Month in Review: Carolyn's seventh month



It was brought to my attention that I didn't post a month in review on the 23rd. Sorry. So here it is a few days late...

Lots of new stuff this month:

  • Spent Thanksgiving with dad while mom was working
  • Grabs and chews
  • Drops stuff
  • Sits up and rolls over
  • Visited with Santa, with predictable end results
  • Puts her arms out and reaches for people when she wants to be held
  • Can say "mama" but really only in the middle of the night when I go in to get her and she doesn't want me... also said "dada" once but I wasn't even there... still waiting on an official first word
  • Does pretty well standing up while holding onto stuff, though still requires someone right behind her in case she flops over
  • Gets up on her hands and knees and rocks back and forth (see photo above), but no crawling yet

Merry Christmas!


This is our Christmas card for this year, designed entirely by yours truly. Happy holidays everyone. We've got video from Carolyn's first Christmas coming soon.

Playing with some stuffed animals


Carolyn meets Santa


We took Carolyn to sit on Santa's lap at the mall yesterday. At first she was really curious as to who this grizzled, hairy man in the red suit was. And then he looked at her...

... and that was about the end of that. But at least she didn't scream immediately (which is what we expected her to do). A few more pictures of Carolyn in her I Love Santa outfit...

With mommy in front of the Christmas tree, sticking her tongue out for some reason.


Chewing on a candy cane


Sitting with mommy on the couch like a big girl

Video: Carolyn sitting up and rolling over


Video: Carolyn repeatedly drops a rattle for fun


Video: Carolyn grabs and chews on everything within reach


Baby bear escapes from zoo, considered warm and cuddly


Adorable, right?

Thanksgiving and Carolyn's latest doctor's appointment



On Wednesday Carolyn had her six-month checkup. She now weighs 15 lbs (30th percentile), is 27 inches long (88th percentile), and has a head circumference of 44.5 cm (93rd percentile). So basically her growth is consistent with last time around and everything is just fine.

She also got more shots, which threw Kristen into a bit of a fit, because Carolyn was (and is still) getting over a tiny cold, and apparently you are not supposed to give shots to an infant when they have or have just had a cold. Now, of course, I specifically asked the doctor while I was there whether she was sure it was okay, and she assured me that it was. But what do I know? Obviously less than my doctor wife. So sometimes it's good to be married to a doctor, because she can call up other doctors and speak her mind about bad decisions.

But then there's other times where being a doctor kinda sucks. Such as Thanksgiving. When you have to work. Overnight. Yes, Kristen was on call on Thanksgiving, which means that Carolyn and I hung out together by ourselves. (In case you're wondering, I had a salami sandwich for lunch and beef stew for dinner, and Carolyn had finely pureed applesauce and carrots for lunch and dinner.)

Kristen ended up getting 2 hours of sleep, then got home around 1pm on Friday, and we pretty much drove straight to Grandma and Papa Hyland's house, after Carolyn had a little snack from mommy. By the time we got there (a little over an hour's drive), I had two very grumpy girls on my hands. They both felt better after they took a nap together. We then had some delicious Thanksgiving leftovers with (nearly) the entire Hyland family, and called it a night a little after 8pm. (I didn't really have any reason to be so tired since Carolyn slept like an absolute angel for me Thanksgiving night, but I'll take any opportunity to grab some extra sleep.)

Carolyn didn't do so great sleeping in the Pack'n'Play that night. In fact she spent the entire night in bed with us because she would wake up and whine every time we put her down. So it goes. Then last night she decided to wake up a whole lot more frequently than she usually does. My theory is that she got too used to being able to snuggle with her mom and so every time she woke up last night she was not happy that Kristen was not right next to her. Whatever the reason, last night was something of an anomaly, because she has consistently been sleeping for 6 to 8 hours at a stretch over night for the last several weeks.

Today we're going to decorate the Christmas tree. Exciting!

Month in Review: Carolyn's sixth month




Today Carolyn is halfway to one year old. Has it really been six months already? Seems like just yesterday that Kristen and I would keep our glasses when we slept because Carolyn would wake up so frequently overnight. Now she's in a pretty nice pattern; she'll sleep pretty consistently for 5 to 6 hours to start the night, then wake up another time or two before she's ready to wake up for the day.

Here is what was new in the sixth month:
  • The Phillies won the World Series for the first time in all 3 of our combined lives.
  • Carolyn dressed up as a monkey for Halloween with Mommy and Daddy Zookeeper.
  • She really likes eating baby cookies and making a mess of herself.
  • Her favorite toy is her jumper, and she can really move in that thing!
  • She is a smiley, smiley baby.
  • She has started playing in her walker, inching her way around.
  • Check out how much she has grown since she was born.
  • Carolyn is absolutely enthralled with beer bottles.
  • She also spends her days grabbing things and putting them in her mouth, and her newest favorite activity is dropping stuff on the floor and then looking for what she just dropped (video of this will be posted soon).

Baby Crocs!




Very cute shoes, but I don't know how many more times she'll get to wear them since she grows so quickly!

