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2/22/2011

Samantha is here. I can't believe she is finally here. Born at 7 lbs and 19 inches long. Cute as a button. I was able to nurse her right after she was born, she nursed for about an hour, alternating sides every little bit.

About 2 hours after she was born we moved over to another room. Right after we got settled in our first visitors arrived, Beth and Bella. Soon after paw paw Bill, Donna and Jason came. I was still pretty sore and moving around like an old lady but feeling pretty good. Samantha was sleepy. Later that evening paw paw, maw maw and Katie came to visit. Katie was so cute with Samantha. She said mommy I like her. She held her and gave her a kiss, it was so sweet.

After everyone left we got settled in for the night. Samantha was kind of fussy and acting hungry so I kept feeding her. We nursed a lot of the night. They came in to weigh her sometime in the early morning. She weight 6 lbs 13 ozs, so she only lost a little weight. I was thankful for that, we had such a hard time with Katie losing weight after she was born. Nursing seems to be going much better so far this time.

2/23/2011

Dr A came in and saw us Wednesday morning, he told me we could go home this afternoon or we could wait until tomorrow morning. I told him I felt comfortable going home today. We had to wait until they did a few test on Samantha after she was 24 hours old. They checked her jaundice level and did her hearing test. About 1 they came in and did all of our discharge paperwork and then we were ready to go.

It was so nice to come home and be in my own home. That evening Mimi came over and brought us dinner. I felt good about being home and Samantha was doing great. We went to bed around 10, we were up a few times but all and all a good night.

2/24/2011

Nursing is going great, my milk is starting to come it. I think nursing all night that first night really brought it in faster. Samantha is nursing about every 2 to 3 hours and having plenty of wet and poopy diapers. Katie came home from paw paw and maw maws house tonight. Our first night with both girls at home.

2/27/2011

We went out with Samantha for the first time tonight. We went out to dinner. She slept the whole time we were gone. She is dong very well. Of course sleeping a lot and eating are about all she does.

2/28/2011

Samantha went to the doctor for the first time today. Dr J said she looked great. I could not believe she was already back up to her birth weight at just 6 days old. Must have some super breast milk. She was 20 and a half inches long. We don't have to go back now until she is a month old.

3/3/2011

We are all doing great. Samantha is nursing about every 2 to 3 hours during the day. She seems to be doing a little cluster feeding in the evening. We have been going to bed around 10ish. She has been sleeping for about 4 hour stretches at night. I think she is doing great. Katie seems to be adjusting well too. She has been a little whiney but thats to be expected. She has been helpful though, getting diaper and wipes out for me when I need them. She keeps saying she loves Samantha. I put Samantha in her crib for a nap for the first time today too. I can't believe how lucky we are to have two healthy, beautiful baby girls.

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3/5/2011

Samantha cord fell off last night. I went to change her diaper and it was off. Katie kept asking me if that thing fell off yet, I couldn't wait to tell her this morning that it did. I am excited for her to have her first real bath now.

3/8/2011

I can't believe Sam is 2 weeks old already. She is doing great. Breastfeeding is going well, she is eating about every 2 to 3 hours during the day and last night she went 4 hours in the night. I think that is really good. She seems pretty content most of the time. Katie is doing well too. I think she is adjusting well to having a little sister.

3/15/2011

Samantha is so cute. I just can't believe is here and we now have 2 children. It's just hard to believe. I think we are all adjusting well. Samantha has been doing good at night except she will wake to eat and then just stay awake. I am not too sure what we are suppose to do about that. I will try to put her back to sleep for a while then I let Fred take over.

3/18/2011

We gave Samantha a pacifier for the first time. She was fed, changed and still was fussy so we gave her one. She seem to do well with it. I was just nervous about it messing up breastfeeding but I think she will be fine. She also slept for 6 hours 2 nights ago, thats the longest she has gone. Then of course the next night she woke up after 4 hours and then was awake for atleast an hour.

3/21/2011

We have had a fussy day today. Samantha did not sleep well last night. She woke up at 2ish and then was up for almost 2 hours. Then today she has been sleeping a ton, I am just not sure what to do about it. So I have been waking her every 3 hours for her to eat. I guess we will see what happens tonight.

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3/22/2011

Sam is 2 months already, were does the time go. After all that sleeping she did yesterday she slept pretty good last night. She slept until 2 and ate then went right back to sleep and slept until 7. She has to go to the doctor in a few days, I can't wait to see how much weight she has gained. I can tell she is getting bigger.

