More Photos From Mendy!

Here are some more photos from our photo shoot with Mendy.  Enjoy! littlelady10

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Again, I just feel like Mendy really captured Julia’s amazing personality in these photos!  You see her rubbing the rug on the ground since she’s always been interested in feeling different textures, you see her curiosity about the world around her, her happy-go-lucky side and her very mad side!  (She was crying because we put her lying down on the floor when she wanted to be up and walking around–she was not happy that we stopped her in her tracks!)

Rough Day

Yesterday was a rough day for Mama.  It started out with Julia sleeping in until 6:45.  While the extra sleep in the morning was lovely, I can always tell something’s not quite right when she sleeps in that late.  She was in a very good mood while nursing and immediately afterward.  Then, I put her in her highchair for breakfast.  She was fine until I had to run upstairs for 1 minute.  While I was gone, she started crying.  Normally if she cries when I leave the room, she’ll calm down once she sees me again, but this time she didn’t.  She kept crying.

I took these photos for “Why my child is crying” posts on our Pumpkin Patch group and then I took her out of her highchair to calm her down with some nursing:11.20.2013(2)

11.20.2013She calmed down a little bit but once we went outside and I strapped her into her carseat, the crying started again: 11.20.2013(3)

We drove about five minutes from our house and at that point, the screaming was so intense that I pulled over and took Julia out of the car to try and see what was wrong.  I smelled her tush to see if she had a dirty diaper (nope).  I checked her forehead to see if she felt feverish (nope).  Given where we were, I couldn’t just nurse her right there… and it didn’t seem like that would help (since she had already nursed and eaten breakfast).  So I just held her for a few minutes and we walked around the car a few times, then I put her back in the car.  She then proceeded to cry the whole way to daycare.  I tried singing.  I tried talking to her.  I turned the radio on.  I turned the radio off.  I tried jazz music.  I tried classical.  I tried rock.  I tried children’s music.  Nothing worked.  By the time we got to daycare, even I was in tears!

When we got into her classroom, Julia struggled to wriggle out of my arms and went over to sit in the lap of her daycare teacher.  But the crying continued for about 10-15 minutes while I sat there and watched her, tried to engage her in activities, and was just generally concerned about what was bothering her.  She finally seemed to settle down enough that I felt comfortable leaving, so I left to go to work.

An hour after I got to work, Julia’s daycare teacher called to say she had been crying on and off since  I had left.  She also mentioned that they used a thermometer that checks the temperature behind the ears and that one ear was hotter than the other.  So I called Julia’s pediatrician and made an appointment for 2 PM.  I picked Julia up around 1 and took her straight to the doctor.  Sure enough, she has an ear infection in one ear.  Poor thing!  At least we know why she was so fussy yesterday morning though… even with that knowledge, yesterday was an emotionally exhausting morning.  The hardest part was when Julia crawled over to her daycare teacher and didn’t seem comforted by me at all.  Guilty mom thoughts started swimming around in my head: am I working too much?  Does Julia spend too much time at daycare?  Should I be a stay at home mom?  Does she not love me as much as she loves her daycare teachers?  Does she like it better at daycare than she does at home?  I mentioned these concerns to one of the ladies at work and her reply was, “she’s just getting you ready for her becoming a teenager when she’ll start to tell you that she hates you and you’re the worst mother in the world.”  Good points… but it was still hard to swallow.  I’m looking forward to the next few weeks when we’ll be spending a bit more time together as Mommy & Baby (since daycare closes for a few days over Thanksgiving and a few days over Christmas).  I think we need some more  time together just the two of us when we’re both awake and happily playful.

 

What a Weekend!

We had a very busy weekend which was lots of fun but left me feeling exhausted by the time Sunday night came around.  We got in bed at 8 PM last night to read and I heard some snores coming from the other side of the bed by about 9:45!  Though we had a lot of fun, I am left feeling like I need a day or two to recover from the weekend.  I’m thinking next weekend we will be sure to make NO plans and to spend a lot of time just relaxing and hanging out as a family at home (we also have the family picnic next weekend at Julia’s new daycare!).

