Here are a couple other pictures from the weekend:
Monday, March 31
Friday, March 28
I just finished reading this book, "the second nine months" by Vicki Glembocki. I have never related to a book more in my life. It is a memoir about Vicki's first nine months with her daughter, Blair. She is very candid about the experience of being a first time mom and all of the emotions that she felt. I laughed so hard I was crying during parts of this book, and at the end cried because I was so happy for her. While I do relate to almost everything she writes about, I must say that I haven't been quite as extreme with my feelings about Charlotte.
Here is one quote out of the book that I think is really true:
"But now, with her squealing, with her more at ease than she's ever been, I've forgotten. That fast. I've forgotten that just six short months ago I could not envision that I would ever be where I am right now, with a whole night of sleep ahead of me, in a bedroom without a receiving blanket or a Pack 'n Play or a single ounce of spit-up in it, in a bed with a husband I didn't want to kill. I've forgotten how scared I was, how ambivalent I was, how stressed I was....And I wonder if maybe that is why no one ever told me that becoming a mom was so hard. Maybe their babies had gotten older and cuter and funnier. Maybe their babies had started to smile. And squeal when they saw them. And they'd all gotten used to each other. Maybe they'd forgotten."
I recommend that all new moms read this book. However, with that recommendation, I think that it might be best to wait and read it when your baby is really socially smiling and sleeping through the night. That way, you may be able to laugh a little more with Vicki - I'm not sure I would have laughed as much at this book if Charlotte were still waking every 2-3 hours at night.
Wednesday, March 26
Charlotte loves her changing table. She is so happy when she is on it. I'm not sure if it is because she associates feeling clean there, or if it is because she gets undivided attention there, or if it is because she likes the light from the window, or maybe a combination of the 3, but whatever it is, we spend a lot of time on the changing table. Today I took some video of just how happy she is here - make sure you watch until the end to see a big smile :)
P.S. I apologize for the high pitched "mommy" voice in the background.
Tuesday, March 25
Saturday, March 22
They are both doing well and Erin is sore, but recovering. Charlotte can't wait to visit her friends.
Thursday, March 20
Wednesday, March 19
Charlotte was a doll the entire time, she was passed from person to person and never seemed to mind. When my manager, Carol, smiled at her, her whole face lit up with a big grin.
Here is one of Candy and Dave with Charlotte:
One day, she'll be a little more active while her presents are being opened:
Monday, March 17
Sunday, March 16
Saturday, March 15
This is what happens when Grammie and Aunt Rachel decide to have a photo shoot while Mom is in the shower. They put Charlotte in the centerpiece and put Easter Eggs on her.
Charlotte with her Great-Grandma Achuff.
Friday, March 14
I guess my grandmother was right, she said that when she slept through the night, I would be up worrying that she was ok. I worry when she sleeps, I worry when she doesn't sleep. I worry when she eats often, I worry when she doesn't eat often. I worry when she poops a lot, I worry when she doesn't poop a lot. I worry when she cries all of the time, I worry when she doesn't cry. When is the magic turning point for moms and their worry?
I'm not getting too excited yet about this new sleep pattern as it was only one night - but it would be soooo nice if she did this at least a couple nights a week.
As far as smiling goes, she has begun to smile a little bit socially. We don't see one everyday, but we have each had at least one smile aimed at us. Yesterday evening Judd was holding her and sticking his tongue out at her. Every time he would stick his tongue out, she would open her mouth and try to stick her tongue out. A couple of times she actually did. It was really cute. I was glad that they had that time last night because all week she had been really fussy in the evenings when he got home. He was starting to get a little frustrated. He's taking the day off today to spend some time with her and so we can spend a little time, just us, as a family.
Tuesday, March 11
We had a wonderful weekend. On Friday, Charlotte was tuckered out from the flight and slept most of the day. Her Aunt Sally and Great-Grandma Achuff were there to meet her. On Saturday Aunt Rachel, her boyfriend, Adam, and her Great-Grammie came for lunch to hang out and spend some time with Charlotte. We had a nice day. I was able to get out of the house a couple of times - to the Farmer's Market with Mom and Sally as well as pick up her birth announcements with Dad.
Sunday, we took a drive to Ned Foltz's workshop. He makes beautiful redware. I have always wanted to see one of his shows, and last weekend just so happened to be his Easter show. So, Mom, Rachel, and I bundled Charlotte up and we went to the show. There wasn't much left as it was the last hour of the show, but it was neat to see the place and eat the yummy food they had out. Ned's wife, Gwen, came up to us and said that she gives a piece of redware to all of the babies to start their collection. It was so nice of her to give Charlotte a little bunny candle holder.
We hated to leave on Monday, but it was very nice to be home to see Judd. (Who spent the weekend in Dublin while we were away!!) Here are some more pictures of the weekend (I'll post more when Dad sends me the pictures from his camera):
Saturday, March 8
We got to the airport about 8:00 am, checked my bag, and headed to security. We were pulled out of the main security line and were sent to a shorter "special assistance" line. We made our way to the gate and were thrilled to see that we had been cleared for a seat. Earlier that morning when we checked the seats there was only 1 seat available - so I was a little nervous we wouldn't make it on.
When I boarded the plane and sat in the first row, the flight attendant said "Oh Good, you're sitting in the front so I can help you!". That relaxed me to know she was on my side. She helped me by getting the diaper bag down during the flight, etc. I was most nervous about take off and landing. I was told to have Charlotte either eating or sucking on a pacifier during that time so her ears would adjust. She took a bottle during take off and took the pacifier during landing and slept the whole time in between. I couldn't have asked for a better baby. When we got there, Mom was waiting for us. It was a really good first experience. Let's just hope that the way home is just as good!
Wednesday, March 5
Monday, March 3
Weight: 10 lbs (exaclty) - 75th percentile
Length: 21 inches - 50th percentile
Head: 15 inches - 50-75th percentile
Charlotte had a good time this past weekend with her Aunt Rachel. We were so glad that Rachel was able to come down and spend some time with her niece when she was this little.
Sunday, March 2
Saturday, March 1
It would have been so much harder without all of the help and support that Judd and I had. I am so thankful for Judd - he's a wonderful, supportive husband and a fabulous father. He has been helpful around the house, helpful with the baby, and really supportive of breastfeeding.
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Aunt Rachel got here yesterday afternoon after an eventful trip. She sat next to a man with a hook hand on the plane, then saw two gay guys break-up on MARTA. Then, on our way home from the Decatur MARTA station, we were held up on the road outside our house by a man driving down the middle of the road in his electric wheelchair.
Charlotte is sleeping soundly on Aunt Rachel's shoulder right now :)