3/25/2011

We took Sam to the doctor today for her one month check up. She weighed 8 lbs and 13 ozs, she was 21 1/2 inches and her head was 36 1/2. All in the 50%. I can't believe she has gained almost 2 pounds in a month. Its crazy how fast babies grow. The doctor examined her and all that good stuff. She put her on her belly to see how she was holding her head up and she almost rolled over by herself. I told her she can't do that yet, she is growing too fast. The doctor said everything looked great and we were going a wonderful job with her. She also got her second Hep B vaccine. She was so pitiful when they gave her the shot, she just cried and cried.

3/26/2011

Sam slept a lot yesterday after her shot, pretty typical.

3/28/2011

Samantha is starting to smile some. When talking to her if you smile real big at her she will smile back at you. She loves smiling at her Mimi when she is talking to her. I think Katie has got used to her being here too.

4/6/2011

Sam has been sleeping pretty good. I have been putting her to bed at 9ish and she will sleep until 3ish and then up at 7. She has been doing pretty well with going back to sleep too, only once or twice a week is Fred having to put her in the swing and sleep on the couch. Most of the time she has not been fussy at night. Every once in a while she will be but mostly she is happy. She loves bath time. I put her in there and she just lays there, its so cute. I put her in her crib for night time last night for the first time. She did great.

4/18/2011

Sam will be 8 weeks old tomorrow. We have been working on trying to get her to sleep in her crib at nap time. Its kind of hit or miss. I just hate to be dependent on the swing sometimes. We are on the go so much that she mostly naps in her carseat when we are out and about. I guess she will get used to it eventually.

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4/21/2011

We are getting ready to take Sam camping for the first time. When I was packing things up I felt like we were taking half the house. I am excited and I hope she does well. She has been pitching a fit when she is in her car seat lately so we will see how it goes.

4/30/2011

So we are back from Pigeon Forge and we had a great time. Sam was going to bed around 8:30 and sleeping for about 6 hours, waking up to eat and then sleeping until 7. The second night we were camping she slept until 6 in the morning before waking up and then going back to sleep in her swing for an hour or so. The third night we were there she slept all the way through until 7. I couldn't believe it. I was so proud of her. It completely debunks the myth that breastfeed babies don't sleep through the night until later on. She continued to sleep that well the whole time we were camping. She did good other wise while we were away. We are still working on naps. She goes to sleep but then as soon as we put her down she wakes up. It was nice to have Fred and my mom around the whole time to help.

5/2/2011

Sam went back to the doctor today for her 3 month appt. It went well. She is growing like a weed. I have to go back to work in less than 2 weeks and I am feeling nervous. She was taking a bottle about every other day then when we went on vacation I didn't want to take my pump and bottles so I just nursed her the whole time. So now that we are back she is refusing to take the bottle. She just screams and screams. I feel awful. I guess we will see what happens.

5/11/2011

We went on Katie's first field trip today. I put Sam in her carrier and she was great. She slept almost the whole time. She loves to be snuggled with her momma. She has still been sleeping from 8:30 until 7ish in the morning. I am completely spoiled with that. Its great. Naps are still a struggle but we are just going with the flow.

5/16/2011

I had my first night back at work last night. It was so hard to leave. We have decided that Fred would try the bottle for a few minutes and if she wouldn't take it just get her calm and try to get her to sleep. So thats what he did. He tried but she would not drink it. He got her to go to sleep around 9 and she slept until 7ish. I got home at 7:30 and she was just waiting patiently on me. I was so surprised that she slept that well without having anything to eat before bed.

5/19/2011

Sam giggled at Mimi for the first time today. It was the sweetest thing ever. Mimi was kissing her neck and she giggled. I couldn't believe it. She is just growing so fast.

5/26/2011

We are leaving to go to the beach tomorrow for a week. I hope Sam does good on this trip too. She has giggled a few more times since last week. Its the best sound ever. She totally loves Katie. She smiles at her and watches her all the time. Its sweet to see the girls together like that.

6/6/2011

We had a great week at the beach. Sam was great. We put her in the ocean for the first time and she loved it. She was kicking her feet. She has been making all sorts of baby sounds lately. Its so cute. She has still been sleeping like a champ and naps are hit or miss. Sometimes she goes down well and other days only sleeps when we hold her and takes cat naps. She will only be little for a short while so we are really enjoying this time. We put her in the jumperoo for the first time yesterday. She really liked and stared at the lights on it.

