Tuesday, August 19, 2008

So That's Why I'm So Hungry...

Today I met a woman and her baby that really put Kai's weight gain into perspective. I take Kai to a baby store in our neighborhood once a week to weigh her. They have an awesome weight station set up and they keep index cards for each baby so that you can record the date and the weight. So, I weighed Kai today and she weighed in at 11 lbs, 9 oz -- which was up 1 lb, 8 oz from 13 days ago. That alone is insane -- that's 10 oz more than the average weight gain for an infant in a 2 week period. Then, I was getting ready to take Kai back home and another woman and her baby came in. She asked how old Kai was and I said, "4 months, how old is your baby?" She said, "2 months, he was born June 11th". I told her that was funny because that was Kai's due date but that she had been born 2 months early. Then I asked how much her baby weighed when he was born -- 9 lbs, 10 oz. On that day, Kailey was about 6.5 lbs. So, on his birthday and Kai's adjusted birthday, there were about 3 lbs difference between the babies. Today? Kai weighs more - by about 2 oz. Kai has gained more than 5 pounds in those two months. Guess I shouldn't worry too much about having Elevensies every day!

Some pics of the incredible growing Kai:


We're back from a week in Tahoe. It was a fantastic vacation. In fact, it might have been one of our best vacations ever, despite the fact that we weren't able to spend our days lounging on a beach armed at all times with fruity drinks with little umbrellas sticking out of them (although, there was some of that, of course!) I think this vacation was among our best for several reasons. First, we were desperately in need of a vacation. Of course, that post was written pre-NICU... so, the desperation for a vacation and for some semblance of normalcy was even more pronounced. We really needed the break! And, this vacation came at the perfect time because it marked a turning point for us with Kailey because in the last few weeks it has felt like she really has gone from being a preemie to just being a baby, and a baby that can travel and hang out on the beach all day at that! We really enjoyed having time to just bask in her babyness together and watch her take in the world around her. We also had some big baby breakthroughs on vacation -- during the course of the vacation, we established a bedtime for Kai and she really seemed to get into a new napping/playing groove.

Beyond the baby stuff, the vacation rocked because of where we were. I don't just mean Tahoe (although, Tahoe is really a great place to vacation - it has everything! Swimming, hiking, biking, gambling...) This vacation we outdid ourselves with the vacation rental. It was the nicest place I've ever stayed. It had an upper and lower deck with unobstructed views of Lake Tahoe from every direction. The lower deck had a hot tub that jutted out over the edge of the deck. And, it was laid out really nicely. Three bedrooms downstairs and one bedroom upstairs. So, we were able to split up the families and everyone had plenty of space. And, the great room was truly great with 20 foot vaulted ceilings. It was just a beautiful spot to hang out and relax.

We really struck a good balance between lounging and activities. My only regret is we don't have pictures of our beach day (the battery ran out of the camera and I couldn't find the charger). We found this terrific beach one day. It felt like we were in the Caribbean with clear, blue water, perfect soft sand, and granite boulders everywhere. And, it was a great beach for the kids because it stayed shallow a long way out so they could swim with little stress. We stayed at that beach all day -- it was really fun!

But, what made it truly great was it was our first joint family vacation! Hopefully the first of many.

Views from our decks:

Hanging out:

Family Shots:

Friday, August 8, 2008

On the Charts!

Kailey is now on the growth charts for her chronological age! She started out in the 5th percentile for her adjusted age, and is now in the 6th percentile for her chronological age (and she's moved up to about the 50th percentile for her adjusted age)! That's a lot of growing. At her last doctor appointment (back in June), she was nowhere near the chart for her chronological age (she was nearly 7 lbs, which is not on the charts for a 2-month old baby, but is just fine for a newborn, which was her adjusted age). Today, she was 10 lbs, 12oz. Nearly 4 pounds of weight gain in 6 weeks! What that means is she has gained about 10.5 oz per week for the last 6 weeks (I just did the math), which is 3.5 oz more per week in weight gain then the average breastfed baby (which explains how she managed to creep onto the charts).

The doctor said today that if he were just meeting Kai for the first time, he wouldn't know that Kai was a preemie, because she is doing what 4 month old babies do (rolling, cooing, lauging, etc) and, while not the largest of the 4 month old babies, she is also not freakishly small (in fact, she's on the charts! In case you skipped the first paragraph, I thought I'd mention this fact again!).