Monday, December 31, 2007

28 Resolutions for 2008

Inspired by my beautiful friends Sweeney and Soltesz, here are 28 New Year's Resolutions for 2008 (in no particular order):


1. Nix the bad language, all of it

2. Post to Oscarelli at least three times a week

3. Make a plan for baby #2

4. Loose 30 lbs

5. Train for a triathlon (inspired by my friend and triathlete Lineman)

6. Volunteer at least once a month

7. Eat more veggies and less ice cream

8. Bake at least one homemade desert a week (this may look like a direct contradiction to numbers four and seven, but all things in moderation)

9. Make a meal plan for each week, and stick to it five days out of seven in an effort to waste less food

10. And on that note, waste less, consume less, and recycle/reuse more

11. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day

12. Cut Nelson a little more slack (but just a little)

13. Make time for a shower at least every other day

14. Make time for myself, period

15. Laugh with my husband every day

16. See at least one movie in a theater

17. Read at least twelve grown-up books this year

18. Play fetch with Valentine at least once a week (we both need it)

19. Get my hair cut on a regular basis (oh, Suzanne how I miss you!)

20. Call my Mom once a week

21. Call my Dad once a week

22. Have lunch with my sister once a month

23. Go to the library more often (I went zero times in 2007, and that makes me sad)

24. Put Oscar's bassinet in the attic, before we need it for baby no. 2

25. Purge my closets, dressers, and cabinets of unwanted/unneeded items and donate them

26. Buy a steamer and start steaming all our veggies

27. Get the bridge work done on tooth #7 that I've been putting off since October

28. Make the bed four days out of seven

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Seven minute shower

I can take a shower in seven minutes flat. Eleven if I need to shave my legs. In and out, that's always been my motto. My life has always been much too busy to waste my time away in a luxuriously long shower. Since becoming a mom, this has never been more true, and my quick showering skills often come in handy. Sometimes seven minutes is all you can get at the tail end of the morning nap, after you've cleaned up from baby breakfast, scarfed down a bowl of cereal, chopped some veggies for dinner, and thrown in a load of laundry (and that's another thing - how does one little baby make so many dirty clothes?). All of this before 10am. I actually heard the other day that 74% of moms do not get to shower daily. I'm one of these moms, so even a seven minute shower is a luxury. My friend Erin told me that your hair gets used to not being washed every day, and it's true, it does.

I was always proud of my speedy showering, but, I gotta tell ya, I just took the longest shower of my life (30 minutes!!!) and it was the most relaxing, soothing, euphoric experience I've had in MONTHS. Even if I had to wait until 10pm when everyone else was fast asleep. Totally worth a late night.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Yawn!

The napping strike continues. In addition to the napping strike, he's also refusing to go to bed or sleep through the night. That's right, my great little sleeper that has been sleeping through the night for the past three and a half months is now waking not one, not two, but THREE times every night. And, on top of that, instead of going to bed around 7pm, he's staying up till around 9pm. So, it is bed at nine (after waging the the war to end all wars in his fight against sleep); up at 11 for a quick snuggle and rock back to sleep; up at 1am for a nurse and a snuggle; up at 4am for a nurse and a snuggle; up at 8am for the day. Our pediatrician, who we saw on Friday, told me this could be caused by teething - and he totally is teething right now and those two little suckers at the bottom are just below the surface. He also said that babies start to really dream around six months, so that could also be the cause. But he did assure me that over the next three months Oscar will develop a regular nap schedule and he will start sleeping through the night again. Dr. Jones has been right on the money with just about every issue we've asked him about so far, so I'm hoping he's right about this as well.

In other baby news, Oscar had a great check up! He weighed in at just under 17lbs and measured a whopping 27.5 inches! Dr. Jones also gave us the green light to start Oscar on yogurt, cottage cheese, toast, crackers, and Cheerios! That's right - he's officially ready for finger foods. I just can't believe he's such a big boy. I'm such a proud mama.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Is that you, Santa?


On Saturday morning, I dressed Oscar up in his Christmas best and sat him on the couch to take a photo for our family holiday card. Oscar can sit up by himself pretty well these days, for up to a minute, a skill I was hoping he'd show off for our holiday card. No dice. He was lounging back against the couch in most of the photos. I only ended up getting about half a dozen shots before the camera battery died. I figured I'd just charge it and take more photos later in the day, but my little prune eater pooped out his fancy clothes before I got a chance. Thankfully, a couple of the shots were good enough for our card. Here is one of the discards, but it was my brother's favorite and it almost made the cut.

