Baby Book Addict

6/30/12: One Month!


Dear Garrett –

I promise I won’t inundate you with all these silly letters that you probably won’t appreciate when you’re grown. But I do want to write to you a few times so you can know exactly what has been going on for all of us as a family. While this is being posted to Mommy’s blog, I will be printing it out to put in your baby book.

You were brought into our lives exactly one month ago today. You were born on 5/30/12 at 3:28am and you were 5lb. 14.4 oz. and 17″ long. Daddy picked out your first name and your middle name is Mommy’s maiden name. When I first laid eyes on you, I was amazed at how much you resembled your Daddy. You have his nose. But you have your Mommy’s eyes and her long, skinny toes. You are actually a pretty good blend of the both of us.

Mommy had a very easy labor and delivery, but you gave us a little bit of a scare when your heart rate began to drop in the last few minutes of your journey into this world. But you came out like a champ in the end. I will never forget the feeling I had when you were placed on my chest for the first time. I can honestly say that you never know what true love is until you become a parent. You had a little bit of trouble feeding early on while we were still in the hospital. You had quite a bit of trouble learning to suck, swallow and breathe all at the same time. But you eventually caught on.

We were able to bring you home on June 1st, 2012. You looked so small in your car seat. Daddy walked you through the front door and introduced you to your big “brother” Buster the Westie. He was not impressed at first at all, but he would eventually come around. That first day at home you were visited by your Grandpa Denny and great-grandma Denny; Grandma Denny couldn’t come down that day.

The first few days at home were challenging. Mommy and Daddy had never been around a baby before; we were learning everyday of your new life. I would like to think that we did a pretty good job considering how inexperienced we were. Those first few nights were extremely difficult. You had your nights and days all mixed up. And you were still having a little bit of trouble eating, we realized later that you had a pretty nasty case of reflux and really bad gas. One month later we are still trying to figure out the best ways to relieve the pain you feel from these conditions. You were bottle-fed, and I have to tell you that I have felt a little bit of regret by making this decision. Everytime I see the pain on your face while eating, I have to wonder if you would have all this trouble with eating had I made the choice to breastfeed. But it’s not something that I can dwell on now.

You had your two-week appointment at the pediatrician on June 14, 2012. Your Grandma Denny accompanied us. The fire alarm at Western Baptist went off for a good 15 minutes while we were in the waiting room. Miraculously you slept through the entire ordeal – too bad Mommy and Grandma couldn’t have been that lucky. We didn’t get to see your regular pediatrician, Dr. Mason, because she was out of the office that week, but we instead saw Dr. McGregor who was quite nice as well. At this appointment we learned that you weighed 6lbs. 4oz and were 18.25 inches long. To be honest, I question your length, because that seems like a very large growth in such a small time span, but that’s what they measured you at. Either way, you were a healthy growing boy and we were very happy.

You have seemed to have learned so many new things in this first month of your life. It amazes me every day how much you grow and learn. You are now focusing on our faces while we hold you and especially during feedings. You are just now starting to learn how to follow objects with your eyes. During tummy time you are able to hold your head up quite well. You make the cutest sounds and faces. There’s this one noise you make that is the most adorable thing ever, it’s almost like a big sigh but it’s very exaggerated. It’s hard to describe and I keep hoping that I will be able to catch it on video with my iPhone.

Everyday is a new adventure. I won’t lie, it’s been extremely difficult for all of us. Many tears have been shed. I have lost my temper with you and with your Daddy. I have been overwhelmed on a lot of occasions. But at the end of the day it has been worth every waking moment.

Mommy and Daddy celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary exactly two weeks before you graced us with your presence. We have been able to do a lot of fun and exciting things during our marriage. But I can honestly say that all of them pale in comparison to you. I try to live my life as regret-free as I possibly can, but I do have one very large regret. I regret waiting so long to have you. I regret being so selfish as to not want a child for so long. You are the best thing that I have ever done in my entire life. You are the light of my life. I love you in a way that you cannot imagine. I might be a little biased, but you are absolutely perfect in my opinion. I still look at you and am amazed that Daddy and I created you.

