Sunday, February 28, 2010

Let the Crying Begin...

I don't know.  I feel like Madison is crying more than she is smiling these days.  Jeremy has this theory that she came 2 weeks early and is therefore 2 weeks behind the books.  It is not a bad theory actually since technically my body was not saying it was time for her to be born; we just made it happen.  That means she would be like a 6 week old, which is when the books say crying times peak.  It would also mean she could be going through a growth spurt.  I think that I have been trying to put off feeding her and she has actually been hungry a lot.  That is just another theory.  I also have this little fear that I am not producing enough milk as the day goes on and she eats so frequently.  I have enough in the morning because she is sleeping longer stretches at night.  Last night, she ate at 8:30, then cried for the about 30 minutes before we fed her 1-1/2 oz by a bottle, which she chugged.  She may still have been hungry because she cried for another 30 minutes before falling asleep - probably out of exhaustion - while I was holding her at 10:30pm.  I was afraid to give her more milk.  Do they just keep sucking on the bottle and eat so much they spit it up?  That was my fear.  I think we are going to try giving her milk in a bottle later today when I feel like I am depleted and see how much she eats versus how much I pump.  This was Jeremy spending quality time with Madison - no he is not listening to music, he is trying to lessen the deafening screams!  He gave it a shot by putting them over her ears.. it looks like she is singing - do not be mistaken, she is crying!  They are pretty cute pictures.

We made it to church today - the early service at 9am.  We sat there til about 10am when she started fussing.  I took her to the nursing room (didn't know we had one of those til recently) and she chugged it down for awhile.  She fell asleep during what was left of the service and slept in her car seat while we ate at Johnny Buccelli's (one of my favorite restaurants) and for a time when we came home.  She is up now, so we are going to go nurse.  We are going to feed her as much as she wants it today - a fed baby is a happy baby, right?  (I know I am breaking every rule in every book today, but I need a break from the crying.)  One last picture of her in her new jeans (soft and stretchy material) she got from her great-aunt Marianne.  I know some people think all this brown and blue stuff is for the boys, but come on, girls look good in those colors, too - plus, her jeans have ruffles on them... definitely girly.  (The flannel quilt is one my mom made for her out of the scraps from a wedding gift from my aunt.)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Long Week, Lots of News...

So, it has been awhile since I've blogged.  That usually indicates that I haven't had much time because I am trying to figure out my little peanut.  For the most part that is true.  We went to the peditrician on Friday because I wanted to check to see if her jaundice was affecting her activity levels/sleep patterns (or lack of).  The doctor said her jaundice looks like it getting better, gave me some tips (most of which I had been trying), and told me some babies just take awhile to figure things out.... I think I am just confused like most new moms.  After visiting the doctor, we had three almost perfect days - nursing every three hours, sleeping for four or five hour stretches at night, staying awake longer... amazing.  Then, Monday, it all seemed to fall apart.  Madison has no idea what she is doing, and I have no idea what she wants most of the time - is she really tired?  is she really hungry?  is she bored?  etc, etc.  Anyway on to the week...

**On Monday of last week we started with cloth diapers.  It has gone pretty well for us so far.  She definitely looks like she has a big booty and it prompted us to move up to the 0-3 size clothes, which she probably needed to do anyway.  We use the Chinese pre-fold diapers with a Snappi and a Dappi diaper cover.  That probably sounded like a foreign language to most of you, but here is a picture of her with the diaper and a green Snappi, which is used in place of pins.  (To browse cloth diaper stuff, check out the website I've used to order all her stuff, Cotton Babies.)  You can't really tell very well in the second picture, but this is her in her big girl pants - you have to pull them up reeeaalllly high to get them over the diapers.  I have a lot of diapers, so I only have to wash them every 2-3 days; not much more work, a whole lot less money ($8.97 for 36 disposables is a little ridiculous!), and good for the environment!
**Thursday, we had a rough day, plus I was getting sick.  I think that just made everything a little bit harder.

