Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2011 is drawing to a close and i feel the need to squeeze in a post or two.

first of all, baby updates: amelia is doing very well. breastfeeding got easier and easier with each passing week and at 16 weeks we are still going strong. over the past five or six days I have been giving her 2-4 ounces of formula once a day. P asked that we introduce it because he will be with her during the day while i am work (and i will be with her at night when he is a work). he was concerned that if he ran out of breast milk or had a freak breast milk accident, that he would be stuck with a screaming hungry baby and no way to feed her. the first two days she spit it out and acted like we were feeding her poison. the last three or so days she has taken without a problem.

as for sleeping, she has only slept through the night three times. usually she goes down between 9 and 10, wakes up at 4 am for a feed, and then goes down until 7:30 or 8. this is not a big deal, so i am not too worried about her sleeping through the night. she takes two to three 30 minute to 1.5 hour naps during the day, but only in her rock and play. she is not a fan of napping in the crib for some reason, but has no trouble being in the crib at night.

she has two teeth already! she started teething at 12 weeks! her bottom two teeth have cut through so far and i think she might be working on a top tooth or 2 because she has been gnawing on her hands and fingers again and drooling up a storm. the teething has been causing some sleep disruption, but nothing too terrible.

i am going back to work next thursday and am dreading it. i keep telling myself it will be good for me yadda yadda yadda... it doesn't help. being away from her for 8 hours a day, 3 days a week will be a hard adjustment. thankfully i can work from home 2 days a week, otherwise i would really be a wreck.

P is wonderful with the baby and is completely in love with her. some of my favorite moments over the past 4 months has been watching them interact. he is very intuitive with her and seems to know what she needs. i have learned a lot from him regarding soothing her because my soothing repertoire did not extend much beyond nursing her for a long time.

2011 was a good year for us. we are forever thankful for our baby girl. this time last year we were newly pregnant and in beta hell... too scared to allow ourselves to get too excited. sometimes i can't believe she is ours.

newborn photos:

i have more recent photos, but they are on my iphone. have to figure out how to post them here.

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