Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I forgot to mention in my last post that yesterday was an exciting day for Bianca. She had her first bites of rice cereal. From the looks of her face, she really didn't like it. We took some cute pictures of her with her messy face. I'll have to post them when I get home.

She also played in her exersaucer for the first time yesterday. She liked it, but she's still a bit too small for it. Her feet don't quite touch the floor yet. It seemed as if the monkeys were her favorite toy because she played with them the longest.

I don't want her to grow up too quickly, but it is fun watching her do so!

Missing Home

I am writing this post while sitting alone in the hotel restaurant. I've only been in Miami for a few hours, and already I am homesick. I long to be home with my husband and my daughter.

Isn't it funny how things change when we become parents? A few years ago I would have gone on this trip with enthusiasm, eager to explore a new city. Now I'm just counting down until Friday. I long to hold BiBi, look into her big blue eyes, watch her stick her tongue out, and breathe in her smell as I cover her in kisses.

I also want to be at Harry's basketball game. No, I haven't turned into a sports fanatic overnight. I just long to be where a coach's wife should be: on the bench supporting her man. I'm sadder than I thought I'd be missing a game.

I also regret not being there for Damian's surgery. I talked to Kris and know he's doing fine. I just really wish I could have been there.

Perhaps my lack of sleep last night combined with traveling today has my emotions up a notch. After dinner I plan on taking a hot bath and reading until I fall asleep.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

4 Months!

It's hard to believe it, but our Little Miracle turned 4 months today!  We celebrated this milestone by visiting Dr. Fireman.

Bianca did so well.  The appointment began with her getting weighed and measured.  She is now 24" long and 13 lbs 3 oz.  Dr. Fireman said she is growing nicely, although he did not give me a percentile this time.

I asked him once again about her face.  He said that he truly believes that she just has extra sensitive, dry skin.  He wants us to run the humidifier in her room every night, continue using the Aquaphor, and start putting Vaseline on her face before we go outside.  He thinks that we will see a big improvement in her skin during the summer.  He doesn't want to give her a prescription cream, as it will most likely thin out her skin, and she will have permanent scars.  I don't want her resenting me as a teenager, so we'll just stick to our current routine.  If it doesn't get any better this summer, I may ask about other options.

He also said that we can start her on solid foods any time we think she's ready.  Overall, she is extremely healthy.  She is just a tad behind developmentally, as she hasn't started rolling over yet.  He said that we aren't giving her enough tummy time, and if we do so more regularly, she will catch up in no time.

She did really well with her shots this time.  I made sure she was sucking on her pacifier, I held her hands, I kept my face close to hers, and I whispered to her.  She cried, but she didn't scream in pain like last time.  And as soon as I picked her up, she calmed down.  I was so proud of her! 

Of course, all of this sounds so silly when I think of my friend Dawn's brave little daughter Natalie, who is currently recovering from her second open-heart surgery.  I would never be able to give her story justice, so if you'd like, you can read all about her here.  From the updates Dawn has been posting on Facebook, Natalie is doing really well, but I'm sure any extra prayers you're willing to spare would be much appreciated. 

Friday, January 8, 2010

This Forward Made Me Cry

A Newborn's Conversation with God

A baby asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?"

God said, "Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you."

The child further inquired, "But tell me, here in heaven I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy."

God said, "Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy."

Again the small child asked, "And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don't know the language?"

God said, "Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak."

"And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?"

God said, "Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray."

"Who will protect me?"

God said, "Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life."

"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore."

God said, "Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you."

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, "God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel's name."

God said, You will simply call her "Mom".

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Doing Better

It seems like Bianca is back to her old self....at least for now.  She slept through the night last night, and Aunt Dot said she has been an absolute angel the past two days.  Guess she's definitely feeling better.

At the moment, she is sitting on the couch playing with her "Fluffy Chick and Friends" book and watching Dora the Explorer.  I'm not sure if she is talking to the book or the television, but she certainly has a lot to say!  I love listening to her "talk."  The sound of her voice is like music to my ears.  I can't help but smile when I hear it!

One funny thing that she's been doing lately is blowing raspberries.  She sticks out her tongue and spits.  It's really funny watching her do it.  She also managed to find her thumb this week.  Previously, she would try to put her whole hand in her mouth.  Lately she's been putting in just the thumb.  I really don't want her to get into sucking her thumb, but I have to admit that she is just so adorable when she does it.

In other news, we found out today that BiBi's cousin-to-be is a girl.  Bella Marie is due on May 31st.  Congratulations Aunt Beth and Uncle Jason!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Posting From My Blackberry!

Technology is pretty neat! It is allowing me to blog without having to be near a computer. Kristen just felt Bianca's gums. Apparently her top gums are getting hard, a first sign of teething. Guess this is just the beginning of Cranky Bianca!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Cranky Girl

I have a tendency to say that we have a very pleasant baby, and for the most part, it's true.  The last few days, however, have shown us a different side to our Little One.  She has been cranky with a capital C!  For the majority of her waking hours, she has been crying nonstop.  Holding her doesn't help.  Lying her down doesn't help.  Putting her in her swing doesn't help.  Her bottle doesn't help.  Her favorite paci doesn't help.  She hasn't even been sleeping through the night.  Last night, she got up three different times.  I read that babies start to cry less when they reach four months.  For whatever reason, Bianca seems to be crying more.

In good news, it seems like she is doing better today.  (Knock on wood)  She woke up around 6:00 for a bottle.  She then went back to sleep until around 8:30.  She was feeling a little warm, so I gave her some Tylenol.  About an hour ago, she started crying again, but she calmed down pretty quickly when Harry held her and fed her.  She has been acting pleasant ever since.  

I'm wondering if it's her teeth that are bothering her.  She has been drooling like crazy and she constantly chews on her hands.  I thought that it was too early to begin teething, but my mom and sister said babies can start showing signs of teething before the teeth actually pop out.  I felt her gums last night, and I don't think I felt anything different.  Then again, I don't exactly know what I'm feeling for.  Perhaps I'll ask Kris to check tomorrow.

I also wonder if she misses Aunt Dot.  During the week, she spends more time with her than with us.  Harry has been off all week, so she's stayed home with him.  Maybe she is just tired of spending so much time with us.

I hope everyone is having a happy New Year so far.