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Twelve Weeks Old

Well, we’ve just about made it through our first week apart.  I’m back at work as of this week, and Ladybug is at home with her dad. It’s tough to miss out on her days, but we try to make the most of our evenings for nursing and cuddling.  Meanwhile, I am pumping four times a day at work and thinking about her a lot.

Here are some general updates now that she is a whole twelve weeks old:

She surprised me one day a couple of weeks ago by rolling on to her back while doing tummy time on her playpad.  She just… rolled over like it was no big deal and looked at me quizzically when I gushed all over her.
We’re working on setting consistent routines for her both during the days with papa and in the evenings with me.  It’s tough to stay on the routine, especially on the evenings when we have plans, but we’re working on it and she definitely seems more content when we stick to the routine.

She’s getting noisier and noisier in good ways.  She coos and “talks” all the time now, and sometimes I swear it sounds like she’s saying real words.  We predict she’s going to be a talker.

People are finally starting to say that she looks like me.  For the first couple of months, she resembled her papa very strongly.  But it seems like more and more of me is creeping into her face as time goes on.

We went on our first family road trip to see Gram and Grandpa down in Chicago, which went pretty well.  It took a little longer than the usual six hours to get there as we had to stop a couple of times to nurse, but it was definitely a learning experience.  The ride home went more smoothly than the ride there because we’d smartened up a bit.

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2 months old

Ladybug is exactly two months old today.  She is currently sleeping in my arm up against my chest.  We’re taking it easy today after her immunizations, which she did not enjoy. 

She has grown quite a bit in the last two months.  Ladybug is now 9 lbs 10 oz and 21 1/2 inches long.  That’s on the lower end of average for those who want a little context.  And the doctor said that she’s very healthy!

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Everything I read about nursing had me prepared for it to be difficult.  But I have to admit, I didn’t really give it much thought.  When Ladybug was born our first nursing session, an hour or so after she was born, went amazing.  She latched on and started sucking right away.   The nurse who was helping me was amazed.  “That never happens,” she said.

But next time wasn’t so smooth.  Neither was the next.  Two more weeks had us more frustrated than fed.  And part of me was convinced that it was the one handedness that was killing our vibe.  I scoured the Internet for information on “one handed breast feeding,” but my searches came up empty.

In the hospital the nurses kept telling me that it gets easier when the baby gets older.  “Days make a difference at this age,” one nurse told me.  So I kept trying despite my skepticism.  And then one day my daughter latched on and started to suck just like that first time that had me so hopeful. 

Just in case some other first time mom is searching for information on breast feeding with a limb deficiency and this entry comes up, hang in there.  Days make a difference. 

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Also about yesterday

Another reason yesterday was exciting…  it was our third wedding anniversary.  No, we didn’t go out or do anything special.  But it was special anyway.  I was just happy that my wedding ring fit again.  I’d missed wearing it.

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Yesterday was a pretty big day for Ladybug. 

 I made her very first doctor appointment for later in the week, and after speaking with a nurse about my concerns, we decided to take her in that afternoon just to be on the safe side.  Call me a paranoid new mom if you like, but my baby had very chapped lips and a dry mouth.  Not to mention, she hadn’t pooped since we brought her home.  I was convinced that she was dehydrated.  But the chapped lips and dry mouth cleared up on their own just before we saw the doctor. He told us to keep feeding her regularly.  His suggestion was to pump milk and offer her both breast and bottle in the same session.  We’ve been doing this, and we’re no longer concerned about her not pooping enough. 

It’s funny, you know you’re a mom when you say the phrase “Oh, I’m so glad you finally pooped!”  I believe this means I’m lost to the world of mom-dom.

The other big event of yesterday was that her cord stub fell off.  It hung on by a thread most of the day, and then it was off.  My little girl is growing up!

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The Big Announcement

We are happy to announce that our daughter was born on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 7 pounds 13 ounces and 19 and a half inches long.  We came home from the hospital yesterday, and we are still settling into a routine at here at home.  It’s been sleepless and busy, but we are trying to keep up with emails and phone calls.  If we haven’t gotten back to you, we will.  🙂 

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