Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Birthday, Tedd!

Today is my brother's birthday. In my mind, he's still 12 or something, but he's really all grown up and is a responsible father and husband. Really proud of you, "little" brother! Hope you have a great birthday! :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Pretties.

Harper got presents from Grandma Jane and Grandpa Chuck yesterday! Among the presents were a hat and sweater that Grandma Jane was knitting while we were "patiently" awaiting Harper's arrival. Isn't it adorable??!! :)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Roll with it.

I'm horribly frustrated by all of the conflicting information out there about raising babies. FOR EXAMPLE:

Books and doctors tell you that you can't spoil a baby by soothing them, holding them, feeding them on demand. We picked her up at almost every cry. We put her to sleep by feeding her. We rocked her. We learned her signs and her schedule. Despite what books (and other doctors) said, we co-slept when the doctor recommended it to raise my milk production. And it all worked.

Fast forward six months. Harper is going through a needy stage. If you are out of her sight, she fusses until you come back. She's becoming aware of us and what we can give her. Yes, she has moments of self-entertaining, but overall, she's just needier. When her demands are being met, she's such a happy little girl. When her demands are "ignored" (it's hard to ignore a baby with the lung capacity of an entire cheerleading squad), she escalates until you can't think straight. So, one book would tell you that you need to let her fuss. Another book will tell you that she's in a needy phase and you need to comfort her.

Harper WAS a little girl who went to sleep easily. I held her, fed her a bottle, waited until she was drowsy, and put her in her crib. She'd roll over on her side and go to sleep. Now Harper is a little girl who goes to sleep, wakes up fussing five minutes later, goes to sleep (with major soothing), wakes up five minutes later...fuss, sleep. You get the idea. And that's just nighttime. Naps are a whole other dance with an unlearnable number of steps. The books say to just put her to bed drowsy and walk away. Unless you can walk to the next state over, that method is crap. She can easily (easily) cry for an hour and show little signs of giving in to sleep.

Babies change every week, so it doesn't seem like there's one piece of advice that can stand from week to week. Every time there's a shift in her needs, I refer to the books to see if they can be of any help and I walk away more confused/irritated/frustrated than ever.

I think I'm swearing off of baby books. If I screw her up using just my intuition as a guide, then so be it. I just can't take one more contradiction.

As a side note, Harper's new love of exploration leads her to forcibly grab whatever piece of flesh is closest to her little grabby hands - your lip, chin, cheek, eye, nose, ear, neck. Note to self: You can't cut baby's fingernails too often. Note to birthing class teacher: You can't use one of those teeny files to buff down a baby's fingernails. They just don't hold still long enough for you to sand away those ten little sharpies. (Remembering the horrified look of angst on birthing class teacher's face while talking about those baby fingernail clippers, those terrible torture devices. Grow up, lady.) Thankfully, Harper is learning not to use her little tools on herself quite as often. I see her rubbing her eyes and ears with the backs of her fingers instead of trying to claw them out/off.

Ok, it's time for Harper's morning nap. I'm going to find a way to just enjoy this time with her and let it be a relaxing time for both of us instead of such a struggle. If I ruin her, well, I'm sure some book will want to tell me how I messed her up and how to "fix" her.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Suspicious

Harper had her first green vegetable tonight - sweet peas. She seemed to enjoy them.

We're wondering if she was switched at birth.

So far she's eaten: Rice Cereal, Applesauce, Squash, Pears, Peaches, Prunes, Carrots, Zwieback Toast, Biter Biscuits, and now Sweet Peas. She makes faces about some of them (the peaches were so funny... sorry, baby), but she really enjoys eating. Maybe she is related to us after all.

I am Harper. Hear me Roar!


She's got quite a set of lungs.

(I knew we shouldn't have let her out of her car seat.)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sometimes...

Sometimes we let her out of her car seat... really, we do.


Monday, November 17, 2008

So...

Is it better to wake up on the wrong side of the bed or halfway out of the bed?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Happy. (Take 2.)

Happy First Anniversary to two amazing people. Lots of love. :)

Photo "stolen" from Lea's Flickr site.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Sing it, Johnny.

"I've Been {almost} Everywhere, Man. I've Been {almost} Everywhere, Man."

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Monday, November 10, 2008

{Heart} Your Blog

I was awarded by the ever fabulous Lea (hugs!)

Answer the following questions with single word responses, and pass the award on to 7 other bloggers:

1. Where is your cell phone? desk
2. Where is your significant other? out
3. Your hair color? reddish
4. Your mother? resourceful
5. Your father? stable
6. Your favorite thing? color
7. Your dream last night? random
8. Your dream/goal? security
9. The room you're in? home office
10. Your hobby? collage
11. Your fear? loss
12. Where do you want to be in six years? here
13. Where were you last night? home
14. What you're not? serious
15. One of your wish list items? camera
16. Where you grew up? Hiawatha
17. The last thing you did? work
18. What are you wearing? comfy clothes
19. Your T.V.? big
20. Your pets? needy
21. Your computer? works
22. Your mood? decent
23. Missing someone? friends
24. Your car? dirty
25. Something you're not wearing? shoes
26. Favorite store? art supply
27. Your Summer? hectic
28. Love someone? YES
29. Your favorite color? lime
30. When is the last time you laughed? yesterday
31. Last time you cried? yesterday

Passing some love to:

Judy (http://gadgetgirljudy.blogspot.com/)

Sarah (http://sarah-crazymama.blogspot.com/)

Rosemarie (http://blogcritic-rss.blogspot.com/)

Gigi (http://photowander.blogspot.com/)

Mama Daisy (http://mymamadaisy.blogspot.com/)

Syd (http://sheepfloozy.blogspot.com/)

Mary (http://lifewithleahruth.blogspot.com/)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

I am a snapdragon!

I am a
Snapdragon

What Flower
Are You?



Which just happens to be one of my FAVORITE flowers because my grandma planted them in her yard and we'd pluck the blooms off to make the dragon roar. :)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Happy Friday!

You're going to start thinking I don't let my kid out of her car seat because that's where she is in all of her pictures. What really happens is that the weather has been so nice lately that Harper and Grandma Ruby have been strolling over mid-afternoon for a walk, and Harper looks so cute that I can't help but take some photos. Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Beautiful.

After many years (through the ever-useful wonder-tool Google) I tracked down and reconnected with my college roommate Jessica. She is so incredibly talented ( just like I remembered). She just dedicated the most beautiful photo to me, and I wanted you all to see it! Click HERE.

Thank you, Jess! SO glad to have found you again! :)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Doctor + Wary Six Month Old = Bring Earplugs

Harper wasn't such a fan of the doctor today. She's a lot more wary of strangers, and evidently in her world, the doctor is as strange as they come. He's not even the one who gives the shots, but there was lots of crying (screaming) during the exam and tears even. Anyway, we all survived fine.

I posted her growth stats in the sidebar. She's growing fine even though she's still long and skinny. An all around good health report for the day.

Penguins + Turtles + Frogs + Zwieback. Yum.