Saturday, December 06, 2008

Post script

The move to the crib is going well. Last night Em basically slept from 8-3, with a quick 2-minute snack at 9 after she stirred for a minute. The early morning hours were a little rough, as she was fairly wide awake until 4, and again at 4:45 and 5:30, but I'm still quite happy with the initial sleep period. And there's nothing like walking into a baby who's wide awake and beaming ear-to-ear with a smile for her mom. Awww...

Mrs. M asked if there's anything I would have done differently with Em's crib transitioning, like starting Em in her crib right from Day 1. I go back and forth with it. Part of me thinks it might have made things a little easier having started from Day 1, but those first few weeks I was soooo exhausted that it was nice to only have to take a few steps to her Pack N Play to feed her throughout the night. Also, I think the timing was right for ME, as her mom, to have her a little further away. I imagine I would have spent a lot of time, while she slept peacefully, staring at her over her crib. For my own peace of mind, it was nice to be able to hear her grunting and stirring so closely rather than through a monitor the first couple of months. Even now I still stare at the monitor quite often, but probably less than I would if she were even younger.

I'm excited to see that others, like Leslie (super squeal!!!), are preparing for their own parenthood journeys. That reminds me - I was so overwhelmed by the amount of unread posts in my Google Reader that I just marked all 700+ of them as "read." So if I've missed anything big in YOUR life that I should know about, be sure to let me know.

And I'm about to make a big change. (Ok, maybe it's bigger to me than it is to you.) I've decided to share some pics of Em here. Don't know how long or how many, but we'll see how it goes. I'll still keep photos of her on Flickr for friends and family only, but family (aka the grandmas) seem to have issues navigating Flickr. To be fair, I haven't shown my mom how to use the Flickr or Gmail accounts I set up for her, but she has learned how to read my blog from her new computer. My father-in-law is also a faithful reader. I also have other friends and family who read my blog but don't use Flickr, so I'm doing this with all of them in mind.

Em turned two months old yesterday, which amazes me. Her two-month appointment is next week, and it's the one where she starts getting her shots. Thankfully Brent is coming with me, so he can help calm me, I mean Em down, if needed. She weighed 12 lbs., 1 oz., on Tuesday during my lactation consultation, so I imagine she'll be around 12 lbs., 8 oz. at the ped's. I'm also interested to see how long she is because I get the feeling she didn't get my vertically challenged genes.

Anyhow, I totally slacked on taking specific photos of her when she turned one month. But the Next Exit photos were fairly close to her one-month date, so I kept that in mind. I'm going to be diligent about it from here on out, though. I really liked this idea I saw awhile back, but I have no place to store or display a calendar that huge. So, this is what I came up with instead.
2 months old

As an added bonus, here's a close-up.
close-up

I may be biased, but that's one cute kid.

"The baby's not due for a month. I told you it wasn't conceived in the elevator. It was Dewey's parent/teacher conference."
- Hal, Malcolm in the Middle

31 comments:

  1. aw, i love the pictures! it's good to hear your stories about moving her to the crib. i still haven't decided if we're going to do the pack n play in our room for awhile or start off soley with the crib. decisions, decisions...

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  2. Way to go on the crib transition.

    Those pics are '2' cute!

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  3. Wow, she is really a cutie! The blocks are a great idea... I don't have kids yet but I'm probably going to be borrowing this idea some day!

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  4. It's funny you mentioned the full Google Reader. Mine was full long before I was pregnant, but it was easier to go through everything. I don't mark everything as read because if I leave it full, then I always have something to look at. I just make sure that my friends' posts are read first.

    Em is adorable. I told WeeMo that when she was first born, actually. So take it as a compliment, because most newborns look a little scary to me! :)

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  5. Ohh...shes a beautiful baby!! SO CUTE!

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  6. i'm loathe to admit, but i don't check flickr regularly, so i haven't see pics of her for awhile now.

    holy crap, she is absolutely adorable!!! :D that second picture of her is making my heart melt. our friends have a little boy who is happa and i swear, she could be his little sister. although, seeing as how he is about a year older, maybe it'd make a good love match instead ;)

    cannot wait to meet her in person!

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  7. That is one adorable baby! I love the blocks idea, very nice.

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  8. Man, she is cute. Great photos, too.

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  9. Oh no, you're not biased. She is SUPER cute!!

    Have you seen the newsletters that Dooce (Heather, who is pregnant) writes to her daughter? So amazing!

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  10. [waving to nanners' in-laws]

    hee, i check my flickr everyday so i don't feel like i've missed anything.

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  11. she is GORGEOUS. i cannot wait to see her (and you) again IRL.

    lucky for me, i won't have a long wait :)

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  12. She has perfect skin- she's an angel baby for sure! Ali wants to be her friend super bad :)

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  13. Aww she's super cute! I don't think I'm your Flickr friend (and don't check it often either) so I haven't seen pics! Gorgeous photos - love those cheeks and the bemused half smile in the first one! She looks like "ok Mom did you get what you wanted?" :)

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  14. I am not biased so I can say unequivocally that she is all kinds of adorable.

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  15. What Winnie said.

    It's the main reason why I don't comment on your blog so regularly now. ;)

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  16. Zoe's grandparents are also horrible with flickr. I need to give them a training session or something, but I lack the patience. :)

    I love those pics! SUCH a cutie pie! :)

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  17. No bias here, Nanette, she is gorgeous. What a great idea using the blocks...you are always so creative.

    How cute that the grandparents are faithful readers! Hi, Em-Dash's grandparents! =)

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  18. Seriously, she kills me every time.

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  19. She's just so adorable!

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  20. Glad to hear crib transition is going well. The pics are adorable! Thanks for sharing.

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  21. no you're totally right, she's one super cute kid :)

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  22. I think your pictures are better than the link you shared. I'm mean, c'mon. That mug with the blocks? Yep, you win. ;)

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  23. That is the cutest idea! I am slightly jealous I din't do that :) And she is too cute!

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  24. those are so so cute. Great idea. a friend from the blue lounge was taking pics of her son with him wearing a onesie in which she wrote on it, month, weight, length and all that kind of info...so she also had a physical reminder....

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  25. I love the 2-month pics! So cute!

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  26. She is ADORABLE. I too love the second photo. Thank you for sharing these pics with us...I promise that I'm still not some Chilean stalker who's using your or now your daughter's pictures for untoward purposes :)

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  27. Congrats on the "conversion"! And I just love the block idea for Em's pictures - it is so very precious!

    Oh, and nothing major was missed if you read my blog...just living life! :0)

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  28. She is SO cute!!

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  29. Seriously, that's the best 2 months pic ever!

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