Sylvia Lauren Snapp’s Baby Book


Over the Hill
July 18, 2007, 9:43 am
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Happy Birthday JOANNE



Sylvia’s Nanny
July 15, 2007, 6:29 pm
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In New York, it is not uncommon for people to have nanny’s, women who come to your home to stay with the children. Our nanny’s name is Tara. She is about 50-something years old and from Guyana. She seems to be doing really well with Sylvia. I am gone before she comes and I get home after she leaves, but Cody only says positive things about her. All I can go from is Sylvia. She is always changed into cute outfits. Her body is clean. She doesn’t have a diaper rash (big indicator), and she is happy. She smiles all the time now and has recently started cooing (I swear I heard her say Hi today). Tara also gives the grown ups some special treatment. She has been doing our dishes and cleaning around the apartment, things we never asked her to do. We appreciate it so much. It has made life so great getting home at five to find the house clean and the baby happy. taraandsylvia.jpg



The Best Investment
July 15, 2007, 6:25 pm
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Prior to Sylvia’s arrival, we didn’t think to buy any thing for her to sit or lay in such as a swing or bouncer. After two days with her, Cody made his way to Target and invested in a $20 bouncer. That has been the best investment so far. Of course, we don’t leave her in there for hours, but when we need to get something done, it’s a lifesaver. She seems to prefer the bouncer to our laps when she is fussy, and when I need a shower, she happily bounces away on the bathroom floor. The newest bouncer use is to watch her Baby Einstein videos. She stares at the TV when we put them on and reacts to all of the things happening. If you don’t know what Baby Einsteins are, they play classical music and display images on the screen that are supposed to stimulate the baby’s brain and eyes. They’re pretty cool and fun to watch.

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Baby Clothes
July 15, 2007, 6:19 pm
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Of course, with your first baby, you learn many things. I learned one valuable lesson…I should not have bought any clothes up to twelve months. Sylvia is already wearing 3-6 months. She had newborn clothes she barely got to wear. I’ve packed all of her newborn clothes up, and after she wore a newborn outfit once, it usually went into the storage bag. She has so many 3-6 month clothes that she will probably wear each outfit once as well. dscn2110.jpg



Daddy’s Girl
July 15, 2007, 6:04 pm
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Sylvia has turned into quite the little daddy’s girl. It seems that she prefers Cody over Mommy anyday. If she is fussing, all she needs is daddy to pick her up and silence.

Cody stays home with her on Fridays, and he says he would like to be a stay-at-home dad. He does so well feeding and dressing her. He still hasn’t given her a bath, but that might be because I like doing it and always get to it first. For the most part, we share the workload equally, but he definitely has bonded with her.



Six Week Appointment
July 15, 2007, 6:02 pm
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Sylvia had her six week appointment on July 11. She was actually seven weeks old then. She weighed 13 lbs and 8 oz. She is in the 94th percentile for babies her age. She is 23.5 inches long. She’s going to be tall like her daddy.

She did so well at the appointment. We stripped her down to her diaper, and she just laid there, smiling on the table. Dr. Morris came in, and she just looked up at him with her big blue eyes. She was so happy, until she realized she was just stabbed in the leg!

She only had one shot, and she only cried for about a minute. Then she was happy again.

Some of the questions we discussed with the doctor were about her feeding schedule, formula namebrands, and the blue veins on her legs. He said she needs to eat more in order to stretch out the times in between feedings. He also said that all formulas are created equal, so we can safely switch to Target brand. He also filled us in on some interesting facts from the past. He gave us the history of formulas and how they used to be unregulated and dangerous to babies. Now that they have perfected (we hope) the make-up of formula, they know what they’re doing when it comes to baby nutrition. They must…look how chunky Sylvia is getting on formula alone! I call her McChunky, my Chunky Monkey, and McChunkster. I can’t wait to see what she looks like in three months.

Overall, the doctor said she is a very active baby, and he is very happy with her. dscn2093.jpgdscn2093.jpg