Baby’s First Concert

June 27th, 2007

To celebrate Katya’s 4 week birthday, we took her to see Harry and the Potters play at the Mission Viejo Library. No photos, alas, but you gotta HEAR them anyway–check out their MySpace page, and play the song “Save Ginny Weasley.”

http://www.myspace.com/harryandthepotters

Their main site, where you can see photos of the band, which are worth checking out:

http://www.eskimolabs.com/hp/

 Katya slept through most of it, just whining when they paused for a while between songs, and then letting us know that it was time to eat at the end. We were very proud.

Not much else new. Hiccups continue. Katya is awake a lot more during the day now, but still sleeps most of the time. Will post more photos soon.

2 1/2 Weeks

June 18th, 2007

So, what’s new? Hmmm. Mostly we’ve been sleeping eating and pottying, with some fun visits.

I decided that it wasn’t getting up in the middle of the night to feed that was exhausting, in was the boredom of staring at the wall for a half hour or so that was agonizing, so we started watching recorded educational TV in the middle of the night. Did you know that the largest sundial in the world is in India? It is 75 feet tall, so big that there is a flight of stairs up the middle, and it is accurate almost to the second!

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Katya talks with her hands.

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 Mom isn’t available for nursing, so the vampire baby goes for blood.

How Old Were You in 1988?

June 11th, 2007

If you are about the same age as us, then you can probably figure out why we sort of involuntarily have been singing “Push It” by Salt N Pepa to Katya just about every day, usually when she is a little fussy. (No, it has nothing to do with labor. ) Sometimes we have to make her do accompanying 80s dance moves. And then it logically follows that there may be a little Baby Macarena.

Here I spent just as much time telling Bill that he could not sing “Baby’s Got Back” to my belly as he spent protesting naming the baby “Jimmy Carter,” and it all quickly comes to this anyway.

In case you’re wondering:

http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/soulplane/pushit.htm

1 1/2 weeks old

June 10th, 2007

Update time!

Baby Katya lost her umbilical stub, which is nice, because it was NASTY. It looks like her belly button is an innie. (Inny?) She started having more, if far from total, control over her hands after the first few days. She grabs on to things like my top or Bill’s finger. Her grip is very strong. When she is lying on her belly on Bill’s chest Katya lifts her head to look at him and holds it up for a while. She is settling down and feeding a lot better now–less popping off the breast to suck on her own hand and other my-wiring-is-not-complete-yet newborn silliness. She’s also getting the hang of diaper changes and doesn’t always fuss. Katya gained 1 1/2 oz Mon to Wed and 2 oz Wed to Fri, which is healthy. She was a tiny bit jaundiced, not anything that we were worried about, but that is fading. Katya’s biggest problem is daily bouts of hiccups, which can last up to 45 minutes. She suffers through them without crying but clearly dislikes it. Apparently it is normal for babies who had hiccups in utero to continue to get them as newborns.

We have been reading every day. Katya’s favorite remains her first book with the pop-up sea creatures. We have also enjoyed a lot of Dr. Seuss. Bill read Green Eggs and Ham today. I wasn’t a huge Seuss fan as a kid but they are great for a newborn with the bright, simple pictures and rhythmic text. Today I also pulled out Abiyoyo, the book that goes with the Pete Seeger album I have from when I was little, and while I’m not 100% sure she loved it I sure did. I look forward to when her sight improves and I can read books with lower contrast illustrations.

I’m feeling better in a lot of ways.  I’ve still got a little more belly than when I started but I don’t look like I’m pregnant or just had a baby. I never understood this business about not being able to see your toes when you’re pregnant, as I spent an ABSURD amount of time staring at them when I had my feet elevated, but I was excited to see my stomach below the belly button again. Plus it is a relief to be able to cut my own toenails again.  I’m healing up weal, taking less Ibuprofin and finding it easier to both sit down and get up. My feet are much less swollen than the last month or so, and the day is rapidly approaching when I take a deep breath and try on my old shoes to see if they still fit. I’m sort of weirdly stuffy as all these fluid levels change in my body. I think we estimated that Katya drinks 2 cups of milk a day!!!!!! Most importantly I am not too horribly tired. The doctors say that newborns should go 5 hours max without eating, and Katya has been doing one 4 1/2 or 5 hour stretch every night, often 3pm to 8am. Combined with a shorter stretch before and usually after, we’re doing ok. I get a good long nap in about every other day. I read a few adult books in the last week while nursing but sometimes it takes both hands so I’m watching more TV now. Thank goodness for TIVO! I actually discovered a show on CSPAN2 called Book TV. I’ve been watching author’s talks at a Chicago book festival all weekend. Due in part to Katya’s affection for the Moby wrap carrier, and of course Bill’s awesomeness, we are doing great as far as food/cleaning/laundry goes, avoiding new baby domestic chaos nicely.  I hadn’t realized that I would be dealing with stain removal EVERY DAY but it is not a huge deal. I not only get a shower every day, but a shower AND a separate, childbirth-educator mandated 20 minute bath. Bill worked outside the house for the first time Friday afternoon and aside from Katya not wanting to sleep in her hammock, all went very smoothly. I feel prepared to be alone with her more.  Life is good.

Photos – 1 Week

June 5th, 2007

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Bill and Katya remote in to fix a client’s email problem.

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Mommy and me giraffe outfits—oooh!

The Naming of Babies

June 4th, 2007

Not as difficult a matter as the naming of cats, but almost.

First name: Katya. Pronounced CAW-tyah. The baby is named (roughly) after my dad, who was always called by his nickname Kayo. Katya is Russian for Katie, the diminutive of Ekaterina. It just happens that is means “pure,” but that wasn’t part of our decision making process.

Middle name: Sophia. We just finalized this today. It is Greek in origin and means “wisdom.” I always thought that was cool. Mom had wanted to name me Athena, after the Greek goddess of wisdom and craft. I thought it would be nice to give our daughter a middle name she could go by if she wanted, since her first name has limited nickname potential. I also thought it might be kind to give the kid 1 name out of 3 that people will always be able to pronounce correctly the first time.

According to parenting.com, “When Bette Midler chose it for her daughter, she explained, “We think Sophie sounds like an impoverished Austrian princess who is forced to marry a coarse member of the bourgeoisie.”

Plus the really wonderful labor nurse who had been a midwife in Taiwan and actually corrected the jerky doctor when he was, um, being jerky, was named Sophia. The baby is NOT named after her–I hate those random naming stories, I swear I know someone whose sister is named Nancy because “These Boots Are Made For Walking” was playing on the radio when they were driving to the hospital–but she is the reason I remembered that I liked that name.

So, alas, no winners in the middle name contest. Thanks to all who made suggestions. I still like the idea of naming a kid after an awesome role model, but maybe next time. I just ran out of time to research people I wasn’t 100% sure of, and Bill is not budging on his rejection of Jimmy Carter.

http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-naming-of-cats/

First Baby Pictures

June 1st, 2007

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Katya shows off her mad bubble blowing skills. Kindly note cuteness of fingers.

katyas-birth-day-2007-035sm.JPG First night home. (Feathers are on wall, not Bill.)

katyas-birth-day-2007-036sm.jpg Baby’s first bedtime book. Look how interested she is! I am showing her how crabs blow bubbles just like her.

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