29 Jun 2011

Jayce & Hannah

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As I typed the name of this post, simply "Jayce & Hannah," it occurred to me that this is the first of probably many posts with the same subject, my two children. We are still getting used to that language around here, saying "the kids" instead of simply "Jayce." It feels strange but fits at the same time.

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Jayce has been really great with Hannah thus far. We try not to force her on him, like we don't make him tell her goodnight every evening or regularly draw his attention to whatever she's doing. We obviously talk about her, but I really wanted to see how he responded to her without any prompting. The result has been so sweet.

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Hannah was home from the hospital for a few days before Jayce requested to hold her. When he holds her it's only for about 5 seconds before he realizes that he's bored, or annoyed with us for helping him hold her, and then he's done with it. But he always gives her a kiss on the forehead first, and then pats it in. (This is based on a little game he and Chris play - Jayce sometimes wipes off kisses that Chris gives him, mostly to antagonize Chris to come give him more. But kisses that have been "patted in" can't be wiped off.)

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Whenever Jayce talks to Hannah it is in a high pitched voice. One of the things that he always says to her, besides "Hi Hannah," is "Look at those tiny little fingers," or "Look at those tiny little toes." He says this even when her toes are covered up, so I think he must have heard someone (or many someones) make this comment.

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We had both car seats out the other day and I had to get a picture of the kids in their respective seats. I did this mostly because Hannah is currently in Jayce's old infant car seat, the one that he outgrew around 7 months or so when we bought him the car seat that he is in currently. He seemed so incredibly small in that big seat at the time, and it is crazy to me how he fits in that seat now and how soon she will need a new bigger seat as well.

Also notable about the picture above is that each child has their "bear." Jayce has 2 bears (those "blanket with a head" things) that he sleeps with and snuggles when he's sad or sick, so before Hannah was born we took him to the store and let him pick one out for her as well. Technically hers isn't a bear, it's a monkey, with a pink edge and a pink bow behind her ear, but we still call it her bear. If Jayce sees it sitting out he will bring it over to Hannah and tuck it in beside her.

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Jayce loaned Hannah his prized blue blanket one day while she was sleeping, but once he got up to his bed for his nap he realized that he needed it for himself. He sent Chris down to ask Hannah if he could have his blanket back, and after Chris retrieved it Jayce sent him back down with his "rocket blankie," the comforter from his new toddler bed set. He often sends one of us out of his room at nap time with his rocket blankie to take to Hannah. It's very sweet.

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Several people had mentioned that his potty training would probably regress once Hannah was born and that hasn't been the case. Actually, it has actually gone a few steps further. He is now peeing standing up, which is a real accomplishment on the days that he manages to keep that fire hose under control. Also, the times that he goes to the bathroom in the toilet and calls one of us in to help him, when we arrive he says, "Ta da!" We did not teach him that.

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27 Jun 2011

My Two Sweet Babies

I have heard people say many times how their children are completely different from one another. Chris and I would talk about this occassionally while I was pregnant and muse about which things might be different about our children. Having had only one kid at the time, it was difficult for us to think about ways that our other child might be like us but unlike Jayce. As far as Hannah goes, she has been different from the start, even before she was born.

We have spent the last 2 weeks getting to know this new member of our family, and are having a hard time not comparing the 2 children at this stage of their lives. Here are a few of the differences that are sticking out right now.

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My pregnancy. A question I heard often when I was in the middle of the pre-term labor scares with Hannah was, "Did you have this problem with your first pregnancy?" to which I had to reply, "No, not at all!" My pregnancy with Jayce was much more uncomfortable in non-threatening ways (bad swelling, carpel tunnel, my hip would pop all the time, etc), but never anything that required a second glance from my doctor. With Hannah I was in the hospital and doctor's office multiple times a week for the last 2 months.

Sleeping. Jayce loved to be swaddled and laid on his side in a baby positioner. Hannah hates it. Both parts. She has some belly discomfort problems, so she prefers to sleep upright in a bouncy seat.

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Crying. I honestly can think of only 1 or 2 nights when Jayce cried for a little bit (like 10 minutes) because something was bothering him. Hannah had a few nights with a few hours of screaming when we first brought her home. We were at a complete loss. Mylicon helped only for a minute, and we spent the next few days bleary eyed and googling symptoms of colic and acid reflux. Luckily this hasn't happened since and the doctor thinks it was just gas. But at the time we felt like our experience of parenting Jayce was completely useless, since he had only needed the magical Mylicon to drift quickly back to sleep.

