Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009

Here is our 2009. I've tried to find some cool pictures to post that you've probably never seen before. It's been quite a year, and we feel so truly blessed to have our little Bird. Thank you for the visits, gifts, cards, laughs, and prayers. We hope you all have a wonderful 2010!

January--In January, we heard the baby's heartbeat for the first time!
February--We had our 19-week ultrasound and saw Birdie's personality coming through already.
March--We went skiing in Vermont with several friends. I was too chicken to ski while pregnant, so I went snowshoeing instead.
April--David started another great season on baseball. I always love going to watch him play. He will have an itty-bitty fan this year!In April, we went to NYC twice to visit family and friends. Here we are in Central Park with our good friend Hillary.May--We went to Cape Cod for a long weekend for our "babymoon." It was just starting to get warm. I have to say that I really miss that big belly. June--We took some maternity photos together. I often wonder if we'll do this kind of stuff with baby #2. This was what I thought was our last date with just the two of us, (and now that I'm writing this, I guess this was technically in July). I was starting to cramp, and I was so sure I was about to start labor that I asked the waitress to change my order to go and to take our "last pregnancy picture." Got home and felt fine. Birdie didn't come for another 9 days. July--Birdie's birthday! I never got around to posting her birth story on here, so here's the quick version. I really, really didn't want to be induced, but I kept going later and later past my due date, so my doctor and I agreed I should be induced on the morning of the 27th at 7 am. On the night of the 26th, after a big spagetti dinner (I thought I should carb up for the next day), I didn't feel good and decided to go for a walk. I started walking down the street, and my water broke at 7:35 pm. I was so happy, because I knew that meant I could go naturally. I went in to take a shower and barely made it out. After only three contractions four minutes apart, they were then only two minutes apart, and I was in active labor. David got to be my hero and drove 80 mph to get us to the hospital in 10 minutes. After only a few hours of contractions and 20 minutes of pushing, Birdie August was born at 11:34 pm with no epidural or even Tylenol afterwards. Birdie's birth was, without question, the most amazing experience of my life. I wouldn't have changed a single thing about it, and I will never forget the moment when I first held her and she and I looked at each other. Amazing.

I love being a mommy.My goodness, look how tiny she used to be.What a wonderful daddy.August--We celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary and renewed our vows. This was the second best thing that happened all year. September--This is kind of a random picture, but I think it's cool. Plus, I remember days when I would hold Birdie for a nap on the couch and I would watch the turkeys in our backyard.
Birdie met Big Daddy and Bebe for the first time in September. This onesie is from Italy, by the way. This girl has so many people who love her. She has gifts from Italy, Spain, Thailand, Germany, Amsterdam, and all over the US. I did a count the other day, and she has 11 handmade blankets that have been made for her!October--Here are two pictures of the beautiful fall leaves up here.
November--In November, Birdie and I celebrated Thanksgiving with family in Louisiana, and we all went to a beautiful wedding in Baltimore.
December--Birdie and I visited family in Virginia, and we've spent most of the month hanging with Daddy and enjoying his time off.

Birdie's first Christmas! I could just eat her up. I'm so in love with this picture.
Cooking with Momma.
Playing with Daddy.
Happy 2010! Love, The Bacle Family

fresh snow

We had a fresh snow today and a brand new snowbunny suit for Birdie (thanks, Juliet!), so we thought we'd go play.



Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas pictures

We probably took about 100 photos on Christmas morning. I'm totally addicted. These are some of my faves. Enjoy!



giggles

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas baby

We took tons of great pictures today, and I will post them this weekend. However, I couldn't resist putting this one up now. I just adore it.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

We are staying in MA for our first Christmas with Birdie. I'm sad that we won't be with other family members, but I'm so excited for our little family of three. We have a few little presents for Birdie to open, and I will post lots of pictures of everything from tomorrow. Merry Christmas!

VA trip

It's been 20 days since I've started working on her sleeping. On the day I started, she woke up 11 times at night and had to be rocked to sleep (with crying) for every nap, which were very random. So, we have made big improvements. She takes her first nap an hour after she gets up for the day, and then she takes a nap after every 2 hours of awake/play/eat time. She has taken a few random naps that have lasted longer than 30 minutes, but she is still averaging 30-minute naps. Although they are short, she is always super smiley and seems rested when she wakes, so I feel comfortable with them being so short. She occasionally protests when she knows I'm putting her down for a nap, but there is rarely any crying involved. She woke up only 5 times last night (with no crying), and when she does wake, she goes back down much easier. So, things are improving.

