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I am a 29 year old teacher of fourth grade. My husband and I began TTC in March of 2008. We conceived our first month, but unfortunately it only ended in an early miscarriage. 8 months later we finally conceived again, and she was our take-home baby! Norah Jane was born on July 16, 2009. 7lbs 0oz 19" long and amazing. We recently had our sweet baby boy, Miles! He was born on June 12, 2013 at 3:37pm, weighing in at 8lbs 4oz, 20 inches long, and PERFECT! We are loving every minute of parenthood (even the frustrating minutes!). This blog is an attempt to chronicle the baby steps, foot steps, leaps, bounds, and milestones of this journey.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Shhh...Norah is sleeping!

I am officially on Summer Vacation from school! Yay! I am overjoyed that I get to spend my days with such an amazing little girl, too! However, our first week of vacation started off very awful.

Friday was my last official day of school, but I ended up going back Monday to finish up my classroom. On Friday around 3pm, we get a phone call from daycare telling us that we need to come and get Norah because she had a fever. I was floored...she showed zero signs of sickness when we dropped her off and the night before. I figured maybe it was due to teething or something, so I went and got her. Well, by the time I got there, there was only one baby left (other than Norah), and his mom was on the way too. They ALL had fevers. Every single one of them. They ALL had to go home. Eight babies, seven of which showed no signs of sickness upon being dropped off, all of the sudden had to go home. I was bewildered.

Well, she was a little fussy, but not to the point of being completely unhappy, so I thought maybe it was just a little cold or something. Well, the next morning H went and got her out of her crib. He carried her back into our room and said, "We need to take her to the doctor, she's burning up and she can hardly breathe." I feel her. She's burning up. I hold her, she starts coughing, and she can hardly breathe. I immediately call the doctor who told us to come on in (this was a Saturday, too!). We go in, and within seconds of the doctor coming in he diagnoses her with Croup.

My poor baby had Croup. He prescribed her some steroids to help the swelling in her throat. I was just so happy that she was going to feel better.

Looooong story short: we had to go back to the doctor the next day for a steroid shot because she couldn't keep ANYTHING down, especially her medicine. Four days later and she was back to her happy self!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I finally have a [SMALL] Etsy shop!

I am making hairbows! I've been making them for a while now for Norah, so I decided to try my hand at selling them.

Take a look!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/jiffffij

Saturday, May 15, 2010

We're crusin' for a bruisin'!

Norah started cruising today. She pulled up onto the coffee table, got irritated when something she wanted was out of her reach, so she --slowly-- walked over to it while holding the coffee table. I'm so proud of her, but I'm so scared for us! :)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Things I Love.

There are so many things about Norah that I love, and I was thinking about putting some of them down to remember later. This is not, by any means, a full, comprehensive list... this is a working list.

1. I love her dimples-- when she was first born, I saw them within about 5 seconds of her being put in my arms. Everyone kept saying, "Oh, she has A dimple!" and I would say, "Acutally, she's got two! And they are so deep and adorable..." They all looked at me like I was nuts, but then they saw them. :)

2. I love her beauty.-- I know this sounds like a strange one, but I have a reason for it. I was a HEINOUS baby. I mean U-G-L-Y I didn't have ANY alibi. When Norah came out, the very first thought that went through my head was, "Oh my goodness, she's gorgeous. Wait, she can't be ours... where's my baby? There's no way that this beautiful baby is ours." No joke. I really thought she was too beautiful to be ours. I was expecting an average-looking baby, and I got this amazingly gorgeous creature. Well, gorgeous to me, anyway. :)

3. I love her smiles.-- She has so many different smiles. She has a full-out I'm so happy smile, and a he he he...that's so silly smile, and a coy smile, and a shy smile... she's full of smiles, and everyone of them make me smile so big.

4. I love how happy she makes me.-- No matter how horrible my day...seriously, no matter how much frustration, stress, anxiety, whatever that I have been through, she can make me instantly feel better just by looking at her. I never imagined that I could have a bond with someone like that. It's amazing.

5. I love how happy she makes my husband.-- I love Daniel, so much, and I always have. However, I love him even more now. He loves Norah so so so much. *Almost* as much as me. :) He plays with her, giggles with her, is fascinated by her, and is so happy when he's around her. He is such an incredible father, and I thank God constantly that we found each other.

