Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What I've Been Up To

Once again, I apologize for the lack of pictures. I am able to upload pictures onto my Facebook page from my phone but not onto the blog. I promise I will do it!

So, the last four weeks have gone by pretty fast. I can't believe that in three weeks, I have to go back to work and leave my beautiful daughter. I still don't know how I feel about that. I didn't think I could want to stay at home but after spending all of this great quality time with her, it's hard to think of not being able to see her 8 hours a day. I don't like to think about it, it makes me cry.

I have lost 26 pounds so far, thank goodness for breastfeeding, right? I have done nothing to lose that weight. Today, for the first time, we took a long walk. I guess the 80 degree weather at Christmas can serve a good purpose! I hope to lose at least 25 more pounds, which would get back lower than where I started, so we will see! That involves me working out though!

Let's see, so far, at 4 weeks, here are some updates on Avery:

1) As of two weeks ago, at her last doctor's visit, she had gained a pound from her release weight of 5 pounds 13 ounces. I am guessing as of now, she weighs over 7 pounds. She is wearing size 1 diapers (out of the newborns!) and is wearing 0-3 month clothes, for the most part. Growing like a weed!

2) She can hold her head up for a few seconds but can't control it. She tends to favor her left side, so her head is always turned that direction!

3) She loves to be read to! I read her to sleep at night and she falls right to sleep.

4) She is eating every 3-4 hours or so, at this point. She is sleeping in her crib in her room as of two nights ago! Yay!

5) Her eyes are still blue and she is losing her baby hair! She looks like she has a receding hair line, haha.

6) She is not a really fussy baby, although she will cry when she wants something! As soon as I figure out what that is (which is either "hold me" "feed me" "pacify me" "rock me" or "change me") she stops. She is a really easy baby, FOR NOW. Hopefully it stays that way!

7) She didn't like to swing but loves to bounce! Thank goodness for vibrating chairs!

8) She smiles a little, I can't wait for her first full on smile!

Having a baby is certainly a change. I am still adjusting to the thought of being a mother. Not to get too deep, but it takes time to get used to the idea if you've always been single. And it's not the same as being a step-parent. At all. I am taking time, every day, to really adjust and allow myself time to think about how things have changed. I am excited about this next step in my life and figuring out the Jenna I am going to be now.

Stay tuned for more updates! (And pictures)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Avery Grace is here!!!

Well, my computer is acting up so it has been hard to post pictures. But I wanted to write my birth story on here so you all know how it went!!

On Tuesday, November 23, at 330 am, I started having contractions. I had been having contractions for a couple weeks, so I wanted to take some time and make sure this was the real thing. I got up, watched some TV, ate some cereal, and after about 30 minutes, I decided to time my contractions. Jason was still fast asleep at this point, but after another hour and contractions that were coming every 6 minutes or so, I woke him up. I told him it might not be it, but said he might want to get up and take a shower and I would do the same.

Since I had a couple scares before, I decided to walk around, sit down, and do anything I could think to slow the contractions down. When the got more intense and frequent, I decided it was time to go to the hospital. Jason was so excited!! I was excited too.

We got to the hospital at about 530 and they admitted us at 630. We knew Avery was coming that day! I couldn't wait to see her. I went to about noon without an epidural. The contractions hurt, but they weren't really that bad. Once they gave me the epidural, they broke my water and things started to speed up!! I didn't feel anything for a while and it was lovely. When it was time to push, the drugs started to wear off and I felt very bad pain. My mom came in the room with us and I was determined to get Avery out. I was virtually drug free and I just couldn't take it. After I got some more drugs, just to take the edge off, I could push more effectively. Before I knew it, there she was!!

I don't know if I could describe the moment she came in to the world. I just remembered how surreal the moment was. I was a mother and I just couldn't believe it!! I was so excited to see her and hold her. I was surprised how little she was! At only 6.4 pounds, I was surprised this was my daughter. Both Jason and I weighed more than that when we were born so I was expecting her to weigh much more.

Avery was very easy going, from the moment she was born till now. I have had a very lucky first few weeks with her...she is a good eater, she rarely cries and she just goes with the flow. I am so happy she is here and can't wait to see how she is going to develop in the future!!