Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Life with Ella

Wow... I guess it's about time to update! I hesitated in the first few days... just because I was afraid of making any more enemies than I had previously with my labor and delivery story! See... the first night went to bed about 11pm... I finally woke Ella up around 3:30am (after checking her a few times throughout the night to make sure she was breathing)... she nursed well for about 40 minutes... and then went back to sleep. I woke her back up around 7:15am that morning. The several nights that followed were very similar... and so here we are. She was evidently born to breastfeed so really no issues there. My only complaint is that a very powerful jaw and sucking reflex accompany her talent! She had a weight check at 4 days of age and she had gained 2 1/2 ounces in 2 days... which is pretty impressive for a breast fed newborn who typically would still be losing a little bit. My petite little baby will be 20 pounds in 4 months probably, so I'm trying to enjoy her tininess while I can!

To make some of you feel a little less resentful, my boobs were really sore for a couple days, I'm still waddling around with some episiotomy discomfort, and last night was a little tougher... She was a little gassy and didn't fall asleep until about 1am. :)

Other than that... I'm totally in love and I'm having a blast. Eric started his clerkship experiences for Pharmacy this past Monday, so mom and I have been introducing Ella to the art of shopping and dining. We've also enjoyed introducing her to friends and family. I get tired around 4pm or so... but other than that I've really been feeling great thanks to Ella's great sleeping habits. We're waiting for the bubble to burst any day now... but for now, I'll enjoy it day by day.

Here's a few more pictures for your viewing enjoyment!

Cousins Alyssa and Mia

Grandma Cook, Aunt Julie, and Cousin Emma

Kickin' back trying out my new bouncy seat...

Ella's favorite pastime... napping. (Just like Daddy)

Thank goodness for Grandma! Without her... we wouldn't have any food or clean clothes!


andrew,betsy,& noura said...

she is just perfect, we already love her and Noura cant wait to FINALLY have a friend thats a girl!

melissa said...

She's so beautiful, Meg :) We'll have to talk on the phone soon and catch up with each other. I'm on summer research leave right now, so any time of the day should be good for me.

Our Two Blessings From Above said...

What a great update.
Sounds like Ella is the perfect baby.
She is adorable!
Thanks for sharing the pictures.

God Bless your family.

Carrie said...

New pictures and stories of good news!She has changed already and is so bright-eyed and beautiful!!! I'm so happy to hear things are going well, and that you have already taken her shopping, yes she is your daughter!
Love and miss you lots,
Reno Carrie

Scott and Lisa said...

I'm so happy things have been going so smoothly!! I'l pray that your "bubble" doesn't burst any time soon!

And I think I speak for everyone when I say: keep those pictures coming. :)


Carrie said...

Meg- she is sooooooo precious! Love the bouncy seat by the way :)

Definitely keep the motherhood stories and pictures coming!