Sunday, December 28, 2008
She is going to crawl any day now. She gets on her hands and knees and pushes up onto her feet. She has been giving herself some hand stuffing breaks just long enough to do this. Just today she almost sat herself up too!
She spends much more time rolling around the living room these days, collecting all of Lucy's dog hair like a lint roller. Good times, really.
She has also graduated to bathing directly in the sink! Much messier! Not too sure I like this.
She is such a wiggleworm I can't hold her still long enough to change her diaper. It really is a challenge.
She can officially stand unsupported, we just have to keep her balanced. She really likes this!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
When we play on the floor she will play, look up and reach for me for hugs and kisses, then resume playing. She does this over and over. I can't complain, I love it. And yes she gives me open mouthed, sloppy kisses like she is going to eat my face. It's the best!
She is such an excellent eater! I have to make her food in a coffee mug now, she eats so much. We started with bananas, carrots, sweet potatoes, and now we're on butternut squash. She seems to have the food thing down pat. So now it doesn't matter what I shovel in her mouth, she'll open up without question. Now if I can get her to keep her hands out of her mouth I'll have a lot less clean up!
She isn't crawling yet but makes a real good effort. She gets on all fours and pulls a scoot/roll thing. She always get off her blanket, I don't think I can get a big enough one at this point to contain her. There's no stopping her now!
(How she got commas between each letter perfectly I'll never know!)
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I'm so proud of my baby today. I finally broke down and faced the inevitable. She got her 4 month shots, and she did so much better than her 2 month ones! I wasn't anticipating a good visit, upon entering the immunization room I hear a screaming child which in turn, makes her cry. So I'm like...great, here we go. She settles down after all the screaming children leave. She then proceeds to squeal and smile while we wait. I on the other hand am on the verge of tears thinking of what's to come. We sit in the chair and pop one shot in one leg and one in the other. She cried of course, but I calmed her right away. And that was it! She was over it and back to normal in no time. I think I just need to reeeelax!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I also started the rice cereal, 2 tbsp morning and night. She hates it! And why wouldn't she? Amanda tasted it and said it tastes like paste. I tried it with breastmilk and formula. I'm going to try gerber juice next. If that doesn't work, well, she's just gonna have to get over it. Poor thing.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
ISn't that tape of her and Lucy cute? I was talking to Amelia about rolling over and Lucy thought I Was talking to her. Silly puppy.
On a sad note I have decided to give up pumping my milk. I continue to pump every night and get no more than .2 ounces. That does me no good. In case you didn't know she wont breastfeed anymore so I have been pumping and bottle feeding it. Because of work I haven't been able to keep it up, and I'm losing my supply. I'm so sad! I worked so hard and I feel like a failure by giving in.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Today was torture day, but I'm not sure for who. Amelia screamed like I never heard her before, and it broke my heart! Actually, she screamed for about 20 minutes BEFORE the shots and cried for about a minute after it was over. Go figure. I couldn't stop crying either. The needles were huge and they are so ruthless about it. She got two, one in each thigh. Luckily she had no reactions or fever. She seems to be just fine!
On the good side of the appt. she had her well being check and she is a super healthy baby! She weighs 13lbs 12 ounces (95th percentile!), her height is 23 1/2" (75%), and her head measured 16.06cm (90%). Her head was 13cm when she was born.
So...super growing nugget.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
She has begun to really focus now, which makes my life a little easier. She can entertain herself, and it makes her a better baby. She bats at her toys and stares at the TV. She's the only baby that has to watch surgeries on The Discovery Health Channel, I'm sure. Poor kid. Because of her love to stand and sit up, we've begun to put her in a jumper chair. She's too small so I have to wrap her up in blankets and put a towel under her feet. She loves it!
She also talks a lot more and screeches at the top of her lungs at times. It's too cute. She gets a lot of attention in stores! She randomly does these little coughs, I'm not too sure if she swallows spit wrong or it holds entertainment value. I think it may be a little of both.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Also, Sunday we started her sleeping in her own bed. She has taken to it extremely well, although that first night I bawled. I felt like she was just too far away. Now it's a blessing. :)
Her latest craze is shoving her whole fist in her mouth and sucking on it like it's got crack on it. Now I can't tell when she's hungry because she's always doing it!
