Oh hey, I still have a blog.
It’s not that I forget about my blog, it’s just hard to force myself to take a long enough block of time to update it. Also, I got wrapped up in two books this week and couldn’t seem to do anything with my spare time besides read. I used to do that all the time pre-baby, but it was exciting to get that absorbed in reading again now that Charlotte is here (if you are wondering, the books were “The Selection” and “What Alice Forgot”). I have a Nook (best investment ever) and can check out ebooks online while sitting around in my underwear (pants suck). It’s a great system with a baby since I don’t have to leave the house and the books return themselves on the due date.
In other news, I passed the test required for gainful employment. I’ll be working 20-22 hours a week from home (during naptime or once Keith gets home from work). That’s a big part of where I’ve been lately since training was almost a two week long process. I’m still waiting on a little bit more training and then I should hopefully have a start date. I can’t actually tell you what I’m doing because I signed a non-disclosure agreement, but I can tell you that it’s not in my field. I don’t care since it means I get to be home with my kid. And I don’t have to wear pants to work. Or shoes. After years of working in a lab, which means closed-toe shoes only, this is exciting.
Have you guys heard about the 9.6 ounce baby that is now 6 pounds are going home from NICU after 6 months? She had the same condition as Charlotte (intrauterine growth restriction due to high blood pressure), but was earlier in pregnancy. That is so scary and makes me want to hug my baby so hard. Charlotte is asleep, though, so I’m not going to do it. Never wake a sleeping baby.
Charlotte had her four month well-check last Friday. She weighed in at 8 pounds 14 ounces and 21 inches. She’s finally as long as Keith was at birth and weighs more than he did at birth. She also got two shots and an oral vaccine. The first shot didn’t even phase her, but the second shot made her scream like a banshee and led to a huge red welt for a few days. The doctor says she’s doing fine and she is somewhere between a 2 month old and a four month old as far as behavior, which we expected. Her new favorite thing is to chew on her fist and she grins at us nonstop.
In other news, Charlotte has successfully been sleeping in the crib in her own room since July 4. There is nothing better than having a baby that wolfs down her last bottle, falls asleep in the crib, and then sleeps until 6 AM (we are up by then anyways). Sometimes we struggle a little with the falling asleep or she wakes up a little earlier, but I really can’t say that I have any complaints. I would like to observe that my child is an exceptionally good sleeper and it has nothing to do with my parenting, awesome though it may be. I have to admit that a small part of me thinks we can thank the NICU for her sleeping habits. Coming home on a feeding schedule meant that we just started dropping a feeding at night, rather than having to convince her that night is when she should sleep the most. The NICU also seems to have made her good at sleeping through noise (I can vacuum while the dogs howl at her feet and she sleeps through it).
I hope that didn’t sound like gloating. I’m not gloating, I’m just incredibly thankful.
Yesterday we brought in a mother’s helper for 4 hours. The neighbor kid is 9 and loves babies, so we had her come play with Charlotte while I scrubbed. When Charlotte napped, the neighbor kid dusted, Windexed, swept, and did the dishes. I wanted to keep her, but I’m pretty sure her parents would object. Best $20 I’ve spent in a long time.
I really do have posts with actual content in my drafts. Not this weekend, though. Grandma is coming and it’s my fifth anniversary tomorrow.