Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Some random pictures

One thing I do love about my new phone is the great camera it has - I love that I can snap quick pictures all the time, since I've always got it with me. So here are some recent favs:
Judah, in his adorable outfit his dad dressed him in:

















Judah meeting his first donkey, a very friendly fellow named Jacob:

















Judah and sweet Corrie:

















Judah likes his evening calisthenics:

Monday, August 30, 2010

Video!

For the grandmas....

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Our first attempt at food - as you can see, he wasn't really in to it. Maybe in a few more weeks....


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Technology

I've never really been into the latest fads. Or the hottest, newest, greatest gadget. I'm not exactly a Luddite, but I just don't really like spending big bucks to get the fanciest new thing. All my cell phones have always been whatever I could get for free. So you can imagine how shocked and excited I was when I found out my new job was going to buy me... gulp... a new iPhone. Although I've known for a few months that we were supposed to get them, I always had this little doubt in my mind that they must not mean to buy one for me, the one who works part time. But a few weeks ago, as I was taking care of some paperwork at the office, our office manager handed me a sleek, small white box. Inside was the coolest thing I've ever been given.

















I must admit - it's a thing of beauty. So svelte and slick. We were mainly given them so we could access our EMR from the phone since it's not accessible from everywhere in the hospital. I didn't actually do that this past week, but hopefully will get that part figured out soon. I did manage to find some other useful apps, both for work and for fun. (New York Time Crossword puzzle, anyone?)

I suddenly feel way cooler than I actually am. Hopefully I won't break it.

Nursery

I've now left Judah in an actual nursery twice this week. Once on friday at a women's bible study I'm planning on getting involved with, and once today. The "nursery" at our church consists of me laying Judah down in the crib and going into the service and listening for him to cry. There are no other kids. No nursery workers. On the one hand, I can focus much better at church when he's not there, but it's also not easy leaving him. Tonight I was worried for part of the service - wondering if he was ok.

And I never know how much to say to the nursery person - both times I felt like I needed to at least mention the cloth diapers, but what else? Am I supposed to tell them what he likes to do? It was another mom in the nursery, one with several kids, so she probably knows kids better than me. I felt silly saying that he likes to get in the exersaucer or just lay on the floor and grab at things, but I did anyway.

I'm not sure how I'm going to manage when ever we have a babysitter over the first time.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Ordination.

Jeff and I went tonight to the ordination service of a good friend. I'm not sure I've actually ever been to one, but I enjoyed seeing Jonathan finally get ordained after months and months of study and preparation. A few scattered thoughts:

1. Being there reminded me, just a little, of how I used to feel going to baby showers. Even though I know that God is good and his plan is perfect, I still had this twinge of feeling like this should have been Jeff's ordination service. Of wondering why it was them and not us.

2. It did make me hope for the day when it would be us, hugging at front at the end of the service. And would be him, surrounded by a group of elders, praying over him. I can't wait for that day.

3. As much as I love our little church and am so thankful for where we are, I do miss singing in the midst of a big congregation. There is nothing like being surrounded by the full, rich sound of a hundred voices together. It made me long for heaven where there will be millions and millions of voices joined together in song.

And where no one argues or gets kicked out because of a minor difference of opinion about one small part of scripture.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

A few bits and pieces.

Judah has been eating like mad this past week. I can't tell if he's teething, having a growth spurt, or if my milk supply isn't keeping up with him. He woke up last night at 2 am and seemed to be starving. I felt on his gums this morning, but I'm not really seeing much. Two days ago he woke up at 2 and then again at 4:30. He hasn't done that in weeks.

I did seem to pump out less than I have in the past when I was at work this week. But right after Judah was born, I was pumping ALL the time - so much that I had an overabundance of milk in my freezer. Eventually I just stopped pumping except when I was working, so I think my supply just sort of dwindled to only what Judah was actually eating. This week I've gone back to pumping after Judah eats, to try to increase my supply. I'm not sure it's really working yet.

