Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Free Books for the Young Child in Your Life. Really.

This is something I want to share with those of you with children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. that are younger than five.

A few months ago, a fellow December 2008 mom told me about Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. I read about it, signed up, and am so glad I did. Morgan gets a free book in the mail every month. For free.

Dolly Parton basically has this initiative where she wants to introduce a love for reading early. This was right up my alley since I love reading, my mom loves reading, and my hopes are that Morgan will love to read, too.

A couple of months after I signed up (which the site says that's about how long it would be before you get your first book), Morgan received The Little Engine that Could in the mail! It was a little label with her name on it, too. I thought it was so cute.

As promised, a month later, we received another book - The Gingerbread Man! It's so exciting to know that we can look forward to a new book every month until she's five!

So if you have time, visit the Web site and sign up the young child in your life.

Morgan's Books

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Started as a Pic Post, but I talk too much...

Here's Morgan at her first baseball game (yesterday)...
We ran into Morgan's friend, Delaney, while we were there. The girls "hung out" in Destin back in February, but were never awake at the same time...this time they were awake, but were just as unaware of each other. So funny. And trying to get two babies to look at a camera was a task in itself... But of course their mommies had fun taking the pictures, anyway...
Eating their fingers...

I thought this one was cute because they both look so short. You can't even see their full faces.

Oh, yeah, here's some of the baseball game in the background...
We ran into Kendall at the mall today! :) It was our first time seeing her. ADORABLE! I wish I'd brought my camera so I could've gotten a picture of the girls together. Kendall looked so tiny next to Morgan -- I can barely remember Morgan being that size. It definitely made me think about all the times people have told me "they grow up before you know it..." Hopefully the girls won't both be asleep the next time so I can get some pictures!

We were at the mall (Sears) because I'm trying to convince Danny that we need a Dyson. The result of that? We went home with a toy for Morgan and a food processor. He isn't convinced yet (I've got work to do). The food processor's my new toy, though. I'll tell you about that later...

Anyway, just in case I don't get a chance to post tomorrow, have a great week, everybody!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Pic Post

I figured I'd start what I'll call "Pic Posts," posts that will consist mostly of pictures (translation: minus my wordy ramblings...). Today will definitely be a Pic Post day because Morgan is sleepy and doesn't want to go to sleep. What does that mean? She's doing crazy stuff; like "talking" a LOT. And trying to beat the keys on the keyboard. She does stuff like that when she's fighting a needed nap. It's hilarious...
Anyway, here are some pics from yesterday (just chillin' at home).

Playing Airplane w/Daddy
(Yep, those are mittens on her hands. She never scratched herself as a newborn. Now she does! Weird! And we can't keep her nails short enough!)

Excited look...

Serious look...
"Adorable baby" look...

Eating a toy at tummy time...
UPDATE: She's worn herself out w/all the talking and beating. By the time I'm done inserting the pictures and editing the post, I notice that she's all of a sudden very still. Then she slumps to the side, nodding off. Hilarious! I laugh. It startles her. And now she's crying. Gotta go! :)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Not Too Much Going On...

Besides having so much fun watching Morgan grow and learn, we haven't been up to too much. She's officially a resident of Morgan's Room, Alabama so there's a little more sleep going on in the Kimble household. We've tried rice cereal a few times since visiting the doctor. Soon we'll be giving it to her every day. To prepare, Danny put up the high chair over the weekend. We put her in there and fed her once. She seemed to like it. :)

We also purchased our first box of diapers this past week! We were still using what was given to us as gifts. (We are so grateful to our family and friends for keeping Morgan "diapered up" the first FOUR MONTHS of her life. You guys are amazing.) We actually still have a couple of unopened packs left that we never got to use (she outgrew them). So I'll probably attempt to exchange those for the right size. And after using several brands of diapers, we now have a "preference" (what I asked every mom when I was pregnant). Here's what I thought of those we tried:

  • Parents Choice -- Their wipes are great, but their diapers? Not so much.

