Friday, May 5, 2006

traveling with a 6 week old? am i crazy?

We're all packed and ready to head to the beach. Julianna is a good car-rider too so I hope she stays quiet the whole way although there's a good possibility that she won't because the past two nights have been great sleep nights. Wednesday night she slept from about 10:15 until 4:15 and then again for 3 hours after that. Last night she slept from about 10:15 until 3:30 and then from 4:40 until 8:00. I feel great and I'm so proud of her. That sounds silly. Oh well. It's how I feel.

So we've got all the beach stuff in the car and we're just waiting on dad to get home from work to head south east. I can't wait. We're not going to do a thing and it's going to be wonderful. Even though Jonathan didn't want to go when I first mentioned it, I think he is really excited too. Last night when he was giving Jules a bath he was telling her how he was going to put her feet in the sand and then dip them in the ocean and he said to her, "We're going to make Mommy so scared!" I thought it was cute although he's probably 100% accurate. He's a great father and I love him so much! Hopefully next week I'll have some great pictures to put up on the pictures page. Keep yours eyes peeled! :)

We went to CVS today to pick up my prescription and the pharmacist asked what Julianna's name was and when I told her she started calling her "Little J." I thought it was so cute. She was cooing at her and telling her all kinds of stuff. When we left she yelled out, "Bye Little J." People are so funny when they use their baby voice. I thought it was just when you were pregnant that people opened doors for you, etc. but it's also when you are carrying a baby. It is so nice.

OK, I have no more thoughts for now. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 4, 2006

errands, errands all day long

Little Booger and I had some nice outings this morning. We got up early and went to my doctor's appointment. They were running an hour behind of course so I had to wait FOREVER. Jules got a little fussy in the waiting room and I almost started to panic but then I got her calm and she slept for the next twenty minutes or so. After 45 minutes they called me back and she was fine. Then right before the doctor came in she starting crying because she was hungry. A nurse popped her head in the door and said, "Go ahead and feed her!" Then my doctor came in and she immediately grabbed her up and started hugging her and cuddling her, cooing all the time. Julianna got quiet and she examined me. My doctor is wonderful. There couldn't be a better doctor for me. Anyway, then she showed me to a spare room to nurse her before I left.

After that we went to meet Jonathan and his mom for lunch. That was fun. I ate a salad since I cheated so badly on my diet yesterday. I had to get back on program today. I am still only ten pounds up from pre-baby weight though. Just a few more weeks and I should be back to normal.

Jules and I also went to CVS to drop off my prescription and now we are back home. I need to do some laundry and get some more stuff packed for the beach. I have to pack so much stuff for this child it is insane! :) I have to go get something done since the day is almost over now! More tomorrow...

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

working moms: how do they do it?

Today has been a weird day. Julianna only slept four hours for her long stretch last night, but at least then she went three and three so I was able to get at least seven hours of slept. I can live with that. Then I had a tummy ache this morning and I was feeling really weak. So I cheated on my diet. Not good. I will have to get things together for the rest of the day and start again tomorrow. I have made some efforts to get things packed for the beach. I have also done some laundry, written some thank you notes and washed the dishes.

Julianna has had an uneventful day. She's done the typical- poop, pee, sleep, cry, eat, poop, pee, sleep, cry, eat. I am anxious to see how much she weighs now. She was 8 pounds, 8 ounces at her two week check-up. That was four ounces up from her birth weight which is great. I think that she's over 9.5 pounds now judging by me holding her on my bathroom scales and then subtracting my weight.

I would be going back to work on Monday if I hadn't taken the rest of the year off without pay. That means that there are only four weeks of school left. I can't believe how much time flies. I am very glad that I'm not going back to school this school year though. I don't know how I would do it. I don't know who would keep Jules. I don't know how I would manage to keep up breastfeeding her. I couldn't really pump at school since I teach straight from 9:50 until 3:00 pm with only a short break for lunch. I admire the diligence of all of those women that do go back to work after their six weeks is up. We'll be a little short on money, but we'll manage somehow. Well, that's all I have for today.

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

parenting is hard

Today has gone by very slowly which is weird because ever since Julianna was born the days fly by. Usually it's 3 pm before I know it and I haven't had a shower yet. Today we went to the grocery store and we spent some time with Nanna when she visited for an hour or so. We also did the usual diaper changes and outfit changes a hundred times it seems, but overall it's been a good day. When Whit gets home in a little while we are going to go for our afternoon stroll.
Jonathan and I might actually venture out on our first trip with Julianna this weekend and see how it goes trying to take a baby to the beach. It should be fun, but also and interesting adventure. The good thing is that we will not be in a hurry and have no obligations so we can take our time and do whatever we want/can.

Jules is still sleeping about 5 hours for her longest stretch (6 hours between feedings) and then she goes 2 hours and 2 hours after that. It's not that bad. It means I really only have to get up to feed her once during the middle of the night. What's so sad is that it actually takes me between 9:30 pm and 10:00 am to get 8 hours of sleep. But I also get some quality time with my little peanut. :) Oh the joys of being a parent!

Well, sometime I have to pack and since I only manage to get about one thing done each day, I better go try to be somewhat productive.

Monday, May 1, 2006

sorry for not posting - i'm a slacker

Well, I had an awful day Thursday so I never did write. I was just depressed I think. Anyway, after a good weekend I feel much better. I have lost more weight and now only have 10.5 pounds to go. That makes me feel great. We got to go out to a nice dinner for Jonathan's birthday Friday night and then Saturday night we ate dinner with family. Sunday we made it to Sunday School and actually took Julianna to the nursery. I also went to a bridal shower yesterday for several hours. Now that I am pumping each night it is easier to get out and about which is helping my sanity. Besides, it obviously helps that Julianna is going about 6 hours between feedings one time each night so I am getting more sleep.

I have my six week post-partum doctor's appointment this week which should be interesting. I also want to get some more pictures posted on the website although I know that is probably low priority. I've got to start finding some time to exercise too. I have been taking Jules for a walk at least twice a week (most of the time we go three times each week) but I need to do more than that if I want to get the rest of this weight off before Amanda's wedding. I did try on the dress this weekend though and it does fit so that's good. I have been doing very well on my diet too so I am proud of myself (I'm saving up for that wedding cake - he he!). Well, I don't know anything else and I better go get some lunch before Julianna wakes up. Hope you have a great day!
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