* 8:30pm the night before I got terrible pains high up under my ribs. I had this same pain the night before that for about three hours and thought it was Madalynne sticking her foot between my ribs. I had heard that was painful and often happened as the babies get larger, although this was the first time I had felt anything similar. I tried every position possible to get comfortable and relieve the pain but nothing helped. Juan tried to massage my back, I tried walking, laying down, sitting up, and NOTHING was helping. In fact, the pain was growing more intense.
* 1:00am I told Juan that we needed to go to the hospital and get it checked out. I was sure they would tell me that it was just a random pregnancy pain and send me home, but the pain was so intense that it was making me nauseous.
* 1:15am we arrived at the hospital. My blood pressure was high so they started monitoring both the baby and I. She was not in distress at all and they said whatever was causing the pain had nothing to do with the baby.
* 3:00am they took blood and gave me anti-gas medicine and Maylox, thinking that could be the problem. They also gave me ulcer medicine.
* 4:30am the pain had not let up so they finally gave me a shot of demerol for the pain.
* 7:00am they said we were waiting for the doctor to come in and then we would be released as my pain had subsided, but the doctor wanted one more set of lab work done, so they drew blood one more time.
* 8:15am Dr. Farrow came in and told us that my blood pressure had been all over the map throughout the night, up to 200 at one point. My first set of labs had shown elevated liver enzymes, but it was only one so she wanted the second set of labs just to make sure everything was ok. Apparently it was not. She said that I had PIH (Pregnancy Induced Hypertension) and that basically my body would continue to get sicker and sicker until I delivered. She had conferred with my maternal fetal medicine doctor and they both felt that although Madalynne was early, just past 36 weeks; she was far enough along to outweigh the risks associated with letting me continue to carry her any longer. They were going to induce TODAY! We were in shock. We had not brought so much as an extra set of clothes. I came straight out of bed in my tank top and lounge pants with flip flops. We didn't bring a "bag", we didn't even have a bag packed...for that matter, we didn't even have a car seat. It was on order and supposed to be delivered today. Misti was my nurse and was AMAZING! I am sure that without all her special attention I never would have been able to deliver vaginally.
* 8:30am they gave me an IV and started fluids and Pitocin to induce labor. Dr. Farrow also warned us that I had not dropped at all and had not started dialating and that often when inducing this early, there was a high risk for a C-section as the baby just does not progress as she needs to in a timely manner. This made me nervous as I really wanted a vaginal birth and C-section was the farthest thing from my mind. As the nursing staff was connecting me to everything they mentioned that with PIH, they often had to start the patient on Magnesium which unfortunately makes you very ill. The nurse said Dr. Farrow had not ordered this yet, but to be ready for the possibility.
* 9:30am they started me on Magnesium. They also told me that since it made the patient so sick, you are not allowed to eat, had to be confined to bed, and have a catheter. By the way, I had not eaten since 8pm the following evening and then only a small bowl of cherrios. The nurses also told me that I could have an epidural anytime I was ready for it and that she recommended it right away since they had to put in the catheter. She also said that the Magnesium is to calm your central nervous system, due to the elevated blood pressure to keep me from stroking out. The downside to this is that it works against the Pitocin which further leads to the possibility of a C-section. Finally she said that when your liver enzymes go up, typically your white blood count goes down. Mine was still in the ok range, but once it drops to a certain level, you are not allowed an epidural, so if I was to need a C-section, they would have to anesthetize me completely and put me to sleep. I quickly decided it was epidural time.
* 10:30am they put in the epidural. It was actually not any worse than some of the IV's I've had put in. The anesthetician did a great job and got it in on the first try. She also told us it was already her 8th of the day, apparently it was the day to have babies!
* 11:00am the catheter was inserted and they also put compression pads on each leg to stimulate the muscles and keep them from siezing.
* 11:25am the lab came in for their 3rd blood draw since I arrived. Since my veins are deep and run from the needle, blood draws are always a painful experience for me. For the most part, the lab did a good job of getting a vein on the first stick.
* 12:30pm I was actually progressing a bit and was dilated to 3-1/2 cm. Dr. Farrow broke my water and an internal monitor was installed to monitor my contractions. This meant they could remove one of the monitors from my tummy. Dr. Farrow also instructed the nurse to turn and manipulate my body and legs to help “open” my pelvis as I was still at zero station.
* 2:15pm I was 4cm dilated and 90 percent effaced although I was still at zero station. Dr. Farrow said that was good progression and that she was surprised and pleased.
* 3:00pm I needed my epidural to be increased yet again and I was very surprised to recognize the anesthesiologist as Nikki Spears from K-state. She is married to Greg Spears who worked with Jim at Schmidt and Stacey when I interned. We all hung out together a lot and I hadn’t seen her for years. What a small, small world.
* 3:50pm dilated to 8cm and shivering a lot, uncontrollably.
* 4:30pm the nurses said I was ready to deliver but Dr. Farrow was getting ready to start a C-section. They discussed just proceeding without her as I was ready. Dr. Farrow came in and told them she had a C-section waiting and they said I was ready and in quite a bit of pain from the pressure so we needed to deliver immediately so Dr. Farrow stayed and began the delivery process.
* 4:50pm Once I got in delivery position, Juan was on my left holding my left leg and the nurse was on my right holding my right leg. Dr. Farrow instructed me to take a deep breathe in, hold it and bare down for 10 seconds, release the breath and take another deep breath in and repeat this entire process three times. Even though I had an epidural and they had increased it for me three times throughout the day and I was still in pain. It was more pressure related than pain and I am still not convinced it was more from the Magnesium. I did four repetitions of the three breaths of ten second process before the head and shoulders were out.
* 5:03pm Madalynne Grace Navarro arrived, she was 5 lbs 12-1/2 oz and 18” long. Juan cut the umbilical cord and Mom arrived as I was pushing just in time to see Madalynne born. They took Maddie to the warmer station to check her out while they finished me up. I only had a first degree tear and required a few stitches. It did seem to take a long time to deliver the placenta and Dr. Farrow asked for the placenta to be sent out for testing. It was a very surreal experience as I was still very doped up and ill from the magnesium. They removed my epidural and they also informed me that I had to stay on magnesium for 24 hours, this upset me greatly as I was ready to shower, eat and feel human again. The best part is that they let Maddie room with us.
* 5:55pm Once they determined Madalynne was fine (she didn’t even need oxygen) they brought her back to me and placed her on my chest and had me attempt to breast feed. She nursed for 20 minutes skin to skin with me which was awesome. I don’t know that she latched or really got anything, but holding her was exactly what I needed.
* 6:00pm Vanessa was in the waiting room immediately after I delivered and was the first visitor that came to see us, excluding Mom of course.
* 6:30pm Maria and Alfonso arrived to visit and see Maddie. They didn’t stay long as I was still in a lot of pain and extremely groggy.
* 8:00pm They moved me to my second room. I had to stay on the LDR floor, they couldn’t send me to post-partum because I was on magnesium and had to be closely monitored, so they moved us into the LDR annex room.
* 8:30pm Maria, Thelma, Aram and Sole came to visit.
* 9:30pm They came to give Maddie her first bath. They now wait 6 hours after delivery because the stuff on her is actually protecting her from infections for the first few hours of life.
* 9:45pm Marco, Gracie, Prinscella, and Isabella came to visit.
* 9:50pm Madalynne had her first wet diaper.
2011-09-16: Day 2 (Friday) –
* 1:30am They moved me into my 3rd room, an ante-partum room that was very small and the toilet didn’t even have a sink. The only sink in the entire room was the hand washing sink next to my bed.
* 5:05am Madalynne has another wet diaper which is good because that means she is getting something from breast feeding and is not dehydrated. She also had a poopy diaper, although I don’t when exactly that was. The goal for the first 24 hours was 1 wet and 1 soiled diaper and she reached both goals with no problem.
* 8:30am We were anxiously awaiting them to remove my magnesium. We had asked Juan’s parents to visit this morning at 9:30am to bring tacos because I was starving. They came in to tell me the orders were that I had to stay on magnesium for 24 hours FROM DELIVERY. That was not what I wanted to hear and it upset me greatly. My blood pressure had remained down since the delivery, but apparently my liver enzymes were still going up. That meant it would be almost 33 hours since I had been allowed to eat, get out of bed, or even go to the bathroom. I was also still feeling very sick from the magnesium.
* 9:30am Juan’s parents arrived to visit, although they left the tacos in the car. It was obvious I was still struggling and in a lot of pain, so they didn’t stay long and told the rest of the family to wait to visit again until Saturday.
* 9:50am Madalynne had a wet diaper, the first of the day.
*12:30pm Dr. Farrow arrived to explain why I needed to stay on Magnesium for 24 hours. She was still concerned with my blood work and those liver enzymes. They did tell us after she left that the orders said they could take me off at 3:15pm.
* 2:45pm Debbie arrived to visit. She didn’t hold Maddy as there was a lot going on and she didn’t stay long but brought us flowers and congratulated us.
* 3:08pm The lactation consultant FINALLY arrived. My milk has not yet come in and I am having all sorts of problems getting Maddie latched. She is making sucking noises but the nursery nurse from the night before said that she was not latching and to take her off when she did that. I told the lactation consultant that she had to come back later, it was literally 7 minutes until they take me off the magnesium and I had to get off that and shower to feel human again as I was losing it quickly. She said she was booked until 6:30pm that evening and that she needed to feed again shortly as it had been since noon or so since I had tried to feed her. I told her I would as soon as I got out this magnesium and showered.
* 3:15pm They removed my magnesium but left in the catheter and IV until I used the restroom. I was drinking a ton of water, since that’s all I had been allowed for the past two days except for jello and popscicles and apple juice so I had no problem with that. They removed the catheter and I was finally able to shower. They made me shower on the chair in the bathtub and Juan couldn’t help because Maddie would be in the room alone. It was EXTREMELY hard, painful and difficult to get showered with an IV in one arm and alone. I finally managed it after about 30 minutes, although Juan did have to move Maddie to the bathroom door and try to help me while watching her.
* 3:45pm Vanessa arrived to visit and hold Maddie for the first time.
* 4:00pm Mom arrived to visit and I was frantic to get food ordered and delivered.
* 5:05pm the nursery nurse came in to check Maddy and we realized we hadn’t fed or changed her in over 5 hours. Up to this point, we had let the nursery nurse change her and track her outputs as Juan was doing his best to take care of both me and Maddie. I was horrified and felt like a terrible mother. Madalynne did have another wet diaper and her goal for the day was 2, which she reached. After this we started tracking her diapers and breastfeeds ourselves.
* 5:50pm Madalynne had another wet diaper.
* 6:15pm They finally removed my IV.
* 6:30pm the Lactation consultant returned. I was already extremely emotional and feeling terribly guilty and everything she said just seemed to reiterate that we were doing a terrible job. She basically told us we MUST start Maddie on formula immediately and must start feeding her every 3 hours and pumping for 20 minutes prior to every feeding to help my milk come in. She also gave us a syringe to feed her formula through adjacent to my breast so that Maddie got used to feeding from the breast, but got enough nurishment. She gave us a schedule chart to follow and just seemed way too accusatory to me. Madalynne had another wet diaper.
