Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone !

This picture totally cracks us up !

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I did it ...

Today I did something I've been thinking a lot about for a long time. I cut my hair ! I bought a LivingSocial deal and went into it a bit apprehensive. The lady who cut my hair was pretty and nice, and said that I would be able to donate my hair to charity. Then snip snip snip, she cut it straight down in the back. What resulted was this really beautiful A line bob that was longer in front than in back. I looked in the mirror and said, hmm .. and she must have seen my hesitation because she said, "Well, if you kept it like this, you'd still have hair flying in your face and you'd always have to pin it back." And so we continued on as planned.

I had told her that I wanted a cut similar to Ginnifer Goodwin's as I think her pixie cut is really cute. The finished product is just what I envisioned ! I love it and I think I will keep it short (sorry Chris). Originally, I wanted my hair cut because I never know what to do with it and looked messy all the time. It was also inconvenient taking care of Dexter with hair always coming loose and in my face.

Now I use so much less shampoo and with a little bit of hair products, my hair looks done. It's simple enough even I can't mess it up. :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

NICU revisited

It was a special day for Dexter and me. I packed up Dexter's things, put him in the car seat and we drove 45 minutes to the hospital he was born at to visit the NICU nurses. I had emailed GL prior to the visit and she helped coordinate - all four of the people I wanted to see will be there !

Dexter screamed the whole drive there. I don't know why he hates the car seat so much ! I thought kids were supposed to like driving in the car. Of course, as soon as we got there, he fell asleep in his stroller. I went to the NICU receptionist and asked her to page GL for me. She looked at me and said, "Are you her relative ?" I think it's funny that even though she saw me nearly every day for 85 days that she still doesn't remember me.

GL came out and saw Dexter and said, "OMG, he's so solid !" (which is true, he's quite a chubster now). She took off with him to bring him around and as I was standing there, another mom asked me, "Is that GL's kid ?" HAHA. So I guess Dexter does look pretty Asian. Soon she was back with PM and CN, Dexter's primaries and it was so good to see them. Oh, and while I was waiting, I ran into RA, our social worker (but I figured she'd be easy to page if I didn't just oops run into her).

I really miss these nurses who took such good care of Dexter. They are all the kind of people I wish I was good friends with and they are like family to our family. I can't explain how good it was to see them.

I think Dexter remembers them, too, because he smiled at them ! It was very sweet. I wish we lived closer.

Nurse CN gave Dexter this Raggedy Andy doll .. he loves staring at it ! Though .. whenever we take a picture with him and Andy, he always looks like, wth is this thing !! LoL.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Stormy Day

I love the rain ! I think it's because I'm a winter baby .. there's something about listening to the rain outside .. it makes me sleep better and puts me in a better mood. I woke up at 6 AM this morning because I had left my cell charging on the dresser and my mom texted a few texts and the vibrations woke me up. But no worries .. I needed to pump anyways. I looked into the other bedroom and both of them were asleep. That's a good sign ! I got my pump parts and sat next to Chris to pump. I'm always amazed at how well he can sleep. He doesn't even stir. As I'm pumping, I'm wondering how my book is going to end .. I left off at a cliffhanger last night (at 2 AM) and I am already feeling a little sad that the story is going to be over. I also notice that there is only one bottle in the room. This is a good sign. This may mean that Dexter only woke up once during the night (I would later find out this was true and that he only woke up once at 4:30 AM).

Last night, Dexter finally began sleeping. He drank every hour for two or three feedings and then passed out for four hours. When he woke, he drank half asleep, and then fell asleep again. I'm hopeful today will an easy day because I have a lot of work I have to do. I did do most of it last night, but some of it I need to complete today.

I gave Dexter his first solo bath today ! By solo I mean I was the only one giving it. I was a little nervous but it turned out very easy and he was drifting off to sleep by himself afterwards in his little yellow rocker (I was using my foot to rock it and I was beginning to get foot cramps !) when .. he sharted. Twice. And woke himself up. After that, he didn't sleep well and so I changed him, fed him, and now he's sleeping in his swing and I'm all caught up on work. :)

I'm also looking at finishing up my Christmas list. Though .. I never really finish until Christmas Day. It's horrible ! I'm being good this year though. Honest.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Day of Bliss

Dexter had an alright day last night. He woke up to feed at around 2:30 AM, then went back to sleep. He woke up again at 6 AM, fed, and then stayed awake for a little bit. Dexter seems to enjoy staring out the window in the bedroom .. it is a dreary day today as it is storming .. I love it ! We watched the wind blow and make the trees shake, the water drip off the leaves, and pointed at the airplanes that passed by. He actually fell asleep in my arms which never happens. At around 8-9 AM, Chris woke up, came in, and said that he emailed work and would go in at noon and that he would take care of Dexter for a bit so that I could sleep. Thank goodness for husbands !

