Monday, January 31, 2011

Baby Ady Size Update

At 5.5 weeks Ady is 9lbs 13ozs and 21.25" long. In one month we jumped from the 25th percentile across the board to the 45th percentile in height and 60th percentile in weight. Amazing how quickly things change. (Ady gets a shot today. I think Emily is the most nervous of the two.)

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

A New Favorite Outfit

What can I say? I'm indecisive...and partial to zoo animals. But I still can't figure out if this is a zebra or a giraffe.  Crap...she just spit up on it.  I guess that's what I get for trying to show it off. The "zeraffe" outfit (I also contemplated "girebra") will have to live to fight another day.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fool me once...

So goes the expression "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." (Hilarious G. W. Bush video) I did a quick google search but I can't find anything on foolings numbers five and six.  Since the last time I posted, that's what happened.  Under dad's supervision Ady has again pooped on our comforter, peed on the sheets in her crib, and pooped on two outfits mid diaper change.  So I guess since our first explosive bowl indident I've been fooled four addition times. (Note: yes, I was using a changing pad for two of the four so I have gotten slightly smarter)  Thank goodness my wife is forgiving.

Yesterday Ady was officially introduced to Carter's brand 3 month clothing.  Sadly this means that all of my favorite new born outfits won't be worn until the next little one comes along.  It's amazing how much she is growing!  We have two of the exact same little ducky outfits.  Side by side one outfit looks twice as big as the other, but she wore the infant size a week ago and she fills out the 3 month size today.  She also starting to smile a little and giggle every once in a while.  Not at anything particular, but we'll get to that soon.

Here are a few more pictures for those who are interested.

Dad Post 2 - Conundrums

 A post of conundrums.  I have so many dad thoughts flying around up there that I'm having a tough time landing the plane.  I'd appreciate it if you would voice your thoughts using the opinion poles on the right side of the screen.

Parenting Conundrum: Does anyone else find it odd that so much time and money goes into making sure kids poop with their clothes on at a very young age.  But then we go and trying to teach kids to poop without their clothes on just a few years later?  If I was still trying to develop basic motor skills and the ability to communicate I think this would be highly confusing.

Sports Conundrum: Now that I have a young impressionable life under my influence what team should she root for in the Superbowl?  The Packers are a respectable franchise with a dedicated and hardworking fan base.  The Steelers are much the same.  I have good friends in both cities.  Such a tough decision.  But what fun is the Superbowl without picking a team to root for?

Nickname Conundrum: I need a good dad nickname.  You know, the name that only the dad uses.  Ady or Adylyn will be what everyone else calls her, but I want something different and original.  I already periodically call Emily, E-dizzle, so A-dizzle is no good.  I also figure it shouldn't be something that implies girth, promiscuity, or ugliness (Adasaurous Rex, A-girl, Little Ady Alligator).  Emily has emphatically vetoed everything I have suggested to date. Anyone have any ideas?  I will post any suggestions I receive in a poll starting after the Superbowl (vote in the What Should Ady Wear to the Superbowl Party? poll right now!).

Fun Fact: In an average day, a four year old child will ask 437 questions (and when that day comes I plan to make up a legitimate sounding answer for every one of them)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Daddy's Favorite Outfit

Daddy's favorite outfit. I can't wait to take her on her first African safari!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

It Finally Happened

I wondered how long it would take. We have been lulled into a false sense of security but late last night the event finally took place.  Emily woke me up around 2:00am so I could take my turn to change Adylyn.  Our last few nights had been relatively uneventful.  Normal feedings and poopy diapers on a relatively consistent schedule.  (On another note, Adylyn has started sleeping for longer periods during the night. Praise Jesus!)  I got up, pulled Adylyn out of her bed, and set up a diaper and a few wipes on the end of our bed for her diaper change.  I took her out of her swaddle blanket, unbuttoned her onesie, and checked her diaper.  Definitely both wet and dirty.  Then it happened...projectile poop. EVERYWHERE.  All over her, all over her swaddle blanket, AND all over our bed.  She was positioned in such a way that the poop (the consistency of applesauce) actually ran down the side of our comforter.

