Monday, February 7, 2011

2 weeks old plus 2 weeks behind

Oh my goodness where has the time gone!! My little girl will be FOUR weeks old tomorrow and I don't know how I feel about it.

Actually I do.....depressed.

Before I know it she is going to be two years old! So I thought I better record these bitter sweet tidbits before I forget!  Sorry for all the other details, I just wanted to make note of what it was like being a first time mama so I can look back and remember for future reassurance that everything eventually works itself out.

Two week check up stats:
21 3/4 inches long- 90% for height
7 lbs 9 oz- 25% for weight

Her height, well I was expecting that. Two tall parents calls for one tall girlie. But her weight actually shocked me and I felt bad that she was most likely starving!! Poor thing was at 8 lbs 2 oz when we left the hospital, so I was expecting her to be above that and so was the doctor when we went in for her 2 week appointment.  She came in weighing at 7 lbs 9 oz.  I was so worried.  He suggested I meet with a lactation specialist to figure out this mysterious weight loss program that she decided to start.

So off we went to meet with the lactation specialist two days later who advised me to feed her for 10 minutes on both sides then pump for 10 minutes after wards to build up my milk supply.  Then if I felt that she was still hungry to top her off with what I pumped from before.

Well, a few days later everything started falling into place! Not gonna lie it was a little difficult getting there since little G was going through a growth spurt and wanted to eat every 2 hours instead of 3.  So needless to say I felt like a feeding machine!!  By the time I finished feeding and pumping, it was time to do it all over again!  But I can now say that it was so worth every little minute of frustration and panic. 

The doctor wanted me to come back for a weight check a week later to make sure she was at least 8 lbs and if not we would have to intervene.  Well the big day for our weigh in came and little G weighed in at a whopping 8 lbs 10 oz!! She had gained a whole pound in a week!  I was so excited!  Who knew you could be so excited about weight gain?  At this point she started sleeping through the night only to wake up at 5:00 to eat and then she would go back to sleep and wake up at 8:30.  It was so nice knowing that she was finally gaining weight, sleeping well and even better, I felt like I had accomplished a great deal knowing that I was finally providing for my little one.  Oh, and the sleep was nice too.

Now at four weeks I am proud to say that she is...

sleeping from 12:00-7:30 give or take a few minutes
holding her head up and keeping it up for minutes at a time
starting to coo and almost grinning from ear to ear
eating like a champ

and we are enjoying every little second of her!!!

1 1/2 weeks old

2 weeks old

3 weeks old
Getting ready for bath time
Ahhh she's perfect!


The Peterson's said...

Glad she is eating! I had to get help in that area too! Those ladies were a life saver to me. She is beautiful!

The Andersens said...

oh my goodness she is so precious!! I love the new born phase! I miss cuddling my babies! She is so sweet. I love every single picture!!

Natalie said...

She is such a cute baby! I seriously can't wait to meet and hold her. I am so happy that things are going well and what an amazing sleeper she is! Lucky you and hooray for you!

sinika said...

Little sweetie pie! :) I can't believe she's so lucky to have you for a mommy Christie!

Lisa Riddle said...

She is sooo stinking cute! Don't worry nursing can be such a pain in the rear at first, but pretty soon it is second nature to both of you and not a big deal at all.

georgeandmarie said...

She is beautiful!! Lucky girlie, luvky mama!!

Landon and Dana said...

What a sweet little girl Christie!!!! Seriously... nursing will cause all the grief that exists in your life for the next however long you do it! But you are right.... it totally all works out. Glad that she is gaining though. She is so beautiful and i can't wait to meet her!

The Funderburks said...

Oh, she's so sweet and already dressing like a fashionista! Love her. I remember those nursing insecurities and stresses. I love your comment about how everything works itself out. Oh, if I could have known that in the first few weeks. I hope on the next baby I remember that...crazy times! So happy for you and can't wait to see more pics of baby Gabby.

steph heartjustin said...

I can't wait to meet her! And congrats to you for the sleeping!! Good work mama!