Wow! I now have my own blog, and I created all by myself, without the help of my IT guy (many of you know him as Bill or Billstron). As the name suggests, this blog is meant to keep all of Molly's admirers informed of her development and my feelings and experiences with being a mom.
Today we took Molly Z to the doctor, and she is up to 10 pounds, 14 ounces! She is up to almost 2 and a half times her birth weight. The pediatrician is so happy with her weight gain! She is now in the 25th percentile for her real age, not her adjusted age. (That is, for a 10 week old baby, not a 2 week old baby). It is very exciting. She is really getting chunky. Her little thighs are just so fat! She is also getting quite the double chin.
We got some more of her immunizations at this visit. She got one orally and two shots (with BIG needles). The nurse had me breastfeed her while she was given the two shots. It was pretty incredible. She wailed for about one second and went right back to eating. What a distraction! While she was in the NICU, we got the first in the series for Hepatitis B vaccination, but that was all she had. We will get more when we go back on September 15th. The pediatrician said we should not be alarmed if she develops a low fever and generally does not feel so well for a couple of days because of the vaccines. Poor baby! We can give her baby Tylenol if she starts feeling bad. I think she may not be feeling well now because she was a little fussy in the car (and she usually sleeps the whole time she is in the car). I hate the thought of her not feeling well. I think she has put in all the time for the whole year for not being well while she was in the NICU so I am keeping my fingers crossed that she stays feeling okay.
I am still really tired. Like I said in my last post on bill's blog (which some of you may not have read because Bill posted something on the same day so you might have just read his post and not scrolled down to read mine), I knew I would be tired, but jeez! It's okay, though. I don't mind missing some sleep. It's going to start getting a little more difficult, though. The semester has officially started, and now I have to finish my dissertation. I think it is nearly finished, but it is just going to take some time to do the final edits. I will also start back on Tuesdays to the seminar I am required for my fellowship to attend. That is really not bad, though. It is usually pretty interesting and mostly requires just reading a couple of research articles a week. I am hoping that soon Molly will be sleeping for longer periods. We had about four nights where she slept for about five straight hours, but, alas, she is back to two or three hour stretches at a time. I'm sure that will improve soon, though.