Thursday, January 17, 2013

Talking With Iyla

Iyla was 9 weeks old yesterday Monday (dang Baby Radar! these posts now take me so long to finish), and had her 2 month check-up. She clocked in at 8 lbs, 9 oz (5th percentile) and 22 3/4 inches tall (jumping up to the 50-75% percentile). Still a long and lean little lady!

 BC as a teen, ha!
Hmmm... where might she have gotten that body type from? He is now 6'4 and I am 5'2, so here's hoping she'll get some of that height (and NOT his teenage fashion sense...)

The not so great part of the appointment? Iyla had to to get her first round of vaccinations. I was SO struggling with doing this- not so much for the administration of the shots, but more for the thought of all those foreign materials going into her pure, innocent little body. I wasn't vaccinated, nor was the majority of my immediate & extended family (due to the religion I was raised in- Christian Science). So it is more 'normal' for me to ebb toward not having them. We also have a lot of Autism in my family- and I know, I know, they have disproved that connection time and time again, but I still can't help having that thought lingering in the very back of my mind.

Anyway, we did the shots.

The nurse was thankfully super fast, and poor Iyla cried really hard when they went in. I nursed her right away which calmed her, and then she slept slept slept the day away. When the poor dear wasn't sleeping she was crying in a "I don't feel good" way I've never heard before, and that broke my heart. I gave her a dose of Tylenol later that night which really seemed to help, and thankfully at her middle of the night feeding she was back to her sweet, smiley self, and has been doing well since (though she has been waking a LOT more during the night). Also? She was a pooping machine the next day- like she was trying to poop out the vaccines. Weird.

How she feels about vaccines

When you have a baby, people love to tell you to 'enjoy every moment, b/c it goes by SO fast.' I am starting to get what they mean. Iyla is in the very beginning stages of merging out of the 'newborn' place of being a sweet sleepy little lump, and of coming more and more into her personality & awareness. She notices more, and is now totally responding to our voices & smiling in response to them. She is starting to nuzzle into me and hold me in a cuddly way vs me just supporting her. And it is happening so fast

A typical daily scene- snuggles & naps in front of my computer

Iyla is also becoming quite the conversationalist. When in a good mood, she will coo in response to our prompts- going back and forth in a sort of baby dialogue. She definitely has a lot to say!

Excerpts from a conversation with Iyla

Today is Iyla's first day as a working girl- coming with me to show a few properties to my clients. When we get home two more of her Aunts will be here visiting (BC's sister & her partner) to love on her all weekend long! Here's hoping all the activity will help her get back to a good nighttime sleep routine... I am one sleepy Mama this week.

Making me work already? Rude.


  1. Hahahahah! Your husband had some fierce style :) I wrestle with the vaccination debate myself and am sure when the time comes I'll have a lot of hard choices to make. I'm glad your small one has healed from the experience though and hope she was a employee during her first day on the job :)

  2. Gosh, she's so darling. I love her "moon eyes" as you call them. She just makes me smile. I can't WAIT until my girl smiles at me.

    My husband is also tall 6 foot 4 inches, and he golfs too. So I had to show him the photo of you hubby and he laughed and said he had clothes just like that. :)