So how are things in Valfrey Estates? Sleepy. The way I see it, we're two months in, maybe just three to go until Penny starts sleeping through the night - hopefully - and Val and I get some more rest.
For now? Exhaustion. But we're still happy and not nearly as stressed out as we were with Cooper at the same age. We're even happier on the weekend when Val's parents watch one of the kids and we get a little bit extra time to sleep or clean or watch our shows.
Monday we went to the doctor for our precious Penelope's two-month-old appointment, and all looks to be going splendidly. She's almost double her birth weight, up to 9 pounds, 6 ounces, with a height of 20 1/2. For comparison, at Cooper's two-month appointment he was two pounds heavier and two inches longer.
Penny's had acid reflux since she was in the NICU, so the doc prescribed an itty bitty amount of Zantac to help reduce the burning. Hopefully this will cut down on the fussiness. We had already started adding rice and changed her formula on the advice of the nurse, but we're not sure if either helped. At first we wondered if she was just hungry, but the nurse told us not to go over 4 ounces since her tummy can't handle too much.
Penny has periods of being unable to get to sleep soundly, so she ends up filling the house with blood curdling cries for a few hours a day. It's not as bad as Cooper's colic, so we're not freaking out, but it would be nice to get some extra rest with Penny asleep in her crib or bassinet.
It's been anything but a humdrum couple of months. Our schedule was already full with our mini Cooper, but now with Penny added to the mix we are active around the clock, as follows (beginning with when I wake up for work):
1:30 a.m. - I wake up, either because Penny woke me up (usually between 12:30 and 1:30) or with my alarm waking me up. I change her diaper, feed her a bottle, watch a show or movie and relax on the couch trying to get her back to sleep as she stares up at me while wrapped in a comfy pink blankie.
2:45 a.m. - I put Penny down in the bassinet and take a shower, get ready and go to work.
4:30-5:30ish - Penny wakes Val up to get fed. Val's up for the rest of the morning, because shortly after ...
6:45-7:15 - Cooper wakes up and is ready to go, go, go!
8 or 9 - Penny is fed again, maybe up and fussy.
Noon - I get home from work, play with Cooper and Val feeds Penny and tries to eat lunch herself while I force feed Cooper.
1 - Me and Cooper take a nap together, Val tries to get Penny to sleep so she can nap, too.
3 - All awake, ready for the afternoon. Hopefully the weather is nice and we can go to the park, or at least to Target or the mall.
4 or 5 - Penny is fed again. Then we eat dinner.
7 - Unwind with the lights out for Cooper, put him down for the night.
8 or 9 - I go to bed, Val feeds Penny and tries to get to bed ASAP.
Cooper's still doing very well with his little sister in the house. He likes to crawl up on the couch when we're holding her to see, and pet her hair, and he will give her his lovey and say "nice," because when he first did it Val told him that was nice. Once in a while if he feels she's been held too long he'll say "Penny down," but he doesn't get too upset.
In fact, Cooper just doubles his cuteness every day. He gigglingly repeats what we say, especially the funny words like "watermelon" or "bonus," and does this loud and long "yep!" that Val would say like the guy from "Storage Wars." All he wants to do is play with his trucks, destroy everything in the house and read books, and we try to accommodate him as much as possible. And force-feed some mac 'n cheese, chicken nuggets, waffles and fruit into his mouth three times a day.
Penny, of course, doesn't do much other than sleep, eat, poop and cry. We do enjoy when she's awake and happy, looking around at her surroundings with those big eyes, especially if there's a light to stare at. I'm not sure where she should be in her development by now, but I also remember the nurses in the NICU telling us that she could be a month or so behind due to being born five weeks early, so I'm just enjoying the newborn baby period and all the cute gurgles.