Friday, October 31, 2008

The yummy rice cereal

This afternoon Nate and I decided to try out rice cereal with Sanaa. We weren't sure how it would go and were prepared for her to fuss and spit the cereal out. However, she proved us wrong. She enjoyed it and started opening her mouth waiting for more! I made one teaspoon to start with, but ended up making a second teaspoon because she polished off the first amount. 

Getting ready . . . 
Ummm . . . not too sure about this stuff.
Wait . . . this isn't so bad.
Hi dad! Do you see me eating? It's yummy.
Tomorrow I'll try to post pictures of Sanaa in her costume.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

4 months old

Today Sanaa is 4 months old! We had her check up yesterday. Overall she's doing well. Here are her stats: weight 12.8 lbs (25%); length 24 in (50%); head 16 in (50%).

She didn't gain as much weight as the doctor expected (only 2 pounds in 2 months). She actually dropped from the 50th percentile to the 25th percentile in weight. The doctor thinks that I am not producing enough milk for her in the evenings. So, for her last feeding before bed we'll start giving her some formula. We'll also start her on some cereal and see if those two things help her gain some weight.  I did find out from my mom that when I was a baby I also did not gain much weight at first, but once my mom started me on cereal at 4 months that turned around. 

I'm also hoping that the cereal and formula will help her sleep better at night. The past few weeks have been awful. She's been waking up 2 to 3 times during the night wanting to eat. The night before we went to the doctor (Tuesday night) she woke up at 1am, 2am, 3:30am, 6:30am, and decided she was up for the day at 7:30am. This was after going to bed at 10pm. So, none of us got much sleep that night. Last night she was only up twice, but I'd love to get her back to only waking up once. 

Yesterday Nate also had off work, so he got to tag along as we went to the doctor. Sanaa got 4 shots plus an oral vaccine. She made the funniest face as the nurse gave her the oral vaccine . . . and then she started crying. But, once the shots were over and we could hold her, she stopped crying. I was impressed with how quick she calmed down. 

The one bummer is that Sanaa is not old enough to receive the flu vaccine this year. So, we'll be extra careful about who we hang around because I really don't want her to catch anything. Nate and I have already been vaccinated for the flu, so we are at least covered.

Here is Sanaa yesterday watching Nate work. She's probably wondering if he knows what he is doing. :-)
A couple of shots from today. 

Sunday, October 26, 2008

All dressed up pretty and no where to go . . .

If you've been following our blog, then you know that the past few Sunday's we've had some minor disasters. Today we are keeping that tradition alive. We woke up to discover that our cable box was dead (no tv) and our water was scalding hot. For the past few days we have had issues with our water heater and have needed to reset it many times. I'm afraid that our water heater is dying. 

On top of that, our tv doesn't work because the cable box is dead. While I got Sanaa dressed and fed her, Nate was on the phone with Verizon. Luckily Verizon will be sending someone out today, but one only knows when that will happen. 

By the time Nate got off the phone and I had finished getting Sanaa ready, it was close to 8:45am. Nate needed to be at work at 10:00am, so the plan was for Sanaa and I to drop him off on our way to church. This meant we needed to leave the house by 9:40am. That gave us just under an hour for both Nate and I to shower and get ready, which wasn't going to happen. So, we decided I would just stay home. 

However, our morning did not end there. True to form, Sanaa had a huge poop. It leaked a little and ended up on her tights. Her shirt and skirt are fine, but the tights had to come off so that I could rescue them. 

So here I am, on another Sunday, writing about our minor disasters. Life is never dull around here.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Toilet seats

I had no idea there were so many options for toilet seats! A person can buy a plain white cheap seat for around $5 or can spend closer to $50 (yes $50!) for a seat that includes rubber padding that is removable and can be washed in the dishwasher. This is what the sales associate told me. Umm . . . gross. Who wants to wash a padded toilet seat cover in the dishwasher? I'm all for more padding, just not cleaning it in my dishwasher. The more expensive seats also have gradual release hinges that keep the lid from slamming down (now that is a nice feature). Well, I did buy a new toilet seat, but I only spent $10. (Sorry, no extra padding or special hinges at our house). However, the toilet seat I bought is super easy to remove (you turn some locks at the back and lift the seat off), which would allow me to just remove the seat to clean the base. I don't know if I'll actually do that, but I can see how that would make it a tad easier to clean. 

