7 week photo
Oh we are having so much fun!! It is so nice to finally feel a little normal again. M is settling into a pretty predictable routine and her little personality is shining through more and more. It is so fun to see her smiling and interacting with us as we talk and sing and read and play with her. I can’t believe how fast the weeks are going, even during the tough moments (and those are few and far between now a days) I wish time would tick a little more slowly.
After our road trip last week M is now back on track with her night time sleeping. She will sleep in her crib for two long chunks of time at night. Usually about four hours straight and she only needs to wake up to eat. Lately she has been asleep in her crib by 9:00pm and wakes up about 1:00am to nurse. Then she’s back to sleep by 2:00am and awake about 5:00am to nurse again. Often she will even sleep another hour or so between 6:00am and 8:00am. It is so nice to get some longer stretches of sleep at night, it makes all the difference.
Highlight of the week:
Karen- Going to our local zoo for the very first time with our little sweetie pie. She basically slept in her Baby Bjorn on Daddy’s chest the whole time but it was a fun little outing for our last day of summer before Kenny had to go back to work. M also did GREAT in her car seat for the whole drive to and from the zoo, about 20 minutes each way. We were even able to drive through at Steak N Shake for some lunch. Way to go M, we are so proud of you!
Kenny- The car ride to and from the zoo was a great highlight. Just knowing that she will ride all the way across town without being upset is a big improvement. Before she would be calm on the drive to somewhere but upset on the way back or vice versa. But this time she did well there AND back. Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come.
Product we’re loving:
Karen- This isn’t really a baby product, but I am so thankful for our air conditioner. With temperatures in the 100′s several days in a row I can’t imagine what we would do without it. How did the pioneer women survive?
Kenny- I am enjoying fuzzi bunz (no I’m not talking about Karen). They are cloth diapers that we have been using for M. They are good for the environment, save us some money and we’ve never had a blow out so far with the cloth diapers. The same can’t be said for regular old huggies, we’ve had two with those.
Karen- Today was my first full day “on my own” with M. Kenny had to go back to work for meetings and training and to get the new school year started. He did get to come home for lunch (we were so excited to see him), but for the most part it was just me and my sweet girl. I think it will take a few days to get settled into a new routine that is just the two of us. We will sure miss having Daddy with us all the time.
Kenny- Going back to work and of course that’s a struggle for anyone who gets time off every year. But, it’s extra hard this year because in years past it’s just me home by myself, but this summer I got to spend the whole time with Karen and our new baby girl. So, it’s tough having to leave both of them to go back to work.
Karen- I’m learning to have more fun! It’s so great to finally feel like I’ve got a handle on things. I’m able to relax more, enjoy the moment and just have fun and snuggles with our precious girl. Goodness I just love her to pieces!
Kenny- I learned that certain words will make M laugh, like “Pupil” but they don’t work forever. It seems like it’s a new word every day.
Quote of the week:
Kenny: (We have been watching some James Bond lately) M…Baby M. I’ll take my milk shaken, not stirred
Karen: (As soon as I got home from work) Hi Kenny, I need my water refilled, crackers, a cheese stick, and my lactate pill. (it was good to be home) in her defense she was nursing.
It has been a great seventh week and we are looking forward to many, many more!