Friday, January 31, 2014

Month {4}

Ryann started daycare on January 2nd. Having her stay at home with my mom for a couple weeks after I went back to work really helped soften the separation anxiety blow for me. It helped me get used to being away from her for 8-10 hours a day. I had a peace knowing she was getting lots of love and care from Grandma. 

She started daycare on a Thursday so I decided to take that day and the following day off. She did half days both days. A friend suggested I ease into it that way to get both of used to the new routine and environment. I was a bit nervous the night before her first day. I’m a bit of a procrastinator so, in true Angela fashion, I was scrambling to pull everything together on the daycare checklist…pre-made bottles, a few changes of clothes, a couple of fitted crib sheets, receiving blankets, bibs, etc. I went to bed still feeling a bit uneasy but was glad for the day to finally be here. We arrived at around 8:45 that morning...she was asleep when we got there so I left her in her car seat while I put her sheet on her crib and placed all of her things in her cubby. I was OK until I picked her up from her car seat and, suddenly, I lost my will to not cry…the tears just started flowing. Her teacher gave me a tissue and assured me that what I was feeling was normal…that all moms go through this. After a couple of hugs and kisses, her teacher, Ms. Cindy, took her from me and gave her a little squeeze…and Ryan immediately started smiling at her. 

She was instantly interested in her surroundings…the other babies, the sounds, the toys. I stayed for a few more minutes to observe her in this new environment before heading out to run a few errands. It took about a week to get used to the new routine but I'd say we're both settling in well.

14.11 pounds 
25 inches 
Wearing 3-6 month clothes (Old Navy and Baby Gap sizing is spot on…love their baby clothes)
Still in size 2 diapers...but not for long
Sleeps about 8 hours a night and takes 2-3 short naps during the day (30 minutes – 1 hour)
Sits up well in her Bumbo
Grabbing at and reaching for EVERYTHING
Loves the exersaucer Grandma and Grandpa bought her for Christmas
Recently discovered her feet...I'm sure they'll be in her mouth soon
Very observant of her surroundings - watches our mouths very closely when we’re talking
Smiles constantly and starting to giggle
Drools a ton – we probably need to buy an amber necklace soon
Not a fan of her car seat
Got her first cold – yucky runny nose and congestion
Does NOT like for mommy to wipe her nose

4 months. Wow. Loving her little feisty personality. She’s such a happy baby – always smiling.
Love her and love being her mommy.

Sunday, January 26, 2014


My word of the year is RELAX.
I already knew I was a bit neurotic, controlling, and always worried about everything.
Having a baby has magnified that.
I'm worried sometimes to the point of exhaustion. 
It sucks the life out of you when you try to be in control, yet you are COMPLETELY out of control.

My worry often translates to nagging my hubby. While getting ready to take baby girl to the pedi last week, hubby sat her car seat on the kitchen counter...and I nearly had a heart attack. Because, after all, how can you put a car seat (which has been exposed to all kinds of dirty surfaces) on the same counter that we prepare our FOOD!? He looked at me with an annoyed and puzzled expression on his face and told me to RELAX. Although I still think a car seat is no place for a kitchen counter, I know he's right. I need to calm down. I mean really...the counter can be wiped off.

That's just one of many examples of how on edge I am about everything. It's not fun to be on edge all of the time. So in 2014, I am going to try to relax. And:

REST in the Lord
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
Mathew 11:28

Choose JOY
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, 
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Romans 15:13 

No lofty resolutions with categories and bullet points this year.
Just want to enjoy each moment and the beautiful people in my life.
Looking forward to the freedom I know will come with trusting God, not sweating the small stuff, and just relaxing.

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