Today during church Addyson smiled at me for the first time. Sure there have been gas smiles, but this one was definitely intentional. I had her setting on my lap facing me and I was smiling & making faces at her then all of the sudden her little face just lit up in the cutest little grin. I had felt like she was getting close, but this completely caught me off gaurd and I thought I was going to bounce out of my seat. Josh and I were also playing with her tonight and she smiled at both of us several times. I'm just so excited to know that our little girl knows who we are and is actually excited to be around us. I'll make sure that pics are posted just as soon as we are able to catch her in the act. What a wonderful way to end a weekend!
Well today was my first day back. It was pretty much what I expected tons of e-mail and a big to do list. The hard part was looking down and realizing it was only 2:30 when I figured it was about 4:00. I was so jittery by the end of the day waiting to go pick her up. Hopefully it will get easier, but I imagine that the next few weeks are going to be pretty tough. Addy is doing pretty well in daycare. She didn't nap this morning so now we're having a little bit of a challenge getting her to sleep, but I'm sure once she drifts off she'll be fine. I guess its going to be a few weeks of adjustment for all of us.
Today is Addyson's first day at daycare. She was not phased at all of course, but so far I've had two pretty decent meltdowns and I'm just overall bummed. I don't doubt that she will be very well taken care of, but I'm jealous that someone else is going to get to spend the day with her while she gurgles & coos at them. I know its incredibly selfish on my part, but still she is my little girl. I just have to keep telling myself that millions of children go to daycare everyday and they still love & know their parents.
Thankfully I gave myself an objective for the day. I'm going to scour Northwest Arkansas for work clothes for my now much more abundant girth. Hopefully I will be able to keep myself mildly distracted until at least lunch time, because I've told myself that I can go see her after I have lunch with Josh. We'll see how long I hold out though.
I did just hear some good news. Josh just called me to tell me that he was just promoted to Systems Engineer!!! I'm so incredibly proud of him! Too bad that I won't be able to find Addyson a shirt that says my daddy is a Systems Engineer on such short notice, because I know that would crack him up. Of course I asked if I could go pull Addy from daycare and give my notice, but he said no. So I guess Thursday I'll still have to go back to work. Oh well I'll keep trying to persuade him.
Below is a pic of Addy just before we loaded her up to go to daycare. I was rushing because the camera batteries were about to give out so she sort of looks like she is glowing red. I guess that will teach me to check the camera more often.
Last week we were in a pretty good groove of and then napping for an hour or so. The last couple of days there has been a definite change in her sleeping pattern. Yesterday afternoon/evening she just wanted to sleep, but we did a pretty decent job of keeping her up. I was afraid she would stay up all night, but thankfully I was only up once. Today she stayed up for almost the full three hours after her 6:30 feeding, but everyone since then has been a sleep-a-thon. I'm really hoping this doesn't mean she is going to be up all night tonight, but we'll see. I thought I had her in a pretty good pattern going into daycare, but it looks like we might be back at square one. Oh well if thats the worst thing thats going on then life isn't so bad.
We went to the pediatrician this morning for a checkup on Addy's neck. The doctor did believe that the knot has gone down, but she referred us to an ear, nose, and throat specialist just in case as it feels a little bit firmer than normal. I'm not too terribly worried as the massage has loosened it up and she is now turning her head from side to side with no problems. The part of the check up that I was really looking forward to was the weight check. Addy has gained another 2 lbs in the last two weeks!!! That puts her at 9.5 now and the doctor said that we don't have to wake her up any more in the middle of the night!!! We also got the go ahead to switch her to Member's Mark formula, which is going to save us a bundle. Other than that we are just eating, playing, napping and well you know the rest. Life is great!!!
On Saturday we took Addyson to Portrait Innovations in Fayetteville to have her one month portraits taken. After all of the horror stories about infants and portrait sessions I was more than a little nervous. We did have one meltdown, because they were running behind and she became hungry, but after she had lunch all was well. Below are a few of my favorite pics. Enjoy!!!
The July slideshow has been added! The application that we used usually takes a while to make the album available for posting, but this one didn't show up until this morning.
We are going to Portrait Innovations today in Fayetteville to get her one month portraits. I'm pretty excited, but I'm afraid that she is either going to be fussy or sleepy. Wish us luck! Enjoy the new pics.
Wow!!! I can't believe we made it through our first month. I didn't post this yesterday because technically we hadn't made it through the first full month until after midnight last night. Okay it was actually because I got caught up in playing with Addyson and establishing a routine, but the other reason sounded more official. Just in the last several days Addyson has become so much more aware and interactive. Last week she started gurgling & cooing and this week she has started paying a little bit of attention to her toys. Its just so amazing to she how much she has changed & grown just in the last four weeks. It looks like her neck has really improved. The knot is still there, but she moves her head from side to side more easily and will hold it up in her car seat rather than just letting it fall to the right (other than when she is really sleepy, but who doesn't do that). We have a checkup for that on Thursday so I'm hoping that we get a good report from her doctor. I will load pics later on today when I catch her wide eyed and bushy tailed. I had to make a run to my doctors office this morning for some minor complications so I missed her really active period this morning, but hopefully I can get some good shots this afternoon.