Friday, December 17, 2010

Sylvia's awesome daycare providers

I'm pretty sure I talked about our daycare debacle a while back. The center we picked out screwed us over, blah, blah, blah. Anyway, I think we were actually pretty lucky that we backed out of going there. Sylvia spends her days with people that really love her. Her daycare provides Deena and Amanda (and Deena's husband, Papa, as the kids call him) are awesome. Deena's happy to see Sylvia when we walk in the door every morning. She even checked in to see how she was doing when she was sick earlier this week.

Today they did something that really made me happy (and miss my beautiful little girl even more). Here are some pictures they posted to my Facebook wall:

How great is that? I think you can tell from the pictures that she has fun at daycare. It's also awesome to walk in every morning and see everyone excited to see her. She has the privilege of being the only baby at daycare for now, and she gets tons of attention from the other kids there. They don't know my name, but I love hearing, "Sylvia's hear!" when we walk in the door. She's one of the first ones there and after we get her unpacked and settled, she's ready to have fun watching the other kids as they come in and I'm all but forgotten. And that's ok because she's happy but I also love to see the big silly grin I get when I pick her up in the evening.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

While I'm up

Since I'm already up and blogging I might as well share a couple of videos I took today. Blake and I did our own little Christmas today since we have a Christmas at home next weekend and won't be home at all the actual weekend of Christmas.

Sylvia doesn't really understand the whole Christmas thing, so I figure we should save money while we can! I haven't bought her many toys so far. For one, she really doesn't play with a lot of things yet and two, other people are pretty good at getting things for her. So I just got her a couple of small presents for Christmas. One is a teddy bear because every kid needs a teddy bear. The other is a stack of those colorful plastic rings, you know the ones that I mean. Every baby has them and Sylvia's getting the point where she'd play with something like that.

Since it was her first time opening a Christmas present, or any present for the matter, I recorded it. She's actually not bad at it considering she doesn't have any experience. So for your enjoyment, here is Sylvia opening her Christmas presents. I did have to help her a little, but she still did a great job! This may be a boring video for anyone who isn't me. I was there and I've watched it about five times. It must be a mom thing. Also, I feel really smart for wrapping in tissue paper. It was so easy for her to tear!


Our first bad night

Sylvia is almost six months old and we're having our first bad night. She's got what I think is her first real cold. She's had some congestion on and off since she started going to daycare, but today her nose actually started running.

She went to sleep at her normal time. I thought it was going to be a night like every other. Another perfect night in a long line of perfect nights. Around 10:30, though, she woke up and started crying. She cried for a few minutes so I went in to check on her. Maybe I should have let her cry it out then, but I just couldn't. She doesn't cry without reason. So I fed her because she hadn't eaten that well before bed. I put her back in her crib. She started crying again. Blake changed her and she had a poopy diaper. I thought after that things would be fine. I was wrong.

She's fallen asleep twice since then. Both times I've been rocking her. As soon as I try to put her down she wakes up and starts crying. I feel awful, but I can't hold her the whole night. It breaks my heart because I can hear her in there. I know she's tired. All she wants to do is suck her thumb and go to sleep, but she can't breath through her nose right now. So it's either comfort or breathing. Thank God she's choosing breathing even if it means I have a screaming baby.

We've put a couple pillows under her mattress near her head so she's not flat on her back. I was hoping that would help her breath a little better, but I can't tell that it's making any difference. I told Blake to go to bed because I can't sleep when she cries. Hopefully I'll get some sleep tomorrow and Blake can watch her. Any suggestions for what to do with for a baby that has a cold and needs to get some sleep? Am I a cruel mom to let her cry in there because it sure feels like it.

In a few minutes I'll break down and go in there. I keep thinking she's going to drop off to sleep when the crying starts to get softer but then the screaming starts again. If she's close to falling asleep, I really don't want to mess it up, but instinct is telling me to go in there and hold her all night if that's what it takes for her to feel better.


Well, I broke down again. I just went in and she was all turned around in her crib with her head against the side. So out went the pillows. I felt awful because that probably hurt her and meant, of course, that I needed to hold her again. I'm hopeful that this time she really will go to sleep. We'll see. I think she's really worn herself out, she never cries this much. I hope now she isn't too tired.

It seems like just when I feel like I'm actually getting kind of good at this parenting thing, Sylvia reminds me I only think that because she's a good baby.

