cifarelli: (Ember)
Today I was on the go constantly from 8:30 this morning until 5:00 tonight. Before that, really, as I was only home for a half-hour in between dropping Corwin off for school and leaving to take Ian and our neighbor's daughter to preschool just after 8:30. After I dropped off the preschoolers, I filled up the gas tank and stopped into HEB where I picked up the sour cream I forgot to get when I was grocery shopping yesterday. I had brought along a cooler to put it in, and good thing I did since I didn't get into the house again 'til just after 5:00 tonight.

Those two errands were mainly designed to kill time before my hair appointment at 10:00. My color is all touched up now, and should be looking good for the wedding we're going to this weekend. I finished at the hair salon at 11:30, and headed up to Market Street to check out the lingerie shops there -- I need a new longline strapless bra to go under the dress I'm planning to wear to the wedding. I struck out -- the lingerie shop I've been to in Market Street before is no longer there, and the one that is there didn't have what I wanted. So then I headed to the mall where I gobbled some fast food lunch, got new jeans and socks at The Gap, and then killed the last half hour I had wandering the mall looking for various odds and ends that I've been meaning to shop for. Tried another lingerie shop in the mall, but they also said they didn't carry longline bras, and I'd probably need to try David's Bridal (joy). I tried on a dress at NY&C (since a different dress would let me avoid the bra issue altogether) but ultimately decided it was a no-go. Then it was time to go pick up the preschoolers.

We had a 2:50 appointment for Corwin's well check this afternoon, so I rush-rush-rushed to get Ian from preschool in time to get Corwin from school early enough to get to the appointment on time. I was so focused on being quick that I left my purse at the preschool in my hurry, sitting in the spot where I put it down to wake Ian from his nap. We had to stop back by the preschool to pick it up in between getting Corwin and going to the doc. We managed to be <5 minutes late for the appointment, which turned out not to matter because WE DID NOT GET SEEN UNTIL ALMOST 4:30!! (The official explanation is that the doc was seeing 2 newborns with 105 degree fevers. Not good.) During the time we were waiting, though, I had nothing but my own wits with which to entertain Ian because I couldn't get in the house to get any toys for him during the brief time I was home after picking him up...because that's when I discovered I was missing my purse with my housekeys in it.

Corwin's well check went fine. He's 84% on weight and 94% on height these days. He's 48.5" tall -- half an inch shy of no longer needing to be in a car seat! Only other real news of note is that his vision check was 20/40, and the doc says that means it's time to get him to an eye doctor. We were expecting that one of these years, since Andrew & I are both very nearsighted, and I got glasses originally in the 2nd grade (Andrew says not 'til middle school for him). But it's slightly earlier than we really expected.

On top of the saga at the doctor's office, we got Corwin's GT test scores today and they were not as expected. They qualified him on a probationary basis for GT Language Arts, but not at all in math, science or social studies. He did poorly on the "nonverbal" test.....and I"m not even sure what that really tests. But a good score on that is required to qualify for GT in math, so his 97% score on the math test combined with the fact that my kindergartener understands the concepts of multiplication and division (!) counts for nothing. So I'm faced with figuring out now how to appeal this, and figuring out what the school is willing to do for my kid so that he doesn't continue wasting time and treading water as he has done this year. I was kinda counting on GT to help with that. Me being one who hates confrontation, this isn't a fun prospect. I'm hoping we can reach some sort of accommodation so that we don't have to move him to private school, simply because that rearranges so many of the plans I have for the next few years -- I'd have to go back to work full time, which would mean day care for Ian and me not being able to be a stay-at-home parent to support Corwin's private school education. On top of that, I suspect the odds of him being able to go to private school next year are rather low, as I think they do all their admissions stuff during the fall semester. I would of course research to confirm that before writing it off, though. Anyway, guess I'll be calling the school tomorrow and starting the process of having a discussion about all this.
cifarelli: (Ember)
For those few of you who still read this...

