Saturday, July 5, 2014

Five Months Old

Amelia is five months old today!

She is such a happy baby and she graces everyone with her beautiful, contagious smile. I especially love it when she scrunches up her chubby cheeks and neck because she spotted me.

Amelia had her first trip to the ER this month while we were in Indiana. She first came down with a fever and then a horrible cough. It continued to get worse and when it happened non-stop, my Mom and I took her to the ER. Amelia was also wheezing, had chest retractions and was throwing up with every coughing fit. She was tested for RSV and had a chest x-ray, which were both negative. She was sent home with instructions to give her albuterol treatments every 4-6 hours as needed. We were able to follow up with a pediatrician in Indiana a few days later (thanks to my sister's persistence and using her doctor influence). Amelia was still having wheezing even with the treatments so the doctor prescribed oral steroids. Unfortunately, even on top of the oral steroids, she was requiring the rescue breathing treatments sooner and sooner. It was every 3 hours when I finally took her again to the ER (this time with Nathan). It seems that the oral steroids took a little longer to work because it wasn't until 4/5 dose did we see any improvement.

About the same time she got sick, Amelia stopped wanting to be swaddled. It was rough for the first few nights because her flailing arms kept smacking her in the face and waking her up. I kept forcing the swaddle but she is so big and so strong now that I kept having to redo it as soon as I just finished. And because she is no longer swaddled, she is free to accidentally scratch herself. (You can see a tiny little scab on her forehead in these photos.)

Amelia also started thumbsucking. And she sucks the same fingers her Daddy did when he was a baby (middle and ring fingers)! She has fallen asleep on her own while sucking her fingers and at this time, I am not stopping her.

Our almost seven weeks in vacation in Indiana spoiled Amelia when it came to nursing. I mostly nursed her in my old bedroom where it was dark and quiet. And now that she is bigger, she cannot pay attention to eating. Every little sound, light, etc. distracts her. My sister said, "Amelia needs to get use to life!" Hahaha! She is one curious little cat.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Well Baby Visit (Four Months Old)

Weight: 16 lbs, 13 oz (82nd percentile)
Height: 26.5 inches (95th percentile)
Head circumference: 16.5 inches (68th percentile)

Amelia had her four month old well baby visit today even though she turns five months old in a few days. Our seven-week long visit to Indianapolis delayed her routine exams but better late than never!

I am amazed at how long Amelia is. No need to discuss her weight, we already know she is chunky from her last visit! But in just almost five months, our little girlie grew five and a half inches! No wonder her 3-6 months pants look more like capris! She is healthy and developmentally on point. Amelia is still not rolling over and the pediatrician thinks it is because of her chunky legs. Haha!

We also discussed her recent emergency department visits during our stay in Indianapolis. Her pediatrician here agrees with the pediatrician we saw in Indianapolis: it is too early to rule out if all the trouble was caused by just the virus or if we are starting to see the beginning of an asthma. Unfortunately for her, she has triple whammy because of me: family history, eczema and allergic rhinitis. So for now, we are keeping the nebulizer machine nearby in case she has another episode of breathing issues.

See One Month Well Baby Visit stats here
See Two Month Well Baby Visit stats here

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Four Months Old

Amelia turns four months old today! She is one super happy baby. She flashes her beautiful smile at everyone and even belly laughs when she is really happy. And she is so, so squishy! You bet I kiss and nom nom those cheeks all day, every day.

When we visited Hubby for Mother's Day weekend in Virginia, we all went to the hotel pool and I dipped Amelia's feet in the non-heated water. She hated it! She definitely likes her bath water very warm just like her Daddy and big brother.

Amelia also did amazing during our 13.5 hour drive from North Carolina to Indiana. She was a bit distracted during our nursing sessions because she is so aware and curious of the world now that she wants to look at everything she hears. And because of this, she is also beginning to reject the nursing cover. It blocks her view and gets hot under it since it is almost summer.

I had a wedding to photograph the last weekend of May so Amelia also started eating from the bottle. And unlike her Kuya, she did not have any issues other than the initial rejection for the first few tries. She also fell asleep and went to bed without very much trouble with Lola. She still wakes up at least twice during the night to eat but almost always never have any issue going back to sleep.

Read One Month Old entry here.
Read Two Months Old entry here.
Read Three Months Old entry here.
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