Jack's 2 Week Check-Up

Monday, August 13, 2012

Well I'm almost a week late in posting about Jack's 2 week check-up but better late than never!  We saw the doctor on Wednesday and Jack is so super healthy!! - that is one huge plus of delivering three days late...plenty of time for the baby to 100% develop in the womb.  Notes about our visit:

  • Jack weighs 9lb 15.5oz (probably 10 by now!).  That is in the 87th percentile.
  • He is 22.5" long - 99th percentile.  Looks like we'll maybe have a little basketball star!
  • The doctor commented that Jack looked like he was in for his 2 month check-up because he is just so big!
  • Jack's circumcision looks great - hooray!
  • The doctor took off his umbilical cord (it was hanging by a thread!) and said we don't have to put the topical cream on anymore that we were using for his infection.  Yay!  We think his belly button is just the cutest thing! - he has an innie :]
  • We were reminded to always sleep the baby on his back, feet should be at the foot of the crib and, when possible, put him to bed with a pacifier.  These are all the [current] recommendations to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • The doctor told us to start tummy time 15 minutes a day (in five minute intervals) to keep the neck muscles strong.
  • Jack had been having a serious breast preference when nursing.  He only liked to nurse from the left and it took me forever to get him to latch on the right side.  I asked the doctor about this and he said it's normal for some babies to have a preference and it is usually because of the way they were positioned in the womb (their neck was craned to one side and so they don't like to turn it the other direction).  He told me to turn his head to both sides at every diaper change to stretch out the muscles and get him used to having his head each direction.  I also had read online about breast preference before going to the doctor and one of the suggestions was to nurse the baby in the lying down position and sometimes this helps them get used to latching on their least-preferred side.  I started to do that when nursing on the right side and he has gotten so much better at latching on the right - hooray! (because it was really frustrating to spend 20 minutes latching him in the middle of the night!)
Wednesday was such a big day for us.  In addition to Jack's two-week we also picked up his birth certificate (I was so excited! - I don't even know why but it is so cool!), gave him his first real bath since his umbilical cord was off (he loved it!) and went on our first walk!

It was so fun to take Jack on a walk in his stroller and he really, really loved it!  He looked around at everything.  I was instructed to not go on any walks until the two-week mark so it was so nice to get out of the house for awhile and get to be outside and get some exercise!  Since our first walk we have taken several more.  Usually, Jack & I go on a walk in the morning (um or early afternoon which now seems to be my "morning") while Tom is studying and then we go on a walk all together as a family in the evening.  The evening walk is my favorite since Daddy gets to come with us but our morning walks are fun too :]

Speaking of Daddy, Tom has seriously been the best daddy ever.  I'm not kidding, I could not have asked for a better daddy for Jack (or a better husband for myself!).  He always offers to take Jack when he is fussy and he almost always can calm him down.  Daddy's love for Jack is so apparent and it is so fun to watch him interact with our sweet little boy.  Jack really loves his daddy and he always stares at him when Daddy is holding him.

Despite Jack's breast preference, he is a really great nurser!...and a really frequent one too :]  He nurses every 1.5-2 hours during the day and every 3 hours at night.  No wonder he is growing like a weed!

We are really, really loving being parents to Jack.  He is such a sweet baby and makes our lives so fun.  Why didn't we do this earlier? :]

My cousin Jordan and his wife Megan came to visit Jack last week!

I'm glad Tom documented that I do sometimes take a nap when Jack is napping...just not very often.

Our first walk!

Jack's first real bath :]

Jack is not the biggest fan of tummy time.  He starts crying after about three minutes.

Grandma Altop

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Grandma & Grandpa Altop at our wedding, July 2008.  Look at her bright smile!
Tom's sweet grandma passed away this evening and she will be sorely missed.  She was so fun (and funny!) and so full of life.  She was such a sweet woman and we are sad we weren't able to be in Sacramento to say goodbye.  We are so sad Jack will not be privileged to know his amazing great-grandmother in this life.  We are so grateful for our understanding of the Plan of Salvation.  We know that we will see Grandma Altop again and we know that there was a happy reunion in heaven today as she was welcomed home.  You will be missed, Grandma!  We love you!

Grandma & Grandpa Altop at the hospital today.  Such a sweet picture that portrays such a beautiful love.

