Saturday, June 21, 2008

Tales from the sleep deprived

I thought I'd take a moment while Aed's asleep to update the blog. There's also a good thunder storm brewing outside. That's actually why I'm not sleeping myself - I'd rather stay up and listen to it. They've been pretty rare so far and I'm enjoying this one.

As of Sunday, Aed (no longer a peanut) will be 7 weeks old. Of course he's got 2 weeks to go until 2 months, so the week/month measurements aren't working so well anymore. I guess I need to get used to saying I have a 1 1/2 month old and in 2 weeks I can say I have a 2 month old. Hopefully a 2 month old who will sleep. He's had some sleeping issues, mostly due to digestive issues. He has some terrible gas that has been happily rectified by some prescription gas drops. Those Mylicon drops were a joke and the gripe water helped if the gas was in his tummy, but a burp also helps that and it wasn't doing much for the gas that slipped into his intestines. But we've got that all worked out. Now all we need to do is get him to space out the eating... or slow down some. The kid is already over 10 pounds, which means he's nearly double his birth weight. At 2 months. My book asks if they've done that by 6 months (heh, we beat that milestone). I'm trying to very slowly space out his feedings. I've gotten then out to 2 hours apart again and we're very slowly working toward 3. Actually, since he's sleeping, we may easily get to 3 hours.

I've also gotten him sleeping better. We had a marathon sleep yesterday (me and Aeden). Aeden slept pretty much all day to catch up. Mommy slept most of the day, broken by the door bell (lousy postwoman). He's much less fussy (or cranky) when he's not sleep deprived. So's Mommy, actually.

As far as physical development, he seems to be going on schedule as if he was born on time. He can hold his head up on his own and lifts his chest if he's placed on his tummy. The head can be a little wobbly but overall he's doing well. He also likes to push his feet down and if you put his feet on a surface he'll fake walk. He'll try and take steps, until he collapses his legs, which I've turned into a game by giggling at him when he falls and teasing him. I haven't seen a full on smile yet but he smiles really cute in his sleep. His sleep isn't really great but he does ok for the most part. I just wish that he would learn to poop effectively so I could stop having to get up at 5 am every day.

There are new pics up for those of you with the link to the pics. He has chipmunk cheeks now. His hair seems to be staying as well. I thought by now it would have started to fall out, but not yet. So for now, I have a blond haired baby with grey eyes (lol).

In a couple of months we'll start looking at baby cereal. By the time we get to Thanksgiving, he should be eating pureed stuff. Can you say sweet potato?

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

One month

As of today, Aeden weighs 8lbs, 10ozs. That's a total gain of 2lbs and 14ozs since he was born. He is also 21 1/4 inches long, up from 19 1/2 at birth. Smaller gain but still a gain. He also miraculously slept last night for two 3 1/2-4 hour stretches.

He can grab. And he does - anything and everything in his reach: hair, the side of his changing table, blankets, clothing, glasses, cats...

He can also smile. Usually as he's falling asleep he'll grin. He's plotting something... perhaps world domination. He sleeps a lot but has more stretches of being awake. He can roll himself onto his side but hasn't figured out yet that he has to move his arm in order to make it all the way over.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Say what?!

I got the bill from Presbyterian for Aeden's NICU stay. Keep in mind he was there for 6 days. Just 6 days. The grand total?

$14,111.80

$2351.97 per day.

$98 per hour.

Wow.