Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Four Months Old and Rolling Around

BOSTON, MASS. -- One of these days I'll think of something else to blog about besides monthly baby progression. Until then, here is another round of baby updates as this little lady hits the four month mark!

Oh, I love this girl.
Four Month Stats:
  • 17.9 pounds
  • 26 inches long (95 percentile for both)
Yes, she is a tall and chunky one. She is already wearing 6 month clothing and has been for a month. I tried putting a pair of her 3 month leggings on her the other day and they looked ridiculous. 

Firstly, Marin reached a major milestone when she rolled over last Sunday. Isaac and I were both watching her at the time, mesmerized by the weird way she swings her legs to move herself around, when she suddenly overextended her legs and flopped right over. It took her a few seconds, but she started crying. I don't know if it was because Isaac and I scared her to death by cheering so loudly or if she scared herself by flipping over.  Either way, it was cool to witness this defining moment. She no longer thinks its torturous to be on her tummy, as she once did just a few weeks ago. Hallelujah!

I know I'm biased, but isn't she the cutest thing ever? I mean, come on... look at that face!

I'm such a geek and am constantly in awe over the cute things she does and darling noises she makes. This morning she figured out how to smack her lips together repeatedly. It made me laugh so hard watching her do it, that she stopped doing it to watch me laugh. And then she gave me a huge smile and started doing it again. I think she's figured out how to dig into my heart a little deeper every day.

This past weekend we finally had nice weather (geesh was it a long winter or what!), and decided to take Marin on her first train ride into the city to explore. She was completely fascinated by the train station, and wouldn't stop moving her eyes around once we boarded the train. But in true baby fashion, ten minutes in and the train's rickety movements had lulled her right to sleep, where she pretty much stayed asleep the entire time we wandered the Public Gardens and Boston Commons.

At the Wellington "T" station waiting for our train to take us downtown.
On the train ride home. She made lots of new friends.
The girl is still a chunk.  But I'm always reminded of how small she still is when I see Isaac holding her. She's also happy most of the time, which amazes me. She sleeps anywhere from 10-11 hours consecutively each night, which thrills me to no end!  She's still growing up way too fast (nerdy of me to say, I know)! I love this curious stage she's currently in and can't wait to see what she learns next month. 

These two kill me! 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Three Months Old

BOSTON, MASS. -- Our little lady hit the three month mark last weekend while we were visiting my family in Utah. Nevermind the fact that we both got sick while we were there, Marin took being smothered constantly in kisses by her cousins like a champ (hence where the sickness kicked in).

She somehow grasps a hold of our hearts even stronger every single day. I never knew it was possible to love something so little, so much. Isaac and I find ourselves oohing and aahing about how cute she is to each other every night. The phrase, "She's soo-o cute!" is heard around here constantly. How did we get so lucky to have this little girl as our own?

She is still chatting up a storm and when you get up close and look her directly in the eyes, she will take advantage of the attention and mumble the cutest sounding jargon you will ever hear for as long as you will listen to her. It makes me melt every single time.

She is a chunky monkey and has outgrown most of her 1-3 month clothes already. She is also getting stronger, and can pretty much hold up her heavy little head steadily. She also likes to show off and stand up on her wobbly little legs when we hold her up. She gets a big smile on her face and gazes around, soaking up everything in sight.

Oh, we love this little girl.

Hanging out with her Great Grandma Reeve in Salt Lake City

Monday, February 17, 2014

Two Months Old and Chatting Up a Storm

BOSTON, MASS. -- Our little Marin is a chunk! Albeit a very cute chunk. At her two month appointment this past week she weighed in at just over 13 pounds. She is in the ninetieth percentile for both height and weight. Looks like we have a tall kid on our hands!

She's been a lot of fun to have around. She gets really chatty with Isaac and I, and it's fun to hear her cute little sounds and see her big gawking smiles. Oh, my goodness... we love her so much! We swear she changes and gets cuter by the day (how's that for gushing parents?!).

A few weeks ago we took her on her first flight and headed cross-country to Portland, Oregon, where we blessed her at church in Isaac's home ward. It was a beautiful, sweet blessing, and so nice to be with Isaac's family. She wore the same white dress my mom made for me when I was blessed. She looked so lovely in it. While we were in Portland, Isaac's talented sister took some stunning photos to capture the sweet day. Isn't Marin such a babe?