This first month has gone by so quickly. If I could I would keep you small forever. But at the same time I look forward to watching you grow up.

We love you so much,

Mommy & Daddy

Baby Book Addict

Baby Reflux … Stinks!

Seriously. Garrett has pretty bad reflux. It’s miserable – for both of us. I hate seeing him in pain from it and yet, I’d also like for him to be able to settle in better during those middle of the night feedings. I’m not stupid, I know he’s only 4 weeks old and is not going to sleep through the night anytime soon, but when he’s up at 2:30am screaming bloody murder because it’s painful for him to eat even though he’s starving, it’s very difficult to remain calm, cool, and collected. There has been more than one occasion when I’ve had to wake Nathan up to relieve me because I’m starting to lose my patience with the situation.

He’s not sleeping well at all right now because of his reflux. We feed him (which is a chore in itself most of the time) and then he will fall asleep in our arms and we will lay him down either in his crib or his moses basket depending on what time of day it is and we will be lucky if he is able to sleep for one hour. Then he’s up screaming and crying and miserable. Nathan’s first reaction is to just feed him more, he’s crying so he must be hungry. But I’ve been around him long enough now that I know that that’s not always the case. Most of the time it’s because of his reflux. He spits up constantly – sometimes 2-3 hours after the previous meal when we’re getting ready to have the next meal. It’s definitely not fun and it’s a big challenge. Feedings are miserable, I have come to dread them to be honest.

Last night I ended up sleeping in the chair in the nursery with him in my arms. This was unintentional, but he slept beautifully between 11pm and 2:15am. And the only reason he woke up at 2:15am was because I woke up and tried to put him back down in his crib so I could go back to my bed. Then it was about an hour and a half fiasco getting him to eat. So by the time he settled back in (in my arms in the chair, again), it was almost 4am. I ended up just staying in the chair until we woke back up at 6:30 when the alarm went off for my husband to get up for work.

I had been noticing for about the last week or so that (1) the gas drops we were recommended to give him were not working as effectively anymore and (2) he sleeps perfectly when in our arms. So I got to thinking last night, maybe it’s being flat on his back. It was almost as if a light bulb went off in my head. I remembered one day late last week, I believe it was Friday, when his moses basket was upstairs and I was downstairs and wanted to lay him down for a nap so I could take one and the only thing handy for him was his car seat. (I was too lazy to go upstairs.) He slept the most peaceful 4.5 hours in that car seat that afternoon.

So I did a little bit of research online. One of the things that **can** relieve some of the discomfort from reflux is sleeping at a little bit of an angle. More research was done and I found that Babies R Us carry this wedge thingie that goes under the sheet of his crib and will give him a little bit of an incline while sleeping. I instructed hubby to swing by our local store when he gets off work today to see if they have one in stock (if not, I’m ordering one online). It’s worth the $20 and a try if it will relieve some or most of his discomfort. I’m not saying that this will be a cure-all and he will magically sleep through the night. I’m not that naive. But seeing my baby hurting hurts me so badly.

One of the last things that a friend of mine said to me when we were talking about my upcoming delivery was “My hope for you is a baby who doesn’t have reflux.” I now understand 100% why she said this. It’s miserable. It’s terrible. And there’s not much that can be done about it, it’s something that he has to outgrow it seems like. And that could take months, possibly up to a year. Apparently spitting up/reflux peaks at 4-5 months, I’m still in the first month! My only hope is that we can find some relief for him … because this stinks!


