Sierra is one week old!

Filed under: baby's progress,doctor,photos — by Lauren on December 13th, 2008 @ 5:46 pm

First, I want to thank everyone for the many Facebook/blog comments, emails, text messages, phone calls, etc. we received during labor, after delivery, and when Sierra was in the NICU.  We very much appreciate all of the love and support.

Sierra is one week old today!  Amazing.  She had a weight check at the pediatrician’s office today, and she has fully regained her birth weight – 8 lbs, 7 oz.  The doctor was pleased and said she’s looking great.

She’s a very “good” baby for the most part.  Sierra doesn’t cry very much unless she’s hungry or needs a new diaper.  It’s hard to say which she objects to more, a dirty diaper or having that dirty diaper changed.  She LOVES to curl up on someone’s chest and cuddle.  Nursing is going extremely well, and she’s starting to nurse on both sides at most feedings, with a short break in between.  I love to listen to the little sighs and noises she makes while she eats.  She sleeps a whole lot, which is a new experience for me and Lex, though she’s starting to have longer periods of awake time.  Yesterday morning she had her eyes open for a good 40 minutes and she and I had fun singing some songs and playing on her play mat.  I might be suffering from doting-mommy-delusions, but I could swear she started attempting to reach for the toys intentionally.  She wasn’t good at it yet, of course, but she went from flailing with both of her arms and legs to only using the arm that was closest to the little hanging monkey while starting intently at it – and she was able to repeat the same thing a few more times that day.  Lex saw her do it, too.

I should clarify – Sierra sleeps beautifully during the day.  The past two nights, she has been reluctant to stay asleep, at least when in the Co-Sleeper.  I blame myself.  She is just so sweet and snuggly, and I like to hold her A LOT during the day.  She must be thinking it’s so nice to sleep while being held during the day, so why sleep by myself when my mommy is right there at night?  I’m not my most coherent at 3 in the morning, and I don’t make the best decisions then.  The good news is that she went about 5 hours last night without waking to nurse, BUT… she spent the majority of that time passed out in my arms (but hey, I slept well, too!).  I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I love snuggling with her at night.  I forgot how much I loved having a sweet little baby sleep next to me.  However, I swore I would instill better sleeping habits in this baby than I did with Anya.  So far, I’m not doing a great job.  I’m not going to let her cry at this age, and pacifiers aren’t working just yet.  Oh, and the jury is still out on whether Sierra likes being swaddled or not.  Any ideas out there?

Anya is a pretty good big sister.  I don’t know that she always remembers that Sierra is there, but when she does she loves to touch her and kiss her.  It’s been a little a bit of a problem because Anya is fighting off a sinus infection and the doctor doesn’t want too much contact between them, but she’s pretty good about remembering to touch Sierra’s clothes and not her hands or face.  We’re trying to remind her not to touch the baby’s stuff right now; that’s not going very well.  It seems like in the last few weeks Anya has stopped listening to directions as well as she used to, and she’s definitely been a little clingy and a LOT whiny.  We’re not sure if it’s her age, the baby, being sick, or some combination of all three, but we’re trying our best to both set limits and let her know that we love her to bits.

Lex and I are both doing well overall.  He’s still suffering from the allergic reaction he had to the scrub brushes at the NICU, but the cortisone cream the dermatologist prescribed is helping.  The scale says I’ve lost 18 of the 35 lbs I gained, but I still have a good sized baby bump.  I’m feeling less sore and more mobile each day, and I haven’t been too tired.  I’m too happy to be tired.  I know I’m a big cornball, but this morning I told Lex I felt like I was going to explode with love 🙂

5 Responses to “Sierra is one week old!”

  1. Amnesty Says:

    “We’re not sure if it’s her age, the baby, being sick, or some combination of all three, but we’re trying our best to both set limits and let her know that we love her to bits.”

    I’m placing bets on all three. I’m sure things will get better soon, as you all get into a new routine.

    “I know I’m a big cornball, but this morning I told Lex I felt like I was going to explode with love”

    I know that feeling EXACTLY!

  2. Erica Says:

    You are a cornball but I enjoy that about you! You are such a great Mom and with each blog post, you can see the love there!!

    My two just started into the whole “terrible two’s” recently and we are holding ground. I bet its a big combination but I sure hope they come around and soon!

  3. Lauren Says:

    Amnesty – I’m hoping the whining was mostly because of being sick, because it seems to be decreasing as her runny nose gets better. As for the other stuff, well, we’ll see!

    Erica – Thank you 🙂 All of the hormones are bringing out my mushy side in full force (you’ll have to see the post I intend to write a little later today, oy!). Let me know if you come up with any good tricks for the twins! Lex got Anya a magnet behavior board from Target yesterday. We’re going to try that out soon.

  4. Sam Says:

    Nice outfit! I love it! She looks adorable

  5. Lauren Says:

    Of course you like the outfit, Sam!