Friday, December 7, 2007

An owie to one is an owie to all

Oscar is on strike. A napping strike. I can get him to go down, but only for 30 or 40 minutes at a time (sometimes less) and if I'm really lucky he'll do an hour, hour and a half (but then no other naps all day). The kid just isn't getting enough rest. A baby Oscar's age needs 14-15 hours a day, and Oscar is getting around 12. Not getting enough sleep is causing him to be overtired by bedtime (7pm) and when he's overtired it is immensely difficult to get him to sleep. I know this sounds counter intuitive, but ask any parent - an overtired kid is bedtime's worst enemy. I find this problem particularly frustrating because Oscar has always been great about going to bed at night. I've got to find a way to end the strike.

My last job was at a union advocacy organization, and I am a former union member (WBNG). I was actually the shop steward and I was on the bargaining committee, so I know a little bit about contract negotiations. Usually, workers make contract demands, employers refuse to meet these demands, workers go out on strike until the dispute is settled (okay, it is a little more involved than that, but I'm just giving you the gist here). Unfortunately, in this situation, I'm management (boo!) and I've never bargained from this side of the table before. But I am totally willing to negotiate. I figure Oscar must have some demands, but since he can't talk I need to figure out what they are some other way. What do babies want?

More diaper changes!
More breast milk!
Less peas!
More rattles!
More tickles!
Fewer baths!

Oscar, you win! I give in to all of your demands, just please, please, take a real nap! My little guy is fighting the power, so technically I couldn't be more proud of him. I just wish the power wasn't me.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

And just because my boy is gorgeous...




Here's a close up of my smiling, laughing, drooling baby boy. Isn't he beautiful?

Jenni is a lame blogger!


Between Oscar and holiday shopping I've been so stinking busy I haven't had two seconds to sit down and blog! Lots of news - Oscar is sitting by himself for close to a minute, rolling over every second I put him down, laughing hysterically at just about everything, and screeching so loud every ear drum in the house has ruptured. He's so wiggly that I have to give him a toy just to change his diaper, or he'll try to roll over, or grab at the lamp shade or my hair. He pretty much grabs my hair, lips, nose every chance he gets. And tonight, he tried to grab Nelson's pasta right off his plate! He has a check up next Friday, so we'll see if we get the green light on finger foods and drinking from a cup. Oscar certainly thinks he's ready!


His personality is really starting to shine and he is more and more fun every day. He's also growing like a weed, but up more so than out. He's put on a couple of pounds in the past few months, but he's really gotten tall. I miss his extra chins, but he's still just about the cutest thing I've ever seen. And, yes, still giving me a hard time about his naps. Here's a shot of him screeching and enjoying the heck out of his Exersaucer.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Little Oscar No Nap

Okay, so I folded. I'm back to rocking him to sleep for the most part. But he's is taking at least two, sometimes three, hour long naps a day. I hope I'm better at sticking to my guns when he asks for a car in sixteen years.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Battle of the Nap continues!

Still refusing to nap, we've moved on to a new method: cry-it-out, or CIO. And it is awful. I've always said I would NEVER let Oscar just cry himself to sleep. I've always thought that CIO was mean and sad and heartbreaking. And I still kind of feel that way, but nothing else was working and I really have been feeling like I'm at the end of my rope.

The friend we visited with on Thursday's 15-month-old was a problem sleeper and she ended up using CIO. So, when he's clearly drowsy (thumb sucking, red eyed), I've been putting him down in his crib with his counterpiller (a stuffed caterpillar with numbers on his feet) and leaving him. I shut the door and turn the monitor on, but all the way down so I can that he's crying, but not hear it. I've decided 30 minutes of crying is my limit, so if he cries for that long, I just go and get him. But, we've CIO for naps three days running and only once have had to go get him. And, he's crying less each time I put him down. And, he's sleeping for more than 10 minutes at a time. He's still not napping like he should, but it is getting better. We're going to stick with this routine for at least another week and see how it goes. Wish us sweet dreams!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Nap time!


