It has been a month since I last updated and Mary Beth has grown so much! We don't know exactly how much she weighs, but she has advanced to size 1 diapers! She is much more alert during the day, sleeping 4-5 hours at a time at night(most nights), and her personality is really starting to show! It absolutely melts my heart when she looks at me and smiles.
The 3rd week in October Jonathan went on a business trip to Virginia, so MB and I went to stay in Nashville with my Mom and Dad. Nana and Pa enjoyed having MB there to spoil and she got to spend some real quality time with her cousin Ella. We had a great visit, but missed J very much.
MB also enjoyed her first Halloween. We never thought we would find a costume small enough, but I did! She was a ladybug and was the cutest little ladybug I have ever seen! She was able to wear her costume to our Fall Festival at church and was a huge hit with everyone, even though she slept the whole time! We look forward to next year when MB can dress up at Kermit! Thanks "Aunt" Becky! Her next doctors appointment is the 18th and we look forward to seeing how much she has grown. I am going to try and do better about updating our blog, I haven't done that well so far!
Jonathan and I took Mary Beth for her 2 week check-up this morning and everything went great! She weighs 6lbs, 9oz and is 19 inches long. She has surpassed her birth weight and has grown an inch and a half. She growing like a weed, but I guess that is expected when she wants to eat soooo much! Having to bottle feed took some getting used to, but she is doing great with the formula! She is also starting to get her days and nights together! Yay! Most nights, we get about 3 hours of sleep at a time before she gets hungry so that makes it easier to get up.
Jonathan has gone back to work so it is just us girls during the day now. I was a little nervous to be by myself, but she is such a good baby it has been easy so far. I feel so blessed!
I am enjoying our little girl so much and trying to take everything in because she seems to change so much from day to day! Being a mother is amazing!
I knew having a child would change things, but I never imagined exactly how wonderful it would be! Even through all the Drs visits for Mary Beth and for me, things have finally started to slow down. The last update, we were in the hospital with our little glow worm. She was abslutely amazing through the whole experience. She did so well just laying under the lights with her eyes covered and didn't fuss at all! It was harder on Mommy for sure!
While we were in the hospital with her, I started having some trouble breathing and some chest pain, so the nurse on the Peds floor thought I should go to the ER to make sure everything was ok. So, even though I didn't want to leave Mary Beth, Jonathan stayed in the room with her and I went down to the ER. After being there for 4 hours, they finally told me (after many tests) that I had quite a bit of fluid build up on my lungs. They gave me a Lasix to get the fluid off and told me I would be fine. Long story short, the next day the ER called back and said another radiologist had reviewed my x-rays and CT and found something the other didn't and I needed to go see my doctor for a follow up. Needless to say, he told me that before Mary Beth was born I was probably on my way to having pre-eclampsia due to the swelling. He gave me a prescription for lasix and I am finally feeling much much better!
We do have one more Dr appointment on Monday for Mary Beth at a Pediatric Urologist because of the fluid on her kidneys, so we are asking for prayer that it has corrected itself since she has been born. I will update things as soon as we know from that appointment.
Like I said, despite all the unfortunate things that have happened, we are both doing great now and life couldn't be better!
Rebecca, Mary Beth and I were able to come home from the hospital yesterday afternoon, and we spent our first night at home alone. Nana, Pa, Laura, and Ella all went home, and we had a very quiet evening. You don't realize how loud a hospital is until you get home.
Mary Beth didn't sleep well. That means Mama didn't sleep well, either. And that means Daddy didn't sleep well, too. From everyone I've talked to, that's normal, especially for a first night home. Mary Beth started out in her crib, and we had moved her to her papazan chair by midnight. That meant that Rebecca moved to the couch. And Jonathan stayed in bed.
A side note here, Jonathan didn't stay in bed because he's a bad daddy. He registered to take the GMAT on Monday the 22nd so that he could have it out of the way before Mary Beth comes. Well, Mary Beth spoiled that one. So, on about six restless hours of sleep, he scored a 600. That means that he'll most likely start grad school at University of Alabama at Huntsville in January.
And now back to your regularly scheduled programming... Rebecca took Mary Beth to her first doctor's appointment this morning while Jonathan was taking the GMAT. The bloodwork came back for Mary Beth about 3:00 and her biliruben count was 19.01. Dr. Parmer wanted to admit her to the hospital to be put under the "glow lights" to help break down the bilirubens. So I'm writing this from Decatur General Hospital, Suite 3. A glowing Mary Beth sends her love to everyone.
Before you read more, understand that we don't really plan on giving an update on Mary Beth every day. We are still in the hospital, and the plan is for us to go home tomorrow. Mary Beth is doing great, Rebecca seems to be recovering quickly, and Jonathan is just trying to soak it all in. This whole experience has been incredible, and we are looking forward to raising our beautiful little girl.
Welcome to the world, Mary Elizabeth McKnight! We were blessed with her entrance to this world at 9:28 AM today. Mary Beth was 17 1/2 inches long and 6 lbs, 1 oz. I know that we are biased, but she is beautiful. We love her! Here are some pictures of her shortly after her arrival.
Just in case you're wondering, everyone is doing well.
So, with Mary Beth coming in a couple of weeks we decided that we needed a way to keep family and friends updated as life gets more exciting! I have always enjoyed reading others Blogs, but never thought much about having my own. I am going to do the best I can to keep it updated as often as I can, but bare with me as I know life is going to be a lot more hectic after she arrives! Hope you enjoy reading about our little family and that it will be a good way for all of us to keep in touch better!
This is a blog dedicated to our experiences as a new family of 3. Jonathan is a wonderful husband and father and I feel very lucky! I am also blessed to have such a beautiful daughter, the last 5 months with her have been wonderful. We are looking forward to everything that is to come in the future!