Doctor Visit

Doctor Visit

Friday, August 3, 2012

Our poor little Jack has an infection in his umbilical cord stump!  We were out doing Jack's newborn photo shoot today and he was being so, so cranky which is so out of character for him.  He just would not fall asleep and I could not figure out what was wrong.  Finally we decided to take a break from trying to get pictures and let the photographer shoot her next appointment while I nursed Jack and calmed him down.  While I was nursing him I noticed that something smelled really awful.  At first I thought it was because Jack had peed when his diaper was off during the photo shoot and it had gotten on his body.  So I wiped him down with a wipe but that didn't help at all and really, that smell was awful.  Not really like pee.  After some sniffing around (haha) I realized it was his umbilical cord stump.  The first thing I thought was infection since anything really foul-smelling often indicates an infection.  So I called his doctor's office to ask if I should be concerned.  They said yes and that I needed to come in today so we set an appointment for later in the afternoon.  Luckily, Jack finally fell into a deep enough sleep to finish his newborn portraits (let me tell you, they turned out SO cute!).  The photo shoot took us 3 long hours thanks to Jack's fussiness and the photo studio accidentally over-booking (we had to wait for another photographer to come into the studio).

After our super long photo shoot we headed straight to the doctor.  She confirmed that Jack did indeed have an infection.  She cleaned the stump and then put something on it (I can't remember now what it was...).  She prescribed a cream for Jack that we need to apply to his cord stump three times a day for a week.  We've been instructed to return to the doctor's office immediately if we notice redness extending out from his belly button or a fever.  I'm not sure if the infection was what was bothering Jack or if it was just that he was so over-tired but I'm glad we caught it early and could start treating it right away.

As if a cord infection wasn't enough, poor little Jack also has a clogged tear duct.  Yesterday we noticed that his eye was all crusty after a nap so we cleaned it up with a warm, wet washcloth but after every nap he just had more gunk in his eyes.  Tom looked it up and we determined he had a clogged tear duct.  While we were at the doctor's office today I asked about it and she confirmed that it was a clogged tear duct and said just to keep wiping out the gunk with a warm, wet washcloth and try to keep his eye as clean as possible.  I assumed this would clear itself up in a couple of days but the doctor told us they normally clear up themselves within 2-10 months (WHAT?!) and if by 10 months there are still problems then they will refer him to a specialist.  I'm not worried that it will last for 10 months but even 2 months is a long time to have to wipe his eyes 8-10 times a day!  Especially since he hates having them wiped so much.  Our poor little baby!

On a happier note, Jack now weighs 9lb6oz (5oz up from his birth weight and 10oz more than he weighed just 4 days ago at our other doctor appointment!).  He is 21.5" long which means he has grown a full inch since his birth!  This little boy is growing like a weed.

Welcome to Parenthood!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Jack is one week old today (can you believe it?!) and he has not wasted any time showing us what parenthood is really all about.

Jack was only 4 days old when T & I were changing his diaper and he started to pee all over the place!  We were at Aunt Kelli's house and T did not want Jack's pee to get all over the carpet so he lifted up his legs to try to redirect the stream.  I was not paying attention so could not react fast enough to cover Jack's stream with his diaper or a wipe.  This resulted in Jack peeing all over his own face!  Poor Baby J!  We all got a good laugh out of it but Jack was not very happy about having to have a bath (and probably also not very happy about having pee all over his face).

That same night I was changing Jack's diaper when he was up for a feeding and right as I pulled the diaper down, Jack decided to have a bowel movement.  I'm talking liquidy, projectile poop aimed right at Mommy!  I jumped back fast enough to avoid having the mess all over myself but, unfortunately, Jack did not miss the carpet, his outfit, or the blanket he was laying on.

Today, I had just changed Jack's diaper and was dressing him when a wet spot suddenly started spreading on the side of his onesie.  What the!?!  I wasn't careful to point his penis down when putting on his diaper.  Because it was pointed upward, his pee came right up out of his diaper all over his clean outfit.

Lessons learned:

  • always have a diaper at the ready to cover Jack's privates in case of an unexpected stream of pee or a blowout.
  • always point the penis downward INTO the diaper.
We are slowly learning the tricks of parenthood (or the tricks of changing diapers)!

In other news...

