Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Yesterday was a day of eating well. Since Sadie was sick (her first cold), we stayed close to home. Mark made us a scrumptious breakfast- Eggs Benedict with fried potatoes. I think this should be a new tradition because it was a great way to use the leftover Christmas ham. For lunch, we walked to Farmer Joe's and got some yum sandwiches. Then, we had some of my mom's pumpkin pie with Cool Whip for lunch dessert. Sooz, Matt and Mom came for family birthday dinner. Mom made one of my childhood faves for an appetizer- potato skins. Mark cooked up some steak. Oh, it was delicious. Here's a shot of our bfast:
Saturday, December 26, 2009
- 7:30 am wake up call from Sadie
- Opening our presents to each other as a trio by the tree- she was in such a happy, communicative mood for about an hour (see video below)
- Mom's cinnamon rolls--SO gooey!
- Opening family presents at my mom's
- Sadie playing baby Jesus in the improvised Christmas pageant at the Christmas Eve service
- Watching an awesome video Johnny made for mom-- it was touching and well done
- Sassy and practical clutch wallet from my ever-so-thoughtful husband
- Handmade and thoughtful gifts from family
- Sadie's Christmas outfits
- Roro loving Sadie's bear rug and my bee socks. She was laughing up a storm!
- Mom reading a Bible passage to start out the morning
- Sadie's long naps, cooperative nursing, and peaceful moods--so I could enjoy family time
- Shining the silver and breaking out the wedding china for Christmas dinner--a first!
- Drinking freshly home-carbonated soda at dinner-- Thanks Scott and Lida, what a fun gadget!
- Anne, Lon, and 6-day-old baby Katherine joining us for dinner
- Mom's lemon meringue pie
- Being with the people I love most
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
- Roro's laughter when playing with Uncle Mark yesterday.
- Getting a Mani Pedi with my mom.
- My daughter's smile.
- Sadie sleeping from 10pm-5am last night without a peep! Count 'em-- 7 hours! Truly amazing for an almost 6-week old. She also took at 5 hour afternoon nap yesterday. Little miss may be in a growth spurt.
- Sadie rolled over from back to face down on Sunday at 5 1/2 weeks! However, she didn't like being face-down so much. We are proud of our little one! Gma Ruff thinks she's going to be Anderson Athletic.
- Having an abundant supply of milk for Sadie.
- Taking my first bath last night since labor.
- Frosting Christmas cookies with my husband, and laughing together at his questionable frosting jobs.
- Delivering cookies to neighbors.
- Wrapping presents.
- Strolling the aisles of Target sans baby.
- Baby hiccups.
- Roro reading her books on her potty training toilet.
- Running into friends while out and about.
Mark and I took Bradley Method birthing classes before our little one was born. Bradley Method emphasizes natural births--discouraging epidurals or unneccessary interventions and encouraging healthy eating, exercises, along with teaching various positions and calming methods to cope with labor pains. We pretty much threw the Bradley Method out the window during labor. We tried the positions and relaxation (which made me tense!). After 26 hours of irregular (and painful) contractions--I was glad to be put on pitocin. And then, at the 40th hour labor--I was begging for the epidural. And finally, after little miss was stuck on my pelvic bone after 3 hours of pushing---I was resigned to a c-section.
In the end it seems like the Bradley Method is certainly idealistic, and maybe slightly delusional.
I was dreading the reunion (where we meet all the babies) because we had to get so much intervention. I didn't feel like a failure, but I was bitter at the Bradley Method. The reunion was great! So many of us moms got intervention. 3/4 had c-secs. 3/4 had epidirals. None of the births was intervention-free. And, after telling our birth stories I realized that I didn't have it so bad. It was tiring, painful, and very very long--but we had great support from the nurses, doctors, and family. It was nice to debrief with new parents, and encouraging to talk about our experiences. It was also wonderful to see our babies together- all happy and healthy!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
So we got this book 2 days ago from the library: Happy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child (thanks sooz!) And we've been trying things from it for the last couple days, and it's worked...well, at least it did last night!
