Tuesday, December 14, 2010

It's All About You Emmy

This post is all about my Emmy who is soon to be 3 months old.
I feel like Emmy recently went from tiny infant to big baby. She is smiling and cooing all the time. When she is sitting in her bouncer or laying on the bed and I come up and talk to her she just lights up and grins...her joy almost gives me guilt (is there no end to the types of mommy guilt we have?)...like she had been anxiously awaiting someone coming to talk to her.

She goes to bed around 7ish each night and wakes 2-3 times on average before getting up for good between 6 and 7. Out of the three kids, she is by far my best night sleeper. She works her way out of her swaddle at night and likes to chew on her fist.

And I feel like we are really turning a corner. Emmy has been an extremely fussy baby. I remember in the hospital thinking she was so calm and even tempered. And she was! For about two weeks. Around that time the fussiness kicked in. I just took life one day at a time, sometimes one hour at a time and we exhausted all our options: Mylicon, Mylanta, probiotics, etc. Everyone has their ideas for why your baby might be colicky. There were many days when I was so worried that she was in pain, but in my heart I felt that she was okay...just demanding and high need. If you added up all the time she spent fussing each day it would equal hours...LONG hours. In general, if she wasn't eating or sleeping she was in a state of discontent. She prefers to be walked and walked in order to fall asleep and for many weeks would wake right up if I would try to put her down after she had drifted off. It didn't happen but a few times, but there were days that I literally held her all day. Not ideal circumstances when you have two other kids to care for. I don't mean to be throwing myself a pity party, but having a fussy baby is not really something you can understand unless you have been there. And if you have been there, then maybe you can understand the desperation, worry, exhaustion, and anxiety. But we survived, and like I said, I can really tell that she is changing. The great thing about colic: it does end! Look, can you see that she is changing too?
From this...
And this...
To this...
And this...
I LOVE HER DEARLY.

7 comments:

Heather said...

Jessica, I am SO glad to hear this wonderful news. Those pictures are just gorgeous! Loved them. Especially the one with all three of you.

Kendra said...

So Sweet! She is so adorable!!

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Tina said...

Oh, she is gorgeous!!! And her little outfit is adorable. I'm really wanting to see more of those pictures! You guys are all so good lookin'. I'm so happy she's getting less fussy.

Brett & Katie Johnson said...

Oh I'm jealous. What beautiful pictures. I'm so sorry I wasn't able to help you more with that little one. you should have just dropped her off here. She likes my swing. haha

Monica said...

Ummm. so, just reading that I was getting anxious thinking getting flash backs of myself in that same situation!!! But, then I remembered that my baby was finally getting past this and I am SO glad that Emmy is starting to also. It does get easier!! That dang colic. She is so so cute though. Such a pretty baby girl!

beanland said...

Catching up on your blog and I have to tell you: you're hilarious! I wanted to send you guys a Christmas card this year but I don't think I have your address in Vegas. I'll have to catch you next year.

Oh, I'm right there with you on the mommy guilt. I have the same thing with Caitlyn. She tells me all the time that if I would just hold her and talk to her nonstop, she would in turn coo and smile without ceasing. :) But alas, I have to fit other things (and other people) into my day!