A half birthday is a very important day in a girl’s life, especially when it’s her first! Hailey is 6 months old today. Yep, time flies. It’s true. She rolls all over the place, loves Rush (more than even ME sometimes… the nerve!!), is really good at blowing raspberries, has the cutest giggle, wakes up extremely happy, sleeps just ok, and loves to smile at everyone. She’s quite the charmer.
And she is apparently too busy to sit still through photo sessions these days…
It’s obviously time for a hug.
Get. that. paper.
Ahem, what’s a girl gotta do to get some privacy around here??
My baby girl is getting so big! One week ago she was 4 months old exactly. She is mostly happy, although last weekend it seemed like she might be teething or something because all she wanted to do was skwak and yell. But she seems to be over that for the time being, thankfully. Isn’t she so cute???!! (Love the Carter’s outfit – that place has the cutest baby/kid clothes.)
Hailey has now rolled over from back to tummy and from tummy to back, and it seems that she actually likes being on her tummy more than her back (opposite of Rush as a baby). She’s 13.something lbs and is right in the 50th percentile for height, weight, and head size. She smiles and laughs a TON, which we love. Rush is still so gentle and loving towards her – I hope that never changes! He’s always eager to keep everyone updated on her wakefulness status by announcing either “Haywee’s awake!” or “Haywee’s sweeeeeeeeping.” Rush also loves to share his cars with her – he tries to put Lightning McQueen or Mr. The King in her hands and dies laughing when she actually grabs on and puts it in her mouth. She LOVES her toes and has them in her mouth constantly. As for sleeping, she’s ok, I guess. Better than Rush was at her age. She sleeps from about 10 p.m. to about 3:30 or 4:30 a.m., then goes back to sleep after a bottle until about 7:30ish. Her daytime naps are all over the place, but as she gets closer to 6 months, I’ll try harder to get her on a schedule…
This girl absolutely will not take a binky and she HATES being swaddled. Ay ay ay. Those two things totally saved me with Rush, but not so much for Hailey.
We got out the exersaucer the other day and she loves it! It’s so fun to watch her grab for the toys on there and go from one to the next. She’s such an active baby – at her 4 month dr appt she was grabbing at the doctor’s stethoscope and tie and anything else within her grasp, causing him to say, “She’s a lively one!” That also means that she pulls my hair ALL THE TIME. I could certainly stand to chop off a few inches just to save my sanity.
Almost every single day, I have a moment when I think to myself, “I can’t believe that I have two kids… TWO KIDS. Crazy!!” But I love being a mother and I love my two munchkins to pieces and I’m so grateful that I can be home with them every day, even if some days I almost go insane!
My little Memorial Day baby. She’s all of one week old today! Hailey is 6 lbs 9 oz as of yesterday and is just so teeny tiny! I’d forgotten how small newborn babies were. She looks so much like Rush did as a newborn. She was breech and refused the doctor’s efforts to turn her, so I was scheduled to have a c-section on Wednesday, June 1st (duedate was Sunday, June 5th). But my water broke very early Monday morning (why do babies usually come in the middle of the night?) so we went to the hospital and they delivered her later that morning. (Do you still say “delivered” if it was a c-section?) (Do I use parentheses too much?)
I’ve been recovering quite well from the surgery – better than I expected. I’m amazed at how I can be up and moving around most of the day. My pain is quite minimal and very manageable with the drugs they gave me. Jake was home all of last week while I was in the hospital and he’s home all of this week, too. (Yay for a good company with awesome benefits like paternity leave and insurance!! Do NOT take that for granted – we know all too well what it’s like to be without those things.) He’s a good sport being my chauffer (I AM on narcotics, after all), cook, maid, babysitter, and general go-to boy for whatever I need.
We were so lucky to have our friends the Wintertons staying with us on the exact night/morning I went into labor. They stayed with Rushton so Jake could spend the first night with me in the hospital, and then they stayed for the next few days to help/entertain Jake and Rush and to visit me and Hailey in the hospital. I’m glad they were there but I’m so sad I was in the hospital almost the whole time! Guess I’ll just have to go to Utah later this summer and make up the time I didn’t get with them while they were here. 🙂
Jake has better pictures on our big camera, but I haven’t gotten around to putting them on the computer yet. Be patient, I’ll get to them eventually. The ones of Rush holding Hailey are the best. So cute!
Since Hailey was breech, her hip sockets didn’t form correctly and she has a little click in her hip joints for right now. (For those of you unfamiliar with the term “breech,” that means she was sitting upright in the womb. Babies SHOULD be upside-down so they come out head-first.) So she wears this pavlic harness – the pink velcro strappy thing in the above photo – for up to 5 months and it’s basically a guaranteed cure. It’s actually pretty cute on her, wouldn’t you say?
Hailey is such a sweet little baby with a great set of lungs. Rush was a pretty mild baby and I don’t remember much intense crying, but Hailey wakes up at full siren almost every time. Luckily she settles down as soon as she starts to eat.
On a related note, I lasted nursing her for one week. It was so excruciatingly painful that last night, after sobbing for the first five minutes of one side, I decided I just couldn’t do it anymore. Bleeding, skin peeling off, feeling like endless needles and razor blades, aching ALL THE TIME… I worked with a lactation consultant, but it still wouldn’t work for who knows why. I’ll pump, but I just can’t nurse. I don’t know how I lasted the whole first year nursing Rushton because it was almost as painful, but this time I just can’t. I was devastated, but it is what it is and I know we’ll all survive. But enough about my boobs! (I just totally said “boobs” on my blog.) (And yes, I definitely use parentheses too much.) (But it’s my blog so I can do what I want!) (Boobs.)
Anyways, we love Hailey, we’re glad that she’s healthy and that she finally got here safe and sound, and we’re so grateful for the friends and family that helped get us to this point! After the last month and a half, I finally feel like I can start to breathe again.