Saturday, December 27, 2008

long time coming!

It's been a while since you've heard from me on this blog. Sorry about that. I'll try to do better, now that it's a private blog, I feel better about posting more about Tryn.

She's now 11 months old! wow, I just surprises me how much she's grown in the past year. She's everywhere, getting into everything now. Loves my books the most! Or any toy that makes a lot of noise when she throws it on the hardwood floor.

yes, she has slipped on the floor and jabbed the back of her mouth with the spoon. She doesn't care, she'll keep sticking it in her mouth and crawling around. She just doesn't learn I guess.

Her favorite toys consist of things that AREN'T toys. Not that I care, saves us money on that spot when I can get her a tupperware for her birthday instead of an elaborate toy.

Not that I really would do that.

I think.

This is her favorite spot in the kitchen. Well, I shouldn't call it the kitchen, because it's the only room in the house that isn't a bedroom or a bathroom.

That's not the point.

This spot just happens to be her favorite spot in the house. At least until mom or dad sit down, then it's a bee-line to our laps!

It starts so simple. Opens the tote with her plates, cups, bottles (she would never use. . .)

and then it ends up like this.

Every single time. I love it though, such things bring her such joy. At least until those back teeth come in, then we'll see if she really cares about them.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

My Penguin Girl

For Katryn's first Halloween, we had big plans on dressing her up in this doggy costume, mostly because I'm a sucker for dogs, and this one looked a lot like Indy. We anticipated her crawling around the floor chasing after Indy. Ah, if only.

Turns out that costume was a big hit with other people as well. Was sold out every time I checked. All the other dog costumes just didn't strike my fancy, and I'm not talented enough to sew something! So I turned to this penguin costume.

I love penguins, they're my favorite animal. And she sure made a cute penguin. She'd wave her arms up and down, and it looked like she was flapping her wings. Loved it!

And our beautiful pumkins we carved at Grandma and Grandpa's pumpkin patch/halloween party. and ok, Matt carved the ghost that doesn't look like a ghost anymore. And I did the 2008. This way, when we look back at the pictures, we're not trying to guess what year it was taken. Granted this year wouldn't be too difficult.

One child. Hmmm, what year was that again?

And here's her with cousin Kyla, who was a bat. She's not wearing her ears at the moment. But she was cute!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Elusive front teeth

finally got a shot of them. This little stinker would stick her tongue over them or her hands in front of her mouth whenever we'd try to get a shot of them.

Only as of Sunday, she has one more on the bottom, and the top two came in. Good grief. I can't keep up!

Friday, September 26, 2008

8 months

yikes! where does the time go?! Katryn has been 8 months now for about a week. She loves it. But it's a bit like being 7 months.

She's got her two bottom teeth now, and loves to bit your finger, if you stick it close enough for her to grab and shove in her mouth. and boy, can that girl CHOMP! We've tried taking pictures of them, but she just won't have any of that. We've risked our fingers more than once, trying to push that tongue out of the way so we could see them. No luck, she just pushes her tongue right over them and laughs in our faces.

She likes to pretend she's a dinosaur when she eats. We go to stick a bite of food in her mouth and she growls at it and then chomps down on the spoon and won't let go. If she's not doing that, she's usually blowing bubbles in the food. I think she gets her table manners from her daddy. :)

She's rolling everywhere now, but has no desire to crawl. I'm sure we'll get there eventually. and then we'll have bruises all over her face because of the hardwood floors. So when you see her, I promise we didn't hit her! We're good parents!! She loves to roll after Indy and grab her ear or leg, and then laugh like crazy when Indy starts licking her hand or face. She loves that dog!

a few weeks ago, we were able to go visit her cousins for a birthday party, and we stuck in her this cute little chair.

She kind of kept sliding off of it though, leaning to try to eat the lamp. But she sure was cute in it! *sigh* and I know, we need to put bows on her head if we're going to dress her in gender neutral colors like red and white. She gets mistaken for a boy way too often.

Time is just flying by. . . just another 4 months and she'll be a year old! yikes!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Rolling over

Katryn has been rolling over for a while now, but we finally got it on video a few weeks ago. It cracked us up how she puts her head into the carpet to roll over. Actually, that's not really our carpet she's rolling on. I wish it was, that would be some awesome carpet! it's actually a quilt my mother made for her, which we use all the time on our indy-hair-covered floors. and now that I have this video up, she's started rolling from her back to her stomach. So she can go both ways now, but has yet to connect that she could put them together and roll towards Indy. Her favorite toy. That day will come soon, and then I'll have to learn how to clean my house. Anyway, enjoy!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

6 month pictures

here's some pictures of Katryn for her six month. We can't get her to hold still long enough to take a picture with matt's hand, like our tradition, but these are cute pictures anyway! and I'm sorry about the red-eyes in them, I'm too lazy to try to fix that right now :)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

6 months!

Katryn was 6 months old yesterday. wow! and I don't have any pictures to put up here. I know, I need to clean off my camera. There's w-a-y too many pictures on there, and I don't want to go through them.

anyway, here's some milestones she's hit lately.

Rolling over. It's her new favorite thing to do! it seems that as soon as I put her on her stomach, she flips herself right over. She can't go from her back to her stomach yet. But she doesn't care, she'd rather play with her toes anyway.

