Happy 16 weeks/almost 4 months!!!

My dearest Mirah,

Last Friday you reached 16 weeks (I classify that as 4 mos, however, by the calendar you won't be 4 months until June 1). You are a big girl now, nonetheless. Your dad and I have really enjoyed watching your sweet personality emerge these past weeks.

What you like now:

1. Sucking on your hand. The more of it you can get in your mouth the better. I tried to give you a teething ring, but you just gagged and gave me this "gross, mom!" look.

2. Morning exercises with Daddy. These activities include lots of sitting, standing, and tummy time. Wow, you have really improved on the tummy thing. Before morning exercises, you looked like a little mole trying to plow your way around with your face into the ground. Now you've figured out how to hold your head up and look around. Sometimes you even roll over onto your back.

3. Standing. You are pretty much obsessed with standing supported. If I could hold you upright all day long you'd be very happy. Your chubby little legs are very strong.

4. Sitting propped up on the big blue chair. Daddy put you in the chair one day and you sat very contently with your arm up on the arm rest. You looked up at us with that "what's going on parents, I'm just chillin' here... say, you got anything good to eat around here?.... and where's the remote?" look.

5. Squawking while getting your diaper changed. I am not sure why you consider this activity the highlight of your day, but you are one happy girl on the changing table. Not only do you squawk, you flail your arms and legs around like a little monkey. We call you our little "Pterodactyl Monkey" (i didn't know that Terodactyl starts with a silent "P!?!" remember that Mirah, you could win a spelling bee someday).

6. Saying "GGggggggggggggggg" to everything.

"Hi Mirah!"
response: "Gggggggggggg........"
"How are you???"
"Ggggggggggg...."
"Oh really?!"
"Gggggggggg..."
"That's very fascinating"
"Ggggggggggg..."

7. Giggling when we tickle your neck. Oh man, you just started this giggle thing and it's just too much to handle. We love it.

8. Batting at things. All of your dangling toys have become punching and kicking bags for you. You really give 'em a good beating and they just keep smiling...


What you Don't like...

1. Being placed anywhere for more than 5 minutes. You definitely have a station quota now. I used to be able to set you in the bouncer chair and you'd just watch me contently as long as I provided some form of entertainment. Now, you reach your limit and your little body stiffens up and you demand release.

2. You love the bath, but you despise the getting out part. This pretty much eliminates the mellow, evening bath ritual for us. Any attempt has resulted in serious evening meltdown. I guess you're a morning bath girl.

3. You're not a big fan of books at this point. You only let me get about half way through a book before you tense up and try to escape. No worries, we've got time. Daddy only read one book by the time he was 16 and look how smart he is now!

4. The pacifier falling out. Ohhh, I have a love/hate relationship with that thing. Thank goodness you no longer need me for nighttime pacifier patrol (pacifier falls out, M wakes and mommy has to put it back it). Not fun. It's funny... you can be fine without it, but if you have it in and it falls out. Watch out. I've only got seconds to get it back in.

Well, sweet little M, mommy needs to get off this computer and get some rest. I love you my dear. Thank you for being so you.


much love,
mommy

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more pics from Mirah's big DC adventure coming soon!!!

catharsis

So, when you have a blog about your child everything that happens during the day becomes a running hypothetical blog post in your mind. I have way too much in my head right now so I am just going to get it all out. Here's how my day has been so far....

Mirah got up at 6 am. I fed her and tried to coax her into another hour of sleep but it wasn't happening. So we play a little and I eat some breakfast. Then around 7 we snuggle on the couch. She falls asleep and I realize I need to get up and take a shower since I have two things I need to be at today. Two things, seems simple enough right?

Ok, so Mirah's napping I tell Nick (who is still in bed) that's she's sleeping and I'm going to take a shower. He mutters some nonsense but agrees to listen for her. Get in the shower.... Nick opens the bathroom door and I hear whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! What's going on? Nick thinks she's hungry, but I just fed her not too long ago! "Ok, well then maybe she was just freaked out that she woke up and you weren't there." I hurriedly wash the soap out of my hair and get out to settle the little one. She decides that YES, she would like a little snack. Done. Next I have to make a fruit salad for the picnic at 1. Done. Simple. Get ready. Get Mirah ready and head out to our breast feeding mommies group that I got coaxed into signing up for the day prior (details not important, just wasn't sure if I wanted to go).

