Monday, May 10, 2010

Little Things: Ada, Two Weeks

To celebrate two weeks of life, Ada had an appointment today with Dr. Jack. Here are her stats:
  • Weight: 7 pounds, 13 ounces (35th percentile)
  • Length: 20 1/4 inches (50th percentile)
  • Head Circumference: 36.5 cm
The great news is that she is back up above her birth weight at two weeks of age, which is a really positive indicator for her growth and my milk supply.

We also checked in on Jude's size while we were at the doctor:
  • Weight: 32 pounds (95th percentile)
  • Height: 36 inches (95th percentile)
So, he is height/weight proportional at this point, but still creeping up a little bit on the weight side. Nothing to worry about for now (he definitely does not look overweight), but we do need to keep an eye on this to make sure his weight doesn't get too high.

In her second week of life, Ada had many new experiences. She had her first bath, and seemed to enjoy it. We've started going on some family walks with Ada in the sling and Jude either in the stroller, walking, or in the Ergo. She sleeps the whole time. Ada also had an eye infection, probably caused by a plugged tear duct. We got some antibiotic ointment which needs to be put in her eye three times a day. It took me a few tries before I figured out how to actually get it IN her eye instead of on her eyelids (tip: don't try to force a baby's eye open - just wait until she opens her eye on her own and then sneak the ointment in the eye). Ada also had her first tummy time. She didn't try to lift up her head, but she also didn't complain about being on her tummy. She would sleep that way if we let her, so it's not an uncomfortable position for her.

Ada is still nursing 9-10 times a day, although over past two days she has been nursing much more frequently. We suspect it is the predicted two-week-old growth spurt, and I for one can't wait for it to be over! Nights are still a bit difficult with feedings every few hours, but Ada is becoming more predictable. She'll usually nurse at around 10pm, then sleep for about 3 hours, nurse again at around 2am, sleep for another 3-4 hours, then nurse again sometime between 5 and 7. She does like to sleep in the morning, so (if Jude allows) we can usually go back to bed until about 9 or 10, when she is up for the day. We still have not been able to get Ada to sleep in her bassinet at night, although we'll probably try sometime this week, now that she is back to her birth weight. We wanted to focus on one thing at a time, so we haven't been worrying about the independent sleep in order to make sure Ada was getting enough milk.

Here's a cute photo from a few days ago.

We've started a little bit of blanket time each day. She likes to roll over onto her side from her back.

I kept Ada company for her first tummy time.

Ada does really well in the swing (Jude did not like it much). Once she's drowsy, we can put her in the swing and she'll sleep for an hour or so.

Overall, we're all doing well (although more tired than usual). Hopefully the next week will bring some independent night-time sleep for Ada and continued weight gain. Other than that, I would like to get out of the house more often and have some time to read a book!

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