Thursday, July 28, 2011

2 weeks old



I am so behind on my blogging, but I'm deferring blogging to naps right now =) But somehow Lucy is 2 weeks old and I can't let it pass without documenting a little. We had a 2 week doctor visit this week. Our little Lucy is almost a pound over her birth weight! At 2 weeks old, Caroline was just one ounce over her birth weight. Dr. G was very pleased to say the least. At 2 weeks her stats are:

Weight = 8 lbs 13.8 ounces (69%)
Length = 21 inches (82%)
Head Circumference = 37 cm (81%)

For about a week, Lucy has only been having 7 feedings a day. I wasn't sure what the doc would say about this, but doc said the weight gain does not lie and 7 feedings is just fine - hooray! Also, Lucy has significantly sped up her feedings. At her 1 week well visit she was taking about an hour to eat for every feeding, but she now eats between 12 and 25 minutes! I also wasn't sure what the doc would say about that, but again doc said the weight gain does not lie and Lucy is just efficient - hip, hip, hooray! This seriously amazes me because Caroline never nursed that quickly. She nursed for 30+ minutes until she was weaned at 12 months old. Dr. G laughed at this and said I have 2 very extreme girls =)

Lucy is on a beautiful schedule right now. She roughly eats at 7am-10am-1pm-4pm-7pm-10pm-3am. Between 10pm and 7am, she has no wake time and goes right back to sleep after eating. She has been doing this since she was 3 days old. We don't have to bounce her or put the paci in her mouth a thousand times - it is beautiful =) She also doesn't have any wake time between 1pm and 4pm. I do this on purpose because this is Caroline's nap time and it allows me to have a nap time - it is also very beautiful =) I am currently waking her up at 3am to eat. Doc said I should continue doing this for a few more weeks and then I can just let her go.

Some fun things about Little Lucy:
  • She smiles in her sleep all the time! It is the sweetest.
  • She kind of giggles in her sleep sometimes.
  • She hums in her sleep (wow - lots of these are sleep related, but that is her main activity)
  • She likes to curl up her whole right arm into the top part of the sleeve of her pajamas. It looks like her forearm doesn't exist.
  • She loves her big sister and definitely recognizes her voice.
And at 1 day shy of 2 weeks old, my friend Katie Smoak took some wonderful pictures of our little Lucy. Above are two teaser photos and you can see a bunch more here: http://katiesmoakphotography.blogspot.com/2011/07/sweet-little-lucy.html

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lucy's here!


We welcomed Lucy into the world on Sunday, July 10th at 1:49 pm. She weighed 7 pounds 15.1 ounces and was 19 inches long. We are so in love with our little girl. Everyone told me the difference between and 36 week baby and a 40 week baby was huge and now I can testify! Lucy is a fabulous eater (only lost 5.7 ounces in the hospital), very alert and had no jaundice issues - YAY! It is everything we have been praying for.

Adam and I are learning a lot about Lucy - her likes and dislikes. The first night was a rough one with very little sleep, but the next night was a good bit better. Ever since then,  Lucy has been an amazing sleeper - waking up only to eat. Lately, I let her sleep for one 5 hour stretch (beginning of a feeding to beginning of the next feeding) and then she does a 4 hour stretch. Both times, I actually wake her up to eat. I'm excited about our next visit to the doctor because I plan on asking how long I can let her go.

We are so thankful for this precious gift and so excited to be a family of 4 - thank you Lord for blessings in beautiful little packages!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Late Father's Day post


Adam is such a great dad - such a great dad! As we approach Lucy's birthday, I'm flooded with sweet memories of his first few days of daddyhood. I remember how amazed I was that he fell into the role so easily. He looked like a pro as he brought Caroline to me in his arms. I remember watching him suction her in the hospital and I thought "I don't even know how to do that." He had listened intently and watched the nurses to do it. I remember that he changed the first several diapers that day and didn't even flinch.

Sweet guy - he has only missed one of my prenatal appointments with Lucy and he only missed one the whole time I was pregnant with Caroline. He attends almost all of Caroline's doctor appointments - he has only missed a handful. I know that not every dad can do that because of schedule. I'm so thankful Adam can and does. It gives me and the girls so much support.

He is our rock when we've had a hard day. And I know that I can count on him to jump in and help when I'm simply tired. I'm so thankful for him.

Caroline and I treated him to an OHOP (a local pancake house) breakfast the Saturday before Father's Day. We then had a wonderful time at the pool. On Sunday, Caroline gave him a hat that she had made at my aunt's house. She was so proud of herself. She loves it when Adam wears it, which he does quite a bit.

Caroline, Lucy and I are so so blessed!

Still pregnant!

I feel like I say that at least 5 times a day. I'm so excited to be here - really I am. It gives me confidence in my body - that I can carry babies to term because as of this moment I hope this isn't my last pregnancy. However, I may change my mind in a couple of weeks =) Most of all I am praising God for a little longer in the womb to have a bigger and more alert baby with maybe a little less jaundice.

Am I ready? Boy am I! You can totally be ready and terrified at the same time =) Logistically, we are ready too. Two of Adam's coworkers told him about how quickly their second babies came. Both of them have that story of almost delivering in the car on the way to the hospital. Well, that has terrified Adam. So about a week and half ago, Adam made me completely pack for the hospital - down to toothbrush and toothpaste! So I am currently living out of my packed hospital bag and that is getting old!

Miss Lucy is a tease. I've had 2 bouts of false labor. I guess that is what you call it "false labor". It felt pretty real to me. The first time was about 5.5 hours and the second time was more than a week later and lasted about 8 hours. Each time I had regular contractions about 10-15 minutes apart. And they were decent ones. We didn't feel the need to go to the hospital either time - they weren't that bad. And I'm glad we didn't go because the contractions just stopped. This girl sure is a stinker.

Hopefully the next time will be for real. As of right now, we have set a date. If Miss Lucy doesn't arrive before July 18th, I will be induced that morning. It felt so weird and wonderful to come up with a plan. I'm so thankful to have the luxury to do so and to no longer be concerned about preterm labor.

A sweet friend, Katie Smoak, took these beautiful pictures of my bump last week. I have mixed feelings about maternity pictures. I absolutely LOVE the way these turned out! She did a fabulous job!