6. I love how she talks to anything.-- She loves to "talk." She'll talk to me (occasionally), she'll talk to Daniel (constantly), but mostly, she talks to her toys. She loves to tell her toys conversations. I can only imagine what they are talking about. It has to be interesting to her, because she goes on and on to them.

7. I love her belly. Norah is in the 60th percentile for her weight. She's always been in the average range for her age and weight, but man, does she have a belly! She has a straight-up pot belly. It's so round and...well, round. It's adorable. She's so roly poly, I love it!

8. I love her legs. She has the fattest, chunkiest little legs. They are short and stubby, and I think they are so cute! She has a roll on her knee cap! I love them! They are so stinking cute!

9. I love her hair. Her hair ONLY grows in the top middle, so it's very long there. We've had to get creative in ways to style it with hairbows and such. I finally see a bit growing on the sides, but veeeeeeeeeerrrryyy slowly. I love it though. It fits her so well. She looks so gorgeous with all of that hair.

10. I love her eyes.-- They're blue. Blue. I have brown/green eyes, Daniel has brown/hazel eyes...how in the world did she get bright dark blue eyes? They're gorgeous, too. They are so big and almond shaped. I love them.

That's the first installment. More to come later. :)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I forgot to do a CIO update!

Ok, so I had laid out our round two of CIO (Cry It Out) two posts ago, and I left everyone high and dry for night 4. Well, night four, she laid down after a bottle, turned over onto her belly immediately, looked at me like, "You are serious? You want me to sleep?" Then banged her head on the mattress and went right to sleep.

I totally didn't expect it to stick though. I just knew that by the time I exited the room and went to get her monitor, it would be over... she'd be awake and ready for playtime again.

I picked up the monitor, turned it on with a wince, fully expecting to hear either screaming or chatting... silence. Well, not totally. There was the lulling sound of the white noise machine coming through the monitor. She was asleep. For real. On her own with no crying what-so-ever. YAY!!!!

Was this a fluke? Well, not sure. It's been a few more days now, and with the exception of the day that she cried for about 5 minutes the night we had two people stay with us, she's gone to bed without a fight, AND sleeps until 6am-ish. It's wonderful getting sleep again.

I thought that there was no way this CIO was going to work. Everyone kept suggesting it, but the thought of laying down my sweet little baby and letting her cry for as long as she could until she finally was so hoarse that she couldn't speak was dreadfully horrible to even think about. Unfortunately it came to the point where we readlly didn't have much choice. She still wasn't sleeping through the night at 9 months old. H and I were getting spotty sleep, which was leaving us with spotty moods the next day. She was getting broken sleep, which was leading to ZERO naps...everyone wasn't performing at their best level. Fortunately, CIO worked in three days, and we only had to go 37 minutes at the longest. I'm really glad we did this.

So, in conclusion, Cry It Out may not be the option for you and your family, but it definitely was for us.

Norah is the most fun ever.


Norah is 9 1/2 months now, and I must say, she has turned into this person, this different person, overnight. She has changed, and it seems to be very obvious. She gives these new facial expressions that aren't spontaneous newborn faces, they are purposeful faces and expressions. I love it... I love it so much. She is so fun.

Norah is climbing on everything. She loves to use me as her personal jungle gym. She climbs and turns, climbs again, and laughs at the fact that she just climed.

Norah laughs at everything. Our dog, Oliver, is so funny to her that she can't stand it. I was so entertained yesterday morning. After we woke up, she was playing on our bed. She got on her back, and kicked her foot. She then realized that when she kicked her foot, she was kicking
Oliver. She laughed. She kicked it again, and again it hit Oliver, she busted out laughing. She stopped, kicked again, more laughing ensued. She was so happy. She laughs when we "scare" her. She laughs when she "scares" us. She laughs when ANY man looks at her. She laughs at everything. I love it times a billion.

Norah crawls everywhere. She is getting so efficient at crawling now. She crawls everywhere. If I walk out of the room that she's in, she follows me. It's nice right now since she just learned how to do it. I'm sure that in a few months I'm going to be longing for the days where she wasn't mobile. It's adorable though... her little knees just move!

