Ani has an inny!

Filed under: baby's progress,doctor — by Lauren on October 29th, 2006 @ 9:32 am

We had our first “we’re nervous new parents” trip to the pediatrician on Friday. It is now no longer common practice to treat the stump of the umbilical cord with alcohol, but instead to let it dry up on its own. Studies have shown that there is no difference in infection rate and this usually makes it fall off a day or two faster. We, of course, had not been using alcohol to clean the stump. However, we noticed when we gave Anya a bath that there was white pus building up behind the cord, so Lex called the doctor’s office and they said bring her in to be checked. The doctor looked, said it wasn’t anything to worry about, and treated it with silver nitrate to help dry the pus.

Last night, during either the 2 am or 4:30 am diaper change (who can tell at this point?), while Anya was screaming at the indignity of having her cute little tushy wiped by her daddy, we happily discovered that the stump had at last fallen off completely. Now baby Anya has a an adorable, pus-free inny!

I know she’s my daughter

Filed under: delivery/labor — by Lauren on October 28th, 2006 @ 1:43 pm

There’s something about having a c-section that makes giving birth even more surreal than the whole process is by nature. I think it has something to do with the fact that you are lying on a table behind a tall screen, so you can’t see a thing. You feel the doctor moving your insides around, though it doesn’t hurt, then you suddenly hear a cry and in a few moments they bring your baby around to your head so you can have your first glimpse before they take her away to check her. While I don’t have any basis of comparison, since I’ve never given birth the “normal” way, I do think a c-section makes it harder to wrap your mind around the fact that this is YOUR baby, that she came from you and not some box of babies the doctor had on the other side of the screen.

However, last night during one of Anya’s many trips to the Mommy buffet, she developed a raging case of the hiccups. You may recall that I cited baby hiccups as one of my top 3 least favorite pregnancy symptoms.  Now that she’s out, Anya still gets the hiccups often, and does so rather violently.  It’s very cute to watch, and since she doesn’t seem perturbed by them (she will sleep even sleep through them), we don’t feel too bad for her.  We even videotaped her once!  While trying to burp her through last night’s hiccups, I remembered how strong her hiccups were while she was still inside my belly, and instead of feeling bothered by them, a big smile grew across my face as I thought, “That’s my girl!”

How to know when Anya Haley is next going to poop.

Filed under: funny,thoughts,tmi — by Lex on @ 10:00 am

Want to know when Anya’s going to poop next? Change her dirty diaper. Within the next 30 seconds, she’ll poop.

Oh, you can try waiting extra time before you change the first poopy diaper. You can wait 10 more minutes, or an hour. But as soon as you change that diaper, she’ll poop again.

I wrote this song, to the tune of “Meet the Flintstones,” about the situation:

Anya Haley
She’s the baby sitting in my lap
When we
Change her diaper
That’s when she will take another crap

Why must
She be so predictable?
Does she
Just prefer her diaper full?

Anya Haley
She does love to move her bowels so
She just did now so
I have to end this song!


Filed under: baby's progress — by Lauren on October 27th, 2006 @ 10:25 am

That’s about as coherent as I can be right now.

Anya did not have another fantastic evening this past night. From what we have read, we think she must be having a growth spurt, which is pretty common around 7 to 10 days of age. Babies typically will have a day where they sleep a bunch, and then the next day they are ravenous eaters. Anya got up to feed every hour to an hour and a half last night, and each time she nursed for a minimum of a half hour, often on both sides, and she’s still going. I have no idea how there’s anything left in there for her to eat, but apparently my body is keeping up, since she seems satisfied. She’s finally sleeping in Lex’s arms as I write this. I’m not sure why I am not sleeping.

One Week Postpartum Update

Filed under: doctor,thoughts,tmi — by Lauren on @ 10:11 am

Today (Thursday) is Anya’s one week birthday. It’s really hard to believe that she’s already been here a whole week!

Everyone says having a baby is the most wonderful feeling in the world, but they’re wrong, because wonderful is not a strong enough word. I cannot believe how much I love this little person – someone who I had never even met a week ago. Sometimes I just stare at her and feel so overwhelmed by happiness that I have to remind myself to breathe. She is beautiful, amazing, awesome, incredible – words cannot describe her enough.

Anya had her first appointment with the pediatrician yesterday, and it went very well. She gained about 2 ounces since coming home from the hospital, and the rash she was born with is almost gone. We’re both getting much better at nursing, and she’s starting to get into a more predictable schedule. Last night she slept for three consecutive hours twice! Her mommy and daddy REALLY hope this was not a one time performance.

Speaking of mommy, I am doing pretty well, physcially. My stomach is still sore, and I have a big poochy stomach that makes me look about 5 months pregnant, but it’s getting smaller every day. I’m down to about 10 lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight already, and you have to factor in (CAUTION, we are entering TMI territory) my newly gargantuan breasts into that weight. It’s too bad it’s late October; I’d look smashing in a bikini, at least from the ribs up.

I had the staples removed from my incision today, and though I was very nervous about it – they actually use a tool called a staple remover! -it turned out not to be a big deal. My mom came to hold my hand while Anya stayed with her Daddy.

Something many women look forward to as a bonus to pregnancy is not having their periods for almost a year. However, no one ever really tells you that you will later pay for this reprieve by having what seems to be a never-ending period once the baby is here. The bleeding can last for weeks (I read on someone else’s site that she bled for 10!) and since you’re not allowed to wear tampons, even with a c-section, you end up developing a diaper rash of your own from all of the pads you wear. I hope this phase of recovery ends sooner rather than later (This CONCLUDES our TMI section for this post).

Something else no one had ever really put into words accurately for me is the thrill of nursing the baby. Yes, it definitely hurts and it can be a very frustrating process in the beginning (it still is for me at times), but wow! My limited skills as a writer make it difficult for me to clearly express how it feels to have your child gaze into your eyes and stroke your side with her tiny hand as you provide the sole nourishment she receives. It makes me feel like for the first time in my life, I am actually doing something that qualifies as important.

One more thing – I am becoming an expert at typing with one hand.

Anya’s birth story should be written and posted by the end of the weekend.

The hardest part of having a newborn?

Filed under: photos — by Lex on October 26th, 2006 @ 4:10 pm

Finding time to post links to all the new baby photos!

Leaving the hospital!
At home!

Okay, if you insist…

Filed under: family — by Lex on October 23rd, 2006 @ 6:06 pm

So many of you have written asking if Anya is registered for gifts anywhere. Yes, yes she is:

Our Target registry number is 011000198000563; it’s under the names Lauren and Lex Friedman.

Our Babies-R-Us registry number is 99522198; it’s under Lex and Lauren, too!

But it’s really for sweet little Anya Haley Friedman.

More photos! Easier-to-see!

Filed under: photos — by Lex on @ 3:17 pm

Look at the pretty baby!

She’s home safe and sound now. You have seen some of these photos before, but now they’re easier to navigate, and there are definitely some new ones!

More baby photos!

Filed under: photos — by Lex on October 22nd, 2006 @ 1:04 pm

Introducing Anya Haley Friedman!

Filed under: delivery/labor,family,news,photos — by Lex on October 20th, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

See the formal announcement. And then gush over the photos. No preview icons yet, but we’re still in the hospital.

The birth story is coming soon. For now, I gotta back to Lauren and Anya at the hospital!

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