Wednesday, July 30
Today I set up the tripod, put my camera on the self timer mode and snapped a few of Charlotte and me.
Judd and I toured the daycare last December while Charlotte was swimming around in my belly. We felt really good about it. The "teachers" seemed very nice, the place looked clean, most of the babies were smiling, the ratio is 3:1 of kids to teachers, and they even clean the toys 2x a day. Plus, it is at our church. Our church is 2 miles from our house, and on my way to work. We were thrilled. It will be the next best thing to me staying at home with her, right?
On Monday Charlotte and I went to meet with the person that is to be Charlotte's teacher in the Infant 2 room. She talked to us and walked us around the facility to show me how Charlotte would spend her day. I looked into the Infant 2 room, and I saw 6 one year-olds looking back at me with big eyes. The tears started to well up in my eyes. I just pictured Charlotte, my baby, in that room. I don't know what it was that caused that reaction in me. Knowing that she'll be in that room all day? Having her diaper changed by a woman that has to wear surgical gloves to change it? The institutional feel of it? Knowing that she'll be competing with 5 or 6 other babies for attention all day?
Currently she is at an in-home daycare where she is the only baby under 1. She is carried around by her daycare provider all day. But, this daycare provider only watches children 3 days a week. I work 5 days a week. The math no longer works.
Will the pit in my stomach ever go away? Will the visions of her big blue eyes staring sadly at the door waiting for me to appear ever change to visions of her happily playing with her friends? Am I doing the right thing? Will these decisions shape the rest of her life? Sometimes I feel like the decision about whether to work or not is a bigger decision than having her in the first place.
Monday, July 28
After the service, we all headed back to our house for a barbecue lunch and chocolate cake. Judd's parents and grandparents drove up from south Georgia. My parents, one of my sisters, Sally and her husband Andrew drove down from Pennsylvania. Erin, Dave, and the twins came as well. Everyone ate, talked, and played with babies - what a great afternoon!
Judd and I want to thank everyone for being a part of such a special day in Charlotte's life. We can't describe the feeling knowing that our child is so loved.
Sunday, July 27
Saturday our class met at Oakland Cemetary to take pictures. If you haven't checked this piece of Atlanta out before, I would highly recommend it. It is beautiful.
Here are some of my shots from the day.
Friday, July 25
So, Charlotte wanted to put her "Aunt Rachel Rocks" shirt on and have her picture taken with her new flowers.
Thursday, July 24
Reasons why I love it:
- I'm learning about people that I have lost touch with over the years as more and more of my past acquaintances have started blogs. In fact, I feel like I now know more about some of you than I did when I saw you every day.
- It is fun to see different blogging styles. Some blog 4 times a day, while others pick and choose the best (or worst) moments of every couple of days. Both are good, just different.
- It is inspiring. For me, it is especially inspiring to see blogs that are now a business. Or, on a completely different level, the posts themselves are inspiring. I am inspired by all of those moms out there that are so dedicated to their children, or artists that have quit their "real" jobs to chase dreams.
- I have never kept a journal more than 3 days. I am thrilled that on Feb. 1, 2009 I will have Charlotte's first year of growth and development documented. It is fun to know that when she has her first baby, she'll look back on her first year to compare milestones.
I do worry sometimes that blogging removes the need to get together with one another. If you read about people's lives every day, do you really need to call them or email them to find out how they are doing? So, I would like to propose an idea. How about all of us get together one Saturday this Fall? I'm not sure who is really reading this blog, because most never comment, but if you would be interested in this, comment on this post. Pass this post along to others that you feel might be interested..or gather the people in your "blogosphere" up and bring them along!
Tuesday, July 22
We spent some time on the beach in the mornings. Lilly and Katie played in the sand and water while Frank built sand sculptures. The beach was really nice. The water was so blue and clear.
We went out to eat at the PCB favorites, Capt. Anderson's and Angelo's. Judd and I were able to sneak away a couple of nights after Charlotte went to bed. It was nice to have a little time with him. We realized how much our vacations have changed. A couple of years ago, I would have spent all day on the beach, reading, getting tan, as far away from children as I could get. This year I was smack dab in the middle of kiddie pools, in the shade. I was able to sneak down to the beach a few times which was really nice - not long enough to get a tan but long enough to meet the business end of a jelly fish.
