Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A second ER visit...

No picture today, sorry. Just a story.

Lola went to the emergency room for the second time in her short life last night (Tuesday). Ray called me at work about 3 p.m. and said Lola was screaming her head off and he couldn't seem to comfort her. But, she eventually went back to bed and was trying to sleep when I got home about 5 p.m.

When she woke up, Lola refused to eat either her bottle or her green peas (!) and we knew something was wrong. Gave her a bath and she felt OK, but not herself. Took her temperature and it was 101. After a call to the 24-hour nurse line, we packed her up and took her to the ER.

Temp at the doctor's office also was 101.

(Quick rant: triage note noted in her admittance note that us parents had her wrapped in two heavy blankets, so that could affect the temp reading. OK, in Bemidji this morning, it was -26 degrees. Without windchill. I can't imagine it was much warmer than that at 10 pm. last night. Had we brought the baby in without blankets, we probably would have been reported to Family Services for exposing our baby to a risk for hypothermia. Grr.)

Anyhow, after about 90 minutes of waiting and letting everyone else listen to Lola scream, we saw the ER doctor at about 10 p.m. At this point, Lola has not eaten more than 1 ounce since 4 p.m. and hasn't slept since 6 p.m. After checking her ears, throat, oxygen levels and gums (no teeth), they give her some Motrin and we head home.

All in all, it was an uneventful, and exhausting, evening. Lola was asleep in her car seat before we pulled out of the parking lot and fell asleep promptly in her crib once we got home. She woke up about midnight, downed 6 ounces of formula and slept through the night.

She woke up at about 8:30 a.m., ate another 5-6 ounces and played for about 10 minutes before going back to sleep. She does have a touch of a fever, but it's not high enough to cause alarm or concern at this point, just Tylenol.

So, we hope the worst is behind us.

Happy New Year everyone -- hopefully, our daughter enters the New Year with a regular temp and a full tummy!
- Bethany :)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Holidays, reflections

We finished up a week's worth of Christmas celebrations with a very quiet evening at home Saturday, giving Lola a few gifts from her Mom and Dad and taking just a couple of more Christmas pictures.

The best "stocking stuffer" ever! :)

This new toy was finally something that she enjoyed playing with on her tummy. Yay!

On a different note, Lola's life has taken a little change this week as she is no longer in day care. Ray has been (temporarily) laid off at work. His office is expecting new jobs in early 2009, so he could go back to work in as soon as two weeks or as long as two months. In the meantime, he is playing Mr. Mom and loving his time with Lola.

Of course, he is teaching her a few new things, such as this:

Yep, she now sticks her tongue out. Constantly. She smiles with her tongue out, laughs with her tongue out, and even tries to eat with her tongue out (unsuccessfully).

Lola continues to change almost daily. She still cannot sit on her own for more than 1-2 minutes at a time, but she really has no desire to sit. She loves to stand and even locks her knees straight when you try to get her into a sitting position. Once she is sitting, she tries to stand on her own. She doesn't get very far, but you can tell she wants to be vertical.

Sunday, I was letting Lola stand while holding onto my fingers for balance when she decided to try walking. She took two steps. She has no concept of balance or anything, so I had to steady her, but she was all ready to go.

Lola continues to try solids and absolutely loves her peas and carrots. But, she hates anything sweet. She has no interest in any kind of juice (apple, pear, etc.) and she does not like sweet potatoes or fruit. But, give her a container of peas and she is happiest kid in the world. (Which makes Ray and I wonder about her genetics...)

So this is our life. And, we love it.
- Bethany :)

Editor's note: Right after I posted this, Ray called to say that Lola is now sitting on her own. She's already out to prove Mommy wrong...

Friday, December 26, 2008

Lola's first Christmas!

Lola's first Christmas was amazing. We returned "home" to the Twin Cities for two days and visited family and had a blast visiting and catching up with everyone.

Ray often says I'm too busy with the camera to actually take part in our daughter's moments sometimes, but having pictures of these last few days was/is important to me, and looking back at these pics reminds me why:

Lola, too young to really understand the concepts of gifts or wrapping paper, was absolutely mesmerized with the "shoes" on her tights. Forget the piles of gifts, Lola had shoes! Takes after her mom, I guess ... except no heels. Yet.