I am still pregnant. Ready to be done. Due date isn't 'til October 2, so I technically still have just under 2 weeks to go, but I'm really hoping for this one to come early. I feel like a whale. I told Andrew the other night we should just scrap the name we picked out and call the baby Jonah. :P

I don't remember feeling this cumbersome and achy with Corwin. Doesn't mean I didn't...but I don't remember it.

I'm done with work for now; I'm supposed to go back at the beginning of April. So 6 months of weekends off....of work, at any rate. Not that taking care of an infant isn't a darn lot of work! But at least in terms of scheduling stuff, I'm free on the weekends for the foreseeable future. Right now, though, I just have no energy for doing much, and what energy I do have I have been trying to put into getting the house cleaned up and organized. "Ferociously nesting," says Andrew.

Corwin is still doing very well. Preschool has started back up again, and he's going on Mondays and Wednesdays this year. So far, he seems to like his new preschool just fine. I'm enjoying that he's capable of telling me a lot more about what he did while he was there than he was last year. I feel like I'm getting more details from him, at any rate, though I know I'm not getting everything (and never will).

He's also taking a gymnastics class at The Little Gym, which so far he seems to love. And I'm definitely seeing improvement each time he's incremental, but it's there. I kinda wish the class was twice a week instead of just once, as I think he'd progress faster with more exposure, and he likes it enough that I don't think he'd mind going twice.

We had to take him to the doctor a couple weeks ago, and he weighed in at 43 lbs and 42" tall. Compared with his measurements at his well check last April, he's grown nearly 2" since then. No wonder I think his pajama pants are looking short! I guess I'm probably gonna need to go buy him new clothes for winter soon, as I suspect all his stuff from last year is gonna be too short, too.

He is fascinated by numbers. He can count past 100, can read four-digit numbers correctly, and can do very basic addition and subtraction. He does still have trouble counting objects in front of him because he tends to lose track of which ones he's already counted once he gets up to around 10, but if you remind him to slow down and focus he does it correctly. He very recently started doing more than just scribbling with writing implements -- and what is he doing but trying to WRITE numbers? He's been very intently working on learning to write 1, 4, and 5. To be fair, he's been writing a few letters, too (capital A and H are the main ones), but he's definitely more focused on the numbers. He's also been practicing circles and ovals. But he hasn't yet tried to draw a picture of anything.

He also knows all his letters, both upper and lower case, and most of the letter sounds. I'm trying to work on applying that to reading words with him, but aside from a few that he's memorized, we're not making a lot of progress on that front yet. We've been working a lot on the "what letter does 'word' start with?" but he seems to be having trouble hearing or distinguishing the beginning sound to identify the letter. For example, if I ask him what 'bird' starts with he'll just guess random letters, but as soon as I ask him what letter says 'b' he gets it correct. He does spend a lot of time asking me how to spell various words, and some of them seem to stick. His memory amazes me -- we've been reading some nonfiction from the library, and right now we have out a book on Apatosaurus. It's a chapter book (short chapters...the whole book is 40-something pages) with quite a few words in it, compared to most of the picture books we've read, but we've read it enough that he can complete many of the sentences in it as we are going along. One page has a map of part of the western US (Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, Kansas, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Montana) and he can identify all of those states correctly (and Mexico, too). He's just a sponge....seems to soak up everything. I wonder how much of it is going to stick, long term.