It's hard to believe I gave birth to this roll-polly thing just two months ago. Thankfully I'm starting to brave taking her places alone. At first it seemed much too daunting to go out alone with her. Firstly, it is freezing here, so even taking her outside worried me. Surely I would be a bad parent to expose her to 12 degree air (and it's not like I wanted to go out in it either). And secondly, I just plain didn't dare. I don't know why... life was just so easy to do everything on my own for so long. Taking someone else so fragile in tow (in a bazillion pound carseat nonetheless (why do they make them so heavy?!) just seemed overwhelming. I guess the thought of her crying uncontrollably in public scares me a little too. How do you console a crying kid who just wants to eat, and won't take a bottle, but your grocery shopping isn't done yet?  Legit thoughts, right?  But, we ran several errands following her doctor's appointment on Friday, and I'm pleased to say she slept the entire time in her carseat. I know this won't always be the case when leaving the house, but it did give me a slight boost of confidence that I can be normal and get things done once again on my own. Whew!  I think I may be able to survive this parenting thing after all (knock on wood).  

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

One Month Old and Growing Like a Weed

BOSTON, MASS. -- It might not seem like much of an accomplishment, but I'm pleased to say we are all still breathing over here. I feel like that's an amazing feat! Today Marin* hit the one month mark. It turns out time goes by really fast when you are sleep deprived!  It's amazing to me that she's already been around for an entire month, yet is seems just like yesterday that Isaac and I were living life diaper and spit-up free, and then suddenly coming home from the hospital with a little bundle in our arms. When she coos and smiles at us it makes all the spit-up and nasty diapers worth it. Never thought I would say that!

So, here's what we've learned about the little lady so far:

  • Today at her one month doctor's appointment she was measuring in the 95 percentile for height and weight (10 pounds, 11 ounces), and the 55 percentile for head circumference. So, she's tall and chubby, but at least she doesn't have a ginormous head. 
  • She hates being wet or dirty. And if she is either of those things, you will know about it until the situation resolves itself. Isaac says this is an indication that she will not like camping (that's my girl)! 
  • She likes to eat. A lot. As illustrated by her above stats.
  • She is a good sleeper and generally sleeps up to 4 or 5 hours at a time at night. (I love this).
  • She has no interest in pacifiers. However, if you lace it with gas drops, she will oblige. At least until the flavor is gone.
  • She is already a strong little thing, and likes to push and kick with her legs. Sometimes we lay her in one end of her bassinet at night, only to find her in the morning with her head pushed up against the other end. 
  • She likes to have her hands free and clear. Don't try to swaddle them. She will find a way to get them out if you do.
  • My dear mother made Marin this bear suit... isn't it the cutest?

Her favorite sleeping position at night: hands up.
Sometimes I wake up to find Isaac just gazing at her while she sleeps. It's precious.
"Milk coma"... she generally passes right out after she eats. I'm told this will stop soon as she starts getting older, and it kind of makes me sad. 

    It's been fun dressing up this little one! Though most days we just stick with boring onesies.
    It'll be fun to see what the second month of her life has in store. Hopefully it is a lot more smiles and coos! 

*pronounced Muh-rin for those of you who are wondering. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Farewell 2013

BOSTON, MASS. -- 2013 turned out to be another year filled with all sorts of adventures up its sleeve: a move across the country, and welcoming the cutest baby girl into the world. We're looking forward to more adventures heading into the new year...

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Introducing Our Baby Girl

BOSTON, MASS. -- On Sunday, December 15 at 6:42 p.m., in the middle of a massive New England snowstorm, Isaac and I welcomed this cute little girl into the world.

