The last few days, she’s been pretty fussy. We’re thinking it’s due to the 6th week growth spurt (or we’re just trying to blame it on something). It’s harder to get her to sleep, and her longest rest is usually in the mornings. I’m trying to force her to sleep more at night and play in the morning, but I think she’s still too young to comprehend the schedule. Luckily, we have the papasan to lull her to sleep. Sometimes it has more patience to rock her to sleep while giving us the chance to rest as well. We had our first restaurant outing since she’s been born. Coincidentally, we ate at Red Lobster, the same restaurant where Emma first visited. (See side photo) Zi slept for an eighth of the dinner, then Perze and I were forced to take turns carrying her and eating our dinner. I never ate a lobster pizza so fast. And while my appetite stayed in, I unwillingly had my portion to go. As usual, like most newborns, Zi was cooed over by passing strangers, and Em had to answer all the big sister questions, while I stuffed myself with cheddar bay biscuits. Classy, right?
Our beloved daughter Zienne is officially a month young :). Her month-bday was spent going to the pediatrician to get her checked out. After being measured and weighed, here are her results: Weight: From 5lbs. 11oz. – 7lbs. 12oz. Height: From 18.75 in. – 20.5 in. The ped said she was doing really well, and as you can infer, she’s a great eater, sleeps well, and is pretty well behaved (considering her Ate Emma was “challenging”). She’s a breastfed baby, with an occasional bottle at night. At birth, we agreed she looked almost exactly like her Ate Em, but now, she’s really rounded out and now has features of her own, but resembling more like Perze (except the nose). She can control and hold her neck more; we don’t have to completely always support her head. She also is starting to abhor being carried on her back (like Ate), so when carried, she prefers being upright. She’s also pretty alert for long periods of time, and her sight can follow people and objects when they move in front of her. Another difference this time around is the absence of a pacifier. So far, we haven’t had to use it, so […]
I don’t know about other moms, but I love reusing the same clothes from my first daughter for my second. Every time I go through Emma’s (1st) clothes, I find myself getting so nostalgic, recalling the moments she’s worn them. Being a fan of fashion, I can usually remember the occasions when she’s worn specific clothes, esp. if that particular piece of clothing was a favorite of mine. Today, I’ve gone through numerous old clothes again for Zienne (2nd), and it made me a little sad that after the couple weeks of wearing them, I’d have to put them away again, thus ultimately and metaphorically saying goodbye to that specific phase of her infancy. Oh, who would have thought, tags saying 0-3 can make one such a sap. I’m such a sucker for that, and can’t seem to get over the sentimental emotions. *sigh* What can I say? I am one of those moms who are so in love with her children…and will probably one day transform into a horrible mess once the empty nest syndrome arrives, clinging to old pictures, cataloguing old videos, and stitching initials onto their children’s clothes made by their former swaddle blankets…hahah I laugh now, […]
Yay. Zi’s umbilical cord came off tonight. It’ll be easier now to carry her, change her, and now we can bathe her. It came off right before she turned 3 weeks. What was once connected her to me is gone. It’s ok. There’s always love.
Warning: May contain female topics. Immaturity may induce school-girl giggles. It’s almost been 3 weeks. I’ve lost 20 lbs. already, which is probably mostly due to the constant bfeeding. That, by the way, is going really well. I feel that the milk is satisfying Zi’s need most of the time, which is convenient, since I don’t have to feed with the bottle when I’m taking care of her. She’s a good eater. Very predictable and usually pretty on schedule; she gets hungry every 2 hours, sometimes 3, and late at night, she sometimes sleeps 4 hours then wakes up hungry. She usually also gives us a head start and does the preliminary subtle cry to warn us before the full blown hunger-i’ve-given-you-ample-time-to-feed-me cry. The bad news: This is Perze’s last week of “Ba-bycation.”
So after nine months of waiting and months of guessing Baby Z’s gender, we can now announce “It’s a GIRL!” For those who don’t yet know, Zienne Noelle was born May 9, 2009 close to 8pm, right in time for Mother’s Day. We’re excited to share our newest addition, so hopefully we’ll see you soon. Until then, feel free to get to know her: Zi’s Birth Announcement 2.0 Baby Blog Photo Gallery
Zi attended her first worship service today at SJBCI. She was mentioned from the pulpit during the welcome and announcements, and after the service, everyone crowded to get a peek of our newest addition. Of course, Em was protective enough to stay close to her baby sister, and sneaky enough to also get passing compliments and attention for being the older sister. Nice one, Ate. This just about marks another milestone we’ve had in this church and building. First, it’s where Perze and I met, where we exchanged vows, where we dedicated our first daughter, and now, where we brought our second daughter. God bless this church. It was fitting that the message was about the church family. I also can’t help it, but I always find myself taking very similar photo shots resembling Emma when she was Zi’s age. The picture on the left was taken this afternoon at the church during service, very reminiscent of the one I took of Perze and Em during Em’s first visit. Welcome Zi. They are like a second family. You’ll have many milestones with them, and they will see you go through them with smiles and glee.