Friday, October 29, 2010

Thankful

My very dear friend Erin (whom I affectionately call "Raz" as an homage to her late grandfather - who happened to be the best of friends with my grandfather - who is also deceased) posted a list of things she was thankful for yesterday, and she challenged her readers to do the same. So here is my list.

1. My health and the health of every single one of my family members. Other than my grandmother's Alzheimer's (which does NOT stop her from being a very active old lady - despite not knowing how to use or even what a toilet is), nary a one of the Rices or Patricks are in bad health.

2. Chad's job and the benefits that come with it. Chad and I have feared for his job more than once over the last 3 years, simply because of the nature of the business he is in, but Chad made it through a very large round of lay offs this summer, and for that I am eternally grateful. With a wee one at home and me not working, his health insurance is something we just couldn't do without.

3. My husband. He works extra hard to make sure all 3 of his girls are taken care of, and I love him for it. He has to travel a good bit with his job, and I'm sure he hates leaving his entire life behind but he does it with a smile.

4. Family and friends. Since moving back to Laurel, I have become increasingly aware of how important this is. My family has taken care of us in ways that you can't possibly imagine over the last several months. Without their help, there would certainly be days when I didn't even shower. They put food in our freezer, take MaryCollis for sleepovers and give us wonderful antique furniture. And my friends are just as amazing. They always send sweet gifts to MaryCollis and love on her endlessly when they're around, they send me coupons for baby items (which you have NO idea how much I appreciate) and they give me unconditional love.

5. The blessings God has given us that we take for granted: A warm and loving home (although it's temporary), nice cars and money to put gas in them, a BEAUTIFUL daughter whom was a miracle in herself as we thought we would never be able to have children, and a fulfilling marriage that is the product of a wonderful friendship.

6. On a more shallow note, I am equally thankful for coffee and wine. And my BOB stroller - absolutely could not live without it.

What are you thankful for this morning?

Cheers!
aarp

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Update on The Patricks

We've had a lot going on the past couple of weeks. Chad turned 31, we visited my best friend Shannon and her baby girl Peyton (MC's best friend) in Hattiesburg because they just returned home from a long hospital stay in Cincinnati, we took MaryCollis to Starkville for the second time to cheer on the Bulldogs, MC turned 8 weeks old and she attended her very first Laurel Fair... and all the while she has grown like a stinking WEED. I used to hate when people would say things like "Just watch. One day you'll look up, and she'll be 18" or "They grow up so fast." I always thought people meant it figuratively - as in, time flies and before I know it she'll be grown and gone. But I have now figured out that babies grown up so fast LITERALLY. For instance, just over 2 weeks ago MaryCollis was just starting to outgrow her newborn clothes. Since then, she has not only moved into 0-3 month clothing, but I'm pretty sure she'll outgrow those in just another few short weeks.

She has LITERALLY grown overnight. It's insane. If you haven't seen her recently, you won't believe it. She can now hold her head up all by herself. Now, don't get me wrong, she's been moving her head around and trying to hold it up since the day she came out, but she has full control over it now. And she can sit up for long periods of time when supported or propped by a Boppy pillow or couch cushion. Oh, AND she has already outgrown the need for any head support in her car seat. See for yourself the difference between the 6 week photos and 8 week photos. You'll die at how huge she is. Next week I fully expect to post photos of her getting on the bus for her first day of school.

Nap time at 6 Weeks. See how huge this onesie was on her?
Bath Time - 6 Weeks
 Even at 6 weeks, she crosses her feet like a lady.
 Tummy Time at 6 Weeks
6 Weeks
We love the lamb mat Aunt Lauren got us!
Go Dawgs!
 My first NEJ pep rally with Gamma at 6 weeks.
 7 Weeks Old - My first visit to Aunt Shanny's house.
 7 Weeks
 7 Weeks
 7 Weeks
 MC, 7 Weeks and Peyton, 10 Weeks.
 MC & Peyton - BFFs.
 Worn out at Aunt Shanny's house.
 7 Weeks
 7 Weeks
 7 Weeks
 MC & Doc - MSU vs. Florida
 Aunt Jenn's first time to meet MaryCollis!
Hail State!
7 Weeks in Starkville
 7 Weeks
 8 Weeks
 8 Weeks - Wearing my Autobahn onesie and homemade booties from Aunt Kathy in Amsterdam and holding my panda from Aunt Kathryn that she got on her honeymoon in Japan.
 Hi Aunt Kathy and Aunt Kathryn!
 Can't wait to visit you in Europe!
 MC's first time at the fair!
 MC's first fair experience.
 The Fair - 8 weeks
 Me & MaryCollis at the fair - 8 weeks
 8 Weeks
Our friend Peyton who just got home from Cincinnati!
Cheers!
aarp

Thursday, October 14, 2010

6-Week Update

MaryCollis is 6 weeks old today, and I can't decide whether it feels like time is flying by or standing still. These have been the most challenging weeks of my life but somehow they have been rewarding as well. To know that you are responsible for another living, breathing person is a lot of pressure and it can be quite a task... but it is also joyful and fulfilling.

I have been walking about an hour or hour and a half every day for about a month, and it is my favorite time of day. For those of you that truly know me, you know I despise exercise. I had sooner die than work out; however, I have really come to enjoy our evening strolls. MC and I walk with our good friends Jenna (my friend and next door neighbor) and Emma (her 7-month-old), and the time just flies by. Even on the days when they can't make it, the hour just seems to go so quickly.

