A Tale of Two Bald Spots

I’ve been looking through Charlotte’s baby photos a lot recently, having fun remembering her tiny days and noticing the similarities and differences between her and Caroline.

I came across this picture I took when Charlotte was six weeks old. I felt it important to document this little bald patch she had on the back of her head from sleeping/lying on her back. (I was a much better documenter back then. Sorry, Caroline…)

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(Proof that Charlotte’s hair was dark at birth, too!)

And just yesterday I was noticing Caroline (who will be six weeks old tomorrow) has developed a bald spot of her own. But unlike Charlotte, my content little back sleeping I’ll-sit-happily-whereever-you’ll-place-me baby, Caroline has two bald spots, which indicate how she’s been spending her time slumbering.

 

Sure, I'll point it out for ya.

Sure, I’ll point it out for ya.

 

This picture tells a story of our days and nights these days. The brand new rocking bassinet we bought her has been moved out of our room because who needs it when your baby just ends up sleeping with you all night anyway? She really hates lying flat. It actually makes her gasp and choke a little bit so I’m assuming she has some acid reflux going on.

Our new bedtime “routine” is this: Nurse her to sleepiness around 9 or 10 pm. Place her in the car seat we bought off craigslist when Charlotte was born that we just use around the house and carry the baby in. Spend 10 – 60 minutes rocking the car seat, stuffing the pacifier back in her mouth, placing our hand on her chest, and shhh-ing until she falls asleep. When she wakes up hours later, she will come into bed with us to nurse and then fall asleep on my arm facing me until morning. So far this has worked three nights. It didn’t work at all last night, though, so maybe that means we need a new routine already. Ha! Sounds about right for life with a young infant.

Last night she needed to sleep with me the whole night. And it really is the sweetest thing in the world waking up to this face snoozing away right next to yours.

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(This pic is a few weeks old already; the pre-bald spot days.)

What’s not the sweetest thing: waking up to that snoozing face seventeen times every four hours. Once or twice would really do the trick.

As I’ve been writing this, Caroline has been fighting sleep in her car seat while I’ve been using my foot to rock it back and forth,back and forth, back and forth. I’ve looked down to catch her smiling at the window one moment and on the verge of tears the next. 

Charlotte has been in the room with us playing with her dinosaurs, cars, and racetrack. She is doing her best not to crash them right next to Caroline, jolting her out of her sleepy haze for the hundredth time, and I’ve been doing my best to be patient with Charlotte and remember that all this is an adjustment for her, too. 

Finally, Caroline is sleeping , and I can devote all my focus to giving Charlotte a bath and getting her ready for her own nap. We are all getting the hang of being a family of four, slowly but surely. 

 

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Caroline’s first stats

Last Monday Caroline had her first appointment with the pediatrician. We actually forgot to go to our original appointment scheduled on Friday (I’m blaming it on “new baby brain.” Sure, that’s a thing.) so she had a little extra time to grow. 

Caroline did not love her appointment at all, which meant that I had to nurse her there, and as a result, I learned that I wasn’t always positioning her right for feeding at her age. I made a simple change and I think she has been filling up a little better.

Not that it had been much of a problem — she was up to 9 pounds, 1 ounce at eleven days old! That’s fourteen ounces since we left the hospital the Saturday before. (The doctor, however, said it wasn’t a “fabulous” weight gain, but she was okay with it. Whatever lady!)  So far Caroline is close to the 90th percentile for weight and 97th for height.

When the doctor saw how long she is she said, “You have a very tall baby, but you’re both tall right?”

Yes, I am a very tall 5’3″.  :) 

Chris is 6 feet, so average/tall? Charlotte is still tall for her age, but we’ll see how all these numbers play out in later years. (Not like it even really matters anyway!)

She is healthy, and we are happy! 

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This sweet snoozer is fattening up!

 

 

 

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Introductions

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Introducing our newest bundle of love, our daughter Caroline!

