When I was pregnant with Ana, I got very accustom to stepping on the scale each week, but I haven’t weighed in since the Monday before she was born. I figured since Ana is three weeks old today, it was time I confronted the scale. I was very happy to see the numbers stop climbing a surprising 27 pounds below my last weigh in. That’s right: TWENTY-SEVEN POUNDS. So according to my math, that means I am officially 21 pounds under my pre-pregnancy weight. How freakin’ cool is that?! And I got an adorable little girl outta the whole ordeal to boot! Wahooo!!
Well, Ana’s first Christmas was a success. I tell ya, this little girl has been to more parties and social gatherings in the 18 days since her birth than I could ever have imagined. I guess that’s a perk of being born during the holidays; there is always a party somewhere! She behaved like a complete angel and doesn’t even mind being passed around from one person to the next.
In true holiday spirit, I got to dress Ana in an adorable red velvet dress (complete with matching bloomers!) and the cutest “Mary Jane” tights. Come on, what good is a little girl if you can’t dress her up??
All in all, we had a wonderful holiday surrounded by family and friends. Who could ask for anything more? All the pictures we took are up in the Christmas Day gallery. Hope you all had a fabulous holiday as well!
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!
Or Bah Humbug, in case that’s more your thing.
There are some pictures in the Christmas Eve gallery. Enjoy.
Ana had her two-week doctors appointment today. I can’t believe it has already been two weeks! It seems like she has always been with us. Anyway, here are her stats from the appt:
Height: 21 1/2″ (90th percentile)
Weight: 8 lbs 13 oz (70th percentile)
Head: 37 cm (50th percentile)
Ana had the routine PKU test, and the doctor told us she has a blocked tear duct (totally normal for infants, we just need to wipe it clean every once in awhile). Oh and a little dry skin from the combination of dry winter air and running the natural gas to heat the house. Other than that, there is nothing else to report. We have a healthy, happy little girl.
As a lovely little Christmas present to her fans, J.K. Rowling has opened the door on her site and announced the title for the final Harry Potter book. As more information about the last book is revealed, I am both happy and sad because it means the book is almost complete. Don’t get me wrong, I cannot wait to read HP7, see how the story comes together and have all my questions answered, but I am also very sad to see it all end. I guess for the time being, I will have to be happy knowing that one day I will get to share the completed series with Ana and teach her to love reading and using her imagination as much as her mama does.
Click “read more” to find out how to open the door and find out the title:
Not wanting Ana to miss out on any Christmas traditions, we took her to see Santa Claus the other day. She was very good and just gazed lovingly up at him. (I assume we can save the tears and screaming for next years picture!) She told him she has been a very good girl this year, but doesn’t really want much as she is quite happy with the boob she already has at home.
A few more pictures are here.
On a whim, I decided to try on a pair of my pre-pregnancy, non-maternity pants when I got dressed today. And you know what? THEY FIT! I was not expecting this to happen for several weeks. I am so excited. This totally made my day!!
The concept of time has totally eluded me this week. I have no idea where all the days, hours and minutes have gone. All I know is that Ana is now a week old. A whole entire week. This just baffles me.
Not to brag, but Ana is the most amazing baby. When it comes to eating, she is a champ. This kid would eat 24-7 if I let her. But mostly we stick to every three hours or so. And then there is the sleeping. Now I don’t want to jinx myself here, but she is a fabulous sleeper. We go to bed around 10 or 11pm, get up to eat for an hour around 3am, then get up to face the day around 8am. I got nothin’ to complain about here. My daughter is an angel. And a cutie to boot!
There are more pictures in the Ana’s First Week gallery. I must admit I am ashamed of my lack of picture taking. I keep forgetting to grab my camera because I am just so damn busy staring into her gorgeous blue eyes. But how could you blame me?
Wow. All I can say is the last several days have been the most wonderful and amazing days of my life. I have been moved and touch by my new daughter in ways I never could have imagined. I just cannot stop gazing into her eyes, tickling her toes and smelling the top of her head. I know I am a little biased, but I think she is the most beautiful, perfect thing I have ever seen. I apologize for the delay in blogging and uploading the pictures, but Ana has cast a spell over me that prevents my mind from thinking about anything but her. Thank you for being patient, I promise they are totally worth the wait.
There are tons of pictures and for lack of creativity, I am naming them according to the day of her life: Ana’s Birth, Ana’s 2nd Day, and Ana’s 3rd Day. Enjoy and rest assure, there will be many more to follow! She is just too cute not to follow around with a camera.
Introducing Ana Diann Bateman.
Born: Saturday, December 9, 2006 at 10:47 PM
Height: 21 inches
Weight: 8 lbs 8 oz
Labor went well and we are recovering at St Vincent’s of Portland. More details to come later!