Meet Marin Jean Reeve. She's named after a special place with deep meaning to the Candrian family; and after Isaac's grandmother, a tremendously talented, gracious woman, who passed away a few years ago. Marin weighed 8 pounds and measured 20.5 inches long. We are so glad she's finally here, safe, healthy and happy.
Just four days old in this photo
Overjoyed dad gazing at his daughter a few minutes after her birth 
Proud, tired mom just moments after Marin was born
Marin was a week late, so I was induced Sunday morning, after checking in to the hospital Saturday afternoon before a big snowstorm hit the region. They started me on some kind of pill Saturday to get the process going (since I had not progressed at all), and boy did it work!  After a sleepless night of ridiculously painful contractions every minute and a half, I got an epidural (how does anyone give birth without one?!)... wondering why on earth I didn't ask for one sooner. After a day of slow but steady progress, the doctor popped in around 5:30 to check my progression and she gleefully announced, "Are you ready to start pushing?!"  I wasn't expecting it to happen just like that, and it kind of freaked me out a bit, but moments later I was pushing. And less than an hour later our little girl made her big debut into the world.  She sure is a sweet little thing. We are so glad she's ours, though it hardly seems real.  Christmas was extra special this year with Marin in our home.  What a tremendous reminder of our Savior's birth.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Pregnancy: Curing What Ails Me

BOSTON, MASS.- Well, my due date has come and gone. A certain little baby girl never got the memo apparently. If she doesn't come on her own this week, then the plan is to likely be induced early next week.

So, in recognition of still being pregnant, I thought I'd jot down some things to remember/not remember about this first pregnancy of mine:
This is me on my due date, December 8. I'm posting it knowing full-well I look chubby. I feel it too.
  • During my first trimester, I never got really bad morning sickness, but I did feel something equivalent to being car sick much of the time. And smells... ohhhh. I wish there was an on-off button for my nose, because I would shut it off for sure! I could smell anything and everything, amplified about 10 times. It was the worst! Especially during lunch time at work when everyone would eat lunch at their desks (open cubicles nonetheless) and all the scents would some how accumulate to my desk. I remember covering my nose to keep from gagging more than once. 
  • I get hot all the time. This is a huge incentive to me to never be fat. I now understand how overweight people are hot all the time. Folks: there is a cure: don't be fat (or pregnant)! Problem solved.
  • My back aches in this one spot, right in the center (and slightly to the right) almost constantly. It feels like someone is twisting one of my back ribs.
  • Pain underneath the ribs is not fun. For months, this baby has enjoyed digging in under my right rib cage.  At one point it throbbed constantly, but now I think it's so bruised beyond repair that it is often times just numb. 
  • It's hard to stay comfortable sitting down at my desk at work (or sitting anywhere, really)... but if I stand, then I suddenly feel like I have to go to the bathroom every 5 minutes. I'm not sure which is the lesser pain.
  • Pressure. Holy moly. Sometimes it's bad. And it makes me limp when I walk. Now I know why pregnant woman waddle.
  • I've never had trouble sleeping before, so this ailment irks me to the core: Every few nights I have a hard time sleeping (though it's become more regular as the days/nights go by). Like really hard time. Tossing, turning, not being comfortable, feeling overheated, major heartburn, having to get up at least a few times to go to the restroom. If I've slept well for two or three nights in a row, I know I'm due for a lousy, restless sleep. Last night was one of those nights. I hate them.
  • At night (though sometimes during the day) I get MEGA heartburn. It burns my entire chest and develops into acid reflux. So gross. And so uncomfortable.
  • Off and on during the last nine months, my feet and ankles have become the unattractive "cankle." Some days they come. Some days they don't. Most recently the doctor noticed even my legs are swelling a little. And my fingers. Some days my wedding ring doesn't even fit (but on cold days, which we have a lot of around here, it fits just fine, thankfully). 
  • One symptom I won't go into detail about has caused some not fun moments involving what I think is these. Ew. Thankfully, they've subsided for the time being.
  • During my first trimester, I craved smoothies all the time. And pretty much anything that could be classified as a dessert. Now, most "food cravings" are minimum (though I still crave any dessert always, any time, anywhere), and instead I have this weird thing for toothpaste and certain smells. Mostly smells that contain chemicals I shouldn't be smelling in the first place, like paint, gasoline, cleansers, etc. They smell amazing to me!  And if I wasn't concerned about my brain cells, I would be sniffing them all the time. But back to toothpaste... oh my. I could brush my teeth for hours at night, if my gums didn't bleed so dang bad! Another fun pregnancy symptom.
I think that's about it. Sometimes it feels like I've been pregnant forever. But I'm sure as soon as this little baby girl is here in my arms, it'll seem like she's been here all along. So for now, I'll enjoy a few more diaper-less, non-crying days and nights. Our lives are certainly in for some major change, that is for sure!