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6/15/2011

Sam has been making more and more noises and giggling more often. Its the sweetest sound. She is really just a laid back baby most of the time.

7/2/2011

We went to the beach again for a week and had a good time. Sam is not napping well, we have no schedule and its been really hard. I am hoping since we are back home and are not going anywhere for a while that I can finally get her on a better schedule. I swear while we were at the beach she lost a ton of her hair. She looks like a different baby. All her brown hair has mostly fallen out and now she has blonde peach fuzz. It is so cute.

7/5/2011

Sam Had her 4 month appointment today. She weighed 13lbs and 5ozs, thats in between the 25% and 50%. She was 25 1/4 inches tall, thats in between the 75% and 90%. Her head was 41 cm, thats in the 50%. Dr J said she looked great and said we could start solids if we wanted so we will see. Sam is still not taking the bottle so its so frustrating to me because I am the only one that can ever feed her. It is totally draining to me. Sam also got shots at the appointment today and she did awesome. I was actually surprised how well she did. We put her on the exam table and the nurse did the shots, she cried for about 5 seconds and when Fred picked her up she was fine. I couldn't believe it.

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7/20/2011

So I have decided that we have to get this napping under control. So yesterday I let her cry it out for her afternoon nap. She cried and I went in about every 20 minutes and rocked her a few minutes, then she finally went to sleep for about 45 minutes. So I think I finally figured out that I have been waiting too long to put her down for naps. I think she is overtired. So today at the first sign of tiredness I rocked her a few minutes and then put her in her crib. She cried for about 30 minutes and then slept for almost 2 hours. I couldn't believe it. Then this afternoon I did the same thing and she cried for 15 minutes and slept for an hour and a half. Now she is taking another little nap. She has not napped this well in forever. I sure hope she sleeps well tonight too. I think she will be in a better mood too. She has been fussy the last week or so. We have just been so busy, we really need to slow down and let her rest more.

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7/22/2011

Sam rolled from back to front for the first time today. She is also 5 months old today. She was reaching for a toy and over she went. She is just growing so fast. She is starting to babble more and more. She love Katie too. She smiles at her and watches her play all the time.

7/28/2011

Sam said mama for the first time today. She has been saying mama mama mama. I doubt she knows what it means but it still makes me feel good. She has been napping a little better. I just have to watch her closely and get her down for a nap early.

8/8/2011

So Sam is 5 and a half months old today. She has been eyeing our food for a while now so we tried her on some rice cereal for the first time. I think she liked it. She did pretty well. Katie even got to feed her some. We took some cute pictures of her eating. She is growing so fast.

8/22/2011

Sam is 6 months old today. She went for her 6 month well baby check today too. She was 14 pounds and 9 ounces, which is in the 10 to 25%. She dropped down on the growth chart a little but the doctor was not really worried about it. We told her we are starting solids. Plus Sam is moving and kicking her legs all the time. She asked me about how much I pump at work and how my supply is. I feel like she is getting enough, she has plenty of wet and poopy diapers. She was 26 inches, which is in the 75%. She is long and lean. Her head was 42 1/4 cm, which is in the 50 to 75%. I think she is growing fine. The doctor examined her and said everything looked good. She got some shots. She did great with the shots today. We go back when she is 9 months old. Also we gave her squash for the first time tonight. She did not seem to really like them but she ate a little bit. I guess we will keeping trying. So now we are giving her 2 meals a day, one with cereal and one with food.

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9/12/2011

Sam has been saying dada. Its so cute and sweet. She is rolling over all over the place. We have also been putting her in the walker and she is starting to move around pretty good in it. We have been starting a new food every week. So far she has had sweet potatoes, carrots and green beans.

9/28/2011

So Sam is one crazy kid. She is all over the place in her walker. She keeps trying the trash can over. You tell her no and she just smiles at you. She has now had sweet peas and this week we started fruits. She had bananas and she loves them. She really likes everything we have gave her. She cracks me up the way she rolls to wherever she wants to go. I think she will be crawling soon. She sorts of lifts her knee up when she rolls over but she doesn't quite have it together yet. Although I am in no rush for that.