The mommy group was great. I learned a lot. However I realized how much I didn't know. I've kinda put my books to the side and have been winging it the couple months. Now I was hearing about introducing solids, using sippy cups (the ones with SAFE plastic), changing eating patterns...... all these things that are just on the forefront for me, but I haven't really even thought about. I get a little freaked because I feel unaware, but then I am quickly relieved because I realize that I am actually learning about all this stuff as I sit there. Good. I don't need to run home and read, read, read.

I make plans with some of my new mom friends to go swimming tomorrow morning. Fun. Look at the clock. OMG, it's 12:30! I drive home pick up the fruit salad, check my email to see if the picnic is still a go (light drizzle out). Yes, it is. I get in my car and drive to what I think is "Edgerton park" Hmmm... no one. Call nick. "Will you look up Edgerton Park and see where it is?" He does. "It's the one right around the corner from our house, Sara." Oh man. I look at the sign at the park I was actually at.... "Edgewood Park" Darn. Head back toward home. Take a wrong turn. Oops. Traffic jam. Mirah meltdown. Reach back and blindlly insert pacifier into her mouth. ok, calm. Where am I? I call Nick.

Back on track. It's only 1:15, not too late yet. pacifier falls out. I put it back in. falls out. back in. falls out. She's hungry. Now! By this time I am actually close to home and since I don't even know for sure if the picnic is a go, I decide to stop at home and feed Mirah. Done. Now it's 1:50. Hmmm.... I'm pretty late, but I do want to see everyone so I pack up Mirah again and head over to the park (still a light drizzle). Finally I roll in an hour late and everyone laughs. I am happy to be there cuz, I am STARVING. Eat a little, talk a little. The rain picks up a bit, so everyone decides to pack it up.

Off we go home. I get home and Nick's working on my website like he has been for the past week straight (100+ hours.... obsessed, yes). I appreciate his work though. I put mirah in her swing because by this time she REALLY needs a nap and she's approaching a serious meltdown. Check my email. Get details for swimming tomorrow. Respond to some other friends emails. Dig through my drawer to find my swimsuit. Try it on to make sure it's public-worthy. ok it's fine. Nick leaves with the car. Mirah still sleeping. As I am writing to tell another friend about the swim meetup tomorrow I realize that MIRAH DOESN'T HAVE A SWIM SUIT and then I suppose she needs some SPECIAL SWIM DIAPERS or something, too! Oh man.

And now we are up to the present. I type as fast as I can, and feel guilty because I need to be getting some work done for my business. I like this journal though. It's important to have a record of the early days. Well, I better get going. Thanks for listening. I need to turn off that swing and bring Mirah (and myself) back to reality.

xo,
Sara

Happy Mama Day Recap

My first Mother's Day was wonderful. Here's a recap. Mirah and Daddy got me flowers and very sweet cards. We drove to my favorite open air flea market. Oops, it was closing and the vendors were packing up shop by the time we got there. Oh well. Mirah slept on the car ride there and then while we walked around and watched everyone packing up. Got some Kettle Corn, yes! However, Nick and I were hungry for real food at this point. We decide to stop at a mexican restaurant for lunch. I think to myself... " Umm, wait, Mirah's been sleeping for almost 3 hours, when she wakes up she's going to be ravenous and she's likely to cause a scene." Decision: Wake her up and feed her in the car and then go in to eat. She eats, but not a whole lot. Go in to the restaurant. Look over the menu. Mirah awake, but happy. Order food. Mirah going down hill. Nick takes her out of the car seat and holds her on his lap. Getting more cranky. Food arrives. Nick walks her around the restaurant to occupy her. I start scarfing my food. Yum, it's delicious. Stop, she's hungry for real, NOW. I decide to take her out to the car again (not wearing the best shirt for an attempt at public nursing). Mirah eats. She's still a bit cranky. Diaper change on lap in front seat. Nick calls from the restaurant. I tell him, "Ya, you better just get my food to go." He does. We head back to Hamden. I finish my meal. It still tastes good and it really doesn't bother me that I am eating it in the car. I think to myself, "I must be getting used to this mom thing, cuz so far this day's gone perfectly."

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Some cute pics

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Mirah slideshow

Mirah and I collaborated on a little project today. Before I give you the link I need to explain a couple things. The slideshow contains music (so turn on your speakers) and 60+ images. The images are supposed to play through rather quickly. The first time you go to the slideshow page each image will load and this will take a little extra time. Once all the images have loaded, the slideshow should play through at its normal rate. So, be patient and watch it atleast twice! Here is a link.