Today is Ana's 15th day of life - everything is still new to her and it's amazing to just watch her adjust to the world outside of the womb. What's also still amazing to me is that based on her due date she was still supposed to be growing inside of me for at least one more week! It was just weeks ago that I felt her hiccups every evening inside of my belly- and now, here we are watching her out in the world, eyes wide and full of wonder and seemingly unaware or simply just unbothered by her own hiccups.
Being a newborn and being that she was over 3 weeks early, she is still sleeping a majority of the day, but a majority of that sleeping time is "active sleep" where she grunts, smacks her lips, and flails around- maybe we should have called her Little Baby Goat instead of Little Baby Bear.
She's still only fitting into her little newborn diapers and onsies, but we're not sure how long that will last. We knew she had definitely been gaining weight (based on how she nurses and goes through diapers!) and we found out yesterday at her 2-week doctor appointment that she had indeed surpassed her birthweight- coming in at a whopping 6lbs 10.5oz! She also grew in length almost an inch from birth and her head is growing (yay brainy chica!).
We are so proud of her health and growth and I am so lucky that breast feeding has come pretty easy for us both, thus far. I know that it can be a challenge, so we're happy to have it down pretty well. She eats around 12-15 times a day - still falling asleep sometimes during nursing - but our goal thus far has just been to pack on the pounds. Now that we've accomplished that goal, we'll be working on starting to build routines, more playtime before and after daytime feedings to spread them out and get more consistently longer feedings in. I'm so happy that our pediatrician is also fantastic and has been not only answering all our questions- but also suggesting new things to try such as this routine building and other small tips and tricks. She demonstrates and teaches us during the appointments, too, which has been really informative and makes the appointments less like a chore and actually more fun and engaging!
Time has been flying and I hope to keep up to date on our blog, especially to share things with family and friends who aren't nearby. Today we were lucky to have our friends over this morning for a visit- and this afternoon we're headed to spend some time with more family and friends in Oakland! I'll share pictures from all of our visitors and Ana's new found friends very soon!!