Saturday, May 31, 2008

Moira cuteness

Blue Steel

If you haven't seen the movie zoolander than this post will make no sense . . .

Baby smiles

Friday, May 30, 2008

Tummy Troubles

At Kiah's last doctors appointment I mentioned that despite her girth she often refuses to feed and unlike most babies she cries and fusses after she eats, sometimes for hours. The Dr. recommended we wait another week to see if i was just developmental and if she continued to be upset after eating that we should try a baby antacid. I guess it's fairly common for the muscle that generally keeps stomach acid in its place to function poorly in newborns. The common term for this behavior is colic. After some debate we decided to give it a try. Nick's out of town for all of next week and if there's something that can alleviate Kiah's daily crying spells it would go a long way to maintaining my sanity. So far things look promising, she almost always cries from 6am until 10-11am in the mornings and today she did fine. She was also awake for an hour without crying (which has never happened before). Hopefully this will help my little girl out. It sure was nice to get to hang out with a happy smiley baby.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

It's a Miracle

Well Kiah slept from 11:30 last night to 4:30, yep folks that's FIVE hours. Granted it will probably never happen again, but I feel pretty great right now. Well Moira has turned in to a total t.v. addict since Kiah's birth. I tried going cold turkey with no tv yesterday which resulted in two screaming kids for several hours so we're revising the strategy to slowly reduce tv time.

We had a great time in the sun this weekend. We finished planting a couple of flower beds and introduced Moira to a bin of sidewalk chalk. The basketball court makes a great canvas.

Nick's first project with his new table saw was to build a trellis for this lanky rose next to the front door.

Nick has also dug out a new path that will go from the deck to the upper level of the back yard. This flower bed will border one side and the flower bed up against the gazebo is on the other side. This bed has two purple hebe we inherited from Judy and Paul and 3 white azalea and three purple azaleas that we got from Keron and Ross.

We also finished planting the bed next to the gazebo. It contains two indian hawthorn, a bleeding heart, 4 hostas two rhododendrons (I particularly like the peach/orange one) and 20 day lilies and a row of inpatients for some color.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Pity Party

Well I try not to be much of a whiner, but this is one of those rare times when I just need people to agree that this sucks. In addition to the normal trials and tribulations associated with taking care of a newborn I now have a cold. My fever is 102 I have a hacking cough, which only serves to accentuate the post partum pains in my abdomen, and a horribly sore throat.

Kiah sleeps blissfully for 3 hours at a time during the day, but wakes up every hour to eat at night. So I'm stumbling through the day in a zombie like trance. To top it off Nick goes back to work tomorrow, and my mom is still out of town. Luckily Keron will be here wed to help out, and my mom also gets back in town, so for now that is my focus and goal, I just have to make it 2 days.

Moira's doing pretty well with the addition of Kiah, but we've had a lot of acting out. How much of that is developmental 2 year old stuff and how much of it is in reaction to Kiah is hard to say. She's discovered the word MINE, and frequently expresses her ownership of all manner of things. Blankets and the boppy pillow have become highly contested items, and we're subject to a fair amount of whining over the most mundane aspects of our daily routine.

Last but not least Kess has injured her back. She's swollen right on her spine over her hips. Of course I would happily rush her to the vet for x-rays, but Nick has pointed out that we have no money. So we've agreed to wait a week to see if it improves. So in the meantime it's ice and aspirin for poor Kess.

Hopefully today I can get some one on one time with Moira, and a nap in and things will look a little brighter.