Eating. She's such a good eater. We've given her rice cereal, oatmeal, and yams. she loves it all. Especially when I mix it with apple juice instead of water. she doesn't try to grab the spoon out of my hand, and keeps everything in her mouth pretty well too. She's not a messy eater! Yet.

Laughing. She loves to laugh, when we sneak up on her, or when matt and her sneak up on me. it's pretty easy to make her laugh, and she's such a smiley baby. As long as mom or dad's holding her.

Stranger danger! She knows when mom or dad's not holding her, and she's usually not very happy about it. I was making lunch yesterday at my sister's, and she picked her up off the floor because she was getting upset. Then she saw me across the room from her, and freaked out on my sister. she's a mamma's girl. I'm ok with that :)

sleeping through the night. She usually sleeps from about 9pm to 6am every night. except for the past few nights. We think those teeth are finally coming through! I mean, I know she doesn't need to eat at 12:30am, 2:30am, and 5:30am in one night!!

first cold. Currently she's in the throes of her first cold. as I'm typing, I can hear she stuffy nose breathing through the monitor on the nightstand next to me. it makes it hard for her to sleep, since she's a thumb sucker and can't really suck her thumb and breathe through her nose at the same time right now. poor girl.

scooting around. the few times she doesn't roll over right when i put her down on her stomach, she'll scoot herself forward for a little while. Usually only a few feet before she wears herself out, but it's a start towards crawling! of course when anyone else is around (read: her cousins) she's too busy staring in awe, wondering why she can't do those things to do much moving.

Babbling. Although i don't think she quite know what she's saying, she babbles a lot. Like "mamamamamamama" (at which point matt says "I guess she wants you!) as well as some other things.

easily distracted. She knows noises, and can spot where they're coming from. This makes it extremely difficult to nurse at times. when she'd rather make daddy smile at her than eat. But it's a good sign at the same time!

anyway, that's enough for now. I'll try to get some pictures up tomorrow!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Milestone checkmark!

We've hit a lot of milestones the past few weeks. It's like all of a sudden Tryn is up and running! not really, that would freak me out a little bit.

We were able to spend some time with Matt's Grandma, Grandma Llewellyn. She flew in from Jersey with her friend Dot, and stayed for about a week (actually, she's still here in Utah, just not anywhere near us). we headed down south and stayed in Bryce Canyon for a few days. It was really fun!
The drive down was a bit rough. 4 hours of driving, and about 1 hour of inconsolable screaming. And only a tiny bit came from me. The drive home was TONS better. she pretty mush slept the whole time. Katryn has a thing for the outdoors, it soothes her. She was so happy the entire time we were there because we spent so much time outdoors!

When we got home, we were playing with her, watching her scootch for her toys, and she rolled herself right over! From her tummy to her back! We cheered, and she just looked at us like "that was awesome. I totally rock!" so then I decided it was time for cereal. I've been kind of putting it off for a while now. . .I just don't like the thought of feeding her cereal too early. But I also don't like the idea that I've been nursing her so often during the day! She's about 5 and 1/2 months now. We had the chair, and the cereal, so we just went for it!

I couldn't believe how well she took it. She didn't want to stop!! Everytime she saw the spoon coming towards her, she'd start kicking her legs like crazy! She was actually pretty clean too. only grabbed the spoon a few times, and for the most part, the cereal stayed in her mouth. I was so proud of her! It's hard to see how fast she's growing, when at the same time, it seems like time is hardly moving. We're going to continue on cereal until at least the 6month mark, and then we'll start with the veggies. I actually mixed up some apple juice for her today in a sippy cup (we're trying to avoid bottles, at least as much as possible) and took to church with us. I had made a whole pitcher for me, and then mixed about 2 ounces with 2 ounces of water. . .plus a little bit. When she first tasted it, her fast was priceless! I wish we hadn't been in sacrament meeting, because I would have loved to get a video of that!! She made a 'yucky' face and spat out the cup, only to grab it with her hands and shove it back it. Then she started all over again. It was like she thought it would change and be sweeter.

Anyway, it's been a good week. Still waiting for her to roll over around, but she's got this scooting thing down pretty good! I was way impressed. Now if she can just keep her head up while she does it.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

All night long!

It's been a month since I've posted! good grief what is wrong with me? Oh yeah, I have my 'Tryn who likes all my attention. And a house I can never get under control. And I can't forget laundry! that's never-ending.

Anyway, Katryn is 5 months tomorrow! I can't believe it! She's getting big. i remember in about february, we were at my sister's house and she was nursing her boy who was about 6-7months old (maybe 8? I can't remember) and he was just hanging off her lap. I just couldn't imagine it, because Katryn was so small, and I could fit all of her in my arm. not anymore! her legs hang off now.

She hasn't really giggled anymore, she just laugh, but it's more like my laugh, where it's mostly silent.

Last night though, katryn slept through the whole night!!! She fell asleep for good about 9pm, and didn't wake up until 7am. I couldn't believe it! I woke up at 5:30am, and I'll admit it, I panicked a little bit. She has been getting up only once a night for about a week now, so I guess it was only a matter of time.

