I can't believe how fast these first 2 weeks have flown by!
Last week was my first week by myself with Eliza -- parents are back in Greenville, Will is back on campus, all other family members are 1,000 miles away... so it was just me and my girl. I'd say we had a pretty successful week together.
Since Will had to catch up on grading and school work, I took Eliza to her doctor's appointment by myself (my first solo outing with her). She was perfect! Although the doctor's office is less than 5 minutes from our house it was still an accomplishment. :) Eliza's doctor said her jaundice was looking much better and that her weight gain was great (for such a little thing).
I went to a breast feeding meeting at the hospital today and found out the she weighs 6 lbs 1 oz and is eating approximately 3.5 ounces each feeding. She hadn't gained as much weight as I thought she would have but I think that's due to her 4 hour stretches at night. The lactation consultant advised me to wake her up after 3 hours for the next week or so (to help her gain weight). I'll miss my longer stretches of sleep but I want to see her put on more weight by next week's doctor appointment.
Eliza continues to be a little angel baby! She has pretty much set herself a schedule-- a 3 hour routine during the day and 4 hours at night. Right now we are loosely following the principles of Baby Wise and Secrets of the Baby Whisperer which organize your baby's day into cycles with 3 parts -- Eating, Wake time and Sleep. Eliza is doing really well with it.
Eliza is a great sleeper at night. She loves to be swaddled, rocked, and put in her crib (with the ocean waves in the background). Her naps during the day aren't quite as consistent. I have found that she really naps best in her crib (being swaddled, rocked, etc.). I have tried naps in her Snugabunny bouncer and bassinet but those are only so-so. I'm thankful she's taken to her crib so well! And when she isn't ready to fall asleep in her crib she just happily lies there.
|A little snooze in her bouncer.|
|Our little angel.|
On Saturday we took Eliza to her first neighborhood party. It was conveniently at our next-door neighbors house. I kept her in the carrier the whole time so she wasn't being passed around or really even touched. :)
Our little dog, Winston, is slowly adjusting to life with a baby in the house. His main concern, of course, is that he is getting love and affection from his mom and dad. We are doing our best to accommodate those needs. This is his favorite place to hangout when I'm feeding Eliza.
Here are a few photos before we got the "happy" 2 week old.
|Not so happy baby...|
|The pacifier calmed her down|
|And then her sweet little "O" face.|