4.29.2014

Christa Tuesday - 10 Weeks

Head Circumference: 15-1/2" - 65%
Weight: 11 lb 13 oz - 71%
Length: 23-3/4" - 90%

Christa went last week for her first round of vaccinations at the pediatrician's office. I had PTSD from when we took Casey and was prepared for the worst. Casey cried for hours after his shots. I remember freaking out and resorting to skin-to-skin to try and comfort him, ripping both our clothes off and holding him so close while we both wept. Well, I'm happy to say Christa took it like a champ and cried for a bit but was over it just as quickly. The doctors must know me because she had a zebra bandaid on one leg, cheetah on the other.
She's still sleeping very well. She goes down at around 9pm for the night and wakes up around 3 or 4. I nurse and change her and then she sleeps for a couple more hours. It's really nice. She's up a lot more during the day and remains transfixed and entertained by the danglies and the ceiling fan. She smiles a lot and coos. I wish she would laugh as hard as she does when she's awake as she will do while she's asleep. As for the bottle, she's still pretty against the whole idea of it but she actually chugged 2 ounces of formula on Sunday night so maybe there will be better days ahead.
People just cannot stop themselves from telling me how much she looks like Husband. She has his ears and his face, that's for sure. The ladies at Vons went on and on about it yesterday. It's funny but I sure hope she starts to resemble me as she gets older or she might be in for a rough go when she's a big ol' dude lady. Haha!

4.28.2014

Weekend Photos

 Casey & Sasha held hands
 And we snacked on tamales
 And they played with swords til his popped
 I forced BFF to take a selfie with me
 Christa smiled and looked adorable with her wee elf ears
And Casey and I closed out Sunday with silly selfies.

4.25.2014

Sleepless in Oxnard Haiku Friday

Slept nary a wink
Casey coughing all night long
I sure hate that sound
***
I can't remember
A time without him coughing
His eternal cold
***
That plus a wee babe
Does not a restful night's sleep
Make for the mama

4.22.2014

Christa Tuesday - 9 Weeks

I chose to put a picture of Christa in her crib for today's update because she is kicking ass in it. At night we try giving her a couple ounces of formula. Sometimes she is successful. Other times it's about half an hour of crazy struggling and crying. Either way, at about 8 or 9, after she has had her bath, she falls asleep and we put her in her crib. For the past several days, she has slept anywhere from 6-8 hours. It has been amazingly wonderful and my big ol' swollen boobs in the morning are quite the reward.
Christa is deeply in love with things above her like ceiling fans and the dangling butterflies on her little play ground. She waves her arms at them and is fascinated. I wish I was so easily entertained. She's such a chill baby. Other than the bottle attempts and sometimes in her car seat, she is still not much of a crier. She smiles a lot and coos. I think she is trying to laugh. She knows how to make a coughing sound so she does that quite a bit. I really like her and can't believe how quickly she's growing.
And to sign off here, on Good Friday she met her first holiday icon: The Easter Bunny. Well technically she slept through it but he was there. She didn't get to dye Easter eggs like her brother but her first holiday was a good one, I think.

4.21.2014

Weekend Photos - Easter Edition

On Saturday I realized I hadn't taken her wee 2-month photo that should have been taken on Friday. Whoops! Here's a link to her legit portraits.
 Saturday night also brought smoldering and egg dying.
 Casey was in love with these eggs. Couldn't leave them alone. Funny story? It said to make them marbleized by adding vegetable oil but the only oil we had was already used to make food but we used it anyway. Can't really shake that smell, I'll tell you what. All chunky. LOL
 If I was in this picture, it would be 4-generations of ladies.
 My manly husband looks fabulous with a pink drink!
This is totally blurry but Casey had 2 halves of a plastic egg on his ears and Husband and I both said he looked like Princess Leia (See, Andrea? I paid attention.)

4.18.2014

Haiku Good Friday

C-A-S-E-Y
D-O-U-G-L-A-S
That's a haiku name
***
So is his sister's
C-H-R-I-S-T-A
A-L-L-Y-N
***
Yeah, I got nothin'
Three weeks left of my leave time
Then it's back to work

4.15.2014

Christa Tuesday - 8 weeks

"Sissy, are you a lemur?" were the words uttered by Casey when he saw her in this get-up on the way to school. I broke out her 3-month sized clothing this month. My little girl is getting bigger. She'll be 2 months old on Friday. My how time flies!
She's smiling so much more now and has discovered a bit of a talking voice. She refuses the pacifier but loves to suck on her knuckles. She's getting better at the bottle and gets a few ounces of formula before bedtime. She's getting over her first cold so there has been a lot of snot sucking going on in the house. I find that nursing in excess seems to help her clear up so you know my boobs have been in overdrive.
Husband is wrapping things up at his job because I'm making him quit in May so is down south this week. I have friends and my mom helping in the evening but it's amazing how busy you can be with an 8-week old and a 3.5 year old. It's nonstop. He requires a lot of attention and play, she requires a lot of boob and holding. Then we add Betty to the mix and it's just a whirlwind of activity. I don't know how single mothers (or fathers) do it. Kudos to them but I don't want any part of it.

