Wednesday, February 27, 2008

First walk

The weather has been so nice lately and getting better and better! Now that the air quality has improved, we're not as worried about taking Katryn outside. Since Matt was off, we decided to go on a walk and try out our stroller. I ordered this stroller a few months ago, and haven't had a chance to try it out. so we bundled her up and headed out!

At first she didn't like being wrapped up in this outfit. I think we didn't quite have her arms right or something. she tends to wiggle and pull her arms and legs in close to her body, so that wouldn't surprise me.

and the outfit was huge on her. She's still really tiny (but so darn cute! I especially love how the pacifier takes up half her face.)

So we had her all bundled up and we loaded her into the stroller to head out. The stroller has an almost full recline, so Katryn was able to lay down and slept for the entire walk. And the shade goes completely down to the safety bar so she didn't have any sun in her eyes! It was pretty bright out today.

I think Indy was the most excited out of all of us. I would have taken a picture of her, but she would have been just a blur. Matt ran her up and down the street and few times and she was still full of energy when we came home. Winter has been W-A-Y too long for her. I can't help but say 'awwww' when I see her sleeping.

Not a bad stroller eh? worked well for us today, but kinda freaked Indy out. It was her own fault though, if she stopped moving, I was bound to run into her eventually! anyway, we're planning on going out again tomorrow, but since this was her first walk, I had to take some pictures and blog about it for her.

Did I mention how nice it was outside? I wore my teva's to commemorate the occasion. I love when I can start wearing sandals again.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

picture crazy

I take probably 30 pictures a day of Katryn. and usually it's about 5 pictures of the same pose--her sleeping from one angle, then another etc.

but here's a few from the past few weeks. . .in no particular order. Enjoy!

And there you have it--we have still be taking pictures of her every week with matt's hand next to her. .. I'll save those for later though. This is plenty for now

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Katryn is one month old! yay! and she's getting so big! Finally starting to fit into her newborn clothes and she's keeping her eyes open more often. I think they're going to be brown eyes. Matt has brown eyes, and I have green

to commemorate her birthday we baked her a cake. Which unfortunately she couldn't enjoy, so we enjoyed it for her.

We also took her to church for the first time! We only went to sacrament meeting since we had to go pick up Amber (who was staying the night with us) but it was really good! She slept the entire time, and the headband we put on her head stayed it place! Although she has hair, it's all on the back of her head, there's not really any on the front/top parts. So we put a little headband on her head with a bow to kind of cover that little bald spot.

We were surprised how many people didn't even know we had her. People kept coming up to us and saying "we didn't know you had your baby! how old is she? What? 4 weeks? she's so small!" which to most people, I'm sure she is. . .but not to us. She's getting so big!

Unfortunately we don't have any stats on her growth right now. She's growing though, that much is for sure, and she's eating like there's no tomorrow. But that's ok, it's what she's supposed to do!

Katryn has also discovered her voice. We were loving how she never cried, but that stage had to pass eventually. . .I guess. . .*sigh* she doesn't cry that much though, usually when she's really hungry and we're not feeding her--because we're changing her or something. or she has those darn hiccups and I won't feed her until they're gone (she's messy enough without hiccups to help).

it's hard to believe it's been a month already. . .wow. Happy birthday Katryn!!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

little laughs

I've heard Katryn laugh 3 times now. She hasn't been awake for any of them. Sound asleep.

The first time was a few days ago, I was sitting at my parents reading a book while she slept in my lap. I heard a noise coming from her that I had NEVER heard from her before, so I of course, look down and she had a huge grin on her face and as laughing! Soo cute, and I'll try to get a recording of it sometime but it only lasts for about 3 seconds, so it probably won't happen.

Both Matt and I have heard it a few times now, but it's always when she's sleeping. Matt claims she has his laugh, because, well, my laugh is silent. It's probably true though, at least right now because she'll get her own laugh as she gets older.

When we were discussing her laugh the other night (the night matt claimed she had his laugh--not mine) he told me that my laugh was the hardest thing for him to get over when he started liking me since he loves to makes people laugh. And my laugh really is silent for the most part. I don't know why. . .so it's probably a good thing that Katryn has a laugh that makes noise. At least for now! Bwhahaha!

soon she'll be smiling and laughing when she's awake, I'm very excited for that!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

origin of a name

Katryn has a unique name, and Ashley thought it would be a good idea to blog about her name.

When matt and I were deciding on names, we decided if it was a girl her initials would be the same as mine--KLB, and if it was a boy, the same as Matt--MDB. Because of this, we had our work cut out for us. But we were sure that we were having a boy, up until the ultrasound. You see, there haven't been any girls on Dad's side for a few generations. I think 3 generations. It's like they just stopped making girls! Or they thought that there were not enough of them around, and we needed to be more prominent in the world. so we were fairly sure we would be having a boy.

Day of the ultrasound came, and what? That's not a boy! it's a girl! so we started looking for girl names. (I was still a little scared she'd come out a boy though, we had to double check her at the hospital) We had a huge list of 'K' names and couldn't decide between them. Matt liked a few, and I liked a few, but never the same ones. And we're kind of both stubborn and wouldn't bend.
But we also wanted to wait until she was here to name her, because we didn't want to have a name all picked out and planned, only to have her come out and feel like the name just didn't fit. Then we would be back at square one. I picked a name, and matt picked a name. Katryn and Kaylie.

She came out and as matt was holding her for the first time--his first time EVER holding a baby, he's purposely waited for his first child to hold. He looked at her, looked at me and said "Katryn" and I said "ok" and she became Katryn.

As for her middle name, Llewellyn, it's my mother-in-law's maiden name, and kind of a family name that way. I had wanted to add another 'n' on the end of it, just to make it like my middle name of Lynn, but I didn't fill out the birth information, Matt did. Which is still ok with me, because it is a family name after all.

