Wednesday, February 25, 2015

3 weeks old

Just some pictures quick!

 Genna still has a bit of red in her eye from the burst blood vessel (from her fast delivery).
We have used cloth diapers a few days now. 

 I gave her a bath in the sink yesterday. It was her first bath since coming home. She loved every minute of it! 

She has a really big, bloated belly. The doctor says everything looks normal (just big) and it's air. So I am blaming it on gas and poor muscle tone. It looks insanely large at times.

She was sleeping peacefully so I did a little "photo shoot" in front of the window today. :)

 Big sister Mercy and big brother Obi are not always gentle!

Genna is doing pretty well. Our biggest hurdle at this point is learning to burp. :)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

2 weeks old!

I'm struggling to find time to blog of course, but I have tried to take pictures anyway. I took Genesis to the doctor for a checkup on Tuesday. I was surprised that she "only" weighed 9 lbs 11 oz. She is not back up to her birth weight yet. The doctor wasn't worried, so neither am I. I suppose that she has gained 8 oz in 11 days (her last weight check was at 2 days old and she was 9 lbs 3 oz), so that's probably good enough. She measured 21.5" long. I am skeptical of the thought that she has grown an inch and a half in a mere 13 days. Hmmm...

Genna is doing really well overall. Her cord stump gave me a bit of worry. Part of it fell off on Tuesday morning. There was still a bit of gooey stump left. Her doctor said, "Ah, it will rot and come out." I replied a hearty, "Gross!" And she laughed and said, "It's not gross." :)  Genna is peeing and pooping and relatively happy (but she hates to burp). She seems to have a bit of reflux, so I'll be watching to see if it gets worse. She's an excellent sleeper. She takes naps on her back in her crib like a good girl. She snuggles up with me at night (mostly because I'm often much too tired to stay awake for an entire feeding. A couple nights ago she slept for a 4-hour stretch and followed that up with a 3-hour stretch. Then night before last she was up what felt like a bazillion times comparatively (but was probably more like every 2 hours for a while then every hour closer to morning). And last night she gave me a whopping 5-hour stretch. I was so busy sleeping I wasn't able to consciously enjoy it. Ha!

I can't believe she's only 2 weeks old. Normally I think this time flies by. Now it feels like she has been here with us forever. The kids are complaining a bit that I don't let them hold her more often. Well, all except for Micah. He's being a bit of a trouble maker and refuses to hold her. Oh well, you can try tell him and see if he'll listen to someone besides me: it's his loss!

Here are those pictures.

{This was pretty amazing to catch. Top picture is her ultrasound at 28 weeks. Bottom picture is 4 days old.}

 {4 days old}

 {5 days old}

 {Eden wearing the gown that Genna is wearing below...I think Genna looks more like Eden and Tirzah than like Mercy, especially as the swelling in her face has gotten less and less.}

{1 week old! The blanket she is laying on is one that I made and I thought I would never (seriously, never) finish it.}

 {10 days--Valentine's Day}

 My valentines. :)
{Tirzah and Mercy}

{Zeke and Genna}

{Mercy and Genna}

{Some of the cut-out cookies I made for valentines}

{2 weeks old}

{15 days}

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Thank you, Mitch!

Mitch is back to work full time today. He officially went back last Thursday, but then he had a 4-day weekend, so today feels like the first "real" day back. From here on out it's full-time until Easter weekend, with even a couple evenings in there for conferences. But he was able to use sick time to take nearly 2 weeks off to be home with us. During his time "off" he did my job. He did laundry (unending), dishes, meals, discipline, math lessons, games, diaper changes, cleaning, errands, grocery shopping, and more. While he was busy I sat and sat and sat, napped, and just stared at my new baby girl. He has been kind and supportive and reassuring. My energy level is slowly returning and I'm finally feeling better than I have in weeks. I'm so thankful he was able to stay home with us, and while I'm going to miss him terribly during the days, I'm also thankful that I've been able to recover and he is able to go back to work. I'm back to work full-time too--laundry yesterday, full week of school planned, doctor appointments, and daycare starting back up as well (it's just one more Back to school already? I need something to keep us busy!

