Well Abby and Sara have been working real hard on feeding the last two days, and it seems to be paying off. Today in fact Abby won’t stop eating! She seems to be going through a growth spurt, and has already eaten about six times by the early afternoon. Yesterday we took her in to get her weighed and she had gained one ounce from two days before (up to 8 pounds 1.5 ounces). Today we rented a scale so that we could do the weighing ourselves, and took two measurements: Before a feeding at around 11:00 am: 8 pounds, 3 ounces After a feeding at around 1:00 pm: 8 pounds, 5 ounces So she is doing great. The big difference is that she is now holding food down and not spitting up. Unfortunately, this required an almost around-the-clock regiment of feeding, burping, and holding her upright. But it’s worth it to see her back up to birth weight. We’ll keep you posted! For now there’s no stopping her going back to 8 pounds, 8 ounces.
Well we’ve got the tear duct problem pretty well licked, but now poor Abby is having trouble keeping her food (milk) down. It’s been a pretty frustrating couple of days as we’re working to try and get her weight up. We’re going in for a weight check tomorrow afternoon, so hopefully there is some progress. It’s been hard on Sara especially with the constant feeding required. Wish the little girl luck! CLICK HERE FOR ABBY’S FIRST ON SCREEN APPEARANCE (MOVIE) More pictures:
This weekend we took Abigail on her first two outings (not counting doctor visits). On Saturday night we went to Baskin & Robins for some ice cream (though none for her). She seemed to like the car ride more than anything else. And then today we took her with us to do some grocery shopping. Having watched other people bring babies into stores, we figured her car seat would fit nicely into the shopping cart. Unfortunately it was a little more complicated, but we did get her in securely enough to ride around the store. Today she also developed a bit of an eye problem, which Sara’s mom says is a blocked tear duct (supposedly very common). This evening she had trouble even opening her eye because there was so much goo in it. We are going to call the doctor tomorrow and get some eye drops that should take care of it. It’s scary seeing her out of whack like that! Here are a couple pictures of Sara playing dress up: And here’s one ridiculous pose:
Today is Abby’s one week birthday. We’ve had a bit of a rollercoaster first week, with one easy day usually followed by one day of no sleep. Luckily last night she slept most of the night between feedings, and so hopefully that habit will begin to stick more. In any event, it’s been a joy to have her around the house. We are learning how to change her, clean her, bathe her, etc. and each day is a new adventure. We’re finding that she likes a lot of different music and also gets mesmerized by looking at black and white posters. She also likes to sleep in our bed with her arms straight up in the air, or on my chest during the day. She is so small! Here are some more pictures:
Abigail Hélène Roadman Born September 13, 2007. 10:27pm. Weight: 8 pounds 8 ounces. Height: 20.25 inches. More to come! When we get more sleep! She’s perfect.
This was in March: My belly in May: 22nd week of pregnancy on May 9th: July 8th with my friend Katie at the Blues Fest: July 9th- profile shot: Here’s a good picture of my belly- me and the Heidis during their visit to Portland in July. (July 30th-33rd week of pregnancy) August 27th: