Monday, June 30
My newly engaged sister Rachel was visiting for the weekend as well. We celebrated her engagement with her finacee and his family on Saturday evening. Sunday we went to church, then Charlotte and I caught the 3:40 flight back to Atlanta. Charlotte did not have a stellar performance on the flight home. She is such a wiggle worm. She cannot be still, she is ALWAYS moving something. I didn't have a seat open next to me, and she was not happy confined to my lap the entire flight.
Wednesday, June 25
I knew Judd would be the one to really get it out of her. We have been waiting and waiting for it, and tonight we were rewarded. She was laying on the changing table, and Judd would duck down out of her sight, then pop right back up with a goofy face. I just sat in the rocking chair watching them with happy tears running down my face. I can't describe what it is to hear the first real laugh. To me, it is even better than seeing the first smile.
She is doing something new every day. She is reaching for EVERYTHING within her arm's reach. Even the camera. (sorry this is blurry)
So, in an effort to focus my energy on the things that really do need to be done, I am not going to burden myself with a list of 101 goals. The thoughts of having 101 things floating around in my head is too much to bear at this point, even the act of coming up with them and getting them all organized and published is a major task. So, here are my 6 goals for the next 1001 days:
- Be the best mother I can be
- Be the best wife I can be
- Be the best daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend that I can be
- Be the best employee I can be
- Be the best blogger I can be
- Go for a run when I can fit it in
Monday, June 23
- traveled to Europe together 3 times
- owned a home
- owned 7 cars
- held 6 jobs
- traveled to Hawaii
- doubled our income
- brought a child into the world
These are the big ones. We have other smaller accomplishments and many other places traveled. We have been busy. I think the best accomplishment of all is that we have been very happily married for 6 years. We have made an amazing life for ourselves, which now includes one very beautiful little girl.
Sunday, June 22
Charlotte swam in the pool on Saturday. She sat in a little float that her grandparents bought for her and floated along. Judd and I rode the jet ski for a while on Saturday and we all had some home made peach ice cream to cool off in the afternoon - even Charlotte had a taste. Judd and I slipped out Saturday night to have dinner by ourselves. We are headed back home in just a little while to have a few hours to do some things around the house.
Isn't this just the coolest baby?
Thursday, June 19
Wednesday, June 18
Sunday, June 15
Since Friday evening Judd has been saying that it was Father's Day weekend. So whenever I asked him to do anything or go anywhere, his reply would be, "But it's Father's Day Weekend." I would say, "No, Sunday is Father's Day." Now, today, he has been excited that this is the beginning of Father's Day Week.
I think he had a nice day today. I thought it would be a nice touch if he wrote the blog posting today, but he declined my invitation to be a guest writer. I went to Bagel Palace this morning and brought home a delicious everything bagel with cream cheese for him. I also brewed him a pot of freshly ground Kona coffee. Charlotte and I made him a photo book for his gift, you can see part of it here. We ate lunch at one of his favorite places, and relaxed the rest of the day.
A special "Happy Father's Day" goes out to both of our Dads. They are just about the best role models we could ask for (well, besides our Moms). I wasn't surprised to discover that Judd is a very loving and devoted father - just take a look at his Dad.
Thursday, June 12
When I arrived home, I was greeted with this scene. We knew that this was coming - but it is still a little frightening to have a huge "digger" digging up our yard. The whole house shakes when it moves.
Wednesday, June 11
Monday, June 9
Saturday morning, I fed Charlotte around 7am. Judd took her after that and I got to sleep until 9am!! We decided that we would each get a day on the weekend to sleep in. I can't tell you how much this means to me. It may seem small to a lot of you, but I have only had 3 days since she was born that I have slept until 9. I can now look forward to one morning a week.
Sunday we went to church. This was the first "normal" Sunday we have attended since she was born. She went to the nursery, and Judd and I went to the service. Saturday night Judd and I reminisced over dinner about growing up. For us, going to church wasn't an option. We woke up on Sunday mornings knowing that we were going. What a gift our parents gave us by doing this. I know that there were Sundays they woke up and didn't feel like going. I'm sure my sisters and I (in fact, I remember) whined and moaned about going. But, they got us up, dressed us, and drove us to church every Sunday. (a few exceptions, of course, vacations, etc)
Judd and I then realized that it was our responsibility to give Charlotte that same upbringing. It hit me that this is a big responsibility. It also means that we need to become much more involved in our church, so she will see that and become an active, involved child in the church. I'm starting with a bible study 6 Mondays this summer. It is a group of young mothers, or mothers of young childern. I'm excited to get to know more moms in the community I live in.
Friday, June 6
Wednesday, June 4
Tuesday, June 3
Monday, June 2
Weight: 14 lbs 12 oz - 75%
Length: 24.5 inches - 75-90%
Head: 16.25 inches - 50-75%
Sorry, these aren't very good comparison pics...
|3 months||4 months|
She had a good doctor's appointment this morning. She is no longer wheezing and seems to have a little less congestion. We had a rough night last night - she was up at 1:30 and 4:30 with horrible coughing. I fed her both times, and got spit up on both times. I think her body was trying to rid itself of some of the gunk in her chest.
The doctor said she looks like a very normal 4 month old. She said we could start feeding her a little rice cereal and begin fruits and veggies in a month or so. I'm pretty excited to see how she reacts to solids.
Sunday, June 1
So, we got the nebulizer hooked up and began her treatment of the steroid and Albuterol. As I was sitting there trying to hold the mask up to her face, Judd began reading the warning label on the steroid.
1. Avoid letting the mist get into the eyes. Now this is next to impossible. I'm pretty sure the purple dinosaur was made for a 1 year old - mist is going everywhere when we give her one of these treatments. I'm sure it is getting into her eyes and mine. When Judd opened the package some squirted up into his eyes. So, we will all have cataracts and glaucoma.
2. Be sure to wash out the mouth after treatment to reduce the risk of thrush. I'm not sure how they expect you to wash out a 4 month old's mouth after a breathing treatment. It's not like I can hand her a glass of water and instruct her to swish and spit. But, I am terrified of thrush. (If you don't know what it is, read here.) Thrush will wreak havoc on the breastfeeding routine that we have worked very hard to create. I also think that it is absolutely disgusting that yeast could be growing in her mouth. So, I tried my best to wipe her mouth out with a wet paper towel.
So, we haven't given her a steroid treatment today. She hasn't been wheezing nearly as much, and I just hate to put things in her body that she might not need.
On a positive note, Judd got to go to a nice party last night for his friend Jimmy. I had planned to go, we even had a babysitter, but I decided to stay home with Sickie. However, today I ran, which made for 3 days this week. That is the best I have done post partum. I also went out to lunch with Erin. (mother of Ella & Emma.) This was the first time we had been out together in about 5 months - we had a nice visit.