Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Quick Update

Sophie did great with her MRI. We should have results tomorrow afternoon, and I will update as soon as we know anything. Thanks for your continued prayers!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Sophie Pictures

Here are some newer Sophie pictures for your viewing enjoyment--isn't she gorgeous!?

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Four Weeks Old

It is hard to believe our little baby is already four weeks old. It has been challenging, amazing, complicated, and rewarding all at the same time. Sophie was 7 lbs 6 oz at birth and lost 15 ounces in the first few days bringing her down to 6 lbs 8 oz. She then began the upward climb, and we had her weighed on Friday (4 weeks old) and she was 7 lbs 15 oz, just under 8 lbs. She will officially be 1 month old on Monday. In some ways it seems like it has been longer (that is the sleep deprivation talking!), and in others it has flown by. Breastfeeding is our biggest challenge. She is still having difficultly latching on correctly and we have to use a nipple shield to help her out. And we have continued to supplement her at each feeding with an extra ounce of milk. She is also a sleepy nurser--she likes to dose in and out, so it takes awhile to feel like she has really eaten fully. So, feeding is an event to say the least. It is also a full time job. We feed her 8 eight times a day, and the process takes about an hour each time. So, over the course of 24 hours, at least 8 are spent on milk production and consumption! And that doesn't count the time spent preparing and washing bottles and washing breast pump accessories. All you moms out there who are blessed with an easy time breastfeeding--count your blessings! I have wanted to give up numerous times, and have had several emotional fall outs, but we are hanging in there. I have been encouraged by several friends that it does get better with time--I hope that time comes sooner rather than later. That is what we are praying!

Sleep has been pretty good I think. We are getting about 6 hours total a night in chunks, and we seem to be adjusting pretty well. We have been keeping her on a flexible 3 hour schedule of feeding, wake time, and sleep. She doesn't always take as long naps in the day as I would like, but she seems to be doing pretty well at night time. She usually does well with us just laying her down to sleep without having to be "put" to sleep first.

What is for sure is that Sophie is the most beautiful baby I have ever laid eyes on. And we are not the only ones who think so. Everybody comments on just how ADORABLE she is, and it is true. She makes the cutest faces and noises ever. I can't wait to see her personality continue to develop.

I will request that you all keep little Soph in your prayers this Tuesday. She has to have an MRI, which will require anesthesia. She has a little dimple right above her bottom, and although her doctor doesn't think it is a concern, he wants to be sure that it doesn't "communicate" with the epidural space in her spine. We had an ultrasound a couple of weeks ago, and although they were able to see that there was no problem with the spinal cord, they were not able to determine the other. Hence, the MRI. We are praying that it is really just a surface thing that isn't a big deal, and we ask you all to pray the same.

I will work on posting some new pictures soon. I am planning a big photo shoot for her 1 month birthday!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Sophie's First Week in Photos

Okay, our baby Sophie is completely awesome in every way. What a ride! Things are going well, and we are getting at least some sleep! Nursing is challenging, but she is doing pretty well. We attended worship time with the church this morning, and she slept the whole time--way to go Soph! My mom has been with us all week and is going home on Tuesday--she will be sorely missed. I will update some more about our experiences with her later, but I wanted to add some more photos for you to enjoy.

Sophie's first moments of life out of my belly!

About an hour after delivery...

With Uncle Kevin before leaving the hospital on Sunday.

First introduction to our cat Angus.

Watching the Tigers season opener with Dad
(Cabrera is Sophie's Tiger--because he is new too!)

A moment with Mom.

Reading with Nana.

Finger feeding with Dad (go Mountaineers!)

Getting ready for her first walk.

First walk downtown Lansing at the Capital Building.