Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Babies & Lyrics

This is my family.  Not perfect, but loved & loving.
With both my kids, I have associated some DMB lyrics for one reason or another.  With Aaron, the first lyrics I can remember that came to me with him are (ironically) from "Grace is Gone".

I could never love again
So much as I love you
Where you end, where I begin
Is like a river running through 

With Aaron, it was as if he was the Eve to my Adam.  As if someone had literally removed a limb or body part from me and from that, came Aaron.  He is a part of me as if he IS me.  

And I remember vividly the first time he kissed me on his own.....  I was sitting on the floor eating a PB&J and he was waddling around the living room with his toys.  He'd come over every once in awhile to get a bite of my sandwich and one of the times, he placed his lips on mine instead.  I thought it was so sweet of course, but figured it was sort of an accident.  I mean, babies don't know how to really kiss, right?  Then he did it a second time and he stayed there for quite awhile, just laying a big smooch on me.  At first I laughed and kissed back, and then my laughter turned into a giant sob-fest because I was so overwhelmed by the love he just gave me.....  Kissing him back through my salty tears of joy and peanut butter.  And for that I remember these lyrics from "Old Dirt Hill (Bring That Beat Back)":

Ride my bike down that old dirt hill 
First time without my trainin' wheels
First time I kissed you I lost my legs
Bring that beat back to me again 

With Elizabeth, DMB lyrics also came naturally.  For one, I actually had an iPod playlist for the labor & birth that was mostly DMB.  The first song on the playlist is "Baby Blue" and although all babies have blue eyes when they are first born, her blue just seemed so vivid.  They are still a steely, grey blue.  So from her and her blue eyes, I got

Into your blue, blue eyes
Your blue, blue world
You're my baby blue

But really, the lyrics that kept playing over and over again in my head the first few days I had her home was from "Alligator Pie".  Though the song is really about Stella, it has these lyrics:

Grace is all I'm asking
When will Grace return
Grace is all I'm asking

If you haven't figured this out yet about Elizabeth Grace, her middle name is a tribute to Dave (DMB).   Grace is all I'm asking.........  
into your blue, blue eyes, your blue, blue world, you're my baby blue.


I have a poster from Blue C Sushi in Seattle with Dave in it and as soon as I get it framed, it's going in Aaron's room.  And I'm hoping to put something in Elizabeth's room too.  So far, I'm liking this handmade wall piece from Etsy: Little Feet Little Hands, which are lyrics from "So Much To Say".  

Yes, I think about lyrics a lot.  Not always Dave lyrics, but music is always in our house, our minds and our hearts.  
My family & Dave = Happiness.  

into your blue, blue eyes, your blue, blue world, you're my baby blue.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Our 2 week update -- Elizabeth Grace & Aaron

What, you're just going to leave me here like this?
Elizabeth Grace had her 2 week follow up appointment and thankfully she's doing well.  Her jaundice has cleared and she has gained weight again!  She now weighs 7 lbs 0.9 oz and is 20 3/4 inches long.  She is still a bit underweight in terms of her growth so we have started giving her more at feedings now so hopefully she'll grow more!  

Just like with Aaron, I am not producing enough breast milk (it took me 3 sessions of pumping to get 1 oz) so I am supplementing with formula.  Right now I'm using an "SNS" (supplemental nursing system) to feed her the formula so that kind of keeps me glued to one spot for over an hour at a time.  And since you're only supposed to go 2-3 hours from the start of one feeding to another, I don't get much down time!  Plus, she's always falling asleep during feedings and I think that's because she's all warm and cozy on my breast so I'm not sure how much longer I can hold out on the bottle.  But we'll see -- I obviously want to do what is best for her while keeping my sanity.  

She's been a really great baby so far though!  She sleeps tons, has started to smile and when her eyes are open, she's alert and loves to look at light and her mommy & daddy.  And today, if I wasn't imagining it, she seemed to be soothed by Dave.  (Dave Matthews Band, obvs).  

The only sucky part has been that Aaron came home with another cold from school on Halloween Eve and of course, I caught it 2 days later.  So now I'm at home, taking care of a newborn, recovering from labor and a surgery and I catch a cold.  Trust me when I say it is NO FUN when you are coughing up a storm with stitches in your belly.  And then Elizabeth caught it.  The poor little angel has to suffer through a cold and she can't get any relief except for rest.  

We all tried very hard to keep Aaron away from Elizabeth, but how can you tell your little boy to stay away from his brand new baby sister?  He just wants to hug and kiss on her all the time!  And sometimes getting him to wash his hands lately is like starting World War III.  So besides Josh who always seems to get away unscathed, we are a house of sickies.  Luckily like I said before, I've had plenty of help from my family and just recently Josh's mom came down to help and stayed for a few days.  

Aaron is still in school and really starting to enjoy it I think.  He got his first birthday part invite the other day (though he couldn't go because it was too close to my due date) and then his first set of school pictures!  He comes home singing new songs all the time and likes to tell us stories about some of the other kids in his class.  He is adjusting to so many changes lately!  Though he definitely has times where he could act better, he's doing pretty well over all.  AND he's finally going to sleep earlier!!!  Thank goodness!

So everyone is doing fine.  I mean, we're all recovering from something but we all have each other and we're all happy about that.  

Before she left, my MIL brought to my attention that the poem titled "Monday's Child" said: 

Mondays child is fair of face,
Tuesdays child is full of grace,
Wednesdays child is full of woe,
Thursdays child has far to go,
Fridays child is loving and giving,
Saturdays child works hard for his living,
And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

Elizabeth Grace was born on a Tuesday