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10/5/2011

So the last few days Sam has been sitting up so good. She is still rolling everywhere instead of trying to crawl but she will get there soon enough. She is such a happy baby.

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10/15/2011

Sam is army crawling every where. Its just like all of the sudden she is just doing it. I can't believe how big she is getting. She has been eating well too. We are breaking puffs in half and she is eating them.

10/28/2011

Sam is still army crawling but she is starting to put her knees under her a little. She also pulled her self up to standing today for the first time. I was sitting on the couch and she pulled up on my legs to standing. Little stinker is just into everything. She is such a happy baby.

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11/5/2011

Sam has been crawling on her knees a little more the last few days. She will go a few strides then get on her belly and keep going. She also has pulled up to standing a few times. We lowered her crib mattress last night. She can also sit up from lying down. Its like she has learned all these things at the same time. She is just moving all the time. She is such a happy baby all the time. She has the sweetest little laugh.

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11/15/2011

So Sam is full blown crawling everywhere now on her hands and knees. She is pulling up on everything and starting to cruise more. She is so mischievous and into everything. When you tell her no she just laughs at you. She has also started to wave. Its the cutest thing ever.

11/28/2011

We went to Sam's 9 month appt today. She weighed 16 pounds and 6 ounces, thats between the 10-25%. She was 28 1/2 inches long, thats between the 75-90%. Long and lean. Here head was 44cm, which is in the 50%. The doctor said everything looked great and she was right on track. We go back when she is one year. I can not believe I made her one year appt, where has the time gone?

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12/13/2011

Sam is cruising everywhere now. I am surprised she has not just taken off yet. She still does not have any teeth, I am beginning to think she is never going to get any. She seems to be growing and growing. Her and Katie are so cute together, although Katie has become more jealous at times.

1/4/2012

So we have finally got this napping under control. Fred suggested one day for us to just try to lay her down in her crib and oh my gosh she went right to sleep. All this week I have been just laying her down awake and she goes to sleep. If she cries it is only for about 5 minutes. I am so thankful. She sleeps for about an hour and half most of the time. If she sleeps for shorter I get her up and nurse her and she sleeps a while longer. She is just the cutest. She smiles all the time. She has also been getting into everything. I have to keep a very close eye on her.

1/28/2012

I can't believe my baby is going to be one in less than a month. Time has flown. She is such a sweet girl. She has been doing way better at eating lately. She has been been eating pasta and soft veggies. She has not been gagging near as much. She loves to pick up the food and feed herself. She is such a happy girl most of the time. You just have to smile at her and she just grins back at you. Its precious.

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1/29/2012

Sam took her first steps! She walked three steps from the table to the couch. She is doing things so much faster than Katie. Keeping us on our toes for sure.

2/12/2012

So this little monkey is crazy. She used Katies little chair to climb on the coffee table. She pushed it over to it and then climbed on it. I ran over to her and she was just smiling. She is getting better and better at walking. She is taking up to 8 steps before falling now.

2/19/2012

We has Sams birthday party today. It went really well. Fred cooked chili and I made cupcakes. We had just family and a few close friends. I think everyone had a good time. Sam was cute eating her cupcake. At first she was just eating the icing but then we tore apart the cake part and she started eating it too. She ate almost the whole thing, she loved it. She really didn't even make that big of a mess. She got mostly clothes and a few toys as presents.

2/22/2012

I can not believe my little baby is a year old. What a year it has been. I am thankful she is finally napping well. I feel like I help her most of this year. I am also thankful that she is still breastfeeding well. I am really going to miss that time with her when we are done. She is just such a happy girl, always a smile on her face. She loves people and really loves Katie.

2/27/2012

We took Sam for her one year old check up. She weighed 17 pounds and 4 ozs (10-25%), she was 29 inches (50%) and her head was 45 cm (50%). She has stayed on the same weight curve. She is such a little peanut, we told the doctor she is so small cause she never stops moving. The doctor said she looked great and was growing fine. Then came the shots. She got Hib, MMR, Varicella and PCV. Four shots, she cried but then she was fine a minute later. Still can't believe she is one.

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3/9/2012

Sam is not only walking but running everywhere. She is into everything. You have to keep a constant eye on her at all times. She is such a little monkey. She is just the cutest little baby. She has been loving going to the park, she just adores Katie.

