(There's not enough coffee in the world for me today. I have been awake since 2 am and I had not been able to fall asleep until after 11. Will we EVER sleep again?! Wait...don't answer that. It took Austin two freaking years to sleep through the night and Nathan was about a year and a half)
Crazy busy times.
Let's see... what's been going on?
- Going to doctor appointments left and right.
- Trying to plan for Austin's 3rd Birthday that is coming up on the 11th. His THIRD, I can NOT believe it.
- Busy with a baby who still has her nights and days TOTALLY mixed up and who does not want to sleep AT ALL in our bed or her bassinet. We are totally and utterly sleep deprived. We are SO exhausted. At this point we WISH that she would sleep, wake, eat, and sleep every two hours at night. Pretty sad that we WISH for that huh?! It would be WAY better than our nights now.
- Preparing for legal action.
- Dealing with a sick pet that really needs to be put to sleep but we are SO not ready to let go of her yet. Not to mention the fact that the boys have enough adjustment to deal with already with a new baby in the house, we hate to put their beloved pet to sleep on top of it.
- Dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms. OH. SO. FUN. Thanks to the bastards at the hospital.
- Christmas craziness.
On a different note, I can NOT believe Haley turned ONE MONTH on Sunday. In some ways it feels like she has been with our family forever and in other ways it feels like we just brought her home.
Here's Haley at One Month -
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Haley dancing on daddy. LOVE this picture of her face.
Haley is our HIGH maintenance little Miss Diva in training. I'm grateful and happy that she has a strong personality but WOW it is exhausting. Especially since she doesn't sleep at night and not very well during the day.
She is pretty needy and very particular with what she wants and how she wants it. It seems even moreso than your average newborn. She is wonderfully sweet and oh so beautiful. She's definitely a keeper. *grin*
At her last doctor appointment on Nov 28th, she weighed 10 pounds and 12 ounces (95th percentile) and was 22 1/4 inches long (94th percentile) and her head was 37. 3 (75th percentile).
Haley's 0-3 month pajamas are starting to get a little too short for her but she still drowns in most of her 0-3 month clothes.
Haley likes to be held literally all.day.long. Blogging entries is nearly impossible. Anytime I am at the computer I almost always have Haley on me, so blogging long and frequent entries is not a possibility right now and commenting is pretty difficult too. Of course I love to hold her but it gets a little overwhelming to hold her all day long when you have two little boys to take care of and when you spend all night long holding her in a chair. LITERALLY.
She is a very slow slow slow eater. She takes a sip here, a sip there out of her 3 ounces. I bet I spend at least 10 hours a day feeding her. At least that. She eats every 1-3 hours day and night and takes up to an hour to finish even just a little of her bottle. I probably won't get around to blogging about the whole nursing thing, pretty much had the same situation as I did with both boys.
She likes her swing but usually ONLY if you put her in it ALREADY asleep, she doesn't like to be in it when she is awake and she doesn't usually fall asleep on her own in it.
She is just now starting to notice the swing lights and swing mobile.
She still doesn't care for her bouncer, HUGE difference between her and the boys. They LOVED their bouncers and hell Austin ended up going through several of them. He was in his THAT MUCH and he was pretty rough on them.
The ONLY way she will sleep at night is ON US in our recliner. She doesn't want anything to do with her bassinet OR our bed OR her car seat OR the swing. This chair sleeping is getting WAY old already because she doesn't sleep very well on us and she moves constantly and wakes constantly. She never gets in a deep sleep at night and neither do we. Last night she slept on Kevin from midnight until 2 and then was awake for me from 2 on.
During the day it can be quite overwhelming, frustrating, and hard... it may take me two hours to get her to sleep and then one scream or fight from the boys then I have to start all over again. Sleeping, eating and going to the bathroom do not happen very often these days for me. Taking care of a newborn and two wild and crazy boys 24/7 is not for the weak, that's for sure.
She still hates getting her diaper changed. Poor little thing would sit in a wet or dirty diaper all day long I think.
She has A LOT of gas issues and hiccups A LOT.
We recently made the switch to soy and we think it is helping a little bit with the gas issues. We hope so anyway.
She continues to LOVE getting her head and face rubbed and we love doing this as well.
As exhausted and overwhelmed as we are right now, I tell ya what she makes IT ALL WORTH IT. She is as sweet as can be and she smiles ALL OF THE TIME. Sleep smiles, gas smiles, and REAL smiles. Her smile is SOOOOO BIG and contagious and oh so beautiful. The smile literally eats her entire face up lol. She grins from ear to ear.
Haley's adorable shirt came from Sue! It came with an adorable hat too! I have LOTS of pictures to share on Flickr soon! Thank you SO MUCH Sue and to everyone who have sent us gifts recently! I have taken pictures of everything to document it all and to post on Flickr...now I just need to find the time and energy to upload all of the new pictures.
Haley smiled BIG TIME after I said, "Boom chaka locka boom chaka locka boom chaka locka boom boom boom"
A Haley update just wouldn't be complete without an awkward silly newborn picture -
She's like, "Can you help a girl out Mommy?! PLEASSSEEE???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
So there you have it. Haley at ONE MONTH. I just can't believe she is already a month old.
Can YOU believe it?!
It took several days of starting and stopping to get this post written, I hope it makes sense lol.
One of these days, weeks, months, I DO hope to get back into daily blogging but for right now I am doing good to post weekly. Thanks for hanging in there with me!
I hope you are all doing well.
I love and miss you all!
PS Thanks SO MUCH you guys for thinking of me and for checking on me!
PPS DL has been updated.