Friday, January 27, 2012

Spittin' Image!

I know, funny title for a blog post.  But, I have just been thinking so much lately about how Abbey looks like Luke did when he was a baby.  Their personalities though--well, that is another story.  Their personalities are night and day, which is a good thing for this household.  Mr. Luke has enough energy for the entire house.

Abbey at 10 days old

Luke at almost 4 weeks old
Abbey at 3 weeks old.

Luke at 3 days old.

Don't they look so much alike?  In fact, when Abbey was born, one of the first things I said was, "Oh my goodness, that is Luke!"  Poor girl, she is already getting compared to her brother--even when she was minutes old.

Aside from looks, I am noticing at 3 weeks old, there are already some defining differences between Abbey and Luke.
  • This girl is growing a lot more quickly.  She was born at 7 lbs, 6 oz and was 21 inches long.  Even after losing some weight after birth and with her jaundice, she is already just over 9 lbs and around 22 inches long.  Luke was a little over 5 weeks old when he weighed that much.  Granted, he was born at 7 lbs and had acid reflux--poor little guy.  He ate just as much or more than she does though! 
  • She is very calm most of the time.  This is amazing considering how loud our house can get with Mr. Luke.  Luke has always been energetic (even in the womb).  Abbey has been graceful and calm.  She was also very calm and graceful in the womb.  
  • So far, she wants nothing to do with pacifiers.  We weren't planning on introducing one to her anyway for at least a month since I am exclusively breastfeeding.  We gave one to Luke early on just because he was not easily soothed.  He loved his "paci". We thought he was "colicky", but we later found out (at 8 weeks) that he had acid reflux.  (Pacifiers are recommended for infants to use during naps and bedtime to help prevent SIDS.)  We had a rough couple of nights a few days ago with Abbey and thought a pacifier might help sooth her.  We have tried two different ones and she seems to gag on them and does not like them.  We will try one again in a week or so.  
  • During the rough nights a few days ago, she did not sleep for 4 hours solid.  My first thought was whether she had acid reflux like her brother.  She was very fussy and just wanted to be held constantly.  After two days of this, I wondered if it had anything to do with her not having a bowel movement in over a day and a half.  Just as I finished researching how to stimulate bowel movements in infants, she began pooping.....and pooping....and pooping.  I am not kidding when I say that she was like the play-doh factory laying on her changing pad.  Here is a picture in case you aren't familiar with the play-doh factory: 

She just laid there as she pooped with a look on her face of pure bliss.    After about 20 diapers worth of poop in one changing session, she was back to her old happy self.  And now I know how to keep Abbey happy--keep her digestive system going.  I tell this very long story to make a point--Abbey and Luke are also different in this way.  Abbey is a 1-3 poops per day child, whereas I believe Luke was trying to set the Guinness Book of World records for the number of diaper changes per day. I apologize if this illustration and story was a little graphic.  :-)

There are some similarities as well in their personalities.  I can already tell she is going to be a little sweetie pie, just like her brother:

Our household is so crazy right now.  Because Drew is taking his last two days of paternity leave (today and yesterday), we decided to try to start potty training Luke yesterday.  We have had a little "Cars" potty for Luke for a long time now, and have casually talked about it and let him sit on it when he wants to.  I think he has been ready for a while--we just weren't ready to devote the time and patience required for potty training.  So, we thought we'd pick the best time--when we had a newborn!  I know, the time doesn't sound ideal, but we decided to do the crash-course version of potty training this long weekend.  We put Luke in some underwear and covered the big rug in our living room with a tarp (after a couple of accidents on it).  After one day of potty training, I am pleased to report that Luke can control his pee on the potty.  He can pretty much go at will.   The only problem is that he also pees elsewhere.   I know though that it is not a simple process, and we are trying to give him lots of praise and reward him for keeping his pants dry.

Showing off his underwear.

You can see the nice camo tarp covering our living room rug in this picture.

Here are some pictures from the past couple of weeks of Abbey:

Her first "real" bath.  Her umbilical cord came off after only about 5 days, so we were able to give her a bath early.  Here, she is 12 days old.

At 2.5 weeks old after eating--very content little girl.

At 3 weeks old...she loves her tummy time just like her brother.

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