Friday, December 3, 2010

It's a time for Jell-O

So maybe it's been a little while since I wrote... I've been busy! Anyway, you probably want to hear all about Sylvia's first Thanksgiving. Well, it was pretty awesome. You might also wonder why I titled this post the way I did. Well, everyone except Ruth Ann is probably wondering that. It's a line from one of the best songs ever. Follow this link and watch the second video on the list. This is a hard video to find! Also, Air Supply is awesome.

Back to business. Here's a picture of Sylvia and her dad at our first Thanksgiving meal of the day.

Sylvia also got to hang out with her cousins, one she was meeting for the first time! I have to admit, Kaleigh definitely had a way with her. I'm pretty sure Sylvia had never seen such cool hair.

Brady held her a bit, too. He's so cute! Also, Brent was nice enough to introduce Sylvia to a whole new world of beverages.

I'm pretty sure he didn't give her any. She's pretty much always laughing and falling over, so I guess I probably wouldn't have known even if he had. Sylvia did awesome at her first big Pauls family get together. She napped a little bit and did a good job of being cute and getting passed around to adoring family members.

From there we went to my great aunt and uncle's house. John and Alice are really cool and we love hanging out at their house. Sylvia got to meet what I believe are her fourth cousins.

Those are Heidi and Heather's daughters:  Anna, Elaina, and Grace. Heidi and Heather are my dad's first cousins. It's kind of complicated... I try not to think about it too much. They're family, that's all that matters. I could tell that Sylvia goes to a daycare where she gets lots of love and attention from other kids; she seemed like an old pro sitting with her adoring cousins. Her Great Great Uncle John was also tickled to meet her. It seems weird to put two greats in there!

We stayed home for the long weekend so Sylvia got to spend a lot of time with the Gilmore side of her family. (The Pauls family was at the Iowa game in Minnesota, so we'll have to make up for that over Christmas!) Here's a picture of her with her Grandma Gilmore. She's so proud of her first grandchild!

And here's Sylvia with my Grandma Gilmore

I'm pretty sure my grandma is happy to have a baby in the family again. The other cousins just need to start having kids so Sylvia has someone to play with!

Sylvia also posed for some possible Christmas card pictures for Grandma and Grandpa. Here's one I snapped just for the fun of it.

She did really well sitting by the tree. Mom also wanted to try and get the dogs in a picture with her. My dad and I pretty much knew that wasn't going to happen, so we weren't exactly a lot of help. I did a lot more laughing than dog wrangling. It was also funny because she wanted my parents three dogs in the picture but not Petey or my sister's dog. I think you can imagine about how well that worked.

Have I showed you how cute Sylvia is with her cover on her car seat? If I haven't here it is.

I guess that's not the cutest picture Sylvia's ever taken, but imagine opening up the back door of the car, peeking in, and getting a big toothless grin from the little face sticking out. Man, I just love her so much! I think she likes me, too. She's taken to sucking on my face lately. I hear that might be her first attempts to give kisses. Also, she only does it with me, so I feel special. I think she's going to give me a hickey one of these days.

And here's the last picture I want to share with you. I took this picture myself. I laughed so hard when I turned the camera around and saw this. I think she already thinks (knows) I'm a dork.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sylvia and her dog

In general, Petey has pretty much ignored or tolerated Sylvia since she came home. This is beginning to change, however. Recently, Petey has shown much more interest in Sylvia. I'm guessing it has something to do with the fact that she's much more aware now and acknowledges him. It started with Sylvia just smiling at Petey every once in a while when he would walk near her. Then Petey started sniffing her while she's on her play mat. Saturday I noticed that he's taken to licking her in the face. She doesn't mind. In fact, and this is kinda gross, I think she likes it. He was licking her face and I saw her stick out her tongue, I'm pretty sure Petey licked her mouth. In fact, I know he did, I was laughing when I told him to stop. It was funny and pretty disgusting at the same time. He also likes to lick her ears. I try not to scold him harshly for doing things like that because I don't want him to think that he'll get in trouble for going near her.

Sunday I put Sylvia next to Blake in bed for a minute and Petey jumped up next to them. It was one of the cutest things we've seen, probably because it involved both the dog and baby being cute. Petey put his face kind of close to Sylvia. She reached out and put her hand on his nose and just left it there. It didn't last too long, a few seconds probably, but I really wish the camera would have been on hand. I hope this is a good sign that Petey will feel a bond with Sylvia and not just see her as a threat, stealing all the of the attention he used to get.