One thing that had changed recently was that I was eating less and losing weight a little more quickly. So earlier this week I decided to take a break from WW for a little while just to see if that made a difference with how full Judah seemed. I had been losing about 2 lbs/week, which I guess was maybe just too fast.

As part of my attempts to fill my boy up a little better, we tried rice cereal for the first time. I hadn't really planned on starting so soon, but I don't want to starve my boy. We did it for two days in a row before I decided he's just not ready. I'll have to post the video soon.

Part of the problem is that Judah is the kind of baby who will always eat. If he's awake, and I put him to the breast, he's going to eat. The only time he's ever refused food is pretty much right at the end of a nursing session when he's decided he's had enough. So I have a hard time figuring out if he' still hungry or just wants to suck on something.

I think this is the hardest part about breastfeeding - it's difficult to quantify how much the baby gets and if it's enough. And breastmilk is so completely absorbed by the gut that it's very normal for babies to poop only every 2 or 3 days. (It's even normal for babies only to poop every week or two!) He's such a happy baby I have a hard time believing that he's starving.

Breastfeeding has gone incredibly well so far, and so I've been surprised this week by these problems. Hopefully this growth spurt/teething time/ slightly decreased supply or whatever will resolve soon and Judah will get back to sleeping a little better.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Things I hate about the medical profession.

I really love my job. I've written several times before about how I think being a doctor is great, and how much I love the people I work with.

Like any profession, though, there are a few bad apples out there. Some doctors, especially subspecialists, seem to think that because they have done residency, fellowship, and maybe additional subspecialty training, they have permission to treat everyone else around them like their inferiors. Sadly, the place this is most felt is usually in academic medicine. The attending was treated badly when he was a resident, so he treats his own residents badly. They, in turn, often treat the medical students badly. And then when everyone has graduated, the cycle sometimes starts over again.

I had to call a certain subspecialist yesterday to ask for a consult about two of my patients. He grilled me about them and gave me a hard time for calling him, questioning me as to why he was needed. At the end of our brief conversation he said, "Well, I'll see the first one but you need to talk to your attending about the second one." Clearly, he thought I was a resident. He didn't know that I'd already graduated and was now actually a colleague, that I am the attending. This apparently gave him permission to treat me like an idiot. I highly doubt he would have said any of those things to any of the other internists or to any of the other attendings who work at my hospital. (This particular person isn't known for his stellar personality, so maybe he would have.) Because he was being so rude, I didn't feel like explaining to him that I am on staff now. I hung up with him and nearly cried. Since I'm a big girl now, I took a deep breath, went back down to my patient's chart and looked over a few things. I really didn't want to call him back, even though I still felt like a consult was needed. He was slightly more polite to me the second time, and finally agreed to see the patient in a few weeks in his clinic. Whatever. The main reason I was calling him was because the professor emeritus of cardiology at our hospital who has been a cardiologist at lot longer than I've been living had recommended it. I tend to do what he tells me.

This interaction made me think two things:
1. There are some aspects of the medical culture that just need to change. No one needs to be treated badly or made to feel like an idiot. If you don't like the way I'm doing something, you can politely instruct me how to do it better. Let's be nice to each other, people.
2. I'm really, really glad I ended up at my residency program. No one acts like this. The attendings are not around to belittle or embarrass. Everyone at my program just wants everyone else to learn - they want to teach by example and encouragement, coming along side the residents to help them become good doctors. And that is good for everyone.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Why I love geriatrics....

Interaction A:
"How are you feeling today?" I ask my patient when I go into her room. She's a thin black woman, wearing glasses that I would say are too large for her face. Today the thin white sheet is pulled up around her chin. Yesterday she was sitting up in her chair. Her blue night cap is covering her head, its thin ruffle framing her face.
"I feel pretty droozy."

