Canaan turned 4 months last Wednesday.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Canaan turned 4 months last Wednesday.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
HSU sent a form to fill out about myself to be included in a book I think about those who graduated in 1999. There is a space for a paragraph that is titled "WHAT I'VE BEEN DOING SINCE HSU DAYS & OTHER COMMENTS". How do you fit 10 years worth of life into a paragraph? I guess I will do my best.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I just want to clarify that I am NOT ready for winter.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Here's what has been going on in Canaan's life over the past week.
- Friday while laying on her activity mat, she rolled over for the first time! She rolled from her back to her belly twice. I haven't seen her do it since then.
- She met Pops (her paternal grandfather) on Friday. I'll have pictures of them together in my next post.
- Matthew has been watching all our animated videos to see what will be appropriate to show Canaan at some point. He now is on a kick to find some of the Disney movies that are currently out of circulation. I'm not sure that we need to be in a hurry, but Matthew has already started thinking of the ones he would like to get.
- Canaan had several really good days this week where she ate and slept well during the day. She is not always a good napper so this was great for Matthew.
- She continues to smile more easily and more often each day.
- I still have not heard her laugh again. I've already forgotten what that little laugh sounded like, although I have not forgotten that it was one of the most beautiful sounds I've ever heard.
- The weather over the weekend was pretty cool. The only long sleeve clothes Canaan has at the moment are 3 to 6 month size. They were a tad bit big, but not too bad. She has some really cute things to wear as it gets cold. Girl clothes are just so cute!
- Canaan is still not a big fan of the car seat. She generally does not like riding in the car. This is baffling to other parents. I always hear how everyone else's children fall asleep in the car.
- She is still wearing size 1 in diapers. Our favorite diapers are the Pampers Swaddlers.
- You can see from these pictures that Canaan spends a lot of time with one or both of her hands in her mouth.
Matthew is so great with Canaan. He is a great stay-at-home dad. He is continuing to look for a job, but nothing has come around yet. We have decided that until he can find a full-time engineering job, it is worth it to us for him to stay home with Canaan rather than working full-time in retail. He would not be able to earn enough to make it worth putting Canaan in daycare. Some folks don't understand that decision, but we think it is really important for Canaan to be at home with a parent rather than in daycare if we can swing that.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Canaan met some more friends over the weekend. Wade and Michelle are the first couple friends that Matthew and I made after we got married. We have known them about 6 years and love them dearly. We had a fantastic weekend with them! We enjoyed hanging around the house, eating, seeing a local attraction, and fellowshipping with them. We have missed them and really loved spending time with them over the weekend. Canaan was fascinated by Michelle, and anytime we were in the car she was watching Michelle (as evidenced in the photo below).
- Canaan is starting to touch her toys and hold them in her hands. She tries to put them in her mouth but is not very successful with that part yet.
- When I get home in the evenings, I find myself asking Matthew this question a lot, "Has she been doing this?" He works with her a lot during the day to teach her things. She's a good learner up to this point.
- Canaan used to take any pacifier. Now she generally turns them away and will suck on her thumb if she desires to suck on something. She also will put 1 to 4 fingers in her mouth to chew or suck on.
- She still has quite the sensitive tummy. I am still on the elimination diet, but there are days that she has some tummy issues.
- Canaan plays with her tongue a lot. She could spend hours (a bit of an exaggeration) just sticking her tongue out and then putting it back in her mouth. We have no idea what she's doing.
- I mentioned this earlier, but she laughed for the first time last week. We haven't gotten her to do it again yet. She has come close though.
- Canaan enjoys the toys hanging over her bouncy seat and play gym. She is more interested in them than she has been.
- She now fits comfortably in 3 to 6 month footed pajamas.
- She sleeps in the "surrender" position with her hands up by her head.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
After bath time, she was on her changing table while I rubbed her down with lotion. She was only wearing a diaper and I gave her a zerbert on her belly. I have done this before and made her cry...I guess she was too young to appreciate it.
