Friday, October 7, 2011

Almost 4 months?!?! Where did time go?

Here I sit writing for the first time in weeks because well I have an infant and life that keep me pretty busy. Hannah is now 16 weeks and 5 days old. Shes growing like a weed. Shes about 12lbs now and last she was measured she was 21 inches long. Though she is growing she is still quite petite. She can still fit some newborn clothes but mostly wears 0-3 months stuff. I put her in 3 months stuff every now and then but they really are too big for her. I kept making the joke that her feet haven't grown since birth; well i compared her feet to her hospital prints and they've maybe grown 1/4 of an inch. Strangers are often shocked to find out shes nearly 2 to 3 months older than they guessed.
Hannah has discovered how to make noises. She loves to laugh at her daddy every morning. She never fails us by waking up with a huge smile and lots of giggles. You cant get upset about early mornings when you're greeted by such excitement for a new day. Hannah was fussing for food every hour to hour and a half so we decided it was time to supplement her diet with rice cereal. She doesn't get much but every morning and some evenings she gets her cereal; often mixed with a little homemade applesauce. She has learned that the high chair means food. If we don't move quick enough making her cereal or feeding her she sure lets us know. Hannah still hates tummy time but is getting much better at lifting her head and even rolling to her side from her stomach. She has decided her favorite color is teal. Anything she sees that is teal (toys, clothes, ect) attract and keep her attention. I would say that overall Hannah is developing and growing well. Shes becoming a joy to spend time with and such a sweet addition to our lives.
As far as myself, I am doing well. I am often hungry because we have discovered Hannah has a dairy allergy and instead of switching her over to formula I have decided to adapt my diet to meet her needs. I never knew how much dairy filled you up. I feel like I eat non-stop but according to my doctor at this past weeks appointment I am still not getting enough calories. He was concerned that my weight has dropped too much since her birth. He told me over and over not to lose anymore weight. I don't think he understands that for the first time in my life I have not really tried to drop the pounds... they just fell off and probably will continue to since I don't plan to stop nursing anytime soon. I am learning that some people (including doctors) have some advice and comments about parenting that are unrealistic. Is it necessary to tell me that my child is too attached to me because she soothes better to mom than anyone else? I honestly don't believe it is possible for a child to be too attached to her mother at 3.5 months of age. I am learning to put a filter on what I listen to as well as what I react to. I know that I am not producing a terror of a child that is over attached to her mom. I know that I am 23 years old and plenty old enough to have a child. I know that being 3 lbs below my pre-pregnancy weight and 1 lb over my ideal body weight (according to doctors) is not going to kill me or harm my child. I know that I would do anything in the world for my munchkin and that she is not mistreated or lacking care therefore I have nothing to worry about. My sister-in-law gave Hannah a onsie that reads "My mommy doesn't want your advice". I may need to buy this onsie in every size. You're probably thinking, "wow shes bitter". Am I though? I wouldn't say bitter but simply learning that not everyone's experience is the same therefore their experience is not always right for me. Parenting is teaching me patience, understanding, and tolerance for differences.
Hannah and Cousin Tabathas cow, Ferdinan
(a few days shy of 3 months)

Hannah and Mom at Nana and Papas house
Sept. 2, 2011

Good morning!
3.5 months
Beautiful girl!
Oct. 6, 2011