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.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Have you ever noticed?

I've watched a lot of TV and movies being on maternity leave. Babies sleep a lot. There are things that have always bugged me a little about TV shows and movies. I thought I would make a list of them.

1. Let's do lunch
Have you every noticed that when people decide they're going to get together to have lunch they never specify a time? The first time I noticed this was in the movie You've Got Mail. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan agree to meet "around lunch time." How do they manage to show up in the same place at the same time. To me, lunch time could be anywhere from 11:00 to 1:30 or 2:00. Maybe it's always assumed lunch time is noon. I don't know, but I know I've never made a lunch date without agreeing on a specific time.

2. The Houdini
This one came to me today while I was watching Fight Club. This happens in a lot of movies. A character gives a good one liner and then a bus drives by. Once the exhaust clears, they've magically disappeared. I don't mind the suspension of disbelief, I will go along with whatever reality is set up for the sake of the story. However, every movie no matter how closely set to actual reality seems to allow people to disappear in the space of about 2 or 3 seconds. What's up with that?

3. Peggy Hill
I hate Peggy Hill. She is a cartoon character, but I hate her with the firey hot intensity of a thousand suns. I'm not a huge fan of King of the Hill, but Blake likes it. I tolerate it, but I seriously hate her and wish in every episode that they'll kill her off. I know that she is in the last episode, though, so the chances are slim. I figure it's ok to wish that on a fictional cartoon character. I realize this doesn't really fit into the theme of my blog. I just want you to know how much I hate Peggy Hill. I just looked up who does the voice of Peggy Hill, I didn't realize it was someone I knew. She's the lady who played the dark haired witch on Hocus Pocus... No? Ummm, remember that sitcom with Kirstie Alley? Veronica's Closet I think it was called. She was the friend on that show... Anyway, I like that lady. I guess that's all I have to say about that.

4. This one goes to eleven
Have you ever noticed that any time someone is racing a car or a motorcycle or anything that has a manual transmission they seem to shift an unlimited number of times? It may be best illustrated in the contemporary classic The Fast and the Furious starring the always lovely Vin Diesel. Also, when there's a chase seen that's been going on for a while, a character suddenly shifts one last time and catches up with the vehicle they're chasing. I always think, "Why didn't you do that five minutes ago? That would have saved a lot of time." I guess that's why I'm not in the movie business.

5. Master of disguise
I include this one because it gets on Blake's nerves whenever I bring it up. It's been talked about before so I don't feel like I'm breaking any new ground, but why do people never recognize superheros? Superman, my favorite superhero, has the worse disguise ever. Lois Lane is this amazing reporter, but she's fooled by a pair of glasses? Takes me right out of the movie.


I don't know about you, but I would never know that is the same person. I also think Blogger needs to come up with a sarcasm font. Also, I realize that Christopher Reeve is probably the best Superman, but this guy is cuter. He's also from Iowa. That's one for the home team.

6. Just walk away
This is also nothing new, but have you ever noticed how people seem to be able to walk away from explosions in movies and they look really cool? Well, that's not realistic and I love that they have a scene in the movie The Other Guys that pokes fun at this action movie staple. It's included in the preview below if you skip to about 2:15.



This one actually doesn't bug me, it looks cool. I hope people continue to walk away slowly while enormous explosions happen behind them. Movies wouldn't be the same without it. This is similar to the really cool slow motion walking scene. You know, think Armageddon. I also think it's interesting that while Armageddon wasn't the first to do this scene (Reservoir Dogs, awesome movie) it's since been included and parodied in so many movies like Monsters, Inc. and Superstar. Seriously though, Reservoir Dogs is an awesome movie. You should check it out. You'll never be able to listen to the song "Stuck in the Middle With You" the same way again.

A rough day for Sylvie.. and Mom

Oh man. Yesterday was a challenging day. Sylvie had her two month checkup. Don't worry, she's fine. Well, perfect if you're asking me. She's in the 75th percentile for height and weight. She's grown to 23 1/4 inches (up just over 3") and 11 lb 14 oz (not quite 4 lbs from birth). I can really tell that she's getting bigger. She's almost as long as her bassinet. I'm coming to terms with the fact that I'll need to move her into her own room soon. I just don't like it. I mean, the bassinet says the weight limit goes up to 15 lbs, so I can keep her in there until then, right? :)

Anyway, after the checkup came the shots. I've heard women say before that they cried when their babies got shots. I kind of always thought I wouldn't be one of those people. I learned in the hospital when they pricked her heel that I am one of those people. She got three shots yesterday. I have to give credit to the nurse, she did it as quickly as possible. I just felt so guilty when she did it. Sylvie had been in a good mood all day, smiling and laughing a lot of the time. She was laying contentedly on the table during her check up and blissfully unaware of what was to come. I tried warning her about it that morning when we were getting ready, but I don't think she completely picked up on what I was saying. It almost would have been better if she had been in a bad mood or fussy, but she wasn't.

When she stuck her with the first needle, Sylvie didn't react for a second and then she screwed up her face and started to scream. I couldn't help it, I started crying. I'm almost crying now just thinking about it. I can't even describe how sad the sound was. I'm sure that those of you who have already had kids have gone through this and felt the same way I did. The nurse practically ran out of the room when she was done. It was either because she wanted to spare me the humiliation or she thought I might attack her for hurting my baby. It's not impossible that it had a little to do with both.

