Jan 28

Sat '17

Letter to Jadzia: 2 months old

Jadzia 2 months old

Baby girl Jadzia,

You are developing your little personality and it’s too adorable for words. You are smiling quite often, especially when someone talks to you. You’ve started to coo a lot too. I feel like we can have a little conversation because I ask you something and you make an adorable noise right back at me. My heart just melts.

You are growing so quickly. You are already sized out of newborn diapers because you’re little thighs are super rolly polly. Every time I change you, I just want to take a big bite out of them. We’ve put your newborn sleepers away too because you’re too tall for them. You are wearing 0-3 month or 3 month sleepers now. Some outfits are still too big, though. I’m not sure exactly how much you weigh, but you’re growing well.

You’re holding your head up pretty well. Sometimes it’s a bit wobbly but you’ve basically got the hang of it. You do really well during tummy time, even if you don’t like it very much.

The car seat is one of your favourite places to sleep. You sleep very well in it. I hope know we aren’t supposed to let you sleep in it, but it does happen sometimes. You are usually an angel anytime we are out and about because you love to sleep in it. Makes going out very easy, so far. As for night times, you still wake up quite a bit. You have gone for a couple 5 hour stretches and one 6 hour stretch. The usual is 3-4 for your longest stretch and then a few 2 hour stretches. I’m still hoping you’ll keep getting better. You’re usually attached to me from 7pm-930pm and then I can finally lay you down and you stay asleep. You just love to be held and cuddled as you go down for sleep.

You are starting to become interested in toys, a little bit. You haven’t started to grab for them or anything, but if a rattle is shaken above you, you can’t take your eyes off of it.

We had our final midwife appointment this month. You were given a great bill of health and sent on your way to keep growing. It will be sad not to visit with the midwives anymore but it’s time to move onto the next chapter of your journey.

You’ve been coming to the YMCA to watch your sister swim. You’ve slept through a couple lessons and been awake for a bit too. Your grandma and great grandma take care of you while I’m in the pool with your sister. I’m hoping to be able to take you swimming too when you’re a bit older!

You still hate to take a soother or a bottle. I think it’s because you just have a hard time getting a sealed suck on them. If you do get a seal, you are satisfied for a bit. However, it is usually quite the struggle to get that coveted seal. We will keep practicing and you’ll get it one day. I’m sure you’ll love the soother!!

We took you to the zoo for the first time, but you slept through most of it. You awoke for a bit, had a little bite to eat and then fell asleep again.

You are becoming so much more content to just lay on a blanket and look around at the world around you. You don’t always have to be held anymore. Soon you’ll be exploring and rolling over and all those fun things.

I look forward to what comes in the next month! I love you so much!

Love your mommy.

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Jan 15

Sun '17

Life with two

Life has been so busy, I just can’t believe it. I am enjoying life with my girls so much. I am trying to make an effort to go out every day, even if it’s just to the grocery store. I need to let Ezri run around and spend some energy. Two is definitely hard, but I am getting into my routine with them.

Patience is definitely key to success in wrangling two kids. And sometimes one is crying while another is being tended to and that’s just the way it has to be. Everyone is okay in the end, including me haha 😉

Ezri just loves her sister. She is always trying to help out. She puts the diapers into the garbage for us, she brings Jadzia her blanket when she is in the swing, she does tummy time with her and she even tries to talk and calm her when she’s crying. It’s so cute and adorable. Ezri loves to give hugs and kisses too. So affectionate and caring to her baby sister and my heart melts every single time.

Sisters

Sisters

Peter is headed off on a business trip next week and I am a little nervous about being alone for 4 days, but I’m sure I will manage. He’s not even gone yet and I can’t wait for him to be home! So silly, but again, it’s just nerves. My Mom is always around to help if I need anything!

