6 weeks old!

Little Kristen is 6 weeks old today! We've been dealing with near-daily bouts of fussiness...not sure if it's just gas or a bit of colic. We do what we can to get through those times. Our church family prayed over her last night. She was very fussy during prayer time at the end of the service, arching her back and crying. Once hands were laid on her and the prayers started, an amazing calmness came over her. It was so cool to see!

The Zantac seems to be helping her reflux, and she's much more alert during the day. I love to watch her study her surroundings. Her big blue eyes focus in on a face (or the ceiling!). She watches intently and often makes her mouth into a perfect little "O". Every now and then, she'll let out a sweet cooing noise. What a joy to observe!

She's not sleeping through the night yet, but she's getting better about going back to sleep after eating in the middle of the night. She's also getting better about WHERE she sleeps...for a time it was pretty much only in someone's arms!

All in all, we're doing well. Emily changes diapers and loves to help with bath time. Gracie sings to Kristen a lot and likes to help dress her. They're such good big sisters!

1 month well check

Kristen had her 1 month well check this morning. She's up to 7 lbs. 8 oz. (she's gained 9 oz. in the last 2 weeks) and measures 20 1/2 inches long. She's at the 10th percentile for weight and 25th percentile for height. She's got some reflux, which causes her to gag occasionally. It's a little unnerving to witness because she can't seem to catch her breath when it happens, but it's apparently not uncommon for infants. Zantac should help with the discomfort.

All in all, Dr. Edmonds said Kristen is doing great! We'll go back to see her in a month for another well child check...right before we head back to Children's Mercy for the CT scan. Dr. Edmonds said the CT scan was nothing to be concerned about. It should be very quick to do, and they may not even have to sedate Kristen (I was concerned they would have to). We're so blessed to have a wonderful pediatrician's office here!