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Caroline Therese was born at 5:43 on Thursday, June 19. She was 20 inches long and weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces. 

She has dark brown hair, inky blue newborn eyes, tiny little ears and long little toes. We are totally smitten with this little one!

Big sister Charlotte has been so sweet and helpful with Caroline. Today she helped give her a bath and took her role of dumping water on her (legs and tummy only!) very seriously. 

Charlotte knew she was getting a sister all along! Her intuitions are much better than mine!

Charlotte knew she was getting a sister all along! Her intuitions are much better than mine!

 

Right now Caroline is sleeping away, as she has been doing all day, in preparation for her middle of the night fuss fest. But we are too blissed out to mind that at all. :) 

 

Who wants to play our baby game?

Little Baby D2 is due in eleven days…!!!

I set up a guessing game through Babyhunch.com and invite you all to play along! It’s your chance to “officially” guess our baby’s birthday, weight/height, sex, time of birth, etc., and possibly beat a bunch of other people doing so! :)  This is all for my own enjoyment as I sit here gaining more weight by the minute.

Here is the link:

http://www.babyhunch.com/poolpage.php?poolid=2a5f60ca8c5f9b32dbef34a5a760dcb6

Thanks for playing! 

Pregnancy Wive’s Tales

Sometimes it’s fun to jump on bandwagons. 

I’ve seen a number of pregnant-lady blog posts going through some of the old pregnancy wives tales used to predict the sex of your baby. So I thought I’d join in on the fun and play, too! I have just about two weeks left until  my due date (Whaaaaat??? I still have so much to do. And by that I mean everything.), so we’ve obviously been thinking even more about who our little babe is going to be. I’ve thought it’s been a boy since day one (just like I thought with Charlotte until we found out at 20 weeks), Chris has been wishy-washy about what he thinks, and Charlotte is convinced she is getting a little sister named Sally. 

Since my little family can’t come to an agreement, let’s see what all those old wives think.

Old Wife 1: The Chinese gender predictor: Chinese lunar age and month apparently can predict the sex of your baby. Since I know nothing about any of that, I can plug in my info to an online calculator (found here) and find out what I’m having. According to the Chinese, it’s a GIRL.

Old Wife 2: The Mayan gender predictor: I’d never heard of this one, but this is what Baby Center has to say: “This one’s an easy calculation. How old were you when you conceived this baby? What year did you conceive? If both numbers are odd or even, you are carrying a girl. If one is odd and the other even, it’s a boy. “ So the Mayan say I’m having a BOY.

Old Wife 3:  Fetal heart rate: If it has been over 140 bpm, then the baby is supposed to be a girl, and under 140 means it will be a boy. My baby’s heart rate has been right around 140 recently, but about 150 at earlier appointments. GIRL

Old Wife 4: How do you carry your baby?  High? Girl.  Low? Boy. I think I carry high. GIRL 

Old wife 5: Cravings: Baby Center says, “More headaches means a boy, as does a craving for meat, cheese, salty or sour flavors. Fewer headaches and a craving for sweets and fruit means a girl.” I haven’t had any headaches (yay!), but what happens when you crave everything? Results inconclusive.

Old wife 6: Side You Most Rest On: Baby Center says, “If a pregnant woman prefers to lay on her left side, she’s having a boy. If she prefers resting on her right side, she’s having a girl.” I toss and turn a lot at night lately, but typically I prefer my right side. GIRL

 Old wife 7:  Morning sickness: Did you get it or not? I was lucky to avoid that pregnancy side effect, so apparently that means I’m having a BOY. (However, I never had it with Charlotte either…)

Old wife 8: Does your stomach look like you swallowed a basketball or a watermelon? Well this one’s easy for me: basketball. I’ve been told on numerous occassions by plenty of people that I have basketball-stomach going on. This means I’m carrying a BOY

And now for the final results:

Baby boy – 3; Baby girl  – 4

So, in conclusion, I am having either a boy or a girl! I’m glad I got that sorted out. :) 

 

 

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