Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Andi is 3 Months Old!

We have had an eventful month!  Andromeda is finally starting to grow out of her 0-3 month clothes, she has been talking up a storm, she is getting better at intentionally grabbing things (her toys, the shirt of whomever is holding her, my hair, etc), and she went on her first airplane trip!
Some chill weekend snuggles with mommy and daddy!
Andromeda's first Valentine's Day!
In the middle of February Andi was sleeping through the night most nights and on the weekends we'd pull our well rested baby into bed with our well rested selves and talk and play with her for a little bit before we started our day.  That was a blissful time that no longer exists, but more on that later.  Andromeda also got to celebrate her first Valentine's Day with this cute little outfit from Grandma Weeds.
Passed out in daddy's arms as she boards her first airplane!

Andi's first pool day with the gang!
In the middle of February we flew out to Florida to meet up with my best friend K from college and her family.  She had her second kiddo just 2 weeks before Andromeda was born and so we figured we'd take advantage of the fact that we were both on maternity leave.  S had a week with 2 days off work already and so he took off the additional 3 days and joined us.  Andromeda was a pretty good flier.  She fed during landing and takeoff to minimize ear popping, but refused to sleep during the actual duration of the flight like I'd hoped - she was just far too interested in looking around.  As a result she was little wired when we landed, but we got it all worked out.  
My favorite picture of her right now - that smile!
Some play mat time with her new buddy R, who is such an adorable and chill little chunker!
A walk on the beach with the crew
We really enjoyed our week in Florida.  We stayed with my parents and they gave us our first baby-free afternoon to go out as a couple, which was nice.  We spent plenty of time going for walks including the local bird sanctuary, hanging out at the pool (Andi wasn't really a fan of the water, we think it's because the pool was cold since she seems to digs bathtime.  We'll try again when she's older),  going for a walk on the beach, getting ice cream, and playing board games with the adults once the kids were in bed.  Andromeda was still a sleeping champ at this point, so it was a really restful break.
Sleeping on the plane ride home
 We had a crazy early morning flight back to Houston, which actually wound up working really well for us.  Andromeda fed during landing and takeoff again and spent the entire flight snoozing in my arms.  People on the plane were shocked to learn that they had been sitting next to a baby when we got up to disembark from the plane because she had been so quiet!  However, something changed once we got back to Houston that put an end to our excellent sleeper.  We're not sure if it was the travel, the change in time, or just a growth spurt or developmental change, but once we got home Andi proceeded to wake up multiple times per night every night and now takes super crappy naps during the day.  So I spent the next 2 weeks trying to get her on a schedule as best I could since she would be starting daycare in March.  We never really got back to a stellar sleep schedule.  We did some sleep training for nights to get her to fall asleep easier and that worked extremely well.  But sleep training did NOT take for nap time.  So we just try to get as much nap time in during the day as we can and enjoy the happy play time in between.
Future space geek alert!

Testing out the bouncy chair that we finally got around to assembling.  She's a bit too small for it still...
Fascinated with the froggy on her play mat
She naps for longer if she is held, so I'm enjoying it while I can
In terms of motor and vocal skill development, Andromeda is doing really well!  She is a regular chatter box and makes noises all the time to anyone who will listen.  And she loves practicing talking, she is always smiley and happy while she coos away!  She is also figuring out her hands and feet.  She can now intentionally grab things and moves her arms and hands much more smoothly.  Of course she would love to put everything into her mouth!  She has also been studying her feet and likes to push herself into an (assisted) standing position and then lower herself back down.  She will use her feet and legs to scoot herself around on her playmat too and has started engaging in some initial side to side rocking motions that are a precursor to rolling.
Andi loves to grab her clothing.  If it doesn't snap in place, then she will likely be baring her tummy for most of the day...    