I took this picture on Saturday. I'm not sure if he likes to hang out next to her because he likes her or he knows the closer he is to Sylvia, the more attention he'll get. Either way, he's a pretty smart dog.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Excited for Christmas! (and Thanksgiving)

So this will be Sylvia's first holiday season, and I am SUPER excited about it. So much of our family hasn't gotten to see her in a long time. I can't wait to see her smile and laugh at all of them. With one side of the family, she'll be one of many kids. At another side, she's going to be the first baby in a really long time. My cousin Jason and his wife, Amber, are going to get to see her for the first time at Christmas! Our niece, Kaleigh, will get to see her for the first time at Thanksgiving! It's going to be a lot of fun. I've already been busy picking out outfits for Christmas (and neither was over $15!). The one to the right is her outfit for Christmas Eve. I usually wear some kind of hat to Dad's side, I thought it would be cute to pass that on to Sylvia.

Here is the outfit I've picked out for Christmas Day with  the Pauls family. I love them both! Hopefully she can wear both of them for a while before pooping on them :) Maybe I'll need to get a couple extras.

This will also be our first Christmas morning together as a family. We're still debating about what we'll do once we have kids old enough to know about Santa. I would really like to be able to have a Christmas morning thing at our house but with Christmas Eve with my family and Christmas Day with Blake's, it doesn't make a lot of sense to drive back to Cedar Rapids. Suggestions?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

What's new with Sylvia

Sometimes I write about such random things that I feel like I forget to keep people updated with the day to day with Sylvia. Well, she's awesome. The end. Just kidding, there's a little more. Here's a list because lists are cool.

  1. She's a rolling machine. She will roll to her stomach just about every time we put her down. She loves the play mat that my Grandma Kaufman got her, but recently she loves to roll over and look around. I'm not sure how often it happens, but the other day I saw her roll to her stomach and then roll back onto her back. I think this was kind of an accident, she was looking really far to one side and the massive weight of her head kind of tipped her back over :) She was surprised but not upset.
  2. She's laughing. Every once in a while Blake or I (or anyone else, I guess) will do something that Sylvia thinks is hilarious. She's finally getting a handle on laughing out loud. Before it was a lot of wide grins with no sound. She especially loves when I hold her above my head and bring her down to my face really slowly. Sound effects are involved, of course.
  3. She's either 13.11 pounds or 13 lbs 11 oz. There's a difference, but since I had to miss her last doctor's appointment Blake couldn't tell me the answer. Our doctor called in sick and I don't have any time off, so I had to miss the rescheduled appointment. I felt super guilty since she was getting shots, but luckily she has a loving daddy who was there to comfort her. In all honesty, it might have even been better that I wasn't there.
  4. She must have long legs like her daddy. She's been wearing 3-6 month clothing for quite some time, and they all fit except for one thing. Her legs are too long. It's most noticeable in her sleepers. I've actually had to retire some of her 3-6 month sleepers and break out some 6-9 month ones just because she needs more length. I believe she was in the 50th percentile for weight and the 75th percentile for length the last time she went to the doctor. So she's not huge, but she's a fairly tall girl. I don't think she looks too skinny though, she's still got her little leg rolls :)
  5. She will sleep for about 12 hours if I let her. Normally I have to wake her up in the mornings before work, but on the weekends she will sleep from about 8:30 until 7:30 in the morning. There was one night that she slept for 13 hours! It was crazy. I woke up in a panic when I realized I had slept past 8:00 am.
  6. She's all smiles when she wakes up. She hasn't cried in her crib in quite a while. Every morning I wake up to her talking. Sometimes it's 3:00 in the morning, but giving her a pacifier will almost always put her right back to sleep. Then when she wakes up later, I consider it waking up for real, she smiles and laughs when I go in to tell her good morning.
Ok, here's a picture :) We went on a walk the other day and I took a picture to send to Grandma Gilmore and Daddy.

My mom got her that Winne the Pooh rattle. She loves it! Mostly she tries to eat it, but I think they're kind of BFFs now. And there's Petey in the background. He's super annoying to take while I'm walking with Sylvia, but I feel too guilty not to.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cutest ever

Blake took this picture of Sylvia on Halloween. I just love it. I can't stop looking at it. I even printed it and hung a big copy of it at work.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Let me see your Tootsie Roll!