4/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, M, RATING, Read in 2012, READING CHALLENGES 2012, Review Book

2012.16 REVIEW – Jack 1939 by Francine Mathews

Jack 1939
by Francine Mathews

Copyright: 2012
Pages: 358
Rating: 4/5
Read: June 19 – June 26, 2012
Challenge: Eclectic Reader Challenge
Yearly Count: 16
Format: Print
Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewer Program

Blurb: It’s the spring of 1939, and the prospect of war in Europe looms large. The United States has no intelligence service. In Washington, D.C., President Franklin Roosevelt may run for an unprecedented third term and needs someone he can trust to find out what the Nazis are up to. His choice: John F. Kenedy.

It’s a surprising selection. At twenty-two, Jack Kennedy is the attractive but unpromising second son of Joseph P. Kennedy, Roosevelt’s ambassador to Britain (and occasional political adversary). When Jack decides to travel through Europe to gather research for his Harvard senior thesis, Roosevelt takes the opportunity to use him as his personal spy. The president’s goal: to stop the flow of German money that has been flooding the United States to buy the 1940 election – an election that Adolf Hitler intends for Roosevelt to lose.

Review: I received a copy of this book through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer Program.

I was immediatley intrigued by the description of this book when I first saw it on LibraryThing’s website. I am a JFK junkie; anything with John F. Kennedy even remotely mentioned will immediately draw me in. So I was definitely more than thrilled to learn that I had managed to snag a review copy.

I will say that historical fiction is not my usual genre. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, because for the most part I do, it’s just not something that I read a lot of (which is funny, I was a history major in college, so you would think that I woud read more historical fiction just because of that). And while this is historical fiction, I use that term loosely, because when I think of historical fiction, to be completely honest, I think a lot farther back than 1939. But that’s a discussion for another time 🙂

Okay, so on to the nitty gritty about this book. I enjoyed it. I was sucked in immediately, pretty much from the first page. I was very pleased with how Ms. Mathews portrayed JFK. He was a Kennedy – so he was charming, smart, funny, well-traveled, etc. But she also portrayed him as somewhat of a romantic. And she didn’t hide his illnesses either – something that he seemed to work very hard at hiding throughout his public life. I think she was really able to get to the gist of who JFK really was.

The story line was very interesting. I never realized there was no intelligence agency back then. I guess I thought the CIA had been around longer than it obviously has. So I found it quite interesting when the President of the United States recruited his own “spies.” It was also quite eye-opening to realize that Roosevelt was in the precarious situation of not being able to trust certain people around him. That would be extremely hard for the President to have to deal with. And J. Edgar Hoover – well we all know just how difficult he was.

My only complaint with the entire book comes with an issue I had near the end of the book. At this point Jack is hopping from place to place all over Europe. And I had trouble keeping track of where he was and where he was going. It might have had more to do with the fact that I was trying to read and take care of my 4 week old son than the book itself though. 🙂

Overall, I would highly recommend this book. I think that it will appeal to a variety of readers – historical fiction lovers, mystery lovers, spy/intrigue lovers, there’s even some romance. It definitely appealed to my obsession with anything JFK.

Bottom line: Enjoyable read, highly recommendable.

Mailbox Monday, Meme

Mailbox Monday, June 25, 2012

Mailbox Monday is on tour with June’s stop being at Burton Book Review.

This week I had four books come into my house. I purchased these from I had been extremely good all year, having not purchased a single book myself! Wow, I can’t believe I made it to June!! BUT! I couldn’t resist when I got an email from Bookcloseouts advertising Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith for $2.99! It’s only been on my wish list for ever! Plus I was able to get other books that had been on my wish list for a while as well! (This is me justifying buying more books). Anyway, on to the books:

