Monday, May 21, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Just us girls

Pink eye has been passed around our house this week. Maddie woke up at midnight with two crusty eyes and a runny nose. Daddy dosed her up with the eye drops and said we should keep her home from church this morning. SO it was just us girls this morning while daddy and Hunter went to church. 

She looked just fine to me :)

She asked me to take her picture. She was doing this kick thing and saying "CHEESE!! (again mommy) CHEESE!!!" She loves the camera

Posing in front of the fridge....again with the kicks

I think she just loved the extra attention

And snuggles

 Audrey was awake for a short while and Madison showered her with hugs and kisses...naturally

Precious girl don't let anyone ever tell you that you lack personality. You are one of a kind!

So Beautiful

Love you

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

6 weeks old

Audrey is 6 weeks old today. I had my postpartum checkup this morning and I am continually amazed at how much easier the recovery gets each time. Hunter was definitely the most difficult to recover from physically and it has gotten easier and easier each time. I feel great and despite getting up to feed in the middle of the night I am getting so much more sleep than I did when I was pregnant so I can't complain. Most nights I enjoy our special time together especially because the whole house is completely quiet and it's just me and Audrey and I can hear her sweet little noises.

Audrey is just a joy. She is so sweet and easy. She fits right in to our family just perfectly. Despite a few days of growth spurts (where she only took 30 minute breaks from eating), the past 6 weeks have been pretty easy and predictable. Her days rotate around 3 hour feeds except most afternoons she moves to every 2 hours for feeds. Then at night she is up to a 5-6 hour stretch between feeds. She goes down by 7pm and up at 10/11pm to eat a bottle from Jordan and then back down until 3:30-4:30am then up for the day at 7am. She is up to about 10 pounds 4 ounces!

Around the one month mark she started really smiling at us and looking at us...tracking us as we move across the room. It is really neat to look at her and have her look at us with something behind those she really sees us! I know it just gets better and better!
 I love all the different looks :)

Her reflux is better now that she is on meds but it has slowed her poops down. She is a lot more gassy and only goes about once a week now and I termed it "poop day" because she goes all day long on that day. She seems a bit uncomfortable as a result of things being slowed down but no where near the discomfort of reflux so I guess it's a trade off. She is down to about 30 minutes for nursing. I don't have to work to keep her awake like I had been the first 4-5 weeks so that's much better! She is growing so much. She has little chubby cheeks now. She is in size 1 diapers and 0-3 months clothes and sleepers.


Audrey went with me to get my hair done the other day. She was a big hit at the salon :)

 Big brother and sister are still obsessed with her. They genuinely love her to pieces. 

People ask me almost every day how the transition is going. So far the transition from 2 to 3 has been seamless. It helps that Jordan is very hands on when he is home, especially with the older 2. He will often take them for outings to burn off energy and give me and Audrey the quiet house to rest. It's then that I marvel at how easy one infant is. I thought it was so tough when I had Hunter and I still think that was by far the toughest transition...going from no kids to one kid. I remember being so tired all the time back then and I think back now and wonder what did I do all day while he slept?! Why wasn't I sleeping?! I had so much extra time compared to now. It's all relative I suppose. I am so used to having them all now that I don't know what do to with myself when it's just me and Audrey or even when it's just me, Madison and Audrey. I am counting my blessings because I cannot imagine or remember life without these precious kiddos! There is never a dull moment and I just love them all to pieces!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Dallas Bound

We went to Dallas this past weekend for the first time since having Audrey. We decided to throw Madison's 2nd birthday party while we were in town since all of our family and a good portion of our friends are in Dallas. 

We stayed with Papa and Vivi this time and the kids had a lot of fun playing at their house, especially in their backyard!

Audrey took a lot of naps on the couch...
Maddie likes to do everything her sis does...
Beekah painted Maddie's toes to get ready for her party.

My dad, Pop, got to meet Audrey for the first time.

Madison LOVED her Minnie Mouse Party

She looked SO precious!
Audrey slept through through just about the whole party.
Holly and Amber got to meet Audrey for the first time. I didn't get a picture of Holly with Audrey. Both their kiddos were sick so they kept them home form the party and came by, sans kids, after the party was over to meet Audrey since we were in town.

My dad, Pop, built this whimsical little tree house. He is SO talented! It made the perfect Mickey Mouse club house for the party.

I took Audrey over to meet my Meme and Papa (my mom's parents).

We had a fun weekend with the family!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

1 month old

Audrey is already 1 month old! The time is literally FLYING by. What a fun month it has been. This is pretty much what we see... always asleep and mostly happy!
Chubby cheeks!