She puts EVERYTHING in her mouth. You would think she was cutting all of her teeth at once with all of the stuff she puts in her mouth, but she's not...she's just exploring. She puts so many gross things in her mouth. Things that you'd THINK she wouldn't do again after she realized how gross it was. She puts grass, those seed helicopter things, and... get this...dog food into her mouth. This morning I put her in her play area while I put on some make up. She was playing fine, talking to her toys, singing, just having a grand time. As I was putting on the last swipe of eyeliner, I realized...it's quiet...*too* quiet. I ran into her play area, and sure enough, dog food in hand, heading towards the mouth, and just before I reached her, in it went. I screamed and finger swept it out of her mouth. So gross. Then I gave her water...lots of water. Yuck.


I love her. She is so beautiful, and so much fun now. I think she will only get more fun.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

CIO- Day three update

Well, I don't know if this is a fluke, but CIO seems to be working... Now that I've cursed myself, I am going to be doomed forever to a child waking up seven times a night. Ugh. Anyway, we put her down at around eight last night, she cried for a total of about three to five minutes, then fell asleep and stayed asleep until 6:30 this morning. :)

In recap:
Night 1- 37 minutes of screaming and crying. (We went in every five or so minutes)
Night 2- 15 minutes of crying (no screaming)
Night 3- 3-5 minutes of crying/whining

Night 4? We'll see, that's tonight.

In other news, I get to pick up her portraits from JC Penney today!! I'm so excited!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

CIO Upate- Day 2

Last night went better than the day before. She cried for about 15 minutes total, then fell asleep. The only thing I did differently was put her to bed a little bit later than the night before. We'll see how tonight goes. I want her to STTN so badly (mainly for her!), but I just hate listening to her cry. :(

Hopefully tonight will be better!

Monday, April 26, 2010

CIO Sucks...

I am sitting here, in tears, listening to my sweet little baby cry her head off. It is absolutely killing me. I HATE that we have to do this, but I know it is the best method for all of us. I know that in a few days it will be better. I hope in a few days it will be better. So far she has been crying for 37 minutes. H went in there twice to reassure her. That's when we learned that she knows how to pull up in the crib. Something we were trying to avoid until after she learned how to sleep through the night again. Sigh... She's starting to wimper now, so hopefully that means she's falling asleep.

I just love her so so deeply. This crying is so very hard to listen to. :( Being a mom is not easy some times.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cry it out... 1st round, day 2

We are on night two of Cry It Out. Everyone I've heard from said that it will take 3-5 days to really work. Here's a recap of the night before:

Bed at 7:45pm, bottle, put in crib very dowsy, fell right to sleep. Woke up at 1:30am, cried (mostly whined) until 2:25am. Went back to sleep and woke up at 6:25.

Last night:
Bed at 7:45pm, bottle, put in crib very drowsy, fell right to sleep. Made a grunting/growling sound twice through the night, never actually woke up though. Slept until 6:25am.

So last night was AWESOME! It could very well be a fluke though...we'll see.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

9 Months!


Norah had her nine month well visit yesterday. I was so nervous for the appointment, and really for no reason at all. She didn't have any shots, so I wasn't worried about that. I think it was because I was nervous that they were going to tell me that her head circumfrence was off the charts... it almost was. Before I go on, here are her stats:


Weight: 19lbs 6 oz 60%

Height: 28inches 65% (this is up from 23%!)

Head: 46.7 98%


That's right...98%. Wow. That's totally ok though. She is so beautiful and it really doesn't look like her head is all that big.


So the pediatrician told us that she is perfectly healthy. No ear infections--yay! But she was veeeeeeerrryy slightly anemic. They said that it was supposed to be 32 or something and she was 31.6, so seriously, very slightly. Norah did have a virus last week, so that could be a reason why she registered as anemic.


We were given the ok to start table foods! I am excited for this! I assumed she would tell me to leave out the salt and spices, but she told me not to! She said, "No, Norah needs to try as many different things as she can right now." I'm excited! I hope she isn't too picky.


