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March 30, 2010

Key Words

I received this via email from babycenter.com. It was part of their weekly newsletter that I subscribe to.

Childbirth is a life- and body-changing experience: Your hips and waist may now be slightly wider, and your belly may be softer. Give yourself at least the nine months it took to grow your baby to return to something closer to your pre-pregnancy shape. Many women find that they simply can't return to their pre-pregnancy weight. As long as your weight is in a healthy range, this is perfectly okay.

The key words in this tid bit of information:
"life- and body-changing and can't return

I agree, childbirth and pregnancy are life- and body-changing and my belly seems to be very squishy after giving birth. The wider hips I haven't really noticed, but I am sure that is because I try to avoid looking in the mirror!

March 25, 2010

Perfect Gifts

After getting married and having a baby, I like to think I have the perfect gift picked out for soon-to-be brides and mothers. But after the passing of my mother-in-law, I pondered for a while about the perfect sympathy gift, or if it even existed. I have come to this conclusion: the perfect sympathy gift is a card with a memory of the person who passed away written inside. (And monetary donations can always be used by the family, too).

Cards are very thoughtful during the death of a loved one, but they are even better to read when you can learn how the deceased influenced other people's lives. Of course this cannot apply if you have never met the person but send the card anyway, because showing your support really does help.

 

March 24, 2010

Laughs

I thought this was a good laugh. And terribly true.

 

March 22, 2010

What's Going on Under There?

Rockwell has been very good with Rachel. The other day I set up a "play station" for her to play with toys as she sat in her bumbo seat. Rockwell was very interested in what was going on.

 

 

 

 

March 20, 2010

Kicks

Rachel has so much stuff that I forget what she has. I recently rearranged her closet and found a box of shoes my sister had given to me. I thought she had to wear these kicks with her outfit...

 

 

March 18, 2010

Grandpa Visits

Look what happens when Grandpa comes to visit....

 

March 16, 2010

Peter Cottontail

The other day I had an eventful shopping trip to Kohl's to use some Kohl's cash and a gift card I received. While browsing around the store, I stumbled upon some cute dresses and realized that Rachel needed an Easter dress! I found a dress that I thought fit her personality and picked up a cute sweater in case it's cold on Easter Sunday.

I believe this is the first "outift" I have purchased for my daughter. If you recall, her closet is full thanks to my sister Dawn. I was quite excited about all of the cute dresses that were out for summer and had to remind myself that Rachel doesn't need any more clothes, so I should save my money until she can talk and tells me she wants something like a pair of jeans from Hollister, or a Coach purse.

Here are some sneak peek photos of what Rachel will be wearing when Peter Cottontail comes to visit her!

 

 

I also picked up a few swim suits for Rachel to wear on our trip to Ocean City, Maryland over the fourth of July! 

March 14, 2010

Play Date Stop #2 - Babies and Bows

One day Rachel received a package in the mail from my friend Sara. It was the cutest, tiniest flower hair clip I had ever seen! Rachel debuted her new look on our southeast Michigan play date tour.

On our second stop, Rachel and I saw Sara and Rebecca and to our surprise baby Molly! Rebecca was sleeping, so Sara snapped a few photos of Rachel with her new hair bow.

Molly and Rachel hang out together. Molly is 7 weeks old and Rachel is 10 weeks old. 

 

Spending some time on her tummy! 

 

 

Sadly the clip is already gone, but don't worry, Sara is on a mission to get Rachel another one. I believe Rockwell ate the flower off of the clip because I found a mangled piece of metal on the floor and have still not located the felt flower...

March 12, 2010

Play Date Stop #1 - Babies and Boobs

Last Friday Rachel and I traveled around southeast Michigan and stopped at three places to visit different people. The first stop was in Shelby Township to see Baby Cole, Baby Everett, Erica, Jenn and Mason. This was Rachel's first official play date! I brought lasagna and peanut butter cup pie and I really enjoyed the afternoon with Erica and Jenn. I call this my "Babies and Boobs" play date because all three of us had babies and all three of us were breastfeeding.

