We made it through the first 2 months. Everyone says that’s the most difficult part and now we know why. Things have gotten much, much better. Kahlara is sleeping through the night (usually at least 6-7 hours), she is much more active, smiles all the time and everything has pretty much become routine. Obviously there are exceptions, but they’re much easier to deal with when it’s only once in awhile.
It’s been a few weeks since the last post so a few things have happened since then. We had our first hospital visit a few weeks ago. That was the first time I’ve ever heard a baby scream like that. At first we thought it was just gas, because that happens sometimes, but then she kept crying and screaming, didn’t want food (very strange), and after an hour of spine chilling screams and calls to the emergency nurse line we went to the hospital. Keep in mind this was 2-3am on a Wednesday morning during the busiest week of the month for me at work, so needless to say, I was quite stressed. The one nice thing about going to Emergency with a baby is that they rush you right in. Perhaps it was a good night, but they didn’t make us wait in line or fill out any paperwork. Of course as soon as we got there, she calmed right down and seemed to be fine. The nurse had a look and did some tests. So there we were, sitting in the hospital with a content, sleepy baby, feeling like fools for wasting their time. Meanwhile, a baby next door was shreiking away in pain (horrible sounds) and Kahlara was falling asleep in our arms. The nurse reassured us that we did the right thing bringing her in and told us to come back if anything out of the ordinary comes up in the next while. We saw a few doctors who diagnosed the problem as her intestines folding in on itself (like a sock), which is extremely painful for the baby but not harmful if it corrects itself which it usually does. So we were on our way home by 5am-ish and thankfully she slept a good 6 hours after we got home.
On a brighter note, we had our first night out for our 7th anniversary (September 11th) which was nice. Thanks to Jackie and Michelle for babysitting. It went really well. Everyone had a blast! And Kahlara got a visit from Dyanna all the way from Oregon and she also met Darren for the first time.
Today was a big day. A visit to the doctor for her first round of shots/immunizations, and she’s got 4 bandages to prove it! Two on each leg. We were a little worried because we’d heard horror stories, but she handled it really well. A little crying and then it was all done. No problem! She’s officially 8lbs, 9oz which is a little low but the doctor is happy because she is growing like crazy in length. She’s already 23 1/4 inches which means she’s grown almost 3 inches in 2 months (89th percentile).
Here is a picture of her looking over Grandpa’s shoulder, alert and active as usual! Please note the lack of red hair which I am extremely happy about