Interaction B:
"Is your tummy hurting?" I repeat, my voice nearly at a yell because she couldn't hear me the first time I asked. She is curled up in bed, her frail limbs contracted from years of being bedridden. Her hair is soft and white. I push softly on her stomach, watching her face to make sure she doesn't wince. She looks up at me, her mouth an open hollow from her lack of teeth.
"I didn't know I had a funny bone in my stomach," she replies in her garbled speech, her eyes crinkling up, as if she's trying to smile. It takes me a minute to decipher exactly what she said.
"I don't think you do," I respond, nearly laughing out loud. I wonder what she might have heard that made her say that.
She smiles at me again. "Well, thanks for asking."

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tired.

I think the hardest part about working (for me) is just how tired I get.

I'd love to go to bed early, but since I do a dream feed with Judah at 10:30 or 11, I can't really go to bed before then, and then I'm up again by 5:30 so I can feed him before I go to work. It's just not enough sleep for me.

Thankfully, I finished my work today before noon, managed to catch most of an excellent sermon at church, and then even got a nap during Judah's nap this afternoon. I'm on call tomorrow, so maybe I'll have a slow afternoon and can sneak in another nap then.

Of course, it's all worth it to me - I wouldn't give up nursing Judah for anything, and I do love my other job, too. I'm just happy I only do this 1 week at a time.

Just 4 more days until I'm off again....

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Judah and his exersaucer.













Judah finally got stable enough to put in his exersaucer. He seems to really enjoy it. For some unknown reason, his favorite part of it is this green stalk that sticks up with a leaf on top.











(His concentrating face...)

Cloth Diapers

We're about 1 week in to our cloth diaper experiment. I'd heard lots of good things about them, mostly from my SIL, Melanie. Before Judah was born I had basically decided I wanted to use them, but Melanie very wisely told me that I should wait a few months, at least until I finished with residency. She definitely made the right call on that one - it would have been hard to do cloth diapers when he was still a pooping machine and I was working a lot. But I'm really enjoying them now. It's nice not worrying about running out or having to run to the store to get more. I'm washing them about every other day, though I'm getting a few more and will then have enough to wash every third day if I need to. We're still working the kinks out of the cloth diaper routine, but overall I think I really like them. One of my favorite things about them is how cute they are:

















(Isn't my rainbow pretty??)

And I love that there are no cartoon characters involved. The other big bonus, of course, is that we're not continuing to buy disposable diapers. And if we (hopefully) ever have any more kiddos, we'll save even more money....

Friday, August 20, 2010

More photos..

Since I just started another work week, here's some pictures to keep the blog updated.
Ashlyn was so precious with Judah - she took every chance she could to help. She loved helping me give him a bath, and always had very helpful suggestions as to what I should do with him. She most often wanted me to put him into his swing, but the bouncy seat was maybe her next favorite suggestion. Sadly, I didn't get a picture of her in the baby swing - she just crawled right into it one afternoon. She also enjoyed sitting in the bumbo, another feat I somehow didn't capture on film.












She did look exceedingly cute in her life jacket, something I did manage to catch on film.

















Judah HATED his. I put it on him and he immediately started crying and screaming. So I took it off and held him and tried (unsuccessfully) to avoid thinking about him drowning if there was a boating accident.


















He and I stayed home on the second day of boating, both so that he could get a better nap and so that his momma wouldn't have a panic attack. But he did like just hanging out in the boat when we were stopped - isn't he so cute in his little cloth swim diaper?


















Jack seemed to enjoy the boating (and the lifejacket) a lot more than Judah. He's going to be a great swimmer.













Tuesday, August 17, 2010

For Gramma....

As you can see, we all had a great time....
















































Books!