I brought up the fact that Norah wasn't sleeping through the night to the Dr. She said, "When did she stop?" I told her that up to her 6 month shots, she was sleeping through the night 8-6:30. Much to my surprise, she said that the shots were why she wasn't sleeping. I said, "Wait, so some shots from three MONTHS ago are affecting her sleep now??" She explained to me that Norah must have been uncomfortable for two or three nights in a row and woken up. We came in there to tend to her, and from then on, it was a new routine. Holy cow, that was like a slap in the face. I had never even considered that that was why. So she recommended that we CIO. I am not fully against CIO, it just breaks my heart a bit. H and i discussed it, and we know it is the best thing for all of us in the long run, so we are doing it. We started last night. She went to sleep fine, as usualy, then at 1:30am, she woke up whining. I turned down the monitor on my side, H turned down the monitor on his side, and we let her whine/cry. She never even came close to hysterics (which I won't let her do), and around 2:25 she fell back asleep. So... almost an hour. We'll see what happens tonight. She was exhausted, which may explain why she's been napping for about an hour now! (That NEVER happens!)


So all in all it was a great check up. She's getting her second tooth! It should be in today or tomorrow. I love her little teeth. Her first one is barely halfway out. It is so so so cute!


That's all for now!

Friday, April 2, 2010

The weather makes me do crazy things!

A few days ago we checked the weather and it said that today was supposed to be beautiful and 81 degrees, so in preparation for that day, we bought Norah a itty bitty swimming pool and her first bathing suit! ...well, the meteorologists lied. It was GORGEOUS and 83 degrees! It was amazing. We went to TJ Maxx where I practiced restraint and didn't buy Norah anything, we went to Sam's and got a ham to cook on Easter, and we played in the pool!

I cannot believe that we busted a pool out in April, but oh my goodness it was just perfect outside! I knew the water from the hose was still going to be quite cold, so I filled up the itty bitty pool with mostly hose water, then boiled a huge pot of water and poured that into the pool. Once it mixed together it was a perfect temperature!
We stuffed her into her bathing suit, lathered her up with SPF 50 sunscreen, put on her shades, grabbed a towel and headed outside. She was adorable.

So she got in...cried for ten seconds until she realized that she could splash. She splashed like crazy and had so much fun. She was so happy.


After her swimming escapade, we went inside, got her changed into some nice, dry clothes, and she and I laid down for a nice 1 1/2 hour long nap...heaven. :)

All in all it was a wonderful day spent with my amazing husband and daughter. :) Oh, and I can feel the top of the tooth now! It's very sharp!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Dry skin and teeth

Norah is still up to being the light of my life. :) She is doing well these days I suppose. Still no crawling-- blech... we're still just on all fours rocking. She'll get there one day, and I will be so excited that it didn't happen sooner, I'm sure!

When I picked up Norah from daycare yesterday, I saw that she had a really red spot on her arm, and all of the dry skin that she's always had looked a little worse. I ended up taking her to the doctor because I am a worrier. The doctor checked her out and diagnosed baby exzema. :( Poor baby. Apparently some Aquaphor and hydrocotisone will help. I hope she grows out of it. I've known a few adults with exzema, and it is not something I'd like her to always have to deal with.

They weighed her at the post office too! My sweet little baby is a healthy 18 lbs 12oz. That's quite a lot! I looked it up and one site said that that was totally average, and the other said that it was 25th percentile...not sure which is correct, but at least she isn't the 27 lbs that I dreamed the other day!

Also, she's getting a tooth! I know it will probably take some time to come in, but I saw the white blister yesterday! I hope it comes through soon. I'm dying to know how she handles cutting teeth. I am hoping and praying for an easy break... hoping. :)

Can't say anymore right now...soooo busy! Gotta go!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

She's trying!

Today right before we left the house for church, Norah was playing on the floor. I was sitting beside her and put her on her tummy to practice trying to crawl. Well, I mildly helped her onto her knees. Usually when I do that she immediately pushes them back out to her side and gives up. Well, today, she acutally kept them there, picked up her belly off of the ground, and started rocking back and forth! She's trying! Yay! I'm hoping that we will have a crawler soon!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Tummy Troubles.

Norah isn't feeling well these days. Poor baby. It started yesterday. She was totally fine, then when I went to change her for bed, she just threw up hard... I mean hard. She paused, then did it again, then paused again and threw up hard again. Each time throw up came streaming out of her nose...it was awful. It was horrible to watch. The only thing I could do while she was vomitting was to lean her forward so she wouldn't choke.
I immediately screamed at one of our youth group girls that was over here to run and get H. He was up here faster than I could have imagined. We both cleaned her up and called the pediatrician. She told me that there's a stomach bug going around, and that that was most likely what it was since she had also had diarrhea like crazy during the daytime. Poor thing.

