Monday, April 28, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Amanda had her first "professional" photo shoot yesterday. Mike thought it would be a waste of time because he loves the all photos I've taken here at home. However, it was a fund raiser for the local MOPS group and I thought she should have at least one "professional" sitting before her first year. We were rushed, it was cold, Amanda was not napped or fed and she was scared of the big strange man. The little girl who came after us was terrified, too.
We get one free 10x13 that will be chosen from the first three shots. Unfortunately, those shots included an ugly little teddy bear that distracted from Amanda's adorable little dress.
Oh, well. When it warms up I will take my own shots in some pretty flower garden somewhere.
All of the other photos you see here on Amanda's blog, I have taken. I set up a spot in front of a sunny window while Amanda's sleeping. For backgrounds, I've used Christmas fabric, an angel costume, wrapping paper, play silks, my tie-dye wrap and my pink wrap. I put chairs on the table and drape or clip the fabric to the chair. Then when Amanda wakes up, I feed her, dress or undress her and snap a few photos before she gets tired and crabby. After she goes to bed, I check to see how the photos turned out. If they're good, I put away the set. If not, I try again the next feeding cycle.
Have I mentioned how much I love my digital camera? The only problem is that I have so many great photos. How can I ever pick which ones to keep and put in the album?
Friday, April 25, 2008
I'm thankful that she loves her family so much that she doesn't want to be away from us.
I'm thankful that she has good hearing and knows when her Daddy is home for lunch.
I'm thankful for the opportunity to teach her that naps are not optional.
I'm very thankful that she tries all these tricks during the day and still sleeps all night.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Only five people have seen her hair cut until now. The first comment I received, "It looks terrible, Dad's going to be mad." Daddy wasn't mad. He said that is was fine and it would grow back. He said he was going to miss the cute little pig tail on top, though. My neighbor's comment was a great comfort. She was glad I had cut it because now you could see Amanda's cute face. Apparently, the wild hair was a bit distracting.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
She has really fallen in love with her daddy and she gets very excited when he gets home. She will crawl to the gate at the top of the stairs and wait for him. Amanda can pull herself to stand on the gate, her crib rails and some chairs. Sometimes, instead of taking a nap she will pull herself to stand and bang on the wall.
She goes to bed around 7 at night and sleeps until about 6:30 in the morning. Mike prefers to wake her up before he goes to work. He likes to get in his morning snuggle. Amanda is always delighted to see him. She still takes three naps during the day.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Monday, April 7, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Dressing for EC'ing-
Before Amanda was crawling, she wore infant gowns at home. When she was awake I'd pull the elastic bottom up around her waist and tuck a cloth diaper into the elastic. At naps, I put her in a cloth diaper and waterproof cover. Once she started crawling, I began putting her in little cotton pants that were easy to pull down when I took her to the potty. I have three white cotton, long sleeve body suits that snap at the crotch that she wore under long sleeve shirts. (Onsies have too long of a tail) I left them unsnapped when she was diaper-free, but I snapped them at naps to keep her warm.
I have began taking her to the potty when we go out, too. I have experimented with cloth and a pull on cover, cloth and Velcro cover and disposables. I finally figured out a convenient system. I put her in a disposable diaper backwards! That way I can pull her pants down to her knees, unfasten the diaper, flip is towards her feet and let her go. Then I lay her over my knee and refasten the diaper and pull up her pants. Today was the first day we tried the new system because she was at a sitter's house. It worked well. It was also the first time that she went potty for somebody else. She went potty twice for the sitter in the 3 1/2 hours she was there.
By the way, I had a great time out by myself. I had gift cards to use and bought some pretty new things for me and the baby. Usually when I go out by myself, it's just for groceries.
I was on 30-40 mg of [Reglan] for one week. I saw an increase in milk supply after the first day, but but only small gains as the week progressed. I have been able to pump twice as much as I had been pumping after each feeding. I was only getting 1/2 oz, but now I get a full ounce, sometimes 1 1/2 oz.
I have been setting my alarm to pump at night for two weeks. After starting the [Reglan], I didn't need the alarm any more, because I was waking up with a churning stomach. I also started taking a good multi-vitamin and fish oil again. When I quit taking the [Reglan], I began taking fenugreek and blessed thistle again. I had run out of the supplements and hadn't bought more because they are expensive. However, I feel so much better taking them than the medicine.
I may decided to try the medicine again, but our court date in on Wednesday and I'd like to be well rested and digesting normally. It's going to be exciting and nerve racking enough. Everything is fine, we have no concerns it's just a big deal and very formal.
Amanda still takes most of her feedings with the nurser. She had graduated to the 7 oz size. She takes 5 1/2-6 oz. or formula and pumped milk per feeding plus whatever she is getting from me when she nurses.
"I bet you boys just love your little sister." This is a comment we hear all the time. Yes, they think she is a wonderfully funny little pet who does lots of silly things and has funny reactions and think they are the coolest people on the planet. What more can you expect? Tyler loves this little outfit. Probably because it is, in no way, girly. By the way, I solved the scratchy fabric near her face, but she still didn't want to sleep in it. I guess I just won't worry about her crawling out of her covers. It doesn't seem to bother her. She still sleeps really well. Yesterday, she slept from 7 pm to 7 am, plus three naps during the day. I will still find use for this wonderful warm little poncho. I'm going to look around this summer at garage sales to find some prettier sweaters. I can sew the arms into little pants or leg warms. Recycle, reduce and reuse! (I'm not trying to save the planet, Jesus already did that, I'm just treasuring the gifts we have been given.)