And now that I've rambled for a while, I really should get to bed, so I can get up to get him to gymnastics in the morning.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Corwin turned 2 years old on Thursday, February 26! We had a family birthday party for him the previous Saturday, which went well. He had a grand time being the center of attention. He finally figured out presents, too -- a big change even from Christmas. He was actually interested in helping open his birthday presents, pulling off bows and tearing paper. And then of course wanted the toys removed from their packaging ASAP! :) He had Spritz cookies rather than cake because he hasn't yet shown the slightest interest in cake; we're starting to get him to eat a little bit of some bready things (pizza crust, half a biscuit, the crust of french bread), but he's still not even eating much bread (he prefers crunchy crackers and chips). They'd had cupcakes at MDO for Valentine's Day a couple weeks before his birthday, and when I asked if he'd eaten his, his teachers said he didn't touch it. Didn't surprise me in the least.
We ordered pizza at his birthday party so that I wouldn't have to come straight home from work and hole up in the kitchen, and just cooked up some Buitoni tortellini with pesto sauce for him since I know he likes that and he hasn't yet learned to like pizza. Well, enter my mother, who can get Corwin to eat all sorts of things that Andrew and I can't. She was eating the "Spinach Special" pizza, which has a white sauce with spinach and garlic and feta cheese and I don't remember what all else, and he started acting interested in that. So she let him try some, and he ate a fair bit of it. The preponderance of evidence is looking more and more like he doesn't like tomato sauce. He won't eat pasta with tomato sauce on it (but will with pesto sauce), he tried a spoonful of tomato sauce at Carrabba's one night when we went and ordered him cheese ravioli with the sauce on the side, made a huge face, and refused to touch any more, and he's rejected pizza when we've offered it to him (took a small taste and refused to eat any more). But apparently pizza without tomato sauce is not too bad. *shrug*

He eats calamari, too. We took him out to eat at Rockfish on his birthday proper, and ordered the calamari appetizer. He had grabbed one off the main plate and popped it in his mouth even before we could get some onto a plate for him. I think that's the most enthusiastic about meat I've ever seen him be!

All that said, he had his 2 year well-baby checkup today (even though he's not a well baby; we've all got colds right now). He's now 38" tall and 34 lbs, 6 oz. He's completely off the chart on his height now. Based on the rule of thumb I've seen that says you can approximate their adult height by doubling their height at age 2, he's on track to be 6'4" as an adult. I think he must have gotten some Vinyard genes in there somewhere. :)

No shots today; he's apparently not due for any more vaccines until he's 4. That was a pleasant surprise. :)
cifarelli: (Paulina and Corwin Sept. 2008)
Wow...he's grown!

Just looked back at his vital stats from 6 months and 12 months. He grew 2 3/4" from 6 months to 12 months. From 12 months to 19 months he grew 4 1/2". I thought their growth was supposed to slow down once they hit 12 months -- but apparently not Corwin's. No wonder he's back above the 97th percentile. :P

I went to Carter's today to get Corwin some more pajamas (he got Halloween pajamas as they literally didn't have any others in the style I wanted in his size -- oh, it was terrible!) and some more warm clothes for this winter. Looking at the height and weight guidelines on their clothing, he is 3T already by weight, but he's still 2T by height. I bought him all 2T stuff, as some of his 18-month summer stuff still fits (separates...the rompers are definitely too short for his torso), though it is starting to look short. I was a bit frustrated as there wasn't much to choose from in the way of elastic-waistband pants in 2T. It looks like once you hit the toddler sizes, you start getting more of the straight waists with a zipper and a snap, and less of the easy-on stuff. I guess most people's kids have more advanced fine motor skills than Corwin does by the time they get big enough for 2T? For me, it was frustrating because when I'm still removing my kid's pants multiple times a day to change his diaper, I want them to be as easy on and off as possible.

On the vaccination front, things have gone very well this time -- no unexplained, unconsolable crying fits to deal with. Yay! He was basically his usual self all day yesterday and today as well. Unfortunately, this evening when Andrew got home from work he noticed that Corwin's right thigh is very red and swollen around the injection site. He got DTaP and Hep A shots yesterday, one in each leg. I'm not sure which leg got which shot, but based on what I read online it sounds like it is the DTaP that he's having the reaction to. I ended up calling the doctor's message service and talking to a nurse after finding a note under "Immunization Reactions" on the Texas Children's Hospital web site that "redness or red streak around the injection site bigger than 1 inch" is a reason to "call your doctor now (night or day)." Further down the page (that I didn't see before I called) it lists common (mild) reactions for DTaP, that include the following:

-Redness or swelling where the shot was given (up to about 1 child in 4)
-Soreness or tenderness where the shot was given (up to about 1 child in 4)

It goes on to explain that these problems occur more often after the 4th and 5th doses of the DTaP series than after earlier doses. Sometimes the 4th or 5th dose of DTaP vaccine is followed by swelling of the entire arm or leg in which the shot was given (up to about 1 child in 30).

