Friday, June 24, 2005 (TAYLOR IS 6 WEEKS OLD)

Taylor has a boyfriend. She’s been seeing him on a daily basis and she flirts with him unabashedly.
Here’s a picture of him:
Bear

He’s one of three bears on a mobile that came with her Pack N’ Play. She’ll sit and stare forever at Mr. Bear and she’ll gurgle and coo and smile at him. I think it’s love. I just hope that bear doesn’t break her heart!

Last weekend, Taylor had some eye problems – it turns out that she had a clogged tear duct. It was her first medical problem, but it seems to be clearing up now. We went to the pediatrician yesterday for her 6-week checkup. Taylor now weighs 10 lbs, 3 oz. and she’s 22-1/2″ long. The doctor said she’s doing great. After her appointment, we took her to see her very first movie, “Batman Begins”. Zach and I enjoyed the movie, but T.J. didn’t seem too impressed – she slept almost the entire time (we think she might take after her grandma Laura in that respect!).

We took this picture of her in her ducky pajamas. I think that she looks a bit like the Gorton’s fisherman:
Gortons fisherman

Friday, June 17, 2005 (TAYLOR IS 5 WEEKS OLD)

We took the following pictures of Taylor when she fell asleep in her Boppy:

Boppy3 Boppy2 Boppy1

And these are when she fell asleep in the sling (she looks like a little pea in a pod):
Peapod1 Peapod2

During the daytime, T.J. sleeps like a champ, but in the evenings sleep has fallen by the wayside as she’s been waking during the night more frequently and demanding that we give her our attention. The Native Americans had their rain dance and I have my sleep dance – I run through a steady routine of attempting to distract Taylor by dancing, singing, rocking, gliding (and on and on). It didn’t work in getting her to fall asleep, but we did have rain this week, so maybe I’m doing it wrong! We’re hoping that she’ll start sleeping through the night before we get to retirement age!

One final note…I weighed her last weekend and she’s up to 9.5 lbs. What a chunky monkey!!

Friday, June 10, 2005 (TAYLOR IS 4 WEEKS OLD)

Taylor met her grandpa Gene and Linda for the first time last weekend. She slept for almost the entire time they were here. I think they were amazed that anyone could sleep so much!
Gene & Linda with Taylor:
GeneLinda Linda TJ

Zach and I have been slowly decorating her nursery. We’re going with kind of a travel theme. We got some great pictures that our friend Adam took during his African travels (a giraffe and a crested crane) and then we’ve added things from there. We’re having a lot of fun with it – we put up a palm tree, some cargo nets with stuffed monkeys and Bernice found some really cool firefly lights that we’ve added to the tree. Now we’re on the hunt for a stuffed snake and a toucan (or a parrot) to finish it off.
Picture of the nursery:
Nursery
Animal pictures:
giraffe crane

Some firsts:
* We tried giving her a pacifier for the first time this week. She was crying and crying, so we put the pacifier in her mouth and POP – out it went (oh well – it was worth a try!)
* I bought some almond oil and gave T.J. her first massage this week. I wasn’t sure how she would like it, I read that for some babies it can be too much stimulation. She was very aware through the entire massage, moving around a lot – but she really seemed to enjoy it. I think we’ll have to make it a little ritual.
* Linda was singing and dancing with Taylor and we think she laughed for the first time. We heard a little chuckle and she was smiling, could have been gas, but we’ll choose to believe that it was a laugh!
Linda dancing with Taylor:
Dancing2

Friday, June 3, 2005 (TAYLOR IS 3 WEEKS OLD)

Taylor had her first real bath last night. She really seemed to like it and it calmed her down enough so that she ate and went right to sleep afterwards. That was a welcome relief for Zach and I because the previous two nights, she was awake and fussy for most of the night. She seems to get her nights and days confused sometimes, which translates into LOOOONG nights for us! We’re trying to get her straightened out, but she sometimes seems to have plans of her own.

Taylor after her first bath:
FirstBath

Zach, Taylor and I went to a new parents support group yesterday. There were about 30 new parents with babies under 6 months old. It was a pretty welcoming and informative group. It’s comforting to know that no matter what we are going through, there are several other people who can echo our same situation. We’re not alone after all!

We had dinner with my parents and took some pictures of Taylor with Grandma Laura and Grandpa Paul (aka “GrandPaul”):

Grandma Laura with T.J.:
LauraTaylor LauraTaylor2 LauraTaylor3 01

GrandPaul and T.J.:
Paul TJ2 GrandPaul Paul TJ

Uncle Pete:
UnclePete

Friday, May 27, 2005 (TAYLOR IS 2 WEEKS OLD)

It’s been two weeks now and our skinny mini is plumping up! We took her to the pediatrician and she gained a pound over her birth weight. The doctor seems very pleased with her progress, and I’m glad that I stuck with the nursing. It’s hard, but it seems like it’s going to be worth it in the long run. Last week we took her to Fresno to visit with her grandma C.R., great-uncle Steve and great-Aunt Dot. We got some good pictures from that trip:
Grandma C.R. with Taylor:
CR TJ CR TJ2

Taylor with her Great-Uncle Steve:
Steve TJ

Taylor with her Great-Aunt Dot:

DottieTaylor

The Chandler clan:
Chandlers TJ

Friday, May 20, 2005 (TAYLOR IS 1 WEEK OLD)

Taylor is a pretty angelic little baby so far. She sleeps most of the time and is almost impossible to wake up! The first week was pretty rough as far as nursing, but I got some help from my friend Heather and things seem to be getting a lot easier. Taylor had her first appointment with the pediatrician last Sunday and she had already gotten back up to her birth weight (she’s a good little eater, just like mom and dad!).
Pictures of T.J.:
smile mittens

One proud dad:
prouddad

Liz & T.J. doing great:
liz TJ 1

Friday, May 13, 2005

Our sweet daughter, Taylor Jules Radding was born yesterday, May 12, 2005 at 4:18 a.m. She weighed in at 6lbs, 12 oz. and was almost 21″ long. Zach and I put together this website for her as a kind of virtual baby book. We’ll be posting pictures and writing about what’s going on in her life. Eventually, she can post to her own website, but for now we’ll be narrating.
Just the three of us:
Just the three of us

Ain’t she cute!:
Ain't she cute!

One tired mom, one ticked baby:
One tired mom, one ticked baby

DJ T.J. (actually, it’s just her hearing test):
DJ T.J.