Well, I thought maybe the moniter was broken, or (heaven forbid) she was dead. so I went into her room, and peeked into her crib. She was content as can be, then made a little noise that made me jump for some reason.

So I went back to bed. Only slightly swollen and engorged. an hour and 1/2 later. . .I was VERY swollen and engorged. Mighty painful until she ate. (even then, she only ate on one side, so I had to pump)

katryn still doesn't care for tummy time. She can handle it for about 5 minutes, before she pitches a fit and I pick her up. Even then, she cries for a while after. It's about then that I just put her down for a nap. She's not even close to rolling over. Well, when she's on her back, she can kick almost over to her side. She's a kicker, doesn't quite get her shoulders into it though. The way I figure it, she's not going to just lay there forever! She'll roll when she feels like it. Or maybe I'll be stuck with a college kid, who can't roll over!

She's getting close to sitting up on her own. We put her in her bumbo a lot, so we can get things done, like eating, or using the bathroom. I think that's really helped her. She can sit by her self when she's sitting on our laps.

She's also very social lately, as long as mom or dad is holding her. otherwise, she tends to have a bit of a melt down. She's got the whole stranger thing figured out. Although, Grandma's not a stranger. . . .We'll see how she does when we leave her with my sister today while we go to the temple! She'll probably scream. or get beat up by her boy (who turns one tomorrow!)

Friday, May 16, 2008

she can laugh!

I discovered today that Katryn is ticklish! I've been waiting for this, because she laughs in her sleep, but hasn't had a 'real' laugh out loud. Very close a few times.

the few times I've tickled her she gives me these looks saying, "what are you doing to me??". I was tickling her legs and laughing at her and she started giggling! yay! what a great milestone to hit right before her 4-month birthday!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Photo Shoot

We went to Target on saturday and took pictures of katryn in her blessing dress. It was really fun, and really affordable as well. These pictures are low resolution, made specifically for sharing online and not printing. It only cost us $5 to have them email me ALL the pictures they took, not just the ones we ordered. Totally worth it in my mind!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Picture time

Matt's cousin is getting married this weekend, and his mother is flying out there for the wedding. And by out there, I mean Florida. Doesn't that sound like a nice trip? Some place where it's warm and sunny, instead of cold and windy? We wish we could be there for it, but instead, we're giving her this blog address, and we'll show off pictures of Katryn.

Friday, April 18, 2008

3 Months old

Happy birthday to katryn! She was three months old on the 18th, and growing like crazy. Not that we weighed or measured her, but she's growing. I'm her mama, I know these things!

Anyway, I have pictures on the camera that I'll post later, I don't use Matt's computer very much, so I'm not sure where to save the pictures.

I've always been a little leery of putting a baby on a schedule. There's just too many variables involved that a set schedule doesn't seem right to me. And I used to think a routine was just another word for schedule. Wrong. A routine can be done at any time, it's just a pattern of events. Katryn is on a routine. FINALLY!! I can get things done around the house. The important stuff, like blogging, and reading blogs, or scrapbooking.

We've had a bedtime routine for a while now, and it's worked great for us. Some night are harder than others, but we stick to it. We go into the bathroom, where we lay her on her towel, turn on some music, give her her bath, then pj's, feeding, wrap up, rock a few minutes until she's almost asleep (or totally asleep, it depends on the night) while we're reading scriptures (if Matt's not closing) and put her down. It usually works pretty well, except for the nights it doesn't. We skip the whole bath part when Matt's closing, I'm a little hesitant to wash her alone, and I fear it would take too long and she'd get mad.

So we have a day routine. Sort of. She usually gets up around 8am and I feed her and change her, get her dressed (most days. . .sometimes she just stays in her pj's all day) and play for about an hour. By then she's usually getting sleepy/cranky (this is around 9:30-10am). So I wrap her in her blanket (she loves it, calms her right down, and she usually tries to shove her blanket-covered fist in her mouth) and put her down. She sleeps for about 1/2 hour, and then we start the whole process all over again.

My sister said it's rather normal to have short naps like that, at least her kids did, and that they'll eventually get longer. I hope so! 1/2 hour is enough time for me to run to the bathroom and eat, I can't get much else done.

We've also got her completely transitioned from her carseat to the pack'n'play! yay! One night she kept waking up when I put her down in the carseat, so I laid her down and she fell right asleep. She did wake up an extra 2 times to be fed, but I was kind of expecting that. Now we've got her taking naps in there, and sleeping from about 8/9pm till 4am in there. Next goal. . .breaking the swaddle. Maybe by the time she's 4 months old we'll have her in her crib in the other room. We'll see

Thursday, April 10, 2008

the land of exhaustion

Last night I decided to put Katryn to bed a little early. She hadn't taken any good naps (actually, she rarely takes good naps, she just dozes on and off all day long) and was getting cranky around 7pm. Since Matt was closing, we skipped bath time and went straight to feed and change. After all that, I had her in her baby straight jacket--I mean, in her swaddle, wrapped up in her blanket and sound asleep.

Ha! Yeah right. Within 10 minutes of me laying her down, she was awake. We kept this up for about 2 hours, until matt came home. I'd get her asleep, lay her down, 10 minutes later she'd be awake. I was getting ready to crack. I had hardly eaten all day because she wouldn't let me lay her down without crying, and now she wouldn't go to bed. Luckily Matt came home and could tell I was on the verge of collapse and took over. I fell asleep while Matt put her to bed.

