On Wednesday night, Summer's big sister Amanda offered to take care of her all night. I was a little hesitant at first because she had never even changed one of Summer's diapers, but I figured if she wanted to, I would let her. Plus her dad thought this might be a good form of birth control for Amanda. So, I pumped some extra milk before I went to bed to make sure she would have enough for the night. Amanda did not wake us up all night for help. I was surprised, but I was also glad. I only got up one time the entire night. That was a first for me...even before I got pregnant I was up more times than this. I slept pretty good and did not go and check on the baby once...even though I did wake up about 3:00 a.m. wondering if she had eaten. I sent Clint to check on that since I knew she should have eaten again already. She had, so that put my mind at ease. I woke up around 7:00 and had to go pump. I was having withdrawal from my baby, but I decided to leave her with Amanda until I had gotten ready for the day. Amanda came down stairs while I was pumping (she had just finished feeding Summer). She sat down and talked to me for a few minutes about how her night went. She said Summer was up for 5 hours straight and did not go to bed until around 3:00. She also said Summer kept spitting out her pacifier every 5 minutes. All in all, I think she had a good time keeping her even though she did not get very much sleep. I went up to Amanda's room and got Summer around 9:30 after I had gotten myself ready for the day. Amanda slept until 1:30 p.m....
Friday, May 26, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Yesterday I decided to take Summer to the doctor because her belly button is not healing right. Her umbilical cord fell off on May 16, but it was not all the way healed. So, I kept putting alcohol on it, but it was worrying me so I called the doctor. They told me to go ahead and bring her in so they could look at it. The doctor was not sure what was wrong with it, so he took her to another pediatrician to have him look at it. They are not sure, but they think she might have a patent urachus. This means that her umbilical cord did not close off correctly, so her bladder is leaking out of her belly button. So, they told me to take her to a pediatric surgeon who specializes in this. Of course, my eyes started tearing up immediately hearing there might be something wrong with my baby. The doctor said it is not a big deal though. They would just have to go in and close the opening. He also told me to stop using the alcohol as he thinks it is hurting her (I thought this too before I took her in). So, her belly button is kind of icky right now. I am anxious to hear what the doctor says tomorrow. Hopefully, it will not be what they think it is, but if it is maybe her belly button will heal up quicker once they get it fixed. I guess we'll see tomorrow.
On a better note, Summer had gained 1 pound since our last doctor visit. She now weighs 8 lb. 6 oz. The doctor said she must be eating good since she has gained this much weight in less than 2 weeks. Everything else looks good, so unless something else comes up we don't have to go back until she is 2 months old so she can get shots. That should be fun........NOT!!!
Friday, May 19, 2006
Let's get in the water!
Here we go...
she's a sleeper
Monday, May 15, 2006
My little doll
Melody, Granny, Summer & Pepaw
Summer & Sandra
Yesterday, Summer and I went to my Aunt Sandra's house to spend Mother's Day with family. Clint came too after he got off of work. We had a really good time visiting with everyone. Summer was passed around and around and around all day long. Everyone was admiring my precious little baby all day. She was really good...of course she was asleep most of the time.
One funny thing did happen. I was changing her diaper and my Aunt Melody said something about her peeing. I was like, "She's not going to pee." Then she had to go and prove me wrong. She peed all over the mat I had her on (which did not soak up the pee...I think it must be waterproof...LOL). I guess I should've put a lap pad on top of it first, but I'll know next time. The pee went all the way up her back, so I had to change her clothes. When I got home, I changed her diaper and she did it again. Thankfully the lap pad on my changing table soaked it all up!
Last night I got a little emotional on Clint. He gave me a card from Summer that was really sweet. It was really a birthday card for a mom, but he had crossed out the word birthday and wrote 1st Mother's Day. He said he couldn't find a Mother's Day card he liked, but I think he just found the birthday card aisle first...LOL. Then we started talking about Summer, and how sometimes you never really know what you want until you get it. It made me happy because I can see how much he loves Summer and how much she means to him. I know exactly how he feels. He told me he is happy that he will have her to love him when he gets old. We are so lucky to have her in our lives. She is truly a gift from God.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Now she's not.
