Friday, November 16, 2007

Two months old

Tummy time!
I'm hungry. Grrrrr!
I love Grandma! She teaches me all kinds of good and bad things! She doesn't let me sleep and already spoils me. Does this guy know what he's doing? (This is my cousin Jason.)

Molly tolerated her first shots pretty well this week. She was sleepy and a little fussy for the rest of the day. She weighed in at 11 lb 8.5 oz. That's the 75th percentile for weight. She was 24.5 inches; this is the 100th percentile. She's not as big as Mommy was as a baby. At two months I was 13 lb and 25.5 inches!!!! Wow!
We leave Sunday for Michigan. We hope that Molly is quiet and happy on the flight. We'll see you all in Michigan soon.
Ryan is 1/3 of the way through his first year already. Please pray for his job. It is pretty difficult situation right now. He has nice weeklong break that starts tonight.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Baby Pix

This is Molly wearing her first hoodie. We bundled up to go for a jog yesterday. She likes riding in her stroller and baby jogger. Molly loves her hand-me-downs from her big friend Mady.
This is an outfit from the Troy Christian Jr. High Track parents.
Molly is sleeping under her play-gym. She loves this thing! She bats at the toys with her hands and feet. Mom found it at a garage sale for $3!
Molly was Minnie Mouse for Halloween. She's with her friend Jorja (she's a Georgia Peach).

Tomorrow is her two month birthday. So, she has a pediatrician visit next week. She needs to get all of her two month shots. I'm going to try to take her to the Health Dept. for her shots. There is this crazy deal at the Dr's office. If your insurance pays for the shots, they cost hundreds of dollars billed to the insurance. If the insurance doesn't pay, they cost $10 a pop. Well, our insurance covers $500 of well child visits, not subject to the deductible. However, this $500 will get used up very quickly by a couple of immunizations. So, we're going to try to spread out the $500 by paying for the shots out of pocket at the health dept. and having the insurance cover the office visits. I also need a flu shot for me and maybe a pertussis vaccine. I just read that 50% of babies get whooping cough from their parents who might not even know that they have it. So, it is recommended that parents get a vaccination.

Now that she's getting older, her BMs are less frequent. She went five days before having one today! I guess that means that her body is using most of what it's taking in. It was sure messy though! She is warming up to tub baths. She had two today. One before the mess and one after!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Molly Update

Molly is really growing. She's eight weeks old today. She doesn't go back to the pediatrician for another week and a half, so we don't know an accurate weight for her, but we are guessing around 12 pounds according to my scale when I stand on it and hold her. She has grown out of all of her newborn clothes and 0-3 month clothes. It is sad. I am really enjoying all of the time I get to spend with her. I don't even mind the middle of the night feedings because I know that they are short-term, and it is precious time with her. I thank God often that I am able to nurse her because I know that it just doesn't work out for a lot of people. She still eats every two hours during the day and then sleeps a couple longer periods at night. I'm a grazer and eat quite often, too, so maybe that's what she'll be like.

We had been giving Molly sponge baths. This week I tried introducing her to a real bath. The first time, I had her on a towel next to the kitchen sink, and I tried lowering her into the water. She stuck out her bottom lip and burst out with the loudest cry. I ended up sponge bathing her again. The next time, I was in the tub myself, and Ryan handed her to me. I held her on my legs so that she wasn't touching the water at all. Then, I gently sprinkled some of the water on her feet and legs. She screamed. She continued to cry for the next 45 minutes or so. Tentatively, I attempted again tonight. She was again in the tub with me. I held her so that as the water level rose it submerged her feet. She didn't seem to notice or mind. I ended up giving her primarily a sponge bath on my legs, but with much more splashing and dousing than normal. She was content the entire time. Hopefully, she'll be ready to be put in the water soon.

She is really becoming aware of her hands. She is trying to touch toys that are put in front of her. She grabbed onto her foot a couple times yesterday, but I don't think she knew it was her foot. She has a little toy that she lies beneath and looks up at. She kicks at the stuffed animals hanging from it and reaches for them.

We also try to give her a little tummy time. She really strains when she's on her belly because I think it is uncomfortable for her. She squirms around and trys to get her knees underneath her body. Earlier this week, she was on her belly and rolled over to her back for the first time. She's also been smiling quite a bit. As much as I don't like the idea of her growing up and time passing, she is a lot of fun right now. Other people comment that it is hard to believe she's already eight weeks old. However, it seems like a really long time ago that I was pregnant or that Molly was a tiny newborn. I'm so glad that I can be home with her all day. I think maybe the time doesn't go by so fast that way.