While the rest of us ate too much food between appetizers and main meals, Lola didn't really seem too left out. She had a snack all her own!

Merry Christmas!
- Bethany :)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Five months old!

Lola celebrated her five-month birthday yesterday with her first "snow day" and first taste of winter gear. Our little Bemidjian-in-Training. We got about 7-8 inches of snow, which really isn't too bad, but the winds and cold just made it impossible to even think about going outside.

So Lola spend time playing with her puppies and just having a relaxing day at home, which is always nice.

We still can't beleive it's been five months.

Thanks for checking on us.
- Bethany :)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Food chronicles

Wow, I guess I have been a little busy! I didn't realize it had been so long since I updated. The Wesleys are, like everyone else I am sure, getting ready for the holidays and getting re-acquainted with the ice scraper. Oh joy.

Lola is having a rough December thus far. We had been continuing to give her solids up until last Saturday (Dec. 6) when she began to have, um, digestive issues. We had been giving her oat cereal in the mornings and afternoons and green beans at nighttime. Neither of which she liked. Then, with her new problems, the doctor recommended that we stop giving her beans and start giving her some pear juice, which she also does not like. But, we're trying. We now figure that if we force her to take the juice first, when she is absolutely starving, we can get her to take about an ounce a day, and it seems to be helping.

So...last night, we decided that we should re-start the solids again. So we broke out a container of green peas. A "good day" for Lola with solids is 4-5 little spoonfuls. We finally had to cut her off about a halfway through the container. She absolutely loved them!!! It was so cute. She was reaching for the spoon, and then, at the end, when Ray gave her the final spoonful, he brought the container over by her to clean up and she reached for the whole container. It was pretty nice.

Then, this morning, I decided to try a little bit of cereal and, boy, was she excited! She was all smiles and excited ... until I tried to get the oats in her mouth. She got all upset and didn't want any - was like she was looking around for her peas.

So funny.

So now we will wait and see throughout the day and see how she does. Hopefully, the combination of the solids and the juice will help her out a bit.

Selfishly, Ray and I are just hoping she will start digesting them good and sleep longer than 4-5 hours a night. We totally miss her 10-hour stretches from two months ago ... But that's a story for another day.

Happy Winter!
- Bethany :)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

splish splash!

I'm not a huge fan of naked baby photos or anything, but this is just too cute! Lola has learned how to make sure, when it's bath time, that everyone ends up just as wet as she is.

She has always liked bath time, but she really enjoyed it yesterday when we moved her to the "deep end" of the tub and she tried to grab the bubbles. Then, she started to really splash around.

At least she likes it, right?
- Bethany :)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Holiday firsts

Here are a few of Lola's first holiday experiences.

Today was her first Thanksgiving meal, although she obviously didn't get to partake in any of the goodies. I actually worked on Thursday, so Ray and I - and Lola - had our own celebration today (Friday).

You can see that we had the best centerpiece ever! Ha! Seriously, she hates to not be in the middle of whatever is going on and we couldn't get her to sit still in her high chair or in her bouncy seat without screaming. But she sure like sitting on the table.

It was the first Thanksgiving meal Ray and I ever made, too. Of course, those of you who know me know that cooking is not exactly a strength of mine, although I am learning to fake it a little bit. But today's meal was positively exhausting. And it was just for two! My least favorite part, by far, was dealing with the giblets or whatever they're called. Really, I was cutting the liver and I thought the bird was going to start crying or screaming or something. Too much realism for me. I like my meat to not actually look like the animal that it once was, I think.

OK, and here is Lola's first experience with an elf. Yep, nothing says Merry Christmas like a chicken-dancing elf, and snowmen, but that's a story for another day. (Short version: Bemidji sponsors a parade the day after Thanksgiving every year in celebration of the lighting of the Christmas lights in town. My work has dancing snowmen and elves.)

I love the second picture, where Lola is staring at me wondering, "What are you doing, Mama?" It's a legitimate question, I think.

Happy Thanksgiving!
- Bethany :)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Jumping for joy!

Check out Lola's new favorite activity! She does this for up to an hour at a time, and she screams when you take her out of it. So funny.

I can already see her asking for a trampoline for Christmas next year!

