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August 22, 2011

The last few nights, Ads has woken up at 3am and wanted to hang out. For hours. She’s just awake, doing bicycle legs, smiling, chit chatting with the ceiling.
She sleeps in our bed, on my side so her well meaning father, who sleeps like a rolling log, doesn’t smother her or break her arms in his sleep.
I can’t sleep with her wiggling and grunting all night beside me, so I’ve found myself trying to rock her back to sleep on my legs, drug her to sleep with the boob, pat her belly back to sleep (she loves that). All to no avail. Then the sun comes up and I look and feel like an old hag.
I had been using our Arms Reach cosleeper for a few things:
Dumping grounds for clean laundry
Keeping baby blankets and towels hung over the sides for easy access at night
A barricade against the bed in case Ads suddenly rolls over

But she has yet to actually sleep in it. Or even nap in it or spend any time in it at all. So yesterday I cleaned it out, put it up against the bed properly, and got it all ready to be used. At 3am. When baby wants to wiggle around incessantly.

Well, last night 3am came and guess who was bright eyed and ready to wiggle. I put her in the cosleeper thinking that a few minutes in she would get uneasy, because she wants her mommy and she misses being right next to me. Right?
What a sad sap I am.
She loved the damn thing. She was bicycling, cooing, giggling, smiling, chit chatting. Ooh, and the coolest thing that she couldn’t stop looking at: the long tag on the boppy that was hanging over the side of her cosleeper. Fascinating. (Also, my phone just auto corrected “boppy” to “bologna”. Awesome.)

I watched for about 20 minutes as she had the time of her effing life. Then, according to the plan, which was going almost too well for my comfort level, I went to sleep.

I woke up what felt like HOURS later, but was probably 15 minutes, and she was happily drifting into sleep land. Still smiling. So sweet. So not needing to be with me. Little brat is 5 weeks old, just needs a little space sometimes, apparently.

Now really, this is fabulous. I slept, uninterrupted, for 3 hours. I slept completely under the covers for the first time since she was born. (Ha, weeks ago I even cut half way down the front of a sweatshirt so I could stay warm and easily nurse in the night.) J and I snuggled! Magic.
It’s awesome that she can sleep on her own and put herself to sleep. I feel like my friends who have made efforts to achieve this spend days or weeks letting their kid cry it out and practicing sleep training, etc. I had a feeling this one would lean naturally toward independence.

I woke up after 7am. That’s after the sunrise, btw. She was sweetly making her “I’m hungry now” noises. I fed her, and now she is asleep on my chest.

Ha! Sleeping face first on my chest. Her forehead is on my arm.

All is right in MY world again. But she is probably feeling like I’m crowding her space.


Traveling Family

August 19, 2011

We took the babe to Seattle for a few days. Brave, right?

I had a work thing, and Jared always has work in Seattle – so up we went, with our 5 week old nugget. I got to take her to my work stuff, and she was perfect. She slept a lot, and just hung out quietly a lot.

On Wednesday, she and I went chocolate tasting with my co-workers, then we went to the EMP/Sci-Fi Museum. It was pretty awesome. I’m feeling proud that her first Sci-Fi experience happened at 5 weeks. My dad raised me right on Marvel cartoons and Twilight Zone and other assorted sci-fi flicks. Actually, he took me to see the Fly at the drive-in when I was about 5… in retrospect that was probably a moment of poor judgment, but I’m sure it has helped shape who I am today. I’m hoping I can do the same for Addie (with out scaring the bejeezus out of her).

Addie hits EMP

^ Yes, Addie wore our admission sticker on her back. What a champ.

Clearly, she was alert and enjoying her time at the museum. She got to see the Space Needle too. And by “see” I mean “sleep while I walked by.”

Us and Jake Sully

Our trip was three nights, each night in a different place. She was awesome. I got decent sleep, she maintained her typical night time schedule, and totally didn’t freak out or have some sort of stress induced meltdown.  Did I mention that I think she is awesome? We stayed at our friends Louie and Becky’s house, with their 11 month old little dude-let Charlie. I held Charlie and later almost cried about it. He’s a giant. A huge monster baby person… and Addie will get that big some day too. And that is sad for me to think about right now.