Trying to fit the rattle in her mouth...
Holding two toys at once!  Little girl can multi-task!
On the week of her 3 month birthday, Andromeda attended her first days of daycare.  We started with a half day on Tuesday.  I had planned to go home and take a nap after dropping her off, but was a bit more emotional than I expected and wound up spending the next 2 hours crying instead.  Logically I knew she'd be ok, but it was harder than I realized to leave her there.  On her second half day on Wednesday I did better and by Thursday, her first full day, she and I seemed to have gotten used to it.  She still doesn't take stellar naps at the daycare, but she seems to be happy there as she always gives the caretaker a huge smile when I drop her off in the mornings.  While she was in daycare I took the opportunity to get some stuff done that was easier sans baby, like finally going to the eye doctor, getting taxes done, and getting a new battery for my phone.  Not fun stuff, but it was nice to be a bit more efficient while running my errands. 
Making a funny face while studying the toys on her car seat.
Coming back to pick up a snoozy baby after her first half day at daycare.
Since she hasn't been napping very well, I've taken to holding her on the couch after we get home from daycare as she sleeps better in mine or S's arms, just to make sure that she gets at least one good nap in.  It is definitely spoiling her a bit, but I figure I should enjoy the baby snuggles now while I can.  And that is it for month 3!  

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Andromeda - Month 2!

Check this out - an on time post!  Andromeda started out the second month of her life while still in Florida.  Life was a lot of walks in the stroller with grandma and grandpa, gazing around on the play mat, getting reacquainted with her puppies once they got back from the dog trainer, trying out baby slings/carriers (she was very unfortunately not a fan...), starting to use a bottle (this one is kind of a crapshoot on whether she  likes it or not), and plenty more snuggles with family.  And the best part?  She started sleeping much longer stretches at night, much to my delight!  One night I got about 1.5 hours of sleep in 30 minute increments and the following night I somehow miraculously got 6 hours in a row - it was like a switch flipped and all of a sudden she was a champion sleeper!!
Not a huge fan of the boba wrap...

These two have a mutual girl crush

Some extra snuggles with Great Grandpa

Andromeda's first bottle from Daddy
Finally we loaded up the car and headed back to Houston in the middle of the month.  Andromeda did awesome on the ride home, she was eating more efficiently so our stops weren't as long and she even maintained her newly acquired excellent sleep habits in the hotel.
Scraping ice off of the car so we can go to Andi's 1 month dr. appointment
Upon returning home we were socked with our second snow/ice storm of the winter and so S got to stay home from work and hunker down with us.  We've been working on developing a loose schedule and establishing a new normal.  Andi's sleep habits have mostly improved - she usually goes to bed between 10-11 pm and wakes up sometime around 6-7 am to eat and then if it was closer to 6 am I try to get her back to sleep until 8ish.  She has been doing amazing with the sleeping thing for the most part, but of course we've hit some bumpy patches too.  She's gone through a few fussy/growth spurt periods where she won't go back to sleep after a 5 or 6 am wake up or where she wakes up throughout the night to feed.  We've gotten spoiled with the whole night sleep thing, so these blips are a little rough on us. Andromeda now also loves her mamaroo, prefers being held facing away from us so she can see all around her, and enjoys going on walks through the neighborhood with her puppies.
Andi loves the green frog on her play mat

Finally a fan of the mamaroo (which has been a lifesaver while I get washed up in the morning!)

Tummy time on mommy

Getting ready a walk with mommy, daddy, and her puppies
Andromeda's new skills this month include some pretty impressive beginning motor skills.  She has discovered her hands, of course she has mastered shoving said hands into her mouth, and at the end of the month she just started getting into grabbing.  She has successfully grabbed her toy keys a number of times, our fingers a few times, and these last few days the blankets that we cover her with in her car seat and rock and play.  Her neck and head control is getting way better and she is starting to make more noises too!
Making noises and "talking" with daddy

Daddy's plan is falling into place.  Step 1: grab keys. Complete! Step 2: drive!

Since getting home Andi has gotten to spend some more time with S's family.  She loves chilling with Uncle K when he comes to visit!  We've started trying to get social with our friends again too, but since Andromeda wants to eat about every 2 hours it somewhat limits us.  I've been trying to keep our outings close to home for now and they've been going well.  We've been to a housewarming party, two game nights, and two super bowl parties so far.  And we've also looked into daycare facilities for when I go back to work.  We're on the waitlist for the daycare at the space center, but until that opens up we needed a backup.  After looking at 5 different facilities we settled on one right around the corner from work with a large infant room.  She'll start going there in mid-March.
Chilling with Uncle K
Andromeda helping out at game night
Other than that, we're just enjoying our baby snuggles when she's actually willing to remain immobile (basically just when she's asleep...this kid likes to stay active!)
This was supposed to be tummy time, but wound up turning into nap time...
Sleeping in mommy's arms after staying up fussing all night.
Andi rounded our this month with a Dr. appointment where we learned she's just pushed past the 10 lb mark and has grown yet another inch!  Happy 2nd month Andromeda!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Andromeda's 1 Month Update

Yes, I'm nearly 2 weeks overdue posting this, but considering that I was a full year overdue posting anything from 2017, I feel like I'm actually doing pretty well...

