So many things! So many updates!
So many things have happened in just the past week that have kept me on my toes. Because of this, I haven’t been around much.
Currently the babe is in bed, it’s storming, and the husb is making his own beer, so I thought I’d take a minute to fill you in on various things…. BULLET POINT STYLE!
- We flew to TX with a 2 month old.
We hadn’t intended on flying so early. Not for any particular reason, only because we just didn’t have plans to go anywhere until the holidays. Then we tragically lost C’s beloved cousin and all that changed. Very quickly emergency leave was taken, plane tickets were sorted (generously) out by C’s uncle, hotel was figured out, rental car was figured out, dog care was figured out, and within days we were on a plane. With a 2 month old. Not going to lie… I was tense. Really tense. I definitely had a fear of being “those people” with the screaming baby. But E is a champ, and honestly took the plane ride like a champ- there AND back. The only hiccup was the fact that we flew out to TX at what is usually her bedtime, so she did have some fussing at the beginning of that flight, and she kept staring at us like, W.T.F. MOM AND DAD. WHAT ARE WE DOING? THIS IS NOT WHAT WE DO EVERY DAY. But eventually she settled into sleep on dad’s chest and we had a peaceful trip. When we were deplaning several people told us how great she did, which caused C and I to look at one another questioningly, since we knew she had fussed so much in the beginning. Apparently sitting in the back of the plane DOES have its perks!
- All that being said, we went to TX. It was a terrible reason for having to be there, but it was a beautiful thing seeing C’s family come together in this time of sadness. It was also E’s first time meeting the bulk of the family, so she brought a little bit of light to all of us despite our heavy hearts.
- E ROLLED OVER.
No seriously. She did. Tummy to back. Both directions. Several times. I caught it on video (TWICE! For the official record, and to prove I’m not a liar!) after watching her do it several times, which is a good thing, since she only likes to show it off every couple of days. Basically, last Wednesday I lay her down on her play mat on her tummy for some tummy time, turned to start working on my hair, turned back to look at her and she was on her back! I totally thought it was a fluke, so I rolled her back over. Almost immediately she crudely flung herself back onto her back. And then we repeated this cycle over and over. It was insane, y’all.
Then, just as quickly as she started doing it, she stopped for a short time. You can tell she’s learning and trying. It’s like she found the magic combination that morning and did it over and over, and then the next day when she was on her tummy she appeared to be trying her hardest to do it again, but couldn’t seem to remember the exact combination to achieve it. A couple days later while we were in TX, she did it again a few times in a row. And theeeen, hasn’t done it since. I’m told though, that this counts as the developmental milestone since she has done it, and done it more than once. It starts crude-like, and eventually she will get good at it and be able to remember it well.
- E had her 2 month doctor’s appointment! And got shots : (
She measured 22.5 inches long (34th percentile), and weighed in at 9.9 lbs (13th percentile). Her head circumference was also good, but I can’t recall what it was. Since her weight is in a lower percentile, I made sure to ask the doctor about it. My doctor pointed out to me that E doesn’t look unhealthy or scrawny in any way, shape or form, nor does she spend too much time sleeping and she is very, very alert and wiggly when she’s awake, and basically is at 100% for developmental milestones, therefore she isn’t concerned about her weight. She eats every 2-3 hours during the day and seems very satisfied after each feeding (i.e. not showing any signs of lingering hunger or discontentment), and still has at least one feed per night, and plenty of wet/poopy diapers. All signs point to healthy. Some babies are genuinely just smaller. Super healthy, and smaller. If she were in the bottom 2.5 percentile, then there would be a problem, but she’s not. I figured she was doing fine since she is so alert and content, but was further reassured by my doctor’s evaluation. Good things, all around.
But shots, y’all. Honestly, I never understood why moms got all emotional when their kids got shots. “So what,” I thought, “this is an important thing, and yes it is momentary pain, but so very worth it. I don’t think I’ll get emotional when E gets shots. I know how important it is for her to be getting them, so I can’t feel badly about her having them.”
Yeaaaaa. About that. Don’t get me wrong. I still don’t feel badly about her getting the actual shots because like I said, important, but oh my. It was sad to watch. Her poor little legs having to be held in place, and that terrible, terrible cry. It was an all new cry that I’ve never heard before. It was clearly an, “OWW I HURT!” kind of cry. It broke my heart. I just wanted to snuggle her up. Since we got home she’s napped pretty much all day, and until about an hour ago, wasn’t interested in eating. I kept trying to feed her, she’d eat for 2 minutes, cry in pain, and then fall asleep on my chest. It’s pretty clear from her face and grunts that the rotovirus vaccine is causing her some tummy pain. Sads. I can’t wait until she feels better.
- SOME BRAGGING ABOUT C!!!
It’s been awhile since I’ve bragged on C. I’m so proud of him- I’m always proud of him- but last week he got something that just made my heart fill up all burst-y like and want to share it. He recently received his OER. For those non-military folk, that’s an Officer Evaluation Report. All officers get them once a year, and it basically evaluates their performance at whatever their job is for the past year (and other stuff, but this is the cliffnotes version). So C got his. And y’all. It’s awesome. C was given an exceptional evaluation by his direct advisor and by the residency director. I would share direct quotes here, but I don’t want to get too gloat-y. Suffice it to say, he’s a rockstar. *Heart bursting*
Hmmm. What else?
I guess not much else. It seems that in my post-partum-ness I have developed plantar fasciitis, which means my feet hurt. All the time. That kind of sucks for the running progress, but I did get awesome new Brooks running shoes that I L.O.V.E. Nothing like new running shoes to motivate me to get out there.
So that’s been the goings on around here. Right now I’m trying to put our life back together after our unexpected trip, and get the house in order. Hope y’all are doing well and enjoying the fact that FALL is fast approaching!