Samantha’s second week of life has gone very well. The jaundice from week 1 is completely gone and she’s started to gain weight nicely. In fact, she seems to be going through some kind of growth spurt where she wants space her meals just one hour apart. Fortunately, both Sam and Geralyn have gotten the knack of the whole feeding thing. I think they could do it hanging upside down if they had to. Ger’s still not sure about doing it anywhere but in the privacy of Sam’s nursery, even after last night when we saw this lady at Chilli’s whip her breast out right at the table and invite her baby to join in the mealtime fun.
Samantha is enjoying a visit from Grandma and Grandpa Sommer, who are proving themselves very helpful. Not only are they helping to watch Sam while Ger and I have some time to ourselves, they’re cooking, cleaning, and doing a bit of landscaping while they’re at it. Here’s some pictures of them with Samantha:
In the Baby Stuff department we continue to be delighted by gifts and cards sent by friends and family. We think we (and by “we” I mean “Geralyn”) sent out thank-you notes to everyone, but please drop me a hint if we missed you. Here’s a picture of Samantha in her spiffy new Rice University smock (it will eventually become a bib) from Aunt Shawn and Uncle Brent:
Samantha still seems to only really have four settings: Sleep, cry, eat, and stare into space. The owner’s manual says this is normal, though, and we can expect more out of her in the next 2-3 weeks. Even with this limited arsenal of moves, though, she still manages to dominate the household. Our activities are completely dictated by Sam’s feeding needs, we do laundry when we need to wash her Miracle Blanket or onesies, and we don’t go to bed until she does. Still, we’re enjoying it and looking forward to more.
I’ll leave you until next Sunday with some random photos of bath time and sleep time. I’ve also created a running photo album where we’ll put all these pictures into once place.