Sunday, February 21, 2010

Dear Luke (1 Month)

Dear Lukey, February 15, 2009

I can’t even tell you how happy I am to have you here! It was a really tough ride, fighting through morning sickness, aches, heartburn, stretch marks, doctors visits, and your delivery but it’s all behind us now and you’re here!!! It has been so nice getting to know you this past month.

Your first week home was a challenging one! Mommy was healing from surgery and dealing with anemia so it was HARD for her when you woke up wanting to eat all night long! Luckily Grandma ******* was here and she helped Mommy out SO MUCH! You were a very upset little boy at first. You would go through phases of sleeping only 2-3 hours (and staying up 2-3 hours between them!!). On those nights, Mommy & Daddy only got a few hours of rest so we were TIRED!! Some nights you just refused to sleep at all, so Mommy would prop you up on the boppy in the recliner with her and sleep sitting up. Of course, there were also glorious nights when you would sleep for a 5 or 6 hour stretch and we would wake up SO HAPPY!!

During your first week we had MANY trips to the Doctor! They tested your billiruben (Mommy might have spelled that wrong...) for about 4 days in a row! They were waiting to see it plateau and finally head back down. Poor baby, you were so orange! It looked like you had a little fake tan. I hated taking you in there just to have your heel pricked. You would cry so loud and the mean nurse would just hold your foot and keep scraping your pricked foot for more blood. You also lost A LOT of weight! You were born at 9lbs 5oz, and most babies lose about 7% of their birth weight before heading back up. You lost almost 9%, dipping all the way down to 8lbs 4oz. Your doctor wasn't very concerned, at least she didn't say so at the time (nowadays when we go in, both Dr. T and her nurse Carol say things like "you used to worry us little guy, we thought you weren't eating, and now you're growing like a champ!"). What's interesting is, as soon as you dipped below safe levels with your billiruben, your weight shot back up also.

By two weeks, you could roll to both sides with ease. You couldn't roll all the way over, but you seemed to prefer rolling to either side when we put you down - just because it was the only thing you knew how to do. You just wanted to move SO BAD! (That hasn't changed!) You lifted your head very well also - everyone talked about how strong you were with it! You definitely couldn't control it on your own, or hold it steady, but you could lift it up and look around like it was no big deal.

We constantly get comments about how big you are! And people don’t mean you’re chubby, you are just a SOLID baby! The nurses in the hospital said you didn’t look like a newborn (every time their shifts changed and a new nurse came in EVERY one of them was shocked!). There were five boys in the maternity ward during our stay and you were bigger than all of them! You are also incredibly strong! Your grip is so firm! I had a feeling you would be my little brute, I could tell by your strong kicks and how HUGE you made my belly get! : )

Well sweetie, we still have a lot to learn about each other but Mommy and Daddy are so thrilled that you’re here with us and we can’t wait to get to know you better. We love you so much!!!

Love,
Mommy

1 comment:

  1. VBHW, our kiddos must be weeks apart. KLV was born on Feb 1, 2009. If we lived closer they could play together...

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