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Chunky Monkey (but not really)

Chunky Monkey (but not really)

We hit 11 pounds!  Finally!  She’s actually 11 lbs 1 oz.

If you ever want to feel like your baby is doing REALLY well and is REALLY big despite everyone telling you otherwise, go visit the nurses at the NICU.  You’ll leave thinking your baby is a giant.  We visited for the second time this past week and she got to see two more of her primaries and her OT and one of her favorite RTs and then some nurses who had her a couple times.  And she got great big gasps from everyone.

New things this week:

She has been rolling over a ton.  Sometimes when I have her on her belly and give her a little support she really tries to crawl.  She still doesn’t have the strength yet, but she really wants it.

She doesn’t seem to like to talk or laugh when there are strangers around.  Her zombie laughter is just for the regulars….and the pets.

She is still obsessed with the pets.  She wants to be friends really bad.

The pets are a little friendlier toward her.  The dog even came and gave her a little nose nudge yesterday.  She LOVED it.

She got to visit a NICU buddy yesterday.  Just down the hall from us was another little family with a cute little boy named Drew.  All the nurses had already been arranging the future marriage.  So we thought we should finally get these crazy sterile kids together.  They were precious little oxygen-wearing twins, except Drew is way bigger.  I’m gonna pretend it’s because he’s got 3 weeks on her and she’ll gain a pound and a half in that time.  I like to pretend.

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I have finally figured out a way to give her medicine and vitamins…and it makes me feel so guilty, but it totally works.  I do a sneak attack when she’s laughing and has her mouth is wide open.  It shocks her and I pretend I have no idea what might have happened to her.  She looks at me like, “What was that?” and I’m all, “What’s wrong?  Did something happen?  I was just sitting here playing with your favorite lion toy. I certainly didn’t squirt those god-awful multivitamins into your throat.  Nope.”

Her cannula has been bugging her more lately and she tries to tear it off…with a bit of strength behind it.  I’m worried about having it on much longer as she is getting more deliberate about her movements.  If she’s wearing this when she starts crawling I’m gonna be very worried.

And now for picture time:

A peaceful Sunday morning chillin' in da crib with her friends.

A peaceful Sunday morning chillin’ in da crib with her friends.

 

A chill baby

A chill baby

 

Snuggling with her Pops

Snuggling with her Pops

 

Playing in the ExerSaucer.  Obviously very excited about it.

Playing in the ExerSaucer. Obviously very excited about it.

 

And if anyone had any question about who this kid belongs to…  This is my 6 mos baby picture from 1980.

Erin Baby

 

Better Days

Better Days

This past week has been a much better one.  Coraline actually gained 4 ounces instead of the 1-2 she had been gaining for the month or two prior to that.  She is now 10 lb 14 oz.  I’m guessing if things continue she’ll finally be at least 11 pounds this next visit.  She has been eating much better (other than a slight hiccup yesterday) and has been less fussy in the evenings which is SO nice.

New stuff this week:

We went to see a nutritionist/dietician who saw Coraline weekly when she was in the NICU.  We discussed our concerns with her fortifying formula and she switched us to one that is more broken down and lactose free to see if that helps.  We started it two days ago.

While we were at the hospital we got to visit with some of her nurses in the NICU and her speech therapist!  We had a lovely visit even though she didn’t give hardly ANY smiles.  Sadly, just minutes prior she was chuckling all over the place in the dietician’s office.

She has started rolling over quite a bit.  If you put her on her belly for tummy time, it doesn’t last long cause she can roll herself right over.  If she’s on her back…she almost always ends up on her side to look at whatever is next to you.

A neighbor brought over an ExerSaucer that her daughters used.  Coraline loves it.  She’s a little short for some of the fun stuff, but she enjoys being so upright.

She loves laughing at both of the animals.  Both animals are still wary of her, especially the cat.

She has her fingers in her mouth ALL the time.  I’m worried she’s gonna start gagging herself.  She gets pretty far back there.

I got to get into her 3-6 month clothes bin to start pulling stuff out.  Her 0-3 months clothes are getting a LITTLE short.  We’re kind of at an in-between stage right now.

And now for photo shoot:

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Coraline “Drooly Pants” Nelson

 

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That’s my name! Don’t wear it out!

 

King checking out Coraline.  Never sure what to do with her.

King checking out Coraline. Never sure what to do with her.

 

Classy lady.  Rolled herself over and pulled up her dress.  Nice.

Classy lady. Rolled herself over and pulled up her dress. Nice.

Go Away, Reflux!  We Hate You!

Go Away, Reflux! We Hate You!

This week has not been the best.  In fact, it was downright nasty about this time a week ago.  I had a stomach something that was not OK.  I was useless for about 3-4 days.  Andrew hurt his back as well, so during that same time, he was also kind of useless.  We were both sort of laid out on whatever surface we could find and the baby was like, “Hellloooo….bored!!!”  Ugh.  And then her reflux came back with a vengeance.  Oh, and she hardly gained any weight.  And I’m getting really frustrated.

