Saturday, February 28, 2009

Hospital Visit

So I went to the hospital early this morning, for a procedure I'd rather not actually blog about, but I did want to say that my visits to the hospital in the US have really impressed me. I went in at 6 am and was out by 9:30 a.m. And everything went "smoothly." Although I don't remember any of it - I slept right through it.

I have now been to hospitals in the UK, Switzerland and China, and let me tell you, I was happy to be in America this time around - Switzerland would be my second choice for sure. There is something so comforting about US hospitals... is it because everyone speaks English?

Pictures Worth Posting

Go Dogs Go...

Friday, February 27, 2009


Should I be concerned that I lost 30 lbs in 6 weeks? Or that at 10 weeks I can fit into my "good" jeans? I'm probably about 5 lbs more than I was when I found out I was pregnant. I guess that's what happens when you cut out dairy - among other things.

By the way, my pediatrician recommended cutting out my muli-vitamin because it can cause upset in babies while nursing. Interesting.

Princess Time

Daddy Time

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

2 Mo. Check-Up

Madoc's 2 month check-up went very well. She has sky-rocketed to 95th percentile in weight and length (compared to Chase falling from the 27th percentile to the 9th percentile, poor dear!). She can actually wear 4-6 month clothing right now...

And, in an effort to get more than 3 hours of sleep per night, beginning last week, I started giving her 2 oz of formula before bedtime, after nursing. And it has made a difference. Instead of being up every other hour, I am now up every 3 hours. Thank goodness. But for some reason I just can't shake my sleepy head.

And of course, she received many jabs today, poor thing. She is sleeping right now - as is Chase, who was utterly exhausted after watching her little sister endure the shots.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Madoc Update

With her 2-month appointment scheduled for next week, there will be more, formal updates next week. From what I can tell, the nursing is working - she's into 6 month clothing at 2 months.


I've been laying low since my inlaws left Denver. Mostly trying to figure out how to begin Spring cleaning. And how to get "all those things done." Like getting Madoc's passport photo taken.

Speaking of passports, I was looking at old posts (the other day) from when Chase was two months old. At that point, we had been to 5 countries - no wonder nursing didn't work out so well. Chase was so flexible, so easy to travel with, we just couldn't help ourselves.

Madoc is already showing signs of being a little less flexible. If she isn't in bed by 7:30/8 pm, she gets really fussy and seemingly inconsolable. I can get her to sleep by carrying her in the sling, but she will sleep from 8:30-12 midnight if I do it right. But that means I have to go to sleep at 8:30 too, or I miss prime sleepin' time. She also gets fussy after about 3 a.m., I've noticed, and doesn't sleep well until about 6 a.m. And somewhere between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m., Chase usually comes in and takes up what little space is left in the bed. So sleep is, well, not easy to come by.

Speaking of Chase, she continues to love and adore her sister. Every morning she tells her how beautiful she is. She tries to play with her at every opportunity. She is super sweet.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Saturday, February 14, 2009


It's like a secret society. A place where people go, but don't talk about. It's weird how many people are on it - and how frequently they're on it. Strange how I have only been a member for a week and already have 81 friends. Seriously.

I'm one of those people who like to keep in touch, so this is too much fun!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

School Secured!

So it's official ... Chase will be going to our first choice preschool in the Fall. We are SO lucky she got in - there were 89 kids that didn't! It's just two days per week (just a couple hours on Wednesday and Friday afternoons) - but she's in!


Well, I finally broke down and joined Facebook. I've been trying not to. And I have to admit, it's pretty cool. It's amazing how many of my friends are on it. From all over the world. It's crazy.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Madoc Weight Gain

Still gaining 1.5 oz/day. She's up to 11 lbs! Whoa!

We now know she's not on me all the time for food; she's on me to calm the reflux. Same reason she's still waking every hour and a half at night. I hear it just takes time for that to pass.

At least we've got the feeding part down.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Keen Sense Of Smell

Today Chase told me Madoc smelled like cheese. She was actually referring to the smell of the A&D ointment. Funny how she likened that smell to cheese. I guess that's what happens when one has a mom who loves Stinking Bishop (and other fabulous soft, smelly cheeses).

Salon Here I Come

I'm heading to the salon this weekend.
I asked Chase what color I should dye my hair and she said "blue."

What Goes Up Must Come Down

Went to my 6 week appointment today - I lost 30 lbs. Granted, the baby weighed 7 lbs. But you gotta LOVE IT.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Baby Riddle

So I figured out that if I hold little M in the proper position (on her side with legs outstretched at a 45 degree angle) for about 15 minutes after a feed that she will sleep more soundly (as her tummy has had time to digest a little). I also found out she likes to be outstretched as sitting positions (car seat, swing) trigger her reflux.

I'm pretty sure she doesn't like spicy food and Almonds seem to make her quite irritable.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Break Glass In Case Of Emergency

I broke down and asked Hubs to buy some formula yesterday. Not to use immediately. But to have in the house *just in case* - whatever that means. But I have to say I feel better and calmer with it in the house. I am also more motivated to pump because I don't want to break the seal.

Last night, Hubs fed little M with a bottle (not formula, don't worry mom), and she went to sleep at 10, but this time awoke at 2 a.m., 4 a.m., and 6 a.m. Hmmm. We're going to try it again tonight to see if we can stretch time...

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Madoc's Meds

The prescription stuff seems to be helping, when combined with gripe water and infant gas drops. Or is it the fact I cut out dairy and other offending foods? Poor little M! Even with all this, I still can't put her down without her putting up a major fuss. She is a highly sensitive creature. But thinking back, I didn't actually put Chase down for about a year...

Madoc's Sleep Sked (6 weeks old)

Asleep at 10:30. Awake at 12, 2, 4, 6. Chase awakes at 6:30 a.m. A baby should come with a warning label that reads, "do not to operate heavy machinery."