And that's how Katryn Llewellyn came to be. Well, her name at least.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

nightime noises

I don't know if other babies are this noisy, but this girl can't sleep in quietness. it amazes me!! When we're holding her, she's quiet as can be, but the moment we lay her down in her bed, the noises start. yes, she's usually still asleep too, but she's grunting, and mumbling, and whimpering, and all sorts of other noises. It makes sleep a little hard, because those noises she makes when she's awake as well! We will be laying in bed, and I'll hear these noises and perk up. Matt of course is still sound asleep. I wait a few minutes, because she goes in spurts. Noises for a few minutes, then quiet for a few. More noises, then quiet. If she's awake there isn't any quiet. so I start to drift back asleep. Then she makes a gagging/spitting up noise, and I push matt awake to check on her (the pak'n'play is next to him, so he has to get her for me, but then I can walk around with her easier, instead of climbing over him to get out of bed with her in my half asleep arms--not so safe) and she almost always is still asleep. Just making noises.

yeah, makes kind of a restless night for us. But we have a good system worked out for us. Usually. On the days when Matt is off, or closes, he'll get up with her after her early feeding--6am or so, and take her into the other room and play with her, let her sleep while he plays on the computer, or whatever. Then I can sleep in peace for a few hours. It helps me make it through the day without any breakdowns.

But these noises! wow. . .I wonder how long they'll last

My daughter is a sucker

Suck, suck, suck, suck, suck. That's what she does all day. I didn't want to give her pacifier. I didn't want to have to go through a weaning process later in life. Just didn't want to deal with it. However. . .I don't want to be a human pacifier, that idea is even worse.

I read somewhere that at this age, babies like to suck on everything because their mouth is really the only thing they have control over. Some babies like to suck more than others. Katryn is definitely one of those. This girl is really only contect if she's sucking on something. And since she doesn't have much control over her limbs yet, she can't suck on her fingers--she just tends to jab them in her face and scratch herself. Then she's even more upset.

So we give her a pacifier and she loves it. Sigh. I don't like it, but I'd rather have some peace then be trying to calm her down all day. Or have her sucking on me all day.

Monday, February 4, 2008

First Doctors visit

We took Katryn to her first doctors appointment this morning. We got stuck in the snow, trying to get out of our driveway though. Matt had to dig us out for 1/2 an hour! I still can't believe all the snow we got up here. On sunday it snowed probably almost 2 feet in our neighborhood in one morning. wow.

Anyway, we're seeing a nurse practitioner in a Pediatricians office. Our appointment was at 9am, and since we had to dig ourselves out of our driveway, we didn't get there until almost 9:30am, so I was expecting to wait for a while since we were so late. But we sat in the waiting room for only about 5 minutes, and then we went to the exam room. After the nurse measured Katryn, she left to go get our doctor, who came in within 2 minutes and checked her out. When she was done, she went and got the nurse who came and gave Katryn her shots and we were done! Granted, it was almost 10:30 by that point, but time went quick.

Here's her stats so far. She weighs 7 lbs 1oz now, which they're happy with. They said they just want to make sure she's past her birth weight. Which she is! yay! I'm not starving her! This put her in the 11%-tile for her age (17 days). I had to learn what that meant though. Apparently it means that an average of 89% of babies are bigger than her at this age.

As for height, she's gained 1/2 in, to put her at 19 and 1/2 inches, in the 17%-tile for her age. And then her head size, which matt can't believe is correct, 32.2cm, in the 25%-tile for her age. I thought those stats are pretty good for her being 3 weeks early. Although I don't really have anything to compare to, except those percentiles.

After they did all the measurements, the doctor checked her out. Everything looked good except her hips. Apparently some children's hips don't develop fully before they're born, and Katryn just might be one of those. She said they were clicking as she moved them, so she gets to wear 2 diapers at a time now to help keep them in a position that a harness would put them in to help them to develop properly. That kind of freaked me out a little bit. But if wearing two diapers will help solve it, we're doing it. It's actually kind of nice for diaper changes, because there's one already there!

And then came the time for the PKU test, and her Hep B shot. I hated every minute of it. I almost cried with her. Katryn is a very calm baby, she hardly cries, it's only one wail and then she's done. But the PKU test was horrible. I had to hold her against my chest while they pricked her foot and took 7 big drops of blood. Katryn screamed. It was really hard to just hold her, knowing that someone was making her scream. The test was long too! it wasn't just a prick and you're done, they had to keep squeezing her foot to get more blood out.

Like I said though, Katryn is a calm baby. As soon as the nurse was done squeezing her foot, she stopped crying. And then got pricked in the thigh for her hep B shot. Once again, 1 wail, and then she was done. I felt so bad for her, I hate getting my own shots, and I understand what they're doing. It's got to be so much worse for her, enjoying being cuddled by mom, and then get this pain thrust upon her. Oy. . .I hated it.

But then she slept for a while. We left her with Grandma W(the first time we've both left her--kinda weird!) and went to the store for some essentials. She just slept at grandma's, slept on the ride home, ate, and then we slept through a movie--Matt watched it. I tried, I really did, but 5 hours of sleep kinda of makes it hard to stay awake. yes! FIVE hours!! She fell sleep at 1am last night (after staying awake for 2 hours) and slept until 6am. I couldn't believe it. I think it helped that when she woke up at 5am, she wasn't really awake. she'd make noises for a few minutes, and then be quiet for 10, then start the whole cycle all over again.

We've started swaddling her regularly when she goes to bed at night. I think she flails her arms and legs and wakes herself up too often--at least that's how naps go. We'll see how the next few nights go. We may even transition her from carseat to the pak'n'play. Ha, probably not.