Monday, April 30, 2007

Day 15: Finding his voice


Dr. Doolittle in training
Brandt has started making the funniest noises! When he eats, he hums; when he yawns, he squeaks like a baby mouse; when he wakes up, he meows like a baby cat; and when he poos, he grunts like a baby pig.
I expect him to start communicating with Lyle and Bettie any day now. He heard so much Bettie barking while in the womb, it's amazing he's not already barking.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Day 14: Two weeks old


Dan at two weeks

Brandt at two weeks

It really doesn't feel like it's been two weeks already, but the calendar doesn't lie. Brandt has already changed so much over the last two weeks, but it looks like he's not as far along as his pop was at this point. Check out alert baby Danny with the impressive head and arm control!

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Day 13: And more visitors


The alert little host
Uncle Alex and Aunt Emilie are still here through tomorrow--yay! And now my dad and his friend are visiting, too. Brandt doesn't seem too overwhelmed by all the new voices and faces.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Day 12: First visitors


Brandt with Uncle Alex
Brandt met his first new relatives tonight! My brother, Alex, and his wife, Emilie arrived from Los Angeles this evening. Even with Brandt's left over baby lanugo fur, he doesn't seem as hairy as his uncle. Thank goodness for Dan's half of the genes ;)

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Day 11: Two appointments in one day


All tuckered out
Today was a big day. We had a Well Baby Check with the midwife and then a chiropractor appointment. Brandt checked out perfectly again (of course :)) and though the chiropractor was more for me and Dan than the baby, we figured he may as well get poked at again while he was there. His sacrum kept 75% of the adjustment from last week so he's not tight anymore!
Although I desperately need to go grocery shopping and make another Babies 'R' Us run, today really tired me out so I think we might not leave the house until Brandt's next checkup in two weeks. Phew.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Day 10: Baby's first bike race


The future cyclist
We finally found time to watch our recording of the Amstel Gold bike race today. The race was on Sunday, but didn't air in America until Monday--it was preempted by a bullriding tournament of all things. Brandt sported his royal Dutch orange "little g" pants, but they weren't enough for Dutchman Michael Boogerd to win.
Brandt is developing quite a kick already so he'll be cycling up a storm before long.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Day 9: Puppers and babies


Bettie and Brandt
Lyle and Bettie have been behaving very well with the baby. While many dogs realize when their "mommy" is expecting, my guys didn't. I don't think they're dumber than the average dog, I think they're just more self-centered. So I was a bit worried for Brandt's arrival and figured I'd have to keep them segregated. Fortunately, that's not the case! They're not getting too close to Brandt, just sneaking a sniff here and there.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Day 8: Brandt's E.D.D.


Baby on board
Today is finally Brandt's estimated due date (EDD). Honestly, I didn't expect him until May and since we didn't get any good pictures today (it's hard to get a chihuahua and a baby both looking the right direction at the same time), here's a picture taken the day before he was born...which is what I figured he'd still look like today.
Don't worry--that's just a henna tattoo on my belly, not some weird stretch mark. The monthly Birthyear Network meeting with theme "Celebrating your pregnancy" was on the 13th and we all got painted, hennaed, and/or massaged. The amazing thing is that the tattoo still hasn't washed off. Actually, the most amazing thing is that I've managed to shower every day!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Day 7: Happy Earth Day


Stick 'em up
Brandt figured out getting his "crazy paws" above his head today. Yesterday he shot them out perpendicular from his body a few times and waved them up and down like mummy arms, but overhead is new. It's tiring work, though. He heaved them both up and promptly fell asleep, as you can see in the picture.
To celebrate Earth Day, we switched him over from the Seventh Generation disposable diapers to his snazzy gDiapers today (biodegradable, compostable, flushable...we're just flushing, though).

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Day 6: Man of many faces


Ooh
We are amazed by how many expressions little Brandt has. We should start naming and counting them. I bet his aunt Renae has a spreadsheet I can follow ;) The grumpy expressions might be even cuter than the happy ones, but we'll keep it all upbeat today. And the grumpy expressions only last a second, anyway.

Aah
In other big news, his cord stump fell off today. Maybe now Dan will let me post some cute naked Brandt pictures. It is just too weird that it's still not his due date and there's already no grody reminder of his origins in the middle of his belly.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Day 5: Meeting the pediatrician


Ready for the car
Yesterday we realized the only clothes Brandt has that fit are t-shirts and onesies. We stuck him in a 0-3 month long sleeved/long-legged thingy (sleeper? coverall? footsie? sleep-n-play? I dunno) for his big day out, but we could have fit three of him in it!
So yesterday after the chiropractor, we stopped by Babies R Us and I ran in and picked up a three-pack of justborn-sized long sleeved/long-legged thingies and even those are too big! I mean, look at how long that left leg is...he'd have had to been justborn 26 inches long to fit in it.
But he was comfy enough and we went out today to meet the pediatrician. Dr. Conti is very cool and everything checked out just fine. And Brandt's already gained back all but 3 ounces of his birth weight!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Day 4: Baby's first day out


Someone's got a tight little sacrum!
First of all, I changed my first diaper today! But since Dan is so good at it, he'll probably stay the main diaper changer while he's home from work. Plus, I conveniently have to pee every time Brandt needs a change so it just seems to be the best system all around :)

Checking for a straight spine
Brandt was much happier last night and this morning so I thought we ought to give leaving the house a try. I wanted to take him to the chiropractor to make sure everything is lined up correctly. I attribute seeing the chiropractor in San Diego routinely throughout my pregnancy keeping me feeling so normal. Although then it's also to blame for my constantly forgetting about my prodruding belly and knocking full cups of water off the counter. So there is something to be said for bad posture and an aching back...it keeps one from dousing the remote controls and phone all the time.