Happy Thanksgiving!
- Bethany :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Numbers are in!

Just a quick update from today's check-up!

weight - 16 pounds, 7 ounces: 95th percentile
height - 26 inches: 97th percentile
head - 16 3/4 inches: 90th percentile


We are starting solids! Yay!

Started this afternoon with rice cereal ... I don't know if she swallowed much, but she was at least receptive to the idea!

More details to come!
- Bethany :)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Random thoughts

Here are some things I've been thinking about, with some corresponding pictures. Enjoy!

Look what Lola learned! She still hasn't quite got the ability to hold it for very long, or if the bottle is very full, but she wants to hold it all of the time and gets fussy if you try to feed her yourself. Very funny.

She continues to find new ways to entertain herself.

She is starting to copy me, which is so amusing. Ray and I were talking about her shots, which are on Tuesday, and about the time that he ripped off the band-aids from the second month batch. Looking at Lola in her high chair, I pointed to Ray and said, "He did it." And she un-balled her little fist and pointed at me with her index finger. It was so cute.

She also has started to reach for toys when she sees one coming. Like last night, when she refused to go to sleep. I brought out her stuffed fox so she could cuddle for it and she reached up when I was still halfway across the room. She did that with the bottle this morning, too.

Think someone looks like her daddy? Seriously, if it weren't for those blue eyes...

We are preparing here for her check-up on Tuesday and making bets on how big Lola has gotten! I am guessing 17 pounds, 3 ounces. Ray is saying 18 pounds, 4 ounces. Any other guesses?

I'll update Tuesday afternoon.
- Bethany :)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Four months old today!!!

Happy Birthday, Lola!

I can't believe she is four months old! Seems like just yesterday I was 42 weeks pregnant and very, very cranky. Time sure does fly.

Lola just keeps getting bigger and growing up. I finally had to pack up all of the 0-3 months clothes. She hasn't worn 90 percent of them in a very long time, but there were a few that she could fit into. No more. Which means her wardrobe shrunk in half, albeit momentarily. Won't be long before I start supplementing with 6-9 months.

You can't see it in the picture, but she is loving her jumperoo (third picture) because it lets her stand up and jump. Seriously, the girl already has a better vertical than I do...not that that is saying much. She is getting bored with sitting all of the time, but obviously isn't quite ready to crawl, much less walk.

Ray had a dream the other night that Lola was trying to learn the crawl, glared at him and said, "Darn it. Forget this crawling thing, I'm going to walk." And she pulled herself up to standing near the coffee table and started toddling around the room.

While we are nowhere near that right now, she certainly does love it when you hold her in a standing position. Her legs are actually strong enough to support herself, but she does not grasp the idea of balance at all.

OH! I almost forgot! I finally heard her laugh Tuesday night! Twice! I was giving her kisses on her little cheeks and she squealed! Was absolutely precious. Hasn't done it since, of course, but we'll get there!

Take care; thanks for checking on us!
- Bethany :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Baby bicycles

Ha! This is the cutest thing ever! Daddy came home with a surprise - feet rattles!

Watch Lola go nuts!

So cute!
- Bethany :)

Lola's life

We are counting down to Lola's next doctor's appointment (not for the shots, but because we're anxious to learn her new height and weight). We agree that she is over 14 pounts, but Ray thinks she has topped 15. We'll see; she goes in on Nov. 25, so we have a little while yet.

She continues to amaze us every day. Most often because she's smiling and happy all of time, but occasionally she reminds us that she can scream, quite loudly in fact.

She hasn't laughed again lately, but I'm sure it will happen again soon.

She loves being on her tummy now and doesn't seem too interested in rolling over very often, but sometimes she'll do it just to show us thta she can. But then she'll scream (she hates to be on her back unless it's sleeptime) until you put her back on her tummy.

Lola also loves fuzzy things, particularly blankets and a little pink elephant that her cousin gave her before she was born. (The above pics were taken while she was cuddling with a very large stuffed dog that Raymond gave me a while ago.) That's the easiest way to get a smile, to hand her something soft.

On the flipside, while we have been introducing her to diferent textures of leaves and plants on our nightly walks, she let us know that she did not like the feel of pine needles. (Not that we shoved them into her skin, we just let her hand graze them.) She quickly pulled her hand away and held her little fists together, making sure that we wouldn't make her touch that again. Pretty funny.

