Tuesday, August 27, 2013

6 Weeks

So Madilyn is 6 weeks old, meaning we have had 6 weeks to adjust to being a family of 4.  We've had our ups and downs, but overall I think the adjustment to having 2 kids hasn't been too bad.  Madilyn definitely has made it easier than it could have been.

She eats about every 3 hours during the day and eats quickly.  I only have to nurse on one side due to my abundant milk supply so the nursing sessions usually only take 10 minutes, which is so helpful when you have a toddler vying for your attention.  I was nervous to not feed her on both sides like they suggest you to do, but after having her spit up a lot after every feeding and after weighing her and finding that she has gained over 5 lbs in the past 6 weeks (I knew she felt heavy), I feel okay with feeding on one side.

Her nights were rough until we started sleeping her upright.  I think she just gets an upset tummy easily and so sleeping upright helps.  Now she sleeps at least one 4 1/2-5 hour stretch at night.  I hope that we can transition her to sleeping flat on her back soon, but I'm scared to do it because I like the long stretches at night.

It was so nice to have my mom in town the first two weeks while Chase was away at training, and then to have Chase's mom come for a week to help out.  After their visits Chase had his 10 day paternity leave which couldn't have come at a better time.  It was when Madi's nights were rough and when Mila was acting out quite a bit.  I think a lot of her behavior stemmed from Madilyn's arrival and the visitors.  She was out of her routine and was testing boundaries with my mom and MIL.  (She never did take things out on Madilyn though, which I am grateful for.)  With Chase around we focused on doing fun things with Mila and getting back into a routine.  It was great!  I also took advantage of having him around and started working out.  I am so grateful for a quicker recovery this time.  I am also grateful just to have my body back where I can run around and be silly with my toddler.  What a blessing!

So there you have it.  We have adjusted and are doing pretty well I think.  I am back to running and exercising; Mila is back to her happy self; and Madi is growing like a weed.  I never really felt like Mila was "growing up too fast" because I enjoyed every stage of her growth and so I didn't long for a prior stage, I guess.  But Madilyn is definitely making me feel like she is growing up to fast.  I mean she already weighs 12 1/2-13 lbs for crying out loud.

Our friend took some pictures of our chubbers (one of her many nicknames) when she was one month.  Take a look...

Monday, August 5, 2013

Madilyn's Name

I thought I should document how we finally decided upon Madilyn Karlee's name.  I am one of those people who wants to see the baby before I name her.  We took this approach with Mila, and thank goodness we did because I was in favor of the name Berklee, but when I saw Mila she didn't look like a Berklee to me.  Thus, we named her Mila.

Going into this delivery we had discussed names so much, but couldn't narrow down our list.  Some of the names that consistently made the list were Mckinley, Reagan, Sofie, Abigail, and Madilyn.  We liked the idea of picking a name that would remind us of our time in DC, hence the presidential names (Mckinley, Reagan, and Abigail (Adams)).  But Chase and I couldn't agree on one that we both really loved.  So at the hospital we were trying to decide between Sofie, Abigail, and Madilyn.  I liked Sofie; Chase liked Abigail.  We both consistently liked Madilyn but weren't sure if we wanted two daughters with "M" names.  Time was quickly passing and Chase was needing to leave for his training.  I refused to have him leave before we had a name picked.  At the last moment Chase suggested the name Emma.  We read in our scriptures the revelation in the Doctrine and Covenants section 25 and liked the idea of our daughter being named after an elect woman.  We even went so far as to decide to name her Emma and prayed for confirmation that this was the name the Lord wanted for His daughter.  In the midst of the prayer Madilyn started crying.  Call us silly, but we took that as a sign that Madilyn didn't want to be named Emma.  So, that was it...her name would be Madilyn.  Chase was excited about naming her Madilyn because just days earlier when he had asked Mila what baby sister's name should be she had responded very matter-of-factly "Madilyn Karlee."  Earlier in the week, for our Family Night I had asked Chase to give each of us a father's blessing in preparation for Madilyn's delivery and in both Madilyn and Mila's blessings he had felt that these two girls had a history with one another already and are going to be close so he loved the idea of Mila somewhat naming Madilyn.

And how did we ever stumble upon the name Madilyn?  Well, my dear friend Amanda sent our girls a package a few months ago and in it was the children's book Madeline for Mila.  Mila LOVES reading this book.  We must have read it a dozen times each day that first week.  After a few times of reading it and seeing how much Mila loved the book I started toying with the name.  Chase and I have always loved the nickname Madi (plus we lived next to a pretty adorable Madi back in Provo) and so we decided we like the spelling Madilyn rather than Madeline so we could call her Madi.  And as for the middle name Karlee...for those who know our story, you know that Chase and I met one another because of his sister Karlee.  She was a high school student at the school I was teaching at and on the first day of school took it upon herself to ask me for my phone number to give to her single brother.  We have always been indebted to Karlee for bringing us together and so we both wanted to honor her role in helping our family come to be by using her name as a middle name.

So there you have it.  It's crazy that already she is 3 weeks old.  Madilyn's doing really well.  She eats like a champ, going 3 or so hours between feedings during the day and sometimes up to 4 hours at night.  She's gained 2 lbs already and almost 2 inches--we love our babies chunky :).  She sleeps relatively well...she just grunts a lot in her sleep at least one stretch between feedings.  She's been in our bathroom while my mom and Chase's mom have been in town, but headed back to the guest room last night.  And today marked the beginning of Chase's 10-day paternity leave.  We are stoked!  Maybe we'll get a few more pictures of Madilyn with Chase around.  I find it hard to snap photos when my hands are full with two kiddos.