The Fam

The Fam

Friday, February 25, 2011

6 Weeks

6 weeks old

I'm going to break this blog into 3 parts because it's going to be lengthy.

Part 1 - The Past Week:
I didn't write my 6 week blog Wednesday because I figured I'd wait until after Finley's appointment with the Orthopedist Thursday. And I didn't write my blog Thursday because by the time we got home I was very tired and wanted to wash some bottles and watch at least one of our many Thursday night television shows. So how has the last week been? Well, it's been really great. Finley has been in such a good mood and we have a pretty good schedule going that she and I are both used to. (It will have to adjust back a little bit when I go back to work and I'm dreading changing it!) Her hair seems to be lightening up a bit. It actually appears to be a reddish color right now. Her eyes are lightening up a little bit also. I'm hoping they will stay blue! We've been giving her some formula bottles for a couple of weeks on and off when it's convenient and nursing is not and that is going well also. Her poop is much nastier though. In the past week I think she's had about 5 leaky poops that got onto her clothing. I hate that! Hooper's mom came down for the weekend and let us sleep a little longer in the mornings. She also changed all of her poops! I was a little spoiled by that. Alice and Lefty finally got their haircut after months of growing and matting. Alice looks like a completely different dog. I've never had her this short, but she's still adorable and seems to be more comfortable. Also, when I picked them up from grooming Alice jumped into the backseat and into Finley's car seat! I had to pull over on the side of the highway and get her out.

Some days Finley and I go run errands with my mom and Elliott and Beckett and we all have such a good time together. I am so glad that we all live so close and are able to spend so much time with one another. Hooper put Finley in her Bumbo for the first time and we know it's way too early for her to actually be in there and for it to be practical, but she actually sat up really well in it.

Finley has been smiling more and more at people. She's smiled at my dad and Eddie and Sherry now also. Basically, if you talk to her in a baby voice and get her to focus on you, she'll smile at you. She loves sweet baby talk. She also has a weird spot on the wall that she loves. When she's on her changing table, there are fabric hoops on the wall right next to her (most of you have seen them in previous posts). She has a certain spot right next to one of the hoops that she looks at when we are changing her and she just smiles so big at it! It's so weird! She's probably done it over 20 times now. She doesn't always look at it, but if she does, she smiles.

Part 2 - Newborn and Family Photos:
Speaking of smiling, Anna had taken some newborn photos of her when she was somewhere around 9 days old or so. We really wanted to have some family photos also, but my roots were horrid and I felt ugly and large and was rarely putting on makeup when she was that young. So last Friday we finally did them! Anna did such a great job. She had some great ideas and Hooper and I are just so pleased with how they turned out. Here are some of the favorites! Which are your favorites?

Part 3 - Hip Dysplasia
Yesterday we went to her appointment with the Orthopedist and we waited for about 2 1/2 hours to be seen and I forgot to pack diapers! Luckily, she didn't poop while we were there, and the hospital let us have two diapers. :) When we were finally seen, her doctor was really sweet and down to earth. He examined her hips over and over again and looked over her ultrasound and told us that she has a very mild case of hip dysplasia. When we were first speaking with him, he told us she'd have to wear the Pavlik Harness for 3 months. But by the end of our appointment he changed it to two months. Basically, she has to wear this harness that keeps her hips in place and will help form her socket like a cup. We are allowed to take the harness off to give her a bath, but that is it. She has to sleep in it, nurse in it, play in it, ride in the car seat in it, etc. People have asked if putting her in the car seat is hard but it is not. Her legs are open when she is laying down, but they can move towards each other also. So far, she hasn't had any problems with the harness. It's very frustrating for us as her parents because we want to see her grow in length and feel her little legs and watch her kick. It's also very hard to change her diaper. The only things that she can wear are onesies and dresses. No pants. :( It's very weird to hold her in it because she feels so incredibly short and I know that really, she's very long. I keep telling Hooper that when we take it off of her for good we are going to feel like she is so long! I was really emotional about this whole hip dysplasia thing when her pediatrician first brought it up to us, but I am better with it now. When we first entered the hospital, a young girl with cancer got off of the elevator and I feel like it was God's way of reminding how silly I am being, and that there are WAY worse things that could be going on than having to wear a harness for 2 months. In two weeks we will go back for a check up and the doctor will adjust the harness since she is growing. Speaking of growing, she is definitely going through a growth spurt right now. Her feeding schedule is outrageous! She wants to eat every hour! It's hard to keep up! But back to her hip dysplasia, like I said before, it's such a tiny problem compared to all of the things that some other families go through. But with that said, I would still appreciate your prayers regarding the issue. Please pray that Hooper and I (and my mom too since she'll be keeping her when I go back to work) have patience and get used to the harness very quickly. And that Finley gets used to it in no time and has no issues with it. And most importantly, please pray that this harness fixes the problem!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

