- She bobbles her head and almost has enough neck control
- When you hold her, she can squirm or nestle in to you at will
- She babbles a little bit - you can hear what her voice sounds like
- Cries are more distinct and you can tell when she's gassy/hungry/tired/bored instead of just "wah"
- Peanut just passed her driver's test - with motorcycle endorsement! (j/k. lol.)
- You can see emotion on her face - curiosity, frustration, happiness, bowel movement
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Other notable instances of Griffin hurting Vera to remember in the blog...
Griffin poked Vera in the eye just hours after she came home from the hospital.
In her 2.5 months of life, Griff has become fond of pulling her arms and legs and hug/rolling on her, which has always ended in my frustration and their tears (real ones by Vera, fake ones by Griff). He is also really fond of squeezing the top of her head and twisting it back and forth.
Also, a few nights ago after arriving home from daycare, as I was in the driveway about to get Griffin and Vera out of the car, I heard a loud scream. It was so clear but distant at the same time; it sounded like our backyard neighbor girl outside. Anyway, I heard it again and thought nothing of it. I then opened the car door and saw that Vera was crying. She stopped when the dome light of the car turned on. It was then that I connected the dots and realized that it had been Griffin screaming from inside the car, purposely trying to make his sister cry, which clearly worked... When he saw the disapproving look on my face, he put on a devlish grin, and did it again. He let out a 2 second, super high pitched shriek before I could cover his mouth. A full second went by before Vera's lip quivered and she burst out into a terrified cry. It was 99% sad but 1% funny as I know he loves his sister.
Here are some cute pics of them:
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Vicki turned her face-out in the baby bjorn the other night, but it was still a little early. She has just enough head control to get herself into trouble.
Still pooping about every 3rd day.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
I got this email from Vicki. Just sharing it with the world:
"Our lovely and sophisticated daughter is currently grunting with her poop face.. it is smelly.. and i hear farty poo noises. not gonna lie, not the most ladylike thing i've ever seen....
Lovely and sophisticated indeed.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
|Coolest wedding favors ever.|
|Caught a pic of Vera smiling.|
|This is a really sweet pic with Dad. He loved having his sweet baby girl as one of his wedding dates.|
|A sacrificial dinner for T-Rex.|
|Photobooth fun. (2nd strip, with Brandie!)|
Thursday, November 1, 2012
One minor modifier is "Spicy Chicken", which is a nod to one of my favorite dishes at one of our favorite restaurants Spicy Chicken Peanut at Su Chang's.
So I'll say something like "Hi Spicy Chicken. How's your day going?" or "I love you Spicy Chicken. Want to hear about tomorrow's weather forecast?", for example.
In Chinese, Spicy Chicken is written "辣子鸡". And its pronounced "zhong tsai chjoun". Just kidding, I made up that pronounciation. But the characters are right. But you believed me about the pronunciation right? Vera didn't. So I looked it up on google translate and its actually pronounced "là zĭ jī".
In classic newborn fashion, Little Vera Cow slept through all of the fun parts of Halloween. She was passed out through Griffin's entire school party, woke up for a quick feed when we got home, and then fell back asleep in the Bjorn for another 2 hours while we went trick-or-treating with the neighborhood kids.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Anyway its a really good thing for mainly two reasons: Vicki gets to sleep from 7 or 8pm until 2 or 3am (once we perfect the pumping pattern) and I get the extra bonding time with the littler VCH.
Last night i patted, swaddled, and comforted Vera back to sleep all by myself. Sigh of happiness.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Saturday, October 6, 2012
- We swaddle her at night with both arms out. The thriller thing (see previous post) is really her thing - she likes having her hands.
- Size 1 diapers. Size 0 (newborn) pretty much lasted just the first week.
- The newborn size clothes are really tight - most of what she wears is 0-3 months.
- She weighed in at 9 lbs 4 oz at her 1-week checkup. (And seems to be ganing more even since - after 1 night away this week I think I actually saw her bulk up a little.
- She's stroller ridden around the block 2 or 3 times (including with Griffin right behind her on the add-on skateboard thing for the stroller).
- We still hold her head all the time, but she's got one of the strongest necks of any 17 day old I've ever known and she uses it to throw that big head around.
We left the house in Marblehead at 12:44pm. Not bad considering when we got in the car both kids (still getting used to saying/writing that) were fed and ready to sleep. Which they did. For about 30 minutes.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
I just got back from my first trip since V was born. I slept pretty well at the Garden Inn but i can't tell you how nice it is to come home to a full house of sleeping family and then Vicki and Vera getting up for the 11pm feed. It puts the joy in diaper changing and burping. Perspective is awesome.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
- Are you absolutely nuts for having a second kid? Didn't you learn your lesson on the first one?
- Just kidding. No one asks this. And if they did, I'd be all: "No way - we're stoked to have a second kid."
- Is she sleeping well?
- Yes for the most part
- Last night was a little rough - she seemed to be awake 1/2 the night after a tough day Sunday of trying to keep her awake at all during the day.
- Vicki does much more of the night time waking. I'm ill equipped I wish I had boobs sometimes so I could be "a really useful engine" as Thomas, Percy and co. would say.
- ...and I sleep through a lot of the crying. Actually I sleep through a lot of the everything. In fact, one night in the hospital after Vera was born I slept straight through two or three nurse visits and my wife in the most pain of her entire recovery in the hospital.
- How's Griffin handling it?
- I think pretty darn good for a 2.66 year old. Keep in mind this is the same kid who's afraid of the sound of a public toilet flushing, so, you know, things are scary for him sometimes.