When Amanda left so did her camera, I've ordered one in the meantime so when it comes I can post videos again.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
These days Amelia is smiling and googling much more. Sometimes you can even get an occasional laugh. She also discovered my hair, and likes to grab it all the time.
We had a fantastic week of few to no colic fits until Friday when all hell broke loose. All in all she does seem to be getting better, or I'm just getting more patient.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Anyways, she finally pooped, I was so excited! So naturally I had to capture it. hee hee.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
On the bad side, I determined that she does not have gas all the time, she has colic. I did a lot of reading on it and she is pretty textbook. It starts about 6pm every night and she can cry off and on till her bedtime at 10-11pm. It's so hard to deal with, and it's really depressing. I just wish I knew how to make it all better, but no one does. I bought some "gripe water" which is nothing more than a ginger/fennel liquid that helps calm the stomach. We used it twice last night, I can't really tell if it helped or not. I have also cut dairy out of my diet to see if it helps. Otherwise, it seems to help to put the TV on the 90's music channel and dance and sing around the living room. Try doing that 20 times a night. I guess I can see it as a way to lose my last 15 pounds!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Amelia is getting so big, I measured her at 21 inches and weighed 10.6 lbs today! She is getting real strong. She can hold her head up and kicks like a crazy person. I work with her on pushing and stretching her legs. She talks and stares, mainly at our curtains, she seems to like the contrast in the stripes. Also if you wave something in her face she will follow it, something she has done since 2 weeks, and the nurse said that comes at 4 weeks! She also got her belly button a few days ago!
Today we had our first real "gas" episode. It was about 15 minutes of screaming torture. At one point she became bright red and tears weld up in her eyes and I just lost it. Anytime she cries for real I break down. I can't handle it when she's not feeling good, I just sob right along with her. I must be a mom.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
And....I am very excited to say I lost my mucus plug this morning at 1:30AM.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I am soooo sad. I have officially began getting stretch marks, and it really bums me out! I've had them about 4 days now. Urg!! I was doing so good!
I weighed 159.0 and measured upper 42 1/4, mid 43 1/2 and lower 42 1/2. I lost about 1/2" which I hope is some of that fluid! I am trying real hard to keep moving so maybe we can get me dilated a little. If they have to induce Thursday it will be easier if my cervix is ripe. I started logging my contractions and they are still pretty irregular. Frequent, but not consistent. And of course the little girl is fidgeting and moving all the time.
I also went on vacation today....
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Now I have a series of appointments for heart monitoring and more fluid checks next week. If my fluids remain high they want to induce me on Thursday!
By the way it is our 9 year anniversary today! And my gift was the most beautiful ring I could ask for. A 1 1/4 carat platinum 3 stone ring. The picture doesn't do it justice. This was supposed to be my 10 year present as 10 is a diamond, so I got it a little early!
Sunday, June 8, 2008
I gained 3 pounds! (157.2) I measured almost 2 inches larger as well, but it could just be positioning. The upper was 43, mid 44 1/4 and lower 42.
She is still kicking and moving around as usual! I can't really tell at this point if my braxton kicks have transitioned into regular contractions, but I distinguish them as either a hickie contraction or a hot face contraction. Sometimes they are strong and my face feels like it is flush but I don't think I actually turn red. Heh.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
So Carmen sends me to the diagnostics place for an ultrasound to have my fluids checked. I was a little worried at this point because for some reason it's not good to have access fluid. Amanda and I watched a few episodes of Rachael Ray waiting to be seen. It took forever! Anyhow, that's where the good news kicks in. She looks great! I got to see her little heart beating, her tummy breathing in and out, and best of all, we confirmed she's a girl! No surprises! And...my fluid levels are perfect,she said they measured 15, whatever that means. So, it all works out. Only thing I wish was Chris could have been there.
Here's the pics I got today...what a great money shot!
Sunday, June 1, 2008
We worked hard this week getting lose ends done. Nursery, getting my goody bag ready for the hospital, picking up stuff here and there. I think I have everything I need...I guess?
So I gained a pound (153.6) and measured upper 41 mid 42 1/2 and bottom 41.
