Wednesday, May 2, 2012

[Wednesday's Weekly Check-In] Week 2

I can't believe it's been two weeks!  Screw the "sleep when the baby sleeps" advice, I think the most true is "enjoy every moment, it goes so fast"....


Weight: Ashlynn headed back to her 3rd pediatrician appointment on Friday.  We were thrilled to find out she was back to her birth weight of 5lbs 1oz!  

Medical Issues:   After getting tested for jaundice on Monday, given a Bili Blanket that evening, and retested on Tuesday afternoon, we were told to keep the blanket on through Wednesday and get her tested again on Thursday.  Her initial levels were 17.7 and then 15.7 the following day.  The doctor said anything over 20 is alarming and anything under 15 is manageable without the UV light therapy.  After having to have her little foot pricked again, we found out she had dropped into the 13 range and were able to send the blanket back - woohoo!

She's upped her milk consumption, however she's gotten a tad sloppy with the bottle.  Battling a few more spit up episodes this week, hopefully it's just our fault for being a little too aggressive with pushing the weight gain and not a true reflux issue.  We've started to give her more time while feeding to hopefully not have her tiny belly fill up so quickly.

Sleep:  Still most of the day and night.  She is becoming more alert for longer periods. Usually twice a day she'll stay awake after eating and just take in whatever is going on around her.  The rest of them time she falls asleep through her meal and stays that way until we wake her to eat again.

Clothes: Preemie!  Her preemie clothes came last Thursday, and I am glad I didn't order too many they are already a bit snug.  It is nice though having clothes that fit since the newborn outfits are still too big for her.  Maybe one more week?!

happy baby

Visitors: Bopo and Yaya, Mom-Mom, Uncle Kent, and multiple neighbors who came baring meals - so thankful for living in such a nice community!


Bopo and Yaya came to visit and spoiled their granddaughter

Diet: Milk!  Trying to break the scheduled feeds of every three hours round the clock day and night.  I'd like to feed her on demand, but with still trying to pump and needing to give bottles when nursing attempts go wrong, it's a bit difficult.

Baby Gear Love:
Pack N Play with Newborn Napper for sleeping in our room.
Rock N Play (supervised only - since she's too little to properly strap in) as a place to put her down when free hands are needed - also great for placing in front of the window to help with the jaundice.
Preemie Clothes - so nice to have clothing that fits!
Milk Storage Bags - Supply and demand are not equal at the moment.  We are starting quite the back stock of milk in the freezer.

getting some time in the sun to help the jaundice from her Rock N Play
Not "gear", but LOVING the website KellyMom.com.  The articles posted help keep me a bit sane in that I'm doing the right (or sometimes wrong) things in regards to feeding.  This is definitely the area I'm having the most frustration and anxiety.  Lots of "Am I doing the right thing?"

Crying:  Almost non-existent. Some fussing during diaper changes, baths, and clothing changes (aka, when naked and cold!).  Starting to get a little fussier at night if put down before being truly asleep.  I brought in the sleep sheep from the nursery and that seems to really soothe her.

no tears here

Post Partum - I forgot to include this last week, but thought it'd be worth adding in.

Last week, at 1 week PP, I was able to put on jeans that button!!  Granted, they were my "weekend" jeans that used to be a bit a loose and now were tight across my hips, but I was still stoked to be able to have the option to wear pants sans elastic waist bands!  Something about pants that button that make you feel a bit more put together.

This week, still excited about wearing my regular clothes.  Other issues include frustrations over breastfeeding and making sure she is getting enough to keep gaining weight.  Starting to feel more comfortable to sleep or take naps when she does. 

Milestones:   Monday was our first day home alone together!  The Husband went back to work and we did great by ourselves.

Getting in Sunday Morning snuggle time with daddy before he heads back to work Monday!



17 comments:

  1. LOVE that picture of her smiling! SO so sweet. Also: laughing at your chevron pillow -- I have the same exact thing that I made with leftover Christmas fabric.

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  2. I love the picture of her on DH's chest. She looks so tiny. She looks so safe and comfortable!

