The Adventure Starts Here: November 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

Baby Noah - Week 3

I hope everyone is enjoying their Thanksgiving weekend as much as we are.  We are very excited to have Chris home with us for 4 days in a row!  I love seeing Chris spending quality time with Noah. 

Weight:  Since we didn't have a doctor's appointment this week I can only guess that he's about 7 1/2 pounds by now.  

Medical Issues:  Noah has been having some gunk in his left eye.  We had asked the doctor about it when we were in the hospital and they said it was fine.  I hope it's not a blocked tear duct.  

Sleep: Noah is having more awake times during the day which is great.  

At night he sleeps great in his nap nanny, but still only for 2-3 hour stretches (closer to 2 hours most of the time).  At least he just wakes up, eats, and goes right back to sleep.    During the day we have been trying to put him in his bassinet more so he gets used to sleeping in there as well.  

Clothes: Noah went up to size 0-3 in Ralph Lauren, but wears newborn in everything else still.


Visitors: Noah finally met his Uncle Luke this week.  Luke came home for Thanksgiving, so he was able to come see Noah on Wednesday and Thanksgiving Thursday.  

On Thanksgiving morning his Uncle Justin stopped by.  Noah was so good the whole time and let Justin hold him a lot and even let him give him a bottle.  

Grandma, Grandpa, and Uncle Luke came over Thanksgiving afternoon and brought us some yummy turkey :)

On Friday a family friend came over to take Noah's newborn photos.  

Diet: I am now able to pump a little more than half of what Noah consumes each day.  Any suggestions on how to increase my breast milk even more?  

Baby Gear Love: We used his tummy time mat for the first time this week.  Previously we just used a blanket, but we thought he might like lying on his back as well and looking up at all the animals... he seems to enjoy it so far.

We also really like his whale of a tub newborn bath tub.  It's the perfect size for him, and though he still doesn't love bath time, it sure does make it easier.

Crying: As we expected Noah didn't like his real bath either.  When we first put him in he seemed okay, but shortly after he started crying a lot!  Thankfully we were able to get him in and out pretty quickly.

Noah isn't crying as much during diaper changes.  I had suggested that Chris sing songs to Noah to calm him down one night, so he decided to try it while changing his diaper.  He started humming the Super Mario Bros song and it immediately calmed him down!  We now both use this trick every time we change his diaper :)  

Likes: Noah loves snuggling and we love snuggling with him... so it works out great!

Milestones: Noah had his first real bath... and as expected he wasn't a fan.

Noah celebrated his first Thanksgiving!

Noah's neck is getting so strong and constantly lifts it when we are trying to burp him.

Postpartum: I'm doing well, but I definitely notice that I get tired easily if I walk too much.  Those are the days I just need to take more Motrin.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hospital Photo Shoot

When we were in the hospital a photographer came by and took some pictures of Noah.  We were pleasantly surprised at how good they turned out.  

Friday, November 16, 2012

Baby Noah - Week 2

I know I will probably say this every week, but I can't believe how quickly the week went and that he is already 2 weeks old!  I definitely feel like I'm starting to get the hang of all this a little more this week and I'm getting used to less sleep.  

Weight:  Noah had his 2 week doctor's appointment today.    We were thrilled to learn that he gained almost a whole pound since his last visit and now weighs 7 lbs 3 oz!!!  I guess whatever we are doing is working cause he's gaining weight like a champ.  He also grew an inch and is now 21 inches long!

Medical Issues: On Monday I had a lactation specialist come to the house to help me and Noah.  Noah had been struggling latching and now that my milk had fully come in I wanted some help to see if we'd be able to breast feed exclusively.  She said that naturally he would have a harder time since he was born early, but she also said she thought he was tongue tied.  This makes it hard for him to latch and breast feed correctly.  So I mentioned it at his 2 week appointment to see if it's serious enough to have a procedure done to correct it or if it should just be left alone.   She said it seemed minor and it was up to us as to whether we wanted to have it taken care of in order to help with latching.  As of right now Chris and I are gonna let it go and wait to see if it causes any other problems as he gets older.  Breast feeding is honestly not important enough to me to have his tongue snipped.  For now I'll stick with pumping.  

