Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Finley Jane : Third Month


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Week Thirteen






Weight / Length
Finley know weighs 

Sleep
She has started sleeping through the night! It's not every night and it's not all night, but she's sleeping between 5-7 hours at a time. She will wake up to nurse and then will go back to sleep for another 2-3 hours. Once we wakes up again I can sometimes get a half hour out of her by rolling her on her side and patting her back. She takes two really good naps during the day. Once in the morning for about 45 minutes and then one in the late afternoon for about two hours. She sleeps really well in the car. So unless we're driving around a lot, she's normally awake most of the day.

Eating
What a piggy! Baby is going through a growth spurt. She's been nursing almost every hour when she's awake. Nursing will last anywhere from 10 minutes to 45 minutes. I feel like all I do is nurse! :) But she's getting a lot bigger. 

Diapers
We are still in size 1. Finally finished up the case of Huggies and are back in Pampers Swaddlers. We have another large case of those, so once I run out we will probably switch to 2's.

Clothing
Officially out of Newborn. Happened just this past week. She can still fit in to some 0-3 onesies and jammies. Pants are too tight. She has several 3 month outfits that fit great. We're even in to a few 3-6, but they are a bit too big. Her little feet still don't fit Newborn shoes.

Mood
The "Mom Only" phase had seemed to stop, finally. She is starting to like it when others hold her. Other than me she really likes her Dad. She will talk and smile to anyone who will smile first. She thinks Story is the greatest thing ever and smiles like crazy every time she sees her. Finley is still a bit gassy so it makes her fussy from time to time. She's been talking a lot more and will sometimes giggle.


LOVES
rolling from side to side
smiling and cooing
batting at her toys
be shaken (seriously. not like shaken, but rocking doesn't cut it)
bath time
facing forward. She wants to be in the middle of everything 
sitting in her Bumbo
swinging

 DOESN'T LOVE
getting put in her carseat
hiccups
being gassy
tummy time

What I Want To Remember
her first time giggling - June 27th, 2014
learning how to move completely off her play mats
the way she smiles at me
how much she loves her sister
how she raises her eyebrows

 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Finley Jane : Second Month


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Weight/Length
Finley now weighs 10 pounds 13 ounces and is 23 inches long! Story was 11 pounds 10 ounces and was 22 inches long. It's fun to see how close the babies are in weight and length.

Sleep
For the most part, she's up every two hours to nurse. She's really sweet though and goes back to sleep right after. We've been putting her to bed around 11:30 and she's up for about an hour around 9:00 the next morning. I know it's super late, but most nights I'm not off work until after 10, sometimes 11. She takes lots of naps throughout the day. Sometimes for a few hours at a time and others for a few minutes here and there. She hates being in her carseat but always falls asleep in the car.

Eating
Nursing has been going great! We have no latching issues, which is a relief. She eats every two hours or so. Sometimes more often. She's been doing one side each time for about 20 minutes. I went back to work when she was two weeks old so she does take a bottle. I'm lucky enough to get to pump so she doesn't have to have formula at all. We use Medela products and got a few Calma nipples. Turns out she doesn't really like those and prefers a regular low flow nipple.

Diapers
This month we went from newborns to size 1. We've been using Pampers Swaddlers. They are by far my favorite for her. We tried a pack of Pampers Sensitives and they didn't work as well. Right now we're going through a pack of Huggies and they are terrible! They aren't nearly as big as the Pampers even though they are 1's. They also are not tight enough in the legs and don't go up high enough in the back. Since we've been using them we've had more leaky diapers. I can't wait for them to run out. We also have an emergency pack of Meijer brand. They aren't that bad, but are not soft at all.

Clothing
She is still mostly in Newborn clothing. There are a few 0-3 that fit. Carter's fit the best. Circo brand is still pretty big, so I have a feeling the Newborns will fit for a while longer. Her feet are so tiny, newborn shoes still don't fit. Luckily it's summer and she doesn't really need shoes.