Snow in front of our house

And in the hospital parking lot

First time holding Andi!

Getting inspected - you can kind of see the bruise on her noggin' due to her forehead first approach to life...
Andromeda had a super eventful 1st month.  She was born on Friday, December 8, 1.5 weeks late and the day after Houston's "big" snowstorm of 2017.  I didn't get to see any of the snow in person because I'd had an epidural and couldn't walk, but I got to see pictures of the pretty dusting of white covering the trees in front of our house and the cars in the hospital parking lot.  My directionally challenged daughter decided to make her entrance to the world forehead first, which caused some initial health concerns (she had to get an ultrasound of her head on Day 1 of life) and so I'm SO thankful that both my mom and S were there with me to provide encouragement and reassurance.  My parents had actually already been in town for 2 weeks, thinking they'd arrive before her due date in case she came early... she obviously didn't.  And they stuck around in Houston for the first week that we were home from the hospital too - it was incredibly helpful to have them around to help with the dogs, hold the baby while I napped, and cook dinners for us while we coped with the learning curve of caring for a newborn.  Andi had been sleeping like a champ in the hospital but promptly took up the new habit of only sleeping while being held as soon as we got home.  On the plus side, she was a fantastic eater and lets be honest, while sleep deprivation was a real thing the newborn snuggles are kind of amazing. 

So peaceful!

The grandmas!

Meeting my parents!

Three generations
And the dogs were so great with her!  Penny likes to check in every so often, give a kiss, and then go on her way.  But Pandora is OBSESSED with her baby!  She just loves being around her and gives her tons of kisses, sometimes too many.  Luckily Andromeda seems enamored with her puppies too and takes it all in stride.  Pandora's loud barks don't even phase her!
Pandora always wants to be around her baby!

Not so happy after her first bath
After just 2 weeks, we made the arguably crazy decision to drive to South Florida to see family with a newborn and 2 dogs.  Just as we were leaving, Andi and I started to come down with a cold.  We were barely 1 hour away from home and she was screaming and crying.  Wasn't hungry, didn't have a dirty diaper, our sweet little baby just felt cruddy and wanted some snuggles.  Poor little peanut.  Despite our less than stellar start, we managed to make it to my parents' house in just 2 days with stops about every 3 hours to feed the baby, and it wasn't that bad of a drive.  Upon arriving, Andromeda got to meet her great grandparents, cousin M, and her Uncle D, which was absolutely adorable and wonderful.
Meeting GG and Great Grandpa for the first time!

And her Uncle D!
We spent our first few days in Florida sick, and there are few things I have experienced in life that are worse than listening to your brand new infant sniffle and wheeze all day and night.  We hunkered down, got a humidifier, and slept a lot and a few days later were in better form.  Which was good, because we'd been somewhat sequestered as we didn't want to get anyone else sick, especially my little baby niece G who had arrived with my brother and sister-in-law only a couple of days after we got there.  It was so great when Andi was finally feeling better and we were able to introduce her to her cousin!  Although, admittedly, at 3 weeks and 4 months old respectively, the interaction at this point was somewhat minimal.  We can't wait until they get older and can be besties! 

Getting some playtime in on the activity mat
Andi also got to meet the rest of our family, including my aunts, uncles, and cousins.  She participated in her first girls' craft day (I do these every year with my girl cousins and their kids as an interactive holiday gift).  Grandma and grandpa took her on lots of walks around their neighborhood (she loves going on walks in her stroller!).  She went to her first brewery! And she finished up her first month with her first major developmental milestone, after which she was able to start focusing on people and even started smiling at us!
Family walk

All 5 great granddaughters!

Andi meeting Aunt D and V - her face in this picture cracks me up!

Snuggled up with mommy during first girls' craft day

Baby's first brewery trip...

Look at that smile!!!

That wraps up Andromeda's first month!   I'll do my best to be more timely with the post for month #2!