Thursday, March 29, 2012

Project Life 2012 - Week 11

Welcome to Project Life 2012! If you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you will stay a while. 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, 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! See my completed pages for 2012 at

Each Monday/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 Project 366 Rewind is hosted by Sarah at Naptime Momtog and Gina at Chic Homeschool Mama. They both host 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 buttons at the bottom of this post.

And finally, my POTW (pictures of the week):

Sunday - The first photo is of the babies and their mommas. How cute are they? The second photo is of me, Shannon and Angie. Shannon got all of us Paper Ho shirts for Christmas. We are the instigators of this fabulous weekend!Maddie did great her first night away from home and in a pack-n-play. She went down like clockwork at 6:00pm (she was exhausted) and slept until 4:45am (5:45am because of daylight savings). I fed her and she slept for another hour. She didn't nap much throughout the day, but was really good for a 6 month old. She loved everyone and didn't mind being passed around at all. She was also extremely interested in the babies and watched them constantly.

Monday - Maddie did great again last night. I was extremely stressed and worried, but she went down after reading Goodnight Moon twice. She woke up about 30 minutes later, but then went right back down and slept until almost 6am! We left OK at about 11:30am and she only slept about 40 minutes then entire trip and cried almost the rest. Nana started out riding with Vanessa, but after about and hour and a half into the trip we had to stop because Maddie just wouldn't stop crying. She needed her diaper changed and we had lunch and let the kids out of the car for awhile before starting off again. For the second half, Nana rode with us and I was VERY glad as the last hour she literally had to play peak-a-boo the entire time to keep Maddie from crying. She was exhausted, ready to be out of the car, and ready to be home. She was also VERY glad to see Daddy! He missed us both a ton. We gave Maddie a bath tonight and she kicked/splashed for the first time. She was having a blast kicking in the water and is amazed when Juan pours water from the pitcher. She tries to catch it in her hand. She is still too timid to splash her hand, but loves kicking her feet. Daddy bought flowers for me and Maddie her own separate bouquet of gerber daisies in her room. It was so sweet!

Tuesday - Maddie sat up alone for about 30 seconds today for the first time. Here she is showing Daddy her new accomplishment while gazing at the flowers he bought her. She also played with her plastic stacking rings and managed to take the rings off by herself. I laid her on the floor and put her cloth book about three feet away and told her to get it.....amazingly, she did! She rolled over to it and picked it right up...and it went right in her mouth. I was so surprised.

Wednesday - These are the flowers Maddie and I came home to this past weekend. The first picture is the flowers for Maddie and the second is the flowers for me. How sweet in my hubby? We gave Maddie Zucchini for the first time today. She liked it as much as the first squash that we gave her! We also got an offer on Juan's house today. It was quite a bit less than we were hoping for, but they want to close May 1st which is perfect. We are going to counter tomorrow with a pretty high number.

Thursday - I can't believe that Maddie is 6 months old today. It seems like yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital. She is growing so fast. She is sitting by herself for longer and longer periods of time. She is also beginning to shake and bang objects to make noise, even if that means banging them on herself. She reaches for toys and even is managing to take the rings off the stackers by herself. Daddy helps her do it with her feet and she thinks that is hilarious. She still LOVES to kick. This is her monthly photo with her Elefant. She is now the same size as this huge stuffed animal. She smiles and laughs so much now. She is such a happy baby. House updated: they countered our counter offer on Juan's house. They came up a little, but not what we were hoping for.

Friday - Today was Maddie's six month well baby visit. Juan had a management course that he was taking for work, so Maria went with Maddie and I. Maddie was 20 lbs and 11 ounces at 95% she off the charts. She was 28-1/4" long at also 95th percentile. Her head circumference was 17-1/2" and at 92nd percentile. Dr. Hubbard said she is definitely a big baby, but as all of her stats are off the charts and in proportion she is not worried. We told her that Maddie is just not napping in the crib. She is doing great at night and going right down and still sleeping 10-11 hours straight, but if we put her in the crib during the day she only naps for maybe 10 minutes; hence the reason Maria holds her to nap. Then she sleeps 2-3 hours. Dr. Hubbard says we have to break her of that now or when we come in at 9 months we will be telling her that now Maddie's nights are screwed upa nd she is not sleeping through them. She said that at 6 months Maddie is learning to reason and that she will eventually question why does she have to sleep in the crib at night and not in the day. She said to do some sort of routine when she gets sleepy and then put her in her crib and leave. She said to let her cry it out, even if it takes an hour. She said do not go back in and pick her up. She said at 10 minutes go in and tell her everything is ok and that we are here but she has to nap. She said leave again and return in another 15 minutes. Maria was continually saying no, no, no. Dr. Hubbard also told us that if she was taking to solids well, give her more; feed her 2-3 times a day and feed her two different things. She still recommended giving her all the new vegtables first, then fruits and then meats. She also said we could continue to give her a bottle before bed for as long as we wanted. I also asked her about pierced ears. She said if we wanted to pierce Maddie's ears we should do it sooner rather than later. As she gets older she moves around more and we won't be able to get them even on both sides. She also said that she probably would pull on them or notice them this early. So I decided to pierce them today! It was $100 I wanted her pediatrician to do it since she is so young. Poor Maddie screamed a lot during the first one, then she screamed even more for the second. It was very hard to watch. Then we turned around and she was immediately given her three shots. It was a very rough day for her. She was pretty traumatized that the time.

Maddie cried a lot this afternoon and Maria gave her Children's tylenol. I gave her another dose before bed. We also accepted the offer on Juan's house and finalized the contract today. It should go to the title company tomorrow. Yeah!

Saturday - Today we went and bought Maddie a ton of fresh veggies from Central Market. We went way over board; but I wanted to make a ton of food to freeze and last us the next couple of weeks. This was the pile for Maddie, the pile for Juan and I wasn't nearly as healthy. Maddie was only running a very slight fever this morning 100.6 degrees, but I went ahead and gave her a dose of Tylenol. Juan had his management class today, so I had Maddie all day. I decided to try an put her down for her nap at about 1pm. She cried for an entire hour and never did fall asleep. It was terrible and I was totally stressed out. I am really worried about how this is going to work. We went to Alice's 1 year birthday party this afternoon.There were lots of kiddos and Maddie was enthralled with all of them.  Alice especially liked her birthday cupcake. Happy Birthday Alice.  This evening Maddie had a lot of issues going down to bed. I am so worried! I will also be adding the photo of Juan's house contract to our album for today.  Lots of photos today!

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