Saturday, December 19, 2009

Introducing Avery Grace!

Three weeks ago our sweet little girl – Avery Grace – made her debut by c-section. She was born on November 27 at 7:47 am. She weighed 6 lbs 15.4 ounces and was 19 ¾ inches long. After a very long pregnancy, we could hardly believe the moment had finally arrived! She is absolutely perfect! I don’t plan to post many pictures given that this blog is currently open to the public, but I just can’t resist including a few of our favorite first moments with her!


Although the surgery went very well for both me and for Avery, we’ve had a few set backs in the last few weeks. The primary concern is that my low milk production has caused her to lose weight instead of regain her birth weight by 2 weeks of age. Given this, we’ve been on a pretty strict feeding schedule, supplementing with formula. (Side note: Formula stinks! It’s gross! More on this later if we have to continue using it.) She's back up to 6 lbs 10 1/2 ounces, though, and we have another weight check on Christmas Eve ... stinkin' formula must be working.

We’ve managed to find a few extra minutes with every day that passes, and life is starting to resemble some type of normalcy as we approach the one-month mark. Brian still refuses to give up X-Box or his guitar for sleep. On the other hand, I pretty much sleep any time and any where the opportunity arises … and I long for the day that I can sleep for longer than an hour and a half at a time. Can I put that on my Christmas List? A 3-hour stretch of sleep? Anyone?

In any case, we’ve had many adventures over the last few weeks (several of which have to do with bodily functions, so stop reading now if you’re squeamish) …

-Getting a onsie over a newborn’s head … not as easy as you might think.
-Diaper blowouts
-Amazing projectile spit-up episodes
-Vivid conversations regarding diaper contents
-Multiple weight checks at the doctor (which includes stripping down the baby and putting her on a cold, hard scale … she’s not a fan!)
-The Great Pacifier Debate ... to give or deny. We caved 3 weeks in ... she loves the pacifier and we love our sleep.
-Putting a tutu on a pissed off infant
As more time passes and I begin to get my head above water, I’ll be sure to regale y’all with all the wonderful details of our escapades. Until then, please, sleep for me!

4 comments:

  1. I've had low production too and have had to supplement with formula once Eli developed jaundice! :-(

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  2. Cute pictures :) Has the Fenugreek helped? I know that in the early weeks of Peightons life I had a hard time-even with the Fenugreek. I realized that with all the baby loving and responsibilites I would forget to eat and drink!!! Things got so much better after I was more adusted to my new schedule.

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  3. I'm taking fenugreek, blessed thistle, and using a hospital-grade pump. I'm not sure any of it is really working wonders, but I've seen a little improvement. I'm not giving up yet, though!

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