Not that everything she does in cute. She now hates it if we leave the room or don't make constant eye contact with her while she's playing. That makes it harder to make dinner or shower -- but, really, I kinda' love it because it makes me feel wanted instead of needed all of the time.

So, life continues!
- Bethany :)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

First laugh!

Lola laughed for the first time today! I wish I could describe it ... It's not that I don't have words for it - I actually didn't hear it.

I've been wanting pictures of Lola outside for weeks now, and since the snow will be coming soon, I decided today would be the ideal day. It's sunny and pretty warm outside. And, since trips to the park don't seem to be her thing yet, I decided to do it here at home.

Lola woke up from her afternoon nap at 2:30 p.m. I gave her a bottle and handed her to Ray while I went outside to get set up. I was LITERALLY fifteen steps from the front door, which is about five feet down a little hill. I was only gone for half a minute, just long enough to put the blanket down and come back inside.

When I get back inside, Ray is all giddy and giggling, saying that Lola just laughed, for real, for the first time. I missed it. :(

I suppose it's only fair; he missed her first roll over - but I still feel robbed. I mean, if I was at work, fine, I could deal with that. But I was outside for thirty seconds! Grr.

I know, I know. They'll be plenty more laughs. (Not that she is doing any more yet today.) But I'm still sad...

Oh well. At least the pictures are cute!
- Bethany :)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Trick or Treat!

Lola didn't go trick-or-treating or even get too costume-y yesterday, but we had a good time visiting friends and relatives.

Happy Halloween!
- Bethany :)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

A quick trip to the park...

We decided to head to a park in town to try to get some pictures of all of us together. So, we started to pack up about 1 p.m. and left the house about 3 p.m. Great planning on our part as Lola had definitely had enough awake time by the time we actually got to the park -- we really only stayed about 15 minutes. She was cranky, the wind was blowing hard and you could feel the snow coming. (Yes, we got our first taste of snow -- well, it actually snowed for a few minutes earlier this month, but this was the first time it continued. Nothing stuck around, but it won't be too much longer.)

We realized that has probably been the biggest change for us since having Lola: We're no longer able to just pick up and go. B.B. (Before Baby), we used to grab our camping stuff or a bag full of clothes and just head north for the weekend or the day. Now, it takes us two hours to pack for a 15-minute trip to the park - and we still forgot something.

Not that we mind, obviously, it's just a change.

We also realized that this is the first year since we got married that we won't have hiked to the top of Eagle Mountain. We did it on our honeymoon in 2005 and repeated the trip in 2006 and 2007, planning to do it at least once a summer. But it wasn't practical to bring a two-month-old along with us, so we didn't do it this summer. Oh well, hopefully, we'll be able to bring her along next summer.

But we have gotten so much in return. Lola is such a happy baby and loves to have us around; she doesn't much like it when we're out of sight. It's nice to be wanted!

- Bethany :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Listening to Lola

Well, here goes - my first attempt at video. I haven't quite figured out how to rotate this yet, but I thought I should maybe see if this works first, and then start learning all of the bells and whistles.

Give it a few seconds and then you can hear Lola "talking" to me, and herself.

Such a doll.

- Bethany :)

Monday, October 20, 2008

One year ago...

It was one year ago today that Ray told me I was pregnant.

It is so hard to imagine now ... not knowing what was going to happen. Ray and I still laugh, not remembering how we used to spend our weekends. Staying at home, watching her smile, that is the best part of every day.

If I was smarter, I would learn to post a video or something, so you could see how she is at home every single day. We have, honestly, the happiest baby in the world. She cries only when she wants to get out of her crib. The rest of the time, she is smiling. Seriously. She grins constantly and smiles at us every time we walk by. She's absolutely adorable.

Lola is now beginning to "talk" in her own little baby language. She's babbling and cooing. It is taking some getting used to. We were all outside yesterday for a little bit and I kept hearing something so I would lean down over her and say, "What did you say, Lola?" and wait for her to go again. And Ray would laugh, "That was a bird." Oh. I did it like three times.

So I'm learning -- but we're enjoying every single moment with her.

Happy fall,
- Bethany :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Three months later...

