baby stats & other arbitrary thoughts

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Adrienne had her two-week (actually 17-day) check yesterday and passed with flying colors, if that’s possible.  She was up to 7 lbs 2 oz (from her birthweight, 6 lbs 8 oz) and had grown an inch to 20-1/2 in.  No wonder the poor thing sleeps all the time – that much growing sounds like hard work!  I haven’t uploaded pictures for a few days, but here’s one from last week.

We’re ordering our cloth diapers soon, thanks to the guidance of my wonderful sister-in-law.  I think we’re going with the Flip diapers, mostly thanks to the review of them here.  I never thought I’d be one of those Moms, but 17 days of buying diapers has convinced me it’s worth it.  We’ll see what I’m saying after the need for nightly laundry officially arrives, but Jordan has promised to help shoulder that burden, so I’m hopeful.

I just read the book Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic in about…3 days.  When do I have time to read, you might ask?  It’s a good question.  I’m certainly not coherent enough to do it during middle of the night feedings (though I’ve been trying to listen to an audio book during that time), but during the day I somehow stole a few minutes here-and-there.  It’s only about 100 pages and a really easy read, but SO encouraging and sweet.  Just what I needed, and I’m just going to go ahead and start right back at the beginning and read it again.  I’ve recently become a big Rachel Jankovic fan…She has five little ones with a sixth on the way and is hilarious and insightful and challenging about walking in grace through life with small children.  More about the lessons I’m learning another day.

But as a sort of related aside, prior to this book I read Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl by Nate Wilson who, it turns out, happens to by Rachel Jankovic’s brother.  This one also gets a “highly recommend” from me, though I won’t pretend I wasn’t confused through half of it.  You can totally see a consistent worldview between the two books – an awe and joy at life and beauty and even chaos.  Both have rocked my “hurry up” and “get organized” approach to life and family and I hope in a way that gets fleshed out and not just written about and forgotten.  And they’ve made me want to meet their parents, who it turns out are also authors (Doug and Nancy Wilson).  But my to-read list is long, so…someday.

Yesterday, Hadley and I did our nails.  First, it’s important to note, that sometime between Adrienne’s birth and now, I managed to stop biting my nails.  It’s a miracle, and one I hope lasts.  I kind of wonder if it’s some post-partum rush of folic acid or something that made them grow so fast I just couldn’t keep up.  That and I haven’t been on any roadtrips lately…too much time in the car is often the culprit.  Anyway.  We did our nails.  And while we were waiting and being careful to not smudge, Hadley said to me, “Let’s just sit and visit while our nails dry.”  Sit and visit?  Who is this little woman sitting in front of me in a four-year-old’s body??  “What do you want to talk about?” I asked.  She couldn’t think of anything specific.  Suddenly I’m sitting there, needing to engage in deep dialogue that I’m also supposed to initiate.  I’m tired.  My nails are totally dry and I should really start dinner.  But it was this sweet moment of actually seeing Hadley.  Seeing how she longs for time with me and how easily I brush her aside.  Seeing that the fruit of that “go play” mentality will be a teenager who no longer sits and wants to have those talks with her mom.  It was challenging because, well, what do you just “sit and talk” about with a four-year-old?  But we managed.  And I even learned a little.  Little moments of grace.

So now I sit in a moment of peace where both little girls are sleeping and I’m totally breaking the rules by not sleeping myself.  But truthfully, it took me an extra long time to get out of bed this morning AND I’ve downed nearly an entire pot of coffee.

That’s all. 🙂