Archive for August, 2009

That Just Happened!

August 25, 2009

Swinging and Sleeping Here’s a picture of Aiden sleeping in his swing.  What’s the big deal you may be asking yourself?  Babies sleep in their swings all the time.  Well, not our baby!  Aiden has hated his swing from day one.  (We’re pretty sure it’s because he knows that mommy and daddy get to relax when he’s in it.)  We had recently moved the swing to another room just to get it out of the way since we never use it. 

As we were about to go out for a walk today, I thought on a whim that I’d give it a try thinking that if he started screaming, we’d just walk.  And wouldn’t you know, he not only enjoyed the swing, but he actually fell asleep (which was the original goal of the walk).  I was so amazed that I started taking pictures.  I emailed this picture to Dan at work because I needed someone to share in my amazement.  I even broke out the video camera and got a 30 second clip of him just chilling in the swing. 

So did I get anything done while he was napping in his swing?  Why of course not.  After the photo shoot, I spent the whole time watching him completely dumbfounded.  But I’ll be ready next time…IF there is a next time…


Interesting First

August 22, 2009

Aiden’s first hickey!  Self-inflicted.  Why would you suck on a pacifier when you have a perfectly good arm?

Aiden's First Hickey

First Smiles Captured

August 17, 2009

Yesterday we went to Daddy’s work so he could take some pictures for a poster contest he’s trying to win at work.  As we were getting ready to leave, we were able to capture some of Aiden’s first “on purpose” smiles.  We think these may make up for the first 7 weeks of screaming…maybe…

Aiden - August 16

And here is the poster that Dan created.  I’m not sure how he couldn’t win with that cuteness featured.  Don’t let the innocent face fool you, however.  If you look closely at mommy, she is trying really hard to keep the screaming at bay.

Immucor Quality


August 13, 2009

I didn’t know a lot about parenting before Aiden came along, but routine has been something I’ve strived for from the beginning.  It brings me (and hopefully Aiden and Dan) great comfort to know what to expect at certain times of the day.  That said, nighttime quickly became my favorite part of the day in terms of our routine.  Not only am I getting to sleep somewhat but I can for the most part rely on the following: Aiden cries, mommy gets up, diaper change, nurse, Aiden falls asleep, mommy puts him back in his crib and goes back to bed.  It’s a pretty simple pattern of events that happens two, sometimes three times each night…

…except for the rare nights when it doesn’t go like that.  These are known as the bad nights and last night was one of those nights.  They usually begin when either 1) Aiden won’t go back to sleep after eating or 2) Aiden wakes up before it’s time for him to be eating.  Last night it was the latter.  On these nights, it often becomes a family affair as I find my patience lacking with the unexpected interruption in sleep. 

The following pictures were taken on a deep sea fishing trip that Dan and I both got sick on while living in Melbourne, Florida.  They capture the essence of how we felt last night.

6 Weeks

August 12, 2009

Aiden is six weeks old today and we celebrated by visiting the doctor – both mine and his.  Aiden had his 1 month checkup and he now weighs 8 lbs 10 oz and is 22 5/8 inches long.  His weight falls into the 25-50th percentile while his height falls into the 90th percentile!  Looks like our lil’ man is going to be built like daddy – long and lean.

I had my 6 week post-natal visit and everything checked out.  The highlight of the visit was that I weighed in at a mere 10 pounds heavier than when I got pregnant.  Woohoo!  Hopefully soon I’ll be able to get into some of my jeans.  On a related note, I’m feeling nearly 100% recovered from the surgery.  I still have some tenderness around the scar, but I can sneeze and laugh now without feeling like my guts are going to bust out.  I just wanted to make a note of this so I remember next time around how long it took before I felt normal.

Happy 1 Month

August 1, 2009

Aiden is one month old today and to celebrate Dan and I are going to my 10 year high school reunion tonight while my parents babysit.  I’m a little anxious about leaving since I haven’t been away from the little booger since he was born.  We gave him his bath early today so he would be squeaky clean for Nama and Paw Paw and it got me thinking about what a difference a month makes.