I've been doing a lot of reading lately, and I have actually read some really, really good books. One of the benefits of spending more time at home, I guess, is that I have more time to read. In case anyone else is looking for something good to read, you could try one of these out:

1. The Help - This book and the next one are hands down the best books I've read in several years. An enlightening look at life among society women and their black housekeepers in Jackson, MS in the 1960s. Wonderfully told and good to the end. I'm a book cheapskate and prefer checking books out of the library, but I bought this one in hardback and am glad I did.

2. Cutting for Stone - I bought this one mostly because I knew it had been written by a doctor, and it also had some good reviews on Amazon. I found it to be incredible - the author manages to weave medical knowledge and practice right into the story in a poetic way. Maybe if you are squeamish or non-medical this wouldn't appeal to you as much, but I absolutely loved it. I couldn't put it down on vacation. The story itself was enthralling - full of love and sadness and redemption. I'll definitely be reading this one again and again.

3. The Elegance of the Hedgehog - This novel, translated from the french, was at first a little slow moving. Maybe because there are lots of philosophy references that I didn't totally get. Once I got into it, though, I really loved the story. It centers around a rather fatalistic 12 year old and the door(wo)man (person?) of her apartment building - a highly educated and somewhat snarky widow. I picked this up on the recommendation of World Magazine, and it made me think I should dig back into their archives for other book recommendations.

4. The sweetness at the bottom of the pie - Although I'm not really a person who reads mysteries, I loved this book. The protagonist/detective is an 11 year old girl with a bike named Gladys. Anyone who names their bike Gladys you know is going to be imminently likable. I enjoyed this one so much that I briefly considered buying the hardcover version of its sequel. But since the paperback is coming out in December I decided I could wait. But just barely.

5. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - This was a paperback swap selection, about foot binding and friendships between women in China. I'd say I enjoyed this book a decent amount, though compared to all the other really awesome books (See #1-4) I've been reading, it just didn't quite compare. And I put it back on my list of books I was willing to trade on paperbackswap, but definitely worth the read. I'd say put it on your "to get from the library" list.

6. Friday Night Knitting Club - Another swap book. And another book I'd say was decent, though probably not quite as good as Snow Flower. I didn't love it, but looking on amazon now I see that there's a sequel. If I can find it on paperback swap, I'll probably read it. I can't pinpoint exactly why I didn't love it - I think it's just not as well written and the characters aren't as rich as some of my other recent reads. I'd call this one a pretty good beach read.

7. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim - I first got acquainted with David Sedaris from listening to This American Life. He always had the funniest stories on there. He's written several books of memoir, and this is another with these short anecdotes about different part of his life. They are sometimes funny but also occasionally heartbreaking at the same time. I really enjoy his books, and if you can get past the frequent cursing and occasional crassness, you probably would, too. I didn't like it quite as much as Me Talk Pretty One Day, but still highly enjoyable.

8. A Long Way Gone and Half a Yellow Sun - These were my two recent reads about war in Africa. A long way gone chronicles the true life of a former boy soldier from Sierra Leone. Half a Yellow Sun is a novel set during the time of Nigeria's Civil War during the 1960s. In reading them, I realized that I know shamefully little about African history. And that war is hell. They are both really good, if you can call any book about war good, sad and heartbreaking and even horrifying.

9. Run - Ok, this is one I actually read a few months ago. I picked it up from the library essentially on a whim because I'd read Bel Canto and loved it. Unfortunately, usually when I pick up something from the library on a whim it ends up being not that great. This, however, was awesome. I loved it. It was a great story with an ultimately happy ending.

Ok....so that ended up being sort of a long post. I'm currently reading Jane Eyre, which I've never read. I'd say I'm liking it so far. And I've got 3 or 4 more swap books headed my way. I'm working again starting on Friday, so I'm guessing the reading will slow down a little.

Anyone else out there with some good recommendations?

Play Date

Judah had his first play date today. He and I went up to Greenville to hang out with Skylar and Bing. Bing was my doctor and was there when he was born. I got to deliver Skylar.














Skylar is 4 months older than Judah, and she kept trying to use him as leverage so she could pull up to stand. Judah just sort of laid there and looked at her.

















