Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Clara's Newborn Pictures

I really wanted to have pictures of Clara taken while she was still little. Paul's cousin is a photographer and she could get us in ASAP. So I took her one afternoon to Sarah's to get her pics done. It was a long couple of hours - she was awake when we wanted her sleeping, she was sleeping when we wanted her awake, I got peed on, it was hot... but the results are amazing! Here are a few of my favorites!









Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Updates...

Yeah! A post! I wish I could say that I have been so busy sitting around eating bonbons to post, but the truth is I have been too busy feeding, rocking, changing, doing laundry, doing dishes, and napping! This mommy thing is hard work, and yet I still feel like I have nothing accomplished at the end of the day.

A few updates on Clara's progress:
July 14th - Clara rolled over from her back to her stomach. Hasn't happened since though.
July 16th - Clara attended her first Wabasha County Fair and her first sheep show.
She has started to sleep a good 4 hours at a stretch at night. Some nights are better than others.

We had her weighed again on Monday, she is up to 8lbs 15oz. The nurses are very impressed by her strength and head control for her age. She is also starting to smile a little!

We had Clara's newborn/1 month pictures taken yesterday. Paul's cousin Sarah is a photographer and lives just down the road. She has some great props and we did some cute things, I can't wait to see them!

I'm sure many of you remember me talking about our pre-natal classes and our experience with watching them bath a baby for the class. Clara was asked to be the "bath baby" for class last night. She did great - screamed her lungs out! I'm glad these to-be parents got a good taste of what it is like! Of course, I forgot to take pictures...

I think that's it for now. I do have some posts brewing in my head about this new reality we have entered... I just need to find another minute to write it! Thanks everyone for reading!

Monday, July 12, 2010

2 Week Check-up

Clara had her 2 week check-up today with Dr. Dech. Everything looked good! Her are her stats so far:

Birth:
Weight: 7 lbs 6 oz 50th percentile
Length: 52 cm 76th percentile
Head: 32 cm <5th percentile

2 Weeks:
Weight: 8 lbs 4 oz 50th percentile
Length: 54 cm 75th percentile
Head: 36 cm 50th percentile

I have been trying to think of a list of things that I could keep updating weekly, like I did when I was pregnant. I'll keep working on it...

Feedings are going OK - she is definitely out-pacing me. I produce about 2.5 - 3.5oz, while she is consuming about 3.5 - 4oz per feeding, so we are still supplementing with formula. Obviously she is thriving, as she is gaining plenty of weight. After talking with LC's - they said to just keep doing what we are doing!

She is more awake now than before. She likes to stay awake in the early afternoons for about an hour after feeding. She is content to just snuggle and check things out.

Dr. Dech gave me some ideas on how to help her get her days and nights figured out. I look foward to working on this and hopefully having some success!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Baptism

I have started this post about a dozen times - then get interrupted... Let's hope I get it posted this time!

"But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life." Titus 3:4-7

Clara Ann became a member of God's family on Sunday, July 4th, 2010 through baptism. Her sponsors were my sister Carrie, her husband Perry, and Paul's sister Katie. It was such a perfect service.

After church, my parents hosted everyone at their house for lunch. My mom made an amazing meal of ham, cheesy potatoes, corn, lettuce salad, strawberry salad, and rolls... it was delicious and we all ate until we were fat and sleepy. It was a wonderful afternoon of relaxing at mom and dad's, talking, laughing... so much fun. Since it was the 4th of July, the rest of the family headed out to fireworks, but we headed home. It had been a long day and we were ALL tired and ready for bed. It was a perfect day!

Family photo!

My dad FINALLY got a chance to hold her!

My sister and I oogling Miss Clara.

Snuggling with mommy

4 generations of Hendersons!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

It won't be like this for long...

That song seems to be the soundtrack to our lives right now. I find the chorus running through my head so many times during the day. When she is awake, satisfied, and making those wonderful baby faces, I have to pause and watch - realizing that our time with her at this stage is fleeting. She won't be like this for long, we need to treasure every second. And then, when she is fussy, unhappy, won't eat, or overly tired - I have to say to myself, it won't be like this for long, so stick it out, you can do it.

I think I am going to add it to the playlist... which in case you haven't had your sound on when you read this... we have music! :)

Thanks everyone for reading and for all you public and private words of encouragement. So many have come at just the right time. I thank God everyday for all of you and the immense blessings He has showered on our little family. Thank you!

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Baby Blues and the Battle with my Boobs

Today was our first day flying solo without daddy, as Paul headed back to work. She had quite the fussy morning and wanted to eat a little every hour rather than a big feeding. Sleeping was not in her plans either, so we spent a lot of time snuggling, which really was OK with me. I did manage to eat a decent lunch and get caught up on laundry and thank yous.

The baby blues have hit like a Mac truck! I find myself sobbing over absolutely nothing, than laughing at myself because it is so ridiculous! But then this morning when I couldn't please her, I would have given anything to just go to work. It is so hard to admit, but this mothering thing is HARD - and she is only a week old! So many friends have offered support, it is good to know that I am not the only one that has ever felt this way. It is going to be a rough few weeks if this keeps up. I'm sure Paul is wondering what they did with the wife he took to the hospital, because she is NOT the one he brought home! He is doing the best he can.

Breastfeeding is NOT going well. I have flat nipples, so they had me use a nipple shield at the hospital, which is what she has gotten used to. My milk took FOREVER to come in, and I'm still not producing enough to feed her every feeding. We started finger feeding her formula in the hospital and have continued to do so here at home when she doesn't get enough feeding at the breast or at night when I simply don't feel like whipping out my boobs. I'm not sure what "engorgement" is, I have not experienced it. I really want to exclusively get to breast feeding her, but wonder if I haven't ruined our chances because of all the interventions we have had to use. and the nipple shield has gone missing... Guess I will need to go to Target tomorrow to find one!

Overall things are going well. She is healthy, gaining weight, and for the most part a happy baby. We are blessed.