Tuesday, September 30, 2008

3 months old

Today Sanaa is 3 months old and is loving life. Here are some more pictures from this morning and this weekend.
These pj's say "Budding Genius." Uncle Caleb and Aunt Sarah gave them to her. Nate loves them, especially considering Nate is a Genius. (Seriously! His business cards no longer say Mac Genius. They just say Genius.)
Fun with grandpa and grandma Lind. Sanaa enjoyed "talking" with them over the weekend
So, does anyone else (with children) find it weird to refer to your parents as grandparents? I know I do. I still don't feel old enough to be a mom. :-)

Dedication of Sanaa

On Sunday Sanaa was dedicated at church. We chose this weekend because my parents were stopping in briefly on their way to Pennsylvania. Nate's brother and his wife were also able to come down from Arkansas. It turned out to be the only free weekend they have this fall. My brother and his wife weren't able to be there, but Texas is quite a ways from Oregon. Luckily, Sanaa and I will be headed out to Oregon in about 2 weeks, so I'll get to see my brother and his wife then. 

Sanaa did well. I know I was worried about how she would do. She is the type of baby that will be happy one moment and then scream the next. But she just chewed on her hand while our pastor held her. She even stayed calm while we took pictures after the service. It was great!

The family. From left to right: Caleb (Nate's brother), Sarah (Caleb's wife), Gene (Nate's dad), Robert (my dad), Rachel (my mom), and Carol (Nate's mom). Obviously we're the ones in the middle. :-)
My parents, Nate, Sanaa, and I.
I am quite thankful that Nate and I are surrounded by such wonderful family members and friends. What a huge responsibility we have. Not only are we responsible for Sanaa's physical needs, but we are also responsible for teaching her and raising her in a way pleasing to our Father. She will learn a lot just in watching the way in which Nate and I interact and respond to various situations. I'm not use to having an audience 24/7, so I know having her around will be a constant reminder to live my life in a way that pleases our Father.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Patiently waiting

Question: How do you change a diaper on a baby that insists on rolling to her side?

Answer: Patiently.

When the pants come off and the shirt goes up, Sanaa goes sideways. There is no point in rolling her onto her back because she will just pull her legs up and go to the side again. So, I just wait . . . and wait . . . and wait. The good thing is that Sanaa also doesn't like to stay in a wet or dirty diaper for long. So eventually she returns to her back and I can change her.
The newest pose. Right hand behind head, left hand in mouth. 

Sunday, September 21, 2008

It's all about the hands

Sanaa has discovered her hands. This past week she spent a good amount of time looking at her hands and sucking on them. I can lay her down on her blanket to play, but she'll ignore the toys next to her. Instead she'll spend most of her time holding her fist out in front of her and then bringing it close to her face until she is cross-eyed. Then she'll put her hand in her mouth, pull it out, and start the process over. It's been wonderful watching her amuse herself. 

Even though I took several classes where child development was talked about, I'm amazed at how much I've forgotten. At the same time, in class the major milestones were typically discussed and the little things such as noticing hands, weren't touched on and I can understand why. We were learning about children who are not typically developing and you can't touch on every type of developmental skill. So, having a baby of my own has been a learning experience as I watch her develop and gain skills that I had not studied. 

With all the pictures I've posted, many would think that we have a sweet little girl and it would very hard to imagine her screaming. Well, today after church many people had the opportunity to listen to her scream as we left. I'm quite use to her cry/scream, but people who aren't often think something is wrong. And yes, something is wrong . . . she's tired. So, today while at church she hardly slept in the nursery. By the time I got her she was overtired and overstimulated and she let me know about it. As we left several people in the hall would turn and look and say something like, "Oh, poor thing." The funniest part (I thought) was finding out that Nate's dad was actually able to recognize her cry/scream and heard it in the restroom. Now that's a set of lungs on a baby!

On this same subject, I've also come to the conclusion that Sanaa does not like Target. The past 3 times I have gone, she has screamed while we were there. I end up having to carry her while pushing the cart with one hand. I've gone to Target at different times during the day, so I don't really know what her issue is. The funny thing is that she's fine whenever we go to Walmart. Interesting . . . 

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Missing items

I am so frustrated with myself. All my life I have done really well at remembering things and not misplacing items. Well, my memory started fading once I became pregnant and it has not come back. In fact it seems to be getting worse. Now I am misplacing things. So far, I have not misplaced Sanaa, but I do wonder if that will happen (just kidding). 

In all seriousness, a little over a month ago Nate, Sanaa, and I had a weekend away up at Lake Texoma with our small group. When we drove home after the weekend I had my sunglasses. I was wearing them! But after arriving home and walking in the door, my sunglasses mysteriously disappeared and I have not seen them since. I have looked every where. I have even gone back through the bags we took on our weekend away. I have looked in the car, under the couch, and every other strange place I could think of. The day after I discovered my sunglasses were missing I even went through the trash. (Yes, that is gross, but I did it anyway). I still have not seen my sunglasses since we returned from Lake Texoma.

