Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Week-5-In-Review: The New Normal

Week 5: 09/16/12 - 09/22/12

Life is looking a little different than it did 5 weeks ago.

We've adjusted to a new normal.

* Sleepless nights. * Hitting the sheets at 9:30. * Arriving late to everything. * Not being able to run quick errands at the drop of a hat. * Doing an intense amount of laundry. * Walking out of the house only to realize there is some form of bodily fluid on your clothes. *


The new normal.

But I wouldn't change it for anything.

In fact, this new normal has become so normal, I spiral into a deep sadness every time I even start to think about going back to work. But. Let's not think about that just yet.

Week 5 was all about really getting down our routine and schedule. We've definitely had some bumps, but I can't complain. You are a really good baby. And we'll just keep working and learning...together.

There are some things that have become permanent fixtures in our daily routines.

Our morning walks. You love the fresh breeze and new sounds to listen to. And you always end up asleep by the end. So relaxing.  

Getting out of the house. We do this at least once a day. Target and Gap are our favorites, but we also go to Hobby Lobby, the grocery store, friends' houses, dinner, etc. I am so thankful we started taking you everywhere starting Day One - this has made a huge difference. You are happy to go anywhere. You're just like your mama - Grams used to call me Baby on the Go!

*And taking you places from the beginning has made it so you're able to nap anywhere. This makes it easy for us to hang out with friends and family. :)

Before bedtime routine: Dessert-after-dinner (your Vitamin D drops), bath time, lotion and massage, watching Mommy and Daddy eat dinner, and cuddles in the basement while watching Parenthood. This evening routine is the most important of the day...and my most favorite. 

You had your one month doctor's appointment this week. You are 9.2 pounds and 21 and 3/4 inches long. You are growing just perfectly. And we've realized you like to show off for Dr. Reddy. You held your head up for about a minute, fussed a little, and then rolled over. This made her day...(mine too)! 

I got a little discouraged because she said babies your age should be able to sleep for 4 hours straight at night. You've only done this a few times. But then, that night, you slept for 5 1/2 hours straight. I couldn't believe it! You've been pretty consistent since you were born in only waking me up twice a night - so I'm happy when you spoil me with anything longer than 3 hours! :)

She also suggested you start taking the bottle 3-4 times a week to get adjusted before I go back to work. So Daddy gave you your first bottle...and you took it right away. You'll take food from anywhere, Chunkin - you don't mind what the source is! ;)

You had your first out-of-town visitor. Miss Camdin from Chicago came in town for a visit. You just loved her - you even showed off by rolling over for her! We all had a great time catching up over Pumpkin Spice Lattes. So fun!

We cheered on the Wildcats in their fight against the Sooners. And wow. What a game! I was so excited to sport our matching outfits and to cheer on the CATS together. But all you really cared about was hanging with your boyfriend, Cal and taking a really long nap. We were all exhausted by the end. Good for a Wildcat...


Crystal Seed said...

I just can't get enough of that little girl! She is such a doll!!!

Tickled Pink said...

She is so flippin cute!!

Krista said...

What a cutie! You are doing so good with blogging...much better than I ever did on leave. Keep the pictures them:)

Katie said...

New follower, she's beautiful!!!

Shoshanah said...

I can't get over how adorable all her little bows are.