Wednesday, July 13, 2011

One Month!

Has it been a whole month already? I can't believe it. We've been so busy around here the time has flown by. Baby girl is doing well, but we forgot how much you worry about a newborn. All they do is eat, sleep and dirty their diaper, but you can't help but worry about all those things....are they sleeping enough or too little, did they eat enough or too much, is that what baby poo is supposed to look like? That being said, we were back to the pediatrician last week worried that H hadn't been gaining the proper amount of weight. In two weeks, she only gained 3 oz (typically, they like to see infants gain 4-6 oz per week). We decided that it's not my milk supply, but that she's just too sleepy, so I began waking her to eat every two hours. In just three days, she gained almost 4 oz, so she's back on track, but I'm still making sure she eats every 2-3 hours. We've also been battling what we think was a painful case of thrush, but she's feeling better now and eating well. She's looking more round to me and her legs are filling out. Her eyes are still a light blue and she's very alert. She tracks my face and objects and has started smiling and making "cooing" noises. So cute! She's doing great, but we'll have her weight checked again in a couple weeks, once we get settled in the new house. This weekend will be her first trip away from home. We'll be staying at Grandpa's house for several days until the new house is ready. Honestly, I'm anxious for this week and this move to be over. If all goes as planned, we should be in our new house, in our new city in less than a week.

One Month Stats:
Weight - 9 lbs 3 oz - 53%
Length - 21 1/4 in - 60%
Head circ. - 14 3/8 in - 53%

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

3 weeks!

Our baby girl was three weeks old on Monday, July 4th. We spent the holiday weekend with friends over brunch and board games and Grandma K was here spending time with little E and giving us some time to pack. Harper has already changed so much since the day she came home. Though she still seems so small, her face and body are starting to fill out and she's becoming more and more alert every day. Her eyes are still a beautiful blue color, but I think they may end up being blue or green, instead of hazel like her brother. Her hair appears to be light blondish around her face, but she has a funny, long dark brown patch of hair at the crown of her head. She's still waking us up to eat every 2-3 hours at night and 3-4 during the day. She appears to be eating well, but we're worried that she may have reflux (which is very common). Though she doesn't spit up much, she seems to be in pain after eating, eats small, frequent meals, gets the hiccups often, coughs and generally seems to associate eating with pain. It's really hard for a nursing mother to see her milk causing pain in her baby. Usually nursing is a way to comfort a baby, but in this case it's hard to calm her down. We see the pediatrician on Monday and hope to find some ways to make her more comfortable. In the meantime, I'm going to limit my dairy intake, which should also bring her some relief. Her brother still doesn't seem to notice or care that she lives in our house, which is kind of nice. He appears to ignore her all together. We move to our new home in just one short week, which I hope goes smoothly. Our wonderful friends continue to bring awesome dinners over about every other night, which has made taking care of two kids and packing so much easier. We're really going to miss living here, but are excited about our new adventure.

Happy 4th of July!!

First bath in the kitchen sink.