I'm not sure how many DTaP shots he's had already, but that sounds like what he's experiencing. He hasn't had a reaction in the past, aside from fussiness.

Anyway, I did talk to a nurse who basically confirmed that it isn't anything immediately threatening or worrisome, and I should call his doctor's office tomorrow to see if they want to see him to follow up. So that's the plan. Corwin wasn't running a fever this evening, and he wasn't any fussier than he usually is. The only sign we could see that his leg was bothering him at all was that he would periodically pull his shorts leg up like he was trying to get the cloth off of the irritated area.

And now, it is bedtime for me!
cifarelli: (Paulina and Corwin Sept. 2008)
Corwin had his 19-month well-baby checkup today (it's at 19-months instead of 18 because he had to have one vaccination at 13-months and his doc wanted to see him 6 months after that).

He's still definitely on track to be a Vinyard male. He's above the 97th pecentile on both height and weight - 35 1/4 inches and 32 pounds. Based on his growth, we're doing a fine job of keeping him fed and watered. :)

Nothing else really to report. His doctor looked him over and declared him healthy as a horse. Apparently he's not really behind on language skills (especially in light of how good his comprehension is), he's just not ahead on them either.

He got two shots today and only cried for less than a minute total. He handled them very well I thought.

On an amusing note, the park next to the library (which is about a block from the pediatrician's office) was still closed this morning, so we headed back to the playscape at the mall after his appointment for him to run around for a while. As we were leaving he amused the heck out of me by taking a 90 degree turn and running across the mall walkway into the GameStop store. We've never been to Gamestop in that mall (in fact, I'm not sure Corwin has ever been in a GameStop at all), so I've got no explanation for it other than 'instinct.' He's definitely his father's son.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Corwin had his 12-month checkup today. Vital stats are as follows:

Height: 30 3/4"
Weight: 23 lbs 12 oz
Head Circumference: 18 3/4"

Oddly enough, he's no longer 90th percentile on anything; he's about 75% for height and 50ish% for weight.

He got lots of vaccinations today, and has to go back in a month for his Hep A vaccination because his doctor didn't want him to have 5 shots at one time, which is what he would have had if he got them all today. He was fine afterwards until he woke up from his nap this afternoon around 3:30; he woke up and would not stop crying. Even distraction didn't work; I got my keys and took him out to get the mail, and that distracted him until we got to the mailbox, at which point he started crying again. I couldn't even get him to nurse until I laid him down on his side in my lap...and he hasn't wanted to nurse in that position for months now! I checked his temp and it was normal, but I finally gave him some Tylenol anyway since it was obvious that SOMETHING was bothering him. After the Tylenol he stopped crying constantly, but he was still kinda whiny and not-happy seeming. He finally perked up and got back to being his normal self when I put him in his high chair for dinner, and he was fine from then until bedtime (though he was getting a bit fussier than usual by bedtime). So far (*knock on wood*) he's been sleeping fine, though.

If he has a reaction to the MMRV vaccine, his doc said it would show up in 6-13 days, and would be a fever and possibly a rash. Doc said the rash wouldn't be contagious, and that Corwin would most likely act like he feels fine. Mostly just making a note of that for my own reference if I need it in the next week or two.

