The Sling

So I’ve finally tried my custom-made Hug of Joy sling, after speaking with Joy on how to use it. She appears to be extremely comfortable, so I’m comfortable with using it. She’s been asleep since I put her in, which was about an hour ago. This frees me up for doing so many other things. The only complaint I have right now is that my front hurts a little bit from the c-section incision, so I probably won’t be able to carry her in it for too long for at least another couple of weeks. However, it’s incredibly comfortable and durable, and she sleeps through anything and everything in it — me walking, me bending over to pick something up, me talking to Dave, me sitting at the computer, etc. It’s pretty awesome. And since she loves it so much, it makes it all worthwhile.

Dave fits the carrier better than I do, so he will be using that a lot more. I’ll be using the sling since it’s custom made to fit my body size. Dave won’t fit into it. Heh. Also, I can hold her in various positions, and will be able to hold her until she is 35 lbs. This works well depending on my mood (and hers). This also makes travelling a whole lot easier. Maybe we can go on walks at the beach without a stroller, or whatever. It opens up all sorts of doors!


Tummy Time & Rolling Over

Since we brought her home from the hospital, she’s been practicing lifting her head and holding it up for longer periods of time. Every time we try to burp her, she wants to hold up that head of hers and look around, wide-eyed and curious. Since about two weeks old, we’ve been doing “Tummy Time” with her — putting her on the play mat or on a blanket on the floor on her tummy so she can practice lifting her head and using her elbows to hold her head up. She’s been doing so great, each time getting stronger and staying up longer. She’s also been wiggling around a lot, trying to crawl and move (she doesn’t quite understand yet that she can’t until she can roll over and support herself with her knees and arms). She gets a little impatient with herself and frustrated that she can’t just go from step 1 to step 5. I keep telling her that this is going to take months but she won’t hear it. Heh.

So last night, we put her on her belly on top of my boppy pillow, to give her that extra support since she’s so darn small. She instantly held her head up, and started looking around. She stayed in that position for a good long time. She looked so pleased with herself, and was content just looking at us while we talked, in that position.

Then, all of a sudden, she started collapsing onto her side, and within minutes, she learned how to roll over back onto her back! She did her FIRST roll over last night, at one month and one week old. Is this too soon? I have no idea. It seems like she’s growing and advancing so fast! What a smart little girl she is. She was quite pleased with herself. I think the first time was by accident, so we put her back onto her belly and immediately she lifted her head and tried to roll over again. She did this over and over again, and was so happy she actually started smiling and giggling a little, at will! She then gurgled a self-approved baby gurgle at us. We were making such a big deal out of it (it IS a big deal!) and we were practically jumping up and down telling her how proud we are of her and how smart she is and what a wonderful SuperBaby she is. Heh.

Wow, isn’t it amazing?! This child of ours is so wonderful!

And here a video of her just lovely and happy as soon as she woke up yesterday. She’s such a happy morning person.


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“OMG I can’t believe it’s not butter!!!”


So Many Pictures

I’ve been consistently taking photos of her pretty much everyday. It makes for a very full hard drive, but I want to document every single little thing she does because it seems like everyday she changes and grows more. It’s such an awesome experience being a mother to a newborn child — everyday is different, everyday she learns new things, everyday she changes.

Because she’s already a month old, things are starting to happen now. Yesterday I noticed she can hold my gaze for longer periods of time and look directly at me while I’m talking to her. This morning, she was making more gurgling and “baby talk” sounds, and when I came to her and responded with talk, she answered me! I tried getting a video of it, and this is the best I got:

She was smiling and giggling and all right before this video was made, and by the time I got the camera, she was dozing off to sleep, so this is all I got. It was the cutest little thing. She was so conversational and interactive. I think this is the first time she’s been this interactive with me for this long. I’m so glad I got at least a little video of it.

Yesterday we went for her one-month vaccination shot, for a particular thing. She was NOT at all happy. I don’t remember the last time Dave and I saw actual tears in her eyes when she cried. It absolutely broke my heart. She was just gurgling and happy and then the shot went in, and it took her a second to register what just happened. When she realized she had just been poked by a needle, all hell broke loose. I was holding her and she hollered and turned red with anger and hurt. Tears ran down her cheeks and I thought, “Good lord, I hope I never see those tears again.” I know I’m in for when she cries in the future. It just breaks my heart.

Last week Dave and I took Gran out to the beach for a nice supper at our favorite Japanese restaurant. It turned out just wonderfully! Lily Bean was tired and a little fussy, but the instant she got into the car seat and then the stroller, she was a happy camper and slept most of the way. She only fussed once but readily went back to sleep as soon as we rocked her. This makes me happy and a little more confident that we can go out more.


proud, sleep-deprived daddy


One-Month Check-Up

Well, here are the general updates from her one-month doctor’s appointment today:

  • She gained weight, woohoo! Up to 8 lbs 1 oz now.
  • I lost weight. A whole bunch, actually. I went down from 136 lbs during the height of my pregnancy to 113 lbs now. I was 99 lbs when I got pregnant.
  • Her head circumference is 14 inches. I don’t recall what it was when she was born though.
  • Beautiful heartbeat, no sign of a heart murmur (that she may have inherited from her mummy).
  • Reflexes are not only good — they’re impressive for her age. The doctor was very impressed how alert and aware she is, and how strong her limbs and head already are.
  • Little white spots on her face are nothing to be concerned about — they’re normal and will disappear.
  • Her sleeping patterns are also normal, albeit a little inconvenient for her parents. They will most likely change on their own in a few days or weeks anyway.
  • She can go as long as 6 hours of not feeding now, but no more than that. (She’s never gone more than four hours before, actually.)
  • I can drive now — I got the doctor’s permission! Still can’t (or not supposed to) lift heavy objects — anything heavier than the baby.