Friday, April 27, 2007

daddy's girl

This past weekend we went out to celebrate hubby's birthday. Our first time out to a non-Chinese restaurant (which are loud and crying babies are drowned out by the other noises) for dinner. Our first time out eating at 5 pm (to ensure that we're home for baby K's 7 pm bedtime).

It's probably the last time we try that again for a few months. When we got there she was great - all smiles, laughing, cooing. After appetizers, the fussiness set in. I guess she was bored or it was too dark in the restaurant, or something, but she cried a lot - loudly without stopping no matter what tricks, props or soothing we used. So what did we do... we quickly finished dinner and took her straight home and into bed. What else was there to do?

Lots of developments in these couple of weeks. Our babe is now an official thumb sucker. The pacifiers don't work - she hates them. Prefers her own little hands. She's also learning how to give kisses (goobers as we call them). Coming at you with mouth wide open for one of the wettest (and sweetest) kisses you'll ever receive. And today, she rolled over onto her side!

As for me, it's begun. The dreaded hair loss. I'm losing hair by the handfuls. I thought I was prepared for this because I was warned by friends and my stylist, but when I look down at the floor at all the hair, I'm shocked to realized it's all mine! For those that don't know... during pregnancy hair loss comes to almost a complete stand-still, but following birth, watch out! All that hair you were supposed to lose in 9 months hits you after delivery! I'm finally getting a hair cut this weekend! Yippee!

Monday, April 23, 2007

the allergy hunt

Since discovering that Kayla has eczema, I've been trying all sorts of lotions and creams in addition to the frequent baths suggested by our paediatrician. We've had some success over the past month as the eczema has retreated in some areas, but there's still some stubborn spots that won't seem to go away.

As I do more research on the condition, I'm learning that eczema in babies is commonly associated with an allergy, mostly to dairy, passed through my breast milk. So for the past two weeks I've been on a non-dairy diet (no cheese, milk, butter, etc.). Her eczema seemed to get a little better (but not much), however, I realized yesterday that the formula we've been giving her in the evenings contains milk proteins as well.

So it's back to square one! For the next two weeks again it's no dairy, but also pump in the evening and give her the bottle before bed (I don't need her to forget how to drink from a bottle again after all that hard work getting her back on track!) After we've ruled out dairy, there's still wheat, eggs, seafood, soy and nuts! Goodness, I hope it's dairy, because this could get exhausting!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

the swaddling continues

The unswaddling plan didn't work. After falling asleep last night, baby K proceeded to wake up twice between 8 and 9 pm, swatting at her head, and of course, not finding her mouth as I had hoped. So that was the end of the test. We promptly re-swaddled her the second time and she fell asleep until 2 am - eating time.

We'll try again in a week or two, maybe she'll have more motor control then! Until then, my little babe is happy in her burrito roll!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

unswaddle me

We've decided to brave it and will be teaching Kayla to sleep without a swaddle tonight. We figured she was old enough now and since discovering her hands, we're hoping that being able to find her fingers will help to soothe herself to sleep when she wakes at night.

I'm very nervous, however, because for the past 3 nights she's been waking only once per night. I'm very encouraged by this recent development and I partly think it's because she's getting older and partly because we've been giving her a bottle as her last feed of the night.

I'm nervous, however, that unswaddling her will undo this tremendous progress we've made. But we have to start somewhere; we cannot keep her swaddled her whole life. Besides, it's getting harder and harder to keep her in. She's very strong now and can miraculously sneak those little arms of hers out (even through the double swaddle we've resorted to this past month).

Wish us luck!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

sleep like a baby

Now, that's an oxymoron if I ever heard of one! Today I read an article about The Sleep Doula. Like a birthing doula who supports and guides you through the birth and delivery of your baby, a sleep doula does the same for your baby's bedtime routine.

Hum... sounds like a dream! I may just have to consider the $150 price tag + $35/hour fee if I get desperate enough one day. After only once sleeping for 7 1/2 hours straight, baby K is back to her usual schedule: 2 wakings per night. I guess I shouldn't complain; I usually get 5-6 hours uninterrupted from her, which according to all the sleep books is average for her age, but that one brief moment a week ago gave me some hope. At least I know she can do it!

So every night, after story time and as she's getting bundled up for bed, I continue to whisper to her: "Good night little girl; see you in the morning" wishing each night it was true. One day... but until then... sleep tight.

Monday, April 16, 2007

party shoes

This weekend was the first of many 1st birthday parties of the season that we attended as a family. Wonderful to see all the kids running around, splashing in the coin pool, and getting all sweaty, knowing that one day our little one will be there too!

For the occasion, my baby girl needed a new pair of shoes - naturally of course every girl needs new shoes for a party. So this past week, I worked on this little pair of t-strap booties. Adapted from this Lion Brand pattern, knitted in a creamy cashmerino blend yarn - super soft! I love the daisy button accent.

So, new shoes for a special party! Happy Birthday 1st Kareena!

Friday, April 13, 2007

mirror, mirror

Kayla has finally discovered herself!

Actually, she's discovered that there's a mirror above her on her beloved bouncy. It's quite amusing these days to watch her crane her neck and body so she can look at herself in the mirror. Silly girl!

Sunday, April 08, 2007

3 months shy

I keep hearing that the 3 month marker is a turning point in caring for baby - even my dad knows this and has reminded me to hang in there, it gets easier after 3 months. For those who know my dad, its a surprise that he would say this. I was stunned to say the least that even he knew about this incredible milestone.

Baby K is just a few days shy of 3 months old, yet this weekend we had some encouraging changes:

  1. She's finally taking naps with less effort on my part! Albeit the naps are usually about 1 hour or so in length, but it's taking less time to get her to nap and she takes about 3 per day.

  2. She's back to taking a bottle again! Thanks to the advice of a friend (baby K's big auntie k) we started her back using pumped breast milk for one week and switched it to warmed formula yesterday - and it worked!

  3. She slept for 7 1/2 hours straighted yesterday for the first time! Only woke up once last night. I was floored!

So, there might be something to this third month marker, so for all the new mamas out there - hang in there, the light is coming.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

welcome new friend

Kayla welcomes her new little boyfriend, Jordan - born yesterday in no less than 4 hours! Our fam is happy for your fam! Can't wait to meet the little guy! Congratulations!

Now let's see if the envelope was right!

Monday, April 02, 2007

super size me

We switched baby K to size 2 diapers this morning. The size ones just weren't holding it in!

My goodness... my little piggy!

She's getting good at holding her head up these days. Soon... it'll be soon...

Sunday, April 01, 2007

to soother or not to soother

That's the question of the week. Since Kayla has discovered how to suck on her hand, hubby and I have been discussing whether we'd let her continue or introduce her to a pacifier. As a thumb sucker myself when I was a kid, my mom told me it was very difficult to wean me off it. Basically I had to have my sucking arm in a sling (a result of a burn) to get me to stop.

So this week I went to purchase a couple of pacifiers and this weekend we've been trying to get her to use it properly (again another thing that should come naturally, since all babies have a natural sucking urge, but we must still show them how).

This afternoon she seemed to have a good go at it, and guess what we discovered... the soother works wonders for soothing baby in the bath! We've now discovered a new way to bathe our babe - with a soother in her mouth! No more screaming - just a few leg flays, but we could handle that! Happy days again...