He had about as much luck as I did. He woke me up around 12:30-1am because she was hungry and still awake. so I fed her and he collapsed. I thought that was funny, he was sooo tired, but he normally goes to bed that late without a problem. I guess it wears him out more taking care of a baby than playing games on the computer do :)

Anyway, finally at around 2am, she fell asleep. 7 hours after I had originally put her to bed. I couldn't believe it. then she was up and ready to go at 8am. wow. how can she be related to us? She must have Matt's sleep gene, because I'm a person who needs 9-10 hours of sleep a night to feel fully functional. I don't know how I made it through college.

Today, try as we might, she hardly napped again! Actually, she had a good morning nap, she fell asleep on me for about an hour (I know, that's not a really good morning nap, but for her, it's great) and about three or four 1/2 hour naps scattered throughout the afternoon.

Last night caught up with her though. She was exhausted and so ready for bed tonight. The poor girl was crying so hard she couldn't eat. Which usually puts her to sleep. We got her to take her pacifier and that calmed her down enough that we could finish dressing her (this was after bath time--we barely made it through before the meltdown) and get her swaddled up. After that, we wrapped her in her blanket, and we started rocking. I sang to her for a little bit, and within 10 minutes she was out.

Just to make sure though, we read scriptures and prayed while I held her, so she would get into a deep sleep. I put her in her bed (she's still sleeping in her carseat in the pack'n'play) and she stayed asleep. I got on her to start blogging, and matt got on the computer to play with his friends from work.

About 20 minutes later, matt must have got a good shot at someone, or something because he said something really loud, all excited. Katryn's eyes popped open and she started crying. And thus the whole process began again. matt's been warned though, if he wakes her up again, he's in charge of putting her back to sleep. He's been really quiet since then.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

2 months old

We had Katryn's two month appointment last week and it all went very well. Except for the 5 shots in the leg, something like that is never well.

The best news from the appointment was her hip-displacement is corrected and she no longer needs to wear two diapers! yay! We were thrilled to find that out.

As for her stats, she's growing! Her head circumference is 38.1 cm, (38%-tile) she weighs 9 lbs 15 oz (27%-tile) and she's 22 inches long (42%-tile) . Our little girl is growing up so fast! She was so happy for the doctor; smiling at her and cooing. It was fantastic.

Then came the dreaded shots. That was horrible. I'm so glad Matt was there. It was the saddest thing I've seen. Her eyes clenched tight and her mouth opened wide. Her face got bright red and her cheeks and lower lip were quaking. Then she let out a wail. It was really hard for all three of us, since Katryn has never been much of a crier. she did calm down quickly and was pretty good the rest of the day. Such a li'l trooper.

My parents have been watching my oldest sister's two kids, while they're on a vacation in Hawaii. (lucky ducks) Katryn and I have been spending lots of time over there. THe only problem with that is she hasn't been getting consistent naps and we've had to endure a few melt-downs because she's so tired. These usually occur when I try to start feeding her. It becomes a "suck-suck-scream" pattern. Well, screams is probably the wrong word. more of a wail. Either way, it's pretty rough for us. We just have to wrap her up and walk her around to calm her down, and then she just passes right out.

She's also becoming very strong. We can hardly lean her against our chest to burp her, she's to interested in looking around at everything going on. She twists her head to look at us and all over. We've started to just face her out as often as possible, because she's always happy to just watch everything. She loves watching Indy move around.

It's hard to believe how fast she's growing! I've already had to pack up quite a few outfits that are too small for her. I just packed up the pj's we brought her home in. That was a little sad, because we really like those pj's! We don't have any that are nearly as soft at those. :)

Saturday, March 15, 2008

sleepy time

We're trying to transition katryn to her bassinet, so we can then transition her to her crib. Currently she sleeps in her carseat. we swaddle her up all tight, she loves that, and then put a blanket under her and rock her until she's almost asleep then put her in her carseat, which is in the pack'n'play next to our bed. She fusses for a moment so we give her a pacifier and that calms her right now and sends her to sleep.

But we can't have her in the carseat forever! and it actually really bothers me that she sleeps in her carseat. I haven't figured out why, but it bugs me. and she only sleeps in it at night time. During the day, she naps on our bed, sometimes in her pack'n'play, but usually on our bed.

last night we had bath time at 9pm. At about 10pm, she was fed, swaddled, and mostly asleep in my arms, so I laid her in the pack'n'play on her blanket I had her wrapped in. I'm a little paranoid about SIDS, so I made sure to unwrap the upper half of her body and smooth the blanket down flat so as she moves her head she doesn't get a face full of blanket.

by the time 11:30 rolled around, she was still awake. We'd take turns sitting there, holding the pacifier in her mouth while she fell asleep. But as soon as we moved and it fell out her mouth she'd wake up. It didn't matter how long she'd been asleep for either! finally, Matt picked her up and put her in her carseat and she was completely out within 5 minutes, no pacifier, nothing, just laying there next to matt as he played mario.

