Monday, April 26, 2010

Athletic Genius

We were kidding. We didn't really think Amelia would do it. But she proved us wrong. Yesterday during tummy time Amelia managed to roll herself over onto her back. Matt and I were stunned. We could not believe our eyes. I tried to get her to repeat it today, but no luck. I'll try and get it on video this week, but we'll see if she cooperates.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Two Weeks Old!

As of yesterday Amelia is two weeks old. We took her for her two week check up and were amazed by her growth. Generally the doctor wants to make sure that a baby has gotten back to their birth weight by the two week mark. Our little girl flew past her birth weight and now weighs 8 pounds, 11 ounces, or almost a full pound over her birth weight. She also grew two inches, now measuring 23" long. That puts her in the 75% percentile for weight and off the charts for height. Matt and I had been concerned that we were feeding her too much, but clearly she has needed the extra food!

Amelia is also working hard on holding her head up. When she's on her stomach, she now can easily move her head from side to side depending on what she wants to see. She's also working on rolling over. She can easily make it on to her side, but with a little more leg strength she'll be all the way over. I'm beginning to be concerned that she'll be crawling by the end of next month.

Amelia also got to meet her Grandfather this week. They clearly enjoyed each other.

I've gotten a glimpse at the teenage years where I will clearly embarrass my daughter on a regular basis.
Seriously, so embarrassing.
And her hand continues to be the greatest thing in the world, other than food.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

One Week Old (plus a couple of days)

It has been a very busy 11 days for Amelia.
She naps.
She has her tummy time.

She sleeps some more, this time in weird positions.

She tries to suck on her hand. She has succeeded in getting it into her mouth multiple times, but never for very long.

She tries to sleep during tummy time.

And she even had her first bath. There has been less screaming with each bath, but there was quite a bit for the first one.

For the most part we are doing well. Amelia is a good sleeper (which is a wonderful gift), and she's a fairly happy baby. My mother stayed with us the first week she was home, and it was great to have an extra pair of hands, and another person to take some of the shifts with her so we could all get a good amount of sleep.

Matt has taken to parenthood wonderfully. He's even changing the majority of the diapers, which might be a better gift than diamonds right now. He also has managed to watch some sporting events, including Red Sox games, without yelling too much at the TV while Amelia is in the room. And he looks so adorable holding his baby girl.

I am doing pretty well. Unfortunately I had some complications with the birth that while not serious, are making it take some time to fully heal. I still find myself staring at Amelia and marveling that she's really here. I've also been greatly amused at how squirmy she is. Even when she's sleeping it's hard for her to stay still for more than a few minutes. It makes me feel justified in all the complaining I did about the future Rockette I was gestating.

And the last member of the family has adjusted well to Amelia. Teddy is taking her role as protector very seriously. Whenever she enters a room she needs to know where her baby is. When Amelia gets really upset (see First Bath above) Teddy will helpfully start whining to let us know the baby is crying. I think she's looking forward to all the table scraps that Amelia will be giving her in the upcoming months and years.

And I don't care if it's gas, it's still the greatest thing I have ever seen.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Amelia Gloria Bennett

She's here! Amelia was born at 2:44 am on April 8th. She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Everything is going great and we came home from hospital yesterday. I'm still exhausted, so I'll post more pictures soon, but here's a couple from our hospital stay.

Wrapped in the blanket made by her great-grandmother and ready to go home.

Going home outfit.
Snuggling with Mommy.
Hanging out with Daddy.
Our beautiful baby girl.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Stubborn Baby

So I've been having a couple of contractions an hour for over a week now. They will also get more intense and frequent (to the point that the doctor sent us to labor and delivery once) but then they calm back down, but don't ever go away. So when I went to the doctor's office this morning hoping that meant I was at least a little dialated. After the exam the doctor actually giggled. Still at zero. We're going to have to go and get this baby on Wednesday. That means I will be pregnant for less than 50 hours. That feels so good. Much more than the grown man giggling at my cervix.