I was officially one month old yesterday. I had my one month check up today and everything is good. I now weight 8 lbs. 8.6 oz. and am 20.5 inches long. Although I'm only measuring at the 30th percentile, that's a whole 2 lbs. and 2 inches more than I weighed at birth! I also likely have GERD (acid reflux) so I'm taking medication for that now so that I'm not in so much pain. Mommy hates it when I just scream in pain and she can't do anything about it to make me feel better!
Yesterday was a pretty big day, in the life of a newborn. I am starting to eat on more of a regular basis, I got my first bath (which I peed and pooped in, by the way), and I slept in my crib! I started out by taking a two hour "nap" in my crib after our excursion out to the grocery store, and then last night (really tonight, still) slept in it for the night. Mommy was also able to sleep upstairs in bed with daddy for the first time in 3 weeks! I gotta go rest up for my first pediatrician appointment today....
I made my arrival into the world on 11/16/2007 at 10:43 PM, weighing 6 lbs. 10 oz. and measuring 18.5 inches long. I am doing well and "met" Heidi and Wally today (that was interesting)! The ride home went well (after the initial shock of being placed in the car seat) and mommy is curious to see how long it will take to set a "routine"...she is thinking it will take longer than she would hope!
Well, mommy got her wish! She will be going into the hospital on Friday, 11/16/2007, at 7:00 AM to be induced. She is SO excited to meet me! So, it's pretty safe to say that my birthday will be 11/16/2007, or 11/17/2007 at the latest. Of course, I could still decide to surprise mommy and show up in the next couple of days!
Mommy's body is starting to prepare for labor! At the doctor yesterday she was dilated to 1 cm and she has also started losing her mucus plug. She has even had a couple "real" contractions!! I'm not quite ready to come out yet, though, so mommy hopes that I stay in for at least a few more weeks!
Mommy's friends from work had a baby shower for her on 9/29, hosted by her good friend Julie. The guests all had to guess what kind of baby food was in four jars by smelling and eating the food. Mommy declined to participate in that game, due to concern that she may throw up all the good food she had just eaten! How does she expect me to eat that food later if she can't even do it?! Julie made mommy a "diaper cake" out of cloth diapers, pins, Snappis (alternative to using pins), burp cloths made by her mother, washclothes, and socks. She also knitted me a blanket that matches my room...Julie is getting pretty crafty : ) I also got lots of other great things, including lots of clothing items and a floor gym. Each person also got me a book to add to my collection. She also got a couple gift cards that she is going to use to help buy me a swing! Thanks to everyone that came or sent a gift for me!
Mommy had a great time at the baby shower that three of her friends (Sarah, Katie, and Jen) hosted for her on 9/22! And, she got lots of GREAT things for me : ) Thanks to everyone that came or sent gifts...mommy and I both appreciate it greatly!
Mommy had some diapers made for me that will fit when I am first born. She even had one done in race car fabric! The woman who made them for me even made me a diaper cover with a stamp on the butt for FREE. Mommy is so excited to be able to use them!!
Grandma and Grandpa Bryant helped mommy finish putting together the changing table/dresser and hanging the valences. Mommy also put together my bookcase and put some of her childhood books, new books from both the grandparents, and a few toys on the shelves. Grandma and Grandpa Bryant also found the fun piggy bank. The nursery is almost complete...all that's left is the wall art and the glider!
Grandma and Grandpa Bryant came down to celebrate mommy's birthday and see me in 3D!! They were able to see me yawn, swallow, "smile", frown, stretch, give the thumbs up, and even "pick my nose". You could even count all of my fingers and toes. They were also excited to see that I was still a girl!!
Grandma and Grandpa O'Neill have been hard at work making the wall art for my room. So far they have done the wings of a large ladybug, a couple small ladybugs, and two butterflies! See how gorgeous they look?!!
Well, mommy has officially made it to the third trimester!!! Sometimes she wonders whether her belly is actually holding a basketball and not a baby though. She can't believe that her due date is in only 12 more weeks and that I could actually even be here before that!!
Well, mommy made her first "Riley-related" trip to L&D on 8/13/07. Everything was fine, but mommy got the opportunity to listen to my kicks, punches, squirms, hiccups, and heart beat on the fetal monitor for a couple hours. Don't worry, I'm not coming out yet...I'm still plenty comfortable in here!
Mommy and daddy have been working hard this weekend to get my room all ready for me! My mom's favorite color is orange, so of course she had to incorporate that color into the room somehow...who would have guessed that all of the walls would be BRIGHT orange?! They don't have everything for me yet, but they are starting to get things. Mommy's glider to lull me to sleep and use when I am eating will go where the car seat is right now in the picture. The dresser/changing table will go on the blank wall you see pictured. I have two "closets" to put all of my stuff...the one of the left just has shelving and the one on the right has a bar to hang my clothes. They are very excited and can't wait to have everything they need for it! Mommy's also very proud of the table lamp she found at Home Depot that matches one of the pinks in my bedding exactly! Grandma and Grandpa (O'Neill) are working on some painted wooden cutouts to put on the walls to add a "custom" look to my room.