Friday, January 27, 2012

Project Life 2012 Week 3

Welcome to Project Life 2012! If you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you will stay awhile. I'm Jessica, wife to Juan, mommy to new baby Maddie. I am also an electrical engineer by day and I am participating in Project Life by night, a different way to record our lives by taking one photo a day. This was inspired by the fabulous Becky Higgins who has put together a wonderful kit to make this challenge easier.
I am using the digital Cobalt kit, find it at This digital version uses Shutterfly and is SUPER easy to use! I began Project Life in 2010 and while I managed to photograph and journal every day, I have not yet finished the album (in fact, I only completed pages through February). In 2011 I also did a great job with photographing each day, but I still didn’t have anything in the album, so I decided to go the digital route. I completed my entire 2011 album using Becky’s digital Clementine album in the first two weeks of January this year. It was so easy that I am determined to complete 2012 before the New Year rings! 2011 was a big year for me as I was pregnant and had our first baby. I love all the journaling I was able to include. To see a few of my 2011 layouts check out:  and 

Don't worry, I'm not leaving traditional scrapbooking behind. This just gives me the opportunity to focus my scrapbooking on new baby, vacations and things that are important to me right now and not get all bogged down with every birthday, dinner, and holiday that comes along.

Each Tuesday, I will post my pictures/journaling from the previous week. Project Life Tuesday was created by Jessica Turner over at The Mom Creative and she hosts a linky for readers to link up their pictures. So if you want to join in or want to see others POTW, just click the Project Lift button at the top of this post.

I love creating scrapbooks with a POTD (Picture of the Day). I think it's a great way to get in all those little life moments that otherwise might not make it into an album. Of course, with a new baby, I know most days are going to be photos of her; but I'm ok with that.

And now to my pictures this week:

Sunday - Maddie is 4 months old today! Wow, where is the time going. I can't believe how big she is getting. She will be bigger than her elephant in just a couple more months.

Monday - Maddie is officially in size 3 diapers. Today was her 4 month well baby exam. She weighed 16.14 lbs (100th percentile, off the charts), 26" long (95th percentile), and 16.5" circumference head (75th percentile). Dr. Hubbard said that she is not teething at this age, all 4 month babies put their hands in their mouths and drool. It is her digestive juices gearing up for solids. She said not to start her on solids until about 5-1/2 months and then cereal and vegtables first. Just a little once a day to get her used to a spoon and the texture in her mouth. She also said 30-35 oz of formula a day is the limit, not to go over 35 but she can have water. She also told us to get out the bouncer that it was time. Maddie got a ton of shots as well. We noticed when we were waiting for the doctor that she had a ton of little red spots on her legs and feet that were not there this morning. Dr. Hubbard said that it could be Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFM) caused by the Coxsachie virus. This is very contagious and typically occurs in toddlers. These bumps get in the mouth and hurt and typically have a fever associated with it; but not everyone has the same symptoms. The bumps are typically at the end of cycle so that may be the only symptom that she has. I came home at noon to take care of Maddie in case she started running a fever. She was lethargic most of the day and slept quite a bit. She felt warm, but I didn't think she was super hot. When Juan came home at 6pm she was asleep in my arms watching Baby Einstein and he immediately said she was burning up and had a fever! I didn't think so at all, but we took her temperature rectally and it was 102.1 degrees! I was motified. How long has she had a fever? We gave her meds but I didn't want to bundle her up in a swaddle, so we put her in a short sleeved onsie and pants. I was sure she would wake up around 10 and we could check her temp again, give her more meds if needed and then swaddle her; but she never woke up. The house was 75 degrees so I though it would be fine. This mrorning I went in to check on hr about 4:30am and found her little arms and hands to be freezing. I felt so bad.

Tuesday - Maddie is feeling the effects of her shots from yesterday. She slept most of the day in Abuelita's arms. She was running a slight fever when I got home, 100.8 degrees so we gave her some Children's Tylenol.

Wednesday - Janet came to meet us girls for lunch so that we could celebrate her birthday. We took her to lunch at Green Papaya's. Danna had to go pick up Ryan as he was having a tooshy issue, so he joined us.

Thursday - Dr. Hubbard told us it was time to put Maddie in the jump-a-roo, so we finally put it together tonight. She is so small in the seat that we had to put a pillow behind her. She didn't really know what to make of it.  She didn't cry, but she really didn't seem excited either.  We only left her in for a few minutes.

Friday - Maddie has really started to laugh out loud and anticipate tickles this week. Juan plays "here comes the bee, here comes the bee, here comes the bee" and then tickles her. When he starts the chant, she immediately begins to smile and kick and then when he actually tickles her she squeals out loud. It is pretty funny to watch and always makes me smile.

Saturday - This week we have also started putting Maddie in front of a lot of mirrors and she is beginning to really pay attention. Sometimes she still gets mad, but more often than not she smiles at the baby in the mirror.
Thanks so much for visiting me this week.


camilla said...

You are going to love that you documented all the details from your little one's well-child check up. I'm wishing I'd been better at that with my kids.
Super fun!

April said...

how great that you were able to do 2011 digitally in two weeks!!! that is pretty amazing

love the picture of daddy tickling precious...

Julie said...

Totally wish that PL had been available when my girls were babies (they are 10 & 13). Fabulous that you have so many wonderful things documented.

Sarah said...

Really adorable shots. Looks like a great week. Mine is here I have a link up if you would like to join.

Amanda said...

Your daughter is so cute!! My 19 month old is still the subject of 99% of my Photo of the Day pictures and I wouldn't have it any other way! :)