* 7:30pm As the Lactation consultant continued to belittle me, or so I felt, I was still not in control of my bowels; and when I asked Juan to come help me out of bed, the lactation consultant came over and got my side-rail stuck in the up position and couldn’t figure out how to lower it. I literally almost punched her as a frantically tried to make it to the bathroom. There I completely lost it and broke down into a tearful mess.
* 8:30pm They came to tell us that Juan had to go get the car seat today as they were going to complete her car seat test that night in case they released us tomorrow. Juan left to go get the carseat and I was left alone with Maddie for the first time.
* 9:15pm They came in to do her heel prick test for jaundice and they weighed her again. She was 5lbs and 8 oz and had lost 4.7% of her body weight. That only made me feel worse, especially as no one told me late pre-termers were expected to lose 10% of their body weight before they were discharged. I had no idea this was normal, but at that point decided to start her on formula from a bottle.
* 9:30pm Madalynne had another wet diaper and drank 20mL of formula for the first time via a syringe. I also pumped for 10 minutes and got nothing.
2011-09-17: Day 3 (Saturday) –
* 12:30am Juan and I did our first feeding and diaper change together. We used Enfamil premade bottled formula and got her to eat 20mL, they told us to shoot for 15mL. Her diaper was just wet and I pumped for 10 minutes and got nothing again.
* 1:00am The nursery staff took Maddie for her car seat test and were supposed to return her by 3:30am. I was a little panicked in letting them take her as it was the first time she was out of our sight. I even asked my nurse if the lady that took her was indeed from the nursery.
* 3:45am They still had not returned Maddie so I panicked and started calling the nurse and the nursery; but they assured me she was on her way back to us, and indeed she arrived just minutes later. We fed her formula via a bottle with a nipple for the first time and she drank 40mL!
* 4:08am I pumped for 10 minutes and still got nothing.
* 6:30am Madalynne drank 25mL of formula and I pumped for 10 minutes, no avail.
* 7:00am Madalynne was in her bassinet looking towards me in the bed when Juan started talking to her on the opposite side. I swear she recognized his voice and turned right toward him.
* 8:30am The nursery came in to tell us that the blood test for jaundice came back lower than the device reading had indicated, although it was on the slightly high side and jaundice doesn’t peak until 3-5 days old.
* 9:15am They came in to do Maddie’s hearing test, but there was too much distraction as Maddie was hungry so they left to return later and try again.
* 9:45am Dr. Berger was the pediatrician on call and she examined Maddie and cleared her to leave, although she said that she looked jaundice to her. She also had a soiled diaper and drank 29mL of formula.
* 10:15am Dr. Watkins was on call for Dr. Farrow and came in and cleared me to leave. She also mentioned that Maddie looked a little jaundice.
* 10:45am Maddie had a hearing test for the second time today and passed.
* 10:50am Marco and Gracie arrived to visit and stayed to help us check out.
* 11:00am New lactation consultant, Jana, came in and discussed breast topics and pumping issues. She also talked us into renting the commercial grade breast pump for two weeks to help my milk come in.
* 11:15am They gave me the Tdap shot for Protessin (whooping cough), diphtheria, and tetnus (good for ten years).
* 12:00pm Renee’, from the nursery came in to check us out and stayed to answer a million questions, she was AWESOME. She told us that Maddie should not be in public or around children until at least she was full-term. This made me panic as a ton of people, including children had already visited and touched her.
* 12:45pm Madalynne drank 30mL of formula and had another soiled diaper.
* 1:15pm We finally started to check-out.
* 2:15pm We left the hospital.
* 3:00pm We arrived home. Marco and Gracie followed us home and helped unload.
* 4:30pm Adam arrives to meet his new little sister.
2011-09-18: Day 4 (Sunday) – Our first night home went ok, but we got basically no sleep all night. Our current routine is as follows: I pump for 20 minutes, while Juan changes her diaper and tries to wake her up and checks her temperature. If I got anything, a couple of mL at the most, then we would put that into a syringe and while I tried to get her to latch, Juan would drip that breast colostrum onto my breast for her. We were using the boppy pillow and the football hold. After she tried to latch, which always failed; we would switch to Similac premie 22cal formula premade and stop her to burp every 10 mL. Our goal was 15-20mL each feeding but she usually ate closer to 30-40mL. When we burped her we did what they taught us at the hospital and put one hand almost around her thoat and jaw sitting up and leaning over as we tapped her back with our other hand. After the feeding was over, Juan would change her and redress her as I cleaned the breast pump parts. This entire process took us about an hour and a half so we usually ended up with about 30 minutes before it was time to start the process over. Mom came over first thing this morning and stayed most of the day to help us out. Juan went to church this morning and Vanessa, Jeff, Jakob and Ashlyn came over to meet Madalynne. I had a panic attack after they left worried that I shouldn’t have let Maddie be around more children and was very anxious that she would become sick. We washed and sterilized everything, but I still was freaking out. My hormones seem to be out of control completely. I am completely exhausted as there is so much to do and no time to do it. I have not had a single minute of napping since we arrived home and very little sleep at all since the birth. Tonight at 7:05pm I pumped my first breast milk, although it was only 3mL on my left breast. We also gave Maddie her first sponge bath and washed her hair. She hated the sponge bath part of it, but seemed to love the hair washing portion. Weight update: 246 lbs.
2011-09-19: Day 5 (Monday) – Last night and all morning today, Madalynne was not herself. She would feed fine, go to sleep and within 30-45 minutes awake just screaming unconsolably. We would finally get her down and within 15 minutes it would all start again. I was convinced she was having a reaction to the Similac Formula. Today we had a lactation consultation at “A Mother’s Gift” at Presby Plano. The first question I asked was about Maddie’s recent behavior. She told us that Maddie was probably still hungry and they needed 10mL (approximately) for every day they have aged at every feeding. We had been feeding her 40-50mL at every feeding, but apparently she needed more. They weighed her and she was at 5lb 11.6oz, which concerned me; but apparently my expectations were off as late preterm infants are not expected to gain back to their birthweight until 2 weeks and Madalynne is almost there at 4 days. They also checked Maddie’s bilirubin levels again to see if her jaundice had increased. The test indicated she was at a 12.5 (if 11 or less they do not need to do the heel prick) so they had to prick her heel to determine her true level. They had me breastfeed her while they pricked her. Our consultant immediately changed our entire routine and told us to go buy new bottles that simulated the breast/nipple more closely: Adiri, First Years, or Tommy Tippee. I had all sorts of questions and once Juan told her I was an engineer she told me that the questions were ok as that was how I processed, but that I was wearing myself out and needed to trust my instincts and let things go or I was going to drive myself crazy. She told us that my milk was almost in and after looking at my breasts told me that she was going to be honest and realistic with me, based on the shape and invertedness of my breasts and nipples, there was a possibility Madalynne might never latch. She said we would try and give her an good effort; but be prepared that if she didn’t latch, it wasn’t my fault, God made my perfect the way it was intended and if I needed to pump and feed her via bottles then that would be just fine. Then she gave me a breast shield to help Madalynne latch. She got Maddie naked, skin to skin and told us we needed to feed her everytime like that. She also told us to skip the football hold and hold her with my right hand at each ear with her feet at my right elbow and feed her on the left breast. She said not to worry about her ears as she doesn’t even know she has them yet. She also said to keep her head, spin and hip in line. I was astounded when Madalynne immediately latched. As my milk was not really “in” yet, she didn’t seem to be getting anything, although she was sucking. Then she hooked up an SNS (supplemental nursing system) which was a bottle of Similac and a small tube with an open/close valve. She first put the tube under the breast shield and then over. Madalynne seemed to drink much better with it on the outside of the breast shield. It took a bit of maneuvering and trial and error, but once it was in we could shut it off and allow Maddie to suck and get breast milk or open it and allow her to rest and get formula more easily. I was amazing at how well she was feeding, she fed for 30 minutes on just my left breast. Glenda told us to feed her for no more than 15 minutes at one feeding as to not over-tire her and then top her off with formula from one of the bottles she recommended earlier. She also told us to only use the SNS every other feeding, again to keep from over-tiring her. She told us to continue to feed her every 3 hours and to continue to pump for 20 minutes prior to feeding. She weighed Madalynne before and after the feeding and determined that she had drank 47mL of formula and 28mL of breast milk. She was also nursing when they pricked her heel for the bilirubin test and Madalynne didn’t even flinch. Her level was 14.5 which was just below the high intermediate risk zone, at the upper end of the low intermediate risk zone. As Maddie was doing very well with the number of poopy diapers she has been having each day and based on her weight gain, they told us to just watch her and put her in the indirect sunlight for 10 minutes a day, each side. I learned a ton during that single 2 hour meeting, which made me feel a ton better about how I was doing. Colostrom appears from 0-5 days, transition is from 6-14 days with flow beginning between days 6-8 at which time volume is set, and finally 15+ days is mature milk. I also learned that to get and keep your milk supply the three most important factors are rest, eat (3 meals and 3 snacks), and fluids (need to drink 8 oz everytime you feed or pump. I am failing miserably at all three of these and need to do better. Amazingly enough, that single 30 minute feeding on my left breast was enough to bring my milk in on that side and by 6:00pm that evening I was pumping 20mL. Additionally, Glenda said my right breast was even more of a concern then my left; but this evening she latched onto my right just fine. Our feeding process is still at least two hours for each feeding. Weight update: 242 lbs.
2011-09-20: Day 6 (Tuesday) – Today I was extra exhausted and I had to go to a follow-up appointment with Dr. Farrow. I went alone as we didn’t want Madalynne out in public again if she didn’t have to be. Dr. Farrow drew blood to check my liver enzyme levels once again and make sure they were going down. My blood pressure was back up 136/86, not a great sign. On a brighter note, my milk seems to be in now as I am pumping up to 40-45mL on my left and 15-20mL on my right breast. We are feeding this to Madalynne before we feed her the formula. Also this morning at 10:23am, Madalynne’s soiled diaper turned to yellow, which is another really good sign. Suprising enough, we do not call Madalynne Coco at all. Her daddy calls her Mousy (mimicking the little squeaks that she makes when she cries) or Precious. I have taken to calling her Munchkin or Pumpkin. Weight update: 235 lbs.
