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Where did the year go?

Well, Thanksgiving and Christmas have both passed since I have updated the blog! Ooooops.

Claire is just over 7 months (on Christmas Eve she turned 7 months). My baby is not a tiny baby anymore. It makes me sad, but so happy to see her growing and doing all these new tricks! It’s amazing.

She has been sitting up unassisted now for a while. She is trying with all her might to get up on her knees and crawl, but I still predict we are a ways away from an efficient crawler! 😉  She can do an inch worm type crawl if she’s REALLY feeling up to it. I am not really anxious, she is doing awesome and when she becomes mobile I know it will be harder to keep her from falls/bumps/ouchies of all kinds.

She laughs at us more, and totally recognizes daddy and mommy. She says “dadadadada” and occasionally a “mamamama” or “yayayya” or “gagagaga”. It’s so cute. She sleeps pretty decently, really a good 6-7 hour stretch at least most nights. When she wakes up in the middle of the night, we are better able to tell if she’s crying for a REASON or just cause she’s tired. If it’s the latter she is getting good at putting herself back to sleep (and quickly). I remember I posted that paci entry a few months back, but now she doesn’t even TAKE a paci!! She just decided one day that she didn’t want it. Strange.

Claire is eating up a storm! She eats mostly purees still — fruits, veggies, chicken and rice dinners. YEAH. She’s got quite the little palette. 😉  I do hope she loves food and i’m hoping to really expose her to different flavors of things. She has eaten bananas, avocados and other mushy type foods herself. She loves to gum on bread – especially sourdough.

She takes two naps a day – a good hour-long nap in the morning and a nice 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon. She is such a little independent thing, doesn’t want to take her afternoon naps with mama anymore, just in her crib is fine with her! The older and more independent she gets it’s bittersweet for mama. I am happy that she’s doing things on her own and able to entertain herself, but part of me misses the tiny baby that was entertained by just sitting on my legs and looking at my face. Sigh.

For Thanksgiving we had a small dinner at the big Barchie house (which they have now sold and moved to the Woodlands – so nice to have them closer!). It was our last holiday in that house – sad! But I know Claire will see them more often now that they are closer. My mom stayed in Kerrville to spend the holiday with Terry and one of his daughters.  At the end of November my mom was able to rent out our house, which is another sad moment – especially for her. We lived in that house for 23 years!  It is strange to know that I won’t be going to that house anymore…

At the beginning of December, Claire and I flew to San Antonio to see Grammy! Claire’s first flight went so smoothly. It was only an hour, and I timed out the perfect flight time. I was able to get on the plane, nurse her, and she fell right to sleep for a good 30 minutes. By the time she woke up we were making our descent into SA. Mom picked us up, and we spent a couple of days with her. We also got to see Great Grandma, which was special. Luke drove up after work Friday, Saturday we went to Enchanted Rock and little Claire made her first hike! She loved it.

Christmas was spent here at home, I hosted our small family lunch. It was so nice not having to run around to different houses on Christmas. And Claire got her naps in – always a plus.

We are all so blessed and got more than any of us need – as with every Christmas. Claire loves playing with her new bigger girl toys – that make noise and interact with her. I am not big on shopping, so the next time she will get toys is probably her first birthday. 😛  But I think we’ll be good! ha.

These posts are so boring, but I’m trying to get all my thoughts/memories down during nap time so that I don’t forget!  Anyways… what is NOT boring? Pictures! Here are a few from our recent festivities/travels/holidays…

 

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Thanksgiving!

 

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‘ First Christmas – beginning of December 2012

 

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Adrienne and Claire with Great Grandma and Great Uncle Ben

 

Enchanted Rock hike!

Enchanted Rock hike!

 

Our first Christmas!

Our first Christmas!

 

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Life is rolling along…

Life is still trekking along.

Claire is almost 6 months old.  I can hardly believe it.  Half a YEAR. What?!

I am loving this holiday season even more with a baby. I loved it before, but now it’s extra special. I think even LUKE will enjoy it more. Or enjoy it, period.

