Life has been a bit crazy. I think that word is underused when someone has their first baby. Even with it being said 100 times; it can’t really be said enough. It’s not bad crazy, of course. It’s wonderfully hard and great..all at the same time.
Everyone has their own story of how their first 3 months went with their baby. Ours definitely had some bumps in this new road that we are on. Breastfeeding took longer than I wanted to before it was good for baby and mama. Frances lost more than the average 10% that newborns lose. She has slowly but surely gained back plenty of weight and is a thriving little baby! She definitely is little for her age but, assured by our amazing pediatrician, this isn’t a big deal at all as long as she looks healthy and is meeting her baby “milestones”. She is a happy little girl, but let me tell you…don’t take food away from this one! She has mastered the bottom lip like none other!
We found out that Frances had Bilateral Hip Dysplasia. Its becoming a more common thing, and the doctors always check for it before you leave the hospital. You can basically take the baby’s hip joints/legs in and out of socket very easily. It’s not painful for the baby AT ALL, but definitely quite painful for parents to watch. We knew that this might be a possiblity b/c Brant’s brother had it when he was a baby. As much as you are sort of prepared for something though, you’re never really prepared. It wasn’t something that we thought about too much until we were able to see the doctor that put the harness on her. Oh goodness, that was a rough week for her parents…at least for mama. We were assured that Frances was none the wiser about being put in it and that it would most likely just bother us. The doctor was right. :) While I knew this was exactly what we should be doing and we also had an amazing doctor that seemed to be excellent in his field of knowledge…it was still incredibly hard to see her in some sort of contraption that was not very baby friendly at all. In fact, Brant put all this moleskin on all the rough edges that our doctor teased us that our house was covered in moleskin.
Frances at 1 month. I had a little knit bonnet I wanted to try on her. Well it was too big at the time…and she hated it. Oh my gosh, did she hate it..it was kinda funny though. ;)
The harness had been on for almost a month. It had been put on when she was only 10 days old. The sooner it went on, the shorter it had to be on. Sounded good to us!
Just shy of her 2 month birthday, we were able to start taking the harness off for small amounts of time. Oh Happy Day! We prayed every day and several times a day that the Lord would heal her and the harness would do it’s work. Sometimes the harness doesn’t work for all babies and the doctor had to let us know that, even though the chance was small.
This was her first REAL bath and she LOVED it! We got in the bathtub and let her kick around and float. I think this was the first smile we captured after the bath was over.
Of course, babies don’t really like to be cold and kinda wet still. She was just too cute to not snap a picture of.
She got her harness off for good a few days after her she turned 3 months. It hasn’t been the easiest three months, but God is good and it could be much, much worse. She might be a bit behind in a few things that involved tummy time, but she’s catching up quick!
I don’t get much done around here with all this baby staring…but I suppose it’s a good tradeoff. ;)
Frances, we love you so! Your personality is like none other and we can’t wait to see you grow and develop into an amazing lady! God will do great things through you! You have our hearts little one!