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Sunday, April 11, 2010
I had every intention of doing an awesome newborn photo shoot with Daisy long before she was born. Since she has been born I have struggled to remember to even comb my hair let alone pull out a camera to capture cute memories. Shame on me eh. I'm bummed because I know I have passed the time frame that photographers generally do newborn photo shoots but, if I have a good energy day maybe I will still go for it...or I should say, if Daisy has a good day of solid sleep then maybe I will go for it:). These are my favorite pictures that I snapped over Daisy's first week home with us. I'm still trying to get a picture that shows how dark and gray her eyes are. We are really curious what color her eyes will end up being but, we are guessing either hazel like mine or brown like Joey. We shall see:). Joey's sister kindly snapped a few pictures of the 3 of us while she visited this week. Daisy fussed the entire time and I would have posted the rest of the series of pictures to crack you up but, that would have been a lot of pictures:).
Daisy went close to 3 nights without sleeping this week and as a result I had my first day of, "mom's are entitled to at least 3 million unexplained breakdowns" yesterday. My goal all day yesterday was to nap when Daisy napped but, she never napped more than 20 minutes and as soon as my head hit the pillow or the floor:) she was crying (loud) and my window of opportunity was gone. Daisy has been so fussy the past week or so and generally it is because she is hungry again and again and AGAIN. She LOVES to eat and has a huge appetite. Right now she is drinking a bottle that has the amount of milk that is suggested for most one month olds and I wouldn't be surprised if she wants more when it's gone. I'm going to have a cute chunky baby on my hands here pretty soon! lol. Anyways, her fussiness is also making sleep an impossibility at night and Friday night was horrible. I have tried so many different things that people have suggested but, nothing is working with Daisy. She fights sleep tooth and nail and then when she gets past her exhaustion point it seems she cannot return from that cranky place. So, last night I decided to try out a swaddling blanket that even has a couple velcro pieces to keep the baby from squirming out. Sounds awful but, I do think babies enjoy the security of being swaddled after months of being in the close quarters of the womb. I have loosely swaddled Daisy up to this point but, she never seemed to like having her arms pinned down and would scream in anger at me to release her. That being said I was quite nervous about trying out the baby straight jacket last night. Much to my surprise around 8:20 last night Daisy conked out in my arms while I was eating sushi...(yes, my first sushi dinner in almost 10 months!!!!) takeout. I seized the opportunity to swaddle her while she was TKO'd and she slept her first solid 4 hours in her bed without needing to be fed, adjusted, recovered, comforted etc. I slept while she slept and it was HEAVENLY!!! I fed her each time she woke up and then re-swaddled her which she didn't like when she was awake but, it does seem that we will get more solid sleep and so will Daisy when she is more securely swaddled. I will keep you posted on that.