I think they're going to be great friends.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Cape Cod

Ok, I think this is the final vacation post! But there were just too many beautiful sites not to add a few more....













We ate dinner one night at a place called The Friendly Fisherman. I decided I should have lobster, since that's sort of the quintessential cape cod dinner. I then decided that in the future, I'll let someone else do all the peeling and cracking - regular lobster just really isn't worth all that trouble.












We ate ice cream at this place that has been open since the 1800s. It was delicious.


















More beautiful scenery.....













I would definitely love to go back sometime when we have a little more time. There were other things I would have enjoyed doing that we just didn't have time for, like a whale-watching cruise and biking on the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Maybe next time....

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A few thoughts on infant sleep and eating...

Since having a baby, I've noticed that the first question people ask you about your baby after finding out their name, age, and gender, is inevitably, "Is he sleeping through the night?", or some variation. People seem obsessed with having babies that sleep through the night. As I sit here typing, sweet Judah is sleeping. When I first started the post, he was down for a nap, and now he's down for the night. It's a nice feeling, knowing that I have a few moments to myself while he is getting rested. So I sort of get this obsession- it's exhausting getting up with your baby at night. And when you're breastfeeding, you really never get more than 2 or 3 hours of sleep in one stretch right at the beginning, since you are the only one who can feed the baby. It's also wonderful knowing that you can get them into bed during the day and have a few minutes to shower, vacuum, or rest yourself.

But I also feel that people are sometimes a little too obsessed with infant sleep. After Judah was born, the only place we could get him to sleep was in the swing. At first, that was the only place he'd sleep at all. We'd have to put him in either the bouncy seat or the swing at night to get him down. Eventually, he'd go down in his bassinet at night, but still needed his swing for daytime naps. I also often had to nurse him to sleep. It kind of stressed me out - not that I was having to nurse him to sleep, but that I was somehow ruining his chances of ever being a good sleeper.

Around 2 months or so, I tried a little harder to get him napping in his crib and going to sleep without being nursed to sleep. It didn't work. I had a few different books, including Babywise, the ever popular/controversial book about scheduled feeding, as well as numerous books about demand feeding and some that were sort of in the middle. Honestly, though, that was the only way I could get him to sleep. "Crying it out" was not going to work for us - Judah would cry and eventually get so wound up it would make it harder to get him to sleep. And he'd wake up most mornings around 5, and trying to get him back to sleep without nursing was impossible. Every time I was asked about him sleeping through the night, I'd feel ashamed that he wasn't, like I was messing him up. Eventually, I decided I didn't need to be stressed out about it.

So here are a few thoughts I have about the sleeping and eating habits of babies....

1. I don't feel that sleeping through the night is the ultimate goal of parenting a newborn. Yes, it's nice now that Judah is sleeping longer, but I'd rather Judah learn that he can trust me and that I'm going to provide for him what he needs. Now, maybe my years as a med student and resident have gotten me used to functioning on less sleep that the average person. Maybe for people who are miserable and stressed out when they aren't sleeping as well, this would be a more important goal. But since I was happy and functioning fairly well, it was fine with me that he wasn't sleeping quite as long as I'd eventually like him to.

2. After a few weeks of worrying about his sleeping, I had to remind myself that he was only 6 weeks old. Or 10 weeks old. We still have months and months to change habits and get him into a better routine. Sure enough, right around 3 and 4 months, he started using the swing less and less and actually sleeping much, much better in his own crib.

3. I do believe that in the beginning, replicating the conditions in the womb make babies much happier - i.e. the 5 "S"s described in the happiest baby on the block - swaddling, shushing, sucking, side position, and swaying/swinging.