**Friday, we went to the peditrician (see above), packed up, and headed to Wayne Co. for our first big trip.  My old church youth group still gets together at least once a year, and Friday was this year's gathering.  When Jeremy got home from work, we packed up the car and hit the road during her nap time.  She traveled really well.  When we arrived, I spent a long time nursing her before joining the group; I think she was working at setting a personal best.  It was good to see everyone.  It is getting a bit crazy as most of us have kids and many are running around.  It makes for less adult conversation... we should hire a babysitter.  The night was enjoyable and worth the time.  We stayed at my parents' house that night.

**Saturday was "Meet The Brickers" day.  We went over to Grandma and Grandpa Yoh's for lunch, and after eating headed to meet Great Grandpa Bricker and the rest of the family.  There are a lot of them, and like my family, they are quite boisterous!  Madison took it like a pro.  She was passed from person to person to person.  I am pretty sure everyone was able to hold her - after sanitizing their hands, of course!  I think she actually enjoyed it.  I, on the other hand, was totally stressed about her missing her nap, sleeping while being held (I can't do that at home by myself), and whether she would sleep that night after all the activity.  She was completely loved on and was not really affected by it.  Here is a picture of her with Great Grandpa.  The other picture is four generations - Great Grandpa, Grandma, Daddy, and Madison. 
**Sunday, Madison made her debut at Salem Church to hear Grandpa preach.  She did a great job there as well - slept through pretty much the whole thing.  I decided to stay and take the what help I could get for the next two days.  Jeremy decided that "some people had to work around here" and headed back.  It was our first nights apart as a family.  I am sure that he will say she has really grown when we get home.  Hopefully, he is surviving ... not sure there is much food in the house.  Uncle Ben came to visit in the afternoon.  Madison welcomed him into her life by blasting through her diaper for the first time and leaving just a little poo on him.  He was gracious and still loves her ;)

**Monday, Aunt Steph and her two kids came over to play for the morning.  It was good to have company.  I hadn't seen Sam and Lilli for awhile; they sure grow up fast!  Monday did not run like clockwork - so I guess not all is roses at Grandma's; if Madison had stayed on her ideal baby schedule, we may have moved in there!  My parents played with her in the evening, and I took a quick cat nap to juice up for the night.  This picture should have the caption, "How many people does it take to change Madison's diaper?"  She slept that night from 9pm to 2:45pm - unheard of and more than welcomed!!!! 
**Tuesday (today), my parents day off is today, so I have had extra hands all day.  It has been good and weird all at the same time.  Sometimes you don't feel like you have time with your baby, and at the same time you are so relieved someone else will take her when she is crying, expend energy playing with her, and let you do a little bit of things on your own.  You are possessive and giving all at the same time.  Well, I hear her peeping ... crying... upstairs.  It is time to eat again.  My mom will go rescue her from the crib, but there is only so much Grandma can do.  We head home tonight.  We are meeting Jeremy around Mansfield for supper and will be on our own in our own house for the rest of the week.  It has been a good break from the four walls of our place though.  I'll blog when I get a chance.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Good Samaritan

Last night, I went to the grocery store while Jeremy had some quality daddy time with Madison.  I got all the groceries loaded in my trunk and headed home.  When I got home, Madison was hungry, so I fed her.  Then we were hungry, so we enjoyed our last meal that was brought to us from friends from church - delicious lasagna.  That evening, I put Madison to bed around 8:45 or so and thought, I might just go to bed; I hadn't felt well on Saturday night so I was pretty run down.  I started to gather my things - my little bag that travels up and down the stairs with me, my cell phone.... my cell phone.... I couldn't find my cell phone because it was in my purse and I couldn't find my purse.  The last time I had seen my purse was at Kroger.  I ran out to the car, totally freaking out.  I looked in the front seat, the back seat, and the trunk.  No purse to be found.  I came back in in a complete tizzy.  Jeremy suggested I call Kroger.  I said, Yeah, right, I am pretty sure I left it in the cart outside; who wouldn't take that?  I had A LOT of money in my purse not to mention credit cards and such.  I called Kroger and asked if someone had turned in a purse.  They asked what it looked like.  I described it.  They said they had it.  Jeremy went to pick it up.  And you know what, everything was still in there.  (Well, I am pretty sure... all the big bills were there, so I assume the little bills are there too.)  This is all to say, there are some good people out there still whether it was a bagger from Kroger or some random person.  I feel so lucky... or rather watched over by God :)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

