Wednesday, July 15, 2009
She had her checkup this morning, and she is 9 lbs 6 oz and 21 inches long. She's huge!! Okay, maybe not huge, but she is starting to get the cute little chunky legs and belly. I joked to the nurse that she is now the size of a slightly large newborn. Those stats put her in the 20% for weight and 10% for height. Yes, my kids are just little.
In case anyone is wondering, I still LOVE our cloth diapers. They are so easy to use (really, I promise) and they are so much softer on her skin than paper. I figure I've already saved several hundred dollars, and I know her skin is much happier. Here is a picture of her in a gdiaper...they are a hybrid between cloth and disposables, and are really easy to use.
Little miss Emery also surprised us the other night and rolled over! I couldn't believe it, but she was laying on our bed on her belly and pushed herself over onto her back. What can I say? My kids are just gifted :-)
She still doesn't really like her carseat unless it is in motion. And she REALLY hates traffic. The constant stop and go in the carseat just makes her scream. It is ear-piercing and there is not a lot I can do about it. Caleb sits next to her in the car, and likes to tell me what she needs: "Mommy she wants her pacifier. Okay, that didn't work...maybe she wants her bottle. Mom, she doesn't want her bottle. Mom, why is she still crying? Maybe she wants her pacifier again." It's never-ending.
Emery also still prefers to be worn. I bought a little pouch sling at Target the other day in desperation. I was trying to shop and had left my front carrier at home, and she was not enjoying sitting in the carseat. I was worried the employees might kick me out of the store if I didn't get her to stop screaming soon, so I put her in the pouch and she immediately stopped. It's really amazing how quickly she quiets down when I put her in a carrier on me. It's like a light switch.
We have figured out that Emery (so far) is a water baby. She loves to take showers with me, and even took a bath with Bekah a few days ago. The only part of the bath/shower that she doesn't like is the getting out part. Lucky for me, Daddy usually gets to be the bad guy and take her out :-)
Sunday, June 14, 2009
She's definitely growing, and at last check about a week and a half ago she was 6 lbs, 9 oz (which ironically is the same size as Bekah when she was born....Emery got there at about 3 weeks old). Speaking of Bekah, I've mentioned to several people how much Emery looks like Bekah, so I thought I'd do a side-by-side comparison:
Anyone care to guess which one is which? I'll give you a minute to figure it out....
For the record, Bekah is on the top in each set and Emery is on the bottom. Pretty close match, huh? I tried this out on several friends and family members and 4/4 people got the first one wrong, and 3/4 got the second one wrong. I know the difference because of the red bow on Bekah, and because Emery was much more pale than Bekah at birth. Now they are very similar in complexion.
Emery has been very busy in the last month, and here are some of her activities:
Eye Infection (courtesy of Caleb, LOL)
Meeting my oldest friend Cameron (who I've known since I was 3, returning from her second tour in Iraq)
On the go, as always, in her carseat, which she tolerates for only short amounts of time...otherwise she prefers to be held, of course
Swimming (her "newborn" size swimsuit was just a little bit big)
Hanging out with Devin
Reading with Dad and Bekah
And, of course, lots of sleeping! She loves to be swaddled and held, but let's face it...sometimes Mommy just has to put her down (I have to pee sometimes!!). So, this is her alternative...tightly swaddled with the boppy pulled up tight around her and over her legs so she *thinks* she's still being held. This lasts for maybe a 1/2 hour if I'm lucky, then she realizes it's not mom and cries again....my new attachment child.
Thanks for keeping up with our new bundle of joy! I promise I'll post about the other kids soon...
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Here are a few new pictures of our 2 week old little angel. Enjoy!!
Here she is in one of our cloth diapers...some of them actually fit her now! These are called G Diapers, and they are a combination of cloth and disposables. They have a cloth cover, a nylon snap-in liner, and then an insert that you can either flush or throw away. The inserts are chlorine-free and are much better for sensitive skin than regular disposables, not to mention being much better for the environment. Can you tell I love this system?? Let me know if anyone wants more information.
