Thursday, April 22, 2010

Humpty Dumpty

As I was sitting in my Dr's office this morning for my 6 week checkup I couldn't help but recite Humpty Dumpty to myself...

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the Kings horses and all the Kings men couldn't put Humpty back together again.

If you've given birth and you aren't one of those lucky people who have had everything go back into place after 6 weeks perhaps you can relate. I would probably change the verse to read...

Mommies gave birth big and small. Mommies had their bodies change once and for all. No matter the efforts that Mommies put in they would never quite be hte same again.

Without going into detail (if you want detail email me) there are things that I never thought would happen to me and that the Dr. lovingly told me... yup that's a parting gift from Mikayla, yup that's another one. Sorry to say you will always have that and well if you want that to go back to normal you'll have to have surgery. FABULOUS.

Oh well here I come sit ups and and walking and as for the other stuff, guess I'll just have to live with it and heck all those other millions of mothers in the world look just fine... and they can't all have had their bodies go back to how they once were.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Very Special Trip

We made it back from Indiana in one piece! Some may have thought I was insane for driving 14/15 hours to Indiana with a 5 week old (me included) BUT it was a smooth trip. On the way there Dhrumil, my grandpa, Willoughby, me and Mikayla stuffed ourselves in the car and crossed our fingers for a fast trip. Mikayla was wonderful and only fussed the last half hour of the trip. Before getting to Indiana we made a quick stop in Dayton to visit the other great grandparents on my side. It was so special for me to have all of my grandparents in the same room. I can't wait to share the pictures with Mikayla when she is older and tell her how all of her great grandparents fussed over her. :)

Indiana had amazing weather the week we were there and so we had many trips outside, including a few dates for me and Dhrumil while Mikayla hung out with my parents. We were also able to see my dad's concert at IWU... this was Mikayla's first concert and she didnt make a peep! :) Such a fun trip being with my parents and grandpa.

Must Kiss Cheeks

Thursday, April 8, 2010

One Month Old!

On Monday Mikayla turned one month old! Yesterday at the one month check up she was 10 pounds (75th percentile) and 22 inches long (75th percentile) and healthy. Such a sense of relief knowing everything is going the way it should and that she is taking in all the nutrients she needs to grow. I have already begun to look back on the pictures from her first week and try to remember what it was like.

Funny story about our first grocery store outing as a family. :) This weekend we went to Stew Leonards (a HUGE grocery store here) because we wanted to grab some of their amazing ice cream and then we decided to go in and get a few things we needed for Easter lunch. Well first of all the place was a mad house... we could hardly maneuver around the other carts. Here are the events that took place as new parents...

- Um what do we do with the car seat? Should we take in the stroller? ElisaBeth suggests putting it in the basket of the cart to which Dhrumil asks where will the food go to which ElisaBeth replies... around her. Dhrumil then proceeds to say he saw people put the seat on the front part and while both parents are "discussing" this technique they are standing in the middle of the parking lot not paying attention to the person in his car who thinks they are going into their car and leaving. Thus the seat is attached to the top and the person in the car realizes the parents aren't going anywhere.

- Once Dhrumil and ElisaBeth enter the store they see food they like, the both take off to grab that food and then ElisaBeth yells to Dhrumil "stay with the child" to which Dhrumil says "oh"

- Again after discussing who will stay with the cart since they now have a child in it Dhrumil and ElisaBeth see food they like, they both start walking off again to which ElisaBeth again replies "WE HAVE A CHILD WE CANT WALK AWAY"

- By the end of the visit both parents remembered they had a child and did not leave the cart

- The child slept through this

- Ice cream maneuver was next, ElisaBeth and Dhrumil both had huge cones of soft serve in hand, Dhrumil could not direct the cart with one hand, ElisaBeth was trying to lick the cone before it melted and didn't have the hands to help, in the end Dhrumil pushed from the front and ElisaBeth steered from the back

- Arriving at the car the parents look at each other, the baby, the cart of food and the two ice cream cones, a person in a car looks at them and stops to wait for their spot adding pressure. Dhrumil hands cone to ElisaBeth, figures out how to put baby back in car, ElisaBeth says to leave car door open for air as they then go as fast as possible to get food in car, cones in car and then leave the premises.

SO much to learn... :)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

A New Place in My Heart

My sweet Willoughby. I feel so bad how I've treated him the past month. He went from being my baby to being my dog in one quick moment and I think he is a little confused and a bit depressed. :( Of course its the natural thing to happen, but I feel sad about it none the less.

I wanted a dog my whole life and when I got Willoughby 5 and a half years ago the doggy shaped hole in my heart was filled. :) He has been with me through thick and thin and has even been with me before Dhrumil. I have treated him like a person, carrying him everywhere, talking to him like a baby and so on. He has given me his undying love and affection and has given me kisses when I needed them most.

Enter baby... it's crazy how much time she takes up and how much time I don't have left to give to Willoughby. I have been frustrated with him and his need for attention these past few weeks and I'm just going to have to balance it all out. Even with my focus being on Mikayla he still runs to me and loves me. He loves the baby and looks for her every morning.

Here's a promise to you Willoughby... more walks and more patience from me. I'm going to go find him and give him a big hug.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Story of Sleep

I should probably begin this post with some background information on me and sleep.

For as long as I can remember sleep has been very important to me. If I don't have it I get incredibly irritable, insanely sluggish or freakishly silly and laugh in high pitched squeals for hours. Growing up if my sleep was interrupted by my mom coming in to check on me or the hallway light being switched on or even heaven forbid my sister talking in the room next door I would, how should I say this, express my displeasure in very loud nasty tones.

This need of silent uninterrupted sleep carried into College. When one thinks of College one thinks... all nighters, hanging out with friends until the morning light and so on. I can tell you for a fact that in the four years of college the latest I stayed up to work on a project was 1am... and that was one time. The latest I stayed up on a weekend was 2am. My freshman year I was "that person" who when hearing girls on my floor being loud at 11pm I would knock on each door and try to find who was disturbing me. One fond story took place my sophomore year. I had gone to bed early with ear plugs on and the next thing I know I see my roommate screaming at me. The fire alarm went off and we had to evacuate... needless to say I was again nasty. Can't people understand I need my 9 hours a night!?

Next we have married life and a sweet husband who always thought he'd talk to his wife late into the night and who he'd get to snuggle with as we fell asleep. Well yeah that's not me. He is STILL getting used to it if he disturbs my slumber nasty elisabeth comes out in full force. DONT TALK TO ME IM TRYING TO SLEEP OMG YOU JUST WOKE ME UP.

So that leads to life with a child. I was honestly concerned how I would function without my typical 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. I was even more concerned how I would react to a little cute face looking at me needing food at all hours of the night and me being the source of that food having to be somewhat lucid. Thank God I have been doing really well!!! Basically I don't think about the continuous cycle of feedings and 2 hour "naps" at night. Maybe it's because I know this is what I have to do and I do it. Last night was the first time I actually said out loud to friends... "I only sleep 2 hours at a time" HAHAHAHHA and then I lost it in my absurd no sleep laughter. At least I can laugh about it and not let nasty elisabeth out. :)

** Picture is me giving Mikayla her first bath... I give her baths in the morning when I'm still somewhat awake**