4.14.2014

Weekend Pics

On Friday, my MIL and I went to a quilt show at the Ventura Fairgrounds. This was one of my favorites and also one of my photo scavenger hunt words (rainbow). Some took people decades to make which leads me to believe I will never be a quilter as I lack serious patience. My MIL, however, is a very good quilter and I'm the proud owner of many of hers.
I bought this at the quilt show because I thought it would just be a cute and silly Easter decoration but it turns out it has a recipe inside to make s'mores. Neat!
Casey loves Play-Doh and one of his favorite things to have me do is make snails. His favorite thing to do himself is to mix the colors which drives the OCD in me kind of insane. Beautiful colors that turn into gray. Every time.
Three words: Why so serious.
Something we always did with Casey as a baby was naked time. Now it's sissy's turn and Casey decided to join in on the fun. So sweet.

4.11.2014

Haiku Friday

In-Laws here all week
They go back home tomorrow
Wish that wasn't so
***
It sure has been nice
Having extra helping hands 
Casey's on cloud nine
***
Wish they would move here
Michigan's so far away
Cali's much nicer

4.08.2014

Christa Tuesday - 7 Weeks

Christa got the pleasure of meeting her Michigan Grandparents this week! She is the 8th of their grandchildren. I imagine by the time they leave she will not want to be put down because she is getting lots of cuddle time in right now. Casey is home from day care as well so she gets a lot of attention from him too. He loves to hold her but it's rarely for more than a minute at a time. He can't stand when she has her socks on so I hope she doesn't mind being barefoot.
She's growing very quickly. Her 0-3 month clothing is getting to be quite snug. She's staying awake for longer periods of time during the day so that's fun. She has a little jungle gym and that's where she "talks" the most. She still loves to kick the dangling lion but now she's trying to grip the thing it hangs on with her toes. She's getting quite generous with the smiles these days but I sometimes wonder if it's not just gas because she usually lets out a fart when she looks the most happy.
She's getting better at taking a bottle but she still screams at it. I guess we need to find her when she's more hungry. I think mostly, though, before bedtime, she nurses for comfort and my nipple does a better job than that imposter nipple. She slept for 5 and a half hours the other night and then for another 3 after nursing so that was awesome. Wish I could figure out the trick that would make that happen more often!

4.05.2014

Haiku Friday on a Saturday

So... baby acne
Christa got it really bad
And it made me sad
***
I stopped using soap
And lotion. Water only.
Just used lanolin
***
It's so much better
Not sure if it was just time
Or all my efforts
Before
After (one week later)

4.01.2014

Christa Tuesday - 6 Weeks

I can't believe we are at the 6-week mark, five more weeks at home with her until I go back to work. I go to the OBGYN today for the first time since having her so let's hope I get the all clear. Christa is trying to smile these days and is awake a lot more than usual. For the most part at night she sleeps for 3.5 hours, then 2.5 hours then about an hour in a row. I would like those to be longer stretches but c'est la vie.We took our first out of town trip with her last weekend down to LA. She did very well considering she sort of hates the car seat when we put her in there. We sat outside most of the time and she seemed to be in a bit of a coma most of our visit which was lovely.
She no longer has her terrible diaper rash so that's awesome. She's also no longer having the little squirt poops in every diaper. Now, she seems to take pride in taking poops that spill out of her diaper. My goodness. I don't recall that happening with Casey but it's happened at least twice in the last week with Christa. Way to poop, Sis. Her baby acne seems to be clearing up but her cheeks are still pretty red and dry. It makes me very, very sad that her pretty face is covered in blemishes. I stopped using soap and lotion on her and am just giving a warm bath with water on a wee baby facecloth. I'd skip the bath altogether to let her oils get back to normal but there's that whole poop situation I just mentioned. Hopefully her face is all cleared up by the time her Michigan grandparents arrive this weekend.
This little girl really loves to be held and kind of fusses when we put her down but she is loving her little jungle gym pad more and more. She likes to kick the dangling lion and smack the giraffe and the monkey around. We get the most coos out of her when she's doing that. She is consistently rolling from tummy to back so that wasn't a fluke. Now she seems to be working on rolling from back to tummy but has successfully made it from back to side. Little monster.