We wanted to say Happy Valentine's Day to everyone who loves us enough to read the blog :)  Jeremy and I ended up going to the Cheesecake Factory on Friday night while Grandma and Grandpa Yoh were here.  It was really nice to get out and feel like a couple again... we didn't even talk much about Madison!  Here are some pictures from the Valentine's Day photo shoot with Madison today.  She is wearing a 0-3 month onesie; such a big girl!  This, by the way, is probably the pinkest outfit she has ever been in, but it is Valentine's Day... and it looks good on her :)  Enjoy the photos below ...
Top Left: The serious gaze into the distance Top Right: Smiling at her mobile upstairs; she loves that thing (sorry this is dark) Bottom Left: side profile gazing out the patio door Bottom Right: The whole outfit with a little laugh!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday

Today Grandma and Grandpa Yoh came for a visit.  They brought me/us lunch, which was great.  It is always hard to know what to get out of the cupboards/fridge to eat for lunch.  Madison got up to play with them in the afternoon, but was a hard little girl to keep awake.  I looked back at yesterday's record (yes, I write down a lot of junk - call me obsessive, but it helps me remember... plus, I was like that before I had her) and saw that she was a tired girl yesterday too - only up for 30-40 minute segments in the afternoon.  She stays up a little longer in the morning and later in the afternoon/evening.  I guess she just needs to sleep.  It is nice when I am home alone, plus it seems to go so quickly when she naps for an hour or more.  But when she has visitors, it seems like it is such a short time that she has entertained them before she is off to slumberland.  Well, she is still a baby, right? 

We are leaving Madison in their care tonight as we head out for a Valentine's Day supper.  We're not sure where we are going - Abuelo's? Cheesecake Factory? P.F. Chang's? It will be good to get out of the house together... I am even going to put on some make-up - ya know woo my husband a bit like in the old days when he was attracted to me... maybe he'll remember what that was like. ;)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

It's been awhile

I realized I hadn't posted since Friday.  That means I have either been too tired or too busy.  I am sure it was a combination of both.  I have no idea what we did on Saturday... it was a long time ago.  I must have wore her around the house because I had Jeremy finally take a picture for me.  Please ignore the bad hair and pajama wear.  I usually shower and get ready for the day.... it just hadn't happened :)














On Sunday, we made it to church again.  This time we went to second service (at 10:30am) because of the times she was eating.  It was good to be there and she is a pretty good church-goer right now.  Jeremy watched the Saints win the Super Bowl.  Somehow I saw none of it between nursing and putting Madison to bed.  That's okay, I am sure he cared more than me.  It was apparently a great game. 

My parents came on Monday night because I had two doctors appointments on Tuesday.  They stayed on Tuesday through my first appointment with the OB.  (Good report there... he said I was a great healer!)  Mom was able to give Madison a bottle - over 2 ounces!  They headed home around noon before the roads got any worse.  It took quite a while for them to get home, but they made it safely.
 