     Hollywood, May 1962: Marilyn Monroe, the ultimate goddess of the silver screen, is at the peak of her popularity, internationally famous, universally admired by women and desired by men. But she’s also famously insecure and temperamental and is being pilloried in the press for delaying the production of Something’s Got to Give. When the head of Twentieth Century Fox threatens to cancel her contract, Marilyn hires “PI to the stars” Nathan Heller to tap her phones and record conversations that might prove to be important if there’s a lawsuit.
Less than three months later, Monroe is dead from an overdose and, officially, a suicide. But Heller isn’t buying it. He knows that in the weeks before, the star was anything but suicidal. He knows, too, about her affair with JFK, about the secret connections between the Kennedys and the Mob … and about Bobby Kennedy’s blood feud with Jimmy Hoffa. In short, Heller knows too much to accept this bum rap on a beautiful, gifted woman loved by the whole world … including Nathan Heller.
So he investigates, though his efforts might enrage some very famous, very powerful, very dangerous people. But they can’t keep Heller from finding out the astounding truth behind Marilyn Monroe’s untimely demise…

      For 140 years, Nathaniel Cade has been the President’s Vampire, sworn to protect and serve his country. Cade’s existence is the most closely guarded of White House secrets: a superhuman covert agent who is the last line of defense against nightmare scenarios that ordinary citizens can only dream of.
When a new outbreak of an ancient evil – one that Cade has seen before – comes to light, he and his human handler, Zach Barrows, must track down its source. The president suspects that the threat may have ties to a high-level defense contractor – a private, Blackwater-like security force whose hired mercenaries take a very dim view of being forced to work with the president’s men. “Protect and serve” often means settling old scores and confronting new betrayals … as only a century-old predator can.

     A Simple Act of Murder is the investigation that this case should have had from the beginning. America’s most famous detective, Mark Fuhrman – who has cracked some of the best-known and most puzzling crimes in American history – cuts through the myths and misinformation to focus on the hard evidence. He examines the ballistics and medical records, scrutinizes photographs from the crime scene and the famous Zapruder film, and weighs the testimony of hundreds of witnesses.
Filled with vivid photos, informative diagrams, and original drawings by Fuhrman himself that show the evidence in a new light and make complex forensic matters clear and easily understood, this book is the visual record of the JFK assassination.
In this gripping and highly personal account, Fuhrman unveils a major clue that had been ignored for forty years – a breakthrough that will change the debate over the assassination. Overturning accepted notions about the way the murder occurred, A Simple Act of Murder answers many questions that have plagued the American people ever since that fateful day in Dallas.

     Indiana, 1818. In a one-room cabin, nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his mother’s bedside. “My baby boy …” she whispers before dying. Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother’s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire. Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, young Lincoln sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.
While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving the Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for almost two hundred years – until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln. Now, using the journal as a guide, Seth reconstructs the true life story of America’s greatest president. For the first time ever, he reveals the hidden history behind the Civil War – and uncovers the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of the nation.

4/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, E-Book, Eve Dallas, Fiction, R, RATING, Read in 2012, READING CHALLENGES 2012, SERIES

2012.15 REVIEW – Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb

Immortal in Death
by J.D. Robb

Copyright: 1996
Pages: 320
Rating: 4/5
Read: June 8 – June 19, 2012
Challenge: Eclectic Reader Challenge; Mystery & Suspense 2012
Yearly Count: 15
Format: E-Book
Source: Library

Blurb: It is 2058, New York City. Lieutenant Eve Dallas uncovers a world where technology can create beauty and youth, but passion and greed can destroy them.

She was one of the most sought-after women in the world. A top model who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted -even another woman’s man. And now she’s dead, the victim of a brutal murder.

Police lieutenant Eve Dallas puts her life on the line to take the case when suspicion falls on her best friend, the other woman in the fatal love triangle. Beneath the facade of glamor, Eve finds that the world of high fashion thrives on an all-consuming obsession with youth and fame-one that leads her from the lights of the runway to the dark underworld of New York City, where drugs can fulfill any desire, for a price

Review: It has been forever since I read the first two books in this series. I recall being less than thrilled with the second one, which is probably why I never got around to the third one. Most of my problem stems from the fact that these books are set so far in the future (2058) that I have a hard time getting past all the futuristic parts involved. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

To be completely honest, because of that big gap in between reading book 2 and book 3, I was a little more than lost when it came to the characters and any previous development/interaction. But overall that doesn’t really take away too much from this book. While it is obviously a series, I wouldn’t necessarily say that it stands well as a stand-alone, but it definitely wasn’t too hard to follow in my opinion.

