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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Pediatrician appointment, including first immunization series

(if you want to skip all the crazy pediatrician update, yes, there are more Kathryn pictures on Shutterfly!)

It's been a pretty busy time the last few weeks. The family has been working on a sleep schedule, preparing for Kelly's sister's wedding, and traveling to Chicago.

Now that the excuses are out of the way, Kathryn had her second regular pediatrician appointment, which included several shots of the standard CDC recommended immunization series. Looking at the PDF file, she got the "2 month" series, which included:
  • Hep B: Heppatitus B
  • PCV: Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
  • Hib: Haemophilus Influenza Type b
  • DTaP: Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis
  • IPV: Inactivated Polio Virus

Wow...That was hard to type. Anyway, it basically 3 actual shots (two in the left leg, one in the right), and an oral vaccine. The oral was a fairly new vaccine that saved her from a 4th shot. Needless to say, Kathryn didn't like that one bit. It was somewhat of a delayed reaction, as she had never had a shot before, and she stayed pretty grumpy for the next 24 hours. Apparently that's actually pretty good, as some babies are grumpy for 3 days, but it still didn't make the parents very happy.

The fun pediatrician update:

  • Weight: 10lbs, 7.8oz (60%)
  • Height: 23 in (75%)
  • Head: 39 cm (75%)

The head went from the 25th to the 75th percentile in 6 weeks, so we were pretty amazed.

Kathryn now smiles in the morning pretty consistently and can control her head better each day. She's also rolling over a lot more and even decided to show the pediatrician her new trick! We've seen lots of "mini-pushups", and we think she's starting to grab for (and kick at) things. She definitely knows her parents faces and voices now. The cutest thing is Kathryn's cooing noises. She loves to say 'gahh' and 'agoo'.

As far as sleep goes, she's not yet sleeping through the night or anything, but will do 5 or 6 hours at a time (usually from about 9PM to 2 or 3 AM). After the 2 or 3AM feeding, she will go back to sleep until 5AM or so, when she'll demand to be held until 8 or 9AM. Naps in her crib or pack 'n play are a challenge, but we are working on it!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

More pictures, and another video (Kathryn rolls over)

Just a quick note to mention that there are more pictures of Kathryn up on shutterfly, and there is another video taken this morning. The video is just a little light-challenged, but clearly shows Kathryn rolling over. Use the link above or just view it below.

More pictures are also available on Shutterfly, including the one that came in the announcements. We've basically just done a couple new albums with rough timeframes.

  • The last week of July album shows various pictures, including the one from the announcement (and another that was a very close second)
  • The 5th week of life album shows pictures, coincidentally, of her 5th week of life. She's definitely getting more animated. Still waiting to have the camera handy for really good smile...she's doing that more and more.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Kathryn gets her first earthquake...and sleeps through it

For Kelly and I, it took over 20 years to feel our first earthquake. For Kathryn, it took 43 days. At 1:39AM last night, a magnitude 3.8 quake hit about 20 miles away from us. The whole family slept through it, but the noise and movement apparently woke a lot of people up. More information can be found here.

Kathryn figures out what night is?

We're on quite the streak lately. For the past 4 nights, Kathryn has been asleep solid between the hours of midnight and 5AM. Being a little superstitious about the whole thing we don't want to claim preliminary victory, but this is a positive sign that sleeping habits may be forming...