Thursday, May 7, 2009

May 7, 2009 - Double Digits

We've got a 10-week old baby over here!  Grace is such a joy these days - her smiles, giggles, and emerging personality make us so happy.  She is constantly trying to suck her thumb (still with no success) and she has a very strong reaction if we trill our lips or tongues.  For some reason that noise totally freaks her out and she looks like a deer caught in headlights if we do that (so, of course, we should stop doing it except getting that reaction out of her is really funny!).    She still has a varying sleep schedule - otherwise known as no schedule at all - but even at her worst she only wakes up 3 times a night which I am not complaining about.  Her unpredictable times are between 4 and 7 in the morning and between 5 and 8 at night.  During the day we read at least one or two books (still working on Alice in Wonderland), we play on her monkey mat, we sing songs, we play on her tummy, and we sleep a bit.  She gets a bath every night between 7 and 8 and she still really likes that.  Last night she stayed awake for all of American Idol (we are almost caught up to America).

Yesterday Grace went back to the eye doctor for a complete eye exam.  We had to put drops in her eyes every 30 minutes for 3 hours before her appointment so that her eyes would be dilated for the appointment.  She didn't love these drops, but she was a real trooper and didn't cry.  When we saw the doctor, she became such a flirt!  She was smiling and giggling, and he told me she was the best, cutest baby he ever examined (I bet he says that to all the moms).  Then I got a long story about his 17-month old grandson in Australia and how much he missed him.  I told him that we know some grandparents who can relate!  Anyway, he confirmed that she currently has no detectable vision problems and her eye health is very good.  Great news!

If only we could say the same about the BUGS in our house!  It is now debatable whether they are poultry mites or other critters.  Basically, after the fumigation last week we were still getting bitten so we had them come back on Monday and fumigate with something stronger.  And still we are bitten and still we can't see the damn bugs!  We are now sleeping in a different bedroom in our house to see if it is that our mattress is infested.  We can't quite tell yet because we are still so itchy from the older bites, but if the problem can't be fixed with a new mattress then we don't know what else we can do.  And poor Grace has all of these bites on her!  At least she doesn't act like she is uncomfortable, but the situation is making me crazy.

Life is good as we head into the last three weeks before we bring Grace home to Denmark and the US.  Her first world tour out of utero!


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