The storyline in this installment was very good. I was just as stumped as Eve was about who the killer was until it was revealed at the end. And honestly, it was a surprise for me – something that doesn’t necessarily happen every time, but something that I really like in a book.

To be completely honest, this book was a great distraction for me. It was an easy read. I read the majority of this book on my iPhone during Garrett’s middle of the night feedings. I’m going to have to fire up my Nook in the future, because the iPhone screen is not the easiest thing to read a book on! (Or I could just wait until I get my iPad next month for my birthday!!)

So what’s the bottom line here? It was a good book, provided me with some great distraction when I needed it most and I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series (I already put myself on the waiting list for the e-book through my library).

Mailbox Monday, Meme

Mailbox Monday, June 17, 2012

Mailbox Monday is on tour with June’s stop being at Burton Book Review.

Wow, it’s been forever since I posted a Mailbox Monday post! Actually when I looked back I hadn’t posted one since January! Of course I haven’t received all that many books this year (not like last year, where I went absolutely book bonkers!) Anyway, I got 4 books this week:

From LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer Program:

     It’s the spring of 1939, and the prospect of war in Europe looms large. The United States has no intelligence service. In Washington, D.C., President Franklin Roosevelt may run for an unprecedented third term and needs someone he can trust to find out what the Nazis are up to. His choice: John F. Kennedy.
It’s a surprising selection. At twenty-two, Jack Kennedy is the attractive but unpromising second son of Joseph P. Kennedy, Roosevelt’s ambassador to Britain (and occasional political adversary). When Jack decides to travel through Europe to gather research for his Harvard senior thesis, Roosevelt takes the opportunity to use him as his personal spy. The president’s goal: to stop the flow of German money that has been flooding the United States to buy the 1940 election – an election that Adolf Hitler intends for Roosevelt to lose.

From a Paperbackswap Box-of-Books trade:

     Nearly five centuries ago a fleet of boats landed mysteriously on an island in an inland sea. There, an ancient Andean people hid a golden hoard greater than that of any pharaoh, then they and their treasure vanished into history – until now.
1998, the Andes Mountains of Peru. Dirk Pitt dives into an ancient sacrificial pool, saving two American archaeologists from certain drowning. But his death-defying rescue is only the beginning, as it draws the intrepid Pitt into a vortex of darkness and danger, corruption and betrayal. A sinister crime syndicate has traced the long-lost treasure – worth almost a billion dollars – from the Andes to the banks of a hidden underground river flowing beneath a Mexican desert. Driven by burning greed and a ruthless bloodlust, the syndicate is racing to seize the golden prize … and to terminate the one man who can stop them: Dirk Pitt!

     Charts of lost gold … breathtaking art and rare volumes … maps of hidden oil and mineral deposits that could change the world’s balance of power. Now Dirk Pitt has discovered the secret trail of the treasures of Alexandria – a trail that plunges him into a brutal conspiracy for total domination of the globe. Zealots threaten to unseat the governments of Egypt and Mexico, exposing America to invasion and economic collapse. Suddenly, from East to West, anarchists reach their deadly tentacles into the heart of the United States. And Dirk Pitt is up against the most feared assassin known to man. An international band of terrorists is making its play for world power on the high seas – and Pitt is the only man alive who can stop them!
      In prison, they call her the Sculptress for the strange figurines she carves – symbols of the day she hacked her mother and sister to pieces and reassembled them in a blood-drenched jigsaw. Sullen, menacing, grotesquely fat, Olive Martin is burned-out journalist Rosalind Leigh’s only hope of getting a new book published.
But as she interviews Olive, in her cell, Roz finds flaws in the Sculptress’s confession. Is she really guilty as she insists? Drawn into Olive’s world of obsessional lies and love, nothing can stop Roz’s pursuit of the chilling, convoluted truth. Not the tidy suburbanites who’d rather forget the murders, not a volatile ex-policeman and her own erotic response to him, not an attack on her life.