Sleep: Noah still sleeps most of the day, but he is having more awake times.  He seems to sleep for 2-3 hours and then needs to eat.  I don't mind it at all during the day, but it does get tough at night.  We found this week that when he has breast milk he doesn't fully wake up during these times and goes back to sleep a lot more easily compared to when he's drinking formula at these feedings.  This week he's been sleeping either in his nap nanny or in someone's arms.  We figure that once he's sleeping for longer stretches we will put him in the bassinet in our room.  

Clothes: Noah is still wearing all newborn size clothes.  He's long but very skinny, so we might have to move up sizes soon in some of his one pieces so that his legs can fully stretch out.   At night he normally wears "night gowns" or two piece outfits so that Chris has an easier time changing his diaper... he really doesn't like all the buttons on the footed sleepers! 

Visitors: On Sunday, Grammy and Grandpa Flinn came to visit Noah.  My mom still comes over every day, and this Thursday we celebrated her birthday!  Other than that we've been holding off having too many visitors since I was still getting used to a pumping schedule this week and trying to breast feed more.  I hope that we can start having people come over soon and meet the little man!

Happy Birthday Grandma!

Diet: Breast feeding is still not going very well, but the lactation consultant gave me some tips to help get more milk with pumping.  As a result we are able to feed him more breast milk and supplement less with formula.  Ideally I'd love to feed him all breast milk, even if it is by a bottle.  

Baby Gear Love: Since I've been pumping every 2-3 hours I've been loving my Medela In Style Pump.  Originally we rented a hospital grade pump cause they said it would be stronger than a regular pump, but we since found I was getting more using my own Medela.

Also a great help with pumping... we love our Boon Grass Drying Rack.  With all the pump parts and the bottles, this is great for drying everything and makes it look a little neater on our kitchen counter.

I also really love our Britax B-Agile Stroller.  We bought it specifically to use with our car seat when we found out that our car seat didn't fit in the Snap and Go Stroller.  It is so easy to expand and collapse which is a huge relief when I'm out on my own!

Crying: I hope it stays this way, cause Noah really doesn't cry very much.  He still doesn't love having his diaper changed, but if I talk to him while doing it I can usually keep him calm.  He also didn't like having a sponge bath, so we had some crying during that as well.  Otherwise he really only cries if he's hungry or has bad gas that he's having trouble getting out.  

Likes: Noah is still in love with his hands... they are constantly in his mouth.  I found out that he also likes music when I went to rock him in his glider one night and played some baby music that I purchased on my Ipod... it calmed him immediately.  He also really likes doing skin to skin :) 

I think he wants to be back in the womb... he contorted himself into this extreme fetal position the other day!

Milestones: Noah had his first sponge bath... he wasn't a huge fan.  This weekend we plan to give him his first real bath... I'm not very optimistic that he will like that any more, but we shall see.

He also watched his first football game (technically he only stayed awake for about 5 minutes of it) with his daddy.

On Wednesday his umbilical cord fell off!  

Noah also did tummy time for the first time without crying!

Postpartum: I went for my first post-op appointment on Tuesday.  My scar is healing well and they took off the last of my bandages.  My right foot is still swollen and they said that it's fine, but that if it's still swollen in 2 weeks I should come back in.  I was also very pleased to find out that I had lost 22 of the 35 lbs that I had gained during pregnancy.  Considering I haven't done anything to try to lose weight, I was very happy.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Baby Noah: Week 1

I can't believe Noah is already 1 week old.  Time is flying by, so I decided I had to document Noah's life each week so I don't forget all the details.  I have seen a bunch of people do this on other blogs and knew I had to do it too!