Other Stuff
There's a strong possibility that Corwin and I will be in Austin midweek next week. My mom wants me to come be a "guest speaker" in the medical class she's teaching at the court reporting school where she works; I'd be giving a presentation on medical research. My sister's going to watch Corwin while I do the class. I'll post again when this gets finalized and I know when I'll be arriving/leaving. I'd love to see folks and maybe give Corwin a chance to play with/near some of the Austin kids while we're there if people are available -- either during the day or in the evenings.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Corwin had his 9-month checkup today. He's barely gained any weight since his 6-month visit, but he's grown another inch. He definitely seems to be taking after my side of the family -- long and skinny. It's also normal for breastfed babies to slow down on the weight gain as compared to formula-fed babies, so the doctor didn't think his weight was anything to worry about. He's certainly not showing ribs or anything. ;)

Height: 29"
Weight: 19 lbs 9 oz
Head circumference: 18"

I was very proud of Corwin when it came time for his finger stick (they drew blood to test his iron levels to make sure he doesn't need a supplement). He didn't even jump when the nurse pricked him, much less fuss or cry. He did fight having his hand held still while she collected the blood, but I expected that given how hard he fights holding still to have his fingernails cut.

Nothing else really of note. Doc says he seems perfectly healthy. Yay!

[EDIT: Oh, Doc also said upon looking in Corwin's mouth that his upper gums are swollen, so his middle top teeth ought to be in soon. I had suspected he might be teething again based on his behavior, but couldn't see/feel anything different in there myself (though admittedly last time I checked was a couple days ago).]
cifarelli: (Corwin)
Corwin had his 6-month checkup today. Here are his stats:

Height: 28" (95th percentile)
Weight: 19 lbs 4 oz (90th percentile)
Head circumference: 18" (90th percentile)

He's still giganto healthy Baby of Doom. ;)

He's getting close enough to the max height and weight for his infant car seat (29" or 22 lbs) that we're planning to get him a convertible seat sometime this month. I want to get him one of the Britax seats, but I'm a little concerned that they won't fit in my car. Guess I need to research that and see if it's a grounded concern or not. Whee!

His doctor suggested we start giving him sips of things like water and EBM from an open cup; he said since he's still breastfed we could probably skip the sippy cup stage altogether if we wanted to. I hadn't even really considered doing that, but it might be worth it to skip the weaning from sippy cup to open cup down the road. I think we'll probably give it a try and see how much work it looks to be. I know with an open cup we'll probably have to assist him with drinking for quite a while. He also suggested introducing soft finger foods for him to play with. So maybe we'll try some of that in addition to the cereals and see if any of that goes any better.

He got three shots today, and is starting to get a bit fussy this afternoon. He's in his bed now, still fussing a bit but hopefully calming down to a nap.

His next appointment will be the 9-month checkup on December 7. At that one he doesn't get any shots, just a finger-stick to check that he's not deficient in anything important. :)

Andrew and I have been to our dentist appointments also. Both our mouths were given a clean bill of health. Yay!
cifarelli: (Ember)
Corwin had his 4-month checkup today. His current vitals are as follows:

Length: 26" (95%)
Weight: 17 lbs 7.6 oz (90%)
Head Circumference: 17.25" (don't know %)

He got 4 shots, and handled them better this time than he did at 2 months. He only screamed bloody murder during the shots and a short time afterwards. It wasn't any easier for Mommy, though. :(

He napped for an hour or so this afternoon, and was rather fussy after he woke up from his nap. Screamed at me almost non-stop starting shortly after 5 and going until around 6:45. I gave him some Tylenol around 6, so I'm guessing that kicked in and it took him a little while to realize it. Even nursing wasn't enough to calm him down; he'd nurse for 30 secs to a minute, and then pop off and start screaming again. :( He's calm now his pajamas listening to music with daddy. When I finish writing this post I'm going to go see if he feels like nursing now, and then probably put him to bed, barring a resurgence of upset-ness.

[EDIT: It's now 9:30, and Corwin has been asleep and awake again 3 or 4 times between when I originally posted this and now. I can tell something's bothering him. The boy is exhausted (judging from how quickly he falls asleep each time) but whenever he wakes up a little something's obviously bothering him enough to wake him up all the way and keep him from putting himself back to sleep. If he's still doing this come 10:00, we'll give him another dose of Tylenol. I hate vaccination days.]

While I was at the doctor's office, I got a call from my brother asking if I'd be a reference on the financing for his new car. So apparently he's buying a car today -- a Honda Civic. I was going to offer him mine in a year when we are ready to replace it, but his current vehicle died an ugly death a couple weeks ago, so he needs a new vehicle NOW and not a year from now. He'll probably be happier with a new car anyway (mine still runs great, but it's 8 years old already).

