Sunday, March 29, 2015

Frozen on Ice

Last summer, Kara decided she wanted to take Harper to see Frozen on Ice.  We were so excited to take Harper, but we didn't even tell her about it until the week before.  When I told her, I showed her the advertisement video and she was so confused.  She had no idea what ice skating was.  So we watched and learned and she got very excited.  

It was our first trip to Dallas since Paige was born.  I wasn't quite sure how it would go.  But I had imagined a little better with Paige.  She doesn't seem to like the car so she literally cried every time we got in the car.  30 minutes to get Kara, 30 min to lunch, 30 minutes to play, and an hour on the way home.  My ears were ringing by the time I got home.  Harper did great in the car.  She helped put Paige's paci back in and sang her songs when she was crying.  

We went to the 10:30am show at American Airlines Center.  She was super shy at first, completely overwhelmed.  She just sat there and watched, in awe of the show.  Disney characters came out first, including all the princesses.  Then, Frozen started, and she seemed to snap out of her bubble.  She would sit, go from my lap to Kara's, stand at the glass wall in front of her.  She was antsy but focused on the show.  Anytime a character was on the ice, she always asked for Elsa.  She loved the show, the songs, the skating.  It was so rewarding to see the joy on her face when the show was over.  

After the show, we met my dad for lunch at Chipotle.  It's been a long time since I've gotten to spend time with just him.  Harper was excited to see him and kept telling him how glad she was that his arm was better.  We had a great lunch and it was nice to just sit and talk.  Afterwards, we met Kara at a restaurant by her house that has a playground attached.  Harper got to play in the sand for an hour and she had a blast.  That girl loves sand as much as I hate it.  We decided to head out late in the afternoon hoping to beat traffic and get home before Paige needed to eat again.  It didn't work, on both accounts, but we got home eventually and relaxed after a long, wonderful day.

Friday, March 27, 2015

2nd Annual Hunt Spring Break Visit

We had the Hunts visit again this year during Spring Break.  Last year it was to see the new house.  This year was to meet baby Paige.  Quinlan and Avinley had been waiting on Paige for a long time and it was so great to get to watch them meet her.  Quinlan held her and did a great job and Avinley was good just to look.  Paige loved Katharine and napped for a quite a while with her.  We had a great time.  The kids played, made cookies, and we all had dinner compliments of Katharine.  It was nice to sit and enjoy our old friends; we have missed them!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Paige is 1 Month

Paige Marie is one month old.  Sweet baby.  Beautiful, wonderful, high maintenance baby.  She went down to 6 lb 9 oz at 1 week and then went back up to 7 lb 5 oz by week two.  I am guessing by now she is about 8 1/2 lb.  She was 21 inches by week 2 so I'm guessing she is around 22 1/2 inches now.  She is a great eater, gaining weight and growing like a weed.  But even still, she is tiny and little and barely fits into her clothes.  Most every thing newborn swallows her.  But oddly enough, she has these massive rolls on her thighs.  Enough that I wasn't getting far enough into them and they were collecting dirt.  

We didn't realize it until about week 3, but Paige is almost an identical twin to Harper as a newborn.  As she has gained more weight over the last two weeks, she looks even more like her every day.  Cody held her up to a framed picture on the wall of Harper at 2 weeks and it was the same baby almost.  They have the same eyes and cute pug nose.  Similar mouths but Paige's mouth is tiny compared to most babies.  Her hair is a little lighter, but still brown and still a ton of it.  Her eyes are going to be blue but they are still dark and a little more grey.  Her skin is some lighter, but I honestly don't know where it came from.  It's darker and a bit oranger than anyone in our family.  I'm guessing this little girl will easily tan and will be darker than normal.  

She is getting bigger.  Her neck is getting strong fast.  She can hold her head up for a good couple of seconds before dropping it.  She is a head bobber and we laugh when she bobs for minutes at a time.  It's funny though because sometimes she just falls over and I forget that she is really just tiny and little.  She still hasn't figured out her hands.  They stay balled up, unless they are grabbing my hair and then I have to pry them apart to pull it out.  Harper likes to pry her fingers apart too because she loves to hold her hand.  It's her favorite thing and she loves to sit by Paige's side and hold her hand.  