2011-09-21: Day 7 (Wednesday) – Today was Madalynne’s first pediatrician appointment with Dr. Hubbard and she is FABULOUS! She told us that my milk is obviously in now and we need to get off the formula completely and just breast feed every time, start with 10 minutes on each breast and if she is still hungry then put her back on each for another 5 minutes. She also told us to STOP pumping at night and let Maddie sleep for 4 hours between 10pm and 6am unless she awakes and is hungry. She also told us to quit pumping before each feeding. She said that pumping was not necessary now unless I wanted to start pumping a few weeks prior to returning to work to stock up. 4:00am this morning was the last formula that we gave Madalynne. From this point forward we tried to feed from each breast and then supplemented with what I had pumped from the previous feeding. These things alone give me a sense that there was a light at the end of the tunnel, I may actually be able to rest or nap once in a while. They weighed Madalynne and she was at 5 lbs 13oz and OVER her birth weight in less than 6 days! She measured 19-1/4” long and her head was 12-1/2” around. Her temperature was 99.2 degrees which they said was just fine. We also gave Maddie a sponge bath and washed her hair. Weight update: 233 lbs.
2011-09-22: Day 8 (Thursday) – Tonight I was sitting on the couch eating a bagel and Juan was walking/bouncing Madalynne trying to soothe her. He looked over at me and said, “I hope you are confortable since I’m here doing all the work.” He was totally kidding, but I just looked at him and said, “that is so mean” and promptly burst into tears. Now everytime he says something to me he follows it with, “No, please don’t cry.” It is now a running joke. Today I took our pediatrician’s advice and only pumped 3 times today. Weight update: 231 lbs.
2011-09-23: Day 9 (Friday) - Today we spent most of the day trying mini photo shoots with Maddie. There was a photo of Juan holding her little nakedness on his arm that I really wanted to get. We had some camera issues and Juan actually had to edit it quite a bit, but I think the shot turned out ok. Also today, Juan had to run to work to have Maddie put on the insurance and a couple other errands and I managed to undress her, feed her, change her, and re-dress her all by myself! That was quite an accomplishment as it has taken four hands just to get her latched on the nipple shield at most feedings. Another achievement today, as of 8:00am this morning, Madalynne has fed solely from my breasts without additional breast milk bottle supplements. We are feeding her once or twice a day straight from a bottle (expressed breast milk of course) in order to allow me a break and a rest. Weight Update: 228.0 lbs just 10 away from my pre-pregnancy weight.
2011-09-24: Day 10 (Saturday) - Today was the first day that I have taken time to upload and edit photos. We did take a couple of great shots with Juan and Maddie together on the floor. We also gave Maddie her first tummy time. She is so strong that she took to it fairly well and managed it for about 4 minutes. I think my milk is finally completely in, as I had to graduate to pumping into bottles this morning (3 oz on the left and 2-1/2 on the right. I realized today that everytime I hold Maddie she now expects to be fed. That was a bit heartbreaking as I guess I've been so tired and busy trying to keep up with everything that now she just sees me as food. That was today's breakdown if anyone is keeping track. She is still right on schedule with awaking and feedings, exactly every 3 hours...sometimes 15-30 minutes before but always almost on cue. We also gave Maddie her first tummy time. She went for four minutes although she pretty much just layed there and turned her head to the side. I also started using the boppy pillow and the football hold again today as it is soooo much easier on my back, although Maddie refuses to nurse football style on my left breast.
2011-09-25: Day 11 (Sunday) - Our currently procedure for feeding the munchkin is: I get the boppy, burp clothes, nipple shield and myself ready to feed while Juan gets Maddie naked (except for her diaper). Then I feed breast feed her, first on one side for at least 10 min if, we are lucky, and then burp her, then on to the other side for another 10 min, and finally she gets burped again. Then Daddy takes her and changes her, puts her clothes back on and wraps her like a little burrito and rocks her to sleep, while I pump. I am only pumping 2-3 times during the day now and not at night at all. We had a bit of an incident this morning. Juan was changing Madalynne and kissing her tummy, like he always does, when his necklace got caught on her belly button and ripped off the little protective piece that had not yet fallen off. Maddie screamed for just a minute or so and then Juan was able to calm her. It didn’t bleed at the time, but looked a little raw. Juan felt absolutely terrible about it; but of course he didn’t mean to do it. We called the pediatrician’s nurse and she said to keep it clean and dry and it should be alright, even if it bled a little. I teased Juan that he just gave Maddie and outie, which is exactly what it looked like, but we shall see. Juan went to church this morning and Maddie and I had mommy time and I read her a book for the first time: Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are by Dr. Seuss. When Daddy came home we put your footprints on a paper for your monthly frame. Nana and Tia Vanessa came over this afternoon to visit. I also managed to get Madalynne to nurse football style on my left breast today! Weight Update: 226.4 lbs, just 7.4 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight!
2011-09-26: Day 12 (Monday) – Last night Maddie decided she was only going to sleep in 3 hour increments so it was a relatively long night as Juan starts back to work today so I was handling the feedings solo, except he was getting up to change her when I was done. She did sleep from 7:30am until 10am so I got to take a nap along with her. She is so adamant that her hands be unbound, but I am sure that is what woke her up so much last night, as she tends to scratch and hit herself with her out of control little hands. Daddy is working ½ days for a couple of weeks to ease us into the day alone and ease him back into working when he really just wants to be here at home with you. We did tummy time again this morning for 4-1/2 minutes, although you pretty much just layed there again with you head to one side before you got upset. We also tried to stamp your handprints for your monthly frame, little did we realize there is a reason they only do footprints at the hospital; because it is impossible to get a newborn to release their hand and allow a full handprint. That plan was quickly squashed. I also called about my blood test results and apparently there are two numbers they were watching my ALT and AST numbers, both which should be 40 or less. My AST was at 44 which isn’t that bad, but my ALT is still 88. I don’t know what it was at the hospital so it is impossible to know if it is decreasing or not, but they want to test it again at my post-partum visit in a couple of weeks. Juan came home this afternoon and told me that he had somehow used all of his vacation time already so our plan for him to work half days for the next couple of days is out the door; not good news for an overemotional exhausted mommy. He even had to go back to work this afternoon. Weight update: 223.8 lbs just 5.8 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight.
2011-09-27: Day 13 (Tuesday) – Last night we wrapped Maddie’s hands in her burrito bundle and although she was not at all happy about it, she did sleep for four hours twice last night! Juan gave her a bottle and took care of her at the 6am feeding so that I could sleep for another hour or so. We also realized last night that her belly button was bleeding just a tiny bit. I’ve been cleaning it multiple times a day with Alcohol. Danna came to visit and meet Madalynne today at lunch. She was also sweet enough to bring me lunch. After she left, I actually took an hour nap with Maddie, my first one since the delivery. We have used about 100 diapers in the 10 days since we've been home, that is about 10 per day; of course that is probably because Juan is known to use (4) at a time! LOL The hospital had us use Huggies and we had received three (20) count pacakges of Newborn Pampers Swaddlers. Juan and I both agreed we liked the Huggies better so we bought a huge box when we ran out of the Swaddlers. For some reason, the weren't the same as the one's we used in the hospital so we decided to switch back to Pampers.
2011-09-28: Day 14 (Wednesday) - Today we bought a swing. We had borrowed my sister's to use, but after recieving gift cards from some generous friends, we decided a swing would be worth the investment. Today was also the first day that I didn't cry, small miracles. Mom came over to help me with Maddie and we did another photo shoot with adorable props that Mom made. Of course that meant that I didn't get a nap, again. Maddie seems to be eating well, 10-15 minutes on each breast at every session. She is definitely addicted to having my finger in her mouth though. She is still using the breast shield. I am a little worried about post-partum depression. I would never consider getting back on anti-depressants as there is a very small risk while breast feeding and I would never take that chance with Madalynne; but it does worry me.
2011-09-29: Day 15 (Thursday) - Today was Madalynne's 2 week appointment with her pediatrician, Dr. Hubbard. She now weighs 6lbs, 8 oz. and is gaining wonderfully although only in the 10th percentile for weight. She was 20-1/4" long, in the 60th percentile; and her head circumference is 13-3/4", in the 30th percentile. I did have a mini heart attack when they first put her on the scale it said 5lb 3.7oz and we thought she had lost 1lb 10oz, then the nurse reset the scale and we breathed easy again. Milestones - she can lift her head momentarily, she can turn it from side to side, she is beginning to focus on faces up close. Dr. Hubbard did give us some bad news, her "fussy crying increase" this past day or so is normal. Dr. Hubbard said the first 2 weeks are the "Honeymoon phase" and the easiest, from week 2-10 things get significantly harder......SERIOUSLY? I don't know that I can handle things any harder than they are right now. I feel like I'm barely hanging on. She is not supposed to smile until about 2 months and won't have control of her limbs until 3 months. Dr. Hubbard did tell us to use a pacifier immediately. Maddie is a sucker and needs that to be soothed and there is no reason to wait for the 4 week mark. That will be a help, we believe. Maddie had her 2nd Newborn Screen today where they pricked her heel; she did NOT like that. Dr. Hubbard also looked at her belly button where her umbilical cord used to be and used silver nitrate to seal it so that we could now bathe her in water. She also told us that Maddie did not need a hat inside all day, but swaddled in light blankets would still be good. Dr. Hubbard also wants us to start Maddie on Vitamin D supplements every day. Today I also decided to put on makeup and my contacts and feel human again. I asked Juan to take some photos of Madalynne and I. We also had our first diaper blowout - with the Huggies diapers, good thing we are about to finish those off.
2011-09-30: Day 16 (Friday) - Where are the days going? They just seem to be a blur of feedings, burping, diapering and rocking at this point. I can't belive how much I am coming to detest breast feeding. It takes so long. I watch Juan give her a bottle, burp her and change her within 20 minutes and I can't even finish one breast and get her burped in 20 minutes. I know it is better for Maddie and I'm not giving up, but it is really weighing me down with the time it requires. Maddie has also become conjested lately, although the pediatrician told us that is normal for a newborn. Daddy has started calling Madalynne by the nickname Monkey and Possum, possum because we have possums living in our bushes that drive the dogs bananas and Juan started telling Maddie that the dogs thought she was a possum, which quickly turned into her nickname. Weight update: 219.7lbs, only 1.7lbs away from my pre-preg weight.
2011-10-01: Day 17 (Saturday) - We gave Madalynne her first official submerged bath and it was a terrible failure! We used the PUJ bathtub in the sink and I thought it would work wonderfully, but it didn't hold water at all, so she was freezing (even with the warm ducky towel we had over her) and then Juan tried to turn on the faucet while she was under it. I know that is a NO-NO, especially with our unpredictable water temps. Madalynne screamed the ENTIRE time, Juan got frustrated, I was frantically trying to hurry, and to top it off; I wanted photos of her first bath so the camera was sitting on the toilet and fell off on the floor. Then Juan was really upset. All in all, I never want to bathe her again! Maddie is mostly wearing one-piece outfits that snap in front and have feet. She has outfits with monkeys, bunnies, etc. Daddy tells her everytime she wears one that these outfits were created out of real monkeys, bunnies, etc.