- He's tested the waters a few times with a smack here and a poke-in-the-eye there, but we nipped those in the bud and he's really pretty gentle.
- To date, he's specifically asked to hold Vera like 4 or 6 times, which I think is pretty good.
- I'm getting a lot closer to him having spent so much time 1:1 while Vick is feeding and otherwise tending to Vera.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
- Vera met these people before she even came home: Grandpa Victor, Grandma Cathy, brother Griffin, Grandpa Tim, friends Martha, Carrie, Carrie, April, Cate, Bren (also the world's best babysitter). Maybe some more - sorry if I've missed any visitors.
- The nurses at Salem hospital birth place are awesome. Full stop.
- Vera stayed with us in the room from 7am until about 10pm each day. Then we put her in the nursery between night feeds. We love her and want to be the best parents we can for her, so sleep when we can get it is good.
- Vicki was up on her feet within 12 hours of the surgery. She walked around the maternity wing on day 3 and did multiple laps on day 4.
- Vera bottomed out on weight after about 2 days (something in the 8lbs and change range) and then started gaining again. Woo hoo! V and v are both good at the feeding/eating relationship.
- I stayed with Vicki all the nights she was in the hospital after delivery. On the first night, she was in pretty bad pain and said it was just nice to know I was there. And, this is one of the only times in our lives that its likely to be Vera/Mom/Dad for a while.
- Not being condemned to a life of greens and yellows just to avoid shockingly girly girl clothes.
- The color brown, which looks great with pink (who knew) and is also one of Griffin's favorites, creating a more favorable impression of the new one.
- The Hale family - nearly all of Vera's current wardrobe is right from them. Thanks guys!
Saturday, September 29, 2012
- Flour (We used to call Griffin our lil sack of potatoes, so Vera is our lil sack of flour. Plus it sounds like flower)
- Doo doo (we had a vet who called one of our cats this, endearingly)
- Sweet Angel (great nickname, but its what I call Vicki)
- Dad and Chris are the 25th and 26th (of Aug and Feb)
- My brother Brian and I are the 19th and 20th (of Oct and Sep)
- Kate and Mom are the 11th and 12th (of Dec and Oct)
- Vera and I are the 18th and 19th (of Sep and Oct)
- Griff and Vicki are the 11th and 12th (of Jan and July)
- We decided on the name a long time ago (when Vicki was 3 or 4 months pregnant), and we've been telling people about it for 5 or 6 months since then whenever they ask.
- Vera is with long "E" sound. Like "veer", not like "very"
- Charlotte was Vicki's mom's name.
- Hendrix is a nice way to end a three part name, IMHO
- Vera and Vicki have the same initials: VCH
- The name Vera reminds us of Vera Wang and Vera Bradley, both of whom we think of as entrepreneurial creative driven women. I think I'd like to have a Vera Wang suit sometime.
- Some names we didn't use but considered: Violet, Clare, Kate, Clara, Chistine, Catherine, Elizabeth, Lila, Meadow. Okay, not Meadow.
- Was good. Nothing crazy to report.
- Vicki did have itchy feet, some early-on queasiness, and a giant, giant, giant (yes, triple giant) belly which appeared to be one of those over-sized playground balls that they used to sell at Kmart and Walmart from those really tall metal cage things
- The playground ball sized baby made Vicki's abs very very sore in the final few weeks.
- We were really debating vaginal vs. C-section for this delivery, until the nurse called with the 38-week ultrasound results. Vicki played the voicemail over the speakers in the car and we laughed and high-fived as the nurse described the results.
- You could tell she was trying not to laugh or sound a little surprised.
- About an hour after this voice mail was received, Vicki had a checkup, a conversation with one of the OB's, and Vera's scheduled C-section date, time, and doctor. Thank goodness for modern medicine and very supportive doctors.
Vicki is still the blog master of "Adventures With Griffin", and I've always enjoyed guest-posting. So I'm doing the blog one for Vera. Here it is.
My intent is a few things. I suppose these are typical blog fare, but lets just review so we're all on the same (web) page to start:
- Archive for v (that's what we've been calling her) to read when she's older
- Yeah also I'm pretty sentimental, too
- Organize my thinking and process the father-of-two role as it happens
- Practice my creative writing, including building my funny muscles
- Prevent idle conversation about "how the kids are" so my regular blog readers and I can talk in person about the details too cumbersome, embarrasing, or disgusting to write in the blog.
The title is based on a famous Jimmy Hendrix song, only I slightly tweaked it. I think it evokes the type of confusion that I will foresee myself experiencing while raising a daughter. Such as which folds are you supposed to wipe, when, and in which direction.
Also it was the most creative thing that I could come up with 11 days after she was born. I'm a lil' tired.
Welcome aboard, blog reader!
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Here's the email that we sent out when Vera was born. Just posting it to the blog for the prosperity sake. We sent it to about 138 people and got almost as many well wishes in response, which I would read to V and v while we were
Also, if you ever have a kid, do like we did this time around and compose this email (and add its many addressees) before you go to the hospital. Then after the kid pops out, snap a pic and just pencil in the weight, date, and length, and you're good to go with just a few minutes of distraction from your newly expanded family.
Subj: Just a normal Tuesday..... :)
Griffin's little sister has arrived! Vera Charlotte Hendrix. Born Tuesday Sep 18 at 10:10 AM, 9lbs 3oz, 21 inches.(thank goodness for c-sections). Vicki and Vera (both VCH!) are both healthy and happy. Thanks so much for prayers, thoughts, and well wishes.