After I gave her the zerbert, she made a fun noise. So I called Matthew in and told I thought I was making her laugh. The next time I did it, she really laughed. It was PRECIOUS!
Matthew went to get the video camera, but of course, the battery was dead. That's what happens when you haven't charged it since before Canaan was born.
We have both been looking forward to hearing her laugh. I am sure there will be many firsts that one of us will miss. I am so thankful that we were both there to hear the first one.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Things I've already forgotten...
And some things I've learned...
Last Monday I took Canaan to Boulder to meet my co-workers since I had to be there for two meetings that day. Generally Canaan sleeps until she wakes up, but this day I had to wake her up a little before 6 am. After she had eaten, had a diaper change, and was dressed, we hit the road for a 2 hour and 15 minute drive. She did really well but was fussy probably the last hour or so of the drive. I thought she might have a wet diaper or maybe she was hungry. As soon as I parked the car and opened her door, she just looked at me and smiled. Evidently, she was just tired of being in her car seat. She gave a lot of smiles at the office. I had to leave during the first meeting (which was attended by the whole office - probably 100 people) to feed her. The second meeting was attended only by my team of 12 people. All was pretty quiet during this meeting until Canaan tooted pretty loudly. I met with my supervisor while I was there. I was holding Canaan facing away from me with one of my hands between her legs. All of a sudden urine started rolling down my arm, my pants, and onto the table, chair, and carpet in my supervisor's office. Oops! I cleaned it with all-purpose cleaner - all that I could find in the office. I was only able to stay at the office with her for half the day (an HR policy) which worked out fine for me because with the 4 plus hours of driving it was a long day anyway. Canaan did not take a good nap even with all the time in the car seat. She went to bed at 6:30 pm and didn't wake up until 7 am Tuesday.
- I have started putting Canaan to bed in a sleep sack rather than her Swaddle Me. She is continuing to sleep through the night. She generally goes to bed around 8:45 pm and will wake up sometime between 6 and 7 am. She likes to sleep with her hands up by her head. I need to get a picture, but I don't want to wake her up once she's down for the night. (Incidentally, I thought I would inform you that "the experts" define sleeping through the night as sleeping from midnight to 5 am.)
- I LOVE how she wrinkles her forehead and her eyes get big when you're talking to her.
- Sometimes when Canaan is crying, she snorts.
- She has learned to anticipate when Matthew is going to move toward her face making little kissing noises. She will close or squint her eyes and sometimes wrinkle her nose.
- Her eyes are still blue.
- I don't think I've mentioned this on the blog before, but Canaan was born with an umbilical hernia. We were told it should heal on its own by the time she is 3 years old. I think it is actually already healed or close to being healed. We are so thankful! It looked quite painful.
- She still generally enjoys being on her changing table.
- She had a good weekend with Grandma and Grandpa and is already looking forward to their next visit.
Neither of us really understood the story of Kooza. The others we’ve seen definitely have been more cohesive with the story being evident. I looked at the website today to find out what the show was about. I definitely didn’t get this from watching. Allegria is the best show we’ve seen. It was also the first show we saw. I’m not sure if that is why it was the best or not. We still really enjoyed the show. The performers can definitely do some incredible (and sometimes gross) things with their bodies. We have a lot of questions about these shows…how much do the performers train, what does the chef prepare for meals, what kind of insurance do they have, what happens when they can no longer perform, how often do they sustain injuries, etc?
This is a better photo of my new hair cut. I think Matthew likes it even though he thought I should keep my hair long. I forgot to mention in my earlier post that I have been losing hair like crazy. Matthew thought I should go to the doctor. But I started reading online, and found that around 3 months after giving birth, you lose a lot of hair. Apparently the hormones during pregnancy cause you to lose less hair than normal. After giving birth, you lose all the hair you didn’t lose during pregnancy. I thought about taking a picture, but it was pretty disgusting.