First of all, thanks to Erica for giving me the idea for the title of this post :)

Last night was Halloween, like I need to tell anyone, and Sylvia dressed up for the occasion... for a little less than half an hour. We didn't go anywhere becasue we had trick or treaters and Blake wasn't in the mood to go anywhere. It was a typical Sunday except for all the kids in costume expecting free candy.

Anyway, Sylvia was adorable. Here is her costume.

She was a good sport while Blake was taking pictures. Here's another of my favorites.

I feel like she's thinking she doesn't really know what's going on, but it's fairly amusing to her. She already thinks we're dorks. Oh well, we're loving dorks.

Also, these pictures were taken on our new camera. I like it, I think. It's a Canon, and I realized yesterday that the last one I had is also a Canon. It followed me all through college, so you know it had to be good. Hopefully, a better camera means more pictures for all of you!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Anniversary and a wedding

Blake and I spent our first weekend away from home last week. One of my very best friends, Stacey Manderscheid... err, Reichling, got married in Des Moines on Friday night and their reception was Saturday night in Ames. Amazingly, their wedding just happened to be pretty close to our anniversary. We celebrated two years on Monday (yay!).

I'm not going to lie, it was really hard for me to be away from Sylvia for two nights. Luckily, she was with my parents, and that made me feel a lot better. I got a picture message from my mom over the weekend. It was nice to see her doing so well. She really is such a great baby. The text with this pic was, "She's practicing swimming." Pretty cute.

I had a really good time on Friday. We went to the ceremony at the Des Moines Botanical Center. That was really neat. Their were drinks and appetizers/desserts set up throughout the building, so we got to walk around and see everything while we filled our plates. Steph Foust was there, and I hardly ever get to see her. It was awesome to be able to catch up. There were large cut outs of Peanuts characters that were stashed away for the ceremony. It probably won't surprise those of you that know Steph that we went searching for them to do a short photo session. These pictures are stolen from her Facebook album (thanks, Steph!)

Here's a picture of the wonderful couple. I kind of love them.

Stacey and Jake were kind enough to let the three of us use their spare bedrooms. That meant after the ceremony was over we went back to their house to sit around and drink beer. This was the first time I'd had more than two beers since Sylvia was born. I think I had maybe 10 or so. Probably not my greatest idea, but I stayed away from the hard stuff. I broke down a little that night because I missed Sylvia, but I'm sure the beer had something to do with the crying :) It makes me happy that those hard drinking days are behind me!

Because of the amount of beer I had that night, I decided that I would stay sober at the reception. Honestly, I didn't even want to look at a beer. I don't think my hangover was very bad, but I hadn't had one in a year. Stacey and Jake were letting us stay Saturday night, too, but we decided we'd rather just go home and sleep in our own bed. So we did. Blake helped me stay awake by playing the desert island game. We named the 10 movies we'd take. Both of our lists included Dumb & Dumber and Tommy Boy. I'd say we were meant to be :) We also named the five TV series we would want. I would have said books, but we all know Blake's not a reader. We made a bunch of lists and it helped to pass the time. It made me remember all the times I drove that stretch of Highway 30 while we were dating, I can't believe I did that almost every weekend. Wow, it's boring.

On Sunday Blake gave me my anniversary gift. It was a Kindle. I was so excited. It was ridiculous. I haven't gotten him anything good yet, so let me know if you have any ideas. I did buy him an awesome shirt of the black and gold variety, of course. I've already downloaded a bunch of free books and games. The only thing I've paid for is the exclusively e-book, well probably more of a story or novella, Ur by Stephen King. That's probably not a surprise to anyone. It was pretty good. It was about a guy who orders a Kindle and gets one that can access other realities and get your local newspaper six months into the future.

Anyway, we had a pretty good anniversary weekend. Oh, I got flowers yesterday, too. They're Gerbera daisies, my favorite. It was a good anniversary. The time away was nice for us, and I know Mom loved having Sylvia. I was ready to get her back, though. I'm pretty sure I was standing at the door for a few minutes before they even pulled into the driveway.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

You have got to be kidding me.

I would guess I repeated that sentence about 50 times last night. First, a piece of background information. Blake recently hurt his ankle, most likely a bad sprain. He's more of less out of commission for at least a few more days. That means I've been having to handle a little more than normal when it comes to household and baby duties. I've been a tired mama the past couple nights.