Baby Book Addict, Life

A little irritated

I will apologize in advance to my readers who want strictly book reviews. This blog will no longer fit that bill. I’m not trying to make this a mommy blog, but this is now a big part of my life and will be reflected as such on my blog. I hope I don’t lose readers due to this. And if I do, it’s your loss.

So what am I so irritated about now? WORK!

Here’s the deal: I work as a bookkeeper for my dad’s concrete company. My work is not hard, it’s repetitive and time consuming.

Because of my OCD when it comes to my job I elected not to take advantage of their offer to get a temporary worker to do my receivables while I’m on maternity leave. Instead I chose to get a work laptop and do all the receivables work from home. This is working out quite well for me. It gives me something to keep me a little sane.

However the rest of my work (payables, quarterlies, payroll, transactions, trial balances, bank reconciliations, etc) I was told not to worry about. That the other two bookkeepers would be able to take care of that while I’m off. Okay. Great. Right? Wrong!

My payroll has already been messed up every time it’s been done since my last day. The first three weeks they used the wrong EFTPS password to call in the taxes! And then yesterday … They forgot to do payroll completely!!! Seriously!

The payables have been a disaster as well. We do those on the 10th of the month (or as close to it as possible). The health insurance bill is due by the 15th or they could charge us late fees. As of yesterday they hadn’t gotten the insurance check written. So it’s now going to be late. And that’s not really the bill you want to be late either.

In the midst of all this one of the people covering for me is in the middle of building a house. This is only about the 5th house she’s built in the last 10 years, and that is not an exaggeration. And the other person just doesn’t care at all about his job and making sure everything is done. And it’s not as of they didn’t both know that they were going to have to cover for me. They had plenty of time to be prepared, I was pregnant for 9 months for goodness sake, it’s not as if me being off came out of the blue!

And then yesterday one of my co-workers (the one building the house) actually had the gall to ask me when I would be coming back to work. My baby is 2 weeks old for goodness sake! I think it might be a few more weeks. I was planning on going back in August but they both seem to think that I need to be back by July 10th. Um, not happening.

So you can see why I am not a very happy camper right now. To be completely honest, if my husbands work offered better health insurance I would quit my job and be a stay at home mom. We could afford it, it’s just the insurance situation for us.

I’ve tried talking to my dad about this. But he’s clueless. He seems to think I can come back by the 10th of July as well. He knows what a mess things are at work and he just wants me back do that everything will be done correctly and on time again.

But I need this time off. I need to bond with Garrett as much as possible. He needs me right now more than ever. I’m not being selfish, I’m trying to be the best mother I can be. And my child is going to trump everything else in my life.

I actually was in tears on the phone wot my husband during his lunch break over this. It’s got me that upset. It’s as if no one understands how important this time is for me and my son. And they just don’t care. Work is important, but my baby comes first.

And I’m tired of being made to feel guilty that not only did I have a child but that his birth just happened to occur during our most busy season. I can’t help the way things worked out. And I won’t be rushed either.

I just wish people had a little more respect. That’s all.

Baby Book Addict

Two Week Update!

Garrett was two weeks old yesterday. Today he had his two week doctor’s appointment.

He now weights 6lbs 4oz. That’s a total gain of 10 ounces from his discharge weight! Yay! Oh and he’s now 18.25 inches, that’s a growth of 1.25 inches! In two weeks! I can’t hardly believe he’s grown that much – someone must have been a little off, either the measurement in the hospital or this one. But I guess anything is possible.

I still think we’re a little messed up on our days and nights, although not nearly as bad as we were.