2011-10-02: Day 18 (Sunday) - Today I got to attend church for the first time since Maddie was born. Mom came over to watch the little one while Juan and I went to church and to a much needed trip to the grocery store. The message was about selfishness and it was a message that I really needed to hear, so it was great. I am also becoming worried about my milk supply. The pediatrician told me that pumping was no longer necessary unless I wanted to stock it and freeze it. I am only pumping twice a day, just enough to store milk for a nighttime feeding so Juan can help; but today I pumped for 20 minutes and barely got anything. Then I pumped again this evening while Juan gave Maddie a bottle, thinking since I hadn't fed her, I would pump a ton; but I barely pumped 1-1/2 oz. Then I freaked out, thinking my milk supply is going down and maybe that's why she is waking up every 2 hours wanting to eat. Maybe she is no longer getting enough to be full when I feed her. I know it has to do with fluids, eating and resting and I'm not doing great at any of those.
2011-10-03: Day 19 (Monday) - Today we have to return the breast pump that we rented from the hospital. I have two other breast pumps, but this one is commercial grade and I know how to use it. I am dreading having to figure out another one. Last night Maddie cried almost all night long. She slept great yesterday evening while we were watching a movie, but once we moved her into our room she slept from 11pm until 1am and then I fed her and tried to get her to sleep until 3am. I finally let her sleep in my arm on our bed and then transfered her into her bassinet only to be awoke to screams at 3:15am. Juan got up with her at 3:30am and changed her and gave her a bottle at 3:45am. She then cried until about 5:30am before she finally fell asleep, only to have me wake her up at 7:45am this morning for another feeding. I think I got about 4 hours sleep all night. I pulled a TON of all-nighters in college, at least 1-2 a week my last semester when I was writing my thesis; but that doesn't compare to this. I think because I always had a day or weekend to catch-up on sleep and just pass out completely and there is no "catch-up" time with Maddie. Juan finally saw yesterday and last night what I've been talking about when I tell him that she cries unconsolably for hours on end. I swear he didn't believe me as she is always sweet or sleeping. WHEN does it get easier? It was beautiful this weekend and we wanted so bad to take Maddie on a walk around the neighborhood and that never happened. It is ridiculous! I have also become suddenly very worried and afraid of dying. I have never felt that way, I believe the Lord is waiting for me and whenever it happens I will return to Him and be at peace; yet suddenly I am terrified of it. I don't know if I am terrified of leaving Maddie alone or what but it is really bothering me. We are doing 5 minutes of tummy time a day, along with the Vitamin D supplements and Maddie does not like either, especially Tummy Time. She gets very frustrated quickly and almost manages to roll over every time. I also started feeding her without using skin to skin, aka with clothes on. She seems to be doing fairly well with it, although she still tends to try and fall asleep so once in awhile I have to change her before switching breasts so she reawakens.
2011-10-04: Day 20 (Tuesday) - Wow, I can't believe Madalynne is already 20 days old. It really has seemed to fly by. Today Abby visited me and Madalynne and brought me lunch. It was good to hear that I am not alone in how I've been feeling post-partum. We had a good talk that seemed to help. I got out Danna's breast pump this morning and realized that I never bought the third part I needed, the tubing. I went back through my emails and realized that was because it is not available except through Medela on-line. I finally got ahold of them around noon and it was going to take 5-6 business days to arrive. I can't wait that long to pump, so I had to have it overnighted. The tubing costs $20 and the shipping costs $34! Ridiculous, but what could I do; just another thing that didn't get done before Madalynne arrived. Hmmppphhh. Madalynne is definitely staying awake longer inbetween feedings, unfortunately it is a lot at night right now. Sometimes she stays awake for almost and hour after a feeding, just watching things. Tonight was also bath night. We tried filling the sink with water and putting the PUJ in the sink. This worked a little bit, but she still screamed the entire time and Juan was REALLY frustrated and I was crying and it was another all around disaster. I'm beginning to think our baby is just going to have to get used to being dirty.
2011-10-05: Day 21 (Wednesday) - Today was a very rough day. It started out ok as Maddie and I went back to bed and managed another hours sleep. Then my tubing arrived and after 30 minutes of pumping I had only 2mL. I don't know what the problem is, but I am devestated. Does that mean my milk is drying up? Is that why she is waking up after 2 hours and crying unconsolably? Is she not getting enough to eat? I am feeding her almost 15 minutes on each side and she seems to be getting a lot at the time. If this pump doesn't work, then that means I can't even pump enough to have Juan help me feed her once at night. The prospective of breast feeding just seems overwhelming to me. As does the thought of feeding her every 2 hours in lieu of every 3! I just don't think I can handle that. This afternoon we did tummy time in her crib and she actually didn't seem to mind so much. I had her monkeys on and she lasted 6 minutes. A definite improvement. Then I put her on her playmat and let her look out her bedroom window as I put more flowers on her wall. She just looked out the window and looked at me, perfectly content for over an hour. She is definitely staying awake longer; but then I noticed she was really tired, red eyes, rubbing them and I spent the 3 hours in the late afternoon trying to get her to sleep. I tried rocking her, bouncing her, putting her in her swing, holding her, etc and to no avail as those ear piercing screams continued. Finally Daddy came home and took her for a few minutes as I composed myself from my flood of tears and then I fed her and she was fine. I am getting to the point where something has to give. I either have to stop breast feeding or I need to see about getting back on anti-depressants. It seems like my emotions should be back in check by now. This evening I tried to give the breast pump one more try. I took all the parts apart again and noticed that the membranes were still wet from when I sterilized them this morning. Could that be why I wasn't able to pump anything this morning. I dried everything off and put it back together and viola!!!! Milk was flowing like a dam had burst. At least that gave me a bit of metal relief. Juan will be able to take one of the feedings tonight.
2011-10-06: Day 22 (Thursday) - Maddie is 3 weeks old today! I just can't seem to comprehend that. Everything seems to be flying by so fast. She is getting so long, I notice this as I go to burp her after feedings as she always decided at that moment to stretch as far as possible. She seems to be listening to my voice more now, and she really does like those monkeys! We did have a slight issue with the alarm last night. I fed her and got her to sleep and right on cue, about 2 hours in, she awoke crying. I ended up laying her in my arms on the bed between Juan and I with a sturdy pillow (I know, this is not recommended, but you do what you must and I really don't move in my sleep and I had her very protected in my arm). Pretty soon I awoke and asked Juan what time it was and we realized it had been 5 hours and 15 minutes since we fed her and she was just sleeping away in my arm. I felt terrible and immediately awoke her and fed her all she could handle. Our goal for the day, take Maddie out for a walk in her stroller. Update: we took Maddie for a walk in her stroller for the first time at lunch. I could have walked with her for hours. It was beautiful out and the sun felt so wonderful. She slept through the entire experience. We also noticed that none of our sidewalks have ramps, what a pain with a stroller. Weight updated: 219lbs, only 1 pound from my pre-preg weight.
2011-10-07: Day 23 (Friday) - We took Madalynne on her first outing today, a trip to the arboretum. It was a beautiful overcast day and Juan took off work a little early. We thought we could avoid the people and get some sunshine. My goal was to get a good photograph of the three of us together. Talk about a major ordeal. I had to get ready, pump so we would have a bottle for her, freeze the bottle holder ice pack, charge the camera battery, pack the diaper bag, pack the camera bag, pack the tripod bag, Juan even packed some stuff in his backpack. We then had to get it and Maddie all in the car. Then we realized we hadn't ate all day and drove through McD's for a quick bite. It was probably 1:45pm by the time we got there. It was PACKED, although mostly at the pumpkin patch (55,000 pumpkins) which we avoided like the plague. We immediately went to the back of the park to our "hidden" spot overlooking the lake and setup the tripod. I brought the camera remote that we bought with the camera and had never used. After a few trial and errors, it worked wonderfully. Juan was very concerned we were stressing out Maddie, but I think she absolutely loved it. She pretty much slept the entire time, except when I changed her and when she got hungry. We only stayed a couple of hours, but it was a WONDERFUL chance to get out of the house. I also discovered that Madalynne does tummy time spendidly in her crib. For some reason, the mattress and her monkeys seem to soothe her. She even managed 6 minutes today. Weight update: 217.6 lbs!!! I am below my pre-preg weight in just 3 short weeks.
2011-10-08: Day 24 (Saturday) - Vanessa came to visit this morning and it was a HUGE help! I had so many questions and things to ask her about. She answered all my questions and even helped me bathe Madalynne. She showed me a couple of obvious tricks that I had never even thought about. First, we had been using the ducky cover to keep her warm, but I was wringing it out which immediately made it cold. Vanessa had me just leave it sopping with warm water. She also put a pacifier in Maddie's mouth when she was screaming, which worked immediately. Then she pretty much just sat there and let us bathe her. Amazing! Don't get me wrong, she still didn't like it and we worked quickly; but it was WAY better then our two previous attempts.
2011-10-09: Day 25 (Sunday) - Mom came to babysit Madalynne today while Juan and I went to church and ran some errands. Unfortunately, when we arrived at church, Pastor Keith was not there and the Life Pastor that was giving the sermon we don't care for at all so we immediately left. We had a ton of errands and even managed to get to the camera store and purchase a light kit for photographs. I needed to be out of the house and baby free for a couple of hours desperately, so it was wonderful. Last night Maddie cried almost the entire night and it was very, very rough. I think I only slept about three hours the entire night.
2011-10-10: Day 26 (Monday) - Maddie did amazing last night. She slept fairly well in the evening and after her 9:30pm feeding, she fell asleep straight away in our bedroom. Juan had to wake her up for her 1:30am feeding and then she went right back asleep and awoke at 5:10am. Juan had placed her rock-n-sleeper on his side of the bed. I'm sure if it was that or something else; but we were both very thankful. Of course I am paying for it today. It is 2pm and she has not slept more than a total of one hour all day, the rest has been extreme crying. I know this morning she was having lots of tummy, gas, poop issues. I just hope the rest of the afternoon gets better. She also spit up for the first time this morning. She spit up just a little once with me and twice when Juan fed her from the bottle and let her drink it too fast; but this was the first random time.
2011-10-11: Day 27 (Tuesday) - Maddie didn't get better yesterday afternoon, in fact she went downhill quickly. She was unconsolable all afternoon, even while we held her and into the evening and night. At 3am when I changed her, she had pooped green and sort of solid. That freaked us out and had us reading the baby books at 3am. She seemed to be a bit better after that but then this afternoon she was obviously in pain again. We had been "riding the bicycle" with her legs to help ease her bloated belly to no avail. Miriam stopped by and said we should ask the pediatrician about gas drops as they really helped her niece. I had read online this morning that gas is very common from 3-6 weeks. I called the pediatrician and spoke with a nurse. She told us gas drops were fine, 6mL four times a day and when I told her she had not pooped since 3am the night before she told us to use a thermometer rectally 1/4 - 1/2" in coated in vaseline. When we did that, the poop flowed. The nurse told us if she hadn't pooped by tomorrow to call and talk to the lactation consultant because there was a concern she wasn't getting enough breast milk. This evening we gave her two bottles with express milk to make sure she was getting plenty. Today was also my due date, Maddie should have been born today! She also spit up again today, still just a little; but it was as she was laying in her rock-N-cradle. I had my follow-up appointment with my OBGYN today. My blood pressure was great at 116/80 and my weight was 219.5lbs, with clothes. I am officially back below my pre-pregnancy weight. They took blood again to check my enzyme levels, so hopefully those are all back to normal as well. My stitches are good and I am basically healed.