That would probably explain why I didn't even stir when Petey started puking all over last night a little after 3:00. Blake woke me up and said Petey puked. I was not expecting what I found. First of all, he puked on Blake. He was a good sport about it, and it was only a little on his arm. Petey also puked all over the sheets at the edge of the bed, so of course the puke had also gotten all over the floor on Blake's side. After he jumped down, he also left two piles of raunchy vomit on the floor on my side of the bed. On my way out to the kitchen to grab the paper towels, I discovered three more piles of puke equaling at least the amount of puke in the bedroom. Seriously, I didn't think he could have that much in his stomach.

Since Blake can't walk without crutches, I had to clean everything up. I was so angry, I couldn't even describe it with words. I know that Petey didn't do it on purpose but maybe jump off the bed before you start puking everywhere. Maybe only puke in one room. Maybe puke somewhere without carpet instead of in almost every room with carpet. Maybe don't puke on my husband.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cupcake bliss

I made these awesome cupcakes yesterday. They're chocolate chip cookie dough. Seriously. How awesome does that sound? I found this recipe a while ago and knew that I wanted to try it asap! This is the first time I've made cupcakes and I'm proud to say that I made them entirely from scratch. It took me all day to get them done, but it was worth it. I couldn't believe how much fun I had making them. I probably could have saved some time by doing a less involved decorating job, but what fun would that be? Plus, my mom is a cake decorator, maybe the desire to make pretty food is genetic.

Blake even liked them, and he's not big on sweets. I asked him how many he wanted me to save for him, he said seven. Then he said, "No, just kidding. Three is enough." I saved him four :)

This is another recipe I got from Annie's Eats. It's an awesome blog. I was disappointed with the waffles I made, you may remember, and I was a little nervous that I wouldn't like these either. I didn't need to worry though, you can't go wrong with cupcakes and cookie dough! I definitely can't take too much credit on this, I just followed the recipe and it happened to be amazing. In case you were wondering, the filling is an eggless cookie dough, so it's safe to eat raw :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cutest kitten ever

I made it

I was pretty anxious the first night Sylvia slept in her crib (I waited 15 weeks, after all). I had this irrational fear that the first night I put her in her crib she would die. That sounds so awful when I reread it, but I really was scared. Obviously, I didn't have to worry like I did. Her first night in the crib was awesome. I mean, I checked on her about 10 times before I actually went to bed, but everything was good after that. She slept the whole night through and was just waking up when my alarm went off. It hasn't been quite the same every night. She gets restless a little at certain times, but it's been really good overall.

It really is nice to be able to put her down in her crib and get clothes ready for the next day and not have to worry about waking her up. I think she might also be officially too long for her bassinet now anyway. Maybe she's going to be tall like her daddy (fingers crossed!). I should probably take a picture of her in her crib, she's surprisingly big in it. I guess when you wait over three months to actually put her in it that's how it goes.

We've also successfully broken the swaddling habit. I think she might actually be sleeping better now. She still gets restless, but I think she was worse when she was swaddled because she would struggle to get out. Swaddling was great for the first couple months, it kept her sleeping soundly longer, but I think we tried doing it longer than she needed it.

Probably not coincidentally, she's become a real thumb sucker now. Deena (our day care provider) noticed it yesterday, too. It's nice because we don't have to worry about pacifiers as much, but you also can't take a thumb away. Most kids have braces now anyway, right? Also, it's pretty cute.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sylvia hates cameras

I was honestly surprised that Sylvia's three month pictures came out as cute as they did. She hates cameras. She smiles so much, but that smile disappears as soon as she sees a camera. We got a few good pictures of her.

This was her first outfit and the first picture that was taken. She smiled in one other picture. After that we were lucky to get a content look on her face. I loved this outfit. I thought the frilly look was cute. She loved this outfit, actually.

This picture has been a favorite of most people who have seen them. We printed it in black and white. It's pretty adorable if you ask me.

I bought a very cute diaper cover. It didn't really show up in most of the pictures. This is one of my favorites from that outfit. The look on her face cracks me up. Those are supposed to be wings behind her, it's kind of hard to tell.

This shows it a little better. She kind of slouched down on the chair, and the wings didn't really line up right.

Here's the last outfit and one of my favorites. Too bad most of them turned out like this :)

And this...

