Friday, February 27, 2009

Awake

This is what Hanna was at 4am this morning. Girlfriend thinks 4am is time to get up. I think we need to have yet another talk about this!

And today we are wearing a big girl outfit! (And by big girl I mean a 0-3 month)

My baby is getting so big!!

Here are some pictures I took earlier this week.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

One Month Visit

Yesterday Hanna had her 1 month visit to the pediatrician. "Chickpea" is tipping the scale at a whopping 9 pounds! 9 pounds!! I can't believe it. She has nearly doubled in weight since she was born 6 weeks ago. No wonder the newborn clothes are getting snug!

We believe she may be starting with some reflux so we are trying some things out. We decreased her bottle and moved her back to feeding every 3 hours. We are also going to try some things with her vitamins. The doctor wants to have the monitor read to see if the apnea is causing the reflux because apparently that can happen. If everything continues and we still believe she has reflux, then we will need to go to CHOP for a milk test. We'll keep you posted.

Per her charting (they chart height and weight) Hanna is in the 25th percentile. They are charting her in comparison with full term babies. Our doctors office does not go by adjusted age. (Adjusted age is if Hanna was born on her due date. Her adjusted age as of today would be 11 days old.) A lot of people who have preemies go by adjusted age. In some cases I can see why but I think it is to confusing.

The shot that Hanna received in the hospital to help with the prevention of RSV has worn off. We are still waiting for the insurance company to give the ok for her to receive additional shots. She should receive shots in February, March and April. Because the shot has worn off, she is now even more susceptible to RSV. This makes my stomach turn. While I know she will get sick eventually, I don't want it to be so severe we are back in the hospital. And so my cabin fever will continue...

Other then that Hanna is doing great and the doctor was very happy. We like happy.

Today we are off to the eye doctors. Preemies are required to have additional eye exams. We were told to expect to be there at least 2 hours. This should be fun. Lets just hope Hanna is awake!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Job Description

I saw this on another blog and thought it was cute.

Parent - Job Description

This is funny! If it had been presented this way,I don't believe any of us would have done it!

POSITION :
Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma
Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop

JOB DESCRIPTION:
Long term, team players needed, for challengingpermanent work in an,often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communicationand organizational skills and be willing to workvariable hours, which will include evenings and weekendsand frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips toprimitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities! Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

RESPONSIBILITIES :
The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily,until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of apack muleand be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flatin case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges,such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toiletsand stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars andcoordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatheringsfor clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute,an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of ahalf million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability forthe quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance andjanitorial work throughout the facility.

POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION :
None. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE :
None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION :
Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 becauseof the assumption that college will help thembecome financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is thatyou actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

BENEFITS :
While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays andno stock options are offered;this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.

Forward this on to all the PARENTS you know, in appreciation for everything they do on a daily basis,letting them know they are appreciatedfor the fabulous job they do...or forward with loveto anyone thinking of applying for the job.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sunday morning

Mom! Really! Must you start taking pictures so early in the morning?!?!
Why so many close-ups??? Last one, right?




Saturday, February 21, 2009

Getting better

Last night we attempted to rotate Hanna's internal clock. In other words, I wanted a good nights sleep. And it was definitely one of the better nights thus far. I realized that watching tv when I was feeding her was to much light and noise for her and that it was part of the reason she was waking up. So I dimmed the lights and talked softly to her (if I talked at all) and of the 2 feedings I did (Stephen did the first) she went back to sleep in less time then she has. I was so excited to get 2 hours of sleep in one shot.

Now if only we could keep her awake for more then 30 minutes today...

Friday, February 20, 2009

Fun Friday

It is clear that Hanna has her nights and days confused. Last night she had me up till 2. I was pleading with her to go to sleep and she was watching the ceiling fan. Finally she went to sleep. For an hour. Then she was up because she was hungry. After she was done eating, it took an hour to fall asleep. Next thing I knew the sun was coming up and I only had 3.5 hours of sleep. Ater she ate at 6:30, she crashed. As in out like a light for at least 3 hours. I was beyond frustrated.

Someone had told me about rotating the baby counter clockwise to reset her internal clock. So for our fun Friday evening, Stephen and I just spun her around once. I don't know if it will work but it was worth a try.

Wish us some good sleep tonight!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Go Flyers!

Hanna watched the hockey game with Grandpa Lock one night last week.

1 month 1 week

Our little Hanna is getting so big! She is taking 4oz bottles like a little piggly wiggly. And her newborn clothes are finally fitting her very well (some are even getting snug!) Hanna's hair is thinning (I knew it was bound to happen sooner or later!) It makes me wonder what color it will be when it grows back in.

We are having a little trouble with our days and nights. Every other night seems to be good but I guess that is normal. I don't know who is more cranky when they get little sleep..Hanna or me?!

We go to the doctors next week and I can't wait to see what her weight will be. My guess is that she will be pushing 8 pounds if she hasn't cleared it. We shall see!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

1 Month!

Happy 1 Month Chickpea!

It is amazing to see how much you have grown in the last month. You are getting so big! You are such a plesant baby and that makes us very happy.

Mommy and Daddy love you very much!
And Morgy too!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Such a cutie!

Mid-week update

I wish I had lots of exciting things to blog about but it has been a relatively quiet week here in the Ryan house. Hanna is getting bigger everyday. She lets us sleep during the night (for the most part, last night was a particularly bad night) and she is eating like quite the little piggy. We don't go back to the doctors till the end of the month but my prediction is that she will be somewhere between 8 and 9 pounds.

I am adjusting to being home during the day. It was hard at first because I felt like I had to always be doing something (cleaning, laundry, etc.) but Stephen keeps saying it is ok to not do anything. I should be sleeping when she sleeps but that doesn't always seem to happen. And then I am cranky during the night.

And as for Morgan...she is adjusting. She has her good days and bad. I think she realizes that Hanna isn't leaving. She is good at making visitors think she is neglected but I assure you she is far from it. I think she is eating better then she ever has (as in more treats and special dinners)and she is spending quality sleeping time in bed with us.

In case you didn't notice, the poll for a new blog title has closed and Hanna's Hangout was the winner. Thanks to all who voted!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Nap Time

Enough said!

Snow Day

Morgan couldn't wait to play with her baby sister in the snow!
All that playing in the snow can really make a girl tired!!
The wires are part of the monitor that is monitoring for low heart rate and apnea. She has two stickies (one at the lower part of her right lung and one on her heart) that are attached to either the white wire or the black wire. The gray cord plugs in to this brick that we have to carry around with us. (I'll take some pictures so it'll be easier to understand) Hopefully we will only have this for another 5 or 6 weeks.


On another note, I posted a poll on the right for a new blog title. Let me know which you like best.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Weight Check

Yesterday Hanna had an appointment to have her weight checked and this little girl is kicking butt!! Hanna was tipping the scale at 6 pounds 10 ounces. The nurse practitioner that we saw said they like to see babies gain 1 ounce a day. Hanna gained 14 ounces in 7 days.

Way to go Chickpea!

Monday, February 2, 2009

New blog title

I have been trying to come up with a new blog title because we are no longer "Awaiting" Baby Ryan. But I can't seem to come up with anything catchy.

If you have any suggestions, post them in a comment below or in a shout and once I have some ideas I'll post a poll to vote for the new blog title.

I credit the lack of creativity to my baby brain! So please...help a Momma out!!! :)

Shout!

I saw the shout box on a blog and thought it would be a great addition to mine.

Here's how it works...you can type your name and a message and when you are done, click shout! This will post your message in the box and can start an interactive chat. Come on..it could be fun!!