This week, little Mr. Crankypants has been refusing to nap (hence the name, Mr. Crankypants.) This presents several challenges: difficulty getting through dinner, post bath meltdowns, complete and utter exhaustion by 6:30pm. And I'm talking about Mommy and Oscar. The only plus is that he's sleeping from like 6:30pm - 7: 30am, waking for a feeding, then sleeping again until 10:30am. I'm not really sure what to do to get him to take naps. Probably I should not let him go back to sleep after he wakes at 7:30, but I am so exhausted I can't help it. I feel like I'm a better mommy when I'm well rested, but the fact that he doesn't take a nap all day long burns me out. I've always let Oscar go at his own pace. I've followed his lead with sleeping through the night, starting solids, tummy time, etc. But no nap is simply unacceptable. I'm just not sure what to do at this point. I really just want his naps to develop organically, but that doesn't seem to be happing. We have an AM play date tomorrow with my friend Erin and her 15 month old son, Gavin. Maybe she can give me some insight...

Monday, November 12, 2007

Kate is great!

My very good friend Kate stopped by with an unexpected, but welcome gift for little Oscar. Kate is an elementary school librarian in DC and last week was the Book Fair. Kate picked out several great books for Oscar about friendship, sharing, numbers, and family. Unfortunately, Oscar was Mr. Crankypants while she was visiting, but we are both very thankful for Kate's thoughtfulness and generosity. Who better to pick out books for your kid then and librarian? We have story time every day, and are also working books into our bedtime routine so the new books will be a welcome addition.

Solids are still going well. Today we tried cereal with breast milk and fruit and he liked it! He had peaches and cereal for breakfast and prunes and cereal for dinner. The only down side (for me) is that now I have to pump at least once a day so I have milk to reconstitute his cereal. But he's such a good little eater, I can hardly complain. He's put on a whole pound and a half in the past month, and I think he's grown an inch!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

So many toys, so little time


Now that Oscar is big enough for his Exersaucer, I can actually put him down during his waking hours and get some things done around the house. He still prefers interactive play, but he'll sit in his Exersaucer for a good 10-15 minutes. It's pretty amazing how much you can get done in 10 minutes when you know that's all you're going to get.


Solid foods are still going well. Prunes are still his favorite, but peaches are a close second. He's also accepting apples (home made by mommy), squash (also by mommy) and carrots (but only on a limits basis.) I added a some cereal to his prunes last night, but I think I added to much. He hated it. He's also refusing peas, pears, and sweet potatoes, but we aren't giving up. I read somewhere that it can take 14 or 15 tries before a baby will accept a new food!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Look what I've found!!


I can't believe I forgot to mention that Oscar found his feet about two weeks ago. And he loves them. They are in his hands or his mouth every morning when I come to get him from his crib. He loves pulling off his socks so he can really get to those toes. He's so smart!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

In memory


Late last week my grandfather passed away, just shy of his 80th birthday. His health had been failing for several years and I had not seen him in quite some time, but I was none the less heartbroken to loose my Nono. We lived close by and saw him quite a bit when I was younger, so I have some pretty good memories of him, mostly of him holding me and giving me all enveloping hugs. He was a big guy (about 6ft and over 300lbs), so that is a hug you remember. I feel lucky that I will be able to carry his love and his memory with me.

However, as in many families, sadness drew everyone together in love and support. It was nice to see all of my uncles and my cousins in one place. It is funny how much all of us look alike, and how Oscar looks nothing like any of us (a good thing, according to Oscar's namesake, my Uncle Dom.) Oscar also met his relatives, including his own Nono (my dad) for the first time, which was very special and long overdue. I don't think I've ever seen my dad so smitten as he was with his grandson, and as Oscar's smiles and squeals attested, I think the feeling was mutual.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Rolling, rolling, rolling!


On Tuesday he made it from back to front. And doesn't he look proud of himself? Goooooooo Oscarelli!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Yummy, yummy, yummy I've got prunes in my tummy!


We had a great visit last week with my mom, and Oscar paid his first visit to the dirty Jerz for my cousin's wedding. He was, of course, a model baby - he slept through most of the ceremony and was happy to be passed around by all of my relatives, many of whom were meeting Oscar for the first time.


Our boy also had his 4 month check up last week. He weighed in at 15lbs and was 25.5 inches long. The pediatrician expected him to be a little bigger, but he wasn't worried. Dr. Jones said that it is one of two things: either his growth is just normalizing (he's in the 80th percentile, down from the 90th), or he's just ready for solid food. A week prior to his appointment, Oscar began waking in the middle of the night, ravenous, and he's been "tasting" everything in snatching distance, so he encouraged us to start on some pureed fruit. Oscar is skipping cereal because his poop shoot already moves pretty slow. The doc thinks the fruit will bulk him up and get his bowels moving, and that he should start sleeping through the night again (which he did last night.)


