We can't believe how fast Larkin's first two weeks have flown by! She is doing great!! Here's a summary of what's been going on here in the Hittle house.
As mentioned previously, since she was a preemie, Larkin was visited by some nurses and saw her pediatrician twice in her first week home, just to be sure she was gaining weight and overcoming her jaundice. We really lucked out... she is an eager eater and was back up to her birth weight by day 9 and was a whopping 6 lbs. 1 oz. by day 10! Her pediatrician was really happy about that. She also was able to overcome her jaundice on her own and didn't need the blue light therapy. After her good doctor's appointment on day 10, Larkin now doesn't need to go back for her next appointment until she's 1 month old. Now, 2 weeks old, Larkin is growing so fast - she is a muncher who loves meal time!
Larkin has also had a lot of firsts already... she smiles, she can lift her head enough to turn it from side to side, she can roll from her back to her side, and she seems to be able to focus better on objects like her black and white books.
For the most part, Larkin sleeps around the clock. She occasionally thinks 1-3 a.m. is a good time to be awake, but usually we have to wake her for her meals and aside from that she sleeps. It has only been in the last couple of days that she has had short spans of awake time during the day where we stimulate her with a variety of fun activities. She rarely cries and actually has been pretty good about self-soothing. Larkin loves to be swaddled, although she sometimes sneaks her little hands out so she can suck on them or try to scratch at her face!
She doesn't love bath time, but she does seem to enjoy our daily walks around the neighborhood with Sera. Sera has been so good with her. We love our family walks and I'm excited that we have a great summer in front of us where we can be outside a lot.
That's all I can think of now... it's meal time for the Little Hittle and then we're off to bed! More updates forthcoming...
LOVE all of the pictures!! I know y'all are enjoying every second. Doesn't every 'new' thing in Larkin's little life just make you want to melt?! Just wait until she is old enough to become more responsive and to recognize you as her parents ~ and when she begins social-smiling, you just won't know what to do! :) Have such fun!!
Oh Karen (and Brian) - she is so beautiful. And you are in for such an incredible ride. Hold on!
Karen, not sure where to email you now that you're on leave. Drop me a line to jbfinke-at-gmail.com when you get a chance so we can catch up!!
Jess (and John and Thompson)
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