Another frustrating thing about that, is she's been sleeping until 5am every night like that, but last night she was up at 3:30am, then 7am, after which she slept on me until about 9:30am. When I put her back to bed after she ate the first time, I left her out of her swaddle, since I take it off to feed her. She fell right back to sleep when I put her in the carseat, but she made more noises during the night than she usually does. maybe because she had more freedom than she normally does at night? I'm not sure.

She was pretty asleep when we took her in for her bath. we laid her on the mat to change her and she was sound asleep and just laid there. I think that's a sign she needs a earlier bedtime. but we've been working on that. Every week we bump her bedtime up 1/2 an hour. We've only been doing this for 2-3 weeks, but starting tomorrow we'll be doing bathtime at 8:30pm. We'll do that for a week, then next sunday we'll switch to 8pm, then 7:30 and I think we'll probably stick with that time.

We're also trying to wake her up at the same time everyday. Currently, it's 10am, since she doesn't fall asleep until about 11:30, but as we move her bedtime up, we'll start waking her up a bit earlier too. by the end of it, she'll be waking up at 8:30. Or at least that's the plan. . .

Then she'll be on somewhat of a schedule and hopefully that will work. We still have the problem of transitioning her to the pack'n'play. We're trying to get her to take naps in there, and we'll keep putting her to bed in there and hopefully she'll get it figured out!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Blessing Day

We blessed Katryn yesterday at church and it was wonderful! Matt was so nervous, he got up early that morning and went to the 9am sacrament meeting, to kind of help him along the spiritual lines. It was a beautiful blessing, he did such a great job. He told me he stood up and everything went out of his head. but that's ok, it was great. My favorite line was when he blessed her that she would find a 'very worthy young man' to marry. I loved the 'very worthy' part of it. Not just a worthy man, she would find a very worthy young man. I love it!

We took some pictures, but it was cold outside for a bit, and then she was hungry and didn't want to sit for pictures. But here's some of them. :)
my mom made the dress, isn't it beautiful? You can't really see the detail, and you can't see her cute shoes, but we're going to put her in the dress later this week and take more pictures and pretend they were taken on her blessing day. Is that cheating?

This is us after church, it was really cold and windy, so we were really, really quick. Which was sad, because I wanted some of her laying on her blanket. It's probably better this way, because there was deer poop all over the lawn and they had recently aerated the lawn.

This is a 4 generation picture of my Grandma, her daughter (my mom), her daughter (me) and my daughter, Katryn. I think she's the 9th great-grandchild.

And how can you not love this picture?? it's so stinkin' cute! I'm actually not sure if she's yawning or getting prepared to let out a yell. probably both, she tends to do that. It's interesting at least, you're expecting a nice sleepy yawn, and it ends in a yell. But that's Katryn for you! likes to keep us on our toes.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

First walk

The weather has been so nice lately and getting better and better! Now that the air quality has improved, we're not as worried about taking Katryn outside. Since Matt was off, we decided to go on a walk and try out our stroller. I ordered this stroller a few months ago, and haven't had a chance to try it out. so we bundled her up and headed out!

At first she didn't like being wrapped up in this outfit. I think we didn't quite have her arms right or something. she tends to wiggle and pull her arms and legs in close to her body, so that wouldn't surprise me.

and the outfit was huge on her. She's still really tiny (but so darn cute! I especially love how the pacifier takes up half her face.)

So we had her all bundled up and we loaded her into the stroller to head out. The stroller has an almost full recline, so Katryn was able to lay down and slept for the entire walk. And the shade goes completely down to the safety bar so she didn't have any sun in her eyes! It was pretty bright out today.

I think Indy was the most excited out of all of us. I would have taken a picture of her, but she would have been just a blur. Matt ran her up and down the street and few times and she was still full of energy when we came home. Winter has been W-A-Y too long for her. I can't help but say 'awwww' when I see her sleeping.

Not a bad stroller eh? worked well for us today, but kinda freaked Indy out. It was her own fault though, if she stopped moving, I was bound to run into her eventually! anyway, we're planning on going out again tomorrow, but since this was her first walk, I had to take some pictures and blog about it for her.

Did I mention how nice it was outside? I wore my teva's to commemorate the occasion. I love when I can start wearing sandals again.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

picture crazy

I take probably 30 pictures a day of Katryn. and usually it's about 5 pictures of the same pose--her sleeping from one angle, then another etc.

but here's a few from the past few weeks. . .in no particular order. Enjoy!

And there you have it--we have still be taking pictures of her every week with matt's hand next to her. .. I'll save those for later though. This is plenty for now

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Katryn is one month old! yay! and she's getting so big! Finally starting to fit into her newborn clothes and she's keeping her eyes open more often. I think they're going to be brown eyes. Matt has brown eyes, and I have green

to commemorate her birthday we baked her a cake. Which unfortunately she couldn't enjoy, so we enjoyed it for her.

We also took her to church for the first time! We only went to sacrament meeting since we had to go pick up Amber (who was staying the night with us) but it was really good! She slept the entire time, and the headband we put on her head stayed it place! Although she has hair, it's all on the back of her head, there's not really any on the front/top parts. So we put a little headband on her head with a bow to kind of cover that little bald spot.

We were surprised how many people didn't even know we had her. People kept coming up to us and saying "we didn't know you had your baby! how old is she? What? 4 weeks? she's so small!" which to most people, I'm sure she is. . .but not to us. She's getting so big!

