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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Love and Hate Nap Time

    I never thought I would say this, but I have a love-hate relationship with Aubrey's naps. I love them so much when she's cranky and really needs one. But while she's napping, I can't do the things I would like. 

    Usually she is good during the day. Today I got to make cupcakes while she played on the floor and rolled around. I make sure to move everything harmful in the room and I put padding around our little table's legs (she tends to roll into the table legs) so she could go all over. 

    But I didn't plan the cupcake making too well. I heated the oven up and got them all in their cupcake paper things. Then Aubrey showed her signs of getting tired and needing a nap. The beeping of the oven when the cupcakes were done were not what Aubrey wanted. 

    Luckily, it didn't last too long. The cupcakes are all baked now and are sitting on the stove. Aubrey is happily asleep in her crib, all sprawled out, the way she likes it. Sadly though, my cupcakes are missing something. 

    My cupcakes aren't frosted yet! Using a spoon to mix the frosting takes too long and makes my poor, weak, un-muscled arms ache. But I can't use my electric mixer to make the frosting because Aubrey is asleep and that sudden burst of noise will wake her up. 

    While she also naps I have to turn the volume down on Netflix. I can still watch shows and relax, but I have to be really close. 

    Now, I don't keep the apartment totally silent. I walk around and I do things like clean and put things away. I watch my shows and get food from the kitchen. But I have to be careful when I do things that require sudden bursts of noise. 

    I love Aubrey's nap time when I'm able to fully relax and do things I need to, but I hate how limited I am in what I can do. I want to make the frosting for my cupcakes! I want to organize her clothes in her dresser and closet!

    Oh well. I should be thankful that Aubrey takes good naps. She needs them as much as I need a little break. There is a limit to how many times I am willing to read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar, "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly," and sing songs like "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," and "Old McDonald Had A Farm."

    Here is a cute picture though of Aubrey sleeping. 
She likes to sleep in the middle of the crib, with the blankets kicked or pushed all over the place. One hand is by her face, ready to pull her pacifier out and the other is hidden under the blanket. I love her so much!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

4 Months!

    Sometimes, I can't believe I'm a Mom. Then I hear Aubrey crying and I think, "Oh...I guess I should take care of the baby in the other room!"

    Aubrey is already 4 months! I still remember when we first brought her home and how tiny she was :) I was going through what pictures we have left after our hard drive dying and she was so itty bitty. 

    She was born 7lbs 5 oz and about 19 inches. Now she is a whopping 13 lbs 12 oz and 24 inches (23 and 3/4, but I round up). She now fits in to 3 month size outfits and the 3-6 range. 

    It was so sad putting away her newborn outfits and it was just as sad packing up the 0-3! But she has some pretty cute outfits. Some of them are still a little too big, but it just gives us something to look forward to!

    This weekend we are going down to see my parents (Nana and Papa to Aubrey) and we're going to get some pictures taken of her. I'll post a good one to show you how adorable she is!

    Updates on her crazy growth: 

  • She can roll over both ways
  • If we hold on to her hands, she'll pull herself up
  • She can sit for a few seconds in her boppy pillow before getting distracted
  • She can grab both of her feet and almost pull them to her mouth
  • She puts EVERYTHING she can into her mouth
  • She loves chewing on my knuckles. She's got some chompers in there, but no teething yet
  • Her eyes are going more towards Jared's color with is greenish
  • Her hair is also going more towards Jared's and is red
  • She loves to make noises, even if they are just yells to make her presence known
  • On good Sundays, she can make it through the first hour without making us take her out in the hallway...rarely happens
  • We've gotten her to laugh, but she mostly just makes happy little yells, which I will also accept as laughter until we get her to laugh more. 
  • She sleeps better on her tummy-I hear that's a no-no, but if she sleeps better, I'm going to keep doing it. She lifts her head super well so I think we'll be OK
    We're going to try rice cereal a few times this next month to see how she likes it. The first tiny bit was a relative success. It was more of an experiment. The next time will be the real first try and I'll post pictures of that!

    She's such a great baby, even though she can be such a terror sometimes! Her happy moments make it all worth it though.