Monday, September 28, 2009

A Simple Woman's Daybook: September 28th

FOR TODAY...September 28th

Outside my window... a small red oak tree is growing, grass is starting to grow back and squirrels are dodging the traffic driving by.

I am thinking... of how blessed I am to be a WAHM (Work-At-Home-Mom) and how privileged I am to be the one God picked to care for BabyBear and raise him alongside my wonderful Jeff.

I am thankful for...the fact that BabyBear does NOT have an ear infection!

I am wearing... white flowy blouse, baggy blue jeans and socks (just got back from the grocery store, otherwise I’d be barefoot)

I am remembering... how much I like the flavor of Ginger…mmmmmm

I am going... to “Burgers on the Berm” on Friday with Jeff and BabyBear (hoooraay)!!

I am reading...Twelve Extraordinary Women of the Bible by John MacArthur

I am hoping... to get to the post office today so I can mail a box of baby goodies to a dear friend who is expecting.

On my mind... my family and friends who are not feeling well, it seems like there is definitely something going around. I'm praying they feel better soon!

From the learning rooms... I've been thinking a lot about BabyBear's education and seriously considering homeschooling him. I have to confess I'm intimidated, but intrigued at the same time!

Noticing that... it is so much easier to keep the house in order when I do it consistently than if I let it go and I try all at once to catch up…

Pondering these words... Live simply, work diligently, give generously.

From the kitchen... ran across this recipe for Applesauce Bread and am thinking it sounds really yummy!

Around the house... I need to finish stuffing diapers, swiffer the floors and put away the laundry.

One of my favorite things... is the fall in Texas, where the sky is huge and the brightest blue I have ever seen. The air is crisp, but not too chilly and the pecans are almost ripe.

From my picture journal... a photograph taken by my awesome sister-in-law Diane...

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

BabyBear, Photography Star

Yesterday, we were again blessed to have a short photo session with Robert Rogers, Baylor's director of photography. Once again, we cannot thank you enough, Robbie! BabyBear did great, and though he wasn't in the mood to give one of his famous million-dollar smiles, we did get a lot of really great pics. Click here for some of the photos he took; below are a few of our favorites.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The BabyBear Show! Presents Rainy Day

Today, we spent a good hour outside on the back porch, just watching and listening to the rain.

I've never sat and listened to, or watched it rain before. It was so peaceful!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Baby products: a quick rundown of our favorites so far

With BabyBear celebrating his three-month birthday, we thought we'd compile a list of the various baby products that we've found to be most helpful to us so far. (Particularly with so many of our friends expecting little ones in the next few months!)

For starters, another experienced mommy recommended the book Baby Bargains to us as we researched and learned about all the things we'd need -- the difference between a bouncer and a swing, for instance (Jeff didn't know this), as well as which companies produced quality stuff and which didn't (think Consumer Reports). The biggest help was that the authors also try to help the reader not spend too much money, getting the best quality stuff without spending a fortune.

Those same authors (plus one) wrote another very helpful book, Baby 411, which lays out answers to basic questions on everything from delivery to eating to sleeping to illnesses, etc., in a very straightforward manner that is incredibly helpful to first-time parents. We decided to use this as our primary reference guide in order to avoid confusion or contradiction. Also, both Baby Bargains and Baby 411 have accompanying websites with updated and additional information.

They say that while pregnant and for some period after, women become forgetful, disorganized and somewhat frazzled. Especially on low sleep, trying to remember when your baby last ate or what their diaper contained is virtually impossible. That's where Bethany found the iPhone application BabyBrain to be most helpful. It lets you enter in all that sort of information and will even calculate averages for day, week and month, and tell you how long it's been since the last nursing, bottle, diaper change and sleep period. You can even e-mail a chart of the information to dad, your doctor, yourself, or anyone else. What swung me to this app over the others available on iTunes (yes, there are several) was how responsive and pleasant the program's creator was to my questions. I've never regretted the $4.99 I spent on this, and I still use it everyday, multiple times a day.

Another handy piece of baby gear that was given to me was my Boppy pillow, which makes nursing much more convenient by positioning BabyBear in just the right spot (as opposed to me trying to support him myself; the pillow does the support for you).

My best friend tipped me off to the GumDrop pacifiers; she actually gave me several at my baby shower, and I ordered even more later. They're very similar to the pacifiers used in hospitals, and are the only ones that BabyBear will take.

We struggled our first few nights at home with BabyBear, as he never wanted to sleep on his back in his crib; he insisted on being held. We realized quickly this would not work long-term, and so out of desperation as much as anything, tried a special swaddling blanket (called the Miracle Blanket) recommended by one of Jeff's friends. Though he hated (and still doesn't care for) the process of being swaddled, the outcome has been that he sleeps well at night. In fact, he started sleeping through the night at about eight weeks, and we've never looked back.

Another nifty discovery was that BabyBear loves the Baby Einstein Lullaby Classics CD series. When we're having trouble getting him to sleep or even calm down, turning on this music often does the trick. Perhaps most amazingly, it's not that bad to listen to, either; even Jeff, who very quickly gets tired of hearing the same stuff over and over again, is still okay with these CDs. (It helps that one of the tracks is a baby version of The Moldau, one of Jeff's favorite classical pieces.)

