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.