Weight:  Noah weighed 6 lbs 13 oz at birth, and by the time we were discharged 3 days later he was down to 6 lbs 4 oz.  We had his first pediatrician appointment on Thursday when he was 6 days old and he is still at 6 lbs 4 oz.  They say that it's fine, but I really do hope that he is back to his birth weight by his next appointment.  

Medical Issues: Thankfully there haven't been any medical issues.  We were a little concerned he might have some problems with his lungs because he was born at 36 weeks 3 days, but thankfully that was not the case.  

Sleep: Noah sleeps most of the day and night.  However, we have not found a great way to keep him asleep without someone holding him.  During the day someone always wants to hold him, so while we may be kicking ourselves in the foot, as a result we have a hard time to put him down at night and for him to stay soundly asleep.  The first night home we tried the bassinet in our room... that wasn't very successful and neither of us got much sleep cause every noise caused us to stir.  The second night we decided to take shifts with him out in the living room and we tried putting him in his bouncy chair.  It kind of worked but he's still so small so he doesn't really stay sitting straight up in it that it doesn't work for long periods of time.  Finally, the third night we did shifts again but used the nap nanny for him to sleep.  

Clothes: Noah is way tinier than we expected.  Chris and I both were both larger babies and since we didn't expect him to come early, we figured we'd have a baby who weighted at least 8 lbs.  As a result we never bought any newborn sized clothes and instead started with 0-3.  We quickly realized this was not going to work, so thankfully Grandma (my mom) came to the rescue.  She spent the first 2 days we were at home buying a whole new wardrobe in newborn sizing so that Noah is a well dressed boy.  

Visitors: Noah has met both sets of grandparents, his uncle Justin, and a friend of mine in the hospital.  He didn't get to meet his other uncles or aunt (my brothers and sister) because they live far away.  We had a bunch of friends who had planned to come to the hospital to meet this little man, but with Hurricane Sandy, the power outages, and gas shortages a lot of them couldn't make it.    

Diet: Ideally I wanted to breastfeed him exclusively.  However, we have been struggling a lot with him latching.  As a result we have been pumping and supplementing with formula.  I  have reached out to a lactation specialist but have not heard back yet.  I'm trying not to stress about it cause that won't help the situation.  I figure any amount of breastmilk he gets is a good thing.   

Baby Gear Love: We love the nap nanny, it's the only place he will sleep for an extended period of time.  We also love the pottery barn swaddle blankets, they are nice and warm and super soft.  I'm sure as he gets older we will have many more products we love, but right now we just hold him most of the time and stare at him.  

Noah also loves his glider and enjoys eating in his own room

Crying: He really only cries when he gets his diaper changed, but since we've started using a pacifier he's been getting better.   He also wasn't a fan of tummy time.. we will have to keep trying though!

Likes: Noah is in love with his hands... they are in his mouth constantly in order to self soothe I guess.  It's funny to watch how he places his hands by his mouth... sometimes it looks like he's doing some major pondering.  He also loves cuddling and does this a lot with me, his daddy, and his grandma.  

Milestones: The usual milestones... coming home from the hospital, going to his first doctor's appointment, as well as peeing on grandma (as well as through many sleepers), and his first night on the nap nanny are just a few to name.  

 Chris was also home from work because his office was closed almost all week because of the hurricane.  Friday was his first day back and had to leave Noah... he was very sad.  

Postpartum: Since I had a C-Section my postpartum recovery has been a little more difficult but thankfully I've been having a lot of help (my mom comes over every day to help out in some way).  So far it seems like my incision is healing nicely and I'm slowly needing less pain medicine.  It's weird not having my big belly anymore but it's definitely a bit more challenging to dress since the weight is still there and I'm trying to wear comfortable things that don't put pressure on my incision.  I go to the doctor for my first post-op appointment on Tuesday, so I guess I'll find out more then about how I'm healing.  

 Our perfect little family of three!
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