Sunday, January 9, 2011

Life As Four

So we have been blessed with our second baby girl Gabriella. She is now 6 days old & doing so well. 
2 Days Old
She sleeps for 3 to 4 hours at a time. When she is up she is alert & makes the cutest faces. She eats well & keeps me busy with pumping & nursing. I had problems with getting her to latch on so my right nipple is too sore & raw to nurse her on it right now so I am only able to nurse on my left side & I just pump for the right. She is eating any where from 2 to 3 oz at a time. I am going to invest in a nipple shield today to help with getting her latched on right so that I can mostly nurse instead of bottle feed. I am loving my pump though & it was so worth the money!! I am going to stick with the nursing even though it is a lot of work & has caused me pain.. I don't want to give up like I did with Shiloh. Gabriella was jaundice & we had to have her belly ribbon checked on Friday but they are not concerned with it at this point & told me as long as she is feeding well & having normal diapers then we should be good to go. We have to take her back to the Doctor on Monday for a weight check but other then doctors said she is perfect.

At her visit on Friday she weighed in at 6 lbs. 7 oz. & was 19 3/4 inches so she lost some weight but that is normal. 

Shiloh is doing well adjusting.. she has her moments & she does get jealous of mommy having to share her time with sister now. But she loves having her little sister & tells me all the time "Mama sister is so cute" I love have my girls.. & I love how sweet Shiloh is with Gabriella. We are trying to be as patient with Shiloh as we can & to make sure she knows she is loved. Potty training is still in motion & she is still interested which makes me happy.. I am still not pushing it as much as I could just because I know she is under a lot of stress as is & don't want to put too much on her. She is also sleeping in her bed FINALLY & doing really well with that. She has her nights of waking up but once we reassure her that we are still here she goes back to sleep. I have pretty good routine down with dinner, bath & bed time too so its nice. 

My Happy Big Girl
Stephen went back to work yesterday. He took a late in to help get Shiloh settled but once he left I was on my own. The day went well.. Shiloh only had a few issues but nothing major. I was able to get her down for a nap & get in my feedings & pumping too which I was worried might be hard since Shiloh is so curious as to what I am doing. I even was able to pick up the house & even do laundry which I was glad to get done because it was adding up big time. 

Daddy & His GIrls
Last night one of my best friends came up from Oregon to stay until Monday & I love having her here. I haven't seen her since October so it's awesome that she was able to get time away from the Salon. Shiloh loves having her here too :)

Auntie Gabby & Gabriella
So one thing I struggled with Shiloh when she was born was separation anxiety & I co-slept with her & that is why we have had such a hard time getting her to sleep on her own. So I was really worried about having that issue this time. Even though I have horrible anxiety about SIDS & other things happening I have been doing very well with having Gabriella sleep in the bassinet. I have had her sleep with me a few times after nursing though only because it seemed she was too restless to fall asleep on her own & I was too tired to stay awake. But other then that she is mostly in her bassinet & doing really well with it too :)

All swaddled & sleeping
So things are going really well & we are all adjusting just fine. I couldn't be happier then I am now & I love having my girls. I truly feel so blessed & I am so thankful to have happy healthy babies! 

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