May 23, 2007

3 months old!


Recent happenings: Charlotte went on her first plane trip and had her first visit to a swimming pool and beach in Sanibel Island, Florida. She attended her first street festival this past weekend in the Italian Market.
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May 6, 2007

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Apr 13, 2007

Two months old!

Here is our smiling, cooing, happy, bath loving little sweetie at two months old!
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Mar 25, 2007

Rockin baby gear

So you know, I hate clutter - especially the extraneous plastic kind that seem to dominate the homes of people with kids. but yesterday, our new friend and the owner of our local coffee shop, Andrew, gave us his son Emerson's papasan baby swing. Two words: It rocks. Charlotte slept in it this morning and it may just replace the co-sleeper as her napping spot!

Some other things that we like and use regularly:
The Graco travel bouncy seat. It's quiet but effective, and best of all, it folds up into a bag so you arent tripping over a big seat when you aren't using it.

The Moby Wrap -- Charlotte doesnt like the sling yet(she doesn't like to lie down at all, maybe due to a bit of reflux...) and the moby wrap has been a godsend. I take her everyhere in it.

The Soothie Pacifier: awesome. nipple like pacifier. essential for calm car rides.

Gerber Organic Onesies:
Soft, big enough for cloth diapered butts!

My Brest Friend: Awesome support!

more to come...

Mar 23, 2007

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Mar 21, 2007

March 2007: Charlotte is growing like a weed!

Today, Charlotte is One month and One week old. I can hardly believe how fast the first month went. We're really having fun with our new "toy". Charlotte is a super laid back baby, and she is an excellent eater... She has grown from 7 lbs 10oz ( at birth) to 9 lbs 13 oz (yesterday).

She's currently experiencing a bit of baby acne, but otherwise, she is doing absolutely great.
Its funny, everyone I encounter seems to ask -- "is she sleeping through the night?" -- and the asnwer is always, No. Is she supposed to sleep through the nght at 5 weeks old? No! Do I mind? No! She wakes up 2-3 times a night to nurse and then goes right back to sleep. I have no complaints...I get up at least that much to go to the bathroom anyhow!

She is starting to smile a bit, and interact with us more and more. She loves to look at the mobile over her co-sleeper, and she hates to have her diaper changed on the changing table (she prefers the soft bed). We are in love!

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Feb 21, 2007

One Week Old!

Charlotte is a week old today and I cant believe how the time has flown. She has opened up and stretched out a lot in a week and she is pretty darn cute and soft.
We had lots of guests (family) in the first few days, but it became a little too exhausting to have people coming around while trying to learn baby's cues and get enough sleep, this week, we really aren't taking visitors at all so that we can really get the rest we need. A few close friends and our family members have been dropping off yummy foods and picking up groceries and that's been wonderfully helpful.
I am still lying-in with Charlotte, and will not be using the stairs (at the direction of my midwives) for yet another week. Its very hard for a type-a person like me to be confined to one floor (our house is three stories), but I know that its an investment in my body and health to remain upstairs as long as I can, and to properly heal after that pretty intense and traumatic birth. Plus, I know that once I venture downstairs, the babymoon is over and life begins again, and I am not quite ready for that anyhow. So, Charlotte, Mike and I are spending lots of time getting to know one another and we're all three developing a bit of a rhythm. Tomorrow Charlotte gets her newborn screenings done by the midwives, and we see the pediatrician next week.

The challenges:
Breastfeeding was off to a tough start, but it is going MUCH better since Peggy Stedman, a lactation consultant (and my Sister in law's mom) came by on Monday to give me pointers. In fact, last night I was even able to nurse her lying down which was good because I was feeling really spent and could barely sit up. Sleeping has been a challenge of course, but the most surprising thing for me has been how bad my body is feeling....still.
My jaw, pelvis, tailbone, butt, back, legs and feet are all aching like I was hit by a car. I am super sore and achy. In Labor, I pushed for a loooong time (reviewing he photos it appears I was in labor for 22 hours, but actively pushing for at least 4-5 hours), with very little energy (I threw up alot after contractions) and so I htink my bod is still in reaction to that event...Next week I hope to see the chiropractor, but for now, I have to live with it....So that's the biggest hurdle today...being tired is nothing compared to the body achiness. And then, today I think I may be developing an infection (mastitis) in my right breast, which tells me I have probably been doing too much, so I am trying to take it easy, keep nursing, and keep positive...and will it away. Oh, and the mothering hormones kicked in a few days ago and I find myself very weepy at night, especially when I am feeling sore and I sound like a mess, and it sounds like a lot of griping, but truthfully I am keeping it in perspective...I know that this too shall pass, and I love little Charlotte with all my heart and I wouldnt hesitate to go through it all again for her.

Mike has been wonderful throughout this --At the labor, he was so engaged and a wonderful coach. I was so impressed -- most men I know would never have handled that experience as well as Mike did. He didnt avid anything, and he was totally and 100% there for me. And all this week, he has been so thoughtful, so helpful and so sweet with Charlotte. He has to go back to work tomorrow and I am dreading it. We will miss him.

My mom has also been stellar -- She was an amazing help at the birth, and ever since, she's been showing up here each morning at 7 and bringing me breakfast, giving me time to take a shower and letting DH sleep in in the other room....and then she goes off to start her day. Its been wonderful and special for me and Charlotte to see her each morning...and that's something that no one except my mom could really do for me. I dont know what I would do without her. When I was feeling horrible and weepy and we needed a "traffic cop" the other day to answer the door, phone and tell cleaning lady what to do, she was here. She has been throwing our laundry in, emptying trash and just doing a million little things to help us out.

So that's the quick update. We're good!
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Feb 18, 2007

oh Baby!!!

Welcome Charlotte Anne Dunn!Born at Home on February 14, 2007 at about 10 p.m.
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