And then this evening I got a call from [ profile] beckyboo83 telling me that her flight home this evening had been cancelled, and she's stranded in the airport in Chicago. She's now on standby for a 10:00 p.m. flight, but if she doesn't get on that, she's likely going to get to spend the night in the airport. She asked the airline about accommodations, but all they will pay is half of the hotel room for the night; she'd be responsible for the other half, plus her transportation from/to the airport. I think that's absolutely ridiculous -- if the airline cancelled the flight, they darn well better take care of their stranded passengers. *grump* I told her that if she doesn't get on the 10:00 flight to ask to talk to a manager and give them hell. She's flying American, if that tells you who to avoid. :P

I also talked to my mom this afternoon, and she is recovering well from her surgery a little over a week ago. A little slower than she'd like, she says, but overall doing pretty well. She's still recuperating at home, and will be doing so through the end of this month; she's hoping to go back to work then, but said it's possible it'll be a couple weeks longer than that before she's ready to do so.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Corwin and I had a busy day today.

He was going on 7 1/2 hours straight sleep last night, when the really bad thunderstorm we had around 4:30 a.m. woke him up. It woke Andrew and me up, too, though, so it really wasn't a big deal that Corwin was awake. He's definitely starting to sleep longer stretches more consistently. (but don't tell Murphy I said that!)

We went to a meeting of the Houston Babywearers group this afternoon. I've been wanting to learn more about the different types of slings/carriers that are out there, since our Eddie Bauer front carrier is really convenient for certain activities -- like grocery shopping and going for walks -- but it's not so great for anything that involves bending over, plus even though it says it's good up to 26 lbs, it's starting to feel like it works itself loose over time when we use it for walks. The meeting turned out to be really helpful; I was able to get a good idea about slings, pouches, and mei tais, all of which look pretty easy to get started using.

After the meeting I went across the street to A Woman's Work to look at their selection of slings and pouches. Unfortunately, the place was incredibly busy and I found it difficult to get and hold anyone's attention to help me try stuff on. And then once I figured out what size and style I wanted, it turned out they didn't have a single one in my size and style in stock (or at least, I couldn't find anything, and no one was avialable to help me at that particular moment, and Corwin was reaching meltdown from not having had a nap). So I didn't end up buying anything, and will probably end up ordering something online instead. I think I'd like to get a mei tai (for longer carries) and either a ring sling or pouch (for quick in-and-outs).

A Woman's Work also has a baby scale in the front of the store, so I weighed Corwin on a lark. In his clothes, he's now 17 lbs, 14 oz. My baby is HUGE! At the meeting, he was gigantic next to the 3-month old babies, and about the same size as the 5 and 6 month old babies that were there. He'll be 4 months old on Tuesday.

We woke up this morning to no cable TV or internet, and both were still out when I got home from the meeting/shopping around 3:15. They finally came back up around 5:00 p.m. I need to call the cable company (Comcast, as of yesterday) tomorrow and cancel the service order for Friday morning. Apparently there were outages all over Houston due to last night's inclement weather, but there was "no reported outage" for the area associated with our phone number. Regardless, that seems to have been the problem. I'm really glad I had something to do outside the house for most of the day today, since I think I would have gone crazy at home all day with no internet.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Corwin and I are home from his doctor appointment (have been for a couple hours, actually). We both seem to have survived his shots, though they were plenty traumatic for mommy as well as baby. It's really hard to just hold your kid's hands while someone does owie things to them that make them scream. :(

His doctor asked us to skip the oral rotavirus vaccine. Apparently a previous incarnation of this vaccine was associated with intussusception, and the doctor doesn't feel like the new vaccine has been determined to be definitely safe just yet. Basically, he said he'd give it if I wanted it, but I got the strong impression he'd rather not. Since Corwin isn't going to day care, I figure he's at a lower risk of exposure anyway, so I don't mind forgoing it. The stuff I've read online since we got home gives the strong impression that rotavirus is a bigger problem in developing countries where access to medical facilities to treat the resultant dehydration is lacking. So even if he does come down with a severe case of diarrhea/vomiting from rotavirus, I feel confident that he can be treated and will ultimately be fine. There are a couple of articles about the vaccine (not from anti-vaccination sources) from the PATH Rotavirus Vaccine Program and Medical News Today.

