Monday, June 30, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
11 lbs (176 oz, since that's what the scale is in)
24 in. length
15.5 in. head circumference
I checked online for information about growth charts, and since she's 10 weeks I compared her to other 2 1/2 month olds. According to that, she is in the 50th percentile for both weight and head circumference, but the 90th for length! Does that mean she'll actually be tall? Just kidding, I doubt she'll be very tall. But this is still fun. We measured her length just a couple of weeks ago and she was at around 22 inches. So we think that the reason she's been a bit fussy lately is because she's growing so much. Today I also couldn't get her to sleep for a nap, so she cried tons. No fun. She's finally sleeping now. I feel like the only way I can get her to sleep during the day is to feed her until she's stuffed. At least she sleeps well at night. We get 5-6 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night, and that's even with us going to bed at midnight!
Anyway, I just like to talk about my wonderful daughter. On Sunday Adam and I will get callings and then I'll have something else to worry about. I can't wait! I'm a little bored at times.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Driving stresses me out, especially with these narrow lanes and tons of highways and people darting in and out of lanes. This past week, I got a lot more comfortable getting around. Today though, when I left the airport, I realized that I had gone south instead of north! So I ended up on a long, convoluted route that eventually got me back on I-95 north. Then I almost got in a really bad accident because of the car in front of me stopping and swerving, and someone hit the brakes so hard they squealed. It might've been me, I'm not sure. Then all of a sudden I was crossing a bridge I had never crossed and I was in Philadelphia and there were signs for bridges going into New Jersey... Oh and the trailer in front of me lost a tire or something and was spraying me with debris. I got off and parked and called Adam, but he couldn't really help. The whole time the baby was making noises and I knew if she woke up she'd be screaming and hungry. I had gotten off at a place without an onramp, but luckily when I got back on the road there were signs to get back to the freeway a different way. Because, you see, I was right the first way I went. I was supposed to go south.
Eventually I got home. And then Adam called and wanted me to pick him up. Ahhh! I have to go back on those roads as soon as I finish nursing the baby. At least I know that I can handle these roads now, but the stress was pretty awful. I don't need to exercise for a few days because my heart was racing so fast for so long!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Oh, and Katrina continues to roll from her tummy to her back, though she's now rolling both directions. It's a source of endless fun.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I was reading blog posts on babycenter.com today and read a post about balance. Everyone concurred that it's pretty much impossible to find balance in your life. I read all the comments and thought about my life right now. Every day is the same. I have no deadlines, assignments, projects. School is over either for good or indefinitely. My whole identity has changed from student to mom. Because Katrina sleeps so much I can still stay up late and sleep in (interspersed with feedings) like I did as a student. Each day I can sit in front of the tv all day if I want and no one cares. Except me. And maybe Adam. Any plans for the day are completely self-imposed. I don't even have a calling yet, so I don't have to plan a lesson for Sunday or anything. And with such a small baby I don't feel obligated to go to Enrichment or Luncheon group or anything yet because I don't feel comfortable nursing anywhere other than at home or if I have to, at church and at my in-laws.
I'm sure the difference between me and these other women is that they have multiple children, jobs, or at least older children who cause more stress. Right now I can actually exercise, shower, do chores, clean, and cook dinner all in one day, as well as take care of the baby. Plus read scriptures, FHE, and all of that too. Basically, my life is great right now. I count myself very blessed. I'm not sure how long this phase will last. Surely it's not going to be this easy for very long. Soon Katrina will stop sleeping all day, I'll get a calling for church, I'll want to actually go to Enrichment and stuff, and my balanced life will be harder and harder to maintain. But for right now, I'm happy. Not perfectly happy (losing 6 lbs of pregnancy weight and about 30 pounds of pre-pregnancy weight would go a long way towards that), but happy. :]
Here's a happier video than before. It showcases Katrina's growing neck strength. She's a cutie, isn't she?
