Monday, April 22, 2013
I can't believe my baby is 6 weeks old already! She has already grown and developed so much over the past few weeks. She is doing really well with tummy time and holding her head up. It's fun to hold her now and see lots of smiles. She is starting to recognize her mom and dad more and more everyday so we are able to get more smiles out of her. In the morning when we get her dressed we will tell her she is a pretty girl and she gets a huge smile on her face like she is telling us, "Yep I know I am pretty!" Those smiles throughout the day make it all worth it.
So over the past six weeks we have had some enjoyable times, but we have also had our struggles. It has been a hard roller coaster ride with Eliza when it comes to eating. When she was born I nursed her for three weeks and we noticed she was acting uncomfortable and was screaming out in pain. We weren't quite sure what was going on so we called the nurse to see if maybe she had Colic. The nurse thought that she was too young to be showing signs and thought it was probably gas and gave us suggestions. Well as we continued to nurse her she seemed to be getting worse. Then one day after we fed her, she spit up big time. She had never done that before so we were quite surprised. Then on the very next feeding after I fed her again, I had her in her bouncy chair and out came her food again. Since she didn't hold down two feedings I called the on call doctor. He told us to give her some pedialyte for the next hour to see if she would hold it down and if she did to feed her again. We had some success so we thought all was well. The very next night she became very fussy to the point that it was very hard to console her. She also had a dirty diaper that was filled with mucous. And it was more mucous then anything so that worried us as well. We called the on call doctor again and he said that it wasn't normal to have that. He told us to get either prune juice or grape juice to give to her to help clear her out. During the whole weekend we had also been talking with Scott's sister Laura since her baby had some challenges with eating when she was born as well. They had to put her on a special formula called Similac Alimentum because she had a milk protein allergy. Since Eliza was showing the same signs, we decided to try it out. After 48 hours of using this formula, it was like night and day with her. She was happy again and she wasn't uncomfortable. On Scott's line there are a lot of lactose problems so we thought we would try the Sensitive kind of formula after going through the first can of the Alimentum. She seemed to handle it quite well and then we noticed her diapers got seedy again and then about 5-7 days into the mucous came back into the stool. I called the nurse this time and asked her about it. She proceeded to tell me it was normal. I didn't think it was normal and was finally able to get an appointment with the doctor that afternoon. We went in and explained to him everything that was going on. He took a sample of her stool to test to make sure she didn't have a problem with pollups which she didn't and another sample to test for an infection. By the time we were done visiting with him, he was pretty sure she had the milk protein allergy as well. So we now have our little one on the Similac Alimentum formula as well and we have our happy baby back thank goodness. We are grateful that Scott's sister had gone through this before so we could get this figured out sooner than later because it definitely was hard seeing her in pain.
Eliza got a brand new cousin 5 weeks after she was born. Krista and Brian welcomed their little one on April 12, 2013 at 8:50am. Madelyn Grace was born weighing 7lbs 4 oz and measuring 21.25 inches long.
Madelyn shortly after birth
First family picture
The dads were on burping duty.
Nana Karla holding two of her three grandchildren.
Grandma Dee holding Eliza on her birthday
Eliza looking up at her daddy
Eliza smiling in her sleep.
First captured smile with her eyes open.
Eliza sucking her thumb for the first time. She didn't do it for too long since we just snapped the picture then pulled it out. I just wasn't fast enough for her on getting her fed.
Our little pioneer.
Dad decided to put the bonnet on her and take a picture.
Eliza in her Sunday dress right after church on the 14th. It was her first time going.
Eliza in her dress yesterday right after church. Excuse the dazed look she was a little tired and wasn't quite sure about the phone being in her face. ;-)
So I am finally getting around to posting about our new addition to our family. It will probably be post and picture overload so just fair warning. ;-)
Eliza Anne Laing was born on March 7, 2013 at 8:33pm weighing 8 lbs 10 oz and measuring 21.5 inches long. This day happens to be her Great Grandma Laing's birthday as well so it makes it extra special. (Look for a picture of them together in a future post.)
For those who are interested here is the birth story:
I was induced the morning of March 7th at 4am. We were the first slot for the day and it was a good thing too because the delivery rooms were completely filled throughout the day. We started the pitocin around 5am after they got all the paperwork done and got me hooked up with my IV. Around 8:30 am my doctor came in to check on me and to break my water. Before he broke my water I was doing pretty good with the pain. After that, the contractions and pain started to increase and about 2 hours later I had my epidural in since that was about all I could handle. They continued to monitor me throughout the day and I was progressing well. By 6pm I was fully dilated, but the only problem was Eliza still had not dropped. My nurse at the time contacted my doctor to see what he would like to do. He told her to have me push for an hour to see if I can make any progress of getting Eliza down further and to also turn since she was facing up instead of down. After an hour I was able to make some progress and wasn't too tired so they had me continue. After 2 hours of pushing the doctor came in to check on me again. By that time I was able to get Eliza to the point where she was supposed to be originally. So the doctor got everything ready so we could finish. The last half hour that I pushed was the hardest. Throughout the whole labor I kept having a "hot spot" in my left hip where the epidural didn't do anything for the pain so I felt it all so it made it harder to push. Because of this I was having a hard time getting her past the cervical bone. After awhile of pushing with the doctor he could tell I was getting tired and also getting no where. So he asked if I wanted him to use what's called a vacuum that suctions onto her head and helps ease her out. I of course said yes because I knew I couldn't do much more. Once he did that, three pushes later, our beautiful little girl was born.
Here are a few pictures we took in the hospital.
Our precious bundle of joy after 17 hours of labor and 2.5 hours of pushing.
Daddy and Eliza
Eliza cuddling with Mommy
Eliza and Aunt Sydney
Eliza and Aunt Emery
Eliza and Uncle Cedar
Eliza and Aunt Krista