I feel as if I am ready to leave Jadzia for a few hours and go to a movie or something, but unfortunately, she is refusing to accept a bottle. We have tried various bottles, times of day, drinking positions and nothing seems to help. She will drink a little but it’s really only the stuff that drips out of the nipple that she swallows. It’s frustrating. We can’t even get her to take to a soother. I feel as if I will never get to leave her. Don’t get me wrong, I love love love breastfeeding, but the option of a little freedom would be nice. Well, we will keep offering and trying to get her to take a bottle. One day I am sure it will work out.

Baby smiles

So many other things have happened, but I’ll leave this post here. I hope to write again soon!

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Dec 28

Wed '16

Letter to Jadzia: 1 month old

Jadzia 1 month old

Dear baby girl Jadzia,

How has a whole month passed already since you joined our lives?! It has been such a treat to see you adjusting from life inside the womb to life on the outside. You have added another level of love to our lives!! Your Daddy and I are so lucky to have you and your sister as our special little girls. I could never imagine life without you!!

Immediately out of the gate you loved to eat. You latched perfectly and have rarely let go since! Mommy milk must be your favourite thing. You were well past your original birth weight at your 2 week appointment and have kept growing perfectly since. You just weighed in at 8lbs 13oz this week. That’s almost 2lbs gained in a month!! Way to go girl!

It was tentative in your first couple days of life that we might need to take you to the hospital for phototherapy due to jaundice. We were somewhat prepared for this as your sister needed therapy when she was born. However, thanks to your love of milk and plenty of bowel movements, your levels didn’t get too high. So, in the end, phototherapy wasn’t needed. Yay!

You sleep fairly well and have already given me a 5 hour sleep stretch! You wake up 2-3 times per night for a quick feeding then go right back to sleep. Since you were about 2 weeks old, it’s been rare that we are up for more than 1/2 an hour at a time at night. You have also been sleeping in your bassinet beside our bed pretty well since then too!

At only 1 week old, you somehow got a little cold and it lasted about 2.5 weeks. It was so sad to hear you sniffle and struggle to breathe through your nose. You still managed to eat and it didn’t seem to bother you. Hopefully you don’t get sick again for a long time.

It seems you aren’t a super chill baby, yet. You do like to cry. You also don’t like to just sit still with anyone or anywhere. You are fine being immobile if you’re sleeping or eating but otherwise you like movement. Bouncing or walking around or anything but just sitting still when you’re awake. Hopefully one day you will start to enjoy just staying still and looking around. For now we will continue using the exercise ball to bounce, bounce, bounce!

You celebrated your first Christmas! It was pretty low key and you managed to sleep through all the gift opening festivities. You were awake for Christmas dinner though so that’s something. You also slept through meeting Santa Claus, all while your big sister protested. She’s not a fan of the big guy yet either. Maybe next year?

Warmth is one of your favourite things. You don’t like to be cold and your little bottom lip quivers whenever we change your diaper. It’s totally adorable and I’ll be a little sad when your body adjusts to the cold temperatures.

Hiccups seem to be your enemy. You get them all the time. Multiple times a day. They usually happen when we burp you. Hopefully your little body will continue to mature and the hiccups will cease. Your little body just convulses with each and every one. Break my heart to see it and you sure hate it!

You have rewarded us some beautiful baby smiles already! They are still involuntary but I am enjoying them every time they pop onto your face. I have managed to get some photos and videos of them so I can keep them forever!!!

It’s quite funny because you’re not quite sure what to make of your big sister yet. She adores you and loves hugging and kissing you and always tries to share her toys with you. I’m sure one day you will be chasing after her! For now, you just like to give her some crazy looks.

Already you’re quite the adventurer. You’ve been to 3 different malls, the zoo, a few restaurants and various other places. I like to try to go out with you and your sister each day to keep things interesting! You mostly like to sleep but once in awhile you open your eyes to the outside world.

You’re neck control is quite amazing. You do very well at tummy time already. Although you don’t have 100% control, you will give a good effort to hold your head up. You can change the direction you’re looking while doing tummy time so that’s pretty great. When help upright you also make great effort to hold your head. It’s quite impressive!!

Both your Daddy and I are looking forward to all the new and exciting things you have in store for us! But for now I love you and am so happy you are in our lives.

Love your Mommy.

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