Baby Cole

 

Erica helped me get a photo of Rachel and Cole. Cole is almost one month younger than Rachel. 

In these first two photos, Cole couldn't help but sneak in his moves from the Thriller Dance. 

 

 

Finally Erica was able to contain Cole's dancing skills to get this one. 

 Everett was chillin on his play mat when I arrived. Everett is about 1 month older than Rachel.

 

March 10, 2010

Hard Words

As most of my devoted blog stalkers know, my daughter has an ear condition called Mictrotia. I was so pleased to receive a call from a woman at the Health Department regarding Rachel's hearing test (obviously because of this condition, she failed the hearing test) because she provided me with resources for her condition. But the hardest thing to hear are these words...

Special Education
Chronic Condition
Hearing Impairment

Then I stumbled upon this poem and it brings tears to my eyes every time I read it. I had to share it.

On my way from Heaven,
God delayed my trip that day.
He said that I was special,
and then sent me on my way.
But not before he kissed me,
Right upon my ear
He left his blessed mark
to carry with me here.
He whispered in my ear right then,
that He loved me without doubt,
and then He closed my ear up tight,
so the whisper won't get out.
He told me both my legs were strong
and would help me stand up tall.
He told me both my arms would work
to catch me if I fall.
My eyes would catch my memories
to store within the pages of my mind,
My heart would fill with all the things I would love,
so many things, I would find.
He told me I could fall asleep
to my Daddy's bedtime tales,
and listen while my Mother sings
of seas and boats with sails.
One ear, He told me, could hear the sounds
that little birdies make.
The other ear was His gift to me,
a blessing for my sake.
For when I'm feeling sad, He said,
my other ear would hear,
His whispered words of eternal love,
left waiting for me there.

March 08, 2010

New Appreciations

I have a new appreciation for single parents. My husband flew to Germany for the week. I went back to work on Monday and Rachel went to day care.

The first morning went very well, as did every other morning after that. The local schools had a snow day and when that happens, day care opens at 10 am. I took Rachel to work with me around 9 am and she slept in her car seat in my office for an hour before I took her to day care. In the mornings, I usually had to wake her up to feed and dress her before heading out the door. The day care she goes to is in the same building as my office, so when she needs to be fed - usually around 11am and 3pm - I just go and feed her. It's nice because I don't have to pump at work and prepare bottles every night and it's a fun break during the work day.

The few evenings I was alone with her went well, but I can see how easily a single parent would go crazy! One night, just as I was sitting down to do something, she woke up crying and had gas. I ended up putting my task on hold and never got back to it until the next day. And my need for adult conversation wasn't always met at night with the 6 hour time difference in Germany. I didn't always get to talk to my husband because he was already in bed when I got home in the evening.

Thanks to my father-in-law, he snow blowed my driveway because of the enormous amount of snow we received the week my husband was out of the country!  

But I survived, and did better than I expected. I'm pretty impressed with myself, but I also would rather have my baby's daddy at home with us!

Snow on the Picnic Table...I think this was day 3 of the snow, so it was nice and wet at this time. I measured 7" with the tape measure.

Rockwell, loves the snow!

This week the weather is much warmer, but my hubby is going out of town again! If I did it once, I can do it again! 

March 07, 2010

Rachel turns 1/6 of a year old

Rachel turned 2 months old on Friday, February 19, 2010. She already looks different than she did one month earlier. She weighs 10 pounds, 8 ounces, is 22 inches long and had her first set of vaccines. She cried, but not for long. Thankfully she won't remember them!