And this. I feel like she's asking why I'm being so cruel to her in this picture. She's not so much crying as pleading with me to make it stop. We did get one good one with this outfit. It was one of Blake's favorites.

I guess it's a pretty good one.

We didn't get this one printed, but I kind of wish we would have. I love this look. Anyway, pictures went alright. They printed them right away, so that was nice.

Ok, confession time. Tonight is the first night Sylvia is going to sleep in her crib. I'm having kind of a hard time with it. I know it's time to start, she's outgrowing her bassinet anyway. I put her to bed about 45 minutes ago and I've checked on her four times and counting. We're also not swaddling her tonight. She slept pretty well last night without it, so I figure it's a good time to break that habit as well. I guess I'll try to go to bed... after I check on her one more time. Ok, maybe twice.

One more for the road.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

3 (1/2) month pictures

So I'm not always on the ball about things. Sylvia's three month pictures, for example. I've got an appointment for her this Friday. She'll actually be more like 3 1/2 months, but I think it's still close enough. Tara, a friend from home, has taken her kids to Portrait Innovations and likes them. There's one in Cedar Rapids, so I thought I'd give them a try. My problem is that I'm not sure what kind of outfits to bring. I think they'll let me do one change. The website suggests wearing solid colors. Sylvia has pretty much zero articles of clothing consisting of solid colors. Any suggestions?

Sylvia cheered the Hawks to a victory this past weekend. She didn't get any poop on this outfit. I'm not sure which was a bigger victory.

She's also getting pretty good at shaking a rattle. I'll post a short video soon :)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A disappointing breakfast

I found a cooking blog called Annies Eats through another blog written by a friend from grad school. How did I find anything before? :) I've been really excited to try the recipes I've seen there. I tried my first one this morning.

Blake loves banana bread, so I thought Banana Bread Waffles would make a really nice Sunday breakfast. I started these waffles yesterday. They were yeast waffles, and they needed to be started at least 12 hours ahead of time. I was so excited to try them! I was pretty disappointed. Blake had two, he thought they were alright. I think maybe it was the yeast that gave them a flavor I didn't like. I'm not sure I've ever had yeast waffles before. I threw away a lot of the batter.

I'm not giving up on Annie, though! We're trying her Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe this week, this one is for Blake, too. I'm not a huge spaghetti fan, but it's ok every once in a while. I really want to start making more of our meals. I'm also going to try making her Chocolate Cookie Dough Cupcakes. Doesn't that just sound awesome?


A while back Jamie told me about a blog called Bring the Rain written by a woman named Angie, an awesome Christian wife and mother, who gave birth to a daughter they knew would not survive. The blog sucked me in immediately and I read it from beginning to end. I also started following the book club, Bloom, of which Angie is a co-creator. I know that a couple of you follow Angie's blog, and I was curious if anyone else I know is planning on reading the book.

The book that was just chosen is called Sabbath: Finding rest, renewal, and delight in our busy lives. I ordered a copy of the book from Amazon this past week. Actually, I ordered two because they asked for people to buy more than one copy if they were willing to send one to someone unable to afford it. We're not rolling in the dough, but I figured spending $10 on a copy of a book wouldn't break us. I'm not really sure why I decided to buy an extra copy, but I just had a feeling I was supposed to.

I haven't decided if I think this book is something that will speak to me personally, but I'm going to start reading it soon so I guess I'll find out then. I'm not entirely sure when I'll be reading it since it seems like I never have time to sit down and read. Judging from the title of the book, maybe this is something I'll get a lot out of. I hope so.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Sylvia says hello

Ok, so she didn't really say hello, but I forgot that my super old digital camera actually takes video. It's not great quality, but I finally got a little bit of video of Sylvia. For those of you that have met her, she's quite a talker. I got a little bit of her babbling, it's pretty adorable.


Here's another one. She does this really funny thing where she kicks her legs really fast and it reminds me of some kind of jig. Ok, it's probably only really funny to me. This isn't the best example of it, but it's alright. Sylvia only does this dance when she's not wearing pants. I'm not sure if that's something I need to worry about.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Blog bonus pictures

I just thought I'd share the picture that I have as wall paper on my phone.

What a sweetheart. Would you like to see another picture from my phone? Ok, you twisted my arm.

My baby girl knows how to relax. She could teach Mommy a thing or two.

