Friday, November 26, 2010

3 month happenings

Alright, I wish I would've started this sooner but I'm going to try a monthly update of little Anna's growth and happenings that month. I enjoyed keeping the weekly journal of my pregnancy and know I'll enjoy looking back on it when and if we decide to have another baby to compare so here goes...about a week late...Anna's 3 month happenings.
  • On Monday 11/22 at her 3 month check-up she weighed 9 pounds 11 ounces. Up from 8 pounds 6 ounces since Tuesday 11/2! Seriously! The first four weeks of her little life we begged her to eat but now, it's every 3 hours on the dot! :)
  • She was 21 and something inches at her 11/2 check up and her head was...I forgot. :) But, she's still really little for a 3 month old but she is catching up fast!She loves her baby lounger/bouncer but hates the swing. She loves her lounger because it has vibration button. She will sleep so soundly and once that thing goes off, every 30 minutes because I have set timers during her nap time, she wakes right up and starts to squirm. She loves to be bounced and jiggled.
  • I went back to work this month on the 4th and she started daycare. Broke my heart to leave her but they love her and say she's a good little girl, never fusses (unless she's hungry)
  • Such a good little sleeper. She has been sleeping between 5 and 7 hours every night since she was about 6 or 7 weeks. She takes a bottle around 7, wakes up or we wake her up around 10 or 10:30 and she sleeps until 5:30 or 6 am. So nice.
  • She enjoyed her first Thanksgiving this past Thursday. Loved seeing the family. :)
  • She started to smile this month and it melts our hearts. When she sees us coming she grins from ear to ear. When you talk to her she is starting to talk back. Sometimes she will talk for a good 10 minutes. Just cooing and squealing. It's precious music to my ears.
  • She loves, loves, loves the car. Is such a good little rider and I pray it stays that way.
  • She started taking 5 ounces just recently...growing girl!
  • She sat in her Bumbo chair for the first time...still bobbly headed but she enjoyed her time
  • She's starting to roll from her back to her tummy

Starting to roll around!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

3 months old!

Wow! Three months have flown by faster than any other three month period in my entire life. We found out our baby was a girl when she was welcomed to the world on August 19th, we went through the ups and downs of having to see her struggle while she stayed in the NICU for 3 weeks and 5 days, we experienced the joy of finally bringing our baby girl home, and each day that has passed Anna has brought more and more joy in our lives. We've enjoyed going to the doctor to see how much she's grown and loved putting her on the scale to see how much weight she's gained. I think it's the only time in a girl's life that we are celebrating every ounce gained! :) Anna and I took a trip to visit and meet her Aunt Laura for the first time on October 14th. The girls loved, loved, loved little Anna and of course Chris and Laura too! It was Anna's very first flying experience and she did great. She slept the whole time and didn't fuss one time. I was worried about the cabin pressure hurting her little ears but if it bothered her she never let on. meet her Uncle Josh when he came in for the weekend in late October. She fell in love with Unckie Josh. :) She got to We also got to dress her up for her very first halloween. She was a banana. :) Little Anna Banana. I also had the heartbreak of going back to work and leaving her at daycare. That day really was the worst day of my life. But, she doesn't know any different and the ladies at the daycare love little "Annita." We've also traveled up to my mom's hometown and Anna got to meet her family. One of the most touching moments was when she met Uncle Bubba. Uncle Bubba is my Granny's brother. My Granny passed away in July and didn't get to meet Anna. Watching Uncle Bubba hold and talk to Anna made me sad that Anna didn't get to be held and talk with Granny. I can hear her now, "Oh, what a little screwdriver." :) She has always called kids "little screwdriver." One of her funny sayings. Of course my daddy's parents are no longer around and my mom's dad, Pawpaw. I wish so much that they were here to meet her.  I am so thankful that we live so close to Anna's grandparents. Literally blocks away from both my parents and Blake's parents. They of course adore her and love seeing and spending time with her. For that I am so thankful! Anna has grown so, so much since she was born. From 4 pounds 5 ounces to 8 pounds 11 ounces at her last appointment on November 4th. She is so alert and is starting to coo. It's so fun! I have thouroughly enjoyed the last three months and can't wait to see what else is in store for little Miss Anna.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

It's been 2 months since I've blogged. I've often times come and started updating but then never finished. I'd be sitting next to Anna in her Boppy Lounger or bouncy chair and her cuddly little self would make me stop whatever I was doing and I'd pick her up and love on her. Blogging, laundry, dishes, dusting, vacumming, cooking, even showering couldn't keep me from loving on her. But, she's so comfy in her bed right now that I think I can now update the blog.