I think I'll take this time to summarize exactly what I have been experiencing so far that I may have failed to mention.
1. Parts of my legs and feet are numb, especially my right knee. It hurts if I lean on it the wrong way. A 3" circumference around my belly button is also numb.
2. I have a nagging ache in my mid right side of my back that ties into the side of my belly (ligaments perhaps?) I experience this mostly if I have been sitting too long, along with swollen feet.
3. I still have dry flaky red skin on my chin that I can't seem to kick. I am also developing blotchy brown spots on my face from the sun. Sunscreen!
4. I can no longer wear my wedding ring, it's worn on my necklace.
5. I've been experiencing "pee constipation". Sometimes it just won't come out.
6. I pee all night every 2 hours. I'm not joking. I also down a bottle of water in the night too. I can't seem to ever get enough to drink.
7. When I cry (which is very easy to do) or even get the slightest of watery eyes my head will hurt. As soon as those tear ducts dry up I feel fine again.
Now, these are not nags or complaints, just notes of what my body has been up to. I have had a great experience so far! She doesn't even kick me too bad anymore for lack of space. She figets a lot and that makes me skirmy if she gets on a roll. Sometimes it's just ridiculous and I have to tell her to knock it off.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I weighed 152.6 and measured upper 41, mid 42 1/2 and lower 42. They seem to be normal again now that Chris measured this week.
We finally cracked down and started knocking out the nursery. We finished painting, but we still have to touch up areas, caulk and paint the molding. Then we can pretty much put everything together! I can't wait until it's done. Here's what we did today
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
She also pressed on my lower abdomen and felt Amelia's head. Yep sir-ee, it's official, she's upside down and ready to roll. Her heartbeat is 153. Good as gold.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
So far so good. I gained a pound (150.4) and weirdly my measurements dropped...a lot. I had to do it several times over just to be sure. I lost inches (upper 39 mid 40 1/2 lower 40). I know she's making her way upside down now, so i guess it makes a difference in my measurements! I also know she's upside down because she got the hiccups last night for a solid few minutes. The jumps were in my lower abdomen. I've been feeling fine lately but not my best. My lower back is starting to get tense, it's hard to find a decent position when I sit anymore. You know, the typical pregnancy gripes! I also have a lot of nasal congestion. I have for quite sometime, I snore and snort when I laugh a lot!
We graduated from birthing class last Tuesday. I think I'm prepared. Heh. The final class we learned about c sections....gross! I had to watch one. It was not pretty.
Just for the record, I got about 5 comments from strangers yesterday that there is no way I am going to last a month. Anyone want to start a pool for my real due date??
Sunday, May 11, 2008
It doesn't quite apply just yet, but I got presents and cards anyhow! Another reason to have a day for me is awesome!
Well...same ole same ole really. I gained 3 pounds (149.0) which puts me at an official gain of 35 pounds to date. That's supposed to be my max. gain for the prenancy. So I'm going to go a little over. Oh well! I'm just going to blame it on all my puffiness. I can hardly wear my wedding ring, my watch is tight and I can only wear one pair of shoes. I really need to buy another pair! She seems to be a litte lower these days. My belly measured upper 40 1/2 mid 42 and lower 42. Makes sense because if you look at my belly lately its round on top and goes completely flat down the front. I wonder how she is laying? I'm thinking she's laying horizontal. When she moves I can feel her on complete opposite sides. Sometimes I feel like she's really high as well when she presses on my ribs. I'll be glad when she drops a bit, but my bladder won't! Also those Braxton contractions are happening more frequently and more intense. It's not so bad unless I have to pee, then it's pretty dang uncomfortable!
This past Tuesday's class was a little redundant, but it still reminded me of what I need to know. Massages, breathing techniques, birthing videos (gotta love em) and what we should bring to the hospital. Chris was also able to make this one and it made me very happy!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
This week was great. I lost an ounce (146.4) and gained 1/2in 'round. My upper was 40 1/2, mid 41 1/2 and lower 40 3/8. I also seemed to have found my feet again, mostly by doing what I should have been all along: elevating them! She is still moving a lot, but not so much kicking. My "What to expect when you're expecting" book told me that anyhow due to minimal space. Still getting the Braxton Hicks contractions as well. No biggie there though. Just my good ole uterus warming up.
