Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Hey Toots!!

For Sarah's first Halloween she was a tootsie roll. Cutest tootsie I've ever seen!! I'm sure she had no idea what she was, but it was sure fun for Ed and I. Ed and I followed suit and decided to be candy as well. I figured since we had a bunch of furniture boxes laying around I would paint them and we could be candy bars. :) Turned out pretty cute.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

I must stop

If you've talked to me recently and asked how things are going, I probably mentioned Sarah and how hard it is to be a mother. I'm realizing more and more that sometimes I probably sound like a pessimist and I should stop complaining so much. It probably sounds like Sarah is a bad, hard baby but in all reality she is so great! I'm sure she's actually easier than some, but she is my first and I have nothing to compare her to. I have no problem admitting that parenting and figuring out what Sarah needs is hard, but I don't feel like I've given Sarah enough credit. I need to start mentioning all the good things about the fact (as Ed mentioned)...that she is sleeping about 7 hours at a time during the nights, she has a smile that will make you melt, and although she has her bouts of fussiness, she's a pretty happy kid. The majority of our days are spent admiring what a sweet spirit she has and how adorable she is.
This week Sarah.....graduated to size 1 diapers, she loves her swing & bouncer, her hair is growing back in and she is more and more responsive.

What about Ed and I? Although we choose to talk a lot about Sarah...we're still here. :) We're good. Ed's work has been a little slower than usual so both Sarah and I have enjoyed having him around. We are so lucky to be in the situation we are and to spend so much time together. We need to take advantage of Ed's slow weeks. Previous to now his fellow perfusionists have joked that Ed is the black cloud when it comes to working. :)
I have started to do some hair here and there, and I am finally starting to cook dinner and treats on a regular basis. :) Besides our home time, both Ed and I have committed to run a leg for the relay at the Cal marathon in Sacramento this December. Ed will run almost 6 miles and I will run between 7 and 13. We're excited to spend a weekend with our friends. They are so fun to be around and such great motivators. We've spent a lot of our time rekindling friendships to fill the void of being away from family. Thank goodness for our friends, but we look forward to seeing family again at Christmas.

Sarah's first flight

Thursday, October 18, 2007

1...2...3 times a Lady!!!

written by Ed

When Sarah slept for 7 hours on Monday night, we figured we probably didn't hear her crying. Tuesday night we figured she was just extra tired. But, then when she slept for 8 hours last night...we knew she had finally become our sleeping beauty.

As Linz said the other day, books don't mean a thing - babies will tell you exactly what they need - the trick is to learn how to read them.

Anyway - she is a great baby and we're really thankful for all the people who love to help.

P.S. Wades - Good Luck in NC!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The nicknames have begun

Punkin, Sarah Bear, Peanut, Little Bean, Little Stink, Little Bug, Little Dragon (when she's eating :) ).. and then some.

Monday, October 15, 2007

To read or not to read? That is the question.

I have to say that reading books about how to raise children, how to get them on eating/sleeping schedules, and how to keep them awake has made me quite the anxious first time parent. These books have all been very informative, and while I'd like to have a perfect scheduled day where everything goes perfect, I don't believe that a perfect day is realistic. Thus these books sometimes make me feel like I'm not doing something right, or that there is something wrong with my child. I'm sure that is not the intent of the author and the authors mention that each child is different, so why am I so worried that I'm not doing things the best way I can? People had told me before reading the books to take what I like from them and leave the rest, but after reading, reading, and reading some more, I'm just confused and can't decide what tactic I like, and no matter how hard I try to go by my motherly instincts....I still doubt myself. I believe knowledge is power, hence the reason why I am reading books. Now I just have to figure out what to take and what to leave. I try to continue reminding myself that as long as my child is growing normally and healthily, everything will just work out. :)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Let's get this party started

So I've been putting posting new messages off because I have this idea of how I want my blog to look and all the pictures, slideshows, and videos I want to put on, but if I keep putting it off I'll never get started I go. I'm also hesitant because although I feel like I express myself well in person, sometimes I'm not the best at writing, grammar and my sentences have weird punctuation, etc. I'm accepting my weaknesses and hoping somehow I'll improve on my writing skills if I do it more. :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2007