Thursday, March 8, 2012

One Week

I really can't believe that we have been foster parents to this sweet 11 week old baby girl for 1 week.  It seems like she has always been a part of our life.  I won't be able to share her picture on the blog due to privacy policies, but just know she is perfect!

Since I use this blog as a scrapbook, I do want to keep up with some important milestones.  The first night we had baby girl was her 10 week birthday.  We figured out that night that she gets cold very easily.  We bought one of the velcro swaddle blankets the next day and she has slept great!  I'm talking like at least 5 to 6 hours at a time.  Last night was 7 hours and 45 minutes!  She is also the happiest baby I have ever met!  She LOVES to be talked to and she talks back.  It is so sweet. 

I love her sweet gummy grins.  She is also giggling out loud.  So sweet!  I love it that I don't even have to say anything to her...if I just smile at her she smiles back.  She is holding her head up great!  She definitely likes to see what is going on.....she doesn't really like being held like a baby unless she is sleepy.  She really wants to sit up on her own.   And definitely prefers to be held in a sitting position.  She loves her swing and her play mat.  She likes to be held of course, but enjoys being put down so she can play, also. 

She is an awesome eater!!  She sucks down 4 ounces every 3 hours like its nothing.  Ha!  And, she cries every time you take the empty bottle out of her mouth!  Poor girl.  It makes me laugh every time!  I am pretty sure she already recognizes my voice.  If I start talking she turns her head to try to find me and then smiles at me. 

She has pretty much set her own schedule.  She gets her diaper changed,  eats, burps, plays, sleeps and then wakes up exactly 3 hours after the last time she ate ready to eat again.  At night after her last feeding I give her a bath.  She LOVES it.  I really think it is her favorite time of day.  She smiles and giggles the whole time.  She doesn't even mind water on her face.  She just blinks and grins.  She is super ticklish.  Its so funny.  When I rub my hands together with lotion before I even touch her with it she starts making a silly face like she knows it is coming.  She also squints when I start to put clothes over her head before I even touch her.  It makes me laugh. 

She is also addicted to her pacie.....and we are very thankful!  It helps when she is getting a little fussy (which isn't often) and when she is sleepy.  She has to have it to sleep.  She does get a little gassy at times.  Gas drops work miracles for her.  We have also started burping her after 2 ounces which works great for her gas issues but makes her super mad!  It makes me SO sad when she cries because she is hurting.  She definitely has a different I'm hungry cry, my tummy hurts cry, and I'm sleepy cry.  She doesn't always fuss before she goes to sleep.  Sometimes she just falls asleep wherever she is. 

She is awesome in the car!  She doesn't mind her car seat at all and loves to go places which is great!  Her first day with us we went to Wal-Mart which she slept right through.  We also went by the pharmacy, doctors office, vets office, daddy's office, etc. Everyone was so excited to see this baby girl!  She also went to church with us for the first time on Sunday morning and Wednesday night.  Everyone loves her.  All 7 of my preschool girls were in my class this week and they think she is the coolest thing ever!  She definitely is a loved little girl! 

She got to meet her Aunt Jeannie and Uncle Lon and her cousins Mattilyn, Logan, and Braden.  She also went to her first birthday party on Saturday for her new buddy Bella who turned 2.  And her grandmama has seen her everyday!  Grandmama even got a crib at her house for when we come visit and when she gets to baby sit. She is pretty fond of her grandmama.

Percie is doing pretty well with her.  She tries to act jealous, but she is the first one to check on her if she cries. It has been wonderful to be able to be home with her this week!  I am going to miss her like crazy when I go back to work. 

And she loves her daddy!  One of her favorite activities is to sit in his recliner with him and watch TV.  He is also a great bottle maker and burper.  I'm pretty sure he is already wrapped around her little finger.  She is also a very active baby.  Her hands, arms, legs, and feet are never still unless she is asleep.  She also has a bald spot on the back of her head where she scrubs it back and forth when she sleeps.

Her biggest milestone this week was rolling from her stomach to her back for the first time!!  Tummy time is pretty much non existent because as soon as we lay her on her tummy, she rolls right over!  Big girl! She is also almost rolling from her back to her stomach.

 I know this post is all over the place, but I don't want to forget anything! I'll try to come up with a better way to organize it before next week. I hope you enjoyed learning about our baby girl!



Rae

1 comment:

Karen said...

I'm so excited for you! It breaks my heart that children are in foster care so young, but I'm so happy that you have opened your home and heart to her. Enjoy!