Sunday, July 29, 2007

Sweet freedom!

We had a pretty relaxed weekend here. I spent the day with Nana on Friday while Mom and Dad went to a wedding, and we had lots of fun. She's really good at putting me down for naps (better than Mom, more on that later). She got three good hour-long naps out of me - a first! On Saturday, poor Dad had to do some work from home and Mom spent all day just trying to get me to nap. The longest I went was 20 minutes, he hee.

Saturday night, I slept in my own room for the first time overnight! Now I can stay up late and read Harry Potter, stare at my killer new mobile, and pretty much do whatever I want now that I'm no longer in Mom and Dad's room. Though no loud parties because of the baby monitor.

Today, I had two 20 minute naps and a 40 minute nap, and also took a pre-dinner snooze in my swing. We also took a quick car ride into D.C. so mom could pick up stuff from her office. She hadn't been back since going into labor unexpectedly, so there was still a note on her door saying she was teleworking on June 4th! It's been raining all day, so no stroller rides :( Maybe tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Laying low ...

I was a little sleepyhead today, so we didn't do a whole lot. But the good news is that I wasn't really fussy today. The only time we ventured out was to go to the McDonald's drive-thru for Mom's iced coffee. I think we need to stage an intervention -- she has been to McD's more in the last 3 days than she has been in the last 3 years!

T-minus 2 days until Mom and Dad leave me for the first time! They're going to Mom's sorority sister's wedding near Philadelphia. I'm planning a little party of my own when they're gone for my playgroup buds. I'll have Nana pick up the booze ...

Monday, July 23, 2007

It's OK mom, I'm just a little fussy :)

Everyone has a rough morning every now and then, huh? I've had a couple of rough ones, and just in case Mom and Dad took me to the doctor to make sure I'm OK. I am. I could have told you that! We also learned that I'm tipping the scales at 12 pounds these days - I'm just flying through the 0-3 size!

I just got back from a long stroller ride with Mom to pick up something at CVS. The whole way there I enjoyed myself, laying in the bassinet and staring at the sky, trees, and houses we passed. On the way back, though, I got a little fussy because I was tired and asked Mom to carry me all the way home. I thought her arms could use a little bicep and tricep toning, too, and what better than a 12-pound weight?! She must have looked pretty silly carrying me and pushing my stroller, but it was all good because I fell asleep on her shoulder.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Mom makes me wear legwarmers!

Only now they're called BabyLegs and they are warming the legs of all of the fashionable babies these days. I'm indifferent, but Mom thinks they are just the cutest things ever. Right now I have them in the giraffe print you see here, as well as more tame blue and brown stripes. Mom says she's getting more next time there is a coupon code! I do have to admit they keep my knees protected while I'm breakdancing, or b-boying, as I prefer to call it.

Mom's next obsession? Trumpettes!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Greetings from the nursery! Six weeks, four days into my life on the outside, mom and I have decided to start a blog. Since I'm still keeping my fists tightly closed, mom will be typing and I'll dictate. My main goal for this blog is to keep track of what I do all day, just in case I ever need alibi.

So here we go!

What We Did Today
I woke up around 7 am really hungry, so mom took me into bed with her and fed me. Then, we got up and played on my blankets for awhile and mom changed my diapers several times - I was saving up all the good stuff overnight. I ate again around 8 and we took another cat nap before officially starting our day again. We sang a few songs and I did some exercises until 10:30, when I ate again and we took a stroller ride around the 'hood. It was so beautiful out that I couldn't sleep! We came back and mom carried me around awhile in her Moby wrap while we listened to some lullabies on the CD Nana gave me. I drifted off to sleep around noon and woke up a little before 1 pm when I found my way out of the half-assed swaddle mom put me in. Meanwhile, Dad was at Ikea and brought back some fun stuff for me - a cute plush turtle and a collapsible basket to store all of my toys.

Later, we took a trip into Old Town, where everyone goes to see and be seen in their strollers. Did I tell you I have a sweet ride? I took a nice nap while mom and dad walked around. We couldn't go into any shops because all of them have stairs leading into them. Not very friendly to strollers or wheelchairs. We were wondering whether the Americans with Disabilities Act doesn't apply because it's a historic area?

When we got home, we settled into our new bedtime routine (see below), and I drifted off to sleep around 8 pm.

Nolan's Nap Log

Nap #1
I fell asleep at 8 am after nursing in bed and slept for about 45 minutes. Well, at least mom did, anyway :) She'll never know what I was really up to.

Nap #2
I fell asleep at noon after nursing at 10 am, storytime, a stroller ride, and about a half an hour bouncing around my nursery listening to Classical Lullabies. Mom swaddled me up and placed me in my crib while track 5, Fur Elise by Beethoven, was playing. Note to mom ... remember track 5!

Nap #3
I fell asleep around 2:30 pm on Dad's chest, and was moved into my carseat and then into my stroller for a walk. I slept while Mom and Dad got lunch and then walked around Old Town. I slept for about 2 hours!

Number of naps I should be getting: 3
Number of naps I am getting: 3 (well done!)
Number of hours I should be napping: 5-6
Number of hours I am napping: 5 (gold star! though does it count if I'm not in my crib?!)

Nolan's Prebedtime Routine Log
(Classical Lullabies playing in background the entire time.)
7 pm - bath
7:15 pm - massage and change into PJs
7:45 pm - nurse, fuss, nurse some more, fuss, nurse, fall asleep
8:10 pm - swaddled and placed into my bassinet.

Nolan's Night-waking Log

#1 - I woke up hungry at 11:45 and mom fed me for about 20 minutes. Sorry, mom, I know I used to sleep until almost 2 am! But I fell right back asleep after nursing.
#2 - I woke up again at 2:45 am and mom fed me for about 15 minutes. This time I didn't go back to sleep as easily, it took a little walking and bouncing me around but I was asleep again by 3:30 am, but mom told me I was a noisy sleeper so I don't know how well I slept.
#3 - I woke up at 4:45 am and mom fed me for about 15 minutes. She tried to put me down, but I was up again after about a half and hour of noisy sleep (I have a lot of gas, what can I say?). She fed me again for 15 minutes and I think I went back to sleep. Neither of us can remember!
#4 - The next thing we knew it was 7:15 am and I was ready to eat and get up. I only ate a bit because I was having a little, shall we say, gastrointestinal distress. I get this every morning, and we can't figure out why. It makes me scream bloody murder, and it almost wakes up Dad. Almost. I needed 2 diaper changes in a row. The first one might have weighed 5 lbs! Needless to say, after all of this I couldn't get right back to sleep so Mom took me out to the living room while she made some breakfast for herself. At about 8:45 am I started feeling tired again, so Mom carried me and bounced me around until I fell asleep. (I guess what we counted as a nap yesterday should have been part of my nighttime sleep, oops!)

Total number of awakenings: 4
Longest sleep span: 3 hours
Total hours of nighttime sleep I should be getting: 10
Total hours of nighttime sleep I am getting: