Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Here's some (some meaning 10!) of our favorites:
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
- Fun[ny] news: Aolani giggled for the first last Sunday night. She has laughed only a few more times since then. I can't wait to record and post it :)
- Also last weekend, she "found" her hands and has been totally enthralled with them ever since! She is constantly clasping them and doing an in-depth study on this new discovery.
- My new brace arrived this week. I think it works, even though it hurts (pressure) to wear it too long. I think my foot is slowly starting to heal itself, as it now only turns out toward 11 o'clock.
- I thought she might be dairy sensitive, so I cut out dairy products from my diet. I think she's improved, but maybe it's because she is getting older. However, she is having baby diarrhea once a day still. It might be eggs, so I am going to try that...
- She is constantly getting comments on how long and luxurious her lashes are for a baby. I tried to get a good picture while she was napping in the sling on me, but the camera would not focus properly. Sorry; here's the shot anyhow.
- Storytime: The other afternoon I just had to go to the kitchen and grab a snack. So, I set her in the crib (wide-awake) for a few minutes. I was eating in the kitchen with the monitor turned on voice-activation (eliminates constant noises or small movements) in case she needed me. Out of nowhere, she had several massive eruptions out of her butt that awoke the monitor (so I could hear them all)! And, she didn't even make a peep. I went back in to find a happy, still-awake baby wiggling on top of a poopy crib sheet. "Let's just cover that up with a blanket until help gets home..."
- She has rubbed a bald spot on the back of her head (repeatedly looking to and fro trying to see and learn everything around her). I know this is common, but I still think it is funny and funny-looking!
- I am reading a book to her while she lies on the changing table called Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper. The entire book is in pdf for free online (click on the title). She really likes it, as do I ;)
- We put her crib toy (Sunny) up last weekend, and she really enjoys the colorful lights. She acts like she could care less about the classical music it plays.
Monday, May 17, 2010
- The Boppy has been a life-saver; while you're at it get a couple extra slipcovers...
- Burp cloths, and LOTS of 'em!
- Nursing sports' bras for lounging around the house
- Zipper jackets, for ease of use (also housewear) OR shirts that unbutton halfway
- Medela Pump (it's worth the $)
- Night light that attaches to the headboard of your bed (unless you plan on getting out of bed to nurse)
- Digital/Sportswatch for timing the length of the feeding (important during the first couple months)
- I use the best ointment that's organic and works wonders (cures diaper rash and soothes nipples): Recovery Salve
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
- My new wheelchair is still not here. We started this process in December, and I don't even know if it has been ordered yet!
- Ricky and my dad teamed up to cook my mom and I a spaghetti dinner for our Mother's Day treat. And it was delicious.
- Okay, so ever since I posted about her sleeping through the night, she wakes in the middle of the night. Guess I spoke too soon...
- I still read Philippians 4 to her everyday, but I have added chapter 3 since she's been born. Hopefully, I'll have the whole book memorized soon enough :)
- I know babies cry (and sometimes a lot) but still... the other day we were in our chiropractor's parking lot and Ricky had the van doors wide open. He was sitting outside in my wheelchair taking off my "bad" leg braces while I sat in the van. And Aolani was being, well, vocal. She was hungry and I was going to feed her as soon as I could, but my feet hurt and I wanted the braces off first. Well, a lady was in the parking lot listening to her wail when she finally got out of her car, walked over, stuck her arms out as if to hold a baby and offered to help by taking her. I was a little embarrassed.
- Last year I discovered the Cosmetic Database, looked up the ingredients in the products we used and was shocked. I didn't want those things penetrating my skin, getting into my bloodstream and affecting our developing baby (even a little). So, we discontinued some items and started making a few of our own things (like toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, wet wipes, sprays...). If anyone ever wants some easy recipes, just ask :)
- A few weeks ago, Aolani started to drool but now her drooling issue drenches her shirts. I guess it's bibs from here on out... I'm telling you, you turn away for a minute, glance back and this is what you see:
The adorable saliva ring :)
- I am now (mostly) caught up on blog posts. Phew! And Ricky returns to work tomorrow. Timing is everything.
