Monday, January 28, 2008

More Alert, Perhaps?

I think Nora's having some more time during the day where she's awake. I'm rather fond of that. She sleeps a tad better at night when this happens (which is a plus), but we do really enjoy seeing her eyes.

Maggie comes tomorrow to take some REAL photos of her, and I'm soooo excited! Maggie rules.

I'm rather tired today. I may attempt a nap here as soon as I get done posting photos.

I imagine my tiredness is directly correlated to my obsession with working on Nora's room today. I tackled the huge pile of "stuff" that was in the corner of the room, and now, we could actually fit the crib in there! Once we do that, I can start hanging stuff up on the walls and organize the closet and whatnot (when we figure out what to do with Willi's closet stuff, that is).

This kid has been fairly needy with me today. She did hang out in the bouncy seat while I did some stuff in her room, so she actually wasn't that bad. She's just been fussy and needy since then. I'm guessing she's making up for that time. I'm okay with that, though, 'cause I like it that she needs me.

I gave her a bath today, and she wasn't too happy about that.

Ooop. I think she's starting to wake up, and I'm pretty sure she's going to want to eat once she becomes fully aware. Gotta run.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Am I Rubbing Off On Her?

Aside from the fact that I can't wake Nora up to save my life (she's been waking up like clock work for her feeding times, though), I've only got one major thing to report today. Wait. No. I actually have a couple of things.

Firstly, I scored a bath today because she's been so sleepy. I had her in the bouncy seat next to the tub, and I took a quick, stealthy bath while she snoozed. It was necessary. I have a feeling she's asleep so she doesn't have to realize she's smelling me or something. I even dried my hair while she was in the room, and it didn't wake her. I think I even dribbled water on her face accidentally, and she didn't care.

Secondly, last night when I was trying to get her to go to sleep, she was in a state of light sleep where she makes all kinds of faces. I like to watch her when she does this 'cause sometimes she gets this really sweet, charming smile going. (I can't wait until she does that for real.) Anyway, she was definitely making this sweet smile face, and I swear to you that I heard her chuckle. It was only -like- two chuckles, but she definitely went, "Heh heh!"

Then, her face, of course, went back to her usual sleep face. Willis was totally asleep next to me when it happened, and I didn't wake him up to tell him. I swear it happened, though.

Good grief. I'm really lookin' forward to when this kid is interactive. I think she's warming up for it.

I even tried vacuuming today to wake the kid up, and she slept through that, too. I think I'm gonna try changing her diaper. That usually gets her good and mad for awhile.

I'm thinking this is probably a good thing it's Friday. I have a feeling she may give me a run for my money tonight when we try to get some sleep.

Dilly out.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

More Photos and Then Some

I'm not as diligent with the camera as I thought I'd be. Sorry about that. I think Nora totally hates the flash, though. So, really, I'm trying to be nice.

We got out to my OB appointment yesterday without any trouble. She was passed out in her car seat the whole time, so there wasn't really much effort needed on my part there.

I did learn that I've lost 26 pounds in two weeks. Dude. I feel like I should be on TV with all those New Year's resolution targeted ads right now. Only, my diet plan is having a baby and breastfeeding. Everybody should do it.

My cousin Sarah came over yesterday to make us some dinner. She made us some salmon cakes with dill sauce, asparagus, long-grain rice, and some lentil salad. It was delicious.

It's so sad: her coming over to do that for us made me realize that I could've been a lot more helpful to my sisters and her when they had babies before me. Ugh. You don't realize how nice it is for someone to bring you food or do a load of laundry for you until your arms are full. Sadness. Sorry sisters and Sarah. I'm sorry to my friend Kelly, too. She had a baby back in September, and I probably could've helped her and Randy out by bringing them food or something. Good grief. They even have a two-year-old on top of having a new baby, too (and Kelly's younger than I am)! I'm such a heel!

To all of you out there who don't have kids (but have friends who do): be mindful of what they might need. Don't go to their house and make a big mess. Try to at least leave the place how you found it (or maybe a little better if they haven't had a chance to clean up). Maybe bring 'em some food (and don't expect them to feed you). I wish, wish, wish I had become aware of this on my own. I know that I totally went to my sisters' houses when they had babies and didn't lift a finger to help out, and I'm sure I was a burden. Don't be like I was!

Now, don't feel like you have to get up and bring me some food, 'cause that's not what I'm sayin'. I'm just letting you know that we need to be more mindful of our friends and family when they have babies. All of us. Mostly me.

Nora and I danced to Spoon's "The Underdog" today. Have you ever heard that song? If you haven't, you should listen to it. You won't be able to sit still in your chair. I used to hear it in the car on my way to work (if I had an OB appointment, I'd drive myself in), and I'd crank it up and dance in my seat. Nora was all fussy before we rocked out to it, and afterwards, she got all quiet and calm. It was awesome. She's liking Modest Mouse, too, I think. She's passed out in the bouncy seat while I've got some Modest Mouse goin'. I used to crank some of that in the car, too, while she was in utero.

I'm all about not making her listen to cheesy kid songs. I never did (Mom and Dad never made me, and we listened to stuff like CSN, CCR, Jim Croce, Moody Blues, Led Zeppelin, and some other stuff). I never knew the words to the cheesy kid songs that the other kids were singing, but . . . I don't really feel like I missed out on anything. She'll probably get exposed to enough of that at school anyway. She needs to listen to real music at home, I say.

Wuh oh. I think she's hungry. Gotta go.