Saturday, November 19, 2011


So recently, while hearing about a delivery, I thought back to the birth of my sweet Leah. I could recall the scenes in the delivery room and the exact conversations. I am writing this down for my own sake. I want to be able to look back and recall those moments forever. This is what I thought of:
  • One of the nurses asked me as I laid there in stirrups whether I knew it was a boy or a girl. I said it was a girl, and I hope they were right, because we never could think of a boy name. "Otherwise, we'll just name it Baby [Last Name] Number One." My ob laughed and said, "What did you say? Baby [Last Name] Number One?" She was quite amused.
  • I also remember being in stirrups and thinking, "This is it." I couldn't believe it. I told the nurse I thought I was going to cry, and she told me that was fine, as long as it was out of joy. :)
  • It was so weird to watch my belly get lower and lower and disappear. I remember thinking, "Wait, this is it? She's out?" Then I heard the tiniest little cry I had ever heard. I had never heard a newborn baby cry, and couldn't believe how quiet it was.
  • "Well, it IS a girl!" my doctor announced.
  • Right before delivery, they put a blanket on me. When they placed her on my chest, I remember studying her as she screamed. She was curled up, and I couldn't believe this tiny little thing was a human, my baby.
  • Watching them place her on the baby warmer while they were stitching me up. I couldn't believe it was over. This was the moment I had dreamed of for 9 months. Actually, I had dreamed of it for much longer than that. I remember passing by the hospital before I was pregnant, dreaming of the day I would go in there and have a little one.
Honestly, I tear up just thinking about delivery. Those moments are just so amazing and precious to me.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

4 Months

Weight: 15lbs1oz (75th percentile)
Length: 25.5 inches (75th percentile)

Leah is 4 months (okay, and a few days)! She had her wellness appointment this morning. She's getting so big!

At the appointment, we were asked if she rolled yet. We told her that she had gone from front to back, but not back to front. She's always gotten stuck on the shoulder.

Well, in between when the doctor left and the nurse came in, she learned to roll from back to front! Good job, baby girl! Her head control is great, too.

We were also asked if we had started rice cereal. We're not really sure whether/when we will try that stuff. I'd really love to give her only breastmilk until 6 months, but the doctor suggested rice cereal at five months, so I don't know.

We also tried the jumperoo out last night. She seemed unsure at first, but then she started bouncing up and down.

I think she likes it!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Halloween and Other Musings

On Halloween, I dressed up my dear Leah as a ladybug. My dad was here to help me pass out candy, which is good, because Ray was at school. I know there's pretty much no purpose to dressing up a baby for Halloween, but I couldn't help myself. She was so darn cute!

My parents loved their time with Leah. My father hadn't seen her since July, so she was much more interactive this time. My mom shows up pretty much every month.

Leah is almost 4 months old. Where did the time go?

Still pumping like a maniac at work. I have quite the stash of frozen milk in our spare freezer. I like knowing I have backup in case my supply ever plummets.

Leah spends a lot of time in her bouncy seat these days. She fusses sometimes when we hold her, and the bouncer calms her down. Here's a picture of the cutie sleeping:

Also, can I just say how much I love sleepers with little animal feet? Check these out:

Seriously, how cute are these? This particular sleeper also has a bear on the back. So freakin' adorable! I'm pretty sure all footed pajamas should have these.

ETA: I can't believe I forgot to mention this. I think Leah had her first cold last week. It was so sad. She was so stuffed up. Poor girl. Luckily, she seems to be all better now!