I told you she loved her carrier, and I promised a picture. Well, here she is sleeping soundly on my chest in her Beco carrier. She is so comfy and secure in there that she very rarely cries even after several hours in it! And notice her mouth? Yeah, she sleeps like her daddy and her siblings...mouth WIDE open. I was hoping I might get one kid who knew how to keep her mouth closed in her sleep, but no luck. Maybe the next one? ;-)
This is little miss in her carseat. Her carseat is adorable, and she does okay in it for a few minutes at a time, but that's about it. As long as the car is moving she usually stays content, but once the car stops (or if I try to take her out of the car while still in the seat) she wails. I hope she starts liking the carseat more, or it's going to be a long summer!
I think I mentioned that she is also not a huge fan of her swing yet. She is okay for a few minutes if she's swaddled in the swing, but otherwise she screams as soon as we put her in it. I caught her in a good moment here in her swing. She was awake and alert, full and happy...doesn't happen often, so I got the camera quickly!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
It's been one week since I went into labor with Miss Emery, and I wanted to post some more pictures. We've had a busy week getting back into the grove of things (life must go on for the other 3 kids!) and figuring out how Emery ticks. Here are a few things I've learned this week:
She is now nursing very well and will no longer take a bottle from me! For those who don't know, I never could get Caleb or Bekah to nurse at all, and I pumped with both of them for months on end. So to have a baby who actually prefers me to a bottle is really exciting! I'm sorry if that is TMI for some of you...
She is also doing really well with sleeping. The first couple of nights she woke up every 3-4 hours to eat, and now she seems to be shifting that. She is doing what's called "cluster feeding" where from about 8pm to 11pm she is eating constantly (she nursed for an hour and a half straight last night!) and then she sleeps until about 4 or 5 am. I hope she keeps that up, because it's been nice for my sleep, but who knows what she'll do tomorrow! She also likes to be swaddled. She doesn't particulary care for the act of swaddling her, but she likes the end result.
Emery loves to be worn. For those who are not familiar, that is referring to babywearing, where you carry the baby in a wrap, sling, or front carrier instead of in the car seat or putting them in something similar. Since we are such an active family with different things going on every day, I bought a Beco carrier (www.becobaby.com) and she seems to really love it. I put her in that when going to the grocery store, the gym, etc. instead of hauling out the heavy carseat, and she sleeps the whole time. I hope she continues to like the carrier, because it is so much easier, lighter, and more comfortable for me than the carseat. Those boogers are heavy, even with just a 5 pound baby in them! I don't have any pictures of her in her Beco yet, but I'll work on that in the next couple of days.
Emery's siblings adore her! Caleb and Devin were laying on my bed next to her the other day and fighting over who got to kiss her first. Caleb is also whining every time we get in the car because his carseat is too far away and he can't see Emery's face. Bekah wants to take care of her like another mommy, and is doing remarkably well with the fact that Mom has to pay attention to Emery right now.
While I still fully intend to use cloth diapers, all the extra-smalls that I bought are HUGE on her. I'm hoping that some of the teeny tiny ones will fit her better once her cord falls off, but for now we're just using disposables when we're out and trying out the cloth at home to see what will hold even though it's gaping at the legs :-)
Thanks for reading, and I hope everyone is enjoying the updates!
Friday, May 15, 2009
I started having contractions about 10:00, and went to take a shower thinking that it might be a couple of days before I got another one. By 11:30 they were 3 minutes apart and getting stronger. I wanted to labor at home as long as possible because I knew that since I was attempting a VBAC that as soon as we got to the hospital they were going to make me get in the bed and stay there. I felt so much better being able to move through the contractions, so we waited to leave until I felt like I had made some progress. We left for the hospital and got there at 12:55. At that point my contractions were 2 minutes apart and when the nurse checked me I was only 2 cm dilated. I was a little disappointed at that, but figured that I was just going to have a longer labor this time. Twenty minutes later I was 4 cm.
