Thursday, June 26, 2008

Double Digits!

Bailey has hit the double digit mark; she is 10 pounds today! I can't believe it. She's also 21 and 3/4 inches long! Last week she was officially four months old. It's funny to think about because if she would have been born on her original due date, she would be two months old tomorrow. There are so many different time periods to keep track of with her--how old she really is, how old she should be, how long she's been home, and luckily I don't have to keep track of how long she's been in the hospital anymore. I guess that most of the things will be checked according to her original due date, including her immunization shots which she received a bunch of today. So needless to say, today has been a super fun day. She actually hasn't been that bad, just way fussier than normal. She loves to be held today, but only when I'm standing up. The other thing that she loves is to look at herself in the bathroom mirror, so I've been standing a lot in the bathroom today. Right now I really can't complain because she's sound asleep until her last dosage of medicine wears off. So to make good use of this time, I'm posting this momentous occasion. This is a picture of one of her calmer moments from today.

The other momentous occasion around our house is that yesterday marked three years that we've been married. It's weird to think about because some days it seems like it's flown by and others it seems like it's been a really long time. So many things have happened since we've been married. Brian and I went out for a delicious dinner by the beach. He bought me the biggest pot of hydrangea flowers because I love them. He also bought me some new flip flops because the third anniversary is the year of leather (for all of you out there who didn't know that, now you do). He is extremely thoughtful, kind, and generous, and really into fun details like that. I thought the third year was nylon/polyester because I got him a golf shirt. No matter what I do, Brian will always win in the present department, but I don't mind.

Here are just some more pictures that I've taken recently:

When she wakes up for the second time in the morning, she is usually all smiles. I've been trying to get a good picture of her all happy, but it's hard because she moves so much.

This was a day at the beach. She already loves it just like her mom!

She loves her tummy. I promise when I first put her on her tummy for play time she's awake, but she always falls asleep. I can't wait until she can sleep on her stomach because she sleeps so peacefully and I think it's so cute with her butt up in the air.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Summer's Here!

Since today was the last day of school for my school, today is technically (according to the life of a teacher) the first day of summer. Although, this year it doesn't have quite the same feeling. Since I haven't been teaching for the past four months, I don't feel the same anticipation, excitiment, and exhaustion that I normally do at the end of a school year. I am excited though that all of my family is officially done with teaching for the year, so now I can hang out with them!

On a slightly different note: I will be forever grateful to my sister Tera this year because she has been "me" at school. Tera took over all of my classes once I had Bailey. Having your sister as your sub is the best situation ever. I didn't really have to worry about my kids because I knew that Tera was taking care of them. I know that she had a super tough job to take over with my ASB classes, but she jumped right in and went to work. I know that the kids loved her too. One student loved her so much, he even wrote a marriage proposal to Tera on the board on the last day of school. That is why I love teaching middle school.

Today my mom and I went on a walk with the dogs and Bailey. Once my dog Doby gets tired, he lays down on the ground and insists on being picked up. Now that I push a stroller on my walks, carrying Doby isn't really an option when he gets tired. So today when he decided that he was done with the walk only 10 minutes into it, we put him on the stroller. My BOB stroller (it's my favorite baby item that I own) has a little ledge in front of where I put the car seat. I'm sure that it's not made to hold tired dogs, but it worked perfectly! For the rest of our walk, Doby was perfectly content just sitting and observing everything from his ledge on the stroller. I'll have to take a picture of it next time so you can see how funny it looks. Here are some funny pictures that illustrate how Doby feels about his new little sister. He thinks that when we lay out a blanket, that we're laying it out for him to snuggle on. When we take a family picture, he wants to be a part of it. I don't think he really understands what exactly Bailey is yet; most days he just ignores her. But the times that he does notice her, I'm pretty sure he thinks that he's just like she is and deserves every bit of attention too. It's really funny to watch how he interacts with her.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Happy Father's Day

Before I go upstairs and feed Bailey for the last time today, I just wanted to give Brian a shout out on Father's Day. He is such a good dad and he loves Bailey so much. It's really fun to watch him interact with her. I'm so lucky that I have a wonderful dad and that I'm married to a guy who is a fabulous dad too! I hope that everyone had a great day--especially all those dads out there!

Now that we've switched over to this blog site, I hope that everything will be a lot easier for everyone to access. I could just stay up all night long looking and admiring everyone's blogs, but I really need to go to bed.

Monday, June 2, 2008


When Bailey came home she weighed 5 pounds 4 ounces and was 19 inches long. She gained just over two pounds in the hospital and grew three inches. The doctors and nurses said that she would grow so much better at home, but I was a little doubtful. I should know by now to always trust the doctors. From Thursday to Tuesday she gained six ounces. Nurse Kathy came to the house every Tuesday for the first month at home. She came just to make sure that Bailey was growing and that mom and dad weren't freaking out. At her first visit, Bailey weighed 5 pounds 10 ounces. I was truly amazed that she had gained an ounce a day! It was also really comforting to have Kathy come and visit, so I still felt some connection to the hospital and she was good company. At her next visit she weighed 6 pounds 3 ounces! She had crossed that big 6 pound barrier; she had gained exactly three pounds since she was born--in only 9 weeks. At her final visit on April 29th, Bailey weighed 6 pounds 11 ounces--she was almost 7 pounds! It was amazing that she kept growing at the ounce a day rate. I was sad that it was Kathy's last visit, but she said that Bailey was doing so well that she didn't have to come check on us.

We also had a mini celebration on April 27th because that was her original due date