After four nights of food, we think he's got eating from a spoon figured out. He didn't love the applesauce, but he devoured the prunes! And I swear, he ate more than he's wearing! He just got so excited about eating, that he started diving for the spoon with such ferocity that it got everywhere!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

I'm crowded! Roll over!


Oscar rolled over for the first time today, from front to back! He did it three times, and he was so excited about it. I'm not sure which one of us was more surprised when it happened. I immediately put him back on his tummy to see if he could do it again, and he did! I'm so proud of the little guy.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Ouch!

So, last week my dentist attempted a root canal, and after an hour of drilling decided I needed to see a specialist. Today, I visited the endodontist (root canal specialist!), and after one and a half hours of drilling, he was unable to find the canal and I have to go back in two weeks so he can try again. I am not a person with dental anxiety, but wow did I almost have a break down today. He used THREE different drills, and each one sounded creepier than the last. And the smell of burning tooth as he drilled was really awful. He drilled for so long I'm surprised I have any tooth left. I'm so sore!

Nelson had Oscar all afternoon, and it was a marathon for him. The little guy decided he was not going to nap all day, so he was awake and fussy for daddy. But the did enjoy a nice loooooooong walk to Lake Artemesia and back. Little O-man just went down at around 4:30, and mommy is soon to follow.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Little flea





Oscar is officially ticklish! Our new favorite song/game (Mommy tickling Oscar while singing in a high-pitched voice):

On my toes there is a flea
Now he’s climbing up on me
Past my belly
Past my nose
On my head where my hair grows

On my head there is a flea
Now he’s climbing down on me
Past my belly
Past my knee
On my toes
Take that you flea.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Party over here!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007 appx. 8:00pm - Oscar goes down in his crib for the night, sleeping peacefully

Thursday, October 4, 2007 appx. 3:00am - Oscar awakens, begins shrieking, cooing and kicking. Volume increased until Daddy takes him from the crib and brings him to Mommy. Oscar commences smile parade; refuses nursing, staring at Daddy.

Same day, appx. 4:00am - Oscar is completely wide awake, not at all hungry, and finished with Mommy. Wants to laugh and shriek and play. Daddy takes over and tries to rock Oscar to sleep.

Same day, appx. 4;30am - Daddy succeeds in getting Oscar "Sleep Fighting Ninja" back to sleep.

Same day, appx. 7:30 - Oscar awakens, bright eyed and bushy tailed. Mommy and Daddy are zombies.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Zootastic!


We took Oscar on his first trip to the zoo this weekend. The sloth bear was a no show, but loved the prairie dogs and the orangutan. We were there for about two hours and he was WIDE awake the whole time. He was in his stroller most of the time, but he demanded to be carried toward the end, which was great because he got to get much more personal with the orangutan.



For those that haven't heard, as of last Thursday I'm officially a stay-at-home-mom. So far, we've had dates with mommy friends at the arboretum and mommy and me yoga. We have a busy week ahead of us - visiting Nelson at work, going into DC, mommy and me yoga - should be a great way to kick off my new career!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Fourth time is a charm!


After waking three times during night three, last night Oscar made it from 8pm to 7:30am in the big boy crib! Yay, bee! And Mommy only woke up once to check on him. Or was it twice?


We met up with friends Katya and Kyra at Mommy and Me yoga today. We were thirty minutes late thanks to some projectile pooping, and Oscar cried through most of it so Mommy didn't get to do much yoga, but we're going to try again next week and see if we do a little better.


Here's a photo of my thumb sucker in his swing last week.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Life in da crib: night two

We did a little better last night. Oscar made it 7 hours in his crib (8pm - 3am), but woke in a panic once again. Nelson brought him to bed, Oscar nursed and stayed in bed with me until he woke again around 7:30. Nelson has a theory that Oscar was waking in the night when we were co-sleeping, but because Oscar knew I was right next to him, he felt comforted and when right back to sleep. I did a little research on this theory and (of course) Nelson was right! Babies have an amazing sense of smell, so when they startle awake in the night (which they often do) the scent of Mom is so comforting to them that they just go back to sleep. The article suggested leaving a mom scented object in the crib with baby so if they wake, they will still feel that sense of comfort. Isn't that too sweet?

