January 29, 2009
This morning we got up and out in the COLD for Abby's one month check up. Our pediatrician does an extra appointment at the one month mark to avoid us going 6 weeks (from 2 weeks to 2 months) without an appointment. I appreciated it as it gave us a chance to discuss our new feeding plan and confirm it is working and her weight gain is normal. We also wanted to know if the screening tests we had done at her last appointment had come back and confirm all was normal.
We are beginning to settle into our new feeding routine. Abby feeds every 2 hours during the day. She takes about 4 ounces at each feeding. I am nursing the majority of the time- only adding 2 ounces of formula if she is still hungry after nursing for 30 minutes or if I was able to pump some extra to allow Marcus to feed her.
We are letting her sleep at night as long as she wants and are finding (after 3 nights) that she wants to sleep. We do our last feeding around 10 PM and she can go until 5:30 ish. Unfortunately, I can not go that long so I will wake her or get up and pump around 2:30ish. I hope this pattern continues as it works for us and proved fruitful on the scale!
Weight- 9 lbs. 3 ounces (50th percentile)
This is one pound more than her birth weight and up 9 ounces from our appointment last week. I was hoping to see 9 pounds as it would have been "normal" healthy gain. Both Marcus and I can really see the extra weight on her- she seems a little chunkier around the middle and in her face.
Height- 22 inches (75-90th percentile)
Yea- she is getting bigger and longer! She is up 1.25 inches from her birth. That is a lot of length to add in just one month. Wow!
Head Circumference- 38.5 cm (75-90th percentile)
Her brain is growing also! Yea Abby! She is up 2 cm from her last appointment.
Speaking of her head, I was able to capture a picture of her hair color under the bright lights of the doctor's office. Who knows if it will last, but it is the most wonderful shade of strawberry blond. I love it!
January 28, 2009
So I have heard from some veterans at the parent thing...that the first time you sleep through the night...its like "whoa!" experience. We had a taste of that
10:20pm: Abby goes down. Kinda fussy, a little tired, ate a little bit. Anna puts her down with the expectation that we will be up 'soon'.
1:30am - I wake up, look around, and check to make sure the kiddo has not relocated herself to the floor, or anything silly like that. Nope, snoozing away. mmk...let's sleep while we can, she'll wake us up soon.
3:15am - so use to being up at this time, I wake up. Kid still asleep, where we left her. Better hurry and get back to sleep, she will awaken any second.
5:25am - really? did I miss something? Did the wifey get up and take care of junior, and I miss it? well...its an hour till I get up.....let it ride...
6:38am - are you kidding me? Ok, seriously, going to get the kiddo and wake her up!
8:30 - Gonna toot on my horn here...Let Anna have a couple hours more sleep ;)
I have been doing all that I can at work today, because I have a strong feeling that lil Abby is going balance our REM karma here and pull an all nighter.
By the way, I now introduce myself to customers with the age of my child and my number of hours of sleep. "Im Marcus, I have a 4 week old, last night, we got 4 hours of sleep." I find this disclaimer very useful. Because when I am a space cadet, they look at me, nod, and say "I understand" rather than "what is wrong with you son?"
Quick trivia fact, a baby's cry is about the same decibels as a leaf blower, or a chainsaw. Yep.
January 26, 2009
Thank you so much for coming to visit and for bringing me Chick-fil-a. I hope we can play again soon!
BTW, watching this much HGTV has made me want to redecorate every room in my house. It makes for a very expensive maternity leave. I seriously need help!
January 24, 2009
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I am thrilled to report she is a happy camper with a full stomach. I have fed her a bottle three times since yesterday afternoon and after each feeding, she has been content or napping until the next feeding. I really think we are onto something.
With a full stomach, she is also enjoying her swing! It is nice to sit her down somewhere and have her remain content. She can swing and swing and swing! Thank you Alison for the wonderful swing. It is coming in mighty handy!
I can not even begin to tell you the number of presents this sweet baby girl has received. Each day when we check the mail we are amazed that she has more mail. The gifts have all been so heartfelt and special. They are pieces we will treasure for a long time. The number of monogrammed pieces is almost embarrassing. If anyone else names their child Abby Lu, I've got a car load for you!
On top of goodies in the mail, we are enjoying such wonderful homemade dinners from our church family. I promise you Marcus and I do not eat this well on our own. It is definitely a blessing to have dinner arrive each night allowing us to focus on our daughter and each other.
Thank you to everyone who has prayed for us, called/emailed/texted to check on us, sent us such wonderful gifts, and brought over yummy meals to keep us going. We truly appreciate it all and are so grateful to have loving friends and family caring for us.
January 21, 2009
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January 17, 2009
It was crazy to see Kyleigh as the big girl. She is our little Kyleigh! She was quiet, soft, and slow with Abby and did a great job. She knew to anti-bac her hands, hold Abby's head, and pat her when she cried. She was a wonderful big cousin.
