Monday, September 21, 2009

Super Zoe

I'm sorry for not updating over the weekend. We've been pretty busy. We're all doing well. Adjusting to being parents. We're used to staying up late; we're just not used to getting up all night long! We've also had some company, so that's kept us busy. It's so nice that so many people want to visit...everyone has been so excited to meet her.

Zoe is sleeping right now. She's doing great! She's going back to the pediatrician tomorrow for a weight check. She needs to be back up to her delivery weight. She lost 4 ounces when she left the hospital. She's been drinking 2 ounces at each feeding, so I'm pretty sure she'll be back up to her weight.

She's such a tiny little thing, though! Her little head fits right into the palm of my hand - I love to hold the back of her head and look into her eyes! She just started to really focus more -- she was doing it before but now it seems like she's noticing more.

She decided that she likes to sleep on her side, but the doctor didn't want her doing that. Too much of a risk of her flipping on her stomach and getting stuck. We bought a positioner and that's working well in the bassinet. She also loves to be swaddled. At the same time, she loves to wriggle one arm free. (We call her little Enchilada when she's all wrapped up in her little swaddler...I know, we're a little strange! But it's cute, too!)

We've been calling her Super Zoe! She has 'tummy time' each day; the nurses suggested we do this at least 3-4 times each day. Basically she just lays on her tummy on a blanket. It helps to encourage her to use her leg, arm, and neck muscles. Well, Super Zoe is able to push herself up just a bit and move her head from left to right and right to left. How is she able to do that already? I just think it's amazing. She looks so proud after she does it! (Or maybe that's us!)

Anyway, things are good. Yes, we're tired, but what a small thing to deal with. We're just so beyond happy right now. She's wonderful. We speak to Z through email each day. Z's caseworker thought that would be best right now (as opposed to calling.) Z even sent us pictures from the day of Zoe's birth. We now have pics of Z and her family with Zoe right after she was born. What a special thing for Zoe to have and for us to see, too. We also sent her pictures (after she sent the other pics to us.) We will send pics at our regular times, too, but it's nice to send extras in between, too (as long as it's okay with Z.)

Well, going to go sort some baby clothes and then off to bed...

***Not sure if I wrote this already, but we're holding off just a bit on posting pictures. I would love to share them, but we decided to wait until the TPR is signed out of respect for Zoe's birthmom. Then I'll post some; I have been taking a ton of pics. :)

8 comments:

Next in Line said...

I am happy for you three. I also love how you are with Z. I see so much respect, caring and thoughtfulness. I am sure Z and her family feel it.

Lost in Space said...

I'm so happy for your family, Wendy. It sounds like Zoe is doing great and you sound completely smitten as a new mama. (-;

kalibug said...

Awesome post. Glad everything is going so well! Please update us on her doctor visit when you can so we know she is doing well.

Kristen said...

So excited to hear that things are going so beautifully. I can tell your excitment and love through your blog entry. :-)

Leah said...

So happy things are going well with Super Zoe. It sounds like parenthood is suiting you both well. :-D

G & H said...

wonderful ! faith loves swaddling and lifts her head too! these little girls think they are 3 months old dont they :)

so happy foryou and the joys of motherhood!!!

amy said...

Congrats!!! So happy for you. I love your nicknames. We used to call ours "burrito baby" when she was swaddled and "Houdini Baby" when she'd wiggle out. So much fun to have a little one in the house. Glad her tummy time is going so well. She'll also get great tummy time just laying on your chests and the skin to skin contact is great for bonding, too! I wish you all nothing but happiness in your future!!!

Amy (Magoy from the Nest boards)

Rebekah said...

I'm SO glad you're doing well. I spent time today catching up on your posts. There is nothing better than being a family of 3. I am SO THRILLED for you. Every day just keeps getting better and better...