When Chad is here, he joins us on walks. We have taken all kinds of new routes on our family walks. The other day we walked nearly 4.5 miles, and I was whipped when we got home. Chad makes fun of me for my slow pace, but I told him when he had just given birth to a baby and still had extra pounds on his frame from carrying a child for 9 months he could talk about my pace. You're really not even supposed to start exercising for 6 weeks, so he needs to give me a break. I think I'm doing great! As a matter of fact, I have the blisters to prove it. I think my feet grew during pregnancy and never went back down (I hear that's common, and I will be devastated if none of my shoes fit again), so my size 9 tennis shoes have rubbed HUGE, nasty blisters all over my feet. I don't even know if we'll be able to walk today they're so bad... and that is REALLY going to ruin my day if we can't because I'm sure MC will be an absolute terror this evening if she doesn't get her walking nap.


MC has changed a good bit since our last post. Here are her 6-week fun facts:

-She eats 4 ounces 7 times per day (about every 3 hours).
-We still use 6-8 diapers a day.
-I have started putting just a tiny bit of cereal in her nighttime bottle. I realize this is a controversial topic, but I researched and did a lot of thinking about it before I decided to do it. And for a child who is literally hungry all the time it really seems to help. I didn't do it to make her sleep longer... because honestly, that is a wives tale. She still wakes up once a night, but it helps her tummy be a little fuller before settling in for the night.
-As mentioned before, she wakes up once per night: Around 2AM.
-She usually wakes up for the day between 5AM and 6AM.
-We are still in Size 1 diapers and will be for a while.
-We finally moved up to 0-3 month clothing!
-She still loves the stroller.
-She sleeps about 12 hours a day (including naps).
-She is awake about 12 hours a day.
-This week I started letting her nap on her tummy during the day (never at night) and it helps TREMENDOUSLY with her gas and the length of her naps (which helps her be less cranky overall). We went from napping 30-45 minutes at a time to napping for nearly 2 hours.
-Just this week she has become a lot less fussy and usually only cries in the evening after our walk... let's hope this lasts!

5 Weeks Old
She really likes the lamb mat her Fairy Godmother got her. It's cushy and we love it for tummy time!
Having tummy time.
 6 Weeks Old
Being a big help while Mommy cooked lunch today.
6 Weeks Old watching Mommy cook lunch.

On a mommy note, I have lost 40 pounds. I lost 36 pounds within the first 3 weeks without even trying, and I've been struggling to lose the rest ever since. I now have 10 pounds to go to reach my pre-baby weight, but I'd like to lose an additional 20-25 more... so I have about 30 pounds to go. Ugh. It's overwhelming to think about, but I know I can do it. They say 9 months up and 9 months down, so I guess I should keep that in mind. I'm just so ready to be out of my maternity jeans! I only bought one pair, so I wear the same pair of pants every single day. I'm hoping by Christmas I can fit into regular jeans.


Cheers!
aarp

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

One Month Update

MaryCollis is 1 month old! Mom and I celebrated her birthday by taking her to the Loblolly Festival, which she slept through. I'm telling you, if you want this girl to sleep just throw her in the stroller or the car and take a few laps. Works every time. As a matter of fact, I told Chad that if losing weight was not motivation enough for me to get in some good exercise every day, keeping MC quiet for an hour definitely is! Despite the sweating and exhaustion, it's easily the best hour of my day simply because she is not crying.

Here are some fun facts about MC at 1 month:
- She eats around 3 ounces 8-10 times per day (about every 2-3 hours).
- She is on Similac Sensitive Formula.
- We use 6-8 diapers a day.
- MC gets a bath every night before her last nighttime bottle.
- She usually wakes up twice per night: Sometime between midnight and 2AM and again between 4AM and 5 AM.
- She has a sleepover at Gamma and Doc's once a week.
- She weighs 10 pounds 3 ounces and is 21 inches long.
- She wears Size 1 diapers but they are big on her.
- She is still in newborn size clothing. The 0-3 months swallow her.
- She LOVES to be in the car or stroller. Like loves it.
- She sleeps around 10-14 hours a day (including naps).
- She is awake about 8-10 hours a day.
- She kicks her left sock off about 37 times a day.

At Loblolly on MC's 1 month birthday.

She loves the pacifier. Doesn't matter what kind.

Cheers!
aarp

Monday, October 4, 2010

Newborn Photos

I have to preface this post by saying that this week has not been a good one... and I'm pretty sure Chad would agree. The precious angel you see below was not so precious this week. But in her defense, it wasn't exactly her fault. She had some severe tummy issues this week, and she was just in a lot of pain. Thursday night was the worst night so far. Chad and I both wanted to run away and never come back, but instead I made plans for my mom to keep MaryCollis Saturday night so we could get a much needed break.

Saturday morning, my mom and I packed MC up and took her to Laurel's Loblolly Festival. We browsed sidewalk sales, visited with friends and ate corn dogs in the beautiful Fall weather... and MC slept the whole time. I volunteered to work a shift at the festival, so once my shift started Mom took MC back to her house to begin their sleepover. I don't know how their night went, and I honestly don't even care... I was so glad to be baby-free after the week we had. Chad and I ordered pizza, I had a long awaited glass of wine and I was in bed by 8:30. It was spectacular. I slept for 12 solid hours and felt completely rejuvenated when I rose on Sunday morning.

My dad brought MaryCollis home around 9AM, and I immediately noticed her left eye was running and had some goopy stuff in it. I hoped it would go away, but as the day went on it got worse and worse. We scheduled our newborn photos for Sunday, so I was not about to cancel that. We had waited forever and we were getting our picture made by God! The photo shoot went well... we got some really good shots, and we got to visit with our good friends Erin and Ben.

Her eye looks much better today, but I still called the doctor just in case. They said it's nothing to be concerned about. Here are some of my favorite shots from our newborn photo session:





Be on the lookout for birth announcements! They should arrive from the printer any day now... Hooray!

Cheers!
aarp

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