Wednesday, March 30, 2011

4 weeks

We are officially a month into life as a family of 4. Well, technically four weeks in, but that's basically a month in my book. Things are going well, for the most part! We weighed Adlee on Aaron's shipping scale yesterday and she's a little over 7 pounds so she's gaining weight well. I can definitley tell that she is putting on weight - she doesn't seem as "fragile" as she did for a while. I know babies aren't fragile, but its nice to have some extra cushion on her. :-)

Nighttime is going well - I feed her at 11 and around 3am (or whenever she wakes up), and then Aaron takes the 7am feeding and I sleep in. It seems to be working decently, although I am learning that I really do not do well with broken increments of sleep. I am very, VERY thankful that Aaron works from home and is flexible enough to allow me an extra couple hours of sleep in the morning. That being said, I think we're both looking forward to when Adlee sleeps the majority of the night and we can get back to a "normal" schedule.

Matea is doing great as a big sister...she is super helpful and really seems to enjoy Adlee. Today I took Matea to the library for story time with some friends and it was nice to get out and do something one-on-one with her. Plus I got to visit with some friends, so that is always nice! Matea has had a pretty wicked cold the last few days so this afternoon she and Adlee both took 2.5+ hour naps and I took a 2 hour one myself. It was FANTASTIC.

So there's the one month update. Sorry no pictures...I'll get some on here soon. Surprisingly I haven't taken a ton...I should get on that. :-)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Adlee Elizabeth

A week later I am finally getting around to this blog post!!

Adlee Elizabeth was born March 2 at 9:56pm. She weighed 5# 70z and was 18.5 inches long. It was a LONG day, and I am so glad it is over. Here is our first family picture - not the greatest of me, but who really looks good after having a baby, right? :-)

We went to the hospital at 6am (I got induced) and they started pitocin at 7:30. My water broke early afternoon, and I got an epidural around 4:30 in the afternoon. I slept for a couple hours and woke up when my right side started to hurt. Between 4:30 and 7:30 I went from 5cm to 9.5cm and half of my epidural started working. They said it was pointless to get a new one at that point - I started pushing shortly thereafter. Apparently I'm not a very productive pusher because it took 2 hours. It was pretty brutal (for me - I'm not tough at all).

After Adlee was born we had Matea come in for a couple minutes by herself to meet her new sister. It was nice to have a bit of time as our little family - Matea is doing well with the baby (and all the extra attention from grandparents/aunts/uncles!).

We had a bit of an interesting beginning...Adlee had swallowed a ton of amniotic fluid and was very gaggy/spitty for the first 24 hours or so. She had to get "deep suctioned" twice to get the fluid out of her lungs and had to be watched constantly so she wouldn't choke. We also had a hard time with feeding early on and she lost a lot of weight quickly so we had to stay in the hospital an extra day. We were FINALLY able to come home on Saturday evening.

I haven't taken very many pictures this week, which is kind of weird for me. I am starting to feel pretty healed up and I think it won't be long before we are in a good routine with Adlee. I am looking forward to getting outside and going for walks with my girls!

I am so glad that this pregnancy is OVER...and I am so thankful that we had a completely 100% uneventful 40 weeks. That is a total God thing - thank you to all who prayed for us during the pregnancy. Adlee seems very healthy despite being a little peanut and we are looking forward to watching her grow and learn her personality!
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