Then this morning, I was getting ready to meet a friend and her daughter for a walk at a park and decided I wanted to wear my watch. But guess what? That is now missing as well!! What is going on???? I always put my watch in the same place, in a drawer in our bathroom. It wasn't there. It also wasn't in my purse, the diaper bag, my jewelry box, on the counter, on the table, on the coffee table, or even under the couch. 

I just don't understand. How could I go from having such a great memory and never misplacing things, to having a hard time remembering when Sanaa last ate and losing things on a monthly basis? This is not good. I really hope my memory comes back. Maybe my sunglasses and watch will return once my memory returns . . .

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Time with daddy

Last night Nate and Sanaa spent some quality time together while I was at flute practice. Before I left I had a talk with Sanaa and asked her to make things easy on daddy so that he would let me leave more often. :-) She listened. The two of them had a great evening. They read together, played together, and Sanaa even took a brief evening nap. Sanaa also got to "pet" one of our cats.

When I returned home I found Sanaa and our girl cat, Aria, laying on the floor together. Nate took some pictures before I arrived home. Apparently Sanaa would move her arm and hit Aria, but Aria thought she was being petted so rolled over to get her stomach scratched. The pictures Nate took are great!

This picture was taken last week. Sanaa is really enjoying having books read to her. As you can see below she was very animated as Nate read her a bunny story.

Friday, September 12, 2008

The many options

Sanaa is having a difficult time deciding which type of finger she prefers sucking on the most. Her options are 1 fingered, 2 fingered, and even 3 fingered. 

We have the 1-finger index finger option.
The 2-finger middle/ring finger option.
The 1-finger thumb option.
And finally, the 3-finger index/middle/ring finger option.
Her pinky finger does not appear to be in the running.

Currently she has been favoring the 2-finger and 3-finger option. Once she decides which one she likes best we'll let you know. 

(P.S. All but the very first picture were taken this week)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Quotes

Back in May, Nate's mom had a grandma shower. At her shower was a large diaper cake and rolled inside the diapers were various quotes. Today I read through them and I thought I would post some of them for you all to read as well.

"The worst feature of a new baby is its mother's singing." Kin Hubbard

"I can't think why mothers love them. All babies do is leak at both ends." Douglas Feaver

"A baby is an inestimable blessing and bother." Mark Twain

"People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one." Leo J. Burke

"Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit." Bill Cosby

"Families with babies and families without babies are sorry for each other." Ed Howe

"A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for." Author Unknown

"The moment a child is born,
the mother is also born.
She never existed before.
The woman existed, but the mother, never.
A mother is something absolutely new." Rajneesh

"A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on." Carl Sandburg

"Every child born into the world is a new thought of God, an ever-fresh and radiant possibility." Kate Douglas Wiggin

And my favorite . . . 
"Getting down on all fours and imitating a rhinoceros stops babies from crying. (Put an empty cigarette pack on your nose for a horn and make loud "snort" noises.) I don't know why parents don't do this more often. Usually it makes the kid laugh. Sometimes it sends him into shock. Either way it quiets him down. If you're a parent, acting like a rhino has another advantage. Keep it up until the kid is a teenager and he definitely won't have his friends hanging around your house all the time." P.J. O'Rourke

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Rainy day

It's a rainy day, but I don't mind. I actually like rainy days. I'm not sure why, but it's probably because it reminds me of Oregon. I also tend to get more done on rainy days and I'm not sure why that is either.

Before the rain moved in I took Sanaa on a walk around our neighborhood. While doing that I discovered two things . . . 
(1) the sidewalks are awful and it is much easier to push a stroller along the side of the road and 
(2) there is one section of the alley I will not be walking down any more because there were so many dogs. Every other house I passed had a dog in the backyard. There was one yard in particular that made me nervous and I wasn't sure the fence would hold the dog for long. So in the future we will only be going down the alley in the other direction . . . where there are no dogs. 

Here's a picture from this past Sunday of Sanaa in a very cute dress. I got this dress from my former boss. 
Just ignore the silly look on Sanaa's face. I posted this picture because it looks as though Sanaa might end up with my hair color. Her hair has lightened up quite a bit since she was born. She looks like Nate in just about every other way (eye color, shape of face, ears), so I'm really hoping she at least gets my hair color.
One final picture. Nate saw her in these pants and said she looked like a boy. I respectfully disagree. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

9 weeks old and rolling

Today I put Sanaa down for tummy time and she kept rolling over to her back. She rolled over 5 times today! I was able to capture two of the times on video. She did most of her rolling over while Nate was at work, which is why I really wanted to get it on video. But, luckily, she did roll over after Nate got home this evening. The first little video is from this afternoon and the second is from this evening. Enjoy!


Monday, September 1, 2008

A whole new baby

Since we started Sanaa on the medication for reflux we have seen a dramatic difference. We have a completely different baby. She has been feeding well (and for longer periods), she is much easier to calm down, and she has started sleeping much better. She took two great naps yesterday and then this afternoon she slept for 3 1/2 hours!!! I didn't know what to do with myself. Saturday night and Sunday night she slept for 7 hours straight! 

Here is a picture of our sleeping angel. I'm glad we finally figured out what was going on. I do feel bad that we didn't figure it out sooner, but at least she won't remember. :-)