Friday, March 28, 2014

jude, 3 months

age: 3 months

weight: not certain, but we've crossed the threshold into double digits.

length: also not sure, but she's getting too long for lots of her one-piece outfits.

clothing size: mostly 0-3 months, with a few 3-6 month items beginning to fit.

nicknames: jude bug is clearly here to stay, but sara mia also came up with judabaga, so i call her that sometimes too.

health: she came down with RSV the week before we moved, which i'm certain was a reflection of the stress in our home. a PA friend in town listened to her lungs for me and let us borrow their nebulizer to give her some breathing treatments, which helped immensely. i was fearful it would turn into pneumonia, but we dodged that bullet. it was rough to see her feeling so puny and crummy because there was very little we could do except wait it out. 

sleep: jude rocks the nighttime sleep thing; we can put her down fully awake and she falls asleep within a few minutes and generally sleeps through the night until 6am. naps aren't quite as great, but the kid has been existing in a state of flux for the last month, so i think she will find a rhythm once we settle.

diet: so far, all breast milk all the time. but she takes quite a few of her feedings from a bottle now, in anticipation of my return to work.

baby gear love: she is finally big enough for the ergo, so we use it around the house and have gone on a couple of hikes. i much prefer this version of babywearing to the moby, which was a real pain in the ass to tie up and never fit brandon.

loves: recognizing extended family members, watching "dog rodeos," and time outside. 

dislikes: her car seat. oh how she hates that thing! our 17 hour, 1/2 way across the country move and subsequent house-hunting drives may have something to do with her disdain.

milestones: she is growing more and more ticklish by the day, she has a full-on grunting laugh that usually comes out when she watches aforementioned dog rodeos, and she can now put her binky back in her mouth on her own.

Monday, March 3, 2014

our girl in our home.

faith, a photographer here in laramie, came to our house to capture jude during her first few days. while we loved the images she got during that session, we hoped for a few more family pictures. 

days after that finding out that we were moving away from laramie and our first house, the place where we brought this baby home, faith contacted us to see if she could do a photo shoot in jude's nursery. she offered to give us the images at no cost if we let her use them for her promotional materials. it was a pretty hard sell, as you can imagine, but we agreed. :) 

i don't have all of the digital images yet, so i can't upload them, but here is one and the rest are on faith's blog.
these pictures do such a wonderful job of capturing the room we worked hard to make just right for jude's arrival. i will miss our little laramie bungalow a lot, but i will especially miss jude's room. thanks for capturing all the special details faith!


in other news, our house sold after being on craigslist and zillow for all of three days. we had multiple offers and a bit of a bidding war going on over our little place. brandon keeps referring to jude as our change agent, because since she came along nothing has been still. we hope that facing three of the big life challenges (new baby, new job, and moving) in a short period of time means we can find a bit of reprieve once we get settled in oregon.

as for the chickens, they were itemized in two of the offers we received. so they get to stay put and we get to avoid the headache that would surely accompany moving a brood of hens halfway across the country. i think we have enough to worry about with our crazy dog and newborn! at least there are dog-friendly hotels; i highly doubt any best western between here and bend would be willing to accommodate 8 chickens!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

jude, 2 months

age: 2 months

weight: 9lbs 9.5oz

length: 21.5"

clothing size: 0-3 months

nicknames: jude bug, bugga, and babykins seem to be sticking the most.

health: all seems to be well for this kiddo health wise thus far. she had her first shots ever at her appointment earlier this week and despite the piercing initial scream, she recovered quickly and slept most of the day.

sleep: jude rocks the sleep thing from 8:45 to somewhere between 2:30 and 4:40, when she wakes up hungry. brandon has taken the middle of the night feeding so i get to sleep through the night, but i get up with the early bird. other moms shoot me death glares when i share that i get to sleep through the night. look, i've got it good, i know. 

diet: lately jude wants to eat multiple times in within a half hour in the morning but otherwise goes about 2-3 hours between feedings. we have been out and about more during her feedings and she really doesn't understand why she has to hide out under the apron to eat, so she sometimes swats it away, exposing me in many coffee shops.

baby gear love: we still think these bumgenius cloth diapers are awesome. and otherwise the girl loves her wubbanub dog+pacifier

loves: laying on her back so she can kick her legs, her uncle alex's deep voice, and big old face licks from harvey boy.

dislikes: when brandon torments her by blowing in her face or when the waistband on her pants are too tight (who doesn't hate that?).

milestones: she had her first giggle this week--the tiny stuffed koala brandon's advisor gave her fell off of the mobile on her swing and into her lap, which sent her into an adorable little giggle fit. jude also had her first overnight trip and hotel stay this past month. she was a traveling champ, despite the cold temps in keystone and less-than-ideal driving conditions.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

jude and her daddy

this girl of ours is generally pretty happy, but she is starting to show her joy with cute little laughs and coos. boy do we like her a whole lot! 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

lots to say already.

