Vienna is... 5 1/2 months, and 10 lbs, 2 oz. This week she's learned how to reach for and grab toys while on her belly... and she's practicing talking and singing all the time! Enjoy a handful of new picts... and Happy Father's Day to all the daddies out there!! : )
Can you believe Vienna turned FIVE MONTHS OLD this week!?!? She is doing great, and here are a few new stats...
Vienna... ... weighs 9 lbs, 15 oz. (so close to 10 lbs!!) .... makes a fist just like her Daddy, with her thumb tucked between her 1st & middle finger. ..... sleeps with her hands above her head, like Mommy often does. ...... has found her feet, and they make great toys!
* THIS JUST IN * Just this morning, Vienna was so happy to see her Mommy appear at her cribside, that she ROLLED OVER from back to her belly!!!
NEW VIDEOS: Vienna trying to mimic Mommy... so cute! (and smart!)
Vienna has had a great week, sleeping in her own room and her own crib. It's amazing to watch her personality form -- she's so intense and curious about everything and she smiles at everyone. When Peter's out of town on business, he sings to her at bedtime over speakerphone and she smiles at his voice. Her arms are getting stronger every day and she can bear weight on her legs for brief moments in my lap. The time is flying by so fast!
Enjoy some photos from the week -- and a few from last week...
Little Vienna was born January 3rd, at 12:50 PM, weighing in at 3 pounds, 11 ounces, and measuring 16 3/4 inches long. It was decided on Wednesday that she had to be delivered 4 weeks early due to "intrauterine growth restriction", meaning that she had not been getting enough nutrients from the placenta and had not been growing for the past 4-5 weeks. As a result, she is quite small for her age (less than the 3rd percentile). However, as might be expected from a Beaupre baby, her brain is outpacing the rest of her body growth, indicating the early development of a woman of uncommon intelligence, wit, and grace. (You heard it here first). She has big eyes, wavy, sandy blonde hair, and a dimpled chin (like her Opa).
One of the side effects of being born so early and so small is that she is struggling to keep down food. So little Vienna has had an IV since birth to provide some basic nutrients. Then, today, she had to have a feeding tube inserted, a tactic for which she expressed some displeaure. This is not unusual for a baby her size, and as she gets used to keeping food in her belly, she will grow and be able to deal with more traditional feedings. Vienna has been poked and prodded, incubated and monitored... but she is a gamer. She has a glint in her eye that suggests she is ready to take on all comers. "What else ya got?" she seems to be saying. All things considered, Vienna is doing EXTREMELY well, with good lung development, good skin color, etc. They anticipate that Vienna will stay in the NICU for 3 weeks, give or take, and that she will be in wonderful health as she grows.
Anya has also been feeling quite a bit better, and has been up and moving around today. The pain comes and goes, but she is doing very well. She and I will be at Riverside Methodist Hospital here in Columbus until probably Monday. As a side note, Peter's quick survey of other babies in the NICU suggests that little Vienna is easily the cutest girl there. Peter promises to more accurately quantify this as data becomes availble, but early analysis suggests that there is some empirical justification for calling her the cutest girl in the world.*
Attached is a link with some of the first pictures:
At my Dr appt today, we learned that our baby girl is strong, but hasn't grown a bit in the last 4 weeks, which indicates a problem with the placenta and the Dr said she MUST be delivered immediately. So... TOMORROW, January 3rd, we'll be at the hospital having a c-section to bring this tiny and hungry troublemaker into the world. She'll be arriving 4 weeks early, and we're expecting her to be about 4 lbs. Hopefully she'll be able to breathe on her own and eat like a champ.
We're feeling a bit overwhelmed since this news was quite unexpected... but we're excited to meet her and just can't believe it's happening so quickly! We will send out an email at the end of the day to let everyone know how we're doing... Thanks for all the good vibes....