Here's the story: Henry has been begging to go outside alot these days. He just runs and plays and barks. Yesterday, Langley was asleep so I sat outside for a few minutes and watched Henry in action. His girlfriend next door was also outside. He didn't want me to see him flirting!
Henry currently smells like a big dog who lives outside full time and only bathes when it rains or when they swim in the nearby creek or pond. This is a serious problem considering Henry sleeps in my bed! He is getting a major haircut and bath tomorrow!!
Do the (clap clap) potty dance. Sorry, just had to get that out. This song has been in my dang head for over a week. I sing it aloud several times a day. It's my own fault. Dang TLC.
I wasn't able to attend a very special baby shower this weekend, but we did catch a ride to Arkadelphia for the day on Saturday. She did great in the car there and back, so check her first road trip off the list!! I just could not travel with Langley by myselft yet. Mainly because she can't keep her head up in the carseat for more than 15 minutes. I'd have to stop and prop her head up! Plus, I constantly look in the rearview mirror to try and see if she's breathing.
Langley had a great day in A-town. We played with Mimi, Nanny, and Memaw; got to see Nana and Pawpaw for a minute; and met Jake, Tabor, Christell, Robert, Trudy, and Kristin for the first time. Langley also went through 8 diapers and 2 outfits during our visit. Good thing I was prepared!
She didn't sleep more than an hour during our entire visit. We all slept good Saturday night when we finally got home!
This is Langley with her great-great-great aunt Christell!! Yes, the triple great!
Josh and I went on a date Friday night! We ate at Outback and then went home. I didn't cry or anything! We were gone for a whole 1 hour and 45 minutes :-) We had a good time, but it was weird to be alone.
I haven't celebrated this holiday since my year in Hot Springs. It was the First Ever First Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade. Norm from Cheers was the grand marshall. I knew some people, so I got to hang out with Norm - he was a trip. Good Times. Seems life a lifetime ago. This is the 7th year for the parade, so I hear from the 6 o'clock news - see? A lifetime ago!
I didn't even wear green today, L was sportin' it for the both of us!
It's been one of those days where I'm still in my pj's, Langley has had 3 different sets of clothes on because of poop and/or pee incidents, and most of our day has been spent in the recliner. I have not been outside except to put some mail in the mailbox and to let Henry in or out. L has been kind of unsettled today. The paci has been in most of the day and the swing and bouncy seat have not been appealing to her. But, right now, she is asleep in the swing. Daddy came home unexpectedly and suddenly all was right with the world :-)
Over the weekend, Langley starting getting little bumps on her face. She was born with clear, smooth, soft beautiful skin. Now, she has newborn acne. It looks awful, but obviously it doesn't bother her.
Have any of ya'll dealt with newborn acne? Is there really nothing I can do except wash her face with a warm washcloth? I am so thankful for my HEALTHY baby girl and this is just a vain cosmetic problem, but it bothers me. Any words of advice/encouragement with this? Also, her belly button is still bleeding a little. I put alcohol on it 3 or 4 times a day, but she has bled on a couple of outfits already. Should I be concerned?
Well, off to make some dinner! Josh has been so good to encourage me to get out of the house alone for a little while each night. He is such a blessing to Langley and I.
I started a "Top Ten" list when Langley was 10 days old. Well, now she's 13 days old -2 whole weeks tomorrow! Here's some random updates from our life...I'm trying for 13 or 14 in lieu of the the "top ten."
1. The Mustangs lost in the semi finals of the Regional Tournament. Basketball is officially over. I hate that we didnt make the national tournament, but on the other hand it feels so good to have Josh home. I don't know what I would have done if he had to go to Indiana next week without us!
2. Langley's belly button is now normal! The stump fell off when she was 9 days old.
3. I am so thankful that L is not picky about what kind of bottle she likes. I had 5 or 6 bottles that I got as free samples or from my aunt before she was born and I've bought just a few more. She eats well from all of them, she doesn't care!
4. We've had really good meals provided by our friends in our Life Group. Wendy, if you read this, Josh wants me to get the chicken enchilada recipe! My mom and I felt spoiled not having to cook the past 2 weeks!
5. We had newborn pictures done today! I can't wait to see them. Langley was "pretty cooperative." We had to resort to the paci at the end of the session. Oh well, that's real life right now. Our photographer Terri is married to Josh's childhood friend Chad. Her website is http://www.terrifiles.com/
6. I did fix my hair, put on make up, and a real outfit for pictures - and it made me feel good! Also, my engagement ring fits again!
7. Langley only gained half an ounce in 4 days last week. Since Friday, I've added at least a teaspoon of formla to every bottle AND she gets two formula bottles each night. She gets weighed again tomorrow, so hopefully she'll be back on track!
How can a girl with this double chin have problems gaining weight?!