My weekend started on Friday… I took the day off from work to go shopping with Miss Steffi and left Julia at daycare!  I decided ahead of time that I was going to buy nothing for Julia (both of her grandmothers recently bought her a bunch of new clothes), and only buy myself work-appropriate clothing.  I got two nice outfits, and luckily all the pieces I got can be worn together in various combinations.  After picking up Julia, I went home and met another new babysitter, Jessica.  She is a Hopkins and Kappa alum who is living in Towson while she studies for the GRE and applies to graduate school.  She has a lot of availability and has a lot of experience with kids.  She nannied for a family with 3 kids for 3 months, including one kid who was 6 and-a-half months.  Julia seemed to like her just fine, so we decided to ask her to babysit the following night.

Friday night we went to Shabbat services at one of the Modern Orthodox synagogues in Pikesville.  The Rabbi went to the same Yeshiva as our Rabbi from New Orleans so we figured they might be similar in beliefs, attitudes and personalities and we were right!  We enjoyed the services at the Shul, and then the Rabbi invited us over for dinner.  One of the other congregants offered to drive my car over to the Rabbi’s house so we could walk with him.  We met his wife, who is a dentist, and the older two of his 3 children.  His youngest is a baby boy who is just 2 weeks younger than Julia!  We ended up getting along really well with them and we stayed until nearly 11 PM!  Luckily Julia fell asleep nursing and stayed asleep in my arms for quite a while, then she stayed asleep getting into the car, on the drive home, getting out of the car, getting up the stairs and going in her crib!

Saturday morning we had Julia’s last swim class for this session (we signed up for the fall session of swimming lessons too, so we have a couple of weeks off before they start up again).  She did really well and didn’t cry at all!  I think the swim classes have really helped to make her feel comfortable in the water and it’s been a good way to meet other babies around her age.  It will be good to be signed up for the class again because, even though we’ll learn the same techniques again, it will force us to come to the pool once a week and without the class I don’t know that we would do it on our own.

After swimming, we went home and Julia took a 2-hour nap!  After her nap she got pigtails for the first time, and then we went to two different housewarming parties!  8.19.2013(6)

The first party was hosted by a girl, Lydia, who I met through the Hopkins Kappa chapter.  She and her girlfriend just moved from Charles Village to Hampden and they had a little BBQ gathering at their new house.  The food was delicious and they had a great group of friends.  Everyone was very nice about us having the baby with us.  She was happy crawling around chasing their dogs and being passed from person to person to bounce on their laps.

The second party was hosted by a guy Ken knew in college.  He and his wife have a daughter who is 17 months old and they are expecting a second baby in January.  All of the people at their party had kids ranging in age from 6 months to 6 years old, so there were lots of other kids for Julia to play with and lots of fun toys.  We had a great time!

After the parties, we went home, fed Julia dinner and put her to bed, then the babysitter came over.  This time the babysitter came over for us to go do separate things.  Ken went to see Corey’s band play a gig down in  Dundalk and I went to a Mom’s Night Out with 4 other moms at a Wine Bar in Locust Point.  We both had a great time doing our own thing and we agreed that, even though it was expensive to get a babysitter for 4 hours, it was well worth it for us to be able to go out and do our own thing.  It’s important that we both have friends we can go out with, and sometimes we’ll have separate things we want to do at the same time.

Sunday morning we went out for pancakes at Pete’s Grille and then we went to the Orioles game with Corey & Steffi.  Julia got to meet the Bird (she didn’t know quite what to think of him) and we also made an appearance on the Jumbotron!8.19.2013

After the game, we headed back to Corey & Steffi’s house for a little while, where Corey pulled out one of his guitars to treat us to some music.  Julia was in awe watching him, and she also enjoyed banging on her drum (aka shoe box).  It was really cute to watch them! 8.19.2013(3)

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We then went to the Synagogue again for their annual BBQ Dinner, which was a lot of fun.  We met a few young families with kids and got another chance to talk to the Rabbi & his wife.

