Monday, August 30, 2010

And we're back!

We're not even going to try and sum up the details of our lives since our last actual post because really, it's impossible to do. We'll just say... finally, our lives have returned to some sense of normal and we might actually have the time to keep up with our blog.

Beatrice Kate is about 5 1/2 months old now and is probably over 12 pounds and around 24 inches long. I say probably because we aren't due for a check-up with our friendly pediatrician for another 2 weeks. For those keeping track- that's 10 pounds and 10 inches she's grown since she was born. We're pretty convinced that she's put most of that weight on in her cheeks (and her thigh rolls). It's nice to be able to take her in public without having to go through the whole "Oh, it's a new baby" song and dance with strangers. For a while, I felt like an unfit mother carry around an abnormally small infant. Then, I just got tired of having to explain that no, she is actually 5 months old but she was born early so really she's like a 2 month old, etc. Now I just smile and say, "Yep, she's pretty tiny", and move out of the way quickly before they try to touch or (or kiss her on the head, which has happened in Harris Teeter before).

I'm always amazed at the lack of personal space awareness that strangers, old people in particular, seem to have. We have giant hot pink signs on her carseat, carriers and diaper bags that say "Please wash your hands before touching the baby". Yet somehow, some fail to understand that yes, we do mean you! Anyway...

Our days seem to have a pretty predictable rhythm again. That is, as much of a rhythm one can have with a 5 month old (who is really a 2 1/2 month old). She sleeps nearly throughout the night, going down to bed at 7:30 and wakes up ready for a midnight snack at 4 a.m. Thankfully, however, she'll usually go back to sleep with the help of her handy mobile, and let us get a few more minutes of sleep until Casey gets up to go to work!

It's possible that she may be trying to cut her first teeth. At least, I hope that's what's going on and she's not got a leaky faucet somewhere because girlfriend can DROOL. I mean- a lot of drool. We're changing onesies about 4 times a day because she dribbles worse than Cooper. She is also learning how to roll herself over and even reached for a toy yesterday! Who knew that simple milestones would create so much excitement in our house, that we nearly break our necks on the hallway runner in our race to grab the camera.

I guess, when your baby is born weighing less than a human liver, any milestone is amazing!

For those that don't already have the link, you can find all of Beatrice Kate's progress documented by photography here. I promise we'll try to be more diligent in keeping up with updates, etc. But... no promises, we do have a crazy, high-need, drama-loving baby on our hands now!