I am sort of disapointed in myself for not updating more often because it is like a little diary of daily goings-on and milestones that I can come back and look at but here I am and I will try and update myself, and you, on our precious little Anna. Since the last time I blogged, September 6th, she's come home and we couldn't be happier with her. She actually came home 3 weeks and 5 days from the day she was born. We brought her home on September 14th. Two days before her "real" due date of September 16th. It was the happiest and scariest day of my life. I had become dependent on the  monitor that she was hooked up to. If she had any bradicardia episodes where her heart rate dropped below the normal (I can no longer remember what the "Normal" was) but I'd know to "shake" (NO, not like shaken baby shake) her out of it and get her breathing again. I knew her exact 4 hour feeding schedule. I was so happy to have her home but I was so nervous I'd "break" her or not do something right. We had doctors and nurses around all the time to ask questions and to tell us what to do about her not eating or anything we were curious about. It sucked having to be in such a sterile environment with her, and having her away from us but it was super safe. When i got her home I worried if she would eat normally or if she'd get sick. But, here we are almost 3 months since her birthdate and she's growing and healthy and happy.

This past Tuesday we went for her check up and she weighs 8 pounds 11 ounces. A little more than double her birth weight. She is smiling and is awake more. she's just now starting to coo. She's such a happy baby girl. We had about a two week stretch of colic. That wasn't fun. It would start int he evening and last a couple of hours. Poor thing was in pain. She would be fine for about 30 minutes but a little gas bubble would get a hold of her and she'd cry for a good 30 minutes. It was so sad seeing her in pain. But, she's grown out of it and she started sleeping at night for 5 to 6 hours straight about two weeks ago too. That's been really nice. We try to get her last feeding in between 10 and 11 and she'll stay asleep until 5 or 6 am.

She's still little for her age. She's just now on the growth charts. She is in the 5th percentile for her weight and 3rd for her height. She was 21 inches at her last doctor's appointment. This is normal since she was preemie. They said by her first birthday she'll be with those kids in her age group. She is fattening up and filling out. I look at pictures of her from the days in the hospital. she was so teeny and scrawny. No meat on her bones. I always knew I'd have a big baby. Blake was almost 10 pounds, I was 8 something. All my nieces and nephews were "perfect" size and I love, love, love, love chunky babies. Babies are supposed to be chunks. :) So, now that she is filling out she's getting those precious rolls on her thighs and arms. Her cheeks are getting fluffy and she's getting a little belly.

I got to stay home for 12 weeks but the first week I was out I was on bedrest and the next almost four weeks she was in the hospital so I really didn't get to spend tooooo much time with her. I went back this last Thursday on teh 4th. It was the worst day of my life. It is the most unmotherly thing to leave your baby in the care of someone else. This wasn't what I had planned either. We talked about starting a family but in a couple years so I could stay home. however, God has another plan and gave us a baby on His timing. I wish I could stay home but we are on the right track and hopefully in a year I'll be able to be a stay at home mom with Anna. Leaving and going back to work does make me love my time with her that I do get even more.

I loved staying home with her though. I know her sleepy time and play time and fussy time and we had music time and tummy time and she'd lay in her bouncy chair while I did all the projects I wanted to do for her. I made her pacifier holders, a pennant banner to hang from her cieling to give her something to look at, made her bows. We would talk and I'd laugh and smile at her silly faces. :)

So, since we've been home we've gotten into some sort of routine and just enjoyed our time together. She is precious and we are blessed with a really good baby.  Maybe tomorrow I'll get some pictures uploaded of her first two months. :)

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