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

To be loved

This weekend, at our friend Javier's birthday party, I realized how lucky Oscar is to have so many people who love him so much in his life. Oscar was a little angel as always, laughing and flirting with everyone that held him. He's such a good tempered, happy baby, although he wasn't shy about letting us know when it was time to go home. And no one wanted to see him go - everyone had to give him on last squeeze. He was so exhausted that he came home and slept from 7:30pm to 7am!!! Nelson and I didn't even know what to do with ourselves - too bad we were just as exhausted from our big day. This photo was my favorite of the day - Uncle Regis and Oscar making silly faces at each other.

Who's a big boy?


Last night, Oscar spent his first night in his crib, away from Mom and Dad. Nelson and I definitely had trouble going to bed without him, and I checked him three times before I was able to sleep myself. We decided it was time to move him because Oscar had started kicking his leg over the side of his co-sleeper, and he kept trying to rotate around and his co-sleeper was just too small. It was limiting our little wiggle worm's range of motion!


He woke up around 2:30am, crying in a panic - I think because he was in that big crib all alone - so Mommy to the rescue! He spent the rest of the night in bed with us. In all, he made it 5.5 hours in the crib and 5 hours with us. Maybe he'll make it a little longer tonight. Oh, and when I went to get him, he'd rotated 180 degrees around, so his head was where his feet had started out! That's my wiggle worm!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Pot o' Gold


A friend of mine recently reminded me how incredibly lucky I am to have such a wonderful, loving, devoted husand and a beautiful, healthy baby. So, just because I love them, here's a shot of my two handsome boys.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Introducing Ella!


Oscar got to meet his cousin Ella (three weeks his junior) for the first time this weekend. They hit it off great! Here's a photo of the two of them - Oscar giving us his Elvis grin and Ella looking pretty exhaused from having Uncle Nelson and Aunt Jenni take so many photos of her.

Isn't she a cutie?! Look at all that strawberry blond hair. How lucky are we to have such a cute niece?

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Holy diaper rash Batman!


Our poor little man has been waylaid by diarrhea and diaper rash, courtesy of the nasty antibiotics he's taking for his cat scratch. I've literally been up to my elbows in baby poop all week. Only 3 days left on his meds, then he'll be back to his cheerful, silly, once a week pooping self.


On the upside, Oscar has done two very exiting things this week. The first is that he's sitting up with help! He grips my fingers and I help him pull himself to sitting from a lying position. The second is that he smiled because he thought something was funny! He usually smiles in response to some one's smile, but today I was sticking my tongue out and blowing raspberries and he started grinning! Sweet boy!

Monday, September 3, 2007

Baby Drama

It happened. Our first ever baby injury. At a friend's house this weekend, Oscar was scratched in the head by their cat.

I was changing Oscar's diaper on the couch, and he was crying. Veloceraptor style. The cat peeked around the corner of the couch and retreated. Then, before I knew it, he was back and hissing and going straight for Oscar's head. His little eyes got so big, and I screamed - the cat ran away. I screamed again when I saw the blood and grabbed him into my arms.

Nelson cleaned the scratches (five of them, on about a half inch from his eye), and I rocked him and nursed him and Oscar was back to his smiling cooing self in a half an hour. We called the pediatrician and they prescribed Oscar some antibiotics to prevent infection, which we picked up this morning. FYI - apparently cat bites are much worse than cat scratches.

Accident over, baby safe, I could not help but feel like I should have been more vigilant in protecting my baby. I was up half the night riddled with guilt (Oscar, as the saying goes, slept like a baby.) I have never been more distressed in my life than when I saw my baby bleeding and heard him crying in pain - it was like a physical ache in my chest. I wish that I could absorb every hurt he's ever going to feel. I'd take that cat scratch for him in a minute. And all the scrapes, bumps and bruises he will undoubtedly experience through out his life. I'll even take the heartache.

But, I know that growing up isn't easy and that these experiences will help to build his character and make him a stronger person, blah, blah, blah. I hope that I can learn to get over all his boo-boos as well as he has!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Oh, baby!

To say that Oscar is the light of my life is an understatement. Before he was born, I could never have imagined how much I would love him. And now that he is here, I could never imagine my life without him. Granted, being a mom is the hardest, most demanding job I've ever had. But it is also the most rewarding. I read somewhere that the way you feel about your first child is like falling in love and that is exactly correct. It is beautiful, euphoric, and all consuming.

