Friday, February 27, 2009

We found a crib!

We were finally able to find a crib and mattress! Last night I went to the Dittos for Kiddos consignment sale and found this beautiful cherry crib. It also came with a very nice, gently used mattress. We paid $100. What a bargain!
The crib fits nicely in the room and the wood goes well with our other furniture; we are very happy with it.
PS-In the "First Nap in Crib!" post Shelby was sleeping in her portable crib.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

First Nap in Crib!

Today is another milestone for Shelby. I put her down for her first nap in her crib. She cried for a while and then fell asleep. I keep sneaking in the room to look at her and she is snoozin' peacefully.
Shelby has been taking her naps in her glider, swing, or my lap. I talked to my cousin, Monica, and she was telling me that I was starting some bad habits with her and that she needs to learn to sleep in her crib. So today I was determined to get her to nap in her crib. I am hoping that after she gets used to napping in her crib for a few days it will be an easier transition for her to learn to sleep in her crib at night.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Spa Day!

For those of you that do not know I recently joined the Abilene MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. We meet once a month and do other fun things in between the meetings. I really enjoy being a part of MOPS; the meetings let me get out of the house and visit with other moms about mom things. Today was a very special was spa day! There was a massage therapist, a hair stylist, a makeup artist, brow shaping, toe nail art, hand massages, foot massages and plenty of yummy food.
Shelby was wonderful the whole morning while I got pampered. She stayed in her stroller peacefully sleeping.
I had a wonderful morning! :D

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Still Learning

Lately I have found myself holding Shelby constantly. When I put her down she begins to cry so I feel bad and scoop her up to console her. Well this past Thursday I had tons of household chores and mounds of laundry however Shelby would have none of it! She was fed, changed, and happy so I put her in her swing and she immediately began to cry. I thought that after a few minutes she would quiet down and nod off to sleep, but instead she just became angrier. By the end of the day I had gotten little accomplished and was quite frustrated. I began to think to myself that it was ridiculous to think that I could hold Shelby all the time; she has to learn to be content sitting alone some.
So I decided to call my friend who has four children. I knew that with that many children she did not have time to coddle her baby. She reassured me that it was okay to sit her down and let her cry. Shelby has to learn to fall asleep by herself. She can’t count on me to always rock her to sleep. So on Friday it was time to try something new. After waking her, and finishing our morning routine I laid her down in her glider left her there. She cried for a few minutes and then fell asleep. I was pleasantly surprised. She was wonderful all day and I spent a lot less time holding her and felt I got a lot more accomplished.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Valentine's Day

I have never been a big fan of Valentine’s Day. It’s hard to decide what to do, how big to go, and what do you say on the darn card! This year it was nothing like that. Jason and I had a wonderful evening. When you love someone the way that we love each other it just does not matter what material things you receive. I had decided to plan a nice dinner to surprise him with. I wanted to do something elegant and try some new recipes. So I got online and found some yummy new recipes. I finally decided on the following menu.
Steak Pinwheels with Sun-Dried Tomato Stuffing
Hasselback Potatoes
Cheddar Bay Biscuits *like Red Lobster's
New York Style Chocolate Cheesecake
We rented Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day. Jason let me get a romance movie for the occasion and it helped that he likes Amy Adams. After the movie I had one more surprise in store…chocolate dipped strawberries and champagne! Shelby was a perfect angel the entire evening and even let us put her in her swing while we enjoyed dinner.
We did decide to each give each other a small gift. I gave Jason a beautiful picture frame. I will put a picture of the two of us in it for him to keep on his bench at work. Jason surprised me with a 2-gallon fish tank! I have wanted one for the longest time. Tomorrow he is taking me to pick out my fish; I feel like a big kid because I am so excited. I know that Shelby will love to watch the fish swim around. I will post pictures of the tank when I get my fishys!!
All in all…a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

First Bath

My beautiful girl had her first bath on the 16th. She LOVED every minute of it. When I placed her into her tub she began to cry at first but then calmed down and began looking around. I took a washcloth and gently squeezed water out all over her. She was very relaxed by the warm water.
Before when I would give her sponge baths and she would scream. I always had a difficult time washing her hair with a sponge; I wanted to really get all the soap out. So I began washing her hair in the sink, putting her head under the faucet. During that time of her bath she was always very calm. I figured that she just liked the water. Her sponge baths must have made her cold. So it came as no surprise to me when she loved the water and her first bath!


Too Cute!

Swingin' Away

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Two Weeks Old

Our beautiful baby girl is now two weeks old. So far she has been a wonderful baby. She rarely cries for no reason at all, but simply to tell us that she needs something. I had heard many horror stories of babies that are up all night, but not her. She has slept through the night many times already. When she does become fussy she usually just wants to lay on our chest for a while to calm herself by listening to our heartbeat. We have tried to break her of this habit; we do not want her to start sleeping in our bed. A friend at work told Jason about a heartbeat bear. The bear makes the sound of a heartbeat; you lay it close to the child at night and it is supposed to sooth them to sleep. Well, we decided to give it a try and picked one up at Target. I was skeptical, but she seems to really like it! Last night when she began to fuss I gave her her pacifier and laid the bear next to her. Within a few minutes she was sucking on her pacifier, had snuggled up to the bear, and had her arm around her new friend. She was SO adorable! I bet she felt like a goldfish because both Jason and I were peering over her bassinet for the longest time absorbing the cuteness.
Last week her days consisted of mostly sleep and they still do, but I have noticed that she likes to be up more after feedings and loves to look around the room and into our faces. She has also developed a lot more facial expressions recently. I love to just hold her and watch what she does.
I used to feel that I needed to be holding her constantly and giving her endless attention, but I realized I would never get anything done. So, I have begun to tote her bouncy seat or swing around the house when I need to do some chores. She sits in her bouncy seat on the counter as I make dinner and sits in her swing in the bathroom as I clean the tub. I think she is amused by the activity and will usually sit contently and watch me do my work. I love to turn around and see her big eyes looking over at me. I know I must be just a big blur, but I like to see her watching me just the same.