Thursday, January 22, 2009

Extra grandmas


For over a year, I've been going to a retirement home on Thursday mornings to volunteer.  Originally, I put together a library for them.  Ever since, I've been maintaining it and organizing all the new books that get donated.  Somewhere along the way, I started helping with "nail care" as well.  There is another volunteer, Virginia, that comes on Thursdays to file and paint fingernails.  The grandmas love it!  

Week after week during my pregnancy, the grandmas all tracked my progress.  They wanted to know how I felt, what gender I thought the baby would be, and if I was ready for the little one to arrive.  Now that Little One is here, we try to go visit every few weeks.  Due to Christmas, New Year's, and our snow storm, we haven't been in about a month, but today we made it.  Everyone was thrilled to see us! Mickie was excited because she hadn't seen me since before the baby came.  And Nellie and Thelma have been my most faithful "baby trackers," so they were anxious to see how much growth had happened in the last month.  

I wonder if Little One recognized their voices because as soon as she heard them all talking to her, she was all smiles!  It was like she couldn't contain her excitement in hearing their voices and seeing their wrinkly faces smiling at her.  Thelma (secretly my favorite resident) even commented to me that Little One just seems like "their" baby.  She even bought a little outfit for her!  How sweet that she gets to have so many extra grandmas!  We are so blessed. :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

3 months

I almost forgot!  Little One is 3 months old now, so here a few of the latest photos....







Blessed to be home

Today I'm supposed to be studying for neonatal resuscitation re-certification while Little One naps.   Ugh, there are so many other things I would rather be doing!  But since I don't really have a choice, I'm going to take a moment to be thankful that I've been able to be home with Little One for the past three months.  Tomorrow will be my first venture back to work (to do the re-certification).  It has been FABULOUS being home with her.  Yes, some days are rough, but I love been a mommy.  I'm so thankful that I have had the chance to be home for a full three months with her.  And I'm thankful that I'm only going back to work about 6 days a month!  What a blessing that the schedule of a nurse can be so flexible. :)  Now I just have to get my NRP done, and I can go back to work.  A little odd studying for "resuscitation of the depressed newborn" when I haven't even been at a normal delivery since the day Little One arrived (and I don't think that even counts because I was the one on the bed - not the nurse!)  We'll see how it goes! 

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Milestones

We've hit several big milestones in the last week or so.  A little over a week ago, Little One got to take her first plane flight.  She did amazingly well - I was so proud!  Other than soiling herself so bad that she needed to be COMPLETELY stripped down on the plane for a full change, she didn't cause any problems.  She was happy to look around and eat. :)  Once we landed, she got to spend New Year's Eve meeting her great-grandparents for the first time.  It was so fun watching them with her.  They couldn't believe how big she is already! 
Of course, once Little One's auntie arrived the next day, it was hard for anyone to get their hands on her. :) Auntie S and her boyfriend D did a great job of entertaining Little One with their silly faces, goofy voices, and amazing singing/piano playing.  I think Little One misses them already.

Now that we're back home, Little One has graduated up to her crib.  No more cradle!  For all the changes that have been happening, she is doing fabulous.  She took right to her crib - no fussing.  She goes back and forth from sleeping 6 hour stretches, to about 9 hours at night, but we can handle that.  

Life is good. :)