Today was Liam's first checkup with the pediatrician. His circumcision is healing quite nicely and other than his right ear sticking out a little bit, he is physically perfect. A quick trip to the baby scale revealed that he is one ounce away from his birthweight of 5 pounds, 11 ounces. That is remarkable considering that pediatricians like to see infants back at their birthweight by their two-week checkup. He'll definitely surpass that at his appointment next week.
As for his personality and temperament, he's generally a very easy going baby. The only time he fusses is when his diaper is being changed or when he's hungry. Other than that, he sleeps a whole lot and spends his awake time looking around and taking in the scenery.
Sydney is adjusting quite well to the huge family change. She is my "helper" bringing me diapers or putting the pacifier in Liam's mouth when he is crying. She is also our "baby alarm" when she runs to find us when he's crying. Hopefully, she'll continue to be my helper once Ryan goes back to work after Thanksgiving.
Now that we've got the date straightened out (Thursday, November 9th), I spent today getting the time straightened out. The surgery will start at 12:30 pm so our little guy should arrive sometime around 12:45 pm. I'll be in recovery for an hour or two while he goes to the newborn nursery to be bathed, measured and monitored for jaundice and temperature control. If he's as tiny as Sydney was (and he probably will be), then he may have some issues regulating his temperature just like she did. In that case, he'll stay in the newborn nursery for four hours before he can be released to my room. When all is said and done, both of us should be in a room by about 5 pm (for those of you who plan on visiting).
As for his name....Shiran and Amanda win the Halloween candy for guessing correctly. You guys just have to collect your rewards before I eat it all!
Since we already know our bundle of joy's gender and birth date, Ryan and I decided to keep his name a secret. After all, something should be a surprise (to everyone else), right?
We've had a lot of people guessing and recommending names due to our decision to keep it secret. Here's a hint, albeit a tough one: the name we're pretty sure will belong to our little guy was ranked 104th in popularity in 2005 according to the site below. Feel free to guess until you figure it out or post any name suggestions you may have. After all, nothing's set in stone until we fill out the birth certificate.
Wife, mom, chauffeur, chef, maid, referee - just a few of my jobs as a stay at home mom of three kids in a town I like to call The Land of Fruit. Sydney is eight, Liam is four, Evan is three and I am exhausted. But I love my life and I try to find the humor in all it has to bring.