Jaded Optimist

Mothering, making, and generally blathering on

Little C—One Month January 25, 2013

Filed under: Kids — bonniep @ 9:40 pm

Little C turned one month old yesterday. How did it go so fast?? Probably Christmas + visitors + other kids with their activities helped, but man it seems like just the other day I had the “baby blues” and was weepy about not being pregnant anymore, and the other day before that I was complaining about still being pregnant, and in between there somewhere I had a baby.


Anyway, the infamous “birthday cat” shall reprise his roll as monthly baby gage for photos.


See that—multicolored cat with baby in multicolored cat sleeper? Couldn’t have planned it better if I tried. Thank goodness the poop washed out of that sleeper after the first wear.

At one month…

  • Little C weighed in at 11lbs. 14oz. at her pediatrician appointment and 23.8” putting her off the charts for both height and weight. Her head was a respectable 15.5” which is 95% but not above 95% like the height and weight.
  • She is a great little nurser who only spits up on occasion, but has louder burps and way more gas than I remember with the other girls.
  • We are stretching the bounds of some of the 0-3 month size clothes, especially onesies (this is due to bodacious cloth diapered booty).
  • Poor kid has some terrible skin, but hopefully it will clear up soon. Her baby acne has been compounded by some cradle cap which doesn’t look too bad here, but looked especially bad in the full size, high megapixel versions of the pictures.
  • That hair! All my girls have had it, and we love it every time!
  • Each of the girls has had some little physical quirks…C has the non-healing belly button that required chemical cauterization, an umbilical hernia, and a small strawberry hemangioma on her leg. Also, her belly button looks like a smile.


  • She has some serious chub. We are talking back fat, eye fat, and armpit fat here folks. So incredibly kissable.
  • She is super, super snuggly and can curl up into quite a little ball on your shoulder.
  • She grunts, wheezes, snorts, and generally is a loud baby. Cooing has started recently. A grunting baby is a breathing baby though, so no complaints.
  • She is super mellow except for a few times in the car when she hadn’t yet fallen asleep and we had to stop for lights and/or slow moving car lines (darn that daily school pickup routine!) Rarely cries, doesn’t mind other people holding her, falls asleep staring off in the distance in your arms (OK, not all the time), completely tolerates the big sisters holding, hugging, patting on the head, etc. etc.
  • Sleeps a lot. We really haven’t had more than an hour or two of continuous awake time yet. She has slept through every violin lesson of C’s. And nights are (knock wood) not bad really—she wakes for a diaper change and to nurse, but quickly goes back to sleep. Please, please, let this one be my sleeper—especially a napper! Oooh, I haven’t had a napper before!
  • Not a big fan of the tummy time, but we do have liftoff.


  • Likes her swing. (Might be growing out of her swaddle though.)


  • Is super loved by the whole family.



Baby updates January 17, 2013

Filed under: Kids,knitting,Sewing — bonniep @ 9:59 pm

Little C is doing well and growing like a weed! She hardly cries and tolerates her big sisters well, which is good because they cannot stop touching her even when she is eating or sleeping. Photographic evidence of one:



We did have one extra pediatrician visit to have her belly button (chemically) cauterized when it was still bleeding 10 days after the cord fell off Sad smile The combination of a hernia above her belly button and a very deep belly button created a situation where it could not heal up on its own. Totally painless procedure and not a big deal except for driving during the one snowstorm this winter.

I made a few things for little C before she was born, including three pairs of sewn pants, three pairs of knit pants, and some sweaters. The sewn pants are almost too small already (big baby + cloth diapers) but we are squeezing her into them anyway:


One of the sweaters is an almost frontless cardigan seen here:


(You can also see her stick up hair, funny onesie, and terrible baby acne.)

I have been trying to knit for M as well. In fact, I have made almost 4 tops for her in the past few months, but the only one totally complete is this vest (the others need buttons, sleeves fixed and/or just aren’t done yet). M seems to appreciate the hand knits, more so than big C who left the hat I made her at school and then said she couldn’t even remember what it looked like. Anyway, the vest:


Hard to make out in the monochromatic outfit I know.

Well, that’s what I’ve got. Life is inching its way back to normal here, although we are eating a lot more frozen food than usual and I am not sure when I will ever exercise again. It seems like little C has been with us longer than 3.5 weeks, so I have to keep reminding myself that things take time. But we all love her so much, and she is such a mellow little baby that I bear her no ill will Winking smile

In closing…baby feet!