Well, here is a picture of Nate and Sanaa in the parking lot. It was Nate's first time to wear the baby bjorn and he quite enjoyed it. Apparently, Sanaa enjoyed it as well because she ended up napping in it while we were shopping.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pop quiz

Who dressed Sanaa this morning?
A. Silver (our cat)
B. Nate
C. Rosa
D. Aria (our cat)
E. Sanaa
Answer: B (Nate)

I had a phone call I had to take this morning and I knew it would be a long call, so Nate was in charge of watching Sanaa. Overall he did a good job. I didn't ask him to get her dressed, so I was very pleased that he took the initiative to do that. However, I was surprised when I saw Sanaa.

Our conversation when I saw the outfit:
Rosa: "Are you serious?"
Nate: "Well, yeah. I mean pink for a girl and purple, well they  go together."
Rosa (very hesitantly): "Um, okay"
Nate: "It was dark in her room and I just picked out the first two things."

Ahh, now that explains a lot! 

I think what made me laugh most was the floral print combined with stripes. I do plan on leaving her in this outfit and if anyone asks I'll just say daddy dressed her this morning.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

It wouldn't be a Sunday morning without . . .

"It wouldn't be a Sunday morning without some disaster occurring." 

That's what I said to Nate as we left the house this morning. Why is it that on the mornings you actually need to be out the door at a certain time, some type of minor disaster occurs when you have a child? Last week while in Oregon Sanaa had an extremely messy diaper that ruined her Sunday outfit. My mom tried to quickly wash and dry it, but we ran out of time. Unfortunately, I did not have a backup outfit along, so Sanaa went to church in her jeans and a onesie. Oh, well.

This morning, I had to be at church early. The flute ensemble was scheduled to play for the first service. Since we only have one car, we all had to go to church early together. After I ate breakfast and finished getting ready I woke Sanaa up. Everything was going fine. I dressed her and then fed her. As I burped her I felt something cold and wet land on my hand. Sanaa had just spit up. Great! Normally, she does not spit up much. But, this is Sunday morning, so we need a minor disaster. This time Sanaa spit up the most I have ever seen. Not only was it on my hand, but it ran down my skirt and landed in a small pool on the carpet. Gross!!!! I'm in my flute outfit and I don't have anything to change into! So, into the kitchen I went where I grabbed a wet wash cloth and began wiping myself off. Thankfully I was in all black, which didn't show the stain nearly as much as other colors. 

Nate and Sanaa after the spit-up incident. Luckily her outfit was okay and I didn't have to change her before we left.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Home again, home again

Even though Sanaa and I had a great time in Oregon and I wasn't ready to leave, it is nice to be home again. Overall, Sanaa did pretty well on the flights. On the flight out to Oregon, Sanaa was an absolute angel. When she was awake, she cooed and smiled at the people around us. When she was tired, she fussed a tiny bit, but fell right asleep. The flight home was harder. She did okay, but was definitely fussier. I made several trips to the back of the plane and ended up spending about 45 minutes standing in the back trying to get her to sleep. Our first flight was a morning flight, while our second flight was an evening flight. After this trip, I've come to the conclusion that Sanaa does much better traveling in the morning. 

It is interesting traveling with an infant and how friendly people are. On the way out I met a nice lady from Fort Worth who helped me carry a bag onto the plane and then helped carry one off until we met up with my parents. On the way back, I sat next to another nice lady who is really great with children and she and Sanaa "talked" for a time. Many people asked if they could help by either carrying something or placing my bag in the overhead bins (or whatever they are called). They were also very patient and understanding when Sanaa fussed. I was really impressed. I just wish we were all that nice to each other all the time and not only when you see someone traveling alone with a young baby. 

