Saturday, February 28, 2009

Daddy's Out of Town

Mike and my dad left Thursday morning for their golf trip to California. They are having a great time, and I'm glad, but Peyton is killing me!
Oh, my little peanut, why did you decide to wake up at 3 am, 4am, 5am... now that Daddy is gone?
I am tired. How about a nap? Oh yeah, you only take 45 minute naps, 3 times a day. So even if I wanted to take one, by the time I put you down and lay down, and finally slow my brain down enough to sleep, you are up again. Hmmm, you must have a radar for this.
Oh well, what can I do. Thank God for coffee!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Best Buds

Peyton LOVES watching Bailey. She spends as much time possible looking for him and sqeaking at him when he is in the room. This is great, because, again for me, it's less standing on my head (so to speak) to keep her entertained.
Bailey is so good with her, too. He is very gentle, and loves to give her kisses.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Dear Hospital

Though I am extremely appreciative of the efforts and care my doctors, and Peyton's doctors showed during our stay for her birth, I feel our relationship must end at that. In my opinion, the thousands and thousands of dollars paid to you between my insurance , my husband and I is thanks enough. I mean, really, where does the other 49.90 go from the 50.00 charge for an advil after the .10 it actually costs for the meds? Please stop sending me requests to write a thank you note and send a donation in the name of my doctor. IT'S NOT GONNA HAPPEN!
Kindest Regards,
Jessica Stanczak

Monday, February 23, 2009

Hangin with the animals

Peyton is starting to like playing on her tummy. She always tolerated tummy time, before, but in the past few days, she's actually started to play with her toys on her tummy. I love it because it gives her more options for entertainment- which makes my life easier. I spend less time acting like a clown to keep her happy.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Our Squeaky Wheel

This little girl does NOT stop talking lately. Here's a little preview of what my day sounds like. This is actually pretty mild compared to how much she gets goin sometimes. Good Luck to Mike this weekend. I'm goin for a spa weekend with my mom and sis since he is goin golfing in Cali with my dad next weekend. Anyways, Mike will be hanging out with our little chatter-box all weekend. He decided today that he might have to walk around with his IPod on. Don't get me wrong, it is really cute- until it is ALL DAY LONG.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ouch leads to Yuck

Yayy me. I have my 3rd infection from nursing! I woke up feeling flu-ish, and have a fever now. My body doesn't seem to adapt to the change well. Good news is this will be the last one, as I am done. The bad news is that the doctor has me on the antibiotic again- which I don't love. Oh well. Life keeps you on your toes.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


I'm double posting today, but I have a complaint. I've stopped nursing now, and even though I thought I tried to slow the supply down before I stopped, it still hurts. It doesn't feel good, at all. It's been 2 days so far, and I have been stuffing cabbage in my bra and popping advil like candy. I know the end is in sight, but, um, can I put a rush on it, this is annoying.

An Early Congratulations

Congratulations to Tyson and Erin Crist. They welcomed their little boy, Decklin James (I think I spelled it right) to the world on February 16th. He weighed 4lb, 7oz. They weren't expecting him for 5 more weeks, but he decided he was ready.
I was just at Erin's baby shower the day before! Both Mommy and Baby are doing fine.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Our new couch

We got a new couch right after Christmas- thanks to a nice little hole in the cushion of the old one. When I called to order a new cushion, they had discontinued the fabric!
So, we found this beautiful sectional at Walter E. Smithe. I love it. We got an ottoman to replace the sharp-cornered coffee table for when Peyton is on the go. Those corners were just asking for trouble.
Here's the new couch. Check out our beautiful showcase model. Bob Barker, eat your heart out.

And here's Peyton hangin out in the big old leather chair after the Salvation Army picked up the old couch. This was our only piece of furniture in that room on Friday night until the couch came Saturday morning.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Portrait Innovations

I took Peyton to get her picture taken yesterday. Mandy St. Leger and Mandy Chack both recommended Portrait Innovations.
I loved it! Peyton was a little picture queen yesterday- the only problem is, because she is starting to teeth, she opens her mouth to try to put her hand, a toy, a bib, anything... into it. This results in an open mouthed smile- which I think is adorable- but can be a bit difficult photo opportunities.
Never the less, we got some great shots. The only other problem occured when Peyton spit up on the cute purple dress that was supposed to be one of her outfits. Oh well.
Here are a few cute ones...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Our midnight adventure

Last night we learned something new. Our fire alarms started going off around 12:30. We woke up panicked and didn't smell any smoke. The alarms stopped, but started again about 5 minutes later. They would go for a few seconds and then stop.
Mike ran and checked the house, and I checked Peyton.
There didn't seem to be a fire, but we thought maybe it was Carbon Monoxide or something, so I called 911- first time ever doing that for me. But we were nervous and didn't want to chance anything.
We bundled Peyton up and went outside to wait.
The fire department came. Thank God they didn't use their lights and sirens- we didn't want the neighbors to come out for a show.
Good News- no fire, no gases.
But the alarm kept going off. One of the firemen said that when it's really wet and humid, sometimes water can get into one of the alarms and cause a malfunction- now we had to figure out which one.
Get this... it was the one in Peyton's room. Why??? the humidifier!!! The humid air actually caused the fire alarm to malfunction! Who knew?!! Lesson learned. So, if anyone has a humidifier on alot, this might be something to keep in the back of your mind.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


I meant to post this when I posted the grandparents and giggling post, but I forgot. Peyton started on baby cereal on Friday of last week.
She doesn't quite get it yet, but it makes for really cute pictures.

