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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Family


Family
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Oliver getting to know his sister - so hard to capture them both at the same time. Will our boy never sit still!?

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Lola - Vital Stats

So Lola is now 3 weeks old - I can hardly believe it - she is still so tiny. She weighs 6lbs 1 oz at the last check up which means she has regained her birth weight - great news. And at 19.75 inches she has grown half an inch! She really is a very mellow litte girl - I wonder if as she came early the new born sleepyness is lasting longer. I hope not - I hope this is her and she’s just a very chilled little girl!

The days are going so fast now. I try and spend time with Oliver in the mornings and then nap when he does midday. The weather is getting warmer and sunnier so we can spend more time at parks and such of which Venice and Santa Monica has a ton. I love that we are four now, our family. When we go on outings it’s complete chaos, but completely wonderful at the same time. Weekends are triage basically as we get through each day, but I wouldn’t miss a second of it. Steven never ceases to amaze me as a husband and a parent. This is what it really is all about.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Sleep

The ever elusive sleep. Lola now waking 3 times a night - which is fine - every three hours - no problem. But getting her back down is the challenge. Thankfully she is not a screamer but she grunts and she snuffles. Laying face down on my chest is the only way she will calm - which as you can imagine doesn’t offer much respite for Mama. Last night we ended up popping her in the bassinet in the lounge between feedings which worked well. But oh, so tired.

Just rereading earlier posts on Oliver - totally the same story. The burping being the main challenge. We’re using Infacol which helps bring the wind up, but it’s still a mystery to me. The Dr says maybe she just doesn’t take in a lot of air when she nurses - but I’m not convinced.

Oliver is getting to know his sister bit by bit. Approaches the crib every now and then saying “baby”. I think it will get more challenging when there is just one person here with both kids and he has to wait a bit for attention. Hopefully we can get him in preschool around the time that happens so he has something just for him.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Potty!

So we got Oliver a potty some weeks ago and it’s just been sitting in the bathroom. He’s also started reading some books about using the potty. Well a couple of nights ago - it all fell into place. Oliver has got the connection and a few times now has indicated he needs to go pee pee and we’ve taken him to go in the potty. Small beginnings but we’re all very proud!!

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Happy Valentines

Wonderful Valentines day - exhausting as ever - but one of the best ever too! We decided not to go out and Steven cooked a wonderful meal - risotto - superb! Loring and Claudette were also with us so we had a very festive meal. I was SO sleepy though. The night before had been just exhausting - I was so tired at night I’d started skimping on the night feeds - which meant Lola didn’t settle. Not my best plan. So that day was a bit of a blur. he highlight was my son coming in my room with flowers and a card from him and Lola - then Steven came home early with some gorgeous flowers from the farmers market. and we all watched the Jungle Book. Happy happy happy.

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Thursday, February 8, 2007

Pane


Pane
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Amazing Tuscan bread recipe. I’ve made two loaves so far and we’re all hooked!

No-Knead Bread
Adapted from Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery
Time: About 1 1/2 hours plus 14 to 20 hours’ rising

3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
Cornmeal or wheat bran as needed.

1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1 5/8 cups water, and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.
2. Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.
3. Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal; put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour, bran or cornmeal. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.
4. At least a half-hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees. Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in oven as it heats. When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven. Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up; it may look like a mess, but that is O.K. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.

Yield: One 1 1/2-pound loaf.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

First Bath


First bath
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Lola had her first bath yesterday - she lost her umbilical cord - or what was left of it this week too - so she was ready for the full immersive experience. All in all it went quite well. She was so relaxed afterwards we didn’t hear a peep out of her all evening. Normally she has somewhat of a marathon nursing session through the early evening - ramping up for the night ahead! She goes from a feed every 3 hours to one every hour, which can be tiring, but at least I can do it whilst watching something fun on the TV!

Of course she is still in that newborn yummy stage. All sleep, snuffles, gurgles and poops - when she’s not nursing that is. The breastfeedng is going well, we’re finding a rhythm - but I look forward to getting the pump going so Steven and I can go out to dinner. Valentine’s day approaches so perhaps there’s my incentive.

Lola is now 10 days old and seems to be quite mellow - so far so good. I was rereading back through this blog about Oliver’s first week and it’s very similar. Sleeping for decent stretches with nighttime feedings at 1am ish and then at 4am ish. She certainly doesn’t seem to be a shouter so far - so fingers crossed this will all continue.

I’m managing to get some naps in during the day which is keeping me sane. Although I’m keen to see old friends and reconnect with the world.

Steven’s mom has been staying with us which has been a god-send. I was really sad to see my mum go and miss her still. Hopefully she can come out again whilst I’m still on leave.

Oliver is doing well - I think he has now gotten used to me being at home and all the activity. It’s doing him good. He was living quite a sheltered life with his nanny - perfect for those first tender years, or months, but it’s a wonder to see him becoming more outgoing as he comes up against new situations and a wider variety of people. He is such a beautiful sweet boy, he breaks my heart every time I look at him.

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