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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

TuTu Cute at Two Months
I figured since Riley's 3 month mark is fast approaching (December 7th), I'd give a rundown of month 2.
First of all, Toby was on an "easier" Cardiology rotation the first 2 weeks of November (Electrophysiology) & can I just say how nice it is to have your husband home for dinner...I mean seriously awesome!!!  Working 7:30 am - 5:30 or 6 pm is MUCH better than his usual 14 or 15 hour days.  It was a much needed change of pace from the previous few weeks.  However, we're back to night shifts this week.  :(
While Toby was working a bit less & had 2 FULL weekends off in a row (unheard of), Riley & I took advantage of much needed Toby/Daddy time.  The first Saturday he was off, we ventured to The Loop for some lunch & had our first experience with Bubble Tea (NOT a fan of Tapioca balls by the way!).  Then, with so much time on our hands, we decided to visit the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park.  We learned all about women's fashion through the centuries (kind of a random exhibit I thought, but nonetheless, interesting....& definitely made me reminisce about my History of Apparel class back in college) & they had a huge exhibit on the 1904 World's Fair...St. Louis' Forest Park was completely transformed for the one of largest World's Fair in history.  Did you know, it has been claimed that Peanut Butter, Dr. Pepper, the hot dog, the hamburger, waffle cones, & cotton candy were first introduced at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis?!  Who woulda thought....
Riley & Daddy at History Museum looking out at Forest Park

Anyway, the next weekend Toby had off, his parents came in for a visit.  We went to the park on Saturday & while the guys played a round of Frisbee Golf, Toby's mom & I took Riley for a was a beautiful day to be outside.  They watched her that evening while we went....wait for it...our first date by ourselves since Riley entered the world!  :)  We only went out for a couple of hours to dinner at our favorite little Thai restaurant in downtown (Sen Thai), but it was nice just to get out.  I was a little worried about Riley taking a bottle from Grandma....but she did (however, has not done well since).
First Date since baby...
Her 8 week Dr. appointment on 11/02/12 proved for her to be right on track:
Height: 22.7 in (68th percentile)
Weight: 11 lbs 4 oz (53th percentile)
Head Circumference: 14.7 in (16th percentile)
So, basically, she has a small head (but I'm sure not lacking any smarts) & about average on height & weight....she's looking pretty healthy. 
But don't take my word for it...

Mommy Lessons learned this month:
  • 1.  Don't put your child in the baby Ergo immediately after they eat, march around the house to "test it out", put them in the car seat & tightly strap them in, pull them out of the car seat once at destination to then place them once again into the baby Ergo.  Because....THIS HAPPENS!
  • 2.  If your baby does not take a pacifier, don't wait until after 2 months old to introduce a bottle....because, they will act as if they have NO clue what to do with a rubber nipple!
  • 3.  While breastfeeding during church, be sure the baby doesn't get a diaper wedgie while you're trying to get them situated....because, you could have them pee all over themselves & you during the middle of the sermon.  Lucky for us, our church has speakers in the bathroom!
  • 4.  Make sure you have Baby Tylenol on hand BEFORE their 2 month shots....otherwise, when their leg starts to swell & gets red hot, it's not fun to load up a screaming baby in the car, run to Wal-Green's by yourself & patiently wait for the pharmacist to tell you the new dosage requirements for infants!
  • 5.  As for sleeping, well I have no lessons learned yet.  Let's just say...we're STILL learning!!
And just for the fun of it...this is how Toby likes to spend time with Riley!

Spa Baby

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Oh, the things you've missed....

Oh, bloggety, blog, blog, bloggety, blog...have you missed me so?!?  It's been over a month since I have graced you with my presence, so I guess I have some catching up to do.  Last time I wrote, it was all about Riley's birth story & here today she's already 8 wks! 
So, what have I been up to that has been keeping me away?  Well, I'm so glad you asked!  Riley & I have been attending the Mom's & Babies group at Missouri Baptist Hospital on Tuesday mornings.  We get to meet with other brand new moms & talk about how we have no idea what we're doing.  There is an experienced volunteer who talks us through various topics (like tips on traveling with a baby).  Then, we have a mom's Bible study that we're attending on Thursday mornings and have also met with other moms & babies through WUMCHA.  We go on walks, read books, visit friends, etc, etc.  Honestly, I have such a limited amount of time in between feeds & I usually fill it with stuff that needs to be showering & cleaning the house (sometimes a nap). 
Other than that, I have just been thanking God everyday for this wonderful & special blessing in our lives.  I now have a glimpse at how much the Lord loves us as his amazing!
And since pictures are worth a thousand words, I'll share a few (or several....or lots....)....
First Bath

Hating it...

Realizing it might not be so bad after all...

And, hating it again...
Luckily, she has no problems with bathtime now! 

1 Week Old Stats:
Height: 19.60"
Weight: 6 lbs
Head Circumference: 13"
One week old & very first outing...St. Louis Balloon Glow!
2 Week Old Stats:
Height: 21.4"
Weight: 7 lbs
Head Circumference: 13.7"
Just chillin' in my clean diaper...
One Month Old:
I love my fat sheep, I really do...

Totally had enough of this tutu!

Riley's favorite place to sleep...even has a smile. 

Pretty girl 
Getting bored with these pictures mom.

No, I'm seriously DONE with these pictures mom!

Well, that's about all we've been up to!  ;)