Monday, May 26, 2014

jude, 5 months

age: 5 months

weight: unsure

length: unsure

clothing size: primarily 6 month.

nicknames: jude bug, judabaga, jude girl, and brandon has recently added jude muffin.

health: she seems to be doing well since last month, a few challenges with me over-indulging on garlic and rhubarb, but otherwise ok.

sleep: she continues to be a total champ! just last night the smoke detector in our house started chirping in the night. brandon was gone and i awoke to harvey standing over me (on my bed) licking my face to make sure i heard the alarm. it took me 2 hours to calm him down and convince him we weren't all headed for certain demise. meanwhile, jude slept through the whole chaotic ordeal.
diet: still rocking the breast milk routing. rob snuck her a piece of watermelon which she was very excited about but i haven't ventured into feeding her solids on a regular basis because it just sounds like so much work and once you get into it there is no turning back. so i wait.

baby gear love: spf baby hat and clothes because slathering sun screen on a squirmy baby always seems to result in her getting it into her eyes and screaming.

loves: watermelon (see above), splashing in the bathtub, and reading books. dislikes: tummy time (still) and being in a crowded house, which further supports my theory that we are raising an introvert.
milestones: she can roll from her back to her side, so that counts towards the rolling over milestone. she also discovered she can reach her feet, so she quietly plays for about 15 minutes at a time with her little toes. yeah, it's totally adorable.

Monday, May 12, 2014

jude, 4 months

age: 4 months

weight: 13.9

length: 24 3/4"

clothing size: a dwindling selection of 3-6 month things still fit, but she is creeping into 6 month sizes.

nicknames: jude bug, judabaga, and jude girl.

health: no problems for this little one, although the doc did say we will have to keep an eye on her birthmark directly above her butt, which can, in rare circumstances, be indicative of underlying spinal cord issues. [for the record: that was a horrible thing to hear, especially since there is ZERO we can do about it other than wait-and-see.]

sleep: generally she zonks out at 8pm, but occasionally she starts rubbing her eyes even earlier, which creates a dilemma for me because i get home at 5:30, so when she goes down much earlier than 8 i don't get much time with her and that makes me sad, but then i don't want to force her to stay up when she clearly needs the sleep.

diet: all breast milk all the time. brandon snuck her some cool whip and both my mom and i came unglued! i also gave her a micro bite of sweet potato, which she seemed to enjoy. we let her gum on a very tart mango the other day and she was totally uncertain of how to react.

baby gear love: my mom found an old toy of mine that is a pull-cord bunny that plays peek-a-boo. jude is crazy about this thing and can even pull the cord on her own. it is cool to see the toy still in commission nearly 30 years later! also, gripe water is an awesome hiccup solution and this girl gets a lot of hiccups!

loves: seeing brandon or i first thing in the morning, hearing herself shriek, and sucking on her fingers.

dislikes: tummy time, taking her liquid vitamins, and getting the sun in her eyes.

milestones: she is working towards rolling over, but is taking her sweet time because she despises "practicing" since it requires tummy time. eh, in due time, right. in the meantime, we are just appreciating that she can't move from the spot we leave her at on the floor. she loves to scratch her nails on things that make a bit of noise and seems to have figured out that she can control that sound.

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!