8. On Saturday, I got projectile vomitted on TWICE. The first was early in the morning. She was getting a formula bottle and I was rocking away in the rocking chair. I put her on my shoulder to burp one last time. Her face was toward mine and in .5 seconds there was spit up on my face, down my neck, and down my sweatshirt. I laughed and laughed and took a shower. The second time was last night when I was putting her to bed. Again, it was a formula bottle and I was rocking. This time I had fed her, burped her, and swaddled her. I decided to rock for just a few more minutes. Good thing, because she covered herself (down the blanket), the rocker, the carpet, and got a little on me. It was not so funny this time. I felt bad for her, and I was tired, so no laughing while I was scrubbing spit up off of everything.
9. I love the new episodes of The Singing Bee. By the way, I would win $10,000 if I ever was on the show. I heart the Singing Bee.
10. We have been so blessed with Langley's sleeping schedule. She sleeps very very well. We are able to rest as well. Thank you Lord!
11. I am ready to feel more confident taking L out in public. I know she's only 2 weeks old and I don't want to take her out very much. But, it's like I feel guilty (even in Walmart) if she cries a little. Maybe once I get her on a predictable schedule this will get better.
12. I want to go on a date with my husband! However, I don't think I could handle more than dinner in Conway, because I would be worried about L the whole time.
13. I am ready for spring time weather! It has been cool and gloomy for several days here and I want to get out and go for a walk. I am not ready for all the pollen, though! Get the claritin ready!
14. And lastly, I am already dreading going back to work. I will cry - a lot. I know millions of moms have to do this everyday, but it will kill me. I am trying to cherish every second until April 19.
Bonus #15. L hates to be naked. She fusses every time I change her diaper and only enjoys a bath when I'm pouring warm water on her.
Bonus #16: We've been getting more and more of these random gassy grins. Just precious!
Josh is so good with Langley. Such a good daddy. Again, I've never loved this man more!
Funny story #1: On the way home from one of our lab visits the other day Langley blew her diaper up. It was loud and smelled up the car. And we laughed - Hard! So, we get to the house and Josh volunteered to change her. I was in the kitchen and hear him yelling and gagging from her room. I was already laughing, but ya'll when I saw this
I nearly died. It was the funniest thing I've ever seen. I laughed so hard I had to lay down.
Funny story #2: Every night I put Langley in her PJ's and put her to bed. Every morning when I wake up, she has on different PJ's. Apparently Langley and Josh have some diaper issues in the middle of the night. This just gets me tickled. Especially the mornings when she has on different clothes and the changing pad cover is in the bath tub. And especially this morning when all the wipes were gone and he told me she had projectile pooped onto the wall. I can only imagine his reaction!
We've had many visitors this week and it's been wonderful to see friends and family and how much Langley is already loved! Some of my favorite pictures we have are with our grandmothers, all 3 of them were so excited to meet and hold Langley for the first time. In the hospital several people from our church, including 3 pastors came to visit, and we've been blessed by our Life Group with meals.
Wednesday morning we had a very hard time waking Langley up, she went about 6 hours without eating. The doctor checked her bilirubin level that morning and it was at 9. Everyone agreed that a little jaundice was making her a little extra sleepy. Well, at her first Doctor's appointment Friday morning, he ordered us to the hospital lab every day throughout the weekend to have her levels checked. Today she was up to 18.3 and the doctor told us to bring her in in the morning and be prepared to check in to the hospital for some light therapy if her numbers havent gone down. I have been very stict about having her eat every 2-2.5 hours today trying to get her to poop more and we went outside this afternoon in the beautiful weather for a little sunshine. Jaundice is certainly not a huge deal, and I am so thankful for my healthy baby, but I will still cry if she has to be in the hospital. I am just praying that either way we can get rid of this jaundice and be done with our daily trips to Conway Regional!
The first 2 nights we were home were absolutely awful. I mean awful. Langley screamed for hours every night. We were exhausted and unnerved to say the least. Well, Friday I made the executive decision that I would exclusively pump and feed her with a bottle. She ate so well all day and slept like an angel. Beginners luck? Maybe. But, Saturday was awesome as well with her eating and sleeping. Josh and I divided up the night into shifts. Basically, I have her until midnight, and then he gets up with her any time until 5:00 am. Once I've put her to bed at 11:30ish, Josh has gotten up around 2:30 or 3:00, and then she's slept until 6 or 7am. If I wouldnt wake up so frequently to listen to the monitor or go look at her, I would have a full night's sleep :-) God has really blessed us with rest and we are praying this becomes normal for us. I definitley function better when i have sleep. My bedtime has always been earlier than everyone else's, so I'm adjusting!
Here are some pictures from today. She awake for about 3 hours straight this morning. After she ate, I had to put up some laundry in her room so I put her on a blanket and she just stretched and kicked and seemed to stare at the build-a-bear Josh and I made her... it was so sweet! This afternoon we went for a walk around our neighborhood and soaked up some sun and then we gave her her first real bath at home. Enjoy some pictures from our Sunday...