We survived! Our Lily Cupcake is 2 full weeks old!
Her jaundice is gone...isn't she beautiful? Lily had her two week Well Baby appointment today, of course she is doing wonderfully! Her weight is up to 8 pounds 9 ounces, which means she is 1 ounce above her birth weight, which means she is thriving and exactly where they want her to be, gaining weight back. Her weight is 56%. She is now 20 inches long and in the 36% and her head is 14.17 inches and 49%! Currently we have a perfectly normal sized baby. Everything about her is wonderful and perfect! Lily herself accidentally pulled off her cord stump while we where at the doctor's office, but not completly, and it didn't seem to hurt her. The pediatrician said there was a little left inside so she used a chemical to seal it up and said the rest would dry up in the next two weeks. And we are free to do belly time!
Sometimes I look at her little eyes and round face and wonder how we got so lucky to have such a beautiful little girl. I see no flaw in her and just feel unbound love in every inch of her tiny body.
She is a very alert baby, awake a few hours a day and always looking around searching for something to entertain her. So this morning we pulled out the gym and let her start to play a little.
Johnny loves his little sister and is always very interested in her. Wanting to hold her, give her her binkie or evening bottle and tuck her in. He wants to play with whatever she does, he wants held when she is and just wants to know he is loved too.
But she is his favorite toy! He calls her "My Wiwwe" and is always trying to take her from us. Also he says she "sleeps all day!"
Look at her holding up her head all by herself! She held up like his for a few minutes, this was not a quick thing, she is very strong.
When ever I take a picture of Lily Johnny says "me picture too?" and i just can't help myself, he is such a cutey! Lily looks so much like he did as a baby it takes me back and makes me a little sad, remembering. But I love this part too, he is so much fun to play with and watch and talk to. He is such a big boy!
In the past two weeks we haven't left the house much, a few trips to the clinic where the pediatrician is and Shawn works and a trip to see Grams and Pops, But we have gone to the commissary once as a family. Look at us....we have two kids!
Breastfeeding seems to be going more or less smoothly. The pain is minimal and her latch is constantly good, my milk is fully in and she is eating every two hours or less. Our issue now is getting into a routine, night is still a hit or miss, she either sleeps great or barely at all. I enjoy nursing her a lot, it is nice that she needs me so much, but at the same time she won't stop nursing when she is full I have to stop her at 30 minutes or she will use me as a binky. Daddy now calls nursing "getting a cheeseburger hug," because it is like she is getting a cheeseburger and a hug all at the same time. Making it to this two week mark breastfeeding is something I didn't think I would be able to to and I am really proud to have made it this far, but I am always nervous she isn't getting enough or I am doing something that would make my milk bad in some way. But everyone keeps telling me everything is going great so I try to stay calm and keep going, breastfeeding for as many months as possible, why not? We give her a formula bottle in the eveing, around 8 pm when she has her lavender bath and lotion, she will sleep solid for 4 hours with her bottle, giving Mommy a little time to herself and some solid sleep, this is also when Mommy pumps so we have a small store of milk as well. She doesn't like to be put down even when she is sleeping, as wonderful as it is to cuddle with her I am trying to be careful to not become the only person who can calm her down or comfort her.
Grams has helped Mommy to make this binky clip....isn't it cute, I have made a bunch of them. Lily's accessories have no bounds!
This week Shawn got called into work, so Mommy has been home with her babies. Johnny got to spend a little extra time with Grams and Pops on Monday going to see dinosaurs in DC and Wednesday going to the bouncy place, but the rest of the week it has been the three of us here at home waiting for Daddy to come home. Mommy has felt pretty good, but still trying to adjust to a much busier and more full life. I know now I can't do it by myself, I couldn't have done any of this myself! Without the support and aid of my parents, and family and Shawn I would be lost...but thankfully we are surrounded by people who care for us and what the best for us and our children, we are never alone....thank you Grams and Pops for more then I could ever write down, and runs deeper in my heart then you could imagine. Thank you Thomas and Natalie for your support and advice and being apart of our everyday lives. Thank you to all of our fmily who has sent cards, love and prayers, sometimes you must take a step back to realize how much you are truly loved.