Archive for the 'Baby Chronicles' Category

New Ritual

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

As I’ve been settling in to the new routines involved with having a new child and a new, more demanding job, I haven’t had much time to post here of late.  But that doesn’t mean that we haven’t still been having lots of fun here, amidst the busy schedules…

For example, one of the highlights of my weekdays is picking the girls up from daycare.

And one new ritual that has evolved, as we do this, is that every day, just before going outside, we end up with Sarah’s car seat at the bottom of a certain flight of stairs near the door.  Emma, meanwhile, repeatedly jumps from two steps up down to the landing where the car seat is.

Both girls take incredible delight in this routine.  Somehow, seeing one’s big sister jump excitedly down steps is enormously entertaining for a seven-month-old, who laughs, waves her arms, smiles, and squeals in delight.

And for a three-year-old, apparently, having an excited, wee audience for stair-jumping antics is a fun that’s hard to beat anywhere.

So we do this every day, just before putting on Emma’s coat.

It sounds simple, and small, and it doesn’t last very long. 

But it’s a very sweet part of my day.

First Tooth!

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

There was a lot of crying, drama, and a diagnosed earache for Sarah this week.

And two days this week, including on Halloween, Dad, and Mom, respectively, even had to pick her up early from daycare after getting the first-ever calls that she had a temperature and wasn’t feeling well.  

But the day after Halloween, Daddy found a little Tooth in her mouth!  Her first one!  It;s still short, but definitely through the gum.

A check of the records shows that she got her first tooth at just about the same age her older sister had gotten hers.

She’s feeling better now.  And now we know that a lot of the fussing this week was probably about that.

Congratulations baby.  We’re proud of you!

It’s Applesauce All Over Again!

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

(I can only hope that Yogi Berra would be proud of the title).

What I mean by it is that history is repeating itself – and that the Applesauce is, literally, getting all over the place again. 

The Pink Stuff

Once again, we have a little, four month old girl with an ear infection.  (Well, maybe Emma was five months).  And once again, the attempt at getting the Amoxicillan down via the drugstore-provide syringe was a total bust.  So I’ve got to sneak it into some applesauce and spoon feed it, as best I can to a girl who’s still figuring out how spoon feeding works.


Better Together

I’m willing to do anything, though, to get the little gal feeling better.  She’s had a cold, but was getting over it, and then, suddenly, got extra cranky, and her fever spiked up to 103.1.  It was a little slow on the uptake, but finally connected all the dots this morning when I saw her tugging at her ear.  (All this, is textbook ear infection by the way).  So we went to the Dr., and got that ear diagnosed.  Infected, indeed.  (Not, incidentally, on the side she tugged at this morning, but the Dr. says it’s common that babies pull on the non-infected side – I don’t know why).

A spoonful of sugar

We also got some pain drops to put into her ear to keep her more comfortable until the antibiotic kicks in.

But I’m having flashbacks to January of 2006 (which is when I took the pictures in this post – no current ones yet), when we went through this with then small Emma.

Except that I feel much calmer, and generally much less worried than the first time around.  I now know that this just happens with babies, and that all will be well…  The first time around, I was never 100% sure on that last part.

Pink Applesauce Mouth

My Pediatrician Says….

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

that parents can’t help themselves but to compare thier children to one another.  And yet, he tells me, and we are already learning, each child is unique, behaves in her own way, and develops according to her own timetable.

Still – we can’t help but compare the pictures of our two little tots, as Sarah keeps growing…

Here are a couple of our side-by-side comparison collages, with Emma on the left, and Sarah on the right:

Head Shot Comparison

Eating Comparison

Sarah and the Doppelgaenger!

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Sarah finds her Doppelgaenger

Fuzz, (semi-solid) Food, and Fun

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Our little cutie has had her first couple of tries at eating rice cereal now.  So far, most of it gets spit back out, but that won’t last for long.

Rice Cereal Meal # 1

She also seems to be growing in some more fuzzy baby hair!

And Big Sister LOVES to spend time playing with Baby on her play mat!  Recently, she joined Little Sister on the mat to share both a reading of ‘The Little Engine That Could’ (including the quote “Me pull the likes of YOU??!? Indeed NOT’), and some toy trumpet playing.  Baby seems to enjoy it.

Big sister reads 'The Little Engine That Could' Big sister plays the trumpet

Tales from the nursery

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Nine and a half weeks.  To some, that’s the title of an adult-themed movie.

But at our house, it’s how old our little Sarah was when (1) she started drooling, and (2) rolled from her side to her tummy.

Yay, baby!

Not quite sure what she did to deserve it…

Monday, June 30th, 2008

but Emma gave Sarah a time out today (after a conversation that involved many pleasantries, including Emma asking Sarah ‘How was your weekend?’).  :)

It’s Official!

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

BabySarah 016 

Baby Sarah has arrived!

We’re home now and all doing well.

More details soon!

Spring is Here!

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

After a record-breaking cold and snowy winter in Milwaukee, it’s now clear that Springtime has fully arrived!

The flowers are blooming, the days are warming, and the mammals are readying to give birth to their young.

Or, maybe most of the other mammals have already done it, and it’s just *me* who is readying….

Our new baby is promising to be on the larger side, and in light of that, and some other physical developments (nothing negative), my Dr. is planning to induce labor a few days ahead of the official due date, and less than one week from the time that I write this.

So we’ll be welcoming our new baby home within days.

It’s exciting.  I’m also just trying to rest as much as possible before then, and to spend some good quality time with my sweet, sweet daughter Emma.

Here are some recent pictures (taken, by the way, with our new digital camera – we have one again, yay!)


Springtime Beauties


Nine Months Pregnant


Emma on the Slide