Nursing. Jayce learned this skill pretty quickly, and after the first week gave us a 3 and 4 hour stretch of sleep overnight every night. Hannah is still getting the hang of it. Which means that some nights she'll go 3 1/2 to 4 hours between feedings, but sometimes she wants more after 2 hours. We are still figuring it all out.

The pacifier. Jayce took his when he was 2 days old, on the way home from the hospital. Hannah has taken hers several times, but never seems to be interested in it when we want her to be, like at night. She gags on it and spits it back out. She prefers to chew on her fist instead, as evidenced by the little bite marks on her knuckles.

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There are a few things that are the same about these 2 as well.

They both got quickly back to their birth weight. Jayce did by his 1 week check up, and she did by the day after. She lost a little weight after she left the hospital, so she caught up in a hurry.

Neither had their days and nights mixed up, thank goodness!

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Both babies were roughly the same size at birth, him 8lb 1oz, and her 7lb 11oz, both 20 1/2 inches long. But she is more petite than he was. She has long slender fingers and dainty little hands. Her face is more round (where Jayce's was more long), with a tiny round head and tiny ears. She has a long torso but slightly shorter legs than Jayce.

She is so sweet. Aside from that night crying that sent us into a frenzy, she is a relatively calm and happy baby. Her awake times during the day are getting longer and she just stares at us and around the room, peacefully taking it all in.

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Of course there are several things that are just "her" as well.

Whenever she eats she balls her hands into little fists and presses them against her cheeks. She does this whether she is nursing or drinking from a bottle, and I can't resist kissing her little hands and tucking one of my fingers into her fists. When she is getting full, she will lean back, reach one arm up over her head and grab at the hair on top of her head. It's so cute.

She has stayed in her newborn clothes into her 3rd week, where Jayce was out of them all by day 10.

Hannah squeaks and grunts a LOT. Jayce used to do this when he was waking up in the middle of the night and needed to be fed, but Hannah does it a lot more. It is sweet during the day, but at night it's stressful because we constantly feel like she is about to wake up, so we can't sleep. It does prompt us to burst into song pretty often though, and sing, "She's a very squeaky giiiirl..." to the tune of Superfreak. We didn't do that with Jayce at all.

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25 Jun 2011

When You Have a New Baby

Sometimes, there are just no words, and only pictures will do.

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20 Jun 2011

Hospital Time

One of my favorite parts of the first few days with both of my babies is that sweet hospital snuggle time.

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I attempted to get a few pictures of the sweetness by just holding my camera up over my head, pointing it downward and hoping for the best.

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Chris hates being in the hospital and pretty much as soon as both of our kids were born, he was ready to get out and go home.  But he always gets in on a snuggly nap as well.

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But I just love to tuck my legs up, cover my lap and sides with pillows, lay my little baby out, and just stare at her.  And as soon as I start to feel sleepy, I shift her over to my chest, prop some of those pillows around us both for support and drift off to sleep.

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My sweet little girl at 2 days old.

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On a side note, some old lady in town knits these soft little pink and blue hats and donates them to the hospital for the newborns, in lieu of those pink and blue striped ones.  Aren't they sweet?!  I want to do that when I'm an old lady.

 

 

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16 Jun 2011

Miss Hannah Louise

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Baby Hannah arrived on Wednesday June 8, 2011, at 4:54 pm.

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I wasn't in labor for very long, a bit less than 10 hours, and only pushed for 15 minutes, a welcomed surprise after pushing with Jayce for about 90 minutes.

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She was 7 lbs 10 oz, and 20 1/2 inches long.

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The doctor had told us at an earlier ultrasound that if she reached 40 weeks she would probably be about 7 lb, 11 oz.  She was 39 weeks and 1 day.  She surprised us by not coming early.  In fact, she stuck around long enough that we needed to go in after her.

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It's hard to tell who is more in love, her dad or me.

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Jayce was pretty interested in her.

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He kept wanting to look under her hat, like it was a bit suspicious that she was wearing a hat.  But he always followed up with kisses.

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It was a perfect day, and this little sweetheart is the perfect new addition to our family.

 

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