Carolyn's fascination with beer bottles




Whenever there is a beer bottle in sight, Carolyn is either intently staring at it or vigorously trying to grab it. There's nothing that fascinates her quite as much as a beer bottle. When we do let her hold one, it goes straight into her mouth, as does just about everything she gets her hands on these days.

It's so easy to forget how small she was


And it's amazing how much she has grown in just 5 months. The one constant is the amount of hair she has.

Nakie baby grabbing her feet


Two of her favorite things: Being half naked and grabbing her feet, which entered her mouth not long after this photo was taken.

Not quite tall enough for the walker... yet


Notice the tippy toes. But despite that, she still loves this thing. (Thanks Mike and Britt!)

A few smiling pictures to brighten your night


Kristen is working overnight at the hospital tonight, so I'm posting a few pictures of Carolyn smiling widely for mommy.




Video: Carolyn jumping in her jumper


Messy baby!


More monkey pictures




Happy Halloween!


The monkey in the middle is Carolyn, and mom and dad are Mr. and Mrs. Zookeeper.


Carolyn watches Kristen take the innards out of the pumpkin.


Kristen carves the pumpkin.


The final product. Spooky, right?

Phillies win World Series, Carolyn and Mommy sleep, Daddy cheers in whispers


The Moyer family experienced the first World Series victory for the Philadelphia Phillies in our collective lifetimes last night. For Carolyn it only took 159 days. For me, it took 9,849 days. (Kristen only had to wait 9,848 days.)

I was walking Carolyn back to sleep just before 10pm last night when the final out came. Kristen was fast asleep in bed, having slept only 2 hours the previous night while on call at the hospital. So my celebration merely consisted of a few barely audible "yeah"s, an extra half hour of celebration coverage on the news, and listening to a the distant sound of some fireworks and a few stray cars honking their horns as they drove by, before I too gave in to sleep at 10:30.
Next up: The World Series parade down Broad Street on Halloween.

Month in Review: Carolyn's fifth month


Today Carolyn is five months old. And just like I say every month, I can't believe it's happened so fast! Remember when I said she measured 24 inches tall? Well, go ahead and forget that, because we measured her the other day at 27 inches, which puts her in the 95th percentile. She grew 3 inches in a month! Or, she was measured incorrectly at the doctor last time around. Either way, she is her mother's baby when it comes to height.

Let's recap the past month:

Chompin' on a cookie


Nummy nummy.

Our pumpkins, in order according to weight



The other weekend we took Carolyn to Linvilla Orchards to pick out some pumpkins for her first Halloween. She didn't quite know what to make of it. Kristen then made some pumpkin soup and pumpkin cookies this weekend. Yum.

Do you think she likes sticking out her tongue?







(Faithful readers of this blog will have noticed by now that there hasn't been a Picture of the Day in a few days. I've decided to discontinue doing these, because it's getting hard to keep with. However, I will continue to post great pictures whenever I can.)

Video: Laughing


Picture of the Day for October 10, 2008


Picture of the Day for October 9, 2008


Video: Carolyn at four months old


Picture of the Day for October 8, 2008


A hacking cough, lots of snot, a sleepless night, and a gas mask


I suppose it was bound to happen sometime: baby's first sickness. And boy is it a doozy. It started about 2 weeks ago. Well, for me anyway. (Yes, here's the spoiler: I brought home the cold and gave it to my baby. We share.) It started the night Kristen's flight was delayed 2 hours coming back from Toronto. Yeah, that post sure made things seem easy. Anything but! I woke up with a paste-like feeling in my throat and it only got worse from there. Carolyn decided that night to stay awake from 1am to 2am to wait for mom to come home. I should have sensed the impending doom.

At any rate, last week I noticed a familiar sound: my own hacking cough, but this time coming from Carolyn (and Kristen too). And then the stuffy nose kicked in. This went on for a few days until last Thursday when Kristen took Carolyn to the doctor. As it turns out, she has Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), which apparently can get pretty serious for an infant. The doctor sent them home with a nebulizer, with instructions to hold this gas mask contraption over her face every 4 to 6 hours when we heard a wheezing cough. (Carolyn's Aunt Sarah had to use a nebulizer in her early youth. She couldn't decide whether it was a breathing machine or breathing treatment, so she called it "breathing ma-treatment", and in her honor that's what we're calling it too.)

All well and good up until this point, and in fact, the next day I stayed home to be with her, but she was acting pretty normal. Then Friday night hit, and it became pretty clear that she was not going to sleep very well. It started with incessant and inconsolable screaming, and then continued with incessant and inconsolable screaming. She spent nearly the entire night in bed with us, because that's the only way she would sleep. (Have you noticed that I spend a lot of time complaining about sleeping? I'm such a whiner.) The next day she proceeded to nap for nearly the entire day in either Kristen's arms or my arms.

By Sunday she was feeling much better, and now she's pretty much back to normal. But jeez, it really sucks giving a cold to a baby, and I feel terrible about it.

Picture of the Day for October 7, 2008


Picture of the Day for October 6, 2008


Picture of the Day for October 5, 2008


Picture of the Day for October 4, 2008


Picture of the Day for October 3, 2008