Now, why I haven't posted in so long: Birdie and I went to Virginia Beach! We stayed with my Aunt Jen and Uncle Leo while David went back to India. We tried chasing the warm weather, but it was very cold down there and even got a dusting of snow! Our return flight was cancelled because of the blizzard, so we got to spend an extra 2 days down there. We had a great time. Birdie is over any fear she had of strangers and was a crazy monkey on two of the flights trying to get the people beside us to hold her. I've trained her so well at going to sleep in a bed that she had a very hard time sleeping in my arms on the plane. She was still a very good girl and didn't cry at all--even when we pushed past her nap time. She is such a happy baby these days and sometimes giggles, smiles, and blows razzberries up until the last second before she falls asleep.
Here are a bunch of pictures from our trip. I had these grand ideas about cute pictures of Birdie in her Christmas dress on the beach. Well, she fell asleep about 30 seconds before we pulled into the parking lot, and it was freezing cold. So, this is as good as it gets!

This is Birdie's Christmas dress from Aunt B. It has the cutest little striped stockings. Hangin' with my cousin, Doug. He was a little apprehensive about holding her at first, because, well, he's a dude. Anyway, she must have been just too cute to resist, because he finally wanted to hold her. How did she react? Yep, she spit up all over him. Seriously. He had to change clothes. I got her a new jumper while we were there. I think she really loves the freedom to move in it.

I don't really think she looks like me, but I do in this picture. I feel like I've seen a baby picture of myself with this same expression. What do you think, Grandma? We dared going to the mall for lunch and to maybe sit on Santa's lap. The line was way too long, so we passed. This cute outfit is from the Hables, who also gave us the cute "Baby's 1st Christmas" bib.
She loves Uncle Leo. He rivals Stacy for being able to make her laugh.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

random pics

I've been experimenting with the camera, so here are some random pics that I think are cool.

Also, sleep training update: Birdie took an unassisted 2-hour nap today! I didn't have to rock her, walk her, or nurse her down. And, at her usual 30-minute wake-up point, she did stir and open her eyes, but she was finally able to put herself back to sleep; I didn't have to do anything. Her previous record was 50 minutes, so this is quite an improvement. I'm so proud of her.





Friday, December 11, 2009

sweet smiles

Dear Birdie,
I promise not to complain about your 30-minute power naps as long as you keep giving me these sweet smiles and giggles after you wake up.

delinquent blogging

Sorry I have had so few posts lately. Birdie and I are deep into our sleep training, and it keeps me pretty busy. Despite my best efforts, she usually only sleeps for 30 minutes at a time. But, since her naps are so short, she gets tired very quickly and is ready for the next nap an hour and a half later. Then, it typically takes 15 minutes to get her to sleep for the nap. Throw in a trip to the grocery store and a load of laundry here and there, and I have no time to do anything. Since we've started training, she is SO much better about going to sleep for both naps and bedtime. However, she's still waking up about 10 times a night. My brain is pretty much mush right now. I really don't want to sound like I'm complaining, because she is such a joy--I'm just in awe at the women who can work and raise a baby at the same time.

Anyway, we just came back from her 4-month checkup. She is 87th percentile in height, 80th in weight, and 50th in head circumference. She didn't even cry with the first shot and only whimpered a little at the second one. This girl is tough.

I am going to take some Christmas pictures this weekend, so check back Monday for those. Happy weekend!

Here's a picture to get you through the weekend.
Can you tell she likes to splash in the bathtub? That's water in mid-air in the bottom right.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

morning surprise

We woke up to a snowy surprise this morning!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

cereal

Birdie was giving all the cues that she was ready to try some cereal. Although it was still a little early, I was starting to feel guilty about eating food in front of her, because she'd always lick her lips and try to take it from me. Our doctor said to go for it, so we gave her some last night.

I really expected that she would gobble it down, but she seemed to lose interest in it pretty quickly, which surprised me. It didn't help her sleep, but I am starting a new sleep training program this week using The No-Cry Sleep Solution. I've already had better luck with naps today using her suggestions, so I'll hopefully have good news about her sleeping in a couple of weeks.

Anyway, I've loaded a little video for those of you dying to see her take her first bite (Grandma). Click on the link on the right.