I've heard lots of stories about crazy baby bowel movements, but generally those apply to boys (peeing on people, etc.)  I now have personal experience with the phenomenon and I can say that while it's not fun or funny and the time it sure is later.  From this point forward I plan to use the changing pad and position the new diaper as soon as possible. I'll never know when that poop might spray.  (In case you were curious the pee just kind of dribbles out for little girls so there's not as big of a chance of a "diaper disaster" via number one)

Adylyn Right Now
Bear Down! Chicago Bears!

In other news, Adylyn keeps growing and changing.  She is developing a little bit of neck control and seems to react to sights, sounds, and smells (I have no idea if this is valid, but it at least appears that way).  Emily is terrified that Adylyn is going to start crawling early. (This would mean that Emily will have to start baby proofing earlier and lose some of her home decor) Thank you too all of you who attended baby showers, provided hand-me-downs, provided meals, and checkin to see how we are doing.  Once our pediatrician mandated six week quarantine is up (see the reader poll on the right) we plan to take Ady out to meet all of you (baby party?!?). Everything is going great and we can't wait to see what God has in store next week.

PS. Also, congrats to our friends Chris and Christy who were blessed with Claire Elizabeth last week. I feel a play date coming on!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

It's Been Two Weeks

Hard to believe it but it's been two weeks already.  Having no past experience in child rearing it's a little difficult for me to rate how it's going, so I'm going to say that it's going great.  Adylyn eats about every 3 hours but she seems to enjoy being awake and held during the 11pm-2am time slot.  So Adylyn and her dad are getting their money's worth out of the Netflix subscription.  Do you think infants can be traumatized at a young age by action movies or HBO miniseries?

Today was the first rough day.  It actually started last night when the Colts lost.  I could tell that Adylyn was pretty upset because she decided to scream for the remainder of the night and through the next morning.  After getting off her feeding schedule for a while she started back again this afternoon and has finally calmed down.  We think that it might actually be the Italian or dairy that Emily ate yesterday but I we will just have to evaluate it again in the future.

Next week should be a big test.  Work picks up pretty quickly for me (accounting busy season) so Emily will be at home with Adylyn for a long time during the day.  Thankfully our friends from church have set up meals for us.  If anyone would like to participate the link is on the top right of the page. 

Thanks again for all of your prayers and support.  The doctor says Adylyn isn't supposed to go out in public for six weeks (come on Doc!).  I think that's a little long (I want her to meet people!) but we can't take her out for now.  If she gets sick then we will have to explain to the doctor why we took her out.  I guess it's better safe than sorry. 

Do you have any tricks or tips you used when your kids were infants?  We'll take all the suggestions we can get.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Baby Stichter Pick'em - The Results

It's finally time to announce the results of Baby Stichter Pick'em.  Thank you to all of those who participated.  We fell about 62 entries short of my 100 entry goal but I'm just glad I don't have to give anyone a $100 gift card.  The winners are as follows and will receive a gift card of their choice in the mail this week.

Birthdate - Actual 12/25/10 10:22pm
Best Guess: Laura Feeney, 12/24/10 1:20am, 45:02 from actual
Runners Up: Kim Fox, Susanna Stichter

Weight - Actual 7.14lbs
Best Guess: Jamie Smith, 7.125lbs, 0.01lbs from actual
Runners Up: Lanette Nelson, Melissa Miller

Height - Actual 20.25"
Best Guess: Lanette Nelson, 20", 0.25" from actual
Runners Up: Esther Stichter, Sarah Stichter

Sidenote: Gentlemen, I think we should stick to only picking our noses because baby pick'em evidently isn't our thing.  The men didn't make the podium in a single category.  Admittedly there were more entries from women than men (20 women, 17 men), but at least one guess should have made the top three in at least one category.  Better luck next year....wait, not next year, I meant next time. Have to look out for those Freudian slips.