Today she's been a little bit better. I took her to the doctor to make sure she didn't have any ear infections. She didn't..whew! She spit up three times today, which is so strange for her. Norah has never been a spit up type of baby. Aside of today, she's maybe spit up five times since she's been born. She also had another major blow out... I mean major. I had to cut off her onesie. It was awful. I had to immediately put her in the bath because of how nasty she was. I also had my Target bunny ears sitting on the counter, so I grasped the opportunity. :)

Other than the occasional diarrhea, she seems to be fine. She plays like crazy, laughs like crazy, and is eating ok. I just want her to feel 100% better. She's too pretty to be sick. :(

In crawling news, she tried so so so hard to get her knees up under her today, and she actually made progress. For the first time that I've seen, she got her tummy off of the ground a bit. It's crazy how much she can get around though for only being able to move in circles. I'm impressed. :) H took her today and put her feet on his to help her "walk." It's absolutely adorable. He loves her like crazy. :)


Sunday, March 14, 2010

I want to get back to blogging!


Ok, so it's been four months since my last post, but I'm starting to feel the need to get back into blogging. I loved blogging while I was pregnant... probably because I had time. Now that sweet baby girl is here, it is much more difficult to blog, but I still think it is just as important. I love love love looking back and seeing how things were and how far we've come, and I know I'll want to continue to do that. So here goes... more baby steps.

So Norah... Norah, Norah, Norah... :) She's amazing. She's everything in our life, and I cannot even begin to explain how empty life would seem without her. I love her so much more than I ever comprehended was possible. She's absolutely incredible.

She's eight months old in a few days, which is CRAZY. I honeslty can't believe time is flying by like this. She was so little so soon ago. Now she's so big! I have no clue how much she weighs, but I'm guessing around 22lbs. I had a dream the other night that she was 27lbs, which would mean that she's far above the 95th percentile. Hopefully she's not.

Here are her SIX MONTH stats: (keep in mind this was two months ago)

Height: 25 inches (23rd percentile)

Weight: 16 lbs 2oz (52nd percentile)

Head: 44cm (sigh... 92nd percentile...lol) We just keep telling ourselves that she's got a big brain!

I am anxious for her 9 month appointment to see where she falls on the growth charts now.

In other news, she can sit up completely on her own for loooong periods of time. I was told that she was supposed to be able to sit up by six months. About two days before six months she started to do it, which paniced me because I was sure we wouldn't hit that milestone before her appointment... but we did! :)

Now crawling on the other hand is something that constantly keeps me worried. I am so afraid that she's falling behind no matter how many times I read and am told, "all babies develop at different rates." She's trying to get her legs up under her, but so far in vain. She does turn in a circle though, which is ADORABLE.

In food news, she's been on solids since about five months. She loves rice cereal and baby oatmeal, but she also has other likes. She loves a lot of baby purees, especially sweet potatoes and squash, and a lot of the fruits. She hates bananas though, fresh and baby food, which is strange. She LOVES canteloupe (fresh of course), and she loves loves love tomatoes. I recently read that you shouldn't give tomatoes to babies under ten months, which I did not know, so I am definitely limiting them... but seriously, look... she loves them.

I am trying to feed her as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible. Some she loves, some she hates. I am trying to feed her a few single ingredient table foods here and there, but she makes a face like i'm trying to kill her when I do. Last night I tried to give her mashed potatoes, but you would have thought that with all of the gagging and carrying on, that I was trying to give her straight lemon juice. Such a funny girl.


Norah has such a wonderful personality. She's loud (playfully), she doesn't cry a whole lot, she's gorgeous...:) She loves looking at herself in the mirror, which is too cute. She laughs and screams. She loves looking at Oliver, our dog. She thinks he's the funniest thing on the planet. She loves her jumper, but we don't put her in it everyday... no bow legs for her! (j/k).


Daycare is going well too. She has a bunch of friends there that she loves. She loves a girl named Kayleigh and a boy named Aiden. She laughs with them and tries to eat their shirts. It's so cute when I pick her up and she's playing with them. Love it.


Ok, that's it for now. I'll try to update more and more. And now to leave you with some photos. :)