Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
On Monday I picked up my "Your Baby's First Year, Week by Week" book and sure enough, right under 'Week 6' it stated that your baby would be going through a growth spurt around this time and would need to eat more often. Dr. K even reassured me at our appointment on Tuesday that if she needs to eat this often, let her eat this often ... it will subside.
Riley is actually 7-weeks old today, so I wonder how soon these additional feedings will end. I don't mind them at all and I am not complaining, but I am just hoping that she isn't eating more frequently through the night out of 'habit' rather than 'hunger'. We'll see what the next week brings! As long as she is getting enough to eat and is healthy and growing, I am a happy mama!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I am creating this post to capture the dates of Riley's milestones as she reaches them. As new milestones occur, I will come back to edit this post. This will come in very handy when I get around to filling out her baby book!
* Monday, January 4, 2008: First smile (a morning smile to daddy!)
* Tuesday, January 20, 2008 : First Laugh (an afternoon laugh to mommy and grandma!)
* Wednesday, January 28, 2008: First time I could pull Riley up by her hands while she is lying down and she holds her head up the whole time(
* Friday, April 3, 2009: First roll from tummy to back
* Thursday, April 9, 2009: First time eating rice cereal
* Monday, April 13, 2009: First time eating carrots
* Sunday, April 19, 2009: First roll from back to tummy
I did ask Dr. K about her recent increase in eating. Apparently babies go through a growth spurt during week 6 and she isn't holding back! During the day she is eating nearly every 2 hours - sometimes sooner. She used to eat every 3 to 4 hours. Dr. K said as long as she is keeping it all down, feed her when she is hungry - it is certainly a growth spurt. I just hope I can keep up with her demands!
The 'surprise' I mention in the title of this blog isn't Riley's weight. It is the LAUGH that she gave Mom and I when we got home from mall walking today (yes, I mall walk - we did FOUR miles!). Riley had just overflowed her diaper and we were in her room changing her on the changing table. She just broke out in smiles all of a sudden and then with one of them came this loud baby laugh! It was adorable! She gave us a couple more and, of course, by the time I grabbed the video camera, she froze and didn't grace us with any others. I hope to get it on camera soon!
Now I have to break the news to Kevin that he missed her first laugh. I guess it's fair - he got her first smile and I missed that ... =)
Saturday, January 17, 2009
As I was picking out her clothes to wear today, I picked out a particular onesie and pant outfit. Sure, changing diapers are easier in the recent one-piece outfits I've purchased ... but they are size 0-3 months. Today's outfit is size 'newborn' ... and I know that it won't be much longer that she is able to wear this tiny size. On one hand that makes me very sad - my little baby is already growing. But growing is good and it means she is healthy ... so on the other hand I am happy. Plus, these next stages in her life will be just as exciting as these first 6 weeks have been, just in different ways.
Six weeks. Wow. Yesterday marked 6 weeks for Riley. I have never had a month and a half pass by so quickly. This also means that my maternity leave is half over (I believe I've mentioned this in previous posts - can you tell it is on my mind?). However I am so thankful that when I do return work, I will do so on a part-time basis. I'll have to be away from my angel three days a week - which will hurt more than any pain I've ever endured, I am sure, but Kevin and I are so blessed to have our parents who want to provide childcare for those three days! I am sure leaving her in her grandparent's hands will make it somewhat easier.
Riley has begun smiling, as I wrote about a few posts ago. She seems to be the most 'smiley' in the mornings. She responds to me asking her "Are you a big baby? Or a LITTLE baby?" (in this ridiculously high-pitched voice) with a huge grin - it just melts my heart. Her smiles are so big and open-mouthed that you expect to hear a hearty laugh along with it ... but it is just this huge, gummy smile ... the most beautiful smile in the world!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I even said to Kevin that it was nice to be there ... but only because I had Riley with me ... and I knew I could leave whenever I wanted. I walked past my desk and forced away the yucky thoughts of having to return to it in just six weeks. For now I was with Riley ... and that was all that mattered.
Now we're back home, all warm inside and ready to take a nap together ... just me and my baby girl.
Kevin just called me to let me know that Kelly delivered a healthy 8 pound 8 ounce baby GIRL! Addison Jeanne Pitchler. Kevin and Kelly's husband, Frank, are close friends and Kevin said Frank sounded full of adrenaline. This is so exciting because I envision our little girls growing up together as friends and spending time playing with one another - how exciting. Congratulations, Kelly and Frank!!
Carrie is getting closer to meeting her baby. She and I have been in close contact via text messages all day (thank goodness for technology!). This friendship is very interesting because Carrie and I have never actually met one another, yet we both feel as though we're such close friends. When we were both trying to get pregnant, fate would have it that we both joined the same message board on a baby website. Our similarities were/are uncanny - I couldn't believe there was someone out there this similar to me! We text and email one another daily and have spoken on the phone several times. She and her husband, Travis, live in Maryland and this is their first baby as well. The four of us has planned to meet for a weekend last summer, but our plans didn't pan out. Kevin and I hope that we can drive to Maryland this spring to meet them ... and their new bundle of joy!
So all is well with the world - two dear friends having two precious babies. Nothing could be sweeter.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
This evening Kevin was holding Riley on his lap on the couch. I walked over behind the couch and said something to her and she quickly whipped that little, adorable head around and looked straight at me. Kevin and I both smiled so big - did she recognize my voice?! All the books I've read talk about how the baby can recognize its mother's voice at the time of birth, even, but it wasn't until tonight that she really made me think that was true!! Ahh, I am so in love!
Okay - bed time!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Another thing that took me by surprise yesterday was how I found Riley in her crib. I put her down for a nap in the afternoon in her crib. As always, I put her into her sleep positioner on her side. When I came back into her room later to check on her, she was sound asleep on her STOMACH! She had turned herself from her side to her stomach, even with the positioner! I chalk it up to chance and don't think that my 3-week old is able to turn over yet, but I was very surprised!
As I write this, she is sound asleep in her swing. She is so beautiful and so precious and I couldn't love her any more. 2009 is going to be an incredible year.