Unfortunately we don't have any stats on her growth right now. She's growing though, that much is for sure, and she's eating like there's no tomorrow. But that's ok, it's what she's supposed to do!

Katryn has also discovered her voice. We were loving how she never cried, but that stage had to pass eventually. . .I guess. . .*sigh* she doesn't cry that much though, usually when she's really hungry and we're not feeding her--because we're changing her or something. or she has those darn hiccups and I won't feed her until they're gone (she's messy enough without hiccups to help).

it's hard to believe it's been a month already. . .wow. Happy birthday Katryn!!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

little laughs

I've heard Katryn laugh 3 times now. She hasn't been awake for any of them. Sound asleep.

The first time was a few days ago, I was sitting at my parents reading a book while she slept in my lap. I heard a noise coming from her that I had NEVER heard from her before, so I of course, look down and she had a huge grin on her face and as laughing! Soo cute, and I'll try to get a recording of it sometime but it only lasts for about 3 seconds, so it probably won't happen.

Both Matt and I have heard it a few times now, but it's always when she's sleeping. Matt claims she has his laugh, because, well, my laugh is silent. It's probably true though, at least right now because she'll get her own laugh as she gets older.

When we were discussing her laugh the other night (the night matt claimed she had his laugh--not mine) he told me that my laugh was the hardest thing for him to get over when he started liking me since he loves to makes people laugh. And my laugh really is silent for the most part. I don't know why. . .so it's probably a good thing that Katryn has a laugh that makes noise. At least for now! Bwhahaha!

soon she'll be smiling and laughing when she's awake, I'm very excited for that!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

origin of a name

Katryn has a unique name, and Ashley thought it would be a good idea to blog about her name.

When matt and I were deciding on names, we decided if it was a girl her initials would be the same as mine--KLB, and if it was a boy, the same as Matt--MDB. Because of this, we had our work cut out for us. But we were sure that we were having a boy, up until the ultrasound. You see, there haven't been any girls on Dad's side for a few generations. I think 3 generations. It's like they just stopped making girls! Or they thought that there were not enough of them around, and we needed to be more prominent in the world. so we were fairly sure we would be having a boy.

Day of the ultrasound came, and what? That's not a boy! it's a girl! so we started looking for girl names. (I was still a little scared she'd come out a boy though, we had to double check her at the hospital) We had a huge list of 'K' names and couldn't decide between them. Matt liked a few, and I liked a few, but never the same ones. And we're kind of both stubborn and wouldn't bend.
But we also wanted to wait until she was here to name her, because we didn't want to have a name all picked out and planned, only to have her come out and feel like the name just didn't fit. Then we would be back at square one. I picked a name, and matt picked a name. Katryn and Kaylie.

She came out and as matt was holding her for the first time--his first time EVER holding a baby, he's purposely waited for his first child to hold. He looked at her, looked at me and said "Katryn" and I said "ok" and she became Katryn.

As for her middle name, Llewellyn, it's my mother-in-law's maiden name, and kind of a family name that way. I had wanted to add another 'n' on the end of it, just to make it like my middle name of Lynn, but I didn't fill out the birth information, Matt did. Which is still ok with me, because it is a family name after all.

And that's how Katryn Llewellyn came to be. Well, her name at least.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

nightime noises

I don't know if other babies are this noisy, but this girl can't sleep in quietness. it amazes me!! When we're holding her, she's quiet as can be, but the moment we lay her down in her bed, the noises start. yes, she's usually still asleep too, but she's grunting, and mumbling, and whimpering, and all sorts of other noises. It makes sleep a little hard, because those noises she makes when she's awake as well! We will be laying in bed, and I'll hear these noises and perk up. Matt of course is still sound asleep. I wait a few minutes, because she goes in spurts. Noises for a few minutes, then quiet for a few. More noises, then quiet. If she's awake there isn't any quiet. so I start to drift back asleep. Then she makes a gagging/spitting up noise, and I push matt awake to check on her (the pak'n'play is next to him, so he has to get her for me, but then I can walk around with her easier, instead of climbing over him to get out of bed with her in my half asleep arms--not so safe) and she almost always is still asleep. Just making noises.

yeah, makes kind of a restless night for us. But we have a good system worked out for us. Usually. On the days when Matt is off, or closes, he'll get up with her after her early feeding--6am or so, and take her into the other room and play with her, let her sleep while he plays on the computer, or whatever. Then I can sleep in peace for a few hours. It helps me make it through the day without any breakdowns.

But these noises! wow. . .I wonder how long they'll last

My daughter is a sucker

Suck, suck, suck, suck, suck. That's what she does all day. I didn't want to give her pacifier. I didn't want to have to go through a weaning process later in life. Just didn't want to deal with it. However. . .I don't want to be a human pacifier, that idea is even worse.

I read somewhere that at this age, babies like to suck on everything because their mouth is really the only thing they have control over. Some babies like to suck more than others. Katryn is definitely one of those. This girl is really only contect if she's sucking on something. And since she doesn't have much control over her limbs yet, she can't suck on her fingers--she just tends to jab them in her face and scratch herself. Then she's even more upset.