5 Weeks

Well we had Finley's ultrasound done Monday and Tuesday her doctor's office called and said we need to go to the Orthopedist at Cook's next week. :( I was trying to be very optimistic, but that news makes me feel more pessimistic. I just hate the thought of her having to wear a harness. I googled information about hip dysplasia in infants and basically, the only form of treatment that I've found is that harness.

I know that I'm being very silly about the whole thing because the truth is, there are far worse things out there than a little harness for a number of weeks. And being at Cook's and seeing the children watching a Valentine's Day puppet show in their hospital gowns reminded me just of that. It was pretty heartbreaking to think of the families that pretty much have to live up there while their children get treatment. I pray that we are never one of those families for any reason. Anyway, on a happier note, Monday was also Valentine's Day. Finley wore an adorable heart dress for the occasion and my dear husband brought me some roses and some tulips and left me a sweet card.

Oh, some great news is that Finley is DEFINITELY, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT smiling at us on purpose. She has smiled at Hooper, my mom, Anna and me. I took these pictures with my phone one morning when I was talking to her and she was just so happy!

Sunday night Hooper and I left Finley with Anna and Eddie and we took Elliott and Beckett to Cici's. It was a great evening. I feel that it is important to spend some quality time with the girls with Finley, but also without her sometimes. Up until 5 weeks ago, it was just the two of them. Now in the next few weeks they will have a baby sister also. They are both excited to have baby Bennett around, but I just think that it's important to have moments with just them sometimes.

I got a pedicure yesterday with Anna and the guy that works there made a comment about both of us being pregnant. That was a blow to the old self esteem. I'm definitely not losing weight like I had hoped. We did take Finley for her first walk this weekend and it was very pleasant. I hope that I start taking her on walks daily when the weather allows. Maybe that'll assist the weight loss. A girl can dream. *Sigh.

Anyway, I can't believe it's been 5 weeks. Here is her birth announcement. And below are her "one month photos".

Thursday, February 10, 2011

4 Weeks

Finley has her first cold. :( Sunday night she coughed a lot during the night and at 8:00am I called her pediatrician's office to see if we could get in. Since there were 4 snow days last week, I assumed that they would be so busy and not be able to see us until Tuesday. (She already had a recheck set up for Tuesday to check her clicking hip again.) But much to my satisfaction (partly because I was worried about my baby girl, and partly because the Tuesday appt was set for 8:15am and it was my birthday and that's a little too early for me.) they were actually able to see us Monday instead. Finley had a fever of 100.3 and Dr. Watts diagnosed her with her first cold. She hasn't been fussy or anything, just very very snotty. Her snot drains down and causes her to cough. We have propped her Pack N Play up on some books so that she is not laying flat, and during the day she is pretty much in her bouncy chair or in my arms all day. We have used that aspirator on her snot so many times that she has started to sort of get used to it. Don't get me wrong, she definitely doesn't prefer it, but she doesn't cry every time now. Dr. Watts did check her hip again and sadly, she has to have a sonogram on her hip at Cook's hospital on Monday. I am praying and hoping for a clean bill of health after the sonogram, but we got our estimate for our portion of the bill today and it ain't pretty. But I'd definitely rather be safe than sorry. If she does have something going on with her hip, it will be so much better for us to get this all taken care of while she's a baby than wait until she's older and her bones have already grown. They weighed her at her appointment and she weighs 9 lbs 4 oz. The nurse said, "That's all length! She is so long!" But they didn't check her length again because it wasn't a well visit. Other than her cold and the dreaded sonogram news, the week has been great. I can't believe how fast time has gone by really. It's pretty crazy to think that I will return to work in no time. It actually makes me sad because I wont be home until after 6 on the days I work and it seems like I'll have to feed her, feed myself and then go to sleep. The good thing is that I only work 4 days a week though, so I'll still have 3 days a week to spend with my baby girl. :) Here are a few pictures from the past week. Please pray that next Wednesday's post will say that the ultrasound showed a healthy hip!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

