I had big plans for today, a lot of phone calls that needed to be made, baby gift thank yous to be written, and cleaning to be done. It's almost 3pm and I feel like I haven't done anything! I did call my OB to make my postpartum appointment, my HR office at work to confirm my return to work day (March 26th), and called our day care to plan ahead for when I did return to work. I am still planning on going back to work only on a part time basis so I have to strategically time my day care days, work days, and Jeff's Mom's day to babysit very carefully. Hopefully the two days my daycare can accommodate me will work with my boss and Jeff's Mom's schedule. I am really hoping to have Friday off when it's all said and done because that is the day that my sister is also off from work. We have so many outings planned with our little girls, I really hope it works out the way we hope. Unfortunately I only was able to leave a message with our daycare so I won't know anything until they call me back. I guess I did get a few things accomplished, however, cleaning my house and writing my thank you continue to get pushed to the back burner. Ahhh!!! My house is so gross. It's embarrassing. I am tired of using the "I just had a baby" excuse because I am already a month in and the excuse isn't going to work much longer!!! My baby girl is a little fussy today and just wants to be held. I think it's gas and we have been dealing with it a lot since last night. I think I have changed my clothes three times today from baby puke! So I remain camped out on my couch with her laying on my chest, trying to calm my little Jill. I guess the house cleaning can wait for another day, or at least until Daddy gets home from work.
A lot of you have been asking how Jill's sleeping is going, thank you!!! I feel like we finally turned a corner last week with her 10pm - 2am fussy time. Jill's cold is also finally gone, it was really sabotaging any advances we were making in modifying her sleep schedule. We also introduced a pacifier which has really helped lessen her evening fussy time. I was hesitant to introduce a pacifier in the first few weeks since it can interfere with breast feeding, but our lactation consultant gave us the green light since it was going so well. Thank God for pacifiers!!! Right now we do have somewhat of a bedtime routine. We will head up to bed around ten o'clock after Jill eats. We then put her in the pack and play in our room to let her know it's bedtime whether she is asleep or not. We try to swaddle her, depending on how fussy she is, she sometimes will kick out of it. We at least try because swaddling does help to put her to sleep. Jeff and I will then get ready for bed and play the pacifier game with her for about an hour or two. The pacifier game consists of Jeff or I getting out of bed to stick the pacifier back in her mouth after she has spit it out and starts to fuss again. She will eventually then drift off to sleep. Midnight is typically the latest that she will drift off, 11pm is considered a good night. We haven't had a 1am or 2am fall asleep time with her in two weeks so that has been wonderful! Jill will sleep for four hour increments before I have to get up and feed her. Basically this new routine gives me 6-7 hours of sleep a night, I no longer nap during the day and I feel great. Life is good!!!! I feel like I can finally relax and enjoy being a Mom. I don't know if it was this way for other Mom's but I think the first month is all about surviving each day to the next and getting to know your baby. I now feel like I know her little quirks and what makes her happy. She seems to change every day and is looking less and less like a brand new baby. It is getting better, just like everyone said it would. Here are a few videos I took of Jill today. I was trying out the video feature on our digital camera, I really want to start capturing her on video, pictures only do so much, they don't capture her adorable noises and facial expressions that I want to always remember.
Thanks to everyone who responded to my Twitter post, I added a button to the side of my blog. I have only made two Tweets so far but I enjoying reading everyone elses Tweets. I am starting to get the hang of it and it's been fun!!! Jill's photography session went so well yesterday too, she was alert for most of the pictures and Tami really took some amazing shots. I can't wait for her to send us her photo sharing link to view them. I also looking forward to another "most dramatic rose ceremony ever" on The Bachelor tonight. It looks like Jake plans on burning a few of his roses?!? Never a dull moment, that is for sure.
Here are a few pictures I took this morning of our neighbor's house that is going up at the end of the cul-de-sac that I blogged about earlier this week. Can you believe how much progress they have made? The crane is here today helping the Amish men install the roof trusses. I have seen this done a million times with our house and all of the others that have been built around the neighborhood but it is still the most impressive part of the building process in my opinion. I can't believe these men walk so casually at such a high elevation. One wrong step and it's a doozy!!!! God bless them, they are hard workers.