This morning I dropped Julia off at her new daycare!  She wore a new outfit and had a pretty bow in her hair: 8.19.2013(4)Drop off seemed to go pretty well.  I met her teachers (who both seemed really nice) and the other kids in her class.  For now there are 5 kids in her class: one boy and 4 girls (but in November they might get one or two more who will be babies moving up from the younger baby room).  Julia is the youngest in her room for now, but only by a couple of weeks.  The teachers said they really work on getting the kids onto a good schedule with just one nap in the afternoon, so I’m hoping that Julia will just slide right into that (I’m keeping my fingers crossed).  I’ll be sure to keep you updated!

Ken is on call this week, so keep your fingers crossed that there aren’t too many eye injuries between now and Friday morning.  Next weekend, like I mentioned, we have the family picnic at Julia’s new daycare.  The following weekend is Labor Day, when Ken’s parents are coming to visit!  We have a lot to look forward to over the next few weeks!

Movin’ & Groovin’

Little Baby Julia is now a crawler!  It started a little bit while we were home in California and over the past couple of days she has become much faster and more efficient.  She’s movin’ and groovin’!

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The photo above is from yesterday in the grass at a little playground near our house.  She loved ripping the grass up from the ground and trying to eat it!

Happy Anniversary to my Love! (A few weeks late)

Tonight, almost 4 weeks late, Ken & I are finally going out to celebrate our anniversary!  Our actual anniversary is on July 5th, but because we had just started our new jobs and had not yet received our first pay checks (and because Ken was on call!), we decided it was wise to put off any celebrations until we were both paid.  We also decided it would be nicer to go out and celebrate without bringing the baby with us, which meant we had to find a babysitter!  We love Julia and love taking her out to eat at very family friendly places, but we decided it would be fun to go somewhere a little special.  So tonight, we are going to Petit Louis Bistro, a very classic French restaurant in Roland Park!  We used to go there for special occasions when we lived in Baltimore back in the day.  I’m looking forward to getting dressed up and having a special night out just the two of us!  Maybe we’ll even go out for a romantic glass of wine afterward… ooohh la la!

Our babysitter for tonight is a girl, named Geena, who is going to be a senior at Hopkins.  She’s also a Kappa and we met her through the Chabad House at Hopkins.  Hopefully tonight Julia will go to sleep before Geena even comes over and she’ll be able to just read, watch TV, and relax.

Lately, we’ve had a really great bedtime routine with Julia… around 6:15 or 6:30 we feed her dinner (which these days consists of usually a jar of baby food as well as some pieces of whatever we are eating–last night she had a jar of baby food and some pieces of beef, carrots and potatoes from the beef stew I made).  Then when she starts to show signs that she’s getting sleepy (usually around 7 o’clock), we take her upstairs for her bath, then we’ll read her a story or two, and then she nurses mostly to sleep and goes in her crib.  Usually she goes right to sleep.  On a “bad” night she’ll cry for maybe 15-20 minutes before going to sleep.  These days she generally sleeps through the night and wakes up sometime between 5:30 and 6:30.  Once a week she wakes up in the middle of the night to nurse or because she has a poopy diaper, but usually she just sleeps right through till morning! Julia after bath

Ken and Julia reading Pat the Bunny

Saturday we are leaving on a jet plane for a family trip to San Francisco!  We will be there for a whole week and we are very excited to see lots of friends and family while we are in town.  This will be Julia’s 4th Plane trip already, and she’s not even 10 months old!  I don’t want to jinx anything by saying that so far, flying with her has been relatively easy.  She nurses during take-off and landing, she usually sleeps for a bit while we’re in the air, and she’s generally happy to play for a bit on my lap.   This time we will probably also take a jar or two of baby food with us so that we can feed her some solids on the plane (though that might mean having to bring several extra changes of clothing as well in case she gets food everywhere!) and we’ll probably be taking several walks up and down the aisle of the plane to let her smile and wave at everybody, look out the window and distract her from the boredom of sitting on a plane for hours at a time.  I’m also planning on bringing my breast pump this time, along with a couple of bottles of breast milk, in the hopes that we can go out and about on our own for a little while in San Francisco and leave Julia with my parents for some Julia & Grandma/Grandpa bonding time!  I’ve heard that some of the TSA Agents make you take the breast milk out and sniff it or taste it to prove to them that it’s not explosive but hopefully that’s just a rumor and they’ll just let it through without any issues.  This time I’m a little nervous about flying with Julia because she’s much more active and vocal, so I’m hoping she doesn’t disturb people too much but I just have to remember that chances are we won’t know anybody on the plane and most of the people on the plane we will never have to see again so it’s not the end of the world.  Also, most people are generally pretty tolerant of babies, and especially cute ones like ours!  The one thing I am a little worried about is that the 3-hour time change is going to throw things off and that it will be hard to get back into a good routine with bedtime.  I think the most important thing is just that we stay as consistent as possible, and hopefully she’ll just adapt!