Paige is beautiful.  She is cute and funny and she has a big, beautiful smile.  By the end of the month, she started smiling a lot, mostly during her big awake times.  She is very awake midmorning and in the evening after bath.  She goes to sleep around 9pm and usually sleeps until 9am. She gets up 3 times during the night, each at 3 hours and drinks a bottle. She usually goes right back to sleep for one of the times, it takes about 30 minutes for one of the times, and then it takes about an hour or more to get her back to sleep on one of the bottles.  It took me awhile to get ok with the middle of the night stuff.  For most of this month I have done a poor job of handling middle of the night feedings.  I chose to stay in our room and just get her in and out of the pack 'n' play.  It allowed Paige and me to stay sleepy so it wouldn't take as long to go back to sleep.  But I think it also didn't let me wake up enough to feed her with any intelligence.  I actually woke up one night confused that there was a random baby crying in my room.  It took me a good couple of minutes to remember.  I go to the living room now and it seems easier to handle.  

She doesn't cry much except for a few times.  She cries in misery when you change her diaper.  Like, crazy, silly crying for a simple diaper change.  She cries when she is tired, of course, and doesn't really like her paci so it makes it kind of hard.  She will take the paci but she also spits it out after about a minute.  She also has a witching hour at about 7pm.  She cries from about 7-9pm and there isn't much you can do about it.  We usually hold her and try to rock her to sleep, and she will sleep and then cry and then sleep and then cry.  It's sad for her and hard on us.  We tried the colic calm because it worked wonders for Harper but it doesn't seem to help her.  During the day, she will sometimes sleep in her pack 'n' play but she really doesn't like her crib.  Around 3 weeks, we stopped swaddling and started putting her on her stomach and she seems to sleep better.  Paige absolutely hated the swaddle.  She also likes to sleep on our bed or on the couch.  On nights when she doesn't sleep well, I tried to let her sleep with us, but it just didn't work.  Sometimes I can hold her if I sit up in the chair or the couch, but I don't sleep well and neither does she.  So sometimes we are great, and some nights she is just a crazy baby.  I am totally sure that we spoil her rotten because we hold her so much, but for now that's just what we are going to do.  She doesn't like the bouncy seat, the swing, the baby carrier, or any other contraption that means she isn't being held.  She sits in them for about 3 minutes before screaming again.  She will play on her playmat, but usually only if Harper is playing on it with her.  

I ended up stopping breast feeding about 3 or 4 weeks.  I got off dairy for a week or so and it definitely helped with her fussiness.  So we put her on a lactose free formula and she seems better.  I also feel better since I really didn't like breastfeeding anyways.  It's such a guilt trip but I disliked it.  I felt trapped and put on a constant 3 hour rotation.  Life has definitely turned for the better since the last couple of weeks.  A few moms have mentioned to cherish these days and enjoy holding her as long as possible, because they grow so fast.  I do enjoy holding her.  I cherish how cute and little she is.  I know she will grow faster than I can imagine.  But I won't miss 3 night time feedings.  I won't miss the incessant crying that you can't talk her out of or help her calm down from.  I love every bit of her, but this stage is definitely hard.  Especially with a preschooler to take care of too.  Thankfully Harper is a great kid and has helped me so much.  She doesn't complain or act jealous.  She only acts up every now and then, and usually it's normal 3 year old stuff, not big sister stuff.  I am extremely grateful for her and her sweet nature to love her little sister immensely.  

Happy one month Paige!  We love you, even though you cry a lot, as Harper says.  

Snow Day

The last day of February and the first week of March it iced and snowed for days.  Harper has been asking for snow all winter so she was super excited when it did.  The first one was two full days of sleet, rain, and ice.  It built up and was very thick.  Cody got off work and we stayed home for the whole time.  It was cold and so nice to just snuggle up inside.  Harper wanted to go outside and play so Cody took her.  They played outside for an hour, walking around and sledding down the hill.  She loved every minute.  The next week, it snowed for two days.  Solid, blizzard like snow that left almost 6 inches of soft, fluffy snow.  It was beautiful.  She ran out the second time and flopped down in the snow and made snow angels.  They made a mini snowman on the patio table that she named Olaf, of course.  They rode the four wheeler for awhile and stayed as long as they could outside.  When they came in, Harper's face was solid red and her fingers were icicles.  Poor kid doesn't have any snow gear so we just loaded on the layers but it wasn't enough.  I stayed in both times with Paige and kept warm.  I am thankful for a husband who will play in 20 degree weather though.  Such a champ.  :)