So we give her a pacifier and she loves it. Sigh. I don't like it, but I'd rather have some peace then be trying to calm her down all day. Or have her sucking on me all day.

Monday, February 4, 2008

First Doctors visit

We took Katryn to her first doctors appointment this morning. We got stuck in the snow, trying to get out of our driveway though. Matt had to dig us out for 1/2 an hour! I still can't believe all the snow we got up here. On sunday it snowed probably almost 2 feet in our neighborhood in one morning. wow.

Anyway, we're seeing a nurse practitioner in a Pediatricians office. Our appointment was at 9am, and since we had to dig ourselves out of our driveway, we didn't get there until almost 9:30am, so I was expecting to wait for a while since we were so late. But we sat in the waiting room for only about 5 minutes, and then we went to the exam room. After the nurse measured Katryn, she left to go get our doctor, who came in within 2 minutes and checked her out. When she was done, she went and got the nurse who came and gave Katryn her shots and we were done! Granted, it was almost 10:30 by that point, but time went quick.

Here's her stats so far. She weighs 7 lbs 1oz now, which they're happy with. They said they just want to make sure she's past her birth weight. Which she is! yay! I'm not starving her! This put her in the 11%-tile for her age (17 days). I had to learn what that meant though. Apparently it means that an average of 89% of babies are bigger than her at this age.

As for height, she's gained 1/2 in, to put her at 19 and 1/2 inches, in the 17%-tile for her age. And then her head size, which matt can't believe is correct, 32.2cm, in the 25%-tile for her age. I thought those stats are pretty good for her being 3 weeks early. Although I don't really have anything to compare to, except those percentiles.

After they did all the measurements, the doctor checked her out. Everything looked good except her hips. Apparently some children's hips don't develop fully before they're born, and Katryn just might be one of those. She said they were clicking as she moved them, so she gets to wear 2 diapers at a time now to help keep them in a position that a harness would put them in to help them to develop properly. That kind of freaked me out a little bit. But if wearing two diapers will help solve it, we're doing it. It's actually kind of nice for diaper changes, because there's one already there!

And then came the time for the PKU test, and her Hep B shot. I hated every minute of it. I almost cried with her. Katryn is a very calm baby, she hardly cries, it's only one wail and then she's done. But the PKU test was horrible. I had to hold her against my chest while they pricked her foot and took 7 big drops of blood. Katryn screamed. It was really hard to just hold her, knowing that someone was making her scream. The test was long too! it wasn't just a prick and you're done, they had to keep squeezing her foot to get more blood out.

Like I said though, Katryn is a calm baby. As soon as the nurse was done squeezing her foot, she stopped crying. And then got pricked in the thigh for her hep B shot. Once again, 1 wail, and then she was done. I felt so bad for her, I hate getting my own shots, and I understand what they're doing. It's got to be so much worse for her, enjoying being cuddled by mom, and then get this pain thrust upon her. Oy. . .I hated it.

But then she slept for a while. We left her with Grandma W(the first time we've both left her--kinda weird!) and went to the store for some essentials. She just slept at grandma's, slept on the ride home, ate, and then we slept through a movie--Matt watched it. I tried, I really did, but 5 hours of sleep kinda of makes it hard to stay awake. yes! FIVE hours!! She fell sleep at 1am last night (after staying awake for 2 hours) and slept until 6am. I couldn't believe it. I think it helped that when she woke up at 5am, she wasn't really awake. she'd make noises for a few minutes, and then be quiet for 10, then start the whole cycle all over again.

We've started swaddling her regularly when she goes to bed at night. I think she flails her arms and legs and wakes herself up too often--at least that's how naps go. We'll see how the next few nights go. We may even transition her from carseat to the pak'n'play. Ha, probably not.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

curse of the hiccups

Katryn gets the hiccups all the time. I shouldn't be too surprised by this though. In the womb she got them about 4 times a day. But I just feel so bad for her! they're so strong and just shake her little body! She lays there in my arms just looking at me in almost a confused, awed look on her face, wondering what on earth these things are, and why they're taking over her body.

I don't blame her. Matt's a person who when he gets hiccups, it's one hiccup and he's done. He's always been that way. Except for a few months ago, he got a whole lot of them (finally) and he had the same reaction Katryn has: complete shock at what was happening.

Sometimes though, I like that she gets the hiccups. I know when they're going to come too. I nurse her on one side for about 5-10 minutes (until she falls off/falls asleep) then to wake her up again, I burp her and lay her down to change her. The changing is enough in itself to wake her up, and then the hiccups start. Those definitely wake her up. so I hold her until the hiccups are gone, and nurse on the other side. I like that they wake her up enough to eat!! But I feel bad for her too, because they can't be fun.

Her and Matt play a game together when she gets the hiccups and he's got her. He tries to guess when the next hiccup will come, and fake hiccups with her. It's pretty funny to watch them. I think it may even help get rid of them someday! once she has a better idea of what's going on.

on another note:
Sleep has been completely off whack lately. Katryn doesn't sleep at night! She really does just stay awake from like 10pm until 5am or so. maybe with little snoozes here and there, but not enough that we're able to get any sleep, that's the problem. Then, around 6-7am, Matt gets up with her and goes into the other room, and they both fall asleep, and she'll sleep until around 11am, without any noises, in her carseat just fine. I don't understand it.

