May 29, 2008
K-I-S-S-I-N-G! Apparently I have bombarded Lily with kisses in her short 5 1/2 months of life, and now she’s learned how to kiss back! It’s really cute, and really.. wet. I tried to take a video of it but she was very distracted and it’s really dark because apparently we can’t afford light bulbs anymore or something. Anyway, enjoy, and ignore my dorkiness:
In other news, apparently Lily is reaching milestones in any order she feels like. While most babies her age have learned to roll at least a good month ago, Lily never wanted anything to do with rolling and jumped right to sitting instead. I was ok with that because sitting is way less mobile than rolling. She’s gotten VERY good at sitting now and rarely falls over - even when reaching for toys! However, just today she decided to care about rolling and when I put her on her tummy for tummy time she immediately rolled right over to her back! I could hardly believe it - I thought she must have fallen over or it was somehow a mistake so I put her back on her belly and she rolled back over again. Knowing that she’s never liked tummy time and now she knows how to roll, I can see how tummy time will go in the future - I’ll put her on her tummy and she’ll cackle and say “yeah right, Mom - I don’t THINK so!” and roll on to her back. The end. So, just because videos are fun, I took a video of her rolling as well - two for the price of none! Aren’t you a lucky viewer today? Again, ignore the narrator:
Tomorrow I think we’re going to go visit my old workplace, WJH. Hope everyone has a great weekend!
May 27, 2008
Well, sleep training Lily has been going.. ok. If you had asked me on Saturday, I would have said it was fantastic, but then for some reason Lily went backwards again and I’m less optimistic. By far the worst night was the first night (Thursday). She screamed (not just cried - screamed at the top of her lungs) for an hour and a half before finally falling asleep. She slept for an hour, then woke up and screamed for another half an hour. She continued to wake up and cry approximately every 60-90 minutes throughout the entire night. The 2nd night (Friday) she cried for about 45 minutes, then slept about 4 hours, cried ONCE and fell back asleep for 7 1/2 more hours!!! It was glorious. The 3rd night was the best of all, she fussed (not even fully cried) for only 15 minutes, then fell asleep and slept 10 HOURS STRAIGHT! That’s a new record for her, and it was absolutely incredible. Jason and I sat here waiting for her to cry and when it didn’t happen, we didn’t know what to do with ourselves. We started watching a movie (alone, together!) to pass the time and got to watch the whole stinkin’ thing uninterrupted. That’s pretty much unheard of!
Then, for some reason, things took a turn for the worse on night 4. I don’t know what happened, but it’s like Lily forgot the first 3 nights all together. She screamed for an hour and a half before falling asleep again, and has continued to scream when we first put her down for AT LEAST half an hour before initially falling asleep. Once she falls asleep that first time, things are ok - she’ll sleep through the night pretty well, and doesn’t cry much. It’s just that initially transition to bed/sleeping time that she really struggles with and it’s been a pretty draining process. The good news is that she IS sleeping through the night - and in her crib in her own room! So, overall it was a success. The really frustrating part is knowing that she CAN do it without the big production, but not knowing why she usually WON’T. Notice her little lamby in the pictures above - that is an absolutely essential component to this whole process! She snuggles with it and buries her face in it and I think it helps soothe her to sleep. The 2nd picture is during one of her naps when I walked in and found her somehow wearing lamby on her head like a hat - no idea about that one, but it’s cute.
That’s about all the news to report here! Hope everyone had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend (man, that extra day off was SPECTACULAR)!
May 22, 2008
What a busy week! Lily and I did go to the park (twice!) last Friday and tried to join the “Mommy Club” but apparently they were all on vacation or something - there was nobody there! Oh well, it meant Lily got the swing all to herself, and she had a great time! On Saturday, Jason and I went to a wedding and Lily spent some quality time exercising her lungs at Great-Aunt Pat’s house, where she screamed the ENTIRE time we were gone, until she finally fell asleep about 30 minutes before we returned. Sorry, Aunty Pat! We brought Lily to the reception and she was VERY popular! Even the bride came up to her a number of times and said how adorable she was. There was another guest there (friend of the Bride I believe?) who has a daughter a month or so younger than Lily and she came over and hung out at our table for quite a while, admiring Lily and talking about baby stuff. She apparently had pre-eclampsia really badly during her pregnancy and gained 112 lbs. Yes, ONE HUNDRED AND TWELVE POUNDS! Poor woman, that must be awful!
On Monday, Lily’s Grandpa (my dad) turned 65 years old! We surprised him by being at Red Lobster when Mom and Dad arrived for dinner, and had dinner with them. Lily, Claire, and Abby were all wearing onesies that said “Grandpa’s Little Princess”. Dinner was remarkably calm considering the fact that we had three small babies! Grandpa was very surprised that we were there, and very happy to spend more time with his granddaughters. All that partying must have worn him (and Lily) right out!