She has also been sleeping a little better.  I have had a few nights with a 5 hour stretch and at least a 4 hour stretch every night.  It is wonderful.  I am reading the book Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg.  I know there are lots of books and ways of doing things.  I am really liking what this one says.  She advocates a routine - but not a schedule focused on time.  The routine is E-A-S-Y, which stands for Eat, Activity, Sleep, You (mom time to rest/do things).  For her activity today she played for the first time on her activity mat.  Maybe you can see her between all the toys that are hanging there!  She looked around for quite awhile before letting me know she was tired of it.  The book also says to put your baby to sleep in her bed for her naps.  So, we have been doing that today (Wednesday) instead of holding her or hoping she sleeps in the pack n play with all the household noise.  It is going okay - not a disaster and not a tremendous success.  But we are having to re-program from the other as well.  We'll see how tonight goes when she goes to her bed again.  The book

Friday, February 5, 2010

Quick notes

The snow started falling today around 10am and still hasn't stopped.  Jeremy got to come home from work early, which is cool little perk.  He took a picture of the beauty of the snow out our back door.
 
I forgot to tell about a milestone in our lives: Jeremy gave Madison a bottle on Tuesday.  Yes, this means that if need be, I can leave her with someone... although I'll probably still have to pump that feeding off.  Still, it is nice to know it is an option.  He gave her a bottle again tonight and this is the proof...
 
 And finally, this is what Madison usually does as we eat supper.  She chills in her swing.  Sometimes, she'll fall asleep.  Other times, she just pops her pacifier out of her mouth enough to make us burn a few extra calories putting it back in.  She seems to enjoy her time swinging.  I like this shot - dead baby arms at the head with the pacifier just out of reach.... oh, how hard it is being a baby.

Good Day

Yesterday was a good day... I venture to say that maybe I am turning the corner ,... and so is Madison?  What I mean is we might be stabilizing.  She was very sleepy all morning, which is not necessarily awesome.  I have been trying to have a routine with her - Eat, Activity (read book, change diaper, talk, tummy time), Sleep.  Yesterday morning it was more Eat, Sleep, Eat, Sleep; she slept right through her tummy time which she usually doesn't like for more than a few minutes.  I decided after the 11:30 feeding that if she was just going to sleep the day away, we could at least go out for a walk.  So, I bundled her up - still sleeping - in her awesome reindeer suit and loaded her in the stroller.  We walked down to the park and around the circle.  This took about 30 minutes for the round trip.  It is a big deal because I hadn't walked that far since having her.  It is really only 1.4 miles, so obviously, I am still more of a turtle than a hare - but I made it!  In the afternoon, I put her in the carrier and "wore" her while I worked on balancing my bank account and getting ready for the February bank trip.  I also folded clothes, cleaned out the dishwasher, and picked up around the house.  When I finally took her out, because it was time for her to eat, she was not happy with me.  I think she was so warm and toasty and was suddenly released to cold air - brrrr.  She doesn't like being cold.  In the evening, Jeremy took over while I went out (all by myself!) to get stamps, make copies of our Christmas letter, and run to Target.  We put her to bed around 9pm.  She woke up a number of times before finally falling asleep, but it was awesome because then she didn't wake me up until 12am, then not again until 4am, and then for some reason needed to get up at 6am, but is now still asleep at 9:15am .... need to go rouse her from her sleep.  Hope everyone is staying safe and warm during this anticipated blizzard weekend.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Big Girl or bad diapers?

Last night Madison went through three - THREE! - sets of pajamas because she wet right through them.  I don't think that I put the diaper on wrong three times.  I am going to try the big girl (size 1) diapers today and tonight to see if that helps.  These diapers are huge!  The newborn diapers are a tight stretch.  So are some of the newborn clothes.  We decided to try the 0-3 month clothes today; you can see in the picture that they are just a little big.
We put these on right after a bath.  She has her pacifier because, as far as I can tell she still hates to be out of the water during bath time. 
 
