Thursday, January 28, 2010

3 months old

Yup, we are three months.

I realize I've been remiss on my updating. You'll have to forgive me, but as I'm sure a lot of you know, trying to get anything done with a newborn is near impossible.

We are doing well. Elisa is up to 7 lbs and is currently killing her mother by being involved in another growth spurt. She has developed reflux, which is common for preemies. Meaning I now have to hold her up for 45-60 minutes after every feed. And when she is cluster feeding, like now, that means I pretty much don't move.

So anyway, here are some pictures from my failed attempt to get some photos of her with the bear her Uncle Mike bought her.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I'm official now!

Had I gone full term, today was d-day! So happy shoulda been birthday,

Sunday, January 10, 2010

It's going to be a long night

And it started off so well! Andrew and I have talked about getting Elisa on a "schedule" and getting her to bed earlier so we could get to bed earlier, and finally today...enough talk! We did it and it worked beautifully! We fed her at 7, held her up for a while, bathed her, massaged her and put her to bed. All, miraculously, with little to no spit up! That was a big deal as I've recently begun to suspect she has reflux and has been consistently spitting up for hours and hours after her feeds. She was in bed by 9:10 and Andrew and I settled down for some child free time. Well, then 10 pm came.

I had to feed her one last time before she was "officially" down for the night. So I went in to get her at 10 and she was sleeping peacefully. Well, I picked her up anyway and vomit explosion! She projectile vomited all over me! Yes, mom, I did get over my ick factor. So I brought her over to her changing table to check her temperature and lo and behold, she spit up again. Checked her diaper and temperature (slightly low but not enough to worry about) and then went to swaddle her again when she spit up AGAIN. This time all over her sleeve and collar. Then I attempted to feed her and she spit up a few more times and belched a bit. At this point I gave up on feeding her and just held her. And decided, she's not getting put down tonight. So, I will be up all night, figuring out how to entertain myself and seeing how comfy the recliner is in her room. I have an inkling that the answer is going to be not very.

Thankfully I already had a pedi appt scheduled for tomorrow. I'll be making lots of use out of it this time.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Well it's been a busy a few weeks. What with Christmas and New Years celebrations and preparing for Andrew's return to school, it feels like I've hardly gotten anything done! Not to mention that just getting a shower on most days feels like an accomplishment. And anymore, Elisa insists on being held during the day time. I can get her to settle at night and sleep with the darkness, but when it's light, she only wants to sleep on one of us. If you put her down, she instantly starts fussing. I feel incredibly unproductive any more and it's entirely against my nature to be unproductive. So I did something about it.

I made a moby wrap. 2 for the price of, well, one? The name brand goes for around $40 bucks and I got two for $15! So I wondered around yesterday and some today with her in it and seemed to appease her. But I'm not so sure about it yet. While she feels pretty secure in it, when you get too active with bending and lifting, her head has a tendency to slip out. After that happened a few times, she went to daddy as I was too afraid to keep carrying her around. But the productivity paid off.

Some wonderful friends of mine set up my nursery for me while I was in Arizona in the way I was going to. But after a few weeks of living in it that way, it became apparent it wasn't going to work. I didn't have enough storage for everything I had and I still am getting more! So, for a grand total of $60 I gave myself a closet makeover!

So far it's working fabulously. We'll continue to live with it and see if I need to improve on anything else in there but I feel excellent for getting it taken care of. I hope I can continue the productivity. Now, if I could only convince Elisa of the merits of sleeping ALL night! :-D