This has been a great week . . we are starting to figure things out and get more comfortable with parenthood.
Avery is doing so great, here are some new things she is doing . .
making all kinds of crazy funny faces
she is now really focusing on things, specifically faces
she can follow things with her eyes
her neck is just getting stronger and stronger and she is really holding it up a lot
she loves to hold her head up to look up at you while she is burping, it is soooo cute
she hated the baby sling carrier thing, but loves the Baby Go one
Avery's firsts . . . .
first book read to her (Are You My Mother?)
first birthday party attended, Jace
not all cries are for food, and so babies just always suck on their hands, hungry or not
do not shake the bottle to mix the formula, stir it, less air and gas for the baby
there is an "I'm bored" cry
I am not sure what size she is, her next doctor's appointment is Nov 2. I will post then, but I bet by the time we have that appointment she will be 22 inches long and 9.5 to 10 pounds.
She is still wearing newborn clothes and diapers, but is going to be out of those soon.
As for eating, Jean (my stepmom) took her on Friday (because I had the flu) and only fed her every four hours. Ray and I had been feeding her every 2 to 3 hours. The reason for the excessive feedings is due to us thinking every cry was a hungry one. She now that we have finally figured that out, she is eating every 4 hours (4 ounces each time). It is AMAZING!!!!!! Eating less often also helps with her gas issues a little bit.
Also, as of last Monday I stopped pumping. I was having a hard time finding the time to pump, so my supply went down, I got plugged milk ducts (seriously painful) and I was just over it. I know that sounds awful, but she had taken to formula and it just wasn't worth it anymore. Also I got the flu, so that really sealed the deal. I also realized during this past month that pumping at work would not be an option. I was so naive as to how much time it would take. My advice to anyone planning on BFing, be prepared, this is soooo hard. I don't know that I would have made it any longer if I had prepared, but I know I would have been less frustrated if I knew what to expect. I have so much respect for moms who can get over the initial difficulties I couldn't, but I also respect the moms who tried and it just didn't work for them/baby.
She is still spitting up but nothing abnormal. She isn't having the same stomach pains she used to though. The only times we know that she is gassy is when she will wake up from sleeping to poop or fart and then go back to sleep. It is so funny, we never know if she is waking up because she isn't tired or if it is to poop/fart.When she farts it is loud too, it cracks me up that something so little can fart so loud and so often!
As for sleep, we typically feed her at 9:00pm, which leaves us feeding her at about 1 and 5. She sleeps pretty well in the times in between there. She will have periods of time where she whimpers and fusses a bit, but nothing awful. We are so grateful for this and I feel like a new person with this improvement. She still sleeps quite a bit during the day, especially in the morning.
Our next challenge pertaining to sleep is getting her to sleep in her crib. This could be a huge undertaking as she has never slept anywhere but on us or in her boppy. During the day, she is a bit more flexible and will sleep in her bouncer or swing, but never her pack n play or crib. We are going to start trying this on Friday, wish us luck!
Also we learned that she loves it when you sing to her. She does not like it when we change her clothes. And in the last week she has gotten a strawberry on the right side of her abdomen near her ribs.
What kinds of things do you do with your baby during playtime?