Archive for April 25, 2008

Two Month Checkup

April 25, 2008

Kalyn went in for her two month checkup yesterday.  She weighed 11 lbs. 1 oz.  (edit: that was 11 lbs. 10 oz., I remembered wrong).  She was 22 1/2 inches long.  At her 2 week checkup she was right on average for all her measurements, but for this trip she was in the 70th percentile for most of her measurements.

She also got her first vaccinations.  For the first two shots she didn’t even cry, and the second two shots she cried a bit but quickly calmed down.  She didn’t get really upset until several hours later when she started SCREAMING for probably about 30 minutes straight.  It was not fun for her, mom, or dad.  Eventually, though, she calmed down and after she got some baby tylenol she was much better.  This morning she was completely recovered, as evidenced by the super smiley pictures in the last post.

For evidence of how much she has grown check out this comparison.

Kalyn at one week old: IMGP2396.JPG

Kalyn at two months old: IMGP2656.JPG

Finally, Some Smiling Pictures

April 25, 2008

We were finally able to get some fabulous smiley pictures.  Enjoy.

Baby’s First Camping Trip

April 25, 2008

We took Kalyn on her first camping trip Tuesday night.  We just went to Nunns park in Provo Canyon so we would be close to home in case things didn’t work out.  It was quite warm and Kalyn was bundled up anyway.  She was fascinated by the trees and the fire.  She slept very well.

Two Months Old

April 20, 2008

Kalyn turned two months old this week.  She is growing fast and learning a lot.

Right now Kalyn is working hard at learning how to move her arms and legs.  She is reaching for things, but not quite getting there yet.  She loves to sit and kick her legs and move her arms when she is happy.

The thing Kalyn hates the most right now is sleeping.  She sleeps great at night, but as long as there is anything to look at she will fight as hard as she can to keep her eyes open.  It is often difficult to get her to take naps during the day, although we are doing better than we were.  It is great to see that she has so much joy at just looking at things that she doesn’t want to stop.

She also has been working hard at developing the strength to hold up her head.  Often when I will hold her on my shoulder she will refuse to lean against me, as she wants to keep her head up and looking around.  She’s not too excited about tummy time, but if we sit with her she will tolerate it for a little while.

One of Kalyn’s favorite things to watch is the fish.  This isn’t really new, but it continues to be a favorite activity.  Yesterday we went to the pet store to get some plecostomus and she seemed to be fascinated by so many fish.

Kalyn is so much fun, we are very happy she is with us.

I Told You Our Baby is the Cutest Ever

April 6, 2008

This weekend while visiting Idaho Falls for the weekend Ruth Mecham of Red Daisy Images did some photos for us.  The pictures turned out great.  Take a look!

edit by tim: if you want the full resolution pictures to print or something, let us know and we’ll send you the link to the zip file.

Elder Ballard’s Talk on Mothers

April 6, 2008

General Conference this weekend was great.  To me, it seemed like every other talk was on families.  As a new mom, the topic of families is especially important to me.  I especially enjoyed the talk by Elder Ballard directed towards young mothers.

One small thing he said in his talk that I found especially comforting was the assertion that different moms make different choices based on their own experience and the needs of their children.  As a new mom, one of the hardest things is figuring out how to take care of my baby.  There are hundreds of books, websites, experts, family, friends, and neighbors all enthusiastically willing to tell you “the” way to take care of a baby. While it is most often motivated by a sincere desire to help, the conflicting information often leaves me feeling confused and highly doubtful of my own decisions and ability as a mother.  It is comforting to hear from an apostle that I will be able to make the right decisions for me and my baby with the help of the spirit, and that those decisions may be different from other people without being wrong.

The other part of Elder Ballard’s talk that was very comforting was his advice to mothers on how to be better mothers. It was very timely and helped answer my perpetual question of how to care for my baby.  Unlike the focus I have had lately on things like how long my baby sleeps, when to pick her up, and how to feed the baby, this advice reminded me of what is truly important and helped bring direction to future efforts and decisions.  Here is the advice he gave:

  • Recognize that the joy of motherhood comes in moments.
  • Don’t over-schedule yourselves or  your children. Have unstructured time as a family.
  • Find some time for yourself to cultivate gifts and interests.
  • Pray, study, and teach the gospel.

I encourage everyone to read this talk, it was very encouraging and affirming.

Being a mother is great!  Kalyn brings more joy and happiness to our lives than I ever imagined.  It is great that we have the gospel so that we can know how important families are.  My own little family is the best thing ever in my life.

Kalyn is Blessed

April 6, 2008

Last weekend Kalyn was blessed by her father during our Sacrament Meeting.  It was a beautiful experience for me to see our first daughter blessed and officially given her name.  I was leading the music and so was able to look out and see everyone who had come to see her blessed.  I am grateful that there are so many people who love and care for our baby.  It is a great way to start a life.

Thank you so much to everyone who came to the blessing and to the lunch/dinner afterwards.  I was a little overwhelmed by having so many people in our house, but everyone was so friendly and helpful it went even better than I hoped.   A special thank you to all the grandmas who did all the cleaning up for me as well.

The blessing dress Kalyn wore was extra special, as it was the same blessing dress I wore and my mother wore for our blessings.   I actually didn’t even know my mom still had my blessing dress, or that my mother wore it, until I was talking to my mom about the blessing dress I was hoping to make (but would never have finished – babies don’t leave you a lot of free time).  I’m glad she remembered because it did bring a special element to the blessing, reminding me of the eternal cyclical nature of families.

The following pictures are of the blessing.  For the sake of keeping things straight, all family references are from Kalyn’s point of view unless specified otherwise.  Although it goes against my training to refer to elder family members by their first names, I used them since we had a couple of requests to leave last names out.   Tim’s side of the family uses first names, though, so it’s probably not weird for them.  🙂  Most of these pictures were taken by Grandma Kaye.