3 Weeks

3 week pictures

I can't believe it's been 3 weeks. When I hold Finley and look at her sweet little eyes it feels like just yesterday when they handed her to me for the first time. But then when I think about breastfeeding and all of the pain I've been enduring, it feels like it's been months! Things have gone well the past week. We have been on a very strict eating schedule of every 2 hours during the day and it has helped tremendously with her sleeping at night. She has been going 5 hours between feedings and then 4 hours between feedings which ends up giving me about 7 hours of sleep during the night. Then during the day time we usually sneak in an hour and a half nap at some point. This week it has been icy outside and for the first time that I can ever recall, Granbury schools have been closed for 3 days. I don't EVER remember that happening when I was a kid. The bad news about that is that they will have to make up the days later on in the year. But the good news about it is that Hooper has been able to be home with me the past 3 days! It has been so awesome! It's very selfish of me to have been hoping for snow days, but I can't help it. Life is so much easier and pleasant when my husband is with me. So far, the baby blues haven't made anymore appearances. I'm really glad because I was really praying that it wouldn't turn into Postpartum Depression. Thank Heavens that I feel back to normal now. In fact, my family that has been sick for the past 3 weeks is finally on the mend! Elliott and Beckett are better, Mom is better, Anna is better, Eddie is better, Dad is better, which I believe made me better! Last night we were finally able to all eat as a family and visit and pass Finley around. She was so good at dinner too. She just stared at Anna and slept on Mom and "judged" Eddie as he says. (With her scowl she is known for.) She was sweet with Dad too but then started getting fussy when it was time for her to eat. I was nursing her in the formal living room while rocking the Hooter Hider and Elliott and Beckett came up to me and asked what I was doing. Needless to say, I gave Elliott an entire lesson on feeding Finley. I tried to get away with just telling her I was feeding her, but Elliott came back up to me after accepting that explanation for a moment and said, "Are you just teasing us?" So then I had to go a little further into detail and tell her that she was drinking milk from my boobie. Elliott quickly informed me that she is not allowed to say that word. (Sorry Anna and Eddie.) So then I said, "Well she is eating milk from my chest. And you're allowed to say that word." She was so curious so I let her peek under the Hooter Hider and she was just blown away. She then asked me who "poured the milk in there" to which I replied, "God did. He does that for mommies when they have little bitty babies." She was so intrigued by the entire process, and I can't say I blame her. It is pretty strange. After I was done feeding Finley, I told Elliott to tell the family how Finley was eating. She said, "She drinks milk from Chelsea's chest. Jesus put it there." :) I figured it wouldn't hurt to give her this life lesson because she will be having a baby sister in less than 5 weeks. I can't wait! Anna and Eddie will be having their 3rd little girl on either March 7th or sooner. Anna is scheduled for a C-Section on the 7th, but her other two girls both came early so we shall see! Oh, Finley's bellybutton finally came off last Thursday. Dr. Watts had put some silver nitrate on it to really dry it up and it finally fell out of her onesie as I was about to change her last week. The good news about that was that that meant we could finally give her a bath in her bathtub instead of a sponge bath. There is still some black/red on her bellybutton but it's getting more and more clear with every bath now. She LOVES bath time by the way. It completely calms her down and puts her in such a serene state of mind right before bed. I think we'll be giving her lots of night time baths in the future! Saturday we took our first real family outing. We went to Babies R Us and Saltgrass in Ft. Worth. She did really well the entire time. Just slept the whole time really. Her cute outfit with her cardigan was that day. :) Here are some pictures from the past week.