I've finally given you some pictures you can't get on Facebook.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sylvia's first 1st birthday party

Obviously, the party I'm referring to isn't Sylvie's first birthday. A friend of mine, Tara, has a little boy named Garet who turned one this past week. PS- how cute is he?!?! We're already discussing a possible arranged marriage. We still have to see if Russ and Jacqueline and/or Jamie and Danny are having boys. His party was on Saturday. Since Blake was going to be at the game, I thought it was a good time to take Sylvie on her first mommy and me trip. It was pretty awesome.

We got up at 5:30 (per her request) and had some breakfast. I think we were out of the house by 7:30, a win in my book especially since we weren't actually in any hurry. The only thing we were aiming to get done was to get the Vibe to my dad so he could take a look at it before the party at 12:00. We would have left earlier but in true Sylvia fashion, she dropped a nice deuce immediately after putting her in her car seat.

We got to my parents' house and had the car looked at (nothing was too wrong, yay!) long before we needed to leave for the party. We even left early enough so I could add a couple books to the present I had already gotten. What kind of librarian doesn't include at least one book? Anyway, the party went really well. Sylvia was a perfect angel, like always. Ever since I got my breast feeding cover (be be au lait, if you're wondering), taking Sylvia places is a lot less nerve wracking for me.

No, that's not me. But that is the pattern of the cover I bought recently. It's really nice and I like that it's a fun pattern but doesn't scream, "LOOK AT ME, I'M BREAST FEEDING!!" I'm still not very good at feeding Sylvia without a pillow or something to prop under her. Maybe I'll get the hang of it eventually.

I had to feed her twice while I was at the party, and no one left having seen either one of my boobs. Success. I also discovered that it's actually pretty easy to breast feed Sylvia while I walk around. That's nice to know.

After the party we came home to hang out with my parents. Some of my dad's side of the family stopped by to see Sylvia. Some hadn't seen her since she was in the hospital and some were seeing her for the first time. It's a lot of fun when people come to visit now; Sylvie interacts so much more now and has a smile for everyone (except the camera).

We spent the night and stopped to see Grandma and Grandpa Pauls on the way out of town. We couldn't leave without Sylvie seeing as many of her grandparents as possible. She changes so quick now, even a week without seeing her seems like you've missed a lot.

Anyway, here's today's picture. I don't like many pictures of myself, but this one was ok. It makes me laugh. This was my first day back to work. My wonderful sister took the picture. As you can see, Sylvia was really upset at the idea of me leaving.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Curvy baby?

I've been doing some online shopping for Sylvia lately, and I've noticed some comments that bother me. I've been reading reviews of Old Navy baby clothes (they have a sale that ends today!). A lot of the reviewers, I would assume moms, talk about how they look for clothes that don't make their babies look fat. They don't say it in those words, but it's kind of disturbing anyway. These are parents of 11, 12, 13 month old babies. They're talking about how their babies are curvy or chunky, and they need clothes that flatter them. They're babies. Being a little chunky isn't bad. One comment I read said that the woman returned a pair of jeans because it made her 11 month old daughter's belly look big (which it is not!). I understand not liking something because you're baby is chubby and it's too tight or uncomfortable for them, but disliking something because you don't think it flatters her figure seems stupid.

Pictures coming soon!

I know I've been really bad about blogging and especially getting new pictures up, but it's hard to find the time to upload pictures after I get home from work! Sylvia is always insisting that she needs to be fed and changed :)

Things are going really well. She rolled over for the first time recently. I might have already mentioned that. She's getting so big! Some of her 3-6 month clothes are fitting just right, and she's not technically three months until Saturday. I'm guessing we're going to be growing out of those before too long.

My cousin Kurt had a surprise 40th birthday party last night, so Sylvia had her first trip to a bar. Don't worry, daddy's the only one who had any beer. She was so good! She got passed around to about 10 different people, and she was happy the whole time. Well, she fell alseep at one point, but Deena (our day care provider) told me she didn't nap very much during the day.

Work is going well for me. I might have mentioned that there is an opening in the library here at ACT. I've applied but haven't heard anything about it yet. We'll see what happens! I know they haven't made any decisions yet, so I'm hopeful. Overall, I'd have to say life is pretty good!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Day care debacle

Even though I'm back to work, the day care situation at the Pauls household is still up in the air. About half way into my maternity leave, we took a tour of a daycare called Loving Care Learning Center near downtown in Cedar Rapids. It had been recommended to me by someone who used to work at ACT, and one of Blake's co-workers uses the same place. I thought it was a little pricey, $190 a week plus $30 for supplies (they provide diapers, wipes, and formula). We got a $10 discount because Syliva is a breastfed baby. We decided we would figure out a way to afford it. It was right on that line between a little expensive and impossible to afford.