We know she likes to sleep in her carseat, because it cradles her like she's being held. So we use it a lot to try to help her sleep at night, and then matt can rock it--we just set it in the pack'n'play and she can go to sleep. hasn't worked very well the past few nights.

Here's what we're trying now: to keep her awake as much as possible during the day---today is the first time we're working on that, well, that I'm working on it. matt had to go back to work today. So far so good. she went to sleep around 8am, and stayed asleep until around 11:30am, then we did our feeding routine and she stayed awake until about now--2pm. that's pretty good. I'm going to to try to wake her up around 4pm and keep her awake for a few hours. we'll see how this goes. Maybe i can just give her the hiccups! that'll wake her up.

Friday, January 25, 2008

One week old!

I can't believe Katryn is one week old today! it just boggles me that we've been together for a week! Time is already flying. Before I know it, she'll be crawling, and then walking, and then driving!! ahh!!

To commemorate her first week, we took some pictures of her. But first, let me post a picture from her first day of life:for comparison, we took a picture like that, to show how she's already grown in the first week:She is a little jaundice still, we're working on that. and I guess it doesn't even look like she's grown that much, but just holding her I can tell she's already bigger. When she was born she weighed 6 lbs 8oz, and was 19in long. When we brought her home from the hospital, she weighed 2oz less. Not that that's a lot though. Such a small little girl! But she was 3 weeks early, so if she had come at full term, she would have been a lot bigger.

after spending just a day and 1/2 at the hospital, we brought her home with us. We had to borrow a carseat from Matt's brother, because ours hadn't come yet!! It came a few days later. . .thank heavens. I had a hard time at the hospital. The day nurse wasn't very good, or friendly, and I just wanted to get out of there. They were too concerned with keep track of how often she ate, and pooped, and peed. It was all about keeping records of everything! It wasn't a matter of following my instincts with her, it was a matter of charts. it was frustrating. And the nurse would 'try' to help me feed her, by squishing her face into my breast and man-handling her to try to get her to latch on. And if she didn't really suckle, she'd make me supplement with a bottle, or a syringe (while Katryn was attached to my breast). And if she didn't eat for at least 10 minutes on each side, well, I was a horrible nurser and she needed a bottle. After having her home for a week, we've more or less got it figured out. She doesn't eat that much. It's taken her a little while to get it. Her latch-on is great, she's got that down just fine. I think she just didn't need that much right when she was born.

Now, a week later she does need that much. But I learned that she has to wake up fully to be able to eat more than a few swallows, otherwise she falls back asleep. Then a vicious cycle starts--she's too sleepy to eat much, because she doesn't eat, she just gets sleepier and will eat even less. I was freaking out the first few days, because she would sleep for about 5 hours without waking, easily! I'd try to wake her up every 3 hours to feed her, and she'd hardly eat anything. I thought she was going to starve to death.

I talked to my sisters and my mother. They each told me stories about how each kid is different and some of their kids ate like crazy, others didn't. I stopped trying to feed her for a full ten minutes on each side, and instead feed her only on one side. Still, Katryn would hardly eat! Finally I realized that she needed to be fully woken up to eat.

She tends to wake up when she's laying flat on her back, so I do that. I lay her down, and wake her up. Then feed on one side. Burp her, and changer her (because by this point, she's filled her drawers!) and that wakes her up some more! then I can feed her on the other side.

So feeding has been quite the learning experience for us. But I think we've got it figure out. It does take a long time to go through the whole process though. A good hour at least. It's a good thing we're not planning on going anywhere anytime soon.

on another note--Katryn has some beautiful dark hair. So pretty, I couldn't believe she had all that hair. but at the same time, not too surprised because both matt and I have dark hair. The hospital glued little bows on her head, and she looks so adorable with them!

She's also a very content little girl. Hardly cries at all. And I mean that! I think the longest she's cried has been about 30sec! Maybe less. And that's usually only when we change her diaper. Not sure why, we warm the wipes in our hands before we use them, because who wants something cold and wet on their bum? I don't blame her. I think part of the reason she doesn't cry is because I try to anticipate her before we get to that point. I watch for the signs that she's getting hungry, or is still hungry, or not comfortable, etc. etc. So far it's worked great. Matt's even learned to read the signs of hunger, so he can pass her off to me.

Overall, this week has been a light emotional roller coaster. I would get so frustrated when she'd just thrash her head instead of eating, and want to cry. A few nights when she doesn't want to sleep alone (actually she never wants to sleep alone--prefers to be cuddled) and I have to sit in the chair will her. Or with every noise she makes I want to pick her up and just hold her.

But we're both so happy she's here. Matt calls her his little lady. This was the first baby he's ever held, and he's so precious with her. We're so excited and happy to be parents. There really is nothing as fulfilling as it's even been so far. It will be a great journey to share.

Welcome to the world Katryn Llewellyn, this was a summery of your first week of life.


This is Katryn Girl's blog. This is where I will only post stories and picture of her! And then give it to her as a gift someday. . .or at least that's the plan. I will, of course, still post things about her on my own blog, but that blog will have other things as well.

enjoy reading about our first little girl and her achievements!!