Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Three-month check up

Nine-and-a-half pounds.

That's what little Miss Clara weighs these days, and it happens to be more than three times her birth weight!

She had her three month check-up yesterday (a couple weeks late) and she is doing just great. Her weight is approaching the low end of the growth chart (the regular growth chart for full-term babies) and her own curve got much steeper since her last weigh in. She just keeps gaining!

The pediatrician did think her breathing still sounded heavy, and attributed it to her likely having smaller airways. She said she should outgrow that, but most likely will have asthma. She also said that while most people can look to eating habits as a sign that something is wrong, we might not be able to do the same, since Clara always eats well. Even in the hospital! Like mother, like daughter!

Clara also impressed the doctor by locking eyes with her and even raising her eyebrows to communicate (what, I'm not sure). She said Clara seems to be doing well developmentally, and in some respects is even ahead of a full-term three-month old at this point!

She also got three vaccinations and was pretty cranky yesterday from the shots, poor thing.

The big news is that the doctor advised that we switch her over to her crib. She said since Clara is a preemie, we should be taking all precautions to avoid SIDs, which means now that she is more active, her bassinet with padded sides is not okay. So she's now in her crib in her nursery with no bumpers and no blankets. I had to buy her a "sleep sack" yesterday, which is basically a sleeper that goes over her normal pajamas and serves as her blanket.

She looks pretty lonely in there, but I think she likes it! This is how we found her at one point yesterday evening:


She, of course, started out at one end, but apparently likes to squirm! She was in a different position every time we checked on her!

We have a video monitor set up and I am just transfixed. I could watch it for hours!

Well, we have lots of Clara pics to share, and I'm behind in posting them, so I'll leave you with just a few:

Clara has a buddy these days... Jasper! I never would have guessed it. I think it's because they share a common interest - me! I'm near Clara and Jasper wants to be near me. But she is good with the baby and I am always supervising (don't worry, mom!). Here's another shot of the two girls...



Clara has a lot of hair bows so I put one on just for fun. Turns out babies can get head-band head! I had to wet down her hair for church that evening. She's also sporting her new stylish "peep-toe" shoes, the hottest trend in baby fashion this spring :)


In this shot, Clara was just transfixed on me as I was blowing my hair dry. I love it that she is focusing on us and watching us lately!


She's so smiley! And she nearly chuckles, which she is on the verge of doing here. Oh, and do you notice the hair on her head? That's right - Clara no longer has the "old-man-wrap-around" (as one nurse put it during her hospital stay)! We like her both ways, but we are glad to see it come in so soon!

14 comments:

Cathy said...

Go Clara Go!

What a precious little package she is.

Second Chances said...

She is SO beautiful! I love all her cute outfits and shoes!!! So sweet. You are truly blessed :)

callmemama said...

She almost looks like a different baby in these pictures! Must be the hair :). So adorable!

Jeremiah 29:11 said...

Love love love these pics!!

Sissy said...

Those pics are so sweet and I am glad that your cat has taken to her!

barbie said...

love the pic with the dress and yellow bow, I can't believe how big she's getting!

Little Things said...

Such beautiful photos! She is such a cutie. Rose Marie keeps talking about the "cutie, teeny, tiny baby" she saw at Church. :)

Vent-ilation said...

So cute! We don't have anything in D's crib either. Once he started rolling, I switched over to breat.hable bum.pers. (Goo.gle them. Only about $30.. cute colors, too). I LOVE the sleep sacks.

Jenny said...

I love the shoes! Too cute!

This_Cross_I_Embrace said...

Ahhhh!!!! I love it!!!

I need to meet her, I cannot stand it any more!

Oil In My Lamp said...

I was at a baby shower this weekend and the talk was all about SIDS and a theory that is apparently accepted in other parts of the world but not widely talked about in the US. Basically, that heat and moisture react with the flame-retardant chemicals on mattresses and produce a toxic gas. The solution is to wrap the mattress in a special plastic cover. My friends are spreading the word on facebook. I hope you will be able to read this link. It seems like a worthwhile precaution!

http://www.facebook.com/notes/monique-krestyn/important-information-re-sids/369813309868

B-Mama said...

Oh my goodness--she is just so scrumptious! Love all the new outfits and trends. She looks like a natural in her crib. So darn cute!! Looking forward to seeing you all soon...

Fertile Thoughts said...

Why does your cat look like it is huge next to Clara? So funny! Can't wait to see her Friday ;)

Char said...

WOW.....she is absolutely adorable!!!