Tuesday, September 30, 2008

8 is GREAT!

Last night Lydia fell asleep without taking her 9pm feeding, which usually means she will wake up 3 hours after her last full feeding and continue the pattern all night. Instead I woke up at 3am, not because Lydia was crying, but because the dog had done something vile and smelly that needed to be addressed even at 3am. My shock over what the dog did, was soon replaced by shock over the fact that Lydia didn't wake me up. So after checking to see that she was still breathing, dealing with the dog, and moving to the guest bedroom, I settled into bed a few minutes before Lydia woke for a bottle at 4am, which only left a short time before my alarm went off at 5am. So add it all up and Lydia went about 8 hours last night. I, on the other hand got to be awake from about 3am on, but whose counting.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

3 Months Old

As of the 25th, Lydia is now three months old and over 10 pounds big. While I have been back at work this week, Lydia has been having her own adventures at Miss Nancy's. Well, when she wasn't at doctor's visits she was at Miss Nancy's. This week was the follow-up with the GI doctor. Then a nasty virus sent us to the pediatrician three times to check on a high fever. Once the fever broke, we were called back to the pediatrician to treat the UTI that showed up on her lab work. So more tests are scheduled at Children's Hospital to diagnose why Lydia has a UTI. The good news is, other than sleeping extra, she hasn't seemed to be in pain. Lydia is now about the same size as the doll we are measuring her against every month and she is now big enouh and strong enough to grab on to the doll's hair. She pulled and the doll moved closer. I don't think it was intentional, but cute nonetheless.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Back to School

My maternity leave ends this week ank before I can return to the classroom I have some work to do. So nap time has become computer time. Thank God she still sleeps alot!

Saturday's Post

More computer issues caused this one to get lost. Lydia FINALLY fits into her shoes..... and aren't they cute shoes? We went to Chattanooga for a baby shower. Along the way gas prices were rising as I drove and gas stations were limiting patrons to 10 gallons or less. SCARY!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

More interestng in person

You can't see it on film, but Lydia has been kicking away at her baby gym. It has an inflatable ball with a rattle inside so it makes noise when she hits it. The picture is sideways, sorry, technical difficulties today.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Thoughts on leaving and hopes for returning.

This morning Jen and I will drive home to Tennessee. I wish I had pictures of Maddy, Abby, Zach, Emelia, Fin and Lydia to share. I don't. As I write this I can't be sure they actually were all in the same room at the same time. If they were, I am convinced they were moving too fast to actually capture on film. With so many small children and so many plastic balls to be thrown, I might have been busy playing defense for Lydia, fending off stray balls and overly enthusiastic bounces of the bouncy seat. Mostly, I was too busy having too much to even think of getting out my camera.
Our time in Iowa was packed full of family and friends (and family who I am happy to have as friends). It was nice to drive to Iowa, not because my parents said we had to, but because we wanted to. It was nice to see aunts and uncles who once held us transformed into grandparents who now hold our kids. It will be nice to plan our return to Iowa to visit some more, see how the kids have grown, and to meet the newest arrivals.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

It's WINTER in Iowa!

We left hot humid Tennessee at 3am on Thursday and as we drove north it got progressively colder. Granted a high of 70 can feel pleasant, but when it is dark... and raining ... and everyplace still has the air conditioning going... and all you packed were summer clothing, it was a bit too much for sun loving southerners to tolerate. So skip seeing the cousins, they can wait while we make our first stop in Iowa to purchase sweaters for everyone.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Better late than never

Not the best picture I have taken, but my mom started the tradition of taking a picture of Lydia each month with the same object, in this case a doll. We have a picture of her on her with the doll on her first day home from the hospital and again at 4 weeks. I'm a little late, this is a 10 week picture instead of 8, but week 8 was full of doctors visits and food concerns. By the way, this post is coming to you from the freeway, somewhere in the middle of Illinois. Lydia has slept most of the way and we are making GREAT time. We should be in Iowa before dinner time.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Bouncing Baby Girl

Lydia is FINALLY getting accustomed to her bouncy seat. I have been setting her in it for weeks now, but she just wasn't interested. Suddenly she has more control over her arms and legs and is now willing to sit and kick for a little while. I LOVE that she is able to entertain herself for a while. Aunt Jennifer and I are taking Lydia to Iowa on Thursday. Wish us luck!

Monday, September 1, 2008

After a tough week, Lydia and I got away to the lake with some friends on Saturday. State law says that all children must be in a life jacket, so we ordered the smallest we could find on Amazon.com. It swallows Lydia up, but will last for a while. On Sunday, PJ took Lydia for the day while I went to Boomsday with Jennifer. It was definitely too loud for Lydia and she and her daddy need to have their own adventures.