Archive for the ‘1st Few Weeks at Home’ Category

I crown thee “Swaddle King”
December 15, 2009

Daddy has perfected the “swaddle”… the technique of wrapping an infant tightly thus they feel secure and warm. Mom tries, but Blaise usually breaks through her swaddles within minutes. Check out this picture… Blaise looks like a burrito ūüėČ

The Perfect Swaddle

“First” Class Mail
December 8, 2009

Blaise is growing and growing… and his parents are so proud of his “first” experiences!! The mailman brought Blaise’s “first” class mail… something we were so proud to see!! Our little man is on the grid ūüėČ

On the way to the mailbox, daddy snapped this picture… Blaise’s first snowfall. Absolutely beautiful!!

A cat’s perspective to new baby
December 4, 2009

“Dogs have masters, but cats have staff”

Our¬†cats are completely baffled by Blaise’s arrival! Its funny, actually. They circle our feet repeatedly, rub against our legs, turn their heads and perk their ears as if to ask,¬†¬†‘who is this tiny intruder¬†that has sent our delicately structured¬†pecking order on its¬†end?’ Both of the cats cry if we exit the room with the baby in our arms,¬†they paw at the door of the closed nursery, they still try to claim their spots in our king size bed, acting rebuffed and disrupted when Blaise bothers their typically uneventful nights.

Neither of the cats have showed interest in the bassinet or crib (my biggest fear quelched). They are intrigued by his tiny toes peaking out from my arms during feedings. They investigate Blaise in the swing, sniff his head. They cock their ears when he whimpers, then scatter for higher ground when he wails ;-0

Bastian refuses to give up her place in¬†our bed. She’s resigned to join the growing family, rather than be shirked to the foot, or worse, the floor!! Simon acts aloof… pretends he couldn’t be bothered. Problem is… he can’t hide his¬†distraught demeanor when he wants nothing more than¬†to be mommy’s center of attention once again. Sorry ole friend! I love you… but you are no longer “our baby” ;-}

I’m sure that Blaise will have loyal feline friends as he grows… or “frenemies” as he learns to crawl and chase and pull hair. Should be fun!!

Learning the true powers of *Sleep*
December 4, 2009

Like all new parents, we cannot get enough newborn snuggles¬†or kisses, and find ourselves foregoing the swing or bassinet, preferring instead to feel sweet Blaise¬†sawing logs¬†on our chest. Blaise’s first day home was no different, as¬†Daddy and son enjoyed an afternoon on the couch watching football.

The problem: this glorious marathon of sleep and bonding lasted for almost six hours! Neither of us realized this would translate to an evening of restless wakefulness and insistent feedings. Mom thinks upwards of seven awakenings in a short 9 hour period.

So… needless to say, we immediately sought how to rectify the sleeping issue.¬†Our lactation consultant (a wonderful woman whom we refer to as “Boob” Donna ūüėČ had taught¬†us that babies¬†are more likely to sleep longer at night if they’ve been given the majority of their necessary caloric intake during the day. She encouraged waking Blaise¬†every two to three hours for feeding, and taught us techniques for waking a contentedly¬†sleeping baby.¬†

Results were immediate!! Our little turkey has been sleeping consistently between¬†11:30pm and 4am (sometimes even 5am! anything later and Mom will purposefully wake Blaise to eat). After this feeding, he’ll sleep again until about 8:30 or 9am.

Hallelujah!! I am amazed by this simple yet highly effective technique! Not only are mom & dad rested, but Blaise is happier, fuller, and more rested ūüėČ Thanks Boob Donna!

First Christmas Tree
December 4, 2009

Super Daddy!

The Bonnells have an annual tradition of chopping down a Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving.¬† Blaise and mommy came home from the hospital on Saturday (2 days after turkey day), and they spent that day resting and getting acclimated to their new surroundings.¬† When Sunday came around it was a beautiful and 60 degrees outside, and the Stacey-Blaise duo were getting restless and needed some fresh air.¬† So we decided to keep with tradition and go get our tree at Bernard’s Christmas Tree Farm.¬† It was not only Blaise’s first Christmas tree, but also his first adventure outside!¬† In just a few years, I figure he is going to be “Clark Griswold” bringing home the “pine!”