By the 4 month appointment we left the doctor with the direction to start feeding Ava solids whenever we were “ready”. When I asked what that meant I was told that we would know when the time was right. So we spent weeks trying to figure out when the right time was. We told ourselves, “oh beginning of November we would start” then I couldn’t find bowls and spoons. So delay. Then we had some unexpected family issues to deal with, so delay again. Eventually we started with rice cereal mixed with formula as her first meal. A few weeks after that we gave her a peanut product (it looks like a Cheetos) that she is supposed to have to get her introduced to peanuts. We did that in the parking lot of her pediatrician’s office just in case she had a reaction.
In month 4 we dealt with schedules, our first weekend away, teething and mom guilt. By four months Ava started to change the way she looked and started looking less like Scott and more like me. She still has his mouth so whenever she is super upset she transforms back into Scott. Ha!
When you have a baby the doctors and the hospital ask you to track things like feedings and diapers. They look at that information to make sure things are on track and are able to quickly call out if things aren’t going well. Being the nerd that I am, I continued to track. It was just data collection so I could see if there were any patterns in her behavior that I could mold into a schedule. Read more
By the third month I felt like we had turned the corner. Ava was sleeping consistently through the night (we are so lucky) which made for better sleep for us! At this point I was more mobile and I went out as much as I could. Knowing that the winter was coming upon us, I know that it will be harder to get out every day so I was trying to soak it up when the struggle wouldn’t involve bad weather.
As mentioned in the Life with a Baby Month 1 update Ava struggled with eating. I was desperately trying to breastfeed but it wasn’t working the way it needed to. I was trying to feed her all the time and supplement with some formula but honestly we didn’t know how much formula to give her. We were giving her 2-3 oz at a time and then when she finished and still appeared hungry we didn’t listen to her and tried to soothe her in another way. This resulted her being only 5oz over her birth weight by her 1 month appointment. I didn’t really know how much we should give her or how much she should weigh. The doctor told us in no uncertain terms to feed her until she doesn’t want anymore. If she finishes 4oz put another oz in the bottle. Keep feeding her until she doesn’t want anymore. Read more
Welcome to a Life with a Baby where we are sharing our journey into parenthood. The first Friday of the month we will be sharing a story of what life was like.
Theme for month 1 would be struggling with eating and weight gain for Ava and us trying to figure out what to do.
All by myself:
After the first week at home Scott went back to work. My first day at home with a 1 week old infant was scary to say the least. I spent the first part of the Monday crying that I was going to make a mistake or mess up our child. My recovery from the c-section was okay but I wasn’t 100% yet (still not). I was not able to drive and felt isolated and lonely. There are still days I feel like that. Each day gets better than the last. Read more
This month is the birth story as well as the first week at home with Ava! The theme for this month is the 95th percentile.
The 95th percentile
I was off work for about a week. My first week of maternity leave before Ava was awesome. I cooked and baked all of the things which came in handy during the first month. There were concerns that the baby was in breech so I did a late term ultrasound on the Tuesday just before I hit 39 weeks. Breech would have equaled a c-section so needless to say I was panicked. I had a great tech doing the ultrasound. She let me know that the baby wasn’t in breech right away. I made an immediate call to Scott then went back to more cooking.