Look at her hair!
Summer had her first doctor visit on Thursday morning (5 days old). She weighed 7 lb. 6 oz. It seemed like Dr. Wood expected she would weigh less, but he was happy she weighed what she did. He said everything looked good. I weight myself while I was there to see how much weight I lost after giving birth to Summer. I weighed 136 which is only 5 pounds more than I weighed when I found out I was pregnant--YEAH! Back to Summer...the doctor said she was a little yellow, but it wasn't anything he was worried about. We have to go back in two weeks to for another check-up then again when she is 2 months old. Clint got Summer dressed and undressed for the doctor while I worked the video camera. I got some good pictures of him holding Summer while we were waiting for the doctor to see us. After the doctor had checked her out, Clint was putting on her onesie and she let something rip...LOL. It was really loud and even the doctor and nurse in the hall said they heard it. Clint threw her onesie down and acted like he didn't hear anything...I don't think he wanted to change the diaper. :) I had to send Clint out to the car for the diaper bag so we could change her diaper before we left. After we got her dressed, we headed to Home Depot and the bank so Clint could get some errands out of the way. I fed Summer in the back seat of the car while we were waiting and then we headed home. Enjoy the pics of Daddy and Summer!
I just finished giving Summer her 2nd bath. I put her footprints in her baby book, but I have not done her handprints yet. I don't know if I am going to use the same ink pad as I did for her feet (I got it from the hospital) because it is hard to get the ink off after you are done. She even has some on her legs from where she was kicking her feet a little...oh well. I guess eventually it will wear off. This bath was easier than the first because I did it while she was asleep. So, no crying at all--YEAH!!!
She is so adorable it is hard to take my eyes off of her for fear that I will miss something. I know I have to savor every moment because she is going to grow so fast. It is crazy how much you can love someone in so little time. I never imagined it would feel like this. Being a mom is so wonderful. It is kind of weird because instead of calling my husband Clint, I call him Daddy. He hasn't said anything about it...I wonder if he even notices. I'll have to ask him.
Last night was our best night yet. She slept at least 2 hours between each feeding and almost three and a half hours once. I put her in the bed at 5:15 a.m., and she did not get up until about 8:30 or so. :) I am also getting used to getting up with her so that makes it a lot easier too. The first few nights were pretty rough, and I started doubting myself. But, I am getting the hang of it now. Well, I best be getting back to her before I miss out on something.....
Friday, May 12, 2006
I'm not sure where to begin. We brought Summer home on Monday. Everything has been great...except some of the nightly feedings...LOL We gave her a lotion bath on Tuesday which was not too bad. She did cry, but she did not scream the whole time. I will probably give her another bath this evening. She is sleeping a lot, but not as much as she did in the hospital. Two nights ago, I had two 1 hour long feedings which was not fun at all. The next morning I called my mom and she said it is time to give her a pacifier because she is just using my boob as the pacifier. So, yesterday we tried the pacifier. She is still getting used to it, but it is working. When I was looking at buying a pacifier, I was thinking they were kind of expensive. But now, I think I would pay $100 for one. It is my new best friend. I was really hesitant to give her one at first because I just wasn't ready to go there. My mom assured me that it was better than letting her find her thumb. She reminded me that I can take the pacifier away, but not the thumb. Other than that, nursing is going pretty good.
Summer is so precious!!! I love it when she opens her eyes so I can look at them while I talk to her. Those are the best times right now. Well, she just fell asleep so I'm going to hop in the shower while I can.
Tuesday, May 9, 2006
Friday, May 5, 2006
Tomorrow is the big day! I can't believe it is finally here. I have been getting my house ready all week. Today I am finishing up all the laundry and making sure I have everything I need for the hospital. I've got clean sheets on my bed (watch my water break tonight...LOL) and the baby's bed. I think I have just about everything done. I believe I will finish up the baby blanket tonight. I don't have very much left on it--YEAH! So far today is flying by...where have all the hours gone? It is almost 6:00 already. In less than 12 hours I will be getting up to go to the hospital (if I can sleep tonight :) ). Actually this whole week has gone by pretty fast. Last week everyday was soooo long, but since Tuesday everyday has gone by quickly.