2011-10-12: Day 28 (Wednesday) - Maddie pooped this morning at 5am and again at 10am! Yeah. I never thought I would be so excited to see poop. I can't believe how much you can worry about when your child is pooping. She seemed to be much better and happy this morning. In fact, Mom came over and we managed quite a decent little photo shoot with multiple setups and she did great. Then we gave her a bath. This afternoon she seemed to be in pain again and was crying constantly through the evening. She also had not pooped again so at about 9pm we tried the thermometer again. This time we got nothing, so we decided to just wait it out. We did continue to give her gas drops.
2011-10-13: Day 29 (Thursday) - Maddie did semi-ok last night, still in a bit of pain. Today she is officially 4 weeks old! I can't believe it. They say time flies, but I never imagined it going quite this quickly. I am SOOO glad we managed another little photo shoot yesterday; I was getting pretty depressed that we had not taken enough photos while she was little little. I know we got some good ones yesterday. She was very happy this morning, even if it was briefly. She did 10 minutes on her tummy in her crib and was perfectly happy. I think she is getting more used to being on her tummy and not fighting it quite so much. I think it also helped her burp and release gas this morning. At lunch we were trying to take her 4 week photo with her elephant and she spit up so much that milk came out her nose, curdled milk. That was definately a first, poor baby.
2011-10-14: Day 30 (Friday) - Things Maddie can currently do: recognize Juan and I's voice, focus on our faces at a close distance briefly, follow and object from side to side (sometimes), lift her head completely, kick mama really hard, knock out her pacifier with her hands. Things she can't do: smile for real (although Juan swears she smiles at him); hold objects in her hands briefly.
2011-10-15: Day 31 (Saturday) - Monumental day! Maddie was able to breast feed from my left breast without the nipple shield, YEAH!!!! Also, I managed to finish my first scrapbook layout of Maddie. Double YEAH!!!!! She was fussy this morning but napped well this afternoon. We also had an adorable photo shoot this morning for her 1 month photos and they turned out great. Soon to be posted. Things are still difficult, but they definitely seem to be getting better.
2011-10-16: Day 32 (Sunday) - We took Maddie to the Arboretum again today just to get out and walk around a little. It was a beautiful day, although we were only there for about an hour. Then we went to Nana's house for the first time so Daddy could help Nana start her mower. Then Daddy took a nap while Mommy and Nana sat on the patio and Nana held Maddie. We have also started playing with rattles with Maddie. She also has really begun to watch her bird mobile. Juan and I gave her a bath this evening and she didn't CRY!!!!! Well she did once we took her out of the bath, but she did really well while we were bathing her, a first. Then Juan made me dinner of chicken breast, corn, rosemary potatoes, and cheesecake for dessert. He even cleaned up, sort of. :) He really is good to both Maddie and I!
2011-10-17: Day 33 (Monday) - This morning I think Maddie smiled at me for the first time. She is always happiest in the morning. This morning at about 7am she awoke in her cradle while I was pumping so I began talking to her to distract her. I always sing a little song to her in the morning. It goes: "Good Morning, Good Morning, We love to say Good Morning. Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning to You!" While I was singing she looked right at me and smiled. I wondered if it was just gas so I waited and then sang it again and I got the same result. I know it's a little early for her to smile, but she could be a prodigy, right? :) We also went to Maddie's 1 month pediatrician appointment today. She now weighs 7lbs 9oz, where head is 14.5" in circumference and her length is about 21-1/4". They measured her length wrong at 24.5" and then again at 20.25"; but Juan and I double checked and they mis-read her length. 20.25" is the same as two weeks ago and I KNOW she has grown significantly in length. She is still in the 10 percentile for weight but in the 50 percentile for length and head circumference. Dr. Hubbard said she is gaining weight well. She should gain 1 lb per month and she gained 1 lb in the last three weeks. She also told us if we feel Maddie is not getting full, to offer her formula after breast feeding to see. She told us to begin to let Maddie sleep through the night as long as she wants and not wake her for feedings. She did tell us to continue to wake her every 2-3 hours during the day for feedings. That disappointed me, but Dr. H said they eat every 3 hours for the rest of their lives...consider a toddler who eats breakfast, a snack, lunch, a snack and dinner before bed. She also said that waking her will help her keep her days and nights straight. My hunch is that we will still be waking every 3 hours or so at night. She doesn't seem to sleep in long stretches. She also told me that a glass of wine a day while breastfeeding is perfectly fine, YEAH!!! I am still struggling and she reiterated that it was normal; newborns are HARD work, especially if you have one who cries a lot like Maddie. She told us her crying could be gas issues, or could just be fussiness, colic, irritable, over-sensitive, etc. whatever name you want to call it. She said we could continue to give her the gas drops 4 times a day, or try a dropper of camomille tea, gripe water, or baby probiotics. She said nothing is gaurenteed to help, but different babies respond to different things. She also told us that her belly button is a little hernia and it will go away, but it will be that way until probably 3-4 years of age. She said it was nothing to worry about and that she wouldn't need surgery for it and it wouldn't be an outie. Juan asked about her catywhompus eye and she said that was still normal at this age and the little red spot on her right eyelid is a little birthmark that will also go away eventually. Maddie was very fussy last night and Juan took care of her when I fell asleep at about 10:45pm. Juan woke me up during the night and asked what time to feed her and I said 1am and he said it was already 3am. She had slept from about 11:45pm until 3am. He fed her a 3 oz bottle and she was still very fussy, so he changed her and I fed her another ounce, which she snarfed down. She stayed fussy the rest of the night and I finally put her in bed with us and she slept about 45 minutes or so until her 6am feeding. She has napped very well today, so I anticipate another rough night tonight.
2011-10-18: Day 34 (Tuesday) - Last night we fed Maddie at 9pm and put her down for the night. She didn't wake up until 2am, so we got almost 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep! Then she only slept about 2 hours the second round. This morning she was pretty good, but at about 2pm this afternoon she had a meltdown and never recovered. She literally cried from 2pm until 6pm when Juan got home. She kept crying with him, but I was so burnt out that I just handed her over and went to the bedroom and shut the door. Not sure what tonight will be like.
2011-10-19: Day 35 (Wednesday) - Today Madalynne started using her voice for good versus evil, ha ha. She started making some non-crying sounds. Not really coos and not really talking, but more short bursts of screams. Granted, they are not really all that loud and she sort of startled herself everytime she did it; but she "talked" to me on and off for a good hour while laying in her crib and on her play mat.
2011-11-17: Day 64 (Thursday) - Grandma Louise came to visit and meet Maddie. She came over and spent most of the day with us. Maddie was very fussy and Gam Gam held her almost the entire afternoon to soothe her.
2011-11-18: Day 65 (Friday) - Gam Gam and Nana came over and then we all went to the Arboretum this afternoon. We took a few more pictures in the pumpkin patch.
2011-11-19: Day 66 (Saturday) - Juan and I took Maddie to JCPenny's for her first professional photo shoot. There were a million people there and we were disappointed with the photos our photographer took. We did get a few tips on taking newborn photos, including using a pillow under the boppy to prop her up and using a white sheet and keeping it messy in lieu of trying to get it layed out all flat. They did give us a bunch of free sheets so it was still worth it and they said they would make it up to us next time if we come back. After taking her pictures we went to lunch at Juan's mother's house. Gaston, Juan's brother, came into town today so we went over to Juan's mother's house again so that Maddie could meet him. She was in awe of him when he held her. She just stared at him confused. I really think he looks so much like Juan that she thought it was Daddy, but knew the voice was wrong. It was too cute.
2011-11-20: Day 67 (Sunday) - Daddy has started calling Maddie "Pretty Pretty" because she is doubly pretty. Daddy also gave me my first day away from little Maddie. He left with her this morning at 9am and didn't come home until almost 5pm. They went to the museum in Ft. Worth and to his mother's house. I spent the day scrapbooking and enjoying the free time and quiet. It was wonderful and it was good for Maddie and Daddy to spend the time together.
2011-11-22: Day 69 (Tuesday) - Today Maddie was happy and fine this morning and then super fussy and upset this afternoon. I couldn't get her calmed down at all and we finally gave her more tylonol this evening.
2012-02-19 (Sunday) - Sunday - Today we fed Maddie cereal for the first time. She did AMAZING and managed to eat about 1 tablespoon. She tried to suck on the spoon a bit and she wasn't quite sure what to do with her tongue, she wanted to put it on top of the spoon; but for her first time, she did great. We used Earth's Best Organic Whole Grain - Multi-Grain cereal. I followed the directions on the box and mixed it with formula, but it seemed too runny so I think I will put in less formula tomorrow.
2012-02-20 (Monday) - Cereal again for Maddie today. We feeding her solids at about 3-3:30pm each day. I know they recommend feeding in the morning so you can see if they have any sort of allergic reaction; but with us leaving at 6am in the mornings, that just doesn't work out for us. Since she is only eating solids once a day, I feed her when I get home, after her afternoon bottle and then we still have 3 hours or so to see if she has a reaction. So far it's worked out well for us. Today we gave her water in a cup for the first time. She immediately figured it out. We had to help her not dump it all over herself and she sort of flung the cup sending water everywhere; but she REALLY liked using the cup and managed it fairly well for the first time.
2012-02-21 (Tuesday) - We haven't taken Maddie's high chair out of storage yet, so for now we have been feeding her on the kitchen table in her bumbo. She already gets excited when we put her in it. She knows it's time to eat. She is really taking to solid food and opens her mouth when I put the spoon up to it.
2012-02-22 (Wednesday) - Maddie is now very proficient at rolling from her back to her front, always rolling right; but she hasn't rolled from her front to her back yet. She gets close and can do it with help. I don't think it will be too much longer. She loves books, especially the soft books she can get in her mouth. She is also totally in love with her Jump-A-Roo. Everytime she makes one of the animals sing a song she smiles and looks to us for approval. What a great investment
2012-02-23 (Thursday) - Nana came over this afternoon to babysit while Juan and I went to meet the realators to discuss putting his house on the market. Today was also the first day that we gave Maddie a vegtable - Squash! I used the babycook last night to make her carrotts. Since it was the first time I had used the Babycook, it had to run through 3 cycles to sterilize, then I had to wash and cut the carrots and cook them. Then I started working and was so exhausted that I fell asleep and completely forgot about the carrots. I woke up in the middle of the night and remembered they were still sitting in the babycook. I threw them out and this morning made squash instead, before I went to work.
2012-02-24 (Friday) - Maddie LOVES squash! I thought she liked the cereal; but the squash she literally has convulsions for. She inhales it and opens her mouth before I can even refill the spoon. I don't know if it's because it has so much more flavor then the cereal or because it is sweet. I hope she likes everything we give her as much as she does this first veggie.
