Communiqués from Cowtown

Goodbye Hedonism, Hello Diaper Genie….

And All Through the Night… January 27, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — nickihem @ 1:24 pm

Far away, in a distant sleepy suburb in the Midwest, a miracle occurred… 

A tiny child, no heavier than a holiday ham, went to sleep one snowy eve around 9:00 p.m. and slept… 

And slept… 

And slept until dawn was on the horizon. 

Yes, indeed. It seems that something clicked and the Bee now goes right to sleep without so much as a peep around 9:00 every night, almost on the button. In fact, if she doesn’t get to sleep right around that time she gets rather fussy until we feed her and lay her down. Once she’s had all she can stomach, I gently lay her down, rub her tummy, pop in her binky—and it’s goodnight time for all.  

Needless to say we are delighted although somewhat shocked. I feel like it’s too easy—that there is a hidden catch somewhere. Like we won the lottery but know taxes are going to eat up most of the money. I keep waiting for something to not be right with this, but it’s really working out… She wakes up happy, bright-eyed, and ready to play and interact (and of course pee and eat). In response to her good mood upon waking, the past three mornings I’ve instituted a new a.m. tradition called “The Mama and Bee Morning Show” which entails me propping her up in the crack of the couch or chair, putting her elbows on two small pillows, and performing for her. I dance, jump around, wave my arms up and down, and laugh a lot and this really seems to get her going. Now that she’s got the hang of the “smiling on purpose” trick she’ll do it in response to me making an ass out of my pre-caffinated self and will even make little quick-exhale laughing sounds. Oh my god I love this girl. She is so fun.

This is how I sit her up. Doesn’t she look intent? Not even three months old, this baby…



So yeah, life is good. Ry and I are sleeping—and not even in shifts like we used to have to do. She’s playful during the day and far more interactive too. I think I like this a lot better than that first month of super-helplessness. She was so tiny and vulnerable. It scared the shit out of me. I was afraid to do anything, even let her cry. Things have certainly changed and we are thankful. Now she’s feelin’ fine…hippiebeeblog.jpgPeace Out Baby Bee….


Someone Should Have Told Me…. January 17, 2007

Filed under: The Bee — nickihem @ 9:46 pm

That yes, it really does make a difference how you hold the camera…. otherwise, this happens….

Ah well, it’s still pretty cute nonetheless….

We keep having to dress her up in all the cool Springtime outfits now since at this rate she’ll outgrow them all before the tulips come up.


A Typical Night… January 15, 2007

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Click on the photos to make them larger and enjoy the illustrated story of a typical night with the Bee…

beesleep.JPG 12:00 Midnight After numerous unsuccessful attempts at laying her down in her crib, mama finally gives up, throws on the baby sling, and totes the wide-awake Bee around, circumnavigating the entirety of the upstairs floor repeatedly as The Bee looks perfectly content but hardly sleepy.

beesleep1.JPG 12:15 a.m. Success! The Bee begins to lose control–she can no longer keep her eyes open; they’re getting heavier by the moment and just in time! Mama’s back is about to break in half… Things are looking good and Ry says, “look at that, she’ll sleep through the night tonight…”

beesleep2.JPG12:18 a.m. – It looks like Ry’s right. She’s fast asleep; aside from opening her eyes open just the slightest bit to make sure she’s still the center of the action there’s no rousting her now…. we think….

…At this point, we quietly lay her down in her crib and tiptoe away, ever so softly….

And then…

daddydrank.JPG1:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.- A picture is worth a thousand words. You go, daddy…. When all else fails, crack open a cold one, strap on the baby-backpack, and wait for the sun to come up.

I think we all managed to fall asleep at 6:00 a.m.


Bee Feats January 11, 2007

Filed under: The Bee — nickihem @ 3:15 pm

So, to begin with, a little Col-ICK update: Last night was actually tolerable. The Bee certainly wasn’t in the best of spirits and although she cried us a river, there wasn’t as much “umph” behind her sporadic but long-lasting fits of aimless baby-rage. This has me thinking that the colic might work itself on out just as swiftly as it moved on in. God, let’s hope…Another few nights of the full-force-super-high-octane colic shit and Ry and I will be certifiable.   

So, when she’s not screaming at the top of her lungs (or sleeping) The Bee does some pretty amazing stuff (aside from astounding us with her unbelievably and almost unnaturally stinky farts). One of her favorite new tricks is to make a tight fist and suddenly, almost like she didn’t quite plan it, pop her entire hand in her mouth. When she does it, she usually looks surprised, then delighted, and then kind of confused—all in a matter of seconds. At first, this was a charming addition to her steadily-growing repertoire of baby feats, but after watching her do this time and time again today, I started to worry that it might not be as cute and innocuous and I first imagined. Since she doesn’t have super hand-eye coordination yet, as excited as she is to get that fist in there, she often misses her mark and jabs herself in the eye or sideswipes her mouth, pulling her lip way up to her nose, or accidentally jams a wayward pinky up her nose. Worse yet, there have been a few times that, once her whole hand is inside her mouth, she seems to forget what movements are required for the hand to exit safely. When this happens, she registers this momentary wide-eyed moment of sheer terror and helplessness followed by a long wail. As a result of this new game she’s got little red marks above her lip, on her cheek, and somehow, up near her hairline. I guess it must not hurt too much though since she keeps doing it. Either that or she just totally forgets that she’s not always successful. She reminds me of our cat. Doing something painful, (like, I don’t know, say, jumping face-first into the door’s glass) smarting for a while, and then doing it all over again. Not quite Baby Genius stuff yet, but hey, little steps…  

So, in other Bee-related news, I’ve noticed that in profile, her head looks not unlike that of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Commander of the Starship Enterprise

   picard.jpg     picardbaby.jpg

You see the resemblance, no? 

Live long and prosper baby girl.




Filed under: Uncategorized — nickihem @ 2:29 am

It’s been one hell of a long three or four days here, to say the least. Just when we’d finished bragging to everyone we knew about what a perfect little angel The Bee is things suddenly changed. We went from dealing with constant smiles and playful little cooing sounds to complete mayhem almost overnight. The cause? Colic. Or, as I like to say, “Col-ICK!” To illustrate the situation I have provided a visual aide…. 

The Bee Four Days Ago


The Bee at 4:00 this morning


So, it appears that the two most pain-in-the-ass common conditions known to mankind (the winter cold and colic) have zero options in the way of cures. Much like having a cold, it is just something that you have to ride out until it’s over; like a bad storm. I can’t help but find myself utterly frustrated that the extent of modern medical science/advice is that we simply must “just wait it out and keep her as quiet as possible” …   Yeah. Thanks. Really. I’ll try that. More on this matter when I’ve had an hour or two of sleep…..


Just a Quickie….

Filed under: Uncategorized — nickihem @ 1:24 am

Just a quick post to share a short video of The Bee on her 2-month birthday. It almost looks like she’s trying to talk back…


Back in the Day…. January 10, 2007

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Ah yes… now the whole pregnancy thing comes flooding back… I remember making this video one afternoon when I was supposed to be working but couldn’t think about anything but my ever-growing belly and the realization that someday I would be a parent.  Interestingly, this video thing discusses my thoughts on having a baby the “normal” way. I must say, it never once crossed my mind that I would have to a C-section. Funny seeing this now and realizing how things would go down…. Anyway, thought this was worth posting. Just for old time’s sake.

* Update as of 1/10/07 – Still no mom jeans here. Yet.