Friday, July 24, 2009

Four month update (it is impossible to come up with clever titles for these things)

Well, it's been two months, so I guess that means it's time for another post. As of last Monday, Lucy is now four months old, and she got a round of vaccinations to celebrate. She now weighs 14 pounds and 8 ounces, is 24.5 inches long, and is in the 75th percentile for height (length??) and weight. The doctor also gave us the A-OK to start giving Lucy cereal in addition to milk.

She was curious at first, but since it was essentially like feeding her a bottle 3 drops at a time, she threw a hissy fit. The photo was snapped just in the nick of time, right before her head exploded.

I've been back at work since the end of May and Lucy has been at day care ever since. We are happy with her day care, but we've already put her on a waiting list at another bigger, newer place because it is in a better location for when we move into our new house. The folks at day care tell me that she does pretty well, but she just can't seem to get used to how noisy it is. Therefore, she hardly naps during the day, so she typically comes home in a rotten mood every night. We have created a routine in which we walk in the door, swaddle Lucy, and put her down for a nap on our bed. Any slight deviation from this routine, or any lollygagging in the process can/will result in a severe meltdown.

One of the things I love most about being a parent is learning little by little who Lucy is: what makes her happy, what upsets her, what works to calm her down, what makes her smile, what she needs and when she needs it. It is a constant learning experience. Also, I love that even at such a young age, she already has this funny little personality that I can already see.

Lucy is smiling, babbling, and cooing quite a bit, and she seems like she's on her way to giggling. Also, when we do tummy time, she seems very close to rolling over on her own. The lower body and legs have got the movement right, but it's that darned upper body and head that seem to be getting in the way!

We spent July 4th weekend in Branson with Jerrod's parents. It was Lucy's first road trip and first time out of state. We must be gluttons for punishment because we figured what the heck and decided to take Choco along, too. It was Lucy's first hotel stay, and Choco's second.

The reason Choco looks so mad in this picture is because Lucy is in Choco's preferred spot, which is, coincidentally, 6 inches from where my head lies on the pillow. It was an adventure, and we had a wonderful time. We played mini-golf and did some shopping and (as always) ate lots of great food. Here we are at the indoor mini-golf course at the Grand Country Inn. As you can see, we are all decked out in our red, white, and blue!

Our house is now officially in the works and should be ready late this year. We went to the design center last weekend to pick out our colors, stain, granite, carpet, etc. I'm so excited to see it all come together. Until there's walls and a roof, every day of rain will result in an approximate two day delay in construction so we are praying for NO rain!

Work has been going well. I've been doing the whole pumping thing since I've been back, which has gone well, and I'm used to the routine of it now (9:30, 12:30, 3:30), but sometimes I can't shake the feeling that it just keeps me away from my desk entirely too much! Every time I get frustrated, though, I remind myself that it is such a gift to be able to nurse my daughter, and that this may be the only time in my life that I have the opportunity to do so. Ah, the eternal optimist!

That's about it for now. Here's more Lucy pics!