As you can tell, I haven't had much time to get on the computer and post updates. Life as a new mommy is wonderful, exhausting and overwhelming. Just this week Austin and I are starting to get in a routine.
The last two weeks have been a world wind of tiredness, happiness and amazement. To know that this tiny little thing came out of me is amazing. John and I just stare at him all the time amazed that we created this little human. The first week was extremely hard for me. Recovering from the C-section was very difficult and scary. Since we didn't know anyone that had ever had one, I had no one to get advice from so I was on my own. John unfortunately had to go right back to work so I was at home with Austin by myself. Of course I was trying to do too much so I got an infection and had to be put on antibiotics.
Austin had his first doctors appointment on the 7th and weighed in at 6 lbs 2 oz. The doctor was very happy with his weight gain since he came home from the hospital at 5 lbs 12 oz. On 7-10-08 Austin went back to the doctors for a weigh in and the little champ weighed 6 lbs 11 oz. The doctor was so pleased she said that we could stop supplementing with formula and just continue with breast feeding. Yesterday, we had another doctors visit because Austin's eye was very watery and goopy. The doctor said that this was normal and gave us some medication. Austin weighed in at 7 lbs 2 oz. Our tiny little baby is getting so big.
Austin recently stopped wearing preemie diapers and now is a big boy and wears newborn diapers. He also yesterday finally fit into his first outfit without it being huge on him. He still is a little guy and barely fits in newborn clothes but he is getting there.
God has completely blessed us with wonderful people all around us. Both of our parents have been wonderful and are enjoying their new grandson. My parents have been wonderful letting me hang out at their house with Austin so I am not home alone all day long. Dan and Katie have been a huge blessing in our lives and I don't think I could have gotten through these first few weeks without the advice and reassurance that everything that is happening is normal without them. God sure knew what he was doing when John and Dan started talking. John has been is school for many years and has never made a friend that he was so close with. I was unsure about hanging out with another couple but we all just clicked right away and John and I realized that these were people God had set aside for us to be friends with. They brought us the best meal ever and we can't thank them enough. Nate and Austin are going to be great friends and I can't wait until we can start taking family vacations together.
As for milestones, Austin has started gripping fingers when placed near him. At first it wasn't very strong but now he will grab onto my shirt or his daddy's finger. He officially sleep for 4 hours at a time (starting last night). Mommy was so happy and had no problem adjusting to this new schedule. Because Austin was so little when we brought him home, we would set an alarm and wake him up every 3 hours to eat. Last night I let Austin take charge and to my surprise he slept for 4 hours - only waking me up at 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. to eat. He is working on his waking up skills but, is in no hurry to perfect that task yet.
All in all the 3 of us are doing very well. I am healing and Austin is quiet and content. Today is our 3 year anniversary and we couldn't be more excited to share it with our new son!