When we come back from our trip, Julia has just one more week at her current daycare and then we are switching her to a different daycare where she will (hopefully) be for the long run (at least until we move out of Baltimore or move her to a preschool).  Here she was at daycare the other day eating some cheesepuffs:Julia eating cheesepuffs

And I have one last IMPORTANT thing to mention…

remember a few months ago when we entered that contest through Parents Magazine to have Julia chosen as the Kid of the Week?  Well… we didn’t win.  But, we entered the contest again this week and as of this morning she was in 7th place!  With your help and vote, she might be in 1st place by the end of the week!  You can vote once a day every day this week, and the contest ends on Sunday.  So PLEASE cast your vote using this link:

http://www.parents.com/photos/kid-of-the-week/2013-07-29/102vo

and vote for Julia!  This is the picture we submitted this time: Julia at wedding in instagram

Lasts and Firsts

Now that we’re getting ready to move so soon (we are leaving New Orleans a week from tomorrow!), this past weekend we did a lot of reflecting on our time in New Orleans.  Friday night and Sunday night there were two great events at our synagogue to say “Farewell” to the Rabbi and his family.  They are moving up to Maryland in July so we will be able to see them there but for us it was also a chance for us to say “Farewell” to the synagogue and the New Orleans Jewish community.  We were able to enjoy ourselves at both events since we left Julia with a babysitter for the first time Friday night and again on Sunday night (that is a topic for another day).  It was really nice to have that time to just talk to our friends as adults and enjoy the party without having to entertain the baby and keep her quiet and occupied the whole time.

Saturday morning, we had time to just snuggle and play first thing in the morning (I am very excited to have more time like this in the next few weeks while neither of us is working!) photo

Our friend Caitlin, who went to Med School with Ken, was in town this weekend for a wedding, so we went out for a walk and to meet her for breakfast at Coulis.  After breakfast we walked with her back home through the Garden District, and then we drove down to the French Quarter. image_1

We walked around Jackson Square and picked up a really fun piece of artwork for Julia’s room, then we went to Cafe du Monde for one last beignet and cup of cafe au lait! image

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After beignets, we were all pretty exhausted, so Caitlin went back to her hotel to get ready for the wedding she was going to, and Ken and I went home for naps!

Saturday late afternoon we took our cat, Penny, to her new home with my friend Michele’s sister.  I had been feeling really distraught about our decision to find Penny a new home but after meeting Mignon and her two sons, seeing their other cat, and seeing their house, I feel much better about our decision and I am confident Penny will be happier in her new home.  It also makes life a little easier for our family, moving to Baltimore with only one cat and, as Ken so eloquently puts it, only having to deal with “2 small mammals” (one being our baby!)!  We first adopted Penny in January of 2010, so she was with us for 3 years and was the first cat we adopted together!  We’ve still got Boudreaux coming with us to Baltimore, but it definitely makes life a little easier with only one cat to deal with than with two.

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Sunday morning I went out with Julia for one last play date with our mommy & baby friends from the Pumpkin Patch Facebook group.  We went to Palm Tree Playground in Metairie for a play date and then we went to have lunch at Caffe Caffe.  It was really nice to see everyone one last time before we head out of town!  I really hope I find a good group of Mommy & Baby friends in Baltimore!  Last week I did send an email to the owner of a Baby Store in Hampden called Soft & Cozy Baby, to ask about their Mother’s Support Group, their Mommy & Baby Yoga classes and to find out whether they have a Breastfeeding Support Group. image_3

In the afternoon we got little bit of packing and some errands done before the babysitter came over to spend the evening with Julia while Ken and I went to the Rabbi Uri & Dahlia Farewell Party!