(MANY more pictures in the web album - click the link below any picture posted here.)
EDITED TO ADD -
Speaking of sleep, wish us luck as tonight we start trying to train Lily how to sleep. We went completely backwards when she got sick, and she’s been sleeping in our bed and won’t fall asleep unless she can clutch my hand in BOTH her hands, and periodically roll over and stretch her arm out to make Jason is still behind her. Tonight we’re setting a bedtime routine, and making her sleep in her crib in her own room. I don’t expect to really get any sleep this weekend at all! Hopefully we won’t keep the neighbors up too (sorry Alix!). Have a great Memorial Day weekend!
May 15, 2008
Whew. Seriously, I need a pause button for life right now. Lily turned 5 months old on Tuesday already, and she changes by the minute - just about in front of our eyes! Looking through the pictures we have for this week almost made me cry - it was all pictures of her growing up too fast! I could title the collection “101 ways she no longer needs us”. We have a picture of her holding her own bottle (for real), feeding herself with a spoon, sitting by herself unsupported, and drinking from a sippy cup by herself. Just in ONE WEEK, people!
We had a fantastic first Mother’s day on Sunday, and Lily (and Jason) did a wonderful job of making me feel very special. Jason bought me a dozen roses on Friday and worked very hard to make sure the entire weekend was all about me, which was very sweet! On mother’s day Lily gave me a card that was extremely sweet (and I’ll have to keep forever) and a Mother/Child Diamond Accent pendant that I love! We spent the day over at my parents house with my family, celebrating new mothers (my sister and I), veteran mothers/grandmothers (my mom and my grandma), and godmothers (my aunt). My mom wanted a picture of all 3 of her granddaughters together, so we tried to sit them in one of their large recliner chairs side-by-side with Lily in the middle. What does Lily do? She looks from one baby to the next, then reaches out and pulls one of their eyelids, then reaches over to the other one and yanks their earlobe! She made both babies cry in under a minute - what a little bully! We ended up having Grandpa sit on the chair and hold all 3 babies, and reach around the twins to hold Lily’s hands down. She just kept turning her head, looking at Claire, looking at Abby, back at Claire, back at Abby, etc. We really should have taken a video!
Lily is finally starting to get over this bad cold she had. She still has a very mild ear infection, but she’s no longer wheezing so I’m happy about that! We did her last nebulizer treatment this morning, and she went back to Daycare yesterday. Apparently she had a great day at Daycare, and was happy and laughing/babbling with the kids all day long - I think she missed them. Jen (the woman who runs the daycare) couldn’t believe how much Lily had changed in a week either! As I was driving to work the other day, I drove past the park and saw a “Mommy Club” - a group of women hanging out at the park with their kids. I don’t know why it hit me particularly hard that specific time, but I felt a pang of something.. jealousy, yes - but something more. I tried to imagine what it would be like if that was my day and I could spend it taking Lily for walks and hanging out at the park with other Moms and it just sounded so nice that I had a hard time not turning around and going back home! I don’t know why that’s so stuck in my head though, because one thing I realized during my maternity leave is that I am NOT cut out to be a stay-at-home Mom (even if we COULD afford it, which we most definitely cannot). I admire women that can stay home with their children all day, but I don’t think I’m one of them. At least I do have some flexibility with my work schedule, and I think maybe tomorrow (Friday) Lily and I will go hang out at the park for a while, and I can pretend to be a full-fledged member of the daily Mommy Club.
(despite the smile, I can assure you she did NOT like the peas!)
May 6, 2008
Sorry for the belated post this time, but everyone in the Woyak household has been sick. We all got a wonderful cold after our fun birthday weekend, and Lily was hit hardest of all. She started coughing on Friday and it progressively got worse, so on Monday I called the Doctor. We got an appointment for today so I brought her in and the Doctor said she could hear wheezing in her lungs, so we sat there and did a nebulizer treatment. That helped, but didn’t completely get rid of the wheezing so we were sent home with a home nebulizer unit, a prescription for albuterol, and another for an antibiotic for the mild ear infection she also has. We have to give her the nebulizer treatment every 4-6 hours for the next week, then go back and see how she’s doing. I HATE, HATE, HATE seeing her sick - it just breaks my heart! I was so worried about her last night while waiting to go to the Doctor that I swear I woke up 983498394839 times and I would just sit there and watch her breathe. Then I couldn’t make up my mind if she was cold or hot so I kept taking the covers off, then putting them back on. I’ve totally lost it!
Developments other than the sickness: Lily finally got a highchair! I like it because she can sit at the table with us and see what’s going on, which she LOVES. However, she looks like such a big girl in it that it seriously makes me want to cry! How is she getting so big, so quick? She has also fallen completely in love with her jumperoo and it’s so much fun to watch her play in it.
(Seriously, ignore me in that video - as I said, I’m sick too!)
That’s about it for now, hopefully by next post we’ll all be feeling better and I’ll update more!