Thanksgiving

I Just love the holidays! Thanksgiving was Adeline’s 1st time getting to meet many of her relatives since we live 4 hours from all of my side of the family. This year we spent Thanksgiving at my Aunt E and Uncle K’s house out in Northern Virginia. Adeline did great on the drive, it was much easier this second time around going out that way. And for most of the visit, she was in really good spirits. She

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was really only fussy towards the end of the night after we had all eaten our turkey and had dessert and everything. My Aunt E held Adeline while AC and I ate and for quite a long time after that, it was very nice to just be able to enjoy visiting with all of my family that I only get to see twice a year on Thanksgiving and Christmas. We drove back home on Friday, so it was a very short visit this year but we managed to also squeeze in a visit with my older brother, who had yet to meet Adeline. We all ate breakfast together and then hit the road. Then on Sunday, we had Thanksgiving dinner #2 at AC’s sister and her fiance’s house.

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Adeline was actually pretty cranky for that one. She was not a happy camper right when we first arrived. We managed to get her to take a nap though and she slept the entire time we ate. Once she woke up she was much happier so everyone took turns holding her. She is such a good sport about being passed around and held by new people so far. AC and I tend to butt heads with each other’s parents but both Thanksgiving dinners went pretty smoothly for the most part. Anyone else struggle to get along with their in-laws from time to time? The only real issue I had this year was when AC’s mom asked me if she could carry around Adeline in her wrap when we go to Busch Garden’s ChristmasTown next weekend. Umm, no you may not. That is what I am most looking forward to doing with my baby for her first time seeing all of the lights and decorations. I know it doesn’t sound like a huge thing but she is always stepping on my toes as a new mom, wanting to do things with my baby that I, as a first time mom, should be doing with Adeline. I am really unsure of how ChristmasTown with the in-laws will be. I really just wanted Adeline to experience going there with just me and AC but plans didn’t turn out that way. I will keep you posted on that one…In other news, we put our Christmas tree up! I’ll post some pictures soon of it once I take Adeline’s 6 month photos next week. I can’t believe she is almost half a year old!!

Oh and on the TTC front, no luck this month. AF came on Saturday. 2 to 5 more months before we can get back on Clomid so we will just keep trucking along.
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Hearing Test

About a week ago Adeline had her first hearing check-up outside of the NICU. I had no idea how they test a baby’s ears when they can’t actually tell you if they hear a beep or anything. But what they actually do is put this little earplug thing in her ear and it plays a mechanical lullaby into her ear and then a machine records the vibrated melody that her ear sends back. Pretty cool! It was super easy and painless and done very quickly. The results are also instant, Adeline has great hearing! She has to go back in one year to be retested though, as the NICU she was at had put her on an antibiotic her 1st month of life because they decided that all her bradycardia could be due to an infection and wanted to pre-treat it. I wish I had said no, honestly. Most premies have lots of brady’s while they are growing and developing, it’s pretty normal for awhile. But thanks to her team of doctors deciding to treat a non existing infection for a few days while waiting on the tests that would say if she had anything, Adeline is now at risk for hearing loss. It is a very low percent but she still needs to be tested as it could onset later in life unfortunately. As a first time parent in a tough situation having a baby born at 29 weeks, I wish we had more of an advocate that told us it was ok to say no to our doctors who pushed some of these things on us. But luckily, so far, Adeline is a healthy normal little premie baby.

5 Months

Adeline turned 5 months over the weekend! I cannot believe how fast time keeps going.

At 5 months Adeline can easily roll from her belly to her back, and she usually does immediately once we put her on her belly for some tummy time…ha! She can sit up as long as it is assisted or if she is in her Bumbo chair. On Sunday, AC and I decided to give Adeline her first taste of some baby food. We bought her a Gerber bananas puree that was specifically for assisted sitters/ baby’s 1st foods. She didn’t cry or anything but once we put it in her mouth she would repeatedly push it right back out with her tongue.  Only 2 or 3 times did it look like she actually swallowed anything. Although she definitely did eat some of it because  after I switched back to her bottle, maybe 10 min later she was projectile vomiting everywhere!

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Then 3 hours later after her next bottle she did it again! All over me, the couch, the floor and herself! It was awful! I had to give her a bath because she was sticky from head to toe. I don’t know if this means she is allergic to bananas right now or that she just wasn’t ready for it yet. I am thinking the latter because developmentally she is only 2 and a half months old. We should have started with rice cereal, I think.

As rough of a day as that was, it ended so much better. That night when AC and I were snuggling with her on our bed, we had tucked her hands into the pajama built in mittens and were joking around that she didn’t have any fingers. Well I started laughing and then all of a sudden she starts laughing too! It was the cutest thing! I don’t think it was her real laugh though, it sounded more like she was mimicking me and it was hilarious and made me laugh even harder so she kept doing it. It was the best thing ever. heh heh heh heh! That’s what it sounded like.

Monday my mother in law was over to take Adeline to her eye doctor appointment, such a lifesaver so AC and I wouldn’t have to take off more work since I am already having to take off this coming Friday for her hearing test. Anyway, her eyes are looking good and they don’t need her to come back in until February! Such a huge victory right now!

On the ttc front, I should be ovulating today according to my app. Not sure I actually will but it doesn’t hurt to try and see what happens. I can’t afford the digital OPKs right now, thank you weekly daycare, so I am trying to figure out the cheapy little line tests that are very hard for me to read.

Back in the Wait

AC and I have decided we do want to try for Baby #2 now so I had messaged my doctor asking if I could get back on Clomid since that is what worked for us prior. She informed me that she would prefer if AC and I tried on our own again for 3 to 6 months. 3 to 6 months!!?! What exactly is the point of that if we already know that I have pcos and with that I don’t seem to ovulate on my own. We cannot conceive without ovulation first so why make us waste these next few months! Maybe she thinks this past pregnancy has fixed something in me but I have yet to see that. It is so frustrating. I guess I will have to go buy some OPKs again and get back in the game.

On a side note, this is Adeline’s 2nd week at her babysitter and things are going pretty smoothly. Nothing to complain about at least. She was a bit fussy on Monday but that was mainly because she had gotten used to being held all day long while my mom was watching her last week since our sitter was on vacation. Adeline seems to have adjusted back quickly though and I am not a nervous, panicked wreck with her there, so I’d say that’s a win 🙂