Wednesday, February 9, 2011

One Week

Not only is today my due date with Alyssa, but it's her one week birthday. We are adjusting nicely I think to having her home and a part of the family. She weighed 7 pounds 9 ounces at birth, was discharged from the hospital weighing 7 pounds 4 ounces on Friday, then Saturday at the doctor she was down to 6 pounds 15 ounces, and yesterday she was back up to her discharge weight of 7 pounds 4 ounces. She cluster feeds sometimes every hour. She actually sleeps pretty good at night for a 1 week old. She goes to sleep around 12 or 1 and gets up once during the night usually before I have to be up in the morning to get the kids ready. So it's not too bad.

This week hasn't been without it's drama though. We were worried about jaundice with her. We were worried about her weight drop. Both of those worries have gone away though. She's not jaundice anymore and her weight is going up. Joe fell down the stairs on some ice on Sunday and bruised his back very badly so both him and I were hobbling around here trying to keep up with everyone. We have survived our first week though. We love having Alyssa here. CJ is super sweet with her. When she cries he talks to her in this high pitched voice trying to calm her down. Thankfully he doesn't scream at her to be quiet like he does to everyone else. He has been having a little trouble with listening though so we are working on that and trying to give him plenty of attention. Nothing really new with the big ones. They are pretty aware that newborns aren't all that fun. Kaitlyn wants to hold her, but it always seems she asks when she's fussing. I think Joe is feeling a little left out since I have to do all of the feedings. I guess diaper changes and burping aren't as fun as actually feeding a baby. Alyssa is really very comfortable with him though. She calms down pretty easily most of the time, except when she's hungry. Which sometimes seems like it's all the time. We sure are loving having our baby here though. I can't believe I'm the mom of four kids though.