upstairs when it was time for Sanaa to eat and wouldn't go back down until I did. 
When Caleb sat on the couch, Sadie jumped up beside him and then inched forward seeing how close she could get to Sanaa. Sadie eventually laid her head on Sanaa's feet and this made a very cute picture. What a good dog!
Now Sanaa has met all of her aunts and uncles. I find that quite amusing. I come from a large family (my dad is the youngest of 14 and my mom is the eldest of 4) and I feel like there should be more! Oh well, she'll get to meet her many great-aunts and great-uncles at some point.

In two days the Olympics begin. I'm quite excited. I'm typically not into sports, but I enjoy the Olympics because you get to watch sports that you don't see much (if at all). For example, did you know trampoline is an Olympic sport? I didn't and I'm very curious about it. I'll have to see what other sports there are. What fun!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Lessons learned

These are just a few things that Sanaa has taught me over this first month.
1. When changing a diaper never, ever position a baby so that their bottom is aimed at you. Always change the diaper from the side.
2. Each day is different. What worked one day to calm her down probably won't work the next day.
3. Long relaxing showers are a luxury of the past.
4. The standard hairdo is a pony tail with a head band to keep bangs out of the face.
5. Wearing make-up is optional (depends on the amount of time one has). 
6. Everyone gets hungry at the same time (mommy, daddy, cats, and baby. Baby usually goes first because she cries the loudest).
7. Her smiles (even if they are just because of gas) make all the hard days/evenings worth it.
8. The memory lapses continue. Who knows when my good memory will return.
9. Going to the store takes planning. (There is no such thing as a quick trip to the store anymore)
10. I can get by on less sleep than I ever realized. 
11. Everything takes longer to complete (laundry, updating this blog, etc.)
12. I finally understand what it means to love someone unconditionally and expect nothing in return.

When Nate arrived home last night, Sanaa was very happy to see him. Here is her reaction.