I woke up around 12:04 (always 12:04 !) and Chris had washed the majority of the bottles/pump parts .. the day just keeps on getting better. :) Then he showered while I watched Dexter (who he had asleep in the swing). Work is pretty hectic right now but I'll try to get it done tonight. There was also an issue with a 401k rollover and trying to get domperidone, but those of those got sorted out.

After yesterday, I was nervous about spending another day with Dexter but he has been great. He slept until 1:30 PM, then woke up to feed, then went back to sleep. He woke up twice briefly because he had burps, but is otherwise content sleeping on his own. I did some dishes and even got to eat lunch during lunch time !

I'm still working on the book Chris got me for my birthday .. I can't remember the last time it took me so long to finish a book. :) And my Us magazine came .. I don't know how Jessica Simpson could be pregnant again .. I'm pretty sure that's biologically impossible for me at this point. :p

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Longest Day

Today was rough. Dexter was awake the entire day and even though we sang, danced, played and walked around in circles, he kept crying and seeing as how he doesn't cry often, I didn't know what was wrong. He also seemed hungry every two hours. I begged. I pleaded. Please sleep ! But he just wouldn't. There were two moments where it seemed like he might sleep .. his eyes closed .. but the first time, the phone rang (stupid people !) and the second time, his eyes flew open as soon as I tried to put him down. I carried around the new book Chris had gotten me for my birthday all day in hopes that I could read some more of it when he eventually fell asleep .. but go figure that at 5 PM, when he slept for half an hour, I didn't have it nearby and I sat in the dark thinking about how exhausted I was.

There were many sharts today and outfit changes. By noon, there were four of each.

Chris has been doing "airplaning" with Dexter and Dexter loves it ! The look on his face is so funny as he zooms from one room to the other with his little arms dangling down. As soon as Chris changes course, Dexter's head immediately jerks to the new direction. He loves his airplane. :)

When my mom got home in the evening, she made food as usual (thanks mom and grandma !) and then took Dexter while Chris and I plotted some Christmas stuff in the bedroom. At one point, I said, "If I walk out there and Dexter is asleep ..." .. I just knew. My mom can get him to sleep like no one else can. I think it's because she's unfailingly patient as she paces circle after circle with him around the house (she does attribute that to some weight loss !) and sure enough, when we walked out to the family room, he was asleep and she was reading a book. Arg !

I took the opportunity to get some reading done, but I was about a few pages in when I started getting sleepy and sleep won. Chris ended up doing the midnight feeding, yay, so I got to sleep until 3:30 AM when he woke up again.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Painful Shart

Yesterday I fell asleep at 8:30 PM and woke up at 4 AM. I had only intended to sleep until midnight and so I got up and peeked in on the boys. Chris told me that Dexter had just finished feeding and they were both in their respective beds and so I went to catch up on some much needed bottle and pump parts washing. It is a never ending cycle and washing everything took me over half an hour. After that, I told Chris to go sleep in the other room so that I could take care of Dexter for the rest of the night.

At around 5 AM, he woke up again and I fed him. Unfortunately, he decided not to go back to sleep and so the next few hours were spent on and off sleeping. In the beginning, it was okay because I was still awake and we sat in bed and looked out the window and made up songs, but at around 6:30 AM, I began to feel tired and Dexter wouldn't sleep on my chest or anywhere else.

Chris went to work and so it was just us two and Dexter was smiley as he usually is in the morning. I got some really cute photos of him smiling and laughing !


Oh, and a video of his heartbeat through the top of his head. He was fussy for the most of the day; not overly so, but he seemed unhappy. At one point, he let out a very lard shart, and then smiled and just stared at the fan. He loves that fan !

Otherwise, it was a pretty uneventful day (which is good). He's been feeding more often lately and not napping as well - growth spurt, or just him getting spoiled ?