I am slipping just like I did with the pregnancy posts. Ada is one day away from being 4 weeks old -- and I still haven't posted her 3-week post! Yikes. Life with a baby is definitely more intensive then I thought it would be. And yet in other ways, it's not nearly as draining. Slowly, we're getting the hang of things. Slowly.
Ada at 3 Weeks:
We've passed the sleeping-ALL-the-time phase and entered the several-hours-of-quiet-alertness one. We don't even need to wake Ada to eat most of the time. It's lots of fun. She's waking about twice a night to eat. She also had a growth spurt this week and was eating nearly every hour in the afternoons for a couple days straight.
These days, Ada is most content sitting in her bouncy chair, looking around the room at everything. Especially our Christmas tree, which she helped us decorate this week . . .
Her looks are changing slightly. Whereas everyone seemed to see Stephen in her face -- her eyes and lips, specifically -- now people are saying she looks like me. I'm not entirely sure. But her face shape, hair, and nose are certainly mine.
(That's my baby picture in the ornament.)
Stephen has gone back to work, much to all our dismay (dismays?). But not before he squeezed in plenty of cuddle-time. He's the expert diaper man. He is also the bath-pro. When 3:00 PM rolls around each day, Ada and I both get super excited to have him back home with us.
I mentioned in Week 2 how Ada has been having trouble with spitting up. We tried changing my diet (still cutting out dairy, etc.), elevating her after feeding, and tons of other suggestions we got from doctors, nurses, family, friends, and readers. Her spitting up has improved remarkably during the day . . . but at night, it's been terrifying. She chokes, gags, coughs, and vomits -- and cries. The other night, she didn't even seem to be able to catch her breath.
Definitely passed the happy spitter stage.
It was a r.e.a.l.l.y tough decision. One that made me cry, honestly. But yesterday we decided to give her medicine a try. We're concerned with all the choking that she might aspirate some of the spit-up and get much sicker. I don't know yet if it's working. We'll keep you updated. So far, I haven't noticed any side-effects. Apparently the medicine she's on (Axid) is a first line of defense. So, it isn't quite as intense/strong as other interventions might be.
She's also been a bit stuffy. I'm told that can happen with forced hot air heat. We're running the cool-mist throughout the day to help with that. Maybe even I'll have fewer sinus infections this year!
Now that Ada is in the 8 pound range (I'm estimating -- we don't know her exact weight), we thought we'd give her cloth diapers a try. She's still too tiny, mostly in the leg-area. So, we're polishing off the newborn diapers we received as shower gifts. We have a few boxes in size 1 as well. When we put the cloth on her, she seemed to like it and got really quiet.
Or maybe she was just embarrassed that we took so much time thinking about her poop these past 10 months.
I think that's pretty much it for week 3. Tonight we're trying something new: A BOTTLE. We're also leaving Ada with my parents on Friday so we can jog around our neighborhood with the runners club for the annual Christmas Lights Run.
Here's hoping it all goes well!
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