Anyway, I don't often brag on my husband, but this past two weeks he has definitely earned a brag. It has been a beautiful time.

 {FaceTiming with Grandma Karen}

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Bringing Genesis home

We had the discharge orders, but it made complete sense to me to wait until after 12 to leave so that they could do all the newborn screenings that can only be done after 24 hours. I also needed to wait for my ride--Mitch couldn't get there until like 1 pm. I also was determined not to leave that hospital without a name to report to the birth registrar!

Mitch finally arrived, much to my relief. The baby passed her hearing screen. The hospital uses a forehead scanner as a jaundice pre-screen before they poke the baby. Hers came back at 1.7. I almost choked. I've never heard a number that low from one of my kids! Good thing, after the whole blood sugar thing, my baby had had her fair share of pokes. Mitch said, "I just got my baby and they keep poking holes in her!" They did have to poke her heel for the metabolic screening. She was a trooper.

The birth registrar came in at 1:30. I was so nervous to commit to a name. We had spent 9 months debating it, and now it must be done! So I told Mitch he had to say it. :)  I'm very silly, I know. Genesis Grace. Mitch said he wants to call her Genna for short, and suddenly it fit.

We got Genna all dressed, got our stuff packed up, and headed for home. I still couldn't believe it was happening so fast. I was excited for the kids at home to meet her, though.

Here you have it in pictures...

Mercy is in love with her baby. She wants to hold her all the time. She watches her intently and inspects her over inch by inch. 
Everyone is super excited about the baby. Only Micah has not held her yet (I'm making sure he is over his illness). 

I went down for a nap while Mitch and Eden were in charge of the baby and getting pictures. :)




I feel I have to mention here that some of my children keep calling the baby "it" instead of "she." Annoys me to no end!!  Hopefully they catch on soon, or at least just start calling her by her name.




Haha! My baby's hand is quite a bit larger than the app said it would be. :)

Eden made a cake for the baby. She asked if we wanted to take a birthday picture. I'm wearing my jammies, but why not? So we sang Happy Birthday for Genna and Mercy blew out the candle.

Eden gave Mitch a hard time about smiling (in the first few pics we took, he wasn't smiling). She got this:

Looks like Obi has been carefully watching his dad: 

So sweet...
{Chi and Mercy}

Friday morning we had to take Genna in to the doctor for a weight/health check. On Thursday at the hospital she was down to 9 lbs 4 oz. At the doctor she was only down another ounce-- 9 lbs 3 oz. She had absolutely no signs of jaundice, so we didn't have to do a blood draw. My milk was already coming in on Friday morning. 

Today she still has no sign of jaundice. I'm simply amazed. She still has a red color to her face, and her face seems to be puffed back up, this time from hormones. She has a little newborn rash all over her body, but it isn't bothering her at all. It should be better in a couple days. There is not much sign of the bruising from birth left, but she does have ruptured blood vessels in her eyes, so those look painfully red.

Her hair is beautiful!

I'm glad that we came home a day early. I slept much better in my own bed than I would in the hospital. The down side was that I had over-estimated how well I felt. Within minutes of walking in the front door I overexerted myself and my body very quickly let me know it. After we got home from the doctor on Friday morning I planted myself on the couch with a book. I took a 2-hour nap in the afternoon, and I went to bed early Friday night. Today I woke up feeling much more like I would expect. And I'm still taking it easy. ;)  

I definitely feel like hibernating for a few weeks. It has been hard for me to extend an invitation for visitors...shoot, it's been hard for me to just call people. I am still trying to adjust. I'm slowly getting back to normal--look, I wrote on my blog!! 

Looking forward to the new life ahead with Genesis Grace.