Getting bigger

Holy moly has this baby changed a ton over the course of 9 weeks. She’s getting bigger obviously but everything about her has changed. I guess being with her 24/7, I don’t notice much unless I look back at old pictures and videos. The pictures below is taken during week 1 and week 9. You can see the difference. In the first picture, you can tell that she’s not really looking at you. Her head is still pointy, her eyes are steely gray, she has less fat in the face.

Today, she can smile, coo, look at you, recognize faces and voices. She can see and likes to peek at the tv whenever she gets a chance. We sometimes have to face her away or just turn off the tv when that happens. She kicks and wiggles, and is getting good about letting us know about her discomfort. She’ll scream when she doesn’t want anymore milk or cry when she’s over stimulated. She prefers to sit up and watch us instead of lay there and play. She’s still working on holding up her head since it bobbles every now and then. Unfortunately, she gets tired of tummy time after about 10 minutes at a time.

From her 2 month checkup she’s still in the 75th percentile in weight and head, and 90th percentile in height. This baby is long! None of her pants really fit, even the 3 month old pair. Speaking of clothing the best outfits are the onesie tops or pajamas with the footies.
Pretty soon, we’ll have to transition her into the 3/6 month outfits.

She still gets fussy in the late afternoons, but I think it’s primarily due to overstimulation and not hunger. It’s when daddy gets home and we’re actually starting to do stuff around the house. Whereas during the day, we’re quietly playing or napping while I try to squeeze one in myself, shower, or put up laundry.

I’m hoping in the last 3 weeks at home, I’ll be able to replenish our freezer with more meals, start (and hopefully finish) on a digital scrapbook, and maybe finish a book. In the meantime, I’m milking all the time I can get with her, since returning back to work after this long hiatus will be a challenge. I’m really going to miss my time with her, sniff sniff.

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Big eyes

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Nap time

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Happy/angry

The many moods of this baby… All within a 30 second time frame.

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8 hours since the last feeding

This will be a quick one since its only 4 am and I just fed her. It’s been 8 hours since the last feeding. I think if I had fed her at 11pm she would have slept through the night.

And yes she fussed again during dinner last night. I’m guessing dinner needs to start a little later than 7:30 bc she was hungry.

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More eating topic

Holy moly, she went over 7 hours without eating. I heard her stir at 2am and started feeding her then, but she was totally not interested. I wonder if she would have slept through the night. The same thing happened last night at 2am. Maybe next time, I leave her in there until she starts crying so she’s actually eats.

Based on the random people online, feelings vary tremendously by baby. I guess we will find out soon enough if she’s growing the appropriate amount. She’s definitely not fat but still chunky in some areas (particularly the cheeks ;)).

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Dinner Interrupted

The last few days, or rather several days, Baby E has been fussing right around dinner time between 6:30-8:30. She eats at 5 or 5:30, and we will play with her until 6:30. Then when we try to put her down for a nap, she fusses the entire time forcing one of us to sit with her while the other scarfs down dinner so that we can take turns holding her.

I’m not sure what causes the fussing , but I think my milk supply is at its lowest during the 5 pm feeding so maybe she’s still hungry? Who knows. It’s made dinner time quite stressful. I guess that’s why people put their kids down to bed at 7. It’s just to early for us. But then again, by the time we are done eating, cleaning, and putting her to bed at 8:30, I’m completely exhausted and want to go to bed myself.

Tomorrow, I think I’ll try to give her a bottle at that time to see how much milk she’s getting and if it’s related to get being hungry.

Who said parenthood was easy….

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Feeding

I’m always concerned about whether or not I’m feeding her enough or too much. Based on our last checkup we are doing just fine. But that was based on a feeding schedule.

Now I’m feeding on demand and she’s only eating 6 times a day. 2am, 6am, 10am, 1pm, 5pm, 8:30pm. If she’s eating at least 4 oz per feeding , then we are ok. But I’m not sure. I wish I had a baby scale to track her weight gain. Lord knows we are tracking everything else. I had ordered one, but Brian thought it was a frivolous purchase, so we cancelled it.

Now I’m concerned that she’s not eating enough. She’s not hungry and I appreciate the extra sleep at night. Maybe I will try to add in another feeding in the morning. I really hope she’s growing the appropriate amount…

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