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How big is Carolyn? So big!


She currently weighs 13 lbs 1 oz, is 24 inches tall, and has a head circumference of 16 3/4 inches. These are the 36th, 40th, and 80th percentiles respectively. The weight measurement is a huge jump from last time; she went from the 18th percentile for weight at 2 months old to the 36th percentile, so you know she's eating well.

Carolyn also got more shots today, the second round of the vaccinations she got last time. She seemed to do better with the screaming this time (though believe me, she still screamed)... then we got home and she slept A LOT. And when she wasn't sleeping, she was cranky.

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Month in Review: Carolyn's fourth month


Today Carolyn is four months old, let me tell ya, and this was an action-packed month. She now does all kinds of fun stuff that I've failed to document very well on this blog, but promise to do better with next time. We don't know exactly how much she weighs or how tall she is, but we'll find out at her four-month well baby checkup on Thursday (with more shots!)

Kristen is in Toronto today at a medical conference presenting research from med school, so tonight I put Carolyn to bed myself. Actually it wasn't too bad at all; I was expecting it to be much harder, but she went down pretty quickly. Knock on wood that she stays asleep now until mommy gets home around midnight!

Anyway, here is a recap of some of the great stuff that happened with Carolyn this month...

And some stuff that we haven't yet documented on the blog, but rest assured is happening anyway...
  • If you're really funny, she will laugh out loud for you (I need to post video of this - so cute)
  • She is a drool machine (don't know if anyone needs video of this)
  • She became aware of her hands, and grabs anything that's placed in front of her, especially toys and her feet
I'll be sure to post an update after Thursday's doctor visit, so stay tuned.

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Carolyn's weekend of firsts


Last weekend, we drove down to Washington, D.C. for our friends' wedding. (Congratulations Dee and Anand! It was a beautiful day all around.) Carolyn experienced a whole bunch of new things...

  • First car trip longer than 2 hours
  • First visit to (or through) Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia
  • First tollbooth (and second, third, fourth and fifth -- there are a surprising number of tolls between Philly and D.C.)
  • First hotel (and a Ritz-Carlton to boot... hope she doesn't expect every hotel she stays in to be so nice)
  • First wedding (well... 20 minutes of a cocktail hour anyway)
  • First night sleeping somewhere other than home (and she fell asleep feeding from a bottle, and slept incredibly well in her Pack 'n' Play for the first time)

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Video: Carolyn squeals with delight in her exersaucer


Video: Carolyn's first swim


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Househusbandry and the art of anticipation



As of yesterday, Kristen is a full-time doctor, which means something was to be done about caring for Carolyn during the week. Originally we were going to put her in daycare, but we decided that she needed more personal attention at this young age (a little over 3 months old). We've hired a nanny who starts on Thursday (actually she was already here a few days last week, but Kristen and/or I were here too, so that doesn't really count as starting). But until Thursday... you guessed it: I'm a househusband. (I would have said Mr. Mom, but that phrase always seemed kinda sexist to me. However, feel free to call Kristen "Dr. Mom".)

My first day wasn't too bad. Carolyn ate really well for me from a bottle (this took some getting used to over the last few weeks for her, but now she seems to be fine). The only issue that came up was that for her afternoon nap, she decided I was going to hold her. She did this by screaming every time I tried to put her down.

The one piece of advice that I would like to impart on househusbands everywhere who would like to do things such as take a shower, eat lunch, write blog posts, or play Wii during the day is this: Learn how to predict the future. It sounds silly, right? Guess what, though: if you can anticipate what's going to happen next, you will save yourself a lot of trouble. For instance:

  • Put the monitor in the bathroom BEFORE you put the baby to sleep. Not only does this save time, but it also ensures that you don't step on a squeaky floorboard and wake up the baby while you're walking around trying to find the monitor.
  • The baby ate 2 hours ago? Warm up a bottle now. Much easier to have the bottle ready to go when the baby starts screaming than to sit around waiting for it to warm up.
  • Make your lunch the night before. I didn't do this for today, and I'm not sure what's gonna happen. Maybe if I wasn't writing on a blog I could do that now...
  • When those eyes start to get droopy, swaddle the baby. Otherwise, when the baby falls asleep, you're going to wake her up trying to wrap a blanket around her.
Did I do all of these things right the first time, or do I know these things from personal experience?

A trip to Longwood Gardens, told with pictures


Yesterday we went on a little family adventure to Longwood Gardens, a 1050-acre spread with tons of different gardens and so forth, as something of a last hurrah to the summer, since Kristen went back to work today. Oh, and it's also the place where I proposed to Kristen, so I guess you could say there's family history there. And of course we took a bunch of pictures.

So we pushed Carolyn around in the stroller for a little while ...

... and Kristen discreetly nursed her on a bench ...

... then I carried her in the Baby Bjorn for a while ...

... and got into trouble ...

... then we ate lunch at a picnic table ...

... then we did some more Baby Bjorning ...

... then Kristen discreetly nursed her under a tree ...

... then Carolyn said "Let's blow this popsicle stand."

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