Thursday, September 29, 2005
Sunday morning Eli went to his first church service. Lehr and I sat in the last row, just in case, but Eli was pretty good; Lehr only had to take him out a few times, and he quieted down really quickly when he did.
Monday afternoon I took Eli to his 1-month check up with the pediatrician. He weighed in at 10lb, 9oz, but that includes the casts, so it's not totally accurate. (However, the casts don't weigh much, so this kid IS rapidly gaining weight.) I think they measured his length at 21", but again, with the casts it's hard to be precise.
Tuesday Eli and I went to a Mom & Me meeting (support group sponsored by the hospital). It was an excuse to get out of the house and be around people who won't look at me funny when my kid starts to wail.. Then today was the 5th casting. Eli did pretty well again. Only one more week before we schedule the tenotomy; this process has gone by so fast! (Eli's feet are starting to turn out a bit; you might be able to see the 'over-correction' in the pictures from this week. This is intentional.)
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Yesterday was another big day out for Eli; I took him to a La Leche meeting in the morning (during which he was very calm) and to my office to meet my co-workers in the afternoon (he started out sleeping, but woke up screaming). The mini-meltdown was my fault; I'd kept him out all day and he needed a nap (in his crib) VERY badly. I guess what they say is true: babies (and kids) thrive on routine!
Monday, September 19, 2005
HIP HIP HORRAY!!! Eli finally fell asleep completely on his own today! After his 'bath', we went through our usual calm-down period before his nap. As usual, Eli was fighting sleep. I finally had him in the crib, crying of course, and was standing over top of him trying to soothe him. Nothing was working, so I stepped out of the room for a few minutes, in an effort to make him calm down as soon as I returned... After 3 or 4 minutes, he was silent. Of course I ran into the room to make sure he was ok, and he was sleeping!! He must have figured out that he has to calm himself down sometimes: CHECK OUT THE BIG BRAINS ON ELI! (I had the same result at a later nap time today also, so I don't think it was just a fluke.)
Last but not least, Eli had his first bottle tonight. It won't be an every day occurrence, but I did want to give Lehr the opportunity to share in the nourishment of our child from time to time. Eli didn't miss a beat; he took the bottle like a champ.
Saturday, September 17, 2005
Today was Eli's Big Day Out. After his morning nap we went out to run a few errands; Eli happily rode in his Baby Bjorn with Mom. After that we went to Piedmont Park (Eli's first time) and took a spin in the BOB again; Eli thoroughly enjoyed himself. Lehr and I decided to push our luck and go to dinner at Fellini's Pizza (outdoor - low key), and Eli slept the whole time. Although he was a bit fussy going down for the night, the day was a big success!
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
We went in for the third round of casts today. Eli was not thrilled, but a LOT less fussy than normal. I wonder if it is possible he's already used to the doctor manipulating his feet? The doctor confirmed that his left foot is tighter than his right, but overall he was impressed with the progress his feet have made (after just two weeks).
Once we got home, Eli promptly reminded me that he is NOT a fan of the casts; he's been frustrated/fussy again all day. I guess each week there will be a day of adjustment. He does love walking around in the baby bjorn (by the end of a 40-minute walk he's usually asleep), but as soon as we got home from our walk today, he woke up and started to scream...where are those ear plugs again?
Sunday, September 11, 2005
After a week of Mom-Mom visiting, we finally got our house back today; all company/family is gone! I don't mean to sound ungrateful; it's just been a long three weeks, and we're ready to start our new life (as a three-person family), which is difficult to do when you have to entertain. I don't have any definite plans for the coming week, but we will be working on getting Eli's eating/sleeping schedule more structured (hard to do with extra people in the house), and we'll be venturing out of the house more (FINALLY!).
David and Carissa brought Cooper over for a visit today (two weeks younger than Eli - soon to be a best bud, for sure). It was really nice to put the two of them together and start comparing. Cooper is much more laid back than Eli...but that might be because he hasn't found his set of lungs yet, as Eli has.
Also, Eli slept in his crib last night (instead of in the pack-n-play in our bedroom) for the first time. He's been napping in his nursery, but at night I've been keeping him with me (so I can make sure he's breathing, like any overprotective first-time mother would). He didn't even notice that he wasn't in with us; much like his father, he can sleep anywhere!
Thursday, September 08, 2005
I've posted some pictures of Eli's feet so everyone can track his progress along with us. He fussed when the casts were removed, and again when they were put back on, but he did keep his legs somewhat straight for the doctor to manipulate when replacing the casts. My guess is he didn't realize he had full mobility again. His feet looked great; already a huge improvement. Eli has been frustrated since we got home, but less so than last week when the first casts were in place. Hopefully he'll take less time to adjust this week.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
So far, Eli likes the Baby Bjorn; we've been walking for the past five days. He seems content to suck on his fist and look at the clouds, the trees, or just my shirt (since, in all probability, he can only see 12-18 inches in front of him).
Monday, September 05, 2005
Godparents to the rescue!! Dave and Carolyn lent us their camera for a few days until we can get a hold of a fix for ours. I've added a few new shots to 'Eli photos', including a belly button pic.
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Eli went for his first walk in the Baby Bjorn today. He was awake for the first little bit - eyes open and just looking around. By then end of the walk, he was out cold.
Friday, September 02, 2005
Eli is quite the wiggler too; no matter what surface he is on, he'll move from facing one direction to another within a few minutes. After dinner we were SO pleased to find our fridge/freezer is broken also. (When it rains, it pours.) Not that this affects Eli at all, but I thought I'd mention it to add some Murphy's Law to the situation. (As well as things are going with Eli, SOMETHING has to go wrong for us, right?)
On a brighter note, Eli finally lost his cord stump today (that thing really freaked me out!), and he has the CUTEST belly button. I would take a picture, but again, no camera....