It was nice to get away for a few days and spend time with the in-laws. I'm fortunate to have married into such a wonderful family. All 3 little girls were really well behaved and just adorable, which made it that much more enjoyable.
Sunday, July 20
Wednesday, July 16
5 months ago, we would have had to have a pillow and a boppy on my lap so that she would be in the correct position to feed. Her feedings used to be an event. I would get into the rocker, place the pillow just so, then align the boppy so that her head would be high enough. After that, I would position her so that her latch would be as painless as possible and then she would latch. I would hold my breath and clench my jaws until the pain of her latch subsided. She would eat and fall asleep. After she drained one side, I would need to wake her up, so I would change her diaper. After changing her diaper we would repeat the process for the other side. The whole scenario would take 45 minutes.
Now, she can eat anywhere or anytime. I have fed her in the airport, in Babies R Us, in the car in parking lots, even on the beach. There isn't a boppy or pillow, just my lap. It is so effortless and painless now and takes about 10-15 minutes. If you would have told me 5 months ago that I was considering breastfeeding longer than 6 months, I would have told you that you were crazy. Now I can't think about not sharing those special moments with her. It forces us to have a quiet moment together during the day. I have come to cherish those quiet moments with her - just us. There aren't many of those moments left, if I'm lucky, 6 more months of them. I plan to savor every one.
Monday, July 14
I'm pretty good at putting her clothes on when she flips over, in fact, when she's on her tummy it is a little easier. However, I haven't yet mastered putting her diaper on her when she's on her tummy. Instead, I wrestle it onto her and pray that it is on tight enough to hold back what she can produce.
Sunday, July 13
I think he had a good day. I woke him up with bagels, coffee, and a present (a model of a 777 in the new Delta livery that he can put on his desk at work). Later, we went to church and hung out for the rest of the afternoon.
This evening we had Dave, Erin, and the girls over for dinner. It was the first time they had all been over since the girls had been born. We had a great time. Judd grilled some steaks and I made a chocolate cake for dessert.
It has been a little dream of mine to get a picture with all three girls. Tonight we got that picture.
Judd has finished up his day watching "The Jerk". Can't think of a better way to end the day :)
Wednesday, July 9
Allison looks fabulous, a cute little preggo lady. They already have their crib and changing table set up!
Monday, July 7
Saturday, July 5
We started out the day very early. Judd and Charlotte dropped me off at Lenox Mall around 6:45 so I could line up at the start of the Peachtree. This was my 7th time to participate. I didn't know how the race was going to go for me considering I have run about 10 times since Charlotte was born. I was pleasantly surprised. I ended up with a finishing time of 1:00:27!
It was a great race. There are so many enthusiastic people lining the race cheering you on. While I was running I kept thinking about last year's race. I was pregnant with Charlotte, about 8 or 9 weeks along. I ran it with Erin, who wasn't pregnant yet. We had a great time, took our time, walked a lot. We walked to Krispy Kreme after the race and each had a couple doughnuts. I kept thinking about how drastically each of our lives has changed in one year!
Charlotte and Judd were there to greet me at the finish line.
We relaxed the rest of the day. We went to eat at Fox Brother's bar-b-que for a late lunch. Later in the evening we went to Decatur to watch the parade and listen to the Callanwalde band. Charlotte loved listening to the music and watching all of the people. We left before the fireworks started so she could get to bed closer to her normal bed time.
Thursday, July 3
Wednesday, July 2
Below was the scene from the perspective of our front lawn. The blue truck, wagon, and Expedition were the undercover police cars.
Pretty exciting stuff for a Tuesday night.
Tuesday, July 1
No stats at 5 months.
Here are the comparisons...it isn't obvious from the pictures, but she is big! She is really filling out her 6 month clothes, I think we'll be moving to 9 months soon.
|4 months||5 months|
I really have to get better at making the pictures look better for comparisons.