Saturday, March 7, 2009

Finally, I'll post and update and some more pictures!

I know, I know. It's been entirely too long since I updated my blog! But in my defense, if given the opportunity of typing on a computer or spending time with sweet little Ruby, can you blame me?

So much has happened! We took Ruby for her 2-month pediatrician's appointment and shots at the end of February. One of the vaccines is oral, and due to her 'overly-sensitive gag reflex', she ended up throwing up all over one of the nurses. But she managed to keep most of the vaccine down, so that was the main point. Ruby is so sweet and trusting and innocent - she was smiling SO big at the nurse, she thought that she had made a new friend. When out of nowhere the nice nurse jabbed a needle in Ruby's thigh - the look on Ruby's face just broke my heart! She only cried for a minute though and was back to smiling in no time. Here are Ruby's 2-month stats:

Height - 24 inches (95th Percentile!!!)
Weight - 12 pounds 2.5 ounces (90th Percentile!!!)
Head Circumference - 39cm (60th Percentile)

She's still a tall baby!!! I've been saying that I can't believe how big she has gotten, but I really can't! At the time she was close to outgrowing her 3-month clothes!

Ruby's Baptism was the next weekend. It was a beautiful ceremony - she was baptized by Father Matthew at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Carrollton in a private ceremony after mass on February 22 (Ruby's 2-month birthday). Ruby has 7 Godparents! Grandpa (my dad) is our token Catholic Godparent, and the others are Allie & Elliott, Lindsay & Paul, and Andrea & Robbie. Ruby is going to be so very blessed to have these people in her life. I honestly don't think it's possible for a Grandpa to love his granddaughter more than my dad loves Ruby. Ruby's face lights up every time she sees him - it's so sweet. Allie has promised to teach Ruby about grace and to make sure that she is an accomplished dancer. Lindsay is responsible for Ruby's athletic development (if anyone knows where we can find a toddler-trailer for a bike, let me know!), and Andrea will make sure that Ruby has an incredible sense of style! Their respective husbands will prove to Ruby that there are good men in the world. Paul is already researching the tournament schedules for Ruby's golf career, and Elliott and Robbie will be able to teach her how to manage her finances, or at least her allowance. The preist kind of chuckled when he saw the group of Godparents heading up for the ceremony, but it was clear to everyone how special that Ruby was and how loved she is by everyone.
Here are a few more fun pictures. Daddy bought me and Ruby matching pajamas - they're just adorable! Ruby is growing like crazy! She still won't take a bottle (Little Miss Drama always gags and screams when we try to give her one). I go back to work in a week, so I'm sure that the first week back is going to be rough on poor Ruby - but probably even more rough on poor Nana who is going to be watching her!!! If anyone has any advice, please let me know! We've tried all of the typical "tricks" - having someone else give her the bottle when I'm not around, giving it to her when she's not fussy, we've tried 3 different types of bottles, etc. Nothing works. She's stubborn (I have absolutely no idea where she got that!).


Becky said...

Elizabeth is stubborn with the bottle too. She will never take it from me and my husband Andrew sometimes has a hard time with her too - because she knows I'm right there and she can have it from me. Amazingly she does take it at daycare - whew (I guess she knows that she's supposed to take it from them). What we did a couple of weeks before I had to go back to work was go all day on the bottle. - trying every hour. We did it on a Saturday when both of us were home. The Secrets to the Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems suggests that. If Ruby doesn't take it within 5 minutes, quit and try again in an hour. You don't want her to have an aversion to the bottle. Expect a hunger strike - Elizabeth went through one for 11 hours! But eventually she took the bottle. It's still not smooth sailing at home sometimes, but she has gotten a WHOLE lot better. Just don't give in and breastfeed, thinking you're starving your child. Ruby will take it eventually when she's hungry enough. And it'll get easier. After you've gone a whole day on the bottle, give her at least one bottle every day after that so she doesn't forget. The book says that babies will always go back to whatever they had first, so it won't be like Ruby will switch to preferring the bottle. We tried different bottles too but always had the same reaction - pushing the nipple out with her tongue, turning away, spitting out whatever milk did get in her mouth, pushing the bottle away with her hand and eventually crying. I got Playtex dropins as a shower gift and we just stuck with them. They have the Natura Latch nipples that have a wide base and are supposed to be shaped more like a mother's nipple. We used a slow flow one up until a week ago. I just upgraded to a medium flow nipple when Elizabeth turned 3 months. So far it hasn't affected breastfeeding. A lot of people like Avent bottles but the Avent nipple and Playtx natura latch nipples are pretty much the same- wide base. So we just persevered with the Playtex dropins. I hope everything works out. Good luck!

Jane Loomis said...

Hi Jaedeanne! I saw your blog on Becky's site! Your baby is just so adorable! We live in Providence (near Denton) - we would love to get together sometime for a playdate! Jane "Teachenor" Loomis

Amy said...

Congrats on Ruby's baptism! How is her Godfather/Gramps doing these days?
Glad you are moving closer to home. My late great-aunt used to live in your new neighborhood I think. I'll pray the move and home selling/buying all go well!