January 16, 2009
Plus, I wore pre-maternity jeans because I weighed in today at my pre-baby weight. Amazing! I have no idea how, but if it is because I am breastfeeding, I may have to breastfeed until she is 20 or I weigh 120!
January 13, 2009
We were thrilled to hear she had regained her birth weight and was growing beautifully!
Weight- 8 lbs. 6 ounces (50th percentile)
That is up 3 ounces from her birth weight and almost one pound since her last appointment. Yea! Since she has regained nicely, we are now able to extend the nighttime feeding to 6 hours. I know- amazing! We'll see if she can go that long. We are currently 5 hours between feedings at night.
Length- 21 inches (75th percentile)
Head circumference- 36.5 cm (60th percentile)
The screening tests were not that bad. She was pricked in the heel one time and then blood was squeezed out to fill several little circles on special paper. She turned bright red and cried, but I was able to soothe her in my arms for the entire test. Marcus on the other hand was inconsolable. He actually wouldn't look at her until the testing was complete. And, before the test, he promised her a car. I really need to get him under control!
January 12, 2009
Check out our sweet baby girl hanging out in Mama's chair in the living room. Can you see the red in her hair? Oh dear Lord, please keep it red!
Her onesie is from one of her fashion godmothers Johnna and says, "the best thing since sliced bread". I love it!
January 11, 2009
Check out her super cute onesie- as the first grandchild for Grammy, I am pretty sure she is the family favorite for now.
January 10, 2009
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January 06, 2009
Marcus and I visited our family physician this afternoon to get our whooping cough shots. Abby Lu's pediatrician recommended we get them since it is a high risk sickness for infants and she is unable to get the shot.
After all of the shots I have received, it wasn't that bad. For Marcus, he made a funny face and has complained his arm is sore all day. Wuss!
I loved the nurse we saw. She asked why we would come in on a Tuesday afternoon for whooping cough shots. I told her we just had a baby and our pediatrician recommended it. She was shocked that I had an 8 day old baby. She said I looked good. How nice! I like her! I have lost a lot of the baby weight already and can wear some of my regular pants. Between giving birth and nursing, it is coming off quickly which is nice since I didn't start out a size 4! I am 7 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight. Yea! Yea!
PS- My shoes fit just fine now that the IV fluids have left my feet. Sorry, no massive shoe sale!
January 05, 2009
#1 Lil Abby Lu
What a wacky ride to get to the point. On December 29th, lil Abby was born. just one week....one week...and we have learned a lot about her. Its a mixure of being speechless, and knowing that I cannot fit everything I want to say in this one post. Truly...life changing...
bring on 2009. Cheers.
January 03, 2009
Having personal experience with RSV through Cohen, our nephew, Marcus and I are very aware of just how scary it can be. Cohen got RSV when he was less than one month old and was in the NICU for days. He went to the hospital by ambulance and was hooked up to multiple machines and was sedated. We want to avoid this at all costs for Abby.
We asked the pediatrician about it and she recommended we keep Abby Lu at home for the first six weeks, cover her in a blanket when waiting in the doctor's office, make everyone wash their hands, use lots of anti-bac, and of course avoid anyone with illness. Marcus and I and both of our parents had our flu shots and Marcus and I have appointments for whooping cough shots on Tuesday. Having a winter baby requires a good deal of extra precautions!
I know many of you want to see Abby Lu and we would love to show her off. Hopefully, the blog will suffice until we are beyond the 6 week point. We worked so hard to get her here that we want to be extra careful to make sure she is safe and healthy through this volatile period.
In the hospital, Abby Lu was fussy and the photographer handed her to me and said to her, "I'll give you to your Mommy to calm you down." It made me teary eyed. So many times I have held everyone else's sweet babies and handed them off for comfort when they needed it. Now, I get to be the Mommy who can calm the baby like no other. No doubt, I don't want a baby that only can be held by me, but it is nice to know she recognizes my scent, touch or face and wants me sometimes.
Seriously, who could resist this fat little squished up face? Not me!
Feeding for the past few days, I have realized I need more table top space in arms' reach of the big yellow nursing chair. I need to access burp cloths, a book to read, a radio, my bottled water, etc. So, we ran into IKEA for 2 cheap little tables. Check out these cute red ones! They will make great nightstands when she has a toddler bed.
With the new red tables, I needed to get rid of the one green one I had bought that Target no longer carries in the store. So, while at IKEA I bought 2 stools for $7.99 each and made her a little play area in the corner. I can envision future tea parties at this fun little table. Until then, her little friends and cousins can play.
In my two hours, I also managed to run into Harry and David at the outlet mall for more yummy pears and into Walgreens for our photo order and a couple of toiletries.
If you read closely, you'll realize that Marcus was alone with Abby Lu for these two hours. He did wonderfully and did not call me or panic at all. She also saved her first "explosion" for the time alone with him. Good work little one!