Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Olivia Turns 1 month !

Olivia is one month old today. Wow, where did the time go. Okay, I don't really mean that. I feel like I had her 2 years ago. My days are short and my nights are long. I am not complaining, just telling you like it is.

Doctor's Visit: Olivia now weighs 8 pounds 9 oz. She gained a whole pound and an oz. That's great progress, she also grew 1 inch. Dr. said that Olivia looks great, and is doing well. (but I already knew this)

Sleep: We're getting better with the night sleeping. Once in a while , she has really bad gripe/gas and cries her life out for hours and hours until she feels better. Usually between the hours of 12am - 3am. There is nothing we can do but to comfort her, We asked the doc about mylicon and gripe water, he suggested Gripe water, or a teaspoon of fennel tea or chamomile tea, NO mylicon.

Eats: We're currently doing the breast milk exclusively. She feeds about 10 times a day, no less than that, only more at times. I get no break unless I pump and store (something that I am lazy about doing) but its okay, I love our bonding time.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My Mother and My Daughter

I gave birth to Olivia 1 day after my sister's 40th birthday.
That means a lot to me because this means that my mother was in labor with her first child and experienced that same feelings as I did just 40 years ago, on the same day.

As you may already know, Olivia was born at home, yes on purpose. (I'll do a nice long post about the wonderful home birth experience real soon.) My mom flew into town just a few days before Olivia's birth and made it very clear that she didnt want to be there for the birth because she didnt want to see me in pain. I can totally understand that. But she ended up being there anyway.

Athough she wasnt in the bedroom as I birthed my daughter, she was just a few feet away in another room, crying and praying for a healthy delivery. Even though she wasnt in the same room, I truly felt the love and support from my mom, and was very happy that she was present. I was so happy to yell out "Mommy, come and see your grand daughter" just moments after I delivered Olivia (and the placenta).
My mom came peeking into the room, she walked over, looked at Olivia, then she looked at me. She held Olivia for a few seconds, and left the room again. I think mom was still a bit nervous, but she said she just didnt want to get in the way.
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Saturday, November 7, 2009

2 Weeks Old!

Length: I don't know, when we wen to the doctor when she 10 days old, they measure Olivia to be 20 inches. I guess I can just measure her myself right ? Yeah, I'll do that.

Weight: 7 pounds 11 ounces! Thats great, her weight went back up, she was 7.08 at birth, then 7.03 after 3 days and now she's back up and gaining. She is already growing out of her newborn onsies and newborn diapers.

Feeding Schedule: Olivia gets breastfed about 10 times a day and 1 bottle of formula a day. She feeds about every 2-3 hours in the day and about every 3-4 hours at night, and through the night. I watched a DVD that I borrowed on netflix about breastfeeding, it was pretty helpful, as far as setting a feeding schedule for Olivia. I feed her every 3 hours from 6am - Midnight. Then from midnight to 6am, I feed her only when she wakes.

Sleeping Schedule: Olivia sleeps for about 3 hours at a time. Sometimes a bit longer, but I always wake her if she hits the fourth hour. I wake her and feed her, and keep her up for a little bit before she goes back to sleep. She is sleeping pretty well through the night, waking about twice and thats it.

Milestones: Olivia holds her head up all on her own, nice and strong. This week I read an article that said that if I stick my tongue out at her, she will do the same in response, and guess what, she did it. But I am convinced that babies her age just randomly stick their tongues out from time to time

Best Moment This Week: Every moment is the best moment, I love Olivia.

Parenting Wisdom: You know how they say sleep when baby sleeps, well I find that when she goes to sleep, I use the next 5 - 8 minutes to do something around the house. Whether its to wash the dishes or just make the bed, it just makes me feel better. And if you do it enough through out the day, you will have a semi clean home that wont drive you crazy.
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