Claire was officially a strawberry for Halloween, but also had two costumes from Aunt Erica that made cute photos (chicken and pizza. pizza was CUTE.) We had our traditional little Halloweeny party with the family. Including the new Mr. and Mrs. Weisenburger, who should’ve been in Italy, but got delayed because of Hurricane Sandy and got to stay around for a week after their wedding.

New fun Claire developments include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Rolling over both directions has been happening since around 4 months. Though the back to tummy rarely happens because – why would she WANT to be on her tummy? Duh.
  • Laughing and smiling more, and even to complete strangers. Which is just awesome.
  • I am still nursing. I am surprised and happy with myself for sticking with it. It’s easier, that I have said before, but now the thought of weening makes me sad. We will see. I’m taking it one day, week, month, at a time.
  • She loves the animals. If Tony or the cats enter the room, her eyes are on them. Cute.
  • She wants mama more and more. It’s cute a lot of the time, but when others want to hold her or I am busy, it’s not AS cute. 😛
  • Claire is ready to move. Like, yesterday. She sits up and lunges around, grabbing for everything in her reach. Sitting up is nice, she has done the high chair thing at restaurants, too.
  • We have started solids! So far she enjoys sweet potatoes, squash, and green beans. She thought peaches, avocado and bananas are *ok*.

More to come… baby is awake!

A 4 am thought….

Claire slept from 11 til almost 7:30 two nights ago. It was amazing.

I had been thinking recently “how much longer?? I don’t know how much longer I can wake up at night like this..”

So last night, at 1:30, Claire wakes up grunting/fussing. Luke sweetly goes and gives her a paci to see if she will go back to sleep. Then come the next five minutes of waiting anxiously (instead of sleeping, of course) to make sure she will go back to sleep. There’s nothing worse than being asleep for five minutes and being woken up with more crying.

It worked! No nursing needed, just a paci and some shh-ing.

Fast forward to 4am. Grunting/crying. I go in and see that she is frustrated as the paci is right next to her head and she can’t get it. She is just so helpless! I re-insert the paci for her and head back to bed.

…waiting. It worked, again!*

I couldn’t help but think “Finally! My night awakings may be going away! I can’t wait til she can just re-insert that paci that’s RIGHT NEXT TO HER HEAD on her own!”

I laid there and thought there was just something so adorable about my tiny baby laying there, helpless, knowing that we will help her. And then that old saying popped into my head, you know, the one that usually pisses your sleep-deprived-self off at some point when you hear someone say it…. “These days go by so fast.”

Then I got sad. One day, soon, she will wake up, find her paci and put it back in if she needs it to comfort her.

One tiny step to being self-dependent.

One tiny step to watching our little baby girl become the grown woman she will be.

Our life is short. It’s hard to see that when you’re living it day-to-day.

These days go by fast, these days go by fast. (repeat)

“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” James 4:14.

What am I going to do with my “mist”?

* btw, she ended up waking up eventually and having to be nursed. But after my mini reflection, I gladly nursed her back to sleep. 🙂

One year.

A year ago I was waking up at 7am on a Sunday after a long day of tailgating/football watching… I was sleepy.

A year ago it was two days before my birthday. I hadn’t made many plans… just knew I wanted to go out to dinner with our family and celebrate with a margarita!

A year ago today we had been on an 18-month emotional roller coaster.  The feelings I never will or WANT to forget. 

A year ago I reluctantly pulled out my last First Response for this cycle. Why not use it? It was nearing the end, and I figured I might as well… I had wasted hundreds of other tests! 

A year ago today I sat in my bathroom, still half asleep, waiting… 

I distinctly remember what I felt when I saw those two pink lines. How many times had I thought and wished so bad there was some kind of “shadowy” line there. 

I saw this…

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… And did this :-O and this :’-) and woke up my husband.

It. Was. Amazing.

 

James 1 tells us “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” 

Do you get this? I do. I SO do. I am not naive to think life will not bring more trials, but this is the first trial I had that really made me GET this. 

Lord, let me never forget my journey to motherhood. 🙂

3 Months!

Wow, it’s been a couple months since I’ve updated. Claire turned 3 months last week… tomorrow she will be 14 weeks old!