The great news came last week in the mail. We were informed that the fee for supplies was being incorporated into the weekly price. The new weekly price for babies under two years would be $240 a week. They were also taking away the $10 reduction for the supply fee for breastfed babies. That is a $30 per week increase for us. Per week. Seriously? We had already put down a $500 deposit and when Blake went in to talk to them about it, he was told that we had just lost all of that money even though Sylvia wasn't scheduled to start yet.

We're working on possibly getting some of that money back. They didn't let us know when we toured that prices would be going up even though it was obviously already in the works. What they did probably wasn't illegal, but it seems like a pretty crappy way to treat people. We tell them that we can't afford their new rates and they respond by saying, "That's too bad, thanks for the free money."

Anyway, that left us with less than two weeks to find a new day care. Luckily, I work with an awesome lady who gave us the name of a great in-home day care provider who has very reasonable rates ($100/week). We met with her, her daughter, and her husband last night, and they seem like wonderful people. We're touring one last center tonight (Knox WeCare) before we make our decision. It's not super cheap, but the cost is much more manageable ($160/week) as well as a Christian day care, which we both like. I'm leaning towards the in-home provider, her name is Deena. She's a great lady and her daughter, Amanda, seems to love babies just as much as she does. Blake's already toured the day care I'm seeing tonight, and he really liked it. In the end, I think we're going to end up saving money and having Sylvia in a place that we'll like better. I don't know about you, but I don't think I care for a place that cares more about money than the families they're serving.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Back to work

I haven't been able to write much and I apologize because there are no pictures for this post, but I'm at work and on my lunch break and just thought I would write something before my time is up.

I started back to work this past week on Wednesday. I was dreading it quite a bit, I can't tell you I didn't cry on multiple occassions just thinking about it. Once I got here, though, I actually found myself enjoying it. I hadn't realized I how much I missed the company of other adults and giving my brain a workout. I miss Sylvie like crazy, but right now she's home with my mom and she was with Kristin last week, so I know she's in good hands. After this week we start day care. That's a story for another time, but I'll vent about it soon.

Anyway, Sylvie is completely content without me from what I've heard and seen. I feel like this is a good thing and a bad thing at the same time. I'm glad that isn't old enough for seperation anxiety, so at least only one of us had to suffer it. She is really happy to see me when I get home, and that makes coming home even better. She's even smiley when I'm leaving which makes coming to work even harder.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Some more pictures and a farmers market

I uploaded quite a few pictures from my camera a while back. I thought I'd share some of them. For those of you who are on facebook, they probably won't be anything new.

Sylvie loves to lay on her changing table. Lay? Lie? I've never figured it out. Anyway, I don't think she thought it was as amusing as I did. Luckily, she's a good sport and humors me most of the time.

I really love the expression on her face in this picture. I like to imagine what she's thinking when I look at some of her pictures. When I see this one I imagine she's thinking, "Why hello there, you just caught me getting out of the bath." I don't mean that in a creepy way.

Sylvie's eyes haven't changed much since she was born. Sometimes it looks like they've gotten a little bit grayer, sometimes they look really blue. I'm not sure if they'll change a whole lot, I've heard by 6 months they should be pretty much their permanent color. Between me and Blake it's pretty much guaranteed they'll be blue. Blake has really awesome light blue eyes, maybe they'll lighten up to look more like his. Either way, I think they're pretty great.

I feel like I've probably mentioned this but in case I haven't, Sylvie likes to smile smile smile... until I get the camera out. Once the camera comes out she just stops smiling and stares. This is just about the closest I've gotten to getting a real smile on camera.

Sylvie and I got our first taste of a farmers market yesterday. We went with my friend Katie to check it out. She's a pretty much a regular and helped us get the hang of it. I got Sylvie a cute little tag blanket (just a tiny blanket with different textured ribbons around the edge for the baby to feel and suck on), and I got a jar of jalapeno jam for Blake. I tried a little of it, and it's pretty tasty. I wish I would have gotten a picture of Sylvie there, but I didn't think of it. I'll try to remember if there's a next time.