Tuesday, October 14, 2008

If Anyone is Keeping Score

Yesterday makes 3 Mondays in a row that Amelia has been mad at the world for no reason that is apparent to me. Today makes 3 Tuesdays in a row that she has been a little angel all day long. I really don't get it.

One Day Down

So Dan has left us alone for a week long trip to Ecuador for work. The first day has gone by without a hitch, and I can only hope the others will be as easy. Tomorrow a few friends are bringing dinner by for us after work, and will provide a chance for me to have some adult conversation, which will be nice. Anyway, if you don't hear from me for a while you'll know it is because I have my hands full with no one to share in the duties.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Baby's First Winery Tour

So you can't live in Portugal without doing a tour of a Port Winery. We took advantage of a visit from Amelia's Grandpa Jack to take her first daytrip up to Porto. She spent most of the day alternately napping and taking in the city with big wide eyes, and was so well behaved that it made this parenting thing look easy. Though we are a bit slower getting out of the house these days, and of course I feel like I accomplish a lot when I get one or two things crossed off my t0-do list for the day.

We don't exactly have a routine yet, though I think we are slowly moving in that direction. In general, Amelia wakes up in the morning and is in a great mood after she eats and gets changed. She hangs out and just likes to check things out an take in the world for a while. She is starting to smile at us more, and loves to look at faces and finds mirrors and bright objects very fascinating. She definitely doesn't like to sit still. When she is awake and not eating I find myself doing a lot of walking. Either with her in my arms, or in the sling, the baby bjorn, the stroller, or her new swing, she likes to be on the move, and the same thing she loved yesterday may elicit loud complaints today. Last night she slept from midnight to 5am, and went back to sleep for about 3 more hours after that, which was a first, and some nights she is up every 2 hours all night long, usually it is somewhere in between. Here is a photo we finally took of all three of us, and some more photos from Amelia's first month can be found here.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Amelia Turns One Month Old Today!

Dan woke up this morning and said "Wow, she slept through the night!" To which my response was "No, YOU slept through the night." At least someone in this house is! And I am glad it is the one that has to get up and go work all day long, though he is also the one that is allowed to have coffee if it gets too unbearable.

Amelia is doing quite well. We have learned that she hates Mondays as much as the rest of the world. I have no idea why this day is any different than the rest of her days, but the last two Mondays she has been in a horrible mood, hasn't slept much at all, and just wants to comfort herself with food all day long (when she is old enough I'll teach her to enjoy a good pint of Ben and Jerry's for this purpose). Luckily she follows this act with a night of only waking up once between 11:30pm and 7:15am, and then a very peaceful Tuesday (which explains why I am able to write this blog entry). In general, she is very sweet and cuddly, and it seems she is starting to enjoy her bath time and continues to enjoy, or at least sleep through, her afternoon walks with the dogs. Speaking of the dogs...Blaze seems to have designated himself as her protector. He gets very worried when she cries, and will come and get me, or if it goes on long enough, he will howl along with her in sympathy. Very cute when it happens at 4 in the afternoon, I feel sorry for the neighbors when it happens at 4 in the morning!