2012-02-25 (Saturday) - We finally bit the bullet and traded in my Honda Civic for something that a car seat fits in a little better. This is my new Honda CR-V in Twilight Blue Metallic. It's nice to be sitting a little bit higher and it is DEFINITELY easier to get Maddie and her stroller in and out! Oh yeah and Maddie finally rolled from her front to her back today! She was SOOO proud of herself.
2012-02-26 (Sunday) - Today we gave Maddie carrots for the first time. We didn't think she would like them, but she opened wide! She didn't eat quite as much as with the squash, but I think she ate about 1 ounce. I'm so glad that she is doing so well with solids.
2012-02-27 (Monday) - We gave Maddie carrots for the first time today. She seems a little taken aback at them but then got totally into eating them. I didn't realize carrots would be so messy. There is orange everywhere! She ate every bite and probably would have ate more.
2012-03-02 (Friday) - This evening we went over to Marco and Gracie's to celebrate Juan's dad's birthday with dinner. We arrived at about 5pm and finally gave up and took Maddie home at about 7:45pm. She did awesome though. She didn't cry or fuss at all. She was entranced with being in a new house and around so many people. She wasn't scared at all. She is so awesome! She was exhausted, but refused to go to sleep and miss even a minute.
2012-03-03 (Saturday) - Today Maddie babbled mama and dada both. She has been really talking up a storm for the past couple of days. It is soooo awesome to hear her talking. I could listen to her all day. She acts so confident, like she knows exactly what she's saying.
2012-03-04 (Sunday) - Maddie definitely loves food. When she sees us eat or drink ANYTHING she stops and stares at us and then makes mouth eating motions. We gave her asparagus for the first time today. I think she liked it better than even the squash. She literally tried to throw herself at the spoon and didn't just open her mouth but stuck out her entire tongue. LOL! She ate 2 ounces the very first time. She is really starting to get distracted with her bottle though. She babbles a lot while drinking, so she is making quite the mess. Maddie has also started laughing a LOT. We gave her a little crocidile that says colors in english, french and spanish and she laughed hysterically at us for about 30 minutes. It was so cute.
2012-03-07 (Wednesday) - We gave Maddie green beans for the first time today. She ate them, but didn't seem to be too impressed. She also is using her fore finger and thumb to pick up things. She layed on her pink mat today and picked up her bug and turned it over back and forth looking at it and putting it in her mouth. She is starting to reach for things.
2012-03-08 (Thursday) - Juan fed her green beans today and she choked most of them back up. She was pretty much gagging herself the entire time and only ate about 1 ounce. I don't know if she didn't like them, wasn't hungry, or was confused because Daddy was feeding her.
2012-03-09 (Friday) - Today Maddie sort of reached for Juan. She was sitting on my lap and he asked her if she wanted to "come with Daddy" and she flapped her little arms and kicked really hard. I think she did want to go with Daddy. She later did the similar with me.
2012-03-10 (Saturday)- Today Maddie and I went on our first road trip. Nana road with us and we went to Tahlaquah, OK to a scrapbook retreat. Joining us was Angie and little Kayla (8-1/2 months), Aunt Vanessa and little Ashlyn (15 months), Shannon, Debbie, Carrie and little Lauren (2-1/2 years), Sabrina and Joselyn (6 years), and friends Sabrina, Michelle, and Michelle. It was about a 4-1/2 hour drive and we left at 5:30 am. Maddie did great in the car until about the 3-1/2 hour mark. It was slightly crazy with so many little ones, but they all did really great and enjoyed each other.
2012-03-11 (Sunday) - Maddie did great her first night away from home and in a pack-n-play. She went down like clockwork at 6:00pm (she was exhausted) and slept until 4:45am (5:45am because of daylight savings). I fed her and she slept for another hour. She didn't nap much throughout the day, but was really good for a 6 month old. She loved everyone and didn't mind being passed around at all. She was also extremely interested in the babies and watched them constantly.
2012-03-12 (Monday) - Maddie did great again last night. I was extremely stressed and worried, but she went down after reading Goodnight Moon twice. She woke up about 30 minutes later, but then went right back down and slept until almost 6am! We left OK at about 11:30am and she only slept about 40 minutes then entire trip and cried almost the rest. Nana started out riding with Vanessa, but after about and hour and a half into the trip we had to stop because Maddie just wouldn't stop crying. She needed her diaper changed and we had lunch and let the kids out of the car for awhile before starting off again. For the second half, Nana rode with us and I was VERY glad as the last hour she literally had to play peak-a-boo the entire time to keep Maddie from crying. She was exhausted, ready to be out of the car, and ready to be home. She was also VERY glad to see Daddy! He missed us both a ton. We gave Maddie a bath tonight and she kicked/splashed for the first time. She was having a blast kicking in the water and is amazed when Juan pours water from the pitcher. She tries to catch it in her hand. She is still too timid to splash her hand, but loves kicking her feet. Daddy bought flowers for me and Maddie her own separate bouquet of gerber daisies in her room. It was so sweet!
2012-03-13 (Tuesday) - Maddie sat up alone for about 30 seconds today for the first time. She also played with her plastic stacking rings and managed to take the rings off by herself. I laid her on the floor and put her cloth book about three feet away and told her to get it.....amazingly, she did! She rolled over to it and picked it right up...and it went right in her mouth. I was so surprised.
2012-03-14 (Wednesday) - We gave Maddie Zucchini for the first time today. She liked it as much as the first squash that we gave her! We also got an offer on Juan's house today. It was quite a bit less than we were hoping for, but they want to close May 1st which is perfect. We are going to counter tomorrow with a pretty high number.
2012-03-15 (Thursday) - I can't believe that Maddie is 6 months old today. It seems like yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital. She is growing so fast. She is sitting by herself for longer and longer periods of time. She is also beginning to shake and bang objects to make noise, even if that means banging them on herself. She reaches for toys and even is managing to take the rings off the stackers by herself. Daddy helps her do it with her feet and she thinks that is hilarious. She still LOVES to kick. They countered our counter offer on Juan's house. They came up a little, but not what we were hoping for.
2012-03-16 (Friday) - Today was Maddie's six month well baby visit. Juan had a management course that he was taking for work, so Maria went with Maddie and I. Maddie was 20 lbs and 11 ounces at 95% she off the charts. She was 28-1/4" long at also 95th percentile. Her head circumference was 17-1/2" and at 92nd percentile. Dr. Hubbard said she is definitely a big baby, but as all of her stats are off the charts and in proportion she is not worried. We told her that Maddie is just not napping in the crib. She is doing great at night and going right down and still sleeping 10-11 hours straight, but if we put her in the crib during the day she only naps for maybe 10 minutes; hence the reason Maria holds her to nap. Then she sleeps 2-3 hours. Dr. Hubbard says we have to break her of that now or when we come in at 9 months we will be telling her that now Maddie's nights are screwed upa nd she is not sleeping through them. She said that at 6 months Maddie is learning to reason and that she will eventually question why does she have to sleep in the crib at night and not in the day. She said to do some sort of routine when she gets sleepy and then put her in her crib and leave. She said to let her cry it out, even if it takes an hour. She said do not go back in and pick her up. She said at 10 minutes go in and tell her everything is ok and that we are here but she has to nap. She said leave again and return in another 15 minutes. Maria was continually saying no, no, no. Dr. Hubbard also told us that if she was taking to solids well, give her more; feed her 2-3 times a day and feed her two different things. She still recommended giving her all the new vegtables first, then fruits and then meats. She also said we could continue to give her a bottle before bed for as long as we wanted. I also asked her about pierced ears. She said if we wanted to pierce Maddie's ears we should do it sooner rather than later. As she gets older she moves around more and we won't be able to get them even on both sides. She also said that she probably would pull on them or notice them this early. So I decided to pierce them today! It was $100 I wanted her pediatrician to do it since she is so young. Poor Maddie screamed a lot during the first one, then she screamed even more for the second. It was very hard to watch. Then we turned around and she was immediately given her three shots. It was a very rough day for her. She was pretty traumatized that the time.
Maddie cried a lot this afternoon and Maria gave her Children's tylenol. I gave her another dose before bed. We also accepted the offer on Juan's house and finalized the contract today. It should go to the title company tomorrow.
2012-03-17 (Saturday) - Today we went and bought Maddie a ton of fresh veggies from Central Market. We went way over board; but I wanted to make a ton of food to freeze and last us the next couple of weeks. Maddie was only running a very slight fever this morning 100.6 degrees, so I went ahead and gave her a dose of Tylenol. Juan had his management class today, so I had Maddie all day. I decided to try an put her down for her nap at about 1pm. She cried for an entire hour and never did fall asleep. It was terrible and I was totally stressed out. I am really worried about how this is going to work. We went to Alice's 1 year birthday party this afternoon. This evening Maddie had a lot of issues going down to bed. I am so worried!
2012-03-18 (Sunday) - I told Juan he had to put Maddie down for her naps today. This morning he put her down and she fell right asleep. This afternoon she cried for about 10 minutes and then finally fell asleep. She slept for about an hour both times. I am extremely nervous about how she will do with Maria tomorrow and whether or not Maria will give in. This afternoon we went to Kaitlyn's 3rd birthday party. It was actually a lot of fun and Maddie enjoyed watching the children and was extra amused by Alice. This evening I started making the mounds of baby food. I only got though the peas, lima beans and broccoli. The peas didn't turn out at all. I bought fresh frozen ones and cooked them, but the skin didn't really blend up well so we were afraid Maddie might choke on it. I ended up throwing out all three batches. We did give Maddie a cracker for the first time. We only had club crackers, but she loved them. She would have ate the whole box, but we only had a few. Looks like we need to buy some Saltines.
2012-03-19 (Monday) - Today Maria put Maddie down for a nap at about 9am and she slept for an hour with no problems. Then she slept again for an hour at about 11am, with still no crying. Juan tried to put her down at lunch for anthother nap, but she would have none of that so they let her up and then Maria put her down again later and she only cried for about 10 minutes. I am so glad that she seems to be catching on. Today I gave Maddie lima beans for the first time. She made some very funny faces. I think the consistancy may have been too thick. She only ate about 1 oz and then refused any more.
2012-03-20 (Tuesday) - It POURED all night long. Vanessa texted me at about 11pm last night that the roof was leaking. Great! I was awake most of the night stressed about it. Our inspection is Thursday morning and I am just sure they are going to demand we fix it....if they don't just back out completely. Maddie took naps again today well in the morning for an hour and then in the afternoon for only 30 minutes, so Maria made her stay in the crib and apparently she cried for an hour and then finally fell asleep at 2:30pm. I felt bad for her. I told her that as long as she takes at least two naps and sleeps at all, that is fine. She fed Maddie oatmeal for the first time today, but I think was too runny so she didn't eat it well. This afternoon I gave her broccoli for the first time. She really seemed to like that and eagerly opened her mouth for more. About 3/4 of the way through it she stopped eating it so I tried it and realized that it was completely cold. Poor thing had been eating it cold. I heated it up some more and then she ate the rest ok. I felt so bad. This evening she had difficulty going to bed again. She cried for 10 minutes or so and Juan finally went in and rubbed her back until she fell asleep. I guess it is going to take her awhile to figure it all out.