4. In the beginning,I think however you can get them to sleep is ok. We would not have managed without the swing. And I think it was silly of me to feel bad about it. As much as I wanted Judah to fall asleep without it, life was better for all of us when I didn't stress out about it. He never naps in the swing anymore. It was the same thing with going back into his room after we'd put him down at night. When he first started sleeping in his crib, I'd put him down, his paci would fall out, and he'd start screaming. I'd try to wait it out, but he'd just get louder and louder and more desperate. It was much better for me just to go back in sooner, before he got so worked up he couldn't fall asleep. This is not to say that I always rush back in if he makes a peep. But I can tell when he's upset enough that he needs a little extra help. Now, most days we do our little evening routine - I put on his jammies, get him swaddled, read him a story from his bible, sing him a bedtime hymn, and put him down. We use a sound machine, too. And he mostly falls asleep on his own. I also rock him in the chair in his room. I don't rock him all the way to sleep, but I enjoy that evening time of snuggle/rock/read/sing as much as he does.

5.One thing that annoyed me about the whole schedule feed vs. demand feed debate is that the strongest supporters on both sides make it sound like if you don't do it their way, your child is going to grow up to be a hellion or you will have no success breastfeeding and you're ruining your child. I think it's ridiculous. It is definitely possible to be somewhere in the middle.

6. Having a routine is nice - one big benefit of having some time in between work weeks has been getting in a better groove with the eating and napping. We do the eat - awake - sleep routine as recommended in The Baby whisperer. But we do not live and die by the clock. I do not think that Judah needs to eat every time he cries. But sometimes, when he's fussing and won't sleep, has a clean diaper, and I can't do anything else to make him happy, I'll feed him. Even if it's only been two hours. (Normally he eats every 4). But since he's growing, I figure that some days he's just going to be hungrier. I do not think there is any need to listen to him screaming (stressing out everyone) when I can quickly calm him down just by nursing him.

7. There is no need to compare Judah's sleeping or eating habits to other babies. He is his own person and will do things in his own time. My worth as a mother doesn't come from how long he sleeps or how quickly he gains weight. Especially since he's nursing, we're going to develop our own routine. Breastmilk is metabolized differently than formula, so there is definitely no need to compare a breastfed baby to one who gets formula. And women produce milk differently. Some babies need to nurse both sides to get full. Some need only one. At the beginning, Judah seemed to need both sides, but now is usually content only nursing on one side. But some days when he seems extra hungry, I'll offer the second side to him.

Obviously, I've only been doing this for just over 4 months. I'm no expert. Maybe things will change and Judah will stop sleeping well, or will suddenly be much fussier, or I'll have some problem with nursing him. And maybe then I'll rethink my opinions, realizing just how wrong I was. But this is what I think now. My best advice to new moms, as both a doctor and a new mom, would be to relax - every child and family are different. What some people swear by may not work for you. Try to enjoy parenting your baby.

Any other moms out there with thoughts about this?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Recipe Round-up

We've got fun company this week - Dave, Hannah, Jackson, and Ashlyn! We're having fun and staying busy, so here's a quick post so the blog isn't totally neglected. Hopefully I can get some photos up soon - I'm sure Grandma wants pictures of her grandbabies all together! But until then...
Some great recipes I've made recently:

1. Shrimp and quinoa salad - This is probably my favorite new recipe I've made recently. I've been wanting to find some good and healthy recipes, and this fit the bill. It uses quinoa, which is this great grain that is really high in fiber and protein. I didn't have asparagus, but did add green onions and fresh cherry tomatoes from our garden. I'm definitely making this one again sometime soon.

2. Cucumber Salad - This was a quick and easy recipe I found to use up some cucumbers from our garden, along with fresh dill. It's basically like a quick pickle, but incredibly fresh and crunchy. I made mine with plenty of the red pepper flakes, giving them a nice but very strong kick.

3. Squash Gratin - This was another "what can I do with all the produce from my garden?" recipe. Although Jeff wasn't a huge fan, I enjoyed it. It's actually very light, with just a bit of goat cheese and milk, not tons of butter. I used feta instead, and also added some bacon for extra flavor.