Little babies grow by leaps and bounds every week. My little bee grew by 20 percent in one month! That's astonishing! One minute they are pooping, eating machines that stay curled up in little balls and can barely keep their eyes open for 30 minutes. The next, they are smiling, giggling, and gazing at you with adoring eyes. And then they are graduating from high school and off to college (sniff, sniff.)

So, even on the days Oscar fusses constantly when we are at friends' house for dinner, or when he has a meltdown in the car and starts screeching like a Veloceraptor when Mommy is 30 minutes from home, he's still the most precious, perfect baby anyone could ask for.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Little piggies

It turns out baby toenails are even more difficult to trim than baby fingernails. Who knew?

Thursday, August 23, 2007

On baby poop

As any new parent can tell you, poop takes on a whole new dimension when you have a baby. Every thing about it is important: the color, the consistency, the frequency, the amount. Many people told me this, but I did not truly understand until Oscar was actually here. The first BM, meconium, is a very exciting moment, because it means the bowels are working properly. This is the sticky, black, tar-like substance you've all heard of, and there are usually a few of them before the real stuff starts.


Once you've gotten the meconium, you are waiting for the "real" poop, especially if your baby is breastfed, because counting stools and wet diapers is how you know if your baby is getting enough milk. So that first mustardy yellow poop is also something to be celebrated (yay, he's eating!), and every poop after that has to be counted for the first two weeks, or until your baby is back up to birth weight. Parenthood is exciting stuff, I know.


When Oscar was a wee one (more wee than his is now) he used to poop every time he breastfed! That's a lot of dirty diapers. Now that he's well settled into his third month of life, he poops much less frequently, like maybe every 3 or 4 days. When Nelson gets home from work, one of the first things he ask is "Did Oscar poop today?" Like I said, exciting stuff.

Yesterday, I was trying to take a photo of Oscar in his very cute "My Grandma Loves Me" outfit to show his Gigi, and he started pooping! Baby really strain and grunt to get their poop out, so it is pretty obvious when it is happening. So, the first photo is Oscar in mid-poop and the second is just after he finished, which is always a particularly joyous moment for him. Yep, I'm really posting pictures of my baby pooping. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The nights are long...



And the days are long too! Now that our little guy spends many more hours up and alert, I have to find things to entertain us both. And babies have a short attention span.


Today we went to the National Aboretum with Katya and her six-week-old daugher, Kyra (she was a cutie). We met Katya and her husband Mike in our childbirth education class. I really enjoy spending time with other new parents. It makes me feel normal!


I wish I could say I took some photos (the herb and Bonsai gardens were beautiful!) but of course I forgot. And, until Nelson locates our camera cord, I can't upload any photos anyways. But, since I know the adoring world is just dying to see a photo of my beautiful boy, I've attached one of him from about a month ago, when he was first flexing his smile.


Speaking of nights, I don't want to jinx anything, but Oscar has slept through the night FOUR nights in a row now! Unfortunately, I'm not sleeping so soundly. I'm continuing to wake up every few hours to make sure he's okay. Silly Mommy!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Monica, we've arrived!

After much encouragement from our friend Monica, we've decided to start our own blog! I've no doubt that the vast majority of our content will be about our 9 week old son, Oscar Dominic. I mean, he is perfect and I just can't say enough good things about him.


Quick introduction: Nelson and I (Jenni) met almost 14 years ago and are high school sweet hearts (altogether now, "Awwwww!). We got married in January of 2005 (we didn't want to rush into anything) and our life together has been going at full speed ever since. In April of 2005 we bought our first home, a beautiful 1918 Victorian in historic Riverdale Park, MD. That spring, we adopted two dogs, Valentine and Nebo, who were grudgingly accepted by our cat, Audrey.


We decided to add to our family and began trying to have a baby in the fall of 2006. Wouldn't you know it, before we'd even gotten used to the idea of making a baby, I was pregnant. After just one month of trying! Ahhhh!

On June 14, 2007 at 9:33pm, Oscar made his world debut! He was born in a beautiful, unmediated, home birth (hence the title of our blog, which I'm not entirely sure about). He was 8lbs 6oz and 21 1/4 inches at birth, and has been growing at lightning speed (thank you, breast milk!).


So much for a quick intro, but there are very few stories I tell quickly. I'm sill figuring out this whole blog thing - I know, I'm like the last person the the planet - so bear (or is is bare?) with me.


-Jenni