I had my 4-week postpartum check-up that pronounced me healthy. The doctor's office gave Aolani the "Prettiest Baby of the Month" award. We think that's being modest ;) Noteworthy news: the doctors at this practice are going to write a case study (medical article that will be published in a medical journal). We are so excited about this and the chance for there to be more information on childbirth for women with Friedreich's Ataxia. I must admit that it is relieving to know that all that work in keeping a pregnancy journal is not wasted.
Alright, the main thing. Ever since I gave birth, my left foot turns outward and points to 10 o'clock. We've been to eight doctors. Exhausting and unprofitable. Lots of opinions and no real diagnosis, except that it is obviously some kind of nerve damage, most likely originating in my spine. My favorite comment, "Huh. I've never seen that." For the first month, my foot tremored. The twitching lessened as my foot started to permanently angle outward. However, we can grab the ankle and foot and turn it straight. So, we think it will heal itself over time. Unfortunately, I cannot put weight on it or my other foot -- that's because I pulled the heel cord muscle in that foot by putting all my weight on it when I transferred. So, transfers are just that: unfortunate. Also, my foot hurts all the time and hinders my sleep (some nights are really rough). We've been trying to get a leg brace for it to hold my ankle and foot straight, but we're still waiting. We have a night splint, removable cast and a bad brace. They don't work. We're hoping that a correct brace will help with the pain, maintain the range of motion for that muscle and encourage those nerves to remember what they are suppose to do. I kept postponing this post because I kept hoping this foot issue would get resolved before I wrote about it. Please pray for my foot. Anyway, I'll keep you posted.
Bottom line: Postpartum for me has been a little tough, but HIS GRACE IS ENOUGH FOR ME (2 Cor. 12:9)
Monday, May 10, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
The crib was raised up so I could roll under it. Two doors were put on the front of it (and open outwards) so I can reach her in case she rolls to the other side of the crib. The door locks are magnetic (Tot loks). This crib was actually my old crib!
Saturday, May 1, 2010
This is my absolute favorite picture! We pray that she will become an avid reader and lover of God's Word (and may we raise her as such)!
- While I was on disability leave before Aolani was born, my job was terminated.
- Ricky returns to work May 13 (for real).
- Aolani slept in the car for the first 4-6 weeks, but she now stays wide awake in the car. So much for relying on the car to get her to sleep!
- Breastfeeding is my favorite thing -- my love for her (desire to provide and protect) is so strong, and she is SO cute and dependent then ;)
- Ricky is such a great father!!
- We went on a date last Saturday (Aolani partied with Grandma O). Aolani took her first bottle then (she did alright with it but prefers the skin-on-skin). Ricky and I went to a coffee shop to play chess and find Waldo (Where's Waldo makes for a great, cheap date; we are only halfway through a book we got for $6.95 a year ago!) before dining at my favorite Japanese steakhouse.
- We were out and an older lady (late 70's) saw the car seat and wanted to see the baby in it. She asked her name, pronounced it beautifully, and proceeded to tell us about how she taught a little Hawai'ian girl by that name a long time ago. Talk about unexpected!
- Ricky's parents came for a visit a couple weekends ago and took us out to eat. We were at the restaurant so long, Aolani eventually wanted to eat too. So, Ricky and I headed to the women's restroom (the handicap stall) for this little ordeal. Well, we were getting along fine until a college-aged girl pranced into the bathroom and, literally, ripped the stall-door open (even with it locked). Just to find Ricky leaning over me holding Aolani up while she feeds. But wait, my back was to the door, and this girl couldn't see the baby. Shocked, flabbergasted, embarrassed -- she quickly left and the door kept swinging open because the lock was broken! Who knows what she thought with a man leaning over a girl in a wheelchair hidden away in a bathroom stall... Alas, we finally left and Aolani, belly full, was none-the-wiser.
- We've been working on this 2,000-piece puzzle of an ancient world map. We thought that we would have plenty of time to finish this during postpartum. Yeah, 9 weeks later and it looks like we just started yesterday! Babies keep you busy...
- We used disposable diapers the first 4-6 weeks while she grew big enough to wear cloth diapers. We use bumgenius and they are great! Highly recommended and no diaper rash! Washing them is really a breeze. Cloth diapers have drastically changed over the years (so we're told).
- Ricky received a Seahawks jersey for his birthday (from his parents) and was so glad at this surprise gift, he wanted to show it off.