I can’t believe that Leigh has been with us now for a month – she is one month old today! It has gone by so fast. We are getting ready to head to Palm Desert and enjoy some sun now! Baby girl’s first flight and Livie’s third! Traveling with two children two and under is a little overwhelming, trying to figure out what to pack, making room for everything and not forget anything crucial. One thing that is working in our favor is that all we really need clothing wise are warm weather clothing that don’t take up too much room.
Let’s back track a bit! I wanted to touch base and give an update a few weeks ago, but that did not happen so here is a recap of the last month and how Leigh is doing.
The first few week home with Leigh were wonderful! Jeff was home with us the first week and a half and my mom came up for a short stay too. We all enjoyed our time together as a family of four, with all of the firsts with Leigh.
We also got newborn photos that Grandpa Jim took of Leigh and us as a family! I am so happy with the photos, he captured some great moments. Here are some of our favorites. Thanks Grandpa Jim!
Leigh is a sweet baby, but does have her fussy moments, in the evenings hours we are dealing with an unhappy baby for a couple hours. We are hoping this phase passes quickly! Once she calms down she is a great night sleeper and has ”slept through the night” with five hour stretches a few times which makes it nice for me to get a decent stretch of sleep before having to pump / feed her. She is also a great little eater and has gotten pretty efficient which is real nice in the middle of the night. I am pumping and Jeff will give her a bottle in the early evening so I can get to bed. At her pediatric appointment on 2/17 she weighed 10 pounds, 5 ounces. pretty sure she is around 11 pounds now and over 22 inches long.
Leigh went to her first official outing at two weeks old, Aunt Jamie’s baby shower! She enjoyed her first real outing, besides doctor’s appointments, and got to meet more family and good friends. She slept pretty much the entire time. She also had her first Valentine’s Day and my birthday the next day, she was sick by this point, but we didn’t know the severity yet, not until that Friday morning.
After the first week and a half our house went through two weeks of sick kids and it was not fun at all. First Livie got bronchiolitis which entailed a deep, barking cough and congestion that kept her and us up during the night making it difficult given that we were also up caring for a newborn at the same time. Livie hadn’t been sick all year and it hit at the worst possible time.
The week into Livie’s bronchiolitis, Leigh developed a horrible cough and congestion. We took her into the pediatrician and she had gotten the same thing that Livie had, poor girls. They also checked Leigh for RSV, a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages, and it came back positive. We were on high alert for any signs of breathing problem and were instructed by the doctor to immediately head to the emergency room or call 911 if she was in need of oxygen – talk about an eye-opening experience that was so incredibly scary. We spent the next days keeping her upright in her infant seat with her humidifier going when she was sleeping which was the only real direction that the pediatrician gave us; since she is so young they didn’t want to give her any medications, just yet. We ended up taking her to urgent care over the weekend and her oxygen level had improved! Then we had another follow-up appointment at her doctor’s office and that Tuesday following she was back up to 100% oxygen level and was just about over it!! The stress just lifted and we were extremely relieved.
Here we are now and both girls are healthy! However, Jeff and I are pretty run down and are just starting to get colds. Hopefully they will pass quickly and the sun will help us feel better.
Leigh is also cooing and she will smile when her eyes are closed due to business that she is taking care of and has shown little smirks. We keep watching for those first, real smiles!
Leigh – Random Facts at One Month:
- Weight & Length: around 11 pounds, over 22 inches long (2 month check-up next month, we’ll know for sure)
- Diaper Size: size 1
- Clothing: 0-3 months and 3 months
- Likes: eating, sucking, baths, snuggling, watching big sister, morning hours, looking at lights, being sang to, clean diaper
- Dislikes: being hungry, the evening hours, gas pains, getting into car seat