Thursday, April 8, 2010

Tummy Aches, Daddy Time, & Hearing Tests...

As I mentioned in previous posts, Aubrey has been hurting from her horrible tummy aches. She has been such a trooper putting up with Bryan and me! We have been trying so hard to figure out everything we can to keep her comfortable. We have altered the way we're feeding her just slightly, but it seems to be helping tremendously. Thank goodness!

Bryan ended up working a little later than normal last night so when he finally got home we had quite a bit to do before bed. I was already upstairs tidying things up and getting things ready for Aubrey's bath. Bryan and I hadn't eaten yet, but decided to go ahead with Aubrey's bath first in hopes that it would tucker her out and she would go right to sleep. Ugh, not a chance. We started her bath in her little bath tub, but didn't finish there! She had quite a blowout mid bath!! She was obviously relaxing, which we were excited about. Bryan quickly hopped into our bathtub and filled it just enough for Aubrey to finsih getting cleaned up. She is four weeks old and still has her umbilical cord attached so we have to be careful not to get her tummy wet. We can't wait for real bath time! We quickly finished round two of her bath in the big girl bath tub and wrapped her in her towel. Daddy is always in charge of holding Aubrey in her towel as I rub lotion on her already so soft limbs. Aubrey decided it would be funny to do a mini blowout in her towel on daddy's lap! The quick bath before dinner was turning into a very long process, which also was upsetting our baby girl.

Aubrey cried and cried for the longest time while Bryan tried to console her. He truly is amazing with her. I sat on the edge of the bed folding laundry admiring how sweet my husband was being to our wailing daughter. He could have easily been so frustrated. He rocked her close in his arms and had full blown sweet conversations with her the entire time. It was so adorable. I can't believe I didn't get the camera out! He'd kiss on her and smile and respond to all her little coos and faces. Everything he did worked to calm her down. I love that he has such a special touch with her. Shortly after she went down, Bryan and I finished up our to do lists and got ready for bed. It took us a little while to unwind and just as we did, Aubrey started talking...telling us she was ready for a new diaper and a full tummy. Bryan and I laughed and started the cycle once again. She was amazing this time and ate and went right back to sleep.

This morning was a big morning for all of us. A little more than four weeks ago we welcomed baby Aubrey into our lives. Bryan and I begged the hospital to release us early so we could get home and relax. In doing so, Aubrey was still too young to pass a mandatory hearing test before we left. They scheduled a follow up appointment one month following her birth date. Today was that appointment. Bryan and I both have encouraged eachother along the way that Aubrey was perfectly fine. It definitely tested our faith at times. As we sat in the office looking at our daughter with sound machines stuffed in her ears and a monitor with colorful dots and lines tracking her results, we each said a little prayer. When we finally heard the words spoken that her hearing was perfect, we were beyond thrilled. We were just so happy to hear everything 100% ok.

Aubrey is now home sleeping heavily in her swing as I finish up this blog. I should be resting too, but wanted to fill everyone in. Hope everyone has been enjoying this amazing weather! We can't wait to enjoy more of it! More pictures to come very soon!!

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