Well, Lola officially turned three months old yesterday.

And she celebrated this morning by learning to roll over! The first picture is the "before" - it literally was taken seconds before she went for it. The second is the "after" shot, but before she started grinning. I was so excited I forgot to get the smiley pics.

She was so proud of herself!

Lola was so cute. We woke up a bit early than usual this morning, and we always do her "exercises" and play time before work, since that is when she is happiest. (How in the heck Ray and I got a baby who loves the morning-time is beyond us; we have a standing rule in our house that we don't speak to one another before 10 a.m., and no, I'm not kidding.) Anyhow, I put her on her tummy for some tummy time, although she was kind of cranky at the time. And she looked at me lying on the floor next to me and just threw herself onto her left side. She's been doing this more and more lately, but then she actually pushed herself the rest of the way.

I was so excited! And, it was just what I needed. Yesterday was an emotional day for me. Lola and I had to wake up in a hurry yesterday and I had to get her to daycare by 8 a.m. -- and then I had a 13-hour day in front of me. I didn't get home until midnight. So you can guess how much time we had together.

Ray and I do a "dream feed" at night. Whoever is the last to bed gives her a bottle in her sleep, more or less. So I gave her a bottle at about midnight and I kind of all sad and teary-eyed. Felt like I was missing out on everything. Plus, it really didn't help that Ray, bless him, put her in a sleeper that she hadn't before been able to wear because it was too big. And, it fit perfectly. So I couldn't get over how big she is.

I really have no regrets about going back to work, but the long days are hard on me. With it being election season, I am now working every Monday night for council meetings and also every Tuesday night covering debates. Which I love, but it's hard not getting home until after she's in bed.

But this morning made everything good again -- I'm just SO glad I was there when she did it! I would have really been a wreck had I missed it!

Thanks for checking on us,
- Bethany :)

Friday, October 3, 2008

We're adjusting

Both Lola and I seem to be adjusting well to our new schedules.

I had a hard time, of course, Sunday night and then Monday when I finally dropped her off at day care. It was kind of funny, in retrospect, that all day Monday I pictured her smiling and grinning when I would pick her up, and when I did -- she screamed when she saw me. Nice, right? :) Well, she had just woken up from a nap and was hungry. Once we got home, she kept smiling at me so much that she couldn't keep the bottle in her mouth. Was very cute -- and appreciated!

I actually had today - Friday - off of work, so I was able to spend all day with Lola, which was GREAT fun! As you can see, she is now really interested in her toys and loves to play and be entertained. She is just so much fun and hardly cries.

Ray and I are also enjoying our nights! Lola sleeps 10 hours uninterrupted each night, which is wonderful. Of course, I have no doubt she'll hit a growth spurt this week or next and want to get up every three hours again, but we're enjoying it while we can!

Thanks for checking on us -- we are really just loving fall so far! Everything has been going super well for us. Life is so enjoyable right now!
- Bethany :)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

My last day home

Well this is it. After 11 weeks home with Lola, I am going back to work tomorrow (Monday). I have mixed feelings, of course, but am excited to get back to work. As it's both election and budget season, I should be pretty busy.

We spent these past few days just being with Lola as much as possible and enjoying her every smile. Thursday, especially, was special. Every day she and I do her "exercises" in which we practice sitting up, standing and doing tummy time. She was on her tummy looking around and starting to kind of flail all over the place and rolled herself onto her back. She didn't realize what she had done and started crying. So fun!

I am so thankful to have had this time with her. She is such an angel.
- Bethany :)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Lola's first trip to the headwaters...

Lola made her long-awaited first trip to the headwaters of the Mississippi River today. We figured that it was about time to take her to a state park and decided Itasca was ideal for her inaugural visit. (Itasca also was where Ray and I went to celebrate the day we found out we were expecting.)

Well, as our luck would have it, there was a wedding taking place literally in the waters at the headwaters and a crowd of about a hundred were gathered around the riverside. We couldn't really wait for the wedding to end as Lola was less than thrilled with the experience. We took a few quick pictures along the shore of Lake Itasca and a few further down along the Mississippi. As you can see, it was a beautiful fall day -- the leaves are just breathtaking up here.