  • Playskool Plushies -- I didn't even know Playskool made diapers. They were fine -- until they were wet. They were bulky -- even when they were a little wet.

  • Huggies -- These didn't really impress me like I thought they would. I had a couple of leaks with these, and they smelled funny when they were wet.

  • Luvs -- I actually liked these at first. They were not very bulky at all, and Morgan seemed comfortable in them. The only thing I didn't like was they weren't very stretchy at the waist. Which is enough reason for me not to buy them. That sucks since they're pretty inexpensive (and I'm Mrs. Frugal).

  • Pampers -- The WINNER. I particularly like the Swaddlers Sensitive line. It has the wetness indicator line, and it has this breathability material made just for sensitive skin.

So, I now have "experience" with diapers, and can tell the next pregnant woman what worked for Morgan (though it differs for every baby). :) After she passes the 18-pound mark, we'll have to go to something different. Maybe another Pampers line. Unfortunately, it seems the Swaddlers line only goes through size 2. :( We live right by a Target, so maybe we will try (and like) the Target brand diapers (heard from a friend that they're pretty good). As long as Morgan is comfortable, her skin can breathe, and we don't get any leaks, I'm game on the store brand diapers!

I purchased the diapers from Diapers.com, a great little Web site I found through a fellow blogger. They have manufacturer's coupons and sales on all things baby. FREE SHIPPING, too, when you spend over $49 (not hard when you're buying diapers). Oh, fast service, too! I ordered on Tuesday and they were on my doorstep Thursday. Not bad! If you're a mom to a baby, or plan to buy diapers for someone having a baby, try Diapers.com. Put in my code when you check out (GERR8259)! You'll get $10 off your first diaper order. And, yes, I'll get some credit to my account for referring you! :)

As you guys can see, from reading the past minute or so, I have NOTHING to talk about it! Sorry to bore you with diaper talk!

Oh, Morgan did attend her first (of many to come) Alabama tailgate. Saturday was the A-Day game. It started out a little cool and drizzly, but it ended up being okay weather. She got to meet a LOT of people. Most of the people were around when I was several months pregnant last fall, so it was like they already "knew" her. Oh! Quick story. On my way to the bathroom (I always walk across the street to a girls dorm), I had a random stranger stop me. This is how the conversation went:

Random Man: Ma'am. Ma'am!

Me: Yes? (Smiling and thinking: Do I know you? Should I know you? I'm so bad! I don't remember you!)

Random Man: You had the baby! What did you have?

Me: I had a girl! (Still smiling, but thinking: Oh, my God, he knows me. And I don't remember him! Shame, shame!)

Random Man: Well, congrats! I used to feel so sorry for you last season when you'd come through here every 30 minutes to go to the bathroom...

Me and Random Man finished the brief conversation, and I was relieved to know he was just someone that noticed a big, pregnant girl walking to and from the restroom last fall. I think he was a vendor. I must have looked huge and very uncomfortable for him to "feel sorry" for me! Apparently I felt better than I looked! He was very nice. I plan to take Morgan over to meet him in the fall...

Anyway, I didn't get a lot of pictures like I wanted to, but here's one of Morgan with her daddy. She did GREAT, by the way! She never got fussy, and she was pretty friendly to the many people that held her. Have a great week, everybody!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Sunday Pics and General Updates

Quick updates...

Morgan's move to her room has been quite successful. She's learned to self-soothe! She still wakes up to eat in the middle of the night, but she goes right back to sleep. In her own bed. :) And because I can see and hear her, I'm okay, too.

Morgan's four months now! At her doctor's appointment, she had her second round of shots, which left her pretty groggy for the rest of that day (no fever, though). She has a little baby eczema, but we're working through that. She was prescribed some steroid lotion, but we've found relief through over-the-counter items, like Aquaphor, Triple Cream, and the Mustela eczema bath line. We're avoiding the use of steroid-like creams on her precious skin. So far, so good. Doc also said we could start solids. We'll probably introduce those in a few weeks.

Morgan recently got a chance to spend some time with family she rarely sees and family she'd never met. I was very happy about that since I want her to know as many of her relatives as possible.

