Wednesday, September 10, 2008

9 Weeks Down

Besides colds and vaccinations making both mom and baby sick, I can't say that much new has happened this week. The only progress I recollect is that baby has found her hands, so they now spend a lot of time in her mouth. As a result, I try to be more vigilant about keeping Bri's hands fuzz free... a challenge to say the least.

Why does no one ever talk about the gobs of lint that embed themselves in every crease of a baby's hands? Her fingers are almost always clenched, so my first discovery of her collection was shocking. There was enough gooey fuzz to spin yarn sufficient for tiny socks. Now we use our nursing sessions for both reading and lint extraction. I'm thinking of stuffing it in toilet paper rolls to make fire starters.

The baby hand/mouth connection has begun.

School was a titch more challenging yesterday as Bri only slept about 30 minutes between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Truth be known, those were just my school hours. In actuality, she didn't sleep more than 30 minutes between the hours 4:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Thus the sick-elicited sleep-deprivation. Her awake hours were not very happy ones either. She seems to be doing much better today however and is back on her normal nap schedule, to the utter elation of all in the household.

Bri with her lion after school. Nuf said.

Speaking of all in the household, I have had a number of queries about how the dogs are doing with Bri in our home. The answer is, "Fine." They typically ignore her and she them. Her crying seems to scare them, and when she wails before feedings or during baths, the pups lay their ears back and crouch in the other room. Chewy is particularly tentative, though rarely he peeps his head around the corner to watch the action.

When Bridgette is in a good mood, the dogs treat her as though she is my property... a healthy dogs'-view from my perspective. Both Chewy and Piper enter and leave the nursery on command, and occasionally they are invited to sniff her or give her a kiss. This is typically performed with trepidation and usually in her ear.

I do want them to get used to Bri before she begins to crawl and attempts to pull their tails, poke their eyes, yank their fur, and eat from their bowls. We hope they will get along and mutually respect each other. Eventually the goal is to send all three of them outside and watch them run around in circles.

Bridgette slept on while we corralled the playful pups for a photo.


Here is a video of the dogs. They have been neglected thus far on our blog. Yet, as anyone who knows us well already knows, they are a big part of our family life.


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hope today's school day is a better one.

Love you,
Mom

Jol and Ry said...

KELLY-
I JUST FOUND YOUR BLOG THROUGH CALLIS EMAIL. I READ JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING SINCE YOUR BEAUTIFUL BABY HAS BEEN BORN. I EVEN WENT AND LOOKED AT THE PICS YOU HAD DONE OF HER. I WISH I HAD KNOWN YOU WERE GOING THROUGH SUCH A HARD TIME. I KNOW WE DONT REALLY KEEP IN TOUCH, BUT WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS YOUR HEART JUST ACHES FOR THOSE YOU LOVE. WELL, I HOPE YOU DONT MIND ME KEEPING UP ON ALL YOUR NEWS. YOUR BABY IS A DOLL AND WE CAN AT LEAST STAY IN TOUCH THROUGH OUR BLOGS. MINE IS WWW.FIVEBIZZYBEATTYS.BLOGSPOT.COM IF YOU EVER WANT TO TAKE A LOOK. I AM THINKING ABOUT YOU GUYS AND HOPE THAT LITTLE BRIDGETTE CONTINUES TO DO WELL. BY THE WAY, BRIDGETTE WAS ONE OF THE NAMES I LOVED WHEN TRYING TO NAME MY LITTLE SARAH.
LOVE, JOLEA (HASSMAN) BEATTY

Jol and Ry said...

....by the way I added you to my list of blogs-is that ok. If not I'll take you off. I just figure some people may not want to be listed.
Jolea

Chelsea said...

If you want the dogs to practice running in circles with a little girl I'll loan you mine. I would LOVE a chance to merely spectate as Sophie runs like a maniac.

Ann-Marie said...

Just caught up on your blog! Glad that all is going so well so far! I have to say Bri is sure a cute Cougar!

Nate said...

Jeff just pointed me to your blog this morning. Love the interaction with the dogs. We have two ourselves (shih-tsu and a mutt). The little shih-tsu rules the roost while the medium-size dog likes to play tug or ball forever. Cracks me up to see the same kind of dichotomy with your dogs.