I am pretty nervous about tomorrow. I have a lot of emotions right now...I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I would say I am more on the verge of tears, but I don't really know why. I guess everything is coming to an end...or a new beginning. I'm going to be a mom tomorrow!!! That thought scares me. I hope I am ready for this new life. I guess I better be because ready or not here it comes. I feel rushed all of the sudden like there are not enough hours left in the day. I guess I need to just try to relax. Everything is going to be fine, right?
I wonder how my labor is going to progress. Long, short, or somewhere in between? Clint is hoping I will have the baby by noon, but that is highly unlikely. We will see. We found out that Clint gets to pick Amanda up Sunday (unless the baby comes around noon tomorrow) and bring her to the hospital for a quick visit with her new sister. I am happy about that, and I know she is too. Clint talked to an administrator at the school this afternoon and he said that Amanda cried because she was attached to the baby and wants to see her. So, I am glad she will be able to. She is excited about finally being a big sister.
This afternoon Clint and I went to look at a few houses that are for sale. I really liked the last one we saw. It was perfect...at least to me. Clint worries that taking on 14 acres might be a big task. He is a city boy and I am a country girl, so we have different views on it. Needless to say, with 14 acres we would have complete privacy. It is a horse farm, so it is not like we would have to mow 14 acres. A lot of it is pasture land. Anyway, it is like my dream house...and it is only 10 minutes from downtown or Hixson. I'm not sure what will come of it. Probably nothing, but it is fun to think about.
The dryer just went off, so I guess I better get back to work. Everyone keeps telling me I should be resting today, but that is easier said than done. Maybe in a few hours........
Here are some pics I had Clint take today. Tomorrow is the big day! I will finally get to see my precious baby's face!
Tuesday, May 2, 2006
I tried to get the carseat installed and ready for when we leave the hospital. I'm still not sure it is in there right. I used the latch system that they have now, but the carseat seems to move a little too much for my comfort. I know when Clint and I went to the Baby Care and Safety class the instructor told us where we could go have it checked. But, of course, I wasn't listening. At the time, I was like "Yeah Right! Who does that anyway?" Now I am like, "Man, why wasn't I paying attention?" I haven't gotten Clint to go out there to look at it yet so I guess I need to see what he thinks. I am also not sure whether or not I am going to put it in the middle of the back seat. I know they say it is the safest, but it doesn't really fit right. The way our back seat is, the middle seat back sticks out a few more inches than the side seats. Plus it seems like it is going to be difficult to get the carseat in and out with her in it. So, I guess I still have some figuring out to do where the carseat is concerned.
I am trying to finish up my 2nd baby blanket before Saturday. My fingers keep hurting though so I am not sure if I will make it or not. It is not really for this baby anyway. It is for our next child....if we have another one. I figured I won't have time to make one once Summer gets here so I might as well do it now. One thing I have learned about crocheting is that it is much easier (and MUCH less time consuming) to make booties and bonnets than blankets. I bet I put over 50 hours into the first blanket, and this one is probably not much less. It will probably be the last blanket I ever make. But, it will be worth it when it is all done. Okay, I guess that is enough rambling for now. Less than 84 hours until we got to hospital..........
Clint and I went to the doctor today for our last check-up. I had not gained any weight since last week, so that was a surprise. I am still 1.5 centimeters dilated, and I am 50% effaced. The baby had dropped a little bit since last week, but not much. The baby's heartbeat was around 165. Now for the exciting part.......the doctor said I could schedule my induction for this weekend. So, I am supposed to be at the hospital on Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. He said they would start me on pitocin and break my water. Wow!!! I was so anxious to have her before the appointment, but now I am getting nervous. I guess it is more real now that I have a date and time. Hopefully, we will be holding our little girl by Saturday night. That means her birthday will more than likely be May 6, 2006. Oh my........ready, set, here we go! Only 4 days of waiting left!
~Here are some pics of me doing my belly trick~