Another thing I've learned from this trip is that sleeping in the same room with Sanaa is not restful. Granted, the first two nights we had issues with cats yelling and a mysterious bat flying around (which was never found, so I think I'm going crazy). The remaining nights Sanaa woke up 3 to 4 times. Last night (our first night home), Sanaa only woke up once. So, I think we were actually waking each other up. At least that's my hypothesis. 

But, despite the lack of sleep we still had fun. We went to the hospital where my mom works and met the other nurses and managers. Of course, everyone thought she was very cute. The number one comment I heard while in Oregon was, "Look at her eye lashes! They are so curly." We also stopped by the small airport where my dad works and met his fellow co-workers and boss. 

Tonight Sanaa and I get to pick Nate up from the airport. Yeah! It's been a long two weeks without him and it will definitely be nice to have him home.

Our time in Oregon

Sanaa and I had a good time in Oregon. Here are some pictures from our time up there.

First motorcycle ride with grandpa Lind. (Well . . . not really, but she did sit and pose with grandpa.)

The ram that did not like us. My parents neighbor has sheep, llamas, dogs, and cats. They use to have goats, but not anymore. As Sanaa and I took a brief walk down the driveway we met this ram. He did not like us and stomped his foot about 4 or 5 times to get his point across. 
Taking a short nap with grandma Lind. 
Uncle Ryan and aunt Karen. Sanaa liked aunt Karen, but wasn't so sure about uncle Ryan (she cried each time he held her). I know he is a tall guy, but he really isn't that scary!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sounds in the night

The past two nights I have not slept very well at all. Sanaa has woken me up more than usual and there have also been weird sounds that have disturbed my sleep.

Saturday night was our first night at my parents house. Sanaa woke up every 3 to 4 hours. So I was up at 11pm, 3am, and then about 6am for feedings. Around 4:30 or 5:00am I heard a very loud noise that sounded almost like an alarm. I sat up in bed, tried to remember were I was and then started to wonder if I needed to grab Sanaa and make a run for it. However, I didn't hear my parents moving around, so I waited briefly. It was at this point I realized the noise I had heard was my parent's cat, Shadow, yelling. Apparently, this is something new that Shadow has been doing early in the morning. Shadow is a 17 year old cat and I had no idea she could make a sound like that!

Sunday night was another bad night. Sanaa woke me up even more, every 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Around 12:30am, she woke me for the second time and was acting really hungry. So I got her up and started to feed her. A couple minutes into the feeding, I heard a flapping noise in our room. I looked up and saw a 2 to 3 inch size shadow flying around our room near the ceiling. I bolted out of bed and out of our room! (Keep in mind, Sanaa is nursing.) I headed to the hall bathroom to finish feeding Sanaa and while in there I heard the flapping noise again. It sounded farther away, so I new it wasn't in the bathroom, but I was worried that whatever it was might still be in our room. 

Sanaa finished eating and fell asleep in my arms. Now I had a dilemma. I didn't hear the flapping noise anymore. So, do I wake up my parents? (My mom had to get up at 4am and it was after 12:30am, so I didn't want to do that.) Do I go back to our room and sleep there? What if the creature is still in there? Should I just grab my pillow and take Sanaa out to the living room and sleep? Will whatever was in our room come back?

I stood in the hallway outside our room peaking through the door way and just waited. I didn't see anything moving or hear any more flapping. Now I was wondering if I was going crazy. I eventually ventured into our room and carefully looked around at the walls, ceilings, and book shelf. I didn't see anything. (I have a night light in our room because Sanaa was sleeping in there with me, so it wasn't completely dark in our room). 

I laid Sanaa down and then wondered whether I should just sleep with our door cracked open, but Shadow (the cat) came by and meowed, so I closed the door. I crawled back in bed and finally drifted off to sleep. However, about an hour later I heard something brush against our door and my heart started pounding again. But this time I figured it was just the cat. 