Mood
Finley is going through a "mom only" phase. She hates it when anyone other than me holds her. Poor Jordan, it's been making the evenings I'm at work really difficult for him. And for her. And for everyone else in the house. Other than that she's pretty happy. She has started smiling and silently laughing. She's also found her voice and likes to coo and make baby sounds. She's really gassy so that makes her uncomfortable.

LOVES
rolling from side to side
smiling and cooing
bat at her toys
be shaken (seriously. not like shaken, but rocking doesn't cut it)
bath time
facing forward. She wants to be in the middle of everything

DOESN'T LOVE
being held by anyone but me
getting put in her carseat
hiccups
being gassy
being on her stomach

What I Want To Remember
her first little smiles - 5 weeks
finally making noises and having converstations
playing with her toys
learning to roll from side to side
being carried like a baby

Mother Update
  • I'm feeling really good! Sometimes I forget I had a C-Section. My incision has healed completely. It's a really small scar and doesn't bother me at all. I stopped taking any pain medication after the first week and I don't regret it at all.
  • I went back to work after two weeks. I feel like I'm able to do just about anything. My energy level is fairly solid so I don't get too tired during my shift
  • I'm about 7 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm able to wear almost everything I could before. My middle is still pretty soft but it doesn't look it.
Sister Story Update
  • Story and Finley really like each other! Finley likes to watch Story and always smiles when Story talks to her.
  • We haven't encountered too much jealousy, yet. Story understands that Finley needs extra attention because she's just a baby. 
  • Story graduated Kindergarten and is officially on Summer Break!
 








Friday, May 16, 2014

Finley Jane : First Month

It's so hard to believe our little stinker is already five weeks old. It doesn't seem like that much time has gone by. We've finally gotten a semi-routine going. It really is amazing how she just fits right in with what we already had going on. She's actually sitting on my lap as I type this :)


Week One


Part of the first week was spent in the hospital, obviously. I ended up having to have a c-section (birth story to come soon) so I was required to stay a minimum of 48 hours. Luckily I was released very early. My dad drove up and spent about 5 days with us. It was really nice. He stayed at our house while we were in the hospital and helped take care of Story. The first few days at home were rough. I was mostly confined to the upstairs and couldn't do a whole lot. Even though I did more than I should have. By day 3 at home I was going crazy. Jordan and dad had been working on fixing up the yard, which looks amazing!, so the kitchen was a bit of a mess. My hormones were all sorts of messed up, so I just couldn't handle it. I had to sweep and mop, and then make dinner and do the dishes. Really, just anything to make me feel normal. 

Week Two


At the end of the first week, Finley had her first doctor's appointment. When she was born she weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces. When we left the hospital she was down to 6.7. At the appointment she was back up to 6.14, which was awesome! As a nursing mom, I was worried I wasn't producing enough for her. It's a great reassurance when they're weight stays up. Anyway, at this point Finley would only cry when she was hungry. She was hungry a lot, but at least she didn't cry just to cry. We also celebrated her first holiday, Easter! The girls wore matching dresses and Finley got to meet the Grandmas for the first time. 


Jordan's mom came a couple of days later, so it was nice to have a few days just the four of us. She was such a big help! It was really great having someone to talk to.

Week Three


The third week was a bit of a difficult one. I was cleared to go back to work at the start of the week. Jordan spent the evenings alone with all the the children. It was hard on him at first but he's finally gotten the hang of it. Finley is really gassy so she wanted to be held a lot. 

Week Four


What a fun week! Finley was really on the move! This baby wants to be up and active. She has really good head and neck support so she's constantly lifting her head and looking around. She was still not sleeping through the night, but she had a few long stretches. 


We had her first month appointment . Baby is growing like a weed! She's already 8 pounds 1 ounce and is 21 inches long! She grew 3 inches this month!

She loves to lay on her stomach
Wants to be bounced and rocked at the same time
Wants to be a part of everything
Loves to have her head up and looking around
Has the noisiest farts and poops
Burps like a sailor
Spits up a lot
Constantly makes noise