Hope is five weeks old today!
The last week brought some challenges. On New Year's Eve, I actually called our pediatrician in a sleep deprived, overanxious state. Hope had gone from zen baby to fussy baby and nothing was working. Ed and I thought that she was following in her brothers' footsteps and developing either colic or reflux. But in a weak moment, after listening to her cry and not being able to soothe her for too long, I called the doctor. On New Year's Eve. He calmed me down and eased my anxiety and I hung up feeling better... albeit embarrassed for panicking. I knew just what to do - get Hope to Dr. Trish. As soon as her office opened after the holidays, we made an appointment. This was Hope's first joint appointment (of many, I'm sure) with her big brother... who has been seeing her regularly for months.
As many of you know, Dr. Trish - of Radiance Chiropractic Healing Center in Berwyn, PA - was a huge part of Gavin's life. I brought Gavin to see her for quite some time - and each time she would treat him, he'd make tremendous gains.
It's very hard for me to explain exactly what she does. I call her an "energy healer." She can feel what you are feeling - like an empath - and then release it for you. She always knew what I was feeling - or Gavin or Brian and now, Hope - before I told her. She said that before we even arrived she was feeling pressure in her head. I had to lay Hope down on her table for the treatment and fully expected her to start to cry - as she usually does lately. Dr. Trish put her hands on her head and she instantly fell into a calm, quiet state. I called her the "Baby Whisperer!!" Then, because she was actually feeling what Hope was feeling, I saw Dr. Trish shaking her head back and forth - like she was saying "no." I didn't tell her this - but that is exactly what we see Hope doing at home!! Dr. Trish said she released pressure in Hope's head that was likely a result of her birth - and did some other gentle adjustments (not at ALL like chiropractic if you're wondering - she barely touches you!). With a little CranioSacral work, we have already seen a big difference in Hope! Her excessive fussiness disappeared and her nursing improved. She also seemed more restful and comfortable.
The next day we headed to the pediatrician for Brian's yearly physical. He passed with flying colors! He has maintained his percentile on the growth chart since birth (not that I care so much about the growth chart). He's 42 1/8 inches tall which puts him in the 25-50th percentile... and 41 pounds which has him in the 50-75th percentile. While we were there, we weighed Hope. Guess who had a major gain?? She's now 7lbs, 10oz!!
She is really filling out, as you can see in her five week photos!
Monday is Ed's 43rd birthday. Last year for his birthday, the four of us went to see Disney on Ice and had such a great time.
This year I surprised Ed and Brian with VIP tickets to go together - a "Love Bomb" day that was "Boys Only." And, to represent Gavin on the trip, Brian wore his Super G shirt under his sweater. He was VERY excited to go out with his Daddy!
Ed captured some pictures for me...
...and they had lots of fun stories to tell me when they got home!
Meanwhile, Hope and I spent the morning in a friend's photography studio! We had a fun Mother -Daughter photo shoot, and got some newborn shots of just Hope as well.
She was quite an agreeable model. I can't wait to share these photos when I get them!
This is the second set of professional photographs I've had taken of Hope, believe it or not!! I wish I had gone the professional route with the boys - but I took all the photos myself (and you can tell!). I was quite the rookie back then and their photos aren't as nice as I would have liked. The first set of photos I had taken of Hope was actually on her homecoming day from the hospital when she was just four days old! (Way back when - ha!) I plan to share them tomorrow - so bring your tissues and prepare yourself for overwhelming sweetness.