The book says that if you have an "easy baby that stops being easy"---the chief culprits could be irregularities of sleep schedules, nap deprivation, and too late a bedtime. So, here's a list of what we tried from the book to get her back to easy:
- Putting her down after her 6-7pm feeding (we were putting her down after her 9-10pm feeding, but she wouldn't go down).
- Being consistent. They say either let her put herself to sleep after you do some initial soothing, or soothe her all the way into her deep sleep---but choose one method and stick to it. So we decided to let her fall asleep on her own after we did initial soothing. This means that you have to let her cry at some points for up to 5 minutes. The first night she cried and it took a while to get her down. However, last night we soothed her, put her down with her eyes open, and she fell asleep. She just did this again after her 7am feeding. She was yawning and seemed sleepy. So, I soothed her, put her down with her eyes open. She had her eyes open for about 20 minutes, but I just peeked in and she was sound asleep--no crying, not even a peep.
- Read her cues. Is she tired or hungry? I think our little one was super tired, but we kept feeding her, even after an hour+ of solid feeding. We misread her cues.
- Don't let her go for 2 hours without sleep. Babies 1-4 months old shouldn't be up for more than 2 hours at a time. They say start soothing her to sleep after 1 1/2 hours of wakefulness, so they will be asleep before they've been awake for more than 2 hours.
Sadie has started to be a lot more social (as of last week). She returns your smile some of the time, and likes playtime. So I found it interesting that this book ties sleep issues to a babies' social development. She wants to play, so she fights sleep, if it means more play time.
Well, I know that a child's development is in constant flux. And I know that she may seem like she's on the right track now, only to have a horrendous night of sleep tonight or tomorrow. I am going to revel in the fact that I got 7-8 hours of sleep last night, and that I will post on this blog and take a shower before 10am--that's progress.
Today is a good day.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Here are some shots of us with our little one:
Above: Sadie's froggin' it. This is one of her favorite positions.
Below: Today, Sadie tried our her play station on the floor (thanks for sharing cousin M). She played for about 20 minutes...which mostly consisted of staring at the wall pensively.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Little Miss takes a while to wake up from her beauty sleep. Here she is- squirming into the morning! She's also super excited because her little boy cousin is probably coming today! Lida is in labor; we're waiting for the good news any time now.
A couple weeks ago, when little miss was a wee youngin', she discovered the joys of the pacifier. However, she hasn't been too hot on using it since then. Check this video out below:
Happy Monday, Friends!
Friday, December 4, 2009
It's pretty common that retrievers have epileptic seizures. I was at my mom and dad's house a while back when he had a similar seizure, and it really worried me. At least I knew he was prone to seizures so I was able to better deal with it last night.
I felt a little guilty after this incident. I had been super annoyed with him all day yesterday because he was being needy and jealous of the time I was spending with Sadie. Poor Meister. I think about all the change I've gone through in the past year, and he's gone through just as much. New owners. New household. New habits. New baby. That's a lot for a 10-year-old dog to handle.
Well, I hope he stays healthy a while longer, and I also hope he learns how to cope with our new little sweetness without being too jealous!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Sadie, Don't you know we love you
Place no one above you
Sadie love to nap with her hands up by her face. Which means she definitely abhors the swaddle. She took some long naps yesterday.
Daddy sleeps, while his little sweetness snuggles in the crook of his arm.
I guess she's trying to emulate Cash already, oh my...
Saturday, November 28, 2009
This blog won't be limited to Miss Sadie Fern, but will definitely be a place for friends and family near and far to dote on her as she grows. I don't have many plans for what I'll write about- but in addition to updates on little Sadie, I suppose I'll write about things that impassion me- education, Oakland, cooking, reading, politics, my sweetness-Mark, and family.
The blog's title, Armchair Abecedarian, stems from my love of literacy, teaching, and learning. An abecedarian is one who teaches or studies the alphabet or one who is just learning; a beginner.