Just thought I would share.
- Bethany :)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Two-month checkup

Miss Lola had her two-month checkup today, which included her first round of shots.

She must have known what was coming because she made every effort this morning to make us late or keep us from going. First, she slept until I had I wake her up at 9:30, then I finally got her dressed and into her car seat at which point she decided it was a perfect time for a poopy diaper. Then, she peed all over the changing pad. When we were finally ready to go again, she spit up all over her outfit and I had to change her. It was an exhausting 45 minutes.

The doctor's visit went as one might expect. She was smiley and happy until the pediatrician began checking her over. She really didn't like the tongue compressor thing.

But the worst was yet to come. She did not handle the shots well. Not that I expected her to, but I was hopeful. Upon first stick, she shrieked like crazy -- and then when the second one came, she wanted to scream and her face remained deep red/purple, but she kinda' didn't want to breathe. the nurse had to gently nudge her to get her to take a breath. That was fun.

She slept for the next few hours, but would wake herself to up to scream and then go back to sleep. She had a slight fever this afternoon, but is smiley and happy -- enjoying her toys again -- so we're just going with it. We'll see how the night goes.

The numbers:
12 pounds, 12.8 ounces
23 inches
her head is 16 inches
All of which puts her in the 95th percentile

So all in all, we survived round one. I decided, however, that next time it's Daddy's turn to go.
- Bethany :)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Baby blue eyes

I've decided that babies are a lot smarter than anyone gives them credit for. For instance, Lola has always been close to rolling over and has even mastered rolling over while lying atop a pillow. But, really, what does she have to gain in rolling over quickly? She'd just be one step closer to sitting up on her own, crawling and standing on her own. She'd have already set the bar so that Ray and I would expect that she would soon be walking -- and then she would just be that much closer to having a dishrag put in her hand and being directed to the dirty dishes in the sink.

So, really, it's to her benefit that she hold off. I mean, whether she walks at 12 months or 22 months, we're still going to coo and squeal and be just as excited no matter what month is it.

I'm pretty sure she has figured this out, too. Lola, who has always loved her paci, now refuses to take it unless the giver literally clucks like a chicken or makes what Ray calls a "chipmunk noise" by clicking one's teeth repeatedly. So she not only has us bending over and sprinting from the other side of the room when it falls out of mouth, but she now has us acting like Alvin the Chipmunk.

Seriously, if babies could communicate with one another, I wonder what they would talk about? Baby A would say he has caregivers running around the house looking for the only paci that keeps him happy. Baby B says she reserves all her smiles until her dad does the Macarena. And Lola would say she has her parents imitating wildlife about six times every hour.

But, of course, she's so darn cute that it's worth it.

We're also thrilled to help whenever we can. For about a week now Lola has been developing a move in which she puts her paci back in her mouth on her own. When it falls out of her mouth, if it gets caught at her neck, she throws both her hands up toward her face and about one time in five she is able to put the nuk back in place. Well, of course, this doesn't always work and when it falls between her legs or off the her side, she needs help. But, when she sees you coming, she kind of panics and repeatedly throws her hands up, as if to say, "Leave me along; I can do it on my own." Then, when you do get it for her, she clamps her mouth shut and glares at you...until you make the chipmunk noise. Then, she smiles and opens up.

Yup. She's already got us trained.
- Bethany :)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

7 weeks old!

Sheesh, I'm not very good at updating this very often, am I? Sorry, we've been busy and I get distracted easily.

It is so hard to believe that Lola is seven weeks old! She continues to grow and become more aware and playful each week. No longer do we just play with her in her bassinet or on a blanket. Instead, she now reaches for and grabs the toys and rattles above her in her play gym, and she loves to set off the music and lights above her while she sits in her bouncy chair.

She also seems to be developing a stronger ability to recognize faces and voices. While I think she has always recognized my voice, she now will look for me when she hears me in the room or will watch me if I walk past her.

OK, I probably shouldn't complain about this, but if Lola stays on schedule, she sleeps about six hours a night, which should be great, right? Well, after sleeping six hours, she thinks is playtime and wants to stay up. A typical night has us starting to try to get her to sleep about 8 p.m. and her finally falling asleep between 10 and 11, sleeping until 4 or 5 a.m. And then she's up. She's smiley and alert and wants to play. I wrestle with her for another hour or two until she falls asleep for a little while longer. It's exhausting. I mean, it was better when she would only sleep three hours at a time -- at least if she slept from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m., she would instantly fall back to sleep and I could go back to bed.

