Audrey has her bottom two teeth. She has had them for about a month. It didn''t seem too painful for her when they cut through. No fever or excess crying. I think she might be working on cutting the top two now because she is chewing on everything she can get into her mouth.
Yesterday was Audrey''s first Christmas. She had a fun time playing with the wrapping paper and exploring all of her new toys and books. Some of her favorite new things include: her rocking snail, her walker, and her kitty puppet. We had a quiet day at home.
Audrey has been sleeping through the night! We finally moved her into her own crib. She has been going to sleep after a little fussing, but she doesn''t wake up til morning! This allowed us to have a babysitter for the first time last night. Adam and I went to the Google Holiday Party at BMOCA while my friend Emily stayed with Audrey.
Audrey is now crawling quite well. She also pulls herself up to standing on every object within reach She''s also learning the hard way to avoid pulling up on things that can''t hold her weight. Our house is now full of gates & other baby proofing measures, but Audrey''s ability to get into trouble is growing rapidly.
I thought you might be interested in some of Audrey''s recent accomplishments. She has been sitting up independently for about a month, so she is now able to sit in her highchair. We started feeding her pureed yellow sweet potatoes and Brown Cow Plain yogurt. She isn''t sure about the sweet potatoes. I guess we will come back to them. But she loves the yogurt. Last night, we fed her some while we were out to dinner and she transformed from a nightmare into a joy. In addition to the sitting and eating, she is still standing very well with her heels down bearing her own weight. She is now trying to take some steps with mom or dad''s help. She doesn''t seem particularly interested in crawling, only walking, but perhaps she will find a use for it yet. She certainly has been a busy girl.
Audrey went to her 6 month pediatrician appointment earlier this week. In addition to her routine physical, she got her 6 month shots and the first shot in a 2 part series for influenza. She was a trooper. She didn''t even cry for the first shot (thought she made up for it with the subsequent shots.)
The doctor thinks her eyes are looking green, though we still think they may change to brown yet. We shall see.
Audrey has been a busy girl. Over the weekend we went to New Jersey for our friends Matt and Nikki''s wedding and to visit family and friends. Audrey is sure to be a world traveler -- she was so pleasant on both flights. Her ears didn''t seem to bother her at all.
We left Tuesday evening for Audrey''s second Camping Trip. This time we spent 2 nights in Moraine Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park. On the 4th, e did a hike up to Cub Lake and looping back around via the Fern Lake Trail. We went to bed early after a busy day, skipping the fireworks in Estes Park.
On the growth front, Audrey is already wearing some of her 3-6 month clothes. I can''t believe how quickly she is growing and changing!
We had an exciting day yesterday. Adam, Audrey and I went to Winter Park where Adam competed in his first mountain biking race ever. He did really well, but I''ll let him tell you about that.
After the race, we headed North driving through Granby, CO, Arapahoe National Recreation Area and entering into Rocky Mountain National Park from the West. We drove along Trail Ridge Road to Estes Park.
During our day we saw quite a lot of wildlife including huge herds of Elk, huge herds of Tourists looking at elk, a couple of Stupid Tourists approaching elk, some Mule Deer, a Big Horned Sheep (I think), and a Pelican.
Yesterday, Audrey went on her first hike. Adam, Audrey and I went to Rocky Mountain National Park. We took scenic Route 7 along the St. Vrain River into Estes Park. From there we headed to Sprauge Lake picnic area to eat our packed lunch. After lunch we made our way to the Bierstadt Lake Trailhead, only a minute up the road.
The trail is about 3.5 miles long with a 1.2 mile out and back leading up to a mile loop around Bierstadt lake. We saw a variety of wildlife along the path including: a yellow-bellied marmot, a ground squirrel, some mallards, a deer, a woodpecker, and some hummingbirds. We tried to show Audrey the animals, but she spent most of the hike snoozing.
Can you believe another 2 weeks have gone by? Now Audrey is 1 month old! Nanna Lynne is here visiting for the week. Yesterday Nanna Lynne, Audrey, and I went to Parenting Place for their Mommy and Me group followed by a lunch out with Adam and Aunt Linda. Today we all went out to eat with Aunt Linda and Uncle Bob.
After lunch Audrey and I went to the Breastfeeding support group at the hospital. What is exciting about this group is that they have an infant scale. Here are Audrey''s weigh-ins thus far:
-4/10: 6 lbs 07 oz (at birth)
-4/17: 6 lbs 12 oz
-4/27: 7 lbs 11 1/2 oz
-5/02: 7 lbs 15 1/2 oz
-5/11: 8 lbs 07 1/2 oz (today)
I can''t believe how much she is growing. Today she is in a 0-3 month outfit for the first time. Until today she was wearing Newborn sized clothes.
Audrey lost her cord stump! Audrey has the cutest little belly button! You can see a picture in the photo section. The cord was hanging by a thread all day. Finally, we did a diaper change, and it was no longer attached.
Audrey has been having some busy days. Yesterday she went to the library for the first time to get some children''s music CDs. After that, she visited daddy at work for the first time. And finally, before returning home, she went to her first ever restaurant, a Cambodian restaurant in Longmont, CO.
Audrey went on her first outing today at 5 days old! The weather in Boulder was picture perfect. Adam, Grandma Irene and I took her on a walk to the grocery store where we had lunch and did some shopping. I carried Audrey in my Moby wrap, and she slept the entire time snug within. (I''ll have to take a picture of her in the wrap and me wearing her. I can''t rave enough about this thing!)
Audrey Claire’s Birth Story:
Starting on Sunday, April 8, I had mild contractions and some bloody show. Monday morning, I almost asked Adam to stay home from work due to more regular contractions, but they stopped after an hour. Monday night I went to my breastfeeding class and by the time I got home I was having more contractions. Still they weren’t regular or particularly painful. (Like tightening of whole uterus with mild achy period pains.) That night around 10 PM, Adam said, hmm, maybe we should go to bed now, just in case.
At 3:09 AM, I jumped out of bed exclaiming that my water was breaking. I have no idea how I knew since I wasn’t wet till I stood up. The contractions picked up almost immediately becoming more distinct and painful. We were timing them at 2-3 minutes apart, but lasting only 30 or so seconds. By 4 AM we were on the way to the hospital.
They admitted us to the hospital and told us that we needed to have our baby in 24 hours due to my water breaking and risk of infection. I got on task, as soon as they would let me, walking the halls. While walking I had fairly regular contractions about 3 minutes apart, but never lasting more than about 30 seconds and when I sat down, they became 6-9 minutes apart. It was nice having the breaks, but we were all worried because I wasn’t progressing.
Around 2 PM my doctor came in and reminded me of our time limit and asked me what I thought of starting Pitocin. I told her if we were going to do Pitocin, I wanted a low dose epidural. I was so scared, tired, and frustrated at that point.
At 3 PM they started the epidural and Pitocin drip. I could still feel that I was having contractions, but I no longer felt the pain. The nurse checked my cervix an hour later. I was only 4-5 cm dilated and my contraction pattern was not promising. My contractions were still only lasting 30-45 seconds.
At 5 PM my doctor came by to check on me, and much to everyone’s surprise I was 10 cm and the baby was at 0 station! Everyone was shocked because my contractions were still very short. We waited 1 hour to push to let the contractions work the baby down even lower. At 6 PM I started pushing. By that time I could feel the urge to push and lots of pressure and some pain. A healthy Audrey Claire Besen was born at 6:51 PM!