I feel like I both wasted lots of time today and accomplished a lot too. It's funny how some days can be like that. I accomplished everything on my list and cooked dinner too, but I also feel like I watched too much t.v. But at least I was productive, right? Katrina treated us to eight hours of sleeping last night (her, not us). She went to sleep at 10:30, we went to bed at midnight, and she woke up at 6:30! Now if we had gone to bed when she did, that would have been 8 hours of sleep for us as well! As it was, I went back to sleep and slept for another 2 1/2 hours. I felt lazy not getting up until almost 10, but then again, I went to bed feeling like I was coming down with a cold, and woke up with it gone, so I don't feel bad. And it doesn't really matter if I sleep in most days since I don't need the car very often and Adam can drive to work.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
It is so hot here! Yesterday I drove Adam to work and used the car to go on errands. Today I let him drive because I knew there was no way I was going to go out again in that heat. And I just went to KMart and the ACME that are right across the street from our apartment complex! Walks with the baby are just plain out of the question. It's supposed to let off a little tomorrow, but it doesn't bode well for the summer. It's a good thing I'm such a homebody, or I might go stir crazy.
I'm going to try something that I've always wanted to do but never actually done: plan dinner menus for the week and then shop according to that. I made a list yesterday of six meals before going shopping and this week I'm going to choose each day from that list. Yesterday I chose to make chicken curry salad. It would have worked if I had had curry, but apparently I never bought it in Utah. So we mixed pepper and poultry seasoning. Ick. It was passable. Then today, Adam's boss treated us to a Japanese restaurant. It was nice, but not my favorite Japanese cousine experience. The textures of the food really bothered me. And the baby started crying near the end and we had to take turns eating and rocking her. But Adam got his sushi, which he loves, and I got out of the house, which is good for me.
Katrina continues to be sleeping better at night. We can even put her to bed most nights while she's still awake and she'll fall asleep by herself. Last night and tonight she cried first, but we left her there and she stopped soon. I'm not big on the "cry-it-out" methods of sleep training, but now that her cries have evolved into degrees of distress, I'm fine with a certain level of tears, if they don't get worse. They're more of whimpers interspersed with cries. Her general range of noises has increased dramatically over this last week, and her head strength has gotten even better. I count myself lucky, since I'm bad at giving her tummy time. Today I flipped her over on her changing pad and watched as she pushed herself up off of it with one arm and looked up and all around. I love these milestones! And I love that Adam loves them too. I showed him the same thing later on and he got just as excited as me. Even though he's gone all day and works nine hours with no lunch (traders can't really take breaks--the New York Stock Exchange doesn't take lunch and neither do they), he is super involved when he gets home. He's supposed to be studying a lot for his next licensing exam, so it really is a sacrifice for him to watch her, especially when I'm not doing anything important and could just as easily take care of her. But I need mental breaks too.
Tomorrow I will try to finish up our master bedroom. I bought some cheap storage drawers to tide us over until we buy a bedroom set. I got most of my stuff hung up and in drawers today and thought I would leave Adam's clothes for him, but let's face it--if I want it done, I'll need to do it. Hanging up clothes is the last thing he thinks of when he gets home, and I have all day. I may even start on the second bedroom. Unless I want huge stacks of boxes in there indefinitely until we get furniture, I need to unpack the boxes. I think I'll just make lots of stacks of all of our books. I have to make small goals for myself for each day, otherwise I'll just sit around doing nothing. I also want to exercise, shower, and empty the dishwasher. I have such exciting days, don't I? :] I'm not too bored yet. The baby's not on a schedule really, so my days are all different. And anytime that I think I'm bored, I can mail in my application and 100 pound fee for the distance learning Museum Studies masters program at the University of Leicester in the U.K. That would definitely occupy a lot of my time.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
I'm so grateful for air conditioning. We're having a heat wave in the upper nineties, which is killer with the humidity, but our apartment has A/C. I've never lived in a house or apartment with it before. What's nicer is that we're on the lowest floor and shielded from the sun pretty well by the hill and apartment building next to us. We only have to turn the air conditioning on sometimes.
My friend Chelsea had her baby! Congratulations to her!