I was in tremendous pain with contractions on top of each other, and asked for an epidural. They called the guy, but he took a little while to get there. The nurse checked me again about 20 minutes later and I was at 8 cm. The anesthesiologist put in the epidural, and I layed back down. It didn't even take effect! The doctor broke my water and immediately Emery was crowning. They had sent my husband out of the room to do the epidural and the nurse had to call him on his cell phone to get back ASAP so he didn't miss her birth! It went so fast that they didn't let my mom and best friend into the room, which was annoying, but there were more than a dozen people in the room for her birth with all the doctors and nurses, so it probably would have been too crowded anyway.
Emery was out with 2 pushes. She was born at 1:58 am, just 1 hour and 3 minutes after arriving at the hospital. She was a little floppy and not breathing well at birth, so they didn't let me hold her before they took her away to help her. She was grunting and having nasal flares and chest retractions (all indicative of breathing problems) and she was pale and floppy. The weighed her (5 lbs, 11 oz) and measured her (18 1/2 inches) and then let me hold her briefly before taking her to the nursery.
A few grueling hours later I was able to go to the nursery to see her and then they brought her to my room. She's been fine since then, with only minor issues with holding her temperature. She's little and gets tired very easily so she's having a hard time with eating, but hopefully she'll get the hang of it once we go home.
I had some minor tearing from pushing before the last little bit of rim was gone, but I feel fine and am so much more comfortable than after my last one (c-section). The nurses have been laughing because every time they come in and ask how I'm doing I don't have any pain or complaints. The 1 hour labor was hard for that hour, but I'm really glad it was so quick and I didn't even have to think about another c-section!
Sorry this is so long, but thanks for reading!! Here are a few pictures of our new little blessing...
Friday, May 8, 2009
The problem is that Bekah and Caleb have recital rehearsal on Tuesday evening, and they both have their recitals next weekend. I'm really afraid that I'll go into labor and miss their recitals! Caleb's is Saturday night and Bekah's is Sunday afternoon, so if Emery is going to wait then I need her to wait until after about 5:00 next Sunday. That will put me at 37 1/2 weeks, and I'm just hoping she can hold out that long.
Also, since I can't be induced because of going for the VBAC, if she waits too long and gets too big then I end up with a c-section. Not that "big" has been an issue with any of our kids ;-)
Thanks for the support!!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
- baby's skin health (Bekah had HORRIBLE rashes from disposables)
- less trash and waste
- they're really cute!!
Hope everyone has a great day!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
This is their first attempt without holding anyone's hand...lots of falling, but they're still smiling!
Caleb was mister independent and didn't want any help after the inital few laps.
Devin (in MY rollerblades, by the way...when did he get so big??) showing off and going fast!
This is one of my favorites...Devin and baby sister skating around holding hands...too sweet.
And Caleb joining in on the dancing.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Bekah diving into the water to Dad.
Caleb diving off the side and swimming across the pool.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Well, they have both been taking swimming lessons once a week for about a month (yes, 4 lessons), and here is what they've accomplished...
I KNOW!! I can't believe it either! Caleb is doing freestyle strokes and can now swim back and forth across the width of the pool completely by himself. He could probably swim the length by himself if he wanted to, but he's not quite that brave yet. Bekah has gone from not wanting to get her face anywhere near the water, to swimming back and forth with no hesitation...face in the water and everything!! I am just thrilled beyond belief that my monkeys are now pool safe. And Devin has been swimming for a long time, but he went through this same thing when he was younger (being scared to get his face wet and then all of a sudden deciding it was okay and actually fun to swim) and now he wanted me to videotape dad throwing him, so as not to be left out of the fun :-)
Thanks for letting me brag for a bit, and thank you Nana and Pop for the use of your pool!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Oh yeah, and Grandma got a new pet...a bunny! Bekah and Caleb were just fascinated and Bekah's asthma didn't seem to be bothered at all by the bunny's fur. They REALLY wanted to take the bunny home (or go buy our own), but Momma said no. We're about to have 4 kids and 2 dogs...all we need is a bunny to make me go insane!