We also spent Easter Sunday at Granny's (Danny's grandmother). Granny actually bought Morgan her first Easter dress, which was absolutely adorable. The food was great, and spending time with family was even greater. Below are a few recent pics.

(I'd love to write more -- you guys know I'm wordy -- but I have so much to do. It's Sunday night, and I've done nothing to prepare for the week. I'll try to update again soon. I hope everyone has a great week.)

Tired After Her Shots
(If you look closely, you'll see the orange Band-Aids.)

Easter 2009

Saturday, April 4, 2009

New Sleeping Arrangements

I was reading one our friends' blog, and it is funny that we're going through similar issues -- the babies' sleeping arrangements at night! :) Morgan still isn't sleeping through the night (which we're patient with, and will welcome when the time comes). But no one in our house gets any good sleep. And that, too, is typical, but we felt it was time to move Morgan to her own room. (Side note: I attempted this when I first went back to work, but missed her so terribly that I moved her back.) I put it off for so long for different reasons, with my most recent one being the AAP's recommendation that a baby sleeps in the parents' room the first six months to reduce the risk of SIDS. Just like any parent, I fear SIDS. But I know we provide a low-risk environment -- for example, she sleeps on her back, she sleeps in a sleepsack (no loose blankets), our house is cool at night (between 65 and 68), and we've started using a fan (to reduce the risk of "re-breathing"). And then I realized that God controls things like this, not us, so moving her to her room would not be the end of the world. Sooo, we began our efforts Friday night...

Here is where Morgan used to sleep -- at the foot of our bed in her Pack 'n Play.

Here is Morgan in her crib, the place she's slept (maybe) twice since she's been born. I allowed her to "look around" so she's not traumatized her first night. She even took a short nap.

In efforts to ease my anxiety, a few weeks ago we purchased a video monitor to use (in conjunction with our Angelcare monitor. Yes, I'm one of those psycho parents that need to hear and watch my baby with two monitors). Here is the camera for that.

And here is her daddy installing it.

Here it is installed.

So, are you curious to know how Morgan's first full night in her room went? Here's how it was most of the night (actual "footage"):

It went sooo well! She went down for the night around 11 PM (late night -- went out to dinner with Auntie Ashleigh). She slept until about 4-ish, maybe, and woke up to eat. She whined for maybe 20 minutes when we put her back down; Danny and I took turns going in to soothe her (and put the paci back in!). After that, she went back to sleep --and slept until about 7:30! This may not sound like a miracle, but it was for us! We are so thrilled how her first night went!

We're approaching tonight with caution as we know of one-hit wonders, but we can generally tell that Morgan was more comfortable. And that makes us happy.

Here are a few more random pics...

Watching Daddy Install the Camera

Getting Restless

With Auntie Ashleigh at the Park

In the stoller at the park.

Enjoying her swing.

Tummy time -- the first minute or so. After that, she HATES IT. We're working on it! :)

***Quick Interesting Fact: I was about four weeks pregnant around this time last year.***

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Fools Day!

This post has nothing to do with April Fools Day...I'm just using it as an excuse to post some recent pics of Morgan. I can't believe she'll be four months next week. Just a few little things about her right now:
  • She loves to suck on her fingers. And she goes after mine and Danny's all the time, too.
  • She loves to play with her feet.
  • I think she's teething. She does all these weird things with her mouth, like chewing, biting, etc.
  • She's always in a great mood right after a nap and in the mornings.
  • She has extremely sensitive skin.
  • She likes to grab my sleeves/arms when I'm changing her.
  • She loves to chew on her bib.
  • She hates tummy time.
  • She's like a little monster when fighting her sleep! It's HILARIOUS.
  • She likes to splash in the tub.
  • And the thing that has really been blowing my mind - she now tries to sit up...and tries very hard. She'll be in the car seat trying to sit up...I'm always like "Morgan, where are you going?" :-)

Well, here are the pics I took this evening...she's growing so fast. :)

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