day-to-day pregnancy

[ Wednesday, January 26, 2005 ]

Kate started to play a lot more these past few days. When she is awake and alert, we put her in a little gym with toys hanging so she can reach for them. Thanks to that she seems to have discovered her own hands and now it's a finger-sucking fest. The gym also has a mirror attached and she is fascinated by her own face. Her communication skills are improving as well, with a repertoire of coos and gurgles. We are slowly learning what they mean and can respond better (as a result, she seems to be crying a lot less!).

[ Saturday, January 22, 2005 ]

The greatest thing about newborn babies is their smile. It might be gas, but it melts the heart nonetheless. Kate is not only smiling, but also giggling these days. And each time it erases all memory of dirty diapers and sleepless nights.

[ Friday, January 21, 2005 ]

Yesterday I had my 6-week postpartum appointment and got the green light to exercise again. Yiipee! This morning I was in the gym bright and early, feeling completely out of shape and very humbled once I realized I could only lift half the weight I used to. Other good news: Kate has started to sleep in 3 hour stretches consistently, which means only one middle-of-the-night feeding.

[ Friday, January 07, 2005 ]

One of these trying mornings, after an exhausting evening, some friends suggested putting Kate in the swing to see if she would stop fussing. We got a swing for a baby shower, but it was still in the box (along with several other items we just haven't had time to put to use). I put the swing together and Kate just adores it. That first day it worked like a miracle. Now that she's gotten used to it she fusses IN it, but not nearly as bad. Here is a picture of her in her new favorite place:

What a week... Kate is alternating days of extreme "fussiness", when all I want is a one-way ticket to Nepal, with days (and nights) when she is so good I almost forget about the other kind. Two nights ago she was waking up only every 3 hours (huge improvement considering she gets us up every 2 hours all other nights), but last night wasn't nearly as good. Yesterday was also Teresa's first day; Teresa is the nanny who will look after Kate two days a week so I can meet clients and have a few sane moments. It was wonderful getting out of the house.