Jan 12

Sleepy-Time Gals

Posted by Matty

Mom and Evie are both tuckered out, and are sleeping, so I thought that this would be a good time for a quick update.

If you were expecting an article about knitting, pez, or something other than cute baby, you will be sorely disappointed. Besides the baby being the main focus of our life right now, we’re using these web updates to keep all of the far away Grandmas and Grandpas, Aunts and Uncles, Nieces and Nephews, and friends involved with Evie’s daily changes.

I started feeling like poop this evening, and I blame it on the flu shot I got yesterday. I’m feeling much better now, but it was ladies night as I tried to get a little sleep and recuperate.

It’s been a day full of victories and stresses. Being a new parent is hard. Aunt Rachel was on the receiving end of my worries, as I chatted with her today about Evie’s lack of poop. Nancy’s milk had come in, and we hadn’t had a soiled diaper (that’s fancy talk for poop) since, so I called Rachel this afternoon. Rachel calmed me down. By the end of our conversation, Evie had filled a diaper. Ten minutes later she had filled another diaper. And yeah, I mean filled! That kid has some comedic timing.

Nanc has been having some frustration too, as we try to get Evie fed. Because of the jaundice, our pediatrician recommended a two-hour feeding schedule, which has been crazy hard to meet. Apparently no one has told Evie that she has to be hungry every two hours. We’ve looked to books and the internet for tips on getting through this, but everyone seems to have contradictory advice. It would be great if there were only one optimum way to take care of a baby, but that’s not to be. We’re muddling through, and it seems that there’s a wide swath of acceptable practices. We’re doing the best we can, and Evie seems just fine with it. She’s being so patient with us.

She’s been sleeping pretty good, but we’ve also had several wonderful hours every day of ‘alert’ time. During alert time, she’s awake and interacting with us, and her beautiful eyes are constantly moving, taking it all in. I’ve got a little video of her right at the tail end of alert time before bed tonight.

We’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to sit down and take any pictures, but I’m hoping to get some good ones tomorrow. Her jaundice is almost gone, and she gets prettier every day.

Tomorrow is a big day for Evie. First, we’re going to start bathing her every day, so that should be a fun new routine for her. Also, she has her first appointment with her pediatrician. She’s seen him at the hospital, but this will be the first time that she’ll visit his office, which means a car ride! Luckily his office only a few blocks away (across a major intersection from our neighborhood).

Okay, it’s time for me to take a nap, too. Maybe pictures tomorrow? Also an update on her first doctor’s visit.

One last note, she’s started gaining weight. She’s put on a few ounces in the past couple of days. Yay! I will give you an exact weight once we get it from the doc. We’ve been weighing her at home, but I’m not sure that our scale is 100% calibrated.

–I still don’t know how we got so lucky. I’m so glad that Evie has joined our family.

7 Responses to “Sleepy-Time Gals”

  1. P-la Says:

    Evie’s very lucky to have joined the family that she has. You and NanC are doing a great job!

  2. sarah b. Says:

    Reading this takes me right back to when we first brought our little man home. All that to say, you’re going through the normal stuff associated with being a concerned parent! That concern doesn’t go away, it just manifests itself in other things…but it is easier once they can communicate a little better! 🙂 She’s beautiful and lucky to have you all so concerned about her, even down to the poop!

  3. Rachel Says:

    She is so chill. I love that she is happy to just sit back and take it all in. I LOVE those swaddlers. I wish I could still swaddle the boys…
    You guys are doing great, and thank you for all the updates. Looking forward to news from the doctor and pictures when you have time.

  4. Cathie Says:

    Hey there little bright eyes! Do you know how blessed you are, Miss Evie? Why of course you don’t because you don’t have to fuss about such things. Do you know how precious and pretty and perfectly wonderful you are? Certainly not because what you know is that life is sweet, yawns are big, sleep is peaceful, Mommy takes care of hungry and worries, Daddy takes care of diddy and worries, there’s love all over and under and around you keeping you safe and warm. Sleep tight, tiny dreamer–you’ve chosen your family quite well.

  5. jesse Says:

    OMG so adorable! seriously. it’s just not right. congratulations again!

  6. Cathie Says:

    So what are you guys? Really busy, exhausted, elated, amazed, dazed, bone tired, anxious, and thrilled? Well, I’m sorry, but that is NO excuse for not updating blog and pix. Some of us are adrift out here in the dry, cold, no-babies-to-look-at-or-listen-to work-a-day world pining for updates on mommy, daddy, and Miss Evelyn Grace. Quit walking in your sleep and type!

  7. Jen da Purse Ho Says:

    omg she is just so cute and squeaky 🙂 you guys are doing great.