So, in summary, we continue to work on getting her to fall asleep.

But, really, she's a complete doll. She makes us laugh and smile all of the time. And she is screaming a little bit less these days, knock on wood, which is very nice.

Thanks for checking on us,
- Bethany :)

Monday, August 18, 2008

A happy baby

Getting a picture of a smiling Lola is like finding Bigfoot. And, since someone supposedly found the furry creature, I figured I should try to capture one of my daughter's smiles. She is happiest in the morning, so this was taken Friday morning, while she was playing in her bouncy seat.

The smile was especially rewarding since Lola has been fairly crabby lately. We're pretty sure it's a humidity. When the air conditioning is on, she is much happier. So now we are looking forward to winter! Well, not really.

Anyhow, she is five weeks old today and just gets cuter by the day. She is funny and already is fairly spoiled -- she absolutely refuses to poop in a wet diaper. So, if you change her and she is really wet, you kind of just wait around by the changing table for a few minutes until she soils the new one. It's pretty funny.

- Bethany :)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Like mother, like daughter?

Happy one month birthday, Lola! It is so hard for us to believe that she is already a month old. It is amazing to watch her grow and become more and more alert with each passing day. She smiles more and more - and, of course, cries just as often - and we find her enjoying new activities almost daily.

I really just wanted to share a quick funny:

All three of us were at home one night this week and I was preparing to feed Lola, who was wearing a purple onesie and matching sweats. While I was mixing her bottle, she began to get a bit fussyn and impatient (she gets that from Ray, I think). While trying to come up with something new to talk to her, I realized that she was sucking on her purple Nuk and I also had her purple bottle in hand.

"Oh, you're already color coordinating your accessories!" I told her.

And Lola grinned from ear to ear. It was the cutest darned thing ever.

Ray groaned.

- Bethany :)

Monday, August 11, 2008

4 weeks old!

Whew, it has been a busy -- and fast -- two weeks. I can't believe that Lola is four weeks old today! That's amazing. She's growing up so quickly. Too quickly in fact, if you ask you me. She has already outgrown her first batch of "newborn" clothes and we had to move her up one size in diapers this past week.

But, there has been several successes lately that come along with her getting a little older. She is now a LOT more alert and plays for longer periods of time. She especially likes to stare at people's faces and mimic their expressions. She is particularly good at making a surprised face and smiling. She is a very smiley baby; we love it.

Last night, Ray and I celebrated another nice milestone: For the first time in four weeks, we slept side-by-side! After four weeks of having to try to sleep in the recliner with little Lola on our chests, she has finally transitioned to the bassinet. Yeah, we probably should have stressed this earlier, but better late than never, right?

Lola made her first trip to the Twin Cities last week, and made her first appearances at the mall and the Minnesota Zoo, which is where the above picture was taken. She slept through both trips.

So, we're now back home enjoying the scenery and our home. She is currently unwinding in her swing -- I am catching up on email. And, yes, one of these days I will catch up on belated phone calls.

Happy August,
- Bethany :)

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Doctor visit

For once, this was a planned and UNEVENTFUL doctor's visit. Yay!

Lola started off, when she was born, at 8 pounds, 9 ounces and 20 inches long. She now weighs a whopping 9 pounds, 2.5 ounces and is 21.5 inches long. She is in the 90th percentile for both weight and length. So our little one is growing, which is fantastic.

More importantly, I suppose, is that she has tested negative for all the possible diseases and conditions that they test newborns for, which is great. She was given a clean bill of health -- and we can even stop using the eye cream since her eye infection has cleared!

So, for the first time in a few weeks, we had a boring visit to the doctor's office, which was a very nice change of pace.

We are now preparing to celebrate Ray's birthday tomorrow, Friday, and getting ready for our big week next week. Ray will be in St. Cloud for job training throughout the week so Lola and I will be spending the week in the Twin Cities. The idea of five days without Ray or any other helpers just seems a bit daunting for me right now... And shopping sounds like fun!

Thanks for checking on us!
- Bethany :)