4. Our favorite meal lately is lettuce wraps. We first had these at Austin and Elise's house and loved it so much we've made them several times since coming home. I can't find a similar recipe online, but it's from the southern living cookbook. Basically, you saute onion, apple, bell pepper (if desired), and then add ginger, garlic, and ground pork. The sauce is some creamy peanut butter (maybe 1/2 c. for 1 lb. ground pork) and soy sauce. Green onions are added at the end. I've also added celery and carrot to these and used ground chicken instead of pork to decrease the calories. Serve with lettuce leaves.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Beach!

Cape Cod is beautiful. The beaches are different, there, too. The water is pretty chilly - although if we'd had more time I probably would have still gotten in. We visited one beach on the ocean side - the Cape Cod National Seashore, and then another beach on the bay side.
National Seashore:































Beach on the bay side of Cape Cod:

























Part 3. Or "Nerd Tourism"

We did a bit of what Jeff and I decided to call "Nerd Tourism" - i.e. seeing things that normal people might not enjoy but we really loved. Because we are nerds.

First up, the Boston Public Library, easily the coolest library I've ever been in. I wanted to wander these halls and find books for hours, but alas, we had other places to go.

























Next up, Harvard... I'm not sure why but I just felt smarter when I was there.
























We also checked out Walden Pond. It was surprisingly people-filled and also very big. More like a lake than a "pond."
























Last stop, Plymouth. We checked out Plymouth rock (much smaller than expected) and saw the Mayflower II.

























Judah is going to have lots of fun with us when he's older....

Monday, August 09, 2010

Boston, part 2.

We made it home today. As much as I love vacation, coming home is always wonderful.

We had a great time on our trip. A few more photos, these all from the freedom trail:











Inside Faneuil Hall.


















Fountain with Park Street Church behind it.



















Jeff in front of Paul Revere's house.













His tomb.













Statue of St. Francis of Assisi, outside of Old North church, of "one if by land and two if by sea" fame.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Brief Boston Blog....

Here's one thing we did today....
















































(Yes...that is both Jeff and Judah wearing Cubs gear to the Red Sox game, but that is how we roll....)

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Monday, August 02, 2010

4 month check up

So here are the stats:
Weight: 15.1 pounds (56%)
Height: 26 inches (81%)
Head: 18 inches (95%) - yep, still my boy....

The nurse who measured his head actually came back to measure it again once she saw where it was on the graph - she was surprised it was so high. And the repeat: exactly the same.

He just keeps getting more fun. He's a lot more vocal (as evidenced by the videos) and loves holding onto things and looking around. He likes tummy time a lot more and can roll over both directions, although he doesn't do it very often. I think he's just kind of lazy - he knows that if he fusses enough when he's on his stomach, eventually his mom will just turn him over herself. We're also getting into a better routine, and he's getting better at going down for naps and at night. He's not really napping in his swing anymore, which I'm happy about. The swing was wonderful and I wouldn't have done it any different since that was initially the only place we could get him to sleep. But it's nice that now he's getting 1.5 - 2 hour naps in his crib. Last night he slept from 8pm to 7 am, with one dream feed at 11. It was heavenly.

And the baby laughs keep getting louder and more frequent. I was thinking this morning that I'd definitely describe him as joyful - he's all smiles when getting up from sleeping, and he'll start giggling and laughing at almost anything. He loves both his mama and his daddy and seeing him smile at us is wonderful. Tonight, of course, in the post-vaccine irritation, he's been much more fussy and sad, but times like these are very, very rare.

It has definitely been an adjustment, but having a baby is absolutely wonderful....

Sunday, August 01, 2010

The medical family...

You know you are a part of both a medical family and big medical community when, upon seeing your baby, the comment most often heard is, "Wow - that would be a great vein to put an IV in...."













And I have to admit - I've had the same thought....