i'm happy i managed to catch her cute little noise there at the start. i've been trying to catch it for a few weeks, but each time i bust out the camera, she gets quiet. we sure love this little wiggly, talkative girl!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

jude, 1 month

caveat: this blog has quickly turned into being all about jude. i suppose it follows the classic middle-class american blog trajectory: blog about your adventures, then about your dog, then about your home remodel projects, and now about your baby. oh well, such is life!

i know keeping a proper baby book is unlikely to happen for me, so for now, this blog will serve the purpose of helping me remember her milestones and moments.
age: 1 month

weight: 8lbs 1.5oz

length: not sure, she was 21" at her 3 week appointment.

diaper size: newborn or size 1.

clothing size: 0-3 months primarily, with a few newborn things still fitting.

nicknames: jude bug, juno, babykins, critter (only brandon calls her that last one, but he calls all kids under 3 critters).

health: after we got home from the hospital with this little one, we ran into major issues with breastfeeding. i'll spare the details, but it was rugged for her and for me. i spent a lot of time pumping and feeding her with a syringe, which had me comparing the experience to raising a stray kitten. she kept getting fussy, so i thought maybe we were overfeeding her with the syringe, since we squirted it into her mouth (as opposed to breastfeeding where she would moderate when she was done). turns out, we were starving her--totally unintentionally and i, gladly, have no mom guilt about this mistake. she dropped from 7lbs, 11oz at birth to 6lbs, 9oz on day 5 so it was a rough start at life. we have overcome this issue and she is eating like a champ now!

sleep: she has a pretty consistent 5 hours at the start of the night, but the 2-6am period is a little unpredictable. she has slept 7 hours in a row a few times and that has been glorious!

diet: she breastfeeds 8-9 times a day and has her early morning (somewhere between 5:30 and 6:30) feeding from a bottle with brandon. i am so glad she is taking the bottle without issue because i really love to be able to stay in bed in the morning! i think brandon enjoys getting to participate in the feeding process too. 

baby gear love: she simply wouldn't have survived the first month if it weren't for having a nipple shield. i didn't even know these existed prior to her precipitous weight plummet (see above), but this little piece of silicon saved her from the unintentional starvation she experienced in her first week of life. 

loves: the swing, being swaddled, skin-to-skin time with dad, mimicking a woodpecker when she gets too hungry, and bath time. this kid is also clearly an introvert (hmm, wonder where she gets that?), as she requires a fair bit of alone time every day.

dislikes: change. diaper change, clothing change, position change, etc. she recovers from her annoyance quickly, but she makes her annoyance known.

milestones: she is starting to be more interactive with brandon and i, which is really fun. 

random notes: this girl is completely unfazed by the giant, rowdy dog who adores her. he loves to sneak licks, especially when she is in the swing and at the perfect height for him to nuzzle his way up to her. i guess because harvey has always been part of her life, she doesn't know to be perturbed by his kisses.

also, her eyes are a steely blue and i am eager to see what color they will turn out to be. there aren't any hints of brown, but i'm not sure they will stay as they are now.

the plunge

we envisioned using cloth diapers for jude, but during her first month she was too small and i was too tired. however, this week we took the plunge. we don't yet have enough to get through more than a day and half, so our plunge has been gradual, but i am pretty impressed with how uncomplicated they are. plus, she looks so darn adorable in these giant colorful diapers!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

jude bug, the wiggle worm

here is a little video of jude from this morning. she really likes checking out the world on her own in the mornings, which is awesome because it gives me time to drink my coffee and eat before she requires much of me. she is still a pretty content little one.

(sorry for the poor video quality. those of you who care about the video likely won't care about the quality...)

we are getting a little better at life with jude as we learn her needs and cues. she has taken to a bottle, so i get up for the middle of the night feeding but brandon does the early morning feeding, allowing me to sleep in a smidge. i think brandon enjoys being able to participate in feeding her and i really enjoy sleeping in! 

the other night brandon did the middle of the night feeding, so i went without seeing jude for about 10 hours. i swear she grew up in that time! it was incredibly strange for me to go that long without seeing her!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


i've always admired people who compete in the pole, pedal, paddle in bend. i remember watching at the finish line at drake park when my kindergarten PE teacher was a competitor.

today we instituted a christmas eve tradition (can you call something a tradition on the first go round?): a sunset ski followed by bowls of grandma's delicious clam chowder. brandon nailed her chowder recipe and it was an incredibly comforting meal after our short ski up at happy jack. 

i am thrilled i could squeeze my feet into my ski boots (compression socks were required) and get my body in motion on the day before my due date. (i did have to wear brandon's snow clothes, as none of mine currently fit.)

as we were returning to the parking lot after our ski, i realized that over the course of my pregnancy i did my own version of the pole, pedal, paddle race. i just stretched it out over many months while carrying a whole extra person. that counts for something right? the pregnancy pole pedal paddle!