I am already noticing that he’s not napping as much as he used to in the daytime. (Ugh!). Well let me explain that – he’s not sleeping for very long periods of time anymore. But I’m excited that he’s awake more, though. And although I don’t want him to grow up too fast, I’m definitely ready for him to get a little bit older and get a personality and big enough where we can play! Plus I’m reading for him to have neck muscles!

He’s not spitting up nearly as often as he was. But I don’t know if this is because I am learning how to manage it better with slower feedings/more burping or not. Who knows. All I know is that it’s definitely nice not to be mopping up so much spit up at every feeding.

However, feedings are not really getting any easier. In the daytime it’s not too bad. But at night they can be horrendous. I talked to the pediatrician about this today. He’s been getting very fussy at nighttime. According to the doctor it’s because by the time he’s woken me all the way up and I get him changed and settled in to eat he’s starving and goes kind of crazy. Even though I’m right there with the bottle he’s fussy, flailing his arms and legs and moving his head side to side and totally ignoring the bottle that I’m trying to give him. Apparently this is all 100% normal. That was reassuring – now if only he would stop that bad habit! Haha. She said that the main thing is to get him fed when he first starts his cues (which is what happens in the daytime, because I’m there to notice them). A work in progress, I suppose 🙂 Plus I’ve noticed that giving him a drop of Mylicon (gas drops) with every other feeding is helping as well.

Buster the Westie is really adjusting quite well. For three years he’s been our baby. We knew the adjustment could and would be difficult. But I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how well he’s doing. He no longer barks when Garrett is crying/fussy. He no longer barks when Nathan is holding/paying attention to Garrett. And he’s definitely improving when people come over to visit Garrett and not him. I’ve noticed that he follows me upstairs with Garrett for feedings and diaper changes. It’s like he’s watching over us. I think he’s going to be quite protective of Garrett before it’s all over with!

I’ve been doing a little bit better. I’ve been a little overwhelmed here at the house all day long by myself. My parents and Nathan’s parents have all been down numerous times of course, but for the most part it’s just me, Garrett and Buster Monday through Friday 7:30am-5pm. I’m not used to having to be completely responsible for someone so helpless. I mean the dog is pretty well self-sufficient at 3 years old (all he needs is food and water in his bowls and bathroom breaks in our fenced in backyard). I know I had some pretty bad mood swings the first week or so. I would cry for no reason. I would get very upset when I couldn’t soothe Garrett. But I’ve learned to step back and just breathe through it. I think I’m almost out of my baby blues (or at least I hope I am).

I am back in my pre-pregnancy jeans! Yay! I was in them 8 days after baby. Now, before you all hate me, and I do give you permission to do so, there are some things you need to know. First, I was overweight before I got pregnant and didn’t gain but 20 pounds total during my pregnancy. Two of those pounds were lost in the last two weeks of my pregnancy and 7 more were lost during my first 24 hours in the hospital after delivery. The rest of it, well I think I peed it all out! Seriously, I thought I had to go all the time when Garrett was on my bladder, it was nothing in comparison to how much I went when I was first home from the hospital! Second, I was ALL BELLY! Plus it didn’t hurt that my pre-pregnancy jeans were a little on the big side before I got pregnant anyway. And lastly, while I may be back in those jeans, it doesn’t mean that my stomach doesn’t have a pouch to it – it definitely does. I think I could do ab exercises for the rest of my life and I would never get rid of that pouch. But of course I’m not doing any exercising until I get the go-ahead at my 6 week postpartum appointment.

And you know what the best part about being up at 2:30 in the morning with a baby wanting to be fed and then needed to be held for a good 20 minutes after eating to avoid spitting up once I lay him back down in his crib?? I have learned how to download e-books from my local library to my iPhone and can read a little bit while I’m waiting to put him back down! Awesome, right? Oh and all those times that he’s napping and I should be doing the same? Well, I’m using that time to get a little bit of reading in as well! All of a sudden I want to read 24/7. The last few months of my pregnancy reading was the last thing on my mind. Now I can’t get it off of my mind. Crazy, right? I think I will be able to find a good balance with my reading and baby responsibilities! Yay!