Around 6am, Sanaa decided it was time to wake and start our day. I fed her and then we ventured out to the living. My mom was already gone, but my dad was still here. I told him about the flapping sound and the shadow I saw flying in our room. He said, "It sounds like a bat." What?!?!? He heads down the hallway to my room and looks around. He takes a flash light and a small mirror to check out the small spaces around the window. (Note: My parents live in a log cabin, so the outside walls are large logs. Thus, the window frame is not flush against the wall and makes a great hiding place for things like bats.)

My dad didn't see a bat anywhere. I asked my dad if they had had bats in the house before. He said, "Oh, yes. Many times. They usually come in during September and October." Great. It's October. However, my dad was surprised because it seems late in October for a bat to be around. I guess the bats usually show up in September. 

My dad finished getting ready for work and left me with these instructions.
1. If the bat comes out and is flying around the living room, close all the doors in the house.
2. Leave only the master bedroom door open, but make sure to close the bathroom door in the master bedroom.
3. Let the bat fly into the master bedroom.
4. Once the bat is in the bedroom, close the door.
5. Let mom deal with it and she'll scream. (haha)

But, in all seriousness, my dad said he has gotten used to capturing bats in their room, which is why he wants the bat trapped in there. So far no bat and I'm really hoping I don't see it.

I wonder what is in store for tonight. Maybe I would be better off not sleeping . . . 

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Running errands

I love my daughter but she makes running errands a chore I do not enjoy. As a nanny, I had no problem running errands with the kids. They were well behaved and seemed to enjoy the opportunity to get out. My daughter is a different story. 

Yesterday I had a small list of places I needed to stop at (post office, bank, store, gas station). I fed Sanaa after her morning nap and then we left. She was in a great mood . . . until we made our first stop at the post office. We walked inside and there were only two people in line, which is not bad at all. I stood there holding her car seat for maybe a minute and then she started crying. I start rocking her car seat (which usually helps), but she cried louder. Then she started screaming. Why now? We finished our business and left and before we even got outside Sanaa stopped crying. We were there for maybe 5 minutes (not very long).

Then it was onto the bank, where she cried some more. By this point I was even wondering whether to continue with the errands. I had a pounding headache from her crying, but I still needed to go to the pet store to get food for our cats. My in-laws are going to be cat sitting/house sitting and our cats would be quite upset if they ran out of food. So, I decided I might as well continue. She had already cried at the bank and post office. We got to the pet store and Sanaa actually stopped crying. It was the only store I was able to get in and out of without her crying. I have no idea why. Maybe she likes all the animals.  

Today I would like to make a trip to Target, but Sanaa doesn't seem to like Target either (she has cried the last 5 times I have gone) and I don't know if I have the energy to go. One thing I have learned from all this is that I should keep the baby bjorn in the car because so far the only way to get Sanaa to stop crying while in a store is to carry her and it is really hard to steer a cart with one hand. 

Sunday, October 5, 2008

A Cowboy fan

Last weekend uncle Caleb and aunt Sarah gave Sanaa a Dallas Cowboys onesie. Today was the first time she wore it (and the Cowboys won!). It took three attempts to get a picture of her smiling, but I finally got one. 

This afternoon Sanaa and I also dropped Nate off at the airport. He'll be in California for the next two weeks at Apple's headquarters. So, we'll be home alone for this week and then Sanaa and I are flying to Oregon to visit my parents. With Nate not here and me not working, it seemed like a good opportunity for me to see my family again. Hopefully Sanaa will be nice to me this week and not give me a hard time. Although, the second picture shows how ornery she can be. :-)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Let's play dress up!

This morning I pulled out the container with the 3 to 6 month clothing that my former boss gave me. Sanaa is starting to out grown the 0 to 3 month clothing, so I figured it was time to get the next sizes ready. I found some flower hats that I completely forgot about. So, I played dress up with Sanaa. Had I remembered I had these earlier I would have had her wear one for her dedication (well . . . maybe).

Aren't those hats great? She was very patient as I took her picture. I do plan on keeping these hats so that Sanaa can use them to dress up her dolls and stuffed animals!