Monthly Archives: April 2010
Our sweet Audrey Lou is 6 weeks old today! The time has surely flown by. So much has happened and changed with her in these first weeks. It is amazing to watch her grow and learn every day.
Some of the things she’s been doing:
On Sunday (April 25) we had our first true day/time of playing. It was rainy icky outside so we weren’t going to be able to go for a stroll like usual. But instead we played! Audrey was content laying in her crib looking around taking in the world, wore her feet and wrist rattles and gave them some shakes, stared at the baby in the mirror I hung in her crib and even paid attention to me read her a book (for the first time with her awake.) She really seemed to like the pictures in Brown Bear Brown Bear…her attention lasted through the bird maybe.
She still loves her baths most of the time. We can’t wait until she can have some water to kick and splash around in. She’s getting them every night now around 7 and then goes down good for the night. This is part of her schedule that is the same-ish every day. We know about when she will eat and sleep and I think this is what you hope for.
Yesterday she got her first bottle. I have mixed feelings about that…I think there is some guilt in it for me. So far I’d said that while it was easy to just nurse her I would and then I had this feeling like I was over it and wanted to give her bottles. So I did and she did great. But I guess I felt guilty like I’d given up. I can’t explain it…but I do know that that one bottle without me feeding her made me appreciate nursing her the next time, spending that close time together. I think it’s a typical Mom feeling…naturally needing to get away for a minute, but having some guilt about feeling that way at the same time.
Friday we went to view her photos with Collin Smith. A friend of mine had warned me that I would cry. I didn’t think I would for some reason. I take pictures of her all the time right? Oh but I did! The snot pour out of your nose kinda cry. It was so special. In just a few weeks she has changed so much. The pictures captured our precious tiny baby newborn girl. They are beautiful! She is beautiful! (I will of course link to them when we finally make up our mind for the order and they are put on his blog) I have a thumbnail sheet of them…and I can’t stop staring at them.
Her smiles are the real deal these days. She will smile when you sing and talk to her. And it is pretty awesome that now she can find you in the room, not just look at you when you are very close and in her face. She is looking at everything and taking it all in. Yesterday when she was swinging her eyes were tracking back and forth to follow me. I still think she loves the art work…and there is plenty around here for her to take in.
I won’t have an official 6 week measurement of her height and weight, but I’m sure I’ll do an at home one when Mark gets home to help. Her little legs are getting chunky…she even has some rolls now. And her cheeks are chubby. Our girl is filling in and out! She can still wear her newborn size sleepers and is wearing 0-3 month clothes. I hope she’ll fit in those for a while too because we have so many cute things she needs to use. But she is surely growing fast. We look at all her older cousins (born from November to January) and how big they are. It’s our way of comparing and realizing just how quick our Audrey will get big too.
-She went back for her doctor’s appointment this week. Now she weighs 7 pounds 15 1/2 ounces and is 20 3/4 inches long. I can’t believe how much she is growing. Another inch and 3/4 just in 2 weeks and almost a pound. We should be able to see her growing at that rate. Everything was good at the check up. Her jaundice levels are still going down so now she just has to be a little sun baby everyday to clear up the rest.
-We have had much better days and nights for the past couple around here. She is not hoarse from all the crying anymore and I think we have learned how to prevent/fix the problem better than at first. This whole thing is a gigantic learning experience…a whole lot of trial and error.
-Audrey loves to go for strolls these days. She is really looking at us and things so much more now too.
some thoughts written last night. well early today actually, but everything before the sun comes up to me is considered last night:
it is 4am. i have gotten more sleep tonight than any night since we had audrey. maybe even before that with the whole not sleeping pregnant thing. in fact right now i can’t go back to sleep just yet. am i counting on this as our new normal? no way, but tonight was a breakthrough. (these breakthroughs are temporary genius moments of things that happen to work. and calling them breakthrough isn’t over exaggerating because any thing that works is life altering while you are trying to figure out life as it is now. so a breakthrough happened even if it was just for that one moment.)
tonight’s was swaddling audrey to sleep for the night. the past several nights have been unsettled for her. she was fussy and crying or either sleeping but grunting and fighting it. unsettled for her equals tough for me. last night i’m pretty sure i saw every hour past 10. and as strong as the instinctive live on no sleep super power is for moms, i don’t think that’s something that you can keep up. but tonight has saved me! tonight she’s made some i’m hungry little noises and i get her up, she nurses good, we change a diaper, swaddle back up and SHE FALLS BACK TO SLEEP! it’s good stuff. i feel rested. but even so i am going back to sleep now. 4:26am
things i love: audrey’s face after eating. full cheeks and closed lips. i can picture her in a few years with that same face…at school with cheeks poked out saving a mouthful of water at the fountain. crazy what becomes so cute when it’s your child. (don’t let me become that mom..haha)
Frida has been better with the new baby than we could have ever dreamed. Not only has she settled down tremendously, she actually is watchful of Audrey. She is sure to be there when she’s crying, looks at us with concern when she’s upset and we aren’t consoling her fast enough and even sneaks in a foot kiss here and there. We are proud parents…to Audrey of course, but also to Frida.
and the start of 26. journals that is.
i always have a hard time transitioning from one book to the next for many reasons, but this time seems to be even harder (not just due to the lack of time/change of priorities) it is odd timing. the last book ended with the last few days before audrey arrived and now this new one is blank and ready. a new start on paper to go along with my new start and change as a person. it is making it harder to put something down, or maybe it is just another good excuse to the reason i always hard letting go issues with my journals. i get attached to them. i have them near me for such a long time. they hold memories and thoughts, things shared and kept to myself and then they fill up and i have to start again. i’ve always said it’d be nice to have one gigantic book that would never end. i have to begin, to put anything inside so i wont miss out on capturing what i can during these precious times that are going by so quickly.