Monday, November 23, 2009

Leah Jane

Can I tell you about this little girl? She's super sweet. But it's been a rough couple months! It started with a cold she caught from Ethan at about 4 weeks. She was pretty congested and was coughing and had a runny nose. She cried a lot. I took her in to the doctor after it seemed like she wasn't getting any better. Turns out her cold had turned into an ear infection. Because she was so little the doctor had to draw blood and make sure she didn't have any worse infection. Oh- and they couldn't get the first arm they tried to work, so they had to poke her twice! That was the WORST doctor's appointment I've ever been to!! She was screaming so loud and is just so little and helpless. Broke my heart. So she seemed a little better after that, but still cried for a couple of hours a day. After talking to some friends and to my doctor I wanted to try some acid reflux medicine. She didn't spit up a whole lot, but she was always so grumpy after eating, and when she did spit up, she spit up gallons! We tried the medicine and it seems to have made a big difference as well. And then to top it off I decided to go off of dairy completely. I had to do that with Ethan as well, but since she was sick and had other issues I didn't notice any improvement when I went a day without eating dairy before. Now it makes a big difference! I'm trying not to think about all the yummy desserts and meals I'm missing out on over the Holidays.

So, long story-- but now she's a whole new baby!! Just a bit of grumpiness at night before she goes to bed. But it's totally manageable. And now she's just so smiley and responsive! I love it! We're very happy to have her as part of our family.

Other tidbits: She does NOT take a pacifier or bottle. (Ethan loved both)
She still sticks out her tongue often.
She sleeps at least 6 hours in a row at night. Sing praises!
She does not spit up. (Ethan did a ton!)
She is loving to coo and suck on her hands.


Amber said...

She looks so much like Ethan. So cute.

Amanda said...

Wow. I bet that's a relief to have all sorted out! She's getting to such a fun age. I love when little babies start to show some personality (but are too young to be obstinate and disagreeable like a toddler). :)

Lonna said...

six hours of sleep in a row at night. you are well on your way back to clocking in some great sleep time.

I am sorry to hear that it has been rough, but I am really impressed to hear that you are making the sacrifice of giving up dairy, especially at this time of year, I think that you deserve some kind of a mommy medal.

She is getting so big, soon she will be rolling all over the place and giving Ethan a reason to hide his toys.

Britany said...

How adorable!! You 2 are so lucky to have such beautiful children! I can only hope to have as much luck

Brian and Alicia said...

Poor little Leah! I am so sorry to hear that she has been sick. It's never good when they are. Glad to hear things are doing better. She is absolutely adorable!