Saturday, October 30, 2010
Today I managed to capture a baby smirk. Yay! She was nice and alert for these photos, which was good.
Apart from running an errand and then taking a drive this afternoon with the girls, today was pretty quiet. John stayed home since he wasn't feeling well. I told him I had no sympathy for him since I had a cold a week or two before Aubrey was born (and it was lingering while I was in labor) and couldn't take ANYTHING for it. He loaded up on Sudafed, and since I took the girls out of the house, he was able to get rest. I didn't get that when I was sick. I still had to take care of Kenzie, while being 37-38 weeks pregnant, and take care of the house. I told him tonight that I can't get sick, since I'm the "Director of Household Operations" and it will be a lot worse if I'm sick, since I have a toddler and a newborn to care for, and still need to keep up on household chores.
Friday, October 29, 2010
I just love how blue her eyes look here. They are really more of a grey color, and since I have brown eyes, I'm guessing the chances of Aubrey having her daddy's light blue eyes are really slim. However, she does seem to have his eye shape, so maybe she will end up with blue eyes afterall. It's, obviously, too early to know. We thought Kenzie would have blue eyes too, but she got my brown eyes in the end.
Last night, I remembered I had a Boppy pillow stored away in the storage bench. Aubrey prefers to sit up more when she is awake, rather than lay down, so this pillow might actually help to let me get things done around the house. So far she likes it, and actually napped there today, allowing me to get dishes, laundry and vacuuming done.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
You dream of the dark age of your youth"
- sufjan stevens, get real get right -
The weather dropped quite a bit today. It went from really windy but temperatures in the 60's yesterday to cloudy, dreary and temperatures only in the mid-40's. Honestly, I kind of like it. Sometimes I look forward to those dreary days especially if I have nothing planned. It's nice to just lounge around with nothing to do on these kind of days.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Thanks again for making this. We love it!
Today is my 300th photo for Project 365. Hard to believe I have made it almost all the way through. I've had my days where I was completely uninspired and didn't want to take a photo, but for the most part I've actually really enjoyed this project. Only 65 more days to go!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Today Aubrey turned 3 weeks old. It's hard to believe it's already been 3 weeks since she was born. She seems so different already from when she was born.
We've been adjusting well in the last few weeks, and today was the first day where I managed to get both Kenzie and Aubrey down for naps at around the same time. It was nice being able to get laundry done while they were both sleeping. I've taken to carrying Aubrey around in a carrier if necessary, but it's still hard to get simple things like dishes and laundry done when I have her in front of me. On Sunday, we brought the baby swing up from the basement and have started using it when we're downstairs. It has a soothing vibrations feature on it like the little bouncy chair we have upstairs, and she seems to prefer being in the swing over being in the bassinet, especially if she's awake. The only problem with the swing is that Kenzie wants to push her little sister, but she has a habit of pushing it and making it go too fast. So I can't leave Aubrey unattended in the swing if Kenzie is in the room...at least not if Kenzie isn't distracted by the tv or one of her toys. If I do leave her in the room, while I do dishes or something, I just have to constantly check that Kenzie is leaving her alone, which is rarely the case.
Monday, October 25, 2010
It was another nice day in Chicago. Tomorrow might be a different story with big storms headed this way. So we took advantage of yet another good day and went for a walk around the neighborhood. It was a relatively good walk until we were almost home. The condo building at the corner of my street (which ironically we used to live at) has a little fenced in yard in front of one of the entrances to the building. I was just minding my own business and strolling home pushing Kenzie in the stroller, carrying Aubrey in the baby carrier, and with the dog on leash in my right hand. To my left I hear a girl yelling at her dog to stay. In the fenced in yard are two dogs, one which was some sort of small terrier type dog that was barking and running towards us. The dog completely ignores its owner and instead climbs through the fence and runs at my dog barking and biting at Zoe. Zoe barks and is getting angry with the little dog, which she has all right to be mad since this little dog is biting at her. Here I am standing at the corner trying to hold my dog's collar, leash and harness to keep her controlled and to avoid her biting the little dog. It probably only lasted a minute, but it felt like forever before the owner finally came out of her yard to get her dog. When she finally did, she hurried back towards the yard. She did ask if I was ok. I replied with something like "Yeah, I'm fine, but I have a 3 week old baby here, keep your dog in your yard." Of course, I was pretty angry and I'm sure there was some tone to my reply. I think she was shocked I said anything, because she looked at me with this look of shock. Maybe she didn't realize I had an infant in a carrier in front of me, but I would have said more to her if I wasn't so annoyed and caught off guard with what had just happened. My nice afternoon walk ended up being really aggravating. I think what was more frustrating was that her dog clearly fit through the fence and she apparently also knew that her dog doesn't like other dogs because she was yelling at it before we even noticed it was there. It was also annoying because she had a leash in her hand, so had she just kept her dog on leash, all of this could have been avoided. Since I walk past this building just about everyday, I'm really hoping that this does not become a regular occurance.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
