Sunday, April 17, 2011

Happy Two Weeks, Grace!

Clothes: She is still wearing size one (newborn,) diapers and newborn clothes. I think we'll be in these sizes for at least another two weeks. Though she's beginning to fill out, it's only by the smallest amounts. All of her sleepers are so long on her and just swallow her up!

Food: Grace has been very hungry this last week, and we've switched from a solid 3 hour schedule to going between a 2 or a 3 hour schedule, depending on how hungry she is. We are wanting to transition back to a 3 hour schedule but won't until we know she is for sure getting enough to eat.

Sleep: When we switched from a 3 hour schedule to a 2 hour schedule, it interrupted her sleep schedule. She was fuller more often and basically slept the days away in a milk coma but then had her awake hours in the middle of the night. We're working on correcting that.

On a side note, I know I just used the word "schedule," alot, but I use that term loosely. Really "routine," could be used in place of schedule but I want to emphasize that we strongly believe in flexible scheduling, even with newborns. It's what has worked for us and Grace is a great sleeper and eater, we believe, because of it.

Activity: Grace's awake time has increased, especially in the last 2 to 3 days. You can tell she's working on developing muscle control and loves grasping on to the edge of her blanket or our fingers. She'll track objects and sits in our arms contently if we read/talk to her. We've started using a bouncy seat to keep her awake after her feedings, since she won't fall asleep while it is on. She loves when we move her legs around for her or when we unswaddle her so she can squirm as we think it helps relieve some gas pressure.

Personality: What a diva! She's usually a calm baby, but change her diaper or her clothes and she screams bloody murder. We've even taken to turning off the AC in her room when we have to change her, but it hasn't seemed to make a difference.

*Ian started back to school during this week and Grace was great for me during the week!
*We gave Grace her first and second sponge baths (outside of the hospital,) and she loved getting a lotion rub down afterwards!
*Her umbilical stump fell off at 12 days old and we look forward to giving her a real bath as soon as we pick up her baby bath (today!)
*Her hands disturb her sleep so much. If she isn't swaddled she'll wake herself up with her hands every 10 minutes or so. Poor Baby!
*She makes the funniest faces! I need to work on capturing them while she still makes them!
*Grace is a total daddy's girl. If, after she's eaten, she gets fussy, I am no comfort to her and only her daddy can soothe her!


Cara said...

This is SUCH a precious update! :)

Tami said...

She is so sweet! I loved reading this- it gives me a little bit of insight into what to expect!

Callie said...

She is so beautiful, Brittney!

katie said...

She is so beautiful! What a special time!

Kelley said...

she is beautiful! I'm so happy for you guys!

Mrs. Lopez said...

Shes so adorable! I can't wait to see our little girls personality!

Amber said...

Love this update! I might have to steal the format if you don't mind :). So crazy how different they are in only two weeks, isn't it? Such a beautiful little girl!

Chelsea said...

She is SO precious! Hopefully she is just going through a growth spurt and goes back to every 3hrs- I know that can make a HUGE difference!

Elizabeth said...

so sweet and cute!!

Ria @ Life as a Wife! said...

WHAT A SWEETIE! :) Little baby Grace... she is precious!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I clicked over from Through Clouded Glass. She is so beautiful, enjoy this precious time with your new little one :)

The Barker's said...

I loved reading this since our girls are so close in age! Too fun! To answer your question on my blog, I have tried a pacifier and it does help a lot but she prefers to use me as a pacifier instead!!! =)