All done!
And don't worry--there's no loud crack when babies are adjusted. It's more like a little massage. Plus, I found a chiropractor who specializes in pregnant chicks and babies as soon as I moved out here so she knows what she's doing. She adjusted her own baby from day one, but Brandt is her youngest official patient.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Day 3: Milk go in the mouth, milk come out the mouth


Dan won't let me post the adorable naked picture of Brandt so this is what you get. Hair brushing will start tomorrow.
Today was not a happy day for baby Brandt! Yesterday he decided he doesn't like sneezes or burps and made a grumpy face after each one, but today he added spit up to his list of dislikes. Oh, and he doesn't like diaper changes anymore, either.
Fortunately, we (and when I say "we" I mean "Dan"--I haven't changed one diaper yet!) were already used to getting pee all over every unmarred item of clothing during diaper changes so we're not adding extra reclothing steps to the process, just adding new ingredients to the laundry.
In good news, since Marvelys cut his nails yesterday (we're too scared to do it ourselves just yet...and the other midwife, Jill, cut his nails on Sunday) he had his first day without scratches on his face.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Day 2: Swell Baby Check


Sir Snooze-a-lots Sr. and Jr.
Marvelys, the midwife, came by this afternoon for Brandt's first well-baby check. He checked out just fine. He lost 9 ounces, but that's not over 10% so it's all good. I can't believe I have an under-six-pound baby! He makes the chihuahuas look huge.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Day 1: Sir Snooze-a-lot Junior


Rare moment of wakefulness today
Today was surpris- ingly easy. We can't tell who Brandt looks like yet, but he definitely takes after his father in the snooziness depart- ment.
Even though he proved he's a fine nurser last night (at only 29 minutes old, smart little devil!), he was much more interested in sleeping all day. Dan was worried by the lack of nursing, but I have been well trained over the last five years to "don't poke the bear" so Brandt got to catch up on his rest.
And at 10:30 p.m. he decided he'd had enough beauty sleep and snacked for a few hours.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Day 0: Bebe come


This photo was taken at 9:55...talk about an alert little gentleman for only 40 minutes old!
Brandt's estimated due date was April 23rd and I was convinced (and had convinced everyone else) he'd be two weeks late.
Well surprise, surprise...Sunday, April 15th at 9:00 a.m. I thought I may have felt my first real surge (that's Hypnobirthing-speak for "contraction"), but wasn't sure. Fortunately the dogs got me up at 6:30 a.m., right on [their] schedule and I was already finally getting to all the baby preparation stuff I hadn't bothered with all along (washing Brandt's clothes, clearing out drawers for Brandt's stuff, setting up Brandt's room).
Initially, I convinced Dan that even if this was early labor, it was probably the beginning of a two-day labor or just a practice pre-labor that would completely go away. Also, having just heard about another mom calling in six false alarms the week before, I was paranoid about doing the same.
By 12:30 things hadn't slowed down at all so I called the doula, but just to give her a head's up that today might be the day...I wasn't willing to call it the real deal and have her come over and end up feeling dumb about doing the false alarm thing. My slight case of denial also caused me to continue organizing the house rather than getting down to business and practicing my Hypnobirthing techniques. I also wanted to go to the store with Dan to get diapers, but after a bit of discussion, decided I felt safer staying home. Good thing, too--Dan went to the store and by the time he got back at 2:00 p.m. I had finally admitted this could possibly be labor and I wanted him to make the call. I primarily came to this conclusion because I had planned to do some stuff for work I needed to finish up before starting maternity leave and realized I was in no mood to work. Now there's a definite sign of labor!
Dan left a message for the midwives and spoke with the doula again, but we weren't ready to ask her to come over just yet. One of the midwives called back and was already on this side of town so she came by (with her two kids) at 4:30 for a quick check and guess what: no false alarm! Apparently 7 cm dilated and 50% effaced is a bit on the late side to figure out it's go time so she rushed off to drop her kids at the sitter and called the other midwife to head on over. Dan contacted the doula and she raced over with a second doula (sweet--bonus birth attendant!), worried she wouldn't have had time to set up the birth tub in time.
So everyone arrived between 5:30 and 6:00 and by 7:30 I was in the tub and less than two hours later, baby Brandt made his grand entrance!
Brandt arrived at 9:15 p.m. and weighed 6.5 pounds (2.9 kg) and measured 20 inches (50.8 cm) long.