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Congratulations to Sam and Joe Scimeca. They welcomed their little boy, Joseph Salvatore Scimeca into the world on February 7th. Joseph was 7lbs, 3ozs and 20 inches long.

Saturday, February 7, 2009


Grandparents are the best!
Friday night Mike's dad babysat so we could have dinner with some friend's from Mike's office -Steve and Darcy (who have an 11 month old- can't believe Logan is 11months already, and Tyson and Erin- who are expecting their first in 6 week. They're choosing to wait to find out what's cookin' in the oven).
Donna is still in Florida where she and Peyton hung out last week.
Tonight, my mom and dad watched Peyton so Mike and I could go see a movie- really they just wanted to see her, so we saw a movie to get out (because, um, if you have the chance, take it) and then we all ordered dinner and hung out for a while.
Anyways, this post is devoted to Grandparents.
Here's a pic with Grandpa and Peyton- apparently they had a sing-off before bed. Grandpa was settling her for bed and humming a tune, Peyton started humming back(obviously not a particular tune) then Grandpa, then Peyton...they had quite a concert.

and now a pic with Grandma and Peyton before a walk in Florida. She looks like a little diva/movie star. Grandma loves to take walks, and Peyton loved being on them with her and exploring the world.

and last, but not least, giggle video of Nana and Papa from Saturday night. The things people will do to make a baby giggle (by the way, we figured out that clapping makes Peyton go nuts). For about 10 minutes, she was really goin. I don't know what's funnier, Peyton's laughter or the attempts to make her laugh.
Anyways, Grandparents are a riot.

Friday, February 6, 2009

4 Month appointment

We had Peyton's 4 month doctor appt yesterday and here are the latest stats.
She is 12lbs 12ozs, 24.5 inches long and her head is 40.5. She's 30% for weight, 70th for height and 50th for head so everything is consistent from the previous months.
Our little girl now gets cereal once a day and I'll post pictures as soon as I take them- we are starting her tonight.
Everything else looks great. She's doing really well. The only thing I hate is her shots. She had 3 yesterday and then one oral vaccine. She did great for the oral, I think it tastes good to her, and then she Wailed for her shots. It breaks my heart to hear her cry like that. It didn't last too long though, and she fell asleep in the car on the way home.
I just can't get over the fact that she's 4 months old already!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

4 Months


My little girl, you are 4 months old today. We marked this day by flying home from your first trip to Florida.
You were such a good girl on the plane. I was worried and nervous- for all of the things I had bring for you, for traveling without your Daddy, but most of all I was worried about your little ears and if you would be afraid- but you were amazing! You only fussed a little bit. You smiled at the other passengers and ate your bottles like a good girl. You loved Florida, too.
I had to post this video of you swimming.

You were such a bathing beauty. So cute in your little green swimsuit, and so calm in the water. Grandma bought you a cute pair of sunglasses and you looked like a movie star in them. I can't wait until we go back at Easter so you can go in the big pool- the water and weather will be warmer by then.
This month brought so many changes. You decided that you were unsure of anyone other than your Daddy and I for about 3 weeks. Anytime anyone else held you, you fussed and cried. I felt bad for you and for the person trying to hold you, but as quickly as it came, it passed. You now share your smiles with everyone again- and even giggle for them.
You found your feet this month and spend so much time wiggling your legs above your head. You grab your toes and try to get them into your mouth- along with anything else you can grab. That's another new thing. You don't have teeth yet but the doctor says it won't be long. You drool and gnaw on anything you can- fingers, toys, burpcloths.

I've truly started to enjoy the little things in life again. Your Daddy and I are experiencing them through your eyes. You watch everything around you so intently- trying to decide what it is and if you like it or not. When you like something, you grin from the inside out- it goes all the way into your eyes. The other day you let out a huge belly laugh that caught me so off guard. It was like me changing your diaper was the funniest thing that had ever happened. I got tears in my eyes, it was so cute.

I am so proud of you, and so proud to show the world to you. You've rolled from your tummy to your back, and are so close from going the other way. It's only a matter of time now. You seem anxious to do things for yourself, and I'm so excited to watch you learn, but it also makes me sad because time is going so fast. You get frustrated when you can't hold your bottle- which is still to heavy for you when it's full, you don't like when things are just out of reach, and you don't like it if you can't fit something in your mouth.

I feel like I could talk about you all day- and I'm sure to some people it seems like I do. It's just that you are everything to me. No matter how tired I am, when I see your face first thing in the morning, I forget everything that is wrong or stressful. I say it all the time, but I would do anything for you. You have your Daddy and I, your grandparents and aunts and uncles wrapped around your tiny fingers.

I love you with all of my heart,