Friday, July 29, 2005


Tori's days are pretty routine to this point. Wake up, bath, bottle, sleep, cat naps, eat, sleep, awake and fight sleeping for the night. She has gotten better at sleeping in her crib and got up once in the middle of the night last night and about 5:30 this morning for a bottle. We got a little more sleep because of it. Generally she is pretty good.

She doesn't like much of anything at this point. No swing or bouncy seat for more than a few seconds. Then there is the napkin holder. For some reason she loves staring at it in the morning. We lay her on the counter and she's calm and quite, just staring at the napkin holder. Don't know what that is about, but I'm not ruining a good thing. She even fell asleep next to it. Maybe that means she'll be a clean kid or something.

Thursday, July 28, 2005


Ollie calls his Aunt Lucy Wucy. I'm sure Tori will to when she is old enough to speak. In the meantime, here is Wucy causing her to fuss.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

TJ & Tori

These images are rather grainy aren't they?

Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Monday, July 25, 2005


I think he was telling her not to break her arm. It doesn't look like much fun.

Friday, July 22, 2005


The family came to visit not too long ago. Everyone got their chance to hold Tori. Consequently, we have pictures of everyone holding Tori.

More to come.

Thursday, July 21, 2005


Today we took Tori to the Pediatric Cardiologist to have her heart murmur checked. They did all the regular stuff an EKG and Echo-cardiogram. Basically the doctor said she has 2 pinhole size holes in her heart. 99% of the time they close up on their own within the first year. If they don't close, she can live a normal life with them. The only problem would be if they got bigger as the heart grew. At 1 month they've haven't grown. We have to go back in 5 months to have it checked out again.

Ollie's murmur went away within a day. I'm sure hers will be gone within a year. He can only hear it with his stethoscope when she is silent. That is how small it is. Not an easy task to keep an infant quiet so they can hear a murmur.

She is a lot bigger than when she was born. Almost 23 inches and 10 lbs. She can pack away the milk! Here's a comparison for you.

She's going to give her brother a run for his money in size. She'll win in the chubby cheek category.

Next up is her transition to her crib. She's almost out grown the bassinet at 1 month. She's getting big for her britches.

Monday, July 18, 2005


Friday, July 15, 2005


She's got baby muscles. Tori has the double chin action going, but she also got the baby guns for arms and thighs. The milk must be doing her body good. She looks like Arnold Schwarzeneggar. She holds her head up when she can and is already trying to turn over. She can make it to her side from her back, but that is about it. She'll make it faster than Ollie did.

If only we could get her to be not so fussy in the middle of the night and to burp easier. There is no perfect baby, but at least she doesn't have gastric. She actually gets to wear her clothes.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Rough Day/Night

Tori had a rough day and night. She couldn't get comfortable enough to stay asleep. She was crabby and up for 7 hours during the day. She did ok until 3 am when she wouldn't go back to sleep. So, she and I slept in the recliner. Every so often she'd rustle and squawk. Once I was awake, she'd settle back down to her slumber in the crook of my arm.

We woke up at 6 to get ready for the day. She got her bath and put into a 3 month old outfit. She fills out the length, but not the waist of it. She's a tall girl for being only 3.5 weeks old. Sounds like she will be like her brother in that department. She doesn't have gastric like her brother, so that will be different for them. She has developed a chubby face, fat tummy and is starting to get chubby thighs. If she could get the sleeping pattern arranged, we'd be all set.

Monday, July 11, 2005

In General

Tori is sleeping very well at night. She only gets up twice a night usually, she's even had a night where she only got up once. That was the exception for now. She is constantly eating and is in the 90th percent in weight and 75th percent in height. Definitely a healthy girl.

She may be on the verge of her first cold at only 3 weeks old. One of the other kids at the sitter's had a cold last week and Ollie may have brought it home to his sister.

Passing the Germs
That wouldn't be a fun experience. Come out of the womb, try to adjust to life outside of it and then be subjected to your first cold. She'll have plenty more, but I was hoping she would at least get past the first month before she got one. They'll pass them back and forth and infect their parents as well. I just hope, she is as agreeable as Ollie is when she has a cold.

Thursday, July 07, 2005


Last night was not a good night for anyone. While Tori was being fed Ollie fell out of his bed. As I wrangled with him, Tori wanted to play. She had a different schedule yesterday and it was time to party at 2 am. She was passed back and forth between the two of us a couple of times while the other dealt with Ollie.

I got her last and she ended up sucking on her binky for awhile. Then she got fussy again. She had a burp that wouldn't come out. Around 4 am, the last burp came. She got comfortable on my chest while we sat in the recliner. She fell asleep and was placed back in her bassinet for the remainder of the night. I'm sure they planned this attack in advance. They are really in control aren't they?

The Conspirators

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Monster Burp

Do you see how small this little girl is?

One thing you will notice his her diminutive body and length. She barely fits in the space from my elbow to my hand. The largest part of her is her MONSTER BURPS. She gets a bit of air in her stomach and watch out! These aren't your minor, barely audible baby burps, these shake the entire house! It isn't just occasionally, it is all the time. Every burp is a monstrous roar.

Last night during her one am feeding, she was fussy and wouldn't eat any more. When her mom tried to burp her she let out a belch so loud we started laughing. It could be heard around the house. No wonder she wasn't happy. Her cries are quieter than her burps. She could give Homer Simpson a run for his money at 3 weeks old. If you hear a loud noise around our family, don't blame the adults, blame the newborn.

Friday, July 01, 2005


Tori spent most of the night asleep. She fell asleep in my arms around 9:30 and slept for 4 hours. After a bottle, she went back to bed at 2 am and slept until 5:30. Which isn't a bad time to wake up for a new born. She is a very calm baby and a very good sleeper and eater at this point. Today, she is 2 weeks old. She is close to eating 4 ounces at a time as well. Not that long ago, we they were in the hospital and Ollie was learning about his sister.

Since that time he hasn't paid much attention to her, but has wanted to hold her more. I'm sure he'll be more interested in her when she is mobile, then the fights will begin.