So far Corwin seems to be doing okay. I fed him immediately after he got his four shots, and that mostly calmed him down. He was still a little fussy after I got him back in his car seat, but had fallen asleep even before I got him into the car (I had to stand around for a few minutes to pay the doctor's office and schedule his 4-month appointment). He was awake by the time we got home, but has actually been a bit calmer than usual (is that listlessness?). Then he got fussy again, but I think that was due to tiredness; he's napping in his swing now. The nurse said he'd likely take a good nap this afternoon, so we'll see if she was right. ;)

And now, his vitals that you have all been waiting for:

Length: 24" (95th percentile)
Weight: 14 lbs 15 oz (95th percentile)
Head circumference: 16" (75th percentile)

I'm surprised at his length, actually, as if that's correct he's only grown a quarter-inch in the last month. Given that we had to move him up a clothing size because the 0-3s were too short, and he's definitely looking longer in his car seat and bouncer, I was pretty sure he'd grown more than that. I suspect either the 1-month measurement wasn't quite right, or this one wasn't.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Length: 23 3/4 inches (off the charts)
Weight: 11 lbs 11 oz (95th percentile)
Head circumference: 15" (50th percentile)

The doc says if he keeps growing at this rate, he's on target to be 6'2". Sounds like he's got some Vinyard in there somewhere ;)

It sounds like his digestive tract issues (lots of straining, grunting, and apparent discomfort when pooping) are normal and we just have to wait for him to mature a little more. He did tell us a couple of tricks that might help, so we'll give that a try. Yay for no mention of me needing to try elimination diets or the like.

Only mildly negative thing is he is apparently spending too much time laying on the left side of his head, so we need to make him spend some time on his right side to balance it out so he doesn't get a flat head.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Corwin had his 2 week dr. appt. today; it was just with a nurse to do the two-week follow-up testing required by the state (PKU and some other stuff I can't remember right now). He's up another ounce from Tuesday, so I feel even better about the breastfeeding. :) Weighs 9 lb 5 oz now.

Starting as of yesterday he's been leaking from his diapers almost constantly (pee, not poop), which is extremely annoying and results in massive numbers of outfit, blanket, and sheet changes every day. We asked the nurse if there was something we were doing wrong, but she didn't really have any suggestions, other than to try to put him in smaller diapers. But he's currently in the Newborn size diapers, which are rated up to 10 lbs; the only thing smaller are preemie diapers, which I'd feel silly putting on a 9-lb baby. Any other suggestions from the more experienced of you? Could his butt really just be preemie-sized?

We also put together his stroller today and took him for a walk around the neighborhood. We went out walking a couple days ago with him in the baby carrier we bought, but he didn't seem that comfortable in it, and it was kinda unwieldy to get him in and out of. Maybe we just need more practice with it, but I found the stroller much more pleasant to use.

I just got the boy to finish his evening cluster feed, so I am off to bed now. He seems to cluster feed for anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours in the evening before bed (somewhere between 8 p.m. and midnight). It's frustrating, but at least I'm experienced enough now to know that eventually he'll fall asleep and stay asleep long enough for me to get him to bed.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Corwin Andrew Blodgett Harper was born on Monday, February 26, 2007 at 5:54 p.m. He's a giant, weighing in at 9lbs 3oz, and measuring 22 inches long. Andrew and I are of course totally in love with him! :)

We're all home from the hospital now, as of around 8:00 p.m. last night. We're currently trying to adjust to our new, sleep-depped life with a demanding baby, so pictures and more info will follow as I can snatch the opportunity to post. I definitely have lots more to say, so stay tuned for updates!


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