Friday, October 20, 2006

10/20/06 Katrina's stats

Katrina and the soft stuffed bear Beth's bigger than she is! But she liked looking at it, though really, she was wiggling and looking around at everything.

Today was Katrina's 2-week checkup. She was at the pediatrician a week ago for a weight check, and was 6 lbs 14 oz. Today hopefully she'd be back up to her birth weight of 7 lbs 2 oz.

I explained to the nurse weighing her that genetics weren't in her favor for having recouped her birth weight yet, but then a big surprise: 7lbs 8 oz! That's 10 oz in a week, unprecedented among Doudna babies. Furthermore, her length is up 1-3/4" from when she was born just two weeks ago. Indeed, her face has filled out and head has visibly grown. Also, she's keeping Pampers in business with her business, so it looks like any feeding concerns I had in the beginning have been resolved.

So, today her stats were:

7 lbs 8 oz (25th %ile)
20-3/4" long (75th %ile)
36.4 cm head circumference

We had a little more happy-baby-fun-time today than usual, but never when I need it. I wish I could set her down for just 5 minutes without her screaming, just so I can pour cereal, tie a shoe, zip a jacket, give a hug, or do any number of things little boys need from Mom in the morning. (Actually, these days, Dad does most of the morning stuff, but it helps him a lot if I can manage to just get shoes on.)

The boys are at Tonya's monthly sleepover tonight, perfect timing for Dave and I to go out and celebrate his birthday with a longtime tradition of his: Benihana. For birthdays, they do a little singing, blowing out a candle, and then take a photo. Katrina slept through our entire dinner!

Speaking of sleep, she slept pretty much all day long, with a few happy times after waking up on her own (I didn't let her sleep more than 3 hours at a time, a strategy Dr. Loeb supported). I hope that doesn't mean her awake time comes tonight.

Another bath victory: she was full-on wailing the newborn WAH-WAH-WAH as Dave was getting her ready for the bath. But as soon she was immersed in the warm water, she calmed right down. Then for over 10 minutes, she just looked around and was very relaxed, including when I washed her hair and then floated her around. Goody!

Night report: Katrina woke up pretty much every 3 hours, though at 5am wouldn't go right back to sleep after nursing, so I lay with her and held the pacifier for her. Not too bad. Very sweet, in fact, though I get stiff lying in one position that long. But that's a far sight better than dancing her around the living room at 3am!


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