We went to a place in Columbus called Sprout Soup which is a really cool store - cloth diapers, unique toys, and baby carriers.  This last thing is why we went there - carriers.  I wanted to be able to carry her around and sstill have two hands free.  The woman there helped me figure out a way to use the Baby K'tan that I got from my friend to carry Madison.  It keeps her pretty cozy, and it is pretty comfortable for me.  It is pretty easy to get her in and out of, but it doesn't let me take my naps when she sleeps.... or I would have to do so carefully.  I'll try to get Jeremy to take a picture of us, so that you can see how cozy she is.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

One Month Checkup

Big day today - Madison went for her one month check up.  I asked the doctor a lot of mundane questions - is spitting up okay?  she sometimes screams bloody murder when sitting serenely... is there something wrong?  is this cradle cap (dry scalp) anything to be concerned about?  is there a way to lengthen her nighttime feedings?  I am sure the doctor thought these were the easiest questions ever.  So, the vitals:
  • starting weight: 6 lbs 12 oz   one month weight: 8 lbs 0 oz   percentile: 25%
  • starting length: 18 in (or 19 in)   one month length: 20 in   percentile: 25%
  • starting head circumference: 13.5 in   one month head circumference: 15 in   percentile: 50%
So - little peanut with a big head :)  While we were there, I carried her to the scale to be weighed.  Then, I carried her back.  This sounds simple, right?  Well, the catch is you do all this without her diaper on.  Yeah, you know what I am hinting at... on the way back from the scale, Madison must have felt really comfortable and started peeing all over me and the floor.  It was a lot of pee.... at least I know she is not dehydrated.  I will have to be doing wash.  Madison also received her Hep B shot (the second one).  It was a serious cry, but she did calm down fairly quickly.  The doctor thought Madison still looked a little jaundiced, so she sent us to Children's to get blood drawn.  So, we drove there and had to get another prick.  I just got a call from the doctor.  The bilirubin (jaundice indicator) level was a little higher than normal, but she was concerned enough to make any changes to what we are doing.  They said jaundice can hang on a little longer in breastfed babies.  We are just supposed to watch she doesn't get more yellow this week.... that is hard because I didn't think she was that yellow today.  At least she is still healthy.  Needless to say, it was an exhausting day.  Which probably explains why she is still soundly sleeping in her car seat.  (I think I will just let her sleep at night in her car seat; I may get more sleep that way!)  Oh, she is stirring - it is the magically 2 hour time period of needing to eat.  I'll sign off and see what happens.  Have a great Tuesday.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Visitors

On Saturday, my friend (Laura) and her daughter (Teagan) came to Columbus to visit.  It was good to see Laura again.  I had coached volleyball with her at Mapleton, and miss those after school practices.  I didn't think to take a picture.  She brought us a meal, which was very thoughtful.  She is due to have a baby at the beginning of March, so I'll have to make the trek to visit her when her new arrival comes.  I hadn't left the house since Wednesday, so on Saturday night Jeremy said we needed to get out - I think I was a bit stir crazy!  We went to eat at Minicos pizza.  Madison actually made it quietly the whole time! 

On Sunday, Madison woke up at 7am.  I decided that we should try going to church as a whole family.  I hadn't been in over a month... well, since she was born.  We bundled her in her car seat and took off.  She slept soundly throughout the whole service - except for one dream cry during a prayer.  It was good to worship with a church family again.  We didn't stay long to chat... Madison needed to eat and we didn't want people touching her.  (Sorry everyone.  A baby is lot of work... I don't want to experience a sick baby yet.)

Today (Monday) Madison and I ventured out to meet our new friends from the breastfeeding support group - Jill and Winston (her son).  We were going to meet at 10am, but that didn't seem to be working for either of us.  So, instead, we met about 2pm at the Franklin Park Conservatory.  I had never been before, and she is a member.  It is a very cool greenhouse.  It would have been better had I had a carrier for Madison rather than a stroller.  There are some ramps, but there are a lot of stairs, so we missed parts of the experience.  Maybe next time we'll be ready.  You can see in the picture below that Madison really enjoyed the experience :)








Tomorrow we will visit the pediatrician - weigh in and get a shot.  I'll let you know how she does.  Have a great week!