Friday, December 25, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
For the following weeks it was a running joke in the family. Every time we all got together someone would inevitably say how big Lily looks next to McKenzie. Eventually, after Alan's persistent claims that "Lily is a normal size baby!" and LeighAnn's reassurance that no offense was really taken, the joke died down and it hasn't been mentioned since.
Why am I telling you this? Well, McKenzie had her six month well baby checkup on Saturday and she weighs almost what Lily weighed when she visited us in the hospital. I can't imagine a baby small enough to make McKenzie look big. I guess it's all about perspective. Here's a shot of McKenzie, our giant monster baby.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
She's doing so many new things these days, including sitting up on her own and rolling from her back to her belly. After her next doctor's appointment she will get to eat her first solid food (I've got the rice cereal ready and the baby spoons cleaned).
The "Sleep Through the Night" campaign is progressing slowly; we still have a way to go. I'll write more on that soon.
Enjoy this video of Kenzie rolling over. I know she doesn't go all the way over, but I know she can get on her belly if she's on her side so I say it counts.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
She won't remember this right?
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
- Rock Kenzie until 11:15 pm when she finally falls to sleep
- Quietly crawl into bed, hoping the squeaky bed spring stays quiet this one time
- Sleep until 1:30 am when my internal clock tells me Kenzie will be waking up (which she has done precisely at 1:30 every night for the past two weeks)
- Lie awake listening to Dustin, Kenzie, and Kona and try to determine which one of them is making that incredibly annoying gurgling sound with each exhale
- Nudge Dustin, he rolls over...still hear the gurgling...wasn't him
- Reach to the nightstand for something to throw at Kona (I don't want to wake the baby by calling his name)
- After three missed throws finally hit Kona with toy, he stretches, rolls over...still hear snoring
- Realize it's my little angel, stuffed up, poor thing, but still sleeping soundly
- Fall back to sleep with the discovery that as a wife and pet owner I loathe snoring, but as a mom I find it surprisingly bearable.
Chalk it up to another lesson learned by a new mom.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
When Dustin and I first found out I was pregnant and began looking for items to register for, we were overwhelmed by the sheer number of products in Babies R Us. We tried not to get taken by the cute duckies and all the pink flowers and focused on just the items we felt we "needed" not the ones we "wanted." Now that I've been a mom for four and a half months (but who's counting) I'd like to take this opportunity to add a couple items to the must-have list.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Kona keeps us on our toes and, while he's significantly easier to care for than McKenzie (can't gate her in the kitchen while I go run errands), he still occupies much of our time and we wouldn't have it any other way. He's learned many tricks and we plan to share them with you here. Kenzie can only roll one way...watch Kona go all the way over! Hana, Mindy's dog and Kona's sister, is also adept at rolling over but I guess she just didn't feel like it on this particular day. Dog lovers, enjoy!
Go, Kona, go!
Go, Hana, go?
Here's a quick video for your Kenzie fix. She is "talking" a lot these days but when she sees the camera she freezes up. This is the best I could capture for now.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Q:Is McKenzie a "good" baby?
A: Yes. This question, which is by far the most common one we are asked, always makes me smile. I must admit, I've asked this question before, but now that I have a baby of my own I've had to rethink it. Is there such a thing as a "bad" baby? When people ask us this I assume they want to know if she is happy, what her sleeping habits are, etc. Read on.
Q: Is she a happy baby?
A: With the exception of her week at Newfound Lake (by far the worst week of her life) Kenzie rarely cries. She gets fussy when she's hungry or tired but can be soothed quickly if I know what she needs. Everyday she smiles more often and is starting to make lots of cooing noises. Dustin beat boxes for her and that is one of her favorite things.
Q:What are her sleep habits?
A: Habits? There aren't any. It seems that each week brings a new surprise and I've learned not to count on anything being like it was the night before. One thing is for sure, Kenzie does not like to sleep on her back. She startles frequetly, wakes up, and can't fall back to sleep. She's had nights where she sleeps for five hours, nurses and sleeps for three more and nights when she wakes up and wants to play at 3 am. Many people have told me that six months is the magical age when she'll start sleeping better. I hope they aren't lying.
Q: Kristen, is it weird not to be going back to work?
A: Yes and no. I never thought I'd be one to put my career on hold so readily, but I can't imagine it any other way. I love being at home with McKenzie and I know that I'll be a teacher again soon. I've applied and interviewed for a couple jobs teaching adult education at night and that might be just what I need to stay in the game without being away from Kenzie too much. We're learning how to pinch pennies so I can stay home for as long as possible
Q: Does Dustin like his new job?
A: Yes, although there are definitely tough moments. He teaches five different courses and that requires a lot of planning. He is teaching a class called "Housing and Interior Design" which is interesting because he doesn't know anything about interior design. That one requires some extra prep time. The students are a little tough but once Dustin gets his classroom routine in order I'm sure they will fall into place.