March 05, 2010

Snot Sucker

 

Shortly after I returned from having my baby at the hosptial, I realized she was a bit stuffy. I voiced my concern to my friend who suggested using the bulb syringe we got from the hospital or putting saline drops in her nose. I tried the syringe, or snot sucker as I frequently call it, and realized it was way too big for her tinly little nostrils. So I picked up a bottle of saline solution for her nose. I squirt it in her nose once and the shreak and cry she displayed made me think the boogers are just fine where they are! Thankfully the particular booger I had my eye on was blown out when she sneezed. The next booger I was able to pick out of her nose with my pinky fingernail and there was no crying involved with the delicate extraction, just a face that makes me think I tickled her nose.

A month or so later, I caught the end of one of the baby documentary shows on TV and saw a nurse sucking the fluids out of a freshly born baby's nose. I realized the snot sucker didn't fit into that new baby's nose either, but the nurse "made it fit" and just shoved it into the new baby's nostrils and sucked out the goop.

Last Thursday, after feeding my daughter at day care, she sneezed and I saw a streak of green snot come out of her nose. "Oh, great," I thought. "Her first week of day care and she already has a cold," Thankfully the next day she had a doctor's appointment so I'd have the doctor check on her green snot. In the meantime, she was stuffy and had more boogers that I was unable to reach with the pinkie extraction. Well, now that my child is 2 months old, I pulled out the blue snot sucker (bulb syringe) and shoved it into her tiny nostril and listened to her scream as I sucked out snot. Green snot. It was gross, but I was amazed at how it actually fit into her nostril.

But now, I'm addicted.

The minute I hear her stuffy nose, I grab the snot sucker and try to pull out anything I can get. I've gotten some seriously green boogers and even one with a little blood on it! Sometimes I leter her cry a little bit because when she gets upset, she blows air through her nose and some snot sneaks out. After I pull out the prizes from her nose, I have to show them to my husband, who looks at the snot rag and says, "uh-huh" in the most uninterested tone you can imagine.

The doctor says Rachel is fine. She has a little cold, but it happens to everyone. If she isn't better in 3 days or shows a fever, we have to take her back for a visit. Otherwise, she's doing fine.

March 04, 2010

A New Perspective

I broke out Rachel's Bumbo seat recently and she loved it! Here she is "chillin."

March 03, 2010

He Only Takes The Best

After the passing of my mother-in-law, Libby, my husband and I received several cards and in one of them was this poem. I think it relates to everyone who has lost someone they loved and cared for.

He Only Takes The Best

God saw she was getting tired
And a cure was not to be
So he put his arms around her
And whispered, "Come with Me."

With tear filled eyes we watched her
Suffer and fade away
Although we loved her deeply
We would not make her stay.

A golden heart stopped beating
Hard working hands put to rest
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.

March 02, 2010

Real (not faux) Aunts & Relatives

Saying goodbye to my mother-in-law allowed me (and Rachel) to meet family members I have heard about but never met! I didn't get a photo with everyone, but I am so happy we got to meet Aunts Debbie, Nina, Vicky, Margot and Lee and Cousins, Jami, Jessica, Stephanie and Dana.

Aunt Lee came all the way from Minnesota and Aunt Margot came from Wisconsin. Here they pose with Rachel and my husband, Dan.

March 01, 2010

Angels

On Sunday, February 14, 2010, my father-in-law said something I will never forget: "You never know when you'll be kissed by an angel."

In this situation, we were on our way to say goodbye to my mother-in-law who after 57 years of life, perished due to heart failure at the hospital. This comment really had me thinking. I realized there are two times in a person's life when they are kissed by an angel: birth and death.

You are kissed by an angel when you are born because a mother never knows what day her baby will arrive. Modern medicine has given us a decent estimate and scheduled c-sections have given us an exact date for the birth of a baby, but most often, the arrival of a baby is determined by an "angel's kiss."

And sometimes an angel takes the life of the ones we love, expected or unexpected, we never fully seem prepared to say goodbye to anyone.

Libby (Treat) Perrine
born April 27, 1952
died February 14, 2010
We will remember her always.