Thursday, February 25, 2010

One month old!

We just got home from Joley's one month doctor appointment, and she is packing on the pounds! She now weighs 7 pounds, 11 ounces, is 20.5 inches tall, and her head is now 14.75 inches. She continues to eat, sleep, and create messy diapers. She has started taking two bottles a day (given by Luke) and has slept around 5-7 consecutive hours at night. Now of course, as soon as I publish this, she will start to wake up every hour. Fingers are still crossed as sleep is essential for the mommy.
Joley pauses mid-dance move for Mommy to take a picture.
She hangs out a lot in this bouncy seat during the day. She loves the vibration it makes and will wake up if it goes off...uh oh.

Family walk with Joley in the sling.
Happy to be wrapped up in a dry towel after a warm bath.
I didn't know Luke took this picture...sleep when the baby sleeps is great advice!
Joley met her Great-Grandma Chapman last weekend and got to visit with my parents too!
Four generations of Chapman/Richarz family.
Going to Grandma's house is always a treat!
Gigimama came to baby-sit so that Luke and I could have a date night out. It was glorious! We ate yummy sushi at Uchi and I had my first glass of wine in almost a year. Normally the wait at Uchi is around 2 hours, but we got seated in under an hour and were home by 9. Thank you so much Carole/Gigimama for coming to visit and giving us a night out!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The life and times of Jolene continued...

"Little Jo," as her Poppi nick-named her, is starting to enjoy bath time more now that we can put her fully in the warm water. She almost seems surprised at how good it feels. The first picture was taken just after she decided to pee through the first towel and just before she decided to poop on this one. Our water bill is going to be enormous with all the laundry we do now. It's hard to believe she's been with us now for almost a month! She is beginning to make longer eye contact with us when we talk to her and we were so lucky to get a full 4 and a half hours of sleep last night. I feel almost refreshed!

She spit up on herself in her sleep last night and earned herself a morning bath to get the sticky gunk out of her hair. Luke stayed home this morning and helped.

This picture shows her balding head nicely...her hair on top is coming off quickly. Her hairdo looks a lot like her Grandpa Chapman's before he shaved it all off. We couldn't stop laughing at her because she looks just like a little old man.

Joley likes the sling Morgan gave us so far. Luke put her in it a couple days ago after she was swaddled and asleep and we took a family walk to Joe's (with Baron of course) and got coffee and hung out. We were gone almost an hour and she never woke up.
Joley gazes into her goofy Daddy's eyes.
GRRRRR! Her first real bath was okay but getting out in the cold air was NOT fun! That orange cone on her head is a rooster beak.
Joley's first bottle! She drank it up and actually has been taking a couple bottles from Daddy every day now to give Mommy a break. It takes her almost an hour to nurse and less than 20 to take the bottle...it really frees up a good chunk of time.
Joley has a little blister on her upper lip from nursing for so long and from this angle it looks like she has one tooth coming in. Little 'Deliverance' looking child of mine.
Luke is good about getting the burps out of the little missy.
Kara, Robbie, Caleb, and Maylee came to meet Jolene!
Maylee is such a happy baby.
Sweet friend Kara snuggles with Jolene.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Our featherweight is now entering the lightweight division!

We went for Joley's two week check up yesterday and were shocked to see that she now weighs a whopping 6 pounds, 10 ounces, which means she has gained a pound and a half in the last two weeks! This breast feeding business is actually working! She also grew half an inch in length and her little head grew an inch and a half. The doctor told us we could let her sleep at night as long as she wanted...which means that last night, I got a whole 5 consecutive hours. It was truly glorious. The doctor had to cauterize her belly button and we're still waiting for that last part to fall off so we can give her the first official bath. Yesterday was also the first day Luke went back to work for the whole day, and despite being a little nervous and sad as he left, the day went well. Here are a couple of pictures from Aunt Mary Ellen's visit and our first outing to the Charbonneau's super bowl party.

Joley and Marcus...he was very concerned any time Joley or Harper cried and would come see if he could help out.

Her little kimono outfit almost fits her now.

Baron and Tuffy stand guard but know not to break the threshold of the nursery room door.

Look at how alert I am for Aunt Mary Ellen's visit.

Sweet Aunt Mary Ellen visits her grand-niece for the first time.



Sunday, February 7, 2010

Weeks One and Two

I put my favorite picture first...Baron loves his new little sister.

He especially loves her poopy diapers. Last week, I was nursing Jolene when I felt something warm trickle down my arm. Lo and behold, she had exploded through her diaper. I'm sure our inexperience at putting diapers on contributed to the blow out, but just as soon as Luke put a clean diaper on her and gave her back to me, she did it again! Lots of dirty laundry had to be washed and Baron was a little too excited as he watched from his perch just outside the nursery door. Fun times.
Luke has mastered the swaddle (he's way better at it than me) and the side soothing technique from the Happiest Baby on the Block (thanks, Benders for sending it!).
Daddy's girl.
Auntie Nichole came to visit.
Baron wants to help Gigimama fix Jolene's shirt.
Now the Bourlon grandparents have an even number of girl grandchildren as boys.
Susann came to visit.
Auntie Lanie held me for a long, long time.
Comfy, cozy on Daddy's chest.
Auntie Nae comes bearing lots of PINK. Sigh.
Teaching Jolene how to trade.
Amber, Micah, and Harper came and visited in the hospital.
The Bender family of three on our first conference call.
Jolene and the girls, Jen, Julie, and Katrina.
Jolene with Daddy, Brad, and Mark.

These have been two of the longest, most exhausting weeks of our life and yet, looking back now as we're almost at the two week mark, all of that pales in comparison to the great joy Jolene has brought us. So far, she has been a pretty quiet baby...eating, sleeping, pooping. She really only cries when she is naked, getting a diaper changed, or wants a little snuggling. We have our fingers crossed that she stays this way, but I've heard that things can drastically change after the two week mark. Here's to hoping for the best but planning for the worst!