This past Tuesday at class we learned all about the different phases of labor and how I will feel. Not too good apparently. Then we watched a discreet birth video that followed the births of 3 women and how they handled labor. Interesting. We also learned about a water aerobics class that is held mon/wed/fri on Pearl. Amanda and I checked it out on Friday and we fell in love! We're going to keep going as long as we can.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
After my appt. Chris, Amanda and I went on the labor and delivery tour of the hospital. I got to see what the rooms look like and all that jazz. They look like little motel rooms, not bad! I was also thrilled that they had tubs in them so I can soak if I want. I guess these days they don't have nurseries anymore, so baby stays by your side the whole time.
We also went to our first birthing class last night. I had Chris and Amanda there for team Brown. I felt pretty good considering a few girls didn't have anyone. We went over some basic delivery procedures and learned exercises to help move baby into better postitons. Chris learned massage techniques to keep me calm. I was in heaven! And I learned how to do a proper kegal :)
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Happy Birthday to me! And my gift to myself is water retention...again. Yep, the cankles are back with a vengeance! I gained almost 4 pounds! This morning I weighed 144.6 and measured upper 39, mid 40 3/4 and lower 39 3/4. Almost an inch of growth! Not much new to report, she is still not kicking as much as she is just moving all over. I'm also experiencing a lot lately those Braxton Hicks contractions. My entire belly just contracts and gets really tight and brick hard, then it releases. Funny stuff.
My child birth classes start Tuesday!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I weighed 141.0 and measured upper 38, mid 39 3/8 and lower 39 3/8. No growth either. But she sure is moving! She was quiet in the beginning of the week which was concerning me. However, all changed by mid week and she is rockin and a rollin all the time. I noticed too her movements are feeling different. Sometimes I just feel the movements without kicking and all that. I can sit on the couch and watch my belly wobbling all over the place, it's really quite entertaining!
For the most part, I feel the same as always. But I am extremely HOT all the time. Even the bottom of my feet sweat. Sleeping is better, for awhile I was having a hard time staying asleep. I can thank my new body pillow for that. I love it!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
So it was drink, wait an hour, and have my blood taken. Easy as one, two, three....
Sunday, March 30, 2008
I gained 3 pounds in 2 weeks (139.2) which I'm pretty happy about considering how much I pigged out on vacation. This makes me 24 pounds to date. I only have 11 pounds left so I better use them wisely :) My belly measured upper 37 1/4, mid 39 and lower 39 1/2. I am also officially in my 3rd trimester. Whoo hoo!
She kicked quite a bit while I was there, I think mostly everyone got a feel. She has her moments. Either she won't keep still or she's very quiet.
We painted the nursery today, not all the details but just the solid color on the walls. That would be pink of course!
Just for fun, here's my first sign of stretch marks. URG!
My big fat foot. Isn't there supposed to be an ankle in there somewhere?
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I also learned that the baby's brain is growing the most right now, so I have been loading up on brain food like eggs, soy chocolate milk and my omega enriched peanut butter. And of course fish when I can.
She is moving much more this week. She's not really kicking so much as she is pressing. Every so often she'll move and press her foot or something up against the uterine wall. It's really cool! It doesn't tickle as much as the kicking does. When she does it my belly gets brick hard in that spot until she moves it.
The baby shower is next weekend! I can't wait!
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Wow, the time is going by fast! And I am getting BIGGER even though the measurements I take seem to contradict that! I gained 2 pounds (ouch!) 132.6. My belly measured upper 34 3/4, mid 36 5/8, and lower 37 3/4. She moved more this week, but still not giving me any monster punches. She must be lazy like her mom. I am also at the point where none of my "normal" clothes fit. I have to rely on maternity pants if I want to breathe. But you know what, they are so comfy I wish I could wear them always!
I finally bought my pregnancy scrapbook so I can get started putting that together. I also couldn't resist the buying of more outfits. There is nothing more irresistible than little girl outfits, especially when they're on sale! We are also going to pick up paint for the nursery today, we have an idea of what we're going to do.