She has a few quick bursts of awake time during the day (when she's not eating). The kids REALLY want to play with her during this time. It lasts about 5-10 minutes before she is ready to go to sleep :)
She is in our room in the pack-n-play bassinet. I have put her in her crib upstairs for a few naps just to start her getting used to sleeping up there too. I have to really watch Hunter and Madison when she is sleeping they love to cover her up with blankets because they think she's cold, or shove a paci in her mouth. Madison has been known to try to share her snacks with which Hunter will yell "NO MADISON she doesn't have any teeth!!!"
I love her little awake times. It's great to see her eyes open and watch her explore. She started making eye contact and tracking us the past 2 weeks and has given me a handful of purposeful smiles.
She is a naturally good sleeper. She came home from the hospital with a 4-5 hour stretch at night and has continually gone up with that to up to 6 hours. On a good night she is down for bed at 7pm (same time as Hunter and Madison) and we wake her at 10pm for a feed then let her go as long as she wants...on a good night she will go till 3 or 4am then up at 7am for the day. On a not so good night she will be back up at 1am and 5am. It really depends on how well she ate during the day. The days she eats every 3 hours really well, she will go longer at night. But some days she is really hard to keep awake for feeds and those nights she is a lot hungrier. Either way, when she is down she's down...only up to eat and then right back to sleep. Around the 2 week mark we introduced the bottle so Jordan could take one feed a day. I had a lot of pumped milk stored up in the freezer so he has been taking the 10pm feed which allows me to go to bed earlier if need by (8:30/9) to get a longer stretch of sleep. We've done this with all 3 kids and it's worked really well!

One thing I've noticed with our 2nd and now 3rd kiddo is how much I love our middle of the night feeds. Having the older kids around during the day makes for a hectic feeding time when it's time. The world can't stop like it did with our first just because it's time to eat. I do a lot of on the go nursing...walking around the house, making sandwiches, sippy cups, disciplining etc. SO those quiet middle of the night feeds with just me and Audrey where I can sit and relax and just hang out with her are really nice! I save my TIVO'd shows for our middle of the night feeds and I just sit there and just snuggle her and let her go as long as she needs. Right now it takes her about 45minutes to eat which is an improvement from the 1 hour feeds we had the first 2 weeks (mostly because of her sleepiness).
After we came home from the hospital she had to go back to the doctor a few times for jaundice and a heart murmur that still hadn't gone away form birth. By 10 days old it was still present so our pediatrician sent us to see a cardiologist just to make sure it wasn't a result of an underlying heart condition. We saw the cardiologist when she was 2 weeks old and it had resolved on it's own! Her ECG was perfect. They want to see her back in 3 months just to be sure. But for now she is in the clear.
At 2 weeks she weighed 7 pounds 2 ounces. We took her back in a week later (3 weeks) and she weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces! The doctor was amazed at her rapid weight gain! I took her back in because I knew she had silent relflux (all 3 kids have had it). She started her on Prevacid and it has made a world of difference. She is much more comfortable during and after feeds. Now at one month she weighs around 8 pounds 14 ounces.
Audrey loves to take baths. She tolerates diaper changes if she has been recenly fed but if she is hungry she lets us know JUST how unhappy she is about having to get her diaper changed before getting her food! When we change her diaper she shakes her legs (clonus relfex), it's totally normal at this age and just a sign of an immature nervous system but it's funny because Hunter and Madison only did it in their ankles at this age but she gets her whole leg going. Hunter asked me what she was doing the other day and I said she's thumping like Thumper! It just kind of stuck. It's her nickname for now :)
Audrey and I snuggle on the lounge chair out back every afternoon while Hunter and Madison swim. I LOVE getting in these sleepy snuggle times.

Audrey 1 week (20.5 inches), Madison 23 months (36 inches), Hunter 4 years 2 months (42 inches).

This was my first trip to the grocery store with all 3. Nana was still in town and went with us on our first attempt. Audrey is in the Baby K-tan which she loves (she also loves the Bjorn) she loves being close to us. She was 5 days old in this picture so we've obviously made this trip many times since. They all do great! The kids also love to go on walks after dinner. If we can finish dinner in time and time it up with Audrey's feeds we all go on a family walk after dinner and before bath/bed. I push the girls in the jogger and Hunter rides his bike. I have taken all 3 out on walks a few times in the mornings too but it gets hot so early here that evening seems to be the best time. Plus it's a lot of fun to do as a family!

I love her milk coma smiles :)

Audrey I can't believe you are already 1 month old.  You are the perfect addition to our family. It's as if you were always here. You fit right in and we all love you so much. You have such a sweet temperament already. Everyone is fighting for time with you and to get to snuggle you. You are still so tiny and your favorite thing to do is nap on mommy and daddy's chest. You are a great sleeper and eater and you love to be on your tummy. You do not like to be on your back especially after eating. Your best naps are with mommy in the afternoon while Hunter and Madison nap. Holding you is one of my favorite things to do all day. I love to sneak up in to your room and rock you in the quiet and study all of your beautiful features. We have been told by so many people that you are the most beautiful newborn they have ever seen....I have to agree! You brighten up our days so much and we love you more than you will ever comprehend. You are our little angel!