2.24.2012

sweet baby

I realized I hadn't made any photos of Ama-Watts on the big camera in a while (except for the ones in her bathtub), so this afternoon after her nap, I made these.

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My heart is so full I feel as if it will burst open. I love this little girl.

2.20.2012

life lately

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Yes, I'm still here. The lack of posts has been because of a few things:

First being, I have had a horrible ear infection. My first ear infection, actually, and I pray it was my last. It started out and just what I assumed to be water stuck in my ear, but it's actually fluid in my inner ear. I also recently found out I have a deviated septum, too, which is nice. Oh, and also a random scar in my ear which the doctor thought was from where I had tubes put in. Problem is that I've never had tubes put in my ears...or any ear surgery for that matter. Weird, huh?

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Second, I "lost" my camera charger for a few days. The Nikon holds a charge for quite some time, but eventually it ran out, and when it did, I couldn't find my charger anywhere. I ordered one from Amazon that doesn't work. You can imagine my disappointment. I thought I was going to have to go another week without my camera (while hoping Wattsie didn't say her first word or start walking before I could get my camera battery charged again-- haha). Turns out, I had left it at Mat's parents' house, and Valerie saved the day by mailing it as fast as she could. Thanks, Mom2!

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So, that's where I've been. Sick and without a charge. But, I'm getting better, and my camera is fully charged!

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Anyway, here's what's been going on at the Alexander house lately...

Mom, Papa and Mimi came to visit last weekend. Mom was out of school for Winter Break, so they stayed Friday through Tuesday. Unfortunately, I didn't have any camera battery while they were here, so no pics aside from the few that I took on my iPhone.

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On Saturday night, they all babysat Watts while Mat and I went out for Valentines Day. We left the house around 3:30, and Mat took me to Walgreens to buy Swimmer's Ear (for my ear when I thought I had swimmer's ear) and Tylenol (romantic, I know!). After that, we rode around and looked at houses-- one of our favorite things to do. Then, we had dinner at Le Relais-- a French restaurant at Louisville's Bowman Field. After an AMAZING dinner we went to see "Iron Lady" at the theater. It was really good. Meryl Streep gets me every time. Love her.

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While we were gone, Papa (affectionately called "Great") taught Watts how to "talk". He apparently spent most of the night with her laid down on the couch, and he just talked and talked to her. She now is a pro at oooooing and ahhhhing. It's the sweetest thing I have ever heard.

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On Sunday, we all went to church together, and Wattsie slept from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Crazy, huh? And that was after a great night's sleep. So proud. Such a big girl.

On Monday, Mumsy babysat again while Mat and I ran some errands. We got coffee, went to Target, bought Watts her Easter dress and some other things for this coming Christmas (sales!). It was nice to get out. We all watched the Grammys together Monday night (which were very disappointing except for Adele's performance and her clean sweep of awards).

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They all left to go home on Tuesday morning, which was the low point of the whole trip!

One of the biggest things that happened while they were here was that Watts slept in her crib...all night! Three out of four of the nights they were here she slept in there all night. I was such a proud momma! The girl continues to amaze me. She's growing up so fast.

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Also, Watts has officially outgrown her Puj tub, despite my insistence that she still fits in it. This picture proves otherwise...

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Now, we're in our big girl tub (the one from the above photos), and she LOVES it! I think she loves sitting in the water (the Puj let water drain out, so she never really got to sit in "standing" water). She also loves her rubber ducky and the octopus that goes over the tub. I'm very thankful for a baby girl who loves bathtime!

So, that's what's been going on here. Wattsie has been so sweet and cooperative while I've been getting over my ear infection, and I think things are looking up from here! We've got some lunch dates planned soon, so it should be a good week for us.

Happy Monday!

2.02.2012

you're two months old, wattsie!

Happy two month birthday, my big, big girl! You turned two months old yesterday.

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Yesterday, you went to the doctor for your two month check-up. Daddy and I both got to take you. You wore your cream smocked dress with your socks with the ruffle at the top. You looked so cute! You were hungry when we got there, so you were a little fussy throughout your entire appointment.

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You weigh 13 lbs., 9 oz. (95th percentile). You are 23 inches tall (75th percentile). Your head is 16 inches around (75th percentile). Your temperature was 99.1*.

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You got three shots-- Pentacel (to protect you against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and H flu type), Prevnar (to protect you against pneumococcal infections including meningitis) and Rotate (to protect you against rotavirus). Two were by injection and one was an oral vaccine. You did really well. You were so very brave! We had a bottle ready for you right when you finished up your final injection, so you didn't cry long at all! You were too hungry to think about the shots, I think.

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Dr. Belza said you are perfect. You don't have a heart murmur, your head isn't flat, and you are eating and pooping just as you should be! We're thankful he didn't hold a grudge against you after you hit him when he measured your head circumference! He also said your ear that was infected looks just fine, and your congestion is getting better and better every day.

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Your two month old photos turned out so good. I didn't realize how much you have grown since your one month photos (because I see you all day every day), but as I compare your photos, I realize that you have gotten so big! You are changing so much every single day. It breaks my heart and makes me so happy at the same time. Being a parent is weird like that.

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You wear mostly 3 months clothes, but you can still wear some of your 0-3 month pajamas. You wear size 1 diapers.

You have started sleeping in your crib more and more each night. Your daddy has the special touch, I think. He puts you down after your 10:00 feeding, and you cry for just a few seconds, then you lay in your crib pretty quietly until you fall asleep. Your longest stretch of sleep in your crib was from about 11:30p until 4:30a. We are so proud of you!

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You are still eating every 2-2 1/2 hours. You eat for about 30 minutes at each feeding. When I fix you a pumped bottle, you eat 3-4 oz.

You love your daddy. I think it throws you off a little when he's not home with us during the day.

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You love, love, love to sit up like a big girl. You are holding your head up so well, and you love to "stand up", too. Your favorite place to lay is your changing table. We can always get a smile out of you when you are laying on it.

You still love to ride in the car. You always fall asleep about 5 minutes into the ride.

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You hate tummy time. It's so funny to watch you squirm around when we put you on your tummy. It's a good thing Dr. Belza told you your head is just perfect today, because you would have probably pitched a fit if he had said you need more tummy time. It's your absolute least favorite thing.

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We FaceTime your Mumsy and Gran V a lot. You've fallen in love with the Kate Spade case on my iPhone. You think it's so funny.

You grunt all the time! You are such a little piggy. You also have started drooling a lot, too. It cracks Daddy up that his shoulder is always wet after he holds you.

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It has been so much fun watching you grow and change over the past two months. Your daddy and I love you, and we are so proud of you. We make it a point to tell you that every single day, and nothing could be more true. You are such a blessing to us.

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Happy two month birthday, my precious, precious girl. You mean more to me than you'll ever, ever know.

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You are my heart, Amalou Watts Alexander. You are my heart.

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With more love than you'll every know,
Momma