Thursday, February 26, 2009

if you were a fly on the wall...

you might hear this on any given night in the sinclair household:

Dan- what do you wanna watch tonight?
me- I don't know, bullriding or cops?
Dan- well, we've probably seen all of the cops episodes
me- true. bullriding it is.

Dan- are you coming to bed soon?
me- in a minute. I'm gonna go pump and blog.

I have come to realize that Grace has no chance of ever being cool. Not with us as parents.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

15 weeks!

When are you supposed to stop counting weeks and say months? Grace is 3 1/2 months old, but I think I will count weeks for a long time. She is such a pumpkin, but we have had a hard few days with her. She usually sleeps through the night with one or two quick "wake-up-and-put-my-pacifier-back-in-my-mouth-or-I'm-going-to-flip-out" moments, but that is not the case this week. She has been up at least 7 or 8 times the last few nights and last night she was up every half hour. I finally nursed her about 3:45 (I can't remember the last time I fed her before 7 am) because I couldn't take it anymore. I thought that might put her back to sleep, but she was up at 4, 4:40, 4:45, 5, 5:30, etc... you get the point. So needless to say I am having a hard time staying awake this morning at work. I can't get motivated. Not to mention the fact that I opened the shop 10 minutes late because when I poured the juice into the blender for my smoothie, the bottom wasn't screwed on right and juice went all over the counter and floor. Good times. I just prayed for a "do-over" and asked God to give me the right frame of mind to enjoy and be fruitful the rest of the day. I hate those days when you are begging for them to be over by 10 am, so I have decided I am not going to have one! Here are a few updates on Grace:
-she smiles from ear to ear in the mornings when I get her out of the crib and change her diaper. Then she flaps her arms like a bird about to take flight. It is so cute!
-she is trying to "talk" and it is precious to listen to! She tried to talk in church Sunday and Dan had to take her outside because she was so loud. Usually after her 7 feeding, she is wide awake, ready to play, and full of cute sounds.
-tummy time is still pretty rough. We do a lot of pull-up/sit-ups and she hates to lay flat on her back. She strains her neck and tries to sit up whenever we lay her down. I'm sure every parent thinks so, but she seems extremely strong in the ab department for 3 months!
-she has a continuous stream of drool coming out of her mouth at all times and loves to blow bubbles. I have to admit, I hate drool, and I thought if it was my baby it wouldn't bother me as much, but I hate it. I keep a bib or burp cloth by her at all times.
Here are pics from the last two weeks.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Valentine Week with the Sinclair's

Most people may not think twice about it, but the second week of February is an exciting one for the Sinclair household. Owning a lingerie store makes for a VERY busy Valentine week and this year was even more busy with Miss Priss in our lives. Because the store does about 75% of its monthly sales in three days, I had to switch over to business owner mode and really focus my attention on the store. It was difficult to be away from Grace but for the first time I was able to be at the store all day and enjoy a huge part of my life that I have put on the back burner for awhile.
Here are some highlights of the week:
1. Dan's birthday was on Wednesday. Don't worry babe, you don't look a day over 28. Grace stayed with nana and papa while we went to Cagle's. Hooray for dates and steak and that awesome cornbread on the salad bar!
2. Grace turned 3 months on Wednesday. Attn time: slow down. please. Here are Dan and Grace on their birthdays!

3. Dan has been printing recipes off of this light cooking website for me to cook. (Funny, none of the recipes call for cream of chicken.) So Thursday night I tried a new recipe for him while he bounced Grace around in the baby bjorn and helped stir the meat. No problem until Grace decided to explode in her diaper. What they don't tell you about in the instructions is that when a baby poops in said bjorn, it has nowhere to go, thus sending the mess up onto your daughter's adorable onesie. Scissors were involved. Scissors. And yes, on top of all her turmoil, she threw up. Fun times.

4. My shop had the highest sales ever on Friday since the opening of the store in 2005!
5. Probably corralating with number four, the AJ ran a great article about the store on the front page of the Local section and we got several new customers!
6. Valentine's Day was a little slow in the morning but picked up in the afternoon. We ended up with the same sales as last year for the 13th and 14th. This is awesome considering the economy and drop in retail sales from last year.
7. Valentine's night was a bit uneventful, as it has been the last four years. I was exhausted from the week but when I came in, Dan left two sets of roses on the counter- one for me and one for Grace. He also wrote me the sweetest letter and bought me a can opener! (Before you gasp, I asked for one!) He is such a sweetie!
So forgive me if I didn't return your email, text, voicemail... I will play catch up this week, I promise! Hope everyone had a great and romantic weekend!

Monday, February 9, 2009

I know the flower is ridiculous, but...

Just look at how cute these three month pics are. My friend Alisa came over Friday to take Grace's pics and they turned out awesome. So talented! I admit the flowers are as big as her head and a bit much, but they are too fun!

She was not having any of this tutu! I don't see the problem!

9 gray hairs

I am unnerved by my latest post-pregnancy finding. A patch of nine gray hairs has decided to take root in my scalp, serving as a constant reminder of how much my body has changed since Grace arrived. I got a hair cut last Thursday and pointed out the said patch to Adrienne. She said that it was totally normal and she has seen all kinds of weird things happen to a woman's hair after pregnancy. That fact doesn't make me feel better one bit, however. You see, I have had my fair share of dealings with gray hair. Actually, one in particular has been a source of contention for me and my scalp for years. I have this random hair that seems to sprout overnight right in the front of my scalp and is most undoubtedly gray. I pluck it, it stays away for awhile, then shoots out again at the most inconvenient times. The point is, I can deal with one rogue hair and its unruly agenda. But nine hairs? Ridiculous. Did this happen to anyone else?

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The last twelve weeks...

Grace is 12 weeks old today. Holy cow. It is crazy to me how quickly time flies, but at the same time it is hard to remember life before her. She has dropped the sassy attitude she picked up last week, much to her father's delight, and is back to her happy, smiling self. She is enamored with the television. We watched the Office last night and she laughed and smiled the whole time. (She already has great taste!) This morning I put her up next to a mirror and she loved it. Tummy time is still rough, but we tough it out for at least 10 minutes a day, usually in 10 one minute intervals. Hope that counts. We are just having a blast with her and love being parents. Enjoy the pics!

Could she look any more like Dan in this picture? So cute