It was a wonderful last weekend at Beth Israel and reminded us of what we will look for in a Synagogue and in a Jewish Community when we move.  New Orleans has a very unique Jewish community but we will try to find a community in Baltimore where we feel as welcome, valued and appreciated as we did here.

Now today is my last day at work!!!  We’ll be spending the rest of this week packing, getting ready for our move, and saying goodbye to people!  Tomorrow I have my last La Leche League meeting at Zuka Baby, and Thursday night we’ll be going to our friends Stephen & Mery for dinner.  Friday I’m getting a haircut (my first one since before Julia was born!!!) and we’re taking Julia to her 8-month checkup.  Hopefully we’ll have everything packed before the weekend gets here so that next weekend we can enjoy our friends’ daughter’s first birthday party and just finish up with the odds and ends that are left to pack and with selling/donating any furniture we still want to get rid of.

I’ll try to write again soon, but like I mentioned last week, I won’t be at a computer as much in the next few weeks as I have been at work so my posts might become somewhat sporadic for now.   Until next time…!

Isn’t it all so bittersweet?!

Most of the blogging I do is from work… and since Monday is going to be my last day at work, blogging might take a back seat for a couple of weeks while we move and get settled into our new home.  I’ll probably write one last weekend update entry on Monday, but after that things will probably slow down a bit as I won’t have as much time at a computer.  We sold my big bulky desk (which I have had since my junior year of college) a couple of weeks ago but once we are settled in our new house in Baltimore, I’m hoping to buy myself a little writing desk.  Once I do, and once I set myself up with a nice little spot to write in the new house, I promise there will be more blog entries but for now, blogging may become somewhat sporadic.

For now I will leave you with some pictures of our little munchkin, who is almost 8 months old!

The other night at dinner (we went out for Vietnamese Food!): photo

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And… first time using a sippy cup with water (most of which ended up on her dress rather than in her mouth!):image_2

I also will tell you some things that make me really happy about this upcoming move… 1) For pretty much the first time since Julia was teeny tiny, Ken will have more than a week off from work and we will have a lot of time to spend together as a family!

2) My parents are helping us with the move and it will be nice to have some time to spend with them!  It will also be nice for them to get some good play time in with their Granddaughter!

3) Road trips are fun!  This will be our first family road trip!

4) I just discovered some great Children’s Music stations on Pandora so it will be fun to listen to some Raffi and other great Children’s classics while we’re driving up to Baltimore!

And one last thing before I sign off for the day… DON’T FORGET TO VOTE FOR JULIA!!!!

Please Vote for Julia!

Please click here to vote for Julia!  I entered her into a contest with Parents Magazine!  If she wins this week, she’ll get $250 and a chance to appear on the cover of the magazine!  You can vote every day between now and Sunday, so please vote to make Julia the kid of the week!  Kid of the week

And again, HERE is the link! Come back to vote every day between now and Sunday!

Baby’s Firsts

I haven’t written in a while because things have been a little busy here in Baby Land…

Even though Ken was working most of the weekend, Julia and I had a lot of fun!  Saturday morning Julia and I spent the morning at home, playing and enjoying the sun on the porch.  photo

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After a morning nap, we celebrated our friends’ graduation from Medical School!  We got a chance to hang out with Kathleen’s family for lunch and with Liz’s family for dinner.  It’s so funny to think that this was actually Julia’s second time going to the Tulane Med School graduation since she was technically there last year when Ken graduated from Medical School, only she was in my belly at the time!  image

Julia really seems to love social events… while we were with Kathleen’s family, she loved being held by Kathleen’s sister and her boyfriend, and she was so happy to watch the dogs running around the room.  She even laughed when the dogs started barking at someone knocking on the door!