So there it is. My two week update. I could probably find more to write about. But I’ll save that for another day. For now, I’m going to leave you with another picture of my totally adorable son. I had been trying to capture the elusive grin he sometimes gets after he eats (and right before he poops, lol) and I finally got it!!

5/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, E, Fiction, RATING, Read in 2012, READING CHALLENGES 2012, SERIES

2012.14 REVIEW – The Wrong Man by David Ellis

The Wrong Man
by David Ellis

Copyright: 2012
Pages: 466
Rating: 5/5
Read: May 27 – June 13, 2012
Challenge: Mystery & Suspense 2012
Yearly Count: 14
Format: Print
Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewer Program

Blurb: When Jason Kolarich agrees to defend a homeless Iraq War veteran accused of murdering a young paralegal, his course seems clear: to mount an insanity defense for a man suffering so badly from post-traumatic stress disorder that he has no real memory of the crime. But as Kolarich digs deeper, he realizes that, unlikely as it seems, his client is probably innocent … and the murder was no random crime, but a targeted hit. As Kolarich races to find the truth in time to save his client, he’ll find himself embroiled in a mystery involving the mob, a mysterious assassin, and a conspiracy of wealthy international terrorists with explosive plans for his city.

Review: I received this book courtesy of LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer Program.

I have to admit that I normally resist picking up a book that is part of a series without reading the books before it in the series. This is usually a big pet peeve of mine. But I was just so thrilled at getting the opportunity to get this book I didn’t really care that it was the third in the series. And honestly, it stands relatively well on its own. There were a few places where I felt like knowing a little more background could have been helpful, but knowledge of what happened in the previous books really is not an issue with how this book reads.

All that aside, how can you go wrong when you’ve got the mob, an assassin, and terrorists involved? And the courtroom action was very interesting as well – I got a big kick out of how Jason perceives the Judge in the case and what his rulings will be. But of course I am a sucker for good courtroom action in any book.

Overall I found this book to be very interesting. The storyline was good and current. The writing and grammar were perfect (I think I saw one grammatical error, but my copy is an advanced reader copy). The characters were well-developed, as they should be for being the third in a series. And there’s a pretty big twist at the end. I had a sneaking suspicion something was a little off, but when I realized what exactly the twist was I was pleasantly surprised.

Bottom line: Definitely pick up this book if given the chance. And I look forward to meeting Jason Kolarich from the beginning sometime in the future.

Baby Book Addict

Being a mom is tough

Mommy: This is definitely the hardest job I’ve ever had in my entire life.

My little dude is only 12 days old. Countless tears have already been shed. My patience has been tried beyond its earthly limit. I’m going stir crazy in my house.

My recovery has been so easy. Unbelievably so, actually. Because of that, the first few days at home I felt so good I knew I could do everything and then some. I wanted to be super mom. And I did do it all.

Now that Nathan has been back to work for a few days, I’m a little more than overwhelmed. I’m actually a little resentful toward him because he gets to get away for 8 hours a day. I don’t. I’m here all day and all night. I do everything. And I’m pissed off about it to be completely honest. I know I have to during the day but a little help at night would be nice. Instead he wants to sit on his computer and play games all night.

I’m pretty sure I’ve got a mild case of the baby blues. I’m trying my hardest to keep that in check because I don’t want it to become full fledged postpartum depression and let it go without some help.

To those stay at home moms out there, I salute you. To anyone who says having that as your job is not a real job you obviously never taken care of a newborn 24/7. I always wanted to be a stay at home mom. I never wanted to put my kid in daycare and risk missing a lot of milestones. But honestly I don’t know if I’m cut out to be a stay at home mom.

And to those moms who have more than one child: I don’t know how you do it. And to those with multiples: you must be a saint.

This is hard work. And it’s the most important job I have ever had. And it’s also going to be the most rewarding job I’ve ever had.