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.