Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ms. Sandra

We are surviving our first week with the new nanny, Ms. Sandra. It's difficult going back to work because I miss Davis so much, but working from home has made this transition pretty easy. When I get a break, I go peak to see what he's up to and I enjoy listening to him play with Ms. Sandra in the other room. It was a crazy first week, figuring out our schedules, fixing bottles, strollers, and car seats, but it worked out. It's strange to think I've only known Sandra a couple of weeks, but I trust her completely. She is highly qualified, with 15 years of nanny experience and previous work in child development. Davis smiles when she arrives every morning and he seems to be the same, happy, easy-going baby that he has been. I think Davis is true to his style, arriving a week late, he's very laid-back. With someone watching my parenting so closely, it's interesting to get Sandra's take on my style. At first her comments of, "you're so different from other moms" and "I'm so glad you're ok with us leaving the house," had me questioning myself. Am I too laid-back? Should I care about that stuff? Should she not be leaving the house with my precious baby boy? Did he have enough wet diapers today? And now I just realize my personality and parenting style work for both me and Davis. All moms and all babies are different.

All snuggled up and fast asleep after a car ride

Family dinner time. Enjoying sitting on the table while we eat.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

4 Month Check-Up

Little man had a doctor appt this morning and everything is great! We are so thankful he is growing and healthy. He weighs 15 pounds!! I love learning so much at his check-ups, but I really hate the immunizations, as I'm sure every mom does. I learned that at 4 months is when babies start forming habits. This is the time to get into a routine (if you haven't already) and try to stop those midnight feedings -- or he might be waking up out of habit, not because he's really hungry. This is also the time to ween him from the pacifier if you want it to be easier. I've decided I would rather him be in love with his pacifier than his thumb, so we are keeping with it. I was also glad to hear that picking him up if he's crying still isn't spoiling him (not yet)! We are allowed to start solid foods like cereal and the yellow/orange vegetables, but I think we will still wait on this. A baby can get all the nutrients he needs from mom for up to a year! We will probably start to introduce Davis to solids at about 6 or 7 months.

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Ville of all Thanksgivings

Before our lives get too crazy, we are still finding ways to split our holidays between both sides of the family. This means lots of driving, tons of luggage, family galore, and double the turkey!

We started in Beeville with Forrest's family.

Watching the UT and A&M game

Then we headed to Hallettsville to meet up with my family.