Monday, April 28, 2008

Two Month Check-up (Shots are a very bad thing)

So, we had our two month vaccination shots this morning. And now, the crying has stopped. The pain is almost gone. The tears have dried and life is about to return to normal. And I'm not talking about Bennett. I am referring to her mother. Bennett handled it like a pro. Her parents did not.

Our morning started out with me waking her up and wondering why I was leading my little lamb to slaughter. She slept great last night. She now sleeps through the night almost every night. Last night she went from 10:00pm until 6:00am so she woke up in a great mood. I was already on edge. I fed her. She cooed. I got her dressed. She smiled. I held her and she lovingly laid her head on my shoulder which made me feel even worse.

Rob went with me to the appointment because he couldn't stand to not be there, but he was doing much better than his pathetic wife. I know this sounds ridiculous, but I teared up when they called her name to be taken back. What was I doing to my little girl? We undressed her and got her two month stats. She now weighs 10 lbs 1oz. and her length is 21 3/4. That's in the 30/25 percentile range which is up from last month. The doctor also told us she was socially advanced for her age. Of course. I'm just surprised that it took him 2 months to realize this obvious fact.

Then we waited. Bennett was in the best mood. She was cooing and smiling like crazy. We called Daddy Suttle while we waited and she cooed for him on the phone. And we waited. And she became even happier which made us feel worse. Rob couldn't bear to leave her side. I sat and waited for the inevitable. Then they came in. The Nurse Ratchets of Pediatric Healthcare. One came in to restrain her and the other to torture her with the longest needles I have ever seen. Rob told me not to look. He told me to keep my eyes on him, but I couldn't. Bennett was looking so lovingly at the nurse with her big blue eyes, and then, wham! She did as well as could be expected. I stroked her hand and she turned and looked at me with tears pouring down her cheeks. She got three shots in her thigh and one oral vaccination. After what seemed like an hour, the nurses left and Rob and I held her for the longest time.

She actually calmed right down when we held her. I was so annoyed at Rob. He hadn't cried at all. How could he stay so calm? He got her dressed and rubbed her legs as I composed myself. I felt so weak. I need to be stronger like Dad. She will have many more shots in her life and I can't have Rob being the only strong one. I resolved right then and there to take Rob's advice and look away from then on. No more tears for me. So Rob took her on to the car while I checked out. As I paid the copay I felt so much better and was relieved it was over. I went outside and took a deep breath. It was a beautiful day after all and we had made it through. I opened the van door and found Bennett calmly sucking on a pacifier in her car seat. She was blissfully ignorant of the trauma her mother had just been through. Rob was in the back seat, staring at her, and crying.

Daddy brought Bennett roses home from work. They made her feel so much better.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Play Ball!

Bennett went to her first baseball game this past weekend. We were supposed to go a few weeks ago, but the game got rained out. It's probably for the best b/c I was certain a foul ball would shoot across the first base line and take her out. I think I was secretly relieved when it rained, but on Sunday our good friend Tommy gave us tickets to join him in a suite at the game. That was a relief because I could keep her indoors away from all fly balls and that meant a visit from Big 'Mo. Here are a few pics from the game. Bennett got to hang out with some other kids for the first time and Rob and I had a chance to eat gross ball park food. Good times.

Bennett with her new friends. Kendall did a great job holding her.

Four adorable kids

We love Tommy!

Okay, seriously- is this not the cutest kid you have ever seen? We're secretly hoping he's single in 25 years! Rob says to make that 40.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Why (part 2)

do I bother spending a lot of money on plants when after a long hard day of digging and planting, I find them shredded on my patio courtesy of one horrible golden lab?

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Dear Bennett

I love you for so many reasons that I can't begin to write them down. Therefore I will just write one particular reason that I am especially loving you this weekend. I love that you stare at my face and mimic my expressions. So, when I had to have blood drawn on Friday and you were just a few feet away in your car seat staring at me, you grimaced and squirmed when I grimaced and squirmed as the needle went in. All the nurses were floored and went on and on about how sweet it was that my baby didn't like seeing her Mom in pain. Between you and me, I know it was gas and the timing was just great, but I didn't tell them that. I let them think I had the sweetest baby who felt such sympathy for her Mom. And that's just another reason why I love you.

Friday, April 18, 2008


do I bother getting my carpets cleaned when all it does it make the stains that were already there look even dirtier next to the fresh clean carpet?

Saturday, April 5, 2008

So, when are we putting the pool in?

The days of crying during bath time are long over. This little one is a girl who loves her baths, just like her Mom. She could chill out in her tub all day long. If you know of a infant tub that has jet streams, let us know.