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Monday, April 24, 2006
Baby Bjorn
By Greg Blaum @ 12:16 AM :: 1772 Views :: 0 Comments ::

Sunday was the first time that Caroline got to go for a "ride" in the Baby Bjorn baby carrier.  We took a short walk in the neighborhood and Daddy was the one that carried little Caroline in the Baby Bjorn.  She fussed a little bit, but by about halfway through the walk she had calmed down and fallen asleep.  It looks like we'll get good use out of the Baby Bjorn carrier.

 

We stopped and chatted a bit with our neighbors up the hill, the Damata's.  We got a chance to see 3 of their 4 kids (their baby was in his crib), and both Lamar and Shae.  It was nice visiting with them; they're good people.  Shae has a small home business and she made a nice little baby blankie as a gift for baby Caroline.

Friday, April 21, 2006
6 weeks
By Greg Blaum @ 11:52 PM :: 1731 Views :: 0 Comments ::

Caroline turned 6 weeks old on Thursday (4/20).  Sometimes it is very hard to believe that she's already 6 weeks old.

 

They say that the "fussiness" reaches a peak around 5-6 weeks and after that it starts to get better.  We're finding that is probably pretty accurate.  She's been inordinately fussy the past week, and has been very hard to get to sleep in-between feedings.  This makes her over-tired and then she starts crying and screaming.  We're hoping that the 5-6 weeks peak is on the money and that she starts improving soon.

Thursday, April 20, 2006
Bottle problems
By Greg Blaum @ 11:37 PM :: 1831 Views :: 0 Comments ::

Well, we're now facing a mini-crisis in the feeding department.  Caroline has decided in the past 24-48 hours that she doesn't want to take a bottle, even with pure breast-milk in it.  We were at our wits end trying to figure out what we could do to reverse this, so we called the lactation consultants at Overlake Hospital.

 

The people that work there really have a lot of knowledge about how to handle these types of situations.  Apparently, it is extremely common and happens in a very high percentage of babies.  Armed with the advice they've given us, we're going to start with their re-acclimation regimen and try to get Caroline back on the bottle.  I expect that sometime in the next week, she'll be back to her old ways.  Once she's back to taking a bottle, Krista can resume getting some much needed rest at night.  She deserves it.

Thursday, April 20, 2006
For the love of all that's holy...
By Greg Blaum @ 11:29 PM :: 1773 Views :: 0 Comments ::

OK, so when I started this little blog I promised myself that I'd never be one of those Dads that puts things up about bodily functions.  I'm afraid that I'm breaking that promise now.  Readers with weak constitutions should probably stop at this paragraph and read no further.

 

Today Caroline had perhaps the messiest (and smelliest) diapers that I've seen.  One of them required 2 priests and a bottle of holy water to exorcise the demons that were in it.  I was searching the basement for my chemical/biological/nuclear gear and a gas mask.  I swear, I find it hard to believe that something so positively vile can come from something so enormously cute.

 

Fortunately for Krista and perhaps unfortunately for me, I bore the brunt of these unprovoked attacks on my olfactory senses.  No doubt she's got reinforcements in there plotting for future campaigns.  I'm just not sure whether or not I should consider it "friendly fire."

Monday, April 17, 2006
Easter with Adolph's and Coy's
By Greg Blaum @ 6:39 PM :: 1674 Views :: 0 Comments ::
We had Easter dinner yesterday with the Adolph's and the Coy's.  It was at the Adolph's house, and everyone brought a dish or two.  It was a very nice dinner.  Easter here was rainy most of the day.  Caroline was good for a while, but got a bit fussy towards the end of our visit.
Monday, April 17, 2006
Lunch out
By Greg Blaum @ 6:35 PM :: 1735 Views :: 0 Comments ::
Caroline went out with Mommy today for a short outing.  After Mommy's doctor appointment, they both met a co-worker of Krista's (Lynda) for lunch.  They had lunch at a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Seattle and returned back home early in the afternoon.  Lynda had a nice gift for Caroline as well.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Long sleep
By Greg Blaum @ 10:53 AM :: 1754 Views :: 0 Comments ::

Wow, Caroline slept a long time last night, giving Mommy and Daddy the chance to sleep as well.  She had her last evening feed at around 12 and she went to sleep shortly after that.  Daddy waited until she was good and asleep and brought her up to the bedroom and placed her in her bassinet around 1:15.  She slept from then until around 6:30.  I believe that's the longest stretch of continuous sleep that she's had and it is certainly the longest time she's gone in-between feedings.

 

This is a good sign for her development, and she may be starting to sleep throught the night much sooner than anticipated.  Of course, she's doing lots of things sooner than expected.  Heck, we half-expect her to be solving differential equations before she reaches her first birthday...  he he he

Sunday, April 16, 2006
Outgrowing clothes
By Greg Blaum @ 10:48 AM :: 1775 Views :: 0 Comments ::
Caroline has begun to outgrow some of her clothes.  A very cute little pink/white striped outfit that zips up the side and has built in feet was the first one to not fit her.  The body on it fit fine, but because she's gaining a lot of height the feet were too short and didn't give her room to stretch out.  She's also got a couple of hats that are too snug now.  The nice stretchy little hats that they gave us at the hospital are still very good ones to use as they keep in heat, but not so much heat that her head would get hot.
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Night and Day
By Greg Blaum @ 11:42 AM :: 1690 Views :: 0 Comments ::
This past week has been pretty good as far as the nights are concerned.  Caroline is starting to realize that the night is for sleeping.  In her first few weeks, she had her nights and days backwards and was fussy and awake at night.  That's now changing and we're seeing her getting up only to feed and then going right back to sleep.  Mommy and Daddy are grateful that she's starting to allow us to get a little bit of sleep...
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Miss smilie
By Greg Blaum @ 11:40 AM :: 1694 Views :: 0 Comments ::
Caroline has started smiling some at both Mommy and Daddy.  And yes, it isn't just gas.  She's responding more to either of us talking to her and is making a lot more sounds than just crying now.  We've heard lots of cute little coo's and the like.
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