Friday, June 6, 2008
Isn't the apartment nice? It'll be nicer when we get things decorated. We want to get some art, hang some shelves, buy some bookcases for our endless amounts of books, buy some furniture for our clothes that don't go in the closets... It's so tempting to use up Adam's first paycheck before he even gets it on furniture alone! But we're smarter than that. Plus, we have time. But since we're here indefinitely (something we're not used to), we want to make it nice. We probably will even paint a little. I like to watch HGTV while nursing (Househunters, Design on a Dime, etc), so I'm getting good ideas! We're making slow progress in making the apartment our own. Like tonight, we walked to KMart and bought several things, including a showerhead. Nice Friday night date, huh? :]
Thursday, June 5, 2008
I feel a little lost because I seriously thought today was Wednesday. But no, it's Thursday. Tomorrow we will have lived here a week! We still may not be much unpacked, but I try to do a little every day. Even if it is really just a little. I have been forcing myself to use my free time as best as possible. However, everything is on the same scale--cleaning, unpacking, exercising, eating, showering, etc., even getting dressed and putting makeup on. I reward myself mentally for getting any of those things done, since I have problems with all of them. Yes, even eating!
Today I was super productive on the computer and figured out something for Father's Day. Shhh, don't tell Adam! :] I didn't even watch any tv. I've been pretty good at that. We have so many channels now, but I still only watch it sometimes, and then only when I'm nursing.
So now it's back to trying to feed this child until she passes out from satiation. Last night was just too frustrating to repeat. She was tired but couldn't stay asleep, even with all of the tried and true methods. We took a 20-30 minute drive finally and got to sleep at 3:30. I've already put her to bed once tonight and she woke up a few minutes later, so I'm feeding her for the third time in three hours. Unfortunately, her eyes are wide open still. But we've had some success over the past couple of weeks with putting her to bed while she's awake but sleepy and then having her fall asleep by herself. I'll try that next.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Enough about nursing! Today I got to exercise! It was the first time in months that I have formally exercised. I walked an awful lot while pregnant out of necessity, but I haven't done much of anything since Katrina came. I want to go on walks here, but the stairs out of our apartment building are awful. They go up, then down, then up again. Makes it tough to lug a stroller around. Anyway, Katrina sat in her bouncer while I did 20 minutes of Pilates. I have to say, it was pretty embarrassing. I know I was being naive, but I assumed that things wouldn't be quite that bad! My abdominal muscles are so weak!
Unfortunately, the reason that drove me to exercising is not good--my back is in a really precarious state. I am honestly afraid that it's going to go out on me any day and that I will be bedridden. I can't find my sheet of back exercises from the physical therapist, and it's easier to try to ignore that there is such a bad problem. But the pain and feeling of frailness was pretty bad this morning, so I got out the Pilates finally, like I've been wanting to do. Pilates routines usually have quite a lot in common with physical therapy exercises. My plan this week was to get up when Adam did and exercise before the baby wakes, but it hasn't worked so far. Today felt good though, so I will continue as best as I can. I may pull out my pregnancy Pilates routine, since that one goes easy on the abs exercises.
On a completely unrelated topic, I have had four friends have babies in the last week! Two more are having them any day, and one more in a month! We're all around the same age, I guess, but it's still kind of remarkable to me. Too bad all of them are in Utah or Washington, D.C.
Monday, June 2, 2008
So if any of you have any ideas, let me know. I'm worried that I'm not producing enough milk. Adam kind of wants to give up on breastfeeding because I'm really sore and it's super energy-consuming, but I'm determined to keep it up. I know that she's super young, but this is a little out of the norm for her. She has, up to this point, been gradually putting herself on a schedule. Is it just because she's tired and can't take naps without the car? She falls asleep at night just fine and is even pretty good about falling back asleep after her night feedings. I just hate taking steps backward like this. Plus, it means our apartment is super messy and largely unpacked. I really need to be able to step away from her for longer than, oh, three minutes. When Adam's family was visiting on Saturday, his fourteen-month-old nephew was in everything. That's going to be really stressful on me if I can't get things toddler-proofed before they visit again, which I hope to be soon.
Well, here's my obligatory cute baby picture:
And here's a kind of funny one. I bought material so that I could make my own "Moby" wrap. You may have heard of those. Unfortunately, Katrina doesn't like it very much. She hates her movements being constrained. She likes the sling though, which is a little weird. I tried the other day putting her in the wrap again, and she hated it, until I turned her around so she could see things. You're not supposed to carry a child that way until they can hold their head up on their own, which won't be for a couple of months, I think. However, she loved it! So I snapped a picture and took her out.