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  3. Loving the updates and hearing how both you and A are doing! She is just so so precious! Glad you're both getting the hang of things! I will have SO many questions...I'm sure!!

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  4. Heather - I love trying to catch the smiles with the camera :) and I wish I would have known about the pillows, I would have commissioned you instead of ordering off etsy!!

    P & J's Mommy - She is tiny!! H is only 5'8", she really is a peanut. I can't wait to look back at that pic in a year and try to remember how big she is now.

    Natasha - Thanks! I was hoping the updates weren't too annoying! I just want to be able to remember how things change each week.

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  5. OMG, Erinn, she is so stinking cute!!!!! Just a sweet baby girl! Glad things are going well and her jaundice is better. And yes, the time flies by! Take lots of pics! :)

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  6. So glad you guys are doing well! I have extra storage bags and I am going to mail them out to you this weekend. Breastfeeding isn't always easy and don't be too hard on yourself. Side note...in the pic where she is smiling, she looks so much like P that it made me tear up. She is precious!

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  7. The preciousness! Don't give up on breastfeeding if your goal is to have her take from the breast more than the bottle. I read so many things online, incl KellyMom. Saw a lactation consultant. Talked to a couple La Leche moms and even a nice lady at WIC. It took awhile before Mini G and I both got dialed in, but now she holds the boob like a bottle. It takes a minute for them to learn, esp if they have smaller mouths. I tried a ton of things, so if you ever want to talk about it, just want an ear, etc... feel free to email me gigiofca@gmail

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  8. Thanks Nicole! And I hear ya on th pics, I think I've been uploading every day since she came home!!

    Nat - Seriously you are too much sometimes :) Its so funny how everyone sees him in her, she is definitely his mini me!

    Gigi - Thanks for reaching out! I'm actually seeing a LC tomorrow, I'm hoping most of our issues are 'preemie' related and things she'll grow out of or get better at.

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  9. Hope that helps also. Came back to recommend Dr. Brown's bottles if you continue to have spit up issues.

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    1. Thanks Gigi! We are actually using Dr. Browns.. I think the spit up day was just from us force feeding, she's been back to normal since.

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  10. Aww, she is adorable. I love that pic of her with daddy.

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  11. Congrats; she is precious! I've been following your story for several months. I wanted to give you some words of encouragement on Breastfeeding.

    Nurse on demand! It is the single-most important thing you can do to boost your milk supply and establish a strong Breastfeeding relationship. Breast milk digests really quickly, so she probably is hungry every 2-3 hours. My 11-month old still nurses every 4-5 hours, day and night. It is not easy at first, but the sacrifice is totally worth it. You two will settle into a rountine soon enough, and these early days will be long forgotten. Good luck! :)

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  12. I'm way behind because you've had the baby (!!!) and I need to go back and do some serious catching up but congratulations!!!!!!! She is so so precious and tiny. Totally adorable! We are due with our first, a little girl, in just a few months and I am looking forward to reading about your routine and how things are going. I have a lot to learn!

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  13. Erin she is just too precious!! Like really adorable!! So happy for you guys! We are expecting a little one in August and going nursery shopping this weekend! How is the smaller Ikea Hemnes dresser working out? Is it enough space to have the changer on top or if you would have room would you have gotten the bigger one? We have a fairly small room and I'm not sure which one to go with. Keep the updates coming, love them! Take care!!

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  14. Rosa - me too!!

    Barbie - thanks for the advice! We are definitely trying for that, the hurdle is with her being premature, she isn't alert enough for long periods of time and we usually have to wake her for feedings. Slowly, but surely we'll get there!

    Jen - Thank you!! And congrats to you as well.. it's been such an exciting year!

    JessicaDawn - While A isn't in moved into her nursery yet, I am happy with the dresser. It definitely fits the space best and there is plenty of room for her clothes/things inside since everything is so tiny. I don't mind not having a ton of table top space.

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  15. Ohmygoodness what a sweet and beautiful little face! It sounds and looks like you guys are settling in quite nicely as a new family of 3 (plus pups!) So happy that things are going so well for you. LOVE these updates!

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