I am adopting a practice from my big sister Jordan from when she was a baby: never stay asleep on my own. I fall asleep on top of the Boppy when Mommy feeds me, but every time she transfers me to my bassinet, I wake up and start grousing.
I also cried every 1.5 hours last night, which meant that when the 30 minutes to feed and change me are taken into account, Mommy got to sleep in one hour chunks. All part of my diabolical plan.
Yesterday I didn't sleep from 10am until 4pm. Mommy and Daddy's friends Rani and Robbie were over to visit and they got the full brunt of my crankiness. I then slept from 4pm to about 8pm in the car seat. Mommy took this picture of me to show how tiny I am compared to the seat.
I like inconveniencing Mommy when I sleep. I keep on waking up when transferred to my bassinet or any other area where I can sleep on my own. Mommy cannot get anything done. My plan is to eventually get her to fuse into her rocking chair. This is a picture from this morning...
I wouldn't stay asleep this morning. From 8:30am until about 1:30pm, I would drift off to sleep but start wailing as soon as I was placed in my bassinet. Hey, I like sleeping in warm arms and I deserve it, too. But Mommy had other ideas. She made me do a lot of tummy time this morning, probably as punishment. She made me do tummy time downstairs in the family room...
...and upstairs in my bedroom with the other tummy time mat, which she just set up this morning.
Well, at least I showed everyone how high I can lift up my head. I actually lifted up my head even higher downstairs on the other mat but Mommy didn't have her phone handy at the time.
I went for my two-week checkup today. I weighed in at 8 lbs. 14 oz., which is 1 lb. 2 oz. more than my last checkup, nine days ago. So I have been gaining 2 oz. of weight a day. Mommy was aiming to have me weigh in at 9 lbs. (Tiger Mommy!) 8 lbs. 14 oz. at 2 weeks of age is 50 to 75 percentile. I think Mommy has plans to plump me up and get me to 90+ percentile. I measured 21 1/2 inches, which is 85 percentile and have a head circumference of 14 5/8 inches, which is 90 percentile.
Mommy asked the doctor about my blood type, which is apparently B positive. Mommy is O positive, so that must mean Daddy has B blood type.
The doctor prescribed some eye ointment just in case the crustiness around my right eye is infected because my tear duct has been blocked. The doctor showed Mommy and Daddy how to massage the area around my tear duct to encourage it to become unblocked.
My next appt. is in just over 2 weeks, on Halloween. It will be my four-week checkup. There were no shots today but unfortunately next time I will get another Hep-B vaccine shot.
I was supposed to be having tummy time, but Mommy says I was a bum instead. I just laid there and fell asleep without trying to raise my head or turn my head from side to side. Daddy said I was having "bummy time" instead of tummy time. I'm just trying to sleep, folks!
This morning I went to the doctor's office for my first checkup. Mommy thinks I look just like how Jordan used to look, kind of like a baby kangaroo.
I did not like waiting for the doctor and was fussy in Daddy's arms.
The doctor said my bilirubin levels were low, which was good, and that I was back to my birth weight of 7 lbs. 12 oz. already, which is excellent. She said generally babies are only back to their birth weight after 2 weeks of age. Mommy was happy to hear that.
Mommy and Daddy's friends Kate and Kyle sent over some cupcakes for Mommy last night. Don't they look very yummy? I wonder if Mommy will share some with me. She's been trying to get me to eat more since I have lost some of my birth weight like most babies do right after they are born.
"Nancy and I are pleased to announce the arrival of Alexander Irvin Meyers, born on Monday, October 1st, at 5:13pm. He measured in at 7lbs. 12oz. and 20" long, a little smaller than his sister, but still big enough to make plenty of trouble. Everyone's doing well, and we should be able to go home on Friday."
Mommy had a doctor's appointment this morning. During the NST (non-stress test) where my heart rate is monitored when I kick and move around, Mommy experienced a contraction and my heart rate dipped from the 130s (beats per minute) to about 80 and stayed there for about 2 minutes. Mommy's doctor, Dr. Katz, sent her to the hospital for a CST (contraction stress test). When they gave her pitocin to stimulate contractions, there was a contraction where again my heart rate dipped to the 80s and stayed there for about 2 to 3 minutes because the contraction was pretty sustained. All of a sudden, there was a swarm of doctors and people started shouting out orders. They gave Mommy something through her IV to stop the contraction, then they made her get on her knees. My heart rate went back up to the normal range but it took a few minutes. They told Mommy and Daddy that the result of the CST was positive, that I would have to be delivered that day. They gave Mommy a choice of trying to induce labor or go for a C-section. Mommy and Daddy thought it over for a few minutes and decided to go for the C-section since they wanted to avoid the scary scenario of having the swarm of doctors come in to elevate my heart rate. It happened twice for my big sister Jordan and Jordan ended up having to be delivered through C-section anyways.
So Mommy got a C-section this afternoon. She went into the OR (operating room) around 4:30pm to get her epidural. I was born at 5:13pm. Here is a picture of me about an hour after birth.
Mommy thinks I am tiny. She's forgotten how small newborns are. I weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. and 20 in. at birth. My APGAR scores were 9 and 9 (at 1 minute and 5 minutes, respectively, after birth).