Jack had a check-up on Monday at 5 days old to follow-up on his circumcision.  The doctor said the circumcision is looking as it should and is healing nicely.  She mentioned that it is "sticking" a little bit but that is normal and they will release it at his two-week check-up.  I'm not exactly sure what "releasing it" entails but it does not sound very pleasant.

Jack weighed 8lb12oz at 5 days old which is great since he weighed 8lb6oz at 2 days old when we left the hospital.  The doctor said she has not seen a 5-day old baby with as good coloring as Jack in weeks.  The doctor at the hospital told us that Jack's jaundice level was pretty much the lowest they ever see.  Yay, Baby J!

All in all, Jack is a very healthy little boy!  He will see the doctor again at 2 weeks.

Mommy's Recovery
I am recovering slowly but surely!  I had a partial 3rd degree tear + an episiotomy so I have been very sore but I am starting to feel a little bit better.  The doctor told me I could not go walking (walks around the block, walking through the mall or a grocery store, etc) for two weeks.  I am starting to feel anxious to get out and take baby Jack for some walks but I will have to wait one more week.

I am losing the baby weight faster than I thought I would.  I barely have a tummy any more which makes me feel skinny even though I still have 22 pounds to go (mostly weight I gained in my thighs and bum).  I've been losing about a pound a day but yesterday I lost 2 pounds!  I am down 9 pounds from the day I came home from the hospital (5 days ago) - I guess that is almost 2 pounds per day.  I'm hoping the weight keeps falling off this quickly but I have a feeling it will slow down soon enough and I will have to work the rest of it off.

The PUPPPs rash stopped bothering me pretty much the moment I delivered.  I still had occasional itchiness on my thighs (the last place the rash spread before delivery) once a day or so but nothing nearly as bad as before the delivery and now the itchiness is completely gone!  It is so crazy how delivery cures the rash.

Jack has been great at nursing!  He's a natural.  Luckily, I have not been sore from nursing as I've heard many women are at first.  Jack is one hungry little boy and likes to nurse every 1-2 hours during the day (with a few 3-hour blocks thrown in there) but at night he will usually go 4 hours between feedings.  I've had to wake him up at night a few times (after 4 hours) to nurse him.  He is such a good sleeper!  The doctor told me to make sure he eats every 2-3 hours during the day and 4 hours at night until he has gotten back to his birth weight.  At that point, I can let him sleep longer at night.  I think I will keep waking him up every 4 hours at night until his two week check-up to make sure he is back to his birth weight and confirm I can let him sleep longer at night if he will.  Jack is a little bit silly and has a preference of nursing on the left side versus the right.  No matter which side he starts on he always takes quite a long time to latch on the right side but immediately latches on the left.  We cannot figure out why he has this preference but it's not really a big deal since he does eventually latch on the right and nurses just fine.

Overall, little baby Jack has been an extremely good baby so far.  He never fusses for no reason.  He only starts to cry if he is hungry and as soon as he's fed he is happy again.  He sleeps great in both his swing and his cradle (and in Mommy or Daddy's arms).  He loves car rides.  We get lots of "gas smiles" from little Jack and despite the fact that they are unintentional, we think they are just the cutest smiles ever!  Jack has a dimple on the right cheek (just like Mama!) and we love seeing it when he makes funny faces or gives a little smile.  People always comment on how much hair Jack has!  They also comment that it is the same color as Mommy's hair.  Jack has long, long fingers and toes so we think maybe he will be tall like Daddy!  He is still wearing newborn clothes even though he is 9 pounds.  His 0-3 month clothes are still much too big on him.  We thought we would not be able to use all the newborn diapers we were given at our baby showers since Jack was 9 pounds at birth but they actually fit him still and we are almost out so hooray!  We will try the size 1 diapers when we run out and if they don't fit we have one small box of newborn diapers that we purchased that should last us until he fits into the size 1's.  Jack keeps us laughing all day with his funny faces.  

It has been so fun for all of us to be home together all day (even though T is pretty much studying the whole day) and we will miss Daddy when he has to start work at the end of the month.  We are one very happy little family!  Even though we have only had Jack for 7 days we already cannot imagine life without him.  He brings us so much joy, keeps us laughing all day, and fills our hearts with so much love.  We think he is the best thing that ever happened to us!

Daddy offers to hold Jack even when he is studying.  What a good Daddy! Jack is so lucky :]

We tried our homemade Moby wrap on Sunday and, clearly, Jack just loves it!


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