June 30, 2010

Goodbye, Number Seven

Goodbye, cramped little bathroom with the window in the shower ...
... no counterspace on which to set my makeup bag or blowdryer or hair straightener ...

... mirror that I had to stand on tiptoes in order to see my reflection in.

Goodbye, funny crooked hallway.
Goodbye, nice bedroom with two big windows ...

... and the beautiful tree right outside.

Goodbye, Boogie's "gig gill" room.

Goodbye, tiny kitchen.

Goodbye, living room with lovely big windows all across one wall.

Goodbye ...

Goodbye, number seven.

June 19, 2010

Baby Stats

Yesterday we took Pheboo (Phoobee? Phebis? PhiPhi? I still haven't decided.) for her one-month check-up. She was at actually 5.5 weeks and I can't help but wonder if that combined with her 2-week-late arrival has anything to do with her current size: 11 lbs 14 oz and 22.5 inches. She is in the ninetieth percentile for height and the ninety-seventh percentile for weight! Whew!

I refused the hep B shot for her again (I want to wait until 2 months to start immunizations) and mentioned briefly to the doctor that I am considering delaying vaccinations. What I should have said was that I am considering spacing out her shots -- hey, I have a 5-week-old, I have a difficult time communicating sometimes these days! The doctor was nice but made it very clear that he did not consider delaying vaccinations to be a smart thing to do. The topic has never come up on any of our previous visits to that office so it was interesting to hear what he had to say about it. We will see a different doctor at her 2-month check-up and I'll discuss it with her as well. I do choose to immunize. I want my children protected against infectious diseases. I just hate doing 3 or 4 shots at a time. If my little baby should have a reaction, how will I know which one it is to?

My Man has been working a lot lately. He worked last Saturday for 5 hours of overtime last week, and he worked a full 55 hours this week which will look fabulous on his next paycheck! The overtime won't last but it's nice for now.

Nothing new to report on our house closing. The Senate voted to extend the deadline for the tax credit from June 30 to September 30 so we'll see if the President signs it into effect. That would be nice for us should we have to extend again, but we're very hopeful that we can still close by the end of this month.

Sadly I do not have any new pictures to upload. I am slacking off in the picture-taking department. I'll try to get some new ones posted soon!

June 12, 2010

One Month Old

As you can see, it was no big deal to the birthday girl.

 She doesn't like the flash which is why those are dark and blurry (apparently I do not have a steady hand. Aren't you glad I didn't pursue a career in surgery?)

She is getting so big! I don't like the growing part. Why can't they just stay small?
Still haven't decided on a nickname -- thanks for the suggestions. The Boogie came up with a new one on her own: Pheboo. It's cute when she calls the baby that.

We were supposed to close on our house yesterday, but found out earlier in the week that our loan was still in process. On Thursday we found out that the underground oil tank that had been pulled had been leaking, so now there needs to be soil clean-up before closing. Closing has been pushed back to the end of the month. We appreciate any prayers in this matter! We really want to be able to close no later than the thirtieth.

The other day I wanted some iced coffee. Dunkin Donuts is the only place around here that makes decaf iced coffee (which I can have with sugar but not cream), so we went through the drive-thru. As we were waiting for our coffee I thought I heard the Boogie say, "Look, Discover card!" I turned around and asked, "What did you say?" She  pointed to the Discover card sticker in the drive-thru window and said, "It pays to Discover card." *sigh* Not only does she know what it is, she knows the slogan. Too much television ...

June 7, 2010

Summer Monday

I love summertime, I really do, especially days like today. It cooled waaaay down last night and is even now only in the low sixties with a predicted high of 78 degrees. My Man took the day off so he could help with some things over at church this morning. When he is finished we are going to the zoo! It's the perfect day for it.

We are due to close on our house this week ... Lord willing! We're starting to get so excited and are praying that everything goes smoothly so that we can have those keys in our hands soon. There are walls to paint and carpet to rip up and appliances to replace before we can move in but we are hoping to be out of here and in there by the end of the month. Some friends just moved into their house last weekend and are giving us all of their boxes and packing paper! That is a HUGE blessing -- I was dreading hunting down boxes.  This week I will start packing and cleaning this apartment in preparation to vacate it.

Our girls are growing and adjusting. The Boogie is getting so tall and heavy. She is wonderful with her little sister, very gentle and loving. I haven't seen one single sign of jealousy, only lots of adoration. She is very helpful. It's  handy to send the 3-year-old for a diaper or wipes or clean burpie. She cracks us up with the things she says. The other day we went shopping and when we were finished she asked, "Where do we go next?"
"We're going home," we told her.
"Noooo! I don' wanna go home!"
"Okay, where do you want me to drop you?" asked her daddy.
"Hmmm ... Wawa," she answered. We laughed and drove home. When we pulled into our parking spot she got mad.
"Ugh, Daddy! You're 'upposed to drop me at Wawa!" (more laughing from the parents)
"But Daddy and Baby Sister and I are going home," I said. "If we take you to Wawa, who will help me put away groceries?"
Without missing a beat she pointed and answered promptly, "Daddy."

Our favorite thing that she says is "use-mick" instead of "music." Somehow she figured out that the truck driving around in the summertime has ice cream, but she still calls it the use-mick truck sometimes. She has not, however, learned that a person can actually BUY ice cream from the use-mick truck. Maybe we can make it through another summer without that fact being realized.

I haven't decided on a blog nickname for the baby yet. My Man calls her Feebis. My sister calls her Fooby. My mom told me about a conversation she had with my 4-year-old niece SL back in Warshington:
Mom: "Aren't you excited that you have a new cousin?"
SL, face wrinkled: "My new cousin? Oh, you mean ... Fifi?"
Fifi! I love it! So we call her any and all of those three names and I need to make a decision about what to use here. I like Feebis and Fifi the best but don't really like how they look written out (I could get used to anything, though.) I think perhaps I may have to take up a vote ...

And speaking of Baby, we had some rough days and I figured that something I was eating was hurting her little tummy. I stopped drinking milk for a few days and that seemed to do the trick. So, I am now venturing into the world of dairy-free. Thanks to some friends' suggestions, I have discovered that vanilla-flavored rice milk isn't bad on cereal. I would like to also point out that chocolate flavored almond milk isn't bad to drink, either. Just expensive! Thank the Lord that My Man and the Boogie can have regular milk or we'd go broke. It's amazing how much dairy I consume on a regular basis without thinking about it. Sour cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese, regular cheese, ice cream, cream in my coffee. But thankfully it's only dairy and not more that I have to avoid. And hopefully it is something that she will outgrow.

I'm also hoping that we can soon get past the wake-up-at-midnight-and-stay-awake-for-3-or-more-hours business. That's getting old, man. I'm getting old, man. I can't function like this!

And now for your viewing pleasure:

While Vee was here she slept in the Boogie's bed and the Boogie slept on the floor. Every night I would check on her and find her all over the place. The first night back in her bed she fell out -- I guess she quickly got used to rolling around in her sleep!
We have started coaxing some smiles from this little one!