Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Completely Average

Josephine Alice was one month old on Sunday. Behold the resurgence of the chair photos with a new compliant subject!

Today we went to the pediatrician. Josephine weighs 9 lbs, 4.6 ounces, is 21.75 inches tall and her head measures 14 inches. She is exactly 50% and has gained basically an ounce a day in the 26 days since we last saw the pediatrician. It is so relaxing having an average baby!

Josie will tolerate tummy time and I'm as impressed with her neck strength as I was with Ned and Penny when they were newborns.

She seems to be seeing better - enjoying short periods of time on the playmat and staring up at the fishes in her downstairs swing (you can see them in the back of the tummy time photo). [The crazy eyed look in the photo below is very reminiscent of her older brother Ned.] Our new baby is a pacifier addict and is fussy primarily when she is gassy or overtired.

Josie gives me a 6 or 7 hour stretch after we put her to bed (by 8:30 pm although earlier if possible) but is then terrible to get back to sleep - grunting and snuffly - I'm usually up about 2 hours in the middle of the night. Husband always gives her a bedtime bottle and I pump after we eat dinner to make up the difference. There are definitely times that I sleep Josephine in the swing for the second half of her "nighttime" sleep. All of this feels normal and I'm not that stressed other than wishing she would just fall back asleep!

I'm not napping really during the day but I feel okay generally and usually get at least one or two things crossed off my list each day. Not sure why so many of them involve me shopping! I also try to do at least one or two activities with Ned and Penny each week. Monday counts since I took all three kids to the doctor's with Nanny April and on Thursday the older tykes will be getting haircuts and we'll all go out to lunch. I even went to tour a gym and will be visiting another one this week so I can start exercising when we are back from the 60th Wedding Anniversary Family Vacation.

Josephine with her Bumpa:


Liz Jimenez said...

I can only recommend against Reading Athletic Club, simply because I've had an awful time canceling my membership. They outsource their billing, so it's hard to get a straight answer if you have an issue.

So glad to hear Josie is so delightfully "average!" In the best way!

Nicole S. said...

I am hoping for average, too! Sounds so nice and easy :)

And I'm so glad to hear everything is going well with Josie. 6-7 hours stretches sounds good - is it enough rest or are you exhausted?

Marcia (123 blog) said...

How WONDERFUL for Josie to be average!

SOunds so, so easy and 6 - 7 hours a night is so great! What a difference one baby makes.

Nancy said...

YEAH for average!! We do happy dances around here when we hear that one of the kids has reached average ;)

Sounds like everything is going well - love it!

jerseygirl77 said...

Sounds like Josie is doing great, and she is adorable to boot!!