Lately her new favorite trick is sticking her tongue out when you stick yours out. This makes her smile SO big with that toothless little mouth of hers. Wow, cutest. thing. ever. She also loves to “sit up” (this means, you hold her sitting up in your lap, as she can’t REALLY sit up on her own, yet.) and she also loves to “stand”. Once you take her hands and she’s sitting in front of you, she knows it’s her cue to stand up. She is just sooo proud of herself. Hilarious.

We just got back from our annual Barchie Florida Trip.  It was a great time, but Claire wasn’t really able to participate much in all the activities as it was far too cold in the pool and the ocean. But, she did get to take walks on the beach (not impressed.) and have an audience of aunts/uncles/grandparents ALL week. When we got home I think she was a little sad, like, “hey, where did all my entertainers go?? I demand you hire them back, mama!”

She is working with her hands much better. She reaches for toys and although she’s not at a 100% accuracy rate yet, she does hit them. She is also getting better at putting her little blankies in her mouth and trying to suck on them. She laughs, smiles all the time, and falls asleep easier. She recognizes her mama and daddy and is becoming so much fun to be with. It’s so rewarding to have her smile back at me. It’s like a sign of appreciation…. it’s hard going a couple of months with hardly any positive feedback. It will only get better as coos turn into “mamas” and those turn into “i-love-you-mama”s!

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Claire – one month

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Little late – Claire turned one month 6/24/12!

6 weeks?!

I am going in today for my six week postpartum check up with my midwife!

Where has the time gone…??  My little newborn baby is 6 weeks old now, and she’s changing every day. It’s amazing! Today she smiled… and I am fairly certain she meant to! I got a picture or two.  I have been taking tons of pictures on my phone and when I look back I am amazed seeing how much she has physically changed the past 6 weeks.

She is sleeping pretty good. Last night she slept almost 5 hours straight! At least, *I* did – daddy stayed up and helped her re-insert paci numerous times while I slept soundly next to them.  I am glad we introduced the paci, I think it surprisingly helped her suck better at the breast. BUT it is kind of a pain when she won’t go to sleep and keeps wanting her paci back in the mouth because she’s too young to know how to put it back in…. ANYways! This time will pass quickly. 

That’s what I keep telling myself. During both good AND bad times.  I constantly try to remember to remind myself that this little precious newborn will soon be sitting up, laughing, crawling, walking(!), talking, talking back, etc. And I must savor every moment right now. Even re-inserting paci ever few minutes while trying to fall asleep. 

Co-sleeping has made it easier to do this.  Luke and I both agreed “we will never co-sleep! We don’t want to roll over on our baby and suffocate her!” – after hearing horror stories of this happening.  Well, she got here, and we changed our tune. It’s so. much. easier. I would love to tell you all that I am doing it to bond with my baby, and snuggle with her, blahblah. But honestly, it’s because I’m lazy. Yep, it’s true.  I know, shocking!  But it makes the paci thing, soothing her if she’s fussy, and of course, those nursing sessions in the night way easier. Even getting out of bed to re-insert the paci for Claire in a cradle NEXT to my bed seems like too much of an effort. Yeah. 

ANYways.. now that I’ve admitted my laziness I will also admit I have thought to myself “ok, I hate breastfeeding right NOW.”  When? At 2am of course. When I look to my right and see my husband soundly sleeping. Probably dreaming. I just want to slap him sometimes! I know, it’s not fair. But at those times I have said “damnit, can’t she just have a bottle of formula so Luke can wake up and give it to her!!” During the day? I go from having times when nursing is “ok” to actually liking it. That’s my breastfeeding journey so far. 🙂

We have given her a few bottles. They have all gone smoothly, except for that cold bottle I tried giving her. Never again. I don’t think her tummy liked it. We even had a night out for Luke’s birthday last Saturday while Aunt Jane and Aunt Sara watched her. Thank you, bottles!  

Claire has really scheduled herself re: feedings, too. Every 2.5 – 3 hours she’s ready to eat (except some nights, when she sleeps longer). She’s just an amazing little baby! So smart. Prooooobably the smartest baby. Ever. 

She’s waking from her nap, so time to go stick a boob in her… 

bbl. 🙂