3/20/2012

So this week I cut out Sam's before nap nursing time. Now she is down to morning and night. I am kind of ready but I know I will miss it when we are done.

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3/31/2012

Sam has done so well with dropping the before nap nursing time. I decided to drop the morning nursing time too. She has been still waking up around 5 or 6 and I nurse her on one side and then she goes back to sleep. Then when we get up around 8 I feed her on the other side. I am going to just drop those out and see if she will stop waking up at all. I figured this morning would be a good time to start because she slept all night. I just too her down stairs and feed her some yogurt and she didn't really seem to miss nursing this morning. It is sad but I think we are ready. I am still going to nurse her at bedtime though.

4/6/2012

Sam is doing really well with sleeping all night now. The first two nights she woke up at her 5 to 6 time, I just went in and held her a minute and put her back down. She cried for a few then went right back to sleep. The third day she just started sleeping until 8. Yay I am so proud of her. She is just growing so fast. She has also been getting into everything. All the drawers in the kitchen, playing in the toilet and just making messes. She is just so darn cute. She has the sweetest little smile, still no teeth though. We had to cut her bangs a little cause they were in her eyes. She has got the finest hair, it is starting to lay down more cause it is getting so long.

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4/29/2012

The last week or so when Sam nurses before bed it has been tough. She pops on and off and does not eat very long so I decided that we would be finished. Saturday night I nursed her for the last time. I just held her and watched her, it was very sweet. I am very proud of her and how well she has done. Also proud of myself for nursing both girls, they never had a drop of formula. This time was really hard because Sam would never take a bottle. It is bittersweet to be done but I will always cherish that time with them.

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5/18/2012

Sam has done so well without nursing. She has just adapted perfect. She still does not have any teeth. So strange to have a child that can walk, run and climb on everything and has no teeth. She is just the sweetest little girl. She is saying lots of words. Mama, dada, Katie, mimi, maw maw, paw paw, ball, night night and some more. She is also climbing on everything in sight. She can get on the couch's and in the kitchen chairs. Its so crazy that Katie didn't even walk until 15 months, which Sam almost is and she is so much more active. I tell her no no more that I ever told Katie. She is into everything. She gets into drawers and cabinets and everything. Little stinker.

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6/5/2012

Sam finally got her first tooth. The top right one popped through. I think it is a weird one to get first. She is growing so much, getting taller and her hair is getting longer. Turning into a toddler before my eyes.

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6/20/2012

Sam is eating better and better. Still just has one tooth but she eats almost everything. She is such a monkey, climbing on everything. The coffee table, kitchen table and even the bathroom sink. She is getting fast too. Starting to mimic more words and things that we do also.

7/10/2012

Sam got her bottom right tooth in finally. I can see that the other bottom and top ones will be coming in soon. We went to the beach and had a great time. Sam is not scared of anything and had a great time playing in the sand and water. Everyone she meets just has to comment on her eyes being so blue.

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8/10/2012

Finally we have another tooth, the other top one came in. Sam still makes me nervous with her eating though. I still have to cut everything up so small and she is still easy to choke on things. I don't remember having this much trouble with Katie. She is just so different. She is starting to talk more and more. She can also understand when I ask her to do things.

9/9/2012

The other bottom tooth popped through. Four teeth finally at 18 months. I can't believe she is getting so big. Still such a monkey and climbs everything. She loves playing with Katie, although they are fighting over things more often now. She is developing a little temper too. If I move her off something she throws herself down and yells.

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9/27/2012

The left bottom second tooth came in. Sam is growing so fast. She is such a sweet girl but her and Katie have been bickering over toys. If Katie takes something fro her she screams. Siblings fun I guess.

10/14/2012

So I was playing with Sam and she was laughing and I noticed her top two molars have came through. She had been chewing on her fingers lately and she has been crabby.

10/18/2012

Her right second top tooth finally came through.

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1/16/2013

I have not updated Sam's journal in a while. She is just growing so fast. She got her two bottom molars in around Christmas. She is still such a monkey. Climbing on everything, making me so nervous. She has really been playing well with Katie lately. She just follows her around, they do well most of the time. She doesn't know how to share yet though. She has also been talking up a storm. You can understand almost everything she says. She is talking in whole sentences. It is hard to believe that she is going to be two soon. I just turned in her preschool packet. She is going to start in September. She is so darn cute. She is so unlike Katie though, she is not scared of anything.