Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Dreaded Four Month Sleep Regression

I love when I hear people everywhere (namely great grandmothers in Publix) talk about how Zella is currently at their favorite age.  Clearly quite a few drinks have been consumed between when they were raising a 4 month old and the present day.  I just can't agree, so I nod and smile thinking "why don't you take her for a while and give her back at the 6 month mark?"

Every one of the kids has gone through a 4 month sleep regression of sorts.  Zella has not skipped this phase either, but she happens to have regressed in a far more horrible way.  Where many kids, if not most, wake up in the middle of the night, eat, and then fall back asleep within some fairly short period of time, Zella has decided that is just not her jam.  She sleeps for long stretches, which I am thankful for, but I dread the moment she wakes to eat.

I'll feed her, rock her, do anything I can to get that child to go back down, but the second you think she is asleep and you try to place her really anywhere...cradle, Nap Nanny (what recall?), rock 'n play, bouncer, swing, Rockaroo...BAM!  She is wide awake and shrieking.  At this point it typically takes anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes for her to fall back asleep.  Did I mention that during this duration of time you absolutely MUST be standing?    Yes.  Zella knows nothing good can happen when someone is sitting in a rocking chair while holding her.  Standing is apparently the only way to go.

I am over it.

The end.



Thursday, April 16, 2015

Our Offer Has Been Accepted!!

After what seemed like an eternity (but in fact was actually only about 48 hours, tops), our offer on a gorgeously designed custom home in Augusta has been accepted by the sellers!  Praise the Lord!  We are so thankful to everyone who has helped us out along the way.  Our parents, families, and friends have been awesome, doing everything from scouting locations to giving real estate advice to keeping our crazy children at a moment's notice.  THANK YOU!

Here are a few pictures of the new place...now all we need are some visitors :-D

Front of Home

Kitchen

Outdoor Kitchen

Backyard and Playset



Sunday, April 5, 2015

A Big Announcement from the Eichenbergers!

(Apologies for the FIVE MONTHS of silence...four kids is a lot...yes, the fourth was born...)

Our original plan when we came to Nashville was for Jake to complete a two year fellowship program in clinical informatics at Vanderbilt.  This would allow him to sit for the informatics board exam (which is brand new), his ultimate goal.  After a few short months, however, some interesting job opportunities began to materialize.  We found out that since the informatics field is still fairly new, we are currently in a "grandfathering period" when it comes to qualifying to sit for the informatics boards (aka you do not have to complete an informatics fellowship in order to be eligible to sit for the boards).  Enough of the medical speak...

We are happy to officially announce that we will be returning to Augusta, Georgia in June!  Jake has been offered a pediatric attending position at Georgia Regents University (better known as MCG) and will get to work 25% of his time in informatics (he will sit for the informatics boards in 2017).

Jake and I will head to Georgia in May on a house hunting trip where we hope to find our "for the foreseeable future" home :-D  Hopefully I can keep the blog updated with pictures once we make an offer on a house...no promises.

For now we are taking mover recommendations...because I *love* moving...and movers...

Oh, and here is our newest kid:

Riding in her BinxyBaby Shopping Cart Hammock


You are welcome.



Friday, November 7, 2014

A Review: Lifetouch School Pictures - Do Yourself a Favor and Just Say "No"

Nothing like spending your afternoon on the phone with a "customer service" rep.  Here is the complaint that I just sent off to Lifetouch...no doubt no one will ever see it as they don't seem to understand how the internet works.  Perhaps they should have hired better programmers.  Or they could have at least consulted with the inventor of the internet himself - Al Gore.

On September 1, 2014 I ordered pictures prior to my son's picture day through your website (order #...) and our credit card was charged the same day.  When we received his pictures we decided we would opt for the re-take.  On re-take day we turned in the original products we ordered (a CD and one sheet of wallets) and he had his picture re-taken.  Just today we received the new proof, but none of the products we ordered.  We also noticed that his last name (Eichenberger) was now misspelled as two words - Eichen Berger.

My husband spent quite a bit of time on the phone with one of your representatives attempting to remedy the situation as apparently there was zero record of our order anywhere in your system (despite our order number and email confirmation).  We were also asked which photo we would like on our CD and when we requested that whatever the original request was in the first order be chosen for this IDENTICAL order, we were told again that they didn't know what had been chosen because apparently anything done on the Lifetouch website just disappears into oblivion.

We then attempted to get the last name corrected and were told that it would have to remain incorrect as there was no way for them to fix the last name at this point.  This was obviously an issue as we chose to have our son's name printed on the wallets, and surprisingly we didn't want the incorrect last name printed on these photos.  This entire process has been utterly ridiculous and although there is no way Lifetouch even cares as they already have the entire market on public school photos, we wanted to let you know that this experience was certainly NOT worth our $36.