Bethany may write a separate post on these later, but we'll give them a brief mention here. After many hours of conversation with a dear friend who has used a variety of types of cloth diapers on her two children, Bethany decided to give the Bum Genius 3.0 diapers a try. Not only are they easy to use (even for Jeff), but we've only had one leak, and they wash incredibly well. (Even more surprising: after washing and drying in the sun for a few hours, all stains disappear. You won't believe it 'til you see it.) These diapers can be adjusted to fit babies from eight to 35 pounds, which hopefully means they'll be the only ones we ever need (other than occasional disposables when traveling and such).

The last piece of baby gear we'd like to highlight is Bethany's mei tai carrier. At first glance, we wondered how (or if) it worked; it's just a square piece of fabric with four long straps attached. But the beauty is in the simplicity, which allows the mei tai to work in a variety of carrying positions. These days, you won't see Bethany at the grocery store or church without it. It's been a lifesaver.

Obviously there are other things we've gotten a lot of use out of, and really nothing we've gotten has been bad or unused. (Thanks, Baby Bargains!) But these were some that we thought you might not hear about everywhere and wanted to highlight. Hope this helps!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Guess who's three months old?

Yep - me!! Mommy and I shot this video earlier today to celebrate:

No official height/weight numbers, as I don't have to go back to the doc until I hit the big 4 months. But I've at least got an unofficial weight -- 13 pounds. (For reference, my suitemate Orbit weights 13.5 pounds.) Here's a photo from today of me and my good friend Fred E. Bear.

This was quite an eventful month for me. I had my first overnight trip, saw my first baseball game (go Astrozzzzzzzz!) and went to a wedding reception. When I'm feeling good, I smile almost on command; I also laugh a lot these days, which is fun. All in all, it's been a good three months out here!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Happy Birthday, Little J and Grandma L!

We got together to celebrate our nephew's fourth birthday on Saturday, as well as Grandma L's birthday (we won't say the number). It was great to see family! We partied with the family from lunch through the afternoon, then went to Olive Garden for a celebratory dinner.

BabyBear's cousins seemed to have fun spending time with him; the birthday boy even offered to share one of his monster truck toys with BabyBear (monster trucks were the theme of the party), and said he would teach BabyBear all about monster trucks "probably on my fifth birthday." E and even baby R came up to see BabyBear at various times through the day, as you can see in this photo gallery.

After we finished dinner, Grandma posed for this shot with all her grandkids.

Happy Birthday, Little J and Grandma L!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Caption This...

We take a break from our regularly scheduled "All-About-BabyBear" programming for something new and different...Caption This!! Seriously, just post a comment below with your caption for this photograph. I'm interested to hear what y'all think :)

In Orbit's defense, we were JUST about to leave for the weekend, so my guess is this was his form of protest...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The BabyBear Show! Sept. 8, 2009

I can't believe it's been almost a month since our last episode of The BabyBear Show! Sorry to leave all you Internet fans hanging! But it's been a busy month -- my two-month birthday, that shindig I had to get all dressed up for, and of course, my first Astros game. But, now I'm back, and as you'll see, a lot has changed here at The BabyBear Show!

So there you have it folks; hope you enjoyed the show! (I suppose I should have had the cameraman spring for some new lights, too, or at least flip on the old ones, but oh well...) Until next time -- Go Astrozzzzz!

Monday, September 7, 2009

BabyBear's first baseball game!

We had a busy, but fun weekend in Houston; BabyBear did great on his first overnight trip! We got in Friday afternoon, and Grandma babysat while we went to the Astros game, where we met up with Tim and Jenn, friends of ours from Pennsylvania who now live in Galveston. The Astros won 7-0, so it was more fun for us than for them as Phillies fan, but we all had fun catching up, and BabyBear did great for Grandma.

Aunt Sue came over for lunch Saturday, and then we watched the first half of the Baylor-Wake Forest game (Sic 'em, Bears! Good road win!) on my laptop before again heading out to Minute Maid Park for another Astros game. We had previously planned to meet up with my freshman year roommate Alex and his family to watch the BU game, but Friday afternoon Alex was offered his company's Diamond Club seats for Saturday's Astros game, and we couldn't turn those down after our great experience there last time. We decided to take BabyBear this time for his first baseball game, and he was great!!! He mostly just sat and looked around, and he even slept through a couple of innings; I think he was happier at the park than he would have been at home.

I think it helped that we were in such amazing seats (thanks Alex!!!!) -- more room for us made it more comfortable for him, and there was a nicer restroom near by when he needed his diaper changed. We will all be spoiled for the next time we take him to a game; the view won't be nearly as good as this!

It was also good to see Alex and Amanda, and for BabyBear to meet them. Then to top it all off, the Astros won it in the bottom of the 9th, as Kaz Matsui drove in two with a bases-loaded, two-out single off Brad Lidge to give the Astros a 5-4 win. BabyBear's only cries of the night came when the crowd erupted and the fireworks went off celebrating the win:

He calmed down very quickly, though, and slept all the way home. A very nice first baseball outing for our little man!

Sunday, we went to church with Grandma, had lunch, then headed back to Waco. See more pics from the weekend in this photo gallery. It was a very fun weekend!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Ah, Polaroid...

This is for Nanny.

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