Samantha is now 3 weeks and 3 days old. She seems to be growing really fast now - I can't wait to find out how much she weighs at her one month checkup on Friday. Adam and I have developed a pretty good system for sharing the work of taking care of her. We're working on getting her on a schedule but she's not quite there yet. It might help if Adam and I were on a schedule ourselves!
We've been pretty busy the past couple of weeks. We took Sam on her first walk in the stroller with our dog, Toby, and she met a few of the neighbors. We've had visits from my aunt and cousin and family, and from Adam's sister and aunt. This past weekend we took Sam on her first real outing to have dinner with my parents at their RV at Moon Lake campground where they are staying. It was nice to get out of the house and we got to hear all about their trip to Alaska and to see all the photos.
Next I have to work up the courage to take her out in the car by myself. Once I'm comfortable with that, I hope to be able to take her on errands like to the grocery store or post office. Being house-bound is no fun at all. I think it will also be easier once she is big enough to be carried in the Baby Bjorn. I want to start walking regularly again before the weather gets too cold. I miss my walks with Toby and I think it will be fun to walk with him and Sam, but I probably won't get much of a chance to do that until next spring. Summer is long gone here in Michigan, and fall only lasts about a month and then it will be unbearably cold until April. If you live where it is warm, my advice is to never move! During the winter, I might take Sam to the mall for walks - too bad no dogs allowed there.
Samantha is just getting cuter and sweeter by the day. Her eyes are open much more often now, and I can see the curiosity behind them when she looks around. She loves the black and white patterns I printed off the internet for her and will stare at them until she falls asleep. She seems to be trying to grasp at things with her hands and she can roll over and hold her head up a bit. I thought she would just be a blob for at least 3 months, but there are already all these exciting changes in her, and it helps me to fully realize how wonderful it is going to be to watch her grow up.
*Disclaimer:The Sam Update began as a series of e-mails sent to family and friends starting when Sam was less than a month old. To keep the chronology I've faked the dates here on the blog to reflect when the updates were actually written. They were really added to the blog in May, 2008, with just a bit of editing. All subsequent entries will be posted directly to the blog.