Sunday we went to the zoo with our Mommy & Baby Friends.  It was Julia’s first time going to the zoo!  She slept for a while, and was sleeping when we took this stroller picture of all the babies in front of the Elephant Fountain.   It was really hot and muggy out and I had to put sunscreen on her for the first time, but I’m glad we got a chance to go to the zoo before leaving New Orleans.  I’m definitely excited that Baltimore has a good zoo, since when Julia gets to be a little older, it will be a lot of fun to have a zoo to go to.   image_1

I think she’s still a little too young to appreciate the animals at the zoo, since she was more interested in looking at all the people than she was in looking at the animals, but I had a good time at least, and enjoyed hanging out with the other Moms.  It’s always nice to talk with moms of babies the same age so that you can compare and contrast and talk about things that are working, things that aren’t working, etc.  We ended up talking most of the time about what the babies are eating, how they’re sleeping, what fun tricks they can do, what toys they like to play with, etc.  We also stopped for lunch in one of the cafeterias–it was nice to sit in the AC for a while and it gave us a chance to nurse the babies and then let them play on the table for a little while.  photo

One of the moms also had a really nice camera with her and took some great photos!  image_1

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Monday after work, before picking up Julia, I stopped to visit Baby Leigha.  She is just so precious and teeny tiny.  It’s hard to believe she’s just about the same size that Julia was when she was born.  It’s amazing how many changes they go through in such a short period of time!  Julia looks closer in size to our 20-month old neighbor than she does to Leigha, even though she’s closer in age to Leigha.  image_3

Evan and Jade seem to be doing well with Leigha at home, though of course they are exhausted (they’re supposed to be–they have a newborn!).  It’s nice to feel as though we are a source of information for them since we were just there a few months ago and we understand what they are going through.  It’s always nice to have someone who has the newborn stage fresh in their memory while  you’re going through it so they can remind you that this, too, shall pass.  I also feel like seeing us and Julia is kind of like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for them, since they can see what they have to look forward to!

When I picked Julia up from daycare Monday afternoon, they told me that she had thrown up three times after her last bottle of the day and that she had diarrhea.  This was her first time exhibiting any sort of gastro-intestinal symptoms, so they suggested we keep an eye on her.  I got her home, where she was a bit more fussy than usual, but didn’t seem too sick… but since she did have a bit of a fever, we gave her Tylenol, and then she went to sleep without a problem.  She woke up after an hour, screaming, which is very unlike her, so I went in to check on her.  The minute I sat down to nurse her, she threw up, and her vomit was red from the Tylenol.  After nursing, she went right back to sleep and slept through the night.

Tuesday morning she seemed okay… she nursed fine, didn’t throw up, didn’t have a fever, etc. so I took her to daycare and asked them to call me if there were any problems.  Around 11:30 AM they called to say that Julia had a fever.  I picked her up at about 12:30, by which time her fever had gone down, but she had two little sores on her tongue.  I wasn’t really sure what they were or how I could make them hurt less, so I called the doctor to schedule an appointment for that afternoon.  Julia seemed miserable Tuesday afternoon… her tongue was clearly bothering her–she kept sticking it out, was drooling a lot, and the only thing that seemed to help was nursing and sucking on things–her thumb, her pacifier, toys, etc.

At the doctor, her temperature was about 100 degrees, and it turned out she had an ear infection in one ear.  The doctor said that probably what happened was she got an upper respiratory viral infection, which could have caused the nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, and then she developed a secondary ear infection.  The trend amongst pediatricians is to prescribe fewer antibiotics but the doctor said that in a baby as young as she is, she does like to treat ear infections, especially when they are accompanied by a fever.  If she didn’t have the fever, we probably would have just let her clear the infection on her own.  So this is baby’s first ear infection and first course of antibiotics!  I asked the doctor about how contagious she was, and the doctor said that the general rule of thumb is that kids should be on antibiotics for 24 hours before going back to school, so I kept her home Wednesday and took the day off to stay home with her.  When Julia is sick, she sleeps more than usual, and that was what tipped off the folks at daycare that something was not quite right.  Tuesday morning she took a 2 hour nap at daycare.  Then, when we got home, she took a 30-minute nap before we went to the doctor and she took another 45-minute nap when we got home from the doctor.  image_4

