Thursday, January 29, 2009

Tiny Dancer

I've read in several places that music is good for babies. I've been putting some swing music on and yesterday I caught Jocelyn dancing.

At least that is how I imagine a 1 month old dances. Pretty cute huh?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

20 things to do with babies

I've been trying to think of things for Jocelyn and I to do while at home all day. I found this list while googling "infant brain development"

1. Massage your baby in a soft relaxing way. There are courses and books on this subject that are worth looking into.

2. Do baby stretch sessions. Slowly straighten legs and arms. In the beginning do not completely straighten them as this can be painful. If you are gentle you may both enjoy this.

3. While you are changing or carrying the baby, talk. Tell her what you are doing. She will learn about your language and how to speak it from you. By pausing at the end of sentences you will also teach baby about conversation and speech patterns.

4. Many parents speak in a dramatized higher pitched way when they are talking to their baby. This is called parentese and has been shown to stimulate the brain and teach language skills faster.

5. Sing to your baby. With the repetition of the same songs your baby will learn about predictability.

6. Show your baby simple picture books. They should be in bright colors and no more than two or three objects on a page so that baby doesn’t get overwhelmed.

7. Peek-a-boo teaches a baby about object permanence and that even if he can’t see you, you are still there. This leads to trust which is fundamental to your infant.

8. Imitate facial expressions and babies sounds. She will learn that she can have an affect on her environment.

9. Vary your baby's positions at least every half hour when she is awake. Sit her on your lap, lay her on her front and then back. Let her sit in her baby carrier and a swing. This will expose her to different areas of her environment and also help so she doesn’t get bored.

10. To practice her hearing take a rattle and shake it off to one side and behind her. She will begin to focus her hearing to find where the object is.

11. Give baby lots of different things to touch. Make sure nothing is too rough, but expose baby to different fabrics and textures.

12. When baby is laying on his back hang toys twelve-eighteen inches from his face. He will learn how to focus his eyes on the objects and they will keep him amused for awhile.

13. Let baby sit on your lap or if it is still very little lay across your thighs. Bounce your legs up and down softly. Many babies love this. It teaches about motion.

14. Give baby several safe toys to explore with her mouth, vary these toys throughout the day.

15. Clapping games and active songs are fun for baby as he gets older. Sing "Wheels on the Bus" moving babies hands to perform the actions.

16. Point out animals in the environment, state the name and tell baby the sound. Sometimes baby will pick up the sounds long before she will actually be able to say the name.

17. Sometimes baby may seem overwhelmed. It is a good idea to have a little quiet time each day. Darken the room, sit in a rocker and softly sing or just sit quietly. This relaxation together will teach techniques to calm you both.

18. Take baby for walks to give her fresh air and introduce her to new experiences.

19. Read rhyming poetry and nursery rhymes to introduce rhythms and patterns.

20. Tell your baby you love her, she will soon learn what it means and before long she will be able to reciprocate that love.

Monday, January 26, 2009

One Month

Jocelyn is one month old today! I can't believe it has gone by so quickly!!

She's growing very fast. Today when I weighed her on the scale (first her and myself then just me and then found the difference) she weighed around 9 1/2 pounds! She's also grown a couple of inches and is out of newborn diapers and clothes.

She is starting to get very strong and can lift up her head when lying on her stomach. She pushes her legs straight and moves her arms as if she were trying to crawl. She is making all kinds of "baby talk" noises.

Just within the last few days she has started focusing on objects in front of her. She can follow them with her eyes if you move the object very slowly. I also noticed that recently she has been staring at my face. I watch her eyes move to all of my different features.

Best of all: She's sleeping 7-8 hours every night!

It has been one of the most fulfilling experiences getting to know her over the last month. I didn't believe it was possible, but I can tell which cry means "I'm tired, I'm hungry or I'm just fussy". She started so little and did nothing but sleep and eat. She is just beginning to learn, play and develop a personality. I am so excited to watch her grow.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Josie's Visitors

We've had lots of people come to visit Josie at home. Here are some pictures:

Josie and GG

Josie, Jamie and Kendall

We've had lots of visits from Grandma and Grandpa!

Aunt Alicia playing with Josie

Dane and Melissa-I think J slept their whole visit

Laryssa (our very good friend who lives so far away in Seattle) holding Josie

And of course Auntie Jessica!

Many others have visited, brought food and presents. Wish we had snapped a few more pictures! Thanks to everyone.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Mommy Diary

Though yesterday was a bit difficult because I think the baby had a bit of cold, last night was fantastic. We gave Jocelyn her second bath. She doesn't really give us much expression, however I'll take her contentment in the water to mean she likes it. I fed her and held her for a while, but she still had her eyes open. I decided to put her down and see if she would go to sleep, which she did perfectly. Just put herself to sleep in the basinette. And guess what? She slept until 4am! That is 7 hours. I couldn't believe it.

Trying to get back into clothes that fit me, I chose to do pilates and it was much harder than it had ever been. I did it two days in a row and I'm quite sore. So sad :(

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Mommy Review: Fisher-Price Rainforest Gym

Love it!

While registering at Babies R Us (what seems like a very long time ago) I fell in lovewith the Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies & Lights Deluxe Gym. I was thrilled when I read good things about it online.

It was very easy to put together without alot of little pieces. It comes with several rattles and soft animals that hang from the top and you can also purchase others. The "jungle" gym is very bright and colorful.

Even little Jocelyn who is only beginning to look at things will hang out underneath there for a good amount of time without fussing!

Two thumbs way up!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Disclaimer: Although extremely disappointed by losing another National Championship, we are not fair weather fans. Consider this post as an exercise in healing.

Most of you know that we are big Oklahoma Sooner fans. We were very excited for Josie to experience her first game (she went to one, but technically she wasn't born yet).

Josie had on her Big XII champion onsie:

The whole family was there:

She even woke up for most of the game:

Sadly, our Oklahoma Sooners did not pull out a victory (AGAIN!). But we still love them:

Monday, January 5, 2009

Naming the Baby

Some of you may remember that Alex and I had a difficult time deciding on a name. We just didn't agree on anything. Many people have asked us if Jocelyn is a family name or why we chose it. Here is the reason:

This is my grandmother (my mother's mother), Jean Eloise. She is the oldest daughter born May 22nd, 1929.

This is my mother, Judy Ellen. She is the oldest daugther born on October 7th, 1957.

Then there is me, Jamie Elissa, oldest daughter born April 20th, 1981.

So when we found out we were going to have a girl, we decided to continue with the tradition. Now Josie is the 4th generation to have the initials J. E.

We agreed on Jocelyn Eliza: (Click on the name to find more info)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Years!

I got more sleep last night than I think I ever have on New Years Eve. I have to brag about having the very best baby in the world. She is such a good sleeper. She slept all night long in her bassinet and only woke up to eat. She fed everything 3 hours at 10pm, 1am, 4am and 7am. I thought that was pretty great for 5 days old!

Alex woke me up at 11:50pm so we could drink our sparkling grape juice and watch the ball drop. I went back to sleep soon after that.

Some new pictures of Jocelyn since we've been home Sunday night:

Taking a snooze. (I promise we didn't pose her)

Relaxing in the bouncer.

This was before her first sponge bath.

She didn't care much for her bath and cried a lot soon after this picture was taken.