The downside of trick-or-treating? All Kenzie wants to eat now is candy. Good thing she ate pretty well earlier in the day because for dinner all she wanted was milk and chocolate.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Today I decided to start back into doing some resistance training. It's only been 2 weeks and going on 2 days since I had Aubrey, but I figured a little resistance training is probably better than not doing anything. I just made sure to use the lightest resistance band, and I'll work myself back up to where I was before I stopped working out months ago. Fortunately, the weather has been pretty nice too, so I'm going to continue taking advantage of the nice weather and make sure I get out for a walk, whenever it's possible.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Before you open up your eyes
This army has so many heads
Come on and get your overdose
Collect it at the borderline
And they want to get up in your head"
- broken bells, the high road -
Yesterday and today I went out for a walk with Kenzie in the stroller, Aubrey in the Ergo carrier, and the dog on leash. It was too nice to not get outside and enjoy the weather. It will be cold here before we know it, so might as well take advantage of the nice fall weather while I can. The dog was much better than she was yesterday. I think there were less squirrels out for her to try and catch today. This little "farm" is located just off Taylor Street. I think it was started in the spring or early summer. I'm not quite sure what the whole story is with this, but it's nice that the empty field that was there is being used for something useful.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Today was the first time I went out for a walk without the husband and with my two year old, my newborn, and the dog. It was so nice out that I didn't want to waste the day sitting inside. It wasn't so bad, though the dog is definitely on squirrel hunting mode these days, and keeping her controlled was the challenge.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
A couple of our friends came over last night and brought us a home cooked meal, consisting of baked pasta with tomato sauce and grilled italian sausage and green peppers. mmmm...tasty, and there is enough left over to last us for a couple more meals. It's pretty nice not having to cook for at least a couple days. Especially since we are still trying to adjust to the little night owl's schedule. She tends to be most awake at night, and asleep most of the day. I miss my sleep, but I love this little baby, so it's all worth it.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
There was a cocktail hour and then dinner. After dinner, the dancing began and Kenzie was again star of the show, dancing it up with the other flower girl and everyone on the dance floor. It was the cutest thing and we loved seeing how happy and excited she was. She danced through several songs before we finally decided we needed to get home. My parents were watching Aubrey and John and I were just really tired from the lack of sleep we've had over the last 10 days. Kenzie didn't want to leave, but fell asleep moments after getting in the car.
It was a fun wedding, and we're happy for our friends.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
In baby news...we're still trying to get into a routine with the nighttime sleeping. Aubrey slept really well the night before last night, but was up a lot last night. She sleeps so much during the day, I wish she did this at night. I try to keep her awake when she does wake up, but she is still so young she falls right back to sleep, especially if she is warm and comfy in momma's arms. With all that sleeping and eating, she seems to have grown a lot in the last week, and hopefully when we go to the doctor tomorrow for a weight check, they'll be happy with her progress.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
One week ago today at 8:56 p.m. Aubrey Elise was born. It's hard to believe it has already been a week. We've been adjusting pretty well. I'm trying to get Kenzie involved with the baby by having her help me with things like hand me a diaper or bring me the pacifier. She even tries to help with the bottle, but she doesn't know her own strength and doesn't always understand that the baby is done eating. But we're adjusting and I think Kenzie is going to be a really good big sister, even though she has her moments where she wants something right when I am in the middle of doing something with the baby. I think this is going to make for a good opportunity for teaching Kenzie patience. I know I am going to have to have more patience too.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
We did go out for our first walk as a family today, but well after the marathon runners were already through our neighborhood. We really needed to get Kenzie outside to burn off all the extra energy she had this morning. We stopped off at one of the local playgrounds and she ran all over the place, which helped to tire her out. I used the Ergo carrier for the first time, using the infant insert. Once I got it adjusted, it worked out pretty well, and I was able to adjust the insert so that Aubrey wasn't completely upright, which was my biggest concern with using a carrier at such a young age. She seemed to like it, and was asleep the entire time we were out, even though there were kids running around making noise.
Saturday, October 09, 2010
It was a pretty low-key day. My parents came over to see the girls, and in the evening John cooked us a delicious steak dinner. Yesterday, John's parents were here to visit. Tomorrow I'm hoping to have a rest day and some quiet time. Tomorrow is also the Chicago Marathon. Part of the course goes through our neighborhood. In past years, we've gone to cheer on the runners, but I think this year we'll be staying inside since it can be noisy with all the people ringing bells and cheering for their friends and family. We know a few people who are running, and though we won't be there, we'll be cheering for them anyways.
