Video: The Many Faces of Carolyn

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Video: Carolyn's first bath

Carolyn does not like baths.

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What a difference two weeks makes

The picture on the left is Carolyn in her car seat on June 6. The one on the right is from June 21. Can you tell the difference? Her legs are going to be hanging off the front of that thing in no time. She's even starting outgrowing some of her newborn outfits.

Not only is Carolyn continuing to grow at a fast clip, but she's also sleeping much better at night, which makes for happier mommy and daddy. On Saturday night, she had what we think was a bit of a colic spell, screaming louder than she ever has before from about 8:45 pm to 10:30 or so. We're keeping our fingers crossed that it was a one-off incident, because it was more than a little unpleasant for everyone involved (especially Carolyn, I'm sure). But then again, it could have just been something that Kristen ate; we're still keeping a close eye on her diet.

In a final note for this update, Carolyn kinda-sorta met her Uncle Tom and Aunt Holly this weekend. Actually she was asleep the entire time they were at our house. And we failed to take any pictures of Holly holding her. Oh well. Maybe next time. This coming Sunday she'll be meeting Uncle John, Aunt Kari, and cousins Megan, Emily, Kelly, and baby Jake. We'll try to remember to whip out the camera this time.

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Today is mom and dad's second wedding anniversary.

Reviewing Carolyn's first month

Carolyn is one month old today. Let's take a minute to review how far we've come...

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On daddy-daughter time and watching a newborn for an extended period of time by oneself

These days, a typical day means that Kristen stays home with Carolyn all day, and I go to work. When I get home, I spend as much time as I can holding Carolyn, talking to her, and playing some primitive games with her, such as "I'm tickling your belly" and "I'm sniffing your hand". We'll put her down on the playmat and I'll lay down there with her to play with her (or annoy her, depending on your perspective) for a little while.

We call this (not-so-cleverly) daddy-daughter time, and, honestly, it's my favorite time of day, every single day. I don't know if she's excited to see me when I come home -- her facial expressions aren't very, well, expressive yet -- but I'm sure excited to see her, and I hope she can perceive that. Now, on the flip side of this, there are those middle-of-the-night sessions where I walk around with her and try to put her back to sleep, such as last night, where we had several hours of "bonus" daddy-daughter time. I ended up being awake from 4:15am onwards, because when she finally fell back asleep, it was time for me to wake up, but of course, there I was, already awake. But I'm fine with this, because I'm told that the sleepless nights don't last very long -- please let this be true! -- and I'm a fairly patient guy.

At any rate, yesterday was a special day for us, because it was the first time that Carolyn and I were alone in the house together without her mommy around. Kristen had to go to the hospital for an orientation session for a few hours, so I ended up watching Carolyn by myself for a little more than 3 hours. It went just swimmingly. Here's the final tally:
  • Bottles fed: 2 1/2
  • Poopy diapers changed: 2
  • Outfits changed: 1 (Carolyn's, not mine)

She didn't give me any trouble to speak of, but I got a greater appreciation for what Kristen has been doing every day. It's hard with only two hands! I can't say how many more hours it would have been before I would have run into a problem, but I can say that I had to go to the bathroom pretty badly by the time Kristen got home. I like to think I would have figured out what to do with the baby in order to accomplish this seemingly simple task. Maybe we'll find out sometime in the future. Stay tuned.

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Video: Playtime

Who does she look like?

We get asked a lot who we think Carolyn looks like. We'll let you decide, but we think she has Dad's nose and mouth, and Mom's eyes and face shape. Definitely not Dad's eyebrows.

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Happy Birthday, Grandma!

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Playtime and our rapidly growing baby

The last few days, Carolyn and I have had playtime together on this great jungle-themed play mat that Carolyn's Uncle Tom and Aunt Holly got for her. We've put her on both her tummy, where she's able to move her head from side to side, and her back, where she goes nuts kicking her legs and stretching out her arms.

As you know, I'm never one to pass up some good playing, so I like to lay down there with her, and she seems to like that. It seems like she tries to grab at my face a lot while we're playing. Once we figure out how to put the batteries in this thing, the fun level is going to go through the roof.

In other news, we went to the pediatrician today, and guess how much Carolyn weighs now. Go ahead, guess. Give up? SIX POUNDS. She gained 7 ounces in the last 4 days! She was born at 5 lbs 7 oz, did the standard newborn weight loss to about 5 lbs 2 oz, and now she's gained 14 ounces in about 10 days. Most babies gain an ounce a day, so she's doing really well, and we're so proud of her!

We added a whole bunch of new pictures to the Newborn Carolyn photo album, so be sure to check those out.

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Eating and sleeping with a 10 day old

Now that Carolyn is 10 days old, we've fallen into somewhat of a pattern with her sleeping and overnight feeding. Here's what a standard night looks like:

9:00 pm Everyone goes to sleep.
11:15 pm Alarm goes off. We begin to wake up Carolyn.
11:25 pm Kristen gets Carolyn to start nursing.
12:10 am Carolyn finishes nursing and I start to feed her a supplemental bottle.
12:20 am I burp Carolyn and begin to rock her in the glider, walk around, and whatever else I need to do to get her back to sleep.
12:30 am I lay Carolyn back down to sleep and lay myself down as well.
12:31 am Carolyn starts to fuss and cry; she's not sleeping. I get up and walk her around again.
12:45 am Carolyn is asleep again in my arms. I put her down.
1:45 am Alarm goes off. Wake up Carolyn again.
2:45 am Carolyn is back to sleep, and so are we.
4:15 am Alarm. Awake. Feed. Fall asleep while Kristen nurses the baby. Wake up when Kristen yells at me. Walk and rock the baby while watching Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network or Turner Classic Movies.
5:15 am Sleep.
6:45 am Alarm. Awake for the day now.

Now, we had a bit of an episode yesterday afternoon where Carolyn was spitting up basically everything she was eating. We panicked a little bit and switched her to formula last night because we suspected foul play from breast milk causing infant gas.

So we took Carolyn to the pediatrician this morning to try to help us figure out what we're doing wrong. The doctor advised us to (a) stop supplementing because she gained 7 ounces in the last week (!) and doesn't need the additional food anymore, (b) stop setting alarms at night and let the baby dictate when she should be fed, and (c) stop eating sauerkraut. This means (hopefully) more sleep for all of us, and easier feeding with less pumping for Kristen.

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