The second night we stayed in a hotel and Addie was silent the entire time. I was worried that she would suddenly have a fight of loud crying. Nope.

Third night was in Olympia with our friend Jess and her mom, Claudia, and 4 dogs, a cat and a bird. Addie was fine. Strangers holding her? Cool. Dogs slobbering her? Cool. I was really impressed actually with what a natural mama Jess was. She doesn’t have kids, but I was really excited about how she was with Addie. Plus, she and her mom and Addie had matching outfits.

Three generations of stripes

Then she and I both slept the whole drive home. Meaning that Jared drove all the way like a champ. Love him too ❤

Girl’s Date

August 19, 2011

Addie and I just had the best date. Love her.

First we took a couples bath. She learned that as I held her floating belly up, with her feet toward my belly, she could kick off of me and I would woosh her through the water and back to me. We did that over and over for about 15 minutes. She was thrilled. I was thrilled.

I even managed to wash her whole body, get her out of the bath, into a new diaper and clothes – all with no crying.

Again, thrilled.

Then we went outside and took a 90 minute nap under the cherry tree with Finn, the eldest greyhound. Perfect!

Ahh, I could have every day be like today and be a perfectly happy mama.

5 week old little gremlin baby

The last diaper.

August 15, 2011

It’s 4:15am and I just used the last diaper.

We are cloth diapering, so that means there are always more diapers, the question is are there any clean, dry diapers.

I’m sure there are some in the dryer all warm and fluffy just begging to be strapped to a baby butt. And if there’s not J just might be in the dog house. We have a system: I wake up incessantly feeding and diapering the baby at night, and he sprays the diaper poop into the toilet and does the baby laundry at a non-god-forsaken time. It works well for us. Until there is a break down and I fly off the handle (I blame sleep deprivation).
(That actually doesn’t really happen, the handle flying.)

Anyway, hold it in little baby.

Spirit of Consistency

August 12, 2011

I don’t actually have much to post about today, but for the sake of consistency and forming a new habit of posting regularly, I’m here babbling.

Let’s see, I sat around feeding the baby incessantly today.

I’m gathering that this may be the sum total of my life for a while.

Actually, we had a nice day. My friend CJ came over for most of the day with her super rad nearly 4 year old daughter, Viola. Viola and Jared have a pretty special thing going on. She adores him, its really sweet.

CJ held Addie for a while so I could take a nice long shower. My big news for the day is that I shaved my legs. Victory!

We hung out in the house for a while and when the sun finally came out we took a stroll down to our creek. It was Addie’s first time at the creek. She loved it/slept through the entire experience.

Later Jared and I and baby drove around looking for ripe blackberries to pick. He picked berries and I was either feeding Adeline or standing around doing the baby sway dance to keep her appeased. It’s a whole new world, mommying. All encompassing and inescapable. I like it.

It’s All Dimensional

August 9, 2011

Looking at the blog stats, the top search that has brought people here is:

“Cat disappearing into another dimension”

I may now die, a complete person.

Welcome back, me.

August 8, 2011


We had a baby. Yay! She is totally amazing. I will post her birth story soon. I just realized that with all this time I spend awake at odd hours in the night now, I really should use that opportunity to revive the blog and gush about my rad baby.

Expect to hear a lot more from me. Be warned, I will now probably post almost exclusively about:
My rad baby
Babies in general
Natural parenting
Getting crapped on and other funny/gross/inappropriate parenting maladies

And I will probably rant about the same stuff plus:
The same stuff in regards to parenting
Parenting in general
Crappy parents
Society encouraging crappy parenting
Other peoples naughty kids
Child development and our education system

I’m going to encourage J to start posting again too. He will probably post about:

The same stuff as before, but now there’s a baby.

This blog will need his posts to balance things out a bit.

Xo. D.