We had our first visit to the pediatrician yesterday for Aubrey. We have to go back next Friday just for a weight check to make sure she gains back her delivery weight. She was 6lbs even when she was born, but at the doctor yesterday she was down to 5 lbs 14 oz. However, she had already gained back a couple of ounces from what she weighed when she was discharged on Thursday at noon. I'm not concerned about her weight. She's been eating really well, so I think she'll be just fine.
Friday, October 08, 2010
So on Tuesday I wrote a little bit about how I was having back pains, but I still ran some small errands anyway. I didn't really think I was going to have Aubrey on Tuesday, even though my husband had strong feelings that she would be born on October 5th. I don't know what it was that made him feel that way, but it turns out he was right.
After I came home from shopping on Tuesday, I basically spent the rest of the day just relaxing at home. I was chatting with John and told him that I was having some slight back pain, but I really didn't think the baby would be born that day. I was just at the doctor the day before and when I told her my husband said he thought she'd be born the 5th, she told me "tell your husband, probably not until Friday". Though back pain is a sign of labor, I also knew it could last for more than a day, and I wasn't having any other symptoms of labor...until later in the day. John came home from work a little after 5, and neither of us really felt like cooking (he's the cook, I usually do the clean up). I really had a taste for chicken noodle soup from Panera Bread, so he went out to pick up some quick dinner. He came home around 6:30 and we had dinner together, Well, I tried to have some dinner. I just didn't feel right. A little before 7, the contractions started. I called my parents to let them know what was going on because someone would need to stay with Kenzie if we went to the hospital...and my parents live about an hour away. I decided to take a shower to ease the back pain, then I called my doctor. By this time I had already been timing my contractions and they were 2-3 minutes apart and were getting stronger. She told me to go ahead and go to the hospital so I could get checked out, but I don't think she even thought things were progressing as fast as they were.
Fortunately, the hospital is right down the street. We had no choice but to bring Kenzie with us, since my contractions were getting stronger and I was really in pain. We must have arrived at the hospital a little before 8 p.m., the whole time my pain was getting worse. I have no idea what time I finally got to triage, but John had to move the car to the parking garage so I was on my own waiting to get admitted all the while contractions getting worse. John and Kenzie finally get to triage, but he's told he has to wait in the waiting room because Kenzie is only 2. He decides to go home and hopes that by now my parents are there.
My labor is already more than halfway progressed, so I was moved to a delivery room. I was in so much pain and just wanted something to take the edge off (an epidural was out of the question at this point), but until they could get an i.v. in, I couldn't get anything. Needless to say, they couldn't get an i.v. in because either I was moving, or I was being moved. My doctor wasn't there, and there was no sign of John. The doctor told me to push if I felt like I needed to. The only thing going through my head at this point is to just have this baby. I just knew that once she was born, the pain would go away. Before I knew it (according to one of the nurses it was only about 3 pushes) Aubrey was born at 8:56 p.m. But John wasn't there. Not even 5 minutes later, he came through the door with my mom, and I told him she was born. They already heard because one of the nurses passed him in the hallway and said "Congratulations. Your daughter is born." I think John and my mom were both in shock that she was already born.
I've heard that second babies tend to be born a lot faster, but I never expected it to be this fast. Apparently, Aubrey wanted to make sure she was born on the 5th like her daddy said she would be. She sure made a grand entrance.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
In other baby-related news, I've been having a little back pain today. I still headed out to Target to walk around and pick up a few last minute things, but I'm guessing that walking around could only help progress things along a bit rather than sitting around the house watching tv. I have a pretty good feeling that we might not make it until Friday, and baby might be joining us sooner. *fingers crossed* If I have to feel like this for the next few days, that will not be fun. I don't want to jinx anything, but if I'm not around for a few days, you probably can guess where I am.
Monday, October 04, 2010
Out on the highway
Waiting for morning to come"
- the feelies, the last roundup -
I had a doctor appointment today, and the doctor is guessing that Baby #2 will be here by Friday. My grandpa's birthday is on Thursday, so maybe she will be his birthday gift and be born on the 7th. We'll just have to wait and see what she has in store for us. The last few weeks of pregnancy are just a big waiting game, and seem to really be dragging by. I know she'll come when she's ready. I just wish I really knew when that would be.
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Today I did a little re-arranging of some vases and things on some shelves. It was much needed and things look less cluttered. I guess it was the last of the "nesting". I'm technically due next Wednesday, but baby could be joining us any day now. John thinks she will be born on the 5th. She seemed to "drop" last night, so he might be right. I go and see the doctor tomorrow, so we'll see what she has to say.
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Friday, October 01, 2010
Little Italy, Chicago
Since the weather was so gorgeous today, and is expected to drop about 15 degrees by tomorrow, I decided to go out for a short walk around the neighborhood again today. I wanted to take a photo of this fountain the other day, but the water was off. Today it was back on, so I snapped a couple photos. It won't be long before the water is shut off for the winter. I think it's usually on until the end of the month, then it's off until Spring. Always a sure sign that the cold winter months are ahead of us.