Last week the baby only gained two ounces in a week.  This week she only gained one.  It seems amazing to me that this could be the case because she’s starting to get too tall for her 0-3 mos clothes and she doesn’t look skinny.  Is she gaining size in Styrofoam?  I am so very confused.

She is eating way less than she should be, but understandably so.  About halfway through a feeding she starts arching her back and groaning…and when I try to feed her after that…I can’t…as she is swallowing food that is coming back up already. Poor little thing.  And this is keeping her as upright as possible.  (sigh)

We are waiting on a referral to see the dietician at Community North.  We are hoping to talk to someone about using a fortifier that maybe doesn’t have lactose and/or corn syrup.  Really?  Do they really need that?

Good things about Coraline this week:

She is really funny.  She laughs a ton.  She seems to be trying on different laughs.  Her newest laugh is kind of creepy and is reminiscent of The Exorcist.  It involves a lot of heavy breathing and guttural sounds.

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She is trying to help feed herself.  She tries to hold the bottle (and then often knocks it out of her mouth accidentally) and when I don’t let her because she is making it difficult to eat, she holds my hand which is holding the bottle.  It’s very cute.

Like I said, she’s growing out of a lot of her 0-3 mos clothes.  She’s getting too tall for them.

She thinks the dog is hilarious.

Sometimes we practice walking and she looks like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Baby.

She had a lot of visitors this week, and she enjoyed all of them.  She is very amiable and likes hanging out with everyone.  She got to see all of her grandparents (minus her great-grandparents), all in one week!  Pretty rad.

She wants to sit on her own so bad it’s driving her insane.  Here is a series of what happens when we sit….almost every time.

Oh!  I'm sitting!  But I'm not leaning forward enough!

Oh! I’m sitting! But I’m not leaning forward enough!

Oh dear, I seem to have fallen.  Shoot.

Oh dear, I seem to have fallen. Shoot.

Well...I'm just gonna keep going.  I'm not sure where...or how...but I'm moving, darn it!

Well…I’m just gonna keep going. I’m not sure where…or how…but I’m moving, darn it!

I got a Baby K’Tan wrap which she loves.  She loves being carried “Adventure baby” style.  I’ve decided those wraps are great to like…go out and do things, but just at home….not the most useful, cause it’s still pretty impossible to wash dishes when you’re carrying a baby across the front of you.  Maybe my arms are just too short.

She likes outside, but not so much the brightness of outside.

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Crossing fingers for a better week this week.

 

A new way to do hair

A new way to do hair

We didn’t do a photo shoot or anything this week, mostly because we have been trying to get stuff done around the house which has been overlooked, and photo shoots take too long…and Coraline never performs.  Next week, I promise.

We also don’t have a tons of new news.  But we do have some:

  • She only gained two ounces last week.  LAME!  The pulmonologist wants to see about 5 ounces a week.  Ugh.  I have been working on ways to get her to eat more and I think I may have come up with a solution.  We’ll see if it works next Friday and will report back.  I am attempting to only fortify her night feedings with formula.  It seems to really cause some reflux issues and she takes way more milk without the fortifier.
  • She is desperate to suck on her thumb and just cannot sort herself out.  So she sucks on her arms.  It’s pretty cute.
  • She is really fun to watch with toys these days.  She is so deliberate about trying to grab them.  It looks like she is concentrating SO hard.
  • She has really decided to hate tummy time.  It’s inconvenient because she just smashes her face into wherever she is laying till her cannula is in her mouth.

Tummy time usually starts out like this…

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Precious, happy times on her boppy.

 

And quickly devolves into this….

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Little Miss Ragey Pants shrieking and attempting to climb away.

 

Oh, and please note, in that top picture, her styling new ‘do.  She did that herself by rubbing her head on Andrew’s facial hair…a lot.

A more thorough update will come next week…with better pics.

I am not your monkey!

I am not your monkey!

So, Coraline does not like to perform for the camera.  Today was a disaster in baby photography.

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It’s fine.  I have proof of her super cute smiles on my phone.  They don’t look as good, but it’s proof.

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So we don’t have much new news this week.  We started our weekly weight checks last week and she had gained 5 oz. over 10 days.  Not horrible.  The pulmonologist says he wants to see closer to 5 oz a week.  We may have to discuss different options for her reflux with the pediatrician.  It is obvious it is making it very uncomfortable for her to eat large meals.  You can even hear her food coming back up if you’re holding her.  It’s unpleasant.  I’m sure it’s unpleasant for her.

New things: 

  • She really enjoys books!  We’re gonna hope this sticks.
  • She loves her swing.  It has been a lifesaver actually.
  • She smiles and laughs a lot, but especially in the morning.  And dad is way more funny than mom.
  • Some of her 3 mos. clothes are getting too small, while some are too big.  Baby clothes are obviously sized like women’s clothes…with no rules whatsoever.
  • She still sleeps through the night really well, but not so much with naps during the day.  (sigh)

And now… a few shots from this morning…

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