Blake picked her up right after, and she only cried for about 30 seconds. She recovered faster than I did. I practically tore her out of Blake's arms because I wanted to hold her. She cried again a little once I took her, but it made me feel better. I held her for a little while before we put her back in her car seat. Then we had to drive all over town trying to find baby Tylenol. The name brand stuff is still recalled, so we had to get the generic kind. We didn't find it until the 4th stop we made. She loves it, by the way. We were invited over to Russ and Jacqueline's that night, and I really wanted to go. It wasn't in the cards, though. Sylvie wasn't feeling the greatest and just really wanted to sleep, be cuddled, or both so the two of us stayed home. She's fine today though, maybe still a little cuddlier than normal. I don't mind that though.

That's my precious baby with her band-aids. She seems to have forgiven me for letting someone stab her little legs with needles.

Monday, August 16, 2010

I heart Sylvie

Sylvie just keeps getting better and better. She's talking more and more. I'm sure you know by talking more I mean making all kinds of noises that aren't crying. She's also a noisy eater and sleeper. I love it. She's likes to be on her side a lot. She sleeps that way sometimes. Don't worry, I don't put her on her side, she always starts on her back :)


She also is smiling more and more. She still won't let me capture it on camera, but I almost got it one day.


Don't ask me why I took the picture this badly... I'm not sure. I can't be sure, but I think she also tried laughing for the first time today. She's laughed in her sleep a couple times, but I think she's trying to do it on purpose now.


Sylvie can be a very photogenic baby. Emphasis on the can. The picture above makes me laugh. I'm not sure what this face means, but I wish I knew.

I have more pictures to share, and I'll do it soon. It's taken me quite a while just to get this done.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Visiting ACT & day care

Blake, Sylvia, and I made a trip to ACT yesterday to show Sylvia off to all my coworkers. She did such a great job! She was awake and alert for most of the visit, and was pleasant and content the whole time. I think a few people fell in love with her. There were a few people that I know wanted to see her but weren't there yesterday.

I mentioned a while ago that I had gotten a promotion, and I met the girl who took my place yesterday. She seems really nice. It's good to know my old group got someone nice to take care of them :)

Today we're going to visit the day care we are most likely going to use. It's called Loving Care Learning Center, and we got a couple recommendations for that place. I might have mentioned that already. Anyway, I'm excited to see the place. It better be awesome, sending her there will be as expensive as the rent for the house. But you can't skimp on things like this! I figured it out though, and it averages out to $5 an hour, which doesn't seem unreasonable, I guess. From what I've read online, we'd be paying only slightly above average for day care rates in Cedar Rapids.

And here's a picture for your Sylvie fix. It's not really a new one, I need to take more and actually get them put on my computer.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Searching for day care

This week I started actively looking for day care places for Sylvia. It has been pretty rough on me. I'm having a hard time thinking about leaving her, but I know that it's really the only option for us, at least for now. I've done the math. With all of my school loans, the cars, rent, insurance, and all the other expenses, losing my income isn't really an option. Also, we save $600 a month by getting insurance through my work and not Blake's. That's quite a bit of money. I love being a mom, but sometime this grown up thing is kind of a drag :)

I did find one place that was recommended to me by someone who used to work at ACT and where one of Blake's colleagues takes his sons that has openings for infants. It's pretty expensive, but day care is one place where a little extra money is worth it. It's also a two minute drive from Blake's work (according to Google maps).

I'm trying not to get too upset about it. I'm taking 10 weeks and I still have four left (counting this week), so I'm going to try and make the most of it. It's not hard, she's pretty awesome.

I found Sylvia sleeping on her side the other day. She's almost rolling over. I'm not sure how long it will take her to get the last little bit, but I'm being more careful about watching where I put her!

This one's for the Pauls family (and any other Iowa fan). Schwartz, no need to give me a hard time about the mismatched bow :)

I took this picture because Blake likes to hold her arms up and say, "Sooo big!" She was doing it on her own this day. It was pretty cute.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Some random pictures

Sylvia's first bottle


Sylvia and Petey
He was watching her, but he moved as soon as he knew we were taking a picture.


Sylvie being adorable


Sylvie kinda smiling

Sylvie's first trip to Des Moines


This past weekend Jamie, Erica, and MB threw a welcome party/shower for me and Sylvia. Above is the awesome diaper cake Jamie made, I kind of love it. A bunch of my friends got to see her for the first time. It was really nice to see everyone again. I hadn't seen most if the people there in a really long time. We played a few games, my favorite was the melted candy bar in the diaper game. And we learned that the words Sylvia Ann Pauls are missing vital letters to make most words in the English language. The girls all got Sylvie really cute outfits. Everyone also got her books which was really exciting for me. We've already read all of them. Sylvia can't wait until she can start chewing on them!

So the that part of the day was awesome. Not so awesome was that night when Sylvia decided she was not happy. It was weird. She's normally the calmest baby you've ever seen. Well, pretty much. Our plan was to stay at Jamie and Danny's Saturday night and then visit Jenni Schwartz the following day. It did not happen that way. We ended up throwing in the towel and heading home at 10:30 pm that night. We hoped the car ride would calm her down. Luckily, that's what happened. She fell asleep before we got out of Des Moines and only cried a little when we got home. She's been her normal happy self for the most part since. Weirdly, though, she did not want me to put her down today. Every time she fell asleep and I laid her down, she would wake up and cry. She's sleeping soundly now for the first time today... it's 7:30. Mommy's in for a long night.

I've decided I'm going to try and take a picture of Sylvie at least a few times a week in the same spot so I can watch her get bigger. Here's the one from today.

Sylvie Ann Pauls
5 weeks