Wednesday, we spent most of the day at home, but we did run out to get a few errands done… and Julia went in the grocery cart at Rouse’s for the first time!  She loved it and was smiling the whole time!  I think she liked being able to look around at everything and everyone.  She was making lots of happy cooing noises and lots of people stopped to smile at her!  image_5

Last night was the first night in a while that Julia didn’t sleep through the night.  She woke up at about 2:15 and since she’s sick, we didn’t feel comfortable letting her cry.  Ken went to get her from her crib and I nursed her in bed, which, of course, made her go back to her old ways… she only slept for about a half an hour between 2:15 and 4 AM, at which point I decided to go back into her room to put her to sleep.  I nursed her for about 10 more minutes until she seemed calm and sleepy, and then I put her in her crib with her pacifier and she went back to sleep for about 2 more hours.

When she gets sick, I can’t help but think of it as a blessing and a curse… of course it’s a curse because I don’t like to see her sick.  It breaks my heart when she’s not feeling well or in pain and there’s not much I can do to help her feel better.  She’s also so small, vulnerable and helpless and I can’t explain to her that if she rests, drinks fluids, and takes her medicines, she’ll feel better in a day or two.  She can’t understand what’s happening, which makes it worse.  At the same time, it’s almost a blessing when she’s sick since it means I get to stay home with her… we get extra snuggles and we get to take Mommy & Baby Nap Time together.

Anyway… that’s my story… sorry it was so long, but a lot has happened since I wrote last!  There’s a lot coming up in the next several weeks, too… here’s what I know of so far:

Saturday: Crawfish Boil at Ken’s Masonic Lodge

Monday: Memorial Day (Ken will be working nights so he probably won’t be the best company but hopefully we’ll get to spend a few hours together during the day before he has to go back into the hospital for his Monday night shift).

Next weekend: Goodbye Weekend for our Rabbi & his family at our Synagogue.  We’re getting a babysitter to watch Julia Friday night and Sunday night so we can go to the events at the Shul.  Also next weekend, our friend Caitlin will be in town for a wedding and we will (hopefully) have a chance to see her and introduce her to the baby!

June 3rd: My last day at work!

June 7th: Julia’s 8-month checkup, just a day before she officially turns 8 months old!

June 10th: Packing up our moving truck, and my parents get into town to help with the move!

June 11th: We hit the road for our move to Baltimore!

June 15th: We move into our new house in Baltimore!

So as you can see, life is a little stressful right now… but we’re rolling with the punches and taking it one day at a time.  Luckily, Ken and I have a good balance: he gets really stressed out by big things like this while I’m usually the calm one during big life changes.  We’ve always done well as a team when we need to get things done and I’m sure this won’t be an exception!

7-Month Checkup

On Wednesday, Ken and I had a rare hour to spend just the two of us–we went out to lunch together before we picked up Julia from daycare to take her to her 7-month checkup! Here we were at lunch: image

At Julia’s checkup, she passed with flying colors! She weighs 15 lbs. 11.4 oz. and is 25.5 inches long.

She’s still in the 25th percentile for height and weight, which means she’s little but she’s growing appropriately and staying right along her curve.  Her head circumference is still in the 50th percentile.  The doctor was perfectly pleased with her development!  You may recall that last month I took a photo of Ken and Julia sitting on the bench in the doctor’s office waiting for her appointment… well I took another photo on that same bench this month.  Here was this month’s photo: photo

and here they are side by side, at 6 months on the left and at 7 months on the right: image

Even though she’s only gained a pound in the last month, she looks so much older!

The doctor wanted us to wait until she’s 9 months to come back for another checkup but because we’ll be moving between now and then, she said we could come back at 8 months so that when we get to Baltimore we are not scrambling to find a pediatrician.  That will be one of my first priorities when we get to Baltimore but this way we will have about a month before we need her to be seen.  All in all though, her 7-month checkup was a great success!