2012-03-28 (Wednesday) Maddie really likes bath time. She is not too keen on the hair washing part, but loves all of Daddy's antics.
2012-03-29 (Thursday) Today Maria caught Maddie pulling down her entire mobile while she was in her crib. Time to say bye-bye to her mobiles. We took them down this evening. She is also pushing herself up enough to almost see out of the crib. Looks like we are going to be lowering her crib this weekend. Also, today Maddie got her first tooth! Maria found it because when Maddie was drinking from her cup she was rubbing it against the side and Maria heard it. Sure enough, a little tooth has popped through on the bottom right front. We didn't even know. She was just a little fussy this weekend, especially at night when I put her down; but I just thought it was the whole nap thing her learning to sleep in her crib. She is such a tough little baby. We bought her a pop up animal box and she really likes it. She hasn't figured out how to make any of the animals pop up, but she has became a pro and pushing them back down. I am convinced that she thinks that is the goal. She has grown out of all her clothes, again! Her 12 month clothes are too small now.
2012-03-30 (Friday) Maddie loves crackers and eats anything we give her.
2012-03-31 (Saturday) Today we had Maddie's 6 months pictures taken at JCPenny. Tiffany was back and managed to get a couple of cute shots. Maddie was too interested in the camera and lights and just did NOT want to smile! I also went to see Vanessa's new house and help her do a few move in type things. Such a cute little home.
2012-04-01 (Sunday) Today we dropped Maddie's crib down to the next level. She is getting to where she is pulling herself up by the crib bars so we decided it was time. We also drove around to look at neighborhoods. We really like the Lakewood area. Maddie was wonderful and napped the entire time. We also gave Maddie banana for the first time. She didn't really seem to like it and was a little bit hesitant.
2012-04-02 (Monday) We went to dinner at Dave and Siobhan's this evening. Maddie was great. We stayed until almost 8 and Maddie was perfectly content to sit and watch the adults. We did give her a strawberry for the first time. She loved it! Too funny, guess it's really time to start her on fruits.
2012-04-04 (Wednesday) I had to travel to KC for work so Maria stayed late and gave Maddie her first taste of sweet potatoes. She said that she didn't like them at all. That surprised me.
2012-04-05 (Thursday) I gave Maddie sweet potatoes today and she liked them just fine. We found out that Maria gave them to her slightly cold because she was afraid of burning her little mouth. Apparently Maddie likes her veggies warm. She is really getting on her hands and knees and rocking a lot. Sometimes she even launches herself forward. She definitely does the backwards scoot thing. She will end up on the other side of the room in a blink of an eye.
2012-04-06 (Friday) Yesterday I noticed Maddie has a pretty bad rash on her chin and cheek. Apparently it started Wednesday while I was gone. I put lotion on it, thinking it was from all the milk she drips, but today we decided to go ahead and take her to the pediatrician. It was worse today and now her little chin is scabbing over. Dr. Hubbard said it is excema from all of the drool and wiping of her mouth. She said to put Aquaphor on it, especially at night when she is sleeping so she won't rub it off. They weighed her, with clothes and she was 21 lbs 14 oz. I'm so glad it was nothing serious.
2012-04-07 (Saturday) Today we took Maddie to the zoo. We put her in the stroller without her infant seat and she did pretty well. She is still a little small, but seemed to enjoy the freedom of sitting and looking around. She was definitely more interested in the people and other children than she was the animals. I did hold her while I fed the giraffes and she was interested. Not interested enough to try and touch the giraffe, but she wasn't scared either. We then went to my in-laws for lunch and we gave Maddie her first tortilla. She loved it and nawed on it forever. She did drop quite a few on the ground, and Maria was quick to give her another. I also fed her peas from the store. I had a few store bought ones that Vanessa gave me that Ashlyn didn't like, so I had packed one for convenience and she ate the entire 3.5oz. Guess she doesn't mind the store bought food. Good to know. We then took Maddie to Nana's so we could go to our missed anniversary dinner and a movie. We ended up just coming home and taking a nap for 3 hours! How crazy. We then grabbed a quick bite at Macarroni grille and went to stock up on more veggies and fruits for Maddie. We bought more broccoli, asparagus, green beans and spinach. We also bought apples, pears, strawberries, and prunes for her to try.
2012-04-08 (Sunday) Juan moved Maddie's jump a jump off the beam in the living room, because I didn't feel it was safe. She really wanted to jump in it and kept looking longingly at it. We moved it to the stairs and it was too high for her to reach the floor so we put a big box under it and she went to town jumping. She absolutely loved it! She also loved that she could spin and see herself in the mirror. She LOVES the mirror! We went to Mom's house for Easter and had a fun time. Nana gave Maddie an Easter basket and she loved it.
2012-04-09 (Monday) I gave Maddie Spinach for the first time today. She ate it, seemed to think it was ok. It is not one of her favorites, but she did eat it all.
2012-04-11 (Wednesday) Today I took off work to spend the day with Maddie and Mom. We took Maddie to a field of bluebonnets. Juan was worried she would get eaten by bugs and snakes, but I told him he was being silly.
2012-04-13 (Friday) Juan fed Maddie Spinach for the first time today. He managed to get her to eat most of it. Then he gave her watermelon for the first time. She really liked it. I don't know if she likes it or just likes to feed herself, but she seemed to enjoy it thoroughly!
2012-04-14 (Saturday) Maddie is getting really good at standing in one position. Today, Juan stood her up at the coffee table and then let her go and she managed to stay standing for a few seconds alone. We took Maddie swimming for the first time today. It was Blake's 6th birthday party at the indoor swimming pool in Plano. Maddie had a blast and wasn't scared of the water at all. She was very interested in the other little girls playing in the pool and wanted to make friends. We also gave her canteloupe for the first time. She loved it. She is going to be a fruit lover like her father.
2012-04-15 (Sunday) Maddie turned 7 months old today. She is now bigger than her elefant. She loves books and constantly looks at them.
2012-04-16 (Monday) Miriam came to visit today. She brought some new form of cheap camera and Maddie thought it was extremely interesting. She is definitely going to be a photographer.
2012-04-18 (Wednesday) Maddie LOVES her jumpy jump. She loves trying to reach out and grab things while she is jumping. It's a big game to her. She gets such great excercise out of it.
2012-04-20 (Friday) This evening we went to Gracie's parents 50th Wedding vow renewal reception. Maddie did great, but she really wanted to eat off of our plates and there wasn't much we could give her. I gave her a piece of lettuce and she chewed on it forever and never could swallow it. I ended up taking it out of her mouth. Some friends of Gracie's sat with us at our table and gave Maddie lemons for the first time. She made funny faces, but seemed to enjoy it until she rubbed her eyes.
2012-04-21 (Saturday) Juan took Maddie to his mother's and let her play with Sole and Aram. He also took her to the park and let her swing for the first time. He said she loved it and laughed everytime she swung toward him. We also took Maddie to the Pancake House for breakfast. Maddie loved the pancakes and bananas. She ate the entire time we were there.
2012-04-22 (Sunday) Maddie officially crawled today, well sort of. She has figured out how to rock until she gets up enough momentum to pull both her legs forward and then sort of lunges with her arms. She can get from one side of the room to the other. It won't be long soon. She really gets motivated to move when you put an I-phone out infront of her. She is also officially in size 4 diapers. She is growing SO fast! Juan took her to Central Market today and she came home happy with a balloon.
2012-04-24 (Tuesday) Today I gave Maddie mandarin oranges for the first time. She seemed to like them, although she squished them up quite a bit.
2012-04-25 (Wednesday) Today Maddie figured out how to make both her arms and her legs work together. She crawled all the way across the room to me. She was so proud of herself. I even managed to video this amazing first. No more scooting/pulling, she is on the road to independance.
2012-04-26 (Thursday) We saw a house that we are going to make an offer on. It is in the Moss Park neighborhood that we have been looking in. Our realtor heard this house was going on the market before it was listed with MLS, so we were able to be the first to see it. The floor plan is perfect, it is really move in ready and has a great yard. We doubt they will accept our offer, but we are going to give it a shot. I spent the entire night getting all of our paperwork in order to send to our loan officer to see if we can even qualify for our offer without Chimneysweep being sold.
2012-04-27 (Friday) They accepted our offer today. We qualified for the loan, made an offer and they accepted. No negotiations, other than moving the closing date from June 15th to May 31st. Good grief that is only a month away! Now we just need to get the inspection done.
2012-04-28 (Saturday) Today we took Maddie to Ellie's 3rd birthday party at Bob Jones nature center. She likes watching all of the little ones. She even went on the nature walk.
2012-04-29 (Sunday) We took Maddie to church and left her in the nursery for the first time today. She did great although when we arrived back after we discovered her eating cheerios, something we have decided not to give her yet due to the sugar content. She didn't cry at all though and seemed to have done wonderfully.
2012-04-30 (Monday) Yesterday Juan and Maddie went to Central Market while I was working. They came home with an early Mother's Day present for me from Maddie, tulips! How sweet are my two sweeties?
2012-05-01 (Tuesday) Today we officially closed on Juan's house!!!! What a relief. We even came out of it with $6799.26 minus the plumbing $205, the roofing $354.77, the AC fixes $250, 10% to the church $680 we came out at $5,309.49. At least we weren't negative!
2012-05-02 (Wednesday) Maddie has just about figured how to pull herself up into a standing position. She LOVES standing, and if you stand her up next to something, she will stand there forever. She has figured out how to play with her sit and stand if we get her into the standing position.
2012-05-03 (Thursday) Maria said that Maddie pulled up into a standing position at her monkey sit and stand today. I tried all afternoon to get her to do it again, but no luck. This evening, Maddie refused to let us put clothes back on her. I walked into her room to find her in this state and Juan sitting on the floor next her. She was just happy as a clam.
2012-05-04 (Friday) Today Maddie decided to stand on her own. I managed to film it all. She crawled all over the place and got to the stairs and was desperately trying to determinte how to get on her feet. Pretty soon, she figured it out. She also crawled straight the mirror and proceeded to bang her head into it over an over. She got stuck under her highchair and pretty soon figured out how to get out.
2012-05-05 (Saturday) This morning I put Maddie in her crib, turned around to pick up a few things and turned back around to see her STANDING at the edge of her crib. I layed her back down and rushed into the other room to grab something and quickly returned to see her standing again! It appears she has figured how to quickly get to her feet. We had to lower her crib to the lowest level this evening. I was terribly afraid she would stand up in the night and fall out of her crib. Juan had a management class at work, so we went to the "dump" with Mom. I also took Maddie to the grocery store this morning for the first time by myself. She did great. I did break down and get her a ton of different puffs. I really don't like all the sodium and preservatives in them, but she really needs some sort of finger foods. I also got her baby yogurt to start her on.
2012-05-06 (Sunday) Today we gave Maddie yogurt for the first time. She seemed to like it, just like everything else. I also gave her puffs, which she checked out very intently and then ate right up. In fact, for the last one she stuck the entire thing in her mouth and then sort of choked.
2012-05-07 (Monday) Today Maria gave Maddie wagon wheel puffs and said she shoved the entire thing in her mouth and choked, so she didn't want to give them to her anymore. I told her to give her the little ones and she said ok.
2012-07-26 (Thursday) Maddie has started refusing to wear a bib, but she makes a huge mess, so it is a fight at every meal. She is such a stubborn little thing. She has also started screaming a high pitch scream all the time.
2012-11-9 (Friday) Maddie is now saying "IPAD". She sees it, she wants it. Simple as that. She loves all the different apps and is actually pretty good at the memory game. She also likes to play the piano and the monkey drum.
2013-01-01 (Tuesday) The past couple of weeks, Maddie has figured out where the snacks are kept, in the refrigerator. She goes to the refrigerator door and starts wailing and trying to pull on the door to tell us she wants a snack (fruit, go-gurts, water, etc.).
2013-01-02 (Wednesday) Maddie hasa become a little chatter box. Tonight when I put her to sleep and was walking out the door I said, "Night, night Maddie; Momma loves you." and she replied, "Night"
2013-01-03 (Thursday) I was late getting dinner on the table and Maddie was obviously hungry. We move her highchair into the dining room each evening so she can eat with us at the table. Usually we put her in it and give her a train ride saying "choo, choo". Tonight, she went over to the high chair and started pushing it into the dining room herself saying, "choo choo". I think she was telling us she was ready to eat.
2013-01-05 (Saturday) Maddie grabbed my ear this afternoon and said "Errrr". I thought she was trying to grab my earring, until I realized that I wasn't wearing earrings and that she had grabbed both my ears simultaneously. She was saying "ear". I then asked her where my teeth, nose, tongue, eyes, and hair was and she found them all. She is also saying "eye".
2013-01-06 (Sunday) I'm not sure where she heard it, but lately every time Maddie drops something or spills something she says, "oooooohhhhhh noooooo". Obviously it is a major catastrophe in her eyes.
2013-01-08 (Tuesday) Tonight during Maddie's bath, she didn't want me to use the shower hand held to rinse her hair. I used the pitcher and she said, "no, no, no". This is the first time she has been adamant that she didn't want to rinse her hair. Looks like baths may no longer be such a fun experience. She is learning to voice her opinion.
2013-01-11 (Friday) - Today was the first nice day in weeks so I took Maddie out front and let her walk up and down the sidewalk. At one point I said, "Let's walk back toward our house." to which she replied, "house, house, house" over and over.
2013-01-12 (Saturday) - Maddie is repeating so much: She can say the letter, O, T, I, and repeat any words we say: TV, bub (for bubble guppies app on the Ipad), mon (for monkey), mov (for movie), turt (for turtle), brrrrr co (for cold), one, two, pi (pig), ber (beer), and many more.
2013-01-15 (Tuesday) Tonight during Maddie's bath I tried to get her to lay on her back to float and rinse her hair. She wasn't too thrilled with it, but let me for a moment. I explained to her if she let "swam" on her back like Elmo, we wouldn't have to dump the water over her head to rinse the shampoo. She seemed to understand and then let me. I might have figured out how to kill two birds with one stone.
2013-01-17 (Thursday) Maddie let me help her float on her back in the tub again tonight to rinse her hair. I'm hoping this will solve our hair rinsing issue.
2013-01-20 (Sunday) Maddie has 2 of her incisors bust through on the bottom. She is about to get her upper ones and her molars on the bottom as well, poor little thing.
2013-01-27 (Sunday) Maddie has had another of her incisors come in. Her upper right one. Her upper left one is almost through.
2013-02-03 (Sunday) Maddie has her first molar on the bottom right. She has one on the bottom left trying to bust through as well. Maddie has started wanting to climb the stairs alone everytime we go up. Daddy usually goes upstairs with her when we put her to bed. He started saying "boom, boom, boom" and stomping with his hands on either side of her as she climbs the stairs. She loves it and now when I tell her its time to go upstairs for bed, she yells, "Dad" "boom" and expects him to come to go up with her. It is very sweet.
2013-02-10 (Sunday) Maddie is still working on her last incisor and her other molar on the bottom. She seems to get them all at once.
2013-02-16 (Saturday) Maddie is officially a little parrot. She mimics EVERYTHING we say, "Boon" for balloon, cold, hot, blow, "p" for penguin, Mia, dog, car, soooo many more.
2013-02-17 (Sunday) Maddie screamed uncontrollably and forcefully held onto my shirt this morning when we dropped her off at church. Thankfully, Ms. Gerrie said she only cried for about a minute and then played the entire time. She was not crying when we picked her up, but she came running and teared up the moment she saw us. She did say bye-bye to Ms Gerrie and to her little friend in her class. I am hoping she will eventually adjust.
2013-02-17 (Monday) Tonight when I gave Maddie a bath, she ran over to her potty training toilet saying, "poop, poop". My mother-in-law opened it up and put it in her bathroom a couple of weeks ago, but we haven't started trying to potty train her yet. I was a bit surprised when she ran over to it, so we quickly stripped her down and sat her on the chair. After a couple of minutes she got up. I started running her bath and she was alternating between sitting on the potty and getting up. I finally turned around to put her in the bath and realized that she had at some point pee'd all over the floor. So I guess she really did need to go. Looks like maybe we should start potty training her.
2013-02-18 (Tuesday) Juan said that Maddie pooped in the potty chair today. He could tell that she was starting to poop, so he ran her upstairs to the potty chair. She had already started, but then finished in the potty chair! This evening, we were playing in Maddie's playroom and I was digging in her closet and found a wooden alphabet puzzle that Maddie got for her birthday and Juan put in the closet for when she was older. I opened it up and Maddie could not only match every letter to its space (although she hasn't figured out how to turn them to get them into the space) but she also picked up 5 letters and told me what they were. "O" which I knew that she knew, "B" which I thought maybe was a fluke, then she said "Q". That was definitely not a fluke. She also said "P" and "I". Wow! I was quite surprised.
2013-03-12 (Tuesday) Maddie's night routine has changed up a bit. Typically about 7pm we tell her its time to go, "Put on Jam-Jam's and Brusha-Brusha." Then we all go upstairs together. I put her to bed, but Daddy has to go "boom - boom" with her up the stairs, which consists of him putting his hands done on either side of her as she climbs each step saying "boom, boom, boom". Once she reaches the top and goes through the gate, she turns around and closes it on Daddy and then kisses him night-night through the bars. Now when we "brusha-brusha" she climbs on her little 2-step step-stool in lieu of sitting on the counter. I still brush her teeth, but she uses a measuring cup of the top of a children's motrin bottle as a drinking "cup" and fills it with water and drinks in between teeth. We have started brushing her teeth first, then changing into her jam-jams as she usually gets wet brushing her teeth. Then we sit in the rocking chair with her on my lap and read 2-4 books. Usually she picks them out. Right now her favorite is "A Wocket in my Pocket", she calls it "pock". Last week it was Curious George feeds the animals and Curious George at the Aquarium. We still read "Goodnight Moon" once in awhile, but not too often. After books she helps me turn of the light and then she lays down in her crib with Monkey-Monkey, her blankets (2-4), Mr. Elefant and any other friends she can find. Some nights she demands to sleep with a book. I usually ask for a night-night kiss and she stands up to give me one and then plops back down in her crib. I still sing to her. Often "Itsy bitsy spider", "twinkle twinkle", and her favorite right now, "Jesus Loves the Little Children". If I am singing a song that she doesn't want to hear and she wants me to instead sing, "Jesus Loves the Little Children" she will say "sing, sing". She says her S's like she is trying to kiss someone, almost a "SH" sound.
2013-03-14 (Sunday) Maddie routinely drags us to the fridge by a finger to indicate that she wants a snack. When we open the fridge, she dives right for the fruit drawer and pulls out an orange or a plum. Today she pulled out an enormous apple and said "ap-l" (apple) with a lengthy pause between syllables and then took off running. It was odd as we have not really let her have apples due to the choking hazard. We give her every other fruit under the sun and applesauce, but not raw apple chunks. How she even knew it was an apple, I don't even have a clue.
2013-03-15 (Friday) She has started saying her first 2 syllable word, "Gar-den" she loves the outside and will grab our finger and drag us to the door to indicate she wants to go outside. If we say no it is too cold, she goes over and grabs her coat and says, "coat". She also knows we have to have shoes on to go outside and will bring us our shoes and say "shoe" trying to make us put them on, in anticipation that we will then go outside.
2013-03-25 (Monday) Juan says that Maddie is now saying "Tank u" (thank-you) I have not heard her but Juan says that she says it sometimes randomly after he gives her something. She will not say it if you ask her to.
2013-03-27 (Wednesday) Maddie's lower left molar is in.
2013-03-28 (Thursday) This afternoon while outside, Maddie said "air P" for airplane. She also began saying "Hap-P" (happy) over and over all evening.
2013-03-31 (Sunday) Maddie's upper left molar (the last one) is in!
2013-04-05 (Friday) We took Maddie to the playground at Merriman Park Elementary school. We tried to get her to slide down the slides, but she kept saying, "no, no, no". Then I put her on my lap and slid down the big circular slide, but we really didn't fit. We headed over to yet another set of playground equipment and for some reason she slide down that circular slide by herself. I caught her high and made sure she slowed down. Then she ran up and continued to slide down it 4 more times alone.
2013-04-06 (Saturday) Today Juan BBq'd and Maddie was all excited to slide down our slide by herself. She did great. I guess her sliding down the big slide yesterday gave her the confidence to try our slide. She continued to climb up and slide down the slide over and over.
2013-04-07 (Sunday) Maddie said her first two word sentence today, "Super Baby". Maddie and I went out front to play while Juan walked the dogs and we went over to talk to Le Anne and Charlie next door. Charlie gave Maddie a flower and then the kiddos chased Juan and the dogs into the backyard. Charlie and Maddie started playing on the swingset and Juan called Maddie "Super Baby" while she was climbing the stairs to the slide. She immediately repeated it.
2013-04-22 (Monday) Today I learned Maddie knows all but 5 of her alphabet letters. She has a wooden alphabet puzzle and I handed her a puzzle piece and said, "what letter is this?" She said "O" and then put the letter in the puzzle. I handed her another piece and said, "what letter is this?" She said "T" and then put the letter in the puzzle. I was stunned when she proceeded to tell me every letter of the alphabet except for 5. She got stuck on F, G, X, W, and H. She